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VOLUME. IV.—NUMBER 25.
BOSTON, SATURDAY, MARCII 5, 1859,
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RODBRICK Wie ROVER:
THE SPIRIT “OF THE WAVE.
~ A STORY OF THE OLD AND NEW WORLD.
| BY LIBUDENANT MURRAY.
A QUEER PROPOSITION FROM A KING.
‘ Pray thee maiden, hear him not,
Take thou warning by my lot;
Read my scroll, and mark thou all
-T can tell thee of thy thrall.
What though a king may seek to win,
Be sure his spirit bodes no sin.”
Havine once fully established a character for brav-
ery, and being a perfect master of the sword, Lord
William was no more troubled with challenges, al-
though, as we have said, he was constantly mingling
with all the beauties of the court, heedless of their
engagements with others ; for, to speak the trath, after
he commenced, he followed up the business for its nov-
elty, and because he liked it. Lord William wondered
&t the warm interest that the king appeared to take in
im; he was invited to all his majesty’s private assem-
blies, dinner parties, and frequently to dine alone with
the king, who seemed actuated bv some secret purpose
in a desire to gain the full confidence of the English
w “My lord,” said the king to him on one occasion,
men they were alone, “I have something on my mind
at I wish to reveal to you.” | .
pray. you speak freely,.sire.””
_ “Then, my lord, do you affect this Donna Isora ?”
PUNISHMENT. OF “THE TRAITOR.
“No further, sire, than as a friend, a kind and gentle
“You bear her no passion, no warmer regard than
this !” .
“ None, sire.”
“ Then listen’ to me. -I must possess her! I have
long marked and loved her; the queen’does not suspect
me—and if by your aid I could gain the Donna Isora’s
favor, ask what you will, it shall be granted to you!”
Lord William was taken completely aback by such a
proposition, and did not know how to act.. His first
impulse was to punish the’ man who could. make so
vile a proposal to bim, upon the spot, but prudence for-
bade this, and in an instant of time his plan of conduct
was formed, and turning to the king he replied :
“ Any matter that I can serve you in, I beg you will
‘A moment’s consideration caused Lord William bet-
ter to understand the matter, for he knew very well that
the king was a young hot-headed Castilian accustomed
to all manner of intrigues of this sort, and that it looked
far less heinous to him, born and bred in that passion-
ate clime, than it did to one like himself, who had been
early taught to cherish and protect virtue. “And yet,”
thought he, “I should like to. punish his majesty in
some way for his rascally design.” Acting upon this
purpose and while his plan of action was yet unformed,
he replied as we have seen. .
« Well, then,” continued the king, in reply to his re-
mark, “it is very evident that Donna Isora is fond of
your company, and you must make an appointment to
meet her in some quiet place which I will designate,
and in room of yourself, why, just send meas your
proxy. The time and place, befitting, leave the rest to
“J think I understand you, sire. You will com-
municate to me the time and place, and then I shall
know how to act.” ‘
“Yes, yes, my lord, I will send you, word when. I
have arranged it.’’ _ pote
“« Tf you please,” replied Lord William, bowing him-
self out of the apartment. .
“The rascal,” muttered he to himself, as.he left the
audience chamber, “a king, amaa who has seen nearly
torty years’ experience, & noble cavalier, to engage in
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such business as this, and use me too as a cat’s paw!
Egad, I can hardly contain. my resentment: but stay,
I will fix him yet, or else I am vastly mistaken.”
That night, Lord William and Isora met ata grand
ball given by one of the nobility at which the king also
appeared. “As usual, the English minister danced
several times with’ Donna Isora, and promenaded the
spacious halls with her upon his arm, after mingling in
the giddy mazes of the waltz. The king watched them,
and more than once sought to exchange glances of in-
tellizence with Lord William, but to no effect, for the
English minister seemed determined not to understand
him. And yet he did do so, but pretended this ignor-
ance solely to tease and annoy the king which he ac-
complished most admirably. At last the ball broke up,
and all retired to their homes. . Donna’ Isora en:ered
her mother’s vehicle, and drove away with her for
home, while Lord William, after handing her into it,
turned to walk to his own lodgings ; but scarcely had
he passed a single square before he was overtaken by a
person who laid his hand on the English minister's
arm; he turned—it was the king.
“ How delightfully she looked and danced to-night,”
“ Whom, sire?” asked Lord William, with provoking
indifference. : rt
“Whom? why the Donna Isora, to be sure,” replied
the king. .* “
mee yes, sire, I quite forgot, she was very beau-
“Tam all impatience, my lord, to bring about our
arrangement.” : :
“Have you selected the time and place?” asked the
minister. : ie
“Yes, both, and will designate them to you now.”
Saying which, he explained to Lord William the
hour for keeping up the appointment, and the place
where it should be holden. A quiet wing of the palace
devoted to botanical purposes was the place named, and
the minister agreed to make an. appointment with the
Donna Isora in accordance, when the king in place of
himself was to come disguised in the minjster’s cloak
and hat, so as to prevent discovery trom any one else,
and to enable him ta carry qut this plan the more per-
fectly. All this asranged, Lord William met Donna
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