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Romance of Two Worlds


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BY

MARIE COREL LI.

IN

TWO VOLUMES. h.
VOL. IL

LONDON

RICHARD BENTLEY AND SON


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1886.
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CONTENTS OF VOL.
CHAPTER
I.

II,

MY STRANGE DEPARTURE
A MINIATURE CREATION
-

II.

35

III.

SECRETS OF THE SUN AND MOONSOCIABLE CONVERSE

66
91
121

IV.

V.

THE ELECTRIC CREED

VL DEATH BY LIGHTNING
VII. VIII.

156
-

A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY

220
276

CONCLUSION

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


^^3g^

CHAPTER
HE
two

I.

MY STRANGE DEPARTURE.
next morning
letters
;

brought

me
Mrs.
she

one

from

Everard,

telling

me

that

and the Colonel had resolved on comino*


to Paris.
*'

All the nice people are


"

going away
Didier
;

from here," she wrote.

Madame
for

and her husband have started


and, to
Cellini

Naples

crown our lonesomeness, Raffaello


packed up
II.

all

his traps,

and
21

left

us

VOL.

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


morning
en
i^oute

yesterday

for

Rome.

The weather
in

continues

to

be delicious

but as you seem to be getting on so well


Paris,
in

spite

of the

cold

there,

we

have made up our minds

to join you, the


to renovate

more

especially as

want

my
the

wardrobe.

We
;

shall

go

straight to

Grand Hotel
us rooms.

and

am

writing to

Mrs.

Challoner by this post, asking her to get

We

are so glad you are feeling

nearly recovered

of course, you must


till

not

leave
ready.
till
I

your physician

you are quite


shall

At any
to

rate,

we

not arrive

the end of next week."

began

calculate.

During

that

strange interview in the chapel, Heliobas

had

said that in eight days


to

more

should

be strong enough

undergo the trans-

migration he had promised to effect upon

me.

Those

eight

days were

now comI

pleted on this very morning.

was glad
Mrs.

of this

for

did

not

care to see the

Everard

or

anyone

till

experiment

MY STRANGE DEPARTURE.
was over.
to give an

The
''

other

letter

received

was from Mrs. Challoner, who asked me


Improvisation
"

at the

Grand

Hotel that day fortnight.

When

went

down

to

breakfast,

mentioned both these

letters,
:

and

said,

addressing myself to Heliobas

"Is

it

not

rather

sudden

freak
?

of

Raffaello Cellini's to leave


all

Cannes

We
to

thought he was settled for the winter

there.

Did you know he was going


?''

Rome
"

Yes," replied Heliobas, as he stirred


"
I

his coffee abstractedly.

going

there
is

some day

this

knew he was month his


;

presence
"

required there on business."

And

are you going to give the Im-

provisation this Mrs. Challoner asks you


for ?" inquired Zara.
I

glanced at

Heliobas.

He
it

answered

for
'\

me.
I

should certainly give

if

were
be

you,"

he

said

quiedy

*'

there

will
2

21

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.

nothing to prevent your doing so at the


date named."
I

was

relieved.
to

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

had

consented

and
were

as-

surance on the part of Heliobas was un-

doubtedly comforting.
silent that

We
we

all

very

morning

all

wore grave
Zara was
in

and preoccupied expressions.


very pale, and appeared
Heliobas,
as
too,
lost

thought.

looked slightly careworn,

though he
in

had

been

up

all

night,

some brain-exhausting labour. No mention was made of Prince Tvan we avoided his name by a sort of secret
engaged
;

mutual understanding.
fast

When

the break-

was over,

looked with a fearless

smile at the calm face of Heliobas, which

appeared nobler and more dignified than


ever with that slight touch of sadness upon
it,

and said

softly

MY STRANGE DEPARTURE,
*'

The

eight days are accomplished."

He met my
and
"

gaze

fully,

with a steady

and serious observation of


replied
:

my
it.

features,

My
in

child,

am aware
to

of

expect
In the

you

my

private

room at noon.
no one
;

meantime speak
Zara
;

not

even to

read no books

touch

no note of

music.

The

chapel has been prepared for

you

go there and pray.

When
altar,

you see

a small point of light touch the extreme

edge of the cross upon the


be twelve o'clock, and you
to me."

it

will

will

then come

With these words,


and earnest
tone,

uttered in a grave

he

left

me.

A
I

sensation

of sudden awe stole upon me.


Zara.

looked at
lips

She

laid

her finger on her


;

and

smiled, enjoining silence

then drawing

my
soft

hand

close within her own, she led

me to the
and

door of the chapel.


veil of

There she took a


fabric,

some white transparent

flung

it

over me, embracing and kissing

me

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.

tenderly as she did so, but uttering no word.

Taking
chapel

my hand
with

again, she entered the

me, and

accompanied

me

through what seemed a blaze of light and


colour to the high altar, before which was

placed

prie-dieu

of
kneel,

crimson

velvet.

Motioning
once

me

to

she kissed
filmy
;

me
that

more

through

the

veil

covered

me

from head to foot then turning

noiselessly

away she disappeared, and


was able

heard the heavy oaken door close behind


her.

Left alone,

to quietly take

note of everything around me.


before which
candles,
I

The

altar

knelt

was ablaze with lighted


mingling their

and a wealth of the purest white


it,

flowers decorated

deli-

cious fragrance with the faintly perceptible

odour of incense.
chapel, in every
shrine, tapers

On

all

sides

of the

little

niche,

and

at

every

were burning

like fireflies in

a sum;ner

twilight.

At

the foot of the

large crucifix, which occupied a

somewhat

shadowy corner,

lay a wreath of magnificent

MY STRANGE DEPARTURE.
crimson roses.
It

would seem cs though


were about
to

some high
brated, and

festival
I

be celewith a

gazed around

me

beating heart, 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,
strove
to

beautiful,
collect

silence.

my

thoughts, and turning

my

eyes towards the

jewelled cross that surmounted the high


altar,
I

clasped

my

hands, and began to

wonder how and was

for

what

should pray.
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, 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.
dered.

Had

ever been unhappy

won-

If so,

why

began

to count

up

my

blessings and compare

them with

my

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


Exhausted pleasure-seekers
I

misfortunes.

may be

surprised to hear that

proved

the joys of

my
I

Hfe to have far exceeded

my

sorrows.

found that

had

sight,

hearing, youth, sound Hmbs, an appreciation of the beautiful in art

and nature, and

an intense power of enjoyment.


these
things,

For

all

Impossible
I

of purchase

by
?

mere wealth, should


For

not give thanks

every golden ray of sunshine,


for the

for

every flower that blooms,


of the wind and
birds
sea,

harmonies

for

the singing of
trees,

and the shadows of


all

should
?

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
;

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,

are ungrate-

prone to blame the Supreme Bene-

factor for our

own

faults.

We

don black

MY STRANGE DEPARTURE.
mourning robes as a
against
special
sort of

sombre protest
and love,

Him
object
if

for

having removed some


our
choice

of

whereas,

we

believed in

Him and

were

grateful to

Him, 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.


illness, loss

Do we

suffer

of money, position, or friends,

we rail against Fate another name for God and complain like babes who have

broken their toys


the

yet the sun shines on,

seasons

come

and

go,

the

lovely
all

panorama of Nature
our benefit, while
turn our eyes

unrolls itself

for

we murmur and
in anger.

fret

and

away

Thinklno^ of these thino^s and kneeling


before the
altar,
;

my

heart

became

filled

with gratitude
itself to

and no petition suggested


"

me

save one, and that was,


!"
I

Let

me
fair,

believe and love

thought of the

strong, stately figure of Christ, stand-

ing

out

in

the

world's

history,

like

lo

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.

statue of pure white marble against a dark

background
patience,

mused on the endurance,


and
perfect
life

forgiveness,
that

inno-

cence

of

most spotless
cross,

which
I

was

finished
"

on the
Let

and again

murmured,

me

believe
in

and love

!"

And
of

became so absorbed
till

meditation

that the time fied fast,

a sudden sparkle

flame

flashing

across

the

altar-steps

caused

me

to look up.

The
fire.

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, but had


crept

down among
lit

all

the precious stones


stars.
I

and

them up

like

afterwards

learned that this effect was produced by

means of a

thin electric wire, which,

com-

municating with a timepiece constructed

on the same system, illuminated the cross


at

sunrise, noon,

and sunset.
Heliobas.
I

It

was time

for

me
left

to join

rose gently,

and

the chapel with a quiet and refor


I

verent

step,

have always thought

MY STRANGE DEPARTURE.
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.


the door
I

Once
veil,

outside

laid aside

my

and then,
fearless

with

perfectly

composed and
the

mind, went straight to


study.
I

Electrician's

shall

never forget the Intense

quiet

of the

house that morning.


In the hall

The
found

very fountain
In

seemed

to splash
I

a sort of subdued whisper.

Hellobas

seated

at

his

table,

readlnof.

How my
as
I
I

dream came

vividly back to me,


!

saw him

In that attitude

felt

that

knew what he was


I

reading.

He

looked

up as

entered,

and greeted me with a


I

kindly yet grave smile.


abruptly.
"

broke silence

Your book

is

open,"
:

I
'

said,

" at

passage commencing thus


Is

The

universe

upheld solely by the

Law

of Love.

majestic, invisible Protectorate governs the

winds, the

tides.'

Is

it

not so

?"

12

A
''

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


returned Heliobas.
?"
I
*'
*'

It is so,"

Are you

acquainted with the book


*'

Only through the dream


Cannes,"
I

had of you
I

at

answered.

do think

Signor Cellini had some power over me."

"Of
state.
is,

course he had

in

your then weak

But now you are as strong as he


at
all.

he could not influence you

Let
I

us be brief in our converse,

my

child.

have a few serious things


before

to say to

you

you leave me, on your

celestial

journey."
I

trembled

slightly,

but took the chair


large easy-chair
recline

he pointed out
in

to

me a

which

one

could

almost

and

sleep.
''

Listen," continued Heliobas

**
:

told

you,

when you
I

first

came
to

here, that what-

ever
health,

might

do

restore
it

you

to

you would have

in

your power

to repay

me
will

amply.

You

are restored to

health
"
I

you give
will

me my

reward
to

?"

would and

do anything

prove

MY STRANGE DEPARTURE.
my
"

13

gratitude
tell

to

you,"

said

earnestly.

Only

me how."
aware,"

''You

are

he went

on,

''of

my
or
I

theories respecting the Electric Spirit

Soul

In

Man.

It
It

Is

progressive,

as

have told you

begins as a germ
In

it

goes on Increasing
for ever,
till it is

power and beauty

great and pure enough to


all

enter the last of

worlds

God's

world.
to

But there are sometimes hindrances


Its

progression
it

obstacles
and
back
its

In Its path,

which

cause

to recoil
far

retire

a long

way
It

back

so
to

occasionally

that

has to

commence
study

journey over again.


researches,
I

Now, by my
able

earnest

am
far,

and

watch the progress

of
all
I

my own
may
I

Inner fore^ or soul.

So

has been well


say
I

prayerfully and
all

humbly
well.

believe

has

been

But

foresee an approaching

shadow
It

difficulty

danger
or

which,
In

If

cannot

be

repelled

passed

some

way

threatens to violently push back

my advanc-

T4

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


nature,
I

ing

spiritual

so

that,

with

much

^rief and pain,

shall
I

have

to

re-commence

the

work

that

had hoped was done.

/ cannot,
wka^
this
"

with

all

my

best effort, discover


is

darkening obstacle

but you,
in surprise

yes, yotc

for

had started up
are
lifted

*'

you,
to

when you

up

high

enough

behold these things, may, being

perfectly unselfish in this research, attain to

the knowledge of

it

and explain

it

to

me,

when you
secret
for

return.

In trying to probe the


it

for myself,

is
;

of course purely
clear,

my own
in

interest

and nothing
can

nothing
obtained,

satisfactory

be

spiritually

which selfishness

has
I

ever

so slight a share.

You,

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,

the position of
Still,
I

soul

working
?"

another.
this for

cannot compel you to do


only ask, will you

me

His entreating and anxious tone touched

MY STRANGE DEPARTURE.
me
keenly
;

15

but

was amazed and peryet


realize

plexed,

and could not

what

strange thing was going to happen to me.

But whatever occurred

was resolved

to

give a ready consent to his request, therefore


"
I

said firmly
will

do
that

my
I

best,

promise you.
I

Remember

do not know,
I

cannot

even guess where

am

going,

or

what
;

strange sensations will overcome


if I

me

but

am

permitted to have any recollection


at
all,
I

of earth

will try

to find out

what

you ask."
Heliobas

seemed

satisfied^

and rising

from

his chair,

unlocked a heavily bound


this^

iron safe.

From
in

he took a glass

flask
fluid,

of a strange, ever-moving, glittering


the

same

appearance

as

that

which

Raffaello

Cellini

had

forbidden

me

to

drink.

He

then

paused

and

looked

searchingly at me.
''

Tell me," he said In an authoritative


''

tone,

tell

me

7u/iy

you wish

to see

what

i6

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


is

to mortals

unseen

What
?"
I

motive have

you
I

What

ulterior plan

hesitated.

Then

gathered

my
:

strength together and answered decisively


"
I

desire to
;

know why
and
I

this world,

this

universe exists
if

also wish to prove,

possible,

the
I

truth

and
I

necessity

of

religion.
life, if it

And

think

would give

my

were worth anything, to be certain

of the truth of Christianity."

Heliobas gazed

in

my

face with a sort

of half-pity, half-censure.
"

You have

daring

aim," he

said

slowly, "

and you are a bold seeker.

But

shame, repentance and sorrow await you

where you are going, as well as rapture


and amazement.
zvere
'

/ wottld give my life,


to

if it

worth anything.'

That utterance has


soar
into

saved

you

otherwise

an

unexplored wilderness of spheres, weighted

by your own

doubts and guided solely


desires,

by your own wild


fruitless

would be a

journey."

MY STRANGE DEPARTURE.
I

17

felt

abashed

as

met
wish

his

steady

scrutinizing eyes.
*'

Surely

it

is

well
?"

to
I

to

the reason of things


timidity.
*'

asked, with

know some

The

desire of

knowledge
he replied
in
;

is
''

a great
it

virtue,

certainly,"

is

not

truly felt

by one

thousand.
die,

Most
affairs,

persons are content to live and


in

absorbed

their

own

petty

commonplace
Yet

without

troubling

themselves

as to
it

the

reasons of their existence.


better,
like

is

almost
blind

these,

to

wallow
to

in

ignorance

than wantojily

doubt

the

Creator because

He He
!"

is

unseen, or to put

a self-opiniated construction on His mysteries

because

chooses to

veil

them

from our eyes."


'^

do not doubt

exclaimed earnestly,
then

"

only
I

want

perhaps
*'

to make sure, and may persuade others."

You can never compel faith," said " You are going to see Heliobas calmly.
VOL.
II.

22

i8

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.

wonderful things that no tongue or pen

can adequately describe.


return
to

Well,

when you

earth

again,

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, and do not attempt to impart


it

to others

who

will

only repel and

mock
asked

you."
''

Not even

to

one

other ?"

hesitatingly.

warm

kindly smile seemed to illumiI

nate his face, as


" Yes,
to

put this question.


other

one

the
all

other

half

of yourself
said.

you

may

tell

things," he
If

"

But now, no more converse.


this."

you are quite ready, drink

He
with

held out to
the

me

a small tumbler
volatile
flask.

filled

sparkling

liquid

he

had

poured from the

For
forsook

one
me,

moment my courage almost


and an
icy shiver ran

through
all

Then

bethought myself of

my veins. my boasted

MY STRANGE DEPARTURE.
bravery
fail
;

19

was

it

possible that

should
allowed

now

at this critical

moment

myself no more time for

reflection,

but

took the glass from his hand and drained


its

contents

to

the

last

drop.

It

was-

tasteless,

but

sparkling

and
I

warm

on
it^

the tongue.

Scarcely had
light,

swallowed

when

curiously

dizzy

sensation

overcame me, and the


standing
gigantic

figure of Heliobas
to

before

me seemed
I

assume
hands

proportions.
his

saw

his

extend
flame,

eyes, 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;
it

be
;

its

pioneer
it

upon the path


float

must pursue

suffer

to

untrammelled through the wide and


Continents of Air
to
;

glorious

give

it

form

and force and

alight

on any of the vast


it

beautiful

spheres

may
22

desire

to

20

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


;

behold
if

and

if

worthy, permit

It

to gaze^

only for a brief interval, upon the supreme

vision of the First

and Last of worlds.


unto

By
free

the force
this
it!"

thou
;

givest

me,

soul

do thou, Azul, quickly receive


darkness

A
limbs

dense

now grew
being
up,

thickly

around

me
I

lost

all

power over
lifted

my
up

felt

myself
rapidly,

forcibly

and

up,

Into

some

illimitable, terrible

space of blackness and

nothingness.

could not think, move, or


I

cry out
rising,

could only feel that


swiftly,

was

rising,
. . .

steadily,

breathlessly

when suddenly

a long quivering flash of

radiance, like the fragment of a rainbow,

struck dazzlingly across

my
I

sight.

Dark?

ness
I

What had
not the

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.

awake

my

sensations,

felt

somehow

MY STRANGE DEPARTURE.
was nothing remarkable
to
in

21

that there

them

seemed

be

at

home
hands

in

some famiHar
mine

element.

Delicate

held

face far lovelier than the loveliest face of

woman
again.

ever dreamed by poet or painter,


I

smiled radiantly at me, and

smiled back
in

voice

whispered
I

strange

musical murmurs, such as

well

seemed to
picture

know and comprehend


"

Gaze

behind

thee

ere

the

fades."
I

obeyed, half reluctantly, and saw as a

passing shadow in a glass, or a sort of


blurred miniature painting, the

room where
faintly to

Heliobas

stood,

watching some strange


I

imperfect shape, which


recognise.
It

seemed

looked like a small cast in


I

clay, very badly executed, of the shape

at

present wore

but

it

was incomplete, as
it

though the sculptor had given


failure

up as a
it

and

gone

away,

leaving

un-

finished.
''

Did

dwell in that body

?"

mused

22

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


I

to myself, as

felt

the perfection of
"

my

then state of being.


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

turned for relief to the shining

companion who held me, and obeying an


impulse suddenly imparted,
floating
I

felt

myself
last

higher and

higher

till

the

limits of the

atmosphere surrounding the


fields of

Earth were passed, and

pure and

cloudless ether extended before us.

Here

we met myriads
all

of creatures like ourselves,


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, yet so
humanity.
refined,

were

improved, and perlike

fected, that they

were unlike, while so

MY STRANGE DEPARTURE.

2^

''Askest thou nothing?" whispered the


voice beside me.
" Tell

me,"

answered,

'*

what

must

know."
**

These

spirits that

we

behold," went on
all

the voice, *'are the guardians of


habitants of
all

the in-

the planets.

Their labours

are those of love and penitence. Their


is

work

to

draw other

souls to

God

to attract

them by warnings, by pleading, by praying.

They have

all

worn the garb of mortality


For these radiant

themselves, and they teach mortals by their

own

experience.

creain

tures are expiating sins of their

own

thus striving to save others

the

oftener

they succeed the nearer they approach to

Heaven.
stood

This

is

what

is

vaguely under;

on your earth as purgatory


of pure
spirits

the

sufferings

who
to

love

and

long for the presence of their Creator, and

who
Him.

yet are not pure

enough

approach

Only by serving and saving others


last

can they obtain at

their

own

joy.


24

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


act of ingratitude

Every
detains

and forgetfulness

and wickedness committed by a mortal,


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, and

we

floated on.

Higher and higher


till

higher
were

and higher
to

at last

that spirit

my guide, whom I knew whom Heliobas had called

be

Azul^

bade

me

pause.

We

floating close

together in what seemed a sea of translucent


light.

From
I

this

point

could

learn something of the mighty workings of

the
solar

Universe.
systems,

gazed upon countless


like

that

wheels

within

wheels revolved with such rapidity that


they seemed
all

one wheel.

saw planets

whirl around and around with breathless


swiftness, 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

MY STRANGE DEPARTURE.
indescribable

25

wonders

sweeping

on

for

ever in
surable.

circles,

grand, huge, and immeaas


I

And
I it

watched the superb

pageant,

was not

startled or confused

on

looked upon

as anyone might look


in

any quiet landscape scene


of Nature.
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.


I

felt,

however, 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,

these stars and systems

suddenly to end
horror,

in

one

fell

burst of brilliant

should

still

exist

should

know
to

and remember and

feel

should be able
exist,"

watch the birth of a new Universe, and


take
"

my

part in

its

growth and design.


I

Remind me why these wonders

said, turning to

my

guide, and speaking in

26

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.

those dulcet sounds which were Hke music

and yet Hke speech


all

**and

why amid them


its

the Earth

is

believed by

inhabitants
to
?"

to

have merited destruction, and yet

have been found worthy of redemption


*'

Thy

last

question shall be answered


'*

first,"

replied Azul.

Seest thou yonder


?

planet circled with a ring


to the dwellers

on Earth, of

known whom when


It
is

in clay thou art one, as Saturn.

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.

shape and colour grew

Here

we were met by

creatures of lofty stature


in shape, yet

and dazzling beauty, human


angelic in countenance.

They

knelt to us

with reverence and joy, and then passed

on

to

their

toil

or
I

pleasure,

whichever

invited them,

and

looked to Azul for

explanation.
"

To

these children of the Creator," said

MY STRANGE DEPARTURE.
that radiant guide,
to see
''

27

is

granted the ability

and

to converse with the spirits of

the

air.

They know them and


their

love then\

and implore

protection.

In

this

planet sickness and old age are

unknown,

and death comes as a quiet


period of existence
is

sleep.

The

about two hundred

years, according to the Earth's standard of

time

and the process of decay


than
the

is

no more
of

unlovely
roses.

gentle

withering

The

influence of the electric belt


is

around their world

a bar to pestilence

and

disease,

and

scatters health with light.

All sciences, arts, and inventions

known
differ-

on Earth are known


perfection.

here, onlv to greater

The

three

important

ences between the inhabitants of this planet

and those who dwell on Earth, are these


first,

they have

no

rulers

in

authority,

as

each

one perfectly governs himself;

second, they do not marry, as the law of


attraction

which draws together any two of

opposite sexes, holds them fast in invio-

28

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


;

lable fidelity
In
all

thirdly, there is
this

no creature
magnificent

the

Immensity of

sphere

who

has ever doubted, or whoever

will doubt, the existence of the Creator."

A
and
little

thrill

of fiery

shame seemed
being as
I

to dart
this,

through
I

my

spiritual

heard

made no answer.
I

Some

fairy-like

creatures, the children of the Saturn-

ites,

as

supposed, here
knelt

came running
prayer.

towards us and
clasping
their

down, reverently
In

hands

They

then gathered flowers and flung them on


that portion of

ground where we stood,


and lovingly, as

and gazed

at us fearlessly
at

they might have gazed


or butterfly.

some

rare bird

Azul signed to me, and we rose while


yet in their sight, and soaring through the

radiance of the Belt, which was like a sun

woven
behind

into a circle,
us,

we soon

left

Saturn far

and alighted on Venus.

Here

seas, mountains, forests, lakes,

and meadows

were one vast garden,

in

which the bloom

MY STRANGE DEPARTURE.
and verdure of
home.
all

29

worlds seemed to find a


realized the
in

Here were
and

dreams of
graceful

sculptors

painters,

the

forms and exquisite faces of the women,

and

the

splendid

strength

and godlike

beauty of the men.


sufficient

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.

There were no wars


different nations.
like

for

there

were no
tants

All the inhabi-

were
for

one

vast

family

they

worked

one another, and vied with


in

each other
the
loftiest

paying homage to those of

genius

among

them.
to
;

They
they

had one supreme Monarch


all

whom

rendered glad obedience

and he was a

Poet, ready to sacrifice his throne with joy

as soon as his people should discover a

greater

than

he.

For they
Art
;

all

loved
selfish-

not the artist but the ness

and

was a vice unknown.

Here,

none

loved or were wedded save those

who had

30

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


sympathies,

spiritual

and
did

here, too,

no
in

creature existed

who

not

believe

and worship the Creator.

The same

state

of things existed in Jupiter, the planet

we

next visited, where

everything-

was perpersons

formed
living

by

electricity.

Here,

hundreds of miles apart could yet


together with
perfect
;

converse

ease
ships

through

an

electric

medium
;

ploughed the seas by

electricity

printing,

an art of which the dwellers on Earth are


so proud, was accomplished by electricity

in fact,

everything

in

the

way

of science,

art,

and invention known


in

to us

was

also

known
tion,

Jupiter, only to greater perfec-

because tempered and strengthened


electric

by an

force Aziil

which never
guided

failed.

From
other

Jupiter,
fair

me

to

many
slight
ail-

and splendid worlds


;

yet none

of them were Paradise

all

had some

drawback
ment, as
bated

some
it

physical or spiritual

were, which had to be com-

with

and conquered.

All

the

in-

MY STRANGE DEPARTURE.

31

habitants of each star longed for something

they had not

something
therefore

better,
all

greater,

and higher
tent.

and

had discontheir

They

could

not

realize

best

desires in the state of existence they then

were,

therefore

they

all

suffered

disap-

They were all compelled to work in some way or another they were all doomed to die. Yet, unlike the dwellers
pointment.
;

on Earth, they did


were more or

not,

because their lives

less constrained

and

painful,

complain of or deny the goodness of

God
in

on

the

contrary,

they

believed

future state which should be as perfect as


their present

one was imperfect


all

and the

chief aim

and object of

their labours

was
final

to

become worthy of
result

attaining

that

grand

Eternal

Happiness and
glow-

Peace.
*'

Readest thou the lesson

in these
life

ing spheres, teeming with


ing
?"

and learn-

murmured

Aziil to
*^

me, as we soared
that not

swiftly

on together.

Know

one

32

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


all

smallest world in

the myriad systems

circling before thee, holds a single

creature

who doubts
thine
it

his

one

except

own

human Maker. Not doomed star


like a

Behold
faint

yonder

flame
it

sparkling feebly, amid sunshine how poor


like

speck
point

is

how
the

scarcely visible

in

all

brilliancy
!

of

the

ever-

revolving wheel of Life

Yet there dwell

the dwarfs of clay

the

men and women


another.

who

pretend to love while they secretly


despise

hate and

one

There,

wealth
virtue.

is

a god, and the greed of gain a

There, genius starves, and hero-

ism

dies

unrewarded.

There,

faith

is

martyred, and

unbelief elected sovereign

monarch of the people. There, the sublime,


unreachable
mysteries
of
the

Universe

are haggled over by poor finite minds w^ho

cannot

call

their lives their

own.

There,
against
fated

nation wars against nation, creed


creed,
soul
!

against

soul.

Alas,

planet

how soon

shalt

thou be extinct,

MY STRANGE DEPARTURE.
and
thy
!"

35

place

shall

know

thee

no

more
I

gazed earnestly
that
is

at

my
''

radiant guide.

"If

true,"

said,

why

then should

we have a legend that God, in the person of one called Christ, came to die for so miserable and mean a race of beings ?"
Azul answered
nous eyes upon
dazzling wonder.
force bore
realize
it I

not, but

turned her lumi-

me with a sort of wide Some strange impelling^


I

me
w^as

onward, and before


alone.

could

Alone, in a vast

area

of

light

through

which

floated,

serene and conscious of power.


falling

sound

from a great height reached


like

me

it

was

first

a grand organ-chord,

and

then like a voice, trumpet-clear and farechoing.


" Spirit that
it

searchest for the Unseen,"


I

said, "

because

will

not that one atom

of true worth should perish, unto thee shall

be given a vision
taught
VOL.

unto

thee

shall

be
of.

a
II.

lesson

thou

dreamest
23

not


34

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


shalt create
;

Thou
plan
;

thoic shalt

design and

thou shalt be worshipped, and ihozt


!

shalt destroy

Rest therefore

in the light

and behold the things


for the time

that are in the light,


all

cometh when

that

seemeth

clear

and

visible

now

shall

be but darkness.

And

they that love

me

not shall have no


!"

place of abode In that hour

The voice
listened for

ceased.
it

Awed,

yet consoled,

again.

There was no more


Illimitable light

sound.

Around me was
silence.
itself swiftly

illimitable

But a strange scene


before

unfolded
shifting

me a
reality,

sort of

dream

that

was a

yet so

wonderfully unreal
itself

a vision that impressed


my
intelligence
I
;

on every portion of
of spirit-drama

a kind

In

which

was

forced to enact the chief part, and where a

mystery that

had deemed impenetrable


and simple of

was made

perfectly clear

comprehension.

CHAPTER
N my
cious

II.

A MINIATURE CREATION.
heaven-uplifted
I

dream,

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

looked at

It,

the

more beaustar

became, and a
It

little

shone

above

like

a sun.

Trees and flowers


all

sprang up under

my

gaze, and

stretched

themselves towards me, as though for protection.

Birds flew about and sang

some

of them tried to get as near as possible to

the

little

sun they saw

and other living

36

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


began
to

creatures

move about

In

the

shadows of the groves, and on the fresh


green grass.
of Nature, as

All the wonderful workings

known
to

to

us In the world,

took place over again

in this

garden, which

seemed somehow
and

belong to

me

and

watched everything with a certain


tion
delight.

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

thought
desire

in

of

my dream that by the my being, expressed in


that floated
I

waves of

electric

warmth

down-

wards from

me

to the earth

possessed,

my

garden was suddenly

filled

with men,

women, and
as

children, each of

whom had

small portion of myself in them, inasmuch


It

was

who made them move and


in
all

talk

and occupy themselves


amusements.

manner of

Many

of

them knelt down

A MINIATURE CREATION.
to

37

me and

prayed,

and offered thanks;

givings for having been created


of

but some
star,

them went instead

to

the Httle

which they called a sun, and thanked

that,

and prayed

to that instead.

Then

others

went and cut down the trees

in the garden,

and dug up stones and


little

built

themselves

cities,

where they

all

dwelt together

like flocks of sheep,

and ate and drank and


I

made merry with the things them. Then I thought that


their intelligence
tion,

had given
I

increased

and quickness of percep-

and by-and-by they grew so proud

that they forgot everything but themselves.

They

ceased to remember

how

they were
to offer

created,

and they cared no more


and

praises to their little sun, that through

me

gave them

light

heat.
still

But because

something of

my

essence

was

in

them,

they always instinctively sought to worship

superior creature

to
in

themselves
their
folly,

and
they
clay,

puzzling

themselves

made hideous images

of

wood and

38

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


in

unlike anything
offered sacrifices
less

heaven or

earth,

and

and prayer

to these Hfe-

puppets instead of to me.

Then

turned away
but never

my

eyes in sorrow and pity,


;

in

anger

for

could not be

wrathful with these


creation.

children of
I

my own
away
dis-

And when
all

thus turned
evil

my

eyes,
fair

manner of

came upon the


and storm,
stole

once
ease

scene

pestilence
A
little

and

vice.

dark shadow
world

between

my

and

me the
spiritual

shadow of the people's own wickedness.

And

as every delicate fibre of


evil
I

my

being repelled

by the necessity of the


dwelt serene,
I

pure light In which

waited
I

patiently for the mists to clear, so that

might
garden.

again

behold

the beauty
soft

of

my

Suddenly a

clamour smote

upon

my
to

sense of hearing, and a slender


light,

stream

of

like

a connecting

ray,

seemed

be flung upwards through the

darkness that hid

me

from the people


I

had created and loved.

knew

the sound

A MINIATURE CREATION.

39

it

was the mingled music of the prayers

of children.

touched me,

An my
;

infinite pity

and pleasure

being thrilled with love


to these little
I

and tenderness
ones

and yielding

who asked me

for protection,

turned
I

my

eyes again towards the garden

had But

designed for fairness and pleasure.


alas!

how changed
it it

it

had become!

No
had
in

longer fresh

and sweet, the people had


a

turned
divided

into into

wilderness

they

small

portions,

and

so

doing had divided themselves into separate

companies

called

nations,

all

of

whom

fought with each other fiercely for their


different
little

parterres

or

flower-beds.

Some haggled and


the
called
in

talked incessantly over

mere possession of a stone which they


a rock
;

others

busied

themselves

digging a

little

yellow metal out of the


obtained,
it

earth, which,
to

when once

seemed
for

make

the owners of

mad,

they

straightway forgot everything


looked, the darkness between

else.

As

me and my

40

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


grew denser, 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.
I

And

was

of regret, for

saw

my

people wanderdis-

ing hither and thither, restless and


satisfied,

perplexed by their
for

own

errors,
I

and caring nothing


them.

the love

bore

Then some
to

of

them advanced and


they had been

began
created,
lives

question

why

forgetting

completely

how

their

had been originally designed by


happiness,
love

me

for

and wisdom.

Then
evil,
is

they accused

me

of the existence of

refusing to see that

where there

light
is

there

is

also darkness,

and that darkness

the rival force of the

Universe, whence

Cometh

silently

the

Unnamable Oblivion

of Souls.

They

could not see,

my
their

self-

willed children, that they

had of

own
it

desire sought the darkness and found

and now, because


like a pall,

it

gloomed above them

they refused to believe in the

A MINIATURE CREATION.
light

41

where

still I

was, loving and striving

to attract

them
I

still.

Yet
that

it

was not

all

darkness, and

knew

even what there


if

was might be repelled and cleared away


only

my

people would turn

towards

me

once more.
all

So

sent

down upon them


they rejected
at

possible blessings

some

angrily,

some they snatched


of them

and threw

away
trivial
for,

again, as though they were poor and

none

were they thankful


to keep.

and none did they desire

And
in-

the darkness above

them deepened, while


them and love
I

my

anxious

pity for

creased.

For how could


as

turn altogether

away from them,


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,

my

and

became

heroes,

poets,

musicians,

teachers
unselfish,

of high

and noble thought, and


for the

devoted martyrs

sake of

the reverence they bore me.

There were

42

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


pure and sweet,

women

who wore

their

existence as innocently as HHes, and

who

turned to

me

to seek
for

protection, not for

themselves,

but
little

those

they

loved.

There were

children,

whose asking
delicious music
I

voices were like


to

waves of

my

being, and for

passing tenderness.

whom And

had a surthese
to
all

yet

were

mere handful compared

the

numbers of those who denied


and

my existence,
essence
in
all

who had

wilfully

crushed out and


of

repelled

every spark

my

themselves.
this,

And
I

as

contemplated
at

the voice

had heard

the com-

mencement of my dream rushed towards

me

like a

mighty wind broken through by


''Destroy!''

thunder

great

pity

and love possessed me.


solemn earnestness,
I

In deep awe, yet

pleaded with that vast commanding voice.

me not "Command me
"Bid

destroy!" not
to

implored.
into

disperse


A MINIATURE CREATION.
nothingness these children
of
45
fancy,

my

some of whom yet love and


for safety.

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.

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

they love the perishable

of which

they are in part composed, better than the

germ
were

of
in

immortality
the

with

which

they

beginning endowed.
is

This

garden of thine
intelligence
it
;

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.

Therefore

say unto thee again

destroy /"

My
I

yearning love grew stronger, and

pleaded with renewed force.

44
''

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS,


Unseen Glory
filled
!" I

Oh, thou

cried

*'

thou

who

hast

me

with this emotion

of love

and pity which

permeates

and
thou

supports
bid

my
take

existence,
this
!

how
caprice
it
;

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.

Even
to

will fulfil

my

plan

even

yet

shall these erring children of

mine return

me

in

time, with patience.


still

While one
prayer to
!

of them

lifts
I

hand

in

me, or gratitude,

cannot destroy

Bid

me

rather sink

into

the darkness of the


;

uttermost deep

of

shadow

only

let

me

save these feeble


tion
!"

little

ones from destruc-

The
1

voice replied not. shot

flashing opal

brilliancy

across the light in which


I

rested,

and

beheld an Angel, grand,


with
a

lofty,

majestic,

countenance

in

which shone the


mornings.

lustre of a

myriad summer

A
" Spirit

MIXIATURE CREATIOX.
that
it

45

art

escaped

from

the

Sorrowful Star/'
sonorous,
"'

said in accents clear

and

wouldst thou

indeed be con-

tent to sufter the loss oi heavenly jov

and

peace,

in
?"

order

to

rescue

thy

perishing

creation
" I

would

I"
I

answered

*'
;

if

under-

stood

death.
frail

would

die

to

save

one

of those

me and
darkness
selves.

yet

who seek to know cannot find me through the


creatures,

they have

brought upon them-

''To

die,''

said

the Angel,

"to under-

stand death, thou wouldst need to become

one of them,
form

to

take upon
all

thyself their
brilliancy

to

imprison
art

that

of
a

which

thou

now composed,
case of clay
;

into

mean and common


if

and even
would
receive

thou

couldst

accomplish

this,

thy
thee
"

children
?"

know
if
I

thee

or

Nay, but
I

could suffer shame by


"
I

them."

cried impetuously,

could not

46

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.

suffer sin.

My
I

being would be incapable

of error, and of mine the

would show these creatures


of purity,
light,

bliss

the joy

of

wisdom, the ecstasy of


of immortality,
then
is
I

the certainty

if

they followed me.


to
in

And
would

would die

show them death


dying they
their happiness for

easy,
to

and that

come
ever.

me and
stature

find

The
lofty

of the

Angel grew more


and
its

and

magnificent,
fire.

star-like

eyes flashed
"

Then, oh thou
!"

wanderer

from

the

Earth

it

said,
?"

'^

understandest thou not

the Christ

deep

awe
the

trembled

through

me.

Meanwhile

garden
to roll

had

thought
cloudy
that

a world appeared
scroll,
it

up
I

like a

and vanished, and


vision,

knew
!"

had been a
"

and no more.

Oh
the

doubting and foolish Spirit


Anorel
CD
''

went

on

thou

who

art

but one

point of living light in the

Supreme Radi-

A MINIATURE CREATION.
ance, 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,

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 among

wouldst be willing to dwell

the creatures of thy fancy as one


in

of them, 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.
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

48

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


feelest
is

the

love thou

throbbing through

thy being,

He
has

the very
all

commencement
;

and perfection of
pity,

love

if

thou hast

He
;

ten

thousand

times

more
that

pity

If ^/lo^c

canst forgive,

remember

from

H Im flows all thy power of forgiveness


is

There

nothing thou canst do, 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.

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.

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,

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

thou

receive the Christ

A MINIATURE CREATION.
I

49

bowed my

head, and

a flood of joy

rushed through me.

"I beHeve

''

beHeve and

love!"

murmured.
Ancrel
!

Desert

me

not,

radiant

feel

and know that


?"

all

these

wonders must soon pass away from


sight
;

my

but wilt thou also go

The Aneel I am thy


^'

smiled and touched me.


guardian,"
it
I

said.

"

have

been with thee always.


thee so
things.

can never leave

long as

thy soul seeks spiritual

Asleep or awake on the Earth,.


thou
art,
I

wherever
have
thee
I

also
I

am.

There

been times when

have

warned

and

thou wouldst not


to

listen,

when

have

tried

draw thee onward and


not

thou
fear

wouldst

come;

but

now
for

no more thy disobedience,


is

thy
;

restlessness
is

past.

Come

with

me

it

permitted thee to see far off the vision

of the Last Circle."

The
VOL.

glorious figure raised

me

gently by

the hand, and


II.

we

floated

on and on, higher


24


50
A.

ROMANCE

OF.

TWO WORLDS.
circles
all

and higher, past


guide told

little

which

my

me were
fire,

solar

systems,

though they looked nothing but slender


garlands of
so rapidly did they revolve

and so
and

swiftly did

we

pass them.

Higher

we went, till even to my the way seemed long. untiring spirit Beautiful creatures in human shape, but as delicate as gossamer, passed us every now and then, some In bands of twos and and the higher we threes, some alone
higher
;

soared the more

dazzllngly

lovely these
to be.

inhabitants of the air


**

seemed

They
to

are

all

born of the Great Circle,"


explained
to

my
^'

guardian

Angel
Is

me

and

them

given the power of com-

municating

high

thought or inspiration.

Among them
known

are the Spirits of Music, of


all

Poesy, of Prophecy, and of


In all worlds.

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

A MINIATURE CREATION.
messages
as
brief

51

as

telegrams

which

must be Hstened
and acted upon
lost

to with entire attention


at

once, or the lesson

is

and may never come again."


then,
I

Just

saw a Shape coming


be playing

to-

wards

me

as of a lovely fair-haired child,


to
softly

who seemed
cloud strung

on a

strange glittering instrument like a broken

through

with
I

sunbeams.
its

Heedless of consequences,

caught at
it.

misty robe in a wild effort to detain

It

obeyed

my

touch, and turned


first

its

deeply

luminous eyes

upon me, and then

upon the Angel


flight.
*'

who accompanied my
thou
?"
it

What
like

seekest
the

asked

in

voice

murmuring of the
answered.
m.e
"

wind

among
''

flowers.
!"

Music

Sing

me

thy

melodies

fill

with
I

harmonies divine
will

and unreachable

and

strive to

be

worthy of thy teachings."


24


52

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS,


smiled

The young Shape


closer towards me.
''

and

drew
!" it

Thy

wish
"

is

granted, Sister Spirit


pity
I

replied. fate

The
thee

shall

feel

for

thy

when thou
taught

art again
in

pent in

clay, shall

be

minor

music

thou

shalt possess the secret of unwritten sound,

and

will

sing to

thee
call

and bring thee


but

comfort.

On

Earth,

my name
For

Aeon

and thou

shalt
is

behold me.

thy longing voice

known

to the Children

of Music, and hath oft shaken the vibrating


light

wherein they dwell.

Fear not
I

As
the

long as thou dost love me,

am

thine."

And

parting

slowly,
its

still

smiling,

lovely vision, with

small radiant hands


starry strings of

ever wandering
its

among the

cloud-like lyre, floated onward.

Suddenly a

clear voice said


I

''

Welcome

!"

and looking up
I

saw

my
!

first

friend Azul.

smiled

in

glad
lo

recognition

would

have spoken
blazing

but

a wide immensity of
like

glory

broke

many-coloured

A MINIATURE CREATION.
lightning

53

around
that

me
I I

so
I

dazzling,

so

overpowering,

Instinctively
felt

drew
no

back and paused


further.
*'

could go

Here,"

said

my

guardian

gently
that

It

*'

here ends thy journey.

Would

were possible, 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.

Behold and see how


perfection of God's
I

the Incorruptible
!"

World

looked and trembled

should have

sunk yet further backward, had not Azul

and
light

my
yet

Angel-guide held
forcible
I

me

with their
heart
fails

clasp.

My

me now

as

try to write

of that tremen-

dous, that sublime scene

the
all

Centre of
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

54

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


all.

idea than none at

What
it

beheld was

a Circle, so huge that no mortal measure-

ments could compass

wide

Ring

composed of seven
but
flashing

colours,

rainbow-like,

with

perpetual

motion and
million
it

brilliancy,

as though

a thousand

suns were for ever being woven into


feed
its

to

transcendent lustre.

From every
shafts

part of this

Ring darted long broad

of light,
that
I

some of which stretched out

so far
;

could not see where they ended

sometimes a bubbling shower of lightning


sparks would be flung out on
ether,
circles,

the pure
into

and

this

would instantly form

small or great, and whirl round and

round the enormous girdle of flame from

which they had been


Inconceivable rapidity.
the Ring was,
it

cast,

with the most

But wonderful as

encompassed a Sphere yet


dazzling
;

more

marvellous and

a great
it

Globe of opal-tinted
were upon
rounded
its

light,

revolving as

own

axis,

and ever

sur-

by

that

scintillating,

jewel-like

A MINIATURE CREATION.
wreath of
electricity,

55

whose only motion


w^ithin
itself

was
ever.

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,
its

of the sun

by a hundred thousand

no adequate idea could be formed of


vast proportions.

And

ever

it

revolved
it

and ever the Rainbow


glittered

Ring around

and cast forth those other rings

which

knew

now were

living
electric

solar

svstems cast forth from that


as a volcano casts forth fire

band

and

lava.

My

Angel-guide motioned
that side of the

me

to look

towards

Ring which was nearest to


I

the position of the Earth.

looked, and

perceived that there the shafts of descending light formed themselves as they
into the
fell

shape of a Cross.
love,

At

this,

such

sorrow,
that
I

and

shame overcame me,


I

knew
:

not where to turn.

mur-

mured
"

Send me back

again,

dear Angel

56

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS,


back to that Star of Sorrow and
Let
all

send

me

Error.

me

hasten to
folly

make amends

me try to teach I am unworthy others what now I know. am unfit to to be here beside thee I look on yonder splendid World let me
there for
let

my

return

to

do penance
;

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,


to

how
now
shed

can

hope
that
?"

deserve

the
I

smallest

place

heavenly glory

partly
tears,

behold
I

And

could

spirits

should have wept with

re-

morse and

grief.

Azul spoke,
'*

softly

and tenderly
believe

Now

thou

dost

henceforth

thou must love.


flaming barrier

Love alone can pass yon


alone can gain for

love

thee eternal
all

bliss.

In love and for love were


creatures,

things

made
let

God loveth His

even so

His creatures love Him, and

so shall the twain be drawn together."

MINIATURE CREATION.
!"

57

" Listen
''

added

my

Angel-guide.
yet

Thou

hast
in

not travelled so far as


ignorance.
is

to

remain

That burning
result

Ring thou

seest

the

of
;

the

Creator's ever-working Intelligence


it

from
It
;

all

the

Universe hath sprung.

is

exhaustless and perpetually creative

it

is

pure and perfect

electricity.

The

smallest

spark of that fiery essence in a mortal

frame

is

sufficient to

form a soul or

spirit,

such as mine, or that of Azul, or thine,

when thou

art

perfected.

The
is

huge
where

world rolling within the

Ring
to

God
that
all

dwells.

Dare not thou


look,

question

His shape, His

His mien!
Spirit in
all

Know
which

He

is

the
all

Supreme
Perfection,

Beauty,

Love, find
is

consummation.
of the

His

breath
look,

the

fire

Ring;
the

His

His pleasure,

cause
all

motion

of

His

World and
dwells, dwell

worlds.
all

There, where
;

He
all

also

pure souls

there

desires

have
all

fulfilment

without satiety,

and there

58

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


wisdom
all

loveliness,
in

or

pleasure

known
are
this
tell

any or

of the

other spheres

also

known.

Speak, Azul,

and

wanderer from Earth what she


winning her place
Aziil
in

will

gain in

Heaven."

looked

tenderly

upon me,

and

said
"

When

thoQ hast slept the brief sleep

of death,

when thou
thine

art

permitted

to

throw

off for

ever thy garb of clay, and

when by
the
in a

own ceaseless love and longing thou hast won the right to pass
great Circle,

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.

Thou
beyond

hear music such as thou canst not

dream
all

Thou

shalt find friends,


fair

imagination

and

faithful.

Thou
all

shalt read
planets,

and see the history of


for

the

produced

thee

in

an

ever-

moving panorama.

Thou

shalt love

and

A MINIATURE CREATION.
be beloved for ever by thine
;

59

own Twin Soul wherever that spirit may be now, must join thee hereafter. it The joys
of learning, memory, consciousness, sleep,

waking,

and exercise

shall

all

be thine.

Sin, sorrow, pain, disease

and death thou


shalt be able
it,

shalt
to

know no more.
forward to

Thou
it.

remember happiness,

to possess

and

to look
full

Thou

shalt

have

and pleasant occupation without fatigue


food

thy
and
shall

and substance

shall

be light

air.

Flowers, rare and imperishable,


for

bloom

thee

birds of exquisite
shall sing to thee

form and tender voice


angels
shalt
offer

shall

be thy companions.
fresh

Thou
to

have
to

and

glad

desires

God

with every portion of thy


shall

existence,

and each one

be granted

as soon as asked, for then thou wilt not be able


to
to

ask

anything that
it

is

displeasing

Him.

But because
;

is

a joy to wish,
it

thou shalt wish

and because

is

a joy

to grant, so also will

He

grant.

No delight,

6o

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


or great,
;

small

is

wanting
is

in

that

vast

sphere

only sorrow

lacking,

and

satiety

and disappointment have no

place.

Wilt

thou seek for admittance there, or wilt thou


faint
I

by the way and grow weary


raised

?"

my

eyes

full

of ecstasy

and

reverence.
**

My mere efforts must count as nothing,"


*'
;

Love can help me, 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.

Mark

well.

All pilgrims from

the Sorrowful Star must journey by that


road.

Woe

to

them

that

turn aside

to
of,

roam 'mid spheres


they cannot steer
ing
!

they

know

not

to lose themselves in seas of light wherein

Remember my warnAnd now, Spirit who art commended


!

A MINIATURE CREATION.
to

6i

my

watchful care, thy brief liberty

is

ended.

Thou

has been

lifted

up
;

to

the

outer edge of the Electric Circle

further

we dare
else to

not take thee.

Hast thou aught

ask before the veil of mortality


.^"

again enshrouds thee


I

answered

not,

but within

myself

formed a wild

desire.

The

Electric

Ring
but

flashed fiercely on
I

my

uplifted eyes,

kept them fixed hopefully and lovingly


its

on

intensely deep brilliancy.


faith

'Mf love and


murmured,
souorht."
I

can avail
see

me,"
I

" I

shall

what

have

was

not
light

disappointed.-

The

fiery

waves of
the

parted
I

on either side of

spot
;

where

w^ith

my

companions

rested

and a Figure, majestic, unutterably


beautiful,

grand and
the
faces

approached me.
a

At

same
Ring

moment
one
I

number of other

and forms shone hoveringly out of


;

the

noticed like an exquisitely


floating

beautiful

woman, with

hair

and


62

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


earnest,

clear,

unfathomable eyes.

Azul

and the Angel sank reverently down and


drooped their radiant heads
hot sunshine.
inexpressible
I

like flowers in

alone, daringly, yet with

affection welling

up within

me,
swift

watched with unshrinking gaze the


advance
of that

supreme

Figure,
faint

upon whose broad brows rested the


semblance of a Crown
of

Thorns.

A
me
:

voice penetratingly sweet addressed


*'

Mortal from the Star


because
!

saved from

ruin,

thou

hast

desired

Me,

come
Me,

Even

as thy former unbelief, shall


faith.

be now thy
I

Because thou lovest

am

with thee.

For do

not
?

thee better than the Angels can


I

know Have
thy
?

not

dwelt

in

thy

clay,

suffered

sorrows, wept thy tears, died thy deaths

One
thee,

with
I

My

Father, and yet


love,

one with

demand thy

and so through

Me

shalt thou attain immortal life."

I felt

a touch upon
thrill

me

like a scorching

flame

rushed through

my

being

A MINIATURE CREATION.
and then
I

6;^

knew

that

was sinking down,


I

down, further and further away.


that

saw

wondrous Figure standing serene and


between the
radiance.
I

smiling
electric

retiring

waves

of

saw the great inner


glitter

sphere revolve,
like

and

as

it

rolled,

an enormous diamond encircled with


all

gold and sapphire, and then


the
air

suddenly

grew dim and

cloudy,

and the

sensation of falling
rapid.
Aziil

became more and more


still,

was beside me

and

also perceived the outline of

my

guardian

Angel's

form,
I

though that was growing

indistinct.

now

recalled the request of


:

Heliobas, and spoke


''

Azul,
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

64

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


silent,

that

maketh the Angels' singing


?"

and wouldst thou yet know more


I

was

full

of

a
I

strange

unhesitating
:

courage, therefore
**

said fearlessly

He

is

thy
;

Beloved
wilt

one,

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, so let him my voice," replied Azul,


^'

with a tinge of melancholy.

For though
is

he has accomplished much, he


but mortal.
far
in
;

as yet

tell

Thou him, when

canst guide

him thus
a gift
re-

death

lies like
it,

his hand, let

him withhold
now,

and

member me.
well
I
!"

And

my

friend

fare-

would have spoken again, but could

not.

An
I

oppressed sensation came over

me, and

seemed

to

plunge coldly into a


blackness.
I

depth of

Inextricable
for

felt

cramped
ence,

room, and struggled for existfor breath.

for motion,

What had

A MINIATURE CREATION.
happened
to

65

me

wondered indignantly.
?

Was

a fettered prisoner

had

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

sighed restlessly and impatiently


In

at the

narrow darkness

which

found

myself
.
. .

a sorrowful,
in

deep, shuddering sigh


Is

and woke.

That

to say,

languidly

opened mortal eyes


pent up

to find myself once


I

more

mortal frame, though

retained

a perfect remembrance and consciousness


of

^y^ything

had experienced during


Hellobas stood
in

my

spirit-wanderings.

front of
his eyes

me

with outstretched hands, and

were fixed on mine with a mingled

expression of anxiety and authority, which

changed
as
I

Into a look of relief

and gladness

smiled at him and uttered his

name

aloud.

VOL.

II.

25

SECRETS OF THE SUN AND MOON.


*'

67

I
I

wish

had not been compelled

to

do

so

!"

said regretfully.

He smiled. " No doubt


complaint.
see
I

you

do.

It

is

the general

Will you stand up


feel ?"

now and
a
slight

how you
obeyed.

There

was

still

sensation about
for space
;

me

as of being

cramped
and
in

but this was passing, and othersingularly strong, bright


I

wise

felt

vigorous.

stretched
gratitude

out
to
I

my
him,

hands

unspeakable

through

whose
"

scientific

power

had gained

my
!"

recent experience.
I

can never thank you enough


earnestly.
" I

said

dare say you


I

know

something of what
journey
''

have seen on

my

?"
all,"

Something, but not


course
I

he

replied.

"

Of

know what worlds

and

systems you saw, but what was said to


you, or what special lessons were

given

you

for

your comfort,

cannot

tell."

252

68
"
it is

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


I

Then
fresh
I

will describe
I

everything while
"
I

upon me,"

returned.

feel

that

must do so

in order that
I

you may

understand
I

how

glad

am,

how grateful
detail.

am
I

to you."

then related the different scenes through


I

which

had passed, omitting no

Heliobas listened with profound interest

and
said
''
:

attention.

When

had

finished,

he

Yours has been a most wonderful,


say almost exceptional,

may
It

experience.

proves to

me more

than

ever

the

omnipotence of Will.

Most of those who have been placed by my means in the Upor


Electric
it

hfted

state

of

being,

have

consented to
curiosity

simply to gratify a sense of

few therefore have gone beyond


in

the pure ether, where, as


planets swim.

a sea, the

Cellini, for instance,

never

went

farther than Venus,

because in the

atmosphere of that planet


Spirit that
rules

he

met

the

and divides

his destiny.

SECRETS OF THE SUN AND MOON.


Zara

69

she

was daring, and reached the


Circle
;

outer rim of the Great

but even
the great

she never caught a


Central Sphere.
started

gHmpse from
aim

Vote, differing

from these,

with

daring
till

which

you
it.

never

lost sight of

you had
'
:

fulfilled

How
shall

true are those words

Ask, and

it

be given you
it

seek,

and ye

shall find

;
!'

knock, and
It
^'

shall

be opened unto you

is

not possible,"

and here he sighed,

that

amid such wonders you could have

remembered me
part to expect
" I

it

were

foolish

on

my
I

it."
I

confess

thought nothing of you,"

said frankly,

''till

was approaching Earth

again

but then

my memory

prompted

me

in time,

and

did not forget your request.'^ did you learn


?"

"

And what
Simply
you

he asked

anxiously.
*'

this.

Azul said that

might
death
it,

deliver
lies

this

message

When

like a gift in
call

your hand, withhold

and

upon

her."

70

A
''

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


if
I

As

did not always guide myself


!"

by her promptings
with a tender smile.
^'

exclaimed Heliobas,

You might
Never
!"

forget to

do so

for once,"

said.
''

he

replied
I

fervently.

''

It

could not be.


for

But

thank you,

my

child,

having thought of
shall

me

the

message

you bring

be impressed strongly on
before you leave

my

mind.
I

Now,

me

to-

night,

must say a few necessary words."


consider
last

He
spoke.
"
I

paused, and appeared to

profoundly for some minutes.

At

he

have selected certain writings


said.
'*

for

your perusal," he
will find full

In

them you

and

clear instructions

how
work

to

cultivate

and educate

the

electric

force
I

within you, and thus continue the

have begun.
perceive
that

With
I

these

you

will

also

have

written

out
if

the

receipt for the volatile fluid which,

taken

in a small quantity every day, will

keep


SECRETS OF THE SUN AND MOON,
you
in
yr

health,

strength,
will

and

intellectual

vigour,

while

it

preserve your youth


to

and enjoyment of

life

very

much
well

longer extent than that usually experienced

by the majority.
this

Understand

me

liquid

of itself cannot

put you into

an uplifted state of existence; you need Jnmian


electric force

applied
this
;

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,

mean
to

it

will

you have work


attempt
it

do yet But

in
if

this life, not to

again.

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, which


large

already existent in a
attain
to

degree,

you

will

certain

advantages over the rest of

the

people

you meet, which

will

give you not only

physical, but mental power."

He

paused a minute or two, and again


:

went on

72

A
'*

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


you have educated your Will
to

When

a certain height of electric

command, you
inhabit the air
to

can at your pleasure see at any time, and


see plainly, the spirits

who

and

also

those who, descending

long

distances

below the Great

Circle,

come
or the
in

within the range of


the
attractive

human

electricity,

matter

contained

Earth's

atmosphere.

You can

converse

with them, and they w^Ith you.


also

You

will

be

able,

at

your desire, to see the

parted spirits of dead persons, so long as

they linger within Earth's radius,

which

they seldom do, being always anxious to

escape from

It

as soon as possible.

Love
;

may sometimes
but

detain them, or remorse

even

these

have

to

yield

to

the

superior longings which possess


instant

them the
will,

they are set

free.

You

in

your intercourse with your fellow-mortals,


be able to discern their motives quickly

and unerringly

you

will at

once discover

where you are loved and where you are

SECRETS OF THE SUN AND MOON.


disliked
;

73

and not

all

the learning and logic

of so-called philosophers shall be able to


cloud

your

Instinct.

You

will

have a

keener appreciation of good and beautiful


things

delightful sense of
;

humour, and

invariable cheerfulness
do, unless you

and whatever you

make some mistake by your


carry with
it

own
you

folly,

will
is

its

success.

And, what

perhaps a greater privilege,

will find that all

who

are brought into


will

very close contact with you


ficially

be bene-

influenced, or the reverse, exactly


I

as^you choose to exert your power.

do

not think, after what you have seen, you


will

ever desire to exert a malign Influence,


is

know^Ing that the Creator of your being


all

love and forgiveness.

At any

rate,

the
is

greatest force in the universe, electricity,

yours
in

has begun that you and you have nothing


is,

it

to form itself
to

do but to

encourage

its

growth, just as you would

encourage a taste for music or the fine


arts.

Now

let

me

give you the writings."

74

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


unlocked a desk, and took from
rolls
it

He

two small

of parchment, one tied with


in a

a gold ribbon, the other secured


of case with a clasp.
before
*

kind

This

last

he held up

my

eyes,

and said

This contains

my

private

instructions

to you.
public.

Never make a

single one of
is

them
for

The

world

not

ready

wisdom, and the secrets of science can


only be explained to the few.

Therefore

keep

this

parchment safely under lock and

key, and never let

any eye but your own


to me.
tied

look upon
I

its

contents."

promised,

and he handed
roll

it

Then
"

taking the other


:

which was

with ribbon, he said

Here

Is

written out what

call

the

Electric
is

Principle

of Christianity.

This
:

for

your own study and consideration

still

if

you ever desire


I

to

explain

my
But,

theory to others,
as
I

do not forbid you.


a glass bowl

told

you

before,

you can never compel


in

belief the goldfish

will

SECRETS OF THE SUN AND MOON.


never understand
ocean.
self

75

the
if

existence

of

the

Be

satisfied

you can guide your-

by the compass you have found, but


if

do not grieve
others.

you are unable


try,

to guide

You may
if

but

it

will
it

not be

surprising
fault.

you

fail.

Nor

will

be your

The
in

only sorrow that might happen


these efforts would be in case
dearly,

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.


to

You

would then have


is

make

a discovery,
less

always more or
that

painful

namely,

your love

was misplaced,

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,
if
I

not in this

life,

then in

the future.
loving, lest

So

would say beware of

you should not love rightly

though
discern

believe you will soon be able to


spirit

clearly the

that

is

by

fate

destined to complete and perfect your own.

76

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


I

And

now, though

know you
I

are scarcely

fatigued
night."
I

enough
the

to sleep,

will

say good-

took

second

roll

of
it

parchment
a
little

from his hand, and opening


I

way
fine

saw that

it

was covered with very


:

small writing.
**

Then I said Does Zara know how long


?"
''
;

have

been absent

" Yes," replied Heliobas

and

she, like
I

myself,

was

surprised

and

anxious.
;

think she went to bed long ago

but you
if

may

look into her room and see

she

is

awake, before you yourself

retire to rest."

As he spoke
melancholy and

of Zara,
his

his

eyes grew

brow clouded.

An

instinctive sense of fear


*'

came upon me.


asked.

Is

she not well


is

?" I

''

She

perfectly well,"

he answered.
her
to

"

Why
**

should
?"

you Imagine

be

otherwise

Pardon me,"

said

''
;

fancied that you

looked unhappy when

mentioned her."

SECRETS OF THE SUN AND MOON.


Heliobas made no answer.
to

77

He

stepped

the

window,

and throwing back the


to his side.

curtain, called
*'

me
"

Look out yonder," he


;

said in low

and

earnest tones

look at the dark blue veil

strewn with

stars,

through which so lately


its

your daring soul pierced

flight

See
in

how

the small

Moon hangs

like a

lamp

Heaven, apparently outshining the myriad


worlds around her, that are so

much
the
the

vaster

and
eye
!

fairer

How

deceptive

is

nearly as deceptive
Tell

as

human human

reason.

me why

did you not visit


in

the^Moon, or the
wanderings
?"

Sun,

your recent

This question caused


It

me some

surprise.
I

was

certainly very strange that


so.

had

not thought of doing ing the matter in


that during

Yet, on ponderI

my

mind,

remembered

my

aerial

journey suns and


to

moons had been no more


flowers

me
I

than

strewn
I

on

meadow.

regretted that

had not sought

to

now know

78

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


of

something
which
Hofht

those two

fair

luminaries

and warm our


after
:

earth.

Heliobas,
tently,

watching

my

face

in-

resumed

"You
omission

cannot guess the reason of your


?
I

will

tell

you.

There

is

nothing to see

in

either

Sun or Moon.
once
;

They were both


but the dwellers

inhabited worlds
in

the

Sun have ages ago


nothing

lived their lives and passed to the Central

Sphere.

The Sun
or rather,

is

now but

burning world, burning rapidly, and surely,

away

it is

being absorbed back

into the Electric Circle from


ally sprang, to be

which

it

origin-

thrown out again in some

new and grander form.


worlds,

And

so with

all

suns and systems, for ever

and

ever
brief

Hundreds of thousands of those


time-breathings
called

years

may
Sun
;

pass before this consummation of the

but

its

destruction
its

is

going on now, or

rather

absorption

and

we on our
and are
fire
!"

cold

small star

warm

ourselves,

glad, in

the light of an empty world on

SECRETS OF THE SUN AND MOON.


I
''

79

listened with

awe and

interest.

"

Moon ?" I asked eagerly. The Moon does not exist. What we

And

the

see

is

the reflection or the electrograph of

what she once was.


tricity

Atmospherical elec-

has imprinted this picture of a long-

ago living world upon the heavens, just as

Raphael drew his cartoons


of to-day to see."
''

for

the

men
''

But,"

exclaimed

in

surprise,

how
?

about the Moon's influence on the tides

and what of eclipses


*'

?"

Not

the

Moon, but the

electric

photo-

graph of a once living but now absorbed


world, has
tides.
tricity.

certainly an influence

on the

The
so

sea

is

impregnated with electhe

Just

as

Sun
in

will

absorb
sea
is

colours,

the

electricity

the

repelled or attracted

by the

electric picture

of the

Moon

in

Heaven.

Because, as
is

painting

is full

df colour, so

that faithful

sketch of a vanished sphere, drawn with a


pencil of pure light,
full

of

immense

elec-

8o

A
;

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


and
to carry the simile further, just

trlcity

as a painting

may be
the

said to be formed of
tints,

various dark and light


portrait

so the electric

of

Moon

contains

various
in

degrees of electric force

which, coming
scenes

contact with the electricity of the Earth's

atmosphere, produces different effects on


us

and

on

the

natural

amid
if

which we dwell.

As

for eclipses

you

slowly pass a round screen between yourself

and a blazing

fire,
fire.

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,"

said,

'*

the telescope has

enabled us to see the


globe

Moon

as a

solid

we have discerned mountains and


its

valleys on

surface

and then

it

revolves

round us regularly
for these facts ?"
''

how

do you account

The

telescope,"

returned

Heliobas,
;

**

is

merely an aid to the human eye

and.

SECRETS OF THE SUN AND MOON.


as
I

8i

told

you before, nothing


as

is

so easily

deceived

our

sense of vision,

even

when assisted by mechanical appliances. The telescope, like the stereoscope, simply
enables us to see the portrait of the

Moon
Moon,

more

clearly

but

all

the same, the

as a world, does not exist.

Her
last

likeness,

taken by

electricity,

may
us,

some thouit

sands of years, and as long as

lasts

it

must revolve around

because every-

thing in the universe moves, and


a circle.

moves

in

Besides which, this portrait of

the

Moon

being composed of pure elec-

tricity, is

attracted

and forced

to follow the

Earth by the compelling influence of the


Earth's
till

own

electric

power.
it

Therefore,

the picture fades,


like the

must attend the

Earth
joy.

haunting spectre of a dead

You can understand now why w^e never see what we imagine to be the o^/ier
Moon.
is

side of the
side,

It

simply has

7io

other

except space.

Space

is

the canvas
interested

the

Moon
11.

a sketch.

How

VOL.

26

S2

A
are

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


when
a discovery
is

we

made
It

of

some
is

rare old painting, of which the subject


perfectly beautiful

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.

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,

where the hurrying

throng of spectators are living and dying worlds


I
!"

had followed the speaker's words with

fascinated attention, but


*'

now

said
is

Dying, Heliobas

There

no death."

*'

True

!"

he answered, with hesitating


"

slowness.

But there
it Is

Is

what we

call

death

transition
"

and
for

always a parting."
I

But not

long

!"

exclaimed, with

SECRETS OF THE SUN AND MOON.


all

'83

the gladness and eagerness of


*'

my

lately

instructed soul.

As

worlds are absorbed

into the Electric Circle

and again thrown


into shapes of

out in

new and more

glorious forms, so are

we absorbed and changed


and pure enough
to look

perfect beauty, having eyes that are strong

God

in the face.
zue

but what have to do with the body our prison and place of
The body
perishes
experience,

except

to

rejoice
!"

when

we

shake

off its

weight for ever

Heliobas smiled gravely.


''

You have
he
said.

learned

your

high lesson
the

well,"

''You

speak with

assurance and delight of a

spirit satisfied.
I

But when

talk of death

mean by
souls

that

word the parting asunder of two


love each other
tion
;

who
a
"

and though such separastill


it

may

be

brief,

is

always

separation.

For
''
;

instance,

suppose

he

hesitated

suppose

Zara

were

to

die ?"
**

Well, you would soon meet her again,"


26


84

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


^^

answered.

For though you might


still

live

many
in

years after her,


that

you would know


years

yourself

those

were
"

but

minutes
'*

in the

realms of space

Minutes that decide our

destinies,"
'^

he

interrupted with solemnity.


is

And

there

always this possibility to contemplate

suppose Zara were to leave


can
I

me

now, how

be sure that

shall

be strong enough
life

to live out

my

remainder of

purely
?

enough

to
not,

deserve to meet her again


then Zara's death would

And
ever

if

mean

utter and almost hopeless

separation for

though perhaps

might begin over

again in some other form, and so reach the


goal."

He
that
I

spoke so musingly and

seriously

was

surprised, for

had thought

him impervious
of death.
"
''

to such a folly as the fear

You

are melancholy, Heliobas,"


first

said.

In the

place,
;

Zara

is

not going to
if

leave you yet

and secondly,

she did,

SECRETS OF THE SUN AND MOON.


you know your strongest
no
efforts

85

would be
in

brought to bear on your career,


that

order
error

shadow

of

obstinacy

or

might obstruct your path.


essence of our belief
Will-power.
ally if
It

Why,

the very

Is

in the strength of

What we

wz/l to do, especispiritual

be any act of

progress,

we can always accomplish."


Heliobas took

my

hand and pressed

it

warmly.
''

You

are so lately

come from
it

the high

regions,"

he

said,

''that

warms

and

invigorates

me

to hear

your encouraging

words.
yielding

Pray do not think


long to
I

me

capable of
of fore-

the

weakness

boding.

am,

in

spite of

my

advance-

ment

in

electric

science,

nothing but a

man, and
times by

am

apt to be

hampered

often-

my
I

mortal trappings.

We

have
I

prolonged our conversation further than


intended.
to

assure you

it is

better for
I

you

try to sleep,
feel so

even though, as
Let

know,

you

wide-wake.

me

give you

86

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


;

a soothing draught

It

will

have the

effect

of

composing

your physical nerves Into

steady working order."

He
it

poured something from a small phial

into a glass,

and handed

It

to me.

drank

at once, obediently,
'*

and with a
I

smile.

Good-night,

my

Master!"
fear

then said.

"

You need have no


slightest
all

of your

own
there

successful

upward progress.
those

For

If

were the

chance of your

falling

Into fatal error,

human

souls

you
for

have benefited would labour and pray


your rescue
;

and

know now

that prayers

reach Heaven,
I,

so long as they are unselfish.


of the least of your

though

am one

disciples, out of- the

deep gratitude of

my

heart towards you, will therefore pray un-

ceasingly for you, both here and hereafter.'

He
''

bent his head.

thank you

!"

he said simply.

**

More
world

deeds are wrought by prayer than this

dreams of !
bless you,

That
child

is
!

a true saying.

God

my

Good-night

!"

SECRETS OF THE SUN AND MOON.

87

And he opened the door of his study for me to pass out. As I did so, he laid his hand hghtly on my head in a sort of unspoken
door,
hall.

benediction
I

then

he closed
in the

his

and

found myself alone

great

suspended

lamp was

burning-

brightly,

and the fountain was gurgling


itself in

melodiously to
as
if
it

a subdued manner,
for the

were learning a new song


I

morning.

sped across the mosaic pavelight eager step,

ment with a
up the
her

and hurried
to tell
I

stairs, intent
I

on finding Zara

how happy

felt,

and how

satisfied

was with

my

wonderful

experience.

reached the door of her bedroom


ajar.
I

It

was
and

softly
in.

pushed

it

farther open,

looked

A
His

small
"

but
"

exquisitely

modelled statue of an

B^vs

ornamented

one corner.
a
light

uplifted torch served as


faintly

which glimmered

through

rose-coloured glass,

and shed a tender


but especially upon
rich

lustre over the

room

the bed,

ornamented with

Oriental

88

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


where Zara
lay fast asleep.
!

needle-work,

How

beautiful

she looked

Almost as
I

lovely as any one of the radiant spirits

had met

in

my
;

aerial

journey

Her
on

rich

dark hair was scattered


white pillows
softly
lips,

loosely

the

her long silky lashes curled


;

on the delicately tinted cheeks


tenderly
red, like

her

the
in

colour

on

budding apple-blossoms

early

spring,

were

slightly parted,

showing the glimmer


;

of the small white teeth within


dress was
slightly

her nighthalf-dis-

undone,

and

played and half-disguised her neck


daintily
electric

and
the

rounded

bosom,

on

which

jewel she always wore glittered


as
it

brilliantly

rose

and sank with her

regular and quiet breathing.


lay outside the coverlet, and

One
"

fair

hand
on

the reflection
flickered
its

from the lamp of the

^^

Eros

a ring which adorned

it,

making

central

diamond
I

flash like a

wandering

star.

looked long and tenderly on this perideal

fect

of a

**

Sleeping

Beauty,"

and

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

Somethmg could not move

a foot forward
vain
!

tried vigorously, but in

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

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

sure

it

had something
life

to

do with

her
it

spiritual

and sympathy, therefore

neither alarmed nor perplexed me.

Kissing

90

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,

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

remem-

down and

up praise

and honour, with a loving and believing


heart, to

that

Supreme Glory, of which

had been marvellously permitted


a brief but transcendent glimpse.
I

to enjoy

And

as

knelt,

absorbed and happy,

heard, like

a soft echo falling through the silence of

my
me
:

room, a

sound

like

distant

music,

through which these words floated towards


''

new commandment give


1"

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

And
''

you not happy, dearest


satisfied ?"
I

Are

you not strong and


Perfectly
!

!"

replied.

''

But,

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.

*'

assure you,

Zara,

am

quite sensible of

the claims of earthly existence

upon me.
I

For
shall

instance,

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

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,

discussed

this

with Hellobas and Zara, and decided

that

would

call

at the

Grand Hotel

that

morning.

SOCIABLE CONVERSE.
"
I
I

95

wish you would come with me, Zara,"

said wistfully.

To my
will
first.

surprise, she
I

answered

" Certainly

attend

But we High Mass at Notre Dame There will be plenty of time for the
will, if

you

like.

call
I

afterwards."

gladly agreed to

this,

and Heliobas

added with cheerful

cordiality

''Why not ask your


to-morrow?
Zara's
;

friends to dine here

call w^ill

be a

sufficient

opening formality

and you yourself have


w^ith

been long enough


that
here.

us

now

to

know
little

any of your friends

will

be welcome

We

might have a pleasant


if

party, especially

you add Mr. and Mrs.


list.

Challoner and their daughters to the

And
I

will

ask Ivan."

glanced at

Zara when the

Prince's

name was
"

uttered, but she

made no
I

sign of

either offence or indifference.

You

are

very

hospitable,"
I

said,

addressing Heliobas; ''but

really see

no

96

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


why you
to

reason

should throw open your

doors

my
of

friends, unless

indeed you

specially desire to please


"

me/'

Why,
;

course

do

!"

he

replied

heartily

and Zara looked up and smiled.


I

" Then,"

returned, "
I

will

ask them to

come.

What am
I

to
is

say about
little

my

recovery, which

know

short of

miraculous ?"
"

Say," replied Heliobas, " that you have


electricity.

been cured by

There

is

nothing

surprising in such a statement nowadays.

But say nothing of the human

electric force

employed upon you

no one would believe


conversation

you, and the effort to persuade unpersuad-

able people

is

always a waste of time."


this

An
and
I

hour after

Zara

were
I

in

the

Cathedral of Notre

Dame.

attended the service with very


I

different feelings to those

had hitherto

experienced during the

same ceremony.

Formerly

my mind

had been distracted by

harassing doubts and perplexing contradic-

SOCIABLE CONVERSE.
tions
;

97

now everything had


I

a meaning for

me

high, and solemn, and sweet.


h'ght
I

As

the

\incense rose,

thought of those rays of

Connecting

had
as

seen,

on which
travels

prayers travel

exactly
telephone.

sound

through

the

As

the

grand
the

organ
fragrant
ful

pealed
air,
I

sonorously

through

remembered the ever youthSpirits of Music,

and gracious

one of
be

whom,
friend.
electric

Aeon, had promised

to

my

Just to try the strength of


force,
I

my own

whispered the name and

looked up.
of sunlight
altar,

There, on a wide slanting ray


that
fell

directly

across

the

was the angelic


!

face

well

rememwas but

bered

the
in

delicate

hands
in air
!

holding the
It

semblance of a harp
for

an instant

saw
its

it

one brief breathincrit

space

which

smile mingled with the

sunbeams, and then

vanished.

But

knew

was not
of
praise

forgotten,

and the deep


itself in

satisfaction

my

soul

poured
flood

unspoken
VOL.
II.

on

the

of

the

2y

98

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


!

^^

Sanctus

Sanctus

!"

that just then rolled

triumphantly through the aisles of Notre

Dame. Zara was absorbed in silent prayer throughout the Mass but at its conclu;

sion,

when we came

out of the cathedral,


elate.

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, so that

warmer

on our
to

arrival at the

Grand Hotel she looked


lovelier than usual.

my

fancy even

Mrs. Everard did not keep us waiting long


in the private salon to

which we were
in

shown.

She

fluttered

down, arrayed

wonderful " art "

gown

of terra-cotta and

pale blue hues cunningly intermixed, and

proceeded to hug
fervour.
off,
*'

me
held

with demonstrative

Then she

me

little

distance

and examined

me

attentlv^ely.
said,
''

Do

you know," she

you are

SOCIABLE CONVERSE.
simply
in lovely condition
it.
!

99

never would
actually

have believed

You

are

as

plump and pink


the

as a peach.
that wailed

And you

are

same creature

and trembled,

and had palpitations and headaches and


stupors
!

Your doctor must be a


I

perfect

magician.
for
I

think
I

must consult him,

am

sure

don't look half as well as

you do."

And
had a

indeed she did


tired,

not.

thought she
I I

dragged appearance, but


so.
I

would not say

knew her
in

w^ell,

and

was

perfectly aware that

though she was


every way, her
in trifles

fascinating
life

and elegant

was too m.uch engrossed

ever

to yield her healthy satisfaction.

After responding warmly to her affectionate greeting,


"
I

said

Amy, you must

allow

me

to introduce

the sister of

my

doctor to you.

Madame
little

Zara Casimir
Zara,

Mrs.
to

Everard."
aside a

who had moved

way
on

out

of delicacy,

avoid

intruding

27

loo

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


now
turned, and with her

our meeting,

own

radiant smile and exquisite grace, stretched

out her Httle well-gloved hand.


"
I

am

delighted to

know you
music.

!"

she

said, In those

sweet penetrating accents of

hers

which

were

like

*'

Vo2ir

friend," here indicating

me by
shall

a slight yet
;

tender gesture,
but
shall
I

*'

has also become mine

do not think

we

be jealous,

we

?"

Mrs. Everard made some attempt at a


suitable reply, but she
In

was so

utterly lost

admiration of Zara's beauty, that her


self-possession

habitual
her.
tact,

almost

deserted

Zara, however, had the most perfect

and with

It

the

ability

of

making

herself at

home anywhere, and we were

soon

all

three talking cheerfully and with-

out constraint.
his appearance,

When

the Colonel

made
as the

which he did very


taken off his
feet,"

shortly,

he too was
saying
is,

**

by Zara's

loveliness,

and the

same effect was produced on the Challoners

SOCIABLE CONVERSE.
who soon

loi

afterwards joined us in a body.


in particular,

Mrs. Challoner,

seemed

in-

capable of moving her eyes from the contemplation of


I

my

darling's sweet face,

and
I

glowed with pride and pleasure as

noted

how
class

greatly

she

was

admired.

Miss Effie Challoner alone, who was, by a


certain
''

of

young men, considered

doocid pretty, with go In her," opposed

her stock of physical charms to those of


Zara, with a certain air of feminine opposition
;

but she was only able to keep this

barrier

up

for a little time.

Zara's winning
for her,

power of
and
she,

attraction
like
all

was too much


present,
fell

a willing
the

captive

to

the

enticing

gentleness,

intellectual superiority,

and the sympathetic

influence exercised by the evenly balanced

temperament and character of the beautiful

woman
name

loved

so

well.

After

some

desultory and pleasant chat, Zara, in the


of her brother and herself, invited

Colonel

and

Mrs.

Everard

and

the

102

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


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.

could

very well

condemn.
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,

should have to part from Heliobas and


all

Zara, and
their

the wonders and delights of


in

household,
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.

Amy's
I

request, pleading as an excuse that


still

was
and

under

my
in

doctor's

authority,

could not indulge in such an excitement as

an afternoon
permission.
assertion,

her society without his

Zara bore

me
for

out

in

this

and added
:

me

to

Mrs.

Everard

SOCIABLE CONVERSE.
''

105

Indeed,

think

it

will

be better for her

to

remain perfectly quiet with us for a day


;

or two longer

then she will be thoroughly

cured, and free to do as she likes."

"Well

!"

said Mrs. Challoner;


if

''

must

say she doesn't look as


the matter with her.

anything were

In

fact, I

never saw
girls

two more happy healthy-looking

than

you both.

What

secret

do you possess to
?"

make
"

yourselves look so bright

No
'*
;

secret at all," replied Zara, laugh-

ing

we simply
and they

follow the exact laws of

health,

suffice."

Colonel Everard,
ing

who had been examin-

me

critically

and asking

me

a few
:

questions, here turned to Zara


"

and said

Do

you

really

mean

to

say,

Madame

Casimir, that your brother cured this girl

by

electricity ?"

" Purely so
**

!"

she answered earnestly.

Then

it's

the most wonderful recovery

ever saw.

Why,

at

Cannes, she was


thin

hollow-eyed, pale, and

as

a willow-


I04

A
;

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


now
is

wand

she looks

well,
If

she knows
!"

how
I
**

she

herself

but

she feels as spry

as she looks, she's in first-rate training

laughed.
I

do
to

feel spry,

Colonel,"

said.

" Life

seems

me

like

summer

sunshine."

"Brava!"

exclaimed
staid,

Mr.

Challoner.

He

was a

rather slow

Kentuckian

who seldom
seemed
there's
to find

spoke,
it

and when

he

did,

rather an exertion.
I

"If

one
it

class of folk
is

detest

more than
people

another,

those all-possessed

who find life unsuited to their fancies. Nobody asked them to come into it
nobody would miss them
of
it.

if

they went out


civil

Being
at

in

it,

it's

barely

to

grumble

the
I

Deity

who
it

sent

them
can

along here.
help
it."

never do

myself

if I

We
*'

laughed, and Mrs. Challoner's eyes

twinkled.

In England, dear, for

instance," she

said,

with a mischievous glance at her

SOCIABLE CONVERSE.
spouse

**

in

England you never grumbled,


looked

did you

?"

Mr.

Challoner

volumes

his

visage reddened, and he clenched his broad


fist

with ominous vigour.

"

Why, by
'^

the

Lord

!"

he

said,

with
utter-

even more than his usual deliberate


ance,
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,"

he

continued,

addressing

himself to Zara, whose merry laugh rang


out like a peal of
last

remark

"
I

little
tell

golden bells

at this
I

you that when

walked

in the streets of
I

London
at

used to

feel as if

were one of a band of criminals.

Every person
minute

met looked

me

as

if

the

universe were about to be destroyed next


;

and that they had

to build another to help 'em


!"

up right away without


" Well,
I

God

believe

I
''

agree with you," said

Colonel Everard.
too seriously.

The English

take

life

In their craze for business

io6

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.

they manage to do away with pleasure altogether.

They seem

afraid to laugh,

and

they even approach the


smile with due caution."
''

semblance of a

I'm free to confess," added his wife,

"that I'm not easily chilled through.

But
like a

an English

at

home

'

acts

upon me

patent refrigerator
to the
"

get regularly frozen

bone

!"

Dear me

!"

laughed Zara
!"

^'you give

very bad accounts of Shakespeare's land


It

must be very sad


**

believe

it

wasn't always so," pursued


*'
;

Colonel

Everard
it

there

are

legends
I

which speak of
dare say
before
it it

as

Merrie England.

might have been merry once,


;

was governed by shopkeepers


it if

but now, you must get away from

you

want

to enjoy

life.

At

least

such

is

my
in

opinion.

But

have you never


Casimir
?

been

England,

Madame
am

You speak

English perfectly."
**

Oh,

a fairly good linguist," replied

SOCIABLE CONVERSE.
Zara, ''thanks to

107

my

brother.

But

have

never crossed the Channel."

The Misses
surprised
;

Challoner

looked

politely

their father's

shrewd face wore

an expression of grim contentment.


"

Don't cross
''

it,

ma'am," he said em-

phatically,

unless

you
love

have a special
If

desire to

be miserable.

you want to
one
another,

know how Christians and how to be made


''

limply and uselessly

wretched, spend a Sunday In London."


I

think

will

not try the experiment,


gaily.
It."

Mr. Challoner/' returned Zara


is

" Life

short,
"

and

prefer to enjoy

Say," interrupted Mrs. Challoner, turn-

ing to

me

at this juncture,

'*

now you

are

feeling so well,

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,

we
nod and

and

hesitated.
I

But

at a

slight

from Zara,

rose,

drew

off

my

gloves,

io8

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.

seated myself at the instrument, which, to

my

satisfaction,

saw was one of


Passing
I

my

favourites, a " Pleyell."

my
I

hands

hghtly over the keys,

wandered through
;

a few running passages

and as
to
I

did so,
aerial
this,

murmured a
friend

brief petition

my
done

Aeon.

Scarcely had

when a

flood of music

seemed

to rush to

my

brain and thence to

my

fingers,
I

and

played, 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.

was

just

aware that

was threading the labyresult

rinth of a

minor key, and that the


of
delicate

was a
words
''

network

and tender

melody reminding me of Heinrich Heine^s


:

Lady, did you not hear the nightingale


?

sing

beautiful silken voice

a web of
in

happy notes
its

and
and

my

soul

was taken
and

meshes,

strangled

tortured

thereby."

SOCIABLE CONVERSE.

109

A few
into

minutes, and the inner voice that

conversed with
silence,

me

so sweetly, died
at

away

and

the

same time
to

my
I

fingers

found

their

way

the

closing-

chord.

As one awaking from looked up. The little group


were rapt
I

a dream,

of friendly
;

listeners

in the

deepest attention

and when
tion

ceased, a

murmur

of admira-

broke from them

all,

while Zara's eyes

glistened with sympathetic tears.


''

How
seems

can
in

you do

it

?"

asked

Mrs.

Challoner
''

good-natured

amazement.
piano, and
!"

It

to

me

impossible to compose

like

that while seated at the

without taking previous thought


**

It is

not
to

i??y

doing,"

began
"

"
;

it

seems

to

come
But
I

me

from

was checked by a look from Zara,


warned me not
of
to hastily betray

that gently

the

secret

my

spiritual

communion

with the unseen sources of harmony.


I

So
I

smiled and said no more.


full

Inwardly
I

was

of a great rejoicing, for

knew

no A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


that

however well
it

had played

in past

days,

was

nothing

compared

to

the
to

vigour and ease which were

now given

me a
of

sort of unlocking of the storehouse

of music, with freedom to take


all its

my

choice

vast treasures.
it's

"

Well,

what we

call

inspiration,"

said

Mr.

Challoner,
grasp,

giving

my hand
it

friendly

"and wherever

comes

from,

it

must be a great happiness

to your-

self as well as to others."

" It is,"

answered earnestly.

'*

be-

lieve few are so perfectly


I

happy

in

music as

am."

Mrs. Everard looked thoughtful.


*'

No amount

of practice could
''
;

make me
have had

play like that," she said

yet

two or three masters who were supposed


to

be

first-rate.

One

of

them was a German,


walking

who used
I

to clutch his hair like a


I

tragedian whenever

played a wrong note.

believe he got up his reputation entirely by

that clutch, for he often played

wrong notes

SOCIABLE CONVERSE.
himself without minding
it.

But just be-

cause
frenzy

he worked himself Into a sort of

when

others went wrong, everybody

praised him, and said he had such an ear

and was so sensitive that he must be a


great musician.

He

worried

me

nearly to

death over Bach's 'Well-tempered Klavier'

of
I

all
it

to

no purpose,

for

can't play a note


to
if I

now, and shouldn't care

could.

consider Bach a dreadful old bore, though

know
will

it

is
is

heresy to say

so.

Even
only no

Beethoven
one
It.

occasionally prosy,

be courageous enough to admit

People would rather go to sleep over

classical

music

than

confess

they don't

like

it."

" Schubert

would have been a grander


Beethoven,
said
If

master than
lived

he had only Zara


"
;

long enough,"

but

dare say very few will agree with

me

In

such an assertion.

Unfortunately most of

my

opinions differ from those of everyone

else."

112

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


should
s?iy fortunately^

"

You

madame,"
;

said
''

Colonel Everard, bowing gallantly

as the circumstance has the

happy

result

of

making you

perfectly original as well as

perfectly charming."

Zara received
usual sweet

this

compliment with her

equanimity, and

we

rose

to

take our leave.

As we were

passing out,

Amy
''

Everard drew

me

back and crammed

into the pocket of

my

cloak a newspaper.
are
will

Read
;

it

when you
'*

alone,"

she

whispered

and

you

see

what

Raffaello Cellini has

done with the sketch

he made of you."

We

parted from these pleasant Ameri-

cans with cordial expressions of goodwill,

Zara reminding them of their engagement


to visit her at her

own home next

day, and

fixing the dinner-hour for half-past seven.

On
In

our return to the Hotel Mars,


In the

we

found Heliobas

drawing-room, deep

converse with a Catholic priest

fine-

looking

man

of

venerable

and

noble

SOCIABLE CONVERSE.
features.

113

Zara addressed him as " Father


to
blessing, which he gave her

Paul,"

and bent humbly before him


his

receive

with

almost

parental

tenderness.

He
the

seemed,
them,
family.
to

from his

familiar

manner with
friend

be a very

old

of

On my being introduced to him, he greeted me with gentle courtesy, and gave me also his simple unaffected benediction.

We

all

partook

of

light

luncheon

together, after which repast Heliobas

and
Zara

Father

Paul

withdrew

together.

looked after their retreating figures with a


sort of meditative pathos in her large eyes
;

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,

order to

read

the manuscripts Heliobas had given me.


" For,"

thought

I,

"if there

is

anything in

them not
VOL.
II.

quite clear to me, he will explain

28

114

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


I

It,

and

had better take advantage of


I

his

instruction while

can."

As Zara and I went upstairs together, we were followed by Leo a most unusual

circumstance, as that faithful


generally in

animal was
his

attendance

on
to

master.

Now, however, he seemed


close
to

have some-

thing oppressive on his mind, for he kept


Zara,

and

his

big brown eyes,


to her face,

whenever he raised them


full

were
tail

of

intense
in

melancholy.

His
all

drooped

forlorn

way, and
to

the

vivacity of his nature

seemed seem
he

have gone

out of him.
"

Leo does not


to

well,"

said,

patting the dog's beautiful silky coat, an


attention

which

responded

by a

heavy sigh and a


to tears.
''

wistful

gaze approaching

Zara looked
!"

at him.

Poor Leo

she

murmured

caressingly.

**

Perhaps he

feels lonely.

Do

you want

to
?
!"

come with your mistress So you shall. Come along

to-day, old

boy

cheer

up,

Leo

SOCIABLE CONVERSE.
And, nodding
her
studio,

115

to

me, she passed into


following
her.
I

the

dog

turned into

my own

apartment, and then

bethought myself of the newspaper Mrs.

Everard had thrust

into

my

pocket.

It

was a Roman

journal,

and the passage


:

marked
*'

for

my

perusal ran as follows


of

The

picture

the

I^nprovisatrice^

painted
Raffaello

by

our

countryman

Signor

Cellini,

has been purchased by

Prince

N
to

for the

sum

of forty thou-

sand
mits

francs.
it

The
that

Prince generously perfor a

remain on view
those

few days
not
yet
to

longer,

so
its

who have

enjoyed

attraction,

have yet time

behold one of the most wonderful pictures


of the age.

The

colouring yet remains a

marvel to both students and connoisseurs,

and the
figure,

life-like

appearance of the

girl's

robed in

its

clinging white draperies


lilies

ornamented with
strong, that

of the valley,

is

so

one imagines she

will step

out

of the canvas and confront the bystanders.

282

ii6

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS,


now be undoubtedly
of

SIgnor Cellini must

acknowledged

as

one

the

greatest

geniuses of modern times."


I

could see no reason, as

perused

this,

to

be sure that / had served as the model

for this successful

work of
lilies

art,

unless the
valley,

white dress and the

of the
at

which

had certainly worn

Cannes,

were

sufficient authority for


Still
I

forming such

a conclusion.

felt

quite

curiosity
I

about the picture

the more

so as

could

foresee no possible chance of

my

ever be-

holding

it.

certainly should not

go

to
it

Rome on
would be

purpose, and in a few days


in

the

possession

of

Prince

N
bility

a personage

whom

in all
I

probaput
the

should

never know.

newspaper

carefully by,
to

and then turned


of quite

my mind my
I

the

consideration

another subject

namely,

the

contents of
first

parchment documents.

The

one

opened was that containing the private

instructions of Heliobas to myself for the

SOCIABLE CONVERSE.
preservation of

117

my own

health,

and the

cultivation of the electric force within me.

These were so exceedingly


was
surprised.

simple,

and
I

yet so wonderful in their simplicity, that

plainest

They were based upon the and most reasonable common-

sense arguments
to understand.

easy enough for


it

a child
to

Having promised never


is

make them
but
I

public,

impossible for

me

to give the slightest hint of their purport

may

say at once, without trespass-

ing the bounds of


if

my

pledged word, that


instructions

these

few

concise

were

known and

practised

by everyone, doctors

would be entirely thrown out of employment, and chemists' shops would no longer

cumber the
difficult

streets.

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,


barring, of course, accidents

by

sea, rail

and

ii8

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


by deeds of
violence.

road, or

But

it

will
Is

take

many

generations before the world


self- restrained

universally

enough

to follow

such plain maxims as those laid

down

for

me
at

In

the

writing
if it

of

my

benefactor,

Heliobas
all,

even

be ever

self- restrained

which, judging from


of society,
is

the

present

state

much

to

be doubted.
subject,

Therefore,

no more of the
I

on

which, indeed,

am

forbidden to speak.
called
''

The
Electric

other

document,
of

The
I

Principle

Christianity,"

found so curious and


so

original,

suggesting
that

many new

theories

concerning

religion

which has

civilized a great portion


I

of humanity, that as

am

not restrained
point,
I

by any promise on
resolved
to

this

have

give

it

here In

full.

My
jump

readers must not be rash enough to


to the conclusion that
I

set

it

forward as

an explanation or confession of
faith
;

my own

my

creed has nothing to do with


I

anyone save myself.

simply copy the

SOCIABLE CONVERSE.
manuscript
I

119

possess, as the theory of a

deeply read and widely intelligent man,


such as Heliobas undoubtedly was and
is ;

a man,
of

too, in

whose veins runs the blood


kings,

the

Chaldean
Orientals,

earnest
far

and
wiser

thoughtful
in their
all

who were
are

generation perhaps than we, with

our

boasted progress,

in

ours.

The

coincidences which have to do with


science
will,
I

electrical

believe,
if

be
not

generally admitted convincing.

to

be curious

To

me, of course, they are

only fresh proofs of what

I know, because
Circle,
is

/ have seen the Grlat Electric know its power (guided as it


of anything, 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, to the perpetual manufacture and


re-absorption of solar systems by the million million.

And

it

is

a circle that ever


glorious

widens without end.

What more

manifestation can there be of the Creator's

I20

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


!

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,

till

its

be re-absorbed, 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, while

inhabi-

tants
tion
;

to resent all heavenly attracit

and how

was yet thought worth


few human souls

God's patience and tender consideration,


just for the sake of a

upon

it

who

still
it

remembered and loved


it

Him,

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, quoted in the next chapter.

CHAPTER HE

V.

THE ELECTRIC CREED.


''Electric Principle of Christi-

anity "
''

opened as follows
all

From

Eternity God, or
^

the Siip7^eme Spirit of Light existed, and


to
all

Eternity
is

He

will

continue to exist.

This

plainly stated in the


*
:

New

Testa-

ment thus
and

God

is

a Spirit, and

they
in

that worship
spirit
''

Him
a

must worship

Him

in truth.'

He
doubt

is

Shape

of

pure

Electric
inclined

Radiance.
to

Those who may be


this

may

search the Scriptures


their faith,

on which they pin

more

par-

122

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


Testament, and they
will find

ticularly the

that

all

the visions

and appearances of
electric

the Deity there


in character.
**

chronicled were

As a
vast

poet forms poems, or a musician

melodies, so
the

God formed by
Sphere
it

a Thought

Central

in

which
the

He
pure

dwells,

and
of

peopled

with

creations

His glorious fancy.


Light,

And

why
is

Because, being pure

He
;

also pure

Love
of

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,
worlds.

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

the Spirit of

God moved

THE ELECTRIC CREED.


upon the
said,

123

face of the waters.


light.

And God
there

Let there be

And

was
the

light;
"

These

words

apply

solely

to

creation or production of otcr

own Earthy

and

in

them we read nothing but a simple

manifestation of electricity, consisting in a

kealmg passage of rays from the Central


Circle to the planet

newly propelled forth


to pro-

from duce

it,

which caused that planet


multiply
the

and

wonders of the

animal, vegetable and mineral

kingdoms

which we
*'

call

Nature.
turn again to the poet^
:

Let us

now

prophets of Scripture

And God

said,

Let us make

man

in

our image.'

The
is

word 'our' here implies an


that

instinctive idea

God was never

alone.

This idea

correct.

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


124

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


all

whom

beauty and

all

purity are found.

In the images, therefore (only the images),

of these Children of Light and of Himself,

He made Man that


Earth
to

is,

He

caused the

be inhabited and dominated by


of

beings composed
parts,

Earth's component

animal,

vegetable

and

mineral,

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,
'*

companion working-

Like

all

flames, this electric spark can


it

either be fanned into a fire or

can be

allowed to escape in
destroyed.
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, memory, emotion,


intelligence.
If,

and working
it

on the contrary,
its

is

neglected or forgotten, and

companion
to

Will

is

drawn by the weight of Earth


aims alone, then
it

work

for earthly

escapes

THE ELECTRIC CREED.


and seeks other chances of development

125

In

other forms on other planets, while the body


it

leaves, supported only by physical suste-

nance drawn
dwells,

from

the

Earth on which

it

becomes a mere lump of clay anilife solely,


full

mated by mere animal


ward

of

inward ignorance and corruption and outincapacity.

Of such

material are the

majority of
free-will

men composed

by their

own

and choice, because they

habitually

deaden the voice of conscience and refuse


to believe In

the existence of a spiritual

element within and around them.


"

To resume
its

the Earth
;

is

one of the
this, but,

smallest of planets

and not only

from
a less

position in the Universe, 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, they

utmost the germs of

electric

sympathy

within themselves, in order to form a direct

communication,

or

system

of

attraction.

126

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


this planet

between

and the ever-widening

Ring, so that some spiritual benefit might


accrue to them thereby.
roll on, their

But as the ages

chances of doing this diminish.


swiftly approaching

The

time

is

when

the

invincible

Law

of Absorption shall extin-

guish Earth as easily as


flame of a candle.

we blow out the True, it may be again


;

reproduced, and again thrown out on space


but then
form,
it

will

and

will

new and grander doubtless have more godbe


in

like inhabitants.
'*

In the meantime

during
Infinite,

those brief

cycles of centuries which are as a breath in

the

workings of the

and which

must yet elapse before

this world, as

we

know
pity

it,

comes
up

to

an end

God

has taken

on the few, very few souls dwelling


in

here, pent

mortal clay,
reach

who have
like

blindly

tried

to to

Him,
of

plants

straining
lished
electric

up

the light, and has estab-

broad

stream

sympathetic

communication with Himself, which

THE ELECTRIC CREED.


all

127

who
of.
''

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

cannot despise Himself.


is

Also, because

He He

capable
to

of

all

the

highest

emotions

known

man,

in a far larger

and grander

degree, besides possessing other sentiments

and desires unimaginable


mind.
It
is

to

the

human
all

enough

to

say that

the

attributes that

accompany

perfect goodness

He

enjoys

therefore

He

can

feel

com-

passion, tenderness,

forgiveness, patience

all

or any of the emotions that produce

pure, unselfish pleasure.


"

Granting Him, therefore, these


(and
it

attri-

butes

is

both blasphemous and

unreasonable to deny

Him
best

those

virtues
it

which

distingttish

the

of men),
the

is

easily understood

how He,

All-Fair

Beneficent Ruler of the

Central Sphere,

128

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.

perceiving the long distance to which the

Earth was propelled,


far
out,

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, and


it

all

remembrance of Him,
gave
to their

in

the

attention they

merely

earthly surroundings, lacking, as they did,

and not possessing


seek,
electric

sufficient

energy to
brief,

attraction.

In

this

Earth and God's World were

like

America

and Europe before the Atlantic Cable was


laid.

Now

the messages of goodwill flash

under the waves, heedless of the storms.

So
*'

also God's Cable


in the

is

laid

between us and

His Heaven

person of Christ.

For ages (always

remembering

that

our ages are with

God

of worship was in the


this idea

a moment) the idea mind of man. With

came

also the sentiment of pro-

pitiation.

The untamed savage


Instinctively

has from
felt

time

Immemorial

the

THE ELECTRIC CREED.


necessity

129

of

looking

up

to

Being

greater

than himself, and also of seeking

a reconciliation with that Being for


fault or loss in
of,

some
aware

himself which he

is

yet cannot explain.

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

lightning-thought

which

He
it,

instilled into the

human

race to

prepare

as one might test a telegraph-

wire from house to house, before stretching


''

it

across a continent.

All religions, as

known

to us, are

mere

types of Christianity.
that

It is

a notable fact

some of the

oldest

and most learned

races in the world, such as the

Armenians
to

and Chaldeans, were the

first

be con-

vinced of the truth of Christ's visitation.

Buddhism, of which there are so many


million followers,
is itself

a type of Christ's

teaching
element.
VOL.

only

it

lacks

the

supernatural

Buddha died

a hermit at the age

II.

29

I30

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


and
ascetic

of eighty, as any wise

man
resur-

might do to-day.
rection

The death and


were widely

of

Christ

different.
;

Anyone can be
to be

Buddha again

anyone
stated

can no^ be a Christ.

That there are

more

followers of
is

Buddhism than of
efficacy in
latter.

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, sheep-

by

nature,

finding

themselves

all

together in one meadow, are too lazy, as


well as

too

indifferent,

to seek pastures

fresher and fairer.


"

Through the
grew
to

divine

influence of an

Electric Thought, then, the world unconsciously

expect something

they

knew

not what.

The

old creeds of the

world, like sunflowers, turned towards that

unknown Sun
all

the poets, prophets, seers,

spoke of some

approaching
to this

consola-

tion

and glory

and

day the fated

THE ELECTRIC CREED.


Jews expect
it,

131

unwilling to receive as their

Messiah the

Divine

Martyr they slew,


testify to

though their own Scriptures


identity.

His

" Christ came, born of a Virgin

that

is,

a radiant angel from God's Sphere was in


the
first

place sent

down

to

Earth

to

wear

the form of

Mary

of Bethlehem,

in

Judea.

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,

to us in our bodies to cultivate

and

but a complete immortal Spirit, a portion

God

Himself, wise, sinless, and strong.

This

Spirit,

pent up in clay, was born as a

helpless babe,

grew up
was

as

man

as

man
;

taught, comforted,

slain

and buried

but as pure Spirit rose again and returned


in

peace to Heaven, His mission done.

"It was necessary,

in

order to establish

what has been


cation

called an electric

communiand
this

between

God's Sphere

Earth, that an actual immortal, untainted

29

132

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


walk

Spirit in the person of Christ should


this

world,

sharing with

men

sufferings,

difficulties,

danger, and death.

Why

In

order that
fide In

we might
trust

first

completely conrealizing

and

Him, afterwards
here

His

spiritual

strength and

glory by His

resurrection.

And

may be

noted

the main difference between the Electric

Theory of

Christianity and other theories.

Christ did not die because


sacrifice.

God needed a
Is

The

idea of sacrifice
;

a relic

of heathen barbarism

God

Is

too Infinitely

loving to desire the sacrifice of the smallest


flower.

He
;

Is

too

patient

to

be ever

wrathful

and barbaric ignorance confronts

us again in the notion that


to be appeased.

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,

wherein right

and
it

wrong

are so jumbled together that

is

difficult to distinguish

one from the other.

THE ELECTRIC CREED.


Christ's death

133

was not a

sacrifice

it

was

simply a means of confidence and com-

munion with the Creator.


suffered to

sinless Spirit
;

show us how
show us how
to

to suffer to live
;

lived

on Earth
to

to

prayed

show us how
to die
;

pray

died to

show us
a
be-

how
yond

rose again to impress strongly


in truth
life

upon us that there was


this

one,

for

which

He

strove to
re-

prepare our souls.


ascension into

Finally,

by His

Heaven He
electric

established that

much-needed

communication be-

tween us and the Central Sphere.


^'

It

can be proved from the statements

of the

New

Testament

that in Christ
Spirit.

was
first

an Embodied Electric
to last

From

His career was attended by

electric

phenomena, of which eight examples are


here quoted
;

and earnest students of the

matter can find


to

many

others

if

they choose

examine
"
I.

for themselves.

The appearance

of the Star and the

Vision of Angels on the night of His birth.

134

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


^

The Chaldeans saw His


and they came
to

star in the east/

worship

Him.

The

Chaldeans were always a learned people,

and

electricity

was an advanced science

with them.
star to

They at once recognised the be no new planet, but simply a starelectric flame flitting this

shaped

through space.
Observe,

They knew what


too, that

meant.

they had
'

no doubts upon the


^o

point

they came

worship Hi?n^' and


gifts to offer to

provided themselves with


this

radiant Guest, the offspring of pure

Light.
to the

The

vision of the angels appearing

shepherds was simply a joyous band


Electric

of the Singing Children of the

Ring,

who
in

out of pure interest and pleasure


sight

floated

of Earth,

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.
" 2.

When
'

Christ was baptized by John


the heavens opened!

the Baptist,

THE ELECTRIC CREED.


''

135

3.

The

sympathetic influence of Christ


that

was so powerful,
disciples,

when He
to
voice,

selected

His

He

had but

speak to them, and

at

the

sound of His

though they
'

were engaged
all
'*

in other business,

they left

and followed Him!


4.

Christ's

body

was

charged

w'lth

electricity.

Thus He was

easily able

to

heal sick and diseased persons

by a touch
at

or a look.

The woman who caught

His

garment

in the

crowd was cured of her long;

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.

The
all

daughter, of the widow's son at Nain, and


of Lazarus, were

accomplished by the

same means.
''5.

The walking on

the sea

was


136

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


effort,

purely electric

plished now by anyone


sufficient inner force.

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.

Peter,

who was
by

able to

walk a
his
will

little

way, lost his power directly

became
and

vanquished

fear

because the
electricity,

sentiment of fear disperses

being

purely

human

emotion, does away with spiritual strength


for the time.
'*

6.

The Death

of Christ was attended

by

electric manifestations

by the darkness
;

over the land during the Crucifixion

the

tearing of the temple veil in twain; and

the earthquake which finally ensued.


"
7.

The

Resurrection

was

most
It will

powerful display of electric force.

be remembered that the angel who was


found
sitting at the entrance of the

empty

sepulchre 'had a

countenance

like light-

THE ELECTRIC CREED.


nt7tg,'' i.e.

137

like electric flame.

It

must

also

be called to mind
addressed
not,

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
;

in-rushing
to touch
for

curat

rents of electricity
that

and

Him

moment would have been


instant

MagdaThis

lene

death

by

lightning.

effect of

embodied

electric force

has been

shadowed
Apollo,

forth in the

Greek legends of
at a breath

whose glory consumed

the mortal
''

8.

who dared to look upon him. The descent of the Holy Ghost, by
term
is

which
current

meant
inspired

an

ever-flowing
Intelli-

of the

working

gence of the Creator, was purely


in

electric

character

'
:

Suddenly

there

came

sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty


wind, and
it

filled all

the house where they


there

were

sitting.

And

appeared unto

them

cloven tongues like as of fire,

and

sat

138

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


It

upon each of them.'


cloven
"

may

here be noted
is

that the natural electric flame


*

dual or

'

in shape.

Let us now take the Creed as accepted

to-day by the Christian Church, and see

how thoroughly
discoveries

it

harmonizes with
electricity.

the
*

of

spiritual

believe in one

God

the Father Almighty,

Maker
things
brief

Heaven and Earth, and visible and invisible! This


of
exists

of
is

all

and simple description of the Creator

as

He

a Supreme Centre
imtst spring
all

of Light,
love,

out of
all

whom
In

life, all

wisdom.
"
'

And

one Lord Jesus

Christ, the

only-begotten

Son
all

of

God, born of the


This means that

Father before

ages.'

the only absolute Emanation of His


pe7^sonal Radiance
that

own
such

ever wore

mean garb

as our clay

was found

in Christ

who,
'

as part of God, certainly existed

before all ages!

For

as the

Creed

itself

says,

He

was

God

of God,

Light of

THE ELECTRIC CREED.


Light/
and
faith

139

Then we go on through
and

the

circumstances of Christ's birth, Hfe, death,


resurrection,

our profession of

brings us to 'I

believe in the

Holy

Ghost, the Lord and giver of Life,

who
that

proceedeth from the Father and the Son,'


etc.

This, as already stated,

means

we

believe that since Christ ascended into


electric

Heaven, our

communication with

the Creator has been established, and an

ever-flowing current of divine inspiration


is

turned beneficially
'

in

the direction

of

our Earth,

proceeding from the Father

and the Son.'

We
'

admit

in

the Creed

that this inspiration manifested itself before

Christ

came and

spake by the prophets

but, as before stated, this only

happened
while

at

rare

and

difficult

intervals,

Christ Himself speaks through those

now who
seem
the

most strongly adhere


*'

to

His teachings.
that few

It

may here be mentioned


to

to grasp the fact of the special message to

women intended

be conveyed

in

I40

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


of
the

person

Virgin

Mary.

She was

actually one of the radiant Spirits of the

Central Sphere, imprisoned by God's will


in

woman's form. After the


still

birth of Christ,

she was
career
to

kept on Earth, to follow His

the end.

There was a

secret
her.

understanding between
As,
for

Himself and

instance,

when she found Him


for

among the doctors of the law, she moment suffered her humanity to
better of her in anxious inquiries
reply,
*
;

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,
Again, at the
Galilee,

which she

once accepted.
in

marriage feast

Cana of

when
said

Christ turned the water into wine,


to

He
:

Woman, what have I to do with thee which meant simply What have I to do with thee as woman merely ^
His mother,
?'
*

which

was another reminder

to

her of

her spiritual origin, causing her at once


to address the servants

who

stood by as


THE ELECTRIC CREED.
follows
' :

141

Whatsoever
why,
it

He

saith

unto you,
if

do

it.'

And

may be

asked,

Mary
Spirit,

was

really

an imprisoned immortal

sinless

and joyous, should she be forced


and

to suffer all the weaknesses, sorrows,

anxieties

of

any

ordinary

woman and
to

mother

Simply as an example

womeri
race
;

who

are the mothers of the


laid

human

and who, being thus


responsibility,

under a heavy

need sympathetic guidance.

Mary's

life

teaches

women

that the virtues


purity,

they need are

obedience,
;

meekto hold

ness, patience, long-suffering, modesty, selfdenial,

and endurance.

She loved
she

a secondary position

placed herself

in willing subjection to

Joseph

a man

of

austere and simple

life,

advanced

in years,

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. Out


of these facts, simple as they are, can be

drawn the

secret of happiness for

women

142

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


that, if

a secret and a lesson

learned by

heart, would bring them and those they

love out of storm and bewilderment into

peace and
**

safety.

the

the

who have once become awai^e of existence of the Central Sphere and of Electric Ring surrounding it, 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,
all

there can no longer be any doubt as to

the facts of Christianity, as none of them,

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.


''

Why

then,

if

Christianity be a Divine

Truth, are not


well
ask, if

all

people Christians

As
and

music and poetry are good


all

things,

why

men

are
art
;

not

poets

musicians.

Art seeks

in like

manner

God
of

God that is. He seeks portions His own essence among His creatures.
seeks

THE ELECTRIC CREED.


Christ Himself said,
'

143

INIany are called, but


it

few are chosen

;'

and

stands to reason

that very few souls will succeed in

becoming

pure enough to enter the Central Sphere


without hindrance. Many, on leaving Earth,
will

be detained

in

the Purgatory of Air,


spirits

where thousands of
and

work

for ages,

watching over others, helping and warning


others,
in this unselfish

labour succeed

in raising themselves, little

by

little,

higher

and ever higher,


longed-for goal.

till

they at

last

reach the

It

must

also be

remem-

bered that not only from Earth but from all


worlds, released souls seek to attain final

happiness in

the

Central

Sphere where

God
of

is

so that,
that

however great the number


are

those

permitted to proceed
planet, they can only

thither from this

little

form, as
ocean.
''

it

were, one drop in. a

mighty

It

has been asked whether the Electric


Christianity includes the doctrine

Theory of

of Hell, or a place of perpetual punishment.


144

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.

Eternal Punishment Is merely a form of speech


for

what

is

really
Is

Eternal Retrogression.

For
Soul
is

as there

a Forward, so there must

be a Backward.

The

electric

germ

of the
It

delicate, fiery,

and Imperishable as
its

can be forced by
refuge
In a

companion Will

to

take

lower form of material

existence, dependent
inhabits.

on the body

It

first

For

Instance, a

man who

is

ob-

stinate In pursuing ac/we evil can so retro-

grade the progress of any


within him, that
escape, as
It It

spiritual

life

shall lack the

power

to

might do, from merely lym-

phatic and listless temperaments, to seek

some other chance of development, but


shall

sink Into the forms of quadrupeds,

birds^

and other creatures dominated by


But there
Is

purely physical needs.


thing
It

one

can never escape from


that faculty
is

Memory,
Hell.

And

in

constituted

So that If a man, by choice, forces his soul downward to inhabit hereafter the bodies
of doo^s, horses, and other like animals, he

THE ELECTRIC CREED.


should

145

know

that

he does so at the cost of


Eternal

everything except Remembrance.

Retrogression means that the hopelessly


tainted electric

germ

recoils

further

and
it

further from the Pure Centre whence

sprang, always bearing within

itself the
it

knowledge of what
might have
been.

it

was once and what


is

There

pathetic
;

meanin

ing in the eyes of a dog or a seal

the

melancholy, patient gaze of the oxen toiling


at the

plough

there

is

an unuttered warn;

ing in
is

the silent

faces of flowers

there

more tenderness of regret


;

in the voice

of

the nightingale than love

and

in the wild
its

upward soaring of the


full

lark,

with

throat
is

of passionate, shouting prayer, there


forth the yearning

shadowed

hope that dies

away

in

despair as the bird sinks to earth

again, his instincts not half satisfied.


is

There

no greater torture than to be compelled

to

remember,
"

in suffering, joys

and glorious

opportunities gone for ever.

Regarding
II.

the

Electric

Theory
30

of

VOL.

146

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


it is

Religion,

curious to observe

how

the

truth of

it

has again and again been dimly


forth in the prophecies of Art,

shadowed

Science, and Poesy.

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.*

The astronomers who,

after years

of profound study, have been enabled to

measure the flames of the burning sun, and


to find out that these are from

two

to four
at

thousand miles high, are nearly arrived


the conclusion that
it is

a world in a state

of conflagration, in which they will be perfectly


right.

Those who hold

that

this

Earth of ours was once self-luminous are


also right
;

for

it

was indeed so when


Electric

first

projected

from the

Ring.
*

The

compilers or inventors of

the

Arabian

Nights' also
^

hit

upon a truth when they

An

impulse which led them vaguely to foresee,


to explain, the electric principle of spiritual

though not
life.

THE ELECTRIC CREED.


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.
all

All art,

all

prophecy,
accepted

poesy,

should therefore be

eagerly and

studied earnestly, for in

them
which

we we
and
is

find electric inspiration, out of

are able to

draw lessons

for

our guidance

hereafter.
artists

The

great point that scientists


failed to discover,

have hitherto

the existence of the Central Sphere and

its

surrounding

Electric

Circle.

Once
all

realize

these two great facts, and

the

wonders and mysteries of the Universe are


perfectly easy of comprehension.
*'

In conclusion,
is

offer

no opinion as to

w^hich

Christ's Church, or the FountainSpirituality in the world.

head of

In

all

Churches errors

have

intruded

through
In a

unworthy and hypocritical members.

crowded congregation of worshippers there

may perhaps be
free

only one or two

who

are

from

self-interest

and personal vanity.


-;o

148

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


is

In Sectarianism, for instance, there

no

shred of Christianity.

Lovers of God and


first

followers of Christ must, in the

place,

have perfect Unity

and the bond uniting


one of love and

them must be an
faith.

electric

No
upon

true Christian should be able to

hate, despise, or
called

envy the

other.

Were

I
I

to select

among

the Churches,

should choose that which has viost electricity

working within

it,

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, as


among
the

were, the other end of the telegraphic ray

between Earth and the Central Sphere, and


which
is,

therefore, able to exist

storms of modern opinions, affording refuge

and consolation
travellers

to

the

few determined

who
is

are

bound onward and upthe Church


I

ward.

shall not
it

name

mean,

because

the duty of everyone to exit

amine and

find

out for himself or herself.


this

And

even though

Church

instinctively

THE ELECTRIC CREED,


works
in the

149

right direction,

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.

But,

said before,

the only Church which


it,

has the Principles of Electricity within

and
"

is

therefore destined to live, because


life.

electricity is

Now

beseech

the
I,

reader of

this

manuscript to which

Heliobas, append
realize
facts

my hand
earnestly
first,

and
the

seal, to

remember and
invincible

following

that

God and

His
little

Christ

exist;

secondly, that while the

paltry affairs

of our temporal state are being built up as


crazily as a child's

house of cards, the huge

Central Sphere revolves, and the Electric

Ring, strong and indestructible,


its

is

ever at
;

work of production and re-absorption thirdly, 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

I50

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


this

fourthly, that

world

is

^/le

only spot
is

in the actually

Universe where
questioned

His existence
doubted.

and

And

the general spread of

modern
is

positivism,

materialism

and

atheism

one of the

most
times.

terrific

and meaning signs of the


of separating the wheat

The work
is

from the chaff


love

beginning.
in

Those who
Spiritual

and

believe

God and

Beauty are about


side
;

to

be placed on one
Self are

the millions

who worship
in vast

drawing together on the other


which
is
;

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.'

even

the

other

In other words, the fiery whirlpool


is

of the Ring
planet in
its

nearly ready to absorb our


;

vortex
its

and out of

all

who
shall
.'^

dwell

upon

surface,

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,

'

the one

be taken, and the other

left '}

THE ELECTRIC CREED.


''

151

Friend, Pupil, Reader

art,

take heed and foster

Whoever thou thine own soul


from
taking
Wills.

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,

can become

an Angel, and perform wonders even while


of clay
it
;

through

indiffer-

ence and apathy,

can desert us altogether

and

for ever

through m.ockery and blasit

phemous
our

disbelief,

can sink into even a


In

lower form than that of snake or toad.

own

unfettered hand

lies

our eternal

destiny.
bility
!

Wonderful and

terrible responsi-

Who

shall
?"

dare to say

we have no

need of prayer

This

document was

signed

''Casimir

Heliobas," and bore a seal on which the

impression seemed to consist of two Arabic


or

Sanskrit
I

words,

which
carefully

could

not

away with its companion MS. under lock and key, and
understand.

put

it

while

was yet musing earnestly on

its

152

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


came
into
In

contents, Zara

my

room.

She
in the

had finished her task


said,

the studio, she

and she now proposed a drive

Bois as an agreeable
rest of the afternoon.
*'

way

of passing the

want

to be as long as possible in

your company," she added, with a caressing


sweetness
friends
will in

her manner

**
;

for
I

now your

have come

to Paris,
us,

expect you

soon be leaving
of you as
I

so

must have as

much

can."

My

heart sank at the thought of parting


I

from her, and


lovely face.

looked wistfully at her


in

Leo had followed her


still

from

the studio, and seemed


choly.

very melan-

"We

shall
I

always be good friends, Zara


''shall
i^"

dearest,"

said,

we not?

Close,

fond friends, like sisters


" Sisters

are not always fond

of each
"

other," remarked Zara, half gaily.

And

you know

'

there

is

a friend that sticketh


'!"

closer than a brother

THE ELECTRIC CREED.


"
I

153

And what
Death
!"

friend

is

that

m yoicr case ?"


a

asked, half jestingly, half curiously.


"

she

replied with

strange

smile, in

which there was both pathos and

triumph.
I

started at her unexpected reply,

and a
I

kind of foreboding chilled

my

blood.

endeavoured, however, to speak cheerfully


as
I

said
sticks

**Why, of course, death


closely to us than

more

any friend

or relative.

But you look


of
life

fitter to

receive the embraces

than of death, Zara."

''They are
thing," she

both
;

one

and

the

same
us

answered

" or rather,

the one
let

leads to the other.

But do not

begin to philosophize.

Put on your things


is

and come.
I

The

carriage
her,

waiting."

readily

obeyed

and we enjoyed an

exhilarating drive together.

The

rest of

the day passed with us

all

very pleasantly,
to

and our conversation had principally

do

with the progress of art and literature in

154

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


lands,

many

and maintained

itself

equably

on the

level of

mundane
and

affairs.

Among
Spanish

other things,

we spoke
I

of

the

violinist Sarasate,

amused Heliobas
criticisms of
this

by quoting him some of the


the

London
such

daily
as,

papers

on

great

artist,

''J7e

plays pieces which,


his wonderful skill,
^'

thotigh adapted to
a7^e the veriest

show

clap-trap ;'
^^

He lacks breadth

and
'*

colour;'

true type of the artist

virtuoso'' etc., etc.

Half these people do not know

in the

least

what they mean by


'

'

breadth

and

colour' or

virtuosity

^ said Heliobas, with


must
be
'

a smile.
all

"

They

think emotion, passion,

true

sentiment combined with extrateclmique,


clap-trap.'

ordinary

Now
ledges

the

Continent of Europe acknow-

Pablo

de

Sarasate

as

the

first

violinist living,

and London would not be


it

London
tinent.

unless

could thrust an obtuse


in the face of the
is

opposing opinion

Con-

England

the last country in the

THE ELECTRIC CREED.


world to accept anything new.
are tired
Its

155

people

and

blase

like

highly trained

circus-horses,

they want to trot or gallop


It will

always
be
so.

in the old grooves.

always

Sarasate

is

like a brilliant
bit

meteor
of the

streaming across their narrow

heaven of music
think
'

they stare, gape, and

it

is
'

an unnatural phenomenon
in the

virtuosity

way

of meteors, which
lest
?
it

they are afraid to accept

set

them
!"

on

fire.

What would you


;

The meteor
gliding from

shines and burns


So,
talking

it is

always a meteor

lightly,

and

subject to subject, the hours

wore away,

and we
I

at last

separated for the night.


to

shall

always be glad

remember

how tenderly Zara kissed me and wished me good repose and I recall now, with mingled pain, wonder, and gratitude, how
;

perfectly calm

and contented
I

felt as, after

my

prayers,

sank to sleep, unwarned,

and therefore happily unconscious, of what


awaited

me on

the morrow.

CHAPTER
HE

VI,

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
morning of the
rather

next

day

dawned

gloomily.

A
air,

yellowish fog obscured the

and there was a closeness and


in

sultriness
for

the

atmosphere that was strange


I

that wintry season.

had

slept well,

and

rose with the general sense of ease and

refreshment
since
I

that

always

experienced

had been under the treatment of

Those whose unhappy physical condition causes them to awake from unHeliobas.

easy slumber feeling almost more fatigued


than

when they

retired to rest, can scarcely

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
have any idea of the happiness
to
it

157

engenders

open
;

untired, glad eyes with the

morning

Hght

to feel the very air a

nourishment

to stand with lithe, rested limbs in the bath

of cool, pure

water, finding
its

that

limpid

element obediently adding


vigour of perfect health
;

quota to the

to tingle

from
life

head

to foot with the

warm

current of

running briskly through the veins, making


the heart merry
,^

the brain clear, and

all

the powers of body and

mind
is

in

active

working

condition.

This

indeed most
it

absolute enjoyment.

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,

wondrous

thing that

destined to watch an eternity of

worlds bloom and fade to bloom again, like


flowers,
shall

while

itself,

superior to them

all,

become ever more strong and


shall say life is not

radiant

with
who

these surroundings and prospects,

worth living

158

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


Life
!

Dear

sweet

Moment

gracious

Opportunity
the taking
!

brief Journey so well worth

gentle

Exile so well worth


are but

enduring

thy

bitterest sorrows
;

blessings in disguise

thy sharpest pains

are

brought upon us by ourselves,

and

even then are turned


guidance
;

to warnings for our

while above us, through us, and

around us radiates the Supreme Love, unalterably tender

These thoughts, and others


all

like

them,

more or

less

conducive to cheerfulness,
I

occupied

me
I

till

had finished dressing.

Melancholy was now no part of


otherwise
the appearance of the

my

nature,

might have been depressed by


weather and the
I

murkiness of the

air.

But since

learned

the simple secrets of physical electricity,

atmospheric influences have had no

effect

upon the equable poise of

my temperament
fellow-creatures

fact for

which

cannot be too grateful,


of

seeing

how many

my

permit themselves to be affected by changes

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
in the wind,

159

intense heat, intense cold, or

other things of the Hke character.


I

went down

to breakfast, singing softly


I

on

my

way, and
at

found

Zara already
table,

seated

the

head of her
occupied
in

while

Heliobas

was

reading

and

sorting a pile of letters that lay beside his


plate.

Both greeted

me

with their usual

warmth and
and
sister
I

heartiness.
repast,

During the
or twice
tears,

however, the brother


silent,

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, filled

of behaviour on the part of Leo,

me

with dismay.

He

had been

lying quietly at his master's feet for


time,

some

when he suddenly

arose, sat upright,


air,

and, lifting his nose in

uttered a most

prolonged and desolate howl.

Anything
despair-

more thoroughly heart-broken and


ing

than that cry

have never heard.


it,

After he had concluded

the poor animal

i6o

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.

seemed ashamed of what he had done,


and, creeping meekly along, with drooping

head and

tail,

he kissed his master's hand,


Finally,

then mine, and lastly Zara's.

he

went

into a distant corner


if

and lay down

again, as

his feelings

were altogether too

much
^'

for him.

Is
I

he

ill

?" I

asked pityingly.
'*

''

think not," replied Heliobas.


is

The
and

weather

peculiar
;

to-day

close,

almost thunderous
tible to

dogs are very suscep-

such changes."

At

that

moment

the page entered bearletter,

ing a silver salver, on which lay a

which he handed to his master and immediately retired.

Heliobas opened and read


*'

it.

Ivan regrets he cannot dine with us he


said,

to-day,"
*'

glancing at his

sister;

he

is

otherwise engaged.

He

says,

how-

ever, that

he hopes to have the pleasure

of looking in during the latter part of the

evening."

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.

i6i

Zara inclined her head gently, and made

no other

reply.

A few
table,

seconds afterwards we rose from

and Zara, linking her arm through


:

mine, said
*'

want

to

have a

talk with to

you while
room."

we can be

alone.

Come

my

We

went upstairs together, followed by

the wise yet doleful Leo,

who seemed

de-

termined not to
sight.

let his

mistress out of his

When we
me

arrived at our destination,

Zara pushed

gently into an easy-chair,


in

and seated herself


''

another one opposite.

am

going to ask a favour of you,"


''
;

she began

because

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, small or great.

She thanked me and resumed


*'

You
II.

know

have

been

working
past.

secretly in

my

studio for

some time
31

VOL.


i62

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS,


in the execution of

have been occupied

two designs
tended as a

one

is

finished,

and

is

in-

gift to

Casimir.

The'other
It is

"

she hesitated
colossal figure
first
'

" is incomplete.

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,

cannot carry out the

idea to

my

satisfaction.

Now,
I

dear,
I

pay

great attention

to

what
I

say.

have

reason to believe that


to

shall

be compelled

take

sudden journey
I

promise
will

me
that

that

when

am gone you

see

unfinished

statue

completely destroyed

demolished Into powder."


I

could not answer her for a minute or


I

two,
"
^'

was so surprised by her words.


?"
I

Going on a journey, Zara


if

said.

Well,

you

are,

suppose you

will

soon

return
statue

home
be

again

and why should your


In

destroyed

the

meantime
It

You may

yet be able to bring

to final

perfection.'*

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.

163

Zara shook her head and smiled half


sadly.
"
I

told

you

It

was a favour
**
;

had

to ask

of you," she said


willing to grant
"
I

and now you are un-

it."

am
I
I

not

unwilling

believe
It

me,

dearest,

would do anything
*'
;

to please

you,"

assured her

but

seems so

strange to
result

me

that

you should wish the

of

your labour destroyed, simply

because you are going on a journey."


*'

Strange as

It

seems,

desire

it

most
if

earnestly," said Zara; ''otherwise

but
I

you

will

not see

It

done

for

me,

must

preside at the

work of demolition
it

myself,

though

frankly confess

would be most

painful to me."
I

interrupted her.

"
will

Say no more, Zara


do
as

!"

exclaimed

" I

you wish.
"
I

When
gone,"

you are gone,


Zara
this

you say

"When
firmly, "

am

repeated

and before you yourself leave


.^12

i64

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.

house, you will see that particular statue destroyed.

You
I

will

thus do

me

a very

great service."

"Well,"

said,

''and
?

when

are
I

you
leave

coming
Paris
*'

back

again

Before

?"

hope so
;

think
rate,

so,"

she replied
shall

evasively

"at any

we
?" I

meet

again soon."
"

Where

are you going

asked.
glad,

She
"

smiled.

Such a

lovely,

and

triumphant smile

You

will

know my

destination before

to-night has passed away," she answered.

"In
mise
"
?

the meanwhile,

have your pro-

Most

certainly."

She kissed me, and


lurid
flash

as

she did

so,

caught
It

my

eyes

and almost
fiery

dazzled
lustre

them.

was a gleam of
jewel she wore.

from the

electric

The day went on


the weather

its

usual course, and

seemed

to

grow murkier every

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
hour.

165

The

air

was almost
I

sultry,

and

when during

the afternoon

went

into the

conservatory to gather some of the glorious

Marechal Niel roses that grew there

in

such perfection, the intense heat of the


place

was nearly insupportable.


all

saw

nothing of Heliobas

day, and after the

morning,

very

little

of Zara.

She
I

dis-

appeared soon

after luncheon,

and

could

not find her in her rooms nor in her studio,

though
times.

knocked
too,

at

the

door

several

Leo,

was

missing.
I

After

being alone for an hour or more,


I

thought

would pay a

visit to

the chapel.

But on
I

attempting to carry out this intention

found

its

doors locked

an unusual circumFancyvoices
all

stance which rather surprised me.

ing that
within,
I

heard the sounds of


listen.

paused to
silent.

But

was

profoundly
I

Strolling into the hall,

took up at random from a side-table


little

volume of poems, unknown


''

to

me,

called

Pygmalion

in

Cyprus

;"

and seating

t66

romance of TWO WORLDS.


in

myself

one of the luxurious Oriental


near
the
silvery
I

easy-chairs
fountain,
I

sparkling

began
at

to read.
'*

opened the
of Kisses,"

book

held

A
:

Ballad

which ran as follows

" There are three kisses that I call to mind.

And
The

I will sing their secrets as I go,

first,

a kiss too courteous to be kind,

such a kiss as monks and maidens know. As sharp as frost, as blameless as the snow.

Was
"

The second

kiss,

ah

God

I feel

it

yet,

And evermore my
The

soul will loathe the same,

toys and joys of fate I may forget. But not the touch of that divided shame
It clove

my hps it

burnt

me

like a flame.

"

The

third, the final kiss, is one I use Morning and noon and night, and not amiss. Sorrow be mine if such I do refuse And when I die, be Love enrapt in bliss Re-sanctified in heaven by such a kiss !"
!

This

little

gem, which

read and re-read

with pleasure, was only one of

many
his

in the

same
a

collection.

The

author was assuredly


I

man

of

genius.

studied

word-

melodies with intense interest, and noted


with

some

surprise

how

original

and

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
beautiful
similes.

167

were many of
I

his

fancies

and

say

noted them with surprise,


evidently a

because

he

was

modern

Englishman, and yet unlike any other of


his

writing species.

His name was not

Alfred Tennyson, nor

Edwin Arnold, nor Matthew Arnold, nor Austin Dobson, nor


Martin Tupper.

He
I

was neither

plagi-

arist

nor translator

he

was actually an

original

man.
I

do not give his name


it

here, as

consider

the duty of his

own

country to find him out and acknowledge


him, which, as
It is

so proud of
it

its

literary

standing, of course

will

do

In

due season.
them, and
verse

On
I

this,

my first

introduction to his poems,


In

became speedily absorbed


to

was repeating
which
I

myself softly a
:

remember now

"

Hers was sweetest of sweet faces. Hers the tenderest eyes of all In her hair she had the traces

Of

a heavenly coronal.

Bringing sunshine to sad places

Where

the sunlight could not

fall.'

i68

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS,


I

Then

was

startled
I

by the sound of a
and Rethe

clock striking

six.

bethought myself of
to dinner,
dress.

the people

who were coming

decided to go to
placing the
table
*'

my room

and
"

Pygmalion

book
it,

on

whence

had taken
I

made my

way

upstairs, thinking as

went of Zara
and wondering

and her strange


could
not

request,

what journey she was going upon.


I

come

to
;

any satisfactory
besides,
I

conclusion on this point

had a
it

curious disinclination to think about


earnestly,
to

very

though the subject kept recurring

my

mind.

Yet always some inward

monitor seemed to assure me, as plainly as

though the words were spoken


'*

in

my

ear

It

is

useless for
this,

you to consider the

reason of

or

the

meaning of
in

that.
;

Take things
thing
I
is

as they

come

due order

one

circumstance explains the other, and every-

always for the best."

prepared

my

Indian crepe dress for the


I

evening, the same

had worn

for

Madame

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
DIdler's party at

169

Cannes

only, instead of
it

having
with,
I

lilies

of the valley to ornament

arranged

some dusters
I

of

the

Marechal Niel roses


the
their
fect

had gathered from


blossoms,

conservatory

lovely

with

dewy

pale-gold centres forming per-

cups of delicious fragrance.

These,

relieved

by a few
fern,

delicate sprays of the


finish

maidenhair
to

formed a becoming

my

simple costume.

self,

and looked at
long mirror,
I

As I my own

arrayed myreflection in

the

smiled out of sheer

gratitude.

For

health, joyous

and vigorous,

sparkled in
tinted

my
lips,

eyes,

glowed on

my

and

The
glass

face that looked

my cheeks, rounded my figure. back at me from the


happy one, ready
to

was a

perfectly

dimple into glad mirth or bright laughter.

No shadow
it

of pain or care remained upon

to

remind

me

of past suffering, and


*'
:

murmured
**

half aloud
!"

Thank God

!"

Amen
I

said a soft voice, and, turning

round,

saw Zara.

lyo

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


shall
I

But how

describe

her

No

words can adequately paint the glorious


beauty
in

which, that night, she seemed to


in

move

as

an atmosphere of her own


clinging robe of the

creating.

She wore a

richest, softest

white satin, caught in at the

waist by a zone of pearls

pearls

which,

from their
priceless.

size

and

purity,

must have been


neck and arms

Her

beautiful

were bare, and twelve rows of pearls were


clasped round her slender throat, support-

ing in their centre the electric stone, which

shone with a

soft,

subdued radiance,

like
rich,

the light of the

young moon.
in

Her

dark hair was arranged

in its usual fashion

that
which
in

is,

hanging down
this

one thick

plait,

on

occasion

was

braided

and out with small


orange-blossoms
I

pearls.

On
of

her

bosom she wore a magnificent


natural
;

cluster of

and

these,
I

while

gazed admiringly

at her,

first

spoke
**

You

look

like

a bride, Zara

You

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
have
all

171

the outward signs of one

white
come
and
I

satin, pearls,

and orange-blossoms

!"

She
"

smiled.

They

are the

first

cluster that has


"
;

out in our conservatory," she said

could not resist them.

As

for the pearls,

they belonged to

my
;

mother, and are

my
is

favourite ornaments

and white

satin

now no
soft

longer exclusively for brides.


is
!

How
Your

and pretty that Indian crepe

toilette is

charming, and suits you to per-

fection.
"

Are you
I

quite ready

?"

Quite,"

answered.

She

hesitated

and sighed.

Then she

raised her lovely eyes with a sort of wistful

tenderness.
" Before to kiss
I

we go down

should like you

me

once," she said.


fondly,

embraced her

and our

lips

met
?"

with a lingering sisterly caress.


"

You

will

never forget me,


''

will

you

she asked almost anxiously;


to think of

never cease

me

kindly

?"


172

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS,


fanciful
said.

"How
dear
I
!"

you are

to-night,

Zara
!

"

As

if I

could forget you

shall

always think of you as the loveliest


in the world."

and sweetest woman


"

And when
?"

am

out of the world

what then

she pursued.
spiritual

Remembering her
I

sympathies,

answered
"

at

once
I

Even then
I

shall

of the fairest of the

know you to be one angels. So you see,

Zara darling,
''

shall

always love you."


;

think you will," she said meditatively

**you are one of us.


voices

But come!

hear

downstairs.

think our expected

guests have arrived, and

we must be

in

the drawing-room to receive them.


bye,
little

Good-

friend

!"

And

she again kissed

me.
"

Good-bye
;

!"

repeated
'

in

astonish-

ment
*'

"

why good-bye
^

?'*

Because

it is

my fancy to
good-bye
!"

say the word,"


**

she replied with quiet firmness. dear


little friend,

Again,

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
I felt

173

bewildered, but she would not give

me
took

time to utter another syllable.

She

hand and hurried me with her downstairs, and in another moment we


were both
and saying
in the

my

drawing-room, receiving

polite nothings to the


all

Everards

and Challoners, who had


gether,

arrived to-

resplendent
I

in

evening costume.
little

Amy
tired

Everard,

thought, looked a

and fagged, though she rejoiced

in

superb "arrangement" by Worth of ruby


velvet and salmon-pink.
perfect dress
is

But,

though a

there are times


effect
;

women, 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,
level

but dwindles insignificantly to


of a mere
tailor,

whose

prices are
state

ruinous.

And
in

this, I

think,

was the

of

mind

which Mrs. Everard found her;

self that

evening

or else she was a

trifle

jealous of Zara's harmonious grace and loveliness.

Be

this as

it

may, she was

irritable,

174

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


fault

and whisperlngly found


being
'*

with

me
if

for

in

such good health.


will

You

have too much colour

you

don't take care," she said almost pettishly,


''

and nothing
"
I

is
I

so unfashionable."
replied with

know

!"

due meekness.

*'

It is

very bad style to be quite well

it is

almost improper."

She looked
smile
lighted

at

me, and a glimmering


features.
to

her

But

she

would not permit herself

become good-

humoured, and she furled and unfurled her


fan of pink ostrich feathers with
patience.
'^

some imthose

Where

did

that

child

get

all

pearls from ?" she

next inquired, with a

gesture of her head towards Zara.

"They belonged
answered, smiling as

to
I

her

mother,"

heard Zara called


her real age.

ckz/d,

knowing, as
is

did,

"

She

actually wearing a small fortune

on her person," went on


her brother allows her.

Amy

*'
;

wonder

Girls never under-

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
stand
the

175

value

of things

of
till

that

sort.
is

They
I

should be kept for her


to appreciate them."

she

old

enough

made no

reply

was absorbed
at

in

watching

Heliobas,

who

that

moment

entered the room accompanied by Father


Paul.

He
I

greeted his guests with warmth


all

and unaffected heartiness, and


were,

present

could see, at once fascinated by the

dignity of his presence and the


his

charm of
but to

manner.

To

an uninstructed eye there


;

was nothing unusual about him

me

there was a change in his expression which,


as
it

were, warned and startled me.


in his

A deep

shadow of anxiety

eyes

made them
;

look more sombre and less keen

his smile

was not so sweet as

it

was

stern,

and there
very
?

was an undefinable something


bearing that suggested

in his

what

Defiance

Yes. defiance
I

and
it,

it

was

this which,

when

had realized

curiously alarmed me.

For what had

he,

Heliobas, to
.^

do with
all

even the thought of defiance

Did not

176

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.

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, so brance What let him not fail to hear my voice."
the

words spoken

to

*'

if

he should

fail ?

kind of

instinct

came
danger

upon
of

me
this

that

some

Immediate

threatened

him,

and

braced myself up to a firm determination


that,
if

this

was

so,

I,

out of

my

deep

gratitude to him, would do


to

my

utmost best

warn him

in time.

While these thoughts


of gay conversation

possessed me, the

hum
like

went on, and Zara's bright laughter ever


and again broke
Father Paul,
too,

music on the

air.

proved himself to be of

quite a festive and jovial disposition, for he

made

himself agreeable to Mrs. Challoner

and her daughters, and entertained them


with the ease and bonhomie of an accomplished courtier and

man

of the world.

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
Dinner was announced
in the usual

177

way

that
by the

is,

with the sound of music played

electric

instrument devoted to that

purpose,

performance

which
all

elicited

much admiration
Heliobas led
the

from

the
the

guests.

way

into
;

dining-

room with Mrs. Everard

Colonel Eve-

rard followed, with Zara on one

arm and
;

the eldest Miss Challoner on the other

Mr. Challoner and myself came next

and

Father Paul, with Mrs. Challoner and her


other daughter Effie, brought up the rear.

There was a universal murmur of surprise


and
view
deliofht
;

as
its

the

dinner-table

came

in

and

arrangement was indeed a


In the centre was placed a

triumph of

art.

large round of crystal in imitation of a lake,

and on

this apparently floated a beautiful

gondola steered by the figure of a gondolier,

both exquisitely wrought


glass.

in

fine

Venetian

The gondola was

piled

high with a cargo of roses; but the wonder


of
it

all
II.

was, that the whole design

was

VOL.

32

78

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


electricity.

lit

up by

Electric

sparkles,

like drops of dew,

shone on the leaves of


lit

the flowers
to

the gondola was


electric
stars,

from end

end with
below

which were
in

reflected with prismatic

brilliancy

the

crystal

the gondolier's

long pole

glittered with

what appeared by the


an

to

be drops

of water tinged

moonlight, but

which was

really

electric wire,

and

in

his cap flashed an electric diamond.

The

whole

ornament

scintillated

and glowed

like a marvellous piece of curiously con-

trived jewel-work.

And

this

was not

all.

Beside every guest at table a slender vase,

shaped

like a

long-stemmed Nile

lily,

held

roses and ferns, in which were hidden tiny


electric stars, causing the

blossoms to shine
fairy-like

with a transparent
lustre.

and almost

Four graceful youths,

clad in the

Armeseated,

nian costume, stood waiting silently round


the
table
till

all

present

were

and then they commenced the business of

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.

179

serving the viands, with swift and noiseless


dexterity.

As soon

as the soup

was handed
and
the

round, tongues
Challoners,

were

loosened,

who had been gazing


relieve
their

at every-

thing

In

almost

open-mouthed astonishfeelings

ment, began to

by

warm
tion,

expressions
In

of unqualified admira-

which Colonel and Mrs. Everard


join.
I

were not slow to


'*

do

say,

and

will say, this

beats

all

Tve ever

seen," said

good Mrs. Challoner


glittering vase

as she bent to

examine the

of flowers near her plate.


real
electric
?"

''And
Is
It

this Is

light

And

perfectly

harmless

Hellobas smilingly assured her of the


safety of his table decorations.
" Electricity,"

he

said, "
Is

though the most

powerful of masters.
slaves.
It
Is

the most docile of

capable of the smallest as


It

well as of the greatest uses.

can give
;

with equal certainty


it Is

life

or death

In fact,

the key-note of creation."


^2

i8o

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


that

'Ms
" It

your

theory,

sir?"

asked

Colonel Everard.
is

not only
It

my

theory," answered

Heliobas, "

Is

a truth, Indisputable and

unalterable, to those

who have
all

studied the

mysteries of electric science."


'*

And do you

base

your medical
pursued the

treatment on
Colonel.
**

this principle ?"

Certainly.
to

Your young

friend

here,

who came
If

me

from Cannes, looking as


live,

she had but a few months to

can

bear witness to the efficacy of

my

method."

Every eye was now turned upon me, and


I

looked up and laughed.


'*

Do

you

remember, Amy,"

said,

addressing Mrs. Everard, ''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,"

she replied.
to

was going

say,"

remarked Mr.
manner, " that

Challoner

In his deliberate

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
you remind
painting
of

i8i

me

very much of
that
I

a small
in

Diana

saw

the the

Louvre the other day.

You have

same

sort of elasticity in

your movements,

and the same bright healthy eyes."


I

bowed,

still

smiling.

"

did not

know
!

you were such a

flatterer,
!"

Mr. Challoner

Diana thanks you

The

conversation

now became

general,

and turned, among other

subjects,

upon

the growing reputation of Raffaello Cellini.

"What
man,"
colouring.

surprises

me

in

that
*'

young
is

said
It

Colonel
is

Everard,

his

simply marvellous.
to
;

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."

shining through

The
curved
'*

fine in a

sensitive

mouth
dear

of

Heliobas

somewhat

sarcastic smile.
sir
*'

Mere

trickery,

my

a piece of
is

clap-trap," he said lighdy.

That

what

i82

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS,

would be said of such pictures


at
least.

is

in

England

And

it

zaiVl

be said by many

oracular long-established newspapers, while


Cellini lives.

As soon

as he
will

dead

ah

ces^ autre chose !

he

then most pro-

bably be acknowledged the greatest master


of the age.
'

There may even be a

Cellini

School of Colouring,' where a select comwill profess to

pany of daubers

know
It is

the

secret that has died with him.

the

way

of the world

!"

Mr.

Challoner's

rugged

face

showed

signs of satisfaction, and his shrewd eyes

twinkled.
**

Right you

are, sir

!"
*'

he
I

said,

holding

up
Sir,

his glass of wine.


I

drink to you

agree with you!

calculate there's

good many worlds

flying

round

in space,

but a

more

ridiculous, feeble-minded, conI

trary sort of world than this one,

defy

any archangel

to find

!"

Heliobas laughed, nodded, and after a


slight

pause resumed

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
" 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.


simple thing there
yet
is

In

that

a secret, which

as

they

do

not

guess

a
which

wonderful,

beautiful, scientific secret,

may

per-

haps take them a few hundred years to


find out.

In the meantime they have got


;

hold of one end of the thread

they can
they can
far

make luminous
important
will

paint,

and with

it

paint light-houses, and, what

is

more

ships.

Vessels

in

mid-ocean

have no more need of fog-signals and


;

different-coloured lamps

their

own

coat of
safely

paint will be sufficient to light

them

on

their way.

Even rooms can be so


be perfectly luminous at

painted
night.

as

to

friend of mine, residing in Italy,

has a luminous ball-room, where the ceiling


is

decorated with
light.

moon and
effect
is

stars

in

electric

The

exceedingly

lovely

and though people think a great

i84

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


money must have been
it

deal of

laid

out
ball-

upon

it,

is

perhaps the only great

room

in

Italy that has

been

really cheaply
is

fitted up.

But, as

said before, there

another secret
discovery
which,
tionize
^*

behind

the

invention

or

of

luminous

paint

secret

when once
all

unveiled, will

revolu-

the schools of art in the world."


this secret ?"

Do

you know

asked Mrs.

Challoner.
" Yes,
"

madame perfectly." Then why don't you disclose


demanded

it

for

the benefit of everybody?"

Effie

Challoner.
''

Because,

would

my dear young lady, believe me if I did. The


it.

no one
time
is

not yet ripe for


till its
'*

The world must


1"

wait

people are better educated."

Better
''

educated

exclaimed
is

Mrs.

Everard.

Why,

there

nothing talked
1

of nowadays but education and progress

The

very children are


!"

wiser than

their

parents

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
"

185

The

children

!"

returned HeHobas, half


"

inquiringly, half indignantly.

At

the rate

things are going, there will


children
old
left
;

soon

be no
little

they

will all

be tired

men and women before they are in their teens. The very babes will be born old. Many of them are being brought up without any faith in God or religion the
;

result will

be an increase of vice and crime.

The

purblind philosophers, miscalled wise


light

men, who teach the children by the


of poor

human

reason only, and do away

with faith in spiritual things, are bringing

down upon

the generations to

come an unChild-

looked-for and most

terrific curse;

hood, the happy, innocent, sweet, unthinking,

almost angelic age, at which Nature


in fairies

would have us believe

and

all

the
are,
I

delicate aerial fancies of poets,


after
all,

who

the only true sages

childhood,

say,

is

being gradually stamped out under

the cruel iron heel of the Period

a period

not of wisdom, health, or beauty, but one


i86

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.

of drunken delirium, in which the world

rushes feverishly along,

its

eyes fixed on

one hard,
Gold.
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.

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,
is

There

beggars

but they are hum-

bugs

there

poverty in
it ?

many

places, but

why
coin

seek to relieve

Why

lessen the

sparkling heaps of gold by so


?

much
then

as a
!

Accumulate and ever accumulate


so,

Live

and then

die

And
full

who
last

knows what then


His
words
voice

?"

had

been

of

ringing

eloquence as he spoke, but at these


it

sank into a low,

thrilling tone of

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
solemnity and earnestness.
at him, fascinated
silent.

187

We

all

looked

by

his

manner, and were

Mr. Challoner was the


impressive pause.
''

first

to

break the

I'm not a speaker,


'*

sir,"

he observed
feel-

slowly,

but I've got a good deal of


;

ing somewheres

and

you'll allow

me

to

say that

feel

your words

think they're
to say

right true.

I've often

wanted

what
clear

you've said, but haven't seen


to
it.

my way
what we

Anyhow,

I've

had a very general


that
call

impression about

me

Society has of late years been going, per

express service, direct to the devil


ladies will excuse

if

the

me
I

for plain speaking.


is

And

as

the journey

being taken by

choice and free-will,

suppose there's no
Besides,
free

hindrance or stoppage possible.


it's

downward
John

line,

and curiously

from obstructions."
" Bravo,
loner.
**

!"

exclaimed

Mrs. Chal!

You

are actually

coming out

i88

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


heard

never
before."
''

you

Indulge

in

similes

Well,

my
is

dear/' returned her husband,

somewhat

gratified, ''better late

than never.
isn't

simile

a good thing

if

it

over-

crowded.

For

instance,

Mr. Swinburne's

similes are laid

on too thick sometimes.


all

There

is

a verse of his which, with


I

my

admiration for him,


fathom.
It
is

never could quite

where he earnestly desires


any
tree
;

to be as 'anj' leaf of
that,

or, failing
*

he wouldn't mind becoming


deep,

as bones

under the

sharp sea'

tried

hard to

see the point of that, but couldn't

fix it."

We

all

laughed.

Zara,

thought, was
loveliest.

especially merry,

and looked her

She made an
in

excellent hostess, and exerted

herself to the utmost to

charm

an

effort

which she

easily succeeded.

The shadow on
Jioticed

the face of her brother


I

had not disappeared, and once or twice


that

Father Paul looked

at

him

with a certain kindly anxiety.

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
The
dessert,
fruit,

189

dinner approached
with
its

its

end.

The

luxurious dishes of rare

such as peaches, plantains, hothouse

grapes, and even strawberries, was served,

and with

it

a delicious

sparkling

topaz-

tinted wine of Eastern origin called Kriila,

which was poured out


glass
goblets,
ice.

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.


goblet was
filled,

When
it

Zara's

she held

up smiling,

and said
"

"I have a

toast to propose."
!"

Hear, hear

murmured

the gentlemen,

Heliobas excepted.
''

To

our next merry meeting

!"

and as

she said this she kissed the rim of the cup,

and made a sign as though wafting


wards her brother.

it

to-

He

started as

if

from a reverie, seized


off its contents to

his glass,

and drained

the last drop.

I90

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


to

Everyone responded with heartiness


Zara's
toast,

and then Colonel Everard


fair

proposed the health of the

hostess,

which was drunk with enthusiasm.


After this Zara gave the signal, and
all

the ladies rose to adjourn to the drawing-

room.
out,

As

passed Heliobas on
so

my way
almost

he looked

sombre
I

and

threatening of aspect, that

ventured to

whisper
"
"

Remember Azul

!"

She has forgotten me

/"

he muttered.
earnestly.

''Never
''

never
!

I"

said
is

Oh,
:

Heliobas

what

wrong with

you

He made
Zara.
scarcely

no answer, and there was no


I

opportunity to say more, as

had

to follow
I

But

felt

very anxious, though


I

knew why, and

lingered at the

door and glanced back


so,

at him.

As

did

a low,

rumbling sound,
off,

like chariot-

wheels rolling afar our ears.

broke suddenly on

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
*'

191

Thunder,"
"
I

remarked

Mr.

Challoner
It.

quietly.
It

thought we should have

has been unnaturally

warm

all

day.

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

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,

grew
to

and braced

my

energies

192

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


something,

oppose
what.

though

knew

not

Zara was showing her lady-vIsItors a


large

album of

Italian

photographs, and

explaining them as she turned the leaves.

As
to
'*

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

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,

suppose
''

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

request

which Mrs. Challoner and her daughters

eagerly joined.

As

to the piano

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

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

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

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.

was greeted by a

little

of

196

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.


DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
197

Amy
dismay.
"

Everard uttered a

little

shriek of

Oh, don't open the blinds


''

!"

she ex-

claimed.

It is really

dangerous*!"

Heliobas glanced at her with


sarcastic smile.
"

little

Take a
if

seat

on the other side of the

room,

you are alarmed, madame," he

said quietly, placing a chair in the position

he suggested, which

Amy accepted

eagerly.

She would,

believe,

have gladly taken


it.

refuge in the coal-cellar had he offered


Zara, in the meantime,

who had
blinds,

not heard
fear,

Mrs.

Everard's exclamation of

had

drawn up one of the


silently looking out

and stood
night.

upon the

In-

we all joined her, with the exception of Amy, and looked out also. The skies were very dark a faint, moanstinctively
;

ing wind stirred the tops of the leafless


trees
;

but

there

was

no

rain.

dry

volcanic heat pervaded the atmosphere


in fact

we

felt

the air so

stifling,

that Heli-


198

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.

obas threw open the window altogether,


saying, as he did so
:

" In a thunderstorm,

it

is

safer to
;

have
one

the windows open than shut

besides,

cannot suffocate."

brilHant glare of light flashed suddenly


vision.

upon our

The heavens seemed


fire

torn open from end to end, and a broad

lake of pale blue


heart
for a

lay quivering in the

of the mountainous black clouds

second only.

An

on-rushing, ever-

increasing, rattling roar of thunder ensued,

that
all

seemed

to

shake

the:

very earth, and

was again darkness.


''This
is

magnificent!" cried Mrs. Chal-

loner,

who, with her family, had travelled

a great deal, and was quite accustomed to


hurricanes and other inconveniences caused

by the unaccommodating behaviour of the


elements.
"
it
I

don't think
dear,

ever saw any-

thing like

we saw
than

at

even that storm John Chamounix was not any better

this.''

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
*'

199

Well," returned her husband medita*'you see

tively,

we had
effect

the

snow mounlively.

tains there,

and the
were

was pretty
echoes
!

Then

there

the

those
used to

cavernous echoes were grand


that passage
in

What was
I

Job, Effie, that

say they reminded


"
*

me

of

?"

The

pillars

of heaven tremble, and


.
.

are astonished at His reproof

The

thunder of His
stand
?'

power,

who can under"


I

" replied Effie

Challoner reverently.
opine that

"That's

it!"

he replied.

Job was pretty correct


you,
Paul.

in his

ideas
to

don't
Father
his

reverend

sir ?"

turning

The
*'

priest

nodded,

and held up

finger warningly.

That lady
I

Mrs. Everard
Amy
in

is

going to
''

sing or play,

think," he observed.

Shall

we
I
I

not keep

silence ?"

looked towards

some

surprise.
I

knew she sang very

prettily,

but

had

thought she was rendered too nervous by

"

200

A ROMANCE OF

TWO WORLDS.
sit

the storm to do aught than


chair.

quiet in her
at

However, there she was


and
in

the

piano,

another

moment her
**

fresh,

sweet mezzo-soprano rang softly


the

through

room
!"

in Tosti's plaintive song,

Good-

bye

We listened,

but none of us

moved
still

from the open window where we

in-

haled what air there was, and watched the

lowering sky.
"

Hush
*
'

a voice from the far-away,


it

Listen and learn,'

seems

to say

All the to-morrows shall be as to-day,'

sang

Amy

with pathetic sweetness.


if

Zara

suddenly moved, as
position

oppressed, from her

among

us as

we

stood clustered

together,

and stepped

out

through

the

French windows
"

into the outside balcony,

her head uncovered to the night.

You
I

will catch cold

!"

Mrs. Challoner

and

both called to her simultaneously. She


at us
;

shook her head, smiling back


folding her arms lightly

and,

on the stone balus-

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
trade, leaned there

and looked up

at

the

clouds.
"

The

link

Good-bye

must break, and the lamp must die Good-bye good-bye !" to Hope
!

Amy's voice was a


one, and on
this
its

peculiarly thrilling

occasion

sounded with

more than

usual

tenderness.

What

with her singing and the invisible presence


of the storm, an utter silence possessed us

not one of us cared


side in the
thing, as
I

to

move.
sister's

Heliobas once stepped to his

open balcony, and said somethought, to warn her against

taking cold

but

It

was a very brief whisper,


to his

and he almost Immediately returned


place amongst us.

Zara looked very lovely


light

out there

the

coming

from

the

interior of the

room glistened

softly

on the

sheen of her satin dress and


of pearls
;

its

ornaments
her bosom

and the

electric stone on

shone

faintly like a star

on a rainy evening.

Her

beautiful face, turned

upwards

to the

202

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS,


in

angry sky, was half


shade
;

light

and half

in

a smile parted her

lips,

and her

eyes were bright with a look of interest

and expectancy.
but this time
as

Another sudden

glare,
;

and the clouds were again broken asunder


in a

jagged and hasty manner,

though a naked sword had been thrust

through them and immediately withdrawn.


''

That was a nasty

flash," said

Colonel

Everard, with an observant glance at the


lovely
Juliet-like

figure

on the balcony.

" Mademoiselle,
in ?"

had you not better come

"

When
said,

it

begins to rain

will

come

in,"
I

she

without changing her posture. "

hear the singing so well out here. Besides,


I

love the storm.'^

A
time

tumultuous crash
for its uproar

of

thunder,

tre-

mendous
it

and the length of


at

was prolonged, made us look

each other again with anxious faces.


"

What
Kiss

are

we

waiting for

me

straight

? Oh, my heart on the brows and part

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
Again
!

205

again,

my

heart,

my

heart
I ?

What

we waiting for, you and pleading look a stifled cry


are
!

Good-bye

for ever

"

Horror
serpent of

what was that


fire
?

Hthe swift

twisting venomously through

the dark heavens

Zara raised her arms,

looked

up,

smiled,

and

fell

senseless
we
when

With such

appalling suddenness that

had scarcely recovered from the blinding


terror of that forked lightning-flash,

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, and


tenderly
that

laid

down upon the nearest sofa. At moment a deafening, terrific thunderonly


in

clap

one

as

if

a huge bombshell

had burst
under our

the
;

air,

shook the ground

feet

and then, with a swish and

swirl of long pent-up

and suddenly-released

wrath,

down came

the rain.

204

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


in a last
'^

Amy's voice died away


bye
"
!"

Good-

and she rushed from the piano, with


lips,
?

pale face and trembling

gasping out

What
?"

has happened

What

Is

the

matter
"

She has been stunned by a


I

lightning-

flash,"
I

said, trying to

speak calmly, while

loosened Zara's dress and sprinkled her

forehead with

eau

de

Cologne from

a
to

scent-bottle Mrs. Challoner

had handed

me.

''

She

will

recover in a few minutes."

But

my

limbs trembled under me, and

tears, in

spite of myself, forced their

way

Into

my

eyes.

Heliobas meanwhile
white
the

his

countenance

and

set

as

a marble
pulled

mask

shut
the

window

fiercely,

down

blind and
close.

drew the heavy

silken curtains
sister's

He

then approached his

senseless form, and, taking her wrist tenderly, felt for her pulse.

We

looked on

In

the deepest anxiety.

The

Challoner girls
to cry.

shivered

with

terror,

and began

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.

205

Mrs. Everard, with more self-possession,


clipped a handkerchief in cold water
laid
It

and

on Zara's temples

but no faint sigh


lips

parted the set yet smiling


life

no

sign of

was

visible.

All this

while the rain

swept down

in

gusty torrents and rattled

furiously against the

window-panes

while

the wind, no longer a moan, had risen into

a shriek, as of baffled yet vindictive anger.

At

last
I

Heliobas spoke.
skill

"

should be glad of other medical

than

my

own," he
" This

said, in

low and

stifled

accents.
fit."

may be
at

a long fainting-

Mr.

Challoner

once

proffered

his

services.
*'

I'll

go

for
;

you anywhere you


*'

like,"

he

said cheerily

and

think

my

wife and

daughters had better come with me.


carriage
is

Our
It will

sure to be in waiting.

be necessary for the lady to have perfect


quiet

when she

recovers,

and

visitors are
I

best away.

You need

not be alarmed,

2o6

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


By
her colour
it

am
is

sure.

is

evident she
I

only in a swoon.
?"

What

doctor shall

send

Heliobas named one

Dr.

Morini,

lo,

Avenue de
" Right
!

I'Alma.

He

shall
girls

be here
!

straight.

Come, wife come,


we'll

Mrs. Everard,

send back our carriage for you and

the Colonel.

Good-night!

We'll

call to-

morrow and

inquire after mademoiselle."

Heliobas gratefully pressed his hand as

he withdrew, and
with

his wife

and daughters,
followed
all

whispered farewells,

him.

We
near

who were
Zara,

left

behind

remained

doing

everything

we

could

think of to restore animation to that senseless

form.

Some
at

of

the

servants,

too,

hearing what had happened, gathered in a


little

cluster

the

drawing-room

door,

looking with pale and alarmed faces at the


death-like figure of their beautiful mistress.

Half an hour or more must have passed


this

in

manner

within the

room there was

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
a dreadful silence

207

but

outside

the

rain

poured down

in

torrents,

and the savage

wind howled and tore

at the

windows

like

a besieging army. Suddenly

Amy Everard,

who had been

quietly

and

skilfully assisting

me

in

rubbing Zara's hands and bathing


faint,

her forehead, grew

staggered,

and

would have
"

fallen

had not her husband

caught her on his arm.


I

am

frightened,"
it

she gasped.
looks
so
still,

*'

cannot
she
if
is

she growing
bear

and

rigid, like
!"

a corpse

Oh,

she should be dead

And

she hid her

face

on her husband's
that

breast.

At

moment we heard

the grating of
;

wheels on the gravel outside


Challoners' carriage returned.

it

was the
coach-

The

man,
at

after depositing his

master and family


rapidly

the

Grand Hotel, had driven

back

in the teeth of the stinging sleet

and

rain to bring the

message that Dr. Morini Everard

would be with us as soon as possible.


''

Then,"

whispered

Colonel

2o8

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


**

gently to me,
is

I'll

take

Amy
it's

home.

She
with

thoroughly upset, and

no use having
I'll

her going off into hysterics.


Challoner to-morrow
;"

call

and with a kindly


all,

parting nod of encouragement to us

he

slipped sofdy out of the room, half leading,


half carrying his trembling wife
;

and

in a

couple of minutes

we heard
with

the carriage

again drive away.


Left

alone at
I,

last

Heliobas and

Father Paul,

kneeling at the side of


their

my

darling Zara, looked into

faces for

comfort, but found none.

The
the

dry-eyed

despair on

the
to

countenance of Heliobas
the
heart
;

pierced

me me

pitying,

solemn expression of the venerable priest


touched
as with icy cold.

The

lovely,

marble-like whiteness and stillness of the


figure before
terror.

me

filled

me

with a vague

Making a strong
I

effort to control
:

my

voice,

called in a low, clear tone

-Zara! Zara!"

No

sign

not

the faintest flicker of an

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
eyelash
!

209

Only the sound of the

falling rain

and the moaning wind


long ago ceased.
attracted

the

thunder had

Suddenly a something
which
first

my

gaze,

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.

Grasping

meaning

of

this,
I

with

overwhelming

instinctive

rapidity,

sprang up and caught the arm

of Heliobas.

''You
''

you!"
Ivan

whispered

hurriedly.

Yoic

can restore her!


Prince
;

Do

as

you did

with

you can

That stone she wears


out of
it.

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, you can bring

back.
!"

Quick

quick

You have the power He looked at me with burning


;

grief-

haunted eyes

and a sigh that was almost


lips.

a groan escaped his


''

have
II.-

710

power," he

said.

"

Not over
34

VOL.

2IO

A
I

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


told

her.

you she was dominated by a


than
mine.

higher

force

What

can
I

do

Nothing

worse than nothing


him
in

/ am

utterly helpless."
I

stared at

a kind of desperate

horror.
**

Do

you mean
is

to

tell

me,"

said
?"

slowly, " that she

dead

utterly

dead

He
tone
:

was about

to

answer,

when ore

of

the watching servants announced in a low


*'

Dr. Morini."
a wiry, keen-eyed
quick,

The new-comer was


little

Italian

his
all

movements were
to

decisive,

and

the point

of action.

The
little

first

thing he did was to scatter the


left,

group of servants right and

and

send
next,

them about
to

their

business.

The
room came
his
:

close
all

the

doors of

the

against
straight

intrusion.

He

then

up

to Heliobas,

and pressing
briefly
?"

hand
'*

in a friendly

manner, said
this

How

and when did

happen

Heliobas told him

in as

few words as

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
possible.

211

Dr.

Morini
form,

then

bent

over
her
ear

Zara's
features

lifeless

and

examined
laid

attentively.

He

his

against

her heart and listened.

Finally,

he caught sight of the round, lustreless


pebble

hanging

at

her neck

suspended

by

its

strings of pearl.
;

Very gently he

moved this aside looked, and beckoned us to come and look also. Exactly on the
spot where the electric stone had rested,

a small circular mark, like a black bruise,


tainted

the

fair

soft

skin

mark

no

larger than a small finger-ring.


"

Death by
"

electricity," said

Dr. Morini

quietly.

Must have been

instantaneous.
electric

The
is,

lightning-flash, or

downward
where

current, lodged itself here,

this

mark
heart.
fatal.

and passed directly through the


painless,

Perfectly

but

of

course

She has been dead some time." And, replacing the stone ornament
its

in

former position, he stepped back with


at

a suggestive glance

Father Paul.

342

212

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


and saw

listened

but
?

was

In

a state of

stupefaction.

Dead

My

beautiful, gay,
I

strong Zara dead?


beside her;
I

Impossible!

knelt

called her again

and again
I

by every endearing and tender name


could think of;
I

kissed her sweet


Ice,

lips.

Oh, they were cold as


blood
!

and
I

chilled

my
and

As one
;

In a

dream,
her

saw Hellobas
forehead

advance

he

kissed

mouth

he reverently unclasped the pearls


her
throat,

from about

and with

them

took off the electric stone.

Then Father
now
so

Paul stepped slowly forward, and in place


of that once brilliant gem,
destitute of
fire,

dim and

he

laid

a crucifix upon

the fair and gentle breast, motionless for


ever.

At
and

sight

of this sacred

symbol, some
In

tense cord
I

seemed

to
:

snap

my
That

brain,

cried out wildly

'^Oh, no, no!

Not
Is

that!
!

is

for

the dead

Zara

not dead
;

It

Is

all

mistake

a mistake

she

will

be quite well

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
presently
;

213

and she

will

smile and

tell

you
!

how foolish you were to think her dead Dead ? She cannot be dead it is impos;

sible

quite

impossible

!"

And
tears.

broke

into a passion of sobs

and

Very gently and kindly Dr. Morini drew

me

away, and by dint of friendly persua-

sion, in

which there was also a good deal

of firm determination, led

me

into the hall,


cflass

where he made me swallow a

of wine.

As

could not control


:

my

sobs, he spoke

with some sternness


" Mademoiselle,

you can do no good by


manner.

giving

way

in

this

Death

is
it

a
is

very beautiful and solemn thing, and


irreverent
to

show unseemly passion

in

such a great Presence.


friend

You
to

loved your

let

it

be a comfort

you that she

died painlessly.
to
assist in

Control yourself, in order


last

rendering her the


;

few

gentle services necessary


sole the desolate brother,

and

try to con-

who

looks in real

need of encouragement."

214

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


last

These
back

words roused me.

forced

my

tears,

and dried
I

my

eyes.

" I will,

Dr. Morini,"
'^

said, in a

trem-

bling voice.

am ashamed
I

to

be so

weak.
will

I
it.

do

know what You may

ought

to do,

and

trust

me."

He
''

looked at
is
I

me

approvingly.
briefly.
I
''

That

well,"

he said

And
say
grief

now, as

am

of no use here,

will

good-night.
is

Remember, excessive
;

mere

selfishness

resignation

Is

hero-

ism."

He
task
I

was gone.

nerved myself to the

had before me, and within an hour

the fair casket of what had been Zara lay

on an open bier
burning around
it

in the little chapel, lights

it,

and flowers strewn above

in

mournful profusion.

We

had

left

her body arrayed in


;

its

white satin garb

the cluster of orangestill

blossoms she had gathered

bloomed
crucifix

upon the cold


lay
;

breast,

where the

but In the tresses of the long dark

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.

Some
tall

of the weeping servants


in
little

had assembled, and knelt about


groups.
lit,

The

candles on the altar were


Paul,

and

Father

clad

in

mourningin silence.
still

priestly vestments,

prayed there

The storm
shook and
tempest.

of rain the

and wind

raged

without, and

windows of the chapel

rattled with the violence of the

distant clock struck

One

with a deep
I

clang that echoed throughout the house.

shuddered.
since Zara
I

So

short a time had elapsed


alive

had been

and well

now,

could not bear to think that she was gone

from

me

for ever. for

For

ever, did

say

No, 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


?

2i6

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


There was no one seated
;

wonderment.
Hghts on the
burnt steadily
;

at the instrument

it

was shut

close.

The

altar

and round the bier

the motionless figure of the


;

priest before the tabernacle

the praying
all

servants

of

the

household

was un-

changed.
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.

rose softly, and

touched one of the kneeling domestics on


the shoulder.
"

Did you hear the organ


looked up at

?" I said.

The woman
ful,
*'

me

with tear-

alarmed eyes.

No, mademoiselle.''
paused, listening.

The music grew

louder and louder, and surged round


in

me

waves of melody.
it

Evidently no one in
but myself.
I

the chapel heard

looked

about for Heliobas, but he had not entered.

He was

most probably

in his study,

whither

he had retired

to grieve in secret

when we

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
had borne Zara's body
of dreamless sleep.
to its present

217

couch

These sounds were meant


then
died
?
I

for

me

alone

waited, and the music gradually


;

away

and as

resumed
all

my

kneeling
silence,

position

by the bier

was again

save for the unabated raging of the storm.

A
hold
I

strange

calmness
invisible
tearless.
I

now

fell

on

my
to

spirits.

Some
still
it

hand seemed

me

and
now.

Zara was dead.


to consider that
fate beforehand.

realized

began

she must have

known her

This was what she had meant when she


said

she was going on a journey.


I

The
I

more

thought of
I

this the quieter

be-

came, and

hid

my

face in

my

hands and

prayed earnestly.

touch

roused

me

an

imperative,

burning touch.

An

airy brightness, like a


falling
!

light cloud with sunshine


it,

through
I

hovered above Zara's bier


;

gazed
lips to

breathlessly

could not

move my

utter a sound.

face looked at

me


2i8

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


!

face angelically beautiful

It
I

smiled.

stretched out

my
!

hands
to

struggled for
:

speech, and
'*

managed

whisper

Zara, Zara

you have come back

!"

Her

voice, so sweetly familiar,

answered

me
''

To

life ?

Ah, never, never again

am

too happy to return.

But save him


to

save

my
;

brother
to

Go

him

he

is

in

danger

you

is

given the rescue.


rejoice,

Save

him

and
!"

for

me

and grieve no

more
and

The
I

face vanished, the brightness faded,

sprang up from
instant
I

my
I

knees

in haste.

For one

looked at the beautiful


loved, with
its
I

dead body of the friend


set

mouth and

placid features,

and then

smiled.

This was not Zara


;

s/ie

was

alive

and happy

this

fair

clay
s/ie

was but clay

doomed
able.
'*

to perish, but

was imperish-

Save him

save my brother
my
ears.
I

!"

These

words rang

in

hesitated no

DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
longer
once.

219

determined to seek Heliobas at


I

Swiftly and noiselessly

slipped out

of the chapel.

As

the door

me

heard a sound that

swung behind first made me


There was no
steel

stop in a sudden alarm, and then hurry on

with increased eagerness.

mistaking

it

it

was the clash of

CHAPTER

VII.

A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY.

RUSHED

to

the study-door,

tore aside the velvet hangings,

and faced Heliobas and Prince


Ivan
Petroffsky.

They

held

drawn

weapons, which they lowered at

my sudden
cried,

entrance, and paused irresolutely.


*'

What

are

you doing

?"

ad-

dressing myself to Heliobas.

"

With the
you

dead body of your


can fight
!

sister in the house,


1"

You, too

and
**
;

looked re-

proachfully at Prince Ivan

you also can

desecrate the sanctity of death, and yet

you loved her

!"

A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY.

221

The

Prince spoke not, but clenched his

sword-hilt with a fiercer grasp, and glared

wildly on his opponent.

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,

and

his
dis-

whole demeanour was that of a man


traught
uttered

by
no

grief

and

passion.

But he
;

word.

Heliobas spoke
his

he

was coldly calm, and balanced


lightly

sword
toy.

on

his

open hand as

if it

were a

''This gent leifian^'' he said, with deliberate

emphasis,
to

''

happened, on his way

thither,

meet Dr. Morini, who informed him of

the fatal catastrophe which has caused


sister's

my

death.

Instead of respecting the

sacredness of
stances,

my solitude under the


I

circum-

he thrust himself rudely into

my

presence, and before

could address him,


face,

struck

me

of

me violently in the being my sister's


his choice of

and accused

murderer.

Such
I

conduct can only meet with one reply.

gave him

weapons

he chose

222

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


Our combat has
it
;

swords.

just

begun
if

we
you,
to

are anxious to resume

therefore

mademoiselle,
retire
I

will

have the goodness

"

interrupted him.
I

"

shall
'*

certainly

not

retire,"

said

firmly.

This behaviour on

both your

parts

is

positive madness.

Prince Ivan,
circumstances

please to listen to me.

The

of Zara's death were plainly witnessed by

me and

others

her
it

brother
I

is

as innocent

of having caused

as

am."
all

And
ful

recounted to him quietly


fatal

that

had happened during that


evening.

and event-

He

listened moodily, tracing

out the pattern of the carpet with the point


of his sword.

When

had

finished

he

looked up, and a titter smile crossed his


features.
''

wonder,

mademoiselle,"
in

he

said,

''

that

your

residence

this

accursed
I

house has not taught you better.


believe
all

quite

you

say, that Zara, unfortunate

A STRUGGLE FOR
girl

THE MASTERY.

223

that she was, received her death

by
:

a lightning-flash.

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, so that

she was as

a living magnet, 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,

in

the pursuit
his

miserable

science,

practised

most
re-

dangerous experiments on his

sister,

gardless of her health, her happiness, her


life
!

say he

is

her murderer

her

re-

morseless murderer, and a thrice-damned


villain
!"

And
combat.

he sprang forward
I

to

renew the

stepped quietly, unflinchingly

between him and Heliobas.


"Stop!"
on.
I

exclaimed;

''this
!"
It

cannot go

Zara herself forbids

224

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


Prince paused, and looked at

The
''

me

in

a sort of stupefaction.

Zara forbids
?"
I

it

!"

he muttered.

''

What

do you mean
"
I

mean,"

went

on,
;

^'

that

have seen
to

Zara since her death


her.

have spoken
here."

She

herself sent

me

Prince Ivan stared, and then burst into


a
fit
''

of wild laughter.
Little fool
!"

he cried to
too,

maddened
a
victim
! !

yotc

then

me You
;
!

''

he has

are also

Miserable

girl
!

out
I

of

my
yet

path
sane

Revenge

revenge

while

am

!"

Then pushing me roughly


away
''

aside,

he cast
:

his sword,

and shouted
!

to Heliobas

Hand

to hand, villain
!

No more
to

of

these toy-weapons

Hand

hand

!"

Heliobas instantly threw down his sword


also,

and rushing forward simultaneously,


in

they closed together

savage

conflict.

Heliobas was the

taller

and more powerful

of the two, but Prince Ivan seemed imbued

A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY.


with the
spirit

225

of a hundred devils, and

sprang
silent,
first

at his

opponent's throat with the

breathless ferocity of a tiger.

At

Heliobas appeared to be simply on

the defensive, and his agile, skilful

move-

ments were

all

used to parry and ward off

the other's grappling eagerness.

But as

watched

the struggle,
I

myself speechless
his

and

powerless,
its

saw

face change.

Instead of

calm and almost indifferent

expression, there

came a look which was


it

completely foreign to

a look

of savage

determination bordering on positive cruelty.


In a

moment
mind.
^nau

saw what was taking place


animal passions of the

in his

The
were

mere
force

aroused

the
The

spiritual

was

utterly forgotten.

exciteto
tell,

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.

The

fight
II.

grew

closer,

hotter,

and more

VOL.

226

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


Suddenly the Prince swerved
fell,

terrible.

aside and

and within a second Hellobas

held him down, pressing one knee firmly


against his chest.
servation
little
I

From my

point of oblittle

noted with alarm that

by

Ivan ceased his violent


his

efforts to rise,

and that he kept

eyes fixed on

the

overshadowlnof face of his foe with an unnatural

and curious

pertinacity.

stepped

forward.

Hellobas

pressed

his

whole

weight heavily down on the young man's


prostrate body, while with both hands he

held him by the shoulders, and gazed with


terrific

meaning

Into his fast-paling coun;

tenance.

Ivan's lips turned blue


start

his eyes
;

appeared to
throat
silent

from their sockets


spell

his

rattled.

The
;

that

held

me

was broken

a flash of

light,

a flood

of

memory swept over my Intelligence. I knew that Hellobas was exciting the whole
battery
of his

Inner

electric

force,

and

that

thus employed for


It

the

purposes of
cause death.

vengeance,
I

must

Infallibly
last.

found

my

speech at


A
**

STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY.


Heliobas
!"

227

cried.

"

Remember,

re-

member Azul
gift
it,

When

death
it
!

hes Hke a

in

your hand, withhold


;

Withhold
!"

Heliobas

and give

life

instead

He
his

started at the
up.

sound of

my

voice,

and looked
frame.

strong shudder shook

Very

slowly, very reluctantly,


;

he relaxed his position

he rose from his

kneeling posture on the Prince's breast

he
the

left

him, and stood upright.

Ivan at
sigh,

same moment heaved a deep

and

closed his eyes, apparently insensible.

Gradually one by one the hard

lines

faded out of the face of Heliobas, and his


old expression of soft and

grave

benefi-

cence

came back
his

to

it

as

graciously as

sunlight after rain.

He
a

turned to me, and


of
reverential

bent

head

in

sort

salutation.
^'

thank and bless you," he said

"
;

you

reminded

me

in

time.

Another moment,
late.

and

it

would have been too

You

have saved me."

352

228

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


his life,"
I

*'

Give him

said, pointing to

Ivan.
"

He

has

it,"
it

returned

Heliobas

''
;

have not taken

from him, thank


;

God

He
will

provoked

me

regret

it.

should

have been more patient with him.


revive immediately.
care.
I

He
ought

leave him to
I

your

In dealing with him,


that

to have
like his,

remembered
unguided by

human

passion

spiritual

knowledge,

was

to
it

be met with pity and forbearance.


is,

As
will

however, he

is

safe.

For me,

go and pray

for Zara's pardon,

and

that of

my wronged

Azul."

As he
''

uttered the last words, he started

looked up, and smiled.

My beautiful one
?

Thou

/las^

pardoned

me
lost

Thou
thee,

wilt love

me

still ?

Thou

art

with me, Azul,

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, he

A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY,


out of the room, and
I

229

heard his footsteps

echoing
chapel.

In the distance

on the way

to the

Left alone with the Prince,


glass of cold water from

snatched a
table,

the

and
and

sprinkled

some of

it

on

his forehead

hands.

This was quite

sufficient to revive

him
his

and he drew a long breath, opened

eyes,

and

stared

wildly

about him.

Seeing no one but me, he grew bewildered,

and asked
''

What has happened ?" Then catching sight of the drawn swords
lying
still

on the ground w^here they had


his feet,

been thrown, he sprang to


cried
"
I
:

and

Where

Is

the coward and murderer ?"


sit

made him
I

down and hear


to say.
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.

told

him

plainly that Zara

had expected

'

230

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


It

her death, and had prepared for

had
I

even bade

me

good-bye, 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.
'*

Disbelieve
force,"

as
I

you
said.

will
''

In

electric

spiritual

Your message
Tell /ler

to her then

through

me was

have seen her lover

At
''

these words a sombre


face.

shadow

flitted

over the Prince's


I

tell
I

you," he

said

slowly, " that

believe

was on
saw.

that occasion the victim

of an hallucination.

But

will

explain to
like,

you what

A
a

superb figure,

and yet
larger

unlike,

man, but of a much


to

and grander form, appeared


'

me,

as
it

said
;

thought, and spoke.


*

Zara

is

mine,'
free-

mine by choice
till

mine by

will

mine

death

mine

after death

mine through
hast naught in

eternity.

With her thou


;

common

thy

way

lies else-

STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY.


Follow the path allotted

231

where.

to thee,

and

presume no more upon an angel's

patience.'

Then
creature,
it,

this

strange
face,

majesticas
I

looking

whose

re-

member
stars,

was extraordinarily
like

beautiful,

and whose eyes were


vanished.

self-luminous

But, after

all,

what of

it ?

The whole
*'

thing was a dream."


not
so

am
''

sure

of

that,"

said

quietly.

But, Prince Ivan,

now

that

you

are calmer and


will

more capable of
broke
it

resignation,
?"

you

tell

me
he

w/iy you loved Zara

" "

Why r

out

impetuously.
to help

Why, because
''

was impossible
answer,"

loving her."

That
!

is

no

replied*
if

*'

Think
I

You

can reason well

you
in

like

have heard you hold your own


looked at

an
?"

argument.

He

What made you love Zara me in a sort of impatient


I

surprise,

but seeing

was very much

in

earnest,

he pondered a minute or so before

replying.

;!

232

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


loveliest
at last,

**

She was the


!"

woman
and

have

ever seen

he said

In his voice

there was a sound of yearning and regret.

" Is
of

^/la^ all ?" I


*'

queried, with a gesture

contempt.

Because

her

body was

beautiful
lips

because
soft skin
;

she had sweet kissing

and a
a

because her hand

v^^as

like

white

flower,

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;

and nothing, nothing

remain of what you loved, but dust.


Ivan, you shudder
;

Prince

but

too loved Zara

A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY.

233

loved

/ler,

not the perishable casket in

which, like a jewel, she was for a time enshrined.


I

love her
is

still

and

for the

being

love there

no such thing as death."

The
touched.

Prince
I

was

silent,

and

seemed

had spoken with


in

real feeling,

and tears of emotion stood


**

my
"

eyes.

loved her as a

man

generally loves,"

he

said, after a little pause.

than most
''

men love Most men are

Nay most women !"


too
often
I

more
in

selfish

both their loves and hatreds,"


" Tell

returned.

me
and

if

there was anything in Zara's


to
attract

mind

intelligence
in
;

you
;

Did you sympathize


you admire her
in

her pursuits

did

tastes
?"

had you any ideas

common
''

with her
I

No,

confess

had not," he answered

readily.

"

considered her to be entirely

a victim to her brother's scientific experi-

ments.

thought, by making her

my wife,
end,
I

to release her

from such tyranny and give


refuQ:e.

her

rescue

and

To

this


234

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


all
I

found out

could

from

/izm "

he
re-

approached the name of Heliobas with

" and luctance


;

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."
little

more healthy
smiled with a

scorn.

"

Your presumption was almost greater


folly,

than your

Prince,"

said

" that

with

such

ideas

as

these
.

in

your mind, you

could dream of winning Zara for a wife.

Do

you think

s/ie

could have led a


?

life

like

that of other

women

frivolous round

of gaiety, a few fine dresses and jewels,


small-talk,

society scandal,

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.

He

hesitated.

A STRUGGLE FOR
"
"

THE MASTERY.
take

235

Where would you To the chapel.


shuddered.

me

?"

he asked.
lies

Zara's

body

there."

He
*'

No, no

not
in

there

cannot bear to

look upon her perished loveliness


that
ricrid

to see

face,

once so animated,
such a form
is

white and

death
saw
I

too horrible!"

And

he covered his eyes with his hand


tears

slowly

drop through

his

fingers.

gazed

at him, half in

wonder,

half in pity.
"

And

yet you are a brave

man

!"

said.

These words roused him.

He

met

my

gaze with such a haggard look of woe that

my

heart ached for him.


?

What

comfort

had he now
expect
?

What

joy could

he ever

All his happiness was centred in

the fact of deiu^- alive

alive to the plea-

sures of living, and to the joys the world

could offer to a

man who was

strong, hand-

some,

rich,

and accomplished

how

could

he look upon death as otherwise than a

236

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


thinoin

loathsome
thought
blood
of

a
a
me,

thins^

not
of

to

be

the

heyday
doleful

youthful
in

and

jollity

spectre,

whose bony hands the roses of love must


fall

and wither

With a sense of deep


I

commiseration

in

spoke again with

great gentleness.
''

You need

not look upon Zara's corpse


it.

unless you wish

Prince,"

said.

*'

To

you,

the mysteries of the Hereafter have


is

not been unlocked, because there

some-

thing In your nature that cannot and will


not
believe in

God.

Therefore to you,
I

death must be repellent.

know you

are

one of those
exists

for

whom

the present alone

you

easily forget the past,


for the
St.

and take
is

no trouble
heaven, or
the

future.

Paris

your

Petersburg, or Vienna, as

fancy

takes

you

and

the

modern

atheistical doctrines of

French demoraliza-

tion

are in your blood.

Nothing but a

heaven-sent miracle could make you other


than you are, and miracles do not exist for

A STRUGGLE FOR
the materialist.

THE MASTERY,
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.

confession you only cared for Zara's

that body
has
catastrophe.

was always perishable, and


by
a

perished

sudden
soul,

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.


is

Heliobas
;

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,


Prince

mended.
Ivan,
that

Promise

you
In

will

never approach him

again except

friendship
for

Indeed,

you

owe him an apology


ti'on,

your unjust accusa-

as also your gratitude for his sparing


life in

your

the recent struggle."

The

Prince kept his eyes steadily fixed

238

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


all

upon me
as
I

the time

was speaking, and


rest-

finished,

he sighed and moved

lessly.
'
i

Your words
he said
;

are compelling,
*'

mademoi-

selle,"

and you have a strange


I

attraction for me.


in

know
I

am
a

not

wrong
of
I

thinking

that

you are

disciple

Heliobas, whose science

admit, though

doubt his theories.

I
I

promise you willingly


will

what you ask

nay,
will

even

offer

him

my hand
''He

if

he

accept

it."
I

Overjoyed
is

at

my

success,

answered
I

In the chapel,

but

will fetch

him here."

Over
seemed

the Prince's face a

shadow of doubt,
swiftly,

mingled with dread, passed


to

and he

be forming a resolve

In his

own

mind which was more or


to

less distasteful

him.

Whatever the
It

feeling
effort,

was he
and
said

conquered

by a strong
:

with firmness
'

No

will

go

to

him myself.

And
face

will

look

again

upon

upon

the

A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY.


I

239

loved

It is

but one pang the more, and


not endure
it

why

should

?"
I

Seeing him thus inclined,


effort to

made no
chapel.
I

dissuade him, and without another


led
it

word

the

way

to

the

entered

reverently,

he

following

me
All

closely, with

slow hushed footsteps.


I

was the same as

had

left

it,

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.


too,

Father Paul,
alone
knelt

had

retired,
all

and Heliobas
remained of

beside

that

Zara, his

figure

as motionless as

though
his

carved
hands.

in

bronze, his face hidden in

As we approached,
looked up, therefore

he
I

neither

stirred nor

softly led

the Prince to the opposite side of the bier,


that he

might look quietly on the perished

loveliness that lay there at rest for ever.

Ivan trembled, yet stedfastly gazed

at the

beautiful reposeful form, at the calm features

on which the smile with which death had

240

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS,


still

been received,

lingered

at the folded

hands, the fading orange-blossoms


crucifix that lay
final seal

at the

on the cold breast


letter,

like the

on the

of

life.

Impulsively

he stooped forward, and with a tender awe


pressed his
lips

on the pale forehead, but


back with the smothered
!"

instantly started

exclamation
''
!

O God how
erect,

cold

At the sound
up
other, Zara's

of his voice Hellobas rose

and the two men faced each

dead body lying

like a barrier

betwixt them.

A
heard
great

pause followed

pause

in

which

my own heart was my anxiety.

beating loudly,

so

Hellobas suffered

a few moments to elapse, then stretched his

hand across
**

his sister's bier.

In

/ler

name,

let

there be peace be-

tween

us,

Ivan," he said in accents that

were both gentle and solemn.

The

Prince,

touched to the quick,

re-

sponded

to these kindly

words with eager


A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY.
241

promptness, and they clasped hands over


the quiet and lovely form that lay there

silent

binding witness of their reconcilia-

tion.

"

have

to ask

your pardon, Caslmir,"


''

then

whispered
for

Ivan.
life."

have also

to

thank you
**

my

Thank
with

the friend

who

stands beside

you," returned Heliobas, in the same low


tone,
*'

a slight gesture towards me.


in

She reminded me of a duty


for

time.

As

pardon,

know

of no

cause

of

offence on your part save


fectly excusable.

what was per;

Say no more
and
you

wisdom
are

comes
young."

with

years,

yet

long silence followed.


wistfully

We

all

re-

mained looking

down upon
in
I

the

body of our
deep
for

lost darling,

thought too
then noticed

words or weeping.

that another

watch

a
II.

humble mourner shared our mourner whose very existence I


It

had nearly forgotten.


VOL.

was the
^6

faithful

242

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.

Leo.

He

lay couchant

on the stone

floor

at the foot of the bier,

almost as silent as

a dog of marble
tion

the only sign of anima-

he gave being a deep sigh which broke


I

from his honest heart now and then.

went
coat.

to

him and

softly patted his

shaggy

He
full

looked up at

me

with big brown

eyes

of tears, licked
laid his

my hand

meekly,
his

and again

head down upon

two

fore-paws with a resignation that was most


pathetic.

The dawn began


the chapel
chilly

to peer faintly

through

windows

the dawn of a misty,


of the past
air,

morning.
left
fell,

The storm
a sting In the

night had
rain
still

and the

though gently.

The wind
silence.
I

had almost

entirely

sunk Into

re-arranged the flowers that were strewn

on Zara's corpse, taking away

all

those that

had

slightly faded.

The orange-blossom
I

was almost dead, but

left

that

where

it

was

where
it.

the

living Zara
I

had herself
this

placed

As

performed

slight

245

STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY.


I

service,

thoucrht,

half mournfully,

half

gladly
" Yes,

Heaven

is

thine, but this

Is a

world of sweets and sours


flowers are merely J^ozcers ;

Our

And

the shadow of thy perfect bhss

Is the sunshine of ours."

Prince

Ivan

at

last

roused himself as

from a deep and melancholy reverie, and


addressing himself to Heliobas, said softly:
**

will

intrude

no

longer
!

on

your

privacy, Casimir.

Farewell

shall leave

Paris to-niorht."

For
and
as

all

answer Heliobas beckoned him

me

also out of the chapel.

its

doors closed behind us,

As soon and we stood

in the centre hall,

he spoke with affectionate


:

and grave earnestness


''

Ivan, something tells

shall not

meet again

me that you and for many years, if


'farewell'
ears with double

ever.

Therefore,
falls

when you say

the

word

upon

my

meaning.

We

are friends

our friendship
362

244

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


by the dead presence of one
in

Is

sanctified

whom we
I

both loved,

different

ways

therefore you will take in

good part what


cannot
I

now

say to you.

You know, you


terrible
;

disguise from yourself that the science

study

is

fraught with

truth
I

and
de-

marvellous discoveries

the theories

duce from

it

you

disbelieve, because
I

you

are nearly a materialist.

say nearly

not quite.
you, Ivan
:

That
I

'not quite'

makes me love

would save the small bright

spark that flickers within you from both


escape and extinction.
least,

But

cannot

aL

not as yet.

Still, in
is

order that you

may know

that there

a power in

me

higher than ordinary

human

reason, before

you go from me to-night hear


of your career.

my prophecy

The world
all

waits for you,

Ivan

the
for

world,

agape and glittering


;

with a thousand sparkling toys

It

waits,

greedy

your presence, ready to fawn


for a smile, willing to cringe to

upon you

you

for

a nod of approval.

And why

.^


A STRUGGLE FOR
Because wealth
wealth.
is

THE MASTERY.

245

yours

vast, illimitable start or look


it

Aye

you

need not
find

incredulous

you

will

as

say.

You, whose fortune up

to

now

has barely

reached a poor four thousand per

annum

you are
millions.

at this

moment

the possessor of

This very night a relative of

yours,

whose name you scarcely know, has


all

expired, leaving
to you.

his

hoarded treasures

Before the close of this present

day,

on whose threshold we now stand,


will

you
it

have the news.

When

you receive
that at

remember me, and acknowledge


once
I

least for

knew and spoke

the truth.

Follow the broad road, Ivan,


fore

laid out be-

you
to

a road wide
in,

enough not only


push on
all

for

you

walk

but for the crowd of toadies

and

flatterers also,

who

will

swiftly
;

after

you and

jostle

you on

sides

be
!

strong of heart and merry of countenance

Gather

the

roses

press

the
that,

luscious

grapes into warm, red wine


quaff
it,

as you

shall

make your blood dance a

246

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.

mad
their

waltz in your veins, and fair women's

faces shall

seem

fairer to

you than ever,

embraces more tender, their kisses


!

more tempting
like a toy

Spin the

ball of

Society
!

on the palm of your hand


stretching before

see your

life

me
it

like a

brilliant, thread-like

ephemeral ray of

light

But

in

the far distance across

looms a

shadow
the

shadow
lift.

that your

power alone

can never
first

Mark me, Ivan!


chill

When
living.

dread

of that

shadow makes
be

itself felt,

come

to

me

shall yet

Come

for

then no wealth can aid you

at

that dark hour no

boon companions can

comfort.

Come

and by our friendship


Zara's pure soul

so lately sworn

by
I

by
have

God's existence,

will

not die

till

changed that darkness over you


eternal
!

into light

Fare you well

!"

He
it

caught the Prince's hand, and wrung


;

hard

then, without further word, look,

or gesture, turned and disappeared again


within the chapel.

A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY.

247

His words had evidently made a deep impression on the young nobleman, who
gazed after his retreating figure with a
certain
I

awe not unmingled with fear. held out my hand in silent farewell.
it

Ivan took

gently,

and kissed

it

with

graceful courtesy.
*'

Casimir told

me

that your intercession

saved
**

my life, mademoiselle," he said. If his present Accept my poor thanks.


''

prophet-like utterances be true

Why

should you doubt him


**

asked,
believe

with some impatience.


in

Can you

nothing?''

at

The Prince, still holding my hand, looked me in a sort of grave perplexity.


"
I

think you have hit


*'

it/'

he observed

quietly.
fact

doubt ever>-thing except the

of

times

my own existence, and there are when I am not even sure of that.
as
I

But

if,

said before, the prophecy of


friend,
all

my

Chaldean

whom

cannot help

admiring with

my

heart, turns out to

be

248

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


my
life is

correct, then

more valuable

to

me
It,

than ever with such wealth to balance

and
it

thank you doubly


in time."

for

having saved

by a word
I

withdrew

my hand
I

gently from

his.
life

"

You

think the worth of your


asked.
is

in^

creased by wealth ?"


"
**

Naturally

Money
of the

power."
also foretold
?"

And what

shadow

as inseparable from your fate

A
''

faint smile crossed his features.

Ah, pardon

me

That

Is

the only porI

tion of Caslmir's fortune-telling that

am

Inclined to disbelieve thoroughly."


''

But,"

said,

''

if

you are willing to

accept the pleasant part of his prophecy,

why

not admit the possibility of the un?"

'

pleasant occurring also

He
selle,

shrugged his shoulders.


enlightened times, mademoiis

" In these

we

only believe what


suits

agreeable to

us,

and what

our

own

wishes, tastes,

and opinions.

Ca va

sans dire.

We

cannot

A STRUGGLE FOR

THE MASTERY.

249

be forced to accept a Deity against our


reason.

That

is

a grand result of modern

education."
''

Is

it .^"

and

looked at him with pity.


!

"

Poor human

reason

It

will

reel
trifle

into

madness sometimes
overdose of alcohol
altogether
is

for
will

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.

Good-bye, and

of
!"

He
"
I

bent his head with a light reverence.


believe

you

to

be a good,
I

sweet

woman,"
for

he said, " therefore

am

grateful

your blessing.

My
ago

mother," 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.
like,

Ah

well,

that is

should

mademoiselle," and

his voice

sank very low, "to send some

flowers for
I

heryou understand

?"

did understand, and readily promised

250

A
lay

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


whatever
blossoms

to

he

selected

tenderly above the sacred remains of that


earthly beauty he had loved, as he himself
said,

"

more than most men love most

women."

He

thanked

me

earnestly,

and seemed

relieved and satisfied.


farewell

Casting a look of
hall,

around the familiar


kiss

he wafted

parting

towards

the

chapel

an
of

action

which,

though

light,

was

full

tenderness and regret.


salute,

Then, with a low

he

left

me.

The street-door opened


him
in
its

and closed
manner.

after

usual noiseless

He

was gone.
fairly

The morning had now


great mansion went on in
its

dawned,

and within the Hotel Mars the work of the


usual routine
;

but a sombre melancholy was in the atmo-

sphere
efforts

melancholy that not


dissipate.

all

my

best

could

The
;

domestics
the only
their

looked sullen and heavy-eyed

ones

In their

number who preserved

usual equanimity were the

Armenian men-

STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY.


little

251

servants and the

Greek page.
and

Pre;

parations for Zara's funeral went on apace

they were

exceedingly simple,

the
in

ceremony
character.

was

to

be

quite

private

Heliobas issued his orders, and

saw

to the carrying out of his

most minute

instruction in his usual calm


his eyes

manner

but

looked heavy, and his

fine counte-

nance was rendered even more majestic by


the sacred, resigned sorrow that lay upon
it

like a

deep shadow.
in

His page served


his

him with breakfast


but he
of the
left

private

room

the light meal untasted.

One

women
and

brought

me

coffee

but the

very thought of eating and drinking seemed


repulsive,
I

could not touch anything.

My

mind was busy with the consideration


I

of the duty

had

to

perform

namely, to

see the destruction of Zara's colossal statue,


as she
it

had requested. After thinking about

for

some

time,
I

went
it

to

Heliobas and

told

him what

had

in

charge to do.

He

listened attentively.

252

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


It

"
''

Do

at

once,"

he said
;

decisively.

Take two

of

my Armenians

they are

discreet, obedient,

and they ask no queswill

tions

with strong hammers they


the
clay.

soon

pulverize

Stay

will

come

with you."
ingly,

he

nothing,

me scrutinizadded kindly: "You have eaten my child ? You cannot ? But


Then
looking at
will

your strength
this."

give

way

here, 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.


it

swal-

obediently, and as

I
:

returned the
"
I

empty
know,
for her
" I

glass to

him he

said

also

have

a commission in charge from Zara.


I

You

suppose, that she was prepared


.^"

death

did not
I

know

but

think she must

have been/'
*'She

answered.

was.

We
in

both were.
the

We
all

re-

mained together

chapel

day,

saying what parting words

we had

to say

A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY.


to

253

one another.

We
;

knew her
in

death, or

rather her release,

was

to occur at

some
Till
in

hour that night

but

what way the end


was

was destined
I

to

come, we knew not.


peals of thunder,
I
I

heard the
;

first

suspense

but after that

was no longer
of the

uncertain.

You were

a witness

whole ensuing scene.

No

death
hers.

could

have been more painless than


let

But

me

not forget the message she gave

me

for you."

Here he took from


yours,"

a secret drawer

the electric stone Zara had always worn.


"

This jewel

is

he
It

said.
it

"

You

need not fear

to accept

contains no
ill-fortune.

harm

It

will

bring you
all

no

You

see

how

the sparkling brilliancy

has gone out of


a few minutes
It

It ?

Wear
in

It,

and within

will

be as lustrous as ever.

The

life

throbbing

your veins warms


It
;

the electricity contained in


the flowing of your blood,
Its

and with

hues change
;

and glow.

It

has no power to attract

It

can simply absorb and shine.

Take

It

as

254

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.

remembrance of her who loved you and


loves you
still."

who
I

was

still

in

my
I

evening dress, and

my

neck was bare.

slipped the chain, on

which hung the stone, round

my

throat,

and watched the strange gem with some


curiosity.

In a few seconds a pale streak


flashed

of fiery topaz

through

it,

which

deepened and glowed into a warm crimson,


like the heart of a red rose
;

and by the

time

it

had become thoroughly warmed

against
as ever.

my

flesh,

it

glittered as brilliantly

"
"
I
''

will

always wear
it

it,"

said earnestly.
fortune."

believe
I

will
it

bring
will,"

me good
returned
let

believe
''

Heliobas
Zara's

simply.

And now

us

fulfil

other commands."

On

our way across the

hall,

we were
us a

stopped by the page,

who brought
his wife,

message of inquiry
Colonel Everard

after Zara's health

from
also

and

and

from

the

Challoners.

Heliobas

hastily

A STRUGGLE FOR

THE MASTERY.

255

wrote a few brief words in pencil, explaining the


returned
at the
fatal
it

result of the

accident,

and

to the

messenger, giving orders


that
all

same time

the blinds should

be pulled down at the windows of the


house, that visitors might understand there

was no admittance.
to

We

then proceeded

the

studio,

accompanied

by two

of

the

Armenians carrying heavy hammers.


and
with

Reverently,
recollections

my mind
The

full

of
I

of Zara's living presence,


first

opened the
that

familiar door.

thing

greeted

us

was a most exquisitely


in

wrought statue
herself,
full

white marble of Zara

length,

and arrayed

in

her

customary graceful Eastern costume.

The
and

head was slightly raised

a look of glad;

ness lighted up the beautiful features


within
the
loosely clasped

hands was a

Round the pedestal were carved the words, "Omnia vincit Amor,'* with Zara's name and the dates of her
cluster of roses.

birth

and death.

little slip

of paper lay

256

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


which Hellobas
he
read

at the foot of the statue,

perceived,

and
me.

taking

it,

and

passed

it

to

The

lines

were
:

in Zara's

handwriting, and ran as follows

''

To my
friend,

beloved Casimir

my brother,
whom
life in

my
I

my

guide and teacher, 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, only to be

renewed with redoubled happiness hereafter."

handed back the paper


in

silently,

with

tears

my
to

eyes,

and we

turned

our

attention

the

colossal
It

figure

we had

come

to destroy.
studio,

stood at the extreme

end of the

and was entirely hidden


Hellobas advanced,

by white

linen drapery.

and by a sudden dexterous movement succeeded


in

drawing

off the coverings with a


fell

single effort,

and then we both

back

A STRUGGLE FOR
and gazed
amazement.
at

THE MASTERY.

257

the clay form

disclosed in
?

What
?

did

it ?

represent
or
all

man
It

a god

an angel
?

three

united in one vast figure

was an unfinished work.


and these were

The features
large,

of the face were undeclared, save the brow

and eyes

grand,
tranquil

and

full

of absolute

wisdom and
I

consciousness of power.

could

have

gazed on

this

wonderful piece of Zara's

handiwork
to the

for hours, but

Heliobas called

Armenian
break

servants,

who

stood near

the door awaiting orders, and

commanded
sur-

them

to

it

^own.

For once these

well-trained domestics
prise,

showed signs of

and hesitated.

Their master frowned.


of them, he
if
it

Snatching a

hammer from one

himself attacked the great statue as

were a
fill

foe,

and a cloud of dust began

to

the studio.
in

The Armenians,
returned
to

seeing he

was

earnest,

their usual

habits of passive obedience, and aided


in his labour.

him

Within a few minutes the


37

VOL.

II.

258

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.

great and beautiful figure lay In fragments

on the

floor,

and these fragments were soon


I

crushed into indistinguishable dust.

had

promised to witness
tion,

this
I

work of
It

destruc-

and witness

it

did, but
all

was with
finished,

pain and regret.

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,

as

he wished to address
this

them.

heard him give

order with

some

surprise,

and he saw

it.

As

the

Armenians

slowly

disappeared,

carrying

with great care the marble figure of their


late

mistress,

he turned to

me, as

he

locked up the door of the studio, and said


quietly
:

"

These Ignorant
food

money and

who serve me for money that they have


folk,

eagerly taken, and' food


greedily devoured

that

they have
that
I

they think

am
I

the devil or one of the devil's agents, and

STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY.

259

am
I

going to prove their theories entirely to

their satisfaction.

Come and
somewhat
:

see

!"

followed him,

mystified.

On
that

the
"

way downstairs he said Do you know why Zara wished


?"
;

statue destroyed
'*

No,"

said frankly
it

" unless

for

the

reason that
*'

was incomplete."
even had she lived
It

It

always would have been incomplete,'^


''
;

returned Heliobas
to

work

at

it

for years.
fruitless

was a daring

attempt,
trying to

and a

one.

She was

make

a clay figure of one

never wore earthly form


is

the

who Being who


her en-

her Twin-Soul,

who dominates
with her now.

tirely,

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,

and the and

serv^ants

were assembling by

twos

They glanced

at their

master with

looks of awe, as he took up a

commanding

37^

26o

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


and faced them
at-

position near the fountain,

with a glance of calm scrutiny and


tention.
I

drew a chair behind one of the


with interest.

marble columns and seated myself, watching everything

Leo
at

ap-

peared from some corner or other, and


laid

his

rough body down close


feet.
all

his

master's

In a few minutes

the

domestics,

some twenty

in

number, were present, and

Heliobas, raising his voice, spoke with a


clear deliberate enunciation
'*
:

have sent
I

for

you

all

this

morning,

because
all

am

perfectly

aware that you have

determined to give

me

notice."

A
I

stir

of astonishment and dismay en-

sued on the part of the small audience, 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.
I

He

went on

spare

you

this trouble.

Knowing

A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY,


your intentions,
I

261

take upon myself to disNaturally, you cannot


in

miss you at once.


risk

your characters by remaining

the

service of the devil.

For

my own

part, I

wonder the

devil's

money has
sister,

not burnt
in

your hands, or his food turned to poison your mouths.


ever-indulgent

My
it

your kind and


is

mistress,
is

dead.

You
I

know this, and summoned up


if

your opinion that thunderstorm

the

which
it

caused her death.

Be

it

so.
;

Report

so,

you

will,

through Paris

your words do
excellent

not affect me.

You have been


for

machines,

and

your

services

many
is

thanks

As soon

as

my

sister's funeral

over, your wages, with an additional present, will

be sent to you.

You

can then
;

leave

my
I

house when you please

and,

contrary to the usual custom of accepted


devils,

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

262

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


good deal of shame.

fear contending with a

The
"

httle

Greek page stepped forward


that
will

timidly.

The master knows

never

leave him," he murmured, and his large

eyes were moist with

tears.

Heliobas laid a gentle hand on the boy's

dark
four

curls,

but said nothing.

One
and

of the

Armenians

advanced,

with

graceful rapid gesture of his right

hand,

touched his head and breast.


"

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,

need be,

for the

sake of the love

and honoitr we bear him."


Heliobas looked at him very kindly.
"
I

am
by

richer in friends than

thought
" Stay

myself to be,"
then,
all

he said

quietly.

means, Afra,

you and your


desired
it.

companions, since

you

have

And

you,

my

boy," he went on, addressing


''

the tearful page,

think you that

would

A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY.


turn
adrift

263

an

orphan,
to

whom
?

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

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

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

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


A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY.
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

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

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

large and beautililies,

wreath of white roses,

and maiden-

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.

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

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

have been always per-

aware of the immense extent of his

knowledge, and the value of his discoveries.

If

were inclined
I

to

be sceptical on

spiritual matters,

should not be of the


also a Chaldean."

race
I

am

for

am

said

no more, and Father Paul trimmed


burning round the
coffin
in
fair
I

the

tapers

devout

silence.

Again

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

A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY.


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,

Dead

Musician."

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.)

272

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


this

placed

treasure

carefully

in

corner of
the

my

portmanteau, together with


scrolls

parchment

containing

**

The
I

Electric Principle of Christianity,"

and the
did

valuable recipes of Heliobas


so,
I

and as
in the

caught sight of myself


that
directly

long

mirror

faced

me.

was
but

fascinated, not

by

my own

reflection,

by the
It

glitter of the electric

gem
a

wore.

flashed

and glowed

like

star,

and
than

was

really lovely

far

more

brilliant

the most brilliant cluster of fine diamonds.

may many
I

here remark that


questions

have been asked


this

concerning
I

curious
it

ornament whenever
public,

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.
it

It
is

is,

how-

ever, nothing of the kind;

simply a

clear pebble,

common enough on
has

the shores
the
pro-

of tropical countries which

STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY.


absorbing
a
small
portion

273

perty of

of

the electricity in a
to
ful

human

body, sufficient

make

it

shine with prismatic and power-

lustre

property which has only as

yet

been discovered
that the

by Heliobas, who
capability exists
lustreless
in

asserts

same

many

other apparently

stones

which have been untried, and are therefore

unknown.
lets,
still

The
in

"

healing stones," or amuin

use

the

East,

and

also

in

the remote

parts

of the

Highlands

(see notes to Archibald Clerk's translation

of Osszan), are also electric, but in a different

way
and

they have the


these,
after

property of absorbing
it

disease

and destroying

in certain cases

being

worn a

suitable

length

of time,

naturally

exhaust

what

virtue they

originally possessed,

and are

no longer of any use.

Stone amulets are

considered nowadays as a mere superstition


it

of the

vulgar and uneducated

but

must be remembered that superstition


has
II.

itself

always

had

for

its

foundation

VOL.

3S

274

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


grain,
I

some
fact.

however small and remote, of


formation
called
if

could give a very curious explanathe

tion of

of

orchids,
'*

those

strange plants
of Nature," as

sometimes

Freaks
in

Nature ever indulged


kind
!

*'

freak "

of any

But

have

neither time nor space to enter subject

upon the
to

now

indeed,

if

were once

begin to describe the wonderful, amazing

and

beautiful vistas of

knowledge that the


still

wise Chaldean,
guide,

who

is

my

friend

and
to

has opened

up and continues

extend before

my

admiring vision, a work

of twenty volumes
all
I

would scarce contain


to
say.

should have

But

have

written this

book merely

to tell those
I

who
mythis

peruse
self
I

it,

about Heliobas, and what


in his

experienced
not go.
I

house
I

beyond
in

may
if

For, as

observed

my
my
the

introduction,
few,

am

perfectly

aware that

any, of

my
that

readers will accept

narrative as

more than a mere visionary


they
will

romance

or

admit

A STRUGGLE FOR THE MASTERY,


mysteries of
life,

275

death, eternity, and


to

all

the

wonders of the Universe


natiL7^al

be simply the

and scientific outcome of a Ring of


it

Eve74asting Electricity ; but whether they

agree to
**

or no,

can say with Galileo,

E pnr si vmove /"

;8

CHAPTER

VIII.

CONCLUSION.
)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, and was covered with a


rich white

pall

velvet on which

lay

royal

profusion of flowers

Ivan's wreath, and


lilies

magnificent cross of

sent by tender-

hearted Mrs.
spicuous
little

Challoner, being most con-

among them.
it

The

only thing a

unusual about

was

that the funeral


;

car

was drawn by two


told

stately white horses


this

and Heliobas

me

had been ordered

CONCLUSION.
at

277

Zara's special request, as she thought

the

solemn

pacing

through the

streets

of dismal black
effect

steeds had a depressing

on the passers-by.
why,"
sad,

"And

she

had
in

said,

"should

anybody be

when /
?"

reality

am

so

thoroughly happy
Prince Ivan

Petroffsky had

left

Paris,

but his carriage, drawn by two prancing

Russian horses, followed the hearse

at a

respectful distance, as also the carriages of

Dr. Morini, and some other private persons

known
tended

to
it

Heliobas.

few people

at-

on

foot,

and these were

chiefly

from among the very poor, some of

whom
her

had benefited by
brother's medical

Zara's
skill,

charity or

and had heard of

the calamity through rumour, or through the columns of the Figaro,

where
brevity.

it

was

reported

with
still

graphic

The

weather was

misty, and the fiery sun

seemed
Paul,

to

shine through tears as Father

with his assistants, read in solemn

278

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.

yet cheerful tones the service for the dead

according to the Catholic

ritual.

One

of

the chief mourners at the grave was the


faithful

Leo

who, without obtruding himlittle

self in

anyone's way, sat at a

distance,

and seemed, by the confiding look with


which he turned
to
his eyes

upon

his master,

thoroughly understand that he must


life

henceforth devote his

entirely to him.
"

The

coffin
"

was lowered, the


spoken
shook

Requiem
Those
with

seternam

all

was

over.

assembled

hands

quietly

Hellobas, saluted each other, and gradually


dispersed.
I

entered a carriage and drove

back to the Hotel Mars, leaving Hellobas


in the

cemetery to give his

final instruc-

tions for the ornamentation

and decoration

of his sister's grave.

The
time

little

page served

me

with

some

luncheon
all

In

my own

apartment, and by the

was

ready for
I

my

departure,
to

Hellobas returned.
in his

went down

him
pen-

study,

and found him

sitting

CONCLUSION.

279

sively in his armchair, absorbed in thought.

He

looked sad and


to

solitary,

and

my

whole

heart went out

him

in

gratitude

and
as

sympathy.

knelt

beside
done,

him
and

daughter might
kissed his hand.

have

softly

He

started as though
sleep,

awakened suddenly from


gravely.
"

and

see-

ing me, his eyes softened, and he smiled

Are you come


he asked,

to say
in a
is

'

Good-bye,' rny

child ?"

kind tone.

"Well,

your mission here


"

ended."
at
all,"
I

Had

any mission

replied,

with a grateful look, "save the very selfish

one which was comprised

in the

natural

desire to be restored to health ?"

Heliobas surveyed
in silence.

me

for a

few moments

"
"

Were

to tell

you," he said at

last,

by what mystical authority and influence


to

you were compelled


a

come

here,

by what
circum-

marvellously linked

chain

of
to

stances you

became known

me

long

28o

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


I

before
that

saw you

how

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
;

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

say,

were

you

all

this,

you would no longer

doubt the urgent need of your presence


here.
It
is,

however, enough to
fulfilled
all

tell

you

that

you have

that

was ex;

pected of you, even beyond

my

best hopes

and
of

in

return for your services, the worth

which
I

you cannot
can give you

realize,
In

whatever

guidance

the future for


life,

your physical and


I

spiritual

is

yours.

have done something

for you,

but not
In

much

will

do more.
I

Only,

com-

municating with me,

ask you to honour


all

me

with your

full

confidence In

matters

pertaining to yourself and your surround-


CONCLUSION.
Inors

281

then
I I

shall not

be

liable to errors of
I

judgment
advice
"

in

the opinions

form or the

give."

promise
it

most
to

readily,"

I
I

replied

gladly, for
in

seemed

me

that

was

rich

possessing as

a friend and counsellor

such a

man

as this student of the loftiest

sciences.
'*

And

now,

one thing more," he


in the table

re-

sumed, opening a drawer

near

which he

sat.

'*

Here

is

a pencil for you to


with.
It will

write your letters to

me

last

about ten years, and


that time

at the expiration of

you can have another.

Write
will
;

with

it

on any paper, and the marks

be

like those of

an ordinary drawing-pencil but

as fast as they are written they disappear.

Trouble not
write
all

about

this

circumstance

you have

to say,
letter

and when you


your
closely

have

finished

your

covered pages shall seem blank.


fore,

Thereat

were the eye of a stranger to look

them, nothing could be learned therefrom.

282

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


I

But when they reach me,

can

make

the

writing appear and stand out on these ap-

parently unsullied

pages as distinctly as

though your words had been printed.


letters to

My
only

you

will also,
;

when you

receive

them,

appear blank
to press
"

but you will

have

them

for

about ten minutes


like

an ordinary blotting-book ''and be perfectly


legible.
;

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,

the

journeys of that

faithful

animal have principally been to keep him


in training."

" But,"

said, as

took the litde pencil

and book from

his hand, "

why do you

not

make
public

these

convenient
?

writinof

materials

property

They would be

so

useful."

''Why should I build up a fortune for some needy stationer ?" he asked, with a

CONCLUSION.
half-smile.
" Besides,

283

they are not

new

They were known to the ancients, and many secret letters, laws, histories, and poems were written with instruments such
things.

as

these.

In

an old

library,

destroyed

more than two centuries


goodly
pile of

ago, there

was a

apparently blank parchment.

Had
now,

I I

lived then

and known what

know

could have

made

the white pages

declare their mystery."


''

Has

this also to

do with

electricity ?"

asked.
" Certainly

with
in
its

what
is

is

called

vege-

table electricity.

There

not a plant or

herb

in existence, but

has almost a miracle

hidden away
leaves
"

tiny
it

cup or spreading
?"

do you doubt
I !"

Not

answered

quickly.

"

doubt nothing."
Heliobas smiled gravely.
"

You

are right

!"

he

said.

"

Doubt
in

is

the destroyer of beauty

sweet cup

the poison the of existence the curse which

284

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


have
as

mankind
Avoid
in
it

brought

on

themselves.

you would the plague.

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, desire, or imagine.

volatile thing called


Is

Human

Reason, 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.

there
all

nothing

infinite

about

Guide yourself by the delicate Spiritual


you, which
tells

Instinct within

you that

with

God

things are possible, 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."
^'

May

never try to Instruct anyone


?"
I

In

these things

asked.

CONCLUSION.
*'

285

You can

try,

If

you choose

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.

Vou know,
aerial spirits

Instance,

that angels
;

and

actually exist

but were you

to assert your belief In them, philosophers


(so-called)

would scout your theories as


lo7te/y

absurd, though their idea of a

God,

who

yet

is

Love,

is

the
7mis^

very acme of

absurdity.
to love,

For Love
round

have somewhat

and 7m^s^ create the beauty and


itself

happiness
beloved.

and

the

things

But why point out these simple

things to those

who have no

desire to see

Be content, child, that yozi have been deemed worthy of instruction It is a

higher fate for you than

if

you had been

made a Queen." The little page now

entered, and told


at

me

that the carriage

was

the door in

waiting.

As he disappeared
this

again

after

delivering

message,

Heliobas

rose

286

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


chair,

from his
in his,

and taking

my

two hands

pressed them kindly.

"One word
will

more, Httle friend, on the


I

subject of your career.

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. However this may be, 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.

Most of them seek not music, but


;

money and applause


art they profess
is

and therefore the

degraded by them into


in

a mere trade.
public,

But you, when you play

must forget that persons with


and
lesser opinions exist.
in

little

vanities

Think of
;

what you saw

your journey with Azul


effort

and by a strong
can,
to
is if

of your

will,

you

you choose,
in

^^;;^/^/ certain

harmonies

sound

your ears

fragments of what

common

breathing air to the Children of

the Ring,

some of whom you saw and


CONCLUSION.
you
if

287

will

be able to reproduce them

in part,

not in entirety.

But

if

you once admit

a thought of se// to enter your brain, those


aerial

sounds

will

be silenced

instantly.

By

this

means, too, you can judge

who

are

the true disciples of Music in this world

those

who,
the

like

Schubert

and

Chopin,
to

suffered

heaven-born

melodies

descend

through

them

as

though they
;

were mere
who,

condtccto7^s of

sound
other

or those

feebly

imitating

composers,
rule

measure out crotchets and quavers by

and

line,

and flood the world with inane


useless, pro!"

and perishable, and therefore


ductions.
''

And

now,

farewell
only.
I

Do

you remain

in Paris ?"

asked.

"

For a few days

shall

go

to

Egypt, and

in travelling

accustom myself

to the solitude in

which

must

dwell,

now

Zara has
*'

left

me."
Azul,"
I

You have

ventured to remark.

'*

Ah

but

how

often
for

do

see
is

her

Only when

my soul

an instant

clear


A
from

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


earthly and gross obstruction
I
;

all

and

how seldom
Is

can attain

to
!

this

result

while weighted with

my body
know

But she

near

me

^/la^

faithful as the
!"

star to the mariner's

compass

He

raised his

head as he spoke, and

his

eyes flashed.

Never had
kingly.

seen him look

more noble or

ance of his face

The Inspired radisoftened down Into his

usual expression of gentleness and courtesy,

and he
"

said, offering

me

his

arm

Let
It

me
Is

see you to the carriage.

You

know.
I

not an actual parting with us

Intend

that

we

shall

meet frequently.

For

Instance, the next time

we exchange
I

pleasant greetings will be In Italy."


I

suppose
so,

looked surprised

certainly

felt

for

nothing was further from


visit to Italy.

my

thoughts than a

Hellobas smiled, and said

In a

tone that

was almost gay


" Shall
I

draw the picture

for

you
In

see a fair city,

deep embowered

hills

CONCLUSION.
and sheltered by olive-groves.

289

Over

it

beams a broad
Cascine

sky, deeply blue

many

soft

bells caress the

summer

air.

Away
;

in the

Woods

a gay. party of people are

seated on the velvety moss

they have

mandolines, and they sing for pure gaiety


of heart.
hair,

One
is

of them, a

woman

with

fair

arrayed in white, with a red rose at


gathering the wild flowers
her,

her bosom,
that

bloom around

and weaving them

into posies for her companions.

A stranger,
his.

pacing slowly, book

in

hand, through the

shady avenue, sees her

her eyes meet


him
is
;

She springs up
her hand.

to

greet

he takes

The woman

yourself; the

stranger no other than your poor friend,

who now,
you
1"

for a brief space, takes leave of

So

rapidly had he

drawn up

this picture,

that the impression

made on me was
I

as

though a sudden vision had been shown


to

me
VOL.

in a

magic

glass.

looked

at

him

earnestly.
ir.

39

290

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.

*'

Then our next meeting will be happy ?"

said inquiringly.
'*

Of

course.

Why

not

And
!"

the

next

and
this

the

next after that also

he

answered.

At

reply,

so frankly given,

was

relieved,

and accompanied
hall

him

readily

through the

towards the street-door.

Leo met us here, and intimated, as plainly as a human being could have done, his
wish to bid
kissed
his

me

good-bye.

stooped and

broad

head

and patted him


for these
tail

affectionately,

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.

At

the door the pretty

Greek boy handed

me
^'

a huge basket of the loveliest flowers.

The

last
*'

from the conservatory," said


I

Heliobas.
luxuries."

shall

need no more of these

CONCLUSION.

291

As
hand.
*'

entered the

carnage he placed

the flowers beside me, and again took

my
in

Good-bye,

my

child

!"
'*

he
I

said,

earnest and kindly tones.


address,

have your

and

will write

you

all

my

move-

ments.

In any trouble, small or great, of

your own, send to


hesitation.
I

me
tell

for advice without

can

you already that


will

foresee

the

time

when you

resign

altogether the precarious and unsatisfactory


life

of a

mere professional musician.

You

think no other career would be possible to


you.
will

Well, you will see.

few months
;

decide

all.

Good-bye again

God

bless

you

!"

The
it

carriage

moved

off,

and Heliobas

stood on the steps of his mansion watching


out of sight.
figure

To

the
in

last

saw

his

stately

erect

the

light

of the

winter sunshine

figure

destined

from

henceforth to occupy a prominent position


in

my

life

and memory.

The

regret

felt

392


292

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


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,
is
I

likely

soon to be
such
a

fulfilled
is

again.

That

have

friend

an advantageous circumstance
through his guidance
accurately
I

for

me,

for

am
life

able to judge

of

many

things

occurring in

the course of the things


hints
I

daily

around

me
the

which, seemingly
of serious
results

trivial,

are

to

come, which
to

am

thus permitted
is

in part

foresee.

There
one

a drawback, of course, and the

bitter

drop
I

in the

cup of knowledge

is,

that the

more

progress under the tuition

of Heliobas, the less


graceful

am
I

deceived by
with

appearances.

perceive

almost cruel suddenness the true characters


of
all

those

whom

meet.

No

smile

of lip or eye can delude

me

into accepting

mere surface-matter
it is

for

real

depth, and
to

intensely painful for

me

be forced

to behold

hypocrisy in the expression of

CONCLUSION,
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,

and

spite

and malice springing

up
the

like a

poisonous undergrowth beneath


flattery
I

words of elegant
I

or

dainty

compliment.
a

often wish

could throw

rose-coloured mist
still

of illusion

over

all

these things, and


I

more earnestly do
alas

wish

could in a single instance find

myself

mistaken.

But

the

fatal

finger of

the electric instinct


the

within
in
"

me

points out unerringly

flaw

every

Sham across human diamond, and many a cunningly contrived imitation of


writes "
intelligence
I

and goodness.
is

Still,

the grief

feel at this

counterbalanced in part by
I

the joy
real

with

which

quickly
real

recognise
love
;

virtue,

real

nobility,

and

when
soul

these attributes flash out upon

me

from the faces of human beings,

my own

warms, and

know

have seen a

294

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, Gordon, long before


that brave soldier

met

his

doom.

At the
sent

time the

English

Government

him

out on his last

fatal mission,

a letter from

Heliobas to
passage
:

me

contained the following

**

see

Gordon has chosen


his death.

his destiny

and the manner of

Two ways

of dying have been offered


is

him
;

one
is

that

slow, painful and inglorious

the other

sudden, and therefore sweeter to a


his temperament.

man
of

of

He

himself

perfecdy
his
at

aware
career;

of

the
will

approaching end
receive
will

he

his

release

Khartoum.
for a
little

England
while,

lament over him


will

and then he

be

declared an inspired
recklessly

on

his

madman who rushed own doom while those


;

who

allowed him to be slain

will

be voted

CONCLUSION.

295

the wisest, the most just and virtuous in

the realm."

This prophecy was carried out to the


letter,

as

I I

fully

believe

certain

things
also

of

which

am now
out.

informed

will

be carried
persons
I

But though there

are

who
if

pin their faith on " Zadkiel,"

doubt
such

there are any

who

will believe

in

a
is

thing

as

electric

divination.

The one
other
is

mere vulgar imposture, the


scientific

performed on a purely

basis in accordance with certain existing


rules

and principles
masse

yet

think there can

be no question as to which of the two the


public
e7i

is

likely to prefer.

On

the

whole, people

do not mind being hum-

bugged
almost

they hate being instructed, and


is

the trouble of thinking for themselves


too

much
is

for

them.

Therefore

" Zadkiel "

certain to flourish for

many
every

and many
instinct

a long day, while the lightning

of prophecy

dormant

in

296

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


utterly

human being remains unused and


forgotten except by the rare few.

have

little

more

to say.

feel that

those

among my
pages,
in

readers

who

idly turn
find

over these
'^

expecting to
acceptation

novel''

the true

of the

term,
IS

may be
*'

disappointed.

My
but
I

narrative

simply an

experience

;"

have no

wish to persuade others of the central truth


contained
in
it

namely,

^/le

existence

of

powerful
being,

electric

organs in every

human
are

which with proper

cttltivation

capable of marvellous spiritual force.

The
to

time

is

not

yet ripe

for this

fact

be

accepted.

The may be
I

persons connected with this story


dismissed in a few words.

When
she

joined

my

friend

Mrs.

Everard,
hysteria.

was suffering from nervous


had assured

My

presence had the soothing effect Heliobas

me

of,

and

in

a very few

CONCLUSION.
days we started from Paris
in

297

company
amiable

for

England.

She,

with

her

and

accomplished husband, went back to the


States

a few

months since
which

to

claim an
are

immense

fortune,

they

now

enjoying as most Americans enjoy wealth.

Amy
and

has diamonds to her heart's content,


galore from Worth's
;

toilettes

but she

has no children, and from the tone of her


letters to

me,

fancy she would part with

one

at least of her valuable necklaces to

have a small pair of chubby arms round


her neck, and a soft
against her bosom.
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, in
is

of his
to
last

detractors,

destined

through ages.

He

is

not very rich, 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

298

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


None
In
call

beloved.

of his pictures have yet

been exhibited
hurry to
their

England, and he

is

In

no

upon the London

critics for

judgment.
times
to

He
sell

has
his

been
large

asked
picture,

several
**

Lords of our Life and Death," but he


not.
I

will

have never met him since our


I

Intercourse at Cannes, but

hear of him

frequently

through

Heliobas,

who

has

recently forwarded

me

a proof engraving
for

of

the
I

picture

''

L'ImprovIsatrice,"
It
it

which

sat as model.
art,

is

a beautiful
I
it,

work of

but that

Is

like 7ue
I

am
not

not vain enough to admit.

keep

as a portrait of myself, but as a souvenir

of the

man through whose


I

introduction

gained the best friend

have.

News of Prince Ivan Petroffsky reaches me frequently. He Is the possessor of the


immense
the

wealth

foretold

by

Heliobas
follow
his

eyes of
;

Society greedily
his

movements
ously In

name

figures

conspicu;"

the "

Fashionable

Intelligence

CONCLUSION.
and the magnificence of
festivities

299

his recent marriage


talk

was

for

some time the

of

the Continent.

He

has married the only

daughter of
creature,

French

Duke

lovely

as

soulless

and heartless as a
;

dressmaker's stuffed model


his jewels well

but she carries

on her white bosom, and

receives his guests with as

much

dignity as
quali-

a well-trained major-domo.
ties

These

suffice

to

satisfy

her

husband

a^

present ;
is

how long

his satisfaction will last

another matter.

He

has not quite for-

gotten Zara; for on every recurring y<9?/r


des Morts, or Feast of the Dead, he sends

garland

or

cross

of

flowers

to

the

simple grave in Pere-la-Chalse.

Heliobas
;

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.

At
the

the

moment

one of the most


in
all

envied and popular noblemen

Royal

Courts of

Europe

and no one
is

thinks of asking

him whether he

happy.


300

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


world
;

He
him

7mis^ be happy, says the


is
?

he

has everything that


so.

needed to make

Everything
which he

yes
will

all

except one

thing, for

long
near.
?

when

the

shadow of the end draws

And now what


farewell to those

else remains

brief
this
?

who have perused


word

narrative, or a lingering parting

In

these
there

days of haste and scramble,


is

when

no time
?
I

for

faith,

is

there

time for sentiment

therefore there shall be

And none between my


think
not.

readers and me, save this


ing.

Belief

belief

in

a friendly warnGod belief


by
sure,
!

in all

things noble, unworldly, lofty, and beautiful,


is

rapidly being crushed underfoot


?

what

By mere
denying

lust of gain

Be

good people, be very sure that you are


rzo-/i^

in

God

for the

sake of

man

abjuring the the material before you rush recklessly onward. The
in

spiritual for

end

for all of

you can be but death

and are
is

you quite positive

after all that there

no

CONCLUSION.
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, with of unseen

high musings,
Its

its

dreams
the

glory,

longings after

Infinite, Is a

mere

useless vapour, 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,
I
;

ask,

would the wish


Is

for a future state

of being, which

secretly felt

by every one

of us, have been permitted to find a place


in

our natures, 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,

if

there be no hereafter ?

For

my own part, I I have seen and


you admit

have told you frankly what

what I know ; but


I

do not

ask you to believe me.

only say, if

if

to yourselves the possibility of a

302

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


would

future and eternal state of existence,


it

not be well for you to inquire seriously


are preparing for
it

how you
days
?

in

these wild
"

Look

at society
:

around you, and


is

ask yourselves
tending
or

Whither
or

our

''

Proo-ress

Forward
?

Backward
?

Upward
Fight the
it

Downward
out.
it

Which way

problem
or put

Do

not glance at

casually,

away

as an unpleasant thought, or

a consideration involving too

much

trouble

struggle with
it,

it

bravely

till

you resolve
be, adide

and whatever the answer may


it.

by

If

it

leads you to

deny God and the


souls, and

immortal destinies of your own


find hereafter,

you

when

it is

too

late,

that both

God and
of our

immortality exist, you have only

yourselves to blame.

We

are the arbiters


fact is the

own

fate,

and that

most
is

important one of our


positively unfettered
;

lives.
it

Our

will

is

a rudder put
it

freely into our hands,

and with

we can
will

steer wherever

we

choose.

God

not

compel our love or obedience.

We

must


CONCLUSIOX.
ourselves desire to love and obey
3^3

desire

it

above all tJmigs in the world.

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.

wonders of Nature are the

and

heat

alone

result of licrht

i.e.,

are the

work of the
to de-

Electric
scribe,

Ring

have endeavoured

which must go on producing, ab-

sorbing, and reproducing worlds, suns,

and

systems for ever and ever.


its

The

Ring, 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.

cannot force this theory on public

attention,

which

Is

at present

claimed by
give
"
In-

various

learned

professors,

who
*'

genious

explanations
;"

of

atoms

and
these

" molecules

yet,

even regarding

same "atoms," the mild question may be


put:

Where

did the first

''atom''

come

304

A
?

ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS.


Some may answer
Surely
''
:

from
first

We

call

the
to

atom GodJ'

it

Is

as well

call

Him a Spirit Atom ? However,

of pure

Light as an

the fact of one person's


will not, I

being convinced of a truth

am
I

aware, go very far to convince others.

have related
It

my

"

experience

"

exactly as

happened

at the time,

and

my

readers

can accept or deny the theories of Heliobas


as they please.
criticism,

Neither denial, acceptance,


Incredulity
I

nor

can

affect

77ie

personally, inasmuch as

am

not Heliobas,

but

simply the

narrator
;

of

an episode

connected with him


is

and as such,

my

task

finished.

THE END.

BXl-lNS

SONS, PRINTERS, GUILDFORD.


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