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advertisement in the paper he will The servant entered, and said, get frightened, and give himself up, “Please, mum, it's me. I am very mum.'
sorry to say missis was taken Mrs. White was afraid to give very dangerously ill in the night, Emily these tidings of her husband, mum. We had to fetch the doctor, lest they should cause her a fit of and thought she would have died, illness and detain her in the house mum. We were going to wake you, for some days. She could not mum, at one time, to come down help pitying Emily, but she felt and see missis; but we did not like that it would be extremely pre to disturb you, mum, as we thought judicial to her own interests to permit you were very tired.' a person whom she knew to be the I wish you had called me I was wife of a convict, and that convict a awake,' said Emily. But I hope runaway, perhaps a bushranger she is better now? to stay under her roof, even for a Oh yes, mum, thank you, missis short time, as a lodger. Mrs.White, is a little better,' replied the woman. therefore, returned to Emily, and "But the doctor says, mum, that she regretted that her servant Nelson must be moved immediately off the could give no information of Roberts' ground floor where she now is; and locality; and she then recommended there is no other room but this, Emily to take some repose, and be mum.' prepared to get up very early in the Dear me, how unfortunate!' es. morning and accompany her (Mrs. claimed Emily, abstractedly, and White) to the house of a person who gazing out of the window. Emily was a clerk in a government office, was sorry, of course, to hear of and who would be sure to know Mrs. White's illness, but then her where her husband was to be found. 'own particular griefs were of that
Could we not go to-night, if you flood-gate and overwhelming nature' are not too much fatigued ? inquired that they drowned all otherthoughts. Emily.
Oh, of course,' said she, recollect• Impossible!' said Mrs. White. ing herself, 'I will vacate the room • The person whom I mean lives a at once; put me anywhere you long way off. Go to rest now, and please.' you will rise quite refreshed, and * *But unfortunately, mum, we have able to set out on your journey in nowhere to put you,' said the woman. the morning.'
The room that missis is now in Emily went to bed ; but she could must be given up to the nurse, who Lot sleep. If she closed her eyes has been sent for. She has a little for a moment, the most frightful girl that always comes with her, visions presented themselves. She mum, and she cannot do without a saw her husband dancing before her room to herself.' in chains, or standing on a platform ..Do you know of any other rewhich they told her was a gallows; spectable lodgings O' inquired Emily. or, tied to a cart's tail, he was being "No, mum, I do not,' said the flogged, and his blood streaming on servant (for her mistress had told the road; or, flying from his pur- her exactly what to say). “But it suers, he was shot, wounded in strikes me, mum, that the best thing several parts of the body, and you could do would be to go on dragged to a prison by the hair of board the ship, where you could his head. Thus disturbed, she re- have a nice cabin, now that the pasmained awake the whole night, till sengers are all out of her, and there the daylight, for which she so stay, mum, till missis is better, or anxiously watched, came streaming till you can get a house. As missis through the chinks in the shutters. is now asleep, mum, I can go with Emily sprang up, and hurriedly at you to the wharf, and hire a watertired herself; but just as she was man's boat for you, which will take putting on her bonnet, the woman you on board, and the boy will wheel servant knocked at her door.
your boxes on the barrow, mum.' Oh, pray come in !' cried out Emily instantly adopted the sug. Emily, thinking it was Mrs. White. gestion, and thanked the woman for 'I am quite ready. Come in, Mrs. her kind offer. “At all events,' she White.
reasoned, 'I shall see the captain
113 the sooner, and he may have heard tain, and promised to obey all his something by this time about my commands. She took the draught, poor Reginald.
and slept soundly through all the noise and bustle which went on on
board the ship. CHAPTER VIII. What was Captain Dent's asto Refreshed in mind and body, nishment on seeing Emily and her Emily awoke about one o'clock, and boxes alongside the Lady Jane prepared for dinner. She had a reGrey! The vessel was lying out in markably pretty, but rather slim the stream, and no companion-ladder figure; and the dress she wore on was yet rigged. The chair was this occasion was very becoming-a lowered, and Emily once more stood plain black silk, without any kind upon the deck, where all was in the of ornament except a small topaz same state of confusion that she be brooch, 'Reginald's' first present to held on embarking at Gravesend. her. The people on board had never When she told the Captain what seen her look 80 well or so cheerful. had passed on the previous night, She was still, perhaps, under the he could easily comprehend Mrs. influence of the opiate she had taken White's sudden and serious illness, -that is to say, the happy feeling which had been put on as an excuse which it often produces had not enfor ridding herself of Emily's pre tirely departed. sence. Captain Dent was vexed Captain Dent and Emily landed that Emily had been so imprudent at a place called Dawes's Battery, as to tell Mrs. White so much of
at about a quarter past three in the her history, especially as she had afternoon. Thence they proceeded, been warned not to do so; but, poor on foot, through the Government creature! he thought she had enough domain, towards that part of the agony of mind to bear already, and town where they were most likely he was not disposed to aggravate to find a smallfurnished cottage, to be her sufferings by any useless re let on moderate terms. On the way, proaches; and he therefore with. Captain Dent espied, at a distance, held them. Emily's eyelids were a gang of convicts heavily ironed, red and swollen with weeping; her and, guarded by some half-dozen cheeks were pale, and her limbs so soldiers, mending the roads. He feeble, she was scarcely able to immediately led his charge in anstand.
other direction to avoid them, for Captain Dent ordered her boxes he feared it was just possible that to be placed in one of the stern • Reginald' might be one of that cabins, and he caused to be removed gang, and that Emily might recogfrom his own a couch, a table, and nise him, when an unpleasant scene an easy chair. The chief mate con would to a certainty ensue. But tributed a looking glass and a toilet before Emily could be prevailed table; and the second mate gave upon to look for a cottage, she her some red damask curtains to wished the Captain to take her to the keep out the glare of noon day, and office which Mrs. White had spoken obstruct the view of persons ap of-the office where she would learn proaching or leaving the ship. her husband's address. The Captain
• You must not tease me now,' objected to this, insomuch as he said the Captain to Emily, in a thought it would be more satisfacgentle tone of voice, and with a tory for him to go alone to the office. cheering smile on his lips.. *You Emily, however, was so earnest, so must have some breakfast in your eloquent in her entreaties, indeed cabin, and then you must take a she so piteously implored him, that composing draught, and lie down he was compelled to yield to her you had no sleep last night; and at request. Accordingly, he shaped his two o'clock we will dine, and then I course for the office of the Superinwill manage to go on shore with you, tendent of Police, where the name, and devote myself to your service.' description, and character of every
Emily, who was fairly exhausted person who had been transported to with fatigue and want of sleep,
felt Sydney, from the foundation of the like a child in the hands of the Cap- colony up to that date, were duly re
gistered. They arrived at and en person who came to the colony in tered the office, Emily leaning on an unfortunate position was to be Captain Dent's arm. He wished to found,' said Captain Dent. leave her below while he went up • We know where they ought to stairs, but she clung to him, and be found,' replied the clerk; but heard all that passed between him they don't always stop there." self and one of the clerks, whom he At this moment a messenger addressed across a counter, whereon brought into the office, and laid were spread a number of huge books, upon the counter, a huge load of like ledgers of colossal propor placards, printed in monster type. tions.
The clerk withdrew one of these • Could you give me any informa- placards from a bundle labelled Rotion,' said Captain Dent, 'respecting berts, alias Harcourt,' and handed a person named Harcourt, or Ro. it to Captain Dent. This placard berts, who came out last year in the contained the substance of the ad. ship Medora ?
vertisement in the Gazette, and it No, sir,' said the clerk, smiling, was about to be posted on the walls I wish I could.'
of every court, police-office, prison, *A tall gentleman, sir, with dark and market-place in every town in eyes,' said
Emily, anxious to assist the colony, and upon many of the the clerk's memory.
prominent trees on the sides of the Oh, thank you, mum; I know the high-roads. Emily's eyes hastily gentleman's description perfectly,' scanned the placard; but she had not said the clerk, “though I have not read the whole of it, when she clasped had the pleasure of seeing him.' her hands, uttered a piercing shriek,
'I thought you knew where every and fell senseless on the floor.
From the mountain height,
Come, come all !
On and ever on he rushes ;
Pine-built houses bears the Atlas
And so beareth he his brothers,
BELGIUM, LEOPOLD, AND THE DUKE OF BRABANT IN RELATION TO FRANCE AND TO EUROPE.
struggle. In thereigns of Louis XIV. Low Countries which is denomi. and XV. Belgium enjoyed no renated Belgium is inconsiderable in spite from the certaminis gaudia. superficial extent; yet, when we In 1744, 100,000 Frenchmen were consider the fertility of its soil, the in Flanders; and in 1745, the mepolitical and geographical peculi. morable year of the battle of Fon. arity of its position in reference to tenoy, the greater part of Hainault France, to England, and to Germany and Brabant, as well as the city of -and, moreover, its natural and Brussels itself, fell under the doacquired wealth, the character of minion of the French. From the its inhabitants, and the events of period, indeed, of the peace of Aixwhich that country has been the Ia-Chapelle to the death of the theatre, it must be at once conceded Empress Maria Theresa, Belgium that the importance of the subject enjoyed unwonted repose. But soon is out of all proportion with the after the accession of Joseph II., narrow limits of a kingdom, one this repose was troubled by a of the smallest among European monarch who was in advance of States. Considering the present his people, and who wished to make condition of Europe-the changes them at a bound as intelligent and that have taken place in France philosophical as himself. within the last five, and more espe. The good feelings and benevolent cially within the last two years—
intentions of this monarch have not the attitude of Russia, the uneasy been questioned by history ; but it and restless position of Germany, is now generally acknowledged that and the general sense of insecurity he was as much before his age as to the future which prevails in as some of his house in our own each of those states, it cannot be day have been behind it; and the thought inopportune to cast a glance consequence was, that his intentions on a country which has been for were misinterpreted, and his policy centuries the battle field of Europe misunderstood. -the arena on which hostile armies The people of the Low Countries have struggled for dominion or had been, before his time, imbued for victory. It was long ago said with a great deal of the fanaticism by Strada, that Mars, à traveller of the Spaniards. The prevalence in all countries, had specially for a long series of years of the chosen his abode in Belgium;* Spanish sway had taught them to and although there is somewhat admire the pompous and ceremomore of hyperbole than of history nious observances of the Roman. in this remark, yet it is certain catholic faith, as practised in the that in ancient and mediæval, as Peninsula, and had accustomed well as in modern times, Belgium them to look on processions of has been a battle-field oftener than monks and friars, and commuany other European country. nities of nuns and beguines as
It is not our intention to enter indispensable accessories of their into a record of transactions related faith and doctrine. When, thereby Cæsar or Tacitus, but without ad fore, Joseph, by his edicts from verting to the times of Drusus or Ger Vienna, sought with a stroke of his manicus-without dwelling on the imperial pen to regulate and reform exploits of Charlemagne, of Charles the religious institutions and discithe Rash, or putting under contribu pline of Belgium, to lessen the num. tion the Chronicles of Froissart, Mon ber of religious houses, to diminish strelet, and Comines, we need but the numbers of monks and nunscome to the times of Charles V. and to abolish several festivals and proPhilip II. to prove that almost every cessions, and to correct the abuses province in Belgium bas been the prevailing in reference to her masses, scene of some memorable contest or and other points not necessary to
* Plane ut in alias terras peregrinari Mars ac circumferre bellum, hic armorum sedem fixisse videatur.