THE LOST LADY OF LONE
By MRS. E.D.E.N. SOUTHWORTH
Author of "Nearest and Dearest," "The Hidden Hand," "Unknown,"
"Only a Girl's Heart," "For Woman's Love," etc.
"THE LOST LADY OF LONE" is different from any of Mrs. Southworth's other
novels. The plot, which is unusually
provocative of conjecture
interest, is founded on thrilling and tragic
events which occurred in the
domestic history of one of the most distinguished
families in the
Highlands of Scotland. The materials which these interesting and tragic
annals place at the disposal
of Mrs. Southworth give full scope to her
unrivalled skill in depicting character
and developing a plot, and she
has made the most of her opportunity and her subject.
I. The bride of Lone
II. An ideal love
III. The ruined heir
IV. Salome's choice
V. Arondelle's consolation
VI. A horriblemystery
on the wedding-day
VII. The morning's discovery
VIII. A horrible
IX. After the discovery
X. The letter and its effect
XI. The vailed passenger
XII. The house on Westminster Road
XIII. A surprise for Mrs. Scott
XIV. The second bridal
XV. The cloud falls
XVII. The lost Lady of Lone
XVIII. The flight
of the duchess
XIX. Salome's refuge
XX. Salome's protectress
XXI. The bridegroom
XXII. At Lone
XXIII. A startling
XXIV. The vindication
XXV. Who was found?
XXVI. Off the track
XXVII. In the convent
XXVIII. The soul's struggle
XXIX. The stranger in the chapel
XXX. The haunter
XXXI. The abbess' story
XXXII. The duke's double
XXXIII. After the earthquake
XXXIV. Risen from the grave
XXXV. Face to face
XXXVI. A gathering
XXXVII. A sentence
XXXVIII. The storm bursts
XXXIX. The rivals
XL. After the storm
XLI. Father and son
XLII. Her son
XLIII. The duke's ward
XLV. After the revelation
XLVII. The end of a lost life
XLVIII. Husband and wife
THE LOST LADY OF LONE.
THE BRIDE OF LONE.
"Eh, Meester McRath? Sae grand doings
I hae na seen sin the day o' the
queen's visit to Lone. That wad be in the auld duke's time. And a waefu'
day it wa'."
"Dinna ye gae back to that day, Girzie Ross. It gars my blood boil only
to think o' it!"
"Na, Sandy, mon, sure the ill that was dune that day is weel compensate
on this. Sooth, if only marriages be made in heaven, as they say, sure
this is one. The laird will get his ain again, and the bonnyest leddy in
a' the land to boot."
"She _is_ a bonny lass, but na too gude for him, although her fair
hand does gie him back his lands."
"It's only a' just as it sud be."
"Na, it's no all as it sud be. Look at they fules trying
up yon triumphal
arch! The loons hae actuallygotten
'HAPPINESS' set upside
down, sae that a' the blooming
are falling out o' it. An ill omen that if onything be an ill omen. I
maun rin and set it right."
The speakers in this short colloquy were Mrs. Girzie Ross, housekeeper,
and Mr. Alexander McRath, house-steward of Castle Lone.
was in the Highlands of Scotland. The season was early
summer. The hour was near sunset. The scene was one of great beauty and
sublimity. The occasion one of high festivity
The preparations were being completed for a grand event. For on the
morning of the next day a deep wrong was to be made right by the marriage
of the young and beautiful Lady of Lone to the chosen lord of her heart.
Lone Castle was a home of almost ideal grandeur
and loveliness, situated
in one of the wildest and most picturesque
regions of the Highlands, yet
brought to the utmostperfection
The castle was originally
of a race of powerful and
warlike Scottish chieftains, ancestors of the illustrious
ducal line of
Scott-Hereward. It was strongly
built, on a rocky island, that arose from
The midst of a deep clear lake, surrounded by lofty mountains.
For generations past, the castle had been but a picturesque
ruin, and the
island a barren
desert, tenanted only by some old retainer of the ancient
family, who found shelter within its huge walls, and picked up a scanty
living by showing the famous ruins to artists and tourists.
But some years previous
to the commencement
of our story, when
Archibald-Alexander-John Scott succeeded his father, as seventh Duke of
Hereward, he conceived the magnificent, but most extravagant
transforming that grim, old Highland fortress, perched upon its rocky
island, surrounded by water and walled in by mountains--into a mansion
Paradise and a garden of Eden.
When he first spoke of his plan, he was called visionary and extravagant;
and when he persisted in carrying it into execution, he was called mad.
The most skillful
engineers and architects in Europe were consulted and
their plans examined, and a selection
of designs and contractors made
from the best among them. And then the restoration, or rather the
transfiguration, of the place was the labor of many years, at the cost
of much money.
Fabulous sums were lavished upon Lone. But the Duke's enthusiasm
as the work grew and the cost increased. All his unentailed estates in
England were first heavily mortgaged and afterwards sold, and the
proceeds swallowed up in the creation
The duchess, inspired by her husband, was as enthusiastic
as the duke.
When his resources were at an end and Lone unfinished
she gave up her
marriage settlements, including her dower house, which was sold that the
proceeds might go to the completion
But all this did not suffice
to pay the stupendous
Then the duke did the maddest act of his life. He raised the needed money
from usurers by giving them a mortgage
on his own life estate
The work drew near to its completion.
In the meantime
the duke's agents were ransacking the chief cities in
Europe in search of rare paintings, statues, vases, and other works of
art or articles of virtu to decorate
the halls and chambers of Lone; for
which also the most famous manufacturers in France and Germany were
designs in upholstery.
Every man directing every department of the works at Lone, whether as
engineer, architect, decorator, or furnisher, every man was an artist in
his own speciality. The work within and without was to be a perfect work
cost of time, money, and labor.
At length, at the end of ten years from its commencement, the work was
And for the sublimity of its scenery, the beauty of its grounds, the
luxuriance of its gardens, the magnificence
buildings, the splendor
of its decorations, and the luxury
appointments, Lone was unequalled.
What if the mad duke had nearly ruined himself in raising it?
Lone was henceforth
the pride of engineers, the model of architects, the
subject of artists, the theme of poets, the Mecca of pilgrims, the eighth
wonder of the world.
Lone was opened for the first time a few weeks after its completion, on
the occasion of the coming of age of the duke's eldest
son and heir, the
young Marquis of Arondelle, which fell upon the first of June.
A grand festival
was held at Lone, and a great crowd assembled to do
honor to the anniversary. A noble and gentle company filled the halls and
chambers of the castle, and nearly all the Clan Scott assembled on the
was a grand triumph.
Among the thousands present were certain artists and reporters of the
press, and so it followed that the next issue of the _London News_
contained full-page pictures of Castle Lone and Inch Lone, with their
terraces, parterres, arches, arbors and groves; Loch Lone, with its
elegant piers, bridges and boats; and the surrounding
their caves, grottoes, falls and fountains.
Yes, the birthday festival
was a perfect triumph, and the fame of Lone
went forth to the uttermost
ends of the earth. The English Colonists at
Australia, Cape of Good Hope, and New Zealand, read all about it in
copies of the _London News_, sent out to them by thoughtful
friends. We remember the day, some years since, when we, sitting by our
cottage fire, read all about it in an illustrated paper, and pondered
over the happy fate of those who could live in paradise
while still on
earth. Five years later, we would not have changed places with the
Duke of Hereward.
But this is a digression.
The duke was in his earthly
heaven; but was the duke happy, or even
Ah! no. He was overwhelmed with debt. Even Lone was mortgaged as deeply
as it could be--that is, as to the extent
of the duke's own life
interests in the estate. Beyond that he could not burden the estate,
which was entailed upon his heirs male. Besides his financial
embarrassments, the duke was afflicted with another evil--he was
consumed with a fever too common with prince
and with peasant, as well
as with peer--the fever of a land hunger.
desires to add province
to province; the peer to add manor to
manor; the peasant
to own a little home of his own, and then to add acre
The Lord of Lone glorying in his earthly
paradise, wished to see it
enlarged, wished to add one estate
to another until he should become
the largest land-owner in Scotland, or have his land-hunger appeased.
He bought up all the land adjoining Lone, that could be purchased at any
price, paying a little cash down, and giving notes for the balance on
each purchase. Thus, in the course of three years, Lone was nearly
doubled in territorial
But the older creditors became clamorous. Bond, and mortgage
threatened foreclosure, and the financial
affairs of the "mad duke,"
outwardly and apparently
so prosperous, were really very desperate. The
family were seriously
in danger of expulsion
It was at this crisis
that the devoted
son came to the help of his
father--not wisely, as many people thought then--not fortunately, as it
turned out. To prevent his father from being compelled to leave Lone, and
to protect him from the persecution
of creditors, the young Marquis of
Arondelle performed an act of self-sacrifice and filialdevotion
equalled in the world's history. He renounced all his own entailed
rights, and sold all his prospective
life interest in Lone. His was a
young, strong life, good for fifty or sixty years longer. His interest
brought a sum large enough to pay off the mortgage
on Lone and to settle
all others of his father's outstanding
possession of Lone might have been secured to the family
during the natural life of the duke. At the demise of the duke, instead
of descending to his son and heir, it would pass into the possession of
other parties, with whom it would remain as long the heir should live.
Thus, I say, by the sacrifice of the son the peace of the father might
have been secured--for a time. And all might have gone well at Lone but
for one unlucky
event which finally set the seal on the ruin of the ducal
And yet that event was intended as an honor, and considered as an honor.
In a word the Queen, the Prince Consort, and the royal family, were
coming to the Highlands. And the Duke of Hereward received an intimation
that her majesty
would stop on her royal progress and honor Lone with a
visit of two days. This was a distinction
in no wise to be slighted by
any subject under any circumstances, and certainly not by the duke of
The Queen's visit would form the crowning glory of Lone. The chambers
occupied by majesty
be holy ground, and would be pointed
out with reverence
to the stranger in all succeeding generations.
of this honor the "mad" Duke of Hereward launched out
into his maddest extravagances.
He had but ten days in which to prepare for the royal visit, but he made
the best use of his time.
The guest chambers at Lone, already fitted up in princely
had new splendors added to them. The castle and the grounds were adorned
and decorated with lavish
expenditure. The lake was alive with
gayly-rigged boats. Triumphal arches were erected at stated intervals
of the drive leading from the public road, across the bridge
the shore with the island, and--maddest extravagance
of all--the ground
was laid out and fitted up for a grand tournament
after the style of the
time of Richard Coeur de Lion, to be held there during the queen's
visit--that fatal visit spoken
of in the early part of this chapter.
Yes, fatal!--for a hundred thousand pounds sterling, won by the son's
self-sacrifice, which should have gone to satisfy the clamorous
of the duke, was squandered in extravagant
preparations to royally
entertain England's expensive
A second time Lone was the scene of unparalleled display, festivity, and
rejoicing. Once more all the country round about was assembled there;
again the artists and reporters of the London press were among the crowd;
and again full-page pictures of the ceremonies attending the queen's
reception and entertainment
were published in the illustrated papers, and
the fame of that royal visit went out to the uttermost
parts of the
But mark this: Every footman
that waited at the grand state-dinner table
was a bailiff in disguise, in charge
of the plate and china, which,
together with all the fabulousriches
of art, literature, science and
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