Pagina-afbeeldingen
PDF
ePub

tion took place between the two lovers: time to escape with precipitation, and their mutual fame was avowed ; and he, inconsiderately, left the poisonous they became inseparable for the day. powder in the hands of Zami. When it became necessary to part, they The latter was determined, at first, to promised to see each other as often discover the whole to the white overas possible. In the day time, each seers ; but he still dreaded Makandal ; was occupied in labour, but when the he dreaded particularly his fetiche, and sun vanished from the horizon, they re- he kept the secret. paired to a private rendezvous. There, The day appeared to him insupport-' in a grove of odoriferous orange-trees, ably long; he was overwhelmed with they repeated their ardent expressions of grief and anxiety; and, at last, when mutual passion : consoling each other the hour of rest was come, he repaired by the tenderest caresses for that re- with impatience to the wonted renstraint in their situation which obliged' dezvous. them to separate as soon as the sun Samba was not yet arrived. Her arose to gild the azure sky.

lover waited for her with unspeakable Their happiness lasted about six months, anxiety: agitated alternately by hope when Samba perceived that she was to and fear, every moment he thought he be a mother. She communicated this heard her coming. The least noise discovery to Zami, whose transports on the slightest trembling of the trees, augthe occasion were indescribable.

mented the illusion. But perceiving He was still in all the intoxication of that the hour of meeting was past, his his joy, when, on quitting his beloved mind was filled with the most gloomy Samba, at break of day, and entering his apprehensions, and he lost, at length, hut, he found Makandal waiting for all hopes of seeing her when midnight him. Makandal, who was unacquainted came. He then suddenly sprang for with Zami's passion and good fortune, ward, and flew towards the dwelling of thus addressed him :

Zamba, impatient to know what could “ Zami, thou knowest the dreadful have happened. power of my fetiche, rejoice, therefore, Imagine the grief-the consternationthat thou hast found favour in his sight, the despair of the unhappy Zami, when, and merit his confidence. Go, and find on approaching 'the hut of his beloved out Samba, the negro woman, who has Samba, he heard the lamentations of hitherto rejected the solicitations of all several negro women. He enters-he her admirers, and who, for a year past, perceives her extended on the mat-he has even irritated my pride by her ob- Aies to her. Samha turns her dying stinate refusals. Demand hospitality of eyes towards him; she takes his hand, her, and when she is about to eat, and tenderly pronouncing his name, dexterously infuse this powder into her expires. mess; it will be her death." At the The wretched Zami himself sunk same time, he gave him a piece of the lifeless by her side. He was conveyed banana leaf, which contained the fatal out of the hut, and it was not till the powder.

next day that he was informed that a His words struck Zami like a clap female pedlar had come to the hut, and of thunder ; he threw himself at Ma- dined with her. He then discovered all kandal's feet, and bursting into tears, that he knew of Makandal's design, and addressed him in these words :

delivered up the powder, which a chemist “Oh, Makandal! canst thou require of Cape Francois examined, and deme to sacrifice to thy vengeance the clared to be a most virulent poison. most perfect beauty, the purest soul that The cause of a great number of sudever did bonour to our country? Know den deaths was then suspected, and the that I adore Samba; I am tenderly danger which threatened the whole beloved by her; and she will soon give colony excited universal consternation. the title of father to the unfortunate The maréchausses were sent into all Zami.”

parts of the island to apprehend MakanWhilst he thus spake, he embraced dal; but they already began to despair the knees of the ferocious Makandal, of success, when Zami undertook to who, enraged to see a successful rival, take him. drew his cutlass, and was, doubtless, He armed himself with a small club going to sacrifice him on the spot, if made of the Indian pear-tree, and placed the voices of the white men, who were himself in ambuscade in one of the defiles calling the slaves to their work, had not of the mountain to which Makandal been heard. Makandal had but just had retired. There he patiently waited

ANKERSTROM.

for him five days. At last, on the sixth, before break of day, he heard bim walk- On what trifles the fate of nations often ing with two other runaway negroes, depends! Ankerstrom, the assassin of Zami instantly rushed upon them, and Gustavus king of Sweden, was lodging killed the two comrades of Makandal. in the house of a Mr. Wood, the keeper The latter drew his cutlass, which Zami, of a small inn and coffee house, near with one blow of his club, beat out of his the Haymarket. During the popularity hand, knocking him down at the same

of the tragedy of Gustavus, some gentletime. He then tied his arms behind

men were dining at this house, and speakhim with his long girdle, and brought; ing of Mr. Phillips in his performance him to the Cape.

of Ankerstrom, the host remarked: “I Among the accomplices of Makandal, knew the fellow (Ankerstrom) forty Teysselo and Mayombo were also taken, who, when tortured, confessed the secret years ago -- why he was nothing better

than a bad one. He owes me at this of the poisons, but Makandal himself moment, fifteen pounds for board and would make no confession.

He pre.' lodging in this very house, where he served, even in the flames, his audacity, lived, and never paid a single sixpence." and fanaticism, which led the crowd of Here is a man, whose single arm cut ignorant negroes to believe, that even

short the existence of a mighty monarch, now his fetiche would save him, and for and altered the destinies of a nation ; a moment, indeed, a singular circumstance, whose deeds have been celebrated in seemed favourable to that opinion. verse--whose crimes have been set to Makandal was fastened to the stake by music, and applauded in two capitals, an iron collar. · When the pile was and who, after all, turns out to have been a kindled his struggles were so violent that poor adventurer in a metropolis ringing at he tore up the stake, and ran ten or that time with his applause as a herotwelve steps in the midst of the crowd.

a'miserable debtor for gin and water ! All the negroes instantly exclaimed, "a Had the landlord been hard-hearted miracle! a miracle !” but a soldier, with enough to have arrested his debtor, the a stroke of his sabre; convinced them regicide and the monarch migħt have that he was more powerful than the lived to this hour, for the murder took fetiche, and the inhuman Makandal was place a very short time after Ankerthrown back into the flames.

strom's return from England, and thus As for Zami, he had no sooner avenged the fate of Europe turned on the good his beloved Samba; than he put a period nature of an obscure individual, who to his own existence in the hope of keeps a coffee-house near the Hayspeedily rejoining her, without whom his

market ! life was become an insupportable burden.

The Marquis de Bropet once passed MISCELLANIES.

through Metz, going to join his regi

He entered a cafè which was generally frequented by officers. . These

gentlemen, displeased at seeing a man I remember to have been one day not in uniform among them, resolved on much amused in Tours, by a French annoying him. The Marquis called for man who had a dozen pamphlets to sell, a glass of lemonade. It was brought at one sous each. In London he would one of the officers upset it. A second was have hung out a bill on the wagon :- called for-brought and upset. A third they manage things in France differently. shared the same fate. The traveller now He got his wife and five children to help rose, “Gentlemen,” said he short reckonhim-assembled in the grand square be- ings make long friendships. I have to fore the Hotel de Ville-threw off his pay for three glasses of lemonade, in hat, coat, and vest, rolled up his shirt. , return for which, I must have the lives sleeves to the shoulders, and began gesti- of three of you. My name is the Mara oulating, baranguing, shouting himself quis de Bropet—there is my card and hoarse, dancing about, and rubbing his route.' At this the party felt silly and hair back from his forehead, like a sorry that they had insulted a comrade, tragedian in the fifth act. The children but they were obliged to go out with held the pamphlets, and the wife handed him. Three of them, one after another, them round as they were called for, by fell beneath his arm. The Marquis then a large and momentarily increasing audi- wiped his sword-bowed to the other tory. He sold every one in an hour. officers, and continued his route.

G, M. J.

THE THREE GLASSES OF LEMONADE.

ment.

A FRENCH HAWKER.

LONDON: Published by Effingham Wilson, Junior, 16, King William Street, London Bridge" Where communications for the Editor (post-paid) will be received.

(Printed by Manning and Smithson, Ivy-lane,)

OF FICTION, POETRY, HISTORY, AND GENERAL LITERATURE,

[merged small][merged small][merged small][graphic][subsumed][merged small]

AN HONEST FACE. ball, given by a widow in the neighbourA BOLOGNESE STORY.

hood. The mother answered, in his

stead, with “ For this once I would (For the Parterre.)

rather he remained with me; he has had

pleasure enough for one day; and I fear Many years since there lived in Bologna those assemblies, miscalled private, a student, beloved by every one, whose where any one may be introduced.” name was Andreolo. His father was “ Nay, nay, my dear Signora,” they dead, and he an only son. One after all exclaimed, " he will be in good hands; noon, during the Carnival, after having nobody will be admitted but those we played his gambols through the city in know; and to quiet your fears, we proquaint and fantastic disguise, he loitered mise to accompany him to his house beabout his door-way with his mask dan- fore midnight. We'll paint and mask gling from his hand, in company with ourselves, and soon be back again-he, his mother and two or three ladies of her

we see, is prepared,- for that dress and acquaintance. There, according to the mask will serve quite well enough.” custom of the place, the ladies sat on Andreolo also joined his entreaties, chairs, while their gallants offered them so that the mother consented, saying, sweetmeats, and while the show of “ I did not object in distrust of my son, maskers and nobles in their grand accou- for I know him well ; besides, I believe trements passed before them. As the I can confide in his young friends, and crowd decreased, three or four voices in their promise. The only fear I encried out at once, “ See ! here is An- tertained, arose from my ignorance of dreolo!” — and he was presently sur- the rest of the party. However, for this rounded by several fellow-students, who, evening, gentlemen, he is your comafter the usual compliments to the ladies, panion, on your own conditions." asked how he intended to pass the even- In a short time the students returned, ing, proposing to take him to a private when, together with Andreolo, off they

or

some

un

bounded to the widow's house. There partners in the dance, when either some they found many fair ladies, married and improper expression, unmarried, headed by the lady of the becoming action, induced one of the entertainment, in a remarkable new cap; students to interfere. This was resented -everybody looked at it, for it enforced by several ; but being coolly and disa sort of admiration ; and then every- tinctly told that they must either quit the body began to choose a partner for the house or conduct themselves with dedance. As they were masked, a thou- cency, they forbore for the time to give sand pleasant mistakes occurred; but further offence. Scarcely, however, had when the dance had lasted for a short the dance recommenced, when something while, the masks were thrown aside, occurred of so unpardonable a nature, and then many a laugh and many an that the students insisted on the offenders unexpected nod of recognition took quitting the room immediately. In an inplace. They were, in fact, more or less, stant all was in an uproar. The new guests all acquaintances; and it was impossible resisted the command with hoots and for any company to be more happy hisses; and several of them added insult together.

upon insult towards the ladies. They Within an hour of midnight some drew their swords and stilettos in defi. Bolognese youths, masking about the ance; and the students, also unsheathing city, chanced to pass near the house, 'their arms, determined to drive every when, hearing the inviting sounds of a one of them out of the house, while the harpsichord and fiddle, they resolved, ladies ran screaming to the further end taking advantage of the freedom of a

of the room. In the opposite party Carnival, to join so merry a party. Ac. there was such evident want of skill in cordingly they knocked, and bawled out the management of their weapons, and a in a loud-"Holla! and let good friends still greater want of courage, though they partake of your enjoyments !” One of were the more numerous, that the stuthe students opened a window to recon- dents expelled them without much diffinoitre; and then, turning to the mistress culty from the room, then down the of the house, he said, “ They appear to staircase, and beyond the house-door. be a set of sprightly lads; shall I pull Though considerable confusion took the door-string?” She of the uncom- place during this fray, still no one imamon cap, protested that nothing would gined it possible that any of the flying give her greater pleasure, especially as party could have received more than a the ladies in the company were at pre- slight wound; yet, on their return from sent nearly double the number of the the door, they found to their horror one gentlemen, and therefore a few more of them lying dead, stabbed to the heart, gallants would no doubt prove agreeable. at the bottom of the stairs,—the same Upon this, every one resumed his mask, who had entered the room unmasked, not to meet the new guests at a dis- and whom they now recognised as a advantage ; and no sooner had the string young gentleman of Bologna. pulled up the door-latch, than in rushed So mournful a conclusion to a night's as many as fifteen or sixteen. As they revelry struck painfully on their hearts. entered the room, one among them held All the students grew fearfully pale, and his mask in bis hand, which occasioned they spoke little, and conducted the a slight exclamation of surprise at the ladies, sighing and shedding piteous tears, sight of him, from two or three of his to their homes, and then they sought own party, and this was followed by their own. Andreolo found his mother some low and earnest whispers. Imme, anxious and alarmed, for she had heard diately he perceived he was the only one the noise, the widow's house being but whose face was uncovered, he put on his a few doors off. As soon as he entered, mask, and, advancing to the hostess, seeing the life-blood had left his cheeks, paid a handsome compliment both to she was first assured he was not hurt ; herself and in favour of the company. and then, having listened to his story, The ease of his address quickly distin. she thanked her God that he was guished him from the others with whom innocent.. he had entered the house ; as, from their A fortnight passed—no one talked of manner, they were conjectured to be the affair-no steps appeared to be taken apprentices and shop-keepers. For for inquiry. The Courts of Justice, as awhile they entertained the company usual in Italy, moved on in their course with odd buffooneries, which were well slowly and secretly. But at the end of received, as adding to the mirth of the that period, as Andreolo was passing evening. Presently they sought for through the great square, his path was crossed by an old gentleman, who gazed may your judges be convinced of your earnestly in his face, and, in a low voice, innocence, as I already am!” bade him follow. Without a moment's On the following day while walking hesitation he looked an assent, partly in the city, he found himself surrounded from curiosity, and partly because the by four officers of justice, who seized on features of the person who addressed him him, and led him to prison. Within an were familiar to him, though his memory hour he was formally arraigned for could not reach his name. After being murder, when, in answer to their ques. cautiously led into a by-lane, the stranger tions, he gave the fullest account in his addressed him thus, pressing him kindly power, of every thing that had happened. by the hand : “I knew your father well. At the end of the examination he was I entreat you, for the sake of his me. remanded back to prison, and warned to mory, and all that is dear to you, to prepare himself with a more efficient leave Bologna before sun-set. You may confession within four-and-twenty hours; have heard of me-I am an advocate- as the second examination in no way my name is Castellano.

The governor differed from the first, two witnesses of the citadel has, within this last half

were brought forward. They were hour, signed an order to arrest you for a brothers, poor workmen, residing in the murder committed in the house of Sig- outskirts of the town, and earning their nora Torgina.”

livelihood as weavers of taffeta. Being Andreolo answered, in astonishment, demanded what they knew concerning that he was no more guilty of that mur- the murder of Alfonso, they swore, and der than the house in which it was com- in the most positive and circumstantial mitted; that he would not give, either manner, that they saw Andreolo follow to his friends or enemies, a suspicion him down the stairs, and there stab him against himself by so precipitous a flight; apparently in a spirit of revenge for and that he would not consent to run some previous injury. The judge then away until the Signora's house itself set inquired of the prisoner if he was him the example ; for then,” he added willing to confess that, a few days before with a smile, “I shall believe myself an the murder, he had been in a crowd at accomplice in the crime, as I acknow. the boxing-ring, * when Signor Alfonso ledge I was within its doors on that un- made use of some opprobrious words lucky evening."

towards him, threatening to chastise Young man!” returned the Advo- him for insolence. To this the prisoner cate, “ I speak not to you on light in- replied, that he well recollected having, formation, nor can I bcar, for the love I in the crowd, being spoken to in that once bore your father, to have you treat

manner;

but knowing the offence had my kindness slightingly. The evidence been committed by another, and not by is strong against you. Beware! I himself, he scarcely thought it necessary would not, my dear boy, that you should to reply; and that the confusion at the suffer for a heedless brawl, where you time was so great, he could not even may never have had a thought of evil. discover who it was that addressed him But I know the laws, and as a sudden with such abuse, and never till that mopreparation on your part may be noticed, ment imagined it was Signor Alfonso. I will take upon myself the charge of Nothing, according to the Judge's opi. procuring horses for you. Only let us nion, could be more artful and evasive settle every thing now, 'as in a few hours than this answer. He then commented it may be too late-even for the most on the fact of the deceased's having powerful in the city to save you." entered the room unmasked, which might The youth thanked him warmly for

and (he thought) did inflame the vinhis friendly care, and for his offer of dictive disposition of the prisoner, he assistance. He then related all the cir. cumstances, as far as he was acquainted * It is not generally known that Italians, up with them, respecting that unfortunate

to the beginning of the last century, were famous

for their boxing matches. They fought, twenty affair, and concluded with again de

or thirty on a side, and the victory was gained claring his determination to remain in

when one party had driven the other off the Bologna, and in no way whatever to ground. Gentile Sermini has left us a lively

and curious account of these combats, under the avoid any legal inquiry on the subject.

title of “ Il ginoco delle pugna.'

Those of the As he spoke, Castellano watched the ex

present “ Fancy” may call the Greek gauntlet, pression of his countenance with a stead- of bull's hide armed with lead, a brutality, and fast eye, and immediately afterwards the Italian boxing-match mere child's play. Let

it be so : a nation's self flattery cannot do great exclaimed, “In God's name, stay !

harm; the danger, in nations as in individuals, Stand firmly before your accusers, and is self-debasement.

« VorigeDoorgaan »