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chose for its king the Cardinal of Bour- ing the war. He took all the suburbs of bon, an old priest and uncle to Henry IV., Paris by assault in one day. He might to show to the world that it was not the probably have taken the city, if he had house of Bourbon, but the heretics, that only desired to conquer it; but he feared were the objects of its hatred. The Duke to make the capital a prey to his soldiers, of Mayenne was prudent enough not to and to ruin a city which he wished to usurp the title of king; nevertheless, he ex- He besieged Paris; he raised the ercised all the royal authority; while the siege ; he recommenced it; finally, he poor Cardinal of Bourbon, called king by blockaded it and cut off all communicathe League, was imprisoned by Henry IV. tion with the country, in hopes that the the rest of his life, which lasted for two Parisians would be obliged from want of years after. The League, more than ever food to yield it without bloodshed. But sustained by the Pope, assisted by Spain, Mayenne, the priests, and the Sixteen, and strong in itself, had arrived at the governed the minds of the people with summit of its greatness, and made Henry so mush art, poisoned them to such a desensible of the hatred that false zeal in- gree against the heretics, and filled their spires, and of the contempt that success imagination with so much fanaticism, that produces. Henry had but few friends, they preferred death to surrendering and few places of importance, no money, and obedience. The monks and religious ora small army; but his courage, his activ- ders exhibited a spectacle, which, however ity, his policy, supplied all his wants. ridiculous in itself, had a wonderful effect He gained many battles, and among the in encouraging the people. They had a rest, that of Ivry, over the Duke of kind of military review, marching in rank Mayenne, - one of the most remarkable and file, carrying rusty arms above their ever fought. In that battle, the generals hoods, having at their head the figure of on both sides showed their skill, and the the Virgin Mary, and saying they were soldiers their courage. Few faults were ready to fight and to die in defence of committed on either side. Henry at last their faith; so that the citizens, seeing owed his victory to his superior knowl-their confessors armeri, really believed edge and valor; but he confessed that that they were sustaining the cause of Mayenne had performed the duties of a God. Be this as it may, the want degengreat general. “ His only fault,” said he, erated into a general famine. The vast

was the cause he sustained.” After the concourse of citizens had no other food victory, his moderation equalled his valor than the sermons of their priests and the in combat. Aware that power diminishes imaginary miracles of the monks, who by often when it is pushed too far, and that this pious artifice had an abundance in it increases by being used with modera- their convents, while the whole city was tion, he checked the rage of his soldiers at the point of death by famine. The against the enemy; he had the wounded wretched Parisians, deceived at first by taken care of, and he set many at liberty; the hope of speedy succor, sung lampoons nevertheless, all his valor and generosity and ballads against Henry, --a folly with had no effect upon the Leaguers.

which no other nation could be charged, The civil wars of France had embroiled with any semblance of truth, but which all Europe. King Philip II. was earnest- characterized the genius of the French ly engaged in defending the League; while in that deplorable condition. But Queen Elizabeth gave all her aid to Hen- this sad and short joy was entirely stifled ry IV., not because he wani Protestant, by real and unspeakable misery. Thirty


tested by many authentic witnesses, that Austria humbled, Rome justly reproved, a woman killed and fed upon her own 1o darkness eternal then discord sank down.

Accepted Bourbon, and by Bourbop was loved. child. But the obstinacy of the Paris- Mayenne felt compelled next his monarch to ians equalled their misery. Henry had own, more pity for them than they had for And submitting his heart to him and his prothemselves. His kind 'nature triumphed was the worthiest subject of the greatest of over his interests. He allowed his sol. princes." diers to sell all kinds of provisions to the citizens. Then was seen what had never been seen heretofore, the besieged fed by

ALONE. the besiegers. It was a singular sight to see the soldiers from the bottom of the

By L, T, H. trenches sending provisions to the citizens, who threw down money from the ramparts. Not a rest from social converse, bringing zest Many officers, with that license so com

to a reunion, mon to the soldiery, bargained a sirloin Nor the happy, hallowed seasons given to God of beef for a girl, so that women were

and self-communion. let down in baskets, and the baskets went

Alone. up again filled with provisions. By this means, an unseasonable license prevailed A future fraught with light and benuty changed

to dark, blank desolation ; among the officers; the soldiers obtained

Its burden finds no language, save the tired much money; the besieged were comfort

heart's interpretation. ed, and the king lost the city; for at the Can earth’s glory, or life's beauty, wear their same time, a Spanish army came from the

olden winning lustre, low countries. The king was obliged to Since for me no binding ties around a blessed raise the siege and go and engage them home-bearth cluster? through all the dangers and hazards of war, until, the Spaniards being driven

Alone. from the kingdom, he came a third time for cherished voices vain is silence my heart's before Paris, which continued more stub

secret chambers keeping; born in receiving him.

Only spectres of dead hopes are through its During these events, the Cardinal of awful stillness sweeping. Bourbon, that phantom of a king, died. The familiar footfalls answer to my listening An assembly met in Paris, which called ear no longer ; upon the States General to proceed and The kind cheerful voice is gone that made each elect a new king. Spain greatly influ- pulse with gladness stronger. enced these States. Mayenne had a large party which would have placed him

Alone. on the throne. At length, Henry, tired Remembered tones of love, joy, hope, like reof the cruel necessity of making war

ceding music, breathing with his subjects, and aware that it was Sweeter, dearer, tenderer strains, their deep, not his person but his religion that they

prolonged echoes weaving, hated, resolved to enter the pale of the From fond heart-records of years gone, for Roman Church. A few weeks after, Par

hope and joy, a burial shroud, is opened her gates to him. What had Till I am thine again, beloved ones, in that

realm without a cloud. been impossible to his valor and magna,

Cleveland, Ohio. nimity was obtained by going to mass and receiving absolution of the Pope.

CHARACTER has more effect than any" The people, all changed, around Henry gather; thing else. Let a number of loud-talkAnd behold in him conqueror, monarch, and father.

ing men take up a particular question, This fortunate reign was from thenceforth ad- and one man of charactèr, of known in

mired; Which too lately begun, and which too soon

tegrity and beauty of soul, will outweigh expired.

them all in his influence,


THE SPY OF THE MISSISSIPPI. against them by a determined foe, they

had persistently advanced, until, their By Mrs. C. M. Sawyer.

ranks depleted, their strength exhausted, the heroic army at last fell back. They

know now that the spade must do its A CONSIDERABLE period of time had work before another assault, with any elapsed since the scene detailed in our for- hope of success, can be made. mer chapter. Many and important changes It was now a period of pause and rest. had taken place in the army of which we The stars looked down with clear, bright then caught the first glimpse. Several eyes upon a scene of infinite calm and desperate and bloody battles had been quiet. Spread out over an immense and fought, several victories won, each one broken field, intersected by deep ravines bringing the camp of the Union forces and high ridges and wood-crowned bluffs, nearer and nearer to the rebel city, whose lay the vast and silent camp. The fresh capture had for five months engrossed all breeze of the waning night, fragrant with the energies and extraordinary talents the odor of cedars and resinous pines, of the great general whose rising star, Aoated gently over it. Now and then it since reaching its zenith, even then shone murmured pleasantly among the tree-tops with a blaze of light that fixed the eyes and the cordage of the little shelter-tents of the entire country.

which, like ten thousand snow-white antThe most formidable works of the ene- heaps, thickly dotted the dark green my had been carried. Haine's Bluff had expanse, pausing to kiss the brows been captured, and communications open- of the war-worn soldiers who, rolled ed with the fleet on the Yazoo River. Food, snugly in their Mackinaws, lay soundly ammunition, and stores of all kinds had thus sleeping beneath them. The sounds of been abundantly supplied to our army; battle and skirmish had ceased hours ago. and with the exception of one or two gaps, The roar of cannon, the whistling of shot Vicksburg was completely circumvallated. and shell, and the sharp rattle of musketEverything promised speedy success; and ry, were silent as if they had never been. Admiral Porter, with his gunboats, lay It was that hour of the night when day, within shelling range of the city, and his not yet apparent, is riding up from the bombardment was frequent and terrific. nether world, and the struggling dark

But impossibilities cannot be achieved. ness presses its oblivious hand most heavA second assault on Vicksburg, heroic, dar- ily on the human senses. Nothing dising, but unsuccessful, had just been made. turbed the profound stillness which reigned Unexampled bravery had been displayed; over the camp, save an occasional moan but our intrepid soldiers had been forced from the hospital tents, where, stretched to fall back, not disheartened, not dis- in long, ghastly rows, the wounded braves couraged, but still bold and confident, lay heroically enduring, or the dreamy glorying in their gallant leader, and ready tones of some tired soldier murmuring in at his word to march forward again, over his sleep. The far-off monotonous croak. the walls of their own dead, to the attack, ings of the frogs that made melody in the sure that, led by him, victory must ulti- distant swamps, now and then came borne mately crown their efforts.

on the night breeze ; but it seemed to They knew that not to their own want add to, rather than detract from, the sol

It was a strangely solemn scene; yet having been observed, when a sudden you would have said to yourself as you « Halt! Who


there?” brought them took in its meaning, “ How easy for the to a stand. foe to surprise this helpless multitude and “Who goes there?” was quickly reput them ruthlessly to the sword!” But peated ; and the click of a pistol gave had you observed more attentively, you point to the challenge. would have seen, here and there, dark “A friend, with the countersign!” was forms gliding, like spectres, noiselessly up the evidently unwilling answer. and down among the tents. Straining “ Advance, then, and give the counteryour vision and gazing far out toward the sign !” horizon, beyond the extreme outskirts of The shorter of the two promptly apthe camp, you would also have discerned proached the sentinel, and whispered the dark equestrian forms seated motionless word, on their horses, and as they cut sharply “ Port Royal!” against the starlit sky, seeming like some "The countersign is correct," said the Old World statues silently watching the sentinel ; “pass on!" march of time. They were the picket- The two individuals stepped quickly guard, thrown out beyond the camp-guard forward, and keeping straight on towards on bluffs and ridges, — warders, to whose a little thicket a hundred yards in adfaithful care was committed the safety of vance, disappeared behind it. The sentithat immense but now helpless army. nel sat gazing after them as long as they God keep such warders faithful and vig- were in sight, and began shaking his ilant! for who can say how many disas- head. ters and how much wasted life have been “ It's all right, I suppose," said he to the result of a want of such qualities in a comrade who just then rode up. Did the sentinels of our armies ?

you see those fellows? They had the But morning was approaching. A sol- countersign, and yet it seems very strange itary bird, here and there among the more that they should leave the camp on foot distant trees, piped a few faint notes, and and at this time o' night, and very likely soon a whole orchestra of feathered war- the guerrillas about us in all directions blers made the air vocal.

too. I'd like to know what it all means, In the east, a clear, bright light became

anyway!" suddenly visible through the trees. The He mused another minute, still shaking sentinels stood still in their beat, as they his head and gazing at the dusky point watched it slowly climbing from branch where the objects of his solicitude had to branch until it shone in the sky, – the disappeared; then, as if continuing some beautiful morning star.

particular train of thought, A stir now began to make itself audi- “By George!” said he; "it would ble in the camp. One after another, a puzzle a Philadelphia lawyer any day to few heads were, for a moment, thrust out get behind the general's secrets. I supfrom the tents to note the signs of the pose it must be all right!” morning, and then fell back to sleep “You may bet on that, lieutenant ! again until the tattoo should bring them replied his comrade, with a triumphant all at once to their feet.

sort of gesture.

“ You let him alone!

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the two persons who had formed the sub- Then, who is this young man that you
ject of it walked straight into the edge of trust so confidently. Does any one know
the thicket, where, tied to young saplings, him ? "
were two horses accoutred for service. “ Never fear, my friend ; and be you
Taking a long look around, they silently cautious also! My rank, you remember,
mounted and trotted rapidly away, the is not to be alluded to; and I am oply
footfalls of their horses scarcely audible plain Mr. Ashby, as you are only Mr.
among the thick, tall grass which covered Haines. As regards my safety, I am
the yielding sod. They rode for perhaps well-prepared, as you see. This little
an hour, an occasional word only passing weapon is good for a half-dozen shots,
between then, when, with a cautious re- and you are aware I know how to use it.
connoissance up and down a public but un- But I do not share your suspicions of the
fenced road which they had reached, they boy. There is a frankness about him
turned into it and advanced at a some- which indicates truth and honesty. So
what slower pace.

wait patiently and without apprehension,
A belt of timber now lay before them, but be on your guard.”
which the shorter of the riders seemed to “Rely on me, general, and God speed

“This is the place, I think,” said he. The man who was again designated by “ I am not quite sure, but I shall know in this high title raised his hand with a foranother minute.”

bidding gesture, and boldly advanced to Suddenly, in a little opening at the the house. Pulling a latch-string which right, they came upon a log-cabin. The hung outside the door, he opened it, passed morning star was shining full upon its in, and closed it behind him. rough-hewn front giving it a not uncheer- The time of his absence seemed an hour ful aspect. It had a lonely and deserted to his anxious companion, who stood in look. It was unadorned even by a single the darkness, his hands on the holsters of creeping vine; though everywhere vines the saddles, waiting and listening; hearof every beautiful variety were tangled ing the tramp of horses in every distant and twisted among the immense trees sweep of the wind through the woodlands, which on three sides sheltered it. and the yell of guerrillas in the shrill cry

The riders drew up under a great oak- of the Southern owl. He kept his eyes tree standing not far from the cabin, and fixed intently on the dark shadows of the silently and with some anxious feeling timber, imagining human forms in the regarded it. All was dark and still, its trunks of trees, and watching the little inhabitants, if inhabitants it boasted, be- window of the cabin, trying to catch a ing evidently buried in profound slumber. gleam which would give assurance of

" Is it prudent, think you ? ” said the some life within. But no light appeared, taller of the two in a suppressed voice, and no stir within reached him to relieve as his companion dismounted and drew his uncertainty. His anxiety became a pistol from his holster.

great. Why did not his companion re“I propose to venture!” was the de- turn ? In the darkness and loneliness of cisive reply. “You have only to wait this solitary cabin had he been spirited here with the horses, ready to start at a away? He was just on the point of dismoment's warning."

obeying orders and leaving his horses that “ But I see no light and hear no signal | he might investigate the matter, when the

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