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felt the elevating influence of the was pale, as if from some strong inwine we had been drinking, Lord ternal emotion. Mr. Trevor's de
stood up, and said—“Now, meanor, however, also indicated my dear fellows, I have a toast in considerable embarrassment; but my eye that will delight you all he was older than the Captain, and so, bumpers, gentlemen-bumpers! had much more command of manner. -up to the very brim,--so make I was amazed, for my own part, to sure your glasses are full-while I see them take up such an insignifipropose to you the health of Mary cant affair so seriously ; but these
the Blue Bell of !” It things generally involve so much of was drunk with acclamation. I the strong passions of our youththought I perceived Captain —'s ful nature,--especially our vanity hand, however, shake a little, as he and jealousy, that, on second lifted his glass to his mouih. thoughts, my surprise abated.
" Who is to return thanks for "I certainly fancied you were the her ? "_" Her favorite beau, to be favorite, Captain ; for I saw her sure. "_" Who is he ? "_" Legs blush with satisfaction when you --rise-legs-whoever he is !” was squeezed her hand," I whispered. shouted, asked, and answered, in a “ You are right,” he answered, breath. Oh-Trevor is the happy with a forced smile ; I don't think man—there's no doubt of that-he Trevor can have any pretensions to monopolized her all the evening--I her favor.” The noisiness of the could not get her hand once, ex- party was now subsiding-and noclaimed one near Mr. Trevor.- body knew why an air of blank em" Nor I”_"Nor I”-echoed se- barrassment seemed to pervade all veral. Mr. Trevor looked with a present. delighted and triumphant air round “ Upon my honor, gentlemen, the room, and seemed about to rise, this is a vastly silly affair altogebut there was a cry, “No-Trevor ther, and quite unworthy such a stir is not the man-I say Captain as it has excited," said Mr. Trevor; is the favorite !"_" Aye--ten to “but as so much notice has been one on the Captain !
roared a taken of it, I cannot help saying, young hero of Ascot. “Stuff - though it is monstrously absurd, stuff!" muttered the Captain, hur- perhaps, that I think the beautiful riedly cutting an apple to fritters,- Blue Bell of is minemine and now and then casting a fierce alone! I believe I have good ground glance towards Mr. Trevor. There for saying I am the sole winner of were many noisy maintainers of the prize, and have distanced my both Trevor and the Captain. military competitor,” continued
“ Come--come, gentlemen,” said Mr. Trevor, turning to Captain a young Cornish baronet, good-hu- with a grim air, which was moredly, seeing the two young men very foreign to his real feelings, appeared to view the affair very se- “though his bright eyes—his deboriously, “ the best way, since I dare nair demeanor—that fascinating je be sworn the girl herself does not. ne sais quoi of his" know which she likes best, will be “ Trevor ! Don't be insolent !" to toss up who shall be given the exclairned the Captain sternly, redcredit of her beau !” A loud laugh dening with passion. followed this droll proposal ; “ Insolent ! Captain ?- What the which all joined except Trevor and deuce do you mean? I'm sure you the Captain. The latter had poured don't want to quarrel with me-oh, out some claret while Sir
it's impossible ! If I have said speaking, and sipped it with an air what was offensive, I did not mean of assumed carelessness. I observed, it-and, as we said at Rugby, indicthowever, that he never removed his un puta—and there's an end of it. eye from his glass—and that his face But as for my smart little Blue Bell,
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I know-am perfectly certain-aye, his chair, he stepped forward, and spite of the Captain's dark looks- stood nearly opposite to the Captain, that I am the happy man. So, gen- with his half-emptied glass in his
. tlemen, de jure and de facto—for hand, which, however, was not obher I return you thanks." He sat served by him he addressed. “ Yes, down. There was so much kindness sir, I did say so," replied the Capin his manner, and he had so band- tain, firmly—“and what then ??? somely disavowed any intentions of “ Then, of course, you will see hurting Captain's feelings, that the necessity of apologizing for it I hoped the young Hotspur beside instantly,” rejoined Trevor. me was quieted. Not so, however. “ As I am not in the habit, Mr.
“ Trevor," said he, with an oath, Trevor, of saying what requires an in a hurried tone, “ you are mista- apology, I have none to offer,” said ken. You don't know what passed Captain drawing himself up between Mary and myself that even- in his chair, and eyeing Mr. Trevor ing. On my word and honor, she with a steady look of composed intold me she wished she could be off trepidity. her engagement with you.”
“Then, Captain, don't expect « Nonsense ! nonsense ! She' me to apologize for this !” thunmust have said it to amuse you, dered Mr. Trevor, at the same time Captain-she could have had no hurling his glass, wine and all, at other intention. The
very next the Captain's head. Part of the morning she told me--
wine fell on me,
but the glass “ The very next morning!" glanced at the ear of Captain — shouted Captain “ what and cut it slightly; for he had startcould you have wanted with her the ed aside on seeing Mr. Trevor's next morning ? "
intention. A mist seemed to co“ That is my affair, Captain—not ver my eyes, as I saw every one yours. And since you will have it present rising from his chair. 'The out, I tell you, for
consolation, whole room was, of course, in an that Mary and I have met every day uproar. The two who had quarsince !” said Mr. Trevor, loudly, reled were the only calm persons even vehemently. He was getting present, Mr. Trevor remained a little flustered, as the phrase is, standing on the same spot with his with wine, which he was pouring arms folded on his breast ; while down, glass after glass, or of course Captain calmly wiping off the he could never have made such an stains of wine from his shirt-ruffles absurd--such an unusual disclosure. and white waistcoat, walked up to
“Trevor, I must say you act Lord —, who was at but a yard very meanly in telling us, if it really or two's distance, and inquired, in is so," said the Captain, with an in- a low tone of voice, “ Your Lordtensely chagrined and mortified air; ship has pistols here, of course ? “and-if you intend to ruin that We had better settle this little matsweet and innocent crcature--I ter now, and here. Captain V-, shall take leave to say,
you will kindly do what is necessary a-a-a-curse on it, it WILL out for me?" -a villain !" continued he, slowly “ My dear fellow, be calm! This and deliberately. My heart flew is really a very absurd quarrel up to my throat, where it fluttered likely to be a dreadful business, as though it would have choked me. though!” replied his Lordship, with There was an instant and dead si- great agitation. Come, shake lence.
hands, and be friends !--- Come, “ A villain—did you say, Cap- don't let a trumpery dinner brawl tain? and accuse me of meanness?"" lead to bloodshed—and in my house, inquired Mr. Trevor, coolly, while too ! - Make it up like men of the color suddenly faded from his darkening features; and rising from 'That, your Lordship of course
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knows as well as I do, is impossible. as a mole !-Ha! I have it." He Will you, Captain Vietoj be good walked out from among those who enough to bring the pistols ? You were standing round him, and strode will find them in his Lordship's up to Captain, who was conshooting gallery - we had better versing earnestly with one or two adjourn there, by the way, eh ? ” of his brother officers. inquired the Captain, coolly - he Captain
” said Mr. Trehad seen many of these affairs ! vor, firmly, extending his right hand,
“Then, bring them-bring them, with his glove half drawn on. The by all means.
"_“In God's name, Captain turned suddenly towards let this quarrel be settled on the him with a furious scowi. spot !” exclaimed several of the told you are a dead shot-eh?” company.
“Well, sir, and what of that ?" “We all know they must fight- inquired 'the Captain, haughtily, that's as clear as the sun-so the and with some curiosity in his counsooner the better !" exclaimed the tenance. Honorable Mr. a hot-headed “ You know I am short-sighted, cousin of Lord
blind as a beetle, and not very well « Eternal on the silly used in shooting matters
Eveslut!” groaned his Lordship; "here ry one present started, and looked will be bloodshed for her ! --- My with surprise and displeasure at the dear Trevor !” said he, hurrying speaker; and one muttered in my to that gentleman, who, with seven “Eh-Trevor showing the or eight people round him, was white feather? I an astonished !” conversing on the affair, with per- “Why, what do you mean by all fect composure ; " do, I implore- this, sir?” inquired the Captain,
, I beg--I supplicate, that you would with a contemptuous sneer. leave my house! Oh! don't let it “ Oh, merely that we ought not be said I ask people here to kill one to fight on unequal terms. another! Why may not this wretch- think, my good sir, I will stand to ed business be made up ? - It shall be shot at without having a chance be," said he, vehemently; and, put- of returning the favor? I have to ting his arm into that of Mr. Tre- say, therefore, merely, that since vor, he endeavored to draw him this quarrel is of your own seeking towards the spot where Captain and your own folly only has was standing.
brought it about-I shall insist on “Your Lordship is very good, our fighting breast to breast—muzbut it's useless,” replied Mr. Tre- zle to muzzle--and across a table. vor, struggling to disengage his Yes,” he continued, elevating his arm from that of Lord * Your voice to nearly a shout; “ we will Lordship knows the business must go down to hell together--if we go be settled, and the sooner the bet- at all—that is some consolation.” ter. My friend Sir has under- “ Infamous !" “Monstrous !" taken to do what is correct on the was echoed from all present. They occasion. Come," addressing the would not, they said, hear of such young, baronet, “away! and join a thing—they would not stand to Captain V" All this was ut- see such butchery ! Eight or ten tered with real nonchalance! Some- left the room abruptly, and did not body present told him, that the Cap- return. Captain — made no retain was one of the best shots in ply to Trevor's proposal, but was England—could hit a sixpence at conversing anxiously with
his ten yards' distance. “ Can he ? " friends, said he with a smile, withoût evinc- Now, sir, who is the coward ? ing the slightest symptoms of trepi- inquired Mr. Trevor, sarcastically. dation. Why, then, I may as " A few moments will show," well make my will, for I'm as bļind replied the Captain, stepping for
ward, with no sign of agitation, ex- were completed, and two dreary cept a countenance of an ashy hue; lights were placed in the shooting“ for I accede to your terms-ruf- gallery, both the hostile parties were fianly—murderous as they are; and summoned. As it was well known may the curse of a ruined house that I was preparing for the medical overwhelm you and your family for- profession, my services were put ever!” faltered Captain who into requisition for both. saw, of course, that certain death
“ But have you any instruments was before both. “Are the pistols or bandages ? ” inquired some one. preparing ?” inquired Mr. Trevor, “ It is of little consequence ; without regarding the exclamation we are not likely to want them, I of Captain He was answered think, if our pistols do their duty," in the affirmative, that Captain said Mr. Trevor. Vand Sir were both ab- But a servant was mounted on sent on that errand. It was agreed the fleetest horse in Lord s that the distressing affair should stable, and despatched for the surtake place in the shooting gallery, geon, who resided at not more than where their noise would be less half a mile's distance, with a note, likely to alarm the servants. It is requesting him to come furnished hardly necessary to repeat the ex- with the necessary instruments for clamations of «Murder !-down- a gunshot wound.
As the princiright, savage, deliberate murder !” pals were impatient, and the sewhich burst from all around. Two conds, as well as the others present, gentlemen left abruptly, saddled were in the secret of the blank their horses, and galloped after charge in the pistols, and anticipeace-officers; while Lord
pated nothing like bloodshed, the who was almost distracted, hurried, pistols were placed in the hands of accompanied by several gentlemen, each, in dead silence, and the two and myself, to the shooting gallery, parties, with their respective friends, leaving the Captain and a friend in retired to a little distance from each the dining-room, while Mr. Trevor, other. with another, betook themselves to “Are you prepared, Mr. Trethe shrubbery walk. His Lordship vor ? ” inquired one of Captain informed Captain V- and the 's party; and, being answered Baronet of the dreadful nature of in the affirmative, in a moment after, the combat that had been determined the two principals, pistol in hand, on since they had left the room. approached one another. Though They both threw down the pistols I was almost blinded with agitation, they were in the act of loading, and, and was, in common with those horror-struck, swore they would around, quaking for the success of have no concern whatever in such our scheme, my eyes were riveted a barbarous and bloody transaction. on their every movement. There A sudden suggestion of Lord —'s, was sol.ething solemn and impres
however, was adopted. They sive in their demeanor.
Though agreed, after much hesitation, and stepping to certain death, as they doubt as to the success of the pro- supposed, there was not the slightject, to charge the pistols with pow- est symptom of terror or agitation der only, and put them into the visible—no swaggering—no affechands of the Captain and Mr. Tre- tation of a calmness they did not vor, as though they were loaded feel. The countenance of each with ball. Lord was sanguine was deadly pale and damp; but not enough to suppose that, when they a muscle trembled. had both stood fire, and indisputably “Who is to give us the word ? " proved their courage, the affair asked the Captain, in a whisper, might be settled amicably. As which, though low, was heard all soon as the necessary preparations over the room ;“ for, in this sort of
affair, if one fires a second before tions, which lasted for several mothe other, he is a murderer.” At ments, when one of them fell. It that moment there a noise was the Captain ; for the strong and heard ; -- it was the surgeon who skilful arm of Mr. Trevor had had arrived, and now entered breath- thrust his sword nearly up to the less. “Step out, and give the word hilt in the side of his antagonist. at once,” said Mr. Trevor, impa- His very heart was cloven ! The tiently. Both the Captain and Mr. unfortunate young man fell without Trevor returned and shook hands uttering a groan—his sword dropwith a melancholy smile with their ped from his grasp, he pressed his friends, and then re-took their right hand to his heart, and with a places. The gentleman who was quivering motion of the lips, as to give the signal then stepped to- though struggling to speak, expired! wards them, and closing his eyes Oh, my great God !” exclaimed with his hands, said, in a tremulous Trevor, in a broken and hollow tone, “ Raise your pistols !”-the tone, with a face so blanched and muzzles were instantly touching horror-stricken, that it froze my one another's breasts—" and, when very blood to look upon it, “what I have counted three, fire. One- have I done ? Can all this be two-three !” They fired — both REAL!” He continued on his knees recoiled with the shock several by the side of his fallen antagonist, paces, and their friends rushed for- with his hands clasped convulsively, ward.
and his eyes glaring upwards, for Why, what is the meaning of several moments. this !” exclaimed both in a breath. " Who has dared to mock us in this A haze of horror is spread over way? There were no balls in the that black transaction ; and if it is pistols ! ” exclaimed Trevor, fierce- dissipated for an instant, when my iy. Lord
and the seconds mind's eye suddenly looks back explained the well-meant artifice, through the vista of years, the scene and received an indignant curse for seems rather the gloomy representheir pains. It was in vain we all tation-or picture—of some occurimplored them to be reconciled, as rence, which I cannot persuade myeach had done amply sufficient to self that I actually witnessed. To vindicate his honor. Trevor al- this hour, when I advert to it, I am most gnashed his teeth with fury. not free from fits of incredulousness. There was something fiendish, I The affair created a great ferment thought, in the expression of his at the time. The unhappy survicountenance. “ It is easily reme- vor (who in this narrative has passdied,” said Captain as his ed under the name of Trevor) ineye caught several small swords stantly left England, and died in hanging up. He took down two, the south of France, about five years measured them, and proffered one afterwards, in truth, broken-hearted. to his antagonist, who clutched it In a word, since that day, I have eagerly. "There can be no de- never seen men entering into disception here, however," said he ; cussion, when warming with wine, and now
"-each put himself into and approaching never so slowly posture—“stand off there!" towards the confines of formality,
We fell back, horror-struck at without reverting, with a shudder, the relentless and revengeful spirit to the trifling, the utterly insignifiwith which they seemed animated. cant circumstances, which wine and I do not know which was the better the hot passions of youth kindled swordsman ; I recollect only seeing into the fatal brawl which cost poor a rapid glancing of their weapons, Captain — his life, and drove flashing about like sparks of fire, Mr. —abroad, to die a broken
, and a hurrying about in all direc- hearted exile !