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Well pleased with the success of “Why did you leave Rouen ?" I this attempt to benefit poor Gerald, I said, anxious to turn the current of returned to the gentle Harriet, and her thoughts, for I perceived that her was rewarded for the interest I had grief had been too much for her. taken in her cousin in a way that “ For the wretched can find no rest. made me take every moment a deeper Why did I leave the land where all and warmer interest in herself. that I loved has perished ? Let me Among the questions that, in obedi- back_let me back to my wild rocks ence to the Colonel's direction, I had and bright skies. There would be a right to ask her, was one which peace to my spirit in the sights and trembled every moment on the tip of sounds of my home. Give me my my tongue, namely, whether she did war-horse and my spear_let me again not think Montague a very pretty cleave foremost through the red cloud name ; and, in fact, I believe I must .of battle and let my veins, in which have propounded some such interro- flows the proud blood of Peruvian gation, for, without knowing very kings, mingle its full stream with the well how, I found myself consulting torrents already poured forth by the Harriet on the alterations required in brave and free !" the old house in Hampshire, and “ Be calm," I said, taking her by speaking to her very earnestly on the the hand, which was burning with necessity of becoming acquainted feverish heat — “ Show yourself the with Bishop Luscombe. But, in the lofty being that nature made you, mean time, hour after hour passed and be mistress of yourself. Every away, and the Colonel did not return hour I hope to hear the news of GeEven the magic hour of dinner went rald's safety. Banish such dreadful by without his appearance, and we thoughts—they are as foolish as they began to augur unfavourably of his are sinful." good news from De Souza. I had “ Perhaps you are right," she an. gone into my own wing of the house, swered, in a subdued tone_" Your and had thrown myself listlessly on advice is kind- I will strive to profit the sofa, indulging in the dreams of by it. But every moment that I future happiness which my conversa. stayed at Rouen, a voice was soundtion with Harriet had inspired ; mying in my ear, bidding me see you door opened, but so noiselessly as not again, and again hear you name his to wake me from my reverie, till a name, and speak of him kindly, and voice, close to my ear, startled me to bid me hope to be reunited to him. my feet.
And I could not conquer the desire " I am come ; for the barb is in my that came upon my soul to see the soul, and I can find no repose." Leila faces of his kindred, to tell them that, stood before me, her form muffled far away on the wild banks of the Tuin a mantle, and her face so hidden chäi, their names have been spoken to that I could only recognise her by the one that loved them for the sake of thrilling tones of her voice.
him who named them ;—that he was “ Have you heard of him, my bro. noble, and true, and brave, and that ther?"
for his sake they ought to love me. I told her what I had done.
And I longed to hear the sweet “ 'Tis well,” she said ; "the weight voice of his beautiful cousin, and see of this uncertainty is more intolerable her soft blue eyes-once, only oncethan would be the full knowledge of before I died" my fate. Three days longer I will Her voice faltered as she spoke, subdue my spirit-at the end of that and her strength seemed about to fail time my sorrows end.".
her. I did not know what to do un- How? what mean you ?"
der these circumstances, but at last, “ Mean I ?- That there is a pillow believing that a few minutes' rest was tempting me to sleep where there is what she principally required, I led darkness and no sound—where the her gently into the inner room, which ear is not startled by the whisperings I had converted into a library, and of fearful thoughts, where the eye is begged her to repose herself on the unscared by the glimmering of lurid sofa for a short time. In the meandreams-why should I not press it, while, my situation was very embarwhen my heart is so weary, and my rassing. With a foolish fear of being eyes so heavy with slumber" thought to have taken too deep an interest in the fortunes of the beauti- of my cup-- he sees my niece_he then ful Leila, I had never mentioned my goes away,–my niece goes after acquaintance with her at Rouen. She ah !-as Bry Cronnel sayshad now, as it were, thrown herself on
"He twiddled his thumb, my care, and the difficulty of inform
And said come, Dido, come, ing Harriet of all the circumstances
And she's off with Æneas the rover, 0!!" was redoubled. While I was plunged in these thoughts, my door was pushed The Colonel took a long pinch of violently open
snuff. “ I am but a plain country “ Mr Charles Montague,” said a gentleman," he said, “ and have no voice half choked with passion, “ you great skill in unravelling an intricate are a scoundrel, sare !-as the poet plot; but if the suspicion be correct says, “A wretch, a villain, lost to which this gentleman's language leads sham and root'”—
me to form, it is to me, Mr Montague, And my friend, Monsieur de Ro- you shall answer ;- you shall, by signy, stood before me. Unluckily Heaven ! - May I ask your name, my mother was Irish, and my hand sir ?' was on the poor gentleman's throat De Rosigny fumbled in his pocket, before I had time to remember my found his card, and gave it to the Coobligations to him.
lonel. “ Villain, sir ?—what the devil do “ Sir," he continued, « it is no exyou mean, you ineffable abortion?" tenuation of this offence to say it is but at the sound of my own voice my committed in the family of a manufacreason returned ; and I let go my turer of buttons. A man may make hold, waiting quietly what might fol. buttons, and yet have some faint sort low after this extraordinary introduc- of sentiment of honour ; and this I say, tion.
in spite of the absurd prejudice against “ I have traced her from Rouen, the lower classes entertained by a misare-I have not lost sight of her for serable class of politicians of the prean hour, and I know that she is in sent time. I say, sir, that this Arthis house. What do you say to that, maud Creque- Crick—that this hum
ble artisan, Monsieur Crick of Rouen, • Who is in this house, sir ?" I re- feels the insult, sir, almost, perhaps, peated, in order to gain time to form as much as if he were a gentlemy resolution.
man.” « My niece, sare !--the daughter “ What you mean, sare ?" exclaimof Alain! Do you deny that she is ed De Rosigny, in a greater passion here, sare ?"
than before. " Do you talk of me, “ Monsieur de Rosigny, I beg you sare, as if I were no gentleman ?-me will speak in more measured language. that have the blazons of the Rosignys, Wherever the young lady may be, the De Coucys, the Ermenonvilles ? I depend upon this fact, that she is as tell you, sare, I was noble while the · safe from wrong or insult as in your blood of the Moretons was a thick own house at Rouen.”
puddle in the veins of serfs." “ You confess, then, that you have. At this address the anger of the her here ?--here, under your protec- Colonel changed its object altogether. tion?" He knocked his hand upon “ Charles," he said to me, “ who is his brow; and at this moment the this ridiculous individual ? -- what is Colonel briskly entered. De Rosigny it you know of him?" turned to him " I appeal to you, « That he is a gentleman," I re. sare ; and I tell you that Mr Charles plied—“ that he is chief of the De Montague is a thief-he has robbed Rosignys, one of the noblest families me of that vich not enriches him, and in France; but that he accuses me leaves me poor indeed !".
unjustly of having imagined the slightThe Colonel drew back. “ In ris- est evil to him or his family.” ing, sir, to demand an explanation " Then what is this card he has put from the honourable gentleman ;-I into my hand about button-making at -I--that is to say - Charles, what Rouen ?" the devil does this little fellow mean?" " Oh, some mistake I suppose."
“ Mean?-I tell you myself what I “ No mistake, sare,” interrupted mean, I means he come into mine De Rosigny. “I was poor-I made house-he eats of my bread-he drinks buttons I am now rich, but my heart
was as proud when I was poor as now. ed impatiently the arrival of his But, ah! my friend, Mr Montague, nephew in London to summon him to you have spoken so well against the Paris. " I shall consider it my duty, calumnies of this old man, that I can under existing circumstances, to do not believe you have deceived me every thing in my power to hurry tell me where poor Leila is—the last matters to a final adjustment, through of the Rosignys—the daughter of poor the medium of the sacred ceremonies Alain."
of the church-ceremonies most un" She is here!” said Leila, walking justly undervalued by certain wretchcalmly forward into the middle of the ed statesmen of the existing crisis. room. Her mantle was thrown off — Monsieur de Rosigny has given up her lips compressed, her step proud the very honourable and highly useand graceful, and her whole appear ful branch of industry to which he ance stately and commanding. The had directed his cares, and his estate, Colonel and De Rosigny were awed I hear, is highly valuable. Gerald, and silent.
also, has considerable patrimonial pos“ You asked for Leila," she con- sessions, and the experience he has tinued, addressing her uncle_" she already gained will impress him with comes at your call. And was it for the indescribable advantages of peace me you feared—for me you trembled ? and quiet. The marriage will take and thought you that from me there place in August "was danger to your honour? Back to “ Colonel," I said, “ Bishop Lusyour looms and engines, where your combe might perhaps be induced to soul has been ground down to dust, make a little room for another couple and leave the daughter of Sorigny to at the same time, if you would have the guard of her own hand."
the kindness to ask him." • Of Sorigny?" interrupted the “ Eh, what!" Colonel, who was struck with a feeling “Why, Harriet and I, sir, have known near akin to reverence by the calm each other for a long time, and"dignity of the strange and beautiful “ Hem! Sir! I am free to confess being before him.
that in rising on this occasion-hem" Yes, of Sorigny. The warrior, hem—sir-I say, there are paternal the patriot, the legislator of his adopt duties, duties unfortunately too much ed land, whom some, with the base neglecom-Poh! what nonsense it is hatred of cowards, and the baser ser- to say any more_take her, my dear vility of slaves, have called"
Charles, and my blessing with her." " A traitor," said the Colonel. “ But And the eyes of the no longer elofrom what I heard this very day from quent Colonel swam in tears as he Don Diego de Souza, I believe the shook me by the hand. character of General de Sorigny has Early in September, when Gerald been most unjustly calumniated. My and I, with our young brides, made our nephew, Gerald Moreton, who is on first appearance at the Italian Opera, his way home"-
the house was almost equally divided 6 Home! home! thank Heaven!" in its admiration of Harriet and Leila. If De Rosigny and I had not rushed The Seigneur de Rosigny, with a star forward to save her she would have on his breast, and restored to all his fallen senseless on the floor. The titles and estates, who accompanied us, Colonel, who forgot in the agitation of expressed perhaps what was the gencthe moment the dignity of an inde. ral opinion as well as his own. “Ah! pendent gentleman, ran helplessly those two beautiful creatures," he about the room, but happily at last said, “ put into my head the words of bethought him of summoning his the English poetdaughter. Matters were very soon explained.
' Ven I look on the one I could swear Gerald had been reclaimed by the
Dat none other was ever so fair ;
.by the Ven I look on the other I'd vow English authorities as a British sub- None was ever so lovely till now. ject, and delivered from prison, on
To decide on the rivals I'm loth, condition of leaving the country. The
So here's in a bumper to both. Colonel, who every day took a kinder
Hip, hurra! interest in the Peruvian beauty, wait A bumper, a bumper to both!'"
THERE are some trades in which the and receive their sixpences, when they organ of knavery is inevitably protu- let them down, which, by a practical berant. It would be difficult to find, joke, they regularly do in the most for instance, a Jew slop-seller, a dealer miry part of the street, road, or highin marine stores, or a small vintner of way. sloe juice and smuggled brandy, under General Sir John Waters. having the name of all the wines under the arrived at Blackwall, by a steamer, sun, from the meagre produce of the engaged one of the Blackwall omniCape to the lordly luxury of Madeira, buses to carry himself and his party without pretty particular evidence of with their luggage to his house in the activity of this popular organ. But Clarges Street, Piccadilly, for a sove. the tribe in which it essentially predo. reign. This was a handsome allowminates, indeed almost to the absorption ance; for the regular fare is, we believe, of every other, is that connected with but sixpence a-head. The omnibus whips, horses, stages, short and long, proceeded, but on reaching Hatchets racing calendars, cabs, and hackney. in Piccadilly, a few hundred yards coaches. We are not sure that stee- from Clarges' Street, it came to a dead ple-chases themselves, though under stop; the conductor saying that his the superintendence of the renowned bargain was over there. The fact was, Mr Osbaldiston, may not be scenes of that the honest conductor had begun very considerable knavery. The mira to think that a little more might be culous exploits of the two Irish patriots squeezed out of the General, who in turning four-year-old horses into would probably not like being set colts of two, with other happy dexte- down, baggage and all, in the centre rities recorded in the annals of the Irish of Piccadilly. The General certainly Jockey Club, are fresh within memory; did not like it at all, and told his mind which exploits, however, have not im- on the subject without any circumlocupaired their previous character a tittle, tion whatever. Still the conductor was and have left them only more patriotic, steady, but, after some consideration, high-minded, and pure in the minds said, rather than put the party to trouof the generous friends of O'Connell ble, he would take them home for five and public principle all round the shillings more. The General shrewdly world. Those recollections give rather acquiesced, paid the knave his twentya slippery idea of the morality of the five shillings, was conveyed home, and stable (punica fides), show that the in a day or two after, retaliated by a bridle is more easily managed in the summons to the proprietor of the ommouth of the horse than in the con- nibus to answer at Bow Street for science of his rider, and that whatever “ using his stage as a hackney-coach, part of the racing machinery wants a without being duly licensed." spur, it is certainly not the taste for The question was clear; the case swindling. However, to descend from was settled in a moment; the congenerals to particulars. A happy in- ductor had completely outwitted himstance occurred within these few days, self by the five shilling extortion. Sir of the biter bit, a minute, but remark, F. Roe, the magistrate, said, that no ably well applied lash to the sensibili. doubt could exist that the law had been ties of a driving rogue. The omni- violated in the second hiring. “ The buses are convenient things, but have defendant's servants had misconducted the misfortune to be attended by a most themselves most grossly, and the full impudent and knavish set of fellows, penalty of L.10, with costs, must be incalled conductors. They canvass for Alicted.” Sir John Waters desired company along the road, throwing that the five pounds which became his themselves into telegraphic attitudes, as the informer, should be given to pack them in when they can catch the poor-box of the office. The fine them, give them a shove into the huge was paid, which, of course, the protrunk, letting them tumble into them, prietor will deduct from the wages of over knees and feet into their places, the conductor, and a very happy example was given, which will help to When the depth of water was reported, teach those gentlemen that they may he looked up to his flag at the mastnow and then catch a Tartar.
head, and calmly said, “ Well, then,
when they shall have sunk us, my flag A paragraph which lately appeared will still fly." in the papers gave rise to an excite- But the Dutch kept within their ment, sufficient to show that all the poli. harbours, until the mutiny had ceased, tical harassing of our late years has not and the squadron rejoined their heroic been sufficient to extinguish the natural Admiral. De Winter, at last, forced feelings of Englishmen. The para- out by the command of the French, graph was to the effect, that the famous gave him the opportunity he had so flag-ship of Lord Duncan at Camper- long wished for. The British fleet, down, the Venerable, was sold, to be as if to wipe off the shame of the past, broken up, for L.4000. A good deal fought with desperation. The whole of indignation was produced by this Dutch fleet, except a few ships which announcement, and the Admiralty fled early in the action into the adcame in for their full share of rebuke. joining harbours, were taken or deBut, on enquiry, it has turned out, stroyed. But the Venerable still held that this violation of national feeling its superiority. Its fire was tremenhas not actually taken place. The dous. Its first broadside, poured into Venerable, it is true, has been sold, the Dutch Vice-Admiral, disabled him and is to be broken up. But it is not at once, and it is said to have struck the flag-ship of the gallant Duncan, down 280 men on his decks. It afthat noble vessel having unfortunately terwards ranged through the battle, foundered some years ago in a gale, sweeping every thing before it, and at when commanded by Captain Hunter, one time sustaining the fire of four of the Governor of New South Wales. the enemy's ships. It was a glorious
It is to be hoped, that the name of day for the fleet and England, and one the Venerable will not be suffered to of the most important of the whole perish from the British navy, but that contest in its consequences, for it renit will be borne for ever by a succes- dered the invasion of Ireland hopeless, sion of proud three-deckers, as a mo- and extinguished the Dutch navy for nument of one of the most distinguished the remainder of the war. courses of service of one of the bravest and most intelligent officers that ever The working of the Whig Poor commanded British seamen. During Law is producing bitter fruits through Duncan's blockade of the Texel, the the country. Cases of the most desmutiny which threatened the naval perate hardship are constantly coming existence of England broke out in all before the parish officers, which, by the squadrons afloat. Duncan's whole the new law, they are destitute of all fleet were seized with the infection, power to relieve, and the consequence and sailed away. In the Texel is, that the miserable sufferers are the Dutch fleet were ready for sea, driven from parish to parish, till they with the French General Hoche and can be driven no more, and die. One 40,000 troops embarked, for the inva- of the results is--that which was so sion of Ireland. Duncan, with the strongly predicted by the Bishop of Venerable and the Adamant alone, Exeter--the abandonment and expothen commanded by Sir Wm. Hotham, sure of infants. The guilt of the still kept the station. By exchanging wretched mothers is generally unquessignals from time to time with the tionable; but the equally guilty fathers Adamant, he gave the Dutch the idea find themselves so far exonerated from that his whole fleet were lying off, maintaining either the mother or the and ready to attack them the moment child, that both are instantly on the they should come out. He thus sealed verge of famine. The law affords no up this formidable expedition. He resource. The heartless ruffian is was at last told, that the Dutch Adprotected, the miserable mother has miral had found out the stratagem, only to wander about with her miserand that his fleet were under weigh. able infant, until it perishes, or they Duncan, instead of making his escape both perish together. The alternative instantly from this dangerous neigh is frequent abandonment, and, in some bourhood, ordered the lead to be hove. cases, infanticide, and suicide. It is