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Capitola the Madcap   By: (1819-1899)

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I. The Orphan's Trial II. Old Hurricane Storms III. Cap's Visit to the Hidden House IV. The Hidden Hollow V. The Hidden House VI. The Inmate of the Hidden House VII. Cap's Return VIII. Another Mystery at the Hidden House IX. Cap Frees the Captive X. Cap in Captivity XI. An Unexpected Visitor at Marsh's Cottage XII. Cap "Rests on her Laurels" and "Spoils for a Fight" XIII. Black Donald XIV. Glory XV. Cap Captivates a Craven XVI. Cap's Rage XVII. Capitola Caps the Climax XVIII. Black Donald's Last Attempt XIX. The Awful Peril of Capitola XX. The Next Morning XXI. A Fatal Hatred XXII. The Court Martial XXIII. The Verdict XXIV. The End of the War XXV. The Fortunate Bath XXVI. The Mysterious Maniac XXVII. The Maniac's Story XXVIII. End of the Lady's Story XXIX. Prospects Brighten XXX. Capitola a Capitalist XXXI. "There shall be light at the eventide." Holy Bible




"We met ere yet the world had come To wither up the springs of youth, Amid the holy joys of home, And in the first warm blush of youth. We parted as they never part, Whose tears are doomed to be forgot; Oh, by what agony of heart. Forget me not! forget me not!"


At nine o'clock the next morning Traverse went to the library to keep his tryst with Colonel Le Noir.

Seated in the doctor's leathern chair, with his head thrown back, his nose erect and his white and jeweled hand caressing his mustached chin, the colonel awaited the young man's communication.

With a slight bow Traverse took a chair and drew it up to the table, seated himself and, after a little hesitation, commenced, and in a modest and self respectful manner announced that he was charged with the last verbal instructions from the doctor to the executor of his will.

Colonel Le Noir left off caressing his chin for an instant, and, with a wave of his dainty hand, silently intimated that the young man should proceed.

Traverse then began and delivered the dying directions of the late doctor, to the effect that his daughter Clara Day should not be removed from the paternal mansion, but that she should be suffered to remain there, retaining as a matronly companion her old friend Mrs. Marah Rocke.

"Umm! umm! very ingenious, upon my word!" commented the colonel, still caressing his chin.

"I have now delivered my whole message, sir, and have only to add that I hope, for Miss Day's sake, there will be no difficulty thrown in the way of the execution of her father's last wishes, which are also, sir, very decidedly her own" said Traverse.

"Umm! doubtless they are and also yours and your worthy mother's."

"Sir, Miss Day's will in this matter is certainly mine. Apart from the consideration of her pleasure, my wishes need not be consulted. As soon as I have seen Miss Day made comfortable I leave for the far West," said Traverse, with much dignity.

"Umm! and leave mama here to guard the golden prize until your return, eh?" sneered the colonel.

"Sir, I do not wish to understand you," said Traverse with a flushed brow.

"Possibly not, my excellent young friend," said the colonel, ironically; then, rising from his chair and elevating his voice, he cried, "but I, sir, understand you and your mother and your pretty scheme perfectly! Very ingenious invention, these 'last verbal instructions.' Very pretty plan to entrap an heiress; but it shall not avail you, adventurers that you are! This afternoon Sauter, the confidential attorney of my late brother in law, will be here with the will, which shall be read in the presence of the assembled household... Continue reading book >>

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