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THE UNIVERSITY OF 

NORTH CAROLINA 

LIBRARY 




THE WILMER COLLECTION 

OF CIVIL WAR NOVELS 

PRESENTED BY 

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A CONFEDERATE FAIRY STORY. 



"Written by a Lady of Warrenton, Va. 



WARRENTON, VA. 



Entered according to act of Congress in the year ]8C9, by R. "VT. I'ay.nk 
in the Clerk's office of the United States District Court for the District oi 
Virginia. 



PRINTED AT 

THE SUN" BOOK AST) JOB OFFICE, 

BALTIMORE, MD. 



TO THE 

CHILDREN OF THE SOUTH 

WHO SUFFERED 

DURING THE LATE WAR, 

THIS LITTLE BOOK 

IS DEDICATED., 



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INTRODUCTION 



The Pkincess of the Moox. 



Dear Little Southern Beaders : 

When we wish to amuse children, we create, in our 
imagination, a race of beings called u Fairies" and cause 
them to accomplish as many wonderful things as possible. 
This was my occupation, for the pleasure and happiness of 
my little ones, when sitting before a cheerful, hickory fire 
one chilly November evening. 

It was a few months after the close of the war, and I was 
a guest at '-Mecca."* a beautiful Virginia home, (tin- 



in Warrcnton. 



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war had deprived me of my own,) and on that evening 
my feelings were particularly sad from brooding over the 
sufferings of our dear Southern people, when my reveries 
were interrupted by a bevy of dear bare-footed little rebels. 
who, without ceremony, surrounded me and begged for a 
Fairy Story. Of course I could net resist their entreaties; 
so. after assuring them that, in reality, there exist no such 
creatures as Fairies, I drew upon my fancy for the following 
story. 

Dear children, we have not a Fairy to watch over us. but 
a Father in Heaven, who pities our sunny land, and mani- 
fests Himself to us in our afflictions. He places as in a 
••palace of purification," much more beautiful than the one 
inhabited by Randolph, for ours is this bright world, filled 
with furniture more dazzling than any made by the hands of 
man ; the flowers, the birds, the hills and vales ; the silvery 
streams, blue sky and glorious sun ; the stars, and that lus- 
trous silver lamp, the moon; — what palace ever possessed 
such Heavenlv ornaments as these \ But let us remember 



rhat, with all its beauty, our world, like Randolph's prison, 
is only one of probation, to prepare and purify us for the 
eternal mansion, where the flowers will not fade, nor all that 
is bright and beautiful perish. Here we are to learn and 
practice virtue— which, like the Fairy's violets, will become 
jewels to adorn our crowns in Heaven. And when om 
Father wills that we should suffer through the wickedness of 
others, we must remember all the time that it is He who 
afflicts us, and then we shall feel less resentment against the 
instruments of His wrath. 

I speak especially to you, little sufferers of the South, who 
during the war waged against us endured hunger and cold ; 
were made homeless and fatherless. How well you remem- 
ber that chilly night, when driven from your homes bv 
brutal soldiers — the burning, the horrors which ensued ; — 
you, poor little wanderers from Atlanta, and children oi 
burning Columbia ; you, starving ones, whose tears for bread 
broke many a widowed mother's heart; you, shivering ones. 
who watched the contents of your scanty wardrobes with 



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tearful eyes as they were torn and scattered to the winds and 
flames. That Sunday frock! how you grasped the treasure 

and bogged it might be .spared. Alas! the torch lighted and 

lined it even in the sanctuary of your arms. Ah ! 

recollect all these scenes well — too wellj hut remember 

dear children, it was God who willed it all. You, little sun 

of the brave papa, whose last words, on leaving for the war, 

: •• Protect thy mother and sisters, my boy." How 

bitter the torture that bound thee, hand and foot, whilst thy 

sisters were insulted and thy mother weeping. Thou cansr 

not yet think that Heaven willed this. I see thee shake thy 

head; thy tears of indignation return, and thou feel'st in thy 

a desire for revenge. Ah! it was a cruel shock to thy 

young nature, trained to chivalry from thy cradle. Let me 

point thee to the only comfort left us. Turn thy gaze above 

when recalling that sorrow of the past ; ever look up to Him 

who permitted thy grief, and He will yet pour the balm of 

olation into thy wounded soul. 

But I will tire my little readers if I attempt to describe 



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each one's sufferings. A record lias already been made of 
them, and at the great day of justice the sorrows, as well as 
the crimes of every one, will he made manifest. 

That the angels who watched over our brave land during 
the unequal struggle may have borne your tears and prayers 
to Heaven, where you will find them changed into bright 
crowns, is the heartfelt prayer offered for each one of you 

by THE AUTHOKESS. 




THE 

PRINCESS OF THE MOON. 



CHAPTER I. 



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T was after the dreadful struggle between 
North and South that a poor Confede- 
rate soldier wandered in a wood near 
the ruins of his once splendid home. 

He had been indulging his grief at the graves 
of his fond parents, recalling the proud day 
when he had buckled on his sword in defense of 
his native land, his mother's last embrace, his 
aged father's blessing, and his own promise to 



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return and brighten their declining years with 
the laurels of victory and liberty. 

But alas! how different from his sanguine 
anticipation was the reality! And now, as he 
thought of his bitter disappointment, and gazed 
upon the blackened ruins of his once beautiful 
home, deep anguish filled his heart. Raising 
his tearful eyes Heavenward, the moon's pensive 
rays fell upon his face with unusual brilliancy, 
causing him to exclaim, "Ah! had I wings, how 
gladly would I seek shelter on your distant, 
peaceful shores, sweet moon." Instantly a 
shadowy mist surrounded him, and through this 
cloud he beheld a female of exquisite beauty. Pg* 
A crescent of precious stones rested upon her ^ cl 
head, from which fell a long veil of silver gauze, 



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so completely enveloping her that he could only 
catch a glimpse of her robe beneath. This 
seemed to be of dark blue velvet, embroidered 
in jewels to represent stars. 

"I am the Fairy of the Moon," said she, "and 
having witnessed your grief 'I desire to serve 
you. What would you have!" 

The soldier fell upon his knees and promised 
to be her most faithful servant until death if she 
would only transport him to her dominions, as 
life in a conquered land had become to him a 
burden. The gentle Fairy smiled, and stamping 
her foot upon a rock, a beautiful white horse, 
magnificently caparisoned, immediately sprang 
forth. 

"You will find every thing there for a long 



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journey," she said, pointing to the horse. "Make 

good use of the powers I give you, and you shall 
have my protection; but I warn you not to fall 
to return to this rock, on the first day of every 
month, to express your gratitude for my munifi- 
cence. The name of your horse is Hope ; and 
whenever you wish to ascend, descend, or stop 
on your journey, you have only to call "Hope." 
Should you, however, forget me 1 or neglect to 
visit me at this spot, you will in turn forget the 
name of your horse, and be unable to control 
his movements. In this I require the implicit 
obedience of those I serve. And now farewell; 
mount and leave this land which I have watched 
over in its prosperity, and now mourn over in 
its desolation. Yes, young man, I saw the torch 



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applied to your home, and witnessed your 
noble father's last moments on the night lie was 
turned, sick and suffering, from his own roof. 

I alone heard the blessings and last words he 
left for you. The next morning, when his body 
was found by his neighbors, they wondered that 
the dew upon his face and hair emitted the odor 
<>f violets : they knew not that I had wept over 
him, and the perfume of my tears never departs. 
Thus I became your father's mourner and your 
friend— and if you prove worthy I have many 
favors in store for you. Depart in peace.'* 
Saying this, she disappeared in the same 
shadowy mist which at first surrounded her. 

Randolph (for this was the soldier's name) 
inspected his noble steed, finding a pair of snow 



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white wings under his flowing mane, and pro- 
visions and clothing stored in golden cases in 
the saddle. He immediately mounted and ex- 
claimed, "Hope!" when, to his delight, the 
wings gracefully spread themselves, and he 
found himself flying rapidly through the air; 
and what was most remarkable, he possessed the 
power of seeing through space into the interior 
of the houses and cities he passed. Day was 
now breaking, and he frequently called Hope to 
stop, that he might enjoy the views of the differ- 
ent countries and beautiful cities over which he 
hovered; and sometimes he descended to take a 
closer view of the interior. His own desolate 
land he could not gaze upon without tears, for 
he beheld misery and want in all directions. 



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He saw the twenty thousand that had been 
driven from one fair city, living in stables, 
barns, &c. &c; and some even without this poor 
shelter;* another twenty thousand dwelling 
among the blackened ruins of their once beaute- 
ous town — the Eden of Carolina.! 

Then he viewed the homes of the conquerors, 
abounding in plenty, and decked in the spoils 
they had so cruelly acquired. The sight had 
such a sickening effect, particularly as in one 
place he found his own old family plate adorning 
a festive board, that his senses became confused 
— and but for the outstretched wings of Hope 
lie would have fallen. On recovering himself, 
he determined to continue his upward course, 

*Atlanta. fColumbia. 

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without further delay — and lie commanded Hope 
to bear him at once to his destination, and in a 
short time lie arrived safely in the moon. He 
then alighted and commenced to survey his new 
home. The air Burrounding tin's new world had 
upon him a most transporting effect — it being 
soft, and yet exhilarating; the zephyrs made the 
most delightful music as they fanned the luxu- 
riant foliage, while gentle showers, imparting 
the odor of attar-of-roses, constantly moistened 
the earth. The flowers were the rarest and the 
birds the brightest lie had ever seen. There 
was no night in this sublime region. He soon 
discovered signs of habitation: and the unpre- 
tending cottage, as well as the palatial residence, 
gave evidence of a happiness and peace which 
was remarkable. 



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After wandering many days he approached a 
magnificent palace, which, from its size and 
STandeur, he knew must be inhabited by the 
King; for he had learned, on conversing with 
the people, that a King reigned over them who 
was both wise and good. 

The castle excelled anything he had ever 
seen. It was of singular and graceful architect- 
ure, particularly the innumerable towers that 
surrounded it; and from whose lofty summits 
floated the silvery banner of the moon. Know- 
ing he could not enter without a special invita- 
tion from the King, he did not seek admittance 
into the palace; but, making use of Hope's 
wings, he alighted in a secluded grotto within 
the walls surrounding the royal grounds. He 



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spent several hours in examining this wonderful 
spot, filled with beautiful ponds, lakes, woods 
and meadows. Verdant groves were traced by 
silver streams, over which floated enchanted gon- 
dolas of every form and description. The aged 
and children formed the pleasure parties of tl 
happy excursions, and once a week they were 
permitted this privilege. 

Randolph was struck with their kind and 
pleasing manners, and on conversing, discovered 
that such was the peace and content of these 
people, that they had never heard of war, and 
knew nothing of its meaning. His satisfaction 
was unbounded at the thought that he was at 
last in a country which would never be con- 
quered, or even invaded — that the people were 



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tree and happy — their good King seeming like 
a loving father. He was also informed of the 
existence of the Kings daughter — a princess of 
marvelous beauty; and an intense longing and 
determination to see her possessed him. As the 
grounds were many miles in extent he had no 
difficulty in concealing Hope, and keeping at a 
distance from the castle. At last he became 
tired, and was just about to throw himself upon 
the soft, bright turf, when he caught a glimpse 
of what seemed an angeTs dream — it was too 
beautiful for reality, and he was so transfixed 
with achniration that he had no power to move, 
and consequently was unable to avoid being 
seen by the lovely creature who approached 
him. On beholding him, her face became suf- 



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fused with blushes, and she was about to retreat 
— but turning towards him, as with a sudden 
thought, she exclaimed: " Should you be seen 
here, your death is inevitable: such must be the 
fate of any of your sex who look upon me before 
my marriage, except the one destined by my 
grand-mother to be my husband. He is to 
appear on my eighteenth birth-day, but until 
then I am as one dead to the world." 

"Lovely princess," Randolph replied, "I am 
a wanderer from a distant w< rid, and a stranger 
here, but a good Fair}' watches over and protects 
me ; so you need not fear. I beg that you will 
let me have the happiness of sometimes beholding 
you." vShe assured him it would be impossible, 
and urged his instant flight, as they were at that 



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moment in the greatest danger of being seen by 
her grand-mother. However, he persisted that 
his friend who had sent him to the moon would 
guard them both from harm, and lie implored 
her not to banish him from her charming society. 
Then, to touch her heart, he told her the history 
of his life — describing the once happy and pros- 
perous land of his birth; then the misery and 
ruin brought upon his beloved people by a 
dreadful war; last of all, his own despoiled 
home, and his meeting with the °x>od Fairy who 
had taken pity on him. But he did not tell how 
she had transported him to this place, for he felt 
lie ought not to divulge this secret without first 
consulting his benefactress. 

On concluding the sad narrative he discovered 



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the cheeks of the princess were wet with tears, 
whereupon he again entreated to see her occa- 
sionally, lmt she only shook her head in disap- 
proval, and replied: that as it would certainly 
endanger his life, it was best for them to part — 
she only wished they had never met, as she 
feared even now it might occasion his ruin. 

In token of farewell she gave him her hand. 
which he fervently kissed, and then glided away 
in the direction she had come, leaving Randolph 
in distress and despair. He was now alone with 
Hope, who gazed at him in mute sympathy, and 
then this trusty friend outstretched his wings, as 
if inviting his master to mount ; and on his d< >ing 
so, carried him far out of sight of the "Castle of 
Rest," as the king's palace was called. 




CHAPTER II. 



M HE gentle motions of his horse hilled 
our hero into a peaceful sleep, and on 
awaking he found himself approaching 
a gate of surpassing beauty, and apparently of 
massive silver. Feeling curious to know what 
lay beyond, he ordered Hope to halt while he 
tried to gain admittance. He could not open 
the gate, but through a small crevice he per- 
ceived an angel with a drawn sword, on which 
was inscribed, in letters of fire, the word '" Par- 
adise." The slight glimpse he had of the inte- 



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rior of this exquisite spot, and the remembrance 
of the misfortunes that had been brought upon 
him and the world by the disobedience of those 
first parents for whose happiness so much beauty 
had been created, filled him with sadness, but 
reminded him of his good benefactress, who 
required him to return to express his gratitude 
at the beginning of each month. 

He suddenly remembered that he had scarcely 
time to make the contemplated journey, and for 
the first time he felt glad that the princess had 
not permitted him to remain longer in her 
presence, as he might have forgotten the good 
Fairy's injunction until it was too late. He now 
commanded Hope to bear him in all haste to 
the appointed rendezvous. 



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Many beautiful countries and enticing scenes 
attracted his gaze, but he resisted the temptation 
to stop and admire, lest in the enjoyment of 
his own pleasures r he should forget the Fairy's 
command. Finally the picture of his own sad 
land was again in sight, hut he dared not linger 
as he had only a few moments left in which to 
reach the enchanted rock. As he drew«near he 
beheld his kind friend awaiting him. She 
greeted him joyfully, for her delight that he 
had come in time, was very great. "I would 
rather bless than afflict you," she exclaimed, 
4 'therefore in future do not risk my displeasure; 
partake of the pleasures I allow you in modera- 
tion, and you will never forget to return on the 
appointed day. 1 ' 



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Saying this, she motioned him to a rustic sent 
near by, and threw back her silver veil, when a 

pair of lustrous, mistftd, dark eyes beamed upon 
him with gentle kindness. "My object in sum- 
moning you here* she said, u is not only to ex- 
act obedience, but also to bestow upon you still 
greater favors." Randolph gazed fondly upon 
his benefactress, and promised to return, in 
future, a day or two before the appointed time, 
and thus avoid all risk of delay. The fairy then 
raised her wand, and immediately a beautiful, 
clear lake sprang forth at their feet. Its waters, 
like a mirror, reflected the enchanted bower of 
the moon in which Randolph had met the princess. 
He now beheld her again standing near the spot 
where they had parted. Her face was pale and 



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sad. She approached the tree against which he 
had leaned when talking to her, and to his 
delight he saw her imprint a kiss upon the rough 
bark. By this he knew she was thinking of 
him. But what was his astonishment to behold 
at the same moment the part her sweet lips had 
touched fall from the tree, and in its place a 
golden case appear containing a likeness of him- 
self! And now he knew how he was beloved 
by witnessing the joy of his adored princess.. 
Unconscious that his gaze was upon her, she 
poured forth her feelings in tears of joy, pressed 
the picture to her lips, and then placed it near 
her heart. This sight filled him with such hap- 
piness that he was on the point f mounting 
Hope and flying to the moon, when the Fairy's 



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sweet voice again arrested his attention. "Be 
cautions" she said, "how you intrude upon the 
solitude to which her grand-mother has con- 
demned her. Had any other young man pre- 
sented himself in the enchanted bower as you 
have done, he would have been punished with 
instant death; but I watched over and saved 
you. That lovely creature is destined for a 
husband of her grand-mother's choice. It is my 
desire that you should be selected, and I will 
assist you on condition you continue to 
obey my order, by returning at the appointed 
time, to this place to express your thanks. But 
remember that punishment awaits those who 
disobey me." 

Transported with delight at the idea of again 



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meeting the princess, and of being able to assnre 
her of the protection of the Fairy, he fell at the 
feet of his friend, and whilst he was j>ouring 
forth his gratitude in the most affectionate terms, 
she disappeared. Mounting his faithful steed, 
Randolph was, in an incredibly short time, car- 
ried to a thick wood near the enchanted bower 
of the Palace of Rest. Concealing Hope, 
he proceeded on foot to find the princess. Un- 
conscious of his presence, she was sighing and 
grieving as she sadly gazed upon the likeness 
clasped in her hands; but when she saw her 
lover in person at her feet, her whole counte- 
nance became transformed. It was like the sun 
breaking through the clouds on a rainy day. 
Her golden curls fell in graceful profusion over 



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her neck and shoulders; her soft In-own ey< 
moment before so mournful, now beamed upon 
him with bewitching light; her ruby lips 
wreathed in enchanting smiles around teeth that 
rivaled the rarest pearl; while her pale cheeks 
became instantly suffused with the tint of the 
rarest rose. 

Randolph, unable to resist such charms, im- 
mediately gave expression to the devotion he 
felt, and declared he could not survive separa- 
tion from her. He then told her of his visit to 
the good Fairy, and of the protection she had 
promised them, and begged the princess to 
return his love without fear. It was impossible 
to resist such entreaties, and the princess by her 
drooping eyes and blushing cheeks confessed 



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what her timid lips could scarcely utter. And 
now this happy pair passed several horns of 
each day in sweet communion with each other, 
rambling through the groves and shades of the 
Palace of Rest. But Randolph became impatient 
to have his fate decided, so he determined on an 
expedient. He learned that the king had a 
great passion for music, and that aged musicians 
were permitted to enter the palace when all 
others of the sex were excluded. Now Randolph 
was a proficient in this accomplishment, so he 
procured a white wig, and having completely 
disguised his face, presented himself at the 
palace and was without difficulty admitted into 
the presence of the king. This imposing 
monarch sat on a throne of gold inlaid with 
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precious stones, and though pride was marked 
upon his noble countenance, it was softened by 
an expression of kindness and benevolence. 

The queen and their daughter were also 
present, and when Randolph gazed upon his 
adored princess, the effect of her resplendent 
charms was almost too great for his presence of 
mind. He dared not trust himself to look a 
second time, lest he should be unable to exer 
cise his musical powers for the pleasure of the king. 
He commenced at once, and having finished 
his first efforts, he noticed that the king seemed 
much gratified, and to the great delight of our 
disguised troubadour, desired to speak with him. 
He made many inquiries of his name, country,* 
destination, &c, and seeming much interested, 



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Randolph determined to give him a portion of 
his History, concealing of course the means used 
by the Fairy to transport him to the moon. 

The king was very just, and when he had 
heard from Randolph of the terrible war in 
which his countrymen had been engaged, of the 
many sufferings they had endured before being 
overpowered by countless hordes of a meddling, 
peddling race, called "Yankees,' 1 his face 
darkened with indignation. "Remain in my 
palace," said he to Randolph, "I should like 
to know more of your poor, stricken land. 
You shall become one of my household, and 
teach the princess your beautiful accomplish- 
ment, in which you excel any one I have ever 
heard in my own land." Randolph was almost 



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overcome with delight, and the agitation of his 
feelings added much to the pathos and tender- 
ness of his next song — "The Conquered Banner." 
When he had finished it, the eves of even the 
stern old king were glistening with tears, and 
the princess was obliged to leave the room. 





CHAPTER III. 

ND now Randolph was established at 
the castle as one of the household, and 
when not engaged with the king, or 
teaching and making love to the princess, he 
amused himself inspecting the interior of this 
grand and wonderful structure. It excelled his 
most brilliant expectations, being a little world 
within itself, and evidently not built by the 
hands of man. Discovering 'that all this gran- 
deur was the work of a powerful fairy who> 
presided over the destiny of his household, he- 



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understood why it was that the king obeyed so 
implicitly the grand-mother's injunctions regard- 
ing the princess. In his moments of solitude his 
heart failed, lest he should be discovered and 
banished from the society of his beloved, but the 
remembrance of his own good Fairy's promise 
encouraged and reassured him. 

It is inrpossible to imagine the magnificence, 
taste and comfort presented to Randolph as he 
wandered through this grand old castle. 

The entrance hall was a mile in circumference, 
and in its centre a fountain sent forth, with 
sparkling jets of water, delightful music — which 
on the arrival of ■ guests, would be gay and 
rejoicing, but sad and mournful on their de- 
parture. Statues made of rare and wonderful 



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stone and metal were arranged in graceful 
groups, and represented the virtues most admired 
by the king. In this hall the walls were of 
azure, bespangled with stars of silver, and the 
ceiling was a magnificent picture of the joys of 
heaven. Delicious perfumes were constantly 
sprinkled by invisible hands, and the floors 
seemed to reflect, as a mirror, exquisite flowers 
of every shape and hue. Doors around the hall 
opened into the various apartments, too numer- 
ous and beautiful to describe. On one side a 
balcony overlooked the " Giotto of Silence," 
whose refreshing shades were never disturbed by 
any one but the king himself. 

As it would fill volumes to give an accurate 
description of this enchanted palace, which sur- 



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passed anything ever seen or heard of, I will 
now continue my story and relate how our 
friend Randolph, in the enjoyment of his 
pleasures, lost all recollection of his kind bene- 
factress. The day arrived for their meeting, but 
the Fairy waited in vain at the appointed spot 
until, unable to restrain her impatience, she 
touched the rock with her wand, and the lake 
again appeared, in which was reflected the 
Castle of Rest. Seated by the side of the 
princess, Randolph was apparently forgetful of 
everything save his own happiness. He was at 
that moment singing one of his sweetest songs, 
and the princess was gazing sadly upon him, for 
she knew that the time was fast approaching 
when they must part forever, as her grand- 



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mother's favorite was to appear on her eighteenth 
birth-day, which was close at hand. Notwith- 
standing the apparent difficulties, oivr hero had 
determined to act the honorable part of informing 
the king of his true age and circumstances, 
trusting to his good Fairy's promises, and the 
affection he knew the king entertained for him. 
Sadly the gentle Fairy surveyed the picture in 
the crystal lake, and commenced to weep, for 
she well knew that Randolph's forgetfulness of 
herself would bring trouble upon the happy 
pair, in spite of her affection for them. "Ah!" 
thought she, "if he would only come to me all 
would yet be right, and my poor grand-daughter 
saved much sorrow." (The reader has no doubt 
surmised that Randolph's good Fairy and the 



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pr'nicess' (fraud-mother were one and the same.) 
She mourned and grieved in vain, for Randolph 
was oblivious of everything but the princess. 

At last day dawned and she departed, leaving 
the ground wet with her tears, from which 
sprang a bed of fragrant violet >. 

In the meanwhile Randolph opened his heart 
to the good old king, told his unbounded love 
for his daughter, and the deception it had driven 
him to practice, and how the promises of ihe 
Fairy had encouraged him to hope for success. 
But as dearly as the king loved him, he dared 
not disobey the wishes of the grand-mother, and 
with sad heart he gave orders that his favorite 
musician should die at sunset, and for the first 
time sorrow and distress reigned throughout the 
Castle of Rest, 



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The grief of the poor princess was so great 
that her life was despaired of. Randolph pre- 
ferred death to separation from her, and there- 
fore came forth with seeming cheerfulness, at 
the appointed hour, to the place of execution. 




CHAPTER IV. 

AXDOLDPH'S only request was to bid 
farewell to Hope, and as no one knew 
the secret connected with the horse, his 
desire was gratified. He embraced his faithful 
steed, and speaking to him as to a friend, he 
begged him to remain with his beloved princess, 
and to be to her the trusty friend he had always 
been to him. The scene was so touching that 
there was a murmur of sympathy tlirougli the 
crowd. Suddenly Randolph perceived a gleam 
of encouragement in Hope's eyes, and he ex- 



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claimed imploringly to the king, "Permit me, 
sire, to take a farewell ride on my beloved 
horse in your presence, in front of the Castle." 
The king consented, and when Randolph had 
mounted he called in a loud voice "Hope," 
when to the amazement of all present, white 
wings appeared and he was borne with the 
swiftness of an arrow high into the air. His 
cloak and wig fell at the same instant at the 
feet of the king, who in wonder and astonish- 
ment gazed at the handsome youth, and then 
with a joyful countenance exclaimed, "my 
good people, I have just discovered that our 
friend is the youth intended by the Fairy as the 
husband of my daughter. Fool that I was, not 
to make him cast aside his disguise before I 



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passed sentence upon him, for the Fairy gave 
me a picture to enable me to recognize my in- 
tended son-in-law. Alas! I fear my oversight 
will bring upon all of us her indignation." Then 
he ordered his people to call out to Randolph 
that he should not die, but to return and marry 
the princess. Though Randolph heard their 
cries and seemed to understand them he 
continued to rise higher and higher until he 
altogether disappeared. By this the king 
knew that his want of discretion had offended 
the Fairy, and he mournfully repaired to the 
Grotto of Silence, where no one dared follow. 
It was in this place that the grand-mother 
always met him when she wished to communi- 
cate her wishes, and on this occasion he found 



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her with displeasure marked upon her counte- 
nance. "I deserve your condemnation for my 
unjust sentence/' he exclaimed, "but let my 
desire of implicit obedience to your command, 
plead my cause." "Oh! king-," she replied, 
"let this sad lesson teach you never to be hasty 
in your judgments, as appearances too often 
deceive even the wisest and best, You should 
have sought assistance and light from me to 
guide you in this important matter." So say- 
ing, she left him to reflect on the sad occur- 
rences of the day. 

To return to Randolph. I have said that he 
heard and understood the cries of the people, 
and knew that the king had relented and deter- 
mined to allow him to marry his daughter, so 



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he resolved to descend at once, but to Ins 
amazement lie conld not think of, much less call 
the name of his horse. Suddenly the Fairy's 
command and threat flashed across his mind, 
and knowing that the time for their meeting had 
passed, he felt that he must suffer the fatal con- 
sequences of his neglect. Grief and remorse at 
his forgetfulness of so good a friend, overcame 
him to such a degree that he fell into a swoon 
which lasted two days. 

On recovering, he found himself still swiftly 
ascending and passing by innumerable beautiful 
worlds without even the comfort of enjoying the 
pictures they presented — for the power of calling 
Hope was still denied him. At last he saw in 
the distance a magnificent gate, resting on 



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clouds of azure, tipped with gold. Above this 
gate, in glittering letters, formed of precious 
stones, appeared the word Heaven, around 
which bright angels were hovering and making 
music with their wings. Hope could proceed no 
further, and Randolph's grief was only increased 
at thus finding himself just outside of the gate 
of Heaven, with no power to enter. 

Soon an angel of surpassing beauty ap- 
proached, bearing in its arms the soul of an 
infant. Many other angelic spirits followed in 
quick succession, in company with bright, piui- 
fied souls, about to enter Heaven. Randolph 
could read in their faces the joy of the guardian 
angels, that the precious souls entrusted to their 
care had been by them safely conducted through. 
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a world of snares, and were now going to enjoy 
the delights of eternal happiness. 

The jeweled gate soon opened to receive the 
numerous throng, and there issued forth music 
so exquisite, and a light so brilliant, that Ran- 
dolph was thrown into an ecstasy which ren- 
dered him insensible. In this state he would 
have fallen into space but for the outstretched 
wings of Hope, ever ready to sustain him. 
When he became conscious, Heaven's delicious 
melody still resounded in his ears; but the gate 
being half closed, the full light no longer blinded 
him, and he was able to catch a glimpse of the 
angel who guarded the entrance of this blessed 
abode. This bright spirit seemed arrayed in 
rainbows, and a halo of glory surrounded its 



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head. It bore a crown in its hand, as if waiting 
to bestow it upon an expected soul. Across its 
breast was a sash of sunbeams, on which was 
inscribed in golden letters the word "Hope." 
At this sight Randolph was transported with 
joy, and calling on Hope with all the strength 
of his voice, he immediately began to descend. 
After traveling through the air for many days 
he perceived the welcome glimmer of the moon's 
silver beams. But he dared not stop without 
having first visited the enchanted rock; for, 
though he had, of course, lost all reckoning of 
time, still he determined to atone, as much as 
possible, for Ins former neglect, by hastening 
immediately to the appointed place. He hovered 
for an instant over the Castle of Rest, and his- 



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resolution not to delay nearly forsook him as he 
beheld, reclining in the enchanted bower, his 
adored princess, apparently dying. He ling 

instant, and was jnst about to risk every- 
thing and flv to her side, when he saw an 
entreating tear in the eye of his faithful Hope. 
By this sign lie knew that if he stopped, even 
for a short space of time, he would be too late 
for Iris appointment with the Fairy; so with an 
aching heart he commanded Hope to fly with 
him from temptation. 

At the same moment the good Fairy was 
watching his movements in the Lake of Reflec- 
tion. During his struggle between inclination 
and duty, she closed her eyes, as if unwilling 
either to gaze upon his sufferings, or to witness 



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his unfaithfulness to her commands — knowing 
well that a second disregard of her wishes would 
cause him forever to lose her care and protec- 
tion. In a few moments lie appeared in her 
presence, and unable longer to endure his suf- 
ferings, he fell fainting at her feet. Plucking 
the violets which her tears, at his former neglect, 
had occasioned, she sprinkled them over his 
prostrate form, and immediately a blush and 
smile overspread his pale features. But before 
he opened his eyes she mounted Hope and 
new away, leaving him alone beside the 
Lake of Reflection. On awakening, as if 
from a horrid dream, he recognized the 
Fairy's rendezvous, and realized at once 
the full extent of his misfortunes. Finding 



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himself covered with fragrant violets, which he 
knew were the tears of his benefactress, he 
gathered, and kissing them, placed these tokens 
of her love near his heart, determining never to 
part with them. At that moment he beheld the 
Lake of Reflection, in which was pictured the 
Castle of Rest, and, to his surprise, saw the 
Fairy borne within its enclosure on his beloved 
Hope. Now, that his faithful horse was gone, 
he had nothing left to remind him of his good 
Fairv but the violets and the lake. Gazing into 
the crystal waters he beheld with astonishment 
the Fairy, seated by the side of the princess, 
uttering words which seemed at once to restore 
the latter to life and happiness. Then there 
.seemed great rejoicing in the moon. The great 



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doors of the castle were opened, and throngs 
came forth to do honor to the Fairy — who, to 
Randolph's amazement, was welcomed and em- 
braced by the king with the utmost affection. 

At this moment the lake disappeared, and 
there stood in its place a beautiful house and 
grounds, which Randolph found, on examina- 
tion, to be provided with every comfort and 
luxury ; but he himself was deprived of all sense 
of enjoyment. As soon as he possessed himself 
of what he desired to have, it assumed the shape 
of something distasteful to him. Flowers, when 
gathered by him, turned into thorns; wine into 
water; and every delicacy, when touched, be- 
came bread; thus forcing him to become satisfied 
with this simple diet The house was inhabited 



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by people who appeared, from a distance, to be 
most charming and agreeable; but whenever 
Randolph approached them, they became ^<> 
hideous and disgusting that lie shrank away into 
a solitude which forced Irim to gaze upon all 
that was delightful without the privilege of en- 
joying- anything. 

In this place he spent his time until \}iid day 
again approached for his meeting with the 
Fairy. In the meanwhile the bouquet of violets 
grew less and less. Each day one would disap- 
pear, and he would find in its place, inscribed 
in letters of diamonds, on a golden scroll, the 
name of some virtue — first, Patience, then Char- 
ity, Humility, Perseverance, &c, until there 
was but one violet left. On the eve of the day 



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he was to meet the Fairy, that also disappeared, 
and in its place he found a miniature of his kind 
friend, under which was written Gratitude. 
Touching a spring in the golden case, a picture 
of the lovely princess was disclosed, under 
which was inscribed the word Love. He now 
felt convinced that his troubles were coming to 
an end, and that his beloved princess would be 
the reward of the virtues he had learned to 
practice in this singular place of banishment. 





CHAPTER V. 

7a1S! T last the long" looked for day arrived, 
and be hastened to meet the Fairy, who 
'soon appeared, and, embracing* him with 
joyful affection, commanded him to mount Hope 
and ascend to the moon, where the king and his 
daughter and all the inhabitants were awaiting 
him with impatience. "In fact," she exclaimed, 
"I am the grand-mother of the princess, and 
long ago destined you for her husband. This 
happiness would have been yours on her 
eighteenth birth-day had you not disobeyed my 



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wishes, thus forcing me to condemn you to the 
Castle of Purification. Now you are worthy to 
become a subject of our sinless dominion, having 
been purified from all stains of earth." A touch 
of her wand changed the sombre apparel he had 
worn during the days of his probation into a 
magnificent Confederate uniform. He then 
mounted Hope, and in a wonderfully short time 
found himself in the moon. 

The instant he appeared he was greeted with 
the most melodious music, and crowds followed 
him to the Palace of Rest. Randolph's heart 
beat with rapture when the gates were opened, 
and the king came forth to meet him, "Come, 
my son, thy bride awaits thee." 

In the festal hall stood the princess, radiantly 



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beautiful. A veil of snowy gossamer, spangled 
with tiny diamonds, enveloped but did not eon- 
eeal her lovely faee. Upon her brow rested a 
wreath of pearls, set in the form of lilies, and 
her dress of richest satin fell in flowing folds 
around her graceful form. Lovingly, though 
timidly, she stepped forward to meet him — but 
language fails me in portraying joy like theirs. 

After receiving the blessing of the king and 
queen, the}- were proclaimed "man and wife." 
Thousands of trumpets sounded forth the joyful 
event, in the midst of which they were led to 
the throne prepared for them. 

As they were receiving the congratulations of 
the people, the festivities were suddenly sus- 
pended by an unexpected event which struck 



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terror into the hearts of all beholders. Hovering 
over the castle were several most singular look- 
ing objects, which in a short time descended to 
the ground. From these curiously shaped 
affairs floated banners of red and white stripes, 
and in a few minutes a number of individuals 
issued forth, carrying "carpet-bags" and "traps" 
of all descriptions. Congratulating themselves 
upon their good luck in discovering a new 
country, which they "guessed" was going to 
surpass "the best government the world ever 
saw/' they set to work at once, and commenced 
a survey of the place. The new-comers seemed 
not the least disconcerted by the crowd of 
peaceful-looking people who gazed so wonder- 
ingly and calmly upon them. Indeed, they made 



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themselves so much at home, that to a casual 
observer they would have appeared to be the 
owners of this fair country and the natives 
seemed the intruders. The sudden cessation of 
the music and rejoicing readied the hall where 
Randolph and his bride, unconscious of what 
was taking place outside, were receiving the 
congratulations and toasts of his friends as the 
honored Confederate, the adopted Prince, and 
the future King of the Moon. In a few minutes 
the death-like stillness outside was explained, as 
the uninvited guests appeared in the festal halL 
But when they saw a handsome Confederate 
soldier seated on a throne by the side of his 
beautiful bride, and the magnificence and pomp 
surrounding him, for the first time they halted 
and even looked a little abashed. 



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x\t this moment one of the party, whose 
grimaces and contortions had occasioned general 
terror, especially among the children, rushed 
forward, exclaiming: "God bless me! if here 
aint Massa at last, 'live and well arter all!" This 
individual was of entirely a different appearance 
from the rest of the party — his skin being black 
and his head woolly — and as he rushed franti- 
cally towards Randolph, whom he seized in his 
arms, the poor princess became so alarmed that 
she fell into a swoon, causing for awhile great 
confusion and dismay. Meantime the guests 
whose presence had caused such consternation, 
made themselves perfectly at home; but the 
people, perceiving that the woolly head appeared 
to be a friend of their new prince, restrained 



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their impatience until he should explain the 
meaning of what they saw. He rose from his 

throne and addressed them tints: "My illustrious 
king and father; my beloved adopted citizens. — 
this singular individual (pointing to the grinning 
darkey) was an old and trust) servant belonging 
to my fathers household, and one to whom I 
am greatly attached. He heard that an expedi- 
tion was forming to survey the moon, and having 
dreamed that he should find me here, he was 
induced to join the party in hopes of realizing 
his wishes. After setting out, he discovered 
that the adventurers w r ere the very persons who 
had burned down and driven from my home my 
aged parents/ 1 At this moment the exploring 
party commenced to run, dropping in their haste 



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their carpet-bags, from which fell numerous 
valuable articles — "spoons" predominating. The 
good old darkey clapped his hands delightedly, 
crying, "hurrah! Massa! dem's yourn. I seed 
um steal urn, but dar'nt say a word. Poor old 
Massa! God bress him — was a dying, and no 
one but me to take him out of the flames ! "* 

The surveyors reached their balloons (their 
means of conveyance) without molestation, for 
as I have before said, the people of the moon 
were a peaceful race, and the Fairy alone exer- 
cised the prerogative of justice. She stood there 
awaiting them, her face glowing with indigna- 
tion as she exclaimed: "Ah! I have caught you 

*In Selma, during the late war, an old man was burned to death in 
his own house by Yankee soldiers, no faithful darkey being near to 
rescue him from the flames. 



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at last, demons of cruelty, and I have now the 
power to punish you, which I had not outside 
of my own dominions." Touching the balloons 
with her wand, they were instantly transformed 
into hideous dragons, which at once surrounded 
their unhappy victims. Then she summoned 
Randolph to appear and pronounce sentence 
upon them; but this noble youth, who had 
learned, in the Palace of Purification, to know 
and love virtue, begged her, in honor of his 
wedding day, to release them, saying, " Beloved 
benefactress, did you not forgive me my base 
ingratitude? Permit me, then, to restrain my 
vengeance, even though these enemies have 
driven me from my home and deprived me of 
every earthly consolation. Through the sorrow 



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they have brought on me, I have learned 
Charity, whose sublime lessons are only taught 
in the school of adversity. It is there we learn 
that life would become insupportable if fellow- 
creatures do not assist and encourage each other. 
Behold," he continued, his face beaming with 
love, "my mother's gentle spirit pleads for these 
sinners ; " and he held up to their view a minia- 
ture, under the lovely face of which, formed in 
letters of precious stones, were these words: — 
" Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain 
mercy." "This is a valued tribute, presented 
my father by the citizens of my native town in 
gratitude for his charity during a terrible pesti- 
lence, when he and my pious mother opened 
their doors, their hearts and their purses to the 



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suffering. I found this priceless relic just now 
among the ill-gotten goods dropped so hurriedly 
by the intruders. It is prized above all treasures, 
and comes to bless my wedding-day, and give 
the poor Confederate soldier a suitable offering 
for his bride." Turning towards her, and 
throwing the chain around her neck, he softly 
whispered, " Accept, beloved one, this my only 
possession, but it is worthy even of a princess, 
for it is my mother's face come to bless our 
union." The radiance of a rainbow surrounded 
them, and seemed to have the effect of softening 
the hearts of all within reach of its rays — for not 
only did the face of the Fairy assume its wonted 
gentleness, but repentant tears bedewed the 



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cheeks even of the intruders. Then Randolph 
fell at the Fairy's feet to intercede for these 
creatures, in which prayer he was joined by the 
princess. At the same moment the dragons 
were transformed into a flock of doves, the 
Fairy's sign of truce. She then opened her 
arms to Randolph, and tenderly embraced him. 
"Son of my heart," said she, " nobly hast thou 
withstood this last temptation, for it was intended 
only as another trial of your virtue. Had you 
taken advantage of my offer to wreak vengeance 
upon your enemies, you would have been again 
stained with sin. Live hereafter in peace and 
happiness, and know that your fallen country 
will yet arise from her ashes in greater glory 



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than ever. She has suffered, but she is purified, 
and thus prepared for greater blessings than 
before. And you," said she, looking severely at 
the uninvited guests, "you may well rejoice that 
your captor, being a Confederate soldier, spurns 
to trample on fallen foes, even though they be 
the pillagers and plunderers of his own house- 
hold. Repent your ways while you have time. 
A respite of punishment has been granted to 
enable you to return and warn your people 
against Nemesis, whose uplifted hand is ready 
to strike the blow that will carry destruction in 
its wake. Tell them to unshackle the race of 
heroes they have enslaved, that then temple of 
liberty may not be shattered and sow terror in 



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their midst. Tell them to restore ill-gotten 
Snoods, and brinsr content to the sad hearts and 
plenty to the scanty boards of those whom they 
have ruined. Retribution's sword, sharper than 
that of Mars, is suspended over them. Go avert 
the evil before it is too late." Gracefully waving 
her wand, a number of gorgeous and magnificent 
balloons appeared, in which the explorers gladly 
departed in the midst of the acclamations and 
rejoicings of the inhabitants of the moon. 

When last heard from the party had landed 
at the Central Park; but instead of trying to 
convert then erring people, were making large 
fortunes by carrying lovers beyond the clouds, 
to be united in the bonds of matrimony.* They 

*The writer is a witness to the fact that a bridal party in New 
York, the summer of 1865. had their marriage celebrated in a baloon 
during its ascent. 



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have never again undertaken to invade the 
moon, but there is no knowing what may yet 
take place, as they are a very indefatigable 
people. 




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