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history of malignaut, merciless hatred on the one hand- ||of demolition, who now lastened to obey, managing in ceaseless persecution from which there is no escape but so doing, to form an effectual screen between Parel in death ; or, on the other, a surprise in a lone place, a and his tormentor, from behind wliich the former re. fierce struggle, and an unknown grave!

tired, unobserved, from the spot; but his little plantaBut Pavel was not the only one on the estate |tion was mercilessly laid bare. whom Casimir loved to annoy. Instigated by his “It's well,” he said, when they next met, to those mother's thoughtless remarks, he took it into his head who had been compelled to accomplish the deedthat bis father did not overlook the peasants with suf- “it's weil; but he who plants another tree on this ficient care, and began to inquire into the most minute estate is not worthy to call himself a Pole. The only details connected with them, in

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rise to relaxation of the slave is the brandy bottle. Be it so; a saying among the serfs, that he should have been the but remember this day, and never toil for those who, steward's son instead of the lord's, showing such an apt at best, rear where they have not sown, and destroy disposition for his line of business. His mother, with where they do not choose to reap.” her usual blindness, called this narrow intermeduling But that summer the Count himself caused much an evincing of an early turn for affairs, whilst his father discontent on the estate. Many of the peasants who reproved it as often as it came under his cognisance. had attempted to slur over part of their dues were reThe Count loved his son, but he did not encourage those minded of them in no gentle manner. Arrears in kind illusions about him which his mother so largely in- vere called in with severe exactitude-pecuniary arrears dulged. He saw what was true--that he was not de- that had been overlooked for many terms were now ficient in talent, though it was rendered of little avail rigorously claimed; and men who thought by prodnoby mismanagement. He now put his trust in that great ing musty records to prove that their tenure obliged reformer, the world, and hoped that the lessons of life them but to so many days' work gratis, and to supply would correct the evils of a bad cducation.

but a limited number of teams, were made to feel the In the shooting season, weither Casimir nor his friends nullity of these documents, and forced to accept what spared the property of the peasants; and again Pavel terms the Count or his steward chose to dictate. But was destined to undergo an interview with the young the chief subject of complaint was at harvest-time. Oa man, chance seeming to be as malicious in this respect most of the Gallician estates, at this season of the year, as Casimir's will had been formerly. Applying his the peasants were entirely at their masters' disposal

; semi-education to the doing of everything that came in and whatever attention they might have to beston his way with more reflection and method than his com- upon their own laud-be the nature of the work bever panions, Pavel had turned a piece of wasteland to so pressing—the risk to their own harvest what it account, by converting it into a nursery for fruit-trees might—they must toil incessantly until their masters' ---a rare effort in Gallicia, where the cultivation of fruitgrain was gathered in. Every year, at this period, great was long neglected, not so much owing to the climate, discontent prevailed throughout the country; and, in hard and rough though it be, as to the claims of the the autumn of 1845, the peasantry began to quarrel lord of the soil upon the produce—a system which para- more seriously than heretofore with the exaction of lyses all industry, and destroys alike hope and energy. these extra days of labour. The Count's seris, before Pavel's care and patience had been duly rewarded, and following the example set them by those of the neigh. a young orchard was now shooting forth, the first that bouring estates, determined to make an appeal to his had risen on the Stanoiki estate.

generosity. They deputed envoys to him, selected One morning as he was musing over the increasing from the oldest men on the property; but they were vigour of his young trees, the gamekeepers, accom-received with an explosion of rage most rare with their panied by twenty or thirty peasants, came in sight, and master, and sent home scared and frightened. What advanced directly towards him. The men pressed into could not be claimed as a right, it was now determined the service of the battue were all of Pavel's village, to establish by precedent; but the Count, who hai and had watched, with a sort of interest, the growth forescen this measure, threatened, if it were persisted of his saplings; when, therefore, they were ordered, in in, to bring a regiment from Lemberg to settle the an authoritative manner, to cut down the plantation, question. they hesitated, eyeing Pavel as if they expected some As the autumu advanced, however, the severity of hint from him in what manner to act. The head game. these exactions suddenly relaxed. These contrary keeper, either seeing something dangerous lurking in movements of heightening and lowering pressure being Pavel's dark eye, or doubting, in this case, ready com- simultaneous throughout the several circles of Gallicia, pliance with his orders on the part of the boors, beat it was obvious that both depended on more than the mere a precipitate retreat, but soon re-appeared, accompanied caprice of the landlords. Changes, too, in the family by Casimir himself.

arrangements at the chatcau were not a little puzzling. “ Again insolent!” said the young Count, approach. There appeared to be no thought of removing to Lening Pavel—" what means this? Here is a thicket weberg for the winter; and, per extraordinaire

, the must have down, and you

dare to oppose the game- Countess seemed perfectly resigned to the notion of keeper in his duty ?”

facing the snows at Stanoiki. No ennui seemed now tu Pavel smiled bitterly.

scare away the guests, for the mansion was constantly · Will

you answer when you are spoken to, varlet?” full; and many were the surmises of the servants, the 'I am no varlet of yours," was the bold reply. peasants, and even the steward himself, upon the sudPavel's friends looked at him approvingly. Not so den influx of visitors of all kinds and ranks.

Count--could a look have killed, that mo- numerous, indeed, were they, that the castle being si ment had been Pavel's last. With a motion of his insufficient to contain them, many flocked to the village hand, he directed the peasants to proceed to the work inn, which, poor and despicable as was its accommo

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dation, was full to overflowing. Soon the matter be- “Why would you be Polish slaves ?” interrupted gan to clear up.

the organ-grinder. “If the Emperor had his own way, “You ought to come to the public-house sometimes,” || you would have had proper schools in every village said a neighbour to Pavel one afternoon—“queer long since; but your nobles won't hear of it. What things are going on, I promise you. There have been does the Emperor want of you but slight taxes, and men there lately making a great talk about Poland military duty, which, at least, gives you bread, a home, being itself again, and turning away oppressors—that and raiment? True, if the soldier fails in his duty he is the Russians and the Germans. You, who can read is punished; but when he is sick he is tended—when and write, might help us to understand these ques- he is aggrieved, he is righted—when he is old and battions, which I am sure one good half of us don't. || tered, he is looked after. Then the Emperor is your They say that if we were again Poles, with a king of father and friend—he never interferes with your private our own, we should be happier.”

affairs. Believe me, he stands between you and the “Happier, and retain our lords !-How is that pos- || rod." sible?" said Pavel.

“A tyrant !” exclaimed the packman, with violence, “That's what many say—but come and listen." “who will allow no education but in German.”

“ I will,” answered Pavel; and that evening he “What does it signify whether it be in German or went to the tap-room, which was full of a heteroge- Polish, if you are not suffered to profit by it?" said the neous assembly of strange beings. There were the organ.grinder. servants of the guests at the castle, some of the Count's When the Poles are restored to themselves, and servants too, a wandering pedlar, an organ-grinder, || are no longer slaves to the foreigner, the lords will and a mercantile agent in a small way, from one of soften the condition of their peasants," urged the Pole. the Sclavonic provinces. In opposite corners sat two One yell of derision ran through the low chamber. wandering tinkers, so like in form, features, general " But Austria keeps her promises, and you know colour, and aspect, that they might have been thought, it,” persisted the organ-grinder. “If a struggle begin, but for their costume, offshoots of the same root; but and you stand by the Emperor, you will have money, the tight hose, short cloak, and large sombrero of the recompenses, indulgences; but if the Poles gain the one, pointed him out as clearly to be a Croat, as the day, the white and red plumes will be all for your matted locks and ragged habiliments, the cloak, that lords, and the grey serge will still be yours. No soft seemed but the shred of a blanket, marked the other down from that quarter will ever line your nestas a gipsy. At a table sat an Arminian, with flowing don't let yourselves be deceived.” white beard and peaked bonnet; and, not far from him, “If Poland were once more Poland," vociferated two Russians, with their broad, low-crowned hats, coal- | the Polish agent—for such the pedlar evidently wasblack beards, and that sly, roaming glance, cunning smile," your tenures would, most probably, be converted and ready cringe that belong to the enslaved. There, into freeholds in gratitude for your exertions, in bringtoo, was the Heiduck, in full costume, who, speaking ing about so happy a result.”. nothing but Magyar, a dead-letter to the rest, under- “That song would be worth listening to," said one stood nothing that passed about him, and, consequently, of the peasants, a dense group forming around the wholly devoted himself to the corn brandy. The disputants. peasants of the estate, in their sheep-skin coats, crowded “He who believes that, deserves the chains he the room to suffocation. But diverse as was the out- wears !” cried Pavel, stepping out from among them. ward appearance of the motley group, one general * Recollect yourselves, my friends. Were our horses feature ran through the assembly—a certain look of spared last spring, in making the road to the new wildness which proclaimed beings belonging to a less quarry—those horses which we bred at our own risk civilised state of society than is met with farther west. and cost, fed whilst they were colts, and could be of

" It is a shame,” the pedlar was saying, as Pavel no earthly use to us, and which, the moment we could entered the room, addressing himself to the peasants reap benefit from them, were overburthened, exposed generally—“it's a shame that we Poles should be judged to the worst weather, fell ill, and died on our hands? by German courts, in the German tongue. The Ger- | Remember, too, how our petition this autumn, about mans are foreigners; and it's our own fault if they be the extra days of labour, was received by the Count. our masters much longer.”

Will lie compound for tithe? Remember what success "Ay," said the organ-grinder, "and much happi- has crowned your efforts to obtain that concession, ness you would enjoy with no one between you and and then trust to his gratitude if you will. Think you your nobles. The laws of the empire are, at least, that, when you have thrown down the authority now some protection. Ask the old folk how one fared in standing between him and you, he will become as their day, and the days of their fathers. What mat- | meek as a lamb ? Why, to believe that, a man must ters it whether the law be German or Polish, provided lose all sense of what happened but yesterday.” it protect your lives and properties ? To fall back to the “What difference can it make to your lord,” said Poles were thrusting your necks again into the old the pedlar, “whether you pay rent in money or in yoke.”

feudal services ? " “ You would not lack leaders,” insinuated the ped- That is not for us to decide,” said Pavel ; “but lar. “On the other side the frontier, organization is we know the difference it would make to us. If he is complete ; at Cracow, too, all is ready, and I have no willing to oblige us, nothing were more easy. It could doubt if the peasantry hereabout were to risc, their have been done years ago. Don't you see, my friends, nobles would put themselves at their head. Nay, I the folly of such expectations? If it were as he

says, shouldn't wonder if they were already preparing to do would the lords have been so obstinate in refusing us 50—there's a great stir this autumn in the castles.” the privilege we are so eager to claim ? No! Unless

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the nobles consent to our terms, accept a stipulated || man from further injury, the Gipsy, who was in the act ground-rent in money, and leave us free to manage of belabouring him, adroitly extracted his silver watch; our cattle and our produce in our own way—uuless and the Croat, having given vent to his spleen, beat a they secure to us our liberty, we will have nothing to hasty retreat, before order was restored, with a peuter say to them or their plans. Slaves have no nation- | tankard, belonging to mine host, secreted under his no country-no religion—no hearths to defend. The cloak. slave is not a man, for the first effort of a man is to The organ-grinder was then treated, with great geneshake off slavery.”

rosity, to an extra dram of brandy, at the cost of his The pedlar made an attempt to recover bis lost enthusiastic audience. Pavel might have drenched ground; but he was not heeded. Pavel's speech had himself in the liquid, if he had been disposed to profit found an echo in every breast; and the silent, gloomy || by generous offers; but he had remained true to Noah's man, hitherto overlooked, suddenly became an object | precepts of sobriety, and, wishing to ponder over what of interest. It required no little boldness to speak as he had that evening seen and heard, he left the alePavel had spoken, in so public a place, when every house early. word he uttered would, most probably, be reported at The following morning, as he was about to leave his the castle ; and that quality commands the respect of cottage, the latch of the door was raised from withthe masses, who naturally feel that men possessed of out, and a stranger entered. He was fashionably dressed, it are alone fit to be leaders

. And leaders are neces- but his general appearance was not above that of a sary to them, to bear the blame of all that happens, menial of some good house. Both stared for some to

pay for failures, and become the scapegoats of the time, as if endeavouring to account for what seemed many. Pavel that evening took his place in the hearts familiar in the features he gazed on-each asked himof those whose cause he advocated.

self when, where, under what circumstances, he could “You peasants would certainly gain nothing by the have seen the other. Pavel's memory served him first. change," put in the organ-grinder, taking advantage Though the face had grown worn and haggard, the of the revulsion Pavel had effected in favour of his features were still those of the man he had once met argument. You would be led, as of yore, to fight at Noah's ; and, extending his hand, he greeted him by out your lords' quarrels; and when you would be ab- | name. sent, struggling for a crown, battling for a question “ I was not mistaken, then? We have met before,” not your own, the opponents of your lords would fali said the stranger. upon your lands, and sack, burn, destroy, as they used "Do you remember this direction you once gave

me?" to do in the good old times, when glorious Poland was said Pavel, handing him a crumpled paper. ever shedding its best blood on the fields of election." Loeb Hertz, having looked at it, smiled, and shak.

" My father would have died willingly for his lord,” | ing Pavel cordially by the hand, exclaimed—“Yes, said an aged peasant, shaking his head reprovingly at here I am, as active as ever, though not quite so young young rebel Sclavonia rising around him.

as when we last met, and with a beavier burden on my “Your father was of the date,” said Pavel, “when shoulders of what is called knowledge of the world; men were content to lick the hand that struck them! || but I am on the wrong side of life, you on the right. Thank God ! we are not of that generation. Had we You've grown into a proper man, more like a Calabrese seen that fidelity better repaid, perhaps we might than a Pole ; however, I suppose the heart is in the have known it too. However, we have a master who right place, still all for the dear, torn country.” has never struck, nor wronged us in any way—the “I see what you will be at,” said Pavel ; “but in Emperor of Austria. To him we owe allegiance; and this miserable hut we cannot talk over such matters. those who seek to excite us against him-say, my Let us walk into the open air, and I will freely tell my friends, what do they deserve ? "--and he pointed, with mind.” a threatening look, to the unfortunate Polish agent. Locb IIertz consenting, they soon stood on the

No sooner was the hint given than the peasantry fell bank of the river. “Come, be frank with me,” said upon the pedlar, and, tearing from him his wares, Pavel. “What is your mission?—who sent you to me?" strewed them on the floor, which was soon littered with “Why, for that matter, I heard at the village inn, pamphlets of the most inflammatory nature, originally indeed the steward himself told me, that you were a destined, doubtless, to the enlightenment and warming man likely to have influence with the peasantry, and up of such persons on the different estates, as shared might prove useful in a rising.” not the ignorance of the peasantry-apothecaries, stew- They judge me so at the castle, do they ?" said ards, the larger farmers, and persons belonging to the Pavel, with a snecr. • It would be a pity to disapcourts of justiciary, overseers of mines, and so forth. point them. And so you are for the castle ?"

Whilst some busied themselves in tearing the pamph- “Why, yes, and no. There is a grand movement in lets to shreds, others proceeded to give the unfortunate contemplation, organised by the Polish refugees in man a drubbing, in which hands and feet were liberally | Paris, which is to act at the same moment—at least employed; the Hungarian, Croat, and Gipsy, strange to such is the hope and plan—upon all the fragments of say, leading the furious onslaught, though they did not | Poland at one and the same time; thus effecting union comprehend its meaning. The Jews, in the meanwhile, | by a violent irruption. In Cracow everything is ripe. availed themselves of the general confusion to pocket, It is more difficult to move Russian Poland since its with inconceivable rapidity, whatever they could pick last severe lesson, but still we have good hope. And up from the floor, their eyes glistening with as much now the nobility of Gallicia are about to pave the war a greediness as though the scattered, worthless tracts | little with their peasantry before bringing them to the were so much pure gold, or as many diamonds. Whilst | field.” the host was endeavouring to save the unlucky pack- "It's very kind of them,” said Pavel, with enforced

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composure—"they are not usually so anxious to con- got on tolerably well for a time; but at last the sult our convenience.”

fraud was detected—he was severely chastised, and “Do you mean to say, Jakubski, that you have no sent hither with a gendarme at his back, whose gun heart in the Polish cause ?”

was ready charged, to clip his wing in case he should “Do you mean to say, Loeb Hertz, that you think think of flying. Three times did he go, and three it likely I should advocate it ? Am I not a serf?” times was he brought back in the same manner, each

“Do you think remaining faithful to Austria will time being punished more severely than the preceding shake off the fetters ?-Look at Bohemia, Moravia, || one.” Hungary, have they not the same oppressive game-laws, “ Unnatural tyranny!” exclaimed Loeb Hertz. private courts of justiciary, feudal tenure? A few Well,” continued Pavel, “here I remained, deshades more or less, it is the same all over the Austrian | sirous of being a soldier, but the lucky number never dominions."

fell to my lot. Year after year, summer and winter, “ And whose fault is it?" said Pavel, warming up. have I been exposed to all the petty annoyances of "I have often heard that the Emperor would willingly that Duski! My team was always chosen for the do away with the robot, if one but let him. You who | hardest, heaviest labour. I lost horse after horsehave travelled much must know the truth. Come, and I loved my horses. Every blow I struck by order make a clean breast of it."

cut to my very soul---and yet I must keep, and rear Why, I am bound to say,” answered his companion, || them, to be overtoiled from sheer malice to myself. I " that I have often heard this asserted. Even in Rus- once had a favourite dog. One day I was crossing a sia, it is firmly believed that the Emperor would long || forest; he was with me—he was no hunting dog-he since have abolished slavery altogether, if it were not could do no harm. I was myself unarmed- I had not for his nobles."

even a stick in my hand. He was shot dead at my “Then, shouldn't we be fools,” said Pavel, with a feet. And here, on this barren spot where we now bitter laugh, “to shed our hearts' blood merely to in- | stand, I had grown some fruit trees. I thought-I crease the strength of our oppressors ? If that be your hoped they would escape the observation of my tore mission, go back to those who sent you, and tell them mentors. See now—where are my trees !” He pointed that there is one Pole who loves freedom better than to a few shapeless stumps. “But even the worm will Poland.”

turn when trod upon. I have resisted long-endured · After helping your lords to shake off the yokes of much-struggled hard with myself

. I have spent Russia, Austria, and Prussia, you could easily, being sleepless nights, feverish with the hot desire of rethousands to one, be more than a match for them, and | venge! When such thoughts came too strong upon make your own terms."

me, I intreated to be allowed to depart. I have com“Think you so ?” said Pavel incredulously_"I do bated my evil passions like a man; but rather than not. But were it true,” he added passionately, “rather fight side by side with them, and for them, Ithan they should have that one hour of triumplı, I However, it boots not talking,” he continued, with inwould shed every drop of my blood !—It is natural creasing energy—“I hate them with the hate of years that

you, who move about at your pleasure, and do -with a hate that has grown with my growth--that with your existence what you please—it is natural that has been the only feeling of my desolate existence

say, should feel none of the anger that I feel ; || and you think I would now assist them! Let them but I—you do not know.—you cannot guess what I not wish me among their ranks—let them not seek to have suffered. I speak not of the early part of my compound with their natural foes. Pshaw, they are life-over that a dark shadow fell—let it pass ; but mad with power ! they think to command the heart as throughout, I have been a butt to persecution. When they crush the will.” I first came to this wretched place, a petition of mine “Poland,” said Loeb Hertz, losing his usual frivo. was presented to the Count—it contained but the lity of manner, and for once looking very grave simple desire to be allowed to depart. I hoped then“ Poland has lost a son in you, but liberty has gained to begin a new existence. The boon was not only re- I, too, cherish the idea of a Polish republic fused, but every possible hardship was aduled to the our nobles might help us to regain our country—" refusal. Still I dreamed but of departure; but how “ Never ! ” interrupted Pavel. Let us not trust could I go when all the necessary papers, power, and to so great a chance. If they attempt to rise, let them what not, must be got from the authorities of my fight it out with Austria, and,” he added, triumphantly, parish, who knew better than to legalize my absence be crushed!” in the teeth of their master!”

“And you thus put yourself in the hands of a “It is a hard law,” said Loch Hertz, " that binds | stranger-one whom you know to be an agent ?a man to the spot of earth on which he may happen to “Well,” said Pavel, “ go and betray me if you

will be born, there to rot in poverty; when, perhaps, beyond -I am sick of life! But you will not betray me,” he the ridge of his native mountains, or the sand of his added, with a smile—“I read througlı you years ago." native shore, wealth, hope, and joy, might be his. It | The men exchanged glances--they understood each is a pity that a law so oppressive cannot be evaded.” other. “You must not, however," said Loeb Hertz,

“I thought so, too,” resumed Pavel; “but a short be as open with all emissaries that will come to you time after my petition was rejected, an incident occur

as you are with me." red in our village, which showed me the futility of the There are plenty of them about," observed Pavel; attempt. A young man, determining to quit the estate, there was an organ-grinder at the public-house last took into his head that he would do so without leave, night, who may not be what he seems—he was for and one day be made off with himself. It appears he Austria. A pedlar, too-a consort of yours—" managed to procure himself a falso wanderluch, and “Qf course," interrupted the other, quickly, "Aus

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ria will try to keep the minds of the people steady, (s and red flags and scarfs for the future battalion of which it is our obvious mission to prevent-we have beroes; whilst the gentlemen computed, by every rule he clergy with us."

of arithmetic, but chiefly by fancy's amplification, the “Ay, but there's the robot against you,” said Pavel funds they could collect, the cost of equipment and -you'll never be able to effect a rising.'

ammunition, the number of their adherents-in short, all “ If you understood your own interest,” persisted their available resources. The younger members of Loeb Hertz, “ you would assist us first to get Poland | the society, friends of Casimir, practised rifle-shooting back to ourselves, and then to make a republic of it." || and the use of the broadsword, sang patriotic songs

, “I shall never swallow that bait,” said Pavel, with || dreamed themselves Kosciuskos, every man of them; emphasis. “I warn you honestly that I will strain and not less resolved than their seniors were, Fet a every nerve to hinder the rising in this village, and, for great deal more blind to the difficulties and perils of that matter, on this estate. It's a fair warning, and the enterprise. Billiards and smoking filled up war between us, I suppose."

what time the discussion of the all-engrossing theme “ No,” said Loeb Hertz, after a moment's conside- left unemployed; and in the afternoon, cards for the ration, “no! there are other and more important | ladies-dice, and again smoking, for the youths—occuplaces to be influenced, and there is more underhand || pied pretty nearly the interval till bed-time. The young work to be done. I leave this place—I would not people would sometimes attempt a charade among have to fight it out with you."

themselves ; but none possessed the freedom of mind “And have you been living all this time upon that necessary to give zest to the amusement. -that sort of trade ? " said Pavel.

One day, the dinner being over, the party assembled “Yes, and well, too; and, depend upon it, my in the large, but somewhat desolate, saloon of the caschildren, should they wish to embrace it, will find a tle. Near the Countess were grouped several ladies, very safe inheritance. So long as there are Jews that mostly, like herself, past the prime of life, engaged in want emancipation, and Poles that want Poland, Eu-| low, murmuring converse, that did not preclude their rope will not know one hour's repose.”

catching up such phrases as, being pronounced in a “ And you may be sure,” said Pavel, “ that if the louder key than the rest, escaped from the circle of nobles now-a-days do not yield their power with a good men that surrounded the master of the house ; whilst grace, harm will come of that, too."

a few of the younger dames, reclining, in attitudes of From that day forth, Pavel was an altered man. Oriental ease, in deep fauteuils, were enjoying their He no longer avoided, but, on the contrary, courted || cigarettos with Creole indolence-a fashion but lately the society of his fellows. He was the chief orator imported from Paris, and viewed with virtuous indigusin the field and in the public-house; and between him | tion by the Countess Stanoiki. and the more resolute characters of the village sprung “You have had lawyers, notaries, and what not, with up a closer intimacy than had previously existed. He | you this morning. I hope, my dear Sophie, you are not devoted those days which he was free to call his own to thinking of making your will ?" said an elderly lady, the mines, which now, like every other part of the estate, whose consanguinity gave her the privilege of famibecame an arena of discussion. In the meanwhile, emis- liarity. saries and agents of every kind succeeded each other ; “Oh, dear, no ! How could you think of such a thing, some of the French propagandi who, like Loeb Hertz, dear aunt? The General has only been signing over under pretence of preaching the restoration of Poland, to me all his property. You understand,” she added, in secretly paved the way for other and newer principles ; || a lower voice, “if Austria gain the day, this puts con some on the part of Austria, to keep alive Austrianfiscation out of the question.” predilections in the peasantry; others purely in the “That's not so sure, my dear," was the shrend Polish interest. The clergy began to agitate in favour answer. “Depend upon it, that ruse will be seen of the rising, and seldom a day passed without their through.” reporting progress to the nobles, who kept up a lively “What if it be? It will be dificult to defeat it." intercourse with each other.

“Some sums of money, at least, I should place Now, this point of union existed in the Count's fa- || abroad,” said the aunt. mily; they were thorouglıly patriotic, hence the rea- “ And so we have. son why neither the Countess nor her son quarrelled “I wonder at your letting Casimir-whom you were with the notion of spending the winter at Stanoiki,|| always so timid about-take so prominent a share in so where plotting might be carried on more safely and great a peril." conveniently than in the capital. They felt less than "I was chary of him for that very reason, my dear usual the weight of each other's society--for one great aunt; I was bringing up a bero for Poland." plan occupied them all, one hope fired their imagina- “ And if he fall?" tion—they thought and dreamed but of one object- “I shall not mourn for him more than for my loc: the liberation of Poland. Their self-love, too, was country.". flattered; for the General, in consequence of his know- "Sophie, you are a heroine, and deserve to be the ledge of military tactics and habit of command, no less mother of heroes.than in consideration of the weight which his name “You flatter me, dear aunt. I am but a true Poke and fortune threw into the balance, was a prize of first -as I feel we all feel. Your living so long amons magnitude, and esteemed accordingly.

the Germans has cooled you on that subject. I verily The rainy season set in, but it did not drive away believe you would give one of my fair cousins to a Gerthe guests; and they endured the monotony of in- | man, if you found one that suited." door life with a patience that did their patriotism much “When one has seven daughters and three un-ud credit. The ladies spent their mornings working white || vided nieces to dispose of," replied the lady, some that

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