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1886. BY MARIE COREL LI.: A Romance of Two Worlds ^ Hobcl. IL LONDON RICHARD BENTLEY AND SON ^ttblishers in (Drbinnrg to ^cr ^ajcstg tht d^nztn. [All Rights Reserved. '\ . VOL. IN TWO VOLUMES. h.

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- CONTENTS OF VOL. THE ELECTRIC CREED VL DEATH BY LIGHTNING VII. SECRETS OF THE SUN AND MOONSOCIABLE CONVERSE 66 91 121 IV. II. VIII. MY STRANGE DEPARTURE A MINIATURE CREATION - I II. CHAPTER I. V. 156 - A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY 220 276 CONCLUSION . 35 III.

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to Cellini Naples crown our lonesomeness. and 21 left us VOL. brought me Mrs. MY STRANGE DEPARTURE. telling me that and the Colonel had resolved on comino* to Paris. ^^3g^« CHAPTER HE two I. Madame for and her husband have started and.ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. next morning letters . from here. *' All the nice people are " going away Didier . Raffaello packed up II. . all his traps." she wrote. she one from Everard.

of this . asking her to get We are so glad you are feeling nearly recovered — of course. We ." began calculate. you must till not leave ready. in spite of the cold there. we have made up our minds to join you. and I am writing to Mrs.. for I did not care to see the Everard or anyone till experiment . The weather in continues to be delicious but as you seem to be getting on so well Paris. Challoner by this post. was glad Mrs. 2 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. we not arrive the end of next week. Heliobas had said that in eight days to more I should be strong enough undergo the trans- migration he had promised to effect upon me. shall go straight to Grand Hotel us rooms. the to renovate more especially as I want my the wardrobe. During that strange interview in the chapel. till I your physician you are quite shall At any to rate. morning en i^oute yesterday for Rome. Those eight days were now comI pleted on this very morning.

I glanced at Heliobas. was over.MY STRANGE DEPARTURE. addressing myself to Heliobas "Is it not rather a sudden freak ? of Raffaello Cellini's to leave all Cannes We to thought he was settled for the winter there. presence " required there on business. He it answered for '\ me. to give an 3 The '' other letter I received was from Mrs. as he stirred " I his coffee abstractedly. going there is some day this knew he was month his . I mentioned both these letters." replied Heliobas. Challoner." And are you going to give the Im- provisation this Mrs. Did you know he was going ?'' Rome " Yes." he said quiedy : *' there will 2 21— . When I went down to breakfast. I should certainly give if I were be you. : and said. who asked me Improvisation " at the Grand Hotel that day fortnight. Challoner asks you for ?" inquired Zara.

as too. some brain-exhausting labour. looked slightly careworn.4 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. all wore grave Zara was in and preoccupied expressions. to I had not been altogether able idea that alive I divest myself of the might possibly never come out electric trance to from the certainly which this I had consented . though he in had been up all night. silent that We we all very morning . lost thought. mutual understanding. and said softly : . very pale. and appeared Heliobas. nothing to prevent your doing so at the date named. I looked with a fearless smile at the calm face of Heliobas. No mention was made of Prince Tvan we avoided his name by a sort of secret engaged . which appeared nobler and more dignified than ever with that slight touch of sadness upon it." I was relieved. fast When the break- was over. and were as- surance on the part of Heliobas was un- doubtedly comforting.

looked at lips She laid her finger on her . she led me to the and door of the chapel. embracing and kissing me . My in child. uttered in a grave he left me." He met my and " gaze fully.MY STRANGE DEPARTURE. some white transparent flung it over me. *' 5 The eight days are accomplished. A I sensation of sudden awe stole upon me. I am aware to of I expect In the you my private room at noon. The chapel has been prepared for you . Zara. When altar. you see a small point of light touch the extreme edge of the cross upon the be twelve o'clock. and smiled. enjoining silence then drawing my soft hand close within her own. and you to me. with a steady and serious observation of replied : my it." it will will then come With these words. features. no one . veil of There she took a fabric. meantime speak Zara . go there and pray. and earnest tone. —not even to read no books touch no note of music.

but uttering no word. I The altar knelt was ablaze with lighted mingling their and a wealth of the purest white it. chapel. me that more through the veil covered me from head to foot then turning noiselessly away she disappeared. Motioning once me to she kissed filmy . before which was placed a prie-dieu of kneel. lay a wreath of magnificent .6 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. and at every were burning like fireflies in a sum. Taking chapel my hand with again. Left alone. tenderly as she did so. which occupied a somewhat shadowy corner. and accompanied me through what seemed a blaze of light and colour to the high altar. she entered the me.ner twilight. before which candles. At the foot of the large crucifix. flowers decorated deli- cious fragrance with the faintly perceptible odour of incense. crimson velvet. I to quietly take note of everything around me. tapers On all sides of the little niche. in every shrine. and was able I heard the heavy oaken door close behind her.

strove to beautiful. I clasped my hands. crimson roses. my thoughts. dered. MY STRANGE DEPARTURE.. half expecting some invisible touch to awaken the notes of the organ and a chorus of spirit-voices to respond with the "Gloria in excelsis Deo!" there restful But was silence I — absolute. It would seem cs though were about to some high brated. and turning my eyes towards the jewelled cross that surmounted the high altar. and festival I be celewith a gazed around me beating heart. why ? I began to count up my blessings and compare them with my . and began to wonder how and was for what I should pray. and to offer this up thanks entered ? Scarcely had a thought of over- my mind when I sort whelming sense of unworthiness came over me. that surely it Suddenly the idea struck selfish it me to ask Heaven to for anything all would not be better to reflect on that had already been given me. Had ever been unhappy ? I won- If so. collect silence.

are ungrate- prone to blame the Supreme Bene- factor for our own faults. and an intense power of enjoyment. for the for every flower that blooms. youth. an appreciation of the beautiful in art and nature. Exhausted pleasure-seekers I misfortunes. these things. may be surprised to hear that proved the joys of my I Hfe to have far exceeded my sorrows. found that I had sight. hearing. harmonies for the singing of trees. mortals are gifts and petted children the or —the more we we have we burn fully more we crave and when wound ourselves by our own obstinacy or carelessness.8 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. of the wind and birds sea. We don black . should For not give thanks every golden ray of sunshine. For all Impossible I of purchase by ? mere wealth. sound Hmbs. and the shadows of all should ? I not is — should we not far give thanks For there any human sorrow exceed ? so great that the blessing of mere daylight on the earth does not spoilt We .

seasons come and go. illness. and that was. believe and love thought of the strong. like a .MY STRANGE DEPARTURE. !" I Let me fair. the lovely all panorama of Nature our benefit. . we believed in Him and were grateful to Him. fret and away Thinklno^ of these thino^s and kneeling before the altar. loss Do we suffer of money. stand- ing out in the world's history. we should wear dazzling our treasure white is in sign of rejoicing that safe in the land of perfect joy where wc from ourselves desire to be. my heart became filled with gratitude itself to and no petition suggested " me save one. stately figure of Christ. or friends. while turn our eyes unrolls itself for we murmur and in anger. mourning robes as a against special sort of 9 sombre protest and love. yet the sun shines on. we rail against Fate another name for God and complain like babes who have — — broken their toys the . position. Him object if for having removed some our choice of whereas.

. and perfect life forgiveness. I mused on the endurance. com- municating with a timepiece constructed on the same system. me believe in and love !" And of I became so absorbed till meditation that the time fied fast. The fire. noon. a sudden sparkle flame flashing across the altar-steps caused me to look up. illuminated the cross at sunrise. which I was finished " on the Let and again murmured. statue of pure white marble against a dark background patience. have always thought . but had crept down among lit all the precious stones stars. Heliobas. I It was time for me left to join rose gently. and sunset.lo A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. which. I and them up like afterwards learned that this effect was produced by means of a thin electric wire. that inno- cence of most spotless cross. and the chapel with a quiet and refor I verent step. jewelled cross had become a cross of light I The for point of had been told to watch had not only touched the extreme edge.

Hellobas seated at his table. abruptly. the tides.' Is it not so ?" . that to manifest hurry n In and impatience any place Creator Is set apart for the worship of the to prove yourself one of the unworthlest things created. fearless with a perfectly composed and the mind. In the hall The found very fountain In seemed to splash I a sort of subdued whisper. and greeted me with a I kindly yet grave smile. outside laid aside my and then. readlnof. A majestic.MY STRANGE DEPARTURE. the door I Once veil. I Electrician's shall never forget the Intense quiet of the house that morning. How my as I I dream came vividly back to me. He looked up as entered. went straight to study." : I ' said. invisible Protectorate governs the winds. ! saw him In that attitude I felt that knew what he was I reading. " broke silence Your book is open. " at a passage commencing thus Is The universe upheld solely by the Law of Love.

is. on your celestial journey. course he had in your then weak But now you are as strong as he at all. You are restored to health " I ." continued Heliobas ** : I told you. when you I first came to here. might do restore it you to you would have in your power to repay me will amply." I had of you I at answered. but took the chair large easy-chair recline he pointed out in to me — a which one could almost and sleep. ?" I *' *' It is so. that what- ever health. returned Heliobas. he could not influence you Let I us be brief in our converse. '' Listen.12 A '' ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. my child." "Of state. have a few serious things before to say to you you leave me." Are you acquainted with the book *' Only through the dream Cannes. do think Signor Cellini had some power over me." I trembled slightly. you give will me my reward to ?" would and do anything prove .

It It Is progressive." aware." ''You are he went on. ''of my or I theories respecting the Electric Spirit Soul In Man. So has been well say I — prayerfully and all humbly well. and watch the progress of all I my own may I Inner fore^ or soul. researches. by my able earnest am far. to But there are sometimes hindrances Its progression it —obstacles and back its In Its path. my " 13 gratitude tell to you. Only me how. which cause to recoil far retire a long way It back — so to occasionally that has to commence study journey over again. as have told you — begins as a germ In — it goes on Increasing for ever. believe has been But foresee an approaching shadow It — difficulty —a danger or — which. till it is power and beauty great and pure enough to all enter the last of worlds — God's world. In If cannot be repelled passed some way» threatens to violently push back my advanc- .a MY STRANGE DEPARTURE. I Now." I said earnestly.

satisfactory be spiritually which selfishness has I ever so slight a share. this for cannot compel you to do only ask. attain to the knowledge of it and explain it to me. my own in interest and nothing can nothing obtained. I soul working ?" another. nature. of course purely clear. In trying to probe the it for myself. in surprise yes. being perfectly unselfish in this research. is . if indeed I deserve your gratitude for the aid have given you — you more one will be able to search out the matter being for in certainly. I ing spiritual so that. will you me — His entreating and anxious tone touched . may. to when you up high enough behold these things. with much ^rief and pain. wka^ this " with all my best effort.1 T4 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. yotc — — for I had started up are lifted *' you. the position of Still. discover is darkening obstacle —but you. You. when you secret for return. / cannot. shall I have to re-commence the work that had hoped was done.

tell me 7u/iy you wish to see what . therefore " I I said firmly will : do that my I best. I of earth will try to find out what you ask. But whatever occurred I was resolved to give a ready consent to his request. unlocked a heavily bound this^ iron safe. 15 but I was amazed and peryet realize plexed." Heliobas seemed satisfied^ and rising from his chair. He then paused and looked searchingly at me. I cannot even guess where am going. strange sensations will overcome if I me but am permitted to have any recollection at all. '' Tell me. glittering the same appearance as that which Raffaello Cellini had forbidden me to drink. me keenly . From in he took a glass flask fluid. I Remember do not know. I promise you.MY STRANGE DEPARTURE. or what . and could not what strange thing was going to happen to me." he said In an authoritative '' tone. of a strange. ever-moving.

as well as rapture and amazement. Then gathered my : strength together and answered decisively " I desire to .' That utterance has soar into saved you —otherwise an unexplored wilderness of spheres. " and you are a bold seeker. weighted by your own doubts and guided solely desires." he said slowly. half-censure. the I truth and I necessity of religion. life. to if it worth anything. this universe exists if also wish to prove. repentance and sorrow await you where you are going. to be certain of the truth of Christianity. possible. if it And think would give my were worth anything." Heliobas gazed in my face with a sort of half-pity. know why and I this world. " You have a daring aim. But shame. is to mortals unseen ? What ?" I motive have you I ? What ulterior plan hesitated." . zvere ' / wottld give my life.i6 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. by your own wild fruitless would be a journey.

with know some The desire of knowledge he replied in .MY STRANGE DEPARTURE. I 17 felt abashed as I met wish his steady scrutinizing eyes." You can never compel faith. persons are content to live and in absorbed their own petty commonplace Yet without troubling themselves as to it the reasons of their existence." is not truly felt by one a thousand." '^ I do not doubt I exclaimed earnestly. like is almost blind these. to wallow to in ignorance than wantojily doubt the Creator because He He !" is unseen. II. better. and may persuade others. VOL. is '' a great it virtue. 22 . certainly. then " I only I want perhaps *' to make sure." said " You are going to see Heliobas calmly. die. *' Surely it is well ?" to I to the reason of things timidity. or to put a self-opiniated construction on His mysteries because chooses to veil them from our eyes. Most affairs. *' asked.

and do not attempt to impart it to others who will only repel and mock asked you. filled sparkling liquid he had poured from the For forsook one me. moment my courage almost and an icy shiver ran through all Then I bethought myself of my veins. to put this question. do you suppose you can make people believe the story of your experiences ful if ? Never ! Be thanksecret you are the possessor of a joy yourself. drink He with held out to the me a small tumbler volatile flask. as " Yes. no more converse. this. A warm kindly smile seemed to illumiI nate his face.i8 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS." '' Not even to one other ?" I hesitatingly. my boasted ." you are quite ready. return to Well." he If " But now. other one — the all other half of yourself said. wonderful things that no tongue or pen can adequately describe. — you may tell things. when you earth again.

its pioneer it upon the path float must pursue suffer to untrammelled through the wide and Continents of Air to . bravery fail . but took the glass from his hand and drained its contents to the last drop. It was- tasteless. and the standing gigantic figure of Heliobas to before me seemed I assume hands proportions. it be . like lamps of electric burned through and through I me- and like a distant echo. heard the deep uttering the vibrating tones of his voice following words ''Aziil! Azi^il : ! Lift up this light and daring spirit unto thyself. his saw his extend flame.2 MY STRANGE DEPARTURE. glorious give it form and force and alight on any of the vast it beautiful spheres may 22 desire to — . swallowed when a curiously dizzy sensation overcame me. Scarcely had light. — eyes. but sparkling and I warm on it^ the tongue. 19 was it possible that I should allowed now at this critical moment ? I myself no more time for reflection.

forcibly and up. quickly receive darkness A limbs dense now grew being up. thickly around me I — I lost all power over lifted my up — felt myself rapidly. . breathlessly when suddenly a long quivering flash of radiance. like the fragment of a rainbow. unto By free the force this it!" thou . steadily. awake my sensations. . I soul do thou. I could not think. terrible space of blackness and nothingness. was rising. Dark? ness I } What had not the I to do with darkness knew word — was only conpure and stepped as Perfectly scious of light brilliant — light exquisitely I — light through which a bird flies easily as to in I air. or I cry out rising. . struck dazzlingly across my I sight.20 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. behold if and if worthy. felt somehow . move. Into some illimitable. . permit It to gaze^ only for a brief interval. — I could only feel that swiftly. givest me. upon the supreme vision of the First and Last of worlds. Azul.

of the shape at present wore . It seemed looked like a small cast in I clay. Delicate held — face far lovelier than the loveliest face of woman again. very badly executed." I obeyed. the room where faintly to Heliobas stood. which recognise. watching some strange I imperfect shape. and smiled back in A voice whispered I strange musical murmurs. half reluctantly. was nothing remarkable to in 21 that there them — I seemed be at home hands in some famiHar mine element. or a sort of blurred miniature painting. such as well seemed to picture know and comprehend " : Gaze behind thee ere the fades. '' Did I dwell in that body ?" I mused . leaving un- finished. as it though the sculptor had given failure up as a it and gone away. but it was incomplete. I smiled radiantly at me. and saw as a passing shadow in a glass. ever dreamed by poet or painter.a • MY STRANGE DEPARTURE.

in such a prison destitute ? How came I shut How poor a form faculties in how of — how full of infirmities — how in limited all !" capabilities — how narrow intelligence — how ignorant —how mean And I turned for relief to the shining companion who held me. I to myself. refined. and obeying an impulse suddenly imparted. in hastening various as directions — all lovely and fairies. radiant a dream of the Some of these beings were quite tiny and delicate — some : of lofty stature their forms and glorious appearance human. Here we met myriads all of creatures like ourselves. while so . as felt the perfection of " my then state of being. and pure and cloudless ether extended before us. were improved. floating I felt myself last higher and higher till the limits of the atmosphere surrounding the fields of Earth were passed. yet so humanity. and perlike fected.— • 22 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. that they were unlike.

by praying. They have all worn the garb of mortality For these radiant themselves. Their is work to draw other souls to God — to attract them by warnings. 2^ ''Askest thou nothing?" whispered the voice beside me. yet are not pure enough approach Only by serving and saving others last can they obtain at their own joy." ** These spirits that we behold. *'are the guardians of habitants of all the in- the planets. Their labours are those of love and penitence. and they teach mortals by their own experience. and who Him." went on all the voice." I answered. by pleading. '* what I must know.MY STRANGE DEPARTURE. stood This is what is vaguely under. creain tures are expiating sins of their own thus striving to save others —the oftener they succeed the nearer they approach to Heaven. " Tell me. on your earth as purgatory of pure spirits the sufferings who to love and long for the presence of their Creator. .

gazed upon countless like that wheels within wheels revolved with such rapidity that they seemed all one wheel. whom I knew whom Heliobas had called be Azul^ bade me pause. one or another of these patient longer workers away !" from Heaven imagine then what a weary while many of them have I to wait rhade no answer. We floating close together in what seemed a sea of translucent light. and we floated on. Higher and higher till —higher were and higher to at last that spirit my guide. like glittering balls flung through the air — burning —a comets flared fiercely past like torches of alarm for God's wars against Evil marvellous procession of . act of ingratitude Every detains and forgetfulness and wickedness committed by a mortal. systems. From I this point I could learn something of the mighty workings of the solar Universe. I saw planets whirl around and around with breathless swiftness.— 24 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.

in one fell burst of brilliant / should still exist — I should know to and remember and feel — should be able exist. I Remind me why these wonders said. I felt. circles.I MY STRANGE DEPARTURE. and speaking in . grand. I what we know scarcely could perceive the I Earth from whence speck was it had come — so tiny a — nothing in but a mere pin's point in the burning whirl of immensities. turning to my guide. and immeaas I And I it watched the superb pageant. perfectly conscious of a force superior myself to all these enormous without forces around me — I knew I needing any explanation that was formed of an and that were all indestructible essence. huge. indescribable 25 wonders sweeping on for ever in surable." watch the birth of a new Universe. and take " my part in its growth and design. however. was not startled or confused — on looked upon as anyone might look in any quiet landscape scene of Nature. these stars and systems suddenly to end horror.

shape and colour grew Here we were met by creatures of lofty stature in shape. those dulcet sounds which were Hke music and yet Hke speech all . as Saturn. yet and dazzling beauty. human angelic in countenance. whichever invited them. and looked to Azul for explanation. " To these children of the Creator. Descend with me And in !" a breath of time we floated downwards and beautiful plain. alighted on a broad and where flowers of strange in profusion." said . of known whom when It is in clay thou art one.26 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. and yet have been found worthy of redemption *' Thy last question shall be answered '* first. and then passed on to their toil or I pleasure. Seest thou yonder ? planet circled with a ring to the dwellers on Earth. They knelt to us with reverence and joy. **and why amid them its the Earth is believed by inhabitants to ?" to have merited destruction." replied Azul.

and inventions known differ- on Earth are known perfection. gentle withering The influence of the electric belt is around their world a bar to pestilence and disease. that radiant guide. onlv to greater The three important ences between the inhabitants of this planet and those who dwell on Earth. and the process of decay than the is no more of unlovely roses. : they have no rulers in authority. here. They know them and their love then\ and implore protection. according to the Earth's standard of time . as each one perfectly governs himself. All sciences. The about two hundred years.MY STRANGE DEPARTURE. they do not marry. are these first. as the law of attraction which draws together any two of opposite sexes. holds them fast in invio- . second. to see '' 27 is granted the ability and to converse with the spirits of the air. and scatters health with light. In this planet sickness and old age are unknown. arts. and death comes as a quiet period of existence is sleep.

. through I my spiritual heard made no answer. the existence of the Creator. here knelt came running prayer. lable fidelity In all thirdly. and lovingly. the children of the Saturn- ites. us. which was like a sun woven behind into a circle." A and little thrill of fiery shame seemed being as I to dart this. as and gazed at us fearlessly at they might have gazed or butterfly. forests. and soaring through the radiance of the Belt. towards us and clasping their down. reverently In hands They then gathered flowers and flung them on that portion of ground where we stood. in which the bloom . as supposed. lakes. some rare bird Azul signed to me. there is this no creature magnificent the Immensity of sphere who has ever doubted. we soon left Saturn far and alighted on Venus. and we rose while yet in their sight. I Some fairy-like creatures.28 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. Here seas. mountains. and meadows were one vast garden. or whoever will doubt.

Here. For they Art . and verdure of home. sufficient A brief glance was to all show me that the moving and Art spring of the civilization of this radiant the love of Nature planet w-as united. and the splendid strength and godlike beauty of the men. all 29 worlds seemed to find a realized the in Here were and dreams of graceful sculptors painters. and vied with in each other the loftiest paying homage to those of genius among them. none loved or were wedded save those who had . They they had one supreme Monarch all whom rendered glad obedience and he was a Poet. the forms and exquisite faces of the women. ready to sacrifice his throne with joy as soon as his people should discover a greater than he. they worked one another. to .MY STRANGE DEPARTURE. like — for there were no tants All the inhabi- were for one vast family . There were no wars different nations. all loved selfish- not the artist but the ness and was a vice unknown.

fair me to many slight ail- and splendid worlds . no in creature existed who not believe and worship the Creator. spiritual and did here. sympathies. everything in the way of science.30 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. converse ease ships through an electric medium . was accomplished by electricity — in fact. All the in- . — yet none of them were Paradise all had some drawback ment. as bated —some it physical or spiritual were. Here. From other Jupiter. The same state of things existed in Jupiter. hundreds of miles apart could yet together with perfect . only to greater perfec- because tempered and strengthened electric by an force Aziil which never guided failed. and invention known in to us was also known tion. an art of which the dwellers on Earth are so proud. ploughed the seas by electricity printing. too. Jupiter. where everything- was perpersons formed living by electricity. art. which had to be com- with and conquered. the planet we next visited.

because their lives less constrained and painful. *' Readest thou the lesson in these life ing spheres. and higher tent. teeming with ing ?" and learn- murmured Aziil to *^ me. — and had discontheir They could not realize best desires in the state of existence they then were. complain of or deny the goodness of God in —on the contrary.MY STRANGE DEPARTURE. all greater. therefore they all suffered disap- They were all compelled to work in some way or another they were all doomed to die. and the chief aim and object of their labours was final to become worthy of result attaining that grand — Eternal Happiness and glow- Peace. they believed a future state which should be as perfect as their present one was imperfect all . 31 habitants of each star longed for something they had not — something therefore better. unlike the dwellers pointment. as we soared that not swiftly on together. Know one . they did were more or not. . Yet. on Earth.

holds a single creature who doubts thine it his one ! except own human Maker. soul ! against soul. Not doomed star like a ! Behold faint yonder flame it — sparkling feebly. is a god. planet how soon shalt thou be extinct.32 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. There. creed creed. and the greed of gain a There. Alas. wealth virtue. amid sunshine — how poor like a speck point is —how the a scarcely visible in all brilliancy ! of the ever- revolving wheel of Life Yet there dwell the dwarfs of clay — the men and women another. faith is martyred. unreachable mysteries of the Universe are haggled over by poor finite minds w^ho cannot call their lives their own. all smallest world in the myriad systems circling before thee. There. the sublime. genius starves. against fated nation wars against nation. and hero- ism dies unrewarded. There. . who pretend to love while they secretly despise hate and one There. and unbelief elected sovereign monarch of the people.

came to die for so miserable and mean a race of beings ?" Azul answered nous eyes upon dazzling wonder. it was first a grand organ-chord. lesson thou dreamest 23 not . in the person of one called Christ." I said. trumpet-clear and farechoing. serene and conscious of power. " because will not that one atom of true worth should perish. in a vast area of light through which I floated. a II. falling A sound from a great height reached like me ." I said. " Spirit that it searchest for the Unseen. unto thee shall be given a vision taught VOL. but turned her lumi- me with a sort of wide Some strange impelling^ I me w^as onward. and then like a voice. and thy !" 35 place shall know thee no more I gazed earnestly that is at my '' radiant guide. why then should we have a legend that God. and before alone.MY STRANGE DEPARTURE. could Alone. "If true. force bore realize it I not. — unto thee shall be of.

And they that love me not shall have no !" place of abode In that hour The voice listened for ceased. There was no more Illimitable light sound. on every portion of of spirit-drama a kind In which was forced to enact the chief part. all cometh when that seemeth clear and visible now shall be but darkness. Thou plan . it Awed. itself swiftly illimitable But a strange scene before unfolded shifting me — a reality. thoic shalt design and thou shalt be worshipped. shalt create . sort of dream that was a yet so wonderfully unreal itself —a vision that impressed my intelligence I . Around me was silence. I again.— 34 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. yet consoled. and where a mystery that I had deemed impenetrable and simple of was made perfectly clear comprehension. . and ihozt ! shalt destroy Rest therefore in the light and behold the things for the time that are in the light.

CHAPTER N my cious II. Trees and flowers all sprang up under my gaze. and stretched themselves towards me. I thought saw a In circular spa- ^^arden which all the lovely landscapes of a superior world ap- peared to form themselves by swift deo^rees. The tiful longer It I looked at It. and a It little shone above like a sun. as though for protection. A MINIATURE CREATION. the more beaustar became. Birds flew about and sang . some of them tried to get as near as possible to the little sun they saw . and other living . heaven-uplifted I dream.

and on the fresh green grass. women. and as children. inasmuch It was I who made them move and in all talk and occupy themselves amusements. which seemed somehow and belong to me . took place over again in this garden. manner of Many of them knelt down . 36 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. and I watched everything with a certain tion delight.. began to creatures move about In the shadows of the groves. my garden was suddenly filled with men. as All the wonderful workings known to to us In the world. expressed in that floated I waves of electric warmth down- wards from me to the earth possessed. each of whom had a small portion of myself in them. satisfac- Then the idea fairer came if to me that the place would be there it were either men or angels to inhabit and quick as light a " whisper came to !" me : Create And mere I thought desire in of my dream that by the my being. of Nature.

and thanked that. Then others went and cut down the trees in the garden. them went instead to the Httle which they called a sun.A MINIATURE CREATION. and offered thanks. and they cared no more and praises to their little sun. and ate and drank and I made merry with the things them. and they clay. They ceased to remember how they were to offer created. and dug up stones and little built themselves cities. Then I thought that their intelligence tion. puzzling themselves made hideous images of wood and . . to 37 me and prayed. that through me gave them light heat. they always instinctively sought to worship a superior creature to in themselves their folly. and prayed to that instead. still But because something of my essence was in them. where they all dwelt together like flocks of sheep. givings for having been created of but some star. had given I increased and quickness of percep- and by-and-by they grew so proud that they forgot everything but themselves.

dark shadow world between my and me — the spiritual shadow of the people's own wickedness. again behold the beauty soft of my Suddenly a clamour smote upon my to sense of hearing. so that might garden. Then I turned away but never my eyes in sorrow and pity. . knew the sound . seemed be flung upwards through the darkness that hid me from the people I I had created and loved. and and prayer to these Hfe- puppets instead of to me. children of I my own away dis- And when all thus turned evil my eyes. stole once ease scene — pestilence A little and vice. I pure light In which waited I patiently for the mists to clear. And as every delicate fibre of evil I my being repelled by the necessity of the dwelt serene.38 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. in anger for I could not be wrathful with these creation. stream of like a connecting ray. in unlike anything offered sacrifices less heaven or earth. and a slender light. fair manner of came upon the and storm.

others busied themselves digging a little yellow metal out of the obtained. An my . it earth. turned I my eyes again towards the garden had But designed for fairness and pleasure. infinite pity and pleasure being thrilled with love to these little I and tenderness ones and yielding who asked me for protection. all of whom fought with each other fiercely for their different little parterres or flower-beds. As I me and my .A MINIATURE CREATION. touched me. Some haggled and the called in talked incessantly over mere possession of a stone which they a rock . which. the people had a turned divided into into wilderness . to when once seemed for make the owners of mad. alas! how changed it it it had become! No had in longer fresh and sweet. they small portions. they straightway forgot everything looked. and so doing had divided themselves into separate companies called nations. 39 — it was the mingled music of the prayers of children. the darkness between else.

I And I was of regret. the love bore Then some to of them advanced and they had been began created. and was only pierced shafts of radiance creation at last by those long wide caused by the innocent prayers of those who full still remembered me. for saw my people wanderdis- ing hither and thither. because like a pall. I and caring nothing them. my their self- willed children. restless and satisfied. lives question why forgetting completely how their had been originally designed by happiness. that they had of own it desire sought the darkness and found and now. whence Cometh silently the Unnamable Oblivion of Souls. Then evil. and that darkness the rival force of the Universe. love me for and wisdom. They could not see. grew denser. 40 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. it gloomed above them they refused to believe in the . is they accused me of the existence of refusing to see that where there light is there is also darkness. perplexed by their for own errors..

while them and love I my anxious pity for creased. as though they were poor and — none were they thankful to keep. light 41 where still I was. and none did they desire And in- the darkness above them deepened. Yet that it was not all darkness.A MINIATURE CREATION. some they snatched of them and threw away trivial for. loving and striving to attract them I still. all So I sent down upon them they rejected at possible blessings — some angrily. For how could as turn altogether away from them. There were . of high and noble thought. and knew even what there if was might be repelled and cleared away only my people would turn towards me once more. poets. remembered me these ? long as but a few of There were some weak children of mine who loved and honoured sorbed some of me so well that they ablight into themselves. musicians. and for the devoted martyrs sake of the reverence they bore me. teachers unselfish. my and became heroes. again.

women who wore their existence as innocently as HHes.: 42 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. solemn earnestness. And I as I contemplated at the voice had heard the com- mencement of my dream rushed towards me like a mighty wind broken through by ''Destroy!'' thunder A great pity and love possessed me. whom And had a surthese to all yet were a mere handful compared the numbers of those who denied and my existence. and for passing tenderness. not for themselves. There were children. essence in all who had wilfully crushed out and of repelled every spark my themselves. this. whose asking delicious music I voices were like to waves of my being. into disperse . pure and sweet. and who turned to me to seek for protection. yet pleaded with that vast commanding voice. but little those they loved. me not "Command me "Bid destroy!" not to I implored. I In deep awe.

my some of whom yet love and for safety. Therefore say unto thee again destroy /" My I yearning love grew stronger. nothingness these children of 45 fancy. They have give not me — let me thought them more tion !" time for and recollec- Again the great voice shook the '' air : They love darkness rather than light earth . trust to me to Let me strive once more bring them out of their darkness into the light I — to all bring them to to the happiness designed them forgotten enjoy. and pleaded with renewed force. better than the germ were of in immortality the with which they beginning endowed.— A MINIATURE CREATION. but a caprice of thy that the creatures inhabit are soulless and unworthy. and are an offence of which I to that indestructible radiance thou art one ray. . is This garden of thine intelligence it . they love the perishable of which they are in part composed.

this ! how caprice it . thou cried . canst me frail sudden revenge upon my creation No was it that caused me yet I to design nothing but a thought of love and a desire of beauty. with patience. *' thou who hast me with this emotion of love and pity which permeates and thou supports bid my take existence. grand. cannot destroy Bid me rather sink into the darkness of the . Even to will fulfil my plan — even yet shall these erring children of mine return me in time. majestic. and beheld an Angel. shot A flashing opal brilliancy across the light in which I rested. or gratitude. with a lofty. lustre of a myriad summer . countenance in which shone the mornings. uttermost deep of shadow only let me save these feeble tion !" little ones from destruc- The 1 voice replied not.44 '' A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. still While one prayer to ! of them lifts I a hand in me. Unseen Glory filled !" I Oh.

frail would die to save one of those me and darkness selves. if I under- stood death.'' said the Angel. but I could suffer shame by " I them. could not ." cried impetuously.A " Spirit MIXIATURE CREATIOX. thy thee " children ?" know if I thee or Nay. "' said in accents clear and wouldst thou indeed be con- tent to sufter the loss oi heavenly jov and peace. thou wouldst need to become one of them. in ?" order to rescue thy perishing creation " I would I" I I answered *•' . yet who seek to know cannot find me through the creatures. form to take upon all thyself their brilliancy — to imprison art that of a which thou now composed. case of clay . "to under- stand death. that it 45 art escaped from the Sorrowful Star/' sonorous. into mean and common if and even would receive thou couldst accomplish this. they have brought upon them- ''To die.

My I being would be incapable of error. and vision. it up I like a and vanished. the ecstasy of of immortality. to and that come •ever. me and stature find The lofty of the Angel grew more and its and magnificent. star-like eyes flashed " Then. to in And would would die show them death dying they their happiness for easy. oh thou !" wanderer from the Earth it said. then is I the certainty if they followed me. Oh the doubting and foolish Spirit Anorel — CD '' went on thou who art but one point of living light in the Supreme Radi- . bliss the joy of wisdom. suffer sin. light.46 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. Meanwhile garden to roll I had thought cloudy that a world appeared scroll. fire. and of mine the would show these creatures of purity. knew !" had been a " and no more. ?" '^ understandest thou not the Christ A deep awe the trembled through me.

ance. to Even wouldst sacrifice a glory answer a child's prayer ! — even thou wouldst have patience to deny to thou thyself And yet thou hast dared God those attributes which dost possess He so grea — and vast — thou so small and slight ! For . In order to show the children of thy dream example a ! purely sinless and spiritual Even ^/wu hast had the courage to plead with the One All-Sufficing Voice against the destruction of what to thee was but a mirage floating in this ether ! Even pity /Aou hast ^/lozi' had love. forgiveness. even ^/lozi- 47 wouldst consent to Immure of mortality ! thyself in the darkness for ^/tou sake of thy fancied creation Even wouldst submit to suffer and to frail die.! A MINIATURE CREATION. knowing thy Inner self that by so doing thy have as spiritual little presence would marked thy world to for ever sanctified ^/lou and impossible destroy. Even among wouldst be willing to dwell the creatures of thy fancy as one in of them.

and thou receive the Christ . ten thousand times more that pity If ^/lo^c canst forgive. love if thou hast He . Why wouldst of thou make ? Him T/ioti a being destitute the best emotions that He Himself bestows upon thee Into wouldst have entered thy dream-world In It. even at of spiritual perfection. the highest height that He cannot ! surpass by a thousand refuse million fold Neither shalt thou to believe that He is can also suffer. feelest is the love thou throbbing through thy being. and perfection of pity. remember from H Im flows all thy power of forgiveness is There nothing thou canst do. He has the very all commencement .! 48 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. Know unthe is that selfish nothing more godlike than the grief sorrow — and Is of Creator over one erring vast as human soul as He Himself of vast. and lived In It and died if by so doing thou couldst creatures wilt have drawn one of thy to back not the love of thee ?" .

and a flood of joy rushed through me.. restlessness is past. There been times when have warned and thou wouldst not to listen. thou art. I 49 bowed my head. and II. when have tried draw thee onward and not thou fear wouldst come. "I beHeve — '' I beHeve and I love!" I murmured. higher 24 . we floated on and on. can never leave long as thy soul seeks spiritual Asleep or awake on the Earth. " I have been with thee always.A MINIATURE CREATION. Ancrel ! Desert me not." it I said. guardian. is thy . thee so things. I wherever have thee I also I am. my but wilt thou also go The Aneel I am thy ^' smiled and touched me. Come with me it permitted thee to see far off the vision of the Last Circle. but now for I no more thy disobedience. O radiant I feel and know that ?" all these wonders must soon pass away from sight . glorious figure raised me gently by the hand." The VOL.

passed us every now and then. of Prophecy. till even to my the way seemed long. solar systems. untiring spirit Beautiful creatures in human shape. Higher we went. TWO WORLDS. some In bands of twos and and the higher we threes. Among them known are the Spirits of Music.— 50 A. past guide told little which my me were fire. Art ever The Is success of their teaching depends on how much purity and unselfishness there In the soul to which they whisper their divine messages ." explained to my ^' guardian Angel Is me . and of In all worlds. ROMANCE OF. and them given the power of com- municating high thought or inspiration. inhabitants of the air ** seemed They to are all born of the Great Circle. but as delicate as gossamer. some alone higher . of all Poesy. though they looked nothing but slender garlands of so rapidly did they revolve and so and swiftly did we pass them. circles all and higher. soared the more dazzllngly lovely these to be.

!" Music I Sing me thy melodies — fill with I harmonies divine will and unreachable — and strive to be worthy of thy teachings. I Just saw a Shape coming be playing to- wards me as of a lovely fair-haired child.e " wind among '' flowers. messages as brief 51 as telegrams which must be Hstened and acted upon lost to with entire attention at once. caught at it. to softly who seemed cloud strung on a strange glittering instrument like a broken through with I sunbeams. m. and turned first its deeply luminous eyes upon me.2 A MINIATURE CREATION. *' who accompanied my thou ?" it What like seekest the asked in a voice murmuring of the answered. misty robe in a wild effort to detain It obeyed my touch." then." 24 — . its Heedless of consequences. and then upon the Angel flight. or the lesson is and may never come again.

lovely vision. my name For Aeon ! and thou shalt is behold me. thy longing voice known to the Children of Music. shall be minor music —thou shalt possess the secret of unwritten sound. Suddenly a clear voice said I '' Welcome !" and looking up I saw my ! first friend Azul. smiled in glad lo recognition — I would have spoken blazing —but a wide immensity of like glory broke many-coloured . fate The thee shall feel for thy when thou taught art again in pent in clay. '' and drew !" it Thy wish " is granted. floated onward. and I will sing to thee call and bring thee but comfort. smiled The young Shape closer towards me. with small radiant hands starry strings of ever wandering its among the cloud-like lyre." And parting slowly.— 52 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. its still smiling. and hath oft shaken the vibrating light wherein they dwell. Fear not I ! As the long as thou dost love me. Sister Spirit pity I replied. am thine. On Earth.

A MINIATURE CREATION. In the Universe — the Cause of How is unlike Heaven such as ! we our it ignorance have tried to depict far better though we should have a mistaken . Would were possible. lightning 53 around that me I I — so I dazzling. Behold and see how perfection of God's I the Incorruptible !" World looked and trembled — I should have sunk yet further backward. had not Azul and light my yet Angel-guide held forcible I me with their heart fails clasp. Instinctively felt drew no back and paused further. *' — could go Here." said my guardian gently that — It *' here ends thy journey. My me now as try to write of that tremen- dous. that sublime scene —the all Centre of Creation. so overpowering. poor this Spirit. for thee to pass boundary ! But that may not be — as yet. In the meanwhile thou mayest gaze for a brief space upon the majestic sphere which mortals dream fair Is of as Heaven.

with perpetual motion and million it brilliancy. so huge that no mortal measure- ments could compass —a wide Ring composed of seven but flashing colours. could not see where they ended sometimes a bubbling shower of lightning sparks would be flung out on ether. it cast. rainbow-like. revolving as own axis. that I some of which stretched out so far . From every shafts part of this Ring darted long broad of light. and whirl round and round the enormous girdle of flame from which they had been Inconceivable rapidity. as though a thousand suns were for ever being woven into feed its to transcendent lustre. jewel-like . the Ring was. idea than none at What it I beheld was a Circle. with the most But wonderful as encompassed a Sphere yet dazzling . all. more marvellous and a great it Globe of opal-tinted were upon rounded its light. and ever sur- by that scintillating.54 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. circles. the pure into and this would instantly form small or great.

dear Angel . My Angel-guide motioned that side of the me to look towards Ring which was nearest to I the position of the Earth. And ever it revolved — it and ever the Rainbow glittered Ring around and cast forth those other rings which I knew now were living electric solar svstems cast forth from that as a volcano casts forth fire band and lava. looked. that I and shame overcame me. love. and perceived that there the shafts of descending light formed themselves as they into the fell shape of a Cross. wreath of electricity. At this. mur- mured " Send me back again. to shine I and burn for could not bear to look upon the of that brightness magnificent central World — so large that multiplying the size millions. I knew : not where to turn.— • A MINIATURE CREATION. such sorrow. 55 whose only motion w^ithin itself was ever. its of the sun by a hundred thousand no adequate idea could be formed of vast proportions.

for shortcomings should bless for what my am I sins and that God me ever in ? and though should consume myself in labour and suffering. behold I And could spirits should have wept with re- morse and grief. things made let — God loveth His even so His creatures love Him. '* softly and tenderly believe : Now thou dost — henceforth thou must love.56 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS." . Azul spoke. me hasten to folly make amends me try to teach I am unworthy others what now I know. and so shall the twain be drawn together. back to that Star of Sorrow and Let all send me Error. In love and for love were creatures. flaming barrier Love alone can pass yon alone can gain for —love thee eternal all bliss. to how now shed can I hope that ?" deserve the I smallest place heavenly glory partly tears. am unfit to to be here beside thee I look on yonder splendid World let me there for let my — — — I return to do penance .

is exhaustless and perpetually creative it is pure and perfect electricity. when thou art perfected. of the His breath look. the Creator's ever-working Intelligence it from It . Love. Beauty. The is huge where world rolling within the Ring to God that all dwells. He all also pure souls there desires have all fulfilment without satiety. cause all motion of His World and dwells. all the Universe hath sprung. find is consummation. the fire Ring.A MINIATURE CREATION. or thine. such as mine. The smallest spark of that fiery essence in a mortal frame is sufficient to form a soul or spirit. and there . where . is to remain That burning result Ring thou seest the of . the His His pleasure. yet Thou hast in not travelled so far as ignorance. Dare not thou look. !" 57 " Listen '' added my Angel-guide. or that of Azul. dwell worlds. His His mien! Spirit in all Know which He is the all Supreme Perfection. question His shape. all There.

and see the history of for the produced thee in an ever- moving panorama." looked tenderly upon me. wisdom all loveliness. Thou shalt love and . Thou all shalt read planets. Azul. and said " : When thoQ hast slept the brief sleep of death. in or pleasure known are this tell any or of the other spheres also known. fair imagination and faithful. Thou beyond hear music such as thou canst not dream all Thou shalt find friends. when thou thine art permitted to throw off for ever thy garb of clay.58 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. thou shalt find thyself land where the glories of the natural shall scenery alone overpower thee with ever changes into joy — scenery of. that for new wonders and shalt greater beauty. and when by the in a own ceaseless love and longing thou hast won the right to pass great Circle. and wanderer from Earth what she winning her place Aziil in will gain in Heaven. Speak.

Flowers. is a joy to wish. fresh Thou to have to and glad desires God with every portion of thy shall existence. be beloved for ever by thine . so also will He grant. shalt to know no more. forward to Thou it. pain. waking. sorrow. memory. and exercise shall all be thine. consciousness. No delight. for then thou wilt not be able to to ask anything that it is displeasing Him. Sin.. and each one be granted as soon as asked. it thou shalt wish and because is a joy to grant. A MINIATURE CREATION. to possess and to look full Thou shalt have and pleasant occupation without fatigue food — thy and shall and substance shall be light air. must join thee hereafter. rare and imperishable. sleep. . it The joys of learning. 59 own Twin Soul wherever that spirit may be now. disease and death thou shalt be able it. remember happiness. But because . birds of exquisite shall sing to thee form and tender voice angels shalt offer shall be thy companions. for bloom thee .

Mark well. I will love and long for God's World until I I said but if die !" My slanted guardian I Angel pointed to those rays of light had before noticed. that in downwards towards Earth cross. is the form of a '* That the path by which t/iou must it travel. small is wanting is in that vast sphere only sorrow lacking. Woe to them that turn aside to of. . or wilt thou faint I by the way and grow weary raised ?" my eyes full of ecstasy and reverence. and satiety and disappointment have no place. Spirit who art commended ! . roam 'mid spheres they cannot steer ing ! they know not to lose themselves in seas of light wherein Remember my warnAnd now." *' . All pilgrims from the Sorrowful Star must journey by that road. Love can help me. ** My mere efforts must count as nothing. or great.6o A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. Wilt thou seek for admittance there.

- The fiery waves of the parted I on either side of spot . grand and the faces approached me. unutterably beautiful. a At same Ring moment one I number of other and forms shone hoveringly out of .A MINIATURE CREATION.^" again enshrouds thee I answered not. majestic. where w^ith my companions rested and a Figure. souorht. Thou has been lifted up . Hast thou aught ask before the veil of mortality . with hair and . to the outer edge of the Electric Circle further we dare else to not take thee. but within myself I formed a wild desire. The Electric Ring but flashed fiercely on I my uplifted eyes." I I " I shall what have was not light disappointed." I can avail see me. the noticed like an exquisitely floating beautiful woman. thy brief liberty is ended. faith 'Mf love and murmured. kept them fixed hopefully and lovingly its on intensely deep brilliancy. to 6i my watchful care.

I come Me. wept thy tears. died thy deaths One thee. daringly. Azul and the Angel sank reverently down and drooped their radiant heads hot sunshine. yet with affection welling up within me. Even as thy former unbelief.— 62 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. unfathomable eyes." I felt a touch upon thrill me like a scorching flame —a rushed through my being . thou hast desired Me. and yet love. be now thy I Because thou lovest am with thee. one with demand thy and so through Me shalt thou attain immortal life. faint upon whose broad brows rested the semblance of a Crown of Thorns. A me : voice penetratingly sweet addressed *' Mortal from the Star because ! I saved from ruin. suffered sorrows. clear. with I My Father. For do I not ? thee better than the Angels can I know Have thy ? not dwelt in thy clay. shall faith. earnest. swift watched with unshrinking gaze the advance of that supreme Figure. inexpressible I like flowers in alone.

like and as it rolled. an enormous diamond encircled with all gold and sapphire. and then I 6.^ knew that I was sinking down. was beside me and I also perceived the outline of my guardian Angel's form. now recalled the request of : Heliobas. that saw wondrous Figure standing serene and between the radiance. I smiling electric retiring waves of saw the great inner glitter sphere revolve.A MINIATURE CREATION. I though that was growing indistinct. Aziil became more and more still. I down. and the sensation of falling rapid. further and further away. and then the air suddenly grew dim and cloudy. life the me what shadow rests upon of him to whom I am now returntell ing!" Azul looked plied " : at me one ! earnestly. and re- Thou darincr o Seekest thou to ? pierce the future fate of others Is it not enough for thee to have heard the voice . and spoke '' Azul.

therefore ** said fearlessly He is thy . ^' with a tinge of melancholy. so let him my voice. room. Beloved wilt one. well I !" And my friend — fare- would have spoken again. he but mortal. For though is he has accomplished much. for motion. as yet tell Thou him. and struggled for existfor breath. silent. An I oppressed sensation came over me. when canst guide him thus a gift re- death lies like it.64 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. What had . I depth of Inextricable for felt cramped ence. and seemed to plunge coldly into a blackness. let him withhold now." replied Azul. and member me. that maketh the Angels' singing ?" and wouldst thou yet know more I was full of a I strange unhesitating : courage. but could not. his hand. far in . Azul —thy fall Twin Soul and thou let him or away from thee when a word might save him ?" *' sign Even fail as he Is not to hear my Beloved.

I languidly opened mortal eyes pent up to find myself once I more mortal frame. That to say. and were fixed on mine with a mingled expression of anxiety and authority. 25 . shuddering sigh Is and woke. front of his eyes me with outstretched hands. happened to 65 me ? I wondered indignantly. in deep. .A MINIATURE CREATION. . though retained a perfect remembrance and consciousness of ^y^ything I had experienced during Hellobas stood in my spirit-wanderings. II. VOL. — a sorrowful. which changed as I Into a look of relief and gladness smiled at him and uttered his name aloud. ? Was I a fettered prisoner had I lost the use of my light aerial limbs that had borne through the realms of space ? me What crushing weight overpowered me ? why such want of air and loss of delightful so swiftly ease ? I sighed restlessly and impatiently In at the narrow darkness which I found myself .

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He smiled. see I you do. There was still sensation about for space . but what was said to you." 25—2 . bright I wise I felt vigorous. *' 67 I I wish I had not been compelled to do so !" said regretfully. I cannot tell. It is the general Will you stand up feel ?" now and a slight how you obeyed. stretched gratitude out to I my him. but not course I he replied. me as of being cramped and in but this was passing." Something. I can never thank you enough earnestly. " Of know what worlds and systems you saw. " I I said dare say you I know something of what journey '' have seen on my ?" all.SECRETS OF THE SUN AND MOON. hands unspeakable through whose " scientific power had gained my !" recent experience. and othersingularly strong. or what special lessons were given you for your comfort. " No doubt complaint.

68 " it is A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. am I to you." returned. never went farther than Venus. for instance. because in the atmosphere of that planet Spirit that rules he met the and divides his destiny. say almost exceptional. have consented to curiosity simply to gratify a sense of — few therefore have gone beyond in the pure ether. I may It experience. feel that must do so in order that I you may understand I how glad am. proves to me more than ever the omnipotence of Will. I Then fresh I will describe I everything while " I upon me. a sea. Most of those who have been placed by my means in the Upor Electric it hfted state of being. omitting no Heliobas listened with profound interest and said '' : attention. —how grateful detail. When I had finished. as planets swim. the Cellini." then related the different scenes through I which had passed. he Yours has been a most wonderful. . where.

that amid such wonders you could have remembered me part to expect " I — I it were foolish on my I it. but then my memory prompted me in time. and reached the Circle ." and here he sighed. *' this. and I did not forget your request. deliver lies this message : When like a gift in call your hand. and it be given you it . Azul said that I might death it." . Zara 69 — she was daring. ''till was approaching Earth again ." said frankly. and ye shall find . never lost sight of you had ' : fulfilled How shall true are those words Ask. withhold and upon her. started gHmpse from aim Vote." I confess thought nothing of you. !' knock. with a daring till which you it. differing from these.SECRETS OF THE SUN AND MOON. seek. and It ^' shall be opened unto you is not possible.'^ did you learn ?" " And what Simply you he asked anxiously. outer rim of the Great but even the great she never caught a Central Sphere.

having thought of shall me —the message you bring be impressed strongly on before you leave my mind." I said. " I paused. I Now. ^' exclaimed Heliobas. my child. You might Never !" forget to do so for once. perceive that With I these you will also have written out if the receipt for the volatile fluid which. for But thank you. must say a few necessary words. me to- night." consider last He spoke. '' It could not be. At he have selected certain writings said. and appeared to profoundly for some minutes." he will find full In them you and clear instructions how work to cultivate and educate the electric force I within you.70 A '' ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. if I As did not always guide myself !" by her promptings with a tender smile. '* for your perusal. and thus continue the have begun. taken in a small quantity every day. '' he replied I fervently. will keep .

strength. which will give you not only physical. you drink the life. fluid every morning of your and at the same time obey my written manual as to the cultivation of is your own inner force. you will certain advantages over the rest of the people you meet. and again : went on . this Understand me liquid of itself cannot put you into an uplifted state of existence. while it preserve your youth to and enjoyment of life a very much well longer extent than that usually experienced by the majority. strongly to your system to compass and as it is dangerous to try the experiment too often — dangerous be as well. as to the body. will and intellectual vigour. I mean to — it will you have work attempt it do yet But in if this life. which large already existent in a attain to degree. you need Jnmian electric force applied this .— SECRETS OF THE SUN AND MOON. you in yr health." He paused a minute or two. not to again. but mental power.

be able to discern their motives quickly and unerringly —you will at once discover where you are loved and where you are . and see plainly. you inhabit the air to can at your pleasure see at any time. 72 A '* ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. Love . descending long distances below the Great Circle. being always anxious to escape from It as soon as possible. or remorse even these have to yield to the superior longings which possess instant them the will. which they seldom do. and they w^Ith you. come or the in within the range of the attractive human electricity. they are set free. you have educated your Will to When a certain height of electric command. at your desire.. so long as they linger within Earth's radius. also You will be able. to see the parted spirits of dead persons. You can converse with them. matter contained Earth's atmosphere. the spirits who and also those who. may sometimes but detain them. You in your intercourse with your fellow-mortals.

what perhaps a greater privilege. just as you would encourage a taste for music or the fine arts. yours in has begun —that you — and you have nothing is. At any rate.SECRETS OF THE SUN AND MOON. disliked . electricity. You will have a keener appreciation of good and beautiful things —a delightful sense of . it to form itself to do but to encourage its growth. is know^Ing that the Creator of your being all love and forgiveness. Now let me give you the writings. or the reverse. 73 and not all the learning and logic of so-called philosophers shall be able to cloud your Instinct." . And. will find that all who are brought into will very close contact with you ficially be bene- influenced. after what you have seen. do not think. will is its success. exactly I as^you choose to exert your power. and invariable cheerfulness do. the is greatest force in the universe. humour. unless you and whatever you make some mistake by your carry with it own you folly. you will ever desire to exert a malign Influence.

a glass bowl told you before. and said This contains my private instructions to you. tied look upon I its contents. he said Here Is written out what I call the Electric is Principle of Christianity. as I do not forbid you. and the secrets of science can only be explained to the few. Therefore keep this parchment safely under lock and key.: 74 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. before * kind This last he held up my eyes. unlocked a desk. and never let any eye but your own to me. This : for your own study and consideration still if you ever desire I to explain my But." promised. the other secured of case with a clasp. and he handed roll it Then " taking the other : which was with ribbon. theory to others. and took from rolls it He two small of parchment. you can never compel in belief— the goldfish will . Never make a single one of is them for The world not ready wisdom. public. one tied with in a a gold ribbon.

to you you should love some one very yet be unable to instil and the truth of what you know which into that particular soul. your love was misplaced. to guide You may if but it will it not be surprising fault. then in the future. self 75 the if existence of the Be satisfied you can guide your- by the compass you have found. loving.— . Nor will be your The in only sorrow that might happen these efforts would be in case dearly. you fail. to You would then have is make a discovery. never understand ocean. SECRETS OF THE SUN AND MOON. . if I not in this life. lest So would say beware of you should not love rightly though discern I believe you will soon be able to spirit clearly the that is by fate destined to complete and perfect your own. but if do not grieve others. inasmuch as the nature you had selected as worthy of love had no part with yours and that separation utter and eternal must therefore occur. you are unable try. less always more or that painful namely.

was surprised and anxious. I fancied that you looked unhappy when I mentioned her. his his eyes grew brow clouded." he answered. will say good- took second roll of it parchment a little from his hand. though know you I are scarcely fatigued night. think she went to bed long ago but you if may look into her room and see she is awake." . and opening I way fine saw that it was covered with very : small writing. asked." I said '' .76 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS." I enough the to sleep." As he spoke melancholy and of Zara. . before you yourself retire to rest. Is she not well is ?" I '' She perfectly well. like I myself. An instinctive sense of fear *' came upon me." replied Heliobas and she. I And now. her to " Why ** should ?" you Imagine be otherwise Pardon me. ** Then I said Does Zara know how long ?" '' . I have been absent " Yes.

or the wanderings ?" Sun." he . remembered my aerial journey suns and to moons had been no more flowers me I than strewn I on a meadow. that are so much the the vaster and eye ! fairer ! How deceptive is — nearly as deceptive Tell as human human reason. to 77 He stepped the window. regretted that had not sought to now know . called *' me " Look out yonder. curtain. your recent This question caused It me some surprise. me — why did you not visit in the^Moon. I was certainly very strange that so. and throwing back the to his side. said in low and earnest tones look at the dark blue veil strewn with stars. had not thought of doing ing the matter in that during Yet. on ponderI my mind. through which so lately its your daring soul pierced flight ! See in how the small Moon hangs like a lamp Heaven.SECRETS OF THE SUN AND MOON. Heliobas made no answer. apparently outshining the myriad worlds around her.

of something which Hofht those two fair luminaries and warm our after : earth. in the light of an empty world on . it is being absorbed back into the Electric Circle from ally sprang. or rather absorption — and we on our and are fire !" cold small star warm ourselves. pass before this consummation of the but its destruction its is going on now. is now but a burning world. glad. Heliobas. for ever and ever brief ! Hundreds of thousands of those time-breathings called years may Sun . to be which it origin- thrown out again in some new and grander form. watching my face in- resumed "You omission cannot guess the reason of your ? I will tell you. They were both but the dwellers inhabited worlds in the Sun have ages ago nothing lived their lives and passed to the Central Sphere. tently. worlds. And so with all suns and systems. once . away .78 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. There is nothing to see in either Sun or Moon. The Sun or rather. burning rapidly. and surely.

just as Raphael drew his cartoons of to-day to see. but the electric photo- graph of a once living but now absorbed world.SECRETS OF THE SUN AND MOON. the electricity the repelled or attracted by the electric picture of the Moon in Heaven. how ? about the Moon's influence on the tides and what of eclipses *' ?" Not the Moon. The Moon does not exist. drawn with a pencil of pure light. " Moon ?" I asked eagerly. tricity. so that faithful sketch of a vanished sphere. full of immense elec- . What we And the see is the reflection or the electrograph of what she once was." '' for the men '' But. tricity Atmospherical elec- has imprinted this picture of a long- ago living world upon the heavens. Because. certainly an influence on the The so sea is impregnated with electhe Just as Sun in will absorb sea is colours." I exclaimed in surprise. has tides. as is a painting is full df colour. I '' 79 listened with awe and interest.

As for eclipses — you slowly pass a round screen between yourself and a blazing fire." returned Heliobas. produces different effects on us and on the natural amid if which we dwell. just trlcity as a painting may be the said to be formed of tints. you will only see the edges of the In the same way the electrograph of the Moon passes at stated intervals between the Earth and the burning world of the Sun." " Yet surely." I said. . ** is merely an aid to the human eye and. and to carry the simile further. coming scenes contact with the electricity of the Earth's atmosphere.8o A . '* the telescope has enabled us to see the globe Moon as a solid — we have discerned mountains and its valleys on surface . ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. and then it revolves round us regularly for these facts ?" '' — how do you account The telescope. . various dark and light portrait so the electric of Moon contains various in degrees of electric force —which. fire.

the as a world. but all the same. Space is the canvas interested — the Moon 11. is attracted and forced to follow the Earth by the compelling influence of the Earth's till own electric power. taken by electricity. Her last likeness. more clearly .SECRETS OF THE SUN AND MOON. this portrait of the Moon being composed of pure elec- tricity. does not exist. it Therefore. even when assisted by mechanical appliances. It simply has 7io other except space. is side of the side. the picture fades. haunting spectre of a dead You can understand now why w^e never see what we imagine to be the o^/ier Moon. The telescope. may us. How VOL. and as long as lasts it must revolve around because every- thing in the universe moves. as I 8i told you before. 26 . like the stereoscope. some thouit sands of years. moves in Besides which. nothing as is so easily deceived our sense of vision. simply enables us to see the portrait of the Moon Moon. a sketch. and a circle. like the must attend the Earth joy.

with hesitating " slowness. but *' now I said is : Dying." *' True !" he answered. when a discovery is we made It of some is rare old painting. where the hurrying throng of spectators are living and dying worlds I !" had followed the speaker's words with fascinated attention. with .S2 . With how much more rever- ence and tenderness ought we to look up at the ' Portrait of a Fair Lost Sphere' circling yonder in that dense ever-moving gallery of wonders. of which the subject perfectly beautiful a woman ! bears no name — perhaps no date —but is the face that lips yet smiles at us for kisses exquisite —the pout ! —the eyes it it ' brim over with love And we admire tenderly and reverently —we give mark it Portrait of a Lady^ and art an honoured place among our collections. But there it Is Is what we call death — transition " — and for always a parting. Heliobas ? There no death. A are ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS." I But not long !" exclaimed.

who a " and though such separastill it may be brief. except to rejoice !" when we shake off its weight for ever Heliobas smiled gravely. all '83 the gladness and eagerness of *' my lately instructed soul. zue — but what have to do with the body — our prison and place of The body perishes experience.2 SECRETS OF THE SUN AND MOON." ''You speak with assurance and delight of a spirit satisfied. having eyes that are strong God in the face. suppose he hesitated suppose Zara were to die ?" ** Well. For '' . As worlds are absorbed into the Electric Circle and again thrown into shapes of out in new and more glorious forms. I But when I talk of death ^ mean by souls that word the parting asunder of two love each other tion . learned your high lesson the well. is always separation. '' You have he said. you would soon meet her again. instance." 26 — . so are we absorbed and changed and pure enough to look perfect beauty.

that you would know years yourself those were " but minutes '* in the realms of space Minutes that decide our destinies." '^ he interrupted with solemnity. and so reach the goal. . Zara is not going to if leave you yet and secondly. is And there always this possibility to contemplate suppose Zara were to leave can I me now. deserve to meet her again then Zara's death would And ever if mean utter and almost hopeless separation for —though perhaps I might begin over again in some other form. For though you might still live many in years after her." first I said. Heliobas. how be sure that I shall be strong enough life to live out my remainder of purely ? enough to not. In the place. ^^ I answered. she did. " '' to such a folly as the fear You are melancholy.— 84 • A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. ." He that I spoke so musingly and seriously was surprised. for I had thought him impervious of death.

essence of our belief Will-power. feel so even though. that order error shadow of obstinacy or might obstruct your path. to assure you it is better for I you try to sleep. you wide-wake. we can always accomplish. am.SECRETS OF THE SUN AND MOON. We have I prolonged our conversation further than intended. me give you . as Let know. the very Is in the strength of What we wz/l to do. yielding Pray do not think long to I me capable of of fore- the weakness boding." he said. you know your strongest no efforts 85 would be in brought to bear on your career. in spite of my advance- ment in electric science. '' You are so lately come from it the high regions. nothing but a man. ally if It Why. ''that warms and invigorates me to hear your encouraging words. especispiritual be any act of progress." Heliobas took my hand and pressed it warmly. and times by am apt to be hampered often- my I mortal trappings.

out of. " You need have no slightest all of your own there successful upward progress. Good-night. a soothing draught It will have the effect of composing your physical nerves Into steady working order. '* and with a I smile. . I.' He '' bent his head. my Master!" fear then said. will therefore pray un- ceasingly for you. and I know now that prayers reach Heaven.86 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. those For If were the chance of your falling Into fatal error.the deep gratitude of my heart towards you. human souls you for have benefited would labour and pray your rescue . both here and hereafter." He it poured something from a small phial into a glass. and handed It to me. I drank at once. of the least of your though I am one disciples. That child is ! a true saying. God my Good-night !" . obediently. I thank you !" he said simply. ** More world deeds are wrought by prayer than this dreams of ! bless you. so long as they are unselfish.

SECRETS OF THE SUN AND MOON. for the were learning a new song I morning. the bed. 87 And he opened the door of his study for me to pass out. looked A His small " but " exquisitely modelled statue of an B^vs ornamented one corner. he laid his hand hghtly on my head in a sort of unspoken door. pushed it farther open. intent I on finding Zara how happy felt. I — It was and softly in. and how satisfied was with my wonderful experience. hall. a light uplifted torch served as faintly which glimmered through a rose-coloured glass. sped across the mosaic pavelight eager step. ornamented with Oriental . ment with a up the her and hurried to tell I stairs. As I did so. benediction I — then he closed in the his and found myself alone great A suspended lamp was burning- brightly. I reached the door of her bedroom ajar. and the fountain was gurgling itself in melodiously to as if it a subdued manner. and shed a tender but especially upon rich lustre over the room .

on which jewel she always wore glittered as it brilliantly rose and sank with her regular and quiet breathing. looked long and tenderly on this perideal fect of a ** Sleeping Beauty. of the small white teeth within dress was slightly her nighthalf-dis- undone. aerial journey ! Her on rich dark hair was scattered white pillows softly lips. lay outside the coverlet. making central diamond I flash like a wandering star. and played and half-disguised her neck daintily electric and the rounded bosom. like her the in colour on budding apple-blossoms early spring. where Zara lay fast asleep. How beautiful she looked Almost as I lovely as any one of the radiant spirits had met in my . and One " fair hand on the reflection flickered its from the lamp of the ^^ Eros a ring which adorned it. ! needle-work.88 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. loosely the her long silky lashes curled . showing the glimmer . were slightly parted." and . on the delicately tinted cheeks tenderly red.

SECRETS OF THE SUN AND MOON.
then thouorht
if I
I

89

would draw closer and see
I

could kiss her without awaking her.
into

advanced a few steps
suddenly
I

the room

— when

was stopped.
approach

Within about a

yard's distance from the bed a

opposed

my

!

I

Somethmg could not move

a foot forward
vain
!

I

tried vigorously, but in

I

could

step

backward, and that

was

all.

Between me
to

and

Zara

there

seemed

be an invisible barrier, strong

and absolutely impregnable.
nothing to be seen

There was
the softly
" Eros,"

— nothing but
ever-smiling
steps,

shaded room

— the
;

and the exquisite reposeful
sleeping friend.

figure of

my
I

Two

and

1

could

have touched her

but those two steps

was

forcibly prevented

from making

—as
felt

forcibly as

though a deep ocean had
I

rolled

between her and me.

did not stop long

to consider this strange occurrence

I

sure

it

had something
life

to

do with

her
it

spiritual

and sympathy, therefore

neither alarmed nor perplexed me.

Kissing

90

A

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.
tenderly

my
who

hand

towards

my

darling,

lay so close to me,

and who was yet

so jealously and invisibly guarded during

her slumbers,

I

softly

and reverently with-

drew.
I

On

reaching

my own
the
;

apartment,
to sit

was more than half inclined
and
studying

up

reading

parchments

Heliobas had given
thoughts
I

me
go
to

but on second

resolved to lock up these preto bed.
I

cious manuscripts and

did so,

and before preparing
bered to kneel

sleep
offer

I

remem-

down and

up praise

and honour, with a loving and believing
heart, to

that

Supreme Glory, of which

I

had been marvellously permitted
a brief but transcendent glimpse.
I

to enjoy

And

as

knelt,

absorbed and happy,

I

heard, like

a soft echo falling through the silence of

my
me
:

room, a

sound

like

distant

music,

through which these words floated towards
''

A

new commandment give
1"

I

unto
I

you, that you love one another even as

have loved you

CHAPTER

IV

SOCIABLE CONVERSE.

HE
mer morning.
tenderly,
"
I

next

morning

Zara

came

herself to
as fresh

awaken me, looking

and lovely as a sum-

She embraced
:

me

very

and said

have been talking

for

more than an

hour with Caslmlr.
thing.

He

has told

me
?

every-

What wonders you have
are

seen

1

And
''

you not happy, dearest
satisfied ?"
I

Are

you not strong and
Perfectly
!

!"

replied.

''

But,

O

Zara

what a

pity

that

all

the
!"

world

should not

know what we know

92

A ROMANCE OF
'*

TWO WORLDS.

All have not a desire for knowledge,"
*'

replied Zara.

Even

in

your vision of

the garden you possessed, there were only

a few who

still

sought you

;

for

those

few you would have done anything, but
for the

others your

best efforts were

in

vain."
*'

They might
I

not have been always in

vain,"
'*

said musingly.
not,"

No, they might
is

agreed

Zara.

^'

That

just the case of the world to-day.
is

While there

life in

it,

there

is

also hope.

And, talking of the world,
you that you are back
therefore be
alities.

let

me remind
trivi-

in

it

now, and must

hampered with tiresome
of these are as follows
:

Two

First,

here

is
;

a letter for you,
!"

which has just

come
in
I

secondly, breakfast will be ready

twenty minutes

looked at her smiling face attentively.
of vigorous

She was the very embodiment
physical health and beauty
;

it

seemed
in

like

a dream to remember her

the past

:

SOCIABLE CONVERSE.
night,

95
barrier,

guarded by that invincible
I

the

work of no mortal hand.

uttered

nothing, however, of these thoughts, and

responding to her evident gaiety of heart,
I

smiled also.
"
I

will

be down punctually at the exI

piration of the twenty minutes,"

said.

*'

I

assure you,

Zara,

I

am

quite sensible of

the claims of earthly existence

upon me.
I

For
shall

instance,

I

am

very hungry, and
if

enjoy breakfast immensely
the coffee."

you

will

make

Zara,

who among

her other accomplishcoffee to
it

ments had the secret of making
perfection,

promised laughingly to make

extra well, and flitted from the room, sing-

ing sofdy as she went a fragment of the

Neapolitan Stornello
" Fior di mortelle

Queste manine tue son tanto belle Fior di limone

!

Ti voglio

far

morire di passione
!

!

Salta

lari— lira."

94

A

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.
letter

The
would

Zara had

brought

me was
day,

from Mrs. Everard, announcing that she
arrive
in

Paris

that

very

Sunday.

*'

By

the time you get this note," so ran
''

her words,

we

shall

have landed

at the

Come and see us at once The Colonel is anxious to if you can. If judge for himself how you are looking.
Grand Hotel.
you are
really

recovered

sufficiently

to

leave your medical Pension,

we
is

shall
I,

be
In

delighted to have you with us again.
particular, shall

be glad,

for

it

real lone-

some when the Colonel Is out, and I do So take hate to go shopping by myself
pity

upon your

affectionate

"Amy."
Seated at
letter

breakfast,

I

discussed

this

with Hellobas and Zara, and decided

that

I

would

call

at the

Grand Hotel

that

morning.

she I answered : " Certainly attend But we High Mass at Notre Dame There will be plenty of time for the will. ''but really see no ." I said." gladly agreed to this. Zara. " I I 95 wish you would come with me. especially you add Mr. friends to dine here call w^ill be a sufficient opening formality and you yourself have w^ith been long enough that here. To my will first." said wistfully. Challoner and their daughters to the And I I will ask Ivan. if you like. and Heliobas added with cheerful cordiality ''Why not ask your to-morrow? Zara's . and Mrs. list.: SOCIABLE CONVERSE. surprise. but she made no I sign of either offence or indifference. You are very hospitable." glanced at Zara when the Prince's name was " uttered. addressing Heliobas. call I afterwards. us now to know little any of your friends will be welcome We might have a pleasant if party.

" returned. " that you have electricity. been cured by There is nothing surprising in such a statement nowadays. which know short of miraculous ?" " Say." replied Heliobas. Formerly my mind had been distracted by harassing doubts and perplexing contradic- . What am I to is say about little my recovery. attended the service with very I different feelings to those had hitherto experienced during the same ceremony. . course I do !" he replied heartily and Zara looked up and smiled. unless indeed you specially desire to please " me/' Why." this An and I hour after Zara were I in the Cathedral of Notre Dame. But say nothing of the human electric force employed upon you — no one would believe conversation you. " I I will ask them to come. I " Then.96 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. why you to reason should throw open your doors my of friends. and the effort to persuade unpersuad- able people is always a waste of time.

I my own whispered the name and looked up. and solemn.SOCIABLE CONVERSE. tions . I sonorously through remembered the ever youthSpirits of Music. and then vanished. had promised to my Just to try the strength of force. thought of those rays of Connecting had as seen. friend. and gracious one of be whom. h'ght I As the \incense rose. II. and the deep itself in satisfaction my soul poured flood unspoken VOL. on a wide slanting ray that fell directly across the was the angelic ! face I well rememwas but bered — the in delicate hands in air ! holding the It semblance of a harp for an instant I saw its it — one brief breathincrit space which smile mingled with the sunbeams. electric Aeon. But I knew I was not of praise forgotten. There. 97 now everything had I a meaning for me —high. and sweet. on the of the 2y . on which travels prayers travel exactly telephone. sound through the As the grand the organ fragrant ful pealed air. of sunlight altar.

Zara was absorbed in silent prayer throughout the Mass but at its conclu. so that warmer on our to arrival at the Grand Hotel she looked lovelier than usual. 98 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS." she you are . ! ^^ Sanctus Sanctus !" that just then rolled triumphantly through the aisles of Notre Dame. and proceeded to hug fervour.. she was unusually gay and She conversed vivaciously with the social me concerning merits and accomplishments to visit of the people we were going while the brisk walk through the frosty air brightened her eyes and cheeks into lustre. She fluttered down. Everard did not keep us waiting long in the private salon to which we were in shown. my fancy even Mrs. elate. when we came out of the cathedral. sion. off. *' me held with demonstrative Then she me a little distance and examined me attentlv^ely. '' Do you know. arrayed a wonderful " art " gown of terra-cotta and pale blue hues cunningly intermixed. said.

I would not say knew her in w^ell. and was perfectly aware that though she was every way. and had palpitations and headaches and stupors ! Your doctor must be a I perfect magician. — Mrs. I thought she I I dragged appearance. am sure don't look half as well as you do. After responding warmly to her affectionate greeting. but so.uch engrossed ever to yield her healthy satisfaction. simply in lovely condition it. " I said : Amy. Madame little Zara Casimir Zara. not. avoid intruding 27 — .2 SOCIABLE CONVERSE." aside a who had moved way on out of delicacy. you must allow me to introduce the sister of my doctor to you. her in trifles fascinating life and elegant was too m. for I think I I must consult him." And had a indeed she did tired. ! 99 I never would actually have believed You are as plump and pink the as a peach. that wailed And you are same creature and trembled. to Everard.

however. In those sweet penetrating accents of hers which were like *' Vo2ir friend.loo A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. he too was saying is." shortly. stretched out her Httle well-gloved hand. tact. had the most perfect and with It the ability of making herself at home anywhere." here indicating me by shall a slight yet . almost deserted Zara. and we were soon all three talking cheerfully and with- out constraint. now turned. When the Colonel made as the which he did very taken off his feet. own radiant smile and exquisite grace. tender gesture. but shall I *' has also become mine do not think we be jealous. his appearance. but she In was so utterly lost admiration of Zara's beauty. Everard made some attempt at a suitable reply. ** by Zara's loveliness. !" she said. " I am delighted to know you music. and with her our meeting. and the same effect was produced on the Challoners . we ?" Mrs. that her self-possession habitual her.

power of and she. in the of her brother and herself. who was. intellectual superiority. Everard and the . invited Colonel and Mrs. and I glowed with pride and pleasure as noted how class greatly she was admired. fell a willing the captive to the enticing gentleness." opposed her stock of physical charms to those of Zara. but she was only able to keep this barrier up for a little time. seemed in- capable of moving her eyes from the contemplation of I my darling's sweet face. Mrs. After some desultory and pleasant chat. in particular. by a certain '' of young men. with go In her. Miss Effie Challoner alone. and the sympathetic influence exercised by the evenly balanced temperament and character of the beautiful woman name I loved so well. who soon loi afterwards joined us in a body. attraction like all was too much present.SOCIABLE CONVERSE. Zara's winning for her. considered doocid pretty. with a certain air of feminine opposition . Zara. Challoner.

Amy's I request. to Everard for the then wanted me remain with her . rest of the afternoon but an instinctive that soon perhaps feeling I came upon me. could not indulge in such an excitement as an afternoon permission. life order to I resume my own working I — therefore So I determined would drain the last my present cup of pleasure refused to drop. her society without his Zara bore me for out in this and added : me to Mrs. assertion.102 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. pleading as an excuse that still was and under my in doctor's authority. family to Challoner dine at the Hotel Mars next day accepted by — an invitation which was I all with eagerness. per- ceived at once that every one of them was anxious to know more of Zara and her surroundings— a not curiosity which Mrs. Everard . should have to part from Heliobas and all Zara. I could very well condemn. and their the wonders and delights of in household.

Challoner. Madame Casimir. ing who had been examin- me critically and asking me a few : questions." Colonel Everard." replied Zara. or two longer then she will be thoroughly cured. if '' I must say she doesn't look as the matter with her. here turned to Zara " and said Do you really mean to say. I think it will be better for her to remain perfectly quiet with us for a day . and free to do as she likes. she was thin hollow-eyed." "Well !" said Mrs. What secret do you possess to ?" make " yourselves look so bright No '* . Why. at Cannes. and as a willow- . I never saw girls two more happy healthy-looking than you both. Then it's the most wonderful recovery / ever saw. laugh- ing we simply and they follow the exact laws of health.SOCIABLE CONVERSE. that your brother cured this girl by electricity ?" " Purely so ** !" she answered earnestly. '' 105 Indeed. pale. suffice. anything were In fact. secret at all.

help it. " Life seems me like summer sunshine. Mr. for instance. He was a rather slow Kentuckian who seldom seemed there's to find spoke. Colonel." I said." she said. In England." never do myself if I We *' laughed. she's in first-rate training laughed. it's barely to grumble the I Deity who it sent them can along here. it and when he did. dear. I do to feel spry. Challoner. rather an exertion. with a mischievous glance at her . Challoner's eyes twinkled. Nobody asked them to come into it nobody would miss them of it. I "If one it class of folk is detest more than people another. now is wand she looks — well. ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. If she knows !" how I ** she herself — but she feels as spry as she looks. and Mrs. those all-possessed who find life unsuited to their fancies. if they went out civil Being at in it.— I04 A ." "Brava!" exclaimed staid.

in England the liveliest flea that ever gave a triumphal find jump in air ! would I his spirits inclined to droop tell you. ma'am. with utter- even more than his usual deliberate ance. Every person minute met looked me as if the universe were about to be destroyed next .SOCIABLE CONVERSE." said Colonel Everard. The English take life In their craze for business . " Why. and he clenched his broad fist with ominous vigour. and that they had to build another to help 'em !" up right away without " Well. Challoner volumes — his visage reddened. by '^ the Lord !" he said. spouse — ** in England you never grumbled. too seriously. addressing himself to Zara. I God believe I '' agree with you. whose merry laugh rang out like a peal of last remark —" I little tell golden bells at this I I you that when walked in the streets of I London at I used to feel as if were one of a band of criminals." he continued. looked did you ?" Mr.

you must get away from you want to enjoy life.! io6 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. "that I'm not easily chilled through." replied . But like a an English * at home ' acts upon me patent refrigerator to the " — I get regularly frozen bone !" Dear me !" laughed Zara !" ." ** Oh. Madame am You speak English perfectly. might have been merry once. At least such is my in opinion. ." '' semblance of a I'm free to confess. But have you never Casimir ? been England." added his wife. was governed by shopkeepers it if but now. they manage to do away with pleasure altogether." pursued *' . They seem afraid to laugh. and they even approach the smile with due caution. ^'you give very bad accounts of Shakespeare's land It must be very sad ** I believe it wasn't always so. I a fairly good linguist. Colonel Everard it there are legends I which speak of dare say before it it as Merrie England.

spend a Sunday In London. turn- ing to me at this juncture. It. unless you love have a special If desire to be miserable. I But at a slight from Zara. ''thanks to 107 my brother. we nod and and hesitated." Mr. rose. '* now you are feeling so well. " and I prefer to enjoy Say. Challoner." he said em- phatically. But I have never crossed the Channel. you want to one another. drew off my gloves. . gaily." I think I will not try the experiment." The Misses surprised . would it be asking you too much I to play us a piece of ?" your own im- provising glanced at the grand piano. which occupied a corner of the sa/on where sat. Challoner looked politely their father's shrewd face wore an expression of grim contentment. know how Christians and how to be made '' limply and uselessly wretched. ma'am.SOCIABLE CONVERSE." interrupted Mrs. " Don't cross '' it. Challoner/' returned Zara is " Life short. Zara.

and that the of delicate was a words '' network and tender melody reminding me of Heinrich Heine^s : Lady. I was just aware that was threading the labyresult rinth of a minor key." my I hands hghtly over the keys. I and I played. to my satisfaction. I saw was one of Passing I my favourites. seated myself at the instrument. wandered through . did you not hear the nightingale ? sing A beautiful silken voice —a web of in happy notes its — and and my soul was taken and meshes. Scarcely had when a flood of music seemed to rush to my brain and thence to my fingers. a few running passages and as to I did so.io8 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. hardly knowing what in played. but merely absorbed trying to give utter- ance to the sounds which were falling softly upon of my inner sense of hearing like drops rain I summer on a thirsty soil." . aerial this. which. murmured a friend brief petition my done Aeon. a " Pleyell. strangled tortured thereby.

of friendly . I So I smiled and said no more. '' How seems can in you do it ?" asked Mrs.SOCIABLE CONVERSE. and the inner voice that conversed with silence. me so sweetly. for knew . Challoner '' good-natured amazement. 109 A few into minutes." I began " " . listeners in the deepest attention and when tion ceased. died at away and the same time to my I fingers found their way the closing- chord. The little group were rapt I a dream. piano. full Inwardly I was of a great rejoicing. it seems to come But I me from was checked by a look from Zara. a murmur of admira- broke from them all. while Zara's eyes glistened with sympathetic tears. and !" It to me impossible to compose like that while seated at the without taking previous thought ** It is not to i??y doing. As one awaking from looked up. warned me not of to hastily betray that gently the secret my spiritual communion with the unseen sources of harmony.

" I answered earnestly. '* I be- lieve few are so perfectly I happy in music as am. it's " Well." Mrs." said Mr. Everard looked thoughtful. for he often played wrong notes . One of them was a German. that however well it I had played in past days. grasp. with freedom to take all its my choice vast treasures. Challoner. *' No amount of practice could '' . was nothing compared to the to vigour and ease which were now given me — a of sort of unlocking of the storehouse of music. it must be a great happiness to your- self as well as to others. walking who used I to clutch his hair like a I tragedian whenever played a wrong note. what we call inspiration." " It is. make me have had play like that.no A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. believe he got up his reputation entirely by that clutch." she said yet I two or three masters who were supposed to be first-rate. giving my hand it a friendly "and wherever comes from.

I consider Bach a dreadful old bore. everybody praised him. Unfortunately most of my opinions differ from those of everyone else. long enough. Even only no Beethoven one It. said If master than lived he had only Zara " ." " Schubert would have been a grander Beethoven. occasionally prosy. and said he had such an ear and was so sensitive that he must be a great musician." but I dare say very few will agree with me In such an assertion. for I can't play a note to if I now. He worried me nearly to death over Bach's 'Well-tempered Klavier' — of I all it to no purpose. and shouldn't care could.SOCIABLE CONVERSE. though know will it is is heresy to say so. m But just be- cause frenzy he worked himself Into a sort of when others went wrong. be courageous enough to admit People would rather go to sleep over classical music than confess they don't like it. himself without minding it." .

Amy '' Everard drew me back and crammed into the pocket of my cloak a newspaper.112 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. bowing gallantly as the circumstance has the happy result of making you perfectly original as well as perfectly charming." ." she whispered and you see what Raffaello Cellini has done with the sketch he made of you. deep converse with a Catholic priest —a fine- looking man of venerable and noble . said '' Colonel Everard. On In our return to the Hotel Mars. it when you '* alone." We parted from these pleasant Ameri- cans with cordial expressions of goodwill. are will Read ." Zara received usual sweet this compliment with her equanimity. Zara reminding them of their engagement to visit her at her own home next day. should s?iy fortunately^ " You madame. and fixing the dinner-hour for half-past seven. In the we found Heliobas drawing-room. As we were passing out. and we rose to take our leave.

quite clear to me. which he gave her Paul. order to read the manuscripts Heliobas had given me. and then she told me ? I she had something I to finish in her studio for for — would in excuse her about an hour I readily consented. myself was desirous of passing a time in little solitude. features. after which repast Heliobas and Zara Father Paul withdrew together. " For. to from his familiar manner with friend be a very old of On my being introduced to him." and bent humbly before him his receive with almost parental tenderness. 113 Zara addressed him as " Father to blessing. "if there is anything in them not VOL. family. he greeted me with gentle courtesy. them." thought I. He the seemed. he will explain 28 . II. looked after their retreating figures with a sort of meditative pathos in her large eyes .SOCIABLE CONVERSE. and gave me also his simple unaffected benediction. We all partook of a light luncheon together.

old boy —cheer up. '' wistful gaze approaching Zara looked !" at him. he seemed close to have some- thing oppressive on his mind." I said. Leo . " Leo does not to well.114 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. ** Perhaps he feels lonely. Come along to-day. patting the dog's beautiful silky coat. to her face. His all drooped a forlorn way. Poor Leo she murmured caressingly. whenever he raised them full were tail of intense in melancholy. I It. Do you want to ? !" come with your mistress So you shall. however. Now." As Zara and I went upstairs together. and his big brown eyes. and had better take advantage of I his instruction while can. an attention which responded by a heavy sigh and a to tears. and to the vivacity of his nature seemed seem he have gone out of him. for he kept Zara. as that faithful generally in animal was his attendance on to master. we were followed by Leo a most unusual — circumstance.

The colouring yet remains a marvel to both students and connoisseurs. that of the valley. and the figure. it The that Prince generously perfor a remain on view those few days not yet to longer. And. life-like appearance of the girl's robed in its clinging white draperies lilies ornamented with strong. so its who have enjoyed attraction. and the passage : marked *' for my perusal ran as follows of The picture the I^nprovisatrice^ painted Raffaello by our countryman Signor Cellini. is so one imagines she will step out of the canvas and confront the bystanders. and then bethought myself of the newspaper Mrs.SOCIABLE CONVERSE. she passed into following her. I the dog turned into my own apartment. have yet time behold one of the most wonderful pictures of the age. has been purchased by Prince N to for the sum of forty thou- sand mits francs. 28—2 . 115 to me. nodding her studio. Everard had thrust into my pocket. It was a Roman journal.

were sufficient authority for Still I forming such a conclusion. The one opened was that containing the private instructions of Heliobas to myself for the . I certainly should not go to it Rome on would be purpose. as I perused this." I could see no reason. to and then turned of quite my mind my I the consideration another subject — namely. unless the valley. now be undoubtedly of SIgnor Cellini must acknowledged as one the greatest geniuses of modern times. a personage whom in all I probaput the I should never know. to be sure that / had served as the model for this successful work of lilies art. newspaper carefully by. and in a few days in the possession of Prince N bility .ii6 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. felt quite a curiosity I about the picture — the more so as could foresee no possible chance of my ever be- holding it. the contents of first parchment documents. white dress and the of the at which I had certainly worn Cannes.

— easy enough for it a child to Having promised never is make them but I public. SOCIABLE CONVERSE. barring. and chemists' shops would no longer cumber the difficult streets. that plainest They were based upon the and most reasonable common- sense arguments to understand. of course. that instructions these few concise were known and practised by everyone.— . and I yet so wonderful in their simplicity. These were so exceedingly was surprised. rail and . Illness would be very in of of attainment its — though each the event occurring treat Individual would know how to and life him or herself could be prolonged easily and comfortably to more than a hundred years. doctors would be entirely thrown out of employment. without trespass- ing the bounds of if my pledged word. simple. impossible for me to give the slightest hint of their purport may say at once. and the cultivation of the electric force within me. accidents by sea. preservation of 117 my own health.

restrained universally enough to follow such plain maxims as those laid down for me at In the writing if it of my benefactor. is the present state much to be doubted.restrained which. My jump readers must not be rash enough to to the conclusion that I set it forward as an explanation or confession of faith . or But it will Is take many generations before the world self. Heliobas all. my own my creed has nothing to do with I anyone save myself.ii8 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. simply copy the . I by any promise on resolved to this have give it here In full. no more of the I on which. suggesting that many new theories concerning religion which has civilized a great portion I of humanity. called '' The Electric other document. that as am not restrained point. judging from of society. by deeds of violence. of The I Principle Christianity. Therefore. subject." found so curious and so original. —even be ever self. am forbidden to speak. indeed. road.

if be not generally admitted convincing. in ours. because Circle. from the sending and by the Central Intelligence within) to be capable down of a minute spark of Instinct into the heart of a flower. of too. is / have seen the Grlat Electric know its power (guided as it of anything. I electrical believe. with our boasted progress. in whose veins runs the blood kings. they are only fresh proofs of what I know. the Chaldean Orientals. to be curious To me. as the theory of a deeply read and widely intelligent man. to the perpetual manufacture and re-absorption of solar systems by the million million. What more manifestation can there be of the Creator's . And it is a circle that ever glorious widens without end. of course. a man.SOCIABLE CONVERSE. such as Heliobas undoubtedly was and is . — earnest far and wiser thoughtful in their all who were are generation perhaps than we. The coincidences which have to do with science will. manuscript I 119 possess.

and its Moon dis- appeared and became a mere picture it — till became of grew itself like a small blot on the its fair scroll of the Universe. ! splendour and wisdom this But as to world of ours span round in its how own light littleness farther and farther from the very Sun began to till Radiant Ring. to resent all heavenly attracit and how was yet thought worth few human souls God's patience and tender consideration. while inhabi- tants tion . quoted in the next chapter. till its be re-absorbed. just for the sake of a upon it who still it remembered and loved it Him.I20 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. to give one more chance before into the fire should be drawn back Central all Circle like a spark within a is — this sufficiently set forth in the words of Heliobas. .

: CHAPTER HE V. ''Electric Principle of Christi- anity " '' opened as follows all From Eternity God. This plainly stated in the * : New Testa- ment thus and God is a Spirit. to Those who may be this may search the Scriptures their faith. or ^ the Siip7^eme Spirit of Light existed. THE ELECTRIC CREED. and to all Eternity is He will continue to exist.' He doubt is Shape of pure Electric inclined Radiance. and they in that worship spirit '' Him a must worship Him in truth. on which they pin more par- .

122 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. And the Spirit of God moved . Testament. ** chronicled were As a vast poet forms poems. Divine Love the all the Electric Circle from whence are born ''This truth vaguely ancient dawned upon the poets * of Scripture when they wrote : Darkness was upon the face of the deep. and they will find ticularly the that all the visions and appearances of electric the Deity there in character. and of peopled with creations His glorious fancy. so the God formed by Sphere it a Thought Central in which the He pure dwells. being pure He . And why is ? Because. Light. worlds. or a musician melodies. the power or capacity Loving to of Love implies the necessity of the necessity loving to points the existence the secret of things be loved — hence of of creation. From this the ever- working Intelligence of proceeded Universe. also pure Love of .

' The is word 'our' here implies an that instinctive idea God was never alone. Let us make man in our image. which caused that planet multiply the and wonders of the animal. 123 face of the waters. " These words apply solely to creation or production of otcr own Earthy and in them we read nothing but a simple manifestation of electricity. This idea correct. upon the said.. And God there Let there be And was the light. consisting in a kealmg passage of rays from the Central Circle to the planet newly propelled forth to pro- from duce it. Love cannot for exist in a chaos and God by the sheer necessity of His Being has radiant ever been surrounded by Spirits and immortal emanating in from His own creative glory —beings . THE ELECTRIC CREED. turn again to the poet^ : Let us now prophets of Scripture And God said. light. vegetable and mineral kingdoms which we *' call Nature.

He made Man — that Earth to is. If. of these Children of Light and of Himself. memory. therefore (only the images). emotion. intelligence. then it work for earthly escapes . '* companion working- Like all flames. He caused the be inhabited and dominated by of beings composed parts. Earth's component animal.— 124 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. and companion to Will is drawn by the weight of Earth aims alone. and working it on the contrary. this electric spark can it either be fanned into a fire or can be allowed to escape in destroyed. giving them within their superiority by placing form of them His 'likeness' in the an electric flame ox germ of spiritual existits ence combined with force of Will-power. In the images. its is neglected or forgotten. vegetable and mineral. till it air it can never be It can be fostered and educated living Spiritual becomes a Form of absolute beauty —an immortal creature of thought. all whom beauty and all purity are found.

smallest of planets and not only from a less position in the Universe. is one of the this. . in order to form a direct communication. Of such material are the majority of free-will men composed by their own and choice. they utmost the germs of electric sympathy within themselves. receives direct Influence amount of Circle from the Electric than other worlds more wise enough foster to the happily situated. Were men would to accept this fact. full mated by mere animal ward of inward ignorance and corruption and outincapacity.THE ELECTRIC CREED. and seeks other chances of development 125 In other forms on other planets. or system of attraction. " To resume its : the Earth . from the Earth on which it becomes a mere lump of clay anilife solely. supported only by physical suste- nance drawn dwells. because they habitually deaden the voice of conscience and refuse to believe In the existence of a spiritual element within and around them. but. while the body it leaves.

which . this planet between and the ever-widening Ring. reproduced. very few souls dwelling in here. comes up to an end — God has taken on the few. it will and will new and grander doubtless have more godbe in a like inhabitants. reach who have like blindly tried to to Him. roll on. it may be again .126 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. those brief cycles of centuries which are as a breath in the workings of the and which must yet elapse before this world. swiftly approaching The time is when the invincible Law of Absorption shall extin- guish Earth as easily as flame of a candle. and has estab- a broad stream sympathetic communication with Himself. their But as the ages chances of doing this diminish. so that some spiritual benefit might accrue to them thereby. '* In the meantime — during Infinite. and again thrown out on space but then form. as we know pity it. pent mortal clay. of plants straining lished electric up the light. we blow out the True.

" Granting Him. tenderness. all 127 who of. . therefore He can feel com- passion.THE ELECTRIC CREED. these (and it attri- butes is both blasphemous and unreasonable to deny Him best those virtues it which distingttish the of men). It is to the human all enough to say that the attributes that accompany perfect goodness He enjoys . in a far larger and grander degree. and cannot despise Himself. unselfish pleasure. forgiveness. the is easily understood how He. patience — all or any of the emotions that produce pure. is Also. All-Fair Beneficent Ruler of the Central Sphere. therefore. because He He capable to of all the highest emotions known man. besides possessing other sentiments and desires unimaginable mind. '' care to do so may avail them- selves Here it may be asked ? : Why should God take pity Because that Supreme Shape of Light finds a portion of Himself in all pure souls that love Him.

and not possessing seek. gave to their in the attention they merely earthly surroundings. electric sufficient energy to brief.128 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. as they did. heedless of the storms. perceiving the long distance to which the Earth was propelled. Now the messages of goodwill flash under the waves. For ages (always remembering that our ages are with God of worship was in the this idea a moment) the idea mind of man. attraction. like a ball flung too Electric from the glory of His Ring. saw also that the creatures He had made with fatal in His image were in danger of crushing that image completely out. lacking. In this Earth and God's World were like America and Europe before the Atlantic Cable was laid. With came also the sentiment of pro- pitiation. The untamed savage Instinctively has from felt time Immemorial the . far out. So *' also God's Cable in the is laid between us and His Heaven person of Christ. and it all remembrance of Him.

Buddhism. before stretching '' it across a continent. as known to us. were the first be con- vinced of the truth of Christ's visitation. that It is a notable fact some of the oldest and most learned races in the world. VOL. and also of seeking a reconciliation with that Being for fault or loss in of. some aware himself which he is yet cannot explain. instilled into the human race to prepare as one might test a telegraph- wire from house to house. necessity 129 of looking up to a Being greater than himself. This double instinct —worship note of all and propitiation — is the key- the creeds of the world. and first may be called God's to thought of the cable be hereafter laid —a lightning-thought which He it. . such as the Armenians to and Chaldeans. only it lacks the supernatural Buddha died a hermit at the age II. 29 .THE ELECTRIC CREED. are mere types of Christianity. of which there are so many million followers. All religions. is itself a type of Christ's teaching element.

rection The death and were widely of Christ different.I30 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. The old creeds of the world. the world unconsciously expect something — they knew not what. as well as too indifferent. prophets. to seek pastures fresher and fairer. finding themselves all together in one meadow. and ascetic of eighty. spoke of some approaching to this consola- tion and glory . then. That there are more followers of is Buddhism than of efficacy in latter. Anyone can be to be a Buddha again anyone stated can no^ be a Christ. . the poets. and day the fated . as any wise man resur- might do to-day. like sunflowers. Christianity no proof of any the former or lack of power in the Buddhists help to swell that very large class of persons who prefer a flattering . picture to a plain original like or who. turned towards that unknown Sun all . are too lazy. sheep- by nature. seers. " Through the grew to divine influence of an Electric Thought.

131 unwilling to receive as their Messiah the Divine Martyr they slew. This Spirit. that is.2 THE ELECTRIC CREED. His " Christ came. untainted 29 — . was born as a helpless babe. grew up was as man — as man . in Judea. in order to establish what has been cation called an electric communiand this between God's Sphere Earth. taught. a radiant angel from God's Sphere was in the first place sent down to Earth to wear the form of Mary of Bethlehem. pent up in clay. Jews expect it. that an actual immortal. slain and buried but as pure Spirit rose again and returned in peace to Heaven. "It was necessary. wise. a portion God Himself. comforted. sinless. His mission done. born of a Virgin . to us in our bodies to cultivate and but a complete immortal Spirit. Within that vessel of absolute purity God placed an Emanation of His own radiance is — no germ or small of flame such as given foster. testify to though their own Scriptures identity. and strong.

132 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. afterwards here His spiritual strength and glory by His resurrection. a relic of heathen barbarism God Is too Infinitely loving to desire the sacrifice of the smallest flower. difficulties. Why ? In order that fide In we might trust first completely conrealizing and Him. God needed a Is The idea of sacrifice . sharing with men sufferings. wherein right and it wrong are so jumbled together that is difficult to distinguish one from the other. He should need And the fancy that He should desire Himself or part of Himself to become a erring sacrifice to Himself has arisen out of the absurd and conflicting opinions of humanity. He . and death. And may be noted the main difference between the Electric Theory of Christianity and other theories. danger. . Is too patient to be ever wrathful and barbaric ignorance confronts us again in the notion that to be appeased. Christ did not die because sacrifice. walk Spirit in the person of Christ should this world.

ascension into Finally. Christ's death 133 was not a sacrifice . lived on Earth to to prayed show us how to die . by His Heaven He electric established that much-needed communication be- tween us and the Central Sphere. . for which He strove to re- prepare our souls. of which eight examples are here quoted . ^' It can be proved from the statements of the New Testament that in Christ Spirit. died to show us a be- how yond rose again to impress strongly in truth life upon us that there was this one. was first an Embodied Electric to last From His career was attended by electric phenomena. The appearance of the Star and the Vision of Angels on the night of His birth. show us how show us how to to suffer to live .THE ELECTRIC CREED. it was simply a means of confidence and com- munion with the Creator. for themselves. and earnest students of the matter can find to many others if they choose examine " I. pray . suffered to A sinless Spirit .

they had ' no doubts upon the ^o point . they came worship Hi?n^' and gifts to offer to provided themselves with this radiant Guest. star to They at once recognised the be no new planet. the offspring of pure Light. and electricity was an advanced science with them. They knew what too. " 2.134 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. drawn thither partly by the already strong attractive in- fluence of the Radiance that was imprisoned there in the form of the Babe of Beth- lehem. . to the The vision of the angels appearing shepherds was simply a joyous band Electric of the Singing Children of the Ring. ^ The Chaldeans saw His and they came to star in the east/ worship Him. but simply a starelectric flame flitting this shaped through space. who in out of pure interest and pleasure sight floated of Earth. When ' Christ was baptized by John the heavens opened! the Baptist. that meant. Observe. The Chaldeans were always a learned people.

The walking on the sea was a . and at the sound of His though they ' were engaged all '* in other business. ''5. when He to voice. The all daughter. Thus He was easily able to heal sick and diseased persons by a touch at or a look. disciples. of the widow's son at Nain. The sympathetic influence of Christ that was so powerful. and of Lazarus. were accomplished by the same means. selected His He had but speak to them. they left and followed Him! 4. Christ's body was charged w'lth electricity.THE ELECTRIC CREED. The woman who caught His garment in the crowd was cured of her long. '' 135 3. standing ailment and we see that Christ electric force : was aware of His own words touched is by the * He used on that occasion ? WJia Me For I feel that soine virtue gone out of Me' —which raising is the exact feeling that a physical electrician experi- ences at this day after employing his powers of Jairus's on a subject.

and can who has be accom- cultivated full The sea being of electric particles will support anybody sufficiently and similarly charged —the two currents combining to procure the neces- sary equilibrium. effort. '* 6. The Death of Christ was attended by electric manifestations — by the darkness .— 136 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. sentiment of fear disperses being a purely human emotion. purely electric plished now by anyone sufficient inner force. and the earthquake which finally ensued. be remembered that the angel who was found sitting at the entrance of the empty sepulchre 'had a countenance like light- . does away with spiritual strength for the time. The Resurrection was a most It will powerful display of electric force. Peter. who was by able to walk a his will little way. lost his power directly became and vanquished fear because the electricity. over the land during the Crucifixion the tearing of the temple veil in twain. " 7.

137 like electric flame. was purely in electric character ' : Suddenly there came a sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind.THE ELECTRIC CREED. forth in the Greek legends of at a breath whose glory consumed the mortal '' 8. and sat . by term is which current meant inspired an ever-flowing Intelli- of the working gence of the Creator.'' i. who dared to look upon him.e. The descent of the Holy Ghost. nt7tg. And appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire. It must also be called to mind addressed not. in-rushing to touch for curat rents of electricity that and Him moment would have been instant MagdaThis lene death by lightning. and it filled all the house where they there were sitting. effect of embodied electric force has been shadowed Apollo. how the risen * : Christ Mary Magdalene I Touch !' for am but newly risen Me Why ? should she not have touched Him Simply because His strength then was the strength of concentrated .

Light of . Let us now take the Creed as accepted to-day by the Christian Church. the only-begotten Son all of God. love. It upon each of them. He was * God of God. " ' And one Lord Jesus Christ. and see how thoroughly discoveries it harmonizes with electricity. and visible and invisible! This of exists of is all a and simple description of the Creator as He —a Supreme Centre imtst spring all of Light.' the only absolute Emanation of His pe7^sonal Radiance that own such ever wore mean garb as our clay was found in Christ —who. out of all whom In life. Maker things brief Heaven and Earth.138 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. all wisdom. ' as part of God. certainly existed before all ages! For as the Creed itself says.' cloven " may here be noted is that the natural electric flame * dual or ' in shape. born of the This means that Father before ages. the * of spiritual I believe in one God the Father Almighty.

resurrection.' etc. This. as already stated. Light/ and faith 139 Then we go on through and the circumstances of Christ's birth. means we believe that since Christ ascended into electric Heaven. and an ever-flowing current of divine inspiration is turned beneficially ' in the direction of our Earth. who that proceedeth from the Father and the Son. THE ELECTRIC CREED. as before stated. our profession of brings us to 'I believe in the Holy Ghost. this only happened while at rare and difficult intervals. the Lord and giver of Life. our communication with the Creator has been established. that few It may here be mentioned to to grasp the fact of the special message to women intended be conveyed in . Hfe.' We ' admit in the Creed that this inspiration manifested itself before Christ came and spake by the prophets but. proceeding from the Father and the Son.. death. Christ Himself speaks through those now who seem the most strongly adhere *' to His teachings.

Again. for Himself and instance. at the Galilee. ?' * —which was another reminder to her of her spiritual origin. which she once accepted. one get the and His Why sought ye Me ? Wist ye not Father's busi- that I i^' must be about My ness was a at sort of reminder to her. * . in marriage feast Cana of when said Christ turned the water into wine. to follow His the end.I40 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. understanding between As. There was a secret her. to He : Woman. After the still birth of Christ. of the person Virgin Mary. she moment suffered her humanity to better of her in anxious inquiries reply. causing her at once to address the servants who stood by as . what have I to do with thee which meant simply What have I to do with thee as woman merely ^ His mother. when she found Him for among the doctors of the law. imprisoned by God's will in woman's form. She was actually one of the radiant Spirits of the Central Sphere. she was career to kept on Earth.

can be drawn the secret of happiness for women . . being thus responsibility. if do it. follows ' : 141 Whatsoever why. they need are —obedience.' And may be asked. patience. advanced in years. simple as they are. was really an imprisoned immortal sinless and joyous. and weighted with the cares of a family by a previous marriage —who wedded her by an influence which compelled him to become her protector in the eyes of the world. selfdenial. Out of these facts. should she be forced and to suffer all the weaknesses. modesty. sorrows. under a heavy need sympathetic guidance. it He saith unto you. and endurance. She loved she a secondary position placed herself in willing subjection to Joseph — a man of austere and simple life. Mary Spirit. meekto hold ness. who are the mothers of the laid human and who. long-suffering. anxieties of any ordinary woman and to mother ? Simply as an example womeri race .— THE ELECTRIC CREED. Mary's life teaches women that the virtues purity.

would bring them and those they love out of storm and bewilderment into peace and ** safety. are not well ask. and who J^or those to realize to the are able fell the gigantic as well as minute work perfor7ned by the electric waves around us and within ns. '' Why then. why men are art . if all people Christians ? As and music and poetry are good all things. all there can no longer be any doubt as to the facts of Christianity. not poets musicians.142 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. seeks — . if Christianity be a Divine Truth. viewed by the electric theory. are otherwise than in accordance with the Creator's love and sympathy with even the smallest portion of His creation. He seeks portions His own essence among His creatures. Art seeks in like manner God of God that is. if a secret and a lesson learned by heart. as none of them. that. the the who have once become awai^e of existence of the Central Sphere and of Electric Ring surrounding it.

spirits where thousands of and work for ages. little by little. Christ Himself said. ' 143 INIany are called. a mighty It has been asked whether the Electric Christianity includes the doctrine Theory of of Hell. '' it were. helping and warning others. released souls seek to attain final happiness in the Central Sphere where God of is . that however great the number are those permitted to proceed planet. so that. longed-for goal.' and stands to reason that very few souls will succeed in becoming pure enough to enter the Central Sphere without hindrance. watching over others. in this unselfish labour succeed in raising themselves. . but it few are chosen .THE ELECTRIC CREED. Many. will be detained in the Purgatory of Air. or a place of perpetual punishment. on leaving Earth. till they at last reach the It must also be remem- bered that not only from Earth but from all worlds. as ocean. they can only thither from this little form. one drop in. higher and ever higher.

The electric germ of the It — delicate. a man who is ob- stinate In pursuing ac/we evil can so retro- grade the progress of any within him. that escape. horses. Eternal Punishment Is merely a form of speech for what is really Is Eternal Retrogression. forces his soul downward to inhabit hereafter the bodies of doo^s. For Soul is as there a Forward. fiery. dependent inhabits.— 144 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. to seek some other chance of development. by choice. so there must be a Backward. on the body It first For Instance. as It It spiritual life shall lack the power to might do. and other like animals. from merely lym- phatic and listless temperaments. birds^ and other creatures dominated by But there Is purely physical needs. And in constituted So that If a man. but shall sink Into the forms of quadrupeds. thing It one can never escape from that faculty is Memory. he . Hell. and Imperishable as its — can be forced by refuge In a companion Will to take lower form of material existence.

his instincts not half satisfied. is There no greater torture than to be compelled to remember. meanin ing in the eyes of a dog or a seal the melancholy. there forth the yearning shadowed hope that dies away in despair as the bird sinks to earth again. Retrogression means that the hopelessly tainted electric germ recoils further and it further from the Pure Centre whence sprang.THE ELECTRIC CREED. always bearing within itself the it knowledge of what might have been. . it was once and what is There pathetic . the Electric Theory 30 of VOL. with throat is of passionate. should 145 know that he does so at the cost of Eternal everything except Remembrance. Regarding II. " in suffering. shouting prayer. joys and glorious opportunities gone for ever. there is an unuttered warn. patient gaze of the oxen toiling at the plough . in the voice of the nightingale than love and in the wild its upward soaring of the full lark. ing in is the silent faces of flowers there more tenderness of regret .

shadowed Science. to explain. * The compilers or inventors of the Arabian Nights' also ^ hit upon a truth when they An impulse which led them vaguely to foresee. curious to observe how the truth of it has again and again been dimly forth in the prophecies of Art. Those who hold that this Earth of ours was once self-luminous are also right . and Poesy.* The astronomers who. have been enabled to measure the flames of the burning sun.146 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. for it was indeed so when Electric first projected from the Ring. The old painters who depicted a halo of light round the head of their Virgins and Saints did so out of a correct impulse which they did not hesitate to obey. in which they will be perfectly right. . and to find out that these are from two to four at thousand miles high. after years of profound study. are nearly arrived the conclusion that it is a world in a state of conflagration. the electric principle of spiritual though not life. it is Religion.

described evil 147 human beings as forced through influence to take the forms of lower animals —a truth just explained in the Law of Retrogression. out of are able to draw lessons for our guidance hereafter. Once all realize these two great facts. artists The great point that scientists failed to discover. have hitherto the existence of the Central Sphere and its surrounding Electric Circle. head of In all Churches errors have intruded through In a unworthy and hypocritical members.o — . all prophecy. -. is I offer no opinion as to w^hich Christ's Church. should therefore be eagerly and studied earnestly. all All art. *' In conclusion. for in them which we we and is find electric inspiration. accepted poesy.2 THE ELECTRIC CREED. or the FountainSpirituality in the world. and the wonders and mysteries of the Universe are perfectly easy of comprehension. crowded congregation of worshippers there may perhaps be free only one or two who are from self-interest and personal vanity.

this And even though Church instinctively . I shall not it name mean. and the bond uniting one of love and them must be an faith. in the place. is In Sectarianism. and which is. electric No upon true Christian should be able to hate. should choose that which has viost electricity working within it. as among the were. able to exist storms of modern opinions. or called envy the other. affording refuge and consolation travellers to the few determined who is are bound onward and upthe Church I ward. and which is able to believe in a positive electrical communication between Christ and herself taking place daily on her altars it — a Church which holds. because the duty of everyone to exit amine and find out for himself or herself.148 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. there no shred of Christianity. Were I I to select among the Churches. have perfect Unity . despise. therefore. Lovers of God and first followers of Christ must. the other end of the telegraphic ray between Earth and the Central Sphere. for instance.

that every thought and word of every habitant on every planet in lightning is reflected language before the Creator's eyes as easily as we receive telegrams . the only Church which it. and the Electric Ring. because life. reader of this manuscript to which Heliobas. to remember and invincible following that God and His little Christ exist. it is full of errors introduced by ignorant and unworthy must be carefully members as —errors which cast aside it is examined and I by degrees. its is ever at . strong and indestructible. said before. append realize facts my hand earnestly first. works in the 149 right direction. the huge Central Sphere revolves. that while the paltry affairs of our temporal state are being built up as crazily as a child's house of cards. has the Principles of Electricity within and " is therefore destined to live. secondly. But.: THE ELECTRIC CREED. electricity is Now 1 beseech the I. . work of production and re-absorption thirdly. and the seal.

and And the general spread of modern is positivism.I50 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.'^ dwell upon surface. that world is ^/le only spot is in the actually Universe where questioned His existence doubted. vortex its and out of all who shall .' even the other In other words. the fiery whirlpool is of the Ring planet in its nearly ready to absorb our . in Those who Spiritual and believe God and Beauty are about side . and the other left '} . opposing ranks and the moment approaches * prophesied to be as the lightning that lighteneth out of the one part under to heaven. and shineth part. materialism and atheism one of the most times. ' the one be taken. how many the reach the glorious Central World of God same Of two men working shall shall it in not be as Christ foretold — field. to be placed on one Self are the millions who worship in vast drawing together on the other which is . this fourthly. terrific and meaning signs of the of separating the wheat The work is from the chaff love beginning.

and understand. and perform wonders even while of clay it . can sink into even a In lower form than that of snake or toad.! THE ELECTRIC CREED. Reader ! art. '' 151 Friend. under lock and key. can become an Angel." and bore a seal on which the impression seemed to consist of two Arabic or Sanskrit I words. take heed and foster Whoever thou thine own soul from taking Wills. through indiffer- ence and apathy. bility ! Wonderful and terrible responsi- Who shall ?" dare to say we have no need of prayer This document was signed ''Casimir Heliobas.ockery and blasit phemous our disbelief. which carefully I could not away with its companion MS. put it while I was yet musing earnestly on its . can desert us altogether and for ever . own unfettered hand lies our eternal destiny. Pupil. For know that nothing can hinder the Immortal Germ within us it the form imposed upon by our it Through Love and in its habitation Faith. through m.

and lovely face. with a caressing sweetness friends will in her manner ** . the studio. *' way of passing the I want to be as long as possible in your company. half gaily. fond friends. us. She in the had finished her task said. looked wistfully at her in Leo had followed her still from the studio. we not? Close. very melan- "We shall I always be good friends. like sisters " Sisters are not always fond of each " other." My heart sank at the thought of parting I from her. And you know ' there is a friend that sticketh '!" closer than a brother ." she added.152 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS." said. Zara ''shall i^" dearest." remarked Zara. Zara my room. she and she now proposed a drive Bois as an agreeable rest of the afternoon. expect you soon be leaving of you as I so I must have as much can. came into In contents. and seemed choly. for I now your have come to Paris.

of course. Put on your things is and come." readily obeyed and we enjoyed an exhilarating drive together. to speak cheerfully as I said sticks **Why.: THE ELECTRIC CREED. half jestingly. endeavoured." ''They are thing. death closely to us than more any friend or relative. But you look of life fitter to receive the embraces than of death." she both . and a I kind of foreboding chilled my blood. " she replied with strange smile. the one let leads to the other. however. I The carriage her. to and our conversation had principally do with the progress of art and literature in . " I 153 And what Death !" friend is that m yoicr case ?" a asked. one and the same us answered " or rather. in which there was both pathos and triumph. The rest of the day passed with us all very pleasantly. Zara. I started at her unexpected reply. But do not begin to philosophize. half curiously. waiting.

true sentiment combined with extrateclmique. passion.154 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. clap-trap.' ordinary Now ledges the Continent of Europe acknow- Pablo de Sarasate as the first violinist living. ''J7e plays pieces which. and London would not be it London tinent. Half these people do not know in the least what they mean by ' ' breadth and colour' or virtuosity ^ said Heliobas. papers on great artist. all " They think emotion. many and maintained itself equably on the level of mundane and affairs.' A true type of the artist virtuoso'' etc. unless could thrust an obtuse in the face of the is opposing opinion Con- England the last country in the . with must be ' a smile. his wonderful skill..' ^^ He lacks breadth and '* colour. Among Spanish other things. amused Heliobas criticisms of this by quoting him some of the the London such daily as. lands. ^' thotigh adapted to a7^e the veriest show clap-trap . we spoke I of the violinist Sarasate. etc.

always Sarasate is like a brilliant bit meteor of the streaming across their narrow heaven of music think ' . they stare. after my prayers. are tired Its 155 people and blase . The meteor gliding from shines and burns So. to shall always be glad remember how tenderly Zara kissed me and wished me good repose and I recall now. world to accept anything new. in the old grooves. wonder. how . and gratitude. . perfectly calm and contented I I felt as. they want to trot or gallop It will always be so. sank to sleep. gape. of what awaited me on the morrow. with mingled pain. unwarned. talking it is always a meteor lightly. like highly trained circus-horses.a THE ELECTRIC CREED. the hours wore away. What would you . which lest ? it they are afraid to accept set them !" on fire. and subject to subject. and therefore happily unconscious. and we I at last separated for the night. and it is ' an unnatural phenomenon in the — virtuosity way of meteors.

and rose with the general sense of ease and refreshment since I that I always experienced had been under the treatment of Those whose unhappy physical condition causes them to awake from unHeliobas.CHAPTER HE VI. had slept well. can scarcely . morning of the rather next day dawned gloomily. A air. DEATH BY LIGHTNING. yellowish fog obscured the and there was a closeness and in sultriness for the atmosphere that was strange I that wintry season. easy slumber feeling almost more fatigued than when they retired to rest.

making the heart merry . superior to them all. This indeed most it absolute enjoyment. like flowers. glad eyes with the morning Hght to feel the very air a nourishment to stand with lithe. untired. have any idea of the happiness to it 157 engenders open .. and all the powers of body and mind is in active working condition. become ever more strong and shall say life is not radiant —with who these surroundings and prospects. rested limbs in the bath of cool. wondrous thing that destined to watch an eternity of worlds bloom and fade to bloom again. shall while itself. pure water.^ the brain clear. Add to the know- ledge of the existence of one's own Inner Immortal Spirit Light is — the beautiful germ of no labour In the fostering of which ever taken in vain is — the living. quota to the to tingle from life head to foot with the warm current of running briskly through the veins. finding its that limpid element obediently adding vigour of perfect health . worth living ? . DEATH BY LIGHTNING.

and around us radiates the Supreme Love. and others all like them. atmospheric influences have had no effect upon the equable poise of my temperament fellow-creatures —a fact for which I cannot be too grateful. unalterably tender These thoughts. Melancholy was now no part of otherwise the appearance of the my nature. blessings in disguise thy sharpest pains are brought upon us by ourselves. to warnings for our while above us. might have been depressed by weather and the I murkiness of the air. Life ! Dear ! sweet Moment ! gracious Opportunity the taking ! brief Journey so well worth gentle Exile so well worth are but enduring ! —thy bitterest sorrows . I occupied me I till had finished dressing. But since learned the simple secrets of physical electricity. of seeing how many my permit themselves to be affected by changes . through us. and even then are turned guidance .! 158 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. more or less conducive to cheerfulness.

After he had concluded the poor animal . He had been lying quietly at his master's feet for time. lifting his nose in uttered a most prolonged and desolate howl. some when he suddenly arose. in the wind. singing softly I on my way. repast. or other things of the Hke character. it. Anything despair- more thoroughly heart-broken and ing than that cry I have never heard. me with dismay. air. seated the head of her occupied in while Heliobas was reading and sorting a pile of letters that lay beside his plate.DEATH BY LIGHTNING. 159 intense heat. and. Both greeted me with their usual warmth and and sister I heartiness. filled of behaviour on the part of Leo. however. and at found Zara already table. the brother silent. sat upright. I went down to breakfast. During the or twice tears. intense cold. were strangely and once filled fancied that Zara's eyes with though she smiled again so quickly I and radiantly that felt I was mistaken. A piece too.

Ivan regrets he cannot dine with us he said. on which lay a which he handed to his master and immediately retired. '* '' think not. and lastly Zara's. then mine. ing a silver salver. that he hopes to have the pleasure of looking in during the latter part of the evening. creeping meekly along. seemed ashamed of what he had done. he kissed his master's hand. as his feelings were altogether too much ^' for him. He says." replied Heliobas. Heliobas opened and read *' it. is The and weather peculiar .i6o A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. to-day — close. and. how- ever." ." At that moment the page entered bearletter. with drooping head and tail." *' glancing at his sister. he went into a distant corner if and lay down again. almost thunderous tible to dogs are very suscep- such changes. Is I he ill ?" I asked pityingly. to-day. he is otherwise engaged. Finally.

said *' I want to have a talk with to you while room." '' . secretly in my studio for some time 31 VOL." we can be alone. She thanked me and resumed *' : You II. linking her arm through : mine. Come my We went upstairs together. I am going to ask a favour of you. followed by the wise yet doleful Leo. seconds afterwards we rose from and Zara. . let his mistress out of his When we me arrived at our destination. know I have been working past. Zara pushed gently into an easy-chair. and made no other reply. small or great. she began because I know you or Casimir. will do it anything to please not so I me Is ?" assured her she might rely upon my any observing with the truest fidelity request of hers. i6i Zara inclined her head gently. in and seated herself '' another one opposite.DEATH BY LIGHTNING. A few table. who seemed de- termined not to sight.

?" I Going on a journey. The'other It is " she hesitated colossal figure first ' " is incomplete." I could not answer her for a minute or I two. you are.'* . the which was veiled when you to came in I see my little statue of Evening! made an attempt beyond my I powers — in short. I dear. I pay great attention to what I say. have reason to believe that to shall be compelled take a sudden journey I —promise will me that that when am gone you see unfinished statue completely destroyed — demolished Into powder.— i62 — A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. I suppose you will soon return statue home be again . " ^' was so surprised by her words. in the execution of I have been occupied two designs tended as a — one is finished. Now. Well. cannot carry out the idea to my satisfaction. Zara if said. and why should your In destroyed the meantime It ? You may yet be able to bring to final perfection. and is in- gift to Casimir.

" said Zara.^1—2 . " will Say no more." I interrupted her. must preside at the work of demolition it myself." you are gone. " I told you It was a favour ** ." assured her but seems so strange to result me that you should wish the of your labour destroyed. " I you wish. though I frankly confess would be most painful to me. I desire it most if earnestly. " am repeated and before you yourself leave . Zara do as !" I exclaimed .DEATH BY LIGHTNING. simply because you are going on a journey. 163 Zara shook her head and smiled half sadly. would do anything *' . Zara this you say "When firmly." she said willing to grant " I and now you are un- it. I had to ask of you. " I When gone." am I I not unwilling — believe It me." *' Strange as It seems. to please you. ''otherwise — but I you will not see It done for me. dearest.

you will see that particular statue destroyed. a caught It my eyes and almost fiery dazzled lustre them. and seemed to grow murkier every . and lurid flash as she did so. house. ''and ? when are I you leave coming Paris *' back again Before ?" I hope so . I have your pro- Most certainly. You I will thus do me a very great service." said. Such a lovely.! i64 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS." she replied shall evasively "at any we ?" I meet again soon." she answered." She kissed me. and triumphant smile You will know my destination before to-night has passed away. was a gleam of jewel she wore. so. glad. "In mise " ? the meanwhile. from the electric The day went on the weather its usual course." "Well." " Where are you going asked. — I think rate. She " smiled.

DEATH BY LIGHTNING. and after the morning. hour. at the door several Leo. all I saw nothing of Heliobas day." and seating . took up at random from a side-table little a volume of poems. I After being alone for an hour or more. was missing. ing that within. very little of Zara. She I dis- appeared soon after luncheon. 165 The air was almost I sultry. though times. I I heard the sounds of listen. and when during the afternoon went into the conservatory to gather some of the glorious Marechal Niel roses that grew there in such perfection. But was profoundly I Strolling into the hall. I thought would pay a visit to the chapel. the intense heat of the place was nearly insupportable. unknown '' to me. I knocked too. called Pygmalion in Cyprus . and could not find her in her rooms nor in her studio. But on I attempting to carry out this intention found its doors locked —an unusual circumFancyvoices all stance which rather surprised me. paused to silent.

ah God ! I feel it yet. as blameless as the snow. Sorrow be mine if such I do refuse And when I die. a kiss too courteous to be kind. The author was assuredly I man of genius. '* opened the of Kisses. And evermore my The soul will loathe the same. But not the touch of that divided shame It clove my hps —it . was only one of many his in the same a collection. and noted with some surprise how - original and . is one I use Morning and noon and night. toys and joys of fate I may forget. As sharp as frost. And The I will sing their secrets as I go. and not amiss. which I read and re-read with pleasure. be Love enrapt in bliss Re-sanctified in heaven by such a kiss !" ! This little gem. burnt me like a flame. " The third. the final kiss. first. such a kiss as monks and maidens know. in myself one of the luxurious Oriental near the silvery I easy-chairs fountain. I sparkling began at to read. studied word- melodies with intense interest. Was " The second kiss.— a — t66 romance of TWO WORLDS." book I held A : Ballad which ran as follows " There are three kisses that I call to mind.

' . In became speedily absorbed to was repeating which I myself softly a : remember now " Hers was sweetest of sweet faces. DEATH BY LIGHTNING. of course will do In due season. nor Austin Dobson. evidently a because he was modern Englishman. which. I do not give his name it here. my first introduction to his poems. nor Matthew Arnold. nor Martin Tupper.. He I was neither plagi- arist nor translator — he was actually an original man. as It is so proud of it its literary standing. and verse On I this. and yet unlike any other of his writing species. Hers the tenderest eyes of all In her hair she had the traces Of a heavenly coronal. His name was not Alfred Tennyson. beautiful similes. as consider the duty of his own country to find him out and acknowledge him. 167 were many of I his fancies and say I noted them with surprise. nor Edwin Arnold. Bringing sunshine to sad places Where the sunlight could not fall. them.

I Then was startled I by the sound of a and Rethe clock striking six. thinking as went of Zara and wondering and her strange could not request. on whence I had taken I I made my way upstairs. Take things thing I is as they come due order one circumstance explains the other. . any satisfactory besides. I come to . you to consider the reason of or the meaning of in that. the people who were coming decided to go to placing the table *' my room and " Pygmalion book it. and every- always for the best. to very though the subject kept recurring my mind.i68 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. what journey she was going upon." prepared my Indian crepe dress for the I evening. the same had worn for Madame . bethought myself of to dinner. dress. I conclusion on this point had a it curious disinclination to think about earnestly. as plainly as though the words were spoken '* in my ear : It is useless for this. Yet always some inward monitor seemed to assure me.

sparkled in tinted my lips. ready to was a perfectly dimple into glad mirth or bright laughter. conservatory —lovely with dewy pale-gold centres forming per- cups of delicious fragrance. No shadow it of pain or care remained upon to remind me of past suffering. joyous and vigorous. eyes. and. self. I lilies of the valley to ornament arranged some dusters I of the Marechal Niel roses the their fect had gathered from blossoms. . and looked at long mirror. glowed on my and The glass face that looked my cheeks. turning round. instead of it having with. back at me from the happy one. These. rounded my figure. For health. I As I my own arrayed myreflection in the smiled out of sheer gratitude. relieved by a few fern. and *' : I murmured ** half aloud !" Thank God !" Amen I said a soft voice. delicate sprays of the finish maidenhair to formed a becoming my simple costume. DIdler's party at 169 Cannes .DEATH BY LIGHTNING. only. saw Zara.

first spoke ** You look like a bride. softest white satin. cluster of and these. Zara ! You . and twelve rows of pearls were clasped round her slender throat. on occasion was braided and out with small orange-blossoms I pearls. shall I But how describe her ? No words can adequately paint the glorious beauty in which. must have been neck and arms Her beautiful were bare. I while gazed admiringly at her. which shone with a soft. like rich. hanging down this one thick plait. she seemed to in move as an atmosphere of her own clinging robe of the creating. size and purity.: lyo A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. from their priceless. that night. the light of the young moon. caught in at the waist by a zone of pearls —pearls which. support- ing in their centre the electric stone. subdued radiance. She wore a richest. in Her dark hair was arranged in its usual fashion — that which in is. On of her bosom she wore a magnificent natural .

and suits you to per- fection. " Before to kiss I we go down I should like you me once.DEATH BY LIGHTNING. " Are you I quite ready ?" Quite. to think of never cease me kindly ?" ." answered. they belonged to my . " You will never forget me. As for the pearls. have all 171 the outward signs of one — white come and I satin. She hesitated and sighed. pearls." she said could not resist them. and orange-blossoms !" She " smiled. out in our conservatory. and are my is favourite ornaments and white satin now no soft longer exclusively for brides. mother. is ! How Your and pretty that Indian crepe toilette is charming. They are the first cluster that has " . fondly. '' will you she asked almost anxiously. Then she raised her lovely eyes with a sort of wistful tenderness. embraced her and our lips met ?" with a lingering sisterly caress." she said.

voices But come! I hear downstairs. Again. So you see. !" I repeated ' in astonish- ment *' " why good-bye ^ ?'* Because it is my fancy to good-bye !" say the word. . Zara ! I " As if I could forget you shall always think of you as the loveliest in the world. spiritual Remembering her I sympathies. and we must be in the drawing-room to receive them. I think our expected guests have arrived. answered " at once I : Even then I shall of the fairest of the know you to be one angels. '' shall always love you. I think you will." ." she said meditatively **you are one of us. "How dear I !" you are to-night." ** she replied with quiet firmness." and sweetest woman " And when ?" I am out of the world what then she pursued. bye. little Good- friend !" And she again kissed me. " Good-bye . Zara darling. fanciful said. dear little friend.— 172 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.

And in this. receiving polite nothings to the all Everards and Challoners. women. but she would not give me took time to utter another syllable. Be this as it may. though she rejoiced in a superb "arrangement" by Worth of ruby velvet and salmon-pink. she was irritable. though a there are times effect . Everard found her. perfect dress is But. She hand and hurried me with her downstairs. . who had gether. thought. looked a and fagged. was the of mind which Mrs. little Amy tired Everard. self that evening or else she was a trifle jealous of Zara's harmonious grace and loveliness. I felt 173 bewildered. arrived to- resplendent I in evening costume.DEATH BY LIGHTNING. level but dwindles insignificantly to of a mere tailor. and in another moment we were both and saying in the my drawing-room. whose prices are state ruinous. I think. when even that fails of its and then Worth ceases to loom consoling to most the before the feminine eye as a sort of demi- god.

and she furled and unfurled her fan of pink ostrich feathers with patience. with a gesture of her head towards Zara.174 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. as is I did. *' It is very bad style to be quite well — it is almost improper. to her But she would not permit herself become good- humoured. knowing. I wonder Girls never under- . "They belonged answered. and a glimmering features. a ckz/d. will You have too much colour you don't take care. smiling as to I her mother. '^ some imthose Where did that child get all pearls from ?" she next inquired. " She actually wearing a small fortune on her person. fault and whisperlngly found being '* with me if for in such good health. '' and nothing " I is I so unfashionable." went on her brother allows her." replied with know !" due meekness." she said almost pettishly." She looked smile lighted at me." I heard Zara called her real age. Amy *' .

warned and startled me. who that moment entered the room accompanied by Father Paul. and it. and were. He I greeted his guests with warmth all and unaffected heartiness. look more sombre and less keen his smile was not so sweet as it was stern. present could see." she old enough made no reply . in his A deep shadow of anxiety eyes made them . I was absorbed at in watching Heliobas. was nothing unusual about him me there was a change in his expression which. when had realized curiously alarmed me. To an uninstructed eye there . is They I should be kept for her to appreciate them. to . For what had he.^ do with all even the thought of defiance Did not .DEATH BY LIGHTNING. defiance I . as it were. at once fascinated by the dignity of his presence and the his charm of but to manner. and there very ? was an undefinable something bearing that suggested in his —what ? Defiance Yes. it was this which. stand the 175 value of things of till that sort. Heliobas.

and entertained them with the ease and bonhomie of an accomplished courtier and man of the world. if this was so. out of my deep gratitude to him. the hum like went on. While these thoughts of gay conversation possessed me. his power come from the knowledge of the of necessity obedience to the ? spiritual powers within and without light Quick as me by Azul egarding him came back to my rememEven as he is my Beloved.176 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. proved himself to be of quite a festive and jovial disposition." the words spoken to *' : if he should fail ? A kind of instinct came danger upon of me this that some Immediate threatened him. Challoner and her daughters. and Zara's bright laughter ever and again broke Father Paul. would do to my utmost best warn him in time. . too. and I braced myself up to a firm determination that. for he made himself agreeable to Mrs. I. music on the air. so brance What let him not fail to hear my voice.

and on this apparently floated a beautiful gondola steered by the figure of a gondolier. Challoner and myself came next . Everard Colonel Eve- rard followed. There was a universal murmur of surprise and view deliofht . Challoner and her other daughter Effie. and Father Paul. 32 . that the whole design was VOL. dining- room with Mrs. with Zara on one arm and . large round of crystal in imitation of a lake. with Mrs.DEATH BY LIGHTNING. as its the dinner-table came in and arrangement was indeed a In the centre was placed a triumph of art. with the sound of music played electric instrument devoted to that purpose. both exquisitely wrought glass. the eldest Miss Challoner on the other Mr. was. brought up the rear. in fine Venetian The gondola was piled high with a cargo of roses. a performance which all elicited much admiration Heliobas led the from the the guests. but the wonder of it all II. way into . Dinner was announced in the usual 177 way — that by the is.

shaped like a long-stemmed Nile lily. held roses and ferns.1 78 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. the gondola was electric stars. electricity. like drops of dew. causing the blossoms to shine fairy-like with a transparent lustre. clad in the Armeseated. but which was really electric wire. And this was not all. from end end with below which were in reflected with prismatic brilliancy the crystal . Beside every guest at table a slender vase. nian costume. stood waiting silently round the table till all present were and then they commenced the business of . and almost Four graceful youths. The whole ornament scintillated and glowed like a marvellous piece of curiously con- trived jewel-work. shone on the leaves of lit the flowers to . in which were hidden tiny electric stars. lit up by Electric sparkles. the gondolier's long pole glittered with what appeared by the an to be drops of water tinged moonlight. and in his cap flashed an electric diamond.

" he said. Everard join. " Electricity. the key-note of creation. with swift and noiseless dexterity. slaves. and will say. began to by warm tion. were loosened. tongues Challoners. " Is though the most powerful of masters. 179 serving the viands. As soon as the soup was handed and the round." ^2 — . with equal certainty it Is life or death In fact. expressions In of unqualified admira- which Colonel and Mrs. who had been gazing relieve their at every- thing In almost open-mouthed astonishfeelings ment.2 DEATH BY LIGHTNING. real electric ?" ''And Is It this Is light } And perfectly harmless Hellobas smilingly assured her of the safety of his table decorations. this beats all Tve ever seen. can give . Challoner glittering vase as she bent to examine the of flowers near her plate. It Is the most docile of capable of the smallest as It well as of the greatest uses. I were not slow to '* I do say." said good Mrs.

i8o A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. '* Do you remember." remarked Mr. Everard. addressing Mrs. Amy. to Your young friend here." '* And do you base your medical pursued the treatment on Colonel. manner. she had but a few months to can bear witness to the efficacy of my method. who came If me from Cannes. Indisputable and unalterable. that 'Ms " It your theory. ''how you told ? me I looked like a sick nun at Cannes What do I look like now ?" "You look as If you had never been In 111 your '' life. is not only It my theory." I said." Every eye was now turned upon me. " Is a truth. looking as live." she replied." answered Heliobas. sir?" asked Colonel Everard. " that Challoner In his deliberate . to those who have all studied the mysteries of electric science. and I looked up and laughed. to I was going say. ** this principle ?" Certainly.

and the same bright healthy eyes.DEATH BY LIGHTNING. " I did not know ! you were such a flatterer. Challoner Diana thanks you The conversation now became general. !" Mr. you remind painting of i8i me very much of that I a small in Diana saw the the Louvre the other day. He with was amiable enough a little present me landscape scene it and the effect of light upon is so powerfully done that actually you would swear the sun was it. That what ." shining through The curved '* fine in a sensitive mouth dear of Heliobas somewhat sarcastic smile." colouring. upon the growing reputation of Raffaello Cellini. "What man. You have same sort of elasticity in your movements. surprises me in that *' young is said It Colonel is Everard. his simply marvellous. my —a piece of is clap-trap. still smiling. and turned. to . among other subjects." I bowed." he said lighdy. sir *' Mere trickery.

holding up Sir. I drink to you agree with you! I calculate there's a good many worlds flying round in space. conI trary sort of world than this one. while Cellini lives. sir !" *' he I said. his glass of wine. the way of the world !" Mr. feeble-minded. ** Right you are. Challoner's rugged face showed signs of satisfaction. — is in England And it zaiVl be said by many oracular long-established newspapers. ' There may even be a Cellini School of Colouring. defy any archangel to find !" Heliobas laughed. but a more ridiculous. and after a slight pause resumed : . and his shrewd eyes twinkled.' where a select comwill profess to pany of daubers know It is the secret that has died with him. would be said of such pictures at least. As soon as he will dead — ah ces^ autre chose ! —he then most pro- bably be acknowledged the greatest master of the age.! i82 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. nodded.

and though people think a great . scientific secret. In the meantime they have got . may per- haps take them a few hundred years to find out. a moon and effect is stars in electric The exceedingly lovely . Vessels in mid-ocean have no more need of fog-signals and . residing in Italy. as to A friend of mine. what is more — ships. has a luminous ball-room.DEATH BY LIGHTNING. which as they do not guess —a which wonderful. different-coloured lamps their own coat of safely paint will be sufficient to light them on their way. " It is astonishing to 183 me that people do not see to what an infinite number of uses they could put the little re-discovery they have made of /umznoics paint. beautiful. simple thing there yet is In that a secret. hold of one end of the thread they can they can far make luminous important will paint. where the ceiling is decorated with light. and with it paint light-houses. and. Even rooms can be so be perfectly luminous at painted night.

is perhaps the only great room in Italy that has been really cheaply is fitted up. there another secret discovery which. '' Because." Then why don't you disclose demanded — it for the benefit of everybody?" Effie Challoner. will revolu- the schools of art in the world. as I said before. Challoner. Everard. tionize ^* behind the invention or of luminous paint —a secret when once all unveiled. But. The it. " madame perfectly. believe me if I did. " Yes." this secret ?" Do you know asked Mrs. Why. there nothing talked 1 of nowadays but education and progress The very children are !" wiser than their parents . would my dear young lady. no one time is not yet ripe for till its '* The world must 1" wait people are better educated." Better '' educated exclaimed is Mrs. money must have been it deal of laid out ball- upon it.i84 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.

At the rate things are going. " 185 The children !" returned HeHobas. at which Nature in fairies would have us believe and all the are. who the only true sages — childhood. almost angelic age. are bringing down upon the generations to come an unChild- looked-for and most terrific curse. is being gradually stamped out under the cruel iron heel of the Period — a period not of wisdom. result will be an increase of vice and crime. there will children old left . or beauty. say. Many of them are being brought up without any faith in God or religion the . half indignantly. who teach the children by the of poor human reason only. unthinking. and do away with faith in spiritual things.DEATH BY LIGHTNING. sweet. the happy. half " inquiringly. The very babes will be born old. innocent. after all. soon be no little they will all be tired men and women before they are in their teens. hood. health. but one . miscalled wise light men. I delicate aerial fancies of poets. The purblind philosophers.

Live and then — die ! And full — who last knows what then His words voice ?" had been of ringing eloquence as he spoke. but why coin seek to relieve Why lessen the sparkling heaps of gold by so ? much then as a ! Accumulate and ever accumulate so. its eyes fixed on one hard. thrilling tone of . is There beggars but they are hum- bugs . Get on — be let successful Trample on others. but push forward yourself! its Money. money its ! — chink be your music let yellow shine be fairer than the eyes of ! love or friendship late Let its piles ! accumuare and ever accumulate in the streets. of drunken delirium. in which the world rushes feverishly along.— i86 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. Gold. but at these it sank into a low. there poverty in it ? many places. the glittering. stony-featured idol ! Education Is it education to teach young that their chances of happiness their neighall depend on being richer than bours ? ! Yet that is what ! it tends to. .

Chal! You are actually coming out I . solemnity and earnestness. but haven't seen to it. Challoner was the impressive pause. fascinated silent." " Bravo. direct to the devil ladies will excuse — if the me I for plain speaking. and curiously from obstructions. I've had a very general that call impression about me Society has of late years been going. ing somewheres and you'll allow me to say that I feel your words — I think they're to say right true." he observed feel- slowly. at him. loner. is And as the journey being taken by choice and free-will. per express service. ** !" exclaimed Mrs.DEATH BY LIGHTNING. but I've got a good deal of . '* sir. it's a downward John line. and were Mr. suppose there's no Besides. I've often wanted what clear you've said. my way what we Anyhow. '' first to break the I'm not a speaker. free hindrance or stoppage possible. 187 We all looked by his manner.

and exerted herself to the utmost to charm — an effort which she easily succeeded. failing * he wouldn't mind becoming deep. heard never before. It is never could quite where he earnestly desires any tree . isn't A simile a good thing if it over- crowded. Mr. and once or twice that Father Paul looked at him with a certain kindly anxiety." '' you Indulge in similes Well. was loveliest.i88 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS." We all laughed. my is dear/' returned her husband. Zara. all There is a verse of his which. especially merry. I thought. with I my admiration for him. and looked her She made an in excellent hostess. as bones under the sharp sea' I tried hard to see the point of that. ''better late than never. somewhat gratified. or. . but couldn't fix it. to be as 'anj' leaf of that. Swinburne's similes are laid on too thick sometimes. fathom. The shadow on Jioticed the face of her brother I had not disappeared. For instance.

and even strawberries. goblet was filled. and said " : "I have a toast to propose. ice." !" Hear.DEATH BY LIGHTNING. Heliobas excepted. plantains. was served. 189 dinner approached with its its end. seized off its contents to his glass. . '' To our next merry meeting !" and as she said this she kissed the rim of the cup. and with it a delicious sparkling topaz- tinted wine of Eastern origin called Kriila. The dessert. fruit. hear murmured the gentlemen. The luxurious dishes of rare such as peaches. hothouse grapes. to us in Venetian wherein lay diamond-like lumps of The air was so exceedingly oppressive that evening that we found this beverage most refreshing. which was poured out glass goblets. and made a sign as though wafting wards her brother. When it Zara's she held up smiling. and drained the last drop. it to- He started as if from a reverie.

''Never '' — never ! I" I said is Oh. and there was no I opportunity to say more. to Everyone responded with heartiness Zara's toast. As I did a low. and all the ladies rose to adjourn to the drawing- room. As I passed Heliobas on so my way almost he looked sombre I and threatening of aspect. though I knew why. out. and lingered at the door and glanced back so. broke suddenly on . that ventured to whisper " " : Remember Azul !" She has forgotten me /" he muttered. After this Zara gave the signal. and then Colonel Everard fair proposed the health of the hostess. at him.I90 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. like chariot- wheels rolling afar our ears. off. scarcely no answer. rumbling sound. : Heliobas what wrong with you He made Zara. earnestly. as had to follow I But I felt very anxious. which was drunk with enthusiasm.

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
*'

191

Thunder,"
"
I

remarked

Mr.

Challoner
It.

quietly.
It

thought we should have

has been unnaturally

warm

all

day.

A

ofood storm will clear the air."

In
I

my

brief

backward look

at

Heliobas,

noted that

when

that far-distant thunder

sounded, he grew very pale.

Why

?

He

was

certainly not

one

to

have any dread
destitute of

of a storm
fear.
I

— he

was absolutely
Into the

went

drawing-room with
Instincts

a hesitating step

— my

were

all
I

awake and beginning

to

warn me, and

murmured
be near

softly a

prayer to that strong,

invisible majestic spirit

which

I

knew must
I

me

— my

guardian angel.

was

answered instantly

— my

foreboding grew

into a positive certainty that

some danger
If
I

menaced Heliobas, and
to be his friend,
I

that

desired
for

must be prepared
this,

an

emergency.

Receiving

as

all

such

impressions should be received, as a direct

message sent
calmer,

me

for

my
up

guidance,

I

grew
to

and braced

my

energies

192

A

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.
something,

oppose
what.

though

I

knew

not

Zara was showing her lady-vIsItors a
large

album of

Italian

photographs, and

explaining them as she turned the leaves.

As
to
'*

I

entered the room, she said eagerly
:

me

Play to

us,

dear
all

!

Something
in

soft

and

plaintive.

We

delight

your music,

you know."
"
I

Did you hear the thunder
was thunder
'*

just

now

?"

asked irrelevantly.
''

It

?^

I
I

thought so

I"

said
is

Mrs. Everard.
!"

Oh,

do hope there
!

not going to be a storm
of a storm

I

am

so afraid

"You
some
Venice.
•'

are

nervous.^"

questioned

Zara

kindly, as she

engaged her attention with
specimens
of

very

fine

among
views

the

photographs,

consisting

from

Well,

I

suppose
''

I

am," returned
I

Amy,

half laughing.

Yet

am

plucky about

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
most things,
too.
Still
I

193

don't like to hear

the elements quarrelling together too

—they are
— and
no

much

in

earnest

about

it

person can pacify them."

Zara smiled, and gently repeated her
request to
in

me

for

some music
went

—a

request

which Mrs. Challoner and her daughters

eagerly joined.

As

I

to the piano

I

thought of Edgar Allen

Poe's

exquisite

poem

:

" In

Heaven a

spirit

doth dwell,
a lute
;

Whose heart-strings are None sing so wildly well As the angel Israfel,

And
Of

the giddy stars, so legends

tell.

Ceasing their hymns, attend the
his voice

spell

all

mute."

As
roll

I

poised

my

fingers

above the keys of

the instrument, another long, low, ominous
of thunder swept up from the distance

and made the room tremble.
''

Play

— play,

for goodness'
;

sake

!"

exshall

claimed Mrs. Everard
VOL.
II.

"

and then we
:^^


194

A

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.
fix
!"

not be obliged to

our attention on the

approaching storm
I

played a few soft opening arpeggio

passages, while Zara seated herself in an

easy-chair near the window, and the other
ladies arranged

themselves on sofas and

ottomans

to their satisfaction.

The room
in pro-

was exceedingly
fusion

close

;

and the scent of
sweet and over-

the flowers that were placed about

was

almost too

powering.
"

And they say (the starry choir And the other listening things)
Is

That Israfeh's fire owing to that lyre. By which he sits and

sings,

The trembling living wire Of those unusual strings."

How
them
losing

these verses haunted
in in

me
I

!

With
and

floating

my

mind,

played

myself

mazes

of melody,

travelling harmoniously In

and out of the

different keys with that sense of perfect joy

known

only to

those

who can improvise

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.

195

with ease, and catch the unwritten music
of
nature,

which

always

appeals

most

strongly to emotions that are unspoilt by

contact

with

the

world,

and which
is

are
in-

quick to
stinctive

respond to
art.
I

what

purely

soon became thoroughly

absorbed, and forgot that there were any

persons

present.
in

In

fancy

I

imagined

myself again
Electric

view of the glory of the
I

Ring

— again

seemed

to

behold
:

the opaline radiance of the Central Sphere
"

Where Love's a grown-up Ood, Where the Houri glances are Imbued with all the beauty Which we worship in a star."
I

By-and-by

found

my

fingers

at

the

work of tenderly unravelling a
the innocent

little

skein

of major melody, as soft and childlike as

babble of a small brooklet
I

flowing under ferns.

followed this airy
till it
I

suggestion

obediently,

led

me

of

itself to its fitting

end,

when

ceased playburst

ing.

I

was greeted by a

little

of

196

A

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.
saw
that
all

applause, and looking up,

the

gentlemen had come

in

from the dining-

room, and were standing near me.
stately figure of

The
erect,

Heliobas was the most
;

prominent

in

the group

he stood

one hand resting lightly on the framework
of the piano, and his eyes

met mine
"

fixedly.

''You were inspired," he said with a
grave smile, addressing
observe our entrance."
I

me

;

you did not

was about

to reply,

when

a loud, ap-

palling crash of thunder rattled

above

us,

as

if

some huge building had suddenly
into ruins.
It

fallen

startled us all into

silence for a

moment, and we looked

into

each other's faces with a certain degree of
awe.
"

That was a good one," remarked Mr.
"

Challoner.

There was nothing undecided
Its

about that clap.

mind was made up."
seat,

Zara suddenly rose from her

and

drew aside the window-curtains.
"
I

wonder

if it is

raining," she said.

madame. She would. you are alarmed. that Heli- . moanstinctively . upon the In- we all joined her. not heard fear." he said quietly. ing wind stirred the tops of the leafless trees . and looked out also. The skies were very dark a faint. in the meantime. I believe. who had blinds. " a little Take a if seat on the other side of the room. with the exception of Amy. have gladly taken it. A dry volcanic heat pervaded the atmosphere in fact we felt the air so stifling. but there was no rain.— DEATH BY LIGHTNING. don't open the blinds '' !" she ex- claimed. " Everard uttered a little shriek of Oh. Everard's exclamation of had drawn up one of the silently looking out and stood night. which Amy accepted eagerly. Mrs. placing a chair in the position he suggested. refuge in the coal-cellar had he offered Zara. It is really dangerous*!" Heliobas glanced at her with sarcastic smile. 197 Amy dismay.

and a broad lake of pale blue heart for a lay quivering in the of the mountainous black clouds second only. it is safer to . and was again darkness. obas threw open the window altogether. had travelled a great deal. have one the windows open than shut besides." A brilHant glare of light flashed suddenly vision. An on-rushing. and was quite accustomed to hurricanes and other inconveniences caused by the unaccommodating behaviour of the elements. who.'' . " it I I don't think dear. as he did so : " In a thunderstorm. that all seemed to shake the: very earth. ''This is magnificent!" cried Mrs. I ever saw any- thing like we saw than at even that storm John Chamounix was not any better this. upon our The heavens seemed fire torn open from end to end.— 198 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. cannot suffocate. Chal- loner. saying. with her family. rattling roar of thunder ensued. ever- increasing.

" returned her husband medita*'you see tively. and the were was pretty echoes ! Then there the — those used to cavernous echoes were grand that passage in What was I Job. Everard — Amy in is going to '' sing or play. That lady I — Mrs. that say they reminded " * me of ?" The pillars of heaven tremble. Shall we I I not keep silence ?" looked towards some surprise. Job was pretty correct you. tains there." he observed. but had thought she was rendered too nervous by .DEATH BY LIGHTNING. opine that "That's it!" he replied. Effie. who can under" I " replied Effie Challoner reverently. . we had effect the snow mounlively. are astonished at His reproof . think. and . and held up finger warningly. *' 199 Well. I knew she sang very prettily. The thunder of His stand ?' power. Paul. in his ideas to —don't Father his reverend sir ?" turning The *' priest nodded.

She at us . it Listen and learn. sit the storm to do aught than chair. there she was and in the piano. and watched the lowering sky. and stepped out through the French windows " into the outside balcony. if Zara suddenly moved. You I will catch cold !" Mrs. sweet mezzo-soprano rang softly the through room !" in Tosti's plaintive song. as position oppressed. shook her head. quiet in her at However. Good- bye We listened. on the stone balus- .' seems to say All the to-morrows shall be as to-day.' sang Amy with pathetic sweetness. her head uncovered to the night. smiling back folding her arms lightly and. another moment her ** fresh. from her among us as we stood clustered together. " 200 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.. Challoner and both called to her simultaneously. " Hush * ' ! a voice from the far-away. but none of us moved still from the open window where we in- haled what air there was.

Zara looked very lovely light out there . and said somethought. an utter silence possessed us —not one of us cared side in the thing. and the lamp must die Good-bye good-bye !" to Hope ! . What with her singing and the invisible presence of the storm. — Amy's voice was a one. to his and he almost Immediately returned place amongst us. the coming from the interior of the room glistened softly on the sheen of her satin dress and of pearls . " The link Good-bye must break. Her beautiful face. to warn her against taking cold . leaned there and looked up at the clouds. as I to move. and on this its peculiarly thrilling occasion sounded with more than usual tenderness. its ornaments her bosom and the electric stone on shone faintly like a star on a rainy evening. but It was a very brief whisper. sister's Heliobas once stepped to his open balcony. turned upwards to the . trade.DEATH BY LIGHTNING.

" I she without changing her posture. it begins to rain I will come in.'^ A time tumultuous crash for its uproar of thunder. my heart on the brows and part . with an observant glance at the lovely Juliet-like figure on the balcony. made us look each other again with anxious faces. and her eyes were bright with a look of interest and expectancy. I love the storm. " Mademoiselle. was half shade . in ?" had you not better come " When said. " hear the singing so well out here." said Colonel Everard.! ! 202 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. though a naked sword had been thrust through them and immediately withdrawn. but this time as Another sudden glare. " What Kiss are we waiting for me straight ? Oh. and the clouds were again broken asunder in a jagged and hasty manner. '' That was a nasty flash. . Besides. tre- mendous it and the length of at was prolonged. light and half in a smile parted her lips. in angry sky.

terrific thunderonly in clap —one —as if a huge bombshell had burst under our the .! ! DEATH BY LIGHTNING. . you and pleading look— a stifled cry are ! Good-bye for ever " Horror serpent of ! —what was that fire ? ? A Hthe swift twisting venomously through the dark heavens Zara raised her arms. and tenderly that laid down upon the nearest sofa. and fell — senseless we when With such appalling suddenness that had scarcely recovered from the blinding terror of that forked lightning-flash. At moment a deafening. with a swish and swirl of long pent-up and suddenly-released wrath. air. looked up. my heart I ? What A we waiting for. we saw her lying prone before us on the balcony where one instant before she had stood erect and smiling tions of alarm ! With exclama- and distress we lifted and her bore her within the room. my heart. Again ! 205 again. smiled. down came the rain. shook the ground feet and then.

: 204 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS." But my limbs trembled under me. in spite of myself. taking her wrist tenderly. We looked on In the deepest anxiety. trying to speak calmly. shivered with terror. and. down blind and close. drew the heavy silken curtains sister's He then approached his senseless form. while loosened Zara's dress and sprinkled her forehead with eau de Cologne from a to scent-bottle Mrs. forced their way Into my eyes." I said. felt for her pulse. Challoner had handed me. ? pale face and trembling gasping out What ?" has happened What Is the matter " She has been stunned by a I lightning- flash. with lips. Heliobas meanwhile white the — his countenance and set as a marble pulled mask —shut the window fiercely. and tears. The Challoner girls to cry. '' She will recover in a few minutes. in a last '^ Amy's voice died away bye " !" Good- and she rushed from the piano. and began .

with more self-possession. skill " should be glad of other medical than my own. be necessary for the lady to have perfect quiet when she recovers. and visitors are I best away. 205 Mrs. You need not be alarmed. carriage is Our It will sure to be in waiting. had risen into a shriek." he said cheerily and I think my wife and daughters had better come with me.DEATH BY LIGHTNING." he " This said. Everard. *' I'll go for . clipped a handkerchief in cold water laid It and on Zara's temples . while the wind. All this while the rain swept down in gusty torrents and rattled furiously against the window-panes . as of baffled yet vindictive anger. fit. Challoner once proffered his services. you anywhere you *' like. . but no faint sigh lips parted the set yet smiling life — no sign of was visible. At last I Heliobas spoke." may be at a long fainting- Mr. in low and stifled accents. no longer a moan.

Avenue de " Right ! I'Alma.2o6 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. ?" What doctor shall send Heliobas named one Dr. gathered in a little cluster the drawing-room door. Everard. We near who were Zara. Half an hour or more must have passed this in manner . we'll Mrs. looking with pale and alarmed faces at the death-like figure of their beautiful mistress. wife— come. By her colour it am is sure. hearing what had happened. too. followed all whispered farewells. Come. within the room there was . Good-night! We'll call to- morrow and inquire after mademoiselle. Morini. send back our carriage for you and the Colonel. is evident she I only in a swoon. and with his wife and daughters. Some at of the servants. left behind remained doing everything we could think of to restore animation to that senseless form. lo. He shall girls be here ! straight." Heliobas gratefully pressed his hand as he withdrew. him.

I am frightened. like !" a corpse ! Oh. grew staggered. her forehead. looks so still. a dreadful silence 207 —but outside the rain poured down in torrents.DEATH BY LIGHTNING. it was the coach- The man. and would have " fallen had not her husband caught her on his arm. Morini Everard would be with us as soon as possible. *' I cannot she if is — she growing — bear and rigid. At moment we heard the grating of ." whispered Colonel . had driven back in the teeth of the stinging sleet and rain to bring the message that Dr. wheels on the gravel outside Challoners' carriage returned. she should be dead And she hid her face on her husband's that breast. Suddenly Amy Everard. and the savage wind howled and tore at the windows like a besieging army. at after depositing his master and family rapidly the Grand Hotel. '' Then. who had been quietly and skilfully assisting me in rubbing Zara's hands and bathing faint." it she gasped.

half carrying his trembling wife . is I'll take Amy it's home.2o8 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. marble-like whiteness and stillness of the figure before terror. kneeling at the side of their my darling Zara. parting nod of encouragement to us he slipped sofdy out of the room. She with thoroughly upset. half leading. pierced me me pitying. The lovely. and no use having I'll her going off into hysterics." call and with a kindly all. Challoner to-morrow . called in a low. solemn expression of the venerable priest touched as with icy cold. clear tone -Zara! Zara!" No sign —not the faintest flicker of an . last Heliobas and Father Paul. Left alone at I. but found none. The the dry-eyed despair on the to countenance of Heliobas the heart . me filled me with a vague Making a strong I effort to control : my voice. and in a couple of minutes we heard with the carriage again drive away. looked into faces for comfort. ** gently to me.

" he said. Yoic can restore her! Prince . eyelash ! 209 Only the sound of the falling rain and the moaning wind long ago ceased. . Do as you did with you can That stone she wears out of it. I with overwhelming instinctive rapidity.! DEATH BY LIGHTNING. Grasping meaning of this. a groan escaped his '' I have II. grief- haunted eyes and a sigh that was almost lips. sprang up and caught the arm of Heliobas. " Not over 34 VOL. surprised and then horrified me. electric stone The jewel — the on Zara's bosom no longer like shone! It was a piece of dull unat the polished pebble. !" Quick — quick You have the power He looked at me with burning . ''You '' — you!" Ivan I whispered hurriedly. If — the that means — and has for a it — you I must light has gone sure it am does — that ! life little while ofone out of her.- 710 power. attracted — the thunder had Suddenly a something which first my gaze. you can bring back.

He then up to Heliobas. " that she dead — utterly dead He tone : was about to answer. when ore of the watching servants announced in a low *' Dr. keen-eyed quick. group of servants right and and send next. and pressing briefly ?" hand '* in a friendly manner. higher force What can I do ? Nothing — worse than nothing— him in / am utterly helpless. The new-comer was little Italian . The room came his : close all the doors of the against straight intrusion. told her. them about to their business. said this How and when did happen Heliobas told him in as few words as . and the point of action. Morini. his all movements were to decisive. ** Do you mean is to tell me." a wiry. The little first thing he did was to scatter the left.2IO A I ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS." I said ?" slowly. you she was dominated by a than mine." I stared at a kind of desperate horror.

Morini quietly. tainted the fair soft skin —a mark no larger than a small finger-ring. this mark heart. and beckoned us to come and look also. Must have been instantaneous. . replacing the stone ornament its in former position. lodged itself here." said Dr. electric The is. I 34—2 ." And. " Death by " electricity. he stepped back with at a suggestive glance Father Paul. fatal. and passed directly through the painless. Perfectly but of course She has been dead some time. 211 Dr. Finally. Morini form. lustreless pebble hanging at her neck suspended by its strings of pearl. he caught sight of the round. He his against her heart and listened. like a black bruise. then bent over her ear Zara's features lifeless and examined laid attentively. or downward where current. a small circular mark. lightning-flash. Exactly on the spot where the electric stone had rested.DEATH BY LIGHTNING. Very gently he moved this aside looked. possible.

In a dream. cried out wildly '^Oh. Then Father now so Paul stepped slowly forward.212 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. lips. Dead My beautiful. I strong Zara dead? beside her. At and sight of this sacred symbol. and saw listened — but ? I was In a state of stupefaction. and in place of that once brilliant gem. I Impossible! knelt called her again and again I by every endearing and tender name could think of. I kissed her sweet Ice. It Is all a mistake — a mistake she will be quite well . some In tense cord I seemed to : snap my That brain. motionless for ever. dim and he laid a crucifix upon the fair and gentle breast. they were cold as blood ! and I chilled my and As one . her saw Hellobas forehead advance he kissed mouth . Zara not dead . destitute of fire. he reverently unclasped the pearls her throat. no! Not Is that! ! is for the dead . Oh. from about and with them took off the electric stone. no. gay.

DEATH BY LIGHTNING. As I could not control : my sobs. sible — quite impossible !" And tears. Morini drew me away. few gentle services necessary sole the desolate brother. he spoke with some sternness " Mademoiselle. to assist in Control yourself. 213 and she will smile and tell you ! how foolish you were to think her dead Dead ? She cannot be dead it is impos. presently . led me into the hall. in order last rendering her the . and by dint of friendly persua- sion. and irreverent to show unseemly passion in such a great Presence. giving way in this Death is it a is very beautiful and solemn thing. friend You to loved your — let it be a comfort you that she died painlessly." . I broke into a passion of sobs and Very gently and kindly Dr. and try to con- who looks in real need of encouragement. in which there was also a good deal of firm determination. you can do no good by manner. cflass where he made me swallow a of wine.

briefly. mere selfishness resignation Is hero- ism. do know what You may ought to do. and dried I my eyes. is Remember. Dr. as am of no use here. I '' That well." He '' looked at is I me approvingly. Morini. last These back words roused me. We had left her body arrayed in . I am ashamed I to be so weak. breast. will I it.214 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. and within an hour the fair casket of what had been Zara lay on an open bier burning around it in the little chapel. I nerved myself to the had before me." he said And say grief now. its white satin garb the cluster of orangestill blossoms she had gathered bloomed crucifix upon the cold lay . lights it. excessive . " I will. and I trust me. and flowers strewn above in mournful profusion. where the but In the tresses of the long dark ." '^ said. I forced my tears." He task I was gone. will good-night. in a trem- bling voice.

still priestly vestments. lit. for For ever. The candles on the altar were Paul. now. and windows of the chapel rattled with the violence of the A distant clock struck One ! with a deep I clang that echoed throughout the house. shuddered. and knelt about groups. prayed there The storm shook and tempest. and Father clad in mourningin silence. of rain the and wind raged without.DEATH BY LIGHTNING. hair I 215 wove a wreath of lilies Instead of the pearls we had undone. And now I knelt beside the bier absorbed in thought. did I say ? No. could not bear to think that she was gone from me for ever. since Zara I So short a time had elapsed alive had been and well . Some tall of the weeping servants in little had assembled. not exists ever — not so long as love —love ! that shall bring us together again in that far-off Sphere where Hush what was that ? I the organ The sound of looked around me in startled ? .

rose softly. No. Hghts on the burnt steadily . The woman ful. priest before the tabernacle the praying all servants of the household — was un- changed. There was no one seated . He was most probably in his study. mademoiselle. at the instrument it was shut close. *' me with tear- alarmed eyes.2i6 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. and surged round in me waves of melody. " Did you hear the organ looked up at ?" I said. it Evidently no one in but myself. but he had not entered. whither he had retired to grieve in secret when we . The altar and round the bier the motionless figure of the . I the chapel heard looked about for Heliobas. and touched one of the kneeling domestics on the shoulder. rolled But certainly a flood of music the air grandly on for a — music t\ at drowned moment the howling noise I of the battering wind. listening. wonderment.'' paused. I The music grew louder and louder.

away and as I resumed all my kneeling silence.a DEATH BY LIGHTNING. I The I more thought of I this the quieter be- came. A hold I strange calmness invisible tearless. like a falling ! light cloud with sunshine it. position by the bier was again save for the unabated raging of the storm. Zara was dead. through I hovered above Zara's bier . A touch roused me — an imperative. A face looked at me — . had borne Zara's body of dreamless sleep. and hid my face in my hands and prayed earnestly. to its present 217 couch These sounds were meant then died ? I for me alone waited. Some still it hand seemed me and now. I now fell on my to spirits. gazed lips to breathlessly I could not move my utter a sound. and the music gradually . realized began she must have known her This was what she had meant when she said she was going on a journey. burning touch. An airy brightness. to consider that fate beforehand.

But save him to save my . ! face angelically beautiful It I smiled.— 2i8 — A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. with its I dead body of the friend set mouth and placid features. and then smiled. I stretched out my ! hands to . This was not Zara . sprang up from instant I my I knees in haste. but was imperish- Save him — save my brother my ears. never again ! I am too happy to return. and !" for me and grieve no more and The I face vanished. I !" These words rang in hesitated no . the brightness faded. For one looked at the beautiful loved. and '* managed whisper Zara. Zara you have come back !" Her voice. so sweetly familiar. brother to ! Go him . never. answered me '' : To life ? Ah. Save him . rejoice. struggled for : speech. s/ie was alive and happy this fair clay s/ie was but clay doomed able. '* to perish. he is in danger you is given the rescue.

and then hurry on with increased eagerness. As the door me I heard a sound that swung behind first made me There was no steel stop in a sudden alarm. 219 — I determined to seek Heliobas at I Swiftly and noiselessly slipped out of the chapel.! DEATH BY LIGHTNING. mistaking it — it was the clash of . longer once.

and paused irresolutely. " With the you dead body of your can fight ! sister in the house. too and ** . entrance. *' What are you doing ?" I ad- dressing myself to Heliobas. and faced Heliobas and Prince Ivan Petroffsky. A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY. tore aside the velvet hangings. which they lowered at my sudden cried.— CHAPTER VII. and yet you loved her !" . I looked re- proachfully at Prince Ivan you also can desecrate the sanctity of death. They held drawn weapons. RUSHED to the study-door. 1" You.

and before could address him. but clenched his sword-hilt with a fiercer grasp. and his dis- whole demeanour was that of a man traught uttered by no grief and passion. on his way thither. 221 The Prince spoke not. Such I conduct can only meet with one reply. face. and glared wildly on his opponent. Heliobas spoke his he was coldly calm. word. with deliberate emphasis. Morini. meet Dr. gave him weapons : he chose . my solitude under the I circum- he thrust himself rudely into my presence. His eyes had a look of madness in them — his dress was much disordered — his hair wet with drops of rain — his face ghastly white. who informed him of the fatal catastrophe which has caused sister's my death. But he .A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY. and balanced lightly sword toy. to '' happened. Instead of respecting the sacredness of stances. on his open hand as if it were a ''This gent leifian^'' he said. struck me of me violently in the being my sister's his choice of and accused murderer.

and a titter smile crossed his features. swords. and event- He listened moodily." all And ful I recounted to him quietly fatal that had happened during that evening. I " shall '* certainly not retire. believe all quite you say.222 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. Our combat has it ." I said firmly. unfortunate . retire I will have the goodness " interrupted him. circumstances please to listen to me. mademoiselle. '' that your residence this accursed I house has not taught you better. just begun if —we you. '' I wonder. This behaviour on both your parts is positive madness. that Zara. tracing out the pattern of the carpet with the point of his sword. to are anxious to resume therefore mademoiselle. Prince Ivan. When I had finished he looked up." in he said. The of Zara's death were plainly witnessed by me and others — her it brother I is as innocent of having caused as am.

A STRUGGLE FOR girl THE MASTERY. I exclaimed. in the pursuit his miserable science. gardless of her health. her happiness. so that she was as a living magnet. But answer me this Who made mospheric beautiful her capable of attracting ? at- electricity Who charged her vile delicate body with a com- pound of electrical fluid. he sprang forward I to renew the stepped quietly. unflinchingly between him and Heliobas. bound to draw towards herself electricity in all Its forms? Who ? tampeped with her imagine herself fine brain and made her allied /le Who wretch but ! /le — —yonder ! to a spirit of air unscrupulous of his — he who. her life ! I say he is her murderer —her re- morseless murderer. and a thrice-damned villain !" And combat. "Stop!" on. received her death by : a lightning-flash. practised most re- dangerous experiments on his sister. 223 that she was. ''this !" It cannot go Zara herself forbids .

he cast : his sword. Little fool !" he cried to too. ! '' he has are also Miserable girl ! out I of my yet path sane Revenge — revenge while am !" Then pushing me roughly away '' aside. in they closed together savage conflict. Heliobas was the taller and more powerful of the two. Zara forbids ?" I it !" he muttered. Prince paused. ^' that I have seen to Zara since her death her." went on. I have spoken here. villain ! No more to of these toy-weapons Hand hand !" Heliobas instantly threw down his sword also.224 ^ ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. maddened a victim ! ! yotc then ! me You . and then burst into a fit '' of wild laughter." She herself sent me Prince Ivan stared. '' What do you mean " I mean. and shouted ! to Heliobas Hand to hand. and rushing forward simultaneously. and looked at The '' me in a sort of stupefaction. but Prince Ivan seemed imbued . .

At Heliobas appeared to be simply on the defensive. there came a look which was it completely foreign to — a look of savage determination bordering on positive cruelty. first at his opponent's throat with the breathless ferocity of a tiger. and more VOL. But as I watched the struggle. exciteto tell. In a moment mind. skilful move- ments were all used to parry and ward off the other's grappling eagerness. hotter. .A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY. I myself speechless his and powerless. and sprang silent. grew closer. its saw face change. ment of the contest was beginning and the desire of victory was dominant in the breast of him whose ideas were generally — and patient should have been now —those 35 of endurance and large generosity. with the spirit 225 of a hundred devils. Instead of calm and almost indifferent expression. and his agile. The fight II. ^nau I saw what was taking place animal passions of the in his The were mere force aroused — the The spiritual was utterly forgotten.

aside and and within a second Hellobas held him down. appeared to throat silent from their sockets spell his rattled. tenance. I stepped forward. Ivan's lips turned blue start his eyes . that held me was broken a flash of light. vengeance. found my speech at . while with both hands he held him by the shoulders. a flood of memory swept over my Intelligence. I knew that Hellobas was exciting the whole battery of his Inner electric force.226 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. servation little I From my point of oblittle noted with alarm that by Ivan ceased his violent his efforts to rise. The . I must Infallibly last. Hellobas pressed his whole weight heavily down on the young man's prostrate body. Suddenly the Prince swerved fell. pressing one knee firmly against his chest. and that thus employed for It the purposes of cause death. and gazed with terrific meaning Into his fast-paling coun. and that he kept eyes fixed on the overshadowlnof face of his foe with an unnatural and curious pertinacity. terrible.

A strong shudder shook Very slowly. Ivan at sigh. and it would have been too You have saved me. Withhold !" Heliobas and give life instead He his started at the up. and of reverential bent head in sort salutation. apparently insensible. Another moment. " Remember. he relaxed his position he rose from his kneeling posture on the Prince's breast he the left him. same moment heaved a deep and closed his eyes. He a turned to me. very reluctantly." 35—2 . re- member Azul gift it. .— A ** STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY. withhold . ^' I thank and bless you. ! When death it ! hes Hke a in your hand. you reminded me in time. Heliobas !" 227 I cried. Gradually one by one the hard lines faded out of the face of Heliobas. late. sound of my voice. and his old expression of soft and grave benefi- cence came back his to it as graciously as sunlight after rain." he said " . and looked frame. and stood upright.

" As he '' uttered the last words. and that of my wronged Azul." it returned Heliobas '' . I have not taken from him. he started looked up. remembered unguided by human passion spiritual knowledge. thank . he . " He has it. wilt love me still ? Thou art with me. Azul. revive immediately. As will however. is. I go and pray for Zara's pardon. God ! He will provoked me I regret it. pointing to Ivan. I should have been more patient with him. was to it be met with pity and forbearance. and smiled. I He ought leave him to I your In dealing with him. For me." I *' Give him said. care.228 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. My beautiful one ? ! Thou /las^ pardoned me lost Thou thee. that to have like his. he is safe. his life. oh my beloved ? I have not my best and dearest Wilt ! thou lead me ? Whither I ? Nay — no went matter whither — come !" And as one walking in sleep.

A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY. out of the room. and asked '' : What has happened ?" Then catching sight of the drawn swords lying still on the ground w^here they had his feet. Seeing no one but me. opened eyes. I with patience what had reminded him that Zara's health and happiness had always been perfect. and that her brother would rather have I slain himself than her. In the distance on the way to the Left alone with the Prince. glass of cold water from I snatched a table. he sprang to cried " I : and Where Is the coward and murderer ?" sit made him I down and hear to say. told him plainly that Zara had expected . and I 229 heard his footsteps echoing chapel. the and and sprinkled some of it on his forehead hands. been thrown. and stared wildly about him. he grew bewildered. and he drew a long breath. This was quite sufficient to revive him his .

" as I you said. shadow flitted over the Prince's I tell I you." he said slowly. * Zara is mine. as it — said .T — ' . mine by will mine death . that occasion the victim of an hallucination. you what I A a superb figure. 230 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. mine after death mine through hast naught in eternity. and spoke. But I will explain to like.' free- mine by choice till . and had prepared for —had I even bade me good-bye. will '' In electric spiritual Your message Tell /ler to her then through me was I have seen her lover At '' these words a sombre face. common thy way lies else- . although then had not understood the meaning of her words. I recalled to his mind the day to repulse when Zara had used her power him. and yet larger unlike. but of a much to and grander form. appeared ' me. " that I believe was on saw. I thought. It her death. man. With her thou . '* Disbelieve force.

self-luminous But. But. to thee. ." That ! is no I replied* if *' Think I You can reason well you in like — have heard you hold your own looked at an ?" argument. ?" you tell me he w/iy you loved Zara " " Why r out impetuously. majesticas I looking whose re- member stars. what of it ? The whole *' thing was a dream. to help Why. but seeing was very much in earnest." not so I am '' sure of that. He What made you love Zara me in a sort of impatient I surprise. Follow the path allotted 231 where. it. and presume no more upon an angel's patience. was extraordinarily like beautiful.A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY." I said quietly." loving her. after all. this strange face. he pondered a minute or so before replying. because '' was impossible answer. now that you are calmer and will more capable of broke it resignation. Prince Ivan.' Then creature. and whose eyes were vanished.

and nothing.. with a gesture contempt. and her dark hair clustering over her brow reminded one of a misty evening cloud hiding moonlight because the glance of her glorious eyes made the blood leap through your veins and sting you with passionate desire Oh. give —are ? these the reasons of your so-called love it some other and lower name shall feed For the worms that on the fair flesh won your admiration trail — their wet and slimy bodies shall across the round white arms and tender bosom things shall crawl —unsightly shall among the tresses of the glossy hair. Prince but I too loved Zara .! 232 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. " Is of ^/la^ all ?" I *' queried. nothing remain of what you loved. but dust. Because her body was beautiful lips — because soft skin . Ivan. she had sweet kissing and a a because her hand v^^as like white flower. you shudder . ** She was the !" woman and I have ever seen he said In his voice there was a sound of yearning and regret. loveliest at last.

" he said. 233 — I I loved /ler. not the perishable casket in which. I loved her as a man generally loves. you .A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY. like a jewel." " Tell returned. end. I thought." The touched. I confess had not. her rescue and To this ." he answered readily. after a little pause. she was for a time enshrined. ? Did you sympathize you admire her in her pursuits did tastes ?" had you any ideas common '' with her I No. than most '' men love Most men are Nay most women !" too often I —more in selfish both their loves and hatreds. " I considered her to be entirely a victim to her brother's scientific experi- ments. and seemed had spoken with in real feeling. by making her my wife. Prince I was silent. I love her is still — and for the being love there no such thing as death. I to release her from such tyranny and give refuQ:e. and tears of emotion stood ** my " eyes. me and if there was anything in Zara's to attract mind intelligence in .

you could dream of winning Zara for a wife. I made up my mind life that her delicate imagination had been morbidlyexcited but that marriage and a like that led to a I by other women would bring her state of mind. all I found out could from /izm " — he re- approached the name of Heliobas with — " and luctance . " that with such ideas as these . He hesitated. Do you think s/ie could have led a ? life like that of other women A frivolous round of gaiety.— 234 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. small-talk. ." little more healthy smiled with a scorn. in your mind. stale compli- ments —you think such things And would see herself I would have con} suited /ler ? she have like tented with a love yours Come Come and !" I how well she has escaped you And beckoned him towards the door. society scandal." I said . " Your presumption was almost greater folly. a few fine dresses and jewels. than your Prince.

such a form is white and — death saw I too horrible!" And he covered his eyes with his hand tears — I slowly drop through his fingers. once so animated.A STRUGGLE FOR " " THE MASTERY. gazed at him. me ?" he asked. half in wonder. rich. no — not in there ! I cannot bear to look upon her perished loveliness that ricrid — to see face." He *' No.alive — alive to the plea- sures of living. and accomplished — how could he look upon death as otherwise than a . shuddered. and to the joys the world could offer to a man who was strong. " And yet you are a brave man !" I said. half in pity. take 235 Where would you To the chapel. These words roused him. lies Zara's body there. He met my gaze with such a haggard look of woe that my heart ached for him. hand- some. ? What comfort had he now expect ? What joy could he ever All his happiness was centred in the fact of deiu^.

as fancy takes you . thins^ not of to be the heyday doleful youthful in and jollity spectre. know you are one of those exists for whom the present alone —you easily forget the past. or Vienna. because there some- thing In your nature that cannot and will not believe in God. '' You need not look upon Zara's corpse it.236 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. *' To you. thinoin loathsome thought blood of —a —a me. Nothing but a heaven-sent miracle could make you other than you are. for the St. the mysteries of the Hereafter have is not been unlocked." I said. or the future. unless you wish Prince. whose bony hands the roses of love must fall and wither ! With a sense of deep I commiseration in spoke again with great gentleness. and take is no trouble heaven. and the modern atheistical doctrines of French demoraliza- tion are in your blood. Therefore to you. I death must be repellent. and miracles do not exist for . Paris your Petersburg.

THE MASTERY. and by a perished sudden soul. Ivan. was always perishable. you owe him an apology ti'on. confession you only cared for Zara's — that body has catastrophe.A STRUGGLE FOR the materialist." The Prince kept his eyes steadily fixed . but natural With her in Is you declare you had nothing herself common — that who was love — and she alive to us her as she sought to be loved. innocent of having slain her body he but helped to cultivate and foster to that beautiful Spirit for which he knew to be /ler — that he is be honoured and comme. therefore. your unjust accusa- as also your gratitude for his sparing life in your the recent struggle. Prince mended. is Heliobas . let 237 But me say two words more before you go from no more to this house. Seek avenge yourself for your love- disappointment on Heliobas really — for you have By your own body it nothing to avenge. that Promise you In will never approach him again except friendship for — Indeed.

he sighed and moved lessly. whose science admit. will even offer him my hand ''He if he accept it. Whatever the It feeling effort. but will fetch him here. passed to and he be forming a resolve In his own mind which was more or to less distasteful him. I I promise you willingly will what you ask — nay. was he and said conquered by a strong : with firmness ' No . are compelling. I will go to him myself.238 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. and rest- finished. swiftly. *' mademoi- selle." Over seemed the Prince's face a shadow of doubt. in know I I am a not wrong of I thinking that you are disciple Heliobas. mingled with dread." I Overjoyed is at my success. all upon me as I the time I was speaking. answered I : In the chapel. ' i Your words he said . And face I will look again upon — upon the ." and you have a strange I attraction for me. though doubt his theories.

too. I dissuade him. with slow hushed footsteps. at the calm features on which the smile with which death had . I 239 loved — It is but one pang the more. therefore he I neither stirred nor softly led the Prince to the opposite side of the bier. save that the servants of the household had gone to take some needful called rest before the morning light them to their daily routine of labour. Ivan trembled. his face hidden in As we approached. yet stedfastly gazed at the beautiful reposeful form. Father Paul. and without another led it word I the way to the entered reverently. and not endure it why should I ?" I Seeing him thus inclined. all and Heliobas remained of beside that Zara. that he might look quietly on the perished loveliness that lay there at rest for ever.A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY. in bronze. I was the same as had left it. effort to made no chapel. alone knelt had retired. looked up. he following me All closely. his figure as motionless as though his carved hands.

and with a tender awe pressed his lips on the pale forehead. In /ler name. Ivan. but back with the smothered !" instantly started exclamation '' ! : O God how erect. The Prince. re- sponded to these kindly words with eager . lingered — at the folded hands. like the on the of life. beating loudly. touched to the quick. the fading orange-blossoms crucifix that lay final seal — at the on the cold breast letter. Impulsively he stooped forward. cold At the sound up other. let there be peace be- tween us. so Hellobas suffered a few moments to elapse." he said in accents that were both gentle and solemn.240 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. Zara's of his voice Hellobas rose and the two men faced each dead body lying like a barrier betwixt them. then stretched his hand across ** his sister's bier. A heard great pause followed —a pause in which I my own heart was my anxiety. still been received.

life. thought too then noticed words or weeping. in the same low tone. I know of no cause of offence on your part save fectly excusable. wistfully We all re- mained looking down upon in I the body of our deep for lost darling." returned Heliobas. was the ^6 faithful ." '' then whispered for Ivan." with years. As pardon. yet A long silence followed. 241 promptness. Say no more and you wisdom are comes young. in She reminded me of a duty for time.— A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY. *' a slight gesture towards me. humble mourner shared our mourner whose very existence I It had nearly forgotten. VOL. " I have to ask your pardon. what was per. and they clasped hands over the quiet and lovely form that lay there a silent binding witness of their reconcilia- tion." I have also to thank you ** my Thank with the friend who stands beside you. that another watch —a II. Caslmir.

the living Zara I had herself this placed As performed slight . The dawn began the chapel chilly to peer faintly through windows —the dawn of a misty. the only sign of anima- he gave being a deep sigh which broke I from his honest heart now and then. The storm a sting In the night had rain still and the though gently. taking away all those that had slightly faded. to him and softly patted his shaggy He full looked up at me with big brown eyes of tears. almost as silent as a dog of marble tion . I had almost entirely sunk Into re-arranged the flowers that were strewn on Zara's corpse. left fell. of the past air. He lay couchant on the stone floor at the foot of the bier. The wind silence. his and again head down upon two fore-paws with a resignation that was most pathetic. morning. but left that where it was —where it.242 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. The orange-blossom I was almost dead. went coat. Leo. licked laid his my hand meekly.

Our And the shadow of thy perfect bhss Is the sunshine of ours. but this Is a world of sweets and sours flowers are merely J^ozcers . Casimir." Prince Ivan at last roused himself as from a deep and melancholy reverie.— A — 245 STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY. falls when you say the word upon my meaning. if 'farewell' ears with double ever. he spoke with affectionate : and grave earnestness '' Ivan. something tells I shall not meet again me that you and for many years. We are friends — our friendship 36—2 . Heaven is thine." For and as all answer Heliobas beckoned him me also out of the chapel. thoucrht. Therefore. half mournfully. and addressing himself to Heliobas. its doors closed behind us. said softly: ** I will intrude no longer ! on your privacy. Farewell I shall leave Paris to-niorht. half gladly " Yes. As soon and we stood in the centre hall. I service.

before you go from me to-night hear of your career. And why . different ways . in is order that you may know that there a power in me higher than ordinary human reason. But I cannot — aL not as yet. greedy your presence. Ivan : That I 'not quite' makes me love would save the small bright spark that flickers within you from both escape and extinction. my prophecy The world all waits for you. with a thousand sparkling toys It waits. you terrible . agape and glittering . therefore you will take in good part what cannot I now say to you. ready to fawn for a smile.244 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. disguise from yourself that the science study is fraught with truth I and de- marvellous discoveries the theories duce from it you disbelieve. Ivan — the for world. least. You know. Still. willing to cringe to upon you you for a nod of approval. by the dead presence of one in Is sanctified whom we I both loved. because I you are nearly a materialist. say nearly — not quite.^ . you.

enough not only push on all for you walk but for the crowd of toadies and flatterers also. luscious grapes into warm. is THE MASTERY. illimitable start or look it Aye — you need not find incredulous —you will as I say. leaving to you. at this moment the possessor of This very night a relative of yours. red wine quaff it. whose fortune up to now has barely reached a poor four thousand per annum you are millions. Follow the broad road. Ivan. his hoarded treasures Before the close of this present day. has all expired.— A STRUGGLE FOR Because wealth wealth. press the that. who will swiftly . as you shall make your blood dance a . whose name you scarcely know. and acknowledge once I least for knew and spoke the truth. 245 yours — vast. You. When you receive that at remember me. on whose threshold we now stand. after you and jostle you on sides be ! strong of heart and merry of countenance Gather the roses . will you it have the news. fore laid out be- you to — a road wide in.

or gesture. thread-like ephemeral ray of light But in the far distance across looms a shadow the —a shadow lift. . and by our friendship Zara's pure soul so lately sworn — by I — by have God's existence. embraces more tender. will not die till I changed that darkness over you eternal ! into light — Fare you well !" He it caught the Prince's hand. and fair women's faces shall seem fairer to you than ever. that your power alone can never first Mark me. turned and disappeared again within the chapel. without further word. Come . come to me — I shall yet Come . look. and wrung .! 246 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. their kisses ! more tempting like a toy Spin the ball of Society ! on the palm of your hand stretching before I see your life me it like a brilliant. hard then. mad their waltz in your veins. Ivan! chill When living. dread of that shadow makes be itself felt. for then no wealth can aid you — at that dark hour no boon companions can comfort.

'' prophet-like utterances be true Why should you doubt him ** ? I asked. turns out to be . If his present Accept my poor thanks. 247 His words had evidently made a deep impression on the young nobleman.A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY. " I think you have hit *' it/' he observed quietly. fact I doubt ever>-thing except the of times my own existence. mademoiselle. all my Chaldean whom I cannot help admiring with my heart. believe with some impatience. and kissed it with graceful courtesy. still holding my hand. looked me in a sort of grave perplexity. who gazed after his retreating figure with a certain I awe not unmingled with fear. and there are when I am not even sure of that. *' Casimir told me that your intercession saved ** my life. as I But if. said before. it Ivan took gently. the prophecy of friend." he said. in Can you nothing?'' at The Prince. held out my hand in silent farewell.

enlightened times. is in^ creased by wealth ?" " ** Naturally ! Money of the power. my life is correct. '' if you are willing to accept the pleasant part of his prophecy." also foretold ?" And what shadow as inseparable from your fate A '' faint smile crossed his features. pardon me ! That Is the only porI tion of Caslmir's fortune-telling that am Inclined to disbelieve thoroughly. than ever with such wealth to balance and it I thank you doubly in time. shrugged his shoulders. mademoiis " In these we only believe what suits agreeable to us. Ah." I said.248 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. tastes. why not admit the possibility of the un?" ' pleasant occurring also He selle." '' But." for having saved by a word I withdrew my hand I gently from his. life " You think the worth of your asked. then more valuable to me It. and what our own wishes. and opinions. Ca va sans dire. We cannot .

that is I should mademoiselle. " therefore am grateful your blessing." and here his eyes grew dreamy and wistful — " poor soul! she died long — my mother would rest never let me retire to without signing the cross on past ! my brow. ! " Poor human reason It will reel trifle into madness sometimes overdose of alcohol altogether is for will a mere — an it sometimes upset —what a noble omnipotent thing reason ! human But let me not detain — as the greeting olden times used to run — God save you you." '' Is it . believe you to be a good." and his voice sank very low. and of !" He " I bent his head with a light reverence. Good-bye.A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY. "to send some flowers for I —her—you understand ?" did understand. My ago mother.^" and I looked at him with pity." for he said. like. Ah well. That is a grand result of modern education. and readily promised . I sweet woman. 249 be forced to accept a Deity against our reason.

" He thanked me earnestly. was full tenderness and regret. around the familiar kiss he wafted a parting towards the chapel — an of action which. with a low he left me. and within the Hotel Mars the work of the usual routine . " more than most men love most women. farewell Casting a look of hall. fairly The morning had now great mansion went on in its dawned. and seemed relieved and satisfied. all my best could The .250 A lay ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. but a sombre melancholy was in the atmo- sphere efforts —a melancholy that not dissipate. The street-door opened him in its and closed manner. after usual noiseless He was gone. salute. as he himself said. Then. whatever blossoms to he selected tenderly above the sacred remains of that earthly beauty he had loved. though light. domestics the only their looked sullen and heavy-eyed ones In their number who preserved usual equanimity were the Armenian men- .

and his fine counte- nance was rendered even more majestic by the sacred. He listened attentively. My mind was busy with the consideration I of the duty had to perform — namely. but the very thought of eating and drinking seemed repulsive. resigned sorrow that lay upon it like a deep shadow. the light meal untasted. in His page served his him with breakfast but he of the left private room . to see the destruction of Zara's colossal statue. but looked heavy. the in ceremony character. I I went it to Heliobas and told him what had in charge to do. and saw to the carrying out of his most minute instruction in his usual calm his eyes manner . as she it had requested.A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY. and Pre. parations for Zara's funeral went on apace they were exceedingly simple. After thinking about for some time. . little 251 servants and the Greek page. was to be quite private Heliobas issued his orders. One women and brought me coffee . I could not touch anything.

that she was prepared . decisively. for her " I glass to him he said also have a commission in charge from Zara. saying what parting words we had to say . We in both were." ingly. and as I : returned the " I empty know. Take two of my Armenians they are discreet. obedient. it swal- obediently.^" death did not I know . but I think she must have been/' *'She answered. I You suppose. the We all re- mained together chapel day." give way — here.252 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. was. soon pulverize Stay ! I will come with you. It " '' Do at once. me scrutinizadded kindly: "You have eaten my child ? You cannot ? But Then looking at will your strength this. he nothing. and they ask no queswill tions —with strong hammers they the clay. take And whose to he held out a small glass of a re-vivifying properties I fluid well knew lowed be greater than any sustenance I provided by an ordinary meal." he said .

peals of thunder. could have been more painless than let But me not forget the message she gave me for you." a secret drawer the electric stone Zara had always worn.A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY. It has no power to attract It can simply absorb and shine. was to occur at some Till in hour that night but what way the end was was destined I to come. You were a witness whole ensuing scene. and within will be as lustrous as ever. or rather her release. Its and with hues change . No death hers. The life throbbing your veins warms It . We . and glow. first suspense but after that was no longer of the uncertain." Here he took from yours. " This jewel is he It said. to 253 one another. Take It as . I I heard the . knew her in death. the electricity contained in the flowing of your blood. It will bring you all no You see how the sparkling brilliancy has gone out of a few minutes It It ? Wear in It. we knew not. it " You need not fear to accept — contains no ill-fortune. harm .

my flesh." I said earnestly." me good returned let believe '' Heliobas Zara's simply." believe I will it bring will. Heliobas hastily . And now us fulfil other commands. on which hung the stone. like the heart of a red rose . and by the time it had become thoroughly warmed against as ever. round my throat." who I was still in my I evening dress. and watched the strange gem with some curiosity. and my neck was bare. which deepened and glowed into a warm crimson. slipped the chain. fortune. who brought his wife.254 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. it glittered as brilliantly " " I '' I will always wear it it. message of inquiry Colonel Everard after Zara's health from also and and from the Challoners. a remembrance of her who loved you and loves you still." On our way across the hall. In a few seconds a pale streak flashed of fiery topaz through it. we were us a stopped by the page.

"Omnia vincit Amor. full white marble of Zara length. 255 wrote a few brief words in pencil. accompanied by two of the Armenians carrying heavy hammers.A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY. and to the messenger. a look of glad. explaining the returned at the fatal it result of the accident. thing greeted us was a most exquisitely in wrought statue herself. recollections my mind The full of I of Zara's living presence. and with Reverently.'* with Zara's name and the dates of her cluster of roses. ness lighted up the beautiful features within the loosely clasped hands was a Round the pedestal were carved the words. first opened the that familiar door. giving orders that all same time the blinds should be pulled down at the windows of the house. A little slip of paper lay . that visitors might understand there was no admittance. birth and death. and arrayed in her customary graceful Eastern costume. to We then proceeded the studio. The and head was slightly raised .

whom life in my I my guide and teacher. and passed it to The lines were : in Zara's handwriting. perceived. studio.256 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. and ran as follows '' To my friend. and then we both back . which Hellobas he read at the foot of the statue. and me. beloved Casimir — my brother. only to be renewed with redoubled happiness hereafter. with tears my to eyes. by white linen drapery. and we turned our attention the colossal It figure we had come to destroy." I handed back the paper in silently. to owe the supreme happiness of my this this world and the next — let poor figure of his grateful Zara be a memento of happy days that are gone. taking it. stood at the extreme end of the and was entirely hidden Hellobas advanced. and by a sudden dexterous movement succeeded in drawing off the coverings with a fell single effort.

could have gazed on this wonderful piece of Zara's handiwork to the for hours. at THE MASTERY. II. of the face were undeclared. him Within a few minutes the 37 VOL. in The Armenians. tranquil and full of absolute wisdom and I consciousness of power. returned to seeing he was earnest. Their master frowned. and commanded sur- them to it ^own. their usual habits of passive obedience. For once these well-trained domestics prise. . and these were The features large. who stood near the door awaiting orders. and aided in his labour. and a cloud of dust began to the studio. of them. grand. 257 the clay form disclosed in ? What ? did it ? represent or all A man It ? a god an angel ? three united in one vast figure was an unfinished work. but Heliobas called Armenian break servants. save the brow and eyes .A STRUGGLE FOR and gazed amazement. he if it Snatching a hammer from one himself attacked the great statue as were a fill foe. showed signs of and hesitated.

258 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. but all was with finished. heard him give order with some surprise. and said quietly : " These Ignorant food money and — who serve me for money that they have folk. and' food greedily devoured that they have that I —they think am I the devil or one of the devil's agents. eagerly taken. pain and regret. had promised to witness tion. this I work of It destruc- and witness it did. as he locked up the door of the studio. When was Hellobas commanded his servants to carry the statue of Zara's self private room. and then to down to his own summon all the domestics of the household in a body to the great I hall. and . as he wished to address this them. and these fragments were soon I crushed into indistinguishable dust. great and beautiful figure lay In fragments on the floor. carrying with great care the marble figure of their late mistress. he turned to me. As the Armenians slowly disappeared. and he saw it.

259 am I going to prove their theories entirely to their satisfaction. Come and somewhat : see !" followed him." even had she lived It It always would have been incomplete. On that the " way downstairs he said Do you know why Zara wished ?" .'^ '' . fruitless was a daring attempt.A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY. returned Heliobas to work at it for years. as he took up a commanding 37—^ . and the and serv^ants were assembling by twos They glanced at their master with looks of awe. and who is As the well might she have tried to represent in white rain- marble the prismatic hues of bow !" We threes. had now reached the hall. trying to and a one." I said frankly it " unless for the reason that *' was incomplete. who dominates with her now. She was make a clay figure of one never wore earthly form is — the who Being who her en- her Twin-Soul. tirely. mystified. statue destroyed '* No.

" A I stir of astonishment and dismay en- sued on the part of the small audience. and laid his rough body down close feet. I He went on : spare you this trouble. I drew a chair behind one of the with interest. watching everything Leo at ap- peared from some corner or other. and heard one voice near me whisper could he have "He known The *' ts it the devil. or how ?" lips of Heliobas curled in a fine sarcastic smile.: 26o A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. with a glance of calm scrutiny and tention. all his master's In a few minutes the domestics. and Heliobas. were present. because all am perfectly aware that you have determined to give me notice. marble columns and seated myself. spoke with a clear deliberate enunciation '* : I have sent I for you all this morning. some twenty in number. Knowing . raising his voice. and faced them at- position near the fountain.

you cannot in miss you at once. Report so. not burnt in your hands. am able to say. without perishing in the effort — God speed you of those !" all The faces he addressed ex- hibited various emotions while he spoke — . your wages. and summoned up if your opinion that thunderstorm the which it caused her death.A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY. Be it so. risk your characters by remaining the service of the devil. contrary to the usual custom of accepted devils. or his food turned to poison your mouths. You have been for machines. For my own part. You I know this. ever-indulgent My it your kind and is mistress. through Paris your words do excellent not affect me. is dead. leave my I house when you please and. with an additional present. and your services many is thanks ! As soon as my sister's funeral over. I 261 take upon myself to disNaturally. you will. . I wonder the devil's money has sister. your intentions. You can then . will be sent to you.

good deal of shame. for the sake of the love and honoitr we bear him. " My lord will not surely dismiss us who ? desire to devote ourselves to his service We are willing to follow if my lord to the death. but said nothing. you and your desired it." Heliobas looked at him very kindly. One and of the Armenians advanced." he went on. with a graceful rapid gesture of his right hand. The master knows I never leave him. since you have And you.262 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. addressing '' the tearful page." he murmured. need be. think you that I would . means. my boy. fear contending with a The " httle Greek page stepped forward that will timidly. touched his head and breast. Heliobas laid a gentle hand on the boy's dark four curls. companions. Afra. all he said quietly." then. and his large eyes were moist with tears. " I am by richer in friends than I thought " Stay myself to be.

A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY.
turn
adrift

263

an

orphan,
to

whom
?

a

dying
child,

mother trusted
I

my

care

Nay,

am

as

much your

servant as you are

mine, so long as your love turns towards

me."

For

all

answer the page kissed

his

hand
his

in a sort of rapture,

and flinging back
his
classic

clustering

hair

from

brows,

surveyed the domestics who had

taken

their dismissal in silent acquiescence, with a

pretty scorn.
"

Go,

all

of you,

scum of
nor devil

cried in his clear treble

tones —
!

Paris
"

!"

he

you who
will

know

neither

God

You

have your money

—more
you
?

than your share

— what else seek
^s

You have
;

served

one of the noblest of

men

and because he

so great and wise and true, you judge
fiend
!

him a
Paris

Oh, so

like
all

the people things
till

of

—they who pervert
good
evil

they

think
!

and

evil

good

!

Look
;

you you have worked
I

for

your wages
I

but

have worked

for /itm

would starve

;

264

A

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.
I

with him,

would die

for

him
!"

!

For

to

me
boy
and

he

is

not fiend, but Angel
his

Overcome by
again
kissed

own

feelings the

his

master's

hand,
silent.
still

Heliobas gently bade him be
himself looked round on the
less

He
calm

motion-

group of servants with an

air of

surprise.

"
*^

What

are you waiting for ?" he asked.

Consider yourselves

dismissed,
please.

and

at

liberty to

go where you

of you that chooses to apply to

Any one me for a

character shall not lack the suitable recom-

mendation.

There

is

no more

to say."

A
''

lively-looking

woman

with quick rest-

less black
I

eyes stepped forward.
sure," she said,

am
'*

with a mincing
if

curtsey,

that

we

are

very sorry

we

have unintentionally wronged monsieur
but monsieur,
things,

who must know
that

is

aware of so many

that

many

reports are

circulated about monsieur that

make one

to

shudder

;

madame

his sister's

death

A

STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY.
all,

265

so lamentable has given to

what one
monsieur

would

say,

the

horrors

;

and

must consider that poor servants of virtuous
reputation
••

"

So,

Jeanne
in

Claudet

!"

interrupted
**

Heliobas,

a thrilling low tone.

And

what of the child
helpless babe

— the
it

little

waxen-faced

left to

die on the banks of

the Loire

?

But
;

it

did not die, Jeanne

it

was rescued
its

and

shall yet live to loathe

mother

!"

The woman
ensued,
litde

uttered a shriek, and fainted.

In the feminine confusion and fuss that

Heliobas,

accompanied
left

by

his

page and the dog Leo,
his
I

the hall

and entered
for

own
left

private room,

where

some time

him undisturbed.
was from Colonel
to

In the early part of the afternoon a note

was brought

to

me.

It

Everard, entreating
possible to his wife,
"

me

come

as soon as
ill.

who was very

Since she heard of the death of that

beautiful

young

lady, a death so

fearfully


266

A

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.
and
'*

sudden
Colonel,
self

unexpected,"

wrote

the

she has been quite unlike herhysterical,
will

— nervous,
It
if

and thoroughlyreal

unstrung.

be a

kindness to

her

you

will

come

as soon as

you can
for

she has such

a strong desire

your

company."
I

showed
read
it,

this

note at once to Heliobas.
said
:

He
"

and

Of

course you must go.
is
;

Wait
over,
I

till

our

simple funeral ceremony

and then you

— we

part.

Not

for

ever
I

shall see
lost

often again.

For now

have

Zara,
I

you are

my

only female disciple, and

shall not willingly lose sight of you.
will

You

correspond with

me

?"
I

"
*'

Gladly and gratefully,"

replied.
I

You
into
in

shall not lose

by

it.

can

initiate

you
to

many

secrets that will be useful

you

your career.

As
will

for

your friend
that

Mrs.

Everard, you
will

find

your
pro-

presence

cure her.

You have
;

gressed greatly in electric force

the mere


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267

touch of your hand will soothe her, as you
will
find.

But never be tempted
fluids of

to

try

any of the

which you have the

recipes on her, or on

anybody but

yourself,
it,

unless you write to
Cellini did

me

first

about

as

when he tried an experiment As for your own bodily and on you. spiritual health, you know thoroughly what keep the secret ; and make a step to do
in
will
''

advance every day.

By-and-by you

have double work."

How
In

so

T

I

asked.
case,

*'

Zara's

her

soul

became

dominated by a Spirit whose destiny was
fulfilled

and

perfect,

and who never could
in earthly clay.

descend to imprisonment

Now, you
the

will not

be dominated
is,

— you
own

will

be simply equalized ; that

you

will find

exact counterpart of your

soul

dwelling also in

have

to

human form, and you will impart your own force to that
will, in
its

other soul, which

turn, impart

to yours a corresponding electric impetus.

268

A

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.
Is

There

no union so lovely as such an one
so
exquisite
;

— no

harmony
chord,

it

is

like a

perfect

complete and indissoluble.
in music,
;

There are sevenths and ninths
beautiful

and

effective

in

their degrees

but perhaps none of them are so absolutely
satisfying to the ear as the perfect chord.

And
child

this is

your

lot in life
it

and

in love,

my

—be

grateful for

night and morning

on your bended knees before the Giver of
all

good.

And walk

warily

—your
road

own

soul with that other shall need

much high

thought and humble prayer.

Aim onward

and upward
also

— you

know

the

— you

know, and you have partly seen, what

awaits you at the end."

After this

conversation

more

in private together.

we spoke no The rest of the
s funeral,

afternoon was entirely occupied with the
final

preparations for Zara

which

was

to take place at Pere-la-Chaise early

in the next morning.
ful

A

large and beautililies,

wreath of white roses,

and maiden-

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STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY.
Prince

269

hair arrived from

Ivan
to

;

and,
I

re-

membering my promise
myself to lay
Zara's corpse.
laid
in
its
it

him,

went

in

a conspicuous place on
fair

That

body was now
oak, and a
it

coffin of polished

delicate veil

of filmy lace draped

from

head

to

foot.

The

placid

expression of

the features remained unchanged, save for

a litde

extra

rigidity

of the

flesh

;

the
stiff,

hands, folded over the crucifix, were

and looked as though they were moulded
in

wax.

I

placed the wreath in position
wistfully at that
still

and paused, looking
and solemn
figure.

Father Paul, slowly

entering from a side-door, came and stood
beside me.
'*

She

is

happy/' he said
irradiated

;

and a cheervenerable

ful

expression

his

features.
**

Did you
I

also

know
softly.

she would die that

night ?"

asked

"Her

brother sent for me, and told

me

of her expected dissolution.

She

herself

270

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ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.
and made her
last
I

told me,

confession and

communion.
"

Therefore

was prepared."

But did you not doubt

— were you not
be wrong
?"
I

inclined to think they might

inquired, with

some astonishment.
a child," the priest
father

knew Heliobas as " I knew his returned.
I

"

and mother

before him
fectly

;

and

I

have been always per-

aware of the immense extent of his

knowledge, and the value of his discoveries.

If

I

were inclined
I

to

be sceptical on

spiritual matters,

should not be of the
also a Chaldean."

race
I

I

am

;

for

I

am

said

no more, and Father Paul trimmed
burning round the
coffin
in
fair
I

the

tapers

devout

silence.

Again

I

looked at the
but
All

dead form before

me

;

somehow

could not feel sad again.

my
I

impulses

bade

me

rejoice.

Why
?

should

be un-

happy on Zara's account

— more especially
Central

when
knew

the glories of the
in

Sphere
I

were yet fresh

my memory,

and when

as a positive fact that her happiness


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was now
light step
perfect.
I

271

left

the chapel with a

and lighter
to

heart,

and went to

my own room
all

pack up

might be

in readiness

my things that for my departure
table
I I

on the morrow.
recognised —

On my

found a
at

volume whose quaint binding
*'

once

The

Letters

of
it,

a

Dead

Musician."

A

card lay beside
:

on which

was written
''

in pencil

Knowing
I

of your wish to possess this
it

book,
ance.

herewith offer
It

for

your accept-

teaches you a cheerful devotion
to the world's

to Art,

and an indifference

opinions

— both

of which are necessary to

you

in

your career.

Heliobas."
gift,
I

Delighted with this
book,
the

opened the
written

and found

my name

on

fly-leaf,

with the date of the month and

year,
'^

and the words
77ittsica e il

jLa

lament

delF aiuore
is

la

preghiera a gli DeiT

(Music

the lament

of love, or a prayer to the Gods.)

not by my own reflection. and as in the caught sight of myself that directly long mirror faced me. nothing of the kind. by the It glitter of the electric gem a I wore. common enough on has the shores the pro- of tropical countries which . have worn impression In and the general it has been that Is some new arrangement of is electric light such as manufactured for the hair-pins and other ornaments recently seen at Truefitt's in Bond Street. may many I here remark that questions I have been asked this concerning I curious it ornament whenever public. simply a clear pebble. and than was really lovely — far more brilliant the most brilliant cluster of fine diamonds. how- ever.272 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. together with scrolls parchment containing ** The I Electric Principle of Christianity. I was but fascinated. it It is is." and the did valuable recipes of Heliobas so. I . flashed and glowed like star. this I placed treasure carefully in a corner of the my portmanteau.

naturally exhaust what virtue they originally possessed. after property of absorbing it disease and destroying in certain cases . who capability exists lustreless in asserts same many other apparently stones which have been untried. sufficient make it shine with prismatic and power- lustre —a property which has only as yet been discovered that the by Heliobas. itself always had for its foundation VOL." or amuin use the East. lets. but must be remembered that superstition has II.A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY. and also in the remote parts of the Highlands (see notes to Archibald Clerk's translation of Osszan). are also electric. absorbing a small portion 273 perty of of the electricity in a to ful human body. still The in " healing stones. 3S . being worn a suitable length of time. but in a different way and — they have the these. and are therefore unknown. and are no longer of any use. Stone amulets are considered nowadays as a mere superstition it of the vulgar and uneducated .

274 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. as observed my my the introduction. am perfectly aware that any. amazing and beautiful vistas of knowledge that the still wise Chaldean. guide. of my that readers will accept narrative as more than a mere visionary they will romance — or admit . if I were once begin to describe the wonderful. grain. of formation called if could give a very curious explanathe tion of of orchids. I some fact. '* those strange plants of Nature. indeed. beyond in may if For. about Heliobas. I house I ." as sometimes Freaks in Nature ever indulged kind ! a *' freak " of any But I have neither time nor space to enter subject upon the to now . and what in his experienced not go. a work of twenty volumes all I would scarce contain to say. who is my friend and to has opened up and continues extend before my admiring vision. few. however small and remote. should have But I have written this book merely to tell those I who mythis peruse self I it.

E pnr si vmove /" .8— . eternity. I can say with Galileo. and to all the wonders of the Universe natiL7^al be simply the and scientific outcome of a Ring of it Eve74asting Electricity . 275 death. but whether they agree to ** or no.2 A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY. mysteries of life.

CHAPTER VIII. being most con- among them. and lilies a magnificent cross of sent by tender- hearted Mrs. and was covered with a rich white pall velvet on which lay a royal profusion of flowers — Ivan's wreath. CONCLUSION. spicuous little Challoner. car was drawn by two told stately white horses this and Heliobas me had been ordered . it The only thing a unusual about was that the funeral . )T was a very simple and procession that quiet from the la-Chalse. moved next day Hotel Mars to Perewas carried In Zara's coffin an of open hearse.

CONCLUSION. why. but his carriage. and the fiery sun seemed Paul. or through the columns of the Figaro. as she thought the solemn pacing through the streets of dismal black effect steeds had a depressing on the passers-by. charity or and had heard of the calamity through rumour. "And she had in said. where brevity. Morini. to shine through tears as Father with his assistants. and some other private persons known tended to it Heliobas. drawn by two prancing Russian horses. and these were chiefly from among the very poor. "should anybody be when / ?" reality am so thoroughly happy Prince Ivan Petroffsky had left Paris. some of whom her had benefited by brother's medical Zara's skill. as also the carriages of Dr. it was reported with still graphic The weather was misty. A few people at- on foot." sad. read in solemn . followed the hearse at a respectful distance. at 277 Zara's special request.

thoroughly understand that he must life henceforth devote his entirely to him. assembled hands quietly Hellobas. saluted each other.278 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. One of the chief mourners at the grave was the faithful Leo . who. and by the was ready for I my departure. The time little page served me with some luncheon all In my own apartment. yet cheerful tones the service for the dead according to the Catholic ritual. without obtruding himlittle self in anyone's way. I entered a carriage and drove back to the Hotel Mars. to Hellobas returned. sat at a distance. leaving Hellobas in the cemetery to give his final instruc- tions for the ornamentation and decoration of his sister's grave. in his went down him pen- study. and found him sitting . " The coffin " was lowered. the spoken shook Requiem Those with seternam — all was over. and gradually dispersed. by the confiding look with which he turned to his eyes upon his master. and seemed.

" he said at last. He looked sad and to solitary. to say in a is ' Good-bye." I Had I any mission replied. his eyes softened. your mission here " ended. I knelt beside done. awakened suddenly from gravely. " and see- ing me. absorbed in thought. him and a daughter might kissed his hand.' rny child ?" kind tone. with a grateful look. by what mystical authority and influence to you were compelled a come here. "Well.CONCLUSION. "save the very selfish one which was comprised in the natural desire to be restored to health ?" Heliobas surveyed in silence. and my whole heart went out him in gratitude and as sympathy. and he smiled Are you come he asked. by what circum- marvellously linked chain of to stances you became known me long . me for a few moments " " Were I to tell you." at all. 279 sively in his armchair. have softly He started as though sleep.

28o A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. In whatever guidance the future for life. however. I before that saw you . your physical and I spiritual is yours. the worth which I you cannot can give you realize. It is. ask you to honour all me with your full confidence In matters pertaining to yourself and your surround- . how I was made aware you were the only I woman hving could trust to whose companionship sister at a my time when the society of one of her own . but not In much — I will do more. pected of you. even beyond my best hopes and of in return for your services. com- municating with me. sex became absolutely necessary to her how you were marked out to me as a small point of light I by which possibly might steer my course clear of the dark- ness which threatened to tell me — I say. I Only. enough to fulfilled all tell you that you have that was ex. you would no longer doubt the urgent need of your presence here. have done something for you. were I you all this.

'* Here is a pencil for you to with. '* And now. Inors 281 — then I I I shall not be liable to errors of I judgment advice " in the opinions form or the give." promise it most to readily. with it on any paper. It will write your letters to me last about ten years. Trouble not write all about this circumstance you have to say. for in seemed me that was rich possessing as a friend and counsellor such a man as this student of the loftiest sciences. opening a drawer near which he sat." he in the table re- sumed. and that time at the expiration of you can have another.— CONCLUSION. fore. Write will . . nothing could be learned therefrom. Thereat were the eye of a stranger to look them. and the marks be like those of an ordinary drawing-pencil but as fast as they are written they disappear. one thing more." I I replied gladly. letter and when you your closely have finished your covered pages shall seem blank.

the journeys of that faithful animal have principally been to keep him in training. can make the writing appear and stand out on these ap- parently unsullied pages as distinctly as though your words had been printed.282 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS." ''Why should I build up a fortune for some needy stationer ?" he asked." I said. in this — and he handed what looked they will Cellini has these little writing implements he uses them when- ever the distances are too great for us to amuse ourselves with the sagacity of Leo — in fact. as I took the litde pencil and book from his hand. letters to My only you will also. . I But when they reach me. . appear blank to press " but you will have them for about ten minutes like an ordinary blotting-book — ''and be perfectly legible. " why do you not make public these convenient ? writinof materials property They would be so useful. with a . when you receive them." " But.

" Heliobas smiled gravely. as these. and many secret letters. laws. In an old library. " I doubt nothing. " Besides. " Doubt in is the destroyer of beauty sweet cup — the poison the of existence — the curse which ." '' Has this also to do with electricity ?" I asked. histories. destroyed more than two centuries goodly pile of ago. I I lived then and known what I know could have made the white pages declare their mystery. there was a apparently blank parchment. 283 they are not new They were known to the ancients. " Certainly — with in its what is is called vege- table electricity. and poems were written with instruments such things. " You are right !" he said. There not a plant or herb in existence. Had now. half-smile.CONCLUSION. but has almost a miracle hidden away leaves " tiny it cup or spreading ?" — do you doubt I !" Not I answered quickly.

save that He cannot destroy Himself or lessen by fiery brilliancy of one spark the widening His ever- circle of productive Intelligence. to convert the But make no attempt to your world way of thinking — it would be mere waste of time. or imagine. —there all nothing infinite about Guide yourself by the delicate Spiritual you.284 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. Believe anything or everything miraculous and glorious —the utmost reach of your grasp the faith can with difficulty majestic reality and perfection of everything you Mistrust that can see. ." ^' May I never try to Instruct anyone ?" I In these things asked. volatile thing called Is Human Reason. desire. you would the plague. which merely a name to for whatever opinion we happen which adopt for the time — it is a thing of rage totters on its is throne in a fit or despair it. have as mankind Avoid in it brought on themselves. which tells Instinct within you that with God things are possible.

though their idea of a God. As he disappeared this again after delivering message.CONCLUSION. to love. For Love round have somewhat and 7m^s^ create the beauty and itself happiness beloved. philosophers (so-called) would scout your theories as lo7te/y absurd. that yozi have been deemed worthy of instruction It is a — higher fate for you than if you had been made a Queen. *' 285 You can try." The little page now entered. but you will find most human beings like the herd of swine In the Gospel. possessed by devils that drive them headlong for Into the sea. is the 7mis^ very acme of absurdity. and actually exist but were you to assert your belief In them. and the things But why point out these simple things to those who have no desire to see ? Be content. that angels . and told at me that the carriage was the door in waiting. Heliobas rose . who yet is Love. aerial spirits Instance. child. If you choose . Vou know.

and taking my two hands pressed them kindly.. money and applause art they profess is and therefore the degraded by them into in a mere trade. "One word will more. remember for that scarce one of the self-styled ' ' artists who Q'2i}A^di cater for the crowd deserves to be musician in the highest sense of the word. in little vanities Think of . but . what you saw your journey with Azul effort and by a strong can. But you. think the time come when you will feel that music is almost too sacred a thing to be given away money to a careless and promiscuous public.^/^/ certain harmonies sound your ears — fragments of what common breathing air to the Children of the Ring. in ^^. on the I subject of your career.286 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. However this may be. public. chair. to is if of your will. Most of them seek not music. when you play must forget that persons with and lesser opinions exist. Httle friend. you you choose. some of whom you saw— and . from his in his.

not in entirety. and in travelling accustom myself to the solitude in which I must dwell. '* Ah ! but how often for do I see is her ? Only when my soul an instant clear . you can judge who are the true disciples of Music in this world those who. —farewell only. " For a few days shall go to Egypt. and flood the world with inane useless.— CONCLUSION." Azul. to suffered heaven-born melodies descend through them as though they . condtccto7^s of sound other or those feebly imitating composers. those aerial sounds will be silenced instantly. and therefore ductions. '' And now. you if 287 will be able to reproduce them in part. pro!" and perishable. rule measure out crotchets and quavers by and line. now Zara has *' left me. the like Schubert and Chopin." I You have ventured to remark. By this means. were mere who. too. I Do you remain in Paris ?" I asked. But if you once admit a thought of se// to enter your brain.

Never had kingly. certainly felt for nothing was further from visit to Italy. seen him look more noble or ance of his face The Inspired radisoftened down Into his usual expression of gentleness and courtesy. deep embowered hills . I not an actual parting with us Intend that we shall meet frequently." I suppose so. all and how seldom Is can attain to ! this result while weighted with my body know But she near me ^/la^ I — I faithful as the !" star to the mariner's compass He raised his head as he spoke. and said In a tone that was almost gay " Shall I : draw the picture for you In ? I see a fair city. offering me his arm : Let It me Is see you to the carriage. You know. For Instance. the next time we exchange I pleasant greetings will be In Italy. my thoughts than a Hellobas smiled. and his eyes flashed. earthly and gross obstruction I . and he " said.— A from — ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. I looked surprised .

Away . 39 . to greet he takes The woman yourself. in the Woods a gay. through the shady avenue. A stranger. his. 289 Over it beams a broad Cascine sky. and sheltered by olive-groves. the stranger no other than your poor friend. that bloom around and weaving them into posies for her companions. sees her — her eyes meet him is . party of people are seated on the velvety moss they have mandolines. pacing slowly. and they sing for pure gaiety of heart. looked at him earnestly. a woman with fair arrayed in white.CONCLUSION. takes leave of So rapidly had he drawn up this picture. with a red rose at gathering the wild flowers her. many soft bells caress the summer air. in a magic glass. that the impression made on me was I as though a sudden vision had been shown to me VOL. book in hand. One is of them. She springs up her hand. deeply blue . you 1" for a brief space. her bosom. who now. ir. hair.

so frankly given. Leo met us here. his wish to bid kissed his me good-bye. and intimated. luxuries.290 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. '* Of course. At reply." shall need no more of these . I stooped and broad head and patted him for these tail affectionately. as plainly as a human being could have done. I was relieved. and was rewarded his attentions by seeing to plume-like wave slowly Zara's and fro —a sign of pleasure not the the poor animal had betrayed since scene of her departure from earthly imprisonment. and accompanied hall him readily through the towards the street-door. *' Then our next meeting will be happy ?" I said inquiringly. Why not ? And !" the next — and this the next after that also he answered. The last *' from the conservatory. At the door the pretty Greek boy handed me ^' a huge basket of the loveliest flowers." said I Heliobas.

A few months . figure To the in last I saw his stately erect the light of the winter sunshine —a figure destined from henceforth to occupy a prominent position in my life and memory. you will see. small or great. *' I entered the carnage he placed the flowers beside me. You think no other career would be possible to you. will Well. I me tell for advice without can you already that will I foresee the time when you resign altogether the precarious and unsatisfactory life of a mere professional musician. and again took my in Good-bye. and Heliobas stood on the steps of his mansion watching out of sight. of your own. address. The regret I felt 39—2 . In any trouble. earnest and kindly tones.CONCLUSION. Good-bye again God bless you !" The it carriage moved off. my child !" '* he I said. 291 As hand. decide all. send to hesitation. have your and will write you all my move- ments.

that the more progress under the tuition of Heliobas.— 292 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. which to am thus permitted is in part foresee. are to come. is I likely soon to be such a fulfilled is again. and to intensely painful for me be forced to behold hypocrisy in the expression of . seemingly of serious results trivial. perceive almost cruel suddenness the true characters of all those whom I meet. That have friend an advantageous circumstance through his guidance accurately I for me. from him was greatly mitigated at parting by the assurance he gave and me of our future meeting. a promise which has since been fulfilled. and the bitter drop I in the cup of knowledge is. There one a drawback. No smile of lip or eye can delude me into accepting mere surface-matter it is for real depth. the less graceful am I I deceived by with appearances. of course. for am life able to judge of many things occurring in the course of the things hints I daily around me the which.

and I more earnestly do alas wish I could in a single instance find myself mistaken. and spite and malice springing up the like a poisonous undergrowth beneath flattery I words of elegant I or dainty compliment. is Still. the grief feel at this counterbalanced in part by I the joy real with which quickly real recognise love .CONCLUSION. and many a cunningly contrived imitation of writes " intelligence I and goodness. virtue. and when soul these attributes flash out upon me from the faces of human beings. and I know I have seen a . the apparently devout face 293 —sensuality under in in the of some radiantly beautiful and popular of virtue woman — vice the mask — self-interest the guise of friendship. my own warms. real nobility. But ! the fatal finger of the electric instinct the within in " me points out unerringly flaw every Sham across human diamond. a often wish could throw rose-coloured mist still of illusion over all these things.

man of of He himself perfecdy his at aware career. and therefore sweeter to a his temperament. for a little England while.294 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. of angels. vision as The capability of Heliobas to itself In foretell future events proved fate of the his knowledge of the famous English hero. — one is that slow. long before that brave soldier met his doom. Gordon. painful and inglorious the other sudden. lament over him will and then he be declared an inspired recklessly on his madman who rushed own doom while those . of the will approaching end receive will he his release Khartoum. a letter from Heliobas to passage : me contained the following ** I see Gordon has chosen his death. his destiny and the manner of Two ways of dying have been offered is him . At the sent time the English Government him out on his last fatal mission. who allowed him to be slain will be voted .

as I I fully believe certain things also of which am now out." This prophecy was carried out to the letter. they hate being instructed. 295 the wisest. yet I think there can be no question as to which of the two the public e7i is likely to prefer. On the whole. the scientific performed on a purely basis in accordance with certain existing rules and principles masse . The one other is mere vulgar imposture. while the lightning of prophecy dormant in . and is the trouble of thinking for themselves too much is for them.CONCLUSION. the most just and virtuous in the realm. people do not mind being hum- bugged almost . informed will be carried persons I But though there are who if pin their faith on " Zadkiel. Therefore " Zadkiel " certain to flourish for many every and many instinct a long day." doubt such there are any who will believe in a is thing as electric divination.

hysteria. My but I narrative simply an experience ." have no wish to persuade others of the central truth contained in it — namely. electric organs in every human are which with proper cttltivation capable of marvellous spiritual force. and in a very few .296 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. The may be I persons connected with this story dismissed in a few words. IS may be *' disappointed. The to time is not yet ripe for this fact be accepted. in readers who idly turn find over these '^ expecting to acceptation a novel'' the true of the term. When she joined my friend Mrs. I have little more to say. was suffering from nervous had assured My presence had the soothing effect Heliobas me of. Everard. I feel that those among my pages. utterly human being remains unused and forgotten except by the rare few. ^/le existence of powerful being.

and from the tone of her letters to me. toilettes but she has no children. for he is one of those who give away their substance to the poor and the distressed but where he is known he is universally . He is not very rich.. they now enjoying as most Americans enjoy wealth. days we started from Paris in 297 company amiable for England. and a soft against her bosom. CONCLUSION. Raffaello Cellini his still little head nestling lives and works . paintings are among the marvels of modern envious Italy for their richness and warmth spite of colour — colour which. 1 fancy she would part with one at least of her valuable necklaces to have a small pair of chubby arms round her neck. galore from Worth's . destined through ages. She. Amy and has diamonds to her heart's content. went back to the States a few months since which to claim an are immense fortune. with her and accomplished husband. in is of his to last detractors.

" but he not. art. None In call beloved. several ** Lords of our Life and Death. Society greedily his movements ously In name figures conspicu. times to He sell has his been large asked picture. 298 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. who has recently forwarded me a proof engraving for of the I picture '' L'ImprovIsatrice." the " Fashionable Intelligence . but hear of him frequently through Heliobas. work of but that Is like 7ue I am not not vain enough to admit. He Is the possessor of the immense the wealth foretold by Heliobas follow his eyes of . and he is In no upon the London critics for judgment. is a beautiful I it. keep as a portrait of myself. News of Prince Ivan Petroffsky reaches me frequently.. but as a souvenir of the man through whose I introduction I gained the best friend have." It it which sat as model. I will have never met him since our I Intercourse at Cannes. of his pictures have yet been exhibited hurry to their England.

or Feast of the Dead. and the magnificence of festivities 299 his recent marriage talk was for some time the of the Continent. He has not quite for- gotten Zara. a French Duke —a lovely as soulless and heartless as a . At the the moment one of the most in all envied and popular noblemen Royal Courts of Europe . for on every recurring y<9?/r des Morts. dressmaker's stuffed model his jewels well but she carries on her white bosom. Heliobas . and no one is thinks of asking him whether he happy. is how long his satisfaction will last another matter. and receives his guests with as much dignity as quali- a well-trained major-domo. He has married the only daughter of creature.CONCLUSION. he sends a garland or cross of flowers to the simple grave in Pere-la-Chalse. . watches his career with untiring vigilance nor can interest I myself avoid taking a certain progress of his write he is in the I fate. ties These suffice to satisfy her husband a^ present .

— 300 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. Belief — belief in — a friendly warnGod — belief by sure. says the is ? he has everything that so. ! in all things noble. The in spiritual for end for all of you can be but death . lofty. needed to make Everything which he yes will — all except one thing. world . be very sure that you are rzo-/i^ in God for the sake of man — abjuring the the material —before you rush recklessly onward. for long near. is rapidly being crushed underfoot ? what By mere denying lust of gain Be good people. readers and me. unworldly. and beautiful. He him 7mis^ be happy. is when no time ? I for faith. is there time for sentiment therefore there shall be And none between my think not. ? when the shadow of the end draws And now what farewell to those else remains A brief this ? who have perused word narrative. save this ing. or a lingering parting In these there days of haste and scramble. and are is you quite positive after all that there no .

Is a mere useless vapour.CONCLUSION. Its its dreams the glory. I . if there were no possible it means of granting content with the ? Why all this disall present —why this universal complaint and despair and world- weariness. only say. ask. or a set ? of shifting molecules in a perishable brain The mere fact of ^/le existence of a desire there- clearly indicates an eqtially existing capacity for the gratification of that desire fore. Hereafter ? 301 Is it sense to imagine that the immense machinery of the Universe has been set In motion for nothing ? Is It even common reason to consider that the Soul all its of Man. longings after Infinite. with of unseen high musings. but I I do not ask you to believe me. if there be no hereafter ? For my own part. have been permitted to find a place in our natures. which secretly felt by every one of us. would the wish Is for a future state of being. if —if to yourselves the possibility of a . I I have seen and you admit have told you frankly what what I know .

you have only yourselves to blame. or a consideration involving too much trouble — struggle with it. and is ask yourselves tending or Whither or our '' Proo-ress — Forward ? Backward ? — Upward Fight the it Downward out. it not be well for you to inquire seriously are preparing for it how you days ? in these wild " Look at society : around you. you when it is too late. and with we can will steer wherever we choose. adide and whatever the answer may it. God not compel our love or obedience. it bravely till you resolve be. and that most is important one of our positively unfettered . it Our will is a rudder put it freely into our hands. would future and eternal state of existence. by If it leads you to deny God and the souls. that both God and of our immortality exist. We are the arbiters fact is the own fate.302 A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. away as an unpleasant thought. and immortal destinies of your own find hereafter. We must . lives. it Which way problem or put Do not glance at casually.

ab- sorbing. cannot force this theory on public attention.— CONCLUSIOX.e. its The Ring. who *' genious explanations .. which Is at present claimed by give " In- various learned professors. and reproducing worlds." the mild question may be put: Where did the first ''atom'' come . Ring I have endeavoured which must go on producing. suns." of atoms and these " molecules yet. are the work of the to de- Electric scribe. even regarding same "atoms. ourselves desire to love and obey 3^3 desire it above all tJmigs in the world. in turn. is merely the outcome of God's own ence personality — the atmosphere surroundwhich ing the World in He has His exist- — a World created by love and for love I alone. and systems for ever and ever. wonders of Nature are the and heat alone — result of licrht i. As will for the Electric Origin of the Uniis verse. a time coming when It scientific men acknowledge to be the only theory All the of Creation worthy of acceptance.

Incredulity I nor can affect 77ie personally. and my readers can accept or deny the theories of Heliobas as they please. Neither denial. of an episode connected with him is and as such. BXl-lNS A SONS. my task finished. have related It my " experience " exactly as happened at the time. . THE END. go very far to convince others.304 A ? ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. inasmuch as am not Heliobas. criticism. but simply the narrator . &'//. 6-. PRINTERS. acceptance. Some may answer Surely '' : from first We call the to atom GodJ' it Is as well call Him a Spirit Atom ? However. I being convinced of a truth am I aware. of pure Light as an the fact of one person's will not. GUILDFORD.

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