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is for him that I built on this big fire, and that her courage had at last given way, I don't you see the tea pot waiting to give gave vent to one low wail of terror and deshim a hot cup of tea after his ugly walk.” pair as I felt myself alone with a murderer,
“May be I can keep you from the trou- and I closed my eyes to shut out Ulick ble of sitting up any longer,” he said, with Burke's face from my sight, while I lifted a leer of ill-disguised triumph on his dark my heart and soul in prayer, not for delivface. “I saw him about eleven o'clock this erance from that terrible man but, for pardon morning, and he was just then leaving for and forgiveness for all the sins I had comC-; he gave me this scrap of writing mitted against my Maker and my Judge. for her."
“ Ulick! Click! for the love of heaven And he pointed over to where I stood. run ; they are murdering Pat.
Don't you All hope of rescue now died completely hear his awful screams ? I heard them from out of my heart, and I vainly tried to de- the kitchen, and ran out to listen." cipher the note which he had placed in my Entirely deceived by the excited manhand.
ner of the girl, as she stood crying and Had he only believed Isabella's story I wringing her hands imploring him to make knew he would not have ventured to remain ; haste, Ulick released his iron grip from my but I saw no hope now. I shook and hands, and without uttering one word, hurtrembled all over; I could scarcely stand up. ried out of the house in the direction of
“Ulick, have you been fighting over at the shanty. Quick as thought Isabella the shanty ?" suddenly exclaimed Isabella. dragged a heavy chest across the door, which
“Yes, that we have," he replied, fiercely, she next fastened by slipping the prong of and I tell you there will be blood spilt yet. fork above the latch, nailing down the winKelly and Pat have had a fight. The boys dows also. All this was accomplished in a got at the whiskey, and have not left one shorter time than I can write it down. I drop in the jar. Knives were drawn more could render her no assistance ; all I did than once this evening. Pat is lying half was to cover my face with my hands and dead in the shanty; it will be the worse for sob convulsively. My whole frame seemthe next one that lays a finger on him, and I ed powerless from terror. told thein so before I left the house."
“Oh, Isabella," I whispered at last, “what Then walking up to me he seized my will those frail fastenings avail against that hand in a vice-like grasp, saying as he did terrible man, should he return enraged at SO
the trick you have played upon him." “I have a long score to settle with you. Without answering my question, she I kept quiet till the master left ; he told pointed in the direction of the glass door. me weeks ago he would be going away for a “ I know it cannot be secured," was the few days this month. I hardly cared to remark I made. wait so long, but there's an old saying, and I would not fasten that door if I could, a true one : • Wrath keeps warm with nurs- Mem, for, as yourself says, it would take ing.' You are in my power at last, and I'll strong bolts and bars to keep yon creature out try and pay you off, my fine lady, for the shy of the house ; but listen to me, and I will
; looks you bestowed on me whenever I came tell you what to do if he comes back, and I about the place.”
am right sure he will sooner or later. The Suddenly Isabella passed me and flew to very moment that Ulick Burke sets foot wards the glass door, which opened out of across this floor just leave me to talk to him the parlour into the garden. The shanty while you open that door and go across to stood at the foot of the garden. Thinking the shanty.”
"What, Isabella, among all those drunken Isabelle found out from his brother John,
who came in to do a few little chores “ Never mind, let them be drunk or about the house, that enraged at Ulick's sober, all you have to do is to place your- brutal treatment of Mike they had all vowed self nnder their protection, and appeal to to revenge themselves on him, by binding their honour as Irishmen ; that will be him down with a strong rope directly he enough to ensure your safety. There are entered the shanty again, and that they six of them there, and out of that number would have given him a fine thrashing too four of them would stand up and fight for only Pat begged so hard for them not to do you. I am right sure neither Mike nor it. John did not seem aware that Ulick Larry, nor John, nor Terry would stand by had visited us during the time he was out and see you injured by Ulick, for barring Pat of the shanty, and Isabella did not enlighten they all hate him. Promise me you will do him. Directly after dinner I made Isabella it, for it is your only chance of escape.
walk over with me to my brother's, as I was “ But what would become of you, my determined not to remain another night with brave Isabella."
the risk of Ulick Burke paying us another “ I am not afraid to face death in any visit. G- welcomed me most kindly, and form, if it must come, but I would sell my gave Isabella a shake-down with their own life dearly to yon ruffian," was her calm re- servant. I did not tell him our adventure, ply.
but merely said that I felt it very lonely What a long, weary night that was ; we
while F-- was away.
He often quizzed dared not go to bed ; our fire after a time me about being afraid to stay in my own burnt down, and we were afraid to open the house with no less than seven men living door to get wood for it, so that long before close beside me. the dawn broke we were shivering with cold, Since that time, my readers, I have enas well as fear. Very often did I grasp Isa- countered many dangers. I have been in bella's arm, and utter a cry of horror, as I peril by fire ; in peril by water ; in peril by
; fancied I heard his step at the door, or saw storm ; and in peril by sickness : but never his terrible face peering in through the win- do I recollect feeling so utterly devoid of dow. But a merciful Providence watched courage as I did when standing face to face over us in our unprotected loneliness, for with Ulick Burke, with no one to help me he did not return again.
but brave Isabella Gordon.
TO AN INDIAN'S SKULL.
BY ALEXANDER MCLACHLAN.
ND art thou come to this at last,
Great Sachem of the forest vast ! E'en thou who wert so tall in stature, And modelled in the pride of Nature ! Towered like the stag's thy haughty head, Fleet as the roebuck's was thy tread ; Thine eye as bright as burning day, In battle a consuming ray. Tradition links thy name with fear, And warriors hold their breath to hear What mighty deeds by thee were done, What battles by thy prowess won ! The glory of thy tribe wert thou, But where is all thy glory now?
Where now's the heart that did imbibe
Like us, thou hadst thy hopes and fears,
What though a brutish life was thine,
'HE recent struggle in the Parliament, election law. The Government professed
of Ontario may safely be called singu- to expect an accession of strength from lar, since one of its incidents was the techni- the re-elections ; and whether well founded cal concurrence of the Government in an or not, this profession must be assumed address embodying a vote of no-confidence. to have been sincere, since otherwise the But this was only one of the curiosities of conduct of the Ministers in attempting the situation. The course of events raised to retain office after a virtual vote of noseveral questions of real interest, on which confidence would have been not only unwe will endeavour briefly to touch in an im- constitutional but insane. In the meanpartial spirit.
time the numbers of the two parties were When the new Parliament met, eight as nearly equal as possible ; and when the seats out of the eighty-two were vacant, hostile armies first approached each other six of them owing to the avoidance of in the election of a Speaker, the great object elections under the stern rule of the new of their manoeuvres seemed to be not to
secure an illustrious office, but to avoid “ But we feel bound to take the earliest sacrificing a sure vote. At the opening of opportunity of informing your Excellency Parliament the Ministers must have believed that we regret the course taken by the Legthat they had the control of the House, in- | islative Assembly last session under the guiddependently of the coming elections ; had ance of your present Ministers in reference they doubted this, their obvious course would to the large powers given to the Executive have been to summon Parliament in the as to the disposition of the Railway Aid first instance only for the election of a Fund, and to state that in our opinion the Speaker who might receive the report of proposal of the Government to grant aid to the judges and issue the new writs; and any railway should be submitted for the then to move an adjournment till the num- approval or rejection of the Legislative Asber of the House should be complete ; or, sembly, so as not to leave so large a sum as if it was desirable to proceed with ordinary $1,500,000 at the disposal of the Executive business, they might have appealed to their without a vote of this House appropriating opponents for a postponement of party ques- the same to particular works.” tions till the balance of parties should have Against this motion the case of the Gov. been decided. No leader of an Opposition ernment, it would seem, in argument at could have refused to respond to such an least, was strong. The policy assailed in the appeal. The Speech from the Throne, if amendment might be good or bad, consistnot postponed, might have been drawn up ent or inconsistent with the due control of in conformity with this course.
Parliament over the public funds ; but it The Government, however, felt itself could hardly be said to be any longer the strong enough to open the session for gen- policy of the Government in such a sense as eral business and to put into the mouth of to make it the proper ground of a vote of the Lieutenant-Governor a speech of the censure. It was the policy of the last Parordinary kind, claiming credit for the success liament, undeniably constitutional since it of the Administration, and thereby submit- was embodied in an Act passed by a constiting the conduct of Ministers to the judg- tutional legislature in a constitutional form, ment of the House and challenging a vote and though subject to repeal or amendment of no-confidence. The leaders of the Oppo- by the successors of the Assembly which sition at once swooped upon their prey. had passed the Act, not subject to their They had strong grounds for believing that censure. That the Ministers had done the Government had not, on any party ques- anything except in pursuance of the Act, tion, the control of the House; and they the amendment did not allege; nor did it were certainly assured that there was one allege that in the exercise of their legal question on which it would be deserted by powers they had generally, or in any specific some of its general supporters and laid open instance, been influenced by corrupt moto defeat.
That question was the policy tives, though imputations of that kind were embodied in an Act passed by the last Par- thrown out in debate. The Ministry might liament, in which the Ministers had been have said—“If we have done anything very strong, to enable the Government to either illegal or corrupt, state what it is, and dispose of a fund of a million and a half in found your censure on the statement, that subsidizing railroads, under specified condi- your charge may be brought to the proof. If tions, but without the further intervention of you dislike the Act, move its repeal ; and the Legislature. The leader of the Oppo- if you are successful, we shall have to consition accordingly moved the following sider whether the Act was essential to our amendment to the Address :
policy and whether its repeal will compel us