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COLLECTED BY A RECLUSE.
A lichest citizens of Brussels, las un
with the assistance of Jolly it was done The great clock of a noted inn at in 6 hours; and when Pooch assisted Brussels had struck twelve, when the Dobbia without Jolly, they did it in 4 half-clothed waiting-damsel ran into one hours. What was the value of each horse? of the most crouded dormitories, and
I am, your humble servant, shaking a sleeper's shoulder, exclaimed Greenwich, July 8, 1817. P. M. in his ear, “ Monsieur !- monsieur has
mistaken the room-this bed is engaged LEGENDS OF LAMPIDOSA.
to a lady."
."-" This bed!" returned
the angry traveller-" this vile com(Continued from Vol. LXXI. page 485.) position of rushes and fir-sharings!
--Must a man be disturbed even in
purgatory !”—The soubrette, arranging LBERT ALTENBERG, one of the the stiff wings of her cap, began an
oration on the lady's prior claims, and his death-bed with no consolation, ex- the guest professed his belief that wacept that he had a sou capable of atoning men belong to one of the nine classes of for the errors into which avarice had demons supposed by a Flemish doctor. betrayed him. “Herman!” he said, as “Sir,” said a young student from the young man sat by his bed studying Gottingen, “ it is some consolation to the last expression of his glazing eyes know that every great man for the last
I leave you wealthy, and your uncles, forty-two centuries has been equally if they are still living, have no other tormented."-". A glorious comfort, heir-but we had once a sister-read truly!" retorted the grumbler, " that these papers, and do justice to my me- three or four hundred fools have been mory." —Herman assented by a silent remembered by greater fools than thempressure of the hand, which clung to his selves! I want neither Skenkius, nor till it became lifeless. Soon after his Jacobus de Dondin, nor Grunnius Corafather's funeral, an extraordinary.change colta, to tell me why women fove to appeared in his character. Instead of teaze and a goose to go barefoot." the hospitality, the beneficence, and This torreut was interrupted in his spirit of enterprize, which old Alten. way down-stairs hy meeting the cause of berg had been studious to repress, the his disturbance, a plain ancient gentleheir discovered even more frugality and woman, whose ugliness restored him to caution than his father. He converted good-huinour. Grace or beauty would all the scattered wealth he inherited have made him furious, by lessening into oue fund, but its depository was a his pretext for spleen: and as angry profound secret. At length its amount men usually submit to any evil they was doubted, and the reserve of his de. are allowed to murmur at, the mal. meanor seemned the consequence of ne- content scated himself in "grim recessary retrenchment. Presently his pose by the kitchen-fire. There some fellow.citizens discovered that he spent Belgian soldiers were congratulating no more than the moderato sum re- theinselves on their future quarters at quired for mere subsistence; and it was the farm of a decrepit and solitary easier to discern that he was poor than widow, celebrated for wealth and ava. that he might be rirtuous. llis friends rice. Their new auditor, concealed in gradually changed their assiduous cour- a recess, listened to their ribaldry, pertesy into those cold and stately con- haps for the first time, without disdescensions which are practised to hum- gust, because his wisanthropy found ble the receiver. During two or three an excuse in the vices of others. Be. years he continued to frequent socie. fore the dawn of a morning over-cast ties where his entrance was noticed at with Belgian fogs, a diligence left this last only by a scoruful smile or a care- jon-door, containing only M. Von Grum. Jess familiarity, which he affected to boldt and one female passenger. Our receive with ivdolent indifference. But traveller, with no small chagrin, recogthe result of suspected poverty was not vised the close coif and grey redingote unfelt, and he had not courage enough of his midnight disturber, while sho to contema it. He left Brussels in se. quietly considered bis singular aspect. crct, without leaving any trace of his very little of his face was visible, ex. soute, as some supposed to join the cept the contempluous curl of his un. Emperor Joseph's army as a volun- der lip, and the promijence of that tecr, or, as many more believed, to feature which is said to express dis. perish by suicide.
dain. A broad bat, 'enormous bouts,
and a coarse wide wrapping.coat, de. " Let us enter though my servant prived his figure of all symmetry or is heedless, and probably abseit, I shall character, except that of a busy and find enough to furnish a supper for important burgo-master. As the day- my protector;"_" Dare you trust me, light increased, M. Von Grumboldt dis. then !" returned Von Grumboldt, in covered indications of curiosity, shrew. a tone which betrayed strong emotion ishness, and other feminine virtues, in -" You have not wronged yourself the thin lips and wrinkled forehead of -but this is no place for you-here his meagre companion, especially when is but one concealment among the she ventured an inquiry respecting the bollow elnis round the dove-cot."Dext inn. A cup of coffee at Quatre. “You are no stranger here!" she exBras, since so celebrated in military claimed, firmly.--" Trust me only a annals, removed a few furrows front little longer,” he answered" but wait his brow, and enabled him to perceive for my signal." - The courageous wo: that it was prepared by a fair and man took her station in the hollow well-shaped hand, decorated with a elm to which he pointed, and his genring of some value. But he chose to tle knock at the farın-door was ao sleep, till suddenly seeing the place of swered from the window by a ruffianbis destination, he alighted from the voice" Why so late, Caspar ? It will diligence with no other ceremony than be day before we find ber' hoards.”an abrupt and scowling farewell. His Von Grumboldt's reply was a sbrill humble fellow-traveller continued her whistle, and six men concealed among journey a few hours longer, and when the elms rushed througì the unbarred the carriage stopped at the end of a door into the farm-hoose, while their Jonely lane, among the corn-fields guide scized the ruffian admitted by which surrounded her residence, she a treacherous servant. He and his entered it on foot, without any at accomplice were soon in irons, while tendant. Though the night was far the armed stranger returned to seek the advanced, no one seemed to bave await. mistress of the mansion he had preed her coming, and the Brussels dili- served from plunder." These are my gence was soon far out of sight. Lighted soldiers, madam,” said he, in a gentler by a full harvest-moon, she was select. tone; " and you will not refuse their ing her steps with Flemish neatness and colonel perinission to be your guest. Donchalance along the solitary avenue, I heard the business of this night planned when a man's shadow crossed her path. by the felons who designed to execute it; She looked up calmly, though not with. therefore I chose to assist in its defeat out a sense of danger, and saw the tra- myself."-The modest Flemish farmeress veller who had called himself Von Grum. looked at her preserver with a respectful boldt. His lingering pace and muffled silence more affecting than words, and figure might have justified suspicion, takiog the diamond ring from her finbut she only said, “ We are still tra- ger, offered it to his.-" I have vot forvellers, it seems, on the same road.”. gotten your invitation," said the Colo“ Do you walk alone, and at this hour, nel, resuming his blunt austerity while to the White Farm ?" returned Von he brushed a sudden moisture from his Grumboldt, in a low voice-" Take my eyes—"you will find a voracious guest at arm, then we may be uscful to each your supper-table."-Without blushing other." —Hesitation would have been at the humility of the task, our heroine danger, and she yielded to the offer arranged the ample contents of her without shrinking, though the pressure store-room on her best table, and proof ber arm against a concealed pistol, vided an abundant sideboard for her and the motion of a sabre as she walked new visitor's attendants. A chamber, by his side, seemed to reveal his true whose neat furniture had chiefly propurpose." It is strange,” she said, ceeded from her own distaff, was al. trembling, " that I see no lanthorn's lotted to the Colonel, who would not light, and no one here to meet me!" have chosen to confess, even on the
- Her escort was silent till they reached rack, how many tender and deep rethe square court yard of the farm, shel. grets haunted bis pillow. Almost at tered, according to Belgian fashion, on day-break he rose, and found bis hostess three sides by the mansion and its wings. busied in her simple domestic avocaAll was desolately dark, and the de. tions.““ ! do not ask you,” said she, fencele-s mistress, gathering courage " to admire my garden-vioes, or the from her danger, said, io a frank tone, beautiful slope of this valley, for they appear to be remembered."-". Per, forebead, the knotted muscles about his haps,'? replied her guest, “ they resem- lip, and the strong coutraction of his ble..or remind me of scenes long since dark eye-brows, also indicated what past—and who can remember the past malignant passious had once been busy without regret ? But though you have there. A boy and two infant girls were the goodness to ask nothing, I am come busieu iu wreathing his footstool with to claim a reward.”—The farmeress the forget-nie-not, and other beautiful raised her eyes from the spiced bowl wild-lowers, so abundant in the fields she was preparing for the first repast, near Waterloo.-" This unfortunate and considered the speaker's counte- man,” said Von Grumboldt's conduct. pance. If the lower part contained ress, was tempted by anxious fond. those strong lines and curves which ness for his children to confuse his sis. students suppose to indicate ihe darker ter's fortune with his own, which vapassions, his clear eye and ample force nished away as if the embezzled part head would have impressed the most had been a brand that consumed the unlearned observer with an idea of via whole. Those who aided bim to rob gorous intellects and a rapid spirit. her are gone, and no one remembers Wbile she paused, the Belgian officer him. When I feel the beginning of was equally attentive to her looks, but that distrustful, envious, peevish, and his glance was an inquisition and bis tinorons spirit which the world calls smile satire ; for he retly derided melancholy, I look at this forlorn old the vain coquetry which he thought man and those orphan children ; and expressed in her hesitation. And with their gratitude makes my heart good." inore coldness than respect, he added, - The Colonel shuddered as hierce " The premium I ask for a trifling and plied, “Is this buman ruin an entaccidental service, is to remain a fewv livening spectacle? And those orphaos, days or weeks in this house-t suits my wbose dependence is the school of crail, military duties, my love of rural man- envs, and avaricei-is Bol their fate a ners, and my health, which a terrible motive rather than a medicine for me. disorder has laid waste.”—His enter- lancholy ?"-" It might be," answered tainer answered, with a kinder smile, the matron, “ if I held myself responsi.
My father was a physician educated ble for events, but I am satified willi in Antwerp; he bequeathed me a look good intentions, and leave their success which contains the symptoms and re- to another arbiter. Though this humau medies best ascertained ; and I think vegetable is not conscious of my preyour illness has a well-known name." sence, and never soothed by any ca- The Colonel, scowling contemptu. resses – though those children inay be ously, bade his doctress proceed. - unquiet, sordid, or deceitful, it is plea“ It is the malady of poets, pbilosu- sure enough to love and deserve to be phers, statesmen, and kings--the symp- loved by them.”_" Ah, madım!" said toms are a leaden colour, a hollow eye, her guest, uncovering his head with an a sour smile, and a venomous wit-It is cmotion of respect be liad not felt be. called wisdom, but its true name is fore, “ you bave said truly that graanelancholy.”-Struck by the boldvess titude makes the heart good, but unof this speech, Von Grumboldt forced a grateful oren have corrupted mine. painful laugh, and desired to know the The horrible weariness of lite, the death remedy.--"* Old Finius of Antwerp,” of spirit which comes upon me every said she, closing the volume from which day, has no remedy. I have learned 18 she had seemed to quote, “ would have hope, to esteem, and to cherish nothing prescribed 600 herbs, the bone found in -but I remember everything--and this a stag's heart, a ring made from a wolf's terrible remembrance, this cruel expehoof-or perhaps a cup of winc: but rience of false and hollow hearts, conmy father taught me another remedy, vinces me that even your bounty is which I keep among my hoards – those a melancholy illusion. It will inake which the robbers could not find."- one ungrateful and two discontented Her guest, silenced by confused and -it will leave you in a desolate olde sudden feelings, followed into the next age with no employment but to hale apartment, where, supported by pillows and regret."—“My good friend, I have in an easy chair, sat an aged man, pot yet told yon my father's most prewhose pale grey eye and fixed features cious prescription. Many, perhape, shewed the quiet imbecility of second equalled bim in science, a few in elochildhood. But the deep seams in bis quence-but what a divine world would
this be if all resembled him in gentle paid to the successful and distinguished ness |--His ooly maxim was, “ Forget Colonel Von G—the bomage they quil-and there is in these two words a had refused to Herman Altenberg iq talisman which assuages the heart, bis supposed indigence. But be had lightens the bead, and composes all learned its true value, and preferred camities. Was your frightful languor the wbite farm where his benevolent and despair present while you rescued aunt resided in the loveliness of chame from robbery and assassination ?"- rity and peace. She bequeathed him
No - because we cannot remember all that his filial integrity had restored injuries wbile we are conferring be- to her, but he divided it among her Defits :—but benefits are forgotten !"- less fortunate relatives, reserving only “Ah! now you shew me the gangrene the riog, wbich, by recalling the beauty of the wound - you have been inis- of patience and forgiveness to his reunderstood and insulted. Well, take collection, became his talisman agaiost courage - I have been charged with melancholy. improvidence in my youth, because it was easier to trust ihan to suspect ; and now I am called a miser by those
A CONVERSAZIONE. who cannot know for whom I am amas
(Continued from Vol. LXXI. page 500.) sing a future competence." -" You said the discontented man, sighingto
forward, dagger “ but is it necessary to suffer this rustic from the villain's band, with one blow and laborious servitude, with the igno- felled him to the earth. He then turned miny of impuled avarice, for the benefit towards the prostrate female, whose of alien children and an insensible man, borror and affright seemed to have anwhose wretchedness is his due punishticipated the stab of the assassin; she ment?"-" It is not necessary, pero lay to all appearance lifeless, and Colohaps,” she replied, “ but he is my bro nel V-had scarcely raised her from ther, and was my enemy! I must pity the ground, when a Spanish officer, who and relieve his wretchedness, unless I had the command of a neigbbouring endure the misery of hating bim, which picquet, came to the spot: he challenged would be greater even than his. And Colonel V- who answered by rethe evil he caused me ceased when questing his assistance. The officer fired I forgot it."-Von Humboldt started, a pistol as a signal to his men, wbo in a and examined her with wild and eager few minutes obeyed the summons with eyes, while she added, " This is my torches. The Spaniard advancing tvcure for melancholy :-! cannot give wards the Lady, no sooner caught a you the Autwerp physician's talisman, glimpse of her features, than he started but the ring you received from me last back, exclaimingą" Good Heavens, night may have equal virlue. It is Dona Miranda Fodeya, whence is this, the only legacy I designed for a ne- why do I see you thus?"- At the sound phew poble enough to abstain from of her name she uttered a piercing borrowed wealth, and to redeem his shriek ; “ Ah! save me, save me, Dou father's honour by retiring himself into Alonzo; I am betrayed, 1 ly from the poverty, though with such a bitter feel- basest of men.”—Madam, you are ing of its disadvantages."
now in safety," replied the Officer : Neither the natural sang-froid of a "honor Col. V- or myself with your Belgian, nor the acquired sternness of a commands, and we will conduct you veleran, could repress the soldier's tears, whithersoever you please.” The Lady, when he recognized his father's sister, looking around her with wildness, so long lost and so deeply injured. This seemed for a moment struggling to cola interview, this opportunity to offer an Ject her affrighted thoughts. ample restitution of all that her bro. sure lam sate: Who are these men ?" ther had accumulated unjustly, com. The Officer satisfied her inquiry, and pleted his ouly wish and most sacred repeated his assurances. With a tremporpose, which bad been bafiled many biing hesitation she permitted herself to years by the humble, seclusion she had be supported ou his arm; and then adchosen from generous motives. Thus dressed Colonel
V.“ To you, Sir, baving retrieved his father's name from I am indebted for my life, and the preblemish, he appeared again in Brussels servation of my honor. My Cousin, among his former friends, who readily Don Alonzo, will thank you more Europ. Nag. l'ol. LXXII. July 1817.
effectually than my present terrors will my family: Miserable wretch that I allow me to do. He will take me to my ain; but my vengeance shall pursue the father's house, and you, sir, will ac- usurper; my eternal hatred devotes him company him, when I will relate to both and his cause to destruction. Look up, the cause of my being thus compelled to iny beloved, look upon thy father, who trespass upon your alteotion.” Colonel has betrayed thee. Yes, it is on me V most readily offered his services; aloue your contempt should fall. O, and giving the assassin in charge to the Sirs, if the blessings of a man who has picquet guard, with strict injunctions to outraged every feeling of parental duty, keep him in close custody, he proceeded can be acceptable, take them as the with the Spanish Officer to conduct deliverers of a daughter whom a father Dona Fodeya fuwards Madrid. Ar. had consigned to iuisery uoutterable; rived at her home, slie threw herself but you have preserved her from worse into the arms of her mother, who, with than death; for know that tbe vain and a look of astonishment, and an emotion wicked ambition of a foolish and de. that almost choaked her utierance,- ceived old man' had led him to trust the “ What is all this? Why is my daugh- professions and promises of the usurper ter thus agitated? Speak, my chili – of his Monarch's throne; and the helptell me, Don Alonzo, what has hap- tess child of his old age was to have been pened to your cousin." " Alas! Mas made the sacrifice, the victim which he Jam, I know no more than what this had destined to be offered on the altar Gentleman, an English Colonel. can bet- of his criminal hope of personal aggran. ter explain · I found him engaged in a dizement'-" What do I hear?" cried contest with a man, whose companion the mother of Dona Miranda., “No, no, he had killed before I happily came up I will not believe it; it is phreozy; it to the spot where I beheld 'Dona Mi is the raving of a disordered intellect; *randa apparently lifeless on the ground. but see, my child recovers. Colonel It should seem that she had been pur. V-, forgive the seening coldness sued by these two villains, and this brave with which you have been received; Englishman rescued her from their here is some horrible secret with which power.” Colonel then recounted I am unacquainted-perhaps it were to the mother that part of the adventure better developed to those who are alone in which he had been engaged. The concerned ; sufler me to say, that we alarmed parent poured forih her grate. shall be most happy to be honoured by ful ackvowledgments, and requested your presence to morrow: Don Alon. they would await the arrival of Don zo, as one of the family, will see the Emanuel Fodeya, her husband, who, propriety of my suggestion. Don Emashe said. left his house this morning puel labours under some self-accusing early, to communicate with the English impression, which I am sure you, ColoGeneral at heart quarters Scarcely bad nel V. cannot desire to increase by she uttered these words, when Don the shame which it inusl cost bim lo ex. Emanuel rushed in with breathless haste. plain before a stranger. Cousin, you “Where is my daughter, my persecuted will have the goodness to bring the Colochild-where is she-is slie safe? 0 nel with you at an early hour of dinner, God of Heaven! I thauk thee. Wretched and it will afford me the highest satis. old man that I am, forgive me, my faction to reecive him as the most inchild, forgive me; I ain the cause of all estimable friend of our house." - Don thy sufferings."— Here he sunk down at Emanuel, while his wife was speaking, the fcet of his daughter, who still lay in appeared lost in a vacancy of mind the arms of her mother, overpowered by which evidevtly sbewed he was insensithe conflicting feelings which assailed ble to what was pissing. The storm of ber. Colonel V and the Officer passion had subsided into a calm of por stood in 'mute surprise at the scene tentous silence which threatened the which they beheld. When Don Ema. worst effects upon his intellect. And nuel starting up, and unmindful of all Col. V, apprehensive of the consearound bin, burst forth into the most quences, entreated Don Alonzo to re. furious execrations. " Tofamous ty- main where he was, while he would find rant! is this the return for my conti- his way to his lodgings by himself. -" I dence? Am't, then, the instrument of will do myself the honour, Colonel, to thine accursed delusions? Have 1 see you to-morrow early," replied the risked the life of my child, have lihrown Officer; "here is something more serious iuto thine atrocious grasp the bonor of than I am aware of-it behores me to