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fall a sacrifice at last, I well know, and cast of society, in whose power he I will be revenged before-hand. You are the only one from whom I have re. “ Pincheira ! now do I regret that I ceived kindness. Ask what boon you saved thy life, since thou livest only to will, and it shall be granted.”
inflict evil on thy fellows.
The war “ Keep the Indians at peace with the thou wagest is hopeless. The king of Christians !"
Spain may never hope for power in these “ That cannot be! It is beyond my regions, for all men's hearts are against power. I am myself at war with the him. Remember the fate of Benavides, in Indians.”
whose steps thou treadest.
Turn away “ Do you not live in constant fear of from this evil course, which daily soddens treachery?”
thy hand in blood, and loads thy conI know not fear. I have lived so long science with crime. By what has fallen in danger, that fear is a stranger to me. from thee, I know that thou wast formed My people dare not disobey me. I have for better things. Change thy resolves, set life on a cast, and I take life from and I will secure the means of thy escape others to secure mine own,"
to other lands." He spoke some words in Indian to Something of remorse seemed to pass one of the guides, who replied in the across the swarthy face of the robber, same language. He then spoke to the which was quickly chased away by stern other Indians, and calling in one of the defiance, as he replied : “Stranger ! had soldiers from the other apartment, asked I met with thee in early youth, ere this him if the first Indian had not been seen hand had shed man's blood, I might speaking to one of the tribe from which have been other than I am. My father he had deserted, outside the pass. The committed a crime when he begat me, man replied in the affirmative, and Pin- and gave me this aspiring spirit, encheira, drawing a pistol from his girdle closed in a corporeal mould of low-caste. shot him dead.
The rank he procured me in the Spanish “ Take the carrion away !” he ex. army, could not wipe away the mark of claimed to the others, and the body was degradation which is upon me. removed.
early youth I was subjected to the taunts “ Have you any favour to ask, Don of my fellows in rank, who were not my Juan ?” he continued.
fellows in birth. When I was last de“ Leave to depart with my guide, and feated in Chile, I fled to Chiloe, and the cattle drivers with their cattle!” would have lived a peaceable life, but the
“ The life of your guide should have withering scorn of the white man was been granted, but he is already slain with still more bitter upon the unsuccessful the rest, agreeably to a rule we have. warrior, than it had been upon the child Were we to suffer travellers to pass this of a race whom none acknowledged, and way, it would not long be a strong hold all conspired to crush. I sought a comfor us. Neither drivers nor cattle mand from the governor, with the recould on any account have been spared. solve to carve a road to fame and power, The former might have betrayed us, the or to perish in the pursuit of it. I thank latter we need, to eat. Everyman's you for your offer, but it is needless. I hand is against us, and ours must be could myself command a retreat to Chiagainst every man. Every Christian you loe through the heart of Aranco, did I have seen amongst the men I rule over, need it. But my resolve is taken, and I has shed the blood of more than one of must succeed or fall. When the royalist his fellows, in his own private quarrel or general gave me the commission, I unfor his own private gain, and the Indians derstood his feeling. If I am successful, around me are men of broken tribes he will take my place, as he thinks; but proscribed by their Caciques. It is their he judges unwisely. If I succeed I will interest to uphold me; for were I slain, be Viceroy of Chile. As a Viceroy, I they would soon be destroyed. Neither can command through fear, that respect the red man nor the white would have which is denied me as a man.” mercy on them.”
“ It is impossible for you to succeed !" The good physician was horror-struck remarked Don Juan. at what he had seen and heard, but he “ The chances are against me; but was void of fear, as the robber-chieftain with fortune at my back, I may succeed. before him; and he hesitated not to Better is it to undergo the fate of Benaspeak his opinion freely. A life passed rides, than to live the life of a dog. in the constant exercise of humanity, Enough! I wage the war of exterminahad given him claims even over the out- tion which my fellows shewed me the
first example of. I know the gain and fifty thousand men will be less heeded, the risk, and am content to take the than the slaughter of fifty, done for my chance of the penalties.
own gain!' “ Know ye not that there is a joy in He arose, and closing the rude wooden doing good to your fellows?”
door of the apartment, placed against “ I believe it, for I rejoice in doing it several stout bars, slanting upwards good to you who have been my benefac- from the earth at an angle. He then
You are the only one. I and my again sat down, and devoured a quantity fellows are at strife. They wish to end of food, apparently without relish; swalthe strife, by depriving me of existence. lowed another large draught of wine, They have driven a tiger to bay, who and again threw himself on the couch to will fight till he falls, and slay many sleep, with his weapons placed near him ere he falls; Enough! Andres, come in readiness. Don Juan also lay down, hither !”
but vainly tried to shiut his eyes. The One of the soldiers entered from the hard breathing of his murderous host, outer apartment.
and his frequent convulsive starts, would “ Let the baggage of this cavalier be have driven sleep away, even if he had brought bither, to the minutest portion. sought it. In weariness and sickening See that nothing be wanting, or look to horror the night passed slowly away, thyself; and let a supper be prepared of and it seemed to Don Juan as though the choicest food we have. Fill the the dawn would never come. It came flagons with the richest wine of Penco, * at last; and Pincheira started from his and all quickly. Let all my people couch, and summoned his guest to go know that this cavalier is my friend, and forth. must be respected as such. We march The sun rose magnificently over the by early daylight.”
mountain top, as the horses were sadAll was executed as the despotic rob- dled, and the whole body rode awayber commanded, and he motioned Don Pincheira and Don Juan at their head. Juan to sit down to supper on the couch Little conversation passed between them, by his side; the dishes of silver being and the physician even neglected his beplaced on some trunks made of dried loved botanical pursuits. On the evenhide, which were covered with the rem- ing of the second day, they emerged on nant of silken banner which had once the western side of the Andes, from a belonged to a Spanish regiment. He rocky ravine, and entered a heavily appeared to have forgotten, that but a wooded grove, situated in the opening few minutes previous he had slaughtered of a valley. Pincheira gave the word to a human being near the spot with his halt, and tether out the horses without own hand, and had caused to be slaugh- unsaddling them. Although the party tered thirteen others. It was a matter had eaten little that day, he would not of frequent occurrence, and not heeded suffer them to light a fire to cook proviby him. Swallowing a large draught sions; but ordered them to remain with of wine, he called on Don Juan to do the their arms in readiness, in case of a sursame; but horror and disgust had chased prise. He then beckoned Don Juan to away from him both hunger and thirst, follow, and led the way along a narrow and the food seemed to him compounded path, which, as they emerged from the of the flesh and blood of human beings. wood, ascended a rising ground, from Pincheira noticed it, and spoke :
which they overlooked the distant val“ I feel deeply enough the pain of be- ley, whose hoary hills were distinctly ing abhorred by a good man. Had I a marked against the star-lit horizon. safe apartment to offer you, I would not Pincheira raised his arm, and pointed keep you here; but I will not trust you out a light, which glimmered some two where I cannot look on you. I myself leagues from the spot where they stood. trust not my men.
You had better lie “ See you yonder light ?" down, and try to sleep—I do not sleep “ Plainly !" often. I live in the hope that success " It is the Hacienda de ****** on a large scale may convert my acts of owner is the husband of her who scorned human slaughter, which are now called Five times have I reaped his harmurders, into acts of determined gal- vests—five times have I gathered his lantry. As a successful conqueror, in grapes-five times have I driven every the name of the king, the slaughter of hoof from his domain. It was his fa
vourite summer residence; and his bro* Penco is the name of the province of
ther undertook to defend it with his Chile of which Concepçion is the capital. peasantry. I defeated the men, and slew
his brother on the very threshold. I the Chileno did not heed him; on the burnt not the dwelling, but retained it contrary, he rushed amongst the underas my own for many days, when the wood, like one who was perfectly famitroops of Chile came against me, and I liar with its paths, and Don Juan fol. abandoned it. They have dreamed that lowed in his wake. Pincheira rushed I was dead, or fixed in Chiloe, and there- after them, but missed the turn they had fore it is again stocked, as the light truly taken, and his foot stumbling over a root, tells. Manuela *******! thou shalt he was half-stunned with his fall. In yet be the mistress, though not the wife, the mean time the Chileno advanced with of Pincheira. I will humble thee, for a speed of foot, which in one almost born making me that which I am !"
on horseback, seemed nearly miraculous; Two of the Indians approached at this but fear lent him her wings, and he bemoment, dragging in a man in a Chi- trayed no signs of weariness. Don Juan leno garb, whose arms were bound to his was sorely encumbered with his large body with a lazo. They did not see Pin- spurs-an article of which the Indians cheira, and were speeding towards the had relieved the Chileno, the moment main body, when their leader ordered they captured him—but his muscular them to leave the prisoner with him and strength was great, and he contrived to retire; after which he began to examine keep up with his guide. After proceedthe man, who shewed signs of consider- ing a league through the woods, they able fear.
emerged into the opening valley; and “ Whence comest thou, fellow ?” the Chileno, looking cautiously back, “ From the Hacienda de ******."
applied his hands to his ears, to listen. • What art thou?"
“ Haste ! onward, cavalier !” he ex. “ An Inquilino."'*
claimed; and at the distance of a few " Is the Hacienda stocked with cat- hundred yards, they came to a corral, *
wherein some horses were shut up. The “ Fifteen hundred head, besides sheep guide immediately took down a long and horses !”
tether, which was hanging on the top of “Who is residing there now?". the stakes, and with it caught two horses, “ The patron himself, Don Felipe!" into whose mouths he put pieces of the “ Ha! who is with him?"
tether, to serve as bridles, and turning “ Donna Manuela, his wife !" the other horses loose, they drove them
“ Have they any troops in the neigh- before them down the valley, riding bourhood ?"
barebacked at full-speed. In a short “ At three leagues distance !”
space of time they reached the house, and “ It is well !” exclaimed Pincheira, dashed into the enclosure of low earthen in a half-muttered tone. " She is then walls which surrounded it. Pincheira! mine, at last. To-morrow, at night- Pincheira! exclaimed the guide to a fall, when our horses are fresh, the attack number of frightened labourers and doshall be made. They are at present mestics; and, with Don Juan, he disjaded. Follow me, fellow! and see that mounted and rushed into the sala, where thou stirrest not from my side. Don the family were assembled at supper, Juan! to-morrow you shall be liberated, seated at a round table in the centre of when yonder dwelling is once more the apartment. An effeminate, languid mine. This fellow shall serve you for a looking young man, bearing marks of guide."
premature age, was at the head of the But the physician had resolved to risk table, and by his side a lady of great his life, to safe the victims of Pincheira's beauty, about twenty-two years of age, destined cruelty. He found an oppor- on whom sorrow had prematurely made tunity of whispering to the prisoner, and ravages. Opposite to them sat an elpromised to help him to escape. Watch- derly woman, and a man of decent exteing his opportunity, he drew his knife rior, who was apparently the Mayor of from his boot, and divided the lazo by the Hacienda; while some Indian-lookwhich the man's arms were bound. The ing servants were busily employed in man instantly darted amongst the trees, removing and replacing the dishes. The and Don Juan followed him. Pincheira lady was bending a look of pity and sorat first did not notice their disappearance, row mingled, on her unfortunate husas he was walking a little in advance ; but the moment he missed them, he called
* Corral, an enclosure for cattle; equivalent out in a loud tone to them to follow. But to, and probably derived from, the same root
as the word kraal, used by the Hottentots,
and, I believe, in other parts of Africa, to ex* Tenant.
press the same thing.
in a purse.
band, as Don Juan and his guide entered, PROVERBS AND CROSSES. when all arose to their feet.
“ What new misfortune, Santiago ?” Proverb.- The more the merrier. she exclaimed to the guide.
Cross.-Not so; one hand is enough “ Pincheira is within two leagues !”
Her face grew deadly pale; and the Proverb.-He that runs fastest gains elderly woman, who appeared to be her most ground. mother, swooned in affright.
Cross. — Not so; for then footmen “ Drive in the horses !” said Donna would possess more land than their masManuela, who was the first to recover ters. her energy:
Proverb.—Nothing hurts the stomach But, ere that could be done, a distant more than surfeiting. tramp was heard; and Don Juan ex- Cross.— Yes, lack of meat. claimed, “ Fly, lady, or we are lost! Proverb. - None are so blind as those Pincheira comes to seize you!"
who will not see. “ Never !” she replied, and drew from Cross. — Yes, those who cannot see. her bosom a small dagger, which she Proverb.--Money is the source of all kissed and then replaced.
comfort. At a sign from her, the Major-domo, Cross.-Not when making it brings an who was a powerful man, took his patron industrious man to the gallows. in his arms, and the whole party, rush- Proverb.—Every thing hath an end. ing through a back entrance, gained an Cross. Not so, for a ring is round. orchard, which communicated with the Proverb.–Virtue is a jewel of great vineyard, a part of whose fence was price. quickly destroyed, and they entered a Cross. — This must be disputed; for if wood. Loud 'shouts and Indian yells so, the poor could not possess it. rang upon their ears, and the screams Proverb.-It is a great way to the botof some of the captured peasantry told tom of the sea. that the work of death was going for- Cross.—How can that be, when it is ward.
merely a stone's throw? “ Lead the way deeper into the re- Proverb. - A friend is best known in cesses of the wood, Santiago !” exclaimed adversity. the lady; "and make a circuitous course Cross. —Not so; for then no one is to to the village where the troops are.” be found.
H. J. They had advanced nearly a mile, when a bright light suddenly shooting up in their rear, pierced even the ob
MISCELLANIES. scurity of the woods, and enabled them to advance more rapidly. Two of the
HARD WORK! peasants joined them, and carried their
A child was brought into the church of imbecile patron between them. They a village in Normandy to be baptised. at last emerged from the woods upon the The cure, who had been drinking with hill side, within a few hundred yards of a
some of his friends, searched in vain for village, when the tramp of horses again the chapter in his missal containing the startled them—but it was a sign of prayers adapted to the ceremony: safety; for they proved to be twenty length growing impatient, he exclaimed, soldiers, who were placed as an out-post, “ How hard it is to baptise this Infant !" and they gave the information that five
C. C. C. hundred more were advancing. The wanderers turned to look round, and Donna Manuela sighed as she beheld her In the year 1260, a Jew having fallen dwelling in flames, while her husband into a vault on a Saturday, refused to impatiently demanded instant removal, permit any person to help him out on with childish petulance.
that day, lest he should profane his sabIn the village they were provided with bath; which being communicated to horses, and Don Juan accompanied them Richard De Clare, lord of the manor, to the city of Concepcion.
he forbade any one to assist him on the Pincheira was defeated by the troops, Sunday, that he might observe the Chrisand beaten back once more; but it was
tian sabbath with the same solemnity as not long ere he again made head, and he had his own, but before Monday the many wild tales are told of his exploits. ceremonious Israelite expired. JUNIUS REDIVIVUS.
C. C. C.
OF FICTION, POETRY, HISTORY, AND GENERAL LITERATURE.
THE RIVAL LADIES: porch, where the host found him hastily
unbuttoning his breast; and immedi-
to faint. The hostess, being of a chari(For the Parterre).
table disposition, approached him, and
by sprinkling water in his face, shortly CHAP. I.
revived him; upon which the embarrassWhen lovely woman stoops to folly, And finds too late that men betray,
ment of his manner shewed that he was What charm can soothe her melancholy, sorry to have been observed in that conWhat art can wash her guilt away? dition; he re-adjusted his dress, then
asked them to shew him directly to a Five leagues northward of the city of chamber, and if possible to let him be Seville, there was in the sixteenth cen- alone. The hostess told him that there tury, as there is now, a small town called was but one in all the house; that there Castilblanco, containing several inns or were two beds in it; and that if anmesones, at one of which there once ar- other guest should arrive, it would be rived, about night-fall, a young traveller, necessary to accommodate him with one mounted on a very fine horse, but with of them. To which the traveller anout any attendant; and without waiting swered, that he would willingly pay for for any one to hold his stirrup, he sprang the two beds, to secure the room to himlightly to the ground.
self; and taking out a gold escudo, a The innkeeper, being diligent and oin about equivalent to an English attentive, came forth without delay to half-guinea, he gave it to the landlady, take the commands of his newly alighted on condition that she should not let the guest, yet not before the latter had empty bed to any one: and she was so seated himself on a bench within the well satisfied with the pay, that she de.