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tell you now of what I am certain. I am well. I am not sure that I should have certain that you
have the support of pure, ventured to suggest the move, as the conunspotted, conscious innocence. I am cer- sequence of it is to put in jeopardy nine tain, also, that you have one friend who is thousand dollars more; but since you have equally bound by admiration of
char- determined on it of your own accord, I am acter, and by gratitude, to devote to your at liberty to say that you have done just service all the poor faculties that God has what I should feel like doing, if I were in given him.”
your place; and I do not believe that spirEmma was almost overcome. The ited conduct is always injudicious conduct. strong emotion which at that moment in this case, we will get rid of Schrowder, swelled her bosom, revealed to her what the most tormenting encumbrance that ever she had never before suspected, that suit was oppressed with. As soon as the Somers was something more to her than matter is concluded, I will give the fellow an intelligent friend and upright advocate. a hint that his safety will be best consulted Fortunately, she was alone in the discov by an immediate departure from the counery. Somers was no coxcomb, and did ty, and as his cowardice at least equals not imagine that every fair client whose in his selfishness, there is little danger of his terest he had succeeded in awakening was remaining. After that, if we can only seready to throw her heart into his hand. cure a few months of quiet, the present
“I will tell you what I have done with- commotion will die a natural death, and in the last few days,” said Somers. “There we may hope for a fair trial and a prosperwas a scheme a-foot to have you indicted by the Grand-jury ; I went to work and “Ah, but,” said Emma, “I must not represented the glaring injustice of proceed- allow you to sacrifice yourself a second time ing upon remote surmises, in such terms in our cause. Your friends have become that the half-formed purpose was aban- reconciled, and Heaven forbid, that we doned."
should be instrumental in drawing upon “But ought I to fear a trial ?” replied you their renewed displeasure.” Emma, “ I am not guilty.”
Somers replied immediately, “ Though “I know it, and so does Astiville proba- my friends should forget reason, I must not bly know it, and he could have no expec- forget duty. No-let any consequences tation that the prosecution would be ter- come that may-I will give up friendship minated by conviction ; but a true bill and the Everlyns-yes, I will give up found by a Grand-jury would confirm ex- every one of them, sooner than leave you isting prejudices, and give opportunity for a prey to the shameful conspiracy which effecting his other plans. Then you your- has been formed against you ! self would be annoyed by the publicity and “ Yet indeed, sir,” urged Emma, “ I do the numberless other vexatious circumstan- not wish to take advantage of your gences of a trial, whilst the acquittal when at erosity.” length it came, would not remove the re- " It is useless to talk of it,” exclaimed proachful suspicions which make your pre- Somers, “I am not at all generous ; 80 sent state so painful.”
spare any self-reproach. How could I ever “ I understand the case now,” returned enjoy a moment's peace hereafter, if I carEmma, “and am able to appreciate the ried with me the consciousness of having service you have rendered me. May I broken the most sacred duty of my profesask your opinion respecting the measure sion? A lawyer is not exactly a knightwhich this deed you have brought is de errant, yet is he a recreant knave if he signed to effect ?' Do I well to buy out refuse to strengthen the weak and succor Schrowder ?
the oppressed. “Well;" answered Somers, “very
Somers had good reason to apprehend | self ? Suspicion and jealousy, however, unpleasant consequences from his re-en- are seldom at fault. Mr. Everlyn now gagement with the New Yorkers. Mr. enjoyed a moderate fortune; should EverEverlyn, frank, open, direct, never had pa- stone be lost, he would be reduced to povtience to view an object from more than erty, and his daughter would become porone side. His notion of friendship agreed tionless. Miss Newlove was rich; Lawyers with the character of his mind. By the mercenary; it was difficult for Sidterm he understood a complete identity-ney to contemplate the inference which of taste as far as possible—of sentiment, appeared a legitimate deduction from these with no reservation at all. A common facts. The hypothesis admitted of a varifriend to two enemies seemed to him as ation. Perhaps Somers had a sincere absurd a figment of imagination as a liking for the Yankee maiden, apart from quantity equal respectively to two quanti- the consideration of golden charms : perties unequal to each other. Yet was he haps, also, there remained in his breast not dogmatic and self-important. He did something of the love she herself had exnot require the whole sacrifice to be made cited: it might be that, hesitating between by his friend; but, in order to secure the these opposite attractions, he had thought proper sympathetic conformity, would often to decide the doubt by yielding up his relinquish his own strong prepossessions. whole heart to her to whom the fortune of The circumstances of the case were to de- Law should give the broad estate. This cide from which party the compliance conjecture, which seemed the most probashould proceed. In the present instance, ble, was likewise the most offensive. To he was under a necessity to oppose the think that Somers throughout the lawsuit Newloves. It might be that Somers felt should be complacently occupied in keephimself under a similar necessity to sup- ing warm the two hearts, each of which he port them.
Everlyn would not quarrel desired to have in a suitable state for his with him for the choice, but only came to acceptance when the day of final choice the conclusion that the intimacy was sun- should come-how abominable and shockdered. What had given rise to the incom- ing! Like the epicure who is fattening patibility-whether irresistible fate or fic- two fowls of the anserine genus in separate kleness on Somers' part—made no differ- coops for a birthday entertainment; he ence whatever.
does not expect to eat them both, oh Sidney thought still more hardly of her nature is unequal to the consumption of lover. That he should go and league two such luscious tid-bits at a single mealhimself with the adversary at a time when, but he is yet uncertain which will prove as he himself had owned, he was fettered possessor of the largest liver, and his fastidby no obligation, was conduct so strange ious palate craves the best. And was Sidthat she was compelled to åttribute it to ney Everlyn to be one of those geese ? was some secret and very powerful motive. her honest affection thus to be practiced What that motive was, she was not long in upon ? What was Richard Somers, that he conjecturing Had not Somers himself should select her as a fit object for his selfish betrayed the warm and peculiar interest he management? The offspring of obscurity felt in Emma Newlove? Yet if he were and poverty, who ought to be grateful for indeed thus deeply attached to that young the slightest notice received from those who lady, why did he seem to struggle against could trace back their ancestry to the days the circumstances which at once justified of King Arthur. and favored liis new suit?
Why did he
Sidney's beauty, like all other human still profess undiminished affection for her- / beauty, owed its radiance to pride-not
self-important vanity-not conceit—that, and who really was so devoted, had a spirit tormenting appetite which is continually to the full as haughty as her own, and a craving and pining and enduring the ago- will, of whose iron and masculine rigidity nies of hunger, unless cloyed with the man- her mind could form no conception. She na of adulation. But within her soul saw him now actuated by other purposes there dwelt that high-spirited conscious than such as love for her would suggest, ness, which, though the source of all en- and she saw it with a surprise that equalled joyment to the possessor, delights not in her displeasure. Had she been prepared outward manifestation, and courts neither for this course, by knowledge of his characnotice nor acknowledgment, Her's was ter, she might have learned to pardon it; that pride which is convinced of its own but it is not surprising, that, attributing merit and superiority, yet is satisfied with his conduct, as she thought herself compelthis internal conviction and contentedly sees led to do, to seltsh and discreditable the world around pursue the course that motives, she should have regarded it as pleases it; pride which shrinks from con
presumptuous perfidy deserves to be retact and may be mistaken for timid weak- garded. ness, until a wound is felt, but then arms Somers, for his part, was a lover, and in itself with a sudden instinctive vigor to re- that character, was willing, as a matter of pel and punish the aggression. Had she course, to be attentive and obsequious. It been a King's daughter, and Somers a page had never entered his thoughts, however, of low degree, she could have given him a that he was a proper object for condescenlove unexacting, loyal, tender, submissive. sion. Perhaps it was well that the course Without repining, she would have seen the of his love did not run smooth. Sidney crown pass from her head to his, if it were must have found, after marriage, if not her hand that made the exchange. But before, that she was far less unlike the the scene of her life was not laid in the ro- diademed princess, than he was to the plimantic land of dreams;—there were no ant and graceful page. The disappointsceptres nor thrones to be the gift of gen- ment which awaited her came best at a erous affection. Rugged realities surround- time when, although it might crush the ed her, which even love's enchantment dearly cherished fabric of a girlish fancy, could not render smooth and verdant. it did not blast a whole life-time's prospect Still the fond wish remained that, although of happiness. she had little more than her heart to bestow, Though his mind was filled with uncasy the recipient should take it with the temper forebodings, Somers thus failed to recogof one who is placed under an enduring nize all the danger that threatened, and obligation. She would contribute love for consequently could not take the proper the adornment of the Marriage Ring; the measures to avert them. He knew enough, suitor must furnish not only love but gra- | indeed, of female character and of human titude.
character, that Sidney would not tolerate a That Somers was not wealthy, caused rival in his affections, and ordinary pruher therefore no regret. His obscure and dence enjoined npon him to say nothing humble birth, which we might suppose which could kindle jealousy. Hence he would appear an insuperable objection to studiously avoided speaking of Emma or one so proud of the glories of her own of her concerns. His caution was detected genealogical tree, gave him, in her eyes, a by Sidney, and unluckily, instead of allaycharm and an attraction. That he affected / ing her suspicions, only seemed ample none of the arts of the parvenu, but frankly confirmation of them. At each visit that owned his barren escutcheon, was a merit, he made, he received a greeting colder than since it came not from any stolid and yul- at the last. He was earnest and tender, gar independence, but was accompanied and rhetorically persuasive—but all to no by an ingenuous appreciation of the advan- purpose. She listened apathetically, retage which his mistress enjoyed in her plied in monosyllables, and only varied her ancestral dignity. She never suspected— formal reserve by darting an occasional and the error was a pleasant one- —that this gleam from that marvellous bright eye of poor lawyer—this son of parents whom hers. What meaning shone in that glance, nobody knew,who appeared so humble, 'there was no time to examine-you might
as well attempt to assort the colors which | road maker, nor the engineer of roads. It glow in the lightning, when it breaks from is true, indeed, that I am hunting for the the thunder-cloud. All that the dazzled lost-but not for lost bees. My employyision of poor Somers could observe, was, ment is less classical, and less poetic. I that it was not such a glance as ought to am hunting for landmarks—for proofs to give rapture to the lover. After a long establish a just cause, Mr. Somers. The endurance of this treatment, his own tem- Hardwater, that stream which seems to per began to be chafed. He felt strongly have possessed the faculty of rendering tempted to make the wide, blindfold leap itself invisible to some eyes, can no longer from patience into recklessness. Why avoid detection. I think we have found it, should he submit to be the slave of a but where I ought not, perhaps, to mention, woman's wbim ? Did it not rather become since the disclosure may pain you, sir.” him to give open defiance to her absurd “Do not so misjudge me," rejoined jealousy? What was it but base, unmanly the lawyer, “as to believe that the discotruckling, to shun the utterance of truth? very of truth can ever cause me pain; or —and what more true than that Miss if I were capable of wishing anything Newlove was eminently deserving of her concealed, you would do no more than right advocate's most zealous service ?
to drag it forth into open day, and convince As the lawyer was riding one day across me of the disappointment. I do not desire the wilderness of the debatable land, he to lead you into any unwilling announcesaw, standing a little way from him, a ment, yet if you have found the true bounsurveyor's compass.
Two bare-headed dary of Roland Compton's grant, I am sure negro lads reclined at lazy length upon the I ought to rejoice, for it will relieve me ground, while stretched between them was from a very great embarrassment.” a Gunter's chain. A lithe young fellow, Howard, glancing towards Sidney, said, in a grey frock coat, and shining cap, “We have no secrets, Mr. Somers. was busily adjusting the instrument, and are content to declare to you now, everystooped now and then to peer through the thing that we expect to declare before your sights. A surveyor !--but none of those face in Court. Our investigations have not whom Somers had known to be at the dis- been fruitless. So abundant, in truth, are posal of the good land-owners of Redland. the results obtained, that it would be A second look was taken :-yes, there now niggardly to deny you a participation in the could be no doubt-it was Howard Asti- enjoyment of them. The Lower Branch ville. But the young gentleman has an is the Hardwater." assistant with him, and—who would believe
" Indeed ?" it?—the assistant wears a bonnet! The “Yes: and if you feel disposed I will figure turns, and at thrice that distance of take pleasure in pointing out this new evitwenty yards it would be easy to recognize dence which we have obtained.” the lovely features of Sidney Everlyn. Somers dismounted, and began to exam
Sidney blushed, and so did Howard. ine the papers offered to his perusal.
“Ah, do not let me interrupt you,” said “ This,' said Howard, “is the copy of Somers. “Broad highways are to open be- an old survey—it is not presented as the hind you, I presume—arteries, to carry original, please to take notice, Mr. Somers the blood of civilization into these woody -I leave your clients in sole possession of solitudes; or perhaps you'resort to the the sweets of forgery. Though not a very compass to enable you to follow some practised surveyor, as you may imagine, I vagrant swarm of bees? Do I then hail a
have been running out this west line, and new Aristæus, Mr. Astiville, and can this find that it reaches no farther than to the fair vision at your side be one of the forms Lower Branch. The survey was made at of the bee-god, Proteus ? Or is my first
Or is my first the instance of old Jeremy Compton, to guess nearer the truth ?-Are
the Gen. mark off a portion for his daughter, at her Wade of our century, and has the Genius marriage. She died, without leaving of the land appeared under the similitude children, and the land reverted to the of Miss Everlyn to guide and encourage father. Perhaps you were unaware of the
existence of the survey, or if not, perceived “No, sir,” replied Howard," I am not a ' that it would be no advantage to Miss
your labors ?"
Newlove to bring it forward. How was it, us about the tree and broken stone, at the Mr. Somers ?"
Sulphur Spring. But, I thank Heaven, “I was well enough aware of the docu- you are to be disappointed.” ment,” replied the lawyer, “and had read “And to what do I owe the said disapit in the clerk's office."
pointment, Mr. Astiville?” Sidney, on hearing this avowal, sent “ You are fishing for gratitude in this forth one of those keen looks with which query,” answered Howard, “but I must she had lately been so much in the habit of say, frankly, that you will get little from favoring him
If there be such a mistake as you Somers did not wince. Turning with a allege in this survey, be assured we should pleasant smile to Howard, he said: “If have discovered it without the aid of your you will take the trouble to reckon up the candor and acumen. Or even if we had latitudes and departures, you will observe gone on in our error, I profess that it is that there is an error somewhere of no less better to be deceived one's-self, than to than nine hundred poles. The west line is practice deceit upon others. I prefer qur given here as 105 poles--supply a cipher at survey here, with all its imperfections, to the end and the whole becomes consistent. that well-concocted forgery which you conBut 1050 poles will bring you to the Upper sider yourself bound to justify and abet.” Branch. One hundred and five poles, by “ Abet ?" repeated Somers, frowning. the
way, did not even bring you quite to “I do not mean,” said Howard, correctthe Lower Branch-did it ?"
ing himself, “ to charge you with any Howard owned that it did not.
participation in the crime itself. You were “I thought as much,” continued the far too sagacious, and doubtless, I ought to other, “ There is no supposition which can add, too honest, to dabble in such roguery, reconcile the survey with its own conditions But when you defend the perpetrator, and but that of the omission of the cipher in assist her to prosecute the same scheme, the statement of the west line."
though by means less disreputable and Howard looked blank : Then making a dangerous, I cannot look upon you—" strong effort to force a little cheerfulness “Look upon me how, Mr. Astiville ? into his countenance, he inquired the rea- Do not hesitate to speak your mind.” son why Somers, if the case stood as he “I cannot regard you,” continued represented, had not used the survey as Howard, “as one from whom I would be evidence in behalf of his clients.
willing to receive any—the most trifling “ I will tell you: I knew that twelve obligation. Nor can I forget, Mr. Somers, plain men are very apt to be bewildered by that the same person who is so tender of paper calculations of this sort. Prudence the reputation of this unprincipled young compels a lawyer many times to refrain from woman, scrupled not to foul his lips with urging the arguments which are most con- the blackest insults to a man who stands vincing to his own judgment.”
higher than himself in public estimation " Then it
seems,' ” said Sidney, quickly, -a man of unstained honor—a gentleman that your
boasted Law is the most uncer- -one who never yet, I am proud to tain of all ordeals."
say—has done anything to entitle him to “It is a shrewd conjecture," answered a lodging in the penitentiary! You are Somers, “but I believe there is nothing able to admire Emma Newlove, while you certain in this world-except a lady's favor. hate and vilify my father.” I was going on to say, however, Mr. Asti- “My conscience," replied Somers, ville, that I had another reason for not calmly, “justifies both the liking and the availing myself of the evidence afforded by disliking." this paper-I thought it probable that the Oh, how excellent a thing it is,” exopposite parties might save me the trouble claimed Howard, “to have a pretty word of bringing it into Court."
like Conscience always ready at one's call.” “I understand you,” interrupted How- Somers retorted promptly, “ It is a betard,“ the plan was to seize the moment of ter thing to have some knowledge of the our fancied security, to give us a blow subject which one is talking about, whether which might prove fatal. You hoped to it be a Survey or the conduct of a fellow serve us in this matter as you had served creature.”