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faces flat on the earth.' A smile of ineffable “We are in for it at last,” I cried, as I reined scorn lit up the features of the young man, in my horse. All idea of resistance, however, as with the rapidity of thought he brought to so large and well-armed a force was indeed his rifle to the shoulder, and pulled the fatal , absurd, so we quietly waited for our Greek actrigger. The rubber chief gave one frantic quaintance in order to have the benefit of his wave of the hand, as if to arrest his inevitable services as interpreter. Upon observing the fate, but in vain ; with a bound in the air, he intruders on their privacy, a few of the fiercest fell dead at the base of the rock on which he and most desperate-looking of the bandits had had stood. Almost simultaneously the sharp started to their feet, looking ominously to the report of three rifles, and a white curling smoke priming of their long rifles, but on a sign from from the thicket caught my eye and ear; I one who, though little less lawless and dirtylooked round at my two masters, the younger looking than themselves, seemed to be their wavered in his saddle, swayed to and fro for leader, they as instantaneously resumed their the space of a single second, and fell heavily position on the grass. We were now joined by to the ground. The face of the elder was dark our Greek companion, and never shall I forget with inward passion and intense emotion : rifle the look of horror and disgust with which he at in hand, he was watching the corpse of the first regarded the trap into which we had aprobber with an earnestness of purpose that I parently fallen. On seeing our evident astonishcould not mistake; his own life seemed as ment and annoyance, the robber-chief (for such nothing. At that moment, as he had evidently we never doubted him to be) politely approached, anticipated, a crouching figure stole from the and observing our cicerone, his fierce aud thicket and tried to drag the body within its bearded countenance relaxed into a grim smile protecting shelter; in a second his rifle was in of recognition as he exchanged with that gentle. the air, and its sharp twang, followed by an acute man a courteous salutation in Greek. A few and agonizing scream, told plainly enough that words served to clear up the inystery. In cona second victim had been sacrificed to the sequence of the repeated and daring acts of terrible vengeance of the Englishman. Leaving aggression so recently perpetrated by the mountheir dead, the robbers were now in full re- tain freebooters, the government had at last treat, and we were able to attend to our determined upon sending out a force of irregular wounded comrade. Life was not extinct, and troops to scour the fastnesses of the mountain in a short time he partially recovered his district around us, and it was a small detachconsciousness; we dressed his wounds as best ment of their number that we had now encounwe could, and carried him back to the nearest tered while enjoying a short repose after the dwelling, where I left him in charge of his harassing duties of the morning. Not a little friend, and hastened to Athens for assistance. pleased at our escape from a danger which seemed Suffice to say, gentleinen,” continued our guide, inevitable, we resumed our journey, and, after that for months he lay hovering between life proceeding a few hundred paces, found ourselves and death, and that, broken down in health and at the edge of a rocky and precipitous descent constitution, he was finally able to depart for of several hundred feet, from which we looked his own country..

down upon the celebrated plain of Marathon Deeply affected, we pursued our way, not which, stretching far along the shore, was finally without carefully looking to the state of our bounded by a continuation of the very heights, arms, and forming a silent resolve to use them on which we were standing. The lovely island unsparingly in case of need. We were now of Eubæo, extending like a map before us, lay nearly at the end of our journey, in all about apparently within a stone's throw of the shore, fourteen miles. I and one of iny companions wbich, washed by the blue waters of the Mediwere slightly in advance of the others, our terranean, reposed in perfect tranquillity at our Greek friend was close behind, and we had just feet. entered a broad, woody tract of rocky and wild- In the centre of the plain rose a single looking country. While I was even yet rumi. tumulus or mound, said to have been erected by nating on the fatal scene so feelingly described a grateful country over the burial-place of the by our guide, an exclamation of surprise aroused two hundred Greeks who fell on that never-tome from my meditations--a sudden turn of the be-forgotten day. The eye with one glance took path had opened out to our view a lovely little in the whole picture, while the imagination, oasis of the greenest turf, which shone in bright strong as reality, filled up the most minute relief against the grey, stony background of the details of the battle-field : the invading forces of surrounding forest. The sight that there caught the Medes and Persians with their backs to the our eye was, however, far from reassuring. shore, where lay their countless barks—the About forty of the most ferocious - looking gallant and devoted little army of patriot Greeks, Greeks, dressed in the national costume, were ten thousand strong, firm in the rightfulness of reposing in seeming indifference round a their cause, drawn up with their rear resting on bivouac fire, which burned cheerily in the centre the mountains, which looked full on the shore of this picturesque group, while others were and the opposing host-the sullen roar of the engaged in cleaning their arms or cooking over conflict--the short, fierce struggle for su. separate little fires, which, sparkling at the feet premacy, and the sudden panic and disordered of the more retired rocks, added to the interest flight, thus beautifully described in Childe of the scene,


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"When Marathon became a magic word;

as having taken place more than two thousand Which uttered, to the hearer's eye appear

years before! Not a sign or sound was now to The camp, the host, the fight, the conqueror's career, be seen or heard, save the neighing of our The flying Mede, his shaftless broken bow; horses and the chattering of our guides as they The fiery Greek, his red pursuing spear;

prepared our frugal repast. Where now was Mountains above, earth's, ocean's plain below; the din of battle, the groan the dying warrior, Death in the front, destruction in the rear!

or the shout of the exultant victor ? and șhere Such was the scene, what now remaineth here?”

now was that Greece that once

The advantage of position had evidently been

"Such mighty deeds could dare?” in favour of the Greeks, who, in case of a reverse, could easily retreat, favoured by the mountains which protected their rear, with regularity and Where indeed ? we may well ask; but who shall effect into the interior of their country; while answer ? the Persians, in case of disaster, must inevitably Having revelled in the glorious scene to our perish ere they could reach their fleet, which hearts' content, and refreshed ourselves and our necessarily had lain at some distance from the horses, we descended into the plain, and pershore.

formed a dashing charge in imitation of the In order to account for the possible defeat of cavalry of Artaphernes. I soon, however, betwo hundred thousand men by an army came a flying Mede;" for long after my comnumerically so inferior, it must be borne in panions had resumed their usual place, I was mind that the discipline, arms, and tactics of still rushing, Gilpin-like, over the plain, utterly the contending hosts were far from equal—a unable to restrain my headstrong steed, whose circumstance, as was proved by the event, blood being up, had become perfectly unmanage which rendered the two armies less unequal than able; his head was, however, turned towards could have been possibly imagined. The Greeks, home, and I had little fear for the result of our led by their favourite general, Miltiades, were gallop, as I well knew that the steep and rocky inured to war; their armour, both offensive and ascent before us would act as a quietus to the defensive, was of the most superior quality; their half-maddened animal; and so it proved, for after tactics were skilful and all but irresistible when tearing up the stony path for a few paces, he opposed to undisciplined troops, however supe- came blown and exhausted to a sudden standrior in numbers. Drawn up in phalanxes of still. I had now to await the arrival of my sixteen deep, the leading files, composed of the companions who were far behind, and had thus bravest of their “young men, rushed impetu- an opportunity of taking a parting survey of the ously on the enemy,” followed closely by the classic plain on which, in all human probability, rear-ranks, which, filled up hy the oldest and my eye would never again rest. Our return, most experienced warriors, inflicted an unsparing thanks to the irregulars who were scouring the vengeance on the coward or the waverer, should very district through which we had to pass, was any be found in the intermediate ranks. Such achieved without let or hindrance, and, highly a system of attack may well be considered as delighted with our day's amusement, we reached, invincible when aided by the loftiest patriotism towards evening, the ancient city from which and the firmest self-reliance. How different we had departed in the morning. was the character of the opposing force! The luxurious Persians, arrayed by order of their tyrannical king, cared nothing for the cause in which they were engaged. Entirely without discipline, armed principally with missiles and darts, and almost unprotected by defensive "Men that look no farther than their outside, armour, they were utterly unable to withstand think health an appurtenance into life, and quarrel the terrible' onset of the fiery Greeks. The with their constitutions for being sick; þut I, that latter having overnight strewn the ground with have examined the parts of man, and know upon what trunks and branches of trees, were unimpeded in tender filiments that fabric hangs, do wonder that we their attacks by the cavalry of the enemy, who were thus unable to participate in the conflict, are not always so, and, considering the thousand doors which, according to history, was fiercely but that lead to death, do thank my God that we can die briefly contested. An unaccountable panic but once.”—Sir Thos. Brown. having seized the legions of Darius, they threw “ The wisdom of God receives small honour from down their arms and fled tumultuously to the those vulgar heads that rudely stare about, and with shore, where, in the vain effort to regain their fleet, thousands and thousands of their number

a gross rusticity admire his works. Those highly were unresistingly slaughtered by the victorious magnifying Him whose judicious inquiry into his acts Greeks. What a contrast did the scene before and deliberate researches into his creatures, return the us offer to the one we have attempted to describe duty of a devout and learned admiration.”Ibid.


(A Story in Three Chapters.)



away; nor should you encourage her in the

matter, Bob." "Let go my hand; let it go,” I cried, for the Well, well, we will discuss all that tonoise of the returning dray was to be heard morrow,

,he answered, good - humouredly. clearly in the distance, breaking the awful “Meanwhile, let us have supper, niece. I supsilence of the Bush; and I knew that in a very pose you did not neglect getting that ready? few minutes more my uncle, aunt, and cousin | We are all three tired and hungry." Bryan would be at the rail, waiting for me to

"Indeed, dear uncle,” I said, at length maklower it that they might enter. Moreover, I ing an effort to defend nyself, as-assisted by knew my aunt-irritable even at the best- my aunt, who loved to have her finger in everyFould now, when fatigued after her day at thing- Į set the dishes on the table. Indeed market, be very angry indeed if she caught a I did not meet him intentionally to-night.” glimpse of my companion, whom she thoroughly How my conscience winced as I thought of my disliked. And yet he would hold my hand to recent promise to him! ! But I fancied I heard the last second, begging I would promise to the noise of the dray a short time þefore it meet him next evening by our river-bank, to really came. And I had scarcely had time to hear something very particular which he desired listen for a moment, when he passed from the to say to me. At length, in an agony of terror, log-farm, where he had been all day helping to I said, "Yes, yes, anything, anywhere; only stack.” go ;" when immediately, spite of my freiful "Aye, so they were stacking there to-day? struggling, he drew me suddenly towards him, We will be at it next week, I suppose ?" reand left a shower of hasty kisses on my cheek, marked Bryan, who had just taken his seat, and before be hurried off in an opposite direction so made a diversion in my favour, which lasted from my coming relatives : not, however, before until the meal was over, when aunt WinnieAunt Winnie's quick eye had seen his retreat- saying, "Now I sball just take a peep at the ing figure in the bright Australian moonlight. young ones, and go to bed"-went off, leaving Atid having her suspicions confirmed by my me behind to clear away, and prepare matters flushed face and the awkward manner in which for the next morning. my trembling fingers were endeavouring to let “Ha, ha, Miss Mary!" laughed Bryan, as I down the rail

, which at another tiine would not bustled about, " you were nicely caught. be a moment's work to me, exclaimed

Although I did my best to screen Tom's re"What is the matter with the girl ? Are we treat, mother was too sharp for me. However, to stand here all night?” And as Bryan, with I was partially successful. She did not see the a laughing glance, sprang down from the leave-taking as I did.” driving-seat, to assist me, she continued, “That "! And I also, I regret to say,” remarked my was Tom Sexton, I saw leave you just now.

If uncle gravely; yet, seeing how painfully I was you will persevere in encouraging a scamp to blushing, he added, “But, as I have already follow you, at least let it be at a proper time; said, we can discuss this to-morrow; so no not at ten o'clock at night, when your family more jokes at your cousin's expense. are from home. Where are the children?” Bryan, say goud night, lad, and get to rest.”.

"The boys were teasing Lizzie,”? I stammered, With the simple, ready obedience of a child, calling her a “Gum Sucker,'* • 80-80 I sent Bryan-although a fine, handsome young man them to bed. I thought it best."

of five-and-twenty-arose at his father's bidding, "Of course you did,” replied Aunt Winnie, and was quickly gone. Then Uncle Harding, as we all moved towards the house. “You | laying his broad hand on my head, saidthought it best to

Your aunt is right, Mary. I do not wish Come, come, Winnie,” broke in Uncle Hard- to speak badly of any one; but you are to me ing; ” let poor Mary alone. You know you often as my own child, and I will certainly oppose, by stayed up sweethearting, yourself

. Surely you every means in my power, your marriage with are not yet too old to remember it."

such a ruffian as Sexton. Do not cry, child," No,” she said, “I am not ; but I do not he added, kindly, as my tears fell fast. "In a like to see my dead sister's child throw herself short time you will wonder how you could have

ever expended even a thought upon such a

fellow. Your aunt will be in a better humour * A“Gum Sucker.” This elegant Colonism meang, in the morning. And in any case, I repeat in mother-English, one born in Australia.

again, you know she is always for your good.”


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For my good I knew she was, better even to which I was then unaccustomed, how it was than my dear uncle could tell me. I felt it that, according to what she had heard from my deeply as I lay thinking, until nearly dawn, uncle, I had, contrary to her express wishes, about the scrape into which I had got myself, become intimate with that Sexton, for whom no and out of which I did not well know how to one had the slightest respect-a fellow who went get. To be sure I see now my remedy was an off to the diggings like any common bushman, easy one; but then I could not do so. The with his blanket strapped on his shoulder

, kisses left upon my cheek by Tom Sexton I and each time had squandered the proceeds of would have washed out with my blood, if with his last journey there in low dissipation, never them I could have washed out their memory, giving his poor mother or sister - who kept a And my pillow became one of thorns as I tossed, little school in Tylden- a single penny to help in my hot indignation at myself that he should them on their way. ever have had even the shadow of a right to im. I was amazed, and, to speak the truth, inprint them there. And yet I could not deny to credulous. I told her how kind he had been to myself that he had, and that I myself had given me, and insinuated that she must be either it to him. I met him first a year before, on prejudiced or mistaken regarding him. She board the ship in which, on the death of my was unused to be contradicted, I to be conmother, I had come out to my only remaining trolled ; and so, before either was well aware, relatives, who had been settled for many years “a very pretty quarrel,” which resulted (as my in Victoria. He was returning at the same time uncle also insisted on my dropping all acquaintfrom London, where he had been disposing of ance with my late fellow-passenger) in my some gold dust and skins, the original proprie- entertaining a sore angry feeling agaiost my tors of which last, he assured me, had been shot new-found friends, imagining myself to be a in company with my cousin Bryan, with whom, suffering angel, and Tom Sexton one of the as well as the rest of his family, he said he was most chivalrous heroes that ever existed out of extremely intimate, living as be did in their the paper-world of old romance, where such close neighbourhood. As I had never seen wonderful personages usually live, die, and have these friends of mine, his little anecdotes of their superhuman being. I could not believe them rendered his conversation very interesting anything against him. I pitied and grieved to me. He was a fine, manly-looking fellow, too; over him, met him in secret, and wrote to him, a little rough, perhaps, in manner, but only just when I could not succeed in doing so, the most sufficiently so to make me--a romantic girl of absurd rhapsodies of outraged affection, my nineteen feel exceedingly flattered that his cruel relatives figuring in the most uncomvoice should grow soft and low when he spoke plimentary manner in my epistles. to me; that the strong arm which lifted the And so the time passed on, until wearying of great things in the mighty ship as a child plays the restraint which his love for me-such as it with a feather, should support me with such was, had imposed on him, he at length threw off gentleness as I endeavoured, on a calın day, to the mask, and proved himself, to my unwilling walk on the quarter-deck, or drew my wraps belief, all, and more than all, he had been reprecloser to shelter me from a stiff breeze, or the sented to me. But when, after many efforts for threatened sweep of a great wave. I had been his reform, I became thoroughly disgusted by warned by my aunt, in a long letter of directions his low vice, and thought to withdraw from my as to my conduct on board ship, while civil to silly engagement, he turned on me with the unall, to make no intimate acquaintances. But manly threat that he had preserved the letters whenever I thought of this, I told myself that which I had always understood to have been of course such advice could not apply to Mr. destroyed, and would show them not only to Sexton. On the contrary, it was certain that my own family, but through the entire district she would be very happy to know I was

the if I dared to do so. charge of such a friend. And so the weeks Oh the shame,the shame that burned my rolled on in a to me not unpleasant monotony, cheek as I thought of them! all their folly until I could scarcely remember how it had appearing before me now in the plainest colours, been with me before I knew him ; and certainly as it had never done before ! as I thought of I never gave myself any trouble to think how them paraded through the surrounding grog. it should be when with the voyage should end shops, laughed over and commented on by all our companionship, as my uncle was to meet the roughs and loafers of the neighbourhood; me at Melbourne, and take me home to K as I thought of uncle Harding's grave disunder his own care. I was not uneasy at this, pleasure, of my aunt's bitter remarks, and the because I was quite certain that at K I danger of Bryan's getting into a serious quarrel should see a great deal of my friend : he had told -as he most certainly would, if he heard my me so all through, and it never occurred to me name spoken coarsely of; and I knew Sexton to doubt him. So I went on dreaming vaguely, disliked him very much besides. Oh, what as girls do, of some impossibly happy future, in should I do? what should I do? So ! ques. which he and I were the principal persons tioned myself half through the autumnal night, concerned, and was only startled from my and at last sunk to sleep, putting off the evil dream two or three days after my arrival at my day a little longer by deciding on meeting him, new home, when the first joy of my welcome if i possibly could, according to my enforced was over, by my aunt asking, in her quick way, promise, and begging once more for the return

of those unlucky letters; after which, if he him more kind and just to me than my newcontinued to refuse them, why I should then found relatives.” seriously endeavour to summon up courage He went out without replying, leaving ine in to confess all to my uncle.

a most unchristian state of mind; and I sat sullenly by the stove, thinking of Sexton, and feeling in my anger that with all his faults no

one cared for me as he did. My heart sostened CHAP. II.

strangely towards bim; and I kept forming

excuses for himn in my mind, even against my It was impossible for me to meet Sexton, own conviction of his worthlessness. Poor Aunt Winnie kept me so constantly employed fellow, I thought; if he is wild, what is there so about the house, as if she suspected my anxiety wonderful in it, thrown among reckless men to elude her vigilance for an hour or so. I could from all parts of the world at those horrible not be five ininutes together from her presence diggings ? Why was he alone expected to touch when her shrill voice was to be heard calling pitch, yet not be defiled? As to his neglect of out, “ Mary, Mary; what are you mooning his mother and sister, it was mere thoughtlessabout, girl? Set to.morrow's bread, make ness: reprehensible, to be sure, but still mere some fritters, or when do you mean to have the thoughtlessness. And with regard to his threats boys' cloth caps made?"

towards myself, after all there was the old Oh dear, dear! I would not live that time excuse for them--love, and his dread of losing over again for anything_a time when I forced me. Perhaps I had treated bim badly. If I back the tears from my eyes lest my aunt's had been less harsh, probably the faults into sharp glance should detect them; when my which he had recently fallen would never have heart often stood still with terror lest Tom, in occurred at all. I thought over the time on his impatience at my apparent defiance of him, board the ship—the time when we first met, and should enter when I least expected, and produce of all his care of me, until, glancing over the the documents of which I was so thoroughly note which had hitherto remained unopened in ashamed. And in my abject fright it was a my hand, and finding it to be the usual halftrue relief to me when, one evening towards the threatening, hall-imploring request for an interclose of the week, when I happened to be alone view, I started up, and wrapping a shawl round in the kitchen, Bryan took the opportunity to me, walked out to grant it, utterly careless hand me a small note, saying at the same time, whether I was observed or not, and with a strong in a low voice,

feeling of dislike towards Bryan in my heart, "I met the messenger bringing this to you, mingling a fixed determination to end all my and tbought it better to act the postman mysell perplexities by a marriage with Sexton at once for this time. Only, of course, I know it is if he wished it, whatever might be the afterfrom Sexton.”. I took it from him mechanic- consequences of such rashness. ally, and without speaking, when, after a With steps hasty as my resolve, I trod my moment's hesitation, he added, "Mary, do you way along the Bush track which led to the not think this underhand business very un river; and in something less than a quarter of worthy of you? I know I have no right to an hour reached the well-known spot, which was

usually as silent as it had been in the first hours “Oh, Bryan," I interrupted,“ are you not as of the creation. Now, however, angry voices a brother tó me?" He winced, and said im- broke its stillness; and it was with a feeling patiently

little short of terror I heard that of my uncle "No, I am not your brother; on the contrary, raised in excited tones, as be exclaimedwe are comparative strangers. I should be sorry

“None but such a scoundrel as you have any sister of mine- But I will not detain you any longer from your letter. I will say, of such conduct. A young girl's letters traded

always proved yourself to be, would be guilty however, you should decide one way or the other regarding this man.

Either dismiss him

on in such a way-a young girl's, too, whom altogether, or brave my father and your aunt you profess to love !" openly, and marry him. Your present line of

That Sexton was the person to whom these proceeding is most un

words were addressed, as well as that he was “Ob, Bryan, do not say it,” I cried passion-tipsy, I learned immediately from his voice, as ately. “ If you knew!"

he replied "I do not desire to know," he replied coldly. You are very free with your names. I "My mother is your most fitting confidant wonder what you will call your niece when you and adviser."

read the loving way she writes of you, and the “And yet you have given me advice," I rest of you. Love her, indeed !” he continued. retorted angrily, “comparative stranger as you

Why once I compel her to fulfil her engageare. You have been hard and contemptuous to ment, I don't care if I never see her again. me. And, after all, you are right: you are not Better be free than bound, any day. But she my brother, and have no right to mix yourself shall not throw me off like an old glove when in my affairs. I shall do as I please about Tom. she wishes. Likely as not I shall soon leave Things must go hard indeed if I do not find her where I found her

, and try another tyrn at

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