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near Dornfeld declared they

had seen Captain I see you are prejudiced against me—misunSturmgang's housekeeper, Theresa Frohberg, derstandings'?wear a gown of this stuff three years before, " Ah!--misunderstandings.' which they remembered by this token, that they “I am convinced, Mr. Assessor, that you are had censured her at the time among themselves, judging me unjustly. It is true that I have suffor wearing garinents above her degree, and pro- fered myself to be imposed on by that unhappy phesied there would no good come of it. The tip- young man—that I have had a better opinion of staff, before returning to X., had asked an out- him ihan he deserved. He has deceived me, door servant of Captain Sturmgang's how were all brought shame and grief upon his family, made at Dornfeld, and received for answer that all there our honest name a town-talk. I confess I exwere well, except Madame Theresa, who was ill pected, for all this, rather compassion than insult in bed.

from you." My next step was to send the district physician " Mr. Sub-rector; I should be sorry to insult to visit this woman, and from his report I learned misfortune ; but I will acknowledge that I do not that she had been delivered of a child within a few feel very strongly moved to compassion for you, days, but was now in a state which admitted of because I have seen how little you showed for that her being judicially interrogated. I repaired poor young fellow, Ludwig Sturmgang, who neveraccordingly to Dornfeld without delay, and had no ineless had nearer claims on you than you have on difficulıy in obtaining from her, in her first alarm, the confession that she had, three days before, “ Did he deserve compassion! God pity my given birth to a child, the father of which was poor brother-in-law, betrayed by those who are Christian Schein, her master's stepson ; that she nearest to him! The hand of a stranger will close had concealed her condition, had delivered herself his eyes, for one son after another shows himself in secret, and, according to previous concert, given unworthy to do it !” the babe to Schein, who left it in the neighborhood • That is not so certain. I believe young of human habitations, that it might be the sooner Sturmgang fully worthy to perform that pious found, and not perish. She acknowledged that office, and should be sorry, Mr. Sub-rector, 10 this was the second child she had borne to Chris- be the wall of partition that separates father and tian Schein, but the former was still-born, and had son. been buried by its father in the garden.

“ There is no one but my brother-in-law himTo arrest Schein was now the most pressing self that can remove the wall of partition, as you concern, but, on taking steps for that purpose, we call it. I have often enough tried to bring them discovered that that bird was flown, having first together, to move my brother-in-law to forgivebroken open the captain's desk, and taken out ness. But Ludwig is to the full as impracticable of the same three hundred dollars in gold. The as his father, and after he had so contumaciously housekeeper, however, I had removed io Zell, (on rejected my mediation, I don't see how I should the doctor's certifying that this might be done have gone on pressing it on him. No, I look on without danger,) and placed in the prison in- hal young man as doubly unworthy, without sense firmary, under the charge of a careful nurse. of filial love or of common gratitude."

The next morning the sub-rector entered my And have you, Mr. Sub-rector-have you office, with a face rigid as that of the statue in Don endeavored to mediate in this unhappy quarrel?” Juan,

“ To be sure I have : who should, if I did " Mr. Assessor," said he, in a hollow voice, “I not?'' come to you on a distressing occasion.”

“Who, indeed? And may I entreat you to tell I requested-in no very sympathizing manner, I me in what manner the young man, as you have am afraid to know how I could serve him. expressed it, contumaciously rejected your media

You are conducting the investigation of this tion !" affair of my brother's housekeeper ?''

"My nephew Christian, who wished as much I bowed.

as I do to see the good understanding between his “ And my nephew is implicated ?"

father and his brother restored, went several times “ Sir," answered I,“ you should be aware that to Ludwig, to induce him, if possible, to abandon a magistrate engaged in a criminal investigation the law suit. On these occasions, Ludwig exdoes not take every casual inquirer into his confi- pressed himself, regarding me, in a way that made dence."

me highly indignant-asserted that I belied him * As you please : I know, however, that he is with his father with a view to get a share in his implicated."

inheritance myself. Such aspersions, I confess, 4. Then, sir, as a magistrate, I must ask you had the effect of greatly embittering my feeling how you know it?"

towards him, and I felt in no way called upon to * From common report, and from my brother- make him a personal visit—which otherwise I in-law,''

should have done. However, about two years “ Humph !”

ago, I had got my brother-in-law a good deal “ I come to make a request of you. My unfor- softened, sent my nephew to Ludwig, and bid him tunate nephew has absconded, and the tribunal use the moment, as I was convinced that if he will of course do its utmost to trace and arrest would now beg his father's pardon, a complete him. But it would be a bitter disgrace for me to reconciliation would be brought about. How was see the name of my sister, of my nephew, in the my good will requited ? Ludwig answered my hue and cry. Can you, and will you, not do some nephew, · Tell your uncle, he may tan the hides thing to prevent this scandal ?"

of his scholars as much as he pleases, but that I “You will excuse me, Mr. Sub-rector, if I say am a little too old to have the fifth commandment that I have no very urgent motive to interfere with flogged into me.'' the cause of justice, for the sake of sparing you a “Your nephew brought you that message from mortification."

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“He did—and a still more impertinent message "Dearest THERESA : than that: "And tell him, moreover,' added * Before I leave my country forever, I canthis graceless young man, that he may bless his not resist the impulse which bids me send you a stars that he has not me for a scholar, for I would last—an eternal farewell. I am, you will be glad get up a revolution in the school-room, and by- to hear, safely arrived in Bremen, and sail an hour I need not repeat his oaths—' we'd flog the flog- hence for New Orleans. Ere you receive this, the ger.'

shores of Europe will have disappeared from my Very disrespectful, indeed."

view. We shall meet no more. Forget me, " That was not the worst. • And as for my Theresa ; but be assured that you will never be father,' he went on, “you may tell him from me forgotten by that the state showed its judgment in not promot

“Your sincerely broken-hearted ing him, and that it was a fortunate day for the

“ CHRISTIAN Schein." navy when he left it. And tell him he did well On reading this letter, the unfortunate creature when he planted me behind a counter instead of broke into bitter tears, and cursed the author of taking me to sea, for by'—more oaths—I'd have her misery. She now confessed that she had been had the crew in a mutiny in three days, and we'd the tool of this miscreant in her inculpation of have hung the old tiger at the yard arm.' I Ludwig Sturmgang. Schein had promised her should like to know, Mr. Assessor, what you think marriage, but there were two hindrances to the of that?":

fulfilment of the promise—the life of Captain And your nephew delivered that message to Sturmgang, and Ludwig's claims as his heir. The Captain Sturingang?”

captain was old, and breaking down ; they could • He did, with fear and trembling.”

reckon on his being soon out of the way, but the “ Well, Mr. Sub-rector, I begin to think we heir was a more serious obstacle. Schein, hor. have all of us fallen into some errors of judgment. ever, had long profited by the absence of the But no more on the subject at present—leave the younger Sturmgang, to ingratiate himself with the rest to me. I have now to attend the court, and old man, and insure himself, at least, a legacy; must pray you 10 excuse me.

nor had he neglected his many opportunities to When a culprit has once made a confession of blacken Ludwig in his father's eyes. Ludwig's his main offence, it is generally not very difficult betrothal, and the pecuniary disagreement between to bring him to acknowledge his minor ones. This him and his father, enlivened the hopes of the reflection induced me to examine the housekeeper abandoned pair to make their harvest at his exwith respect to the poisoning affair. To my sur- pense, and the accidental circumstance that his prise and vexation she siuck to her old story, that horse fell sick at Dornfeld, and that he got arsenic she had, from the store-room, seen Ludwig Sturm- to wash it, inspired them with the bellish plan, gang spill something out of a paper bag into the which was as hastily carried out, as it was consoup-kettle, and at every subsequent examination ceived, of making the old man believe that his son she repeated this without variation. I had the intended to poison him. By the prospect of being young man summoned, and asked him (though not now shortly able to marry, Schein induced the on his oath, as it was possible that he might, in the housekeeper to aid him in this work. She went in course of the inquiry, have to appear before the the evening into the town, and bought a sufficient tribunal as an accused person) when he had last quantity of tartar emetic ; this she gave to Schein, spoken with Christian Schein. He answered, on who placed in her hands the arsenic, which he had the day he left his father's house. I admonished got, by means of a false key, out of his brother's him that it was probable this question might be put desk. Theresa put the poison into the soup, after to him on his oath within a few days. He replied she had served her lover with his own portion, and that he could give no other answer to it than he this, having mixed the emetic in it, he immediately had now done. In reply to further questions he dis- took. It was not long down before he was seized tinctly denied that he had ever had a conversation with vomiting; he cried out that he was poisoned; with his stepbrother respecting the sub-rector or a the housekeeper pretended to recollect having seen reconciliation. I asked him (without mentioning the captain's son put something into the put: it the assertion of the housekeeper) had he gone at was examined, and the arsenic was found. This all to the soup-leitle on the day of the alleged at- plan succeeded : the father and son were irrecontempt to poison. Ile answered most decidedly in cilably disunited ; the latter hardly knowing why, the negative; there was nothing to take him to the for Theresa's testimony against him had never soup-kettle on that or any other day. The whole come to his ears, and he was not aware of his business seemed to me a tangled yarn, and I dis- father's grounds either for believing that the matmissed Ludwig Sturmgang without coming to any ter found in the pot was arsenic, or for concluding conclusion.

that he had put it in. After all," thought I," he may be guilty, and To exasperate both parties the more against that a jury would pronounce him so is almost certain. each other, and to render any danger of a reconTheresa Frohberg's intrigue with Schein, to be ciliation more unlikely, Christian Schein had fabsure, throws suspicion on her testimony; and yet her ricated the malediction and threat of ignominious persisting in it now, after the flight of her lover, treatment, which he announced to Ludwig on the and when she can have no conceivable interest in part of his father, and had afterwards brought to blackening young Sturmgang, is, to say the least, the captain and the sub-rector accounts equally very embarrassing. In my heart I'm convinced of mendacious, of his having visited young Sturmhis innocence—but, thank Heaven, I'm not on his gang on errands of peace, and of the insulting mesjury.'

sages, to both the old gentlemen, by which the reAn event occurred the next day which solved bellious son had met these overtures. the riddle. A leiter addressed to the housekeeper, Theresa Frohberg had been the faithful ally of and bearing the Bremen post-mark, was handed Schein in all these measures ; and, even when to the court; it was from her seducer, and ran their intrigue came to light, and the seducer abthus :

sconded, she continued to keep the secret of their

court.

alliance, believing that Schein, once beyond the It was an even chance whether they were to adreach of pursuit, would not fail to provide ner with vance towards each other or to draw back. the means of rejoining him, or would even, per “Sturmgang,” said I to the young man, " it haps, return, when the scandal was blown over, was I that brought your father and your uncle and sit as fast as ever in his stepfather's favor ; for hither; they did not know my purpose, though I she had not been informed of the act of the theft dare say they guessed it. The moment is comewhich had preceded his flight. Now, however, the quarrel at an end-all is explained. Sturmhe had cast her off, and all motive for concealment gang, throw yourself into your faiher's arms." of the truth was at an end. The two rogues had Sturmgang stood as if his shoes were part of the fallen out, and honest men, according to the pro- floor. verb, came by their own.

“Captain, then, embrace your son.” No sooner had I received the above confession, He stood like his son's counterpart. than I despatched the tip-staff to summon the cap " Mr. Sub-rector," appealed I-but he was tain and the sub-rector to give evidence before the crying.

After asking them some questions about ** Good folks,” said I, “ do you mean to put me Christian Schein's amour with the housekeeper, I in a passion ? Ludwig Sturmgang, will you be said to the captain

friends with your father?" “Sir, the tribunal has been compelled to intrude “I will,” answered he, quickly. into your domestic secrets, because, as I need not Captain, has your enmity no end?": tell you, it is instituted to the end of discovering “ It is past," was his equally quick reply. and punishing criminals. It is known to you that "Well, then, when two people that have fallen arsenic was brought into your house for a certain out mean to be good friends again, why, either one alleged purpose, and was there used as the means of them must take the first step, or both must step of an intended crime."

out together. Come-together be it." " It is but too well known to me,'

“ No," said Ludwig Sturmgang, stepping for“You yourself have named your housekeeper ward, “ I am the son—the first step belongs to me. to me as a witness; it has become necessary that Father, there is my hand-forgive me !" you should hear her testimony before the court." Stop!” shouted the old man,

" stand back! “Pray, spare me the humiliation of hearing the Mine must be the first step: it is I that have to crime of my son deposed to before a public tribu- say “forgive!' I alone am guilty of all this nal."

misery. My poor, poor Ludwig, I have done thce “I am sorry to say it cannot be.”

bitter, ay, bitter and crying wrong. God forgive I rang, and directed that Theresa Frohberg me!” should be brought in. She appeared pale and de “Hurra!” cried I, and with a spring was in the jected. I bid her repeat her deposition of yester- kitchen. “In with you, Madame Sturmgang, day.

said I to the trembling young wife; “ you 'll find It was done. The two old men stood as if none but friends in the parlor.” turned into stone, as the story of the prisoner removed the scales from their eyes.

The following Sunday my wife and I, in com“Now, gentlemen," said I, “ be so good as to pliance with a formal invitation, sent two days bewalk into the waiting-room till these depositions fore, dined at Dornfeld. The company was not are signed and sealed. I will be with you in a large; there were only ourselves, the Sturmgangs, few minutes."

and the sub-rector. After dinner, the captain preThey did so, and I shortly followed them. sented us pipes, and bid Margareta bring a light,

Now," said I, “I must request you to accom- which she did, sobbing violently, as she had done, pany me a short distance.”

to the great peril of the captain's equanimity, all I said this with so oficial a look, and in so civil- dinner iime. ly peremptory a tone of voice, that they thought I “I have got no matches,” said the old gentlehad authority to take them wherever I pleased, man; " but here is some paper. Good Mr. Assesand followed me without a word. Both Jooked sor, will you tear it neatly into strips : we can like men suddenly awakened, and not knowing light our pipes with it very

well.” rightly whether they were in the body or out of The will was in a very few minutes torn up, and the body. Need I tell the reader that I led them helped to light the “calumet of peace. to Ludwig Sturmgang's ?

"I want a purchaser for Dornfeld,” said the As we were at the door, and I was going in, the captain to me. I am going to live with the captain grasped my arm, and asked

children in town.

It's so dull out here." • Sir, what does this mean?--where are you

I puffed. bringing me?"

By and by, the sub-rector drew me to a win"Go with him," said the sub-rector, soothingly. dow. “Let the assessor have his way, he means your “When is your office open ?” asked he. good.

Day after to-morrow.” Puff, puff. With these words, he pressed my hand.

“I wish to make my will," said he. We went in. The shop-boy was behind the

" I can guess.'

Puff, puff, puff. counter; the young wife sat in the parlor, rocking “ What? Who my heir is to be ?" the cradle, and sewing. At the sight of the old Puff, puff, puff. captain, she sprang up with a cry of terror, and He pressed my hand. darted out of the room.

" Are you still angry with me?" " What's the matter?" said Ludwig, coming “ Ye watchful stars," thought I, “and I have in; but, as he saw his father and his uncle, his called this man Mephistopheles !

- Wise judges arms fell as if paralyzed at his sides. Father and are we of each other!' " Puff, puff, puff-lif-f-f. son stood at the two opposite doors of the roor.

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THE BEAR-CHASE.

“ I listen, sir !"

“Monsieur d'Argentré just now stated that the [From the French.)

bravest have their moments of fear. Without One evening, a short time after the battle of taking as serious his anecdote of Monsieur de Fontenoy, (1745,) a group of the king's body- Turenne, I shall add that, with the exception of guard was congregated near the Latona basin, at the difference that exists between muscles and Versailles, listening to two of their number dis- nerves, the courage of the duellist is more an cussing a subject which at that period was rarely a affair of habit than of principle; for it is the matter of controversy in military circles.

natural state of man to love peace, if not for the “Refuse a dyel' after a public affront!” ex- sake of other, at least for himself. Do you wish claimed the tallest of the speakers, whose bronzed me to prove it?'' features were rendered almost ferocious by a “Enough, sir: we are not here to listen to a thick red mustache : “it is a stain that all the sermon." waters of the deluge would not wash away.

"6 Yet a moment. Here is my proposition : we “ I repeat, Monsieur de Malatour,” replied the are all assembled this evening previous 10 our other in a calm, polite tone, " that ihere is more leave of absence : I invite you, then, as also these true courage in refusing than in accepting a duel. gentlemen present, to a bear-hunt on my estate, or What is more common than to yield to passion, rather amongst the precipices of Clat, in the Eastenvy, or vengeance ; and what more rare ihan ern Pyrenees. You are very expert, Monsieur de to resist them? Therefore it is a virtue when Malatour-you can snuff a candle with a pistol at exhibited at the price of public opinion ; for what twenty paces, and you have no equal at the small. costs nothing, is esteemed as worth nothing." sword. "Well, I shall place you before a bear,

* A marvel ! Monsieur d'Argentré, I would and if you succeed—I do not even say in lodging advise, if ever the king gives you the command of a ball in his head, but merely in firing upon liim a company, to have engraven on the sabres of the -I shall submit immediately after to meet you soldiers the commandment— Thou shalt do no face to face with any weapons you choose w name, murder.'

since it is only at that price I am to gain your " And wherefore not? His majesty would have good opinion.” better servants, and the country fewer plunderers, Are you playing a comedy, sir?": if we had in our regiments more soldiers and fewer “Quite the contrary. And I even repeat that bullies. Take, as an example, him with whom this extreme haste shows more the courage of the you seem so much incensed : has he not nobly nerves, than of the true courage arising from avenged what you call an affront by taking, with principle." his own hands, an enemy's colors, while your “What guarantee have I, should I accept your knaves most likely formed a prudent reserve be- proposition, that you will not again endeavor to hind the baggage ?"

evade me?" “ Cowards themselves have their moments of “My word, sir ; which I take all my comrades courage."

to witness, and place under the safeguard of their “ And the brave also their moments of fear." honor.' “ The expression is not that of a gentleman." There ran through his auditory such a buzz of

“ It is that of Monsieur de Turenne, whose approbation, that De Malatour, though wiih a bad family equalled either of ours, and who avowed grace, was obliged to accede to the arrangethat he was not exempt from such moments. ment. It was then agreed that, on the 1st of Sep Everybody has heard of his conduct to a bragga- tember, all present should assemble at the Chateau docio, who boasted in his presence that he had du Clat. never known fear. He suddenly passed a lighted Whilst the young lord of the manor is making candle under the speaker's nose, who instantly the necessary preparations for their reception, we drew back his head, to the great amusement of the shall explain the accusation of which he was the bystanders, who laughed heartily at this singular object, yet which had not branded him with any mode of testing the other's assertion."

mark of disgrace among a class of men so puoc“ None but a marshal of France had dared to lilious on the point of honor. try such a pleasantry. To our subject, sir. I The young Baron de Villetreton, in entering maintain that your friend is a coward, and amongst the gentlemen who formed the household

guard of the king of France, carried with him " And I repeated D’Argentré, his eyes principles which remained uncorrupted amidst all flashing, and his lips firmly compressed.

you

the frivolities of one of the most licentious courts * Holla, gentlemen!” exclaimed a third party, in Europe. Such, however, is the charm of virwho, owing to the warmth of the argument, had iue, even in the midst of vice, that his exemplary joined the group unperceived. “ This is my conduct had not only gained him the esteem of his affair," said he io Monsieur d'Argentré, holding officers, and the friendship of his companions, but his arm; then turning to his adversary, added had attracted the attention of the king himself. 6 Monsieur de Malatour, I am at your orders." One alone among his comrades, Monsieur de Mala

" In that case, after you, if necessary,” said tour, took umbrage at this general favor, and, on D'Argentié, with his usual calmness.

the occasion of some trifling expression or gesture, “ By my honor you charm me, gentlemen! Let publicly insulted him. Villetreton refused to

challenge him, as being contrary to his principles, One moment,” replied the new comer, who, but determined that this seeming cowardice, in not young as he was, wore the cross of St. Louis,

fighting a well-known duellist, should be redeemed • No remarks. Gentlemen, hasten."

by some action of eclat during the campaign fust • Too great haste in such cases evidences less a commenced. That moment had arrived ; and for contempt for death than an anxiety to get rid of his noble conduct in taking the English colors a: his phantom.”

the battle of Fontenoy, he received the cross of

us go.

St. Louis from the king's own hand on the field, guarded a dozen large mastiffs, held in leash by the eulogium of Marshal Saxe, and a redoubled his vigorous helpers. The young baron and his enmity on the part of De Malatour.

friends, armed with carabines and hunting-knives, The first care of the young baron on arriving at had scarcely appeared, when, by a sign from the his estate was to call his major-domo, an old and pareur, the whole troop moved silently forward. faithful servant.

The dogs themselves seemed to understand the "I have business of thee, my master,” said he importance of this movement; and nothing was cordially shaking him by the hand.

heard but the confused tramp of feet, blending Speak, monseigneur," replied the pareur, with the noise of the distant torrent, or, at interwho was deeply attached to his young lord : “ you vals, the cry of some belated night-bird flying know the old hunter is yours to his last drop of heavily homeward in the doubtful glimmer of the blood."

yet unopened day. “I never doubted it, my old friend. Did you As the party reached the crest of the mountain receive my letter from Paris?"

which immediately overhung the chateau, the first ** Yes, sir ; and those gentlemen, your com- rays of the sun breaking from the east glanced on rades, will have some work before them." the summit of the Pyrenees, and suddenly illumin

" Are there bears already on the heights ating the landscape, discovered beneath them a then!" asked Villetreton, extending his hand in deep valley, covered with majestic pine-trees, the direction of one of the lofty peaks, whose sum- which murmured in the fresh breeze of the mornmit, covered wiih snow, glittered in the morning ing: sun.

Opposite to them, the foaming waters of a cas“Five in allma complete ménage-father,cade fell for some hundreds of feet through a cleft mother, and children ; besides an old bachelor, which divided the mountain from the summit to the whom the Spaniards had driven to this side." base. By one of those caprices of nature which

" In less than a week we shall go in pursuit of testify the primitive convulsions of our globe, the them. Do you know, pareur, some of my com- chasm was sormounted by a natural bridge—the rades are rather rough sportsmen : there is one of piles of granite at each side being joined by one them who is able to snuff a candle with a pistol at immense flat rock, almost seeming to verify the twenty prices.”

fable of the Titans; for it appeared impossible that “ Easier, perhaps, than to snuff a bear at four," these enormous blocks of stone could have ever replied the old man laughing.

been raised to such an elevation by human agency. • That is what I said also. But as I should Sinister legends were attached to the place; and wish to judge for myself of his prowess, you must the mountaineers recounted with terror that no place us together at the same post-at the bridge hunter, with the exception of the pareur, had ever of Maure, for instance."

been posted at the bridge of Maure without becom** Hum !” said the pareur, scratching his ear; ing the prey of either the bears or the precipice. "it would better please me to have you else- But the pareur was too good a Christian to partake where."

of this ridiculous prejudice: he attributed the fatal“Why?

ity to its real cause—the dizziness arising from the " Because, to guard this post, a man ought to sight of the bears and the precipice combined, by be in a state of grace, for he will be between two destroying the hunter's presence of mind, made his deaths—the bears and the precipice."

aim unsteady, and his death the inevitable conse"I know the one, and do not fear the other ; quence. He could not, however, altogether divest thanks 10 your lessons."

himself of fears for his young master, who obsti"I am sure of that. But, with your leave, I nately persevered in his intention of occupying the should like to guard the bridge myself.”

bridge with his antagonist. “ You are sure, then, that the bears will pass After placing the baron's companions at posts that way?"

which he considered the most advantageous, the "Sure-yes ; but quite sure-no. Recollect pareur rejoined his men, and disposing them so as that they are sullen and prudent beasts, which to encompass the valley facing the cascade, comnever confide their plan of route to any one.” manded the utmost silence to be preserved until

"It is agreed on. I shall guard the bridge with they should hear the first bark of his dog. At that my comrade. Now, go and have the trackers signal the mastiffs were to be unleashed, the inready."

struments sounded, and all to move slowly forward, " Very well, very well,” murmured the pareur contracting the circle as they approached the casas he retired; “I shall have my eye on him.” cade. These arrangements being made, the pareur

Eight days afterwards, all those invited, not ex- and his dog, followed by the mandrin alone, discepting Monsieur de Malatour-who, despite the appeared in the depths of the wood. delicate attentions of the host, preserved a cold For some minutes the silence had remained unreserve-were assembled at the chateau. The broken, when suddenly a furious barking cominagnificent grandeur of the Pyrenees, their shin- menced, accompanied by low growling. Each pre. ing sumınits relieved against the blue sky of pared his arms; the instruments sounded; and the Spain, was an unlooked-for pleasure to the greater mastiffs being let loose, precipitated themselves number of the guests, who for the most part pell-mell in the direction of the struggle. Their belonged to the rich and fertile plains of the in- furious barking was soon confounded with the cries terior.

of the hunters and the din of the instruments, minThe morning following their arrival, a body of gled with the formidable growling of the bears, trackers and scouts, provided with all manner making altogether a hideous concert, which, rolling of discordant instruments—trumpets, saucepans, along the sides of the valley, was repeated by the drums, &c., &c.--were assembled under the walls distant echoes. At this moment the young baron of the chateau, with the pareur at their head; regarded his companion, whose countenance, though while by his side stood the mandrin, who proudly pale, remained calm and scornsul

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