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tort fv&z fte NOT TUB QLORY OF a J3 S A R DOT THE WELFARE OF ROME. VOL. XVI. BURLINGTON, VJ3RM0NT, FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 1843. No. 45 From Tho Knickerbocker. THE MINI). THE Wind has voices that defy The spirit's utmost scrutiny t We shudder at its sobbing wail, And shrink when howles tho rolling galo t And even its softest breath is heard, Like somo half-muttered, saddening word: Of all its strains there is no voice That bids the thrilling heart rejoice! The sailor, on the silent sea9, May Ions to hail the frcshning breeze i The blast that whirls tho spattered foam Will waft him to his distant home; Yet, while the loosened sail he flings, That gives his floating bird its wings, His manlv heart will often feel Some strange, dread fancy o'er it steal. When crouched besido the wintry blaze, And Midnight sings its wonted lays, The music of tho mineling tune, Now rising high and falling soon, Tho wailing and complaining tones Might boa laugh, though moro a moan ; But wild or sad, or high or low, It ever takes a tone of wo. I've seen it stir the nested rills Amid the topmost crystal bills ; Have watched it drive the clearing clouds, And scream along the quivering shrouds; Dread, strange, the same in every hour, Restless, formless, unseen Powcrl A voice that gives us no reply ; A sound that shakes, wo know not why I I never heard it on the shoro Concerted with the waterv roarj Or sweeping where the sullen brccza Glides like a spirit through the trees; Nor listen to its mustering wail, When wintry tempests swell the cale. But haunting fancies, dark and wild, Brood like the dreams that daunt a child. Yet not the less my battling soul Springs like a racer to its goal ; Can wring a joy that elso were pain, When blasts howl o'er the crying main ; Hear music in the mournful luno That softens on the galcsof June, And gather from the fireside tono A sad, sweet lansuagf all its own. Ntuhuryporl, (Mass.) Jan. 1913. Gi-.okge Lu.nt. From the Southern Literary Messenger. A LEGEND Of the mountain of Burning Stone. A Btorv of the first Montezuma by the Author of 'f.nfilli." "Cunt. KwM ,. in n..ri. PAItT THE FIRST. I. In the centre of the present empire of Mexico, nnd within the borders of the beau tiful country once inhabited by the ancestors of those wild and splendid savages, the Ca manclics, lies a chain of elevated mountains whose snowy peaks pierce the skies, leaving the vast field of clouds floating midway be tween them and the plains. Toward the south they make a majestic curve and en close within their embrace a circle twelve leagues in diameter, in the midst of which sleeps like a fair garden, the valley of AIco lo (itself enclosed by a lake) and the loveli est gum on the breast of the earth. One of these mountains is loftier than the rest, and on its summit burns a star-liku blaze, which is said to be a single diamond, but inaccessi ble to human reach. This peak is hence called the " Mountain of tho Burning Stone." By day, the shining apex glows with all the dyes of the rainbow ; at night its light is like pale moonshine. At the lime of our story this valley was the centre of an empire now no more. Hero was the palace and throno of the em perors, and the centre of wealth, power and magnificence. In its midst rose a proud ci ty, gorgeous with swelling domes, needle like pinnacles and majestic towers, through which, dividing it into two parts, flowed a Stately river which, for more than a league, reflected from cither shore, on its silver bo som, two continuous lines of temples, pala ces ana educes ol costly grandeur. On the throne of this glorious empire sat Ulyd, the last monarch of his nice. lie was haughty, imperious and cruel. His foot rest cd upon tho necks of his subjects, and his sceptre was converted into a sword, whtcli hourly drank human blood. Out Cylla, the daughter of Ulyd, was gcnllo as the dove in spirit : as beautiful as Lyn, the Angel of tho Flowers, and graceful as the antelope that runs upon the mountains. 1 lie tyrant loved his daughter, and that love was all that har monized his nature. ir. In one of the lesser streets of this gorge ous capital lived a poor net-maker, whose solo merit was his honesty, and whose only income was the daily pittance earned by the toil of his hands. lie was a widower ; but Heaven had tempered its judgments with mercy, and left him a son to share his labors and solaco his old age. Montezuma, the name of this youth, was now twenty years of age. ins stature was lolly and Ins port no ble ; whilo grace and beauty wero stamped upon his face and person. His dignity was that of virtuo ; his beauty that of a gentle temper and cheerful heart. He was belov ed and idolized by all of his rank, doatcd on by his father, and despised, so closely had nature allied him to them, by the nobles. Such was Montezuma, at the period of our story. III. Stand aside, serf ! ' were the stern tones of an officer, addressed to a vouth who with thousand others was watching tho procession of the emperor, his nobles and the priests of tno aun on tneir way to oiler sacrifices at each gate of the city, to propitiato tho wrath of their deity for rain had not fallen on the earth in the space of four months, and thu sun had burned up tho harvest. Tho eves of this youth seemed to be fixed moro par ticularly on tho I'rinccss Cylla, than on the spectacle. 1 Stand asido, sorf! ' and a glittering spear point at the same instant pricked the breast of thu youth, who caught it in his hand, ere it could penetrate, wrested a from tlio noblo's grasp, broke it in twain, and cast tho pieces uisuaimuuy nt Ins leet. Ha I 'tis the slave Montezuma ! ' cried the intonated officer. ' Ho has mocked full long. Cut him down !. But ere the guard which wero about tho emperor and his daughter, and which the of ficer commanuea, could obev I ns command. the crowd opened to the right and left and receive mo ucsuneu victim to thoir bosom, Hew your way to him 1 cried tho noble. Cut tho slaves in pieces ! ' Nay, my siro, will you let blood bo spilled on this sacred time 1 ' plead tho sweet and earnest voice of tho princoss Eylla, who. ri ding in the chariot besido the emporor, had wituejsuu whs scene. They nro my slaves, nnd it is in their blood that I float above their heads,' was the stern reply of the tyrant. Way, father 1 ' Lot them die 1 saw you not that the serf rebelled. ' Nay, ho did but protect his life.' And wherefore should ho daro savo his life, when my officer of tho guard was pleas ed to tnko it ? Nay father I sec how tho poor people fall before tho weapons of tho fierce guards. And look 1 tncy press up to fill the cap, and with their hearts place a barrier between thy vengeance and its victim ! ' 1 Therefore should they die I ' 'Spare him spare them father, for my sake bid them hold ! Shall Eylla plead in vain ? ' Axcala, call ofT your guards. Their in solence is enough punished.' 1 ho lovely princess fell upon his neck and gratefully kissed him, and in strange affec tion he returned it, and then sternly bado the procession move on. -But Eylla for curi osity to gazo on a man for whom so many gavu their lives, had led her to seek him out in the crowd did not pass on, ere sho re ceived from the dark eyes of a handsome youth a look of grateful homagoand acknowl edgement for the gentleness of tho princess drew her as near to the hearts of her subjects as the sternness ot her t.itlicr removed lum from them so Montezuma felt it was no in sult for his gaze, low as ho was, to meet that of the princess, and to thank her for her in tcrposilion. But the mischief done by that glance, is incalculable. The princess rode on, but from that moment forgot the proces sion her father every thing but the face of the youth for whom she had interposed. Her bosom nt lirst was tilled with curiosity to know who ho could be (or whom men cast away their lives ; and then her thoughts ran upon his lofty aspect and nobto bearing dwelt upon bis fmo eyes and beautiful fea tures. But the more sho thought, the more bewildered slin grew, till at length recalled to herself by the approach of the procession it tlio temple, she hung her head in confu sion, and concealed thu lilush of shame that crimsoned her cheek with tho silken folds of her vesture. IV. That night the lovely princess Evlla sat in her gorgeous chamber. Her slaves, in rich dresses, kneeled at a distance with their hands laid across their bosoms, silenllv watch ing tho least sign of her will or gesture of command. It was moonlight, and the silve ry flood poured in nt the open lattice bv which she sat, and falling upon her fair fore head gave it tin; whiteness of Paris marble. with the soft lustre of the pearl. One snowy hand, half in the moonlight, half in shade, sustained nor cnecii. nu was tinned in tloun thought, nnd ever and anon, her snowy bo som would heave and fall, and from her just parted lips a low sigh escaped. All at once, she rose to her feet, and tit the same instant her slaves flew and prostrated themsc ves around her. 'Ophiel, remain with mo ; tho rest of von retire to your couches. I need your attend ance no longer, till the d.twn.' slowly, with their faces turned towards her, the submissive slaves retired and the princess was left alone with her confidant. ' Ophiel !' ' Your highness,' answered the lovely Pe ruvian slave, still kneeling at the feet of her mistress. ' You have beard that several men wore slain to-day, as we passed through the city towards tho temple? ' Nay, your highness, I did not. But as scarce a day goes by without bloodshed, 1 doubt not that this day has had its share,' re plied the slave, with a mixture of irony and sorrow in her manner. Hist, minion. It is my father's unhappy disposition. Yet ho loves me.' ' So does tho lion of Peru ; yes, the tiger of Yucatan loves his whelp.' ' Havo done, Ophiel,' said the princess, with some sternness. Sho then added wilh kindness, ' I have detained thco to servo mo wilh thy ready wits and well-tried faithful ness. Listen I ' The slavo bent her head reverently and gratefully upon her bosom, nnd silently await ed tho communication of tho will of her mis- t.css. There was somo commotion to-dav among tho populace, caused by an attempt of tho officer of the emperor's guard to seize a youth who inadvertently, and Irom too ea ger curiosity to witness tho procession, thrust liimsett lorwaru uoioro the others. 1 heard him called Monlczuma. Know you such a one by namo in tho city, nnd his degree V Was ho tall and kindlv in his port, vour highness? ' Ho looked majesty himself. Such, mo- thinks as a princo of the sun should appear !' was no youiiiiui withal I ' Scarce tho down had darkened his lin. and tho scissors had never yet touched his flowing locks of jet.' Hid lio smile like the sun in May : and was his eye likn a diamond set in ictunonn ground of pearl, flashing firo and speaking JllllillllwIIVIJ 4 The samc.Opliiel Thou hast seen him, maiden ! ' ' Was ho haughty ,yct his haughtiness blent with tho modesty, lessening his decree, and while ho looked, if he looked on tl ico. did his eyes, while they gazed, seemed to plead my iuikivuiicss ;or the deed asthoy commit- Vt III Thou hast painted him to tho vcrv sem bianco, chit,' said tho princess, laughing and blushing, as she detected a smile l'irkiiig in ineuimpicu mouin oi ner conhdant. After taking ono or two turns through the apartment, she stopped and turned to tho fair Peruvian, in whoso cast down yet know ing look, she detected tho knowlodgoof what sue naa not yet dared to confess to herself. ' Ophiel,' said she, bo faithful and secret. Seek out this Montezuma. I wou Id see youth for whom men so freely cast away their lives, as I have this day seen thorn do.' Your highness, ho is a net-maker's son, Tho better still. If he is not nrincelv born, it wero better that ho wero at tho other end of the dogrco. Go I would see him. Uso what otljer instruments thou wilt to aid thee. But ho speedy, discreet, nnd both cunning nnd wise as the fublcd Anaconda of thy own land ! ' Tho slavo prostrated herself at tho feet of her mistress ; then rising reverently kissed her hand nnd glided from the chamber; whilo the lovely Eylla, her virgin bosom tor tured nnd bewildered by a thousand new nnd strango thoughts, yet all pleasing, resent ed herself in the window and gazed vacant ly upon a range of gardens, villas, fountains, towers and domes, all mingled in gorgeous confusion, nnd lying like a magic scene be neath the radiance of the moon, which flood ed all with a light so mellow that the whole seemed to bo seen through a sea ot transpa rent silver. V. In the door of a lowly hut of reeds and mats, in u remote quarter of tho capital, sat an aged man mending nets by tho light of tno moon ; the beams ol which rested like snow flakes on his white head. Suddenly a shadow passed between him and his light, and no looked tip. ' Welcome, Montezuma, my child. I have beguiled tho hours wailing thy coining, by putting a stich, as well as my old eves will let me, here, and there in tho net. You arc pale.' I have need to bo pale, sir,' said tho youth, casting himself upon a settee beside the door. Ho who carries tho ruddy cheek of a careless heart, nt this time, loves not his country, and has no manhood. We are a nation of slaves, father btitlighthas broke in upon us. I he tyrant shall die and mail's blood shall no longer be counted water.' 1 Hush, boy.' said the old man. lifting his shaking finger. ' 1 hero has been blood spilled this da v. nnd were it not that tho tyrant was the father of the fair princess Eylla, I would slay the slayer with my own hand.' ' Hist, son my child, silence ! ' Speak not such words I Ero this thy words have been caught up, and swift wings aro bearing them to the emperor's cars. What ailcth thco?' 1 havo whispered rebellion.' continued tho young man, heedless of his father's words, ' in the willing cars of thirty thousand of my fellow slaves ' Son, son see, wo nro not alone ho wears tho emperor's livery. Thou art lost lost lost ! Did I not bid thco keep si lence ? ' And the parent flung himself dis tractedly on tho neck of his son. I he young man roso quickly as ho saw a stranger approach the hovel, and placed his nanu upon ms tiosom. lint without making further demonstrations of preparation for n hostile meeting, he proudly and calmly await ed him. 1 Is this tho abodo of Nclef, tho net-maker? 1 demanded tho stranger, haughtily ad dressing the old man. ' It is ; what would you with my father ? ' replied the young man. Then thou art Montezuma, his son. I have an order to guide thee to the palace.' uuuu on. i am rcauy to die lor my uiooo win turn to lire and kindle a flame that the tyrant's blood can alone extinguish.' ' Ha, this is language !' ' Plain enough for a courtier's cars. Farewell, father.' 1 Farewell, old man,' ho said fcclinIv ns i. . .1.. j- c i ... - ' . it! i.uu inu Miming lorui oi ins parent on the settee he had himself just occupied. 'Now sir, lead on to the emperor.' 1 ho moon rodo high towards midnight, scarce touching with its nearly vertical beams tlio outer verge of tho window in the anart inenl of the princess, when the door opened, and tho slave Ophiel softly entered and stole to tlio leet ol Her mistress. ' Well, Ophiel ! ' ' Ho is without.' Who went for him ? ' ' leal.' ' Thy lover.' . The si avo blushed and hung her head. ' What said ho when bidden?' ' That ho would obey tho emperor's com mands, and some other words of fear ful import.' ' 'Tis well. I would that ho. as well as the messenger, should think 'tis my father's commands. Admit him.' The princess arranged her robes in mere graceful folds, and wilh an uir of mingled majesty and condescension, preparctl to re ceive the young man, as tho slavo ushered bun into her presence. As he entered, his port was haughty, and his cvo flashed round defiance, as lie seemed to seek tho person of tno emperor, uut tno lovely form of the princess meeting, instead, his glance, his wholu bearing change ; the eyo lost its fire and assumed u softer light ; the lip its cutl ; and tho aspect and port of defiance was con verted into one of devotion and rmntlnnrss ? and ho kneeled reverently beforo her, with his hands on his breast. The princess mark ed the instant change, and a blush of pleasure increased her loveliness. Thou art called Montezuma, tho son n iMclci, tno net-maker t ' ' I am tho lowborn slnvo thou hast named, loveiy princess,' no answered with as much of proud scorn as the presence of his royal mistress would permit him to assume. This expression of his feeling did not escape her notice. ' Metliinks thou art tho cause of a certain tumult in the streets to-day ? ' ' Noble princess, inasmuch as you judge mo to havo done wrong, I confess my error. But neither I, nor those who died to protect, my poor lifo, havo dono wrong to tho tyrant Forgivo mo, lady I had forgotten, looking on tho gontlo face, thou was bis daughter. But if 1 offend, thou hast only to order mo to tho block and death from thy hand wore belter than life, wilh thy futher's foot upon my neck.' ' You aroovcr hasty Montezuma. I would ask thco, how thou, so young, and of your degree, has gained such influence over tho souls of men 1 ' Who would thus dio for tlio emperor? nono. 1 It is because I am a man.1 ' Ha ! this to the daughter t ' ' Pardon. It should havo been said to tho sire. 1 Thy spirit is to quick. It bocomes not thy station. If my father has injured theo. I . VIM . t -. - . let me atone, v nai can i uo lor tliee f Nay, speak not so gently I cannot bear it ; ' and burying his faco in his hands ho was for a moment overcome with emotion. The princess was affected, and was also si lent. ' Forgivo my weakness, your highness but it is past now. Your gentleness to me, has saved your father's kingdom, and perhaps his life.' ' Speak, quickly what mean you ? ' I will confess all, and then die. knowing that I have not struck tho blow that should mako you wretched.' Ho looked enquiringly nt tho slave, and then nt tho princcas, and wis silent. Ophiel, wail in tho ante-room.' The princess nnd tho young conspirator wero left alone. Ho then unfolded to her the whole conspiracy, which had been hintnd nt. nnd explained minutely its past progress and pre sent state, nun us intimate aim. alio listen ed with mingled surprise, terror and admira tion. The moon began to pour its fading light into the western window of the room, ere the princess called tho wondering Ophiel, and bado her see the man was reconducted in safety and secresy to his abode. In this interview, the princess detected her love for the youth, and to her pleased sur prise discovered his for herself. Cupid is a true democrat. He knows no rank. The youth encouraged by the princess, and ready lo lake all upon a cast, at length did boldly confess his daring passion, and then prepare his mind for death. But to his surprise and joy, tho gentle and lovely woman, not only listened to him, but in her turn confessed her love. Hero was a singular and wonderful spectacle to human eyes! a princess and a peasant vowing to each other, love undying, lovo unchanging, love eternal. Here had Ijovo fully established the axiom, that ' two extremes meet.' He had magically brought together two noblo spirits that Nature and Fortune had sundered widely. Well had Maria del Occidcnlc sung, 1 Nature never formed a soul Without its own peculiar mate' PART Tlin SUCOXD. t. Three months passed away, and in the in terim tho lovers met frequently, nnd as the violets that grow in couples are sweetest scented, so sweeter and deeper grew their love by frequent mingling of thoir young hearts. In a politic femalo it would" have been policy to have cherished tho lovo of a handsome youth, whose word could arm fifty thousand men within tho capital's walls: and in case of her coming to tho throne, the most refined diplomacy, to have secured the saloty ol her empire by permitting so dange rous n person to share it. But Evlla was no politician, and know nothing of diplomacy but that of the heart. At length a rumor reached tho cars of the emperor, that at night the princess received stolen visits Irom a man in disguise, who seemed to have free egress from the palace nt all times between twilight and dawn. Montezuma was watched, and followed, and seen to enter tho wing containing tho apart ments of (he princess. Word was conveyed to the emperor, who soon after attended by

his guards, unannounced, entered suddenly her room. The lovers wero discovered Montezuma, sealed at the feet of his lovely mistress, attentively likening with upward gaze, wiino sno was relating some interest ing talc, her snowy fingeis the while half hidden among his raven locks. ' Seize the traitorous slave ! ' Eylla shrieked at the sound of his tnrrihlo voico, which gave the first intimation of his presence, and the next instant, true to her lovo and her womanhood threw herself be tween tho soldiers and her love. Back ! Touch him not ! ' Seize him !' shouted tho monarch with vehemence. ' No no hold, I command ! ' ' Spear the hound ! ' ' Through my heart then seek his.' The guards hesitated. She caught this moment to address tho enraged emperor. ' Father ! listen. Bid tho guards wait with out tho door. Ho cannot escape then, and hear me ono word I ' The emperor gazed on her penetrating eye a moment, and then waved his hand for tho soldiers to withdraw. The threo wero left together. The monarch as restless as a ca ged tiger, pacing near the door the young man standing silent, proud and calm before him. ' No traitress I ' Nay, I am wanting nothing in my lovo or loyalty to my king and sire,' sho said ap proaching and kneeling, beforo him : 'Hear r , . . . iiiu my miner i i ou nave onco loved your Eylla I Have you forgotten how in infancy I sat upon your knee and how, as I grow older, each morning I laid upon your pillow the sweetest flowers, nor left your couch un til you had kissed me. And when I got to bo n maiden grown, and thou wort sick, nigh unto death, how I watched thy couch and cooled thy brow, nnd did you not say I was a blessing to thee, and you owed your life lo my tender nursing ?' 'My child. tylla ! ' 1 Thou art moved. I seo returning love for thy only daughter in tho gentler beaming olthy eye. Father, I know you lovo your own Eylla.' As she spoko, sho softly rose, and liko a child climbing its parent's kneo, slid upwards into his arms, and laid her head confidingly upon his breast. What would you, Eylla ? ' nnd his voico was affectionate, and ho looked tenderly down upon her, and forgot the presenco of tho object of his late wrath. 1 His life, father, and thy forgivoncss ! ' Her words rocalled the emperor to him self. He flung her from him, yet still she clung to him as ho strodo up to tho young man. ' Ha 1 metliinks I havo seen that faco ! ' Thou hast emperor.' Who art thou ? Montezuma, tho net-maker's son.' Eylla, is it so ? This slave this serf, thy paramour I ' ' My betrothed husband I ' 1 Princess Eylla, thou Best with thy false tonguo I I havo spoken truth, father.' Then your fatci are linked. The deep est dungeon of tho prison shall bo your abodo !lt . .t. 1.-.. r .1 ..... 1 n . mi juu yui iiiu uuuer ot mis mauncss. uut by the bright sun if I had n doubt, (yet I seo not why I should not) of thy honor, 1 would slay thco, wilh my own hand, ero thy bosom heaved twice more.' Fathet, for my lifo I care not the dun geon does not terrify me. It is thy displea suro 1 feel. I nm innocent ! ' 1 I believe thee, for mino own honor's sako; for after this thv word hath little weight wilh mo. Yet thou shall not go un punished. Ho ! without there. Soldiers, two of you guard this woman to tho keeper of my palaco prison. Treat her gently, mind yon, and bid tho jailor on his lifo see that she suffers no roughness ; for, if she bo a prisoner, she is no less the daughter of your emperor. For you, sir, for whose crimo I cannot find a name I will invent for tho n death that shall in somo degree measure it. ucar lum oil to tlio farthermost dungeon be neath the river. If ho escape, tho lives of every soldier ol my guard shall pay for his. v itiiout a word calmly and dignified, wit only sorrow at tho princess' fate shading his countenance, tne young man was led from the apartment to become the occupant of tho dungeon. ir. The imprisonment of the princess lasted but a few hours. The emperor, after the first excitement was past, felt tho father re turn to his bosom, and sent for her to his pre sence. The result of this infnrvimv In judge from the expression of tlio faco of the princess when she met Ophiel did not leave her quito destitute of hope. Ion aro pardoned I ' exc aimed l ho inv- ful slave, fl)ingand throwing herself at her lect. ' Ho has forgiven me. I have told him all the conspiracy and all.' ' And what said lie ? ' ' It made him more thoughtful than angry, and ho asked many questions about him, then shook his head, walked the room and niuttcicd. I could only hear by piece-meal. ' Of policyno heir to mvsclf tho security of the empire a noble bearing bolter for my successor than a nobler I will think of it sho loves him too his influence among the people consolidatctho empne.' I could hoar nothing consecutively.' 1 Mark me, my noble mistress you will yoi uu nappy ; ' I cannot tell you, Ophiel. Ho kissed mo' 'Who?? ' My father, minion when I left him but I trembled when I looked in his face and I T- I I . saw now nark 1 1 is eves were. Ho daro not slay lum, for he knows he will slay his daugl ter with the same blow.' t ' What do you think will bo dono with him -that is, provided the emperor does not give mm to you lor a husband ( ' ' 'silence, Ophiel, child I Ho shall not ate. ' And if they keep him in prison, woman's us tun fji:i nun out. t t 1 l .r. , .. . i i ion mm, my lather tiado mo meet lum in council early on the morrow.' ' I augur something from this.' 'May it bo of good,' was the forcbodin; reply. Thus speaking, the unhappy princess, ac compamed by her attendants retired to her apartment for the night. III. 1 ho ensuing day, in tho imperial hall of justice' sat the emperor, solo judge and arbit ter of every case brought before this fearful tribunal. His word was tho law with him lay the power of life and death. Ho was un throned in grandeur, commensurate with his high station, surrounded by his stalely no bles and glittering court. A jewel of great size, of mingled hues, nnd dazzling as the sun, blazed on his crown. Before him, on a marble slab, elevated above the floor, stood his executioner, holding in his baud and resting upon it, a gigantic sword gleaming in every beam. On die right of tno emperor and a step below him, on a throno of pearl inlaid with gold, sat the prin cess Eylla, pale and drooping, yet observant ol all that passed. She was attended by a brilliant galaxy of tho ladies of her court. The emperor was stern and silent, and though from time to time his daughter cast a glance furtively upwards to read his face, it expres sion foiled interpretation. It affords neither hope nor despair. The emperor now wav ed his hand trumpet sounded and load ed to the earth with chains, tho youthful pris oner was brought in the presenco of hisjudgc. Without trial without even naming the of fence with which ho was charged tho em peror, after gazing on him a moment, gave a parchment to ono who stood at tho fool of tho throno, and bado lum to read aloud. In stantly tho trumpets sounded thrice a her ald cries "Long live the emperor, tho broth er of tho sun and governor of tho universe I' and thrico again tho trumpets resounded i.t. . I,., ,1. i . it is Known to an mo worm mat tno pre sent dazzling stono which adorns the imperi al crown, was loiind moro than ono thousand years ago m the throat of a condor, which fell dead in tho court ot tho palace. From the variety of its hues and its brilliancy there remains no uouut that it was brought Irom tho glittering peak of tho Mountain of tho Uurnmg btone. Lvery diamond having its male, it has been tne ambition ol numerous emperors to obtain (ho mate to this; and it is estimated that moro than a million of states' prisoners have perished in tho course ol ages, in endeavoring to purchaso their forfeited lives, by reaching the summit. As yet no human foot has trod it, and the dia mond is yet tinobiamcd. ' Now, inasmuch us Montezuma, son of Melcf the net-maker, has been adjudged i traitor, he is hereby condemned to bo con veyed Irom nence, closely guarded and in chains, to tho fuot of thu Mountain of tho Burning Stono, mid there released. If ho ascend the mountain and return with thu mato to this stono or a stono of its like, ho shall not only bo pardoned fur his treason, but snail rcceivo in marriage the princess Lylla, and succeed the emperor in tho cm pi re. If ho refuso to go up or fail in tho at tempt, ho shall dio an ignominious death, by tho axe of the exocutioner. Long livo tho emperor, iust and wise.' Thrico the trumpet sounded, end amid the acclamations, murmurs of surprise and adu lating shouts of tho enslaved people, high above which roso tho wild shriek of the prin cess, tho emperor dissolved tho assembled court and retired within the inner chambers of the palace. IV. Night had scarcely bogtm4o veil tho streets oi tno capital in gloom, ere tho private pos tern that gavo access to tho quarters of the palace occupied by tho princess Eylla, was cautiously opened, and a femalo figure came lortn wiin nor mamma closely drawn about her form and covering all her face, savo one lively eye. But with nil her care, each pas ser-by know her to bo Ophiel, tho favorite slavo ol the princess. After surveying the ground about her, to sec that sho was unob served, situ nastily darted across tho street into tlio shadow ol a temple, and swiftly pup sued her way through many winding nnd across many squares, until she came lo a di lapidated building, which had formerly been the abodo of a minister ofstato who. with his whole family, had been beheaded within its chambers for treason. It was now tho abode of a sorceress, who. to many other marvelous sciences, added the knowledge of the secret virtues of all herbs, so that by her art and skill sho could bolh convey death through the eye and rcsloro a life by a breath. it tho sunken portal ol this dicad abode. tho lemalo paused to look about her, and then with a hesitating, yet onward step, she entered beneath the arch, nnd crossed the deserted hall. At its extremity she came to a low door, at which, after hesitating an in stant, sho knocked. A stern voico bade her enter. Before her sat the woman she soupht. In a few words Ophiel told her of the lovo of the princess and of Monlczuma, and of his sentence. Why do you como hither maiden !' de manded tho sorceress sternly, after the slave had ended. 'For tho aid of your art nnd wonderful knowledge. For tho princess Eylla, who has sent me hither, has heard that thou wcrt skilled injall tho mysteries of creation, and that to thco arc unfolded the hidden springs of life. Sho now asks the exercise of this power in her favor and that of the poor youth who will assuredly perish else. Canst thou do nothing for him, mother ?' The princess Eylla is gentle, fair, and vniuuus. one snan no oucyeu. wait my return.' The sorceress left a room by a door hith erto unseen, and Ophiel remained with her heart throbbing between hope and fear. In a few minutes the woman returned and plac ed in her hand a small scaled package, with inesc words : 'Place this in his hands, and leave the rest for Ins manhood nnd his lofty lovo to ac coniplish. J)cpart speedily as thou earnest. t.rc upmci coutu tiiank her or question her of the contents of tho package, sho was gone. V, Tho succeeding morning a band of u thou sand soldiers marched out of the northern gate of the city their numbers serving raih ur iu mm uijjuny to tuuir mission, than as necessary to guard tho chained prisoner, who moved with a proud step and unbroken hearing in their centre. Tho first night they encamped within a league of tho mountain. Tho youth slept in his guarded tent, and his dreams wero of love and ambition for i stout heart liko his, and one that loved so trti ly, did not despair of success, even where his path was over the footsteps ol a million who iiau gone ucioro mm, and letl tlieir bones t. C , f I .. . . bleaching on tho mountain side. At mid night Ins dreams of Eylla were disturbed bv a slight touch on his shoulder. Ho started. opened his eyes, and beheld an indistinct fig ure gliding from the lent, without walking the the tired and sleeping guards, who doubtless, thought tlieir prisoner's safety sufficiently se cured uy ms ncavy chains he at tho same moment discovered that something had been left in his hand. Instinctively ho hastily concealed it in his bosom, and turning over wilh clanking chains, which roused his guar dians, onco more sank to slumber. With tho rising sun the camp was in mo tion, and under a select guard of one thou sand men, the prisoner was led to tho foot of tho mountain and divested of his chains. The captain oflheguaid then embraced him for ho had compassion on his youth and gen tleness, and wishing him success, accompa nied him a few paces on his way, and bade him farewell. For the first two miles the accent was comparatively easy. But at length tho young man, ot whom the soldiers never lost sight, reached the region of eternal snow, against, which his dark form was but just relieved appearing liko a speck, which, savo that they had continued to keep it in their eye, could not havo been detected. When tho young Montezuma, after great hardships gained the region of eternal win ter, tho verge of which, far down tho moun tain, was whitened with myriads of blecch ing bones, of those who had perished beforo him, but which made him no fainter hearted, ho paused to survey tho icy pyramid that pierced nearly a league higher into tho skies, presenting lo the eye of those below one'pol ished cone of glittering snow, crowned by tho starry gem that had burned on its crest from thu firstday of creation. Notwithstand ing tho probably fatal end of the attempt, Montezuina, after gazing upward awhilo and seeing many fissures in thu sides of glacier, invisible to those below, resolved to make it. Lying down on tho last spot of venduro to rest his weary limbs, ho reposed for an hour and then with a bold spirit and inspiring him self with tho thought of Eylla, ho began to scale tho icy steep. He had toiled two hours and won but a twentieth part or his way, when, as overcomo by the cold and exertion ho was about to admit into his mind despair ingdotibts'of success.a small packago fullfrom his bosom, und after sliding down a hundred feet, lodged in a deep cleft of tho glazier. It recalled to his recollection tlio mysterious visit of the proceeding night, which, until now, had not entered his mind ; and he rap idlv descended to recover it. On opening it ho found a transparent substanco liko gum, of a dolightful fragrance, enclosed in parch - ment, on which was written tneso words : Tho gum of the herb that containeth tho principle of life. Eat sparingly at morning, noon, and eve, nnd thy strength shall be as the sun and neither thu four elements nor the two great principles of heat und cold shall havo power over the. Child of tho sun, run thy race, and rejoice in thy strength.' 1 he weary young man, ready to sink un der fatigue and cold, nnd hitherto just about to give up tho further ascent in despair, plac cd a small particle of the gum between his lips. It instantly dissolved, and suddenly be felt a now principle of lifo. Tho stag nant blood warmed nnd glowed in his stiff ening veins ; his heart leaped ; his sinews became strong j his spirits cheerful nnd full of elasticity ; nnd hope and anticipated vic tory onco more filled his soul. lie was a new being. He felt the strength of an im mortal, nnd the enduring power of tho tire less sun. Ihs first impulse was to spread his hands in gratitude to this visible dispen ser of lifo and heat, who was at that mo ment descending the western horizon to light unknown realms beyond its verge. Then carefully placing tho remainder of tho gum in his vesture, ho sprang up the cono with tho strength and flectncss of a chamois. Up ward and onward, and still upward, and un wearied and unceasing he kept his skyward way, till tho astonished troops below, who had followed him until he appeared like a minute speck on a snow whilo spiro could scarcely see him, and soon tho mountain mist and twilight veiled lum Irom their view. 1 hrec days and nights they remained en camped at the foot of a mountain, and ho did not reappear. His death was then con sidered certain. The camp was ordered to be struck, and tlio soldiers returned to tho capital. The emperor received the news of tlio failure and death of the bold aspirant lor lus crown, with undisguised delight. I; or in sending thither, he had only sent lum to a moro lingering species of death than he could have received from the axo of the headsman. Tho princess, though struck with deep grief, gavo not away to despair, for there was an anchor of hope in her soul to which sho se cretly clung. VI. The day following the returnsof the troops an embassy fiom tho Inca of Peru arrived at the court of tho emperor, to negotiate a marriage between tho heir apparent to his throne and tho princess Eylla. This pro position at once met wilh the approbation of the emperor, who was desirous to secure his daughter against farther attachment of a like nature with that form which ho had just res cued her. Tho princess Cylla, therefore, was commanded to prepare herself for tho nuptials, by proxy, to take placo on the third day after the arrival of the embassy. Tho limits of a story will not permit us to enter into the feelings of iho princess on this an nouncement. Sho consented nnd obeyed, because she looked for a diversion in her fa vor ero the fatal hour arrived for she had not yet given up Montezuma. The bridal hour arrived, and the proudest hall of the imperial palaco was gorgeously decked with banner?, hangings of gold and crimson, and innumerable suns composed of diamonds and precious e tones. The pride and pcrnp and mag nificence of the noblea was dUpInved in a de grce hitherto unapproaclicd. Tho "emperor, ar rayed in his imperial robe?, was surrounded by his court the princess Eylla. in robes of snowy while, shining with pearl?, and her bright hair glittering with jewel?, stood on his right, her hand in his while tho proy of the nnnce of Peru stood on his left. Tho first words of tho ceremony had begun to bo spoken by the hi"h priest of the sun, when a sudden commotion "at tho entrance of tho hall drew all eves and in terrupt the rite. The color came" liko a flash of sun-light to the pale cheek of the princess, as she looked up at the sound. The next moment a noble youth magnificently attired in cloth of gold, silk and velvet, with a dazzling coronet on his brow, in which blazed a crescent of diamonds carh of which rivalled in size and splendor that on tho imperial crown, strode through tho iiituu ui lumui'i?, wiiu mane way ior lum as ho advanced, and coming within tho circle about the monarch, knelt before him, holding extend ed in his right hand a single diamond of wonder ful size and beautv. Instantly every eye ac knowledged it to be the counterpart of that on tho imperial diadem. '.Montezuma! It is Montezuma!' cried hundred voice?. 'I am .Montezuma,' was tho reply of the youn man, rising from his knee and looking proudly around ; but his eye softened as his glance fell en the lovely prince??, who, between eurpriso ami joy, was nearly fainting in tho arms of her attendants, 'I am Monfzuma, and havo come, emperor, to claim thu reward of my success. Behold the twin-diamond to that in the regal iro.vii.' As he spoltc, ho elevated it aloft, in juxta po--ithm with that on the crown, and placed it to every eye in full comparison. A loud shout ac knowledged the likeness, and then Montezuma plar-od it in the hands of the surprised monarch. Without speaking, tho emperor took the band of the trembling, joyful Cylla, and placed in that of the proud youth ; and thus together the beau teous pair stood beforo the throne, the heart of everyone present, not excepting that of the im perial parent himself, confessed that Nature had formed them for each other, though hitherto for tune had placed them widely apart. Tho loud accumulations that hailed them ceased with a wave of the emperor's hand, and ho thus ad. dressed tho bridegroom : Take her, .Montezuma the first The word of an emperor was pledged and is redeemed Tho great Sun has destined thee to becomo tho progenitor of a new race of emperors. Long may thy r,aco livo and peacefully reign. But tho spirit of prophecy tells mo that a thousand years will bo the end of thy empire, and that the last of thy name shall become tho slave of a chief, whoso coming shall be from the risin" of tho sun, and from a world unknown to ours.' Tho emperor then removed the crown from his head, and placed it upon the brow'of tho hap. py princess. Tho rites were once moro renewed, and the voico of tho high priest, once more lifted up, made tho noble .Montezuma, and lovely Eylla one. The hand of the emperor then placed them on tho throne, which their descendants tilled for many centuries, until tho last bearer of the proud namo of Montezuma lost UU empire, his power and his life, by the hands of invaders, whoso coming was from the rising of the sun and whose pathway was deluged with blood. BEAunrui. Rnrur. One of tho deaf snd dumb in tho institute of Pari?, being desired to express his ideas of the eternity of the Deity, replied it is duration, without beginning or end ; existence, without boumls or dimensions ; present without nast or future. Ilia Mniin :. j youth without infancy or old age, life without oinu or aeain ; to-uay witnout yesterday or to- morow.

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