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felt itself shaking off the yoke of an intolerable
tyranny. Men kissed and hugged each other like
women. Women wept like infants, and children
shouted as lustily as men. Two alone in that
great throng stood as if dazed, unable to compre-
hend the event. Fairfax and Berkeley faced each
other, stiff and mute as statues. A moment only
this mutual gaze lasted, for the feeling was too
tense for long endurance. At the end of two min-
utes the Governor was seen to sway to and fro,
and he would have fallen but for Sir John Berry,
who caught him, and laying him back in his chair
called for some one to fetch water, which broke the
spell which had fallen on the crowd and diverted
their gaze from this group upon the platform.

" My God, it cannot be ! " were the first words
Berkeley uttered as he came to himself. Then, as
if the whole weight of his misfortune fell on him at
once, he gave a mighty cry : " Put not thy trust in
princes. Ah, Strafford, t' was well said ! "

" Nay, Your Excellency," said Ludwell, placing
his arm over his shoulder, "lay not the matter

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so to heart! Mayhap the King doth but desire to
make inquiry into the matter, and hath sent for
thee to inform him further touching the business.
Didst thou not mark how he spake of thee as his
trusty servant? Another Spring may see thee
seated firmer in power than ever."

" Think not to prop me thus with hopes as false
as princes' favor," answered Berkeley, rising and
shaking off the friendly hand. " I am undone. All
my years of faithful service count for naught against
the word of this prating pink and white fool, who
doubtless hath purchased my ruin with her own."



The words came forth like cannon-shot from the
lips of Colonel Payne, who had stood by till now
silent and stunned with the tide of feeling which
engulfed him.

Berkeley turned, his face one crimson fur}-, and
would have rushed upon the speaker ; but Ludwell
and Beverley threw themselves between the two
men.

"Stay thy hand for a time," whispered Lud-
well in Berkeley's ear. " Give thine enemies no
further handle for the tool of their revenge. Come
away home with me ! "

"Ay, come," said Beverley, taking him gently
by the other arm.

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April Twenty-third.

The crowd parted to make room for the three
men, and they passed between the lines amid a
hash unbroken by a single cheer. It was hard
but it was just Berkeley had sown the wind, it was
meet that he should reap the whirlwind. He had
given up to evil passions a nature once swayed by
generous emotions. Under that baleful shadow,
zeal had turned to bigotry, firmness to obstinacy,
authority to tyranny, martial ardor to thirst for
blood, and the world sadly marked one more soul
lost through the perversion of its good qualities.
Thus it came about that as the Governor passed
along his valley of humiliation none bade him
" God speed ! " none breathed a sigh of sympathy.
He who had proved himself pitiless now could
look for no pity.

" The Sons of wrath hare perished by tbe Wow
Themselves had aimed at others long apx"

One man only grieved, ay, grieved as deeply
and gnawed his very heart out as uselessly as
the Governor himself in his impotent rage over
a frustrated purpose and a broken vengeance.
Arthur Thorn stood gazing with Mack, furtive,
maddened eyes at Fairfax, and his hand played
nervously about the hOt of his sword. His manner
did but too dearly shadow forth die murderous

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thoughts which lurked in his soul, and one who
noted both them and him said scornfully:

" 'T is of no use, young man. Your game is
escaped. An ye would not find Fairfax's rope
around your own neck, and not for form's sake this
time, nor to be shaken off by whimpering for par-
don, I do counsel you to take yourself out of this
colony along with your protector."

" Ay," said another, " get ye gone with the
Governor. 'T is in part to your sneaking support
that he owes his present plight."

" Out of town with him to the tune of the rogue's
march ! " cried a third.

So excited was the crowd becoming that Thorn
thought it prudent to test its temper no longer;
but leaping on his horse, vanished in the direction
of Green Spring.

As he was never heard of more in the Old
Dominion, it was suspected that he lay in hiding
till the setting sail of the Governor, which came
to pass on the twenty-seventh of April, and de-
parted with him.

It was a good riddance for the colony.

And what of Bryan Fairfax? Who will dare
attempt to describe the feelings of a man, recalled
thus in an instant from an ignominious death to
love and life and all that makes life dear?

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April Twenty-third.

Those who saw him that day were wont to tell,
for years after, the story o his look as he stood
there upon the scaffold as upon a throne, by his
side the maiden who had dared and suffered so
much for his sake. Thus they stood together,
oblivious of all the world, she gazing up through
her tears, he (his bonds having been severed by
the knife of Colonel Payne) clasping her closer,
ever closer, to his heart.

" Ah, Penelope," he whispered, " that song of
thine was a true prophecy. Love has found out
the way!"




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