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“Care for you!" cried Harry; "you're “Yes,” said the voice, “fly! That's the the only one, Katie, in all the world that ticket. There's a devil here—a she-devil. I do care for."

I'll show you the way out. If you want to Katie struggled away from his encir- get off without Ashby seeing you, I'll show cling arms.

you how; I know the way. It's a secret “No,” said she, "you're not speaking passage. That's how I escaped the last the truth. You'll leave me, and say those time; and I'll take you to it when it gets same words to your Sydney."

dark.” "Bother Sydney!" cried Harry, in un- It was Russell who had thus interposed. feigned vexation.

Harry and Katie showed no resentment At this Katie, whose head had been for whatever at his intrusion, but caught at his a moment averted, now turned her tearful suggestion. Russell alluded with clumsy eyes on him, and Harry once more took and rather vulgar playfulness to their tenher in his arms.

der relations, and offered, as guardian, to “But do you, after all," said she-“do give Katie away the moment they should you, after all, care for me just a little bit, find a parson. Harry?"

Meanwhile Dolores had gone out into Care for you!" cried Harry, with head- the court-yard, followed by Ashby. There long impetuosity. “I swear, Katie, that I they stopped, and looked at one another in love you better than all the world. I will silence. give up everything for you. Will you do “Who's that fellow ?" said Ashby at as much for me?"

last. “Why-why, how can I help it?" said Dolores explained that he was a friend Katie.

of hers who had been of great help in Cuba. At this reply Harry kissed her again. She did not tell how tender their relations

“You-you offered your life for me,' " had been. said Katie, in tearful agitation, and didn't “H'm!" said Ashby. “Never heard of I almost give my life for you, you dear old him before. You seemed very intimate.” boy? You don't know all yet. You don't “He saved my life," said Dolores. know that it was for your sake only, and “Saved your life?" to save you from death, that I consented Dolores sighed. to sacrifice myself to that awful man.” Then more of her story escaped her. At

Katie now told Harry the whole story, last the whole truth came out. and the effect of this narration was only “What !” said Ashby; "and so you were to intensify the ardent love of this volatile engaged ! In fact, the fellow is an old youth. While he had been face to face lover." with Talbot he had undergone a severe Dolores said nothing, but looked at Ashstruggle from conflicting emotions and im- by with mournful inquiry, as though appulses. But now Katie was before him, pealing to him to know what she ought Talbot was present no longer; and Katie to do. was so sweet, so tender, so trustful, and, “How did he get here?” asked Ashby, above all, she had such a story to tell, that calmly. he could not resist. Talbot's claims on “He has been seeking for me all these him became less and less perceptible in years, and traced me here, and was capthese new ones which Katie presented; tured." and so the consequence was that he yield- “H'm! that's devotion,” said Ashby. ed up everything-his honor, his loyalty, “And who's his friend—the girl that was and his duty.

disguised as priest ?” “Katie,” said he, as he pressed her in his “I don't know." arms, “I love you alone. I'll give up all "So she's a girl,” said Ashby; "and so

Let us fly from this place-let that's the reason she wouldn't marry Lopez us fly. Let us not wait here where these and Katie. A most infernally pretty girl. other people are."

Who is she-did you say ?" “Fly?" said Katie; "where ?”

“I don't know." “Yes, fly!"

“Didn't your-your friend tell you?” “But how can we get out? Shall we

“No." go out boldly through the gate ?"

It may be supposed that Ashby should Suddenly some one came between them, have known Brooke's feelings toward this and a voice chimed into the conversation. I "priest” by his devotion to her in saving

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her life. But it was not so. Brooke's des- | in a rapture of gladness, and Ashby pressed perate act in flinging himself before Lopez her hands more closely in his. Then they seemed to Ashby merely an accident con- walked away to inspect the fortifications. sequent upon his struggle with his captors. Besides, the attack of Dolores and her six Carlists had followed so closely upon this that all had become confused together.

CHAPTER LIV. While Ashby had been asking these few questions Dolores remained looking at him IN WHICH THERE IS A TERRIBLE CALAMITY. with that same mournful inquiry. Ashby RUSSELL's advent among the embarrassnoticed it, for he looked at her several | ed lovers can easily be explained. Seated times, though each time he looked away at the gate in the uniform of a general, elsewhere. He was turning over all this with gorgeous array of blue and gold, in his mind.

with a sword in his manly hand, and At length he looked at her once more, armed warriors around him, his martial and took her hands in his.

soul had gradually lost its terrors, and “Dolores,” said he, “I have made up his mind was at leisure to think of other my mind.”

things. “What?" said she, in a faint voice, look- First among these other things was that ing up at him in awful suspense.

precious package which he had concealed. “I will not give you up! That's de- Now was the time for him to look it up cided. You must dismiss the idea from and regain possession. None but friends your mind.”

were now in the castle. Those bonds In an instant the shadow of anxiety fled would now be safer in his own possession from the face of Dolores, followed by a than anywhere else, and never could he flash of joy like a sunbeam. She said not hope for a better nce than this. As a word, but Ashby saw that rush of happi- for Rita, she must have fled, he thought, ness, and all his own nature responded. with the other fugitives, and with her had

“You must come with me,” said he. fled his worst fear. “That fellow may look out for himself.” With such thoughts as these, the martial “But-but,” said Dolores.

Russell sheathed his warlike sword and She paused.

walked back again toward the castle. " What?"

Here he entered the hall where the others “We-we-are-engaged.”

were talking, and passing through, en"Pooh!" said Ashby. “That's an old tered the well-remembered room where he story."

had been confined. He looked all around. “But-but-"

He was alone. He walked to the chim“Well?" said Ashby, impatiently, as ney. He looked up. Through the broad she paused.

opening at the top he saw the sky. In “He-he saved my life once."

the gloom of the shaft he saw also that “He be hanged!” said Ashby. “I'll opening in which he had placed the presave your life fifty times. You mustn't cious parcel. think of that man again. Do you hear, All seemed as it had been, and he felt Dolores ?”

convinced that his papers were safe. Fur“Yes," said Dolores, meekly; “but I ther examination, however, was just now only want to satisfy my conscience, and not advisable. He would have to light a find out my duty.”

torch, and some of his friends might come Conscience! Duty? Ah!" repeated in just as he was going up or coming Ashby. “Well, then, I'll tell you what down. So he concluded to defer his search to think of_think of me! Here was I, until they had gone out of the way a little, engaged to that English maiden. You until which time the package would be have won my love. You have made me quite safe. In the mean time he thought indifferent to her. You have made my he would go back and hear what they love grow stronger and stronger every were all talking about. moment, until now I'm ready to give up Coming back again, he saw them all everything for you. Your duty, there going in different directions, and, as a fore, is to be true to me, as I will be true matter of course, he followed those who to you."

were nearest and dearest, namely, Katie Dolores looked up again with her face and Harry. He stood and listened with a benignant smile to their loving words. He tower. Harry was delighted with this gazed complacently upon their outrageous discovery, and felt fully capable of travand unbounded spooning. He had no ob- ersing the path himself even in the darkjection now to any one whom Katie might est night; while Russell, though a little choose. To Ashby he felt repugnante on out of breath, was quite willing to bear account of former quarrels, but to Harry the fatigue in return for the additional none whatever. Even to Ashby he would knowledge he had gained. have yielded, for prejudices die out quick- On regaining the castle, Harry went to ly in a castle of Spain. And so, as we tell Katie the result, and to prepare her have seen, the good Russell interrupted for their coming flight. the happy lovers in a paternal way, and Russell now had leisure to attend to the did the “heavy father” to perfection- great work of securing the hidden treawith outstretched hands, moistened eyes, sure. He decided that he ought to do this and “Bless you, bless you, my children !" in perfect secrecy, so that none of his

The subject of flight was already before friends should know where he was going, them, and this was for Russell the most or even suspect it. acceptable possible. He felt that he could First of all he followed Harry to the give valuable information, since he him- upper story, where he took an affectionself had been a fugitive. Every step of ate leave of him. Then he prowled about the way was well remembered by him. until he discovered Ashby, who was with In a few minutes he had made them ac- Dolores in a remote part of the court-yard. quainted with the story of his former es- The six Carlists were still at the gate. cape, and the adventurous Harry at once The other two inmates of the castle, namedecided that this would be the very way ly, Brooke and Talbot, were in the room by which he could carry off Katie and in which the recent stormy events had himself from their embarrassing surround- taken place. They had been attending ings. For various reasons he wished to to the wounds of the prisoners, and were go away in a quiet, unobtrusive manner, still so engaged that they did not look without ostentation or vain display, and up as Russell entered. He said nothing, in no other way could he do it so effect- but hastily retreated, and went into the ually as in this.

opposite room—the very one in which he Harry at once decided that his best was to conduct his operations. But he course would be to spend the hours of clos- was too cautious to begin just yet; so he ing day in making himself acquainted with waited, and at length had the satisfaction this passage.

He did not feel inclined to of seeing these two go down-stairs and be altogether dependent upon Russell. out of the castle. Circumstances might arise which might And now at last the time had come. make it desirable to fly without him. There was no eye to behold him, and no That good man might become suddenly one to suspect. unwell, or there might be an attack by the An old torch was in the fire-place. This enemy, or other things might occur, un- he picked up, and then, going back to tho der any of which circumstances Harry door, looked all around stealthily and would have to rely upon himself alone. warily. All was still.

Russell had no objections; in fact, he Thereupon he returned. His manly himself preferred going over the way once heart was throbbing fast--violently, even

About this there was no difficulty: painfully. The sense of loneliness was There were very few in the castle, and oppressive. Had his purpose been less these had no idea of watching each oth-important he would certainly have turner; in fact, each party seemed only too ed and fled. But too much was at stake. anxious to keep out of the other's way. Before him there arose the vision of that

Katie now retired to that room which vast treasure-thirty thousand poundsshe had last occupied, and Harry went off and its attraction was irresistible. He with Russell. The daylight befriended must go forward; and now was the time them so that they were able to find their to win, or never. way along the lower passages, until at He stood for a moment gathering up length they came to the opening under his courage. the arch of the ruined bridge. Here they What if Rita should be concealed someboth went down one side of the chasm where up there! and up the other until they reached the Such was the awful thought that sud

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denly occurred to him and made him | eager to explain, and the explanations had quail.

shown such fidelity on his part, he had The idea suggested itself of going back seemed so true, and his vindication had to Harry and getting his aid. But no, been so complete, that she had not one that would never do. He would let it be word to say. For the fact remained plain supposed that these bonds had been taken before her mind that the cause of his failfrom him. If he were to tell his secret ure to receive her at Barcelona was his to Harry, all would be lost. No, he must very eagerness to meet her, which had sent go, and alone.

him flying in all haste to England. If he Once more he went to the door and list- had ever been in fault, the fault was one ened. All was still.

which had arisen from excess of love. To He now nerved himself up for a su- a generous mind like Talbot's this was a preme effort. If he were to delay any very distressing thought. longer, some of them would be sure to re- Still, there was another thought which turn. Now or never.

was worse, and that was this, namely, He struck a match against the stone that Harry could no longer satisfy her. floor, It kindled.

Whether she had ever really loved him In another moment the torch was blaz- or not she did not now stop to inquire, ing brightly; and, holding this in one nor was such an inquiry worth making. hand, Russell used his other hand to It was only too evident now that Harry clamber up the projecting stones. had declined to nothingness, and less than

Up he went, higher and higher. nothingness, in her heart, and that in the And now he reached the opening, and course of the tragical events of the last his knee was resting upon it, and he few days Brooke had grown to be more was just about to raise the torch, so as to than all the world to her.

The feelings and thoughts of Brooke At that instant there was a sudden rush, were of the same description. It had and a spring that sent a thrill of sharp seemed to him that Dolores had been agony to his heart. A pair of strong arms faithful; and as he had all along felt were flung about him. The torch fell, and firmly convinced of her passionate lovo the smoke blinded his eyes. He felt him- for himself and unalterable fidelity, it self dragged forward helplessly into the never entered into his head now to susgloomy hole, while a fierce whisper hissed pect any change in her. At the same into his despairing ears words that made time he felt that, whether he had ever him almost die out of sheer fright: loved her formerly or not, he certainly

“Hah! base traidor, I haffa you! I haffa had no feeling of love for her now; for you! You salla not escapar from Rita Talbot had utterly effaced that former again!"

image, and all the world would now be At this Russell gave a wild, long, pier- as nothing to him without Talbot. cing yell, and fainted.

For some time they devoted themselves to the wounded men, and then, having finished this task, they retreated to a rude

bench, upon which they seated themCHAPTER LV.

selves, and remained thus for a long time

in utter silence. IN WHICH BROOKE AND TALBOT PREPARE

You saw my meeting with---with that TO BID EACH OTHER AN ETERNAL FARE

-young lady," said Brooke at last. “Did WELL.

you understand who it was? It was-DoOn turning away from that eventful lores." meeting with old friends both Brooke and "I know," said Talbot, with a heavy Talbot felt very greatly depressed, and sigh. “And did you observe my meeting neither could say a word. This feeling with that gentleman ? Did you underwas experienced by both to an equal de- stand that ?" gree, and neither of them could see any “What!” cried Brooke, in amazement possible way out of this new difficulty at the suggestion which was conveyed by that could commend itself to an honor- Talbot's words. He had not had leisure able mind.

to notice or think of any one except DoThe conversation with Harry had quite lores. overwhelmed Talbot. He had been so “It was Mr. Rivers," said Talbot.

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“The devil !" cried Brooke, with a holy sacrament. I could not utter that groan.

vow before the holy altar. Never! Yet At this Talbot very properly said no- I can't stay here where he is. He will be thing.

wishing to see me. He will be coming “Well," said Brooke, after a long pause, soon-he may be coming now. I will not “I didn't know that things could possibly see him; I will not speak with him again. be more infernally embarrassing or more I will write to him. I will leave this confoundedly complicated than they were; place, and at once.” but this is certainly a little beyond what I “Leave this place!" repeated Brooke. dreamed of. And-and-"

“Where can you go ?” He turned with a despairing look, and "Why, I'll go home," said Talbot, firmtook Talbot's hand.

ly. “What, Brooke ?"

“Home ?” “Am-am I-to-to congratulate you

“Yes." -and all that ?” he stammered.

“How can you? You don't know the “What!" said Talbot, reproachfully.

way." Brooke was silent.

“I know one place where I can go-to “Oh, Brooke," said Talbot, “what are that tower—that sweet tower; it is not far we to do ?”

away; it must be easy to get there. I will 'Give it up,” said Brooke, in a dismal go there—there, Brooke, where I first bevoice.

came acquainted with you; and then—" “This,” continued Talbot, “is worse Here Talbot paused, and turned away than when we were prisoners, and dying her head. by turns for one another."

“But you can't live there,” said Brooke, “I wish," said Brooke, “that I had died in a harsh voice. when I wanted to."

“I can find my way back to the road," “And must we now give one another said Talbot, in a tremulous tone—“to the up ?" sighed Talbot.

road where I first met you, Brooke; and “Don't see what else we can do," said then-why, then I shall be no worse off Brooke. “We've got to keep our con- than when you found me and assisted me." founded promises."

“It's all nonsense,” said Brooke; "you “Which promises, Brooke ?"

can't go

alone.” “I don't know."

'Yes, I can." “Brooke!"

“You'll be taken prisoner." “What?"

“I don't care. “What ought I to do ?"

“Or, if not, you'll die of starvation.” “I don't know."

“Very well," said Talbot, in a calm “Ought I to keep my promise ?" voice, and looking at Brooke out of serene “Which promise ?"

eyes, with a face from which all traces of “Why, my promise to-to Mr. Rivers ?" emotion had departed—“very well; I have

“Confound Mr. Rivers !" growled already showed that I am not afraid of Brooke, turning away.

death; and death by starvation is not more “That," said Talbot, mildly, “is not an terrible than death by bullets." answer to my question.”

Brooke looked at her for a moment in “But how do I know ?" said Brooke, in silence, and then said, a voice like a wailing child.

“You are not in earnest ?" “But how can I ?-how can I ?” cried "I am in earnest," said Talbot, looking Talbot. “And when you are here--you, at him fixedly, and speaking in a resolute Brooke, who know all my heart! Can I tone—“I am in earnest, and I mean to go give you up? I can not. You may give this very night.” me up if you like."

Brooke looked away, drew a long breath, Why don't you say, if I can ?" said and subsided into silence. Brooke.

“How can you find the way ?” he asked “Oh-any way," said Talbot, wearily. at length, in a gruff voice, and without There was another silence.

looking up. “Marry him!cried Talbot at last, “I don't know," said Talbot; “I can try breaking the silence with vehement ab- again, as I tried before." ruptness. “I can not! I can not! It Brooke looked up hastily, then looked would be wicked. I should desecrate the away, and finally said,

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