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BY HENRY MARTIN.
As You LIKE IT.
I take no Flynn's door.
actor who “had an heye like an heagle.” I GARRETT ROWAN, THE FENIAN. walked slowly up to this dignitary and presented my card. He read it, and seemed Author of “ Stories of Irish Life," " Arnold Percival Montaigne," staggered at being addressed by an ordinary
CHAPTER XXVII. traveller. He perused the card with the aid
CELIA: "I'll put myself in poor and mean attire, of his eye-glass several times before he seemed
And with a kind of umber smirch my face." to comprehend its purport, and then, as my intention seemed gradually to dawn upon his
FEW days after this, a man, weary and mystified understanding, he remarked :
travel-stained, dressed in coarse freize, Oh, I suppose it is the manager you wish a slouched hat on his head, and a stout stick to see ; you had better wait half-an-hour, and in his hand, darkened, with his shadow, Micky he will perhaps be able to see you.
“God save all here,” he said, personal interest in the business except to interview and polish off the authors, and return
as he stooped his head and entered the Shebeen. rejected manuscripts."
“God save ye kindly," was Betty's reply, as 1 felt that I had made a mistake in addressing she welcomed her newly arrived customer. Jupiter, and was rather chagrined and some- Looking at him sharply, however, she perceived what smaller in my own estimation during the that he was a stranger. “Loike enough it's a reinainder of the day. When I did see the detective in disguise,” she thonght within manager,
I found him a fussy little man, very herself—for many such were about at the time. good-natured, but quite aware of his own importance. He used a few big oaths occasion “I wish the fellow would make himself scarce ally, which, he explained, were not used hy him out o' this. What does he mane, the sneak, in the sense of profane swearing, but just to prying about people's primises in this way? give emphasis and point to his statements. I But, no matther, me and Micky, anny day, is did not agree with the manager's sentiments, able for the loikes o' him." but quietly held my tongue; and, in after days, when I knew him better, I told him that “ speech the supposed detective when, upon coming as
Betty, however, was much more annoyed at was silvern, silence was golden, but oaths were very bad coin indeed.” Mr. Sonsie told far as her little counter - where she stood me to leave my catalogue and accounts, and awaiting his demand-instead of stopping, he to call back in an hour, when my order stalked on to her private apartment—the would be ready, my account checked, and kitchen and then, taking a chair, coolly sat the cash waiting for me. I suggested that it himself down at the fire. would be to his advantage to look at my samples. “Look at your samples, Mr. Brown?
“What do ye want in there, honest man ?”
“ Purshuin' Edinburgh men do not require to do that. she cried, following the intruder. Looking at samples may be necessary for Lon- to me, but ye have the impeedence—that don or Manchester, and for inferior towns, but room's not public, sur, no wan's allowed in here we know our business, and can tell what there—but mesel an' me man, Micky—and, we want, what will sell, and what is genuine. ’pon me conshence, it's well fur ye he's not at Why sir, all my leisure hours are devoted to the reading of reviews, and there is no book of home, or there 'id be–I can tell ye-the any importance which I do not know about
mischief's own pay the piper.' immediately after it is published. Look at
“Mrs. Flynn, I hope I see you well to-day," samples ; no, sir, I have not descended to that the stranger replied, as he took off his hat, and position yet! I tried to reason with Mr. drew from around his neck a large muffler, and Sonsie, but he good-naturedly silenced me, and, siniled pleasantly in her face. thinking I might injure my chance of getting
Ι a good order, I kept my opinion to myself.
In a moment there were uplifted hands and I called at the time appointed, and the manager
forward bound, while Betty exclaimed in had selected a large number of our new works. glad surprise—“Well, I never! Glory he to When I was leaving I passed Mr. Mighty at God, but it's Mr. Garrett Rowan. But the the door, and bowed to him respectfully, but Blessed Vargin and the Saints be about us," she thut gentleman looked me solidly through and added, “why do ye wear that pig-dhriver's through, and did not return my nod.
coat, sur, and thim corduroy breeches ?” (To be continued.)
It need not be told that explanation was “We have ever found,” says an American soon forthcoming, and that the kitchen door paper, “ that blacksmiths are more or less given was afterwards carefully closed upon Mrs to vice."
Flynn's new visitor.
In about an hour subsequently, Micky him- Man, and ye'll be lost in the crowd o' thim. self arrived, for in those troubled times he did Only keep in the house during the day, sur. not go far from home on his mercantile excur- Betty ’ill do her best, I well know, to enthersions.
tain ye; and only whin the stars is out, take
yer Betty did not tell him who had come. She
Under the guardian care of Betty, Garrett wished to enjoy his bappy astonishment. She passed several weeks. They were weeks of merely said, “Micky, a man, never sayin' by anxious moment, and extreme excitement over yer leave, but brushin' past me like a nagur, the whole kingdom, especially in the south. has taken up his quarthers inside ; I wish Every one could discern that Stephens' deparyou'd go and spake to 'im."
ture, and the conviction and penal servitude of “ Who dare make so free ?” said Micky, in a Luby, Rossa, and other of the chief conspiraheat, as he hastened in to deal with the tors, had by no means caused all public danger
to blow over. “ The Fenians, it was well invader. But, if Betty had been surprised, known, were making strenuous efforts to repair much more was Micky. The last thing he the gaps made in their ranks, and to recover looked for was to find that the person whose themselves in force for a bold stroke, for forward conduct had roused his choler was no
;"'* and foremost among the enthusiasts other than Garrett Rowan ; and, as was the in the work of sedition, as will be supposed, case on all occasions when his feelings were
was Malachy O'Byrne. greatly excited, he relieved himself in rhyme- his nom de plume of “Father Prout;" his
Garrett heard from him several times, under "Hot as flame, and dark as thunder, Ripe for ructions, in I cum ;
letters being addressed, as arranged, to "Corney But, me wrath's all changed to wondher, Winter” (Garrett's alias). He declared he And, amazement sthrikes me dumb
had no doubt at all of final triumph; that all Joy and pleasure, Without measure,
past mistakes and misfortunes were fully reMakes me heart bate loike a dhrum."
paired ; and admonished Garrett to be ready "There, yer at it agin!” cried Betty, laugh at a moment's call to join “the patriot host of ing (she had come in to witness the joy of his Ireland.” recognition of Garrett). “Ye'd vex a saint, so ye would, Micky, stoppin' to jabber in that
CHAPTER XXVIJJ. style, in place o'takin' Mr. Garrett's hand-ye
withered murder, gossoon--and givin' it a squeeze that 'id Alarum'd by his centinel, the wolf, make his eyes wather.
Whose howl's his watch, thus with his stealthy pace, Cut it short, Micky
With Tarquin's ravishing strides, towards his design, dear, and blessins on ye; and let yer poethry
Moves like a ghost."-MACBETH. spake thruth, for wanst; be a dummy with yer During this period of suspense, disturbing news tongue, and spake with yer fist, me man. was brought to Garrett by his friend Micky Musba, but I'm heart-glad you've come home, Flynn, the pedlar. He told him that the annyhow, to share in the luck o' Mr. Garrett's boys"—impatient of the delay of the general cumpany. But listen, Alannah, it seems "- rising, and outraged by new acts of oppression and she lowered her voice to a whisper—“the upon the part of Archie MacDuff, of Carberry poliss, the vagabones, are wantin' to get grips Grange—had resolved “to do” for that gentleon bim.” Micky turned his eyes toward man, in the most summary manner, at the first Garrett, to solicit an explanation of this extra- opportunity. ordinary statement, and Garrett gave him an
In Assassination, we know, was a thing which account of late events in the city, and of the Garrett abhorred—a crime which he could part he had taken in them.
“not away with "-he deemed it barbarous, “Well-and shure enough, Mr. Garrett," base, and cowardly to the last degree; and had replied Micky, “but I was thinkin' yer ward- always declared that whoever, within his robe, fur a gintleman, wuz moighty quare, knowledge attempted it, he would openly though I sed nothin'."
denounce them. He now spoke in the same " , listen to him !” ejaculated Betty, “an' way to Micky, who, to tell the truth, held the bim goin' at it, in his rhymes, like the clapper sin of murder in much the same estimation as o'a mill.”
Garrett did. “ But, what can we do ?” asked Whisht, will you," said her husband. “I Micky, “ the boys is that savage with the owld mane I said nothin' about his pig-dhriver's tyrant that they are set upon takin' his life; toggery, and that's the thruth. But, Mr. and if we intherfere it'll not save him, while Garrett, you've cum, I'm glad to believe, to it'll bring their hot anger on us.” “I do not the right quarthers for blindin' the poliss. An' care,” exclaimed Garrett
. “Be sure to find out yer disguise, too, isn't a bad wan up here, fur for me, Micky, the place and the hour for pig-dhrivers is as common as hips, in Sliev-na
* A. M. Sullivan's "New Ireland."
the execution of this dastardly plot, and if it persuade them against it. The usual arguments, cost me my life I will put a stop to it.” “Is it pro anil con, were being warmly set forth, when, to save the life o' wan who has been yer worst in the heat of debate, carried on in a suppressed enemy, Mr. Garrett; shure you'd be the biggest voice, the sound of the wheels of MacDuff's fool in Christhendom to do that. Take a carriage was heard in the distance, and a friend's advice, sur, and meddle nothin' at all signal, a low whistle, that the moment for in the matther. Shure, afther all, Mr. Garrett, action had come, was given by a confederate his quiaytus 'id be a grand blessin' for the up the highway. At this the men who underwhole country. A first rate ending though it took the deed of blood, rose from their be by a crooked path."
place of concealment, and drew near the “Oh! don't talk in that way,” said Garrett, massive pillars of a gate, upon which, while impatiently; "only do as I have asked, my hiding themselves from view, to rest their friend; you have always professed to be weapons. prepared for a loving service to me any time I Garrett followed them, and drawing near, said should request it. Micky, prove it now by slowly and distinctly: “Understand me, my ferretting out for me the secrets of this infernal friends, if you attempt to draw a trigger upon
that gentleman who is approaching, I declare, Shortly after this conversation Micky in before high Heaven, I will publicly denounce formed Garrett that the intended assassination you." was ripe for execution. " I thried my very
"Oh! You will ?." said one of the fellows, best, vír. Garrett,” he said, “to put thim off “then take that," and pointing his carbine at the job, even usin' all me wondherful janyous Garrett he fired, and immediately ran off, accomas a poet to pursuade thim, sur ; but, och! I panied by his two comrades. might as well go whistle jigs to a milestone. Garrett received the bullet through his It's stranghers has taken the business in han', shoulder; the wound, though severe, was not sur; and, mad to begin the war, as they call it, mortal, no large artery or vein, wonderful to they have arranged 'to down’ Archie MacDuff tell
, having been cut, and the ball glancing upon as the first instalment; and--the saints be a bone, passed out obliquely. He fell to the about us—upon this very evenin' no less. ground, however, and bled profusely. While He'll be comin' home, sur, in the dusk, from a Micky sought to aid him, MacDuff's carriage magisthrates meetin'-a mettin' held because passed by on the road, and its occupant soon of the times—and they think it 'll be quite afterwards reached Carberry Grange in safety. convaynient fur their deadly task.”
“Oh, Mr. Garrett, dear, has the villain kilt Garrett looked at his watch, “Where do ye?” cried Micky. “Oh! that ye had had the they propose to waylay him ?” he asked. “I'm luck to take me advice, sur, and not cum here touldt not far from Owen Quinn's house," was at all, at all. Shure, I touldt ye how it wud the answer.
" Then I shall have about time," be, sur. said Garrett, “ to intercept them;" and he rosa “ Tear this handkerchief in two," said Garfrom his chair in the shebeen kitchen to get rett, faintly, “and staunch my wounds, Micky. ready to start upon his way. “Don't go, Mr. That done, haste to Quinn's, and get some one Garrett,” entreated Micky, “indeed what you to help you to carry me thither." mane to do isn't safe, sur." But seeing that Quinn was one of the old tenants upon the Garrett was not to be stayed in his purpose, Carberry Grange estate, and had known Garrett Micky cried, “ Begorrah, if yer set upon selling from his childhood. He was dreadfully grieved yer life, you shan't go alone, sur, I'll go with to learn from Micky what had occurred. Hastily you.'
taking a door from off its hinges, and calling his There was a distance of some miles between son to come with him, the three men hurried Flynn's house and the place for the contem- down to where the wounded one was lying in plated murder. Garrett and Micky walked a faint; and carefully placing Garrett upon the fast, but the shades of evening fell before they door, they bore him to the cottage. Quinn reached their destination ; and there, secreted proposed to send at once for a surgeon, but in a dry ditch, three men were found by Garrett whispered, with a halt between bis Garrett and Micky after some search. Sup words, “No-The bleeding has ceased—I am posing, in the dark, that the intruders were only weak from the loss of blood—I know I police in disguise, the conspirators started to shall get better without surgical aid-Micky their feet and made for fight, but Garrett and will tell you why it is important that I should Micky, by means of certain Fenian signs, keep in concealment, and that this affair should speedily assured them.
not be blown abroad." Garrett at once raised an urgent remonstrance
“ Oh! Thin he's wan o' the Pathriots that against the deed of violence they had come to the poliss is wantin' to clutch," said Quinn after perpetrate, and sought, with all his power, to Micky's communication, "Thin we'll just keep
him nice and quiet in my little home here, no And then, glancing round the room, he added, wan the wiser; and my missus, with the help o' “Don't be angry with me, Miss, fur sayin' it, God, 'ill soon bring him round agin."
but somehow I cannot help it; if all war right,
Miss, it's my noshun' that it's here, in this CHAPTER XXIX.
very place he'd be this minnit, Miss, and not, “O! there's nothing half so sweet in life,
as he is now, in a poor man's oncomfortable As love's young dream."-SONG.
cottage.” GARRETT's recovery, however, was much more “What do you mean, Micky?" said Miss tedious than either his friend or himself had MacDuff. “If the person you speak of is a looked for. His system had received a very gentleman that has met with some accident, of severe shock; he had bled much, was extremely course, in case he cannot be removed to his weak, and found it hard to rally.
own home, my father will have him brought Micky Flynn, who, every second day or so, to his house." came over from Sliev-na-Man to see how he "No, never, Miss Jessie," responded Micky; was getting on, grew very much concerned, “yer father, Miss, wonld never do that, and especially after seeing Garrett in a dead faint indeed he must not see him." one day. He and his Betty talked the matter Jessie was quite puzzled. “ You have not over, and they came to the conclusion that told me this gentleman's name," she said. “Who Garrett needed better nursing than the Quinns can he be, Micky?" “Wan you'll be all out could give him; and who can better supply their surprised to hear," was the response. lack of service, they asked, than Miss Jessie other, Miss, than Mr. Garrett Rowan, the son, Mac Duff, the good angel of Carberry Grange? Miss, o' the owld squire o' Carberry Grange."
Micky next day presented bimself at the Micky's expectation of giving surprise was Grange, with a choice selection of pedlar's far more than realised. He did not know wares ; the wares, however, were only a ruse the deep and special interest which the person to gain an opportunity of speaking with the he addressed took in Garrett. Jessie felt as young lady of the house without exciting though her heart had stopped ; her features suspicion ; but he found it difficult to say any became strained, and she gasped out “For goodthing to her which others should not hear—the ness sake, Micky, tell me what has happened." members of the household, especially the The tale Micky had to pour into Jessie's ear servants, so crowded around him.
was a sad one. The circumstances under which Abiding his time, however; upon catching Garrett received his wound, shielding her her eye, he took a small box from his breast father's life, was well fitted to move her; while pocket and said, in a whisper, “Miss Jessie, I it raised in her admiration the man who have something in this I wish to show you sacrificed himself for the safety, as she well alone; it's nothing anny wan else here would knew, of his worst wrong-doer and most bitter buy. Leavin'these other articles behind uz to be enemy. With tears in her eyes, she said, “I looked at whin we're away, will you oblige me, shall not let an hour pass, Micky, before I take Miss, with the manes o' a little private sthroke some wine and medicine to Mr. Rowan. But o' business?"
we had better return to those we have left outJessie thought his request rather strange, but side in the passage,” she added, " for if we stay Micky gave a knowing wink, and she understood much longer it will provoke enquiry. Seem as that something important lay behind his words though nothing of moment has passed between —80 saying, Micky, you can come into the us, Micky; and when you leave the house proceed drawing room and open that wonderful box quietly to Quinn's cottage; tell Mr. Rowan you of yours," she left the group in the outer have spoken to me, and prepare him for a visit passage and Micky followed her.
from me." “Are you shure, Miss,” he said, when they Jessie, in fulfilment of her promise, soon as reached the apartment indicated, “that there's she could do so, without attracting observation, no wan within hearin'?” “Yes, I think we wended her way, a small basket on her arm, to are quite retired here, Micky," was the answer, Quinn's cottage. She was the subject of various “but come down to the lower part of the emotions on the brief journey. Her pity and room, and then, it is certain, no one but myself love led her to hasten her steps, and yet a can hear what you wish to communicate." certain maidenly reserve and coyness
tended to “Miss Jessie,” said Micky, “I know you retard them; especially when she called to mind have a tindher heart, and, I believe, ye can the last words spoken by her father before keep a saycrit; there's wan not far from this, Garrett some months before. “I was 'flirting Miss, that sorely needs the gentle care your and coquetting with this (so called) wicked lady-hand can give him ; wan that's a rale stranger,' he said, and unable to bear his gintleman, Miss; but it must not be known rude charge I rushed, with my hands to my whð he is, or what has happened to him.” | face, from Mr. Rowan's presence. He, too,
without doubt, will remember my father's covered with such supplies, for an invalid, as an shameful words. And how ever shall I meet intelligent mind and generous heart could him ?
prompt to be furnished. “ But, then, again," she thought," from Garrett followed her actions with his eyes, what Micky has said, Mr. Rowan must be in a and his thought was, that it was worth all the perilous state, and it has come from preserving pain and physical weakness he had endured, our home from a dark and fearful tragedy. All to become thereby the object of such loving that a Mac Dutf can do for him is, therefore, ministrations; nor was the reflection weakened his due. No one of us, however, but myself during subsequent merciful and gentle service, can now minister to him—for he lies under the for many days, of a similar character. bann of secrecy.
I must therefore suffer no On the present occasion, Jessie remained in false sentiment to interfere with duty, and, God Quinn's cottage for a couple of hours—she helping me, I will do my best to save a life so and Quinn's wife co-workers of kindness in precious." Aye, so precious," a voice in the Garrett's room. Upon leaving she gave the very depths of her heart seemed to repeat as an young man's humble hostess careful direction echo.
as to what she wished to be done; and promised Both Garrett and Jessie were under con- to return to siderable excitement as they met. When To avoid observation, she made other sick Micky told the former who was coming to see calls in the district each time on her way to him, Garrett chided him for going to the Grange visit Garrett, and prudently altered, much as without having first consulted him; and then, possible, her route to Quinn's cottage. It feeling that what Micky had asked her to do having been long her habit to perform the part would put Jessie in a difficult position-while of a Sister of Mercy in the neighbourhood, he longed to see her—he yet said, “Micky, you much favoured her desire for secrecy in the must
and tell Miss MacDuff not to pay her present. Her daily pilgrimage towards Garrett's visit; I really shall not want her service, and, bedside was regarded by the villagers as please, go at once."
nothing very remarkable, and idle gossip was “Indeed I'll do no sich thing," was Micky's not stirred. reply, “and, savin' yer presence, I don't The mind has often as much to do with a believe wan word o' what you have just been patient's recovery as the most skilful application sayin', sur. Not like a nice young lady sich as of the medical art. The truth of this, at all her to nurse ye ! Tell that, Mr. Garrett, to events, was proved in the present instance. the Horse Marines. P'raps they'll b'lieve ye, Jessie's care and cordials, no doubt, did much; but, begorrah, I can't. An', annyhow, to but it is our belief that the charm of her precounthermand the flesh and blood angel that's sence was the most effective agent in Garrett's comin' to bless ye with her presence is now too recovery.
She shed around her a magic late. She'll be here afore I could get to her.” influence that thrilled and quickened all the
“But you can meet her,” said Garrett, vital powers of his being. From the hour of smiling
her first visit the tide of health turned, and “No, I won't,” replied Micky, boldly. “For- increased in fulness day by day; until the give me, Mr. Garrett, fur saying it, but if I'd invalid advanced to near complete recovery, do what ye want me, bedad I'd be yer enemy." had to contemplate a speedy departure from
Garrett, upon the whole, was not sorry at Quinn's house. Micky's resolved disobedience. In the depth We put it thus, not as a matter of will, but of his heart he longed to see and speak again of necessity, for Garrett felt a bliss in Jessie's with Jessie. He had cleared his conscience, too, daily coming which gave him a sense of sadness by his out-spoken protest to Micky for inviting at the prospect of its close. There was a delighther; so with a very longing mind he awaited ful sunshine within when she was near, which her appearance.
he knew would be succeeded by a painful lone With flushed face Jessie entered the little liness and shadow of heart when he should see room where Garrett lay; and as the young man her no more. He felt he could almost bear to cast his glance upon her, he had suggested to him be an invalid for ever to be blessed with the Micky's words about an angel, for Jessie looked music of her voice and the charm of her gentle very beautiful. Notwithstanding Garrett's pale and skilful ministrations. and worn face, she instinctively felt the admi- It was evident, too, that this happiness in ration her presence called forth; and, while it each other's society was mutual. The young gave her a sweet satisfaction, she felt abashed, girl, when at home, often found her thoughts and blushed deeply. After a word or two of unconsciously winging their flight to Quinn's greeting, she turned her attention to her small cottage, and that Garrett was far more in her basket, full of good things, to hide her emotion; heart than ever had been another. She wel. and soon the little table in Garrett's room was comed the hour for her daily visitation; and