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TAIT'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE.

JUNE, 1849.

THE MODERN VASSAL.

BY JOHN WILMER,

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(Continued from page 318.) The rain continued unabated. The weather was chill. || ing, he removed the lid from the steaming malt, whose Jakubska strode on at such a rate that it was with diffi- || surface was covered with small pieces of white, soft, spongy ralty that Leon kept pace with her. More than once he || cheese, a very favourite dish with the peasantry, when they thoaght of giving her the slip, but ker keen eye was ever can afford it. They compelled Leon to swallow a large on him ; until, at last, having long left the sandy ground || quantity of this fluid, and thereby restored some warmth behind, and entered upon a more fertile country, he so and circulation to his stiffening limbs ; nor would Jakub.. completely lost his bearings, and was so faint, that the ska sit down to the family meal till she liad prepared a bed thought of escape died away. But he was too proud to of fresh straw in the corner of the kitchen, on which the complain of fatigue. Once or twice, indeed, the woman | boy soon lay extended in a state little short of insensibility, rested a short time ; but the approach of night made her but which was mistaken by those around for the wholesome anxious to push forward ; and, accustomed to all the vicis- || repose that succeeds fatigue. Then, and not till then, did sitades of a vagrant's life, hunger and weariness seldom || the woman think of her own creature comforts. After the visited her, or, if felt, they were overlooked whenever she evening repast was over, which chiefly consisted of gritz had an object in view. They passed one or two villages; || and bacon, Jakubska made interest for some of her favoubut the woman, evidently desirous of avoiding observation, rite beverage—brandy. skirted round in preference to traversing them. At last “I will not say but you want something to comfort you they approached a gently rising ground, forming an agree-after so hard a day's work,” observed the host, “ but every able contrast to the dull flats they had wandered over thing in moderation. I have often said behind your back, throughout the day, on whose eminence stood something and will now say it to your face, that brandy has been your resembling a farm, though in a very dilapidated condition. || bane through life. If it had not been for that, with the

* Have but a little courage,” said Jakubska, turning ample allowance the Countess made you, you would now to the boy; "we are now soon over our troubles—up there be one of the most comfortable women in your village. we shall find rest, food, and shelter.”

You have your serf's wood and roof-your clear rental Leon's strength was completely gone ; his eyes swam, || upon the Countess—your boys apprenticed at her expense his head reeled ; he followed the old woman mechanically, || —they get a present of clothes whenever they want them, scarce preserving consciousness. Perceiving his situation, and yet, with all these advantages, you and your children she took his hand and assisted him up the acclivity, when, are always dirty and in rags, and you in want of a meal, ringing at the gate of the solitary house, she succeeded in because all the money-every bit of it-goes into the pubfonsing the attention of those within.

lican's pocket. Why, you would drink a man out of house "You, Jakubska —at this hour—in this weather !"' || and home. Now, if you had but order and conduct, and exclaimed the man who appeared at the window. did just as much work as would keep your house free from

" Don't let us bandy words here at the gate,” she said; vermin, you might be thriving and respected ; instead of " this child requires instant care, so let us in, will you ?"|| which, you know very well, Jakubska, you are despised by

They soon stood, drying their clothes, by the kitchen the old and hooted at by the young. Surely it can't be fire. Jakubska, with a solicitude hardly to have been ex- so difficult" pected from her, disencumbered the boy of his wet gar

- Tush! nonsense !” said the woman, impatiently ; ments, and wrapt him up in whatever she could procure“I am not come to hear preaching, but to tell you of my that was warm and dry ; endeavouring, at the same time, difficulty. I don't want counsel, but assistance. My to persuade him to take some refreshment. “ He has had plan is already formed; when we are alone I will tell you no food this day, poor child,” she said, turning to the

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and let that be soon, for time presses." host, “and has walked for hours without intermission ; “It's about yon child,” he whispered. " Take care, he must surely have overtasked his strength—but there Jakubska, you are not meddling with concerns above your was no help for it.”

station, or harra will come of it." " The best thing for him,” said the host, “ will be a “ By-and-bye you will know all ; but, for God's sake, little hot beer soup; we are just getting some ready for get rid of your folks.” our supper ; we'll force some down his throat.” So say. The host, snatching up a bit of candle stuck in a po. VOL. XVI.-NO, CLXXXVI,

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tato, led the way to his sleeping-room, in which a huge, boy is older, he may write to him a petition, and get a stove, that nearly halved the apartment, and a bed, sur- mint of money out of him one way or other. Don't rounded with Catholic emblems, were the most striking you see that, neighbour ?" objects. He locked the door carefully behind him, re- “ I don't know Count Stanoiki—I don't belong to him," moved some clothes from a chair which he presented to said the host; “ but I have heard it said that he has a will Jakubska, took another himself, endeavoured to quiet a of his own, like all of them ; I wouldn't build too much few goslings which, having been hatched late in the sea- on the future." son, he was, for warmth's sake, bringing up in his own “ Well, I think differently ; however, Pavel will now room, and disposed himself to give his best attention to

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and be able to help himself. Do you know it the old woman's revelations. Ile shared the secret of was a hard thing, though, to give up one's child for so many Leon's birth and parentage, and of his substitution for the years, and to be treated and looked upon as I have been defunct heir of Stanoiki; the old nurse who first devised || by that boy? It was a hard thing to be hated and scorned the plan and carried it out being his own sister. lle, at || by one's own flesh and blood, and I, too, who was so proud the time, warned her against encouraging such a notion of him, and his handsome face and his fine clothes! I in the Countess, and told hier of the danger with which || longed to kiss him to-day—it would have been the first the plan was fraught. He spoke of the caprices of the time for eleven long yearsbut I knew I should have great—said that the Countess would tiro of the toy, or driven him frantic! I shall bave trouble enough to preher conscience would get alarmed—that she was for the vent his getting himself or me into some terrible scrape; moment actuated by inconsiderate emotion—but all in and it is the manner in which he took our restoration to vain. As to Jakubska, who was also his relation, through each other that forces me on extreme courses. This is her husband, nothing that he could say had power to why I am come to ask your assistance. I dare not leave shake her resolve the bait had been too tempting. He him in this neighbourhood ; he'd betray all; find his way now listened to her narration with the deepest interest, to the castle, and make a mortal foe of the Count." and, when she had ceased speaking, he exclaimed

“ Holy Virgin!” exclaimed the man, in unfeigned “Well, Jakubska, did I not tell you it would all end in || alarm, " is that the tune he pipes? Then we must, innothing?"

deed, get him out of the way at any cost, for I would not “ I don't remeniber," said the woman, " but if you did, have my name mixed up in an affair concerning any of it was false ; so there is nothing to boast of. Why, do our neighbouring lords for all the wealth that you foolishly you call it nothing to have had eleven years of pension like dreamt of for your boy.” that I have enjoyed, without reckoning all the sums I “ I thought,” said the woman, with a sigh, "it would screwed out of the late Countess ? I am sure, had my good be no use proposing to leave him here." man lived, I should not have been so comfortable as I have “Then you thought very rightly! For my nearest been since his death-that is at times. No, no! pity || and dearest I would not put myself into trouble by wagging for my destitute offspring would never have got me that. a single finger in the concerns of those above me." Those that are pensioned merely for charity's sake find a “ But you will help me out of this troublesome affair?" very different figure to cast up at the end of the year, I “ I will help to get the boy out of our way." promise you. And even now, when the worst is come to “Well, where do you think you could dispose of him the worst, I retain that pension, mind you, and all the for the time being ?” other advantages the Countess granted me. So, far from “ Why, not far over the frontier I have friends who meeting the punishment you predicted, you see I have keep a small inn on an unfrequented road ; he is never greatly bettered my condition. Besides, all my children, likely there to fall in with any one who would attend to his except this unfortunate boy, are in a fair way to take care story; he'll be quite snug, and there, amongstrangers, he will of themselves. The family is brought up. Each knows soon forget his grand airs, and get accustomed to the sort a trade, and can earn his own livelihood ; the Countess of life he will be obliged to lead in future. Nay, nefer tvok care of that for me."

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head ; it will come to that, depend upon it; “ Ay; she was a good lady,” exclaimed the man, he'll be glad enough, one day, to come and share your

“ Good! I don't know what you call good—a bargain home and your pension. What do you look so blank at is a bargain-have I not sold her my last born, my own You haven't had him for ten years and more ; why shouldn't flesh and blood ? I think there was no occasion for grati- || you be able to part with him now !" tude between us. I had a secret in my keeping would “Ay, but I knew him to be happy then; it was for his good." have lost her with the severe general; that gave me power “Well, it will be still more for his good now. Believe over her, and I made use of it.'

me, it is not by degrees that you can break him into such “ I'll be bound you did!” said the host, with a sagacious a change. It is better to inure him to it at once. The wink and smile.

first shock over, he'll bear his fate all the better where “ Well, you see," resumed the scheming matron, nothing reminds him of the past; and when he sees you “ though, on the one hand, I might, doubtless, have gained again your presence will be a blessed relief." more had my son remained a Count, and in possession of a “ Well, I have no choice ; but will he be comfortable Count's estate, yet, on the other, the boy is high of heart, with these friends of yours ?" and not gentle in temper. Instead of being frightened by “ Much of his comfort will depend on the price yet pas my threats, or induced by my claims to share with me his for his pension,” wealth, he might—nay, probably, would, have denied both, “I knew you would sing that song!" said the womm, and maltreated me. God has spared him the sin and me in a whining tone. ." I must say it is the hardest thing the sorrow. Then, all is not over yet. The Count may || of all for a poor lone widow"not be able to miss him ; he has acted in his first anger; “ You'll accept my succour on my own terms or let it he may yet change his mind. At any rate, when the || alone," said the man, coldly.

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“ You know I can't help myself, so what's the use of|| meet them in that neighbourhood; and now, Jakubska, the talking! I'll pay what I can, and you must promise me that your folk will do the best in their power for my boy; how- “I have not yet touched a penny from my lord--it's all erer, I'll go and see him occasionally, and judge for myself." || promise."

" That's the best plan ; I, too, have sometimes busi- " Ay, but the people will be wanting some immediately, ness in that part of the country, for my master has an

and I have none at home." estate hard by, and I will now and then drop in to look With a heavy sigh, the woman took from her under after him. The people have plenty of children of their vestments a small faded purse which had once belonged to own, and companionship will reconcile your boy to every- the Countess, and which miraculously yet contained some thing, even to what at first he may term hardships. Come, remnant of her bounty. This the man buried in an inner Jakubska, be reasonable-can you put your child in a pocket of his waistcoat, and raising the child gently from palace ? If I were not afraid that, owing to my being the his straw pallet, carried him to the cart, and there depobrother of the nurse and your cousin, and the child's having sited him, still plunged in the deepest sleep. He next been here to-night, I might eventually be mixed up with mounted to the rough seat he had arranged in front for this ugly business, I would not trouble myself so much himself, and was about to shake the reins, when Jakubska about the matter, I can tell you, but even let you follow stopped him by a parting exclamationyour own bent.

It has been my principle through life “ Be kind to my Pavel,” she said ; "remember, though never to let my name come to the ear of the great, either you are not his god-father, he is named after you." for good or for evil, The less they know about one the “Ay, ay; lock the gate carefully after me, and put the better. We have a proverb that says, “the meanest key where I told you, and be off before any one is stirring." bush can cast a shadow—what must it be, then, with the With these last injunctions, he departed. huge oak ? "

The rain had abated, but the night was cold, and the “ You were ever a prudent man,” said Jakubska, with air impregnated with the damp of the previous day. The a dubious expression about eye and lip.

Count, in his hermetically closed, easy, travelling carriage, " I never had occasion to repent it. But I'll tell you in rain courting slumber, looked out on the starless night something more—the child starts to-night-I have a good under an overwhelming sense of isolation and strangeness. horse-your Pavel is not much of a load—I'll draw out But a few days back a husband and a father, and now the cart this instant."

quite alone and joyless in the world, to which, it seemed "But he is fearfully fatigued,” said the woman. to him, no tie now bound him. The General thought of

" He'll not be more tired sleeping on straw at the bottom his own sorrows, his own trials, of himself whom the world of my cart, than in my kitchen corner. It comes to this, would be so happy, so proud to console ; but of that poor, Jakubska, he cannot wake here to-morrow; there are too lone boy, that very morning sitting by his side in the many sharp ears and eyes about.”

pride of station and wealth, now littered on straw at the Well,” said the woman, sulkily, “I am in your hands, bottom of a peasant's cart--of that existence crushed in and you know it-so it must be as you say, I suppose, but its bud-of those first and purest affections trampled down you take me with you."

-of that abandoned human being the Count thought not. “Not to-night-not till I have arranged everything, || And herein lies the cruelty of those whom fortune has for a thousand reasons it's better so."

spoiled--in their fearful egotism! In the total oblivion It was not until the whole household had retired to rest, of everything but self, or what, by position and circumthat the man made his preparations for the road ; and stances, comes nearest to self, exists the gulf that separates these preparations were simple enough. He harnessed one them from the rest of the world. What right had the of his raw-boned, high-cruppered plough horses to an un- vassal's son, the imposter, to occupy any place in the covered cart, at the bottom of which he shook an abundant General Count Stanoiki's remembrance ? And Leonor supply of straw, taking care to make as little noise as rather Pavel, as we must henceforth call him-slept on possible ; for, like most very prudent men in his country, | under his sheep's skin covering, unconscious of the deep he was apt to enwrap his movements in mystery, and his ruts and hard stones he was rumbling over ; for he slept family knew better than to pry into those things which he the sleep of utter exhaustion. chose to keep secret. He then softly re-entered the kitchen, The morning light was struggling through the hazy where he found Jakubska leaning over the sleeping boy, atmosphere when the cart arrived at the frontier. A couple and examining carefully every part of his raiment, in of drowsy, grumbling officials turned out, but not so drowsy search of the valuable baubles which she fancied he must as to neglect looking very sharply after the contents of the

vehicle. They manifested considerable suspicion, too, in “What are you doing there ?" said the host, severely. examining the person of the driver; when, finding nothing

"I am only looking after my own ; surely I have a that could defraud Government, they permitted him to beller right to anything the child may have about him move on without further discussion. But not even the than the people he is going to.”

stoppage, the raising of the sheep's skin, nor his exposure "Well, it's no concern of mine," said the host, carefully to the cold, damp morning air, could rouse the child from sorting the objects he might need on the road : first, an his leaden slumber, ample provision of rope and twine--a very necessary pre- Austrian Poland now lay behind them ; they were encantion to those who travel along Polish roads then, sometering the Russian division, which retains a more national nails wrapped in a sheet of brown paper, a hammer, a flask || character than those that have fallen under the German of brandy—then, a sheep's skin for himself, another to sway. Striking off from the high road to Warsaw, into throw over the child, and, lastly, a tinder-box.

one that led to a town of minor importance, they soon "And your gun,” said Jakubska-"you forget your gun!" | reached a village of some appearance. Here the man " True," said the man—"the wolves--one is sure to rested awhile, for his horse's sake as much as for his own,

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and made an attempt to rouse the boy in order to give Soon the brandy, taken for the first time in his life, him some refreshment; but Pavel could not be awakened. and in such an immoderate quantity, acting, too, on a His conductor thought it would be cruel to insist ; and stomach which had received no food for the last twenty. having seen his horse properly attended to, he patiently | four hours, and on a frame prostrate with unaccustomerl waited the proper time for resuming his journey, though, || fatigue, completely stupified the poor boy, and he sank in fact, impatient enough to get rid of his troublesome to the bottom of the cart in a state of apparent lifelesscharge. With the falseness peculiar to, and characteristic of, nations accustomed to live under strong pressure, the

• He is dead drunk !" exclaimed the man, as he gazed Pole, as well as the Russian, is ever desirous of avoiding on him—“perfect image of his mother ! he'll be a pride observation, and giving the change on his movements. and a pleasure to her! And as to the Count, he could lle lies even without necessity, from excess of caution. | never have made a silk purse out of a sow's ear—it's all Even though no one suspected or questioned him, Jakub- || for the best.” So saying, he cracked his whip, and ska's cousin thought fit to gratify the possible curiosity of || strained every nerve to fly over a bridge of planks of the innkeeper by a long-winded story of the most improbable doubtful solidity. texture, to account for circumstances that needed no ex- Nothing more passed between them through the whole planation, and which would have given rise to suspicion of that weary day, whiclı, however, is short enough at had it been worth the while of the inn-folk to feel any | that time of the year, in those countries. As it was curiosity about him or his concerns.

about to close, the drizzling mist, that had continned The horse being once more fit for the road, the tedious since the morning, turned into a positive torrent of rain ; journey was resumed. Deep ruts and deeper holes had | the wind began to howl fearfully; the road seemed to now to be avoided with a skill which kept the driver's extend into endless distance ; the brooks of the neighmental faculties on the stretch. To escape upsetting or tourhood swelled rapidly; and the man, growing every breaking down on most of the Russian-Polish roads some moment more anxious, applied his whip incessantly to his twelve or fifteen years ago, demanded skill that might now wearied brute. They had not proceeded much farwell establish a man's reputation as a whip; but here there ther, however, before a safe port was announced, by a were difficulties to be encountered that tried the fortitude steady light on the left side of the road. It was from a of both horse and man. Bridges composed but of a few window of the solitary pot-house which was, henceforth, trees carelessly lopped of their branches, and as carelessly to be the home of the pampered heir; and though cirthrown across the many brooks that bisected the road, cumstances combined to soften the wretched outlines of lad to be traversed; and where these were wanting, the the hovel, and to make any place of rest desirable, yet not ferry was of so indifferent a kind, that considerable tiine even fatigue, time, or weather, could prevent its squalid elapsed before the cart was in a condition to proceed. || appearance from striking the eye painfully. Where the road lay through the forest, it, at times, alto- “So much the better,” murmured the man; “it 11 gether lost the character implied by its denomination ; break with the past all the more effectually;" and, careand it required practice to trace the land-marks among fully turning his horse's head in the direction of the pubbroken boughs,and trot away over the trunks of felled trees, lic house, he slowly and cautiously drove into the wellwith the indifference evinced both by man and beast. known gate; but so slippery and rapid was the descent into

“Surely,” thought the driver, “ this jolting and bump- | the yard, and awkward the entrance, he must have upset ing must baye awoke the boy.” In this supposition he || at once had not his cart been a strong one. A single was in part correct, Pavel had raised his aching head | glance at the host and hostess, who came out to meet and was staring around him with a bewildered air, too | their guest, would have been sufficient to reveal, liad he stupified to take notice, or even clearly to comprehend || not previously known, their despised origin—they were the nature of his situation. Perceiving that he was roused || Jews. So immense is the contempt, in these countriesat last, his conductor immediately drew up, and asked a legacy of the barbarity of the feudal times for these him if he did not feel faint for want of something. Parias of ages, that the man had not dared to mention

“I want some water," said the child, fretfully," water the fact to old Jakubska, who would, doubtless, bare comi- water !"

sidered it an insuperable objection. But her cousin, with “ There is no water here; take a little sip of this,” || quick perception, immediately felt that they were exnetly handing him his brandy flask ; " it will comfort you, for the people for an emergency like the present ; for, we have yet a long pull before us ; but you'd better eat whereas no Christian serf would venture to meddle with something along with it.”

anything mysterious in its appearance, from fear of being The boy instinctively repulsed the proffered food, for he involved in matters displeasing to his master, the Jew yas was no longer master of his impulses ; but of the brandy | ever ready for profit, great or small, to run his neck into he took a deep draught. In vain did ihe driver inter- any noose. Stolen sheep or stolen watches were alike pose, saying, “For Heaven's sake have done, will you ? || him: to the hard pressed smuggler or eloping damsel, you'll be quite beside yourself.” Pavel drank on, eager | a certain consideration, he was ever ready to offer his synkto slake his burning thirst, without being even aware of pathising assistance. He troubled the ready money eng the liquid wherewith he quenched it. When he returned || tomer with no questions, and faithfully fulfilled, so far the stone bottle to the man, and the latter perceived the in him lay, the conditions he agreed to. To these people, diminution his young companion bad caused in his re- therefore, Jakubska’s cousin determined to consign Pavel sources, he muttered with a sort of grunt : “Like the This was by no means the only establishment of the kind mother-like the mother, after all. I don't wonder she within his acquaintance ; but it was the most distant from

was loth to part with him ; if the old folk have not a the estate of Stanoiki, and he knew the man and his with , care, he'll play the deuce with their cellar—however, it's || whatever might be their line of business, were kind and 110 concern of mine,"

inoffensive. Moreover, few travellers ever stopped at the house; there was little chance of the boy being recognised, Whilst the host and hostess were, with the assistance or gaining information respecting his late home. of a slip-shod girl or two, preparing the simple repast,

“Well, Salome-well, Noah ; how are you getting on ?"|Pavel's friend began to entertain some misgivings about

"As well as people will let us; but what brings you the effect of brandy. “Of course," thought he," he can here to-night? Surely something worth your while to never have had anything of the kind at the Count's; he have come all this way in such weather-corn for brandy? looks like a half-drowned rat. Jakubska will be awful but unless it be dog cheap, I have already taken in my || when she hears of this.” But comforting himself with provision."

the hope that he would mend on the morrow, the cousin “Nonsense, Noah; don't you see his cart is empty?" || prepared to make the best terms he could with his new said Salome, twitching his long silk gown.

allies, “It's a fine living child I am bringing you,” said the IIe had invented a plausible story by which to put the guest, triumphantly. "A full-grown child, too." Jew completely off the scent, and yet, in some degree, to

"You're joking,” said Salome ; " we have enough of account for the peculiarities that might appear about his our own,

protegé. The boy had, he said, been so unfortunate as "Let me chaffer a little with your husband. Have you to attract the attention of a noble family, and to become any one within ?"

the play-fellow of the young heir—had been permitted to " Not a soul, and it is not likely we shall have many share his lessons and his games, and being naturally of a interruptions to-night.”

weak understanding, had, latterly, harboured the fatal “So much the better. But before you help me to stable delusion that he was himself heir to a noble house. The the horse, let me remove my burden. Come, stir up, family had left this part of the country, and his own friends Pavel," he said, shaking the child. Al, well, he is could devise no better cure for his mental infirmity than again asleep, and no wonder, he must be thoroughly tired placing him in scenes as different as possible from those out. I suppose you'll have a bed for him?"

which had affected his reason. The strangest part of his "Why, no,” said Salome;“that's just what we have not." || delusion was, that lie conceived himself the son, not of the

"I am afraid," said Noah, “ you must carry your wares | gentleman who had protected him, but of another, the farther; I don't say for to-night, but”.

richest in the whole province, and with whom he was totally “Wait--wait till we have talked the thing over.” unconnected. Change of air and objects would, they hoped,

They now adjourned to the principal, indeed the only shortly restore him. Another bitter trial to him would sitting, apartment in the inn; a long, low chamber, with be the learning to work as became one in his condition, deal benches along the walls, before which stood as many and to this strangers could train him better than his own tables, cut and hacked, and burnt, in a manner to show relations. that those who were in the habit of regaling themselves “ Those did the lad great wrong," observed Noah, scrihere did not belong to the soberest part of the population. ously, “who took him out of his station merely to throw Round a huge stove which occupied no inconsiderable por- him back into it. That was unjust-worse, it was cruel!" tion of the room, not only in breadth but in height, for it Pavel's friend shrugged his shoulders, and answered reached almost to the ceiling, sat half-a-dozen children of with his usual profundity, “ that walls had cars; and that various ages; whilst beneath it, as usual, the whole poultry no good ever came of talking of one's betters."

An opiyard was at roost, and gave audible tokens of being dis- nion in which Salome coincided. turbed by the entrance of strangers.

Noah, however, remarked that he would like to feel "I am afraid this child is very ill,” said Salome, as quite sure that the facts stood exactly as his friend reprePavel was brought in, and laid upon a bench; "and such sented them; to feel sure that this was not an obnoxious a fine boy as he is, too! he looks fit to be a lord's son- heir that a rapacious kinsman wished to get out of the way. such small, white hands, and such nice clothes!"

He must say the child looked very much like it. “ He has had good friends, but they are gone, and we Pavel's cousin was obliged to swear solemnly to their must look to it that he be fit, one day, to earn his own relationship before the cautious Jew would enter into the bread; he must be provided with clothes more befitting business; but what withi fine promises, oaths, bullying and his station."

coaxing by turns, Pavel was, at last, fairly settled on the “But he is ill,” persisted Salome.

Jews for the next five years; and to prevent any after con"A little fatigued from the road, that's all. But now siderations interfering with this plan, his conductor lest let's have some refreshment, and get to business, for I must the house before day-break. be off ' right early to

morrow. I never told my people Great was Noah's consternation, and Salome's pity, where I was going, nor, indeed, that I was going at all, when, on looking in at their young charge enrly next mornand if I be not back by times they'll get anxious. Weling, they found him speechless and insensible, evidently strike our bargain to-night, and I leave you the boy for attacked by the first symptoms of some fearful malady. five years for to that time lis lord's permission extends | They were far from medical assistance, nor could it be or he goes back with me to-morrow to another person procured, at that distance, without great expense, and no of your creed, who, I know, will be glad enough to have apothecary's shop was within miles. Cramped for room, him."

encumbered with a large family, the, at all times, great “Well, well, we'll hear your conditions,” said Noah. inconvenience of a sick stranger in a domestic circle, was "What have you for supper ? let that be our first care.” || doubly felt under the circumstances; and should the illness

* Supper? why nothing that will suit you-cakes done prove infectious, how easily might the inconvenience be without butter for the children, black bread, cheese”. turned into a calamity! Nor did Noah exonerate Pavel's * Can't you get up a little beer soup?"

friend from being privy to the real state of the case, an d " Not easily. I don't think there's any beer left in the he felt somewhat in the position of one who knows himself house; however, we can try.”

to have been outwitted.

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