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MILLA CAMERON DASSEL.
out, that I took him from you. I have of sun, she roused herself to say, quite always loved all my friends. If I have aloud, sinned, it has been in loving too much. “If ever you see Louis again, tell him You will tell Robbie so, dear boy!” I loved him to the last. Tell him, I ask
Milla's strength had flared up like an him to repent, so as to meet me in expiring torch, enabling her to say this heaven.” much ; now she lay exhausted, and ap- Shortly thereafter she drew her last parently sinking into a stupor, wbile the breath ; her soul exhaled from its flowlow sound of weeping filled the room. er-like form, and fled to God who gave
Suddenly her voice, silver-clear and it. strangely thrilling, took up the burden It was a sleety, stormy day upon of a poem which had been a great fa- which she was buried; but all the vorite of hers for years. Often, in the neighborhood about Evergreen Station pleasant evenings forever gone, she had were in attendance. Curiosity to learn repeated it to her friends with an im- something of the details of her brief passioned glow of utterance, which, from married life--a flying shadow of mysone so fragile, had almost startled them. tery, which all caught but none could Imagine, then, the pain with which they hold-increased the interest which drew heard the familiar rhythms rise from old neighbors and new to the house of those dying lips :
mourning. They scanned, with eager "l-Behold! I have sinned not in this!
eyes, the coffin-plate: Where I have loved, I have loved much and well, -I have verily loved not amiss. * Let the living,' she said,
ÆT. 17 YEARS. • Inquire of the Dead In the house of the pale-fronted Images :
But none knew, not even Mrs. Grizzle, My own truc deed will answer for me, that I have that the true title of the sleeper was not loved amiss
€ Countess of Konigsberg.” How lovely In my love for all thesc.'
she looked, in death's restful slumber, “The least touch of their hands in the morning,
is still whispered by the community. I keep it by day and by night.
All'her deformity was hidden away in Their least steps on the stairs, at the door, still
satin folds and fragrant flowers; her throbs through me, if ever so light. Their least gift, which they left to my childhood, fair, bright hair, worn as always during far off, in the long-ago years,
her lise, floated down either side the Is now turned from a toy to a relic, and scen through the crystal of tears.
young face, and glittered along her • Dig the snow,' she said,
white dress almost to her knees. *For my churchyard bed, Yet I, as I sleep, shall not fear to freeze,
Count Konigsberg has not yet reIf one only of these my beloveds, shall love me with heart-warm tears,
ceived his wife's dying message, nor is As I have loved these!'"
it to be anticipated that he ever will.
What land now shelters the adventurer Their sobs were stifled, their breaths
is not known to those most interested repressed, as the silver syllables stole through the room. In the stillness
in tracing him. When Mr. Cameron which followed, Milla opened her eyes,
reached St. Louis, during that search and looked from face to face with an
for the missing couple, of which we indescribable, solemn smile, murmuring,
have told, he thought the Count's arrest
was certain ; but when he traced bim to “Say never, ye loved-ONCE.
the lodgings where he had been living Love strikes but one hour-Love! those nerer loved
under still another assumed name, he Who dream that they loved once!”
found him-not. He had been warned, Then that numbness of death, which in time to flee, taking with him every had crept up from bands and feet, thing of value, bidding his sick and touched her lips and eyelids; she lay, wretched wife a last farewell. for hours, in a stupor, which could The police arrested, however, a Gerhardly be told from death; but, at set man Jew, for receiving stolen goods.
This was the person whom Dassel had keeping with the cold courage of his represented as a cousin, but who was, in character. Being rendered entirely penfact, a money-lender well-known of yore, niless by his sudden flight from Europe, in Baden-Baden, by the Count, who had he had to begin modestly, keeping, at
, “patronized” him, in that city, with all times, a look-out for superior chances magnificent liberality. This person, re- to operate in wider fields. moving to America, had met and recog- Upon the occasion of his visit to the nized the Count in New York, soon photographer's with Mrs. Grizzle, he after his arrival in this country. To came near betrayal. The French minisprevent betrayal, and knowing the ut- ter was well known to Count Konigsterly unprincipled character of the berg, who, fortunately for himself, was broker, the Count had bribed him to the first to perceive an acquaintance. secrecy, promising him rich commissions He concealed himself by means of a when he should establish himself in St. screen which stood at the foot of a Louis, whither he was going. It may second flight of stairs, through which be that desperation at having no money he was peering with that sardonic smile wherewith to buy the fellow's silence, which sometimes curled his lips, when drove him to commit the burglary at the astonished lady missed him from Borden & DeWitt's. Having secured her side. the goods, he had invented the excuse Sam Grizzle and Miss Bayles are marof a journey to St. Louis, where he left ried. They had a grand wedding in the spoils to be sold on shares, through May. It took Mrs. Grizzle some time channels which the broker would be to reconcile herself to Miss Bayles' humwise enough to find.
ble origin! But, when she did fully It is known that the Count escaped accept her as her future daughter-into New Orleans, and from thence to law, she did it with her usual heartiCuba. There pursuit was
She insisted upon her coming to Those who knew him best during his Rose Villa to make her preparations, career in this country are divided in and would hear to no less than six their opinion as to his utter depravity. bridesmaids with interminable trains. It is not impossible that the utter devo- The bride, with the blood of three gention of Milla Cameron awoke some real erations of poor artists in her veins, response in his heart. It may be that was a person upon
whom his object in endeavoring to rob her of be lavished to advantage. Mrs. Grizzle her legacy, on the night preceding the was delighted with her when her “good day appointed for their marriage, was points” were“ brought out” with white to secure her fortune and save her the satin and point-lace, and beamed her wretched career which must be hers as motherly effulgence equally upon her his companion. But his conduct to- and the bridegroom, who had toned wards his first wife was too infamous to down into quite a modest representagive much ground for such belief. It tive of Young America, and was far is more natural to conclude that he worthier of his honors than when first wished to shake off companions who we made his acquaintance. might fatally embarrass him in his Grizzle, senior, pronounces his new flight.
daughter “prime,” which, with him, It is not improbable that he first en- means “A No. 1,-no better in the gaged himself to Elizabeth because he market." had nothing else to occupy his mind, We are sorry to have to chronicle and was reckless of consequcnces. His that Abel Bellows drew a prize with settling in New York, where, at any that last ticket which he purchased bemoment, he was in danger of being rec- fore his visit to the Tombs—a prize of ognized by foreigners or followed by twenty-five hundred dollars in gold, detectives from abroad, may seem a bold which was less by fifteen hundred thân venture on his part. Yet this was in he had spent on lotteries since he first
money could began to invest in them. We are sorry, frosts. Still, she is a happier woman because we wish no lottery prizes ever than of old. were drawn. But, since Abel is one of It is yet winter in the home of the our friends, we must keep a true record Camerons, where once there reigned a of what happened to him. By advice perpetual summer of love and happiof Miss Bayles and his wife, he retired ness; but God, who is the only perfect to a small fruit-farm in New Jersey, for Lover, will surely, some time, renew which he paid cash down, and where the bloom. he and his children are very happy On the slender marble shaft which in the midst of Lawton blackberries, points to heaven, from Milla's grave, is Bartlett pears, and Newtown pippins. inscribed : Mrs. Bellows' melancholy temperament
"Love strikes but one hour-Love! those neper finds occupation in predicting terrible !; ned drouths, devouring insects, and early Why dream that they loved once !"
THE UNEXPLORED REGIONS OF CENTRAL AMERICA.
The adventurous spirit of our age beasts and dangerous reptiles. Regions has distinguished itself in no respect like these possess but little interest bemore than in the energy and zeal in yond their more obvious geographical which it has pushed forward researches features; and, when these bave been into the physical history and condition once ascertained with approximate acof mankind, and in the cognate departe curacy, the present requisitions of ment of physical geography. Hardly any knowledge are satisfied. portion of the earth's surface can now There are, however, two or three conbe called terra incognita; and the most siderable districts of country, to the distant seas have but few secrets in their northward of the Isthmus of Darien, keeping The mysteries of the polar and almost at our own doors, which ocean have been in great part explored, have a broader appeal to our interest and the enigmas of Africa are fast giv- and curiosity, but which are still ining way before the zeal of the Barths, volved in deep obscurity; namely, the Livingstones, and Du Chaillus of this interior valley or basin of the Rio Frio generation. As regards our own conti- and its tributaries, comprised partly in nent more especially, there remains but the republic of Nicaragua and partly in little, or comparatively little, to be done that of Costa Rica, and known as the in the way of exploration. Fremont Bolson of the Guatu80s. It is so named and his thousand successors have com- from an incommunicative and unconpleted the work of Pike and Lewis and quered people who inhabit it, who have Clark, and made known to us the re- succeeded in maintaining an entire isocesses of the Rocky Mountains and the lation from the rest of the world, and general features of that great terrestrial who, consequently, preserve unaffected basin which we call the Salt Lake Val- their primitive ideas, language, religion, ley, but which figured in the maps of and modes of life. The Rio Frio, on twenty years ago as a Great Unex- the banks and in the valley of which plored Desert.” Shomburgh has unfold- they live, takes its rise in the highlands ed to us the intricacies of that vast net- of Costa Rica, and flows nearly due work of waters between the Orinoco and north, between the Pacific or volcanic the Amazon, and of the Amazon itself; coast-range of mountains, and the true and in that direction Edwards, Wallace, Cordillera, into Lake Nicaragua, at its Herndon, and Bates, have given us all southern extremity, and within a few the information necessary to satisfy the hundred yards of the point where the requirements of general geography and river San Juan, the outlet of that lake, popular intelligence. And if there yet makes its débouchure. Numerous atremain, among the broad alluvions of tempts were made by missionaries and the Atlantic slope of South America, others, under the Spanish rule, to ascend some considerable tracts of country the river and open communication with comparatively unknown, it is because the people on its banks, but without no sufficient inducements exist for their
success; and it was only in August of exploration. It is because they present last year that its ascent was effected, by only a monotonous succession of sullen Captain 0. J. Parker, an American, who, rivers flowing through vast tropical with three companions, in a light canoe, forests, where savage Nature holds des- went up the stream to the head of canoe potic reign, and where man maintains navigation, a computed distance of one only a furtive and squalid existence, hundred and twenty miles. They howtimidly disputing his life with wild ever failed to open communication with
the Indians, who are wary and hostile, eyes, from the tops of the mountains of nor have they given us much satisfactory Quesaltenango. information concerning them. Their It is a region, therefore, of singular character, language, and modes of life, interest, appealing equally to the geogare all open questions for future investi- rapher, the student of natural history, gators.
the antiquary, and the ethnologist. But the Bolson of the Guatusos is not And lying, moreover, almost at our own the largest nor yet the most interesting doors, rich in its resources and tempting portion of Central America which has in its natural wealth, it must soon aphitherto remained unexplored and un- peal to that restless spirit of enterprise known. Whoever glances at the map and commercial activity which, not conof that country will observe a vast re- tent with its past triumphs, longs for gion, lying between Chiapa, Tabasco, Yu- new conquests and a wider field of excatan, and the Republic of Guatemala, ercise. and comprising a considerable part of It is true that Cortez traversed a great each of those states, which, if not en- part of this vast region in his adventutirely a blank, is only conjecturally filled · rous march from Mexico into Honduras. up with mountains, lakes, and rivers. For nearly two years he struggled It is almost as unknown as the interior among its deep morasses and almost of Africa itself. We only know that it impassable rivers, through its untracked is traversed by nameless ranges
of wildernesses and over its high and destains, among which the great river Usu- ert mountains, with almost superhuman masinta gathers its waters from a thou- courage and endurance. But his brief sand tributaries, before pouring them, letter to the King of Spain, giving an in a mighty flood, into the Lagoon of account of his adventures, affords us Terminos and the Gulf of Mexico. We only a faint notion of the country, and know that it has vast plains alternating no very clear ideas of its people. He with forests and savannas; deep valleys, reached the mysterious Lake of the where tropical Nature takes her most Itzacs, and left there his wounded horse, luxuriant forms, and high plateaus dark the image of which, nearly two centuwith pines, or covered with the delicate ries later, the Spaniards found elevated tracery of arborescent ferns. We know to the rank of a god, and invested with that it conceals broad and beautiful the powers which control the thunder lakes, peopled with fishes of new varie- and the lightning. It was into this reties, and studded with islands which gion that the early enthusiasts endeavsupport the crumbling yet still imposing ored, but with imperfect success, to remains of aboriginal architecture and carry the symbol of the cross. Many a superstition. And we know, also, that missionary found among its implacable the remnants of the ancient Itzaes, La- inhabitants the crown of martyrdom. candones, Choles, and Manches, those in- In vain did the Church seek to bring domitable Indian families who success- it under the shadow of the faith, and fully resisted the force of the Spanish plant the cross on its savage mountains. arms, still find a shelter in its fastnesses, Equally in vain did the royal cedulas where they maintain their independence, urge on the Audiencia of Guatemala and preserve and practise the rites and and the Governors of Yucatan the nehabits of their ancestors as they existed cessity of reducing it under the real as before the Discovery. Within its depths, well as the nominal authority of the far off on some unknown tributary of
Expedition after expedition the Usumasinta, the popular tradition was fitted out in accordance with the of Guatemala and Chiapa places that imperial mandate, only to be utterly great aboriginal city, with its white cut off or driven back in disaster and walls shining like silver in the sun, dismay. Nor was it until near the close which the cura of Quiché affirmed to of the serenteenth century, in 1698, that Mr. Stephens he had seen, with his own the combined forces of the surrounding