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(Translated for the Canadian Monthly, from the German of Kleimar.)


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lady, rising to welcome him. I was told, Miss Eva, that I shouid find not mention to you." you in the garden," he replied ; so I came He did not reply, and she marked the here and interrupted your cogitations. Will shade of trouble which for a moment came you forgive me?"

over his countenance. Suddenly she turned “Forgive you !" she said smiling. “Do her face towards his and said : you know that at this moment I was think- “ I do not know why it is that my heart ing of you, and that 1—but tell me first if is so open at this moment, that I should you have seen my aunt, and how you found speak to you so frankly, more frankly than I her ?”

have done since my father's death. Perhaps “ The good lady is much better, and in a it is because you were my father's friend and few days I shall be able to discontinue my can solve the mystery. Do not interrupt visits,” he answered, as he led the young lady me, for I must now tell you what has torback to her place. He held her hand in mented me so long. I know I can put full his, and the manner in which she allowed it confidence in you.” to remain there, showed that she looked upon “That you can," said the Doctor, warmly. him as an old acquaintance. “So you were “Now for it! When I saw my father, thinking of me, Miss Eva," he continued, and knelt crying at his bedside, he told me with a softness in the tone of his question. with his feeble voice, as he laid both his “But then your thoughts were not of a hands upon my forehead, never forget to pleasant nature, for your look was sad when love and be grateful to Doctor Reinhard as I approached you.”

our dearest friend, for he saved my fortune "O, they were mingled with many re- and my honour !'” membrances," she replied.

“They were feverish thoughts, fancies of father's birthday. A year ago he was with a weakened imagination, of a dying man, me. A few months afterwards you led me which, in health he would never have reaway from his sick bed, when the news of peated !” exclaimed the Doctor, much his illness had called me home from my moved. cousin's. I saw him then for the last time, “No, no! At that moment he could not and he died that night."

be considered a dying man ; he was in full “I know it, I know it," said the Doctor, possession of his faculties, and if you had mastering his emotion with a great effort, as not entered just then and forbidden him to he saw the tears trickle down Eva's face. speak, I should have received an explana

“ His death took me by surprise. I awoke tion of his words. You led me out of the and found myself an orphan,” was her mourn- room, and I never again saw him alive. And ful rejoinder.

now, Doctor, you owe me an explanation, "Poor child !" said the Doctor, in a voice and you must tell me the meaning of those of deep sympathy.

words. I must know for what and how to

“ This is my

show my gratitude to you, as it was my had never been deceived in him, for she father's will," she said, with deep emotion. always received from him comfort and

He rose and took both her hands as he sympathy. And now, suddenly, this man exclaimed “ Eva, you owe me no debt of stood before her pleading as a lover, and thus gratitude. I give you my word that it was placed himself beneath her, since from her only his imagination, weakened by illness, he was to hear the words on which dependthat made him suppose that I was the ed his happiness for life. Her mind could saviour of his honour, which was as stainless not take it in, and he marked at once the as that of the best man in the world. No paleness that came over her cheeks. Her human being would have ever dreamed of silence troubled him, and he continued in a impugning it. You must put aside every nervous voice. “Have I been mistaken thought which could cast a doubt upon it. Eva, in supposing your heart to be free, or Such thoughts are disrespectful to his mem- is it that you


cannot love me? If it ory."

is so, say one word and I retire ; for I desire She gave him a pleasant look-“ The por- your happiness as much as my own.” trait of my father lives enshrined in my While he spoke, she had regained her commemory, but since his death a cloud has posure, and now for the first time ventured covered it that has prevented me from always to raise her eyes to his; she saw his fixed seeing the dear features clearly. If I cannot upon her—those earnest eyes—with a wonthank you for anything else, I shall thank derful softness of expression. Her heart you for having chased away this cloud. For seemed changed ; a feeling came over her this I shall always be grateful.”

never experienced before. Why could she “I wish you would allow the matter to not love this man above all others, since he pass from your memory entirely, Eva ; for was better and nobler than all other menyou must know I came to hear what you have him whom she had known since her father's to say on a very different subject."

death. The words of her departed father, She looked at him with wondering expecta- too, suddenly crossed her mind. Was not tion. He again took her hand and went on the time now come for her to prove that she in a tone of emotion.

regarded his will as sacred ? " Eva, since the death of your father, your "Speak, Eva," continued the deep voice aunt's house has been your home. Could of the Doctor, “has your heart been given you make up your mind to leave this home, to another man?” to belong to one whose heart has beat for you “No,” she replied, in confused accents, since your childhood?”

“it is still my own.” She could say no She made no answer, but her hand trem- more.

“What did I hear?” cried the Doctor, “ Eva, I am myself the man, who loves deeply moved. In lieu of an answer she laid you, whose highest wish is to call you his her hand in his. own, and who now asks you, can you and “You will give it me, Eva ?" will you give him your hand ?”

“Yes,” she replied in a low tone. For a moment she stood astonished, al- He made a movement as though to clasp most petrified by his proposal, which took her in his arms, but checked the impulse, and her so completely by surprise. In this man, said, with a voice almost inarticulate with whose age was double her own, she had seen emotion. only a fatherly friend, the friend as he had "No, no, Eva, you ought not and you been of her father. She had trusted him must not decide so quickly. It would be with all her troubles, little and great, and I wrong in ine to ask an answer now, when


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you are so taken by surprise as I must own He gave her his hand and took leave, sayto myself that you are. I will give you as ing : long a time as you please to examine your "Eva, look well into your heart, and when heart ; and if you tell me that you cannot you have once decided, let me know it withlove me, I promise not to seek to win you. out delay." She gave him a loving look, as On the other hand, when you have once though her choice were already made. Indeed spoken the word which unites us, I shall she could not see why she should not say the look upon you as mine, and mine alone, to decisive word at once. But he wished it my life's end. And now, above all things, otherwise, and as she had always been accusbe open and candid with me and with your tomed to follow his opinion and advice, she self. Search well and see whether there is would not contend against his wish on this not in your heart the image of another man occasion. not to be supplanted by mine."

Her eyes followed him as he passed out She laughed, blushed and said, “I will of sight, and dwelt with pleasure on his statefrankly tell you that, as a girl of fourteen and ly figure and manly bearing. She thought in a childish way, I loved my cousin Albert.” | too of the high estimation in which he was

“ And your cousin ?” he asked, a little dis- held by the world, and asked herself what turbed.

the world would say when it was told of their "Ah, that was just the point," she replied, engagement. She heard herself congratulathalf laughing," he never noticed me, he had ed on her good fortune, and felt exalted and no suspicion how much his little cousin ad humbled at once, by being chosen by a man mired him, he had eyes only for grown-up of so much importance as his bride. Bride! beauties, with whom the handsome young She smiled involuntarily at the word. lieutenant was very successful.”

“He is so good, he loves me so deeply, “ Eva, how has it been since you have she repeated, till tears came into her eyes. grown to be a young lady ?”

She longed to tell her secret to some one, “O, from that time I have thought no but she felt that she could not yet speak of more of him," she replied carelessly, “be. it at home; so much the less as her aunt's sides we have not seen each other for a long state was such that any excitement might time. When he was here to see his mother, lead to a relapse.“ To my father,” she said just before my father's death, I, as you know, in a low voice, and taking up her hat, which was staying with a friend."

lay near her, she slipped unobserved "And is it true that he is expected here ?" through a side-door of the garden, and bent asked the Doctor, quickly.

her steps to the neighbouring place of rest, “His last letter announced the return of where the heart which was dearest to her the expedition which he accompanied from slept beneath the green-sward. the Eastern seas. But I can scarcely say I Nearly an hour later she returned to her am glad he is coming home, for what I have aunt's house, where she met a servant who heard of him is not very favourable. His told her that her aunt had been inquiring wildness it seems has been boundless; and for her, and begged her to come to her life, it seems to me, can be happy only when “ There is a visitor," she added, one can really rely upon some support.” laughing, “but I must not tell who it is." “Eva, that you shall find in me,” he could

As Eva entered her aunt's room, a young not help saying with all the warmth of his man in the brilliant uniform of the Royal feelings. He suppressed other words which Navy rose from a sofa, and advancing quick

a came to his lips. Only in his eyes could she ly to meet her, put out his hand to her withead, “may it soon be mine to support you.” | out speaking a word.





"O, cousin Albert !” she exclaimed, as have spent it on the stormy sea.

After so she looked into a pair of dark eyes which much experience, one divines the rest.” were fixed upon her, while a brightness came His mother did not understand him. She over the handsome features of the young only marked a momentary cloud which pass

ed over his brow. The change in his ex"It is pleasant to hear you welcome me pression did not escape Eva's eyes; it was home, Eva-pleasant to see you here in my paiusul to her to be with him, and she took mother's house."

advantage of the first opportunity to escape And then he seemed to remember a pain- to her room. He followed her with his eyes, ful association which his words might recall. and his mother who watched him closely, With a quick glance he said “forgive me," seeing his face brighten, ventured to ask him bent his head and kissed her hand.

• how he liked her Eva ?” She was pleased by his recollection of her “She is beautiful, and seems as charming bereavement, and replied: “I feel myself as she is beautiful.” happy in not being left utterly alone ; and She smiled with pleasure.

" Since last though my father is dead, I have still kind year your taste has changed for the better. hearts to protect and love me.”

A year ago, you know, you said that such “ There are many, Eva. I know nothing fair-haired beauties could never entrap your in the world dearer to me than your happi- heart

, and that were she ten times more ness.”

lovely than she was, she could not compare She looked at him a little surprised at his with the dark tresses of Emily Waldow. speaking with a warmth of feeling for which The young man blushed. "Pray, mother, she hardly gave him credit, after all she had do not speak of that. It is past and must heard of his past life. At this point her be forgotten. Tell me what you were going aunt interrupted the conversation. She had to tell me, when Eva's entrance broke off watched their meeting not without emotion.

our conversation-how she came here, what "I call this a surprise,” she said gaily, sad accident made her an orphan.”

I "which Albert has prepared for us.

“ You heard that her father's death was

I did not expect him for weeks, when suddenly he caused by the bursting of a blood-vessel, the appeared before me, without having given day after your departure. I wrote to you at

the time about it." the least notice of his return."

"You did," he answered hastily. "I re“ I received,” said Albert, “ quite unex-ceived the letter on the day we sailed. I pectedly a furlough on the return of the ex- could not reply at the time. But there were pedition, and of course hastened home as

many details which you did not give me. fast as possible to see you and Eva, and”he did not finish the sentence, but walked blood-vessel was owing to any particular ex

You did not say whether the bursting of the quickly up and down the room.

citement.” There was something strange in his man

" Your question,” said his mother, “rener. His questions and answers were short calls to my mind a singular circumstance and abrupt ; so much so, that his mother That evening, as I entered the room of my shook her head and said:

brother-in-law, I heard him say to Dr. Rein" Albert, in former days you were not thus; hard, who had not left him since the beginyou are greatly changed."

ning of his illness, “ You will promise me, He gave a forced laugh. “Change is the Doctor, that the whole transaction shall relaw of the world. It is the same with men. main a secret.” To which the Doctor anSince those days a year has passed, and I swered, “ upon my word of honour.” I often


thought of those words afterwards, and once to say more, but Eva entered the room. At ventured to ask Dr. Reinhard the meaning her appearance his eyes lightened up as they of them, particularly as I had involuntarily had done when he first saw her, and his connected them with the cause of my brother-voice, when he spoke to her, was soft and full in-law's illness. But the Doctor assured me of melody. As he talked to her she could that it was only a personal matter between not help thinking of another soft voice which of himself and his friend, and that he had had so surprised her that day, and the porgiven his word to keep it secret."

trait of her friend rose before her. She comAlbert listened in silence to this account. pared it with the elegant form of her cousin, *Then he asked, “What sort of person is this and asked herself why it was that the appearDr. Reinhard ?"

ance of Albert did not produce a favourable “He is an eminent physician, and a man impression on her, when she could not but honoured by all,” replied his mother warm- own that his fine figure and handsome face ly. “Since the death of your uncle I have threw Dr. Reinhard in the shade. Even chosen him as my family physician, and dur- his eyes, so beautiful, and bent with so much ing my illness I have had every reason to be sympathy upon her, disquieted her by the fire satisfied with my choice. Besides, Eva has which burned in them. But when he spoke in him a fatherly friend."

of his voyages, when he talked about the “Eva," exclaimed the young man--and it strange lands and people he had seen, when appeared to his mother that he was in a he told the exciting story of a storm which hurry to return to that subject—"how did had nearly wrecked their ship, her attention she bear the death of her father?"

was fixed and she hung upon his lips. But “She, poor child! She was overpowered when he had ended and was himself again, with grief, and would have been forlorn in she could not help saying, “Heaven be the wide world if the Doctor and I had not praised, Dr. Reinhard is not like Albert ! comforted her. I was anxious, too, at that What a difference there is between his sedatetime about her circumstances, for her father, ness and this passionate creature !" Then as I wrote you word, died not nearly so rich she asked herself how the two men would as I and the world believed him to be. The get on together, whether she could look for only thing which he left, in fact, was an hon friendship or harmony between them, and ourable name, and if you had not generously she looked forward with great anxiety to given up to her the thirty thousand dollars their mee which came to you under his will, she would The next morning the Doctor paid his have been penniless."

patient his usual visit. He entered the room While his mother was speaking the young ignorant that Albert was there. man had turned away his face. At her last “Dr. Reinhard-my son Albert." Eva, words he turned quickly round and said, who blushed at the entrance of Dr. Reinhard, “Mother, no more of that. It must never looked anxiously from one to the other, and be mentioned. It was not a great sacrifice, was sorry to see how coldly they received for you know at that time I came of age. the introduction. and inherited six times as much. It is my wish that she may know nothing of the gift."

CHAPTER II. “She knows nothing about it, and thinks that the money is her inheritance. The REMEMBER having seen LieuDoctor alone knows the truth.”

tenant Wallberg at his uncle's," said “The Doctor, always the Doctor," ex- the Doctor—"the day before his illness. claimed Albert, impatiently. He was going. You left his room as I entered." The words



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