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THE E, G, Bowyer, , —Dealer tn — Jewelry, Silverware, Watches and Clocks, Finest Lino nnd Largest, Stock. I*?™'* *fr* rhi,iflt.pc1iilty. We employ only com E, G, BOWER, - Alpiia, Iowa. THE STORY OF FRANCISJLUDDE, BY STANLEY d. WEYMAN. {Cojiyri/rht ISOI.by Cnsst-11 _ Publishing Co. CHAPTER IV. A'youngcr generation has often posed ine finely by asking, "What, Sir Francis! Did you not see ono bishop burned? Did you not know ono of tho martyrs? Did you never como fnco to faco with Queen Alary?" To nil which questions I have one answer, No, and I watch small eyes grow largo with astonishment. But tho truth is n man can only bo at one place at .a timo. And though, in this very month of February, 1555, Prebendary Rogers—a good, kindly man, as I havo hoard, who had n wife and nine children—was burned in Smithfleld In London for religion, and tho bishop of Gloucester suffered in his own city, nnd other inoffensive men wero burned to death, aud there was much talk of these things, nnd in thousands of breasts a smoldering fire was kindled •which blazed high enough by nnd by— •why, I wns nt Coton End or on tho Lon«don rond, at tho time, nnd learned such things only dimly and by hearsay. But tho rill joins the river at last and ofttimcs suddenly and at a bound, as it •were. On this very day, while I cantered easily southward with my faco sot toward St. Albnns, Providence was at work shaping a niche for mo in the lives of certain people who woro at the timo as unconscious of my existence as I wns of Choirs. In n great house in tho Bnr- Tjican in London there was much stealthy going and coming on this February afternoon and evening. Behind locked doors, and in fear and trembling, mails woro being packed nnd bags strapped and fingers almost too delicate for tho task woro busy with nails and hammers, .securing this and closing that. Tho packers knew nothing of me, nor I of them. Yet but for mo all that packing would have i. been of no avail, and but for them my fate - might have been very different. Still the i-souad of the hammer did not reach my »ears, or, doing so, was covered by tho -steady tramp of the roadster, and no vision, so far as I ever heard, of a dusty youth riding Londonward came between the secret workers and their task. I had mado up my mind to sleep at St. Albans that night, nnd for this reason, and for others relating to tho sheriff of Buckinghamshire, in which county Stony Stratford lies, I pushed on briskly. I presently found time, however, to examine tho packet of letters of which I had made spoil. On tho outer wrapper I found there was no address, only an exhortation to bo speedy. Off this came, therefore, •Without ceremony, nnd was left in tho dirt. Insido I found two sealed epistles, each countersigned on tho wrapper "Stephen Win ton." "Ho! ho!" said I. "I did well to take Over tho signature on tho first letter—it seemed to bo written on parchment—wore the words, "Haste! haste! haste!" This was tho thicker and heavier of the two .and was addressed to Sir Maurice Berkeley, at St. Mary Ovory's, Southwark, London. I turned it over aud over in my hands and peeped into it, hesitating. Twico I muttered, "All is fair in lovo and •war!" Andnt last, with curiosity fully awake nnd a glance behind mo to make sure that tho act was unobserved, I broke the seal. Tho document proved to bo ns short and pithy us it was startling. It •was nn order commanding Sir Maurice Berkeley forthwith in tho queen's name .and by tho authority of the council, and so on, and so ou, to arrest Kntherine Wll- loughby do Eresby, duchess of Suffolk, and to deliver her into tho custody of the lieutenant of tho Tower, "These presents to be bis warranty for tho detention of tho said Duchess of Suffolk until her grace's pleasure in tho matter bo known." When it was too late, I trembled to think whist I had done. To meddle with matters of state might be moro dangerous a hundred times than stealing horses or even than ducking tho chancellor's mos- .eenger! Seeing at this moment a party of travelers approach, I crammed tho letter into my pocket and rode by them with a red faco and n tongue that stuttered so feebly that I could scarcely return their .greetings. When they had gone by, I pulled out tho warrant again, having it in my mind to tear it up without a moment's delay, to tear it into tho smallest morsels and so got rid of a thing most .dangerous. But tho great rod seal, dangling at the foot of the parchment, caught my oyo, and I paused to think. It was so red, so large, so imposing, it seemed npity •to destroy it. It must surely bo good for something. I folded up tho warrant again and put it away in my safest pocket. Yes, it might bo cood for something. I took out tho other letter. It was •bound with green ribbon and sealed with exmnm.1 care, being directed simply to Mistress Clarence—thevo was no address. But over Oardincr's signature on tho wrapper wuro the words, ••These, on your peril, very privately." I turned it over and over and raid tho Baino thing "boat Icvo and ivr.r n:-id oven repeated to myself, my old proverb about n sheep and n Jamb. But somehow I could not do it. The letter wns a woman's letter; tho secret, her secret, and though mj lingers itched as they hovered about tho seals my check tinned too. So at last, with a muttered, "What would Pctronilii Kay?" I put it away unopened in tho pocket where tho warrant lay. Tho odds were immense thnt Ml:-tress Clarence would never yut it, but at least her score should remain hers, my honor mino! • It was dark when I rode, thoroughly jaded, into St. Albans. I was splashoc with mud up to tho waist anil wetted by shower anil looked, I havo no doubt, fron the effect of r.iy journeying un foot and .horseback, as disreputable a fellow ns might be. Tho consciousness, too, thnt J was without a penny, an > tho fear lest, , as I had been to lot no ono outstrip •Be, tho noWS o! the 'riot fit Strfttforfl -.night have arrived, did not tend to give me assurance. 1 poked my head timidly into the great room, hoping that I might have it to myself. To my disgust It was full of people. Half a dozen travelers and as many townsfolk wero sitting round the fire, talking briskly over their draft. Yet 1 had no choice. I was hungry, and the thing had to be done, and I swaggered in, something of tho sneak no doubt peeping through my bravado. I remarked, as I took my seat by tho fire nnd sot to drying myself,' thnt I Was greeted by a momentary silence, and that two or three of the company began to eye mo suspiciously. There was one man, who sat on tho settle in tho warmest corner of the chimney, Who seemed in particular to resent my damp neighborhood. His companions treated him with so much reverence, and he snubbed them so regularly, that I wondered who ho was, and presently, listening to the conversation which went on round me, 1 had my curiosity satisfied. Ho was no less n personage than the bailiff of St. Albans, nnd his manner befitted such n man, for it seemed to indicate that ho thought himself heir to all tho powers of tho old abbots under whoso broad thumb his father and grandfather had groaned. My conscience pricking mo, I felt somo misgiving when I saw him, after staring nt inc nnd whispering to two or threo of his neighbors, beckon tho landlord aside. His big round face and burly figure gave him a general likeness to bluff King Hal, nnd he appeared to bo aware of this himself nnd to be inclined to ape tho stout king's ways, which, I havo heard my uncle say, were over ways heavy for others' toes. For awhile, however, seeing my supper como in, I forgot him. The baro armed girl who brought it to mo and In whom my draggled condition seemed to provoke feelings of n different nature lugged up n round tnblo to tho fire. On this sho laid my meal, not scrupling to set aside somo of tho snug dry townsfolk. Then sho set a chair for 7110 well In tho blaze, and folding her arms in her apron stood to watch mo fall to. I did so With n will, and with each mouthful of beef and draft of alo spirit and strength camo back to mo. Tho cits round mo might sneer and shako their heads and the travelers smile at my appetite. In five minutes I cared not n whit. I could glvo them back joko for joke and laugh with tho best of them. Indeed I hnd clean forgotten tho bailiff when ho stalked back to his place. But the moment our oyos mot I guessed thero was trouble afoot. Tho landlord came with him nnd stood looking nt mo, sending off tho wench with a:flea . in her oar, and I felt under his oyo an uncomfortable consciousness that my purso was empty. Two or throe late arrivals, to whom I suppose master bailiff had confided his suspicions, took their stand also in a half circle and scanned mo queorly. Altogether it struck mo suddenly that I was in a tight place and had need of my wits. "Ahom!" said tho bailiff abruptly, taking skillful advantage of a lull in tho talk. "Whorefrom last, young man?" Hospoko in a deep, choky voice, and if I was not mistaken ho winked ono of his small eyes in the direction of his friends, as though to say, "Now sec me pose him!" But I only put another morsel in my mouth. For a moment indeed tho temptation to reply "Towcester," seeing that such a journey over n middling rond wns something to brag of before the highway law camo in, almost overcame mo. But in timo I bethought mo of Stephen Gardiner's maxim, l 'Bo slow to speak!" and I put nnothor morsel in my mouth. Tho bniliff's fnco grow red, or rather redder. "Como, young man, did you hoar mo speak?" ho said pompously. ' Where from last?" From the road, sir," I replied, turning to him as if I had not heard him before. And a very wot road it was." A man who sat next me chuckled, being apparently n stranger like myself. But tho bailiff puffed himself into a still more striking likeness to King Henry, and including him in his scowl shouted nt mo: "Sirrah, don't bandy words with mo Which way did you come along tho road," I asked. It was on tho tip of my tongue to nn swer saucily, "Tho right way!" But I reflected that I might bo stopped, and to DO- stopped might mean to be hanged nt worst, and somthing very unpleasant nt host. So I controlled myself nnd answered, though tho man's arrogance was provoking enough: "I havo como from Stratford, and I am going to London. Now you know as much as I do." Do I?" ho said, with a sneer nnd n wink at tho landlord. "Yes, I think so," I answered patiently. "Well, I don't!" ho rotortod in vulgar triumph. "I don't. It is my opinion that you havo come from London." I went on with my supper. "Do you hear?" ho .asked pompously, sticking his arms akimbo and looking round for sympathy. "You will have to give an account of yourself, young man. We will havo no penniless rogues and sturdy vagabonds wandering about St. Al bans." "Penniless rogues do not go a-horse ack " I answered. But it wns wonderful low my spirits sank again under that word "penniless." It hit mo hard. "Wait n bit," ho said, raising his finger o command attention for his next ques- ion. "What is your religion, young nan?" "Oh," I replied, putting down my knife and looking open scorn at him, "you are nn inquisitor, are you?" At which vords of mino there was a kind of stir. You would burn mo as I hear they burned Master Sandars at Coventry last week, would you? They wore talking ibout it down tho rond," • You will como to a bad end, young man!" he retorted viciously, his outstretched finger shaking as if tho palsy had seized him, for this timo my taunt had gone home, nnd moro than ono of the listeners standing on the outer edge of the group, and so beyond his ken, had muttered "shame." More than ono faco had -n-own dark. "You will como to n bad oiul," he repeated. "If it be not hero, then Bomowhero else. It is my opinion thnt YOU have como from London and thnt you havo boon in trouble. There is n hue nnd c'-y out for n young fellow just your ago, and a cock of your hackle, I judge, who is wanted for heresy. A Londoner too. You do not lenvo here until you have giv- on un account of yourself, Master Jnck-n- Dandy!" Tho party had till risen round mo and somo of 'tho hindmost had gob on benches to see mo tho bettor. Among those, between -two bacon Hitches, I. caught n <-lM»psc of the serving maid's face as sho Vf ,d at me, palo and scared, and n queer •'•>>pulse led me to nod to her—a rcivssur- •!•: little nod. J found myself growing ;:V.")1 find confident, eecing myself so cor '"-Easy, easy!" I said. " Let n man finish Ms supper and get warmed in VIMCO.-" • Bishop Bounor will warm yowl" cried tho bailiff. •1 da*6 Snnlnt" 1 sneered. "Ho will be Bishop BttrfiS* to ihriokod tho bailiff, almost besido hlmsell with rago at being so bearded by 6 lad. '"lake carol" 1 retorted. "Donotyoti Ipeak evil of dignitaries, of you will b« getting Into trouble!" He fairly writhed undo*.this tojolndef. "Landlord," ho spluttered, "Ishall hold tou responsible! If this person leaves your house nnd Is not fofthcomfftg whof, Wan tod, you Will suffer tot it!" The landlord scratched his head, belfefc a good featured fellow, but a bailiff la s bailiff, ospeoially at St. Albans. And Iwas muddy and travel stained, and quick ol my tongue for one so young, which tin middle aged never like, though tho old beat It better. Ho hesitated. "Do not bo a fool, Master Host!" 1 said. "I have something hero"— and 1 touched ifty pocket, Which happened to bt near my sword hilt—"that will make yot rue it if you Interfere with me!" "Ho! ho!" cried the bailiff In haste ano triumph. "So that Is his toho! Wo havt a tavern brawler here, have we? A young swashbuckler! His tongue will hot rut BO fast when ho finds his feet in the stocks Master landlord, call the watch! Call tht Watch at once, 1 command you I" "You will do so at your peril!" I sale sternly. Then, seeing that my inannci had some effect upon all save tho angrj official, I gave way to the temptation tc drive tho matter homo and secure mj safety by tho only moans that seemed pos siblo. It is an old story that one deceptior, leads inevitably to another. I solemn!} drew out tho white staff I had taken fron. tho apparitor. "Look hero I'! I continued, waving it. "Do you see this, you booby? I nm traveling in tho queen's name ancl "Bishop Banner will warm you!" on her service. By "special commission, too, from tho chnncollor. Is that plain speaking enough for you? And let mo toll you, master bailiff," I added, fixing my eyoupon him, "that my business is private, and that my Lord of Winchester will not bo best pleased when ho hears how 1 hnvo hnd to doolnre myself. Do you think the queen's servants go always in cloth ci gold, you fool? The stocks indeed!" I laughed out loudly nnd without effort, for thero never wns anything so nbsurd ns tho change in tho bniliff's visage. His color fled, his chocks grew pendulous, his lip hung loose. Ho stared at mo, gasping like a fish out of water and seemed unable to move toe or finger. The rest enjoyed tho scene, as people will enjoy n marvelous .sudden stroke of fortune. It was as good as a stage pagennt to them. They could not tnko their eyes from the pocket in which I had replaced my wnnd, and continued long after I had returned to my meal to gaze at mo in respectful silence. Tho crestfallen bailiff presently slipped out, nnd I wns left cock of the walk nnd for tho rest of tho evening enjoyed the fruits of victory. They proved to bo moro substantial than I had expected, for as I was on my way up stairs to bed, tho landlord preceding mo with a light, a man accosted mo and beckoned mo aside mysteriously. The bailiff is very much annoyed," he said, speaking in a muffled voico behind his hand, while his eyes peered Into mino. Well, what is that to me?" I replied, looking sternly at him. I wns tired nnd sleepy after my meal. "Ho should not make such a fool of himself." "Tut, tut, tut, tut! You misunderstood mo, young sir," tho man answered, plucking my sleeve ns I turned away. "Ho re- grots tho annoyance ho has caused you. A mistake, he says, n pure mistake, nnd ho hopes you will hnvo forgotten it by morning." Then, with a skillful hand which seemed not unused to tho task, he slit two coins into my palm. I looked at them for a moment, not perceiving his drift Then I found they wuro two gold angels, and I began to understand, -'Ahonv!" I said, fingering them uneasily. "Yes. Well, well, I will look over it, I will look over it. Tell him from mo," I continued, gaining confidence ns I proceeded with my new role, "thnt ho shall hear no more about it. Ho is zealous, perhaps overzealous." "Thnt is it," muttered tho envoy onger ly. "Thnt is it, my dear sir. You see perfectly how it is. Ho is zealous—zealous in tho queen's service." "To be sure, and so I will report him. Toll him that so I will report him. And here, my good friend, take ono of those for yourself," I added, magnificently giving him back half my fortune, young donkey thnt I wns. "Drink to tho queen's health, nnd so good night to you." He wont away, bowing to tho very ground, nnd when tho landlord likewise hnd left mo I wns very merry over this, being in no mood for weighing words. Tho world seemed—to bo sure, tho n]£> was humming in my head, nnd I was in the landlord's best room—ensy enough to conquer, provided ono possessed n whito staff, The fact that I had no right to mino only added—be it remembered I wns young and foolish—to my enjoyment of its power, [ went to bed in all comfort with It under my pillow and slept soundly, untroubled, by any dream of a mischance. But when did n llo ever help n man in tho end? When I awoke, which I seemed to do on n sudden, it wns still dark. I wondered for n moment whore £ wns nnd whnt was tho meaning of the shouting and knocking 1 heard, Then, discerning tho faint out- lino of the window, I remembered, the place in which I had gone to bod, and I sat up and listened. Somo ono—nay, sov err! people-r-wore drumming and kicking against the wooden doors of the inn yard and shouting besides loud enough to raise tho dead. In tho next room to mine i •caught tho gvumb.jng voices of persons disturbed, like myself, from sloop. And by and by a window was opened, aim 4- henrrt the landlord ask 'what was the mat"In tho queen's name," camo tho Joucl, impatient answer, given in n voico th»t rose abovo tho ring of bridles ana the stamping of iron hoofs, "open, and, thut 'quickly, Master {lost- Tho watch ftre hero, uRii we must search." I waited to ho,av no moro. and huddling on my ., tetott».to»» fofcffftf vuaa ^~. My freitfc was bating fiS fast as It 1 nad bcea running in « face, aftcl my hands weto shaking With tho eho'cfe of the alarm. Tho impatient voico withbut was Mnstet tfritchard's, and it fang with all the vengeful passion Which I should havo expected that gentleman, duped, ducked and robbed, to be feeling. There would bo llttlo mercy to bo had at his hands. Moreover, my cats, grown as keefl for the moment ns tho hunted hare's distinguished the tramping of at least half a dozen horses, so that it was cleat that ho had come with n force at his back. Resistance would be useless. My sole chance lay in flight, if flight should still be possible. Even in my hasto I did not forsnko the talisman which had Served me r •••> Well,, but staid an instant to thrust it into my pocket. The dluddcs hnve.l fancy, a khack of keeping cool In emergencies, getting indeed tho cooler the greater tho stress. By this timo the inn Was thoroughly aroused, floors Were opening and shutting on all sides of mo, and questions were being shouted in different tonos from room to room. In the midst of tho hubbub 1 heard the landlord conio out, muttering, and go down stairs to open tho door. Instantly 1 unlatched mind, slipped through it stealthily, sneaked a step or two down the passage and then came plump iii tho dark against somo olio Who Was moving ns softly as myself. The surprise Was complete, and I should havo cried out nt tho unexpected colllsio.n had not tho unknown laid n cold hand on my mouth and gently pushed mo back into my room. Hero thero was now a faint glimmer of dawn, and by this I saw that my companion was tho serving maid. "Hist!" sho said, speaking under her breath. "Is it you they want?" I nodded. "I thought so," eho muttered. "Then you must get out through your window. You cannot pass them. They nrc a dozen or moro nnd armed. Quick! Knot this about tho bars. It is no groat depth to tho bottom, and tho ground is soft from tho rain." Sho toro as sho spoko tho coverlet from the bed, nnd twisting it into a kind of rope helped mo to secure ono corner of it about tho window bar. "When you are down,"sho whispered, "keep along the wall to tho right until you como to a haystack. Turn to tho loft there—you will havo to ford tho water—and you will soon be clear of tho town. Look about you then, nnd you will see n horso track, which loads to Elstreo, running in a lino •with tho London road, but a milp from it. and .through tho woods. At Elstre'b any path to tho loft will tako you to Barnot nnd not two miles lost." "Hcnven bless you!" I snld, turning from tho gloom, tho dark sky and driving scud without to peer gratefully at her. "Heaven bless you for n good woman!" "And God keep you for n bonny boy!" sho whispered. I kissed her, forcing into her hands—a thing tho remembrance of which Is very pleasant to mo to this day—my last piece of gold. A moment moro, and I stood unhurt, but nlmost up to my knees in mud, in an alloy bounded on both sides as far as I could see by blind walls. Stopping only to indicate by a low whistle that I was safe, I turned and sped away as fast as I could run in tho direction which sho had pointed out. There was no ono abroad, nnd In a shorter timo than I had expected I found myself outside tho town, traveling over a kind of moorland tract bounded tn the distance by woods* : Hero I picked up tho horso track easily enough, and without stopping, snvo for n short bronthing space, hurried along it to gnin the shelter of the trees. So fnr so good. I hnd reason to bo' thankful. But my case was still an indifferent ouo. More than onco in getting out of tho town I had slipped and fallen. I wns wot through nnd plastered with dirt owing to those mishaps, nnd my clothes wero in n woeful plight. For a time excitement kept mo up, however, and I made good way, wormed by tho thought that I had again baffled tho great bishop. It was only when tho day had come and grown on to noon, and I saw no sign of any pursuers, that thought got tho upper hand. Then I began to compare, witl* somo bitterness of feeling, my, present condition wc t, dirty and homeless—with that which I had enjoyed only n week before, nnd it needed all my courage to support me. Skulking, half famished, between Barnet nnd Tottenham, often compelled to crouch in ditches or behind walls while travelers wont by, and linblo each instant to havo to leave the highway nnd tako to my heels, I had leisure to fool, and I did feel, moro keenly, I think, that afternoon than at any Inter time, tho bitterness of fortune. I cursed Stephen Gnrdiner dozen times nnd dnred not let my thoughts wander to my father. I had sni£ thnt I would build my house nfrosh. Well, truly I wns building it from the foundation. It ndded very much to my misery thn it mined nil day n cold, hnlf frozen rnin Tho wjiolo afternoon I spent in hiding shivering nnd slinking, in n hole under lodge nenr Tottenham, being afraid to go into London before nightfall Jest I should bo waited for nt tho gnto nnd bo onptured. Chilled nnd bedraggled ns I wns nnd wenk through want of food, which I dared not go out to beg, tho terrors of capture got hold of my mind and presented to me one by ono every horrible form of humiliation, tho stocks, tho pillory, tho cart tall—so thnt oven Master Prltohard, could ho havo scon mo nnd known my mind, might hnvo pitied mo; so that I loathe to this day tho hours I spent in that foul hiding pjaoe, Between a man's best nnd worse there is littlo but n platter of food, Tho wny this was put nn end to I well remember, An old woman came Into tho field where I lay hid to drive homo n cow. I had hnd my eyes on this cow for nt least nn hour, having made up my mind to milk it for my own benefit ns soon ns the dusk fell. In my disappointment at seeing it driven off nnd nlso out of a desire to learn whether tho old dame might not be going to milk it in a corner of tho pasture, in which cnso I might still get nn after tnste, J crawled so far out of my hole that, turning suddenly, she caught sight of me. I expected to see her hurry off, but sho did not. Sho took a. long look and then cnmo back toward mo, making, however, ns it scorned to ?ne, «s if sho did not seo mo. When sho hnd como within a few feet of mo, sho looked down abruptly, and our oyos met. What she saw \n mine I cun only guess. In hors I rend a divine pity "Oh, 'poor lad!" she murmured. ''Oh, you poor, poor lad!" and there were tears in her voice. J wns so wonk<r-it was almost 84 hours Binoo I had tasted food, and, I had como 84 miles in the timo—that at that I broke down anil cried liked a child. I learned late* that the pl<J woman took, mo for just the eame person for whom the bailiff at St. AJbans ha,d mistaken m,e«*» young apprentice aeuwed. Hu,n$ei' w.h,o b»a got into trouble nbsuti religion and >v»s g$ J was oijt Pi clothes tfy, Bishop Bonnet having -—,.«. tfiet Into jail until tfre son should come ttf hfthd. But lior kind heart knew no distinction o! creeds. Sho took me to hot cottage as soon as night fell and warmed and dried and fed me. She did not dare to keep mo undot.her roof for longer than an hour or two, nelthof would 1 havo staid to endanger he*. But she sent me out n now man, With a crust, moreover, in my foocket. A hundred tlines between Tottenham and Aldotsgnto 1 said "God bless hef!" and 1 say so now. So twice in one day* andtwat tho gloomiest day of my life, 1 was suco6red by a Woman. 1 have hover fofgotten it. I havo tried to keep it always In mind, remembering, too, a saying of my uncle's, that "thefo is nothing on earth 60 merciful as a good Woman of so pitiless as a bad one.' OHAPTEtt tf, "Ding, ding, ding! Aid ye the poor! Pray for tho dead! Five o'clock and a murky morning." , The noise of tho bell nhd the cry which accompanied it fotised mo from my first sleep in London, and that With a vengeance, tho boll being rung and tho words Uttered Within three feet of my head. Where did 1 sleep, then? Well, I had found a cozy resting place behind some boards propped against the wan of a baker's oven in a street near Moorgato. The wall was warm nnd smelt of now bread, and another besides myself had discovered its advantages. This Was tho watchman, who had slumbered away most of his vigil choek by jowl with me; but, morning approaching, had roused himself, and before ho was well out of his bod, certainly before ho hnd loft his bedroom, had begun, tho ungrateful wretch, to prove his watchfulness by disturbing every one else. I sat up nud rubbed my oycs, grinding my shoulders well ngnlnst tho wall for warmth. I hnd no need to turn out yet, but I began to think, nnd tho moro I thought tho harder I stared nt the planks six inches boforo my nose. My thoughts turned upon n vow knotty point, one that I had never seriously considered before: What was I going to do next? 'iHow wns I going to live or to roar the new house of •which I havo mado mention? Hitherto I had aimed simply at reaching London. London had paraded itself before my mind, though my mind should have,known better, not as a town of cold streets and dreary alloys and shops open from 1 to 4, with perhaps hero and there a vacant place for an apprentice, but as a gilded city of adventure and romance in which a young man of enterprise, whether ho wanted to go aboard or to rise at home, might bo sure of finding his sword weighed, priced and bought up on the Instant and himself valued at his own standard. But London reached, tho hoarding in Moorgato reached, and 6 o'clock in tho morning reached, somehow these visions faded rapidly. In tho cold renlity loft to mo I felt myself nstrny. If I would stay nt homo, who wns going to employ mo? To whom should I apply? What patron hnd I? Or if I would go abroad, how wns I to set nbout it? How find a vessel, seeing thnt I might expect to bo nrrested the moment I showed my fnco in daylight? Hero nil my experience fnlled mo. v l did not know whnt to do, though tho time hnd como for notion, nnd I must do or stnrvo. It hnd been nil very well when I •wns nt Coton to propose thnt I would go up to London nnd get across the water- such had been my dim notion—to the Courtonnys nnd Killigrows, who, with other refugees, Protestants for the most part, wore lying on the French const/waiting for better times. But now^that I,was in London, and as good as an outlaw myself, I snw no means of going to them. I seemed farther from my goal than I hnd been in Wnrwiokshiro.. ' : Thinking very blnnkly over all this, I begun to munch tho piece of brend which owed to the old dame at Tottenham and ind solemnly got through hnlf it when tho sound of rapid footsteps—tho footsteps of women, I judged, from tho lightness of iho tread—caused mo to hold my hand nnd listen. Whoever they wero—nnd I wondered, for it was still onrly, and I had leard no ono pass since the watchman hnd left mo—they oamo to stand in front of my shelter, nnd ono of them spoke. Her words mndo mo start. Unmlstnknbly the voico wns n gentlowomnn's, such as I had not heard for almost n week. And nt this plnoo and hour, on th'o raw borderland of day and night, n gentlewoman was the last person I expected to light upon. Yet if tho speaker wero not somo ono of station Potronilla's lessons had been thrown uwny upon mo. Tho words wore uttered In n low voice, but tho plunks in front of me wero thin, nnd the speaker was actually leaning against them. I caught every accent of what seemed to bo tho answer to a question. "Yes; yes. It is all right," she said, a covert ring of impatience in her voice. "Take breath n moment. I do not BOO him now." "Thank heaven!" muttered another, voice. As I hnd fnncied, there wore two persons. Tho Intter spenker's tone smnok- ed oqunlly of breeding with the.former's, but was rounder nnd fuller and more masterful, nnd she appeared to bo out of breath, "Then perhaps wo havo thrown him off tho trail," she continued after a short pause, in which she seemed to have somewhat recovered herself, "I distrusted him from tho first, Anne; from the first. Yet, do you know, I never feared him as J did Master Clarence, and ns it was too much to hopo thnt wo should be rid oi both at once—they took good oaro of that —why, the attempt had to bo made while ho was at home, But I always felt be was a spy." ' ' "Who—Master Clarence?" asked she who had spoken first, "Aye, ho certainly. But I did not meaJ him, I meant Philip-" "Well, 1-4 said at first, you remember that if was n foolhardy enterprise, mis tress." "Tut, tut, girl," quoth tho other tartly This timo the impatience, lay with her nnd sho tool; no pains to conceal it. We are not beaten yot. Come, look about! Cannot you remember where we are nor which way tho rivor should be? If the tlnwn woro como, wo could tel}." "But with tho dawn"— "The strools would fill. True, and, Master Philip giving the alarm, we should bo detected boforo wo had gone far, The more need, gU'l, to loso no timo. I have my breaVli again, and tho child. J? asleep. Let ua venture oneway or'the other, and heaven grant it bo tho right eno!" "Letwipsee," the younger woman on- WwaSwVaaif in doubt. "Pldwo pome by the ohuych? No, Wo came the other way. ket W9 try \W,$ turjUwgi then. '''Why, ohild, wo came that way." was the dooidpo. answer, "What are you thinking of? T.hat would tako us straight back into his aims, the wretphJ '-• -'— Joite¥»" fw»p the , flU wft ftwftw. nj}n,u.te w 9 en a. « we m mi* ttw fnofnlfig.-__ b6fofe Master" Uf *hey inoved bfisbly as sh-p spoke, hef words wew already growing indlst not from distance, while 1 remained still, idtf seeking the clow to their talk atid mut ef- ing ovef and over again tho name Clarence, which seemed familiar to ra f»J™™ a cty o! alarm, In which I recognlfcod ofi| of thei* voices, cut short my reverie., i otrtWled with all speed from tof«"»«» and stood Up, being still In a line wun the boards and hot easily distinguishable. As sho had said * It Was a da*k morn fag, but the roofs of the houses—now high) now !oW--<:ouid bo plainly dlscefned agalfasta gray, dflftlhg sky whofeiti the first signs of dflwh were visible, and the blank outlines of 4bo, streets, which met ftt this point, could bo seen. Six of seven yafds froiii ino, in tho mlddld of tho roadway, stood three dusky figures, of Whom 1 judged the nearer, from tholr attitudes, to be tho two women. The farthest seemed to bo a man. 1 was astonished to see that ho was standing cap in hand—nay, t was disgusted as well, for 1 had crept out hot fisted, expecting to bo called upon to dofoiid the women. But, despite the cry I had heard, they were talking td him quietly enough as fnr ns 1 could hear. And In a milluto or so 1 saw tho tallef Woman give him something. t He took It, with a low bow, and appeared almost to sweep the dirt With his boa- net. She waved her hand'in dismissal, nnd ho stood back, still uncovered. And —hoy, presto Mthe Women tripped swiftl} away. By this timo my curiosity was intensely excited, but for n moment I thought it was doomed to disappointment. I thought that it was all over. It Was not by any moans. The mail stood looking after them until they reached tho corner, and the moment they had passed it ho followed. His stealthy manner of going nnd his fashion of peering after thorn wns enough for me. I guessed at onco that ho was dogging them, following them unknown to them and against their will, and with considerable elation I started after him, using the same precautions. What was sauco for tho gooso was sauce for tho gander! SO we wont—two, ono, one—slipping after ono another through half n dozen dark streets, tending generally southward. Following him in this way I seldom caught a glimpse of tho women. Tho man kept at n considerable distance behind them, nnd I hnd my attention fixed on him. But once or twice when, turning a corner, I all but trod on his heels, I saw •them, nnd presently nn • odd- point -about • thorn struck mo. There was a white kerchief or something nttnchod nppnrontly to tho back of tho one's clonk, which consid- orablo assisted my stealthy friend to keep them it view. It puzzled me. Was it a signal to him? Wns ho really all tho time acting in concert with them, and was I throwing away my pains? Or was tho white object which so betrayed them merely tho result of carelessness and tho Inok of foresight of women grappling with a condition of things to which they were unaccustomed? Of course I could not do- olde this, tho more as, at thnt dlstnnce, I fnlled to distinguish whnt tho whito something wns or oven which of the two wore it. Presently I got n clow to our position, for wo crossed Cheapside close to Paul's cross, which my childish memories of the town enabled me to recognize, even by that light. Hero my friend looked up and down and hung a minute on his heel be- , ^ fore ho followed the women, as if expect-; ' ing or looking for some one;' It might bo that ho was trying to make certain that • tho watch wero not in sight. .They wero not, at any rate. Probably they had gone homo to bod, for tho morning was growing! And after a momentary hesitation he plunged into tho narrow street down which tho women had flitted. • Ho had only gone a few yards when I heard him cry out. The next instant, almost running aganst him myself, I saw what had happened.' The women had craftily lain in wait for him in tho little court into wJiioh tho street ran and had caught him as neatly as could bo. When I came upon them, the taller woman was standing at bay, with a passion that was almost fury in her pose and gesture. Her face, from which tho hood of a coarse cloak had fallen back, was pnlo with anger. Her • gray eyes • flashed. Her teeth glimmered. Seeing her thus, and seeing the burden she carried under her cloak, which instinct told mo was her child, I thought of a tigress brought to bay. "Yo* lying knave!" she hissed. "You Judas!" Tho man recoiled a couple of paces and n recoiling nearly touched me. "What .would you?" pho continued.' 'What do you want? What would you do? You have been paid to go. Go, and .eavo us." I daro not," lie muttered, keeping away from her as-if he dreaded a blow. Sho Looked a woman who could deal a blow, a woman who could both love and hate fiercely and openly—as proud and frank and haughty a lady as I had ever seen in my life. "I daro not," he muttered sullenly. "I havo my orders," "Oh!" she cried with scorn, "You have your orders, have you? The murder is out. But from whom, sirrah? Whose orders are to supersede. mine? I would King Harry were alive, and I would have you whipped to Tyburn, Speak, rogue. Who bade you follow me?" He shook his head. She looked about her wildly, passion* ately, and I saw that she was at her wits' end what to do or how to escape him. But she was a, woman. When she nest spoke there was a marvelous change in her. He.j face had grown soft, her voice Jaw, "Philip," she said gently, "the purse was light. I will give you more. I wiJl give you treble the amount within a few wee}?s, and I will thank you on my knees, as^ my husband shall be such n friend to vqu as you have never dreamed of }f you will only go home and be silent, Only $haW or bettor still walk the streets an hep and then report that you lost sight (?l»% Think man; think!" gho cried, with eaw, gy. "The times may change. A lm}$ wore nnd Wystt had been mastey of kon.? d.on last year, J?ow the people W frtUej of' discontent than over, and those" ings nnd torturing?, tin's streets—England will nut .„.,.„-, ..,.„.. long. Tho 'Ames will change. l®$ » s §»! nud you will hnvo n friend When B»°sti.}'OH need one." HO ehoote his hw4 8u,Jlo»Jy. "I dare noj do it," ho saia. Anrt spewbaw I 8«* tfe idea tbi\t he was, teUiDg tho t r « th W W 1 it was not tho man's gtftbbpr« nat^o sab that withstood, tho tojbe «ncl <he plea, JJ( epojjo as if he yvp,? 0 wpwting a lessen g}^ the muster weye present, k *?,• When shvj nay? that she OQ«W »o1j Bjax| him, tho angey -wbiPh, I thjjnfc PWftP, mo^e, wju pot, yw'topwJi" v sh9 pr;w! - A %4U, neither: tjuset? IW prom.Js.Q8 wye, ygu^w , ¥>Jfit*Wi M fee «MW^'A9(U6Ur* - 4 " 1 feavo my stfNfr" , f : Uj 'ft • '" I, I £J .'„ ' '. \ VV T .uiVJft-'-'Sl *!• i'F .5! >r-i,, ; : ',-,'J

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