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a martyr to his country. Behind these sat the princess, their mother, whose youthful beauty, remembered even at that day among the dwellers in the Phanar, these stately young men had inherited. Her face was still very fair, even in her old age; her large eyes were blue and soft, like those of her youngest born ; and her whole appear ance denoted much womanly gentle. ness and reserve; yet, like him again, in the hour of need she could find a strength of will, and a noble firmness which many a proud man might have envied.
The last of the group was Petros G- himself: he sat there, that aged man, in stern submission to his doom of eternal silence, wan and feeble-looking, with strong furrows gathered round his never-opening lips, and a keen, deep-set eye, intensely bright, which is the distinct token of most violent passions. There is something almost awful and mysterious in the aspect of a dumb person : we do not feel as if they could not speak, but rather as though they held, locked within, some appalling secret, which a dread command had compelled them never to reveal-especially if they can hear-their's seems to be so meaning a voicelessness. And in Petros Gthis singular appearance was particularly to be observed; for his high, protruding forehead seemed absolutely laden with thought, and every line of his rigid, strongly-marked countenance gave evidence of a whole internal world of troubled and tempestuous passions; and who, indeed, could tell, since the hour when the noble-born Greek had been mutilated by the hand of the Turkish executioner, what depths of intense and concentrated hatred had been accumulated within that eversilent breast-a hatred never expressed, dever revealed-never relieved by sympathy-having an unheard voice with which it spoke, night and day, to the dumb man-finding nourishment in its own essence, day by day, till each year, as it went by, added its bitterness to that which was to come-gathering, deepening there, till at length it was as though he had set that fierce and evil passion within his breast, as in a shrine, with the desire of revenge ever burning before it, like the lamp before a holy image!
But there he now sat, sullen and
motionless, fixing his intense gaze on the Philellenists as they saluted him, and Vasili advancing, addressed himself, as was customary, to the old man alone. He proceeded to inform him of the actual state of Greece, with all the details we have already given; and then, having explained what measures he proposed adopting to ensure them against surprise in their fight from Smyrna, he demanded if the rayah were willing to deliver up bis three brave sons to be faithful soldiers and defenders of Greece, even to the death, which was the almost certain doom of all who took upon themselves that office.
As he heard this momentous question, the dumb man started from his seat; in the intense, impassioned excitement of that hour, he forgot the infirmity which had cursed him for so many years. He was evidently struggling for utterance; his chest heaved convulsively-his eye flashed-he smote violently with his clenched hands upon his labouring breast; then, as the torrent of words came rushing to his voiceless lips, he turned round almost wildly, and darted a burning, eloquent glance upon his wife_his forty years' companion, the sharer of every hope and fear-who surely, more than any other, could interpret the volumes written in that one eager look. And she understood that gaze; she bowed her head calmly in answer to it; then she rose, and taking her three sons by the hand, she led them forward, and placed them among the group of Philellenists. “ All that we have we devote to our beloved country,” she said, “and this is our all! Take these
we give them to you for Greece." With these few simple words, she disengaged her hands from her children's grasp, and retired to her seat, looking up to heaven as she went; but what woman ever offered up a nobler sacri. fice on the altar of her heart, than this mother, now virtually childless ? And long did the fire of her great tribulation burn there unquenchable, after the offering had been received.
When these preliminaries had been settled, the three young men sat down with the Philellenists to discuss their fu. ture plans. Demetrius G- was celebrated for his eloquence, and he described, with much graphic power, the dreadful scenes which had taken place
in the Greek quarter, when the news of the suspected rebellion amongst the exiles had been spread abroad. Such was the universal excitement in the town, that the imauns, whose sacred calling imposed upon them the most pacific dispositions, actually armed themselves, and forming into a proces. sion, marched through the streets, call. ing on all to exterminate the Ghiaour population altogether, a sight never seen before in Smyrna. The family of G- besides their privileges, of which we have already spoken, were known by means of those secret agents which are so profusely scattered through every corner of the Turkish empire, not to have been implicated in the supposed conspiracy, and therefore, when the slaughter was over, they continued to enjoy the favour of the Pasha of Smyrna, which had always been extended to them in a peculiarly gracious manner. But Demetrius, who well knew how politic was this show of protection, enlarged much on the treachery which he believed to be lurking beneath it; he declared that it would be absolutely necessary that they should allay the suspicions which, he doubted not, the pasha had already conceived, from the arrival of the Philellenists amongst them, by delaying their de. parture for a few days, and continuing to show themselves ready to join in any of the festivities at his palace, to which he was in the habit of constantly inviting them. This was agreed to; and Demetrius further proposed, that his new friends should return to the town of Smyrna, and there conceal themselves, as best they might, froin the searching eyes of the pasha's secret spies, till such time as he deemed it prudent for himself and his brothers to join them.
No one was more satisfied with these arrangements than Lester the Englishman, as the delay thus obtained would enable him to prosecute his search for the young slave, without loss of time. Having consulted with his zealous friend, Manouk, on the course it was most fitting they should pursue, it was decided that they should proceed together on horseback to the village nearest to the villa of Kosreff Pasha. Here Lester was to remain, whilst Manouk promised to go himself to the palace, where he positively undertook to ascertain whether Cyllene the Greek
were amongst its inhabitants. How he was to accomplish this Lester could not conceive; for slight as was his knowledge of the east and its customs (an ignorance which he shared with most of his countrymen), he did not at least require to be told that it is no easy matter to gain an entrance into a Turkish harem. Manouk seemed, however, very confident of success, and they set out together the morning after their arrival in Smyrna.
Their path lay through the beautiful valley of St. Anne, so little known, and yet so magnificent in its ever-varying scenery, where the luxuriance of the vegetation cannot even be imagined, unless actually beheld; and having traversed it in its full extent, they reached, late in the evening, a small village which lay on the verge of a Fast and desert plain. The palace of Kosreff Pasha, Manouk declared to be situated at the foot of a lofty mountain, which rose on the opposite side of this extensive waste. Thither Manouk proposed to hasten as soon as it was day, and Lester was obliged, much against his will, to accede to the pru. dent arrangement of his Turkish friend, that they should remain entirely within doors as long as it was dark, in order to avoid the very considerable danger they would have incurred had they ventured out, from the troops of panthers and hyænas who were wont to roam over that plain by night, and who, so far from being scared from the haunts of man, appear to find a singular attraction in any human habitation. This little village especially was greatly infested with those beasts of prey ; it lay nearly at equal distances from the sites of the three Christian churches-Sardis, Ephesus, and Smyrna-and nothing but this barren and arid desert was to be seen around it for many miles.
With the first dawn of light, next day, Lester was pacing the terrace where he had slept, with the greatest impatience, wondering much at the non-appear ance of Manouk, whom he had sought everywhere, without success. Suddenly, as he turned round in his limited walk, he perceived, standing motionless, within a few paces of him, a poor, miserable-looking negro, who was clad in the dress generally used by those wandering Numidians, who are to be met with in all parts of the
east, roaming over the country as mu- matters a very different opinion from sicians, or venders of charms and va- his two companions, seemed much rious specifics. This man was evi- dissatisfied with the arrangements. He dently a slave, however, for he pros had been invaluable to Manouk that trated himself several times before morning in assisting him to catch Lester, in the painfully abject manner the snakes, and in awing them into with which it is required that these submission while their fangs were captive human beings should debase extracted ; and this he had done, still not themselves, but the masters who in conformity to the character of which ask such a servile show of honour from we have said that such admirable types them.
are to be found amongst ourselves, He rose at once at Lester's bid. apparently from a devoted desire to ding, who spoke to him in the usual render himself useful, but in reality in pantomime, and the Englishman then the confident expectation that the sermade signs that he wished to know pents would be cooked into an agreeable what motive had brought him into his paté for himself by his gratified maspresence. The negro answered by ter, whose attachment was so justly untwisting the long scarf which bound his due. His rage may therefore bo his turban, and displaying, to Lester's imagined when he found that the rephorror, a number of snakes which were tiles he had so greatly heated himself coiled within it, and who proceeded to in chasing were destined to be a bait wreathe themselves round his neck and to the pasha, rather as a dainty for arms. He explained, by a few expres himself. But Manouk had no time sive gestures, that he was a serpent to heed the ireful curve of his favourtamer, and offered to display his ite's back, and in a few minutes more powers at once, if he wished it; but they were speeding together over the Lester had, like many other persons, plain, mounted on Lester's horse, in a peculiar dislike to this revolting the direction of Kosreff's summer and curious spectacle. He therefore palace. preferred giving a few paras to the
* To the Englishman the long day black, and was about to dismiss him, passed drearily and heavily, during when he was suddenly attracted by the Manouk's absence. It is said that men gleaming of a pair of fiery eyes from under the pressure of some great sorthe folds of the negro's sleeve, with the row are naturally led to seek for solipeculiarities of whose feline expression tude ; but they are unwise to do so, he felt himself to be well acquainted. except they retire from all outward
With an exclamation of surprise, sights and sounds, in order to probe, he seized hold of the animal to whom even to the depths, their own ungratethe eyes belonged, which proved to ful and unsubmissive soul, and trace be no other than the remarkable cat out in every event of their lives the already brought duly into notice; workings of an overruling goodness and at the same time the distorted that is moulding them by trial for a features of the negro relapsed into most glorious fate, till they have learntheir natural form, and expanded into ed to welcome the misfortune as a a merry smile, the utmost expres- great gift, and their hidden, incurable sion of amazement which the most grief, as an attendant angel, fighting mirthfully-disposed Turk ever permits with the demon, sin, in their hearts; himself, while Manouk acknowledged but if the mourners seek a desert in that it was he himself who had taken any other spirit but this, they will find this disguise, in order to effect an en- that in the silence and the loneliness trance into the harem of Kosreff their sorrow will multiply into a thouPasha. Lester highly applauded the sand desolating shapes, which will so idea, as he was aware that these musi. crowd on them, and oppress them, and cians and jugglers are often admitted hunt them down in their agony, that into the seraglios, for the amusement they will be fain to return to the disof the ladies, who sit watching their tracting noise and confusion of the representations closely veiled, and he busy world. certainly had now good reason to feel It was thus that Lester, whose sure that Manouk would play his part mind was yet most undisciplined, to perfection.
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long day of an Asiatic sun's unvarying brightness. He wandered out of the village, which consisted but of a few mud dwellings, and sought the retire ment of an old ruined mosque, which stood close to an ancient cemetery, shaded by a number of lofty palms, and there he passed his time among the tombs, like him of old who was tormented of a devil, and whose fate, in one sense, he might be said to share; for he was possessed by an unholy spirit of unsubmission, whose conflicting pas. sions tore and rent his soul. But at length, late in the evening, the faithful Turk returned, and his cheerful voice and smile dispelled at once a host of bitter fancies that were persecuting him-showing how great is the power one mortal has over another, and how vile the egotism which would allow some secret grief to cloud the brow and dim the eye, when by a sunny aspect and a few gay words we may chase for a time the black shade from a fellow-creature's breast.
Manouk had the best possible news to give his employer ; his success had been even greater than he had looked for On arriving at the palace, which he described as being the abode of every luxury which could avail to render the summer months agreeable, he had for a moment altogether despaired of even effecting an entrance within it, for he found that the whole enclosure of kiosks, gardens, and pavilions was surrounded by an enormously high wall, with but one jealously-guarded open ing, where he was obstinately refused admittance by the black who acted as porter, Having wandered round it several times in vain, he fortunately perceived at length an object perched on the top of the wall, which looked uncommonly like an ape, engaged in smoking a long pipe; on coming nearer, however, he found it was a little comical-looking Armenian, who held the distinguished post of harem doctor, and who, being as dwarfish in stature as he was corrupt in mind, had found no difficulty in clambering to this elevated position, where he en joyed the fresh morning air, along with an extensive view over the plain. Manouk immediately began to display to him the wonders of his singular art as serpent-charmer, the secret of which he really did possess, and the little doctor bestowed much applause on his
performance, though he made not the slightest attempt to reward it otherwise. This was so unusual a meanness in the east, where every species of amusement is handsomely recompensed, that it gave the Turk at once a clue to the Armenian's ruling passion, and he instantly turned that cupidity to his own purposes, by offering the doctor nearly half the sum with which Lester had provided him, if he would procure him an opportunity of displaying his powers before the ladies of the seraglio.
The Armenian at first vehemently declared that he would not run the risk of the Pasha's displeasure, but the sight of the gold suddenly tempered his zeal, and desiring Manouk to wait a moment, he slid down into the garden, in order to cause all the women to be closely veiled, and then returning, he admitted the supposed negro into their presence. Manouk then found himself in company with a number of muffled and shrouded figures, whose age or sex it was impossible to distinguish ; and with a nearly equal proportion of women, young and old, of whom no such scrupulous care was taken, as they were not the harem slaves, but merely employed as servants to the favourite ladies.
Amongst these bis quick eyes speed. ily detected a young girl, whose flowing fair hair and regular features at once stamped her as a Greek. Nor was he long left in doubt that she was the person he was in search of, as he heard her name repeatedly called, and observed that she could not speak Turkish, as the women seemed to find some difficulty in communicating with her. He would not, however, venture to address her in Greek, lest any one present might understand that language, but he made it a part of his ceremonies, in charming the snakes, to speak to them in a sort of gibberish, into which he introduced very dexterously a few words of Albaniandialect as certain to be unknown to the Turks, as it was likely to be familiar to the Greek. He was not mistaken ; the kindling eye and treme bling frame of the young Cyllene, showed at once that she understood him; and he proceeded rapidly to entreat she would maintain an appeare ance of indifference, while he er: plained to her that her mother had
found a friend willing to deliver her from her hateful captivity, as soon as they could devise some means for her rescue.
The young girl was evidently as quick-witted as the Greeks almost invariably are. Seeming to be occupied in carelessly watching the extraordinary evolutions of the charmed snakes, she began to sing in a low voice a wild Albanian dirge, in which she succeeded in informing Manouk that such was the misery she endured, in her exile and captivity, that there was no danger she would not risk, no means she would not employ, to es, cape from her bitter slavery. At the same time, she owned that her rescue would be a task most difficult to accomplish, as the Pasha was so immensely rich as to be altogether proof against temptations of that nature,
whilst any secret escape seemed to her almost impossible, for his harem had the reputation of being more strictly guarded than any other in Turkey, which implied a degree of rigid watchfulness certainly not easily to be deceived. Manouk begged her, in reply, not to despair, but to be ready to seize the first opportunity, and, above all, to be on the watch to detect and avail herself of any stratagem or disguise they might employ. He was then obliged to retire, for the patience of the Armenian was quite exhausted, who, having received his payment, had not the slightest desire that the poor prisoners should have any amusement longer than he could help; and Manouk, exchanging a last look of intelligence with the young Greek, left the palace and returned to the village.
All rights save those which sovereign nature gave,
Whose voice proclaims the base-born and the slave-
Heard the shore chafe with its Ionian wave,
Showering its sounds, that like eve's nurturing dews,
Came back all heavenly. The world might lose
As in the Olympic games of old, to wait
The signal for the race, with breast elate,
Time could assign. A light within thee beam'd,
To animate cold ashes ; but instinct
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