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his watch and purse were found on the portion of a bloody handkerchief which body."
projected outside the shirt-frill. "Have they taken the body away ?" So overwhelmed was my father by
“No, sir. It remains for the coro- these evidences, that he sank powerner's inquest, which is to assemble less into a chair, without strength to immediately.”
speak. “ Had Rutledge any political ene "How was it?-how did it occur?" mies? Is it supposed that the event asked Fagan, sitting down in front of was in any way connected with him, and placing one hand familiarly party?"
on my father's knee. Simple as the “That could scarcely be,” said action was, it was a liberty that he had Fagan. " He was one who gave him- never dared before to take with my faself little concern about state affairs ther, who actually shuddered at the an easy fop, that fluttered about the touch, as though it had been a pollu. Court, caring for little above the plea tion. sures of his valueless existence !"
“ Unpremeditated, of course, I con“For such men you have few sym clude," said Fagan, still endeavouring pathies, Fagan!"
to lead him on to some explanation. "None, sir. Not one. Their his. My father nodded. tory is ever the same. A life of de “Unwitnessed also," said Fagan, bauch-a death of violence !"
slowly. Another nod implied assent. " This is to speak hardly, Fagan,” " Who knows of your presence in said my father, mildly. «Men like Dublin ?-Who has seen you, since poor Rutledge have their good qua. your arrival in Dublin ?" asked he. lities, though they be not such as you “ None of my acquaintances, so far, and I set store by. I never thought at least, as I know, I went, by a mere so myself, but others, indeed, deemed accident, to a hotel where I am not him a most amusing companion, and known. By another accident, if I dare with more than an ordinary share of so call it, I fell upon this rencontre. I wit and pleasantry.”
will endeavour to tell you the whole, « The wit and pleasantry were both as it occurred that is, if I can suffi. exerted to make his friends ridiculous, ciently collect myself; but first let sir," said Fagan, severely. “ He was me have some wine, Fagan, for I am a man that lived upon a reputation for growing weak.” smartness, gained at the expense of As Fagan left the room, he passed every good feeling."
the desk where Raper was already “I'll wager a trifle, Tony," said my seated, hard at work, and, laying bis father, laughing, “that he died deep in hand on the clerk’s shoulder, he whisyour books. Come, be frank, and say peredhow much this unhappy affair will cost * “ Be cautious that you do not
mention Mr. Carew's arrival here. " Not so dearly as it may you, sir," There is a writ out against him for whispered Fagan in my father's ear; debt, and he has come up here to be and the words nearly overcame him. out of the way."
" How so?--what do you mean?" Raper heard the words without even muttered my father, in a broken, fal discontinuing to write, and merely tering voice
muttered a brief "very well,” in reply. " Come this way, for a moment, When Fagan re-entered the chamMr. Carew," said the other, aloud, ber, he found my father just rallying “ and I'll show you my snuggery, from a fainting-fit, which loss of blood where I live, apart from all the world." and agitation together, had brought
My father followed him into a small on. Two or three glasses of wine chamber, where Fagan at once closed hastily swallowed, restored him, and the door, and locked it; and then ap- he was again able to converse. proaching him, pulled forth from be “ Can you be traced to this house? neath his loose cuff, a lace ruffle, stain is there any clue to you here?” asked ed and clotted with blood.
Fagan, resuming his former seat. " It is fortunate for you, Mr. Ca. "None, so far as I know. The afrew," said he," that Raper is so unob. fair occurred thus ” servant; any other than he would have “ Pardon my interrupting you," seen this, and this ;” and as he spoke broke in Fagan; “but the most imthe last words, he pointed to a small portant thing at this moment is, to
provide for your safety, in the event “ Arrah ! bother ye, Denny !” broke of any search after you. Have you in the representative of the sex, who any ground to apprehend this ?”
stood an impatient listener to this long * None whatever. You shall hear indictment; “what's worth fightin' the story.".
for in the world barrin' ourselves ?” “ They are talking of it outside !" A scornful laugh was all the reply whispered Fagan, with a gesture of his he deigned to this appeal ; and he hand to enforce caution; “ let us listen went on to them." And he slowly unlocked the “I often said what Barry Rutdoor, and left it to stand ajar.
ledge 'ud come to ; ay, and I told The outer shop was by this time himself so. You've a bad tongue,' filling with the small fruit-venders of says I, and you've a bad heart. the capital—a class peculiarly disposed Some day or other you 'll be found to collect and propagate the gossip of out;' and ye see, so he was." the day; and Fagan well knew how “I wonder who did it," exclaimed much the popular impression would another. depend upon the colouring of their re- “My wonder is,” resumed Denny, cital.
“ that it wasn't done long ago; or in" 'Tis lucky," said one, “ that his stead of one wound in his skin, that he watch and money was on him, or they'd hadn't fifty. Do you know that when say at once it was the boys done it.” I used to go up to the officers' room
« Faix ! they couldn't do that," with oranges, I'd hear more wickedness broke in another; "there's marks about out of his mouth in one mornin', than the place would soon contradict them.” I'd hear in Pill-lane, here, in a month “What marks?"
of Sundays. There wasn't a man dined " The print of an elegant boot. I at the Castle there wasn't a lady saw it myself; it is small in the heel danced at the Coort, that he hadn't å and sharp in the toe, very unlike yours bad story about; and he always began or mine, Tim."
by saying— He and I was old school« Begad! so much the better," said fellows,' or she's a great friend of the other, laughing.
mine.' I was up there the morning " And I'll tell you more," resumed after the Coort came home from Carew the former speaker: “it was a dress Castle; and if ye heard the way be sword—what they wear at the Castle went on about the company. He be- killed him. You could scarce see gan with Curtis, and finished with Ca. the hole. It's only a little blue spot rew himself.” between the ribs."
Fagan closed the door here, and “Oh, dear! oh, dear!” exclaimed a walking over, sat down beside my fawoman's voice; " and they say he was ther's chair. an elegant, fine man !"
“We've heard enough now, sir," " As fine a figure of a man as ever said he, “ to know wbat popular opi. ye looked at !"
nion will pronounce upon this man. " And nobody knows the reason of Denny speaks with the voice of a it at all?" asked she again.
large mass of this city; and if they be “I'll engage it was about a woman !" not either very intelligent or exalted, muttered a husky, old, cracked voice, they are, at least, fellows who back that was constantly heard, up to this words by deeds, and are quite ready to moment, bargaining for oranges. risk their heads for their convictions a
And Fagan quickly made a sign to test of honesty that their betters, permy father to listen attentively.
haps, would shrink from. From what “That's Denny Cassin," whispered he says, there will be little sympathy he, “ the greatest newsmonger in for Rutledge. The law, of course, will Dublin."
follow its due path; but the law against " The devil recave the fight ever I popular feeling is like the effort of the heerd of hadn't a woman in it, some wind to resist the current of a fast river. how or other; an' if she didn't It may ruffle the surface, but never will begin it, she was shure to come in at arrest the stream. Now, sir, just tell the end, and make it worse. Wasn't me in a few words, what took place beit a woman that got Hemphill Daly tween you?". shot ?_wasn't it a woman was the My father detailed everything, death of Major Brown, of Coolmines ? from the hour of his arrival in Dublin, -wasn't it a woman. "
down to the very moment of his deVOL. XLI.- NO. CCXLI,
scending at Fagan's door. He faltered, indeed, and hesitated about the con. versation of the coffee-room, for even in all the confidence of a confession, he sbrunk from revealing the story of his marriage. And in doing so, he stammered and blundered so much, that Fagan could collect little above the bare facts, that my mother had been wagered at a card-table, and won by my father.
Had my father been in a cooler mood, he could not have failed to remark, how much deeper was the interest Fagan took in the story of his first meeting with my mother, than in all the circumstances of the duel. So far as it was safe_farther than it would have been so at any other moment--the Grinder cross-questioned my father as to her birth, the manner of her education, and the position she held before her marriage.
- This is all beside the matter," cried my father, at last, impatiently. “I am now to think what is best to be done here. Shall I give myself up at once?_and why not, Fagan ?" added he, abruptly, interrogating the look of the other.
“For two sufficient reasons, sir : first, that you would be needlessly ex. posing yourself to great peril; and, secondly, you would certainly be exposing another to great-." He stopped and faltered, for there was that in my father's face that made the utter. ance of a wrong word dangerous.
“Take care what you say, Master Tony; for, however selfish you may deem me, I have still enough of heart left to consider those far worthier of thought than myself.”
" And yet, sir, the fact is so, whether I speak it or not,” said Fagan. “Once let this affair come before a public tribunal, and what is there that can be held back from the prying impertinence of the world ? And I see no more reason why you should peril life than risk all that makes life desirable."
“But what or where is all this peril, Fagan ? You talk as if I had been committing a murder.”
"It is precisely the name they would give it in the indictment, sir,” said the oiker, boldly. “ Nay, hear me out, Mr. Carew. Were I to tell the ad. venture of last night, as the bare facts reveal it, who would suggest the possibility of its being a duel ? Think of
the place the hour the solitudethe mere accident of the meeting! Oh! no, sir ; duels are not fought in this fashion.”
“You are arguing against yourself, Tony. You have convinced me that there is but one course open. I must surrender myself!"
“Think well of it, first, Mr. Carew," said Fagan, drawing his chair closer, and speaking in a lower tone. “We must not let any false delicacy deceive us. There never was a case of this kind yet that did not less depend upon its own merits than on fifty things over which one has no contrcl. The temper of the judge - the rank in life of the jury -- the accidental tone of public opinion at the moment-the bias of the press ; these are the agencies to be thought of. When Grogan Hamilton was tried for shooting John Adair, in the mess-room, at Carlow, his verdict was pronounced before the jury was empannelled !"
“I never heard of that case," said my father, anxiously.
« It occurred when you were a boy at school, sir; and although the facts would not read so condemnatory now, at that time there was not one voice to be heard on the side of mercy. The duel, if duel it could be called, took place after every one, save themselves, had left the table. The quarrel was an old grudge, revived over the bottle. They fought without witnesses ; and with Heaven knows what inequality of weapons, and although Hamilton gave himself up -"
“He gave himself up?" interrupted my father.
"Yes, sir-in direct opposition to his friends' advice, he did so; but, had he followed a different course—had he even waited till the excitement had calmed down a little-till men began to talk more dispassionately on the subject, the result might have been different.”
“And what was the result?"
“I have already told you, sir-a conviction.”
" And what followed ?"
“He was hanged_hanged in front of the old gaol at Naas, where the regiment he once had served in were quartered. I don't know how or why this was done. Some said it was to show the people that there was no favouritism towards a man of rank and fortune. Some alleged it was to spare
the feelings of his relatives, who were “Of the very greatest utility, sir; Carlow people."
not alone from his legal knowledge, “Good Heavens !" exclaimed my fa. but from his consummate acquaintance ther, passionately, "was there ever with the world and its modes of thinksuch an infamy!"
« The event happened as I tell you, * Can you send for him. Can you sir. I believe I have the trial in the get him here without exciting suspi. house-if I have not, Crowther will cion ?" said my father; for already had have it, for he was engaged in the de terror seized hold on him, and even fence, and one of those who endea. before he knew it, was he entangled in voured to dissuade Hamilton from his the toils. resolution of surrender.”
“I can have him here within an hour, "And who is Crowther?”
sir, and without any risk whatever, for “A solicitor, sir, of great practice he is my own law-adviser, and in conand experience.”
stant intercourse with me." “In whom you have confidence, Fagan now persuaded my father to Fagan ?"
lie down, and try to obtain some sleep, * The most implicit confidence." promising to awake him the moment
“And who could be useful to us in that Crowther arrived. this affair?"
A CONFERENCE SCARCELY had my father laid himself gravest objections to his surrendering down on the bed, when he fell off into himself." a heavy sleep. Fatigue, exhaustion, “My own opinion !" rejoined Fagan, and loss of blood, all combined to over.
curtly. come him, and he lay motionless in the - Even if it were an ordinary duel, same attitude he at first assumed. with all the accustomed formalities of
Fagan came repeatedly to the bed. time, place, and witnesses, the temper side, and opening the curtains slightly, of the public mind is just now in a crigazed on the cold, impassive features tical state on these topics-MacNawith a strange intensity. One might mara's death, and that unfortunate have supposed that the almost death affair at Kells, have made a deep imlike calm of the sleeper's face, would pression. I'd not trust too much to have defied every thought or effort of such dispositions. Besides, the chances speculation ; but there he sat, watching are, they would not admit him to bail, it, as though, by dint of patience and so that he'd have to pass three, nearly study, he might at length attain to read. four months in Newgate before he could ing what was passing within that brain. be brought to trial.
At the slightest sound that issued “He'd not live through the imprifrom the lips, too, he would bend down sonment. It would break his heart, if to try and catch its meaning. Per- it did not kill him otherwise." haps, at moments like these, a trace of " By no means unlikely." impatience might be detected in his "I know him well, and I am conmanner; but for the most part, his hard, vinced he'd not survive it. Why the stern features showed no sign of emo. very thought of the accusation-the tion, and it was in all his accustomed bare idea that he could be arraigned self-possession that he descended to the as a criminal, so overcame him here small and secluded chamber, where this morning, that he staggered back, Crowther sat awaiting him.
and sunk into that chair, half faint“ Still asleep, Fagan?" asked the ing." lawyer, looking hastily up from the "lle thinks that he was not known papers and documents he had been pe at that hotel where he stopped ?” rusing.
“He is quite confident of that the “ He is asleep; and like enough to manner of the waiters towards him continue so," replied the other, slowly, convinces him that he was not recogwhile he sank down into an arın-chair, nised." and gave himself up to deep reflection. “ Nor has be spoken with any one
“I have been thinking a good deal since his arrival, except yourself?" over what you have told me," said “Not one, save the hackney carCrowther, “and, I own, I see the very man, who evidently did not know hin."
" He left home, you say, without a servant ?"
« Yes ! he merely said that he was going over, for a day or two, to the mines, and would be back by the end of the week, But, latterly, he has often absented himself in this fashion; and, having spoken of visiting one place, has changed his mind, and gone to another, in an opposite direction."
" Who has seen him since he arrived here?"
“No one but myself and Raper."
- That matters but little. Joe has forgotten all about it already, or if he has not, I have but to say, that it was a mistake for him to fancy that it was so. You shall see, if you like, that he will not even hesitate the mo. ment I tell him the thing is so."
“ It only remains, then, to determine where he should go-I mean Carew; for, although any locality would serve in one respect, we must bethink our selves of every issue to this affair ; and, should there be any suspicion attaching to him, he ought to be out of danger--the danger of arrest. Where do his principal estates lie?"
“In Wicklow_immediately around Castle Carew."
" But he has other property?".
“Yes! he has some northern es. tates ; and there is a mine, also, on Lough Allen belonging to him.”
- Well, why not go there?"
6There is no residence; there is nothing beyond the cabins of the peasantry, or the scarcely more comfort. able dwelling of the overseer. I have it, Crowther," cried he, suddenly, as though a happy notion had just struck him; “I bave it. You have heard of that shooting-lodge of mine at the Killeries? It was Carew's property, but has fallen into my hands : he shall go there. So far as seclusion goes, I defy Ireland to find its equal. They who have seen it, tell me it is a perfect picture of landscape beauty. He can shoot, and fish, and sketch for a week or so, till we see wbat turn this affair is like to take. Nothing could be better; the only difficulty is the distance.'
“ You tell me that he is ill.”
“It is more agitation than actual illness: he was weak and feeble before this happened, and of course his nerves are terribly shaken by it."
- The next consideration is, how to
apprise his wife, at least, what we ought to tell her if he be incapable of writing.”
“I binted that already as I accompanied him up stairs, and by his manner it struck me that he did not lay much stress on the matter; he merely said, “Oh! she has no curiosity ; she never worries herself about what does not concern her.'"
“A rare quality in a wife, Fagan," said the other, with a smile.
Whether it was the prompting of his own thoughts, or that some real or fancied emphasis on the word “wife!" caught him, but Fagan asked, suddenly, “What did you say ?"
“I remarked that it was a rare quality for a wife to possess. You thought, perhaps, it was rather the gift of those who enjoy the privilege, and not the name of such."
“Maybe you're right, then, Crow. ther. Shall I own to you, it was the very thought that was passing through my own brain."
" IIow strange that Rutledge should have hinted the very same suspicion to myself, the last time we ever spoke together,” said Crowther, in a low, confidential whisper. « We were sit ting in my back office, he had come to show me some bills of money won at play, and ask my advice about them. Carew was the endorser of two or three amongst them, and Rutledge remarked at the tremendous pace the other was going, and how impossible it was that any fortune could long maintain it. There was some difficulty in catching exactly his meaning, for he spoke rapidly, and with more than his accustomed warmth. It was something, however, to this effect-- All this extravagant display is Madame's doing, and the natural consequence of his folly in France. If, instead of this absurd mistake, he bad married and settled in Ireland, his whole career would have taken a different turn.' Now, when I reflected on the words after he left me, I could not satisfy myself whether he had said that Carew ought to have married, in contradis. tinction to have formed this French attachment, or simply that he deemed an Irish wife would have been a wiser choice than a French one."
- The former strikes me as the true interpretation," said Fagan, "and the more I think on every circumstance of this aflair, the more do I incline to this