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strains of holy music, remember the perfume of Of paip ? Perchance, their words were sooth; the incense, look your last upon the sacred My love was all too great emblems ; many there be will die 'of famine, of

For worldly pleasures and delights, the sword, of natural decay, and some will

For worldly pomp and state !

It is not covrage that I lack, grow from infancy to man's estate, ere God's

Regret I feel, not fear !
name shall again be praised or his aid invoked. Until to-night-my last on earth !
This was the last religious ceremony performed

Life never seemed so dear!
before St. Eloi's shrine for many a long year. Methinks I should not care so much,
Political convictions in France are spasmodic. Bits, If nought I had to leave ;-
Almost on the very morrow the church is

TriBut mothers, dying happily,

Still for their offspring, grieve ; deserted, the priests not daring to officiate;

And mine, above whose infant head, moderatism denonnced, royalty prescribed, the Suspended, hangs a crown; “ declaration of the rights of man

» nailed Oh ! would to God, with mine, she might upon the altar. There are to be no more

in Her little life lay down ! i kings, no more saints, Eloi must pack off and But no': What fate may be'my babe's son be gone,-his lease is out, his guardianship over.)

Wars It is not mine to see ;
The old name he gave to the place is "an I only, pray they may not make u

Her hate the thought of me; offence to reason, Dunkerque no longer, but

I only ask that God will grant Dune libre say the patriots. The Iconoclasts That wisdom to my child, proceeded to break the images of the saints and Iuu Which I forgot to seek for when she to destroy all the registers. The carved wood Yun yn The world upon me smiled by

und i'w of the altar was burnt, the sacerdotal vests (st It smiled on me! oh! who would thitik, ments were sold' to the lenders of costumes for 181W To see me lying here, the carnival, rare works of art, pictures of jausThat courtly mea had knelt to mestni-11 their kings and saints, were rent, burrit, and A monarch held me dear!

O'er English land, an English Queen, scattered to the winds. A theeting was con Vild My star had 'shóne’so fair's vened in the church to abolish then and forever winTis the desertion, not the death; . , ,1)).'' the religion of their forefathers ; 'the past was illu . That is so bard to bear.21901 121.1493541478 to be annihilated. They danced the Carmagnole -lisi oh sih-stain's World, which God madeg good! before the altar, and the wild shrieks of the Dy Oh! world, which looked so bright'! Dan maddened populace made the roof ring again." sob 1 happy hours I have known, I us Zebesiesonli It was ordered by the authoritids' that the

si Which took such rapid fight for ti, B-s!" Oh

of gallant friends, church of St. Eloi should be made a corn 1 starover from me fell !! market. It was dedicated to the Goddess of 1:41Olt! kinig and husband, won from me! tunsin Reason, and the busts of Voltaire and Marat I bid you all farewell ins puisi adorned 'the altar ; the orators of the lctubs

Methinks Ic
could die happy, hot

now spoke from the pulpit. The Bénitiers no - '). If but I knety that she is!!! longer supplied holy water for the siga of the cul Who will be queen, i would to my child' 15:1-11 cross; they were replaced byi'a' lion's month Cv.A loving mother best was in 191114, ľ»? called the Bouche "de fer, into which were

ou I could forgive -1 do ! To whom i modeling

Dare I relentless be, dropped denunciations against aristocrats and


o. When I remember all I trust 21.1.18 others.

1114My God's forgiven me. ?!11111 short] oss I Thus - for ten 'long years the good saint's

It's shrine was desecrated: · But in 1801,' wherr

To Thee I

for us, soos on

; the First Consul concluded a concordat with Teach them Thy truth, „whose lying ligs... the Pope, St. Eloi 'was re-established in all til Have brought me to my doom ! honour and reverence, and is still looked upon Grant, for His sake, they may have cast

Their burns at Thy feet, as the spiritual father of the place.

..Ere face to face, they coine with me ,
Cornelia A. H. CROSSE

Before Thy Juus uent Seat !



*. PAYING a visit lately to my friend Madame

B-, just returned from her Algerian home; TO-HORROW morn! To-morrow inorn! How strangely near it draws !

I listlessly, during a pause in our conversation, Not even for such grief as mine

turned over a number of photographs lying Will Time one moment pause !

upon a table near which we''sat. These photoNor would I that he should-oh no!

graphs chiefly represented dark-visaged, darkAnother day to me, Would but so much of added pain,

bearded, white-garmented Arabs, posed in Of idle longing be!

various picturesque attitudes, warlike or re

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poseful, as the case might be. I glanced over work? And who had been the Moor whom these portraits of the sons of the desert, I the great skill of this sculptor had embodied confess, with a careless indifference, perceiving before me? The longer I gazed upon the phothem with the physical, but, so to speak, per- tograph, the deeper did my interest become. ceiving them not with the mental, eye. “Who was this man?” I continued mentally

Gradually, however, I became sensible that to ask. What did he achieve or suffer, so to I was attracted to one especial photograph, a distinguish himself above his fellow Moors as small one of the carte-de-visite size, and that to have caused a great sculptor to seek to immy imagination - was busied in speculation mortalise his features ? It was evident that regarding it. This photograph represented through the attraction of no special physical a sculptured bust, the countenance bearing beauty had the artist's eye sought him out, the unmistakable Moorish type. Even through and the artist's hand delineated bis features. the somewhat imperfect medium which I held It must therefore have been through the in my hand, I could recognise that the model- sculptor's recognition of some great beauty ling of the bust was remarkably delicate, that of mind or soul possessed by this man that every minute curve and line, the very texture he had chosen him as his model ; and in of the hair and skin, were rendered with pre- very truth it seemed to me, that the spirit of Raphaelite truthfulness of delineation, whilst some such interior beauty impressed by the the breadth of outline irresistibly reminded artist upon his work now spoke audibly, me of the masterpieces of antique sculpture. strangely touching my imagination. I conWho was the sculptor who had wrought this tinued my contemplation of the photograph


Fort of the Twenty-four Hours. A. Spot where the Skeleton was found; B. Arsenal of Artillery C. Fortifications ; D. A fig-tree.

and my mental questioning. How plaintive B—. ** There is a strange pathos in its was the expression in the falling lines of expression, a something which troubles my the firmly-set, full Moorish lips, in those imagination. To what blind Arab hero or raised eyes, yet with closed lids ! Had he poet did these features belong? And who was been blind ? I seemed to read a searching the sculptor ?look beneath those closed eyelids. How was “And you fancy that you see something it? Did I perhaps behold the countenance of remarkable in that photograph ?” observed some Moorish Homer, of some cab Milton ? my friend with a smile. “ Most people Was it the unalterable yearr: .g, yet resigna- wonder why I possess such a thing, and tion, of some mighty genir imprisoned in its call it hideous, frightful, and so on. But blind tabernacle of clay vhat lent such deep you recognise an indescribable pathos in those pathos to the work of art before me, illu- features ; think that they have been wrought mining the strange, physically, almost un by the hand of some great sculptor? You couth countenance before me with a dignity have indeed seen truly, and thought truly. awe-inspiring ?

That face was the face of a Christian martyr, Upon the bust's square pedestal I perceived and the hand that sculptured it was the hand delineated in relief the representation of a of the great sculptor, Nature—nay, if you Moorish Fort, beneath which stood the dates, can accept it, the hand of the Special Prori1569—1853.

dence of God.” “ What is the history of this singular “ You are laughing at my fancies,” said I, work of art ?" asked I abruptly of Madame looking up, surprised by my friend's words ;

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" or you speak in enigmas. What do you of the martyr's sepulchre, induced M. A. Berreally mean me to understand by your brugger! to interest himself about Geronymo, words ?."

and make his fate and probable resting-place “The simple truth," returned Madame known to his countrymen, you will find not B; "the statement, however, of a re- the least noteworthy portion of this singular markable fact. With such an expression as history.” :1. Upon this Madame B-Tyre placed you seo depicted in that photograph, died a in my hand a small book, the most remarkable martyr for the sake of Christ, in the year contents of which, in a somewhat condensed 1569; and this, his dying expression, has, form, through M. A. Berbrugger's kind perthrough the providence of God, been faith- mission, I will now, introduce to English fully preserved to us. How frequently have readers. •*'; 61,6030109 et juisi bu istojen we pictured to ourselves the countenance of a M. Berbrugger commences by observing that dying martyr: its gaze, expressive of calm, it is above a dozen years since he procured holy trust in God, of conquest through Him with much trouble and read with lively interest over the weaknesses of the flesh! Realise, the very rare and valuable work of the Spanish now, such a countenance ; for its literal trans- Betiedictine monk. Haedo, which bears the cript is before you! This martyr, a Moor, modest title ofi: Topografia de Argel, pubnamed Geronymo, was buried alive in the mud lished at Valladolid in 1612.'. Together with Tilts were I drew so!

& very exact topographical description of i 11031

Ancient Algiers, and curious details regardja tugomis

ing the manners of the inhabitants, this book contains the history of the thirty first Pachas of the Regency, as well as three dialogues,one regarding the captivity of the Christians, a second regarding the martyrs, and a third regarding the Marabouts; the interlocutors being slaves repurchased by Don Diego de Haedo, Archbishop of Palermo, who furnished their benefactor with various kinds of information which they had collected during a captivity which, to some of them, had been of considerable length.

The Benedictine Haedo, doubtless a relative of the archbishop, at all events his chaplain, edited and arranged this mass of information, thereby composing his remarkable book.

“Reading the second dialogue,” observes

M. Berbrugger, “I felt myself especially i si ecuritsis ont

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discovering some day his place of sepnlchre by

' wall of a fort in Algiers." In the year 1853 giving publicity to the record of the martyrthe fort was destroyed, and the martyr's bones dom, decided me to have a faithful avalysis of brought to light. The photograph which you the relation, as given by Haedo, published in hold in your hand was made from a cast taken the "Akbar” of October 5th, 1847. This "from the mould of the entire face and figure of simple extract had, through rendering popular

the buried man left in the mud, in the same name of the holy victim,' the result manner that casts have lately been taken at which' I anticipated, namely, 'that of drawPompeii from the impression left by the dead ing public attention towards the presumed discovered there. The history of this 'noble place of interment, the Fort of the TwentyGeronymo has always touched me profoundly, Four Hours, which also was the scene of his and I have learnt all that lay in my power martyrdom.” concerning him. My husband was present at In order that the English 'reader may the the disinterment of the bones.' "I will lend more fully realise the interest attaching to you a little book which relates the whole the history of Geronymo, as chronicled by history. Berbrugger, President of the Société Historique Spanish monk's dialogue, in order, later, with Algérienne, a friend of ours. You will read greater perspicuity to the reader,' to carry on this brochure, with deep interest. The

pro 'M. Berbrugger's account of the ultimate disphetic spirit, which years before the discovery | covery of the martyr's buried remains.

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to go in a boat with some soldiers to attack certain Arabs who, according to information

received, would be met with at a particular “In a predatory expedition of the Spanish spot a few leagues from the coast. Anton de garrison of Oran, about the year 1540, the Palma received permission to embark with soldiers seized in the enemy's country, amongst nine companions, a number which appeared to other slaves, a young Arab, almost a child, him sufficient. Amongst them was Geronymo. possessed of an agreeable person and gentle “At length one morning, having reached

When the prizes thus made were the appointed spot, they were beginning sold, in order that their value should be

to disembark, when they beheld two brigandivided amongst the captors, as was the tines approaching from Tetuan. Perceiving custom at Oran, this poor child was bought that the newly-arrived were Moors, they, the by the licentiate Juan Caro, then vicar, and Christians, being so few in number, and unat the present time vicar-general of this city able to conceal themselves as they would and garrison. Thanks to his wholesome edu- · have desired, sought to save themselves by cation, the little Mussulman soon became a rowing away as swiftly as possible. The Christian, and received in baptism the name Mussulmans, who on their side had recogof Geronymo.

nised the Christians, immediately commenced “Shortly after he had passed the age of following them, and gained upon them so eight years, a pestilence breaking forth at surely that the Christians, for want of other Oran, the population were forced to quit the means of escape, ran ashore. This proved city and dwell under tents in the country. but of little service to them, for already the In this situation, vigilance being somewhat prow-beaks of the two brigantines were upon relaxed over the captive Arabs, certain of their boat, in such wise, that the moment that them fled during the night, carrying off with the fugitives leapt on land, their enemies did them young Geronymo, whom they restored to the same, and took them prisoners, all alive, his relatives.

although Geronymo was severely wounded by “The child, once more amidst his own an arrow in the arm, and certain others of his people, soon resumed the faith and customs comrades were also wounded in various parts of his nation, and thus he lived until about of their bodies. Anton de Palma escaped the age of five-and-twenty. But in the year from the enemy, having gained the interior of our Lord 1559, moved by the Holy Ghost, of the country by a rapid flight. Neverthewho called him to accomplish his mission, he less, he did not escape, ere lovg falling into of his own will returned to Oran, with the in- the hands of certain Arabs of those parts. tention of dwelling there in the faith of our But he was redeemed later on. Divine Saviour.

“The captors, well satisfied, set off for “It was with great satisfaction that the Algiers with their nine prisoners. As it is vicar-general saw Geronymo, grown to man's customary that the Pachas take for themselves estate, re-enter his doors. Informed of his two of every ten Christians made captive, good intention, and having received his ex- Geronymo and a companion fell to the lot of pression of repentance for his sins, he re- their governor, who was Euldj-Ali, a Calabrian conciled him with our holy mother Church, renegade, at the present day admiral of the and with much love received him beneath his Grand Turk. roof.

“Thus Geronymo, finding himself amongst As Geronymo was a grown man and of the slaves of the Pacha, was immediately cona brave disposition,—a quality which he had ducted to the bath, which answers the purpose already displayed upon certain occasions,- of a prison. The devil, who is ever ready to he caused him to enter the rural squadrons, employ every means for the annoyance of the where he served to the satisfaction of all good, within a very few days made known the persons. Besides which, in order to please origin of Geronymo, how that by birth he was him, the vicar-general married him to a young an Arab, and the reason and manner of his Christian in his own household, of the Moorish having become a Christian. Upon this the nation, his slave, and treated them both as keepers of the prison loaded him with a heavy though they were his own children.

chain, and no longer permitted him to go forth Geronymo having thus passed ten years even to labour, as did each day his companions in the service of the Lord, to his great satisfac- in misfortune. tion, in the month of May, 1569, Anton de “ Various Mussulmans, especially certain of Palma was authorised by Don Martin de their learned men and Marabouts, having Cordova, Marquis of Cortes, who was and learnt what Geronymo had been in his childstill is, general of Oran and of its garrison, | hood, imagined that it would be easy to bring


His grace,

bim back to their faith and sect. Thus many being ended, for it was already late, he re-
of these personages, influenced by this belief, turned to the bath with the other slaves, who,
went continually to the bath, labouring—some like himself, belonged to the sovereign.
by argument, others by promises, and some “Upon reaching the bath, Michael, much
even by menaces—to pervert Geronymo. affected by the thought of the evil which the

“All their trouble, all their efforts, were Pacha wished to bring about, immediately utterly lost, since this good Geronymo, ani- sought out Geronymo, and with sorrow re. mated by a lively and constant faith, alone lated to him the orders issued by Euldj-Ali, replied by exhorting them to cease their exer- supplicating him to receive this trial in tions, saying that nothing in the world, neither patience, and exhorting him to prepare like terrors nor menaces, would cause him to aban. a good Christian for that death which was don Christianity.

verily certain, since he, Michael, had just “Sometimes, importuned beyond endur- prepared his place of sepulchre with his own ance by these visitors, he bade them depart bands. in the keeping of God. Then rejoining the “Hearing these tidings, the good Geronymo Christians, one of whom related the fact to in no wise lost courage, but with a resolute me, he added, speaking of the Mussulmans spirit replied : ' Blessed be God for everywho had just gone forth, “Do those miserable thing! Do these miserable men think to terrify men imagine that they will make a Mussulman me by the prospect of this death of torment, again of me? No, I shall never again become or yet to make me abandon Christianity ? one, even were I to lose my life for it!' May our Lord only deign to remember my

"The Moors finding themselves thus dis- soul and pardon my sins!' appointed, and perceiving that their exhorta- “Certain of the Christians, particularly his tions led to nothing, had recourse to rigorous friends, upon hearing these his words, suracts. They related to the Pacha Euldj-Ali all rounded him, consoling him as well as they that had occurred, laying great stress upon might, encouraging him to receive this death the importance of the matter. According to in patience for the love of God. He replied them, the holy constancy of this servant of to them with much energy :Jesus Christ was simply an obstinate disposi- “I have confidence in the Lord, who, by tion. They demanded for him, in any case,

will give me strength to die for His such chastisement as would most efficaciously holy name. But I ask you all to recommend serve as an example to the others.

me to God by your prayers.' “The Pacha hearing these things fell into 6. Wishing, after this declaration, to prepare a great anger, and consoled the complain- himself like a good Christian for the struggle ants with gracious words. From that time an that stood before him, Geronymo called a ardent desire arose in his heart to cause the priest who was amongst the Pacha's captives, destruction of the servant of God through and prayed him to hear his confession. The some form of death remarkable for its cruelty. ecclesiastic willingly listened to him, and enterOccupied with this thought, he went to inspect ing with him into the church, which for some the progress of a fortress erecting without the long time the Christians possessed in the bath, gate Bab-el-Oued, towards the west, for the he heard his confession at full length, cousoling defence of a certain place of embarkation, him, and encouraging him to meet his martyrwhich upon this side is near to the city. He dom with fortitude. examined for a long time the work, and at the After this, it being already night, Geromoment of returning to his palace, called to nymo retired to his chamber, where he remained one of the Christian slaves, Master-mason in prayer until morning, recommending himMichael, from Navarre, the chief of certain self with his heart to our Lord, beseeching men occupied in making mud for the forts, Him to pardon his sins, and to aid him by and said to him as follows:

A little before dawn he returned Michael, thou seest that frame,' pointing to the church, where the priest who had conwith his finger towards the planks which were fessed him had already arrived. After the set up to make a block of mud-cement, but mass, which he heard with much devotion, the between which as yet no earth was thrown. priest administered to him the Communion and Do not fill it up yet, for I wish to bury the Viaticum of the holy body of our Redeemer alive this dog of Oran who refuses to return Jesus Christ. to Islam !'

“ Thus armed with these spiritual and “Having said these words, he returned to invincible weapons, the happy servant of his palace.

Christ, confident in their power, awaited the “Master Michael did that which he was moment when Satan's ministers should conordered to do, and shortly afterwards, the day | duct him to death.

His grace.

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