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this direction ; but they all concur in describing sort of north-west passage between the heart and the coast as almost without a harbor, and the depth the lungs, and issuing at the back into an oak of water along it is only sufficient for boat naviga-plank below. He was cured, and the interest of tion. The best mode of attempting the Pole itself the case induced the member of the college who is another and a distinct question. After the fail- attended it to give him, when convalescent, emure of Sir E. Parry's last attempt over the ice, it ployment as a servant. Ease and comfort were of is scarcely probable that any board of admiralty no avail, and as little the reminiscence of his acciwill so far share that officer's persevering enthu- dent. He returned to the sea, has since swum siasm as to renew the attempt in the manner he ashore from shipwreck, and is, we doubt not, if proposes by directing an expedition to winter at alive, still a sailor. It required something of the Spitzbergen, and prosecute its further proceedings elastic temperament, of which the above is an inin April, in the hope of finding fixed and smooth stance in humble life, to call from Italy Sir George ice, instead of the hummocky and drifting masses Back, who had shared the horrors or Franklin's which foiled the attempt of 1827. We think, expedition of 1819, to resume his snow-shoes for however, that such a plan promises rather better another land expedition. What shall we say of than Sir. J. Barrow's vision of a summer sail Sir John Franklin himself-of that spirit so buorthrough his assumed Polar basin, even assisted by ant still, though youth had fled? We can but the screw propeller.
pray for this most amiable and excellent man's We dare not indulge in speculation, still less in safe return from the expedition in which he is not prophecy, as to the fate and fortunes of those engaged. brave men who have again, under Sir J. Franklin, disappeared through Lancaster Sound. Till Oc
The Constitutionnel gives the following relative tober at soonest we may be content to know that no tidings of their success can by possibility reach
to the mission confided to Mr. Hood at La Plata: us. After that date our feelings must begin to be
“Mr. Hood has received froin the French and those of the king and princess who watched the
English governments a special mission and full third disappearance of Schiller's diver. God grant
powers to arrange the affairs of La Plata. At first the result may be different! Be it what it may,
| M. Guizot refused to consent to the power demand
ed for Mr. Hood; but, after a long correspondence, a more enviable position on the record of human
he at last yielded. From the plan adopted, it is achievement we can hardly conceive than that which will be enjoyed by the leaders in these
much to be feared that the only persons who will various expeditions by sea and land. The solitary
derive any benefit from this mission will be Rosas, instance of bloodshed which occurs is one which,
Oribe, and Mr. Hood himself. Mr. Hood remained so far from defacing the record, positively adorns
| at Montevideo, first as consul of England, and afit by the exhibition of stern resolution coupled
terwards as consul-general. He was obliged to with the strictest justice and the purest humanity.
withdraw immediately after the treaty of October The contributions which these voyages afford to
29, 1840. He went to England, where he did not
cease intriguing for six years in favor of his proour knowledge of the human race, though necessarily limited, have their value.
tégé. His incessant endeavors in favor of a man
It is satisfactory to know that the better ingredients of man's min.
who has become the right arm of Rosas, and, like gled nature are ubiquitous, and independent of cli
him, sullied with crimes and blood, onght to have mate and geographical position ; that while atmos
opened the eyes of the cabinet of St. James. Let phere and diet may influence physical conforma
anyone who can explain the sympathy of M. tion, the irrepressible fire of the intellect, the
| Guizot for this bitter enemy of our country. Will milder glow of the social charities, and the intenser
M. Guizot deny the facts imputed to Mr. Hood? fame of parental affection are frost-proof. To de
If necessary, all the city of Montevideo could bear scend a step lower in the scale of creation, even
witness to them. M. de Mareuil, whose conduct the brute tenants of these icy but not unpeopled
we have pointed out, has received orders to prowastes present examples of the latter qualities
ceed to Buenos Ayres to assist Mr. Hood. It is which man cannot contemplate without emotion.
even said that the two governments have authorIf in more genial latitudes he has learned of the
ized Mr. Hood, if necessary for the accomplishment little nautilus to sail,” he may also learn of the
of his mission, to disavow the acts of their present polar bear and the uncouth walrus not only to shield
agents, particularly in what concerns the navigahis offspring from danger, but to stand by his
tion of the Parana." friend in the hour of trouble, and carry off his wounded comrade from the press of battle.
A NOTE FROM THE SHADES.—Mr. Gray, poet, With regard to the heroes themselves of this and author of a little thing entitled, An Elegy long and varied Saga of northern adventure, written in a Country Churchyard, presents his nothing is more remarkable than that wonderful compliments to Mr. Punch, and wishes to know if pertinacity in enterprise which maritime pursuits the subjoined four lines might not be appropriately seem to have some peculiar power to generate. inscribed on the pedestal of a statue (in biscuit) Sea-sickness is not so soon forgotten by a young erected in the matter of the Corn-Laws, to Sir traveller on his first tour, when ordering dinner at Robert Peel :Dessin's, as shipwreck, nipping, mosquitoes, the digestion of tripe de roche and old shoes, and all
The applause of listening senates to command, the other sad incidents of arctic exploration, by
The threats of pain and ruin to despise ; such men as Franklin, Back, and Richardson. In
To scatter plenty o'er a smiling land, the collection of the college of surgeons may be
And read his history in a nation's eyes?'” seen the fragment of a studding-sail boom, the iron Punch, in answer, begs to inform Mr. Gray end of which, blunt and cylindrical, once pinned that he (Punch) has submitted the verse to the to the deck an unfortunate sailor youth, entering opinion of Mr. Disraeli, and that crystal-headed somewhere near the pit of the stomach, making a legislator pronounces its fitness to be admirable.
From the Athenæum. were reposing in ground not quite so holy as she Historical Pictures of the Middle Ages in Black and
could wish, Maria Theresa, in 1771, removed them White. Made on the spot by a Wandering | Rudolph's consort) to the Abbey of St. Blaise, in
(there were twelve other coffins besides that of Artist. 2 vols. Longman and Co.
| the Black Forest. The design of this book is not a bad one. You " When the tomb of the empress was opened at come to some grim-looking castle, some half-ruined Basle, the coffin, or rather coffer, being found in monastery, or some grey-turreited church, the too decayed a state to encounter a second journey, great antiquity of which strikes you at once. the padlocks were removed, and the body carefully You next inquire what historical associations, transferred to one of solid mahogany, in the preswhether in ancient chronicle or tradition, relate to ence of the German commissioners and Swiss anone of these time-honored relics; and in almost thorities, to whom a very extraordinary and awful every country, and especially in Switzerland, you spectacle was then exposed. The whole person are sure to light on characters and events likely to of the empress was found in a perfect stale, interest the present age. If history be strictly changed only to a deep black-her diadem still adhered to, you may instruct as well as amuse. rested on her brows, and her golden collar encir
The fair author commences her picturesque cled her throat-her royal habiliments preserved historical sketches with Basle. The cathedral their graceful contour-but every hue, every shade was the burial-place of the Empress Anne, (1282,) of color, had fled.” consort of Rudolph I., the founder of Austrian The imperial ornaments were given to the city greatness. The corpse was brought from Vienna; of Basle, and were carefully preserved until 1830 ; and the ceremonial of interment was as splendid as when, at the close of the unhappy war between any lover of fine sights could wish to behold. the municipality and the neighboring country, they Yet the exposure of the imperial corpse-not in fell into the hands of parties insensible to their the coffin, but on a magnificent throne-would value, who sold them for less than their intrinsic seem an odd, and not very agreeable, spectacle in weight in bullion. The necklace was purchased our days. The Bishop of Basle and his clergy by a jeweller; and an Israelitish pedler rejoiced thought otherwise; and it cannot be denied that in possessing the crown. But, alas! the bodies they had precedents enough for the ceremony, themselves had not yet reached a final restingwhich, in some parts of the continent, is not place—though dirge and anthem and pomp impeunknown even at this day :
rial had celebrated their recommittal to the dust, " All the clergy of lis diocese received invita- and a stately monument had arisen to commemorate tions to be present at this august solemnity; and the piety of Maria Theresa. The revolutionary on Thursday, the 19th of March, 1282, he issued armies of France approached the abbey; and, to from the gates of the episcopal palace at the head save them from profanation, the late Emperor of twelve hundred ecclesiastics, (of whom six were Francis once more removed them to the vault of abbots,) priests conventual and secular, each bear the Hapsburg family, in the Capuchin convent at ing a lighted waxen torch, to meet the funeral | Vienna. cavalcade at some distance from the city gates. But there is something at Basle deserving of The imperial corpse was received at the door of more attention than even the cathedral :-the cathedral, with all the state and ceremony “The traveller, however brief his sojourn at peculiar to papal pomp, by three other bishops Basle, cannot fail to remark the solid batilements awaiting its arrival with a minor host of dignita- which crown the opposite shore of the Rhine, and ries ; and from thence (amid the chanting of the mass of buildings within, surmounted by a fitanies and the chiming of bells) conveyed into dilapidated church of extremely beautiful archithe choir, where the coffin was opened, and the tecture : should his curiosity tempt him to cross deceased empress was placed upon a magnificent the fine old bridge which spans the wide and rapid throne, which had been erected on a raised plat- Rhine, and then turn up a dark narrow street form, surmounted by a däis or canopy of crimson to the left, he will find at its extremity the mouldvelvet fringed with gold. Her ladies and the disering, but most extensive remains of a religious tinguished personages who took a prominent part house, now in part converted into a hospital fur in the procession, dressed in deep mourning, invalid soldiers. Mullioned windows, from wbich ranged themselves on either side; whilst the four hang files of shirts and stockings ; Gothic doorbishops performed a solemn mass before the awe- ways, half blocked up by bricks, and turf, and stricken multitude, assembled in thousands to wit- fagots; fragments of stone, of exquisite workness so strange and appalling a sight. Sumptuous manship, on which the skilful sculptor had lav. robes of rich silk and velvet enveloped the inani- ished long days of painful labor, profusely scattered mate form of departed majesty. A veil of white over the well-trodden dirty court-yards, tell a lesson silk floated from her head, and a small but elegant of fallen grandeur, and present a picture of bygone crown of silver gilt rested on her forehead. A splendor not to be mistaken. Reader, that desocollar of gold curiously wrought, containing a rich late dwelling was once the home of the noblest sapphire and other precious stones, was round her ladies of Europe! The silent aisles of that deneck; and on the pale fingers of her lifeless serted church, converted into stables and granahands, crossed over her bosom, glittered many ries, yet enclose the dust of princes, nobles, precostly gems. When the solemn service for the lates, abbesses, and tiled damsels, whose weil dead was finished, the body was again re-com- authenticated gentle blood could alone have promitted to the coffin, and entombed, amid the weep- cured them the honor of reposing within its haling of her attendants, in the choir close to that of lowed precincts. A society of Dominican nuos the young prince Charles."
were the possessors of this once sacred edificeBut the remains of the empress were not to here for many centuries their superior reigned in await the sound of the archangel's trump at Basle. sovereign power, independent of all control but Wounded by the reflection that, as the cathedral that of the supreme head of the Romish church. was no longer Catholic, the bones of her ancestors What a lesson on the mutability of life on the
evanescent nature of earthly pomp and worldly powerful connexions probably saved her from the grandeur-may be learned froin these crumbling still more dreadful doom of “Vade in pace. But ruins! Of all the noble ladies who lived and died this austerity, whether real or affected, at length within their holy enclosure, not a name, not a trace gave way to the natural course of things. C'nin exists in this their seat of empire."
ierrupted prosperity, with a surveillance merely It is the monastery of Klingenthal to which our nominal, was not the best soil for the growth of attention is directed; and the ruins so well de- asceticism. There was first a suspicion ; suspiscribed furnish occasion for the historical sketch cion led to vigilant observation-this to whisper of " The Nuns' War." This religious house was and whisper to the bold report that the sisters of founded in 1273, by the Baron of Clingen, under Klingenthal were "holy no longer." The prothe auspices of the Emperor Rodolph ; and its gress of deterioration is well described by our property was greatly augmented by the bequests anonymous author :of nobles in the surrounding provinces, and still "By one of those singular mysteries in the more by the money and lands derived from the human heart inexplicable to reason, the nans high-born ladies who assumed the veil in this seemed to grow strangely more lenient to themaristocratic community. For soine generations the selves after they had condemned their hapless sis holy recluses went on as well as other communiter to so fearful a doom, for seeking to escape from ties. Matins and mass, vespers and even-song, the thraldom of her vows; unless indeed the were chanted without interruption ; and some por- remembrance of the crime into which her detes. tion, do doubt, of the superfluities arising from tation of a cloisteral life led her, determined them their ample revenues went to the relief of the poor to abate its rigors in their own instance. They who appeared at the convent gate. But about the first ceased to chant their matin and vesper serviyear 1430, the monotony of their existence was ces, and this relaxation from their ancient disciagreeably broken by a quarrel with the prior and pline was gradually followed by many others yet brotherhood of a Dominican establishment in the more striking; till at length the sober citizens of same city. The superior of that establishment Basle were astounded by the open and ostentations had always exercised the right of protecting and display of their luxury, worldliness, and disregard of visiting the sister community-a right not unac of the established decorums of a religious calling. companied by substantial advantages. But at the The large, heavy, dismal, rumbling vehicle, in period in question—whether the visitorial functions which the prioress was wont at Easter, and on were more rigidly exercised, or “the sisters other high days and holidays, to move with slow of Klingenthal," confiding in their noble connex- solemn pace from one church or chapel to another, ions, had become too proud for such a surveillance to pay her annual tribule of worship to some par-a stand was made against the authority of the ticular saint, with two or three subdued-looking grey-bearded fathers. When these grumbled at sisters, like herself veiled and muffled from head this petticoat rebellion, the gates of the convent to foot, now rolled briskly through the streets were shut against them; and they had the addi- seemingly bent on a very different errand. Their tional mortification of seeing their jurisdiction spacious garden, stretching to a considerable extransferred to the Bishop of Constance, who tent along the left bank of the Rhine, where each openly espoused the cause of the nuns. This had, in former days, been thankful to cultivate as event proved that the holy ladies were not without her sole amusement a little narrow plot, scarcely spirit. They had vowed to be their own mis- larger than that sole inheritance which Earth tresses, and they were so to their hearts' content: bestows on all her children at their birth, no longer -for as to the authority of the distant bishop, it sufficing for air and exercise, they made frequent was just none at all. But even had he been near visits to their conventual lands in the adjacent at hand and vigilant, he would scarcely have been country. Their repasts in the refectory, if not equal to the quelling of such high spirits. ** Curse equal to those served up to the noble ladies of the these nuns !" cried one testy old visitor (the convent of St. Hildgarde at Zurich, one of whose Abbot of Wettingen, -whose anathema, however, dainty abbesses was said to have loved so much did not apply to the sisters of Klingenthal-"* Curse the roe of the delicate lotte, that after having these nuns! I dare not even mention the charges extinguished the breed in her own Jake she was which are brought against them! Why are they forced to send to Constance and Zug for supplies not sober and chaste! They have chosen me for of this favorite fish ; or to the luxurious feasts of their gaide because they know that I am a simple, the Benedictine monks in Lombardy, whose table credulous man, and easily deceived!" For some so amazed Martin Luther, fresh from German sour years, however, after the conquest over the Domin- krand and black barley bread, that he deemed it his ican friars, the sisters in question were outwardly duty 10 warn them of his intention, on reaching decorous, and that they were also internally strict Rome, to report their scandalous gluttony and exInay be assumed from a tragedy which happened travagance to the pope, (for which the good man in 1466. A young nun, tired of her lot, and see- was within an inch of losing his life, so little did ing no hope of escape save in a coup-de-main, set they relish his sincerity or appreciate his concern fire to the convent, expecting, amid the confusion for their souls :) still they were most recherché and of the scene, to slip unperceived away. But, abundant, as the loads of fish and fowl, and game though she had the pleasure of seeing the dormito- and legs of mutton, and buttocks of beef, seen ries, and one at least of the cloisters, in a blaze, daily entering the side door leading to the ample attended with great a hubbub as could well be kitchen amply testified. Then their dressale! desired, she was at once suspected by the prioress, alas! that even the history of a convent should and safely guarded in the church until the fire was add its testimony to this besetting sim of woman extinguished. Her guilt soon appeared, and her kind! The thick white woollen tunics of the doom was *a vaulted cell onderground, with Dominican order, with heavy black mantley and bread and water for life." Never again was her coarse linen, were replaced by habiliments made name mentioned, or the period known when death in the same form, but of the finest materials. A terminated her sufferings. ller noble birth and narrow braid of glossy hair peeping under the
snowy cambric which descended with symmetrical that they, the spouses of Christ, had for many precision on each side of the face, attested either years led a luxurious, dissipated, and ungodly life the forgetfulness or contempt of the fair wearers --they listened with contempt, their eyes speakfor the invariable monastic ordinance which pre- ing defiance. to the intruders. But then came a scribes that the hair, solemnly cut off at the cere- scene :imony of the profession, shall never more be “ Ere the apostolic letter was half concluded, allowed to grow. Their veils and pelerins were astonishment and indignation burst in. muttered of the most costly cambric—they decorated their exclamations of resentment so loud as to render fair slender fingers with jewelled rings,
the sonorous voice of the provincial almost inaudi
ble ; and when he at length reached that part And crosses on their bosom wore,
which delivered them unconditionally into the Which Jews might worship and infidels adore. absolute power of the brother preachers, whose
partial yoke had been found so galling to the comTheir chaplets of gold or silver, enriched with munity fifty years before, rage and amazement, precious stones often curiously carved, would have overleaping all the boundaries of prudence and vieil with those of Louis Quatorze or Anne of propriety, rendered every attempt to conclude it Austria ; and the quaint and sad apparel of their impossible. Whilst the prioress, who had started rule, thus modified by the hand of taste, became from her throne in a paroxysm of fury, stood stiff rather dignified, imposing, and becoming, ihan aw- and erect from agonized emotion with some of the ful or repulsive. But these were winor points of elder sisters in the midst of the commissioners, offence- dust in the balance when weigbed against hurling at the brother preachers and senators of other deviations from their vows. The privacy of Basle threats of vengeance through the instrumenthe cloister was no longer respected— young and tality of the several counts, and barons, and noble chevaliers, under the plea of consanguinity knights with whom they claimed kindred or or friendship, were to be seen at almost all hours acquaintance-now taunting them, especially the entering the great gates of the monastery, or Dominicans, with divers insulting epithets and inlounging in the magnificent parlor appropriated to sinuations very derogatory to the honor of that the reception of guests and strangers. Strong sus- reverend body, then declaring that if, as menaced, picion also existed that they had followed the any attempt should be made to remove them from example of Anne of Höwen, Jate abbess of the the convent, they would set fire to it ere their exnoble ladies at Zurich, who, availing herself of an pulsion—the juvenile and more active nuns, aided ancient custom which consecrated a sombre season by youthful limbs and ardent spirits, rushed from of the year to the enjoyment of the carnival, went the parlor to the vast kitchen, from whence they disguised through the city with her younger bro- quickly returned to the scene of action, armed with ther Frederick. And as Henry of Höwen, the brushes, spits, tongs, choppers, cleavers--every indulgent Bishop of Constance, under whose pas-domestic utensil, in fine, which presented itself to toral care they had placed themselves in 1431, was their flashing eyes and eager hands. The prothe brother of the noble offenders at Zurich, far vincial of Alsace and his dignified associates, who iou mighty for punishment, it is not altogether im- had probably listened to the injurious reproaches possible that the accusation might have some foun- of the prioress and her companions with manly indation."
difference, anticipating perhaps something of the If such reports gave scandal to the public at sort, mingled with the sighs, tears, and swoons large, they were heard with pleasure by the said to be usual with the fair sex on great occaDominican fathers of Basle. Now was the time sions of woe or wrong or wrath, were over to be revenged on the pert ladies who had openly whelmed by this sudden and most energetic di. and scornfully defied them. The reigning pontiff, play of feminine valor : personal safety absorbit : Sixtus IV., was soon made acquainted with the all other considerations, with one accord they amours of the nuns ; and though he was not ex- hastily retreated to the door ; made good, not withactly the man to throw the first stone at criminals out some difficulty, their way unscathed through of this class, he directed Jacob of Stubach, pro- the narrow passages and outer courts, till they vincial of the Dominican order in Alsace, to reached the grand portal, whence they bolted into declare at an end the visitorial power of the Bishop the street, leaving the papal bull behind them, in of Constance, to replace the nuns under their company with sundry broad bands, and deep former overseers, the vindictive friars, with an plaited white frills, and ruffles, torn from their authority greatly augmented, and to carry the necks and hands in the scuffle ; some destitute necessary reform to the utmost extent. With him of cloaks, others denuded of hats, and all in a was associated a stern man, William of Rappol- state of the most grievous alarm, shame, and constein, landvogt of Alsace. Attended by a numer. fusion." ons array, the provincial, early in January, 1480, Into the details which followed, and which are bastened to the convent, and demanded adinission richly worthy perusal, we cannot enter. We can in the formidable name of the pope. Of course, but glance at the grand results. Spiritual, aided The gates were opened ; and the dignified visitors by secular, authority was too much for the nuns ; admitted to the presence of the prioress, seated in and, with the exception of some half-dozen of the her chair of state, and her twenty-three nuns more advanced in years, they chose to quit the constanding on each side of her. The latter were not vent, and return to the bosom of their noble famiprepared for the decisive measures commanded by lies, rather than submit to their hated visitors. A the holy father of Christendom. They expected, new community was brought to supply their indeed, a reprimand, and perhaps a transference places, and their ample possessions seemed lost to of the visitorial power from the Bishop of Con- ihem forever. But it was not so. Whatever blance to his lordship of Basle. They were soon might have been their faults, they had, at least, undecrived, when the venerable provincial com- been excellent customers to the shopkeepers of menced the reading of the papal bull. So long as Basle : this their successors were not. The friars it related merely to the charges against them were parsimonious, and therefore unpopular; and
in a short time the exiled condition of the sisters ward, and dropping on her knees implored the esattracted the sympathy of the citizens. That the ecutioner to permit her to remain. She was the successors in question should fail to be liberal, wife of the victim ! Naturally of a gentle retiring need not to be wondered at-for, in truth, they had nature, the Baroness of Wariz had mingled but not the power. As the title-deeds of many manors little in the haughty court of the Emperor Alert: -probably most of them had been cunningly ab- and after she became a mother she withdrew yet stracted, and the tenants secretly encouraged to more from its gaieties, though her youth and pay no rent, the revenues were fearfully dimin-beauty, high rank, and amiable qualities had ever ished. This stroke of policy was followed by insured her a distinguished place in its patrician others equally able ; until the noble relatives of circle. She was residing at the Castle of Balm, a the exiled recluses openly armed in their behalf, little hamlet in the parish of Gunsperg in Argovia, and Basle was invested by formidable armed unconscious of impending evil, when the emperor bands. This demonstration was as fatal to the met his death ; and she first learnt the fatal news citizens, whose commerce it destroyed, as it was by seeing her castle invested by armed iroops, in favorable to the nuns, whose letters and intrigues search of her husband and brother. ller baby, an at length enlisted in their favor the mighty of the infant of twelve months old, asleep in iis ciadle at earth, whether ecclesiastic or secular. The end her foot, was murdered in her presence by the exmay be easily foreseen. In 1483, they were re-press order of Agnes, Queen of Hungary, Albert's stored to their convent, allowed to choose their daughter, as the child of a regicide ; and she was own advocates, and indemnified for their losses. commanded, under penalty of instant death, to de
By way of episode--and a romantic though true clare where her husband had found a shelier. Her episode it is-to this history of “ The Nuns' paroxysms of fright, astonishment, and grief War," we are presented with the fortunes of one answered for her ignorance of the dreadful catassister; which well deserve our attention, as trophe; and after leaving a strong escort in the another proof that truth is often stranger than castle, and planting another around it to prevent fiction. We allude to Adelaide, Baroness of all possibility of his escape if there concealed, ihe Wartz ; whose husband was implicated in the officer sent on this expedition departed. Adelaide murder of the emperor, Albert I., in 1308. He of Wartz had ceased to be a mother, and her aflecscems to have been unjustly implicated ; having, tions as a wife nestled yet more strongly in her though present at the catastrophe, had no knowl- heart : she had no link to bind her to life but that edge of the design, and being merely a spectator of wife, none to love but her husband. She deof the act. That, however, was no justification in ceived the vigilance of her guards, at the risk of the eyes of Albert's daughier, the implacable Ag- her life made her way to the royal château, and, nes of Hungary. “ This princess," says Pfeffel, penetrating into the presence of the widowed Em(whom our authoress does not cite) “ acquired a press Elizabeth and her daughter Agres, threw melancholy celebrity by her cruel vengeance, not herself at their feet imploring the life of her husonly on her father's assassins, who all escaped her band. Her prayer was sternly refused; she then pursuit, and who ended their days in exile and begged a mitigation of his sufferings—hat also obscurity, but on their families, friends, and allies, was denied ; to share his prison each petition whom she pitilessly sacrificed to the shade of was fiercely rejected ; and she was repulsed from Albert, though they were innocent of complicity the castle to wander around the dungeon which in the crime which laid him in the tomb." The would so soon open to deliver that husband to an head of the conspirators, Albert's own nephew, ignominious and frightful death. She was presJohn of Swabia, (whom our author, we know not ent during all the sickening details of his horrible why, calls Don John,) died in misery, at the early sentence, supporting him through liis agonies by age of twenty-five.
the assurance of her unabated attachment, and “ There is also a tradition so popular that it has belief in his innocence ; and when the executioner attained a place in many Swiss annals, that during had finished his fatal office, and one by one the his wanderings in the wild mountains of the coun- silent multitude withdrew as night closed in, she try to which he was born heir, the wretched prince crept under the wheel where he was left to die in was supported by a young female peasant, 10 lingering torments ; the coup de grace, or final whose industry and ingenuity he owed his preser- blow of mercy, by which the sufferings of the vicvation for so long a period.-Serenty years after-tim were usually finished when each limb was wards, an aged, poverty-stricken man, of majestic broken, having been expressly forbidden. Mornmien, whose silver hair shaded features of great ing dawned on the miserable pair-W'artz was in beauty, might be seen in the streets of Vienna : the prime of life, of noble athletic form, and though almost blind, he seldom begged-but at in- though each member was doubly fractured, his tervals, when he fancied he recognized a face of vital energy remained. Three nights and three uncommon benevolence, he would approach, and days, without food, without sleep, she watched say in a low voice, . Pity the miserable son of the in the valley of the shadow of death,' suffering miserable Don John of Swabia.'”.
neither the birds of the air to rest on him by day, After victims so illustrious, the Baron de Wartz nor the beasts of the field by night ;' wiping from could not hope for favor. He was betrayed by a his dying brow the big drops of anguish that burst nobleman, and his fate brings before us the extra- from every pore. Nature wresiled long with ordinary attachment of his wife. The following death ; on the third evening he grew 100 faint in graphic description is painfully interesting : thank her for her love, and as the morning of the
“The inis: rable man was extended on the scaf- fourth day dawned, he died. Her earihly task fold, on the point of receiving the first blow, when was accomplished : she rose from her knees, and the horror-stricken crowd, assembled to witness directed her totiering steps to Klingenthal, whose this fearful sight, made vay for a female in deep prioress was the baron's sister. How she got mourning, whose wan pale face, and eager efforts there she could not tell : she fainted at the portal, to approach the scene of suffering, overcame all and was carried in as an object of charity, so obstacles to her desire. She walked steadily for- emaciated by famine, so changed by woe, that the