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upon a rock.
“ Right Honourable,
epoch of the angry and revengeful inva“I have received a trumpeter of yours, as sion which terminated in the overthrow he tells me, without a pass, to surrender of Napoleon, in 1814; men's minds Home-Castle to the Lord General Crom- were then embittered by nearly a quarter well. Please you, I never saw your of a century of war, and the invaders General. As for Home-Castle, it stands had personal and national wrongs to
Given at Home-Castle redress). But we must not wander this day, before seven of the clock. So from the Germans, who, in 1792, enresteth without prejudice to, my native camped in Champagne to crush the country, your most humble servant, cradle of the yet tottering republic; and
"W. COCKBURN.” our readers shall be treated to one of the And soon after he sent the Colonel legends of that period. these verses :
One cold morning in autumn, a Ger“ I, William of the Wastle,
man officer of rank entered a pretty Am now in my castle ;
house in a village garrisoned by the Allied And aw the dogs in the town forces. The hostess, a kind and simple
Sha’nt gar me gang down.” hearted woman of the middle class, courBut he did not long continue in this teously bade him welcome, as his noble merry mood; for Fenwick, having features and blaud manners were a guaplanted a battery against the castle, and rantee that, wherever he was, none of made a small breach, as the English those discomforts inseparable from miliwere just about to enter, Cockburn beat tary occupation would be permitted to a parley; but the Colonel could only
“I am very sorry, madame,” allow quarter for life ; which being ac- said he, “to cause you any inconvenience, cepted, the governor, with his garrison, and I assure you that my presence shall being seventy-eight officers and soldiers, be rendered as agreeable to you as posmarched out of the castle, which Cap- sible.” The lady of the house, delighted tain Collinson with his company im. by his gracious introduction, expressed, mediately entered, to keep it for the as forcibly as she could, the lively satisParliament. Grose's Antiquities. faction it gave her to receive so gentle
manly a person under her roof, and
issued orders to her servant to arrange THE MARTIAL FAIRY.
the foreign general's apartment in the most comfortable manner.
liminaries being finished, the soldier (From the French.)
asked for breakfast.
The general always took tea at break“What! are you but mortal? I should never fast, and his valet carried the tea-caddy Have guessed it-I took you at the very least to the mistress of the house, and begged For a benevolent genii." The Fisherman's Daughter. her to prepare it for him, which she pro
mised. She seemed to be engaged an During the war waged by the German unusually long time in getting this most coalition in 1792-3, against France, at simple repast, as the stranger several that time under the tyranny of the times requested to know if his meal national convention, the generals of the was ready. To these demands the good invading armies were represented by lady always replied “ It will be all . the Jacobins as ferocious and vindictive ready in three minutes, my lord.” monsters, whose mission was destruction, At last, to his great surprise, he saw and who pillaged and plundered without them bring into his apartment a table mercy.
Hostilities are never so merci, regularly laid out with cloth, napkins, less after a long peace, as they become forks and spoons, plates and bottles. when the soldier is inured to the horrors He thought, at first, that that was the way of war through a long series of suc- they drank tea in Champagne, but his cessive campaigns.
The object of the astonishment increased when he saw the princes of the coalition was to re-esta- landlady make her appearance with a blish the royal authority at Paris ; and dish of boiled herbs, nicely garnished as you wander among the vine-clad hills, with small broiled sausages. and rural hamlets of Champagne, you
She had thus cooked all the tea she will find that the great majority of the could find in the caddy.
The good German ficers have contrived
who was ignorant of the dear their memories to the simple affec- use of tea, had served it as she would tions of the inhabitants, wherever they a dish of spinach; she had boiled it were quartered. (It was not thus, at the well, put it in a cullender to drain off
A TEA-TABLE TALE.
the water, which she threw away; and “ Yes, I am sure of that,” rejoined his then in order to display her taste to her mother, “he thinks of nothing but a guest and to improve upon bis usual sweetheart of his that once was. meal, she had flanked his dish of herbs “A sweetheart, mother! say rather a with the savoury and delicately broiled passion, that can only cease with my sausages.
life. But why speak of it now ?" The stranger was a good-hearted soul, So saying, Marcel made a movement and instead of Aying out into a rage at as if to leave the table. such a novel mode of making tea, he “Don't give way to despair, my fine laughed till his sides ached; and having fellow,” observed the stranger, preventexplained to his hostess the proper pre- ing him from rising.
“ You perceive paration, he invited himself to break- that although my breakfast was lost, I fast with her and her family on their succeeded in obtaining one. Where is country fare.
She was a widow, and your lady-love at present ?" her family consisted of an interesting and “ At Brussels," said the mother, gentle girl of sixteen, a son about twenty- peevishly. four, who seemed in very low spirits, and “ At Brussels,” exclaimed the geneher own sister, rather advanced in years. ral, and he drank a glass of the glorious
The stranger's demeanour towards the liquid of the country. “ At Brussels !" young lady, although she was only repeated he. “Now suppose I were a a rustic, was distinguished by that polite fairy. ... and that I were to set off to and frank gallantry which is peculiar to Brussels immediately ?" all well educated Germans. But he The mother, her sister, and daughter, quickly perceived that the young man, began to laugh, and even the servant whose name was Marcel, was depressed, was obliged to bite her lips to restrain and quite silent. His eyes were remark- her merriment. The young man alone ably fine, and this only made the deep preserved his gravity. He sat with open melancholy of his looks the more par- mouth and staring eyes—and his breast ticular. At his mother's first glance, he heaved with violent agitation. hastened to pay to their guest, with mo- “ Are you going to Brussels, my lord?" mentary cheerfulness and cordiality, all “ I am,” replied the stranger; "and those attentions which of necessity are I think I could assist you in your wishes, so many and so various in a citizen's if you would make me your confidant; family when entertaining a stranger of unless, indeed, you are in love with high degree. He put a bottle of Aï upon another man's wife, or that
beloved the table, which the stranger seemed to is a king's daughter." drink with. undisguised relish.
“ Oh !” cried the youth, “she is better When the repast was over, the general than any princess." with that benevolence of accent which “ The deuse !" said the stranger, startdenotes that a person has sounded the ing up, “ you will put my power to a depths of your heart, but is fearful to hard test.” tear open its wounds, said to Marcel “I beg your pardon for indulging in “Do you believe in fairies my young such ill-timed raptures. My adored is friend?”
only a merchant's daughter, who lives “I did once, my lord,” replied the on the grand square.
But she is so youth, sadly.
beautiful, so ravishing, so exquisite, so “ But are you an infidel on that sub- divine, that my heart runs riot when I ject now?"
think of her. Why is she not as poor “ The youth looked at the stranger as I am ?
I then might have some with a singularly anxious expression. hopes of her hand.” After a moment's silence, he added and * Does she love you ?" sighed, “ you know very well that there “She does, my lord. But her father are no fairies now.”
intends to give her sixty thousand francs “ But suppose there were,” said the for her portion. I was his book-keeper; general.
but when he perceived my feelings towards “ Ah! if indeed there were !" .. his daughter, he dismissed me, for I have and Marcel's fine eyes sparkled.
nothing of my own. I fell sick, and was “ Young man," observed the general, taken to St. John's hospital ; and it is “if a fairy were here, I am sure you now two months since my mother took would have some highly-cherished favour me from thence, and brought me home, to beg of her!”
much against my will." “It is very true, my lord,” said Mar- “ And have you heard anything of cel, and blushed.
“ There is the misery of my fate. and instantly conducted him to his Her father compels her to marry daughter's bed-side. There was such a another."
smile of good-humour and kindness on “ Then her feelings towards you are his features, that the young girl, as if changed ?”
she had been affected by some inward “Can she disobey her father? Poor sympathy, held out her hand to him Louise! She is to marry a wealthy involuntarily, before he had even requestbanker.”
ed to feel her pulse. He leaned towards • Very well,” said the stranger, “I her, and spoke a few words to her in a low was not joking. Pack up your trunk; tone, which had the effect of suffusing I will take you with me to Brussels.” her face with the deepest blushes. He
The young man bounded up in an soon withdrew, enjoining certain preecstasy of delight. There appeared to scriptions to be observed until his next him to be something superhuman in the visit. tone and manner of their guest, who all After his departure Louise got better the while emptied his glass in the quietest and better. She took the simple and manner in the world. The good woman, harmless lemonade which the doctor had who knew not what to make of the recommended; rose from her bed, for affair, thought it best to let things take the first time for some weeks, and her their course, and in two hours. Marcel father was transported with joy. and his patron were on the high-road to The pretended physician paid another Brussels.
visit. He took her father aside. “ Your The foreign general alighted at the child,” said he, “is seriously ill—what Hotel de la Pair, in the street La Violette. I have given her is nothing but a soothMarcel instantly hurried to the church ing draught. If her wishes are thwarted, of St. Nicholas, on the door of which he and you persist in these intended nuptials, saw the banns of his adored Louise pub- it will be her death." lished. The marriage was to be solemn- “ But the connexion is a most advanized in eight days. “She must have tageous one,” urged the merchant. forgotten me, then !” sighed he; for Very likely; but has she not another while he persuaded himself that she suitor ?" dared not oppose her father's will, he “ Yes; but he is a poor youth, withcould not resist the impulse of jealousy out fortune or interest." and distrust.
“What sum do you look for with your He returned to the hotel. The son-in-law?" stranger had already engaged for him, in “ Sixty thousand francs at least, as I the street La Violette, a handsomely give my daughter that sum.” furnished apartment, into which he in- “ All's right, then; your acquaintance ducted him, saying,
“ This is the first Marcel has just received that amount." stroke of my fairy wand.”
“ Is he worth that sum ? ‘Now, my young friend,” resumed sure that he has got sixty thousand the good general with a sigh, “be of francs? In that event, the case is good courage; I have ascertained that materially altered; he is a worthy and your mistress is ill. For the last month excellent young man, inspired by feelshe has been confined to her bed. It is ings of probity, and possessed of useful perfectly true that she is tenderly attach- business talents; but are you sure he ed to you, and that she is about to be has got that sum ?” sacrificed by her family. I am going to
“ Here it is, and it is his property," see her, for I am a bit of a physician; said the stranger, handing the merchant and I fancy I know how to cure her.” a pocket book containing bank bills to
Marcel was so surprised, that he had that amount. Marcel was sent for; then only strength to utter—“Oh! do cure a notary; then came the signing of the her, my good lord !”
contract; and Louise was all at once He gave himself up to a thousand restored to health, although she looked incoherent reveries, to the wildest appre- interestingly pale and languid for some hensions and to the most delicious anti- time. cipations; while the stranger, guided by The wedding was celebrated with joy, the hotel-keeper,
was introduced to with magnificence; and with the truest Louise's father as a celebrated German and most expansive feelings of love and physician. The merchant, who thought gratitude, Marcel flung himself at his that is daughter's case was not properly patron's feet, and his speechless emotion treated by the city medical men, wel- prevented the utterance of his thanks. comed the strange doctor with eagerness, He requested to know the name of his
HUMANITY OF NAPOLEON.
The noble. stranger
ser that might appear in sight. He also answered, “ It is quite sufficient for you directed that he should be provided with to recognize in me a fairy, as I told you a small sum of money, as a present to I was.
You owe me nothing; for I his mother-remarking, “ that she must have enjoyed the inappreciable satisfac- be a good mother to have so good a son." tion of making two hearts happy. Always remember that great events spring
MARGARET LAMBRUN. from very trilling causes; and that, most The husband of Margaret Lambrun assuredly, you never would have wedded having died of grief occasioned by the the wife that is so dear to you, if your death of his mistress, Mary Queen of mother had known how to make tea." Scots, Margaret formed the resolution
So saying, he tore himself away from to avenge the deaths of her husband and his friend Marcel's outpouring of grati- mistress upon Elizabeth. To accomplish tude, and enthusiastic assurances of her purpose, she assumed a man's habit, respectful attachment. The young man and repaired to the English court; but could not, for a long time, learn his as she was pushing through a crowd, to
He engaged in commerce, and get near the queen, she dropped one of some years afterwards he encountered her pistols. This being observed, she his benefactor at Gotha, and discovered was seized, and brought before Elizathat he was the duke of Saxe-Coburg, beth, who examined her strictly ; when the father of the present king of the Margaret replied, “Madam, though I Belgians.
appear in this habit, I am a woman; I was several years in the service of Queen
Mary, wliom you have unjustly put to During the war, a young English death. You have also caused that of my sailor, seized with an ardent desire to husband, who died of grief to see that return to his native country, escaped innocent queen perish so iniquitously. from a depôt, and succeeded in making Now, as I had the greatest affection for his way to the sea-coast in the neigh- both, I resolved to revenge their deaths bourhood of Boulogne, where he con- by killing you.
I have made many cealed himself in the woods. His eager' efforts to divert my resolution from this desire to return home suggested to him design, but in vain.” the idea of making a little boat, to enable The queen heard this avowal with him to reach some of the English crui. calmness, and answered: “You are then sers, which he spent the greater part of persuaded that in this action you have the day in watching from the tops of the done your duty, and satisfied the detrees on the sea-shore. He was seized mands which your love for your mistress just in the moment when he was about and your husband required from you; to put to sea with his little boat, and to but what, think you, is my duty to you?” make a desperate attempt to regain his Margaret asked if this question was liberty. He was imprisoned on suspicion put as a queen, or a judge; and on her of being a spy or a robber. This circum- Majesty saying as a queen, Then," stance reached the ears of Napoleon, who said Margaret, “your Majesty ought to was then at Boulogne, and he felt a grant me a pardon.” curiosity to see the boat of which he had “ But what assurance can you give heard so much. When it was shewn to me,” returned the queen, " that you will him he could not bring himself to be- not repeat the attempt ? lieve that any rational being would have “ Madam,” replied Margaret, “ a ventured to sea in it. He ordered the favour which is granted under restraint sailor to be brought to him, when the is no more a favour; and in so doing, young man declared that he really in- your Majesty would act against me as a tended to escape with the aid of his boat, judge.” and the only favour he asked was per- The queen was so struck with her mission to execute his project. “ You behaviour, that she gave her a pardon, appear very eager to return to England," and safe-conduct out of the kingdom. said the emperor ;
“ perhaps you have left a sweetlieart behind you.”_" No," replied the young man, “but I have a PREJUDICE.- When we begin to form mother at home, who is old and infirm, a better opinion of one against whom we and I am anxious to return to her.”- had conceived a strong prejudice, we “Well, you shall return," said Napoleon ; seem to discover in every feature, in his and immediately ordered that the young voice, and manner, fresh marks of good man should be provided with new clothes, disposition, to which we were before and sent on board the first English crui- strangers.--Silvio Pellico.
G. M. J.
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THE OLD HALL.
the brave blood that they have drank in
and its villages, celebrated for their BY THOMAS MILLER,
beautiful scenery. I have mingled with AUTHOR OF "A DAY IN THE WOODS, English peasants, danced round their
May-poles, shared their glee at harvest(For the Parterre.)
homes, Christmas feasts, and wakes, and
listened to their legends of Nor think to village swains alone, Are these unearthly terrors known;
“ Spirits of earth, and goblins damn’d.” For not to rank nor sex confined
I know nothing of the 'peasantry of Is this vain ague of the inind.
other countries, respecting their belief in Marmion.
the super-natural, but in England they I was but fourteen years of age when are universally superstitious. Our anI left home, with nearly all my wealth cestors have ever been famous for their tied in a handkerchief. My mother belief in the marvellous, and this in a blessed me when we separated. The great measure accounts for the existence beauty of a May morning drove not of so many tales of the terrible, in the away the remembrance of the tear which agricultural districts. When we consider stole down her care-worn cheek as she that the son follows the precèpts of the turned round to hide it from me, and father, hoards up his traditions, and re-entered her lonely cottage. But ne. again deals them out to his companions; cessity compelled me to leave her; and I and that new customs and new creeds sallied forth among the green villages of but rarely enter into our retired hamlets, merry England, in quest of employment we need not wonder at their long conas a basket-maker.
tinuance. I have travelled through nearly every
From a child I was superstitious. I county in my native land—have seen its read Pilgrim's Progress when very venerable abbeys—its castles, famous in young; and when wandering home in our legends-ils fields, sacred through the dark, trembled lest Giant-Despair