A MYSTERY SOLVED

When Winifred had returned to the convent, I waited patiently for Roderick’s coming, which I knew could not be long delayed. Indeed, before the week was out his card was brought to me where I sat at my sitting-room fire. I glanced up at him as he entered the room. His face was grave, even stern in its expression, reminding me forcibly of Niall. After the ordinary salutations had been…

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ANOTHER UNEXPECTED MEETING

Coming to the cathedral, where it stands on the corner of Fiftieth Street and Fifth Avenue, we stopped to observe its proportions, at once noble and graceful, its white marble façade and tall spires being one of the ornaments of the Empire City. Entering the edifice, we knelt a while in prayer before we began to examine all its beauties in detail. The rich glow of the beautiful stained windows…

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WINIFRED GOES SIGHT-SEEING

The next morning I woke earlier than usual; and, getting up at once, looked out of the window. Every trace of the fog had vanished, and there was the sun leaping and dancing as merrily as if it were midsummer instead of December. I hurried off to Mass, and got back again, to take a hasty breakfast and sit down in my room to wait for Winifred. It was about…

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AN UNEXPECTED MEETING

It was a curious coincidence that on the very Sunday evening after I had visited Winifred and arranged for her to spend Tuesday with me at the hotel, I should have gone to supper with a friend of mine who was also a great friend of Roderick O’Byrne. She was an exceptional woman, of rare gifts, of warm heart and of long purse. She had the social talent in its…

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ARRIVAL IN NEW YORK

Our voyage to America was a very pleasant one. The weather was excellent. The warm glow of midsummer was over everything, and the cool ocean breezes were most grateful as we sat at evening on the deck and watched the stars burn above our heads in the sky, which always seems so vast when one is on the face of the water. After the first two or three days, neither…

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IN THE CAPITAL

The August morning which was to see our departure dawned at last. The leave-taking with old Granny Meehan was very pathetic. The poor woman, with her deep resignation, her confidence in God’s providence, was a striking illustration of the best virtues of her race. Calmly she bade us farewell, praying many a prayer, invoking many a blessing on the beloved head of her little charge. We left her sitting at…

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THE CAVE IN THE MOUNTAINS

The time fixed for our departure was drawing all too near; for the summer had been a delightful one, with much of fine weather and almost constant sunshine–rare in that land where Nature’s tear is always very near her smile. I had visited the Devil’s Glen, with its wondrous falls, its turbulent streams, its mountain heights, reached by a path of tangled bloom. I had seen the “sweet Vale of…

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HOW FATHER OWEN WON THE DAY

She threw upon the table an immense mass of bloom she had gathered on the banks of the Dargle; then rushed over to her beloved Father Owen, crying: “O Father Owen, Father Owen! she wants to take me away with her to America, and it will break my heart–I know it will!” The tears streamed down her cheeks, and she never noticed me in this wild outburst of grief. “My…

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TWO VISITS

My next duty was to obtain Granny Meehan’s consent to Winifred’s departure for America. I found her sitting beside the hearth in her accustomed place, with the cat at her feet. Winifred was absent, and in the outer court was the pleasant sunshine falling over solitude. Only the fowls, so variously named by Winifred, disported themselves before the window. Mrs. Meehan greeted me cheerfully and cordially, and I saw that…

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THE SCHOOLMASTER’S SECRET

I had waited with breathless interest for what Niall might have to say; but he put his whole secret in the opening words of his narrative. “I am,” he began, “a gold-seeker–a hunter for treasure-trove.” “A gold-seeker?” I repeated, amazed and incredulous; though here was the explanation of many mysteries. “Yes. Here, in these very mountains gold has been found time and time again. There were mines here scarce a…

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