Newspaper of Burlington Free Press, December 26, 1845, Page 1

Newspaper of Burlington Free Press dated December 26, 1845 Page 1
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"or o jb s ' a n . Sii'-' BURLINGTON, VERMONT, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1845. r0L. XIX No. ho. Communication. A WORD TO YOUNG MEN. Allow mo, ono of you and with you. to nddress you a fovv words of oncourngomonl. liccry young man, whatever be Ills station, 1 habits, or natural endowments, is nioro or less subject (o llio vicissitudes of ibis life's I cares, nnd oftentimes a lilnd woid of en-1 couragemenl, likotlie swcot fragrance of the suninicr breeze, fajls like tlio power of el oquence upon It i s yet unfixed determination in the labyrinth of a busy life. Young men 1 do you Know and fully ap- piociale tlio responsibility that reMs upon you 1 Are you desirous of doing lespoctcd anu innueniiai in society 5 Do you aspire mX9 be,a mail of business, a srholl.ir or a statesman? In a woidj do you desire to be something in this ivorid ! if so, let me tell you that much depends on yourself. For tune may lavish her fivors, friends may smile, and tlio world Inay doll its bonvcr to tho interstices of treasurer's purse, but none of theso will make a man ofyou. You aio tlio architect of your own fame and destiny. Like thu morals of Clay, "in the potters' hand you can mould your destiny by die de termination of your own iion will by llio icsolute and fixed purpose of your thoughts." We are astonishingly tho creatures of cur will. There is " no excellence without la bor," and how can you expect to succeed without an efl'uit on jour own putt 7 It is impassible. When did you ever hear of a great work being accomplished without an effort fiem the resolute heatt that undertakes ill Any one with common obseivation ran look about hint in Ills own I, mil, uii,l see as plainly as truth is potent, that our greatest men, aro successful tr.nlesmen ; our distin guished modi inici, our literary schul.iis all of these, or neatly all, and others who adoie the professions and business they are en gaged in, lino sprung up from the humblest walks in life. The beauty of oui Repub lican Government, is, tli it tliu door is left open to the. aspirations of all the man of tho sledge, or the scholar with his books. 0 ir institutions and government are well calculated to (lie piogiess of our knowledge, and they speak a wind of encouragement to every young nun. Wealth is no true pass port to power ami inllueiice. It is true, that it hits its iiilluence, and a very great one, 1 am willing ii admit ; but wlieu stripped of its ostentation, and the car ol inisfui tune runs off the t ack, how great is the fall theie of. Young loin! think not because you have not wealth, or rich friends to aid you, that you 'ire one of earth's unfortunate sons. Harbor not the thought trust not the mis girings of y our jet youthful mind that you cannot succeed and be somithinq. I tepeal that much, very much, depends upon your own exeilions. 'Uow can I suc ceed 1' one m iv ask. 'The world turns her cold shoulder upon me,' sijs another. 'I am poor and friendless,' siys a third, 'and can not ever be any thing.' Discouraged one! 1 have a word of hope a bright rainbow of encouragement for you. You can succeed ! How i I will tell you. As jou value your destiny, so regatd your moial habits, and your principles. Take caro that yon do not fall into the gulf of dissipation avoid it shun it by day and by night. Shun it, this Oblivion of loo many hopes this tomb of bright anticipation of flattering prospects, and of great taWnts ; shun it, I say, as you would tho Simoon, whoso inllueiice is death, even lo the tender fruits uf curlh. I cannot, with language, (examples could he given, that would) impress half forcibly enough the importance, the necessity of adheiiug lo the great principles of morality and self-govern-1 mcnt. Without theso land murks. ihesH ' anchors of our conduct and hopes, wc may as well givo up in despair. But clotho your S"lf with the robe of morality with princi ples that will stand the fiery ordial of time, and your path is open to llio great highway of influence nnd prosperity. Without theso fined principles, Iheso rudders of your hopes, you will meet with disappointment, chagrins, ana often disgrace. 1 would have you enjoy yourself while vnune. narlakc of tho blossoms of vmith enter into the festivities of the bolydays of! "orkniansbip 'come you honestly by this , ... I ,1 , i.i . toy, my lord 1 What fair frailly have oii one's life, and all tins, but do it m a ration- J cletol of ,,is kn;lc;i tlmt , ;vi, i L(J a! way. Do not, because you wish to par- ( sworn, was a man's marketing V ticipate in the pleasures of life, plunge in-1 ' I am glad lo hear so grave a gentleman to that gulf whence so ninny prospects are j indulge so pleasant a view,' said tlio duke, buried. Resnolvo that you will bu sonic-j As Count Laski was handing the tablets, thing, and act with determination worthy of)'10 touched, whether by accident or design, a that resolution. Tho door is open for all sPrl"gllll't ' '"'en observed by him to ...i..,i.i,..:..j...r i. whom llio present had been sent. The outer T 1 ', l""e"neM, nnu iiiuujwj , juu in: imvu no tears ol lliouho queen! passago being closed ngainst you. ' I bavo been indiscreet,' said tho count, To the young man a good character ian,'! i",mcdr;!'u.',-v. f"l('L-I u and returned llio vvorll. more than countless Uionsands. It i, I '",' ',efl"s wro Uuko ol Lithuania, Have you aught elso in a pasport to other men s confidence, a guar- j tho way of honest barter lo propose V ilian to our happiness, and the 'philosopher's ' What j ou may infer,' said the duke, red stone,' of our success. His reputation (a dening with anger, and grievously embarrass good one) cannot bo measured with money ; ei1 !li.s discovery "What you may infer !. nn Inonrci nr t.,niin,lu I.,, I... from lliis silly bailblt shall" Dot bo attllO .v.- j - j ... . comparison ; out it is lo llio possessor like urcad to tho hungry traveller. To the woihl, ... ft .1 ! U IS IIK0 mo power ui oiiiuipuiouco, ii is tel., known, nnd appreciated in llio recesses of every heart. It has boon my uifi to im press upon you as partially as I well could, llio grc.il imporlanco, ttio absolute noccssily of your having principles fixed, moral and snnnd- a ml sii ducnlv roolcd mid imbud- i,i ; ,i, r1,1,ilc.ra 0f vour lioarls, that llio .soijciiaions of dissipation- llio onliccnionts 0f vice, nml llio sniiio of liypoci.icy cannot ilk0( sljr or ,jj,lri)nl! tliom from their ligIl n1( io)ji0 position. Willi resolution, iViili I ;i 1 1 i s of indiistrv. ncrsovorance. and n spiiukling of determination you can succeed. Tiy it, for I have and find it works well; but do not forget th.it much, I was nearly saying .ill, depends upon yourself. A YOUNrl MAN. HA 1(13.11", Til 13 SLAVE. a t.m.u i:xtiiacti:i) nsoM rur. invroitr or roi.A.M). ClI.U'TUR I. Al.nmiT Gi.i.vski, the powerful ostenta tious and intriguing Duke of Lithuania, was p issing, distinguished by his glancing plume and gorgeous mantle, through one of the nioie retired stieelsof the city of Crarow, at this timo (a. ii. 1530) the capital of Poland, when n domestic wearing the livery of the palace defetentially accosted linn. ' Nor Majesty,' he said, 'commands me to deliver these tablets into your hands; you illopped them in the pilace,' ' I dropped no tablets,' teplicd llio duke; hut instantly added, 'Yes, they aro mine give lliuiii me.' He took from the hands of the domestic certain tablets of ivoty, which folded into a case of gold exquisitely wrought by ono of the most skilful artists of Italy, and dismiss ed the beater with a liberal gtatuity for his sendees. ' II. i ! my excellent Bonn ! youthful blide of our too aged monarch Sigismund !' said the duke to himself, w hen he was left alone. ' Lach day some new device. What have we in thes" lablels? Ileie, in the corner ol'i each leaf, I see a solitary figure finely pen- 1 oilier iii which to any other eye than mine would mean nolhing, out which tells me that at eight o'clock this evening you will teceive vour favored duke. So, so! But, chat tiling Bona! it is not love loveuhlu as you are it is not love it is ambition gives its zest. and must bring the recompense lo this peril ous iutiigne. The Duke of Lithuania is no hot-brained youth to bo entangled nml de stroyed by a woman's smiles. To li.ivo a month's happiness, as men phrase it, and then the niiiliiighl dagger of a jealous mon arch I seek no such udventuies. It is llio crown of Poland yes, tho crown that you must help me to, fair lady.' As ho stood nflocling on his ambitious schemes, his rival in the stale, Count Laski, minister and ch iiicidlor lo llio king, passed by him on his waj to the palace. The duk'1, assuming a frank ami cordial manner, called to him. Laski paused. 'What would ihe Duiie of Lithuani i ?' ho asked in his usual calm and reset veil manner. 'Peace!' leplied the duke 'amjcable tonus. Political opponents it seems we aro destined to be. The world gives us out as the selected champions of two hostile fac tions. You affect tho commons, I siilu with ibe nobility. I!e it so. lint thero exists be tween us, I hope a mutual losport ; and it would he my giealest boast if, in spite of this political antagonism, 1 might leckon Count Laski amongst my personal fi lends.' A derisive smile pi ijed upon the counte nance of the chancellor as he replied 'Such friendship, my lord, as is consistent with per petual strife open and concealed skill, if it please you, subsist bolween us. Paid. in me, but we prate a silly jargon when we talk of piivate frendship nod public hostility.' At all events,' rejoined tho duke, 'politi cal nvalij does not exclude the practice of the courtesies of life. It lias been lepoi led lo mo that you adniiie tho marble statue of a nymph which an Italian sculptor has lately wrougiu mr me. i, on mv part, Ii ive envied you ihe possession of a certain Arab slave, a living statue, a moving bron.', that ynu have among your statue-man, your swart Apollo, and accept from mo what m iny have been pleased to call a living statue.' Glinski bud a seriet niolivo for tho acqui sition of this slave ; Ins known fidelity, his surprising addiess and pow er, bad protected the life of llio minister against innm th:m ntu. scheme of assassination. 'Tho exchinge,' replied Laski. 'is loo miicii in my tavr. i our Italian niaiblo would purchasea hundred slaves. It would boa piesenl m disguise; and you know my rule even from his Majesty himself 1 never rcceirc. 'Yes, uo know your tyrannous munifi cence ; hut this, said ilm duke whim Miiile, 'shall bo puro barter.' ' What say you, llien,' said llio count, 'to theso golden tablets which you bold in your hand? Give mo leave lo louk at them. They might suit my pedantic way of life. Hut,' added he, as ho examined their delicato case flew back, and disclosed a miuialu.e of ,..., I..,., ., i -" .."."" i .i.iui i-ssui, "ii, niy mm, I in courteous and amicable terms ; you bavo in responueil to llinui ; our conversation had belter close hero.' ' As soil will.' said llio tdoioridlnr. hnwinir; and ho ronlinuod liis way Inwards tho p il ace, with ihnsanio deliberate step willi which ho was proceedingwlicn accosted by tiio duko, ' lie is muster of our secret,' muttered the duke. 'Ho or I' ClIAITCR II. Iii an apartment of the palaco' fitted up with every luxuiy her native Italy rnlild .sup ply, sat Bona, the young anil beautiful queen of Pol itid. Sho is know n to have transplan ted into that northern clime, not only the nils and civilization of bei own gonial soil, but also the intrigue and voluptuousness, nnillhoMilld.iikerciiniesforwlii.il it was celebrated. Daughter of the riafiv Sfotza, ii..i;n ..r Mil,,.. ,.,f,.,.i..,i ! : 1. 1 l ..i .. :. :.: 2 : ... . l ... , .. s.llll .IU..1IUIJ ll-IIIUU Jll I I'UIHI Nl II I, nnrried out of policy lo u monaich many years older than her own father, it was al most lo be cxpeetcd that she should seek, in tlio society of some gay cavalier, a compen sation for this banishment lo a norlliei n coun try, and a sexagenarian spouse. ISor had she hesitated long in her choice. Albeit Glinski, Duku of Lithuania, who, though he was llio father of a sou ripening into man hood, was still in the vigor of life, anil sur passed all his younger rivals in grace of man ner and charm of conversation, bad soo1: fixed her leganl, nml won whatever nf affec tion or love the luxurious princess had lo be slow. Slin now sat waiting his arrival. Punctu ally at the hour of eight he entered. If any obscner could have watched the duke as ho traversed llio corridor which led lo the .... v.. ...iiiiiliii, 1. Injun, in,.; ii..., tttni dillicullj in believing that it was a favored lover that wa, passing before bin. ; so se.i-1 ous a b.ow did ho wear, nnd so deep an air of abstraction was there on bis countenance. queen's apartment, lie would hive had great io sooner, however, did ho enter that apart-1 muni, thin, by a sudden effort, bis Connie-', nance lit up ; his manner crew free and un-i restrained, and be assumed that mingled lonei of gaiety and pathos so effective with the I fair sex. N'-ver h id tlio queen felt inoie thoroughly appiovcd of the choice sho had made. I When this favnrablu disposition was at its' height, the duke, adopted gradually u more serious tone uf conveis.ilion, said ' Has it never occurred lo you, charming Uona, that the most exalted of your sex share - nil!) till! tlllmlllt.sl ll.N nun itr I t'iln.w, lnv.i . alone must I e the mulm. u hiel, hi inl.s :. sui. . ter to their feet. That passion must he genuine, must be fever high, which makes a subjucl quite forgot his queen in the lovelv woman lielore linn, anil tomtit htm lo u.iie1 .1 .. M I. II .... , llli: .uii;.un.l! Ul il Itiuilrll Lll, as won as Ul il husband.' ' Tiuo there is danger peiiiaps to both of us,' she renins, 'but il daunts us nut.' ' No ; but it is at hand.' ' What mean you, Glinski V ' We n I o betrayed.' 1 How ? by w I to in 1' ' How, or by whom, it nritlnis little; but thai subtle demon, Count L iski' knows tint which in his lunik is a warrant for our do slriiciion.' 1 Wli.il is to bo done? Wo will bribe him. All my jewels, all my hoards shall go to purchase Ids silence.' ' liribo Laski ! bribe the north wind ! bribe destiny itself, uhoso natme it is to dis- tribute good and ill hut to feel nei . No.1 hut 1 w ould have a dagger in Ins throat before i no . igm wero passed, nut nun ms soon tight t SIIIIIIUt;iS ,IIU ll.lKlt'll iij,- ,1 M.1YU Ol singiil ir power, w Iioiii tho illaius le ir to alt ic nan meant to tieg or nuy oMiun tins s ime iierceauiomaion.utiisouielliiug uiuKe uu-tliu "''''i' 'We will poison Ihe mind of Ibe king Ins eyes rested, w about, as it seemed, a pow i.:..c I.:... . i... .i.,.n i.,. .1: ..I r n ...:,i..i .... .i... i ;,..i r. e against him : U 3IIUII U.J IJI3HI1SSUU 1IUIU .III his oll'ici s. ' That poison is loo slow. Iiesides, if he once communicate his suspicions lo tho king which at this very moment lie may bo do ing seo you not, that it is no longer the minister, but the jealous monarch that we have to guard against. Hear mo, Hona, one of two fates inusl now bo mine. Death, or ihv hind, and with it thu ciown of Poland. Do not start. Thero is for mo no middle station, l ou mav be safe. A few tears, a few smiles, and the old king will lapse into bis dotage' ion speak in riddles, Glinski : I com prehend nothing of ail ibis.' 1 Yet it is clear enough. Thus it stands : the Duke of Lithuania loed the wife of Sig- isniuiiil, kiugnl i'olinil. hovel I call to witness all tho saints in heaven! love alone prompted bis suit. Hut now that fortune is first favored and then betrayed him. where think ynu does his safety lie ? Where, but in the bold enterprises ol ambition ? His only place of lefugii is a throne. I lo who has won a queen must protect her with a sc. ptre. You inusl bo mine my very queen you must extend your hand and raise me lo the royalty of Poland, or seo my blood flow Ignoniinioiisly upon the SLiifTulj.' 1 I extend my hand !' exclaimed llio agi tated queen, 'how can a feeble woman give or take away the crown of Poland ! ' Him who wears tho crown shu can take away.' ' Murder llio king !' shrieked Hona. 'Or sentence me,' replied the duke. It was no affected horror that tho queen hero displayed. Though at a subsequent period ofher life, if bistoiy speaks true, her imagination had grown familiar with deeds of this very naluro, and sho had become skilful in llio art of poisoning, sho was at this timo young, and unpraciicod in crime, and received its first suggestions with the horror which it naturally inspires. Sho bad sought for pleasure only in llio society of Glinski; it was a cruel disappointment, it was a fright, fill surprise, lo find herself thrust suddenly. with iiusinihled feel, on tho ihoiny path 'of I Ol I. I I. ., . . umuiiiuii. ouu s.iiik uacii on ino coucli where tbej' bad both been silling, and, hidin" her face in both her hands, remained in that po sition wiiiio mo uuKii continued lo untold his,l0 sh,vu t.fr ih0 npailmeiit scticnies at greater length. Nuver nnn f!, lnoro t(ill(,r ovo for lis Ho represented to her that the possession, daughter linn did thu proud, high-minded of tho duchy of Lillnnnia, tho inb.ibil.inls of minister for lliis Ids beautiful M iria. His which were distinguished by ilieir bravery demeanor tow aids her, from childhood up. and their liirbulonce, would enable him wards, had been onp of uiialterahle, uninler should the king opportunely die lo seize inpted fondness. Ho know no other mood, upon llio vacant thronu of Poland; that hti.no oilier lono, in whi'c'h'lio could luvo ad bad numerous and powerful friends among dressed, her, Did ihonivo cli.inct.llor, then tlio notiimy; mat lio had already drawn lo - gather his Lithuanians, under .prclen'cu of protecting llio frontier from tlio incursion of piedatory liands ; that ho intended immedi ately lo place himself at their head, 'and march tow.nds Cracow. Now, if at this moment tlio tbronn should suddenly become vacant, what power on earth could piovent him liom ascending it, and claiming thu hand of his then veritaliln queen? And then he expatiated on llio happiness they should en joy, when they should live in fearless union, " lake gods together, cureless of mankind." '.Whit is this,' excliimid Uona, suddenly starling up 'what is this ynu would tempt mo to 1 You dure not even namo the horrid deed you would have too commit. A vaunt ! you mo a devil, AJliat'Juski you would drag mo lo perdition.' Then falling in leais upon hiS neck, she implored him not lo tempt her further. 'Oh, AjlriiJ Albert" she I I I i r- ' ... to ? i iiesrecii you, piuiigo mo not into tins pit of guilt, leu can I I leel you can havcrmorry ! I imploie you, I charge you on your soul, 'renvoi t me not intu this demon. Spaio mo this crime!' ' Is it I alone,' said llio duke, who strove the while by Ins caresses to soothe and pacify her Ms it I alone who have brought, down upon us this disliessful alternative? Neither of us, while love decojed us on step by stop, dieamed of tho terrible necessilj' towards which it was hourly conducting us. But hero wo are half-way up, and the precipice below. Wo must rush still upwaids. There j 3' nn i is salelj' only on Ihe summit. Pause r II -M ! , , , I f VVB f' , h, did ynu I niik thai you, a queen C"IJ I1'', ns securely as some burgher s "'I11'' "u If1111 me.ly ofan amorous in- inPw? ""i.." must queen it oven in crime. High station and hold deeds become each other. Wo are committed, Uona. It is choice of life or death. I lis deatli or ours, for scatcely date I breathe the thought nn; simoon lovoiigo n nurrrroi ire nu.sua no, i i . .i '. i .. i ! wl MSfi In.i illise. ;it M.ict M.r.. , o nn t:imifl may execute its p, po so hefoie his dotage has had time to re.u .' h 'Where do von lead n.ej What shall 1 become! cried the. bewildered queen. '1 hive loved thee, Albert, hut I hate not liim.' ' I ask ihee nol to hr.to' 1 They married me to Sigismund out of stale policy ion I have chosen for the I,ar""'r "' '"' r of ii oait, and I will protect you to the uttermost. Let things rest tliete 'lis w ell enough.' ' Wo will consult further of our plans, . ti i .... i . i ,, i .I . ... , " ', " " Willi Ins irni, he led the weening (iiiecn into an adjoining room. Tho ictoiy, ho fell, was his. Cmvrai III. Tlie scene changes to an apartment of a very different sty If. We enter the bouse of llio chancellor; but it is not tho chancellor himself who is first ptrsofileu lo our view. In nn iiniepi" CJottik chiiil), in iho di.co riitton and strucluio of which the must costly miteri.il hid been studiously united witli the severest simplicity of taste, sat .Maria, tiio only daughter and child of Count Laski. Shu s it aUio embroidery. Tho embroidery, however, had fallen upon her lap; sho lean ed hack, resigned to bur meditations, in a llliliivn !l rill .r'll l llWi il'n nut n-ltli ntirulu tint. vut wlidl j, U i,,,,,,,. llut , ,,irl. mlls, ,vu f,., soml.,hi,, ,,, prhlo and pleasure as ,or stiylil and lovely form s.fiU into it j, was a long levene. ' i In an angle of this loftv room, at some dis ( ,,)l)Cl,) i)llt t ut of the range of clear vis- , ,, siud motionless as a statue, ihe slave ! llakem. His arms weio folded ou his breast, l I l" , i 1 1 1 . J I (I V. II, Ull UK) UOaUll III llgOTU Ol , llio lovely jomig giil before him. It was ono of those long intense loofey which show that tho person on whom it is fixed is still moio the object of meditation than of vision where it is the soul that looks. llakem gazed like a devotee upon tlu -Wred image

of bis saint. Maria, quitu unconscious of ibis gaze, pur sued her meditations. Her eyu caught the hour-glass tint stood on n smtll table beside her. 'Sand after sand,' said she, musing lo herself 'sand after sand, thought lifter thought, Tho same siud over trickling there; tho sinio thought ever coursing through my mind. Oh, Into! love! They say it en larges the heart ; I think il contracts it to a single point.' ' llakem,' shu said, after a piusc, and turn ing towards the slave, 'you me Iruu to my father, will y on bo line also lo on.'?' To her father !' ho murmured to himself, 'as if And then, checking himself and speaking aloud, he answered ' The Chris tians are not so true lo your sweet namesake, llio Holy Yugiu, whom they udore, us I will bo to you.' 'A simple promise will suffice,' said Alalia, ' You have, II ikeni let mo say it without offence a stylo oflaiiguago-nrn I sup pose hypothetical which either 1 must loam to pardon, or you must labor to reform. It does not suit our iioithcru clime.' ' I am mulo. Yet, lady, jou bavo some times chid mo for my long silence.' ' And is it for your much speaking that 1 chide you now j"snid the maid, with a smile. 'You will stand half llio day liko u statue lliero ; and, when spoken lo, answer w ith a gesture only so that many bavo thought you really dumb. Much speaking is certainly nol thy fault.' ' I understand. The slave speaks as one who felt llio indescribable charm of tho pres ence. It is a presumption worthy of death. Shall I inflict the punishment )' 1 Is this amendment of thy fault, good lla kem, or repetition of il V 1 I await your commands. What scrvico can llakem render V Dot Maii i relapsed again into silence, Sho seemed to hesitate in making tho com munication slid bad designed. Meantime, j llio arrival of tier father w.iS'annuuncod, and J somu ono, who in bis way, also, is very ayenuy usk did'he,' b'v constant' fond- ness, spoil his child? No. It is tho fond noss which is not constnnt that spoils, It is llio balf.lovo of weak nnd irritable natures, who aio themselves children amongst their children, who can themselves bo petulenl, selfish, and capricious it is this dial mars a temper. Hut calm nnd unalterable love oh, believe it not that such ever spoilt a child ! Alain grew up tinder Ilm eye ol aflection, and tho ever-opon hand of 'paternal love; and sho herself seemed lo have learned no other impulses but those of atToclion and generosity. Alas for father 1 w hen the child grows into llio budding woman, and by her soft, intelli gent companionship fills thu house with glad ness, and tho heart with inappreciable con tent, then conies the gay, permitted spoiler comes tho lover with his suit his honora ble suit and lobs them of their treasure. The wuild feels only with llio lover with thu youtl 1 the fair maiden that he wins. for thu bereaved parent, not a thought ! No one heeds llio sigh that bieaks from him, as, amidst festivities and mirth, and congraliila lory acclamations, ho sees tho daughter, witli all her prized affections, borne off from him, in triumph, for ever. There was, on this occasion, in llio manner ofL-Jski towards his child, an evident sad ness. It was not that the political horizon was darkening; ho had never permitted that lo throw its gloom over his comnaiiionshin with Ins daughter. It was because bu had grounds lo believo thai llio events which V. 1 w.l III. hr(.!11(1 .lfn,cio c1Itjvt. ileiied llio trmquility of Poland lliieat- so tlio peace of Ins daughter, xriiose "ections bo had divined were no longer ex- isiveiy ins own. She, obsetving bis emotion, and altrihut- ing it to some untoward event in ihe political woihl, could not refrain from expressing llio wish tint ho would quit the harassing alfairs , .,,t i:.. . in.- i ol state, and live w lo y n his home ..... . .. . 7f "S s 1 c,! l,;.,ve done so,' ho re P' "'.. 'f Phonal happiness had been . r"'Z"TnW' ' . ' " work to accomplish one, I think, which God, by fitting, mo thereto, Ins pointed out j asinine. Llse it is indeed bore, with ihee . beside me, that I find all that can bear llio, name of happiness. The lest of life is but i stoniest duty strife, hostility, contempt. llut away with this gloomy talk what gossip , is more slirrmg lit your idle woihl, Maria V ' Pray, is thero war forward?' 1 1 hope not. Why do you ask V ' A maul of mine, who in the city gathers news as busily as bees, in the upon fields, their honey' Your simile, I fear, would scarce hold good, as to tho honey.' ' No, in faith ; and lliero is no honey in the news she brings. She tells mo that a camp is forming in thu frontiers between Poland and Lithuania, anil thai Augustus Glinski i sent thero toonini.ind the troops. Is this into ?' Ml is; and she might have added that the duke himself secretly left tho city last lilghl, lo plare himself at their head.' Is it a dangerous service?' ' The service on which tho duke has en tered, and into which ho misleads Ins son, is dangerous. You tiemble, Maria. Il was no maiden, nor llio tattle of tho town, that brought you this. When did yon last see or hoar from him from Augustus Glinski V ' Ilelieve me,' said M il i.i. while a crimson blush suddenly spread over her countenance, ' if I have concealed anything front ou, ii was nol from crafl nor subtlety, nor fear, but from ' ' Fiom a mere delicacy, a simple bashful ness.'s iid the father coming to her assistance. ' I know it well. Had yoiiji mother living, I would bid you confide these sentiments To her, and lo her only ; but having no oilier parent, make mo your confident. Trust me, you shall not find a womans heart more open to your griefs, your fears, yourjovs, than mine shall be. Make mo your sole confident you love tho young Augus'iisP 'When 1 was at my aunt's wo met each other often hul to you, my father, I have ever referred him as our final arbiter. I need nol siy that the known political rivalry between his father and yourself has made him backward in addressing you." 'All men speak well of Augustus Glinski. I blame you nol, my child ; fonly tremble for you. The duke, his father, is" a restless, bold, ambitious man, who will lead him honorable 5s he is, bill too young to judge or lesist his parent into tioasonablo enterpri ses. Uoth father and sou -if they will play the rebel, and bringdown war on Poland I stand prepared to meet. Tho sword nf justice shall sweep them from the earth. Hut if lhj hoarl, my child, is dnomad lo bleed in this encounter, the wound will not bo moro yours lb in mine. Thero shall be no secrets bolween us. I will protect iheo nil I can, and if I cannot prevent thy sor rows, I will at least share them." .A low tap was heard at tlio door and a pigo tuado his appearance. On seo ing llio minister, t!i sij-iplmg xvas about to retire. Maria, however called him in, and bade him deliver bis message. "You come," sho said to tlio youth, who still hesitated lo speak "you come from tlio younger Glins ki : speak openly, what is it ho has commis sioned you to say V " This, my lady," answered tho pane. that ho has ridden in nil haste from llio' CaOlll lll.ll III, lllOSl milt llAr!lt. nr.,1.. I.,,-! foro nightfall, and craves an audience, if on ly for ono minute." Maria looked towards her father, and thus referred tho answer to him, I Count Laski was silent. 1 "Will you nol," said his daughter, " tell this messenger, wheiher his master may I come hero or nol ?" ! " My child ho cannot ; be is nt this mo- j meat under my arrest. Return, sir page,"i and ho motioned him from tho room ''but1 return to thu fortress of mJ0U "ill find your master lliero a prisoner, under chaigu of high treason." " Oh, spare him 1 snare him !'' cried Maria, as sho sunk hack almost senseless with toiroi and alarm. ! "My child! my child!" exclaimed tlio minister, in hcail-breaking anguish, as he. benl over Ids weeping daughter. ' ciiAi-feit IV. After haviug'W sump'.niauner soothed tho terrors of his daughter, tho chancellor called to him his trusty llakem. Ho briefly explained to him that tho Duke of Lithuania was at that mooiont in open rebellion against his majesty, and placed in bis hands a war rant for his execution. " The ,,w cannot reach him through its usual seivanls," he said ; "it is a hold enterprise I hroooso lo you lo decapitate a general at tho head of his troops." If this was a measure winch hardly anoth er than Laski would have contemplated, it was one also which ho would hivo haidly found another than Hakemlo undertake and accomplish. Tho brovery of this man was all but iniraculoiiF, and was only rescued from uiaJnes-by the extreme skill if aililrcss by w hii Ii it was supported. In battle, I e nifli-d on d m.rnr an a bold anil delighted iinmcr plunges in thu uaief, which m nun are as innocuous as tho breezs that is freshening them. Vet, w hen the excitement was passed, lie relapsed into a Ftate of apparent apathy. He had bean taken c.iptue in one of tluisa engagement, nt lliis timu not (infrequent, between the l'.des and tho Turks, with the latter of wheun ho had served as a sold.er of Jnrlune. To (.ay that he Was taken prisoner, is hardly correct ; for ho was found lying half dead mi tho field of Ii title, and was brought boine by the Poles, by pome caprice of compassion, with their own sick and dying. Neither was it constraint that held him beneath the roof or Laski, or in the nominal condition ef a slaie, for at all limes escape wmild hue been easy to him. It was either attachment to thosn who lived beneath that roof, or an equal indifference lo everything without or neyonu it, that retained him then To propose lo llakem snmo hold nnd perilous enterprise, was to ofler to him ono lL''' ."P0" including the son in tho guilt and of tho few pleasures to which ho was open. I punishment of his parent. The reprcsonta Hu accepted, therefore of the slrango ! ''""s of tti miiiislor were hero unavailing; commission now entrosted to him itliout ' '1.t5 wolld lislt." to nothing Imt tlio dictates of hesitation ; stipulating, only, that he might llis nw" vindictive feelings. takn from the stables" of tho king, a horse which was much celebrated for its amazing power and lleelncss. Mounted upon ibis incomparable sleed, be pursued bis way lo the camp uf thu Duko of Lithuania. Ou his journey he bad mado trial of its speed, and yet had husbanded its strength. Arrived at the plain where tho insuigent army was encamped, ho thero lay in ambush for some time, till ho siw wheio the duke. passing hislioops in review,. rone somen li it in advance ol what, in the language of modern waifaro, wo should call his staff. llakem sel spurs to his hoisj),aniI rushed upon him with iho velocity of light ning, Ids drawn scimatir llishing in the sun, and his loud cry of defiance calling ihe duke to his defence. Thus challenged he put his lance in rest, to meet his furious nssailont. But the thrust of the lance was avoided, and the next moment the head of the duke was seen to roll upon the field. Tho Arab wheeled round, anil without quilling his sleed, picked up the severed head, placed it on bis saddle bows, and darted oil' fleeter than tho wind. A cry of horror and a shnul of pursuit arose from the wholo army, who were spectators of this scene. Every horse was in motion. But where thu contest is one of speed, of what avail aro numbers ? In the whole camp there was not a steed which could compete with that on w hich tho solita ry fugitive was mounted, and was already seen s-ouring the plain at a distance. As he tied a 'paper was observed to fall from bis hands, which the wimj bore amongst bis in numerable puisuers ; ii was the judicial war rant that had been thus strangely executed. Meanwhile, at the palace, the royal mind of Sigismund was not a little disquieted and alarmed by this sudden rebellion of the pow erful Duke of Lithuania. That alarm would not have been diminished had ho been n waro that this open rebellion was lo be aid ed by a secret domestic treason, which in his own palace, was lying in ambush for his life.. The queen, whilst watching her op portunity to perform iier part in this crimi nal enterprise, affected to throw all the blame of ibis formidable rebellion on the un popularity of the minister Laski, whose measures, indeed, llio duko pioclaimed as ihe main motive of his conduct. Matters were in this condition when Count Laski, attended by bis slave, enter ed tho royal apartment. There wero pres ent besides tho queen, several of the nobil ity nil prepared by ihe insinuations and address of the queen, to give but a cold greeting to tlio minister. " In good time," said the queen," Count Liski makes his appearance. We wish to know how you will extricate Ids Majesty from tho neril in which vour nnnonul.ir num. sols bavo thrust him. Willi what force will . "ft ll,e eeni which had occured, you meet Iho Duko of Lithuania? Now ! 1 jt,1 It IZ',',1 M AuPu.',u;. P'mmg when there is need of .ho brave chivalry oflL " ' H, ' .taeP Poland to defend the kmg from bo". wo find the nobility alienated from Iho crown nig luspsrent, allay himself to her! Ilowconld by your unwise, and arrogant, and plcbi.in he choose for his tecoiid father Ihe lerv man policy. Hot let us hear what is the excel- lent advice, what is iho good intelligejifcrf you now bring us l "Tho Duko nf Lithuania,, madam," said tlio chancellor, slightly raising his voice, but preserving Iho j.iiue calm dignity as if lie liad been presiding in a high court of justice " The Duke of Lilhuinia is in open re bellion, manifest rebellion ; and rebellion is, in tho laws of all nations, punished by death." ' Punished !" said tlio nueon scoflingly : " aro ynu speaking of some trembling caitiff who Holds up lus naked hind at vour bar of justice! Punished! You must conquer htm. w " Your Majesty will bo pleased to hoar." continued the chancellor, wiiha look full of significance, " that Albert Glinski, Duko of Lithuania, whoso treason was open and pro claimed, has been by tho roj.il warrant sentenced." Count Laski paused. " Sontenred !" exclaimed Bona and re pealed her scornful laugh, which ibis time but ill-concealed a certain vaguo terror thai wj)s rising in her mind. " Is our chancellor mad or does he sport with us 1 This rebel whom you talk of senlenring of condemn ing, wo presume, lo the block stands at the bend ofa greater army than hi, Majesty can aflhis moment assemble."' " And thu sentence," pursued tlio minis ter has been executed !" As he pronounced theso words, the sl ise llakem advanced, and drawing aside his robe, which had hitherto concealed ii, ho held up by thu h ifr, the severed bead of llio Duke of Lithuania. There inn a thrill of horror through tho issembly. Hut the next moment, a loud hysterical shriek drew the .mention of all parlies lo the queen; Sho had fallen insen sible at tho feel of ihe king. Thu council was abruptly dismissed, Cii.utui V. Tims far the cause of the chancellor l ad prospered. Poland had been preserved from the horrors of a civil war. The king's life hail also bom .saved, ami a great crime prevented ; the career of assassination and of poisoning, into which llio queen after wards entered, was at all events postponed. as a puonc man.tne nuniMcr was fully tri umphiilil : Iful tlio minister whs si futlmr ! ""'P',111"1 at this side he was vulneiable: and fortnim dealt her blow witli cruel and uuexpected severity. We I. ivo seen with what stern fidelity to his minisierial duty, anil bow great a peril to his duuglitei's happi.ies, the clnucellor had airesled Augustus Glinski. The rebellion quelled, tho author of it punished decapitated there seemed no just motive for holding Ion ger in imprisonment a youth who could not bo accused of haying any guilty participation in tlio crime of his father. He accordingly proposed bis release. But ihe anger of the king against tho late duke, who to his politi cal ofienco had aided that of personal ingrat itude (for it was Sigismund himself who had bestowed on linn tho powerful duchy of Li . i ,i . llm inn,) was still un.ippeascd. and he insis. iouni ltisi.1 uetane.i me manner of bis arrest, and explained the singular interest he fell in the p irdon and liberation of this.youtb: adding, that if Augustus Glinski died upon the scaffold, he fen ted the life of his daugh ter. Hut even this was unavailing. Tho old monarch thought lie was displaying a great acuteness when ho detected as he im agined, in ibis plea ofa daughter's happiness, a scheme of selfish agrandizement. 'Ha! ha !' said he, 'so the w ind sits in lint quarter. A good match duchess nf Lithuania ; I would rather ynu ask for the dukedom your self, and married your daughter to another.' It was in vain that the minister again repea ted hn biinplo and true statement; it was in vain that he limited his request to the life of the younger Ohnski, consenting to the forfeiture of lis title ami estates: Sigisinuud was resolved this time not to be oicrrcached by his subtle inmislor. Tlio langu igo of entreaty was new to liki ; ho bad tried it and had failed. It wa? new lo Iiski lo endure tamely the miscon struction of his motives, nr the least impeach ment of his erarity. Ho had no other resource, uo other response 1 a It tlnu Iho resignation of his ministerial office. But the obstinacy and anger of the king were proof against this also. This danger which threatened his reign had been (Impelled, fie could afijrd to bo self willed, fie would not bo controlled. In short, f'ount Liski left tho royal presence a d.'scar ded minister. In a monarchy uncontrolled and unaided by ropreso.ilatiies assemb ies, the power which is secured (.erlripn to one ot ihe weiket of men or women, perhaps to a child, has often struck the obf ui ver of human afnir,. as a strange anom aly. Ii it tho insecure and precarious foundi. Hon of the powerot the great minister in sucha monarchy, is scarcely less curious to contoni plite. I'bo sagacious counsellor, the long ex perienced governor, w ho Ins for years wielded the powers ot the state, may be reduced to ob scurity and impotence by a word a word of puerile passion, kindled perhaps by a silly in trigue. A great ruler is displaced at the caprice of a dotard. When Count Laski entered the presence of Ihe king, he was in reality the gov ern, ir of Poland ; lluropo acknowledged him ai loog-t Ihe controllers and directors o? human affairs ; his country expected many signal im prnvemoms at his hands; tho indmdaf happi lies of thousands depended upon him ; but this power, which hail devised great schemes, and which was tho rock of support to so many, could itself be shaken and oicrthrown in a moment, by the hpleneiic humor of an angry old man. U ho shall describe Iho gnelOnd des-pair of Maria when the heard of the cruel resolution which the king had taken, 0f the dreadful file which threatened Augustus Glinski! As she cat this time oilier Gothic chamber, and in her accustomed chair, what a mortal pilcness had settled upon her citiireuaiice ! Her eye Wared out, and was fited on ihe vacant wall, as if a spirit hid arisen before her, and arrested her regard. 7 here was a spirit there. It was Ihe form of Ihe young Augustus whom she saw wiinering ana wasting in ins dungeon ; a dun. aeon which would deliier him no onlv in th who had deprued lion uf Ins tirst a JUpUtfslri inicul I li pirciiii il I sou could but hear that lie had bro. hen loose Iroin imprisonment, that he was but safe-tins was all that she felt entitled to wish or lo pray for It need hardly by added that it w as additional bitterness to reflect, that but for us atti c iinent to hor.srjlf, (s arrest and captivi. ty would neer hue taken place. Again in the bame M,gle 0f ,10 ap, ,,,, tho Arab slavo might h.ne been seen standing silent ami motionless an lef.rc, regardm with deep interest and coinserat,o tho beai.tifu d Lighter of Liski. The t.crct was about, en ...,u occasion, lo betray to Hakein had now betrayed i.solt to h.3 own enervation. &ie loml-sl.o loved tho so,, of h,n, whom he I. id a.s.issmated, r eve.-n.ed. There ,v , profound saduess on the features of t,e slave lliesdenco oflhoro.,,. as suddenly bro ken by Maria, who, turning , tho slave, ex. "' "i.'uisn llakem, vou must Me him ! you must me him"' Tiii was said in mero desperali certainly nit w-uh anyd.stmct hope that it wa in tho power of llakem brobey. hen. therefore, she heard h s ui co reply, in a calm hut subdued tone " I will ! sho was almost us much surprised as if she hid not addressed herself to him. She ro.e to be assured that it was ho who spoke : to b,u bun repoil lus consolatory promisV; to question him on his meies of fultilln,.. jt. u, llakem wa, uo longer there ; he had "sud'denlv quoted the aparlmont. Il seemed as if some voice in Ihe air had sported with her grief. Cn.irrER VI. Hul it was no voice thai mocked r.t her rrief llakem pioceeded il,.,t leiy day to the paiaCf! and sought an interview with the queen. The guard or sentinel to whom he nddrossed him telf, laughed at lus request. Give her maies , . 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