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chin sank upon his breast. He felt as if “I infer it: no one seems to understand some one stronger than he had seized him me any better than you did just now.” in a powerful grasp, and was thrusting “But I do not like them,” she said, him away from the path he had chosen. opening a large fan, and moving it with He began to tremble from head to foot, a grand motion, suggesting that she wishand his heart shook his side; but at this ed to ward off absurdities of all sorts. point he smiled in his peculiar way, ex- “That is no news to me. I am snubbed plaining his emotion to himself thus, “I by people, and they turn away from me thought you were after me, Stein; but it mercilessly. I should be glad if some is only that my revenge is coming, and I one would tell me the popular thing to love it like a bride."
He was introduced to Clover Guerrinar. “I have snubbed you already, I am And as he was a natural actor, the hesita- afraid," said she, laughing, “but I will tion and embarrassment which he felt, and not give you up in despair quite yet. You which suited his rôle well enough, since he may call upon me, if you will, and I will was trying to cut a limpish figure, were be as lenient as I can possibly manage to genuine, and not due to stage fright. He be, whatever fancies may assume shape in was startled into eagerness at finding her your brain." the very remarkable person she was, but Wentworth colored, but merely because pretended admiring perplexity.
he was overjoyed with this opening to sucShe looked at him in a kindly way, as cess. Miss Guerrinar set him down in if she noticed his embarrassment, and her estimation as very emotional, and thought it came from awe at standing took a feminine satisfaction in finding face to face with a young woman of so him so, for however unreliable emotional much beauty and well-known power. men may prove to be after long trial, they Wentworth rallied.
serve to pass the time with piquancy, if “You would make no mean adversary, they have any worth at all; and those of Miss Guerrinar," he said. “I should al- them who have real worth are both charmmost be glad to have a conflict with you, ing and rare. mind to mind.” He thought with zest of Fortunately for the proper development the actual warfare which he was intend of their acquaintance, as Wentworth would ing to wage with her. He gazed upon have termed it, she was making a winter's her admiringly, and even allowed him- visit in Boston, which was foreign to them self to measure her height.
both, so that there were, on this account, “What an extraordinary sentiment!” no inquisitive and overzealous friends to she said, in surprise. “Why do you ad- remark upon the vast difference observadress me in this manner ?"
ble in the once efficient Wentworth, no He shrugged his shoulders, looking one to alarm Miss Guerrinar by comments round the room, which was full of guests, upon the incredible alteration in his manand then answered:
ners and facial expression. Impecunios“I have heard a great deal about you, ity was one of his chosen cards; and anbut I was not fully prepared, neverthe other wise provision which he had made less. I had been given to suppose that was never to talk about himself to her, you were sometimes cruel, and you look | unless by accident. But then he conto me like a generous woman.”
stantly created the accident which was She blushed, evidently displeased with necessary. Her own stability of charhis brusqueness, but he quickly added, acter and pioneering spirit of quickly
“I never can hold my tongue, and it reaching to the roots of matters with a is a bad weakness for me, since I am full fearless interest made Wentworth's occaof odd fancies.”
sional bursts of confidence and the attiThese words arrested her attention, and tude which he at once assumed of looking she looked at him from under her bent to her for enlightenment and imagination brow, expecting to catch sight of some seem to her reasonable, especially as she bravado in his aspect; but Wentworth was accustomed to having her friends played his chosen part to perfection, and lean upon her greater mental and moral looked as innocent and puzzled as a stray- strength. She had been nurtured with ing child.
all the discipline of a motherless only " Who has told you that you have odd child. Pretty girls hung about her and fancies?" she asked, condescendingly. tried to imbibe larger views of life, and elderly ladies consulted her seriously as to Clover moved her head with a weary the styles of their caps and the propriety dignity, and responded encouragingly. of their mantillas. Her lovers always You will escape all the anxiety," she told her that she had an ennobling effect said, “of making great decisions for yourupon them, and the heads of families ex- self. It is the law of my nature to make claimed, “Ah, here comes Miss Clover; them, but it is an arduous fate.” Her she is a model for all sensible attractive- eyes filled with tears. She was more senness, girls!" There had been a time when sitive since the breaking of her engageMiss Guerrinar seemed to threaten to pass ment with Stein, and mourned the loss of beyond the horizon of everybody's com- him as though he were a dead lover, inprehension by preparing for college, but stead of, as she thought, a disappointing the terrible danger had been tided over by one. her engagement to Stein.
The difference of opinion concerning The young lady to whom Miss Guer- Wentworth which the two young ladies rinar was making the winter's visit, on revealed to each other was wholly due to the occasion of her father's having tem- | his own efforts. He was afraid to have porary business in the city, was very them agree about him, for in that case much surprised to hear her call Went- they would soon weary of referring to worth her moral “ pensioner," and laugh him at all; but if he could but manage over him, in the early stages of their ac- to interest them both in different ways, quaintance, as a “boy man" who had not there would be all the aid of pique, the been taught the A B C of self-develop- love of argument and generous defense, ment.
and contrite admonitions of too much se“He strikes me," said Miss Dike, as a verity upon his side in their feminine person of considerable self-development. conclaves. To Miss Dike, therefore, he Just think how well he plays the piano, ventured to exhibit more of his actual and how delightfully he tells a story! character than to Miss Guerrinar. He appears to know a great deal too, upon One of his frequent calls was upon a all sorts of subjects, and in all sorts of bracing, sparkling day in November, in languages. The trouble is, Clover, he is which he found it difficult not to gush so much in love with you already that it forth into all the vivacity and keenness of makes him seem to you vapid.”
his temperament. Miss Guerrinar was “I don't believe even love can make a more genial toward him than ever before, man of innate power vapid,” answered and looked so gentle as well as beautiful Clover. “Sometimes it makes them al- that as Wentworth sat himself down he together too domineering."
was obliged to groan in a plaintive manMiss Dike looked at her friend shyly, ner, or else give up to a flow of spirits alhaving no doubt that she bore Stein in together too good for his part. mind.
What is the matter now?" asked “Well," she said, in a moment, “I Clover, in concern. only wish some of the others were as en- “That I am alive now,” he muttered. tertaining as your 'pensioner,' although “This day makes me almost mad with he does have fits of the blues. And I energy, and yet it does not seem worth have been told often, by my married while to do anything. I've been marchfriends, that it is wonderful to see how ing through Boston looking at the statues many young men can have the blues of great men. Well, even their greatwhen you come to discover !"
ness could not prevent these motionless “There is something in your argu- effigies of them from assuming their ment,” Clover replied, checking a laugh. names, and playing a perpetual joke upon “For I consider Mr. Wentworth to be them for having lost their go.'” particularly ingenuous, and I am sure “You know, I have no doubt, that that he turns his worst traits to view." these statues are due to the defective Miss Dike sighed.
memories of the public, who must have "It is so dreadful,” she said, “to know something before their eyes in order to that I am so small and unoriginal that I keep the thought of a great man before shall always be patronized. If I should their minds. But I don't wonder you are marry, I am quite certain that I should discouraged, if you have been looking at even ask my husband what color I must monuments. I never look at them if I wear."
can help it."
"You will not always be able to escape | hear the piano at home, and as I can not them,” said Wentworth, with a keen play well myself.” glance.
He slapped his gloves upon his knee as “And shall I be paralyzed with regret if applauding himself, and smiled with a by them ?" she asked, smiling.
gay toss of the head. "We shall see."
"I'm a lucky dog after all," he mur“You speak as if you had a hidden mured, his eyes sparkling. “Do you meaning,” she said. “Perhaps you ex- know, I really am repaid for all the years pect to serve yourself up as a hero for my I have filled with labor over my music. private destruction when I behold you in But when I play to myself alone now I marble. You don't seem to have made seem to be trying to make some one listen much headway against your fancies, al- who is not with me, and I play ever so though I have given you so much good softly to try to cheat the very atmosphere advice as to the necessity and means of into carrying the notes through space to doing so."
you; and if I grow very happy, and feel “I have taken all that you have said to truly glad that I am playing, then I know me to heart," replied Wentworth, raising that I have quite made myself believe that his eyebrows sadly, and looking upon the you are listening. I say 'you' because carpet in front of Clover's feet as if he you are the only person to whom my mulonged to find himself prostrate there. sic has ever been of value." “You have certainly led me to see what “Are you sure of knowing that no one I need. If I had but been nurtured in an valued it ?” atmosphere of courage and faith!" He At any rate, I am sure I did not care started up and went to the piano, and as to that until now. And if any one played some fine selections in a masterly had really approved I suppose I should manner. His musical performances were have been thankful. Approbation is so always welcome, because he had thor- sweet.” oughly cultivated himself in that line. “You think I approve of you, then ?" It was an indication of fine elements in Wentworth looked frightened. him that his taste was so good, and his “Just stop there, please,” he said, contouch so delicate as well as strong. At cisely. last, after a couple of futile attempts to “Why?" get through a song of Schubert's without He turned his face, thinned and pale sighing, and putting his hand to his fore- with low diet, away from her glance. head as if in pain or perplexity, Went- At last he answered: “It is sometimes worth whirled round on the piano- stool better to think than to know. and stared at Clover stolidly.
generous enough to let me be ?" "Have I given you pleasure?" he de- As if crushed and terrified at the near manded.
possibility of an avowal that she did not “A great deal. I particularly like to care for him, he hurried away.
AN UNPUBLISHED CHAPTER OF HAWAIIAN HISTORY. ROM 1838 till 1843 the Hawaiian Isl- | The American merchants came forward
ands were a bone of contention. In- and raised the sum, and the peril was for trigues were constantly set on foot by the time averted. agents and subjects of France and Eng- But the plots continued, and in 1842 land, having for their object the subver- the British consul, Richard Charleton, a sion of the native government and the coarse and illiterate man, incited by an seizure of the islands. In 1839 the French ambitious adventurer, one Alexander compelled the king, Kamehameha III., to Simpson, endeavored to involve the nacomply with certain unwarrantable de- tive government in difficulties that would mands, and as a security for future good result in hoisting the British flag over the behavior to deposit $20,000. It was group. In the same year Sir George thought that the demand was made in ex- Simpson, Governor of the Hudson Bay pectation that the king would be unable Company's territories, visited the islands. to comply, and that thus the French An English gentleman of liberal views, he would have an excuse to seize the group. I would not lend himself to the intrigues of his countrymen, albeit one of them was his therefore I have given away the life of onr nephew, and by his advice the king, har- | land. Hear ye! But my rule over you, my assed on all sides, decided to send com- people, and your privileges, will continue, for missioners to the United States, England, I have hope that the life of the land will be
restored when my conduct is justified. and France to try to obtain, if possible, a definite acknowledgment of his kingdom day of February, 1843.
“Done at Honolulu, Oahu, this twenty-fifth and sovereignty.
“KAMEHAMEHA III. To this important embassy were appoint
“ KEKAULUOHI." ed Rev. William Richards, formerly one of the American missionaries, but who had Lord Paulet took formal possession of been for some time acting as adviser to the the islands, installing himself as governor king, and Haalileo, a native chief. They of her Majesty's new dominion, destroyquietly embarked in a small schooner for ed every Hawaiian flag he could get hold Mazatlan, and crossed Mexico to Vera Cruz. of, and placed an embargo on every naAs soon as it was known that they had tive vessel, so that no one could go out left the islands on this mission, the British and carry the news. consul, Charleton, also secretly embarked An American man-of-war, the Boston, for London, viđ Mexico, to lay his com- Captain Long, had come in a few days beplaints before the British government, fore the cession. Captain Quackenbush, leaving Simpson as deputy to carry out late of Norfolk, Virginia, was then a midtheir joint designs, whom, however, the shipman on board of her. The AmeriHawaiian government declined to recog- cans were very indignant. They had their nize.
guns double shotted in hopes of an opporOn the Mexican coast Charleton fell in tunity to interfere, but, being on a cruise, with Lord George Paulet, commanding could not go out of their way to carry the her British Majesty's frigate the Carys- news, and could only remain neutral. fort, and made his lordship, as his course Lord Paulet would thus have cruelly afterward showed, a convert to his prevented the king from communicating schemes, and by his formal and plausible with his ambassadors who were abroad complaints against the king induced Rear- successfully working for the acknowledg. Admiral Thomas, commanding the British ment of his independence, hoping to comsquadron on that station, to order the mit the home government to an acceptCarysfort to Honolulu for the purpose of ance of this “voluntary” cession at the investigating the alleged grievances. cannon's mouth before the other side of
On his arrival Lord Paulet, a hot-headed the story could be represented to it. His young nobleman, readily lent himself to young lordship and Simpson chuckled the designs of Simpson, without inquiring over the success of the stroke by which into the merits of the case, dazzled by the they had, as they supposed, closed every idea of so early in his career making a avenue of egress for Hawaiian vessels, brilliant stroke for his country, and ex- and secured the arrival of their own distending her drum-beat round the world by patches in England in advance of erone more station. Making outrageous ery other version of the story. Yankee demands upon the king, at the cannon's shrewdness was, however, too much for mouth, compliance with which he knew his lordship’s plans. would be impossible, he required, as an It happened that the king had charteralternative, the immediate cession of the ed his own yacht Hoikaika (Swift Runkingdom to England, or he would open ner), previously to the cession, to an Amer. fire upon the city and declare war in the ican house for a voyage to Mazatlan and name of Great Britain.
back. Lord Paulet, anxious to get posIn this terrible crisis the proclamation session of the only creditable craft at the issued by this native king to his people is islands in order to send Simpson as his so touching and so king-like that I will bearer of dispatches to England by the quote it here:
speediest way, and being prevented by its
charter from seizing the vessel without “Where are you, chiefs, people, and com
the consent of the American house, offermons from my ancestors, and people from foreign lands!
ed, in case they would relinquish their "Hear ye! I make known to you that I am charter, to allow them to send an agent in perplexity by reason of difficulties into on the ship to attend to their business on. which I have been brought without cause; I the coast, and to bring down any freight
on the return trip, thereby saving them time was to be lost. Lord Paulet had rethe whole expense of the charter.
christened the Hoikaika as “her MajesIt must be remembered that in those ty's tender Albert," and was fitting her days communication between the islands out with all possible dispatch. of the Pacific and the coast was very in- The king and his premier, a princess frequent, depending on merchant ships almost equal in rank, without whose sigthat came from Boston twice a year, ex- nature none of his acts was valid, had left cept for occasional chance vessels. the island of Oahu immediately upon the
Lord . Paulet rightly conjectured that cession, and in sullen dignity of despair the Yankee merchants would jump at the buried themselves among the mountains offer to have all their business transacted of the adjacent island of Maui, leaving at his expense, but he little dreamed of all Dr. Judd, his minister, to represent and the use that might be made of the oppor- protect his interests--a man of indomitatunity he was giving them.
ble courage, unusual ability, and unflinchThe officers of the Boston, who would ing devotion to his sovereign. have been glad of an excuse for a forci- Those happy isles in that day did not ble interference with his lordship's plans, boast a lawyer. My credentials were not being allowed that pleasure, consoled copied verbatim, except necessary variathemselves by giving a ball on board, to tions, from an old Blue-book containing which the officers of the Carysfort were the credentials of John Adams as the first not invited.
American minister to England. Mine were I was then a young merchant in Hono-| a commission as “envoy extraordinary lulu, and attended the ball with many oth- and minister plenipotentiary to the court er of the American residents. At its height of St. James, from the Native King of the I was quietly invited into the cabin of the Hawaiian Islands," the title Kamehameha Boston, where I found Captain Long, Dr. was allowed by Lord Paulet to retain, Judd--previously a prominent American with some half-dozen other blank commissionary, then acting as the king's min-missions signed by the king and premier, ister- and other influential citizens and to be filled out by myself for other counwarm friends of the king. Here I was tries as occasion might require. These told of the king's desire to send an envoy were rendered necessary by the uncertainto England to present his protest against ty of my finding the king's other ambasLord Paulet's act of violence, and his an- sadors, Haalileo and Richards, with whom, swer to the charges against him, and to in case I did find them, I was to associate demand the restitution of his sovereignty. myself. I was informed also of the opportunity The papers were drawn up by Dr. Judd offered to the firm of Ladd and Co. of and a confidential clerk at midnight, in sending a messenger to the coast in the the royal tomb in Honolulu, with a king's yacht.
coffin for a table. So secret was it necesLadd and Co., who were warm friends sary to keep the transaction that even this of the island government, had proposed clerk was not trusted with the name of the that the king should send a secret am- ambassador, which was left to be inserted bassador, in the character of their com- by myself after I had sailed. The papers mercial agent, thus turning Lord Pau- prepared, a canoe with picked crew of let's master-stroke against himself in the Kanakas was dispatched from a distant neatest possible way.
point of the island to summon his MajesI was asked if I would go in this double ty and his suite to a midnight council. capacity of ostensible supercargo and act- Crossing the boisterous channel in this ual minister plenipotentiary.
frail conveyance, they landed at midnight Mr. Charles Brewer, who was one of on the shores of Waikiki, a suburb of the council, a noble-hearted man, with Honolulu, and in its cocoa-nut grove, by whom I was about associating myself in the light of torches, my credentials rebusiness—now enjoying a green old age in ceived the signature and seal of the king Boston-not only gave consent to my go- and his kuhina-nui-"great minister" ing, but agreed to advance for the king Kekauluohi, the “big-mouthed queen." the necessary funds, and take his pay in Then, the king and his attendants returnfire-wood, all the king's other revenues ed to their mountains, without Lord Pauhaving been cut off.
let having a suspicion that they had ever I readily accepted the commission. No left them.