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on the sofa, with the unfinished letter the arm? Ah! kissing the miniature before hiin? A handsome fellow, certainly; again, and bathing it in tears. Well, well, well dressed, too, if a Frenchman ever can these things look a little foolish, perhaps, be so; but look at those vile polished-leath- to the unimpassionate observer; but they er boots, the white satin stock, the broach have their merit. They give proof of and cross chains, the one supporting the ardent affection; they calm and even fortify watch, the other the eye-glass. Could the heart ; for a man really and truly in any but a Cockney or a Continentalist ever love would fight your lord superior, Asmosport such an attire? Is it not strange, deus, after all, that a Frenchman, however hand
• Aud all the band some and accomplished he may be, never
He brings to aid his guilty hand.' can attain to what we call the look of a gentleman? The manner and appearance But what is this I see? Unhappy maniac, of our friend come very near it; but he he levels the weapon at his own head! has at present a strange, wild, and unsettled Powers of mercy! 'help, stop, while an inair, wanting as much the power of stern stant remains, the suicide hand raised to and deep resolve as the wildness of despair, murder body and soul! Alas! 'tis too late! his bright but tearless eyes seem glazed at Yon fiery flash and fierce report tell that intervals, and passing streaks of livid hue the deed is done—the crime committed ! distort his fine features.
Oh, sight of guilt and horror! The noble mean? methinks the sight of the lovely features, convulsed and blackened, are scatpicture to which his looks so often turn, tered around, and the couch is already should calm the tumult of his breast. Well, steeped with blood! And, hark! the rush the letter is finished, evidently addressed to of attendants, roused by the report of the the original of the picture, à Mademoiselle deadly weapon ; the wail of women, the Henriette d'Ardagnac, a noble name. A frantic scream of maternal despair! But love-affair; a miniature of the same lady all efforts are vain. On earth there is no worn round the neck and now pressed hope, though in heaven mercy may yet madly to the lips! faith, she is well worth
avert the it! I have often kissed miniatures and locks of hair myself; but always with de
· Canon fixed against self-slaughter.' light and glee, and never with the maddening anguish depicted in the convulsed fea- | Away from the scene of horror that a fiend tures of this gentleman. What is it, Asmo- only could have exposed to view, and deus? I have surely seen all the passions which nothing will ever obliterate from the that ever shake the human breast in full eyes by which it was so unwillingly beheld.
Asmodeus explain the tragedy we have activity, but here none can be distinctly
just witnessed. Let us hope that there are traced; and this frightful exhibition seems
circumstances to palliate, if possible, a produced rather by a fierce contest between
deed mixed particles of all the good and evil
so frightful, a crime so heinous. I powers, than by the passing sway any dark
have seen many a gallant man fall by hosor hostile influence may have gained over such sights, however appalling, are still re
tile arms in fair and honest fight; but a true and noble heart.
“Oh! I think I begin to guess; that deemed by the pride, pomp, and circumneat little mahogany case; those well-fin- stances of glorious war; for ished barking-irons, pretty articles for Noble is the death from noble foe French workmanship, seem to solve the In the fair field received, when the broad star mystery, but should not account for a Is high in heaven ; yet more, when slow shaken frame and convulsed features. An The golden west receives his sinking car;
For then those mild, majestic beams bestow invitation to a ball before breakfast
Their softest radiance on the bed of war; be the most agreeable thing in the world; And soldiers close their eyelids on the scene, but must be taken quietly, like other ne E'en like the sun, sad, solemn, and serene.' cessary evils. A rival, no doubt, wishing to carry off la belle Henriette, who is well But to witness, what is a thousand times worth it, and well worth fighting for too. worse than an actual execution, a man fallLoading the pistols already? This is quite ing by his own hand, becoming his own contrary to rule; they should be loaded on executioner, and rushing wildly before the the ground by the seconds. And what tribunal of eternal judgment while breakmeans all this gesticulation, and raising of ing God's high commands, is a soul-bar
rowing sight that ought to shake any nerves be united for ever; when Henriette, in deriving life and impulse from a merely passing from her private box at the Opera, mortal heart. Unveil the cause of this and leaning on her lover's arm, was rudely frightful drama."
jostled, and without apology, by a man " It is soon done. Françoise de Ber- dressed in the height of fashion, and decotancourt, whose death you have just wit-rated with an order that proved him to nessed, was a gentleman of ancient and hold some rank in society. Bertancourt noble family; young, wealthy, and accom- instantly resented the insult; words ran plished; beloved by his kindred, cherished high, and canes were threatened; when by friends, and courted by all. He was the pressure of the crowd separated the endowed with nearly every advantage that disputants. men most covet in the outset of life. Mix “The busy part of the following day ing with the most brilliant society of Paris, had hardly commenced, when Bertancourt he saw, and, like the rest of the world, ad- was already waited upon by a gentleman, mired the beautiful Henriette d’Ardagnac, who announced himself as Capitaine de la the original of the portrait that so forcibly Ferailleur, the friend of Colonel Fortépée, struck you.
He sought her love, and did and sent to demand immediate satisfaction but sue in vain. His elegant person, man- les armes à la main, for the insult offered ners, and accomplishments, gained her af- to the latter at the theatre. Bertancourt fections; while his wealth, merit, and expressed his regret at being unable to station in society, readily secured the fa- comply with the colonel's demand; not ther's consent. This, however, was coupled only because he was himself the insulted with one condition, which, though it be- party, but was, besides, under a pledge came the source of future misfortune, was never to send or accept a challenge,-nevdeemed of little import at the time, and er, in fact, to fight a duel. Captain de la did not for an instant cloud the happiness Ferailleur, assuming the air of considerate with which the lovers looked forward to courtesy usually displayed on such occatheir approaching union, the day of which sions, declared that it was not for him to give was already fixed. But Fortune had de- any opinion on M. de Bertancourt's resolucided otherwise. The Marquis d'Ardagnac tion; he had only a painful duty to perform; had, when a boy, seen his father die a!ter but, having the highest possible respect long days of agonized and hopeless suffer- for Monsieur de Bertancourt, and confiding, in consequence of a wound received ing in the generous and acknowledged in a duel; and this heavy calamity, with the gallantry of Colonel Fortépée, he would grief of his almost broken-hearted mother, give him twenty-four hours to consider the instilled in his youthful mind the most matter: if, at the expiration of that time, a deadly aversion to duellists. The feeling meeting was not appointed, he should then strengthened with his strength, and grew be under the afflicting necessity of prowith him to manhood; and he formed an claiming to the world—what he could not early resolution of never entering into yet believe himself—that a gentleman rankbonds of friendship or connexion with any ing deservedly so high in general estimaperson who should have fought a duel; tion as Monsieur de Bertancourt had and, anxious as he was for the alliance with declined to give honorable satisfaction to a Bertancourt, he only consented to receive cavalier always distinguished for his polite him as his daughter's suitor, on the pledge readiness to meet any adversary entitled solemnly given, that he would never send to the honor of arms. or accept a challenge.
Having delivered this speech in better “Bertancourt, of a happy and cheerful terms than I can repeat it, he took his dedisposition, hating and envying no man, parture; leaving Bertancourt to make having no wish to injure or offend any one, some rather unpleasant reflections. But believing himself without enemies-for en- tied by a pledge, confident also in the clear vy lies mute while its objects are in pros- and rational goodness of his cause, above perity-readily gave a promise which he all, fortified in his determination by the thought there could be little difficulty in approbation of his intended father-in-law, keeping.
who bestowed the highest praise on his con" Time flies fast; and, borne along on duct, he resolved to trust to the justice and Hope and Love's expectant wings, it flew common sense of the world, and to persefaster still with the happy and betrothed vere in the line he had adopted. pair. A few days more, and they were to “The result followed quickly; and nev
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was the triumph of envy, malignity, when even the worthless could treat him worthlessness, and a base subjection to the thus. Personally the bravest of the brave, prejudices of the world, more distinctly and who in a fair field would have dared shown than in the speedy victory they hosts of foes, he wanted the moral courage achieved over truth, justice, and common to defy the code of honor he had at the in
The twenty-four hours had scarcely stigation of others attempted to oppose. elapsed, without bringing the acceptance He could not, in fact, resist the world's of the challenge, when Bertancourt was scorn, which he had drawn down upon himalready proclaimed a poltroon in all the self. He knew it to be unjust, felt fully brilliant circles of Paris. The astonish- conscious of his own nerve and power of ment was universal, the good and the wor- daring in arms, saw clearly that envy was thy grieved, many refused to believe that the mainspring that influenced the majority so accomplished a cavalier could want the of those who took an active part against paltry degree of courage required for fight- him, but felt equally conscious of his own ing a duel; but the refusal of the challenge inability to live as a dishonored man in the could not be denied, and society acted its eyes of the world. Instigated by this feelworthy part accordingly. Bertancourt's ing, goaded on by the unworthy treatment friends forsook him, his acquaintances he had experienced from those who had avoided him; envy and malice, that his formerly courted his society, he rushed prosperity and the favor of the world had home and committed the dreadful deed you repressed, burst forth with all the glee of witnessed.” triumphant infamy; cowardice grew bold “In fact, then, another victim to the where it fancied that vulgarity could be false code of honor. The practice of dueldisplayed with impunity, and from every ling was surely derived from, and can only quarter the very finger of scorn was pointed be upheld by, your lord superior, Asmodeus, at the man who had been the favorite of by Satan himself.” the most brilliant circles. His betrothed “ He! he! he! excuse my laughing, and her father left town, and report said Captain Sabertash, but I think I have heard that Henriette had even accepted an apolo- you speak less generally and evince more gy from Colonel Fortépée in such very discrimination. Duelling originated, as courteous terms, as to make the latter hope you know, with those chivalrous institutions for more than mere forgiveness. The ca- to which you have just ascribed a great tastrophe could not be long delayed; and part of modern civilization, was upheld by when we saw Bertancourt, he had just re- the church, churchmen even entering the turned from a brilliant party, to which he lists by proxy; and the practice may have had been invited before the dispute at the been beneficial in a dark age by preventing theatre, and at which the very master of the commission of greater crimes; for a tiltthe house had turned his back on the once- ing-match between the barons was, after honored guest. The ladies he addressed all, less destructive than an inroad of lawanswered briefly, curtseyed lowly, and less marauders that carried fire and sword sought the conversation of other persons; into cots and hamlets, and laid waste entire some of the gentlemen he spoke to replied baronies. Nor does it follow that my lord with 'ohs,' ahs,' slight smiles and nods, superior, who knows more than you sussome with only grave and surprised looks, pect, is an indiscriminate upholder of the while others bowed themselves away with practice as now existing. Indeed, I have out further notice. One envious scoundrel, heard him express great contempt for it, who had courted Bertancourt in prosperity, and declare that the recruits he obtained, borrowed money from him, and tried to whether directly or indirectly, through the rise into notice by being looked upon as medium of duels, were not only too few to one of his intimate associates, but hated deserve notice, but generally of the most him with all the mean and rancorous ma- wretched description, vulgar bullies or fade lignity so natural to the vain, pretending, pretenders, hardly worth picking up. Your and incapable, offered, with feigned sym- extreme sticklers for punctilio,' said my pathy, to lead him from the room, whisper-respected master on one occasion, 'are ing in his ear, though loud enough to be generally men who have little else to stickle heard by the nearest parties, ‘that all his for.' I have not, as you know, the honor friends regretted to see him there.' to be a member of the great Satanic coun
“A look of scorn was Bertancourt's only cil, or I should be better em yed than in reply; but he felt himself fallen, indeed, making the fashionable world pass through
a magic lantern for your amusement; but and who will answer for the conduct of the I can safely assert that my swarthy sove- worthless men who now act, at least, with reign would be as happy to see duelling put discretion ; what will keep the master pasdown by legislative interference, if that sion of envy within bounds ? Should sowere possible, as he would grieve to see ciety, however, continue to improve, and society rise above the practice. Were du- rise above the practice of duelling, the case elling crushed to-morrow by act of parlia- will be greatly altered; such an abolition ment, should we not see the vile passions of the practice would ill suit my master's that discretion keeps, at least, within some views, for it would prove his empire to be bounds, displayed in full luxuriant malig- on the decline, and his vocation drawing to nity? Should we not see envy, hatred, and an end. But to effect this result, society uncharitableness, undermining character must change its character and conduct; and the best relations of private life? We must resent as an insult to itself what is know how quickly calumny circulates and now sought to be resented by the pistol; slander augments; how willingly ladies must punish every display of vulgarity, and gentlemen listen to what is termed a rudeness, malignity or envy, by instantly little harmless scandal; and how many per- excluding the offender from all respectable sods actually make their way in society by intercourse with the world ; must brand the merely retailing the tittle tattle of malignity, mendacious libeller, the man who may only always embellished for the gratification of be worth caning, though not worth going to some mean passion or for the amusement cane, the envenomed backbiter, the false of the worthy listeners; and, knowing this, boaster and detractor of female character, my master would willingly leave beauty, with indelible marks of deserved infamy. merit, innocence, the worth and conduct When this reform shall be effected, then which excite the respect and admiration of duelling will cease of itself, and then will the good, the great, and the just, exposed my great master have ample cause to without protection the assaults of vulgar- mourn, for it will almost toll the knell of ity, or the machinations of envious malice. his power. But, looking at fashionable soThe more these passions extend, the more ciety as the essence, or elegant extract, they are encouraged and cultivated, the whence the conduct of the general mass more his empire extends, for they consti- may be best estimated, we deem ourselves lute its very foundation, so that he is not in no immediate danger. How, indeed, likely to vote for the continuance of a prac- could we ? Take only the manner in tice that imposes, at least, some trifling which a so-called affair of honor is treated check on their growth."
and spoken of after a meeting has taken “ But you forget, Asmodeus, that we place. If one of the parties have fallen, have courts of law, and many have courts judges and juries are in the greatest possiof honor also.”
ble haste to acquit the survivor ; and this “ He! he! he ! excuse me for laughing, is, perhaps, the only rational part of the but you are pleased to be merry. What whole proceeding, as in the case of a fair satisfaction would it be to a father, brother, duel, they could not, without palpable injusor husband, to receive from a jury some tice, do otherwise; but how does society three-and-sixpenny damages as compensa- proceed? Do they ever inquire into the tion for an insult injurious to character, real cause of a duel, and treat the actual offered to a lady by a sneer, smile, wink, offender, whether the result be fatal or not, Dod, or innuendo, that, though perfectly as he deserves ? No such thing. A meetplain in society, could hardly be established ing once over, both parties are declared to by proof before a legal tribunal ? Or who, have acted like men of honor, are every having received the lie direct, or had a where received as good fellows, shaken glass of wine thrown into his face, would heartily by the hand, and a veil is, by genappeal to a court of honor for satisfaction ? eral accord, thrown over the original cause Ii is true such extreme cases do not often of quarrel ; that is, vulgarity, rudeness, inhappen; the regular duellist is now an un- solence, or falsehood, are again received known character, civilization is extending, into universal favor, merely because a low and the pistol, though a feeble weapon and envious ruffian, perhaps, has fired at enough, continues to exercise some influ- and endangered the life of a gentleman ence; much, as I have said, to my master's whom he had previously insulted. If any regret, who thinks he could do much bet- one be blamed, it is in general the chalter without it. But let arms be laid aside, lenger, though he is mostly the injured and
68 MONUMENT TO SIR DAVID WILKIE.—CONVENT on Mt. CARMEL, ETC. (Sept. insulted party. I say generally, for it has listened, when a boy, in this place, from a father's happened that envy, usually the moving illustrating by his are the history of our Saviour,
lips. In order to acquire the accurate means of spring in all such cases, has prompted he departed for the Holy Land, and died on the worthless persons to follow up insult by an homeward voyage. This tablet is erected by his immediate cartel; and a cane has been in- affectionate sister, in 1844.” Sir David Wilkie is flicted on those who deserved, in reality, placed on the east, and the monument to bis fano other notice, but from whom a subse-ther and mother, by Chantrey, on the west of the
Ipit-each of them within a few inches of it.quent challenge could not well be refused. Court Journal. You have an Anti-duelling Society, composed of brave, honorable, and upright men, for I have seen the list; but why attempt to strike at effects instead of causes,
Convent On Mount Carmel.-A Carmelite why not form a society for the suppres- charitable world of Paris into a state of commo
Monk, from Mount Carmel, has put the whole sion of the base feelings that lead to du-tion, and has excited the sympathy of all classes elling instead of forming it against the and all creeds. Upon this celebrated mount a paltry practice itself? Let society form a convent has been erected à l'instar of that of St. league in favor of high worth, character, Bernard, for the establishment of a body of friars, and feeling, let talents and acquirements that part of the world, there being no inn in that
and for the accommodation of travellers visiting be appreciated, a high standard of manners remote neighborhood. The funds for the conbe substituted for the modern Sliding Scale struction of this convent were collected by a of Manners, and you will never again hear monk of the name of John Baptiste, who left the
mount eleven times, barefooted and on foot, tray. of another duel between gentlemen.”
elled over a great part of Asia, Africa, and Eu“ A plague on this bell, it almost pulls rope, addressing himself to charitable persons of me out of my chair !” [Enter John.] all denominations, and returned eleven times “ Did you ring, sir ?".
loaded with his gatherings. More than seventy What is all this racket in the thousand pounds were collected in this manner, house ?"
with which the convent was erected, the first
stone of it being laid in 1828. But a wall was “I have heard none, sir; only the prin- wanting to enclose the monastery and the grounds ter's devil was here an hour ago asking for that surrounded it, to protect it from the attacks more MS., but seeing you reclining in your
of the Arabian robbers and wild beasts who were chair, and fancying you might be asleep, I Too old to recommence bis travels, the staff of
constantly molesting the poor defenceless monks. did not like to disturb you, and desired him John Baptiste was taken up by a brother of the to return in the morning."
order, Charles, who, by the order of the general, “Good, good; all right. You may go was sent to Paris, where he arrived a few months to bed." (Exit John.] * By Jove! Cal- / back, to raise a subscription for the erection of a deron may have been nearer the truth than the monastery, which had been taken from them
wall, and the purchase of some property round he suspected when he wrote his wild tale of by the Turks. This mission is likely to be acLife a Dream."
complished to the full content of the monks ; for already a considerable subscription is raised, by means of a lottery, the objects of which have been given by all the artists and literary characters in Paris. A chamber in the Luxembourg has been put at the disposal of the committee for the
exposition of these objects, which are daily visited MONUMENT TO Sir David Wilkie.—The mon- by the public.—Court Journal. ument to Sir David Wilkie is now erected in the church of Cults. It is truly an exquisite work of art, designed and executed by a man whose strength of mind, brilliant imagination, correct taste, accurate principles and graceful position, are VOICE LOZENGE.-If we are to believe what all fully brought out in the admirable and striking we are told by those who should be well informed likeness of Sir David. The drapery, too, is in upon the subject, one Dr. Stolberg, of Frankfort excellent harmony with the other parts of the fame, has bequeathed the secret of his voice lozmonument. The inscription is as follows : enge-with presents of which he was wont to “Sacred to the memory of Sir David Wilkie, R. secure the friendship of the first vocal artists of his A., Principal Painter in Ordinary in England, day-to a gentleman of large wealth in this counand Limner for Scotland, to King George IV., try, who has determined to cause the advantages King William IV., and Queen Victoria. Born at contained in the recipe to be made as extensively Cults, 18th November, 1785. Died 1st of June, beneficial as it is possible to render it. For such 1841 ; buried at sea, off Cape Trafalgar. As the purpose he has already distributed an immense painter of domestic scenes, his works were the quantity of boxes, at a price just sufficient to cover ornament alike of the palace and the cottage. their cost, and the result has been a sale altogether Through life he was guided and animated by unprecedented in the history of specifics.-- Etenthose sacred principles to which he had often ing Paper.