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fronted if your salutation to him was, Mademoiselle Mont-Orgueil and not much more profound than the Monsieur Gasconade are the acknowone you make, to the apothecary; || ledged leaders of the high - born and he, in his turn, claims an obei- class; the other members of it have sance much more respectful than nothing remarkable about them; they that you bestow upon the village are very poor, very proud, and very schoolmaster, who, proud of the much occupied with cards, gossiping, Institution Royale, blazoned in im- and scandal. I shall speak of the mense gilt letters on a green board other class in my next paper, for I over his door, consoles himself for perceive that I have already exceedthe slight regards of our village beau ed the limits allotted by the editor monde, by exacting the highest pos- to my lucubrations. sible degree of deference from every soul under his immediate influence. od vlti. 1997 : 991!0,
FACTS AND FICTIONS.
TALE I. eill to .: i.
THE ROBBER. 911# BEWARE of committing a first || of conduct which had created an inimprudence," said the aged Merton || terest in my favour in her bosom; to his children.". Though poverty || and to rid myself of accumulated steep you to your very lips, and would | debts, incurred by idleness, plunged stimulate you to mischief, beware | into all manner of gambling transacof committing one fault, lest another || tions. But here I was unlucky, and and a worse succeed it. You see in became so much the more involved me," he said, addressing himself to in debt. It was in vain that I would á son and daughter, who had not have borrowed money to satisfy the long plighted their faith at the altar claims of my landlord; he at length of Hymen," however honourable I threatened to levy a distress, and may be at present, a fatal instance starvation looked all of us in the face. of one departure from probity, plung- I had apparently no alternative but ing into an enormity at which I even to go to prison, when some demon now shudder. I might have kept whispered in my ear, that there were this secret locked in my bosom; the many persons revelling in riches, divulging of it may rob me of your who onght to spare ine a little, 'to respect: but you would probably af- which indeed I had a just right; and tér my death have heard an exag that as entreaty had failed to procure gerated history of my wanderings, this, force in such a case as mine and the moral is too good to be lost. might be resorted to. Something Thus I throw myself on the good must be done, and instantly. I there ness of your hearts for the conse fore pretended to take a journey, unquences. . . . . . || der the prétext of visiting and soli2. Not a very long period, Caro- citing pecuniary assistance from å line, after I had married your mo- relative; but arriving at AS , I pur ther, I departed from that good line chased a wig, a long coat, and other habiliments, to disguise my person, || had indeed only borrowed of him. and to these adding a pair of pistols, | As soon as he was out of sight I tied all up together in a parcel. I returned to the field, and restoring rose early the next morning, and myself to my usual appearance, threw having paid my reckoning overnight, | my disguise into a ditch, and profound that my whole stock of pro- ceeded homeward. . .. perty amounted to a few shillings “ We are willing to believe what only. I turned out of the public we wish; and my dear wife blessed road, and changing my dress, loaded the kindness of my relation over and my pistols, and prepared to prey on over again. I now began as I conthe first passenger who should pre- ceived earnestly to repent of my sent himself to my view. Yes, my guilty life, and seriously to set about children, your looks betray your hor- | redeeming the past. Every mornror of my crime: what then musting I eagerly perused the newspahave been the state of my mind, pers, in the hope that some situation when the contemplation of a robbery might present itself. I determined sunk in comparison with the wretch- to be very humble; but if I found edness to which I had reduced my not the intelligence I wanted, I found family?
another: this was an account of the “I had not proceeded far when I robbery which I had committed, a encountered a substantial - looking description of my then dress, and tradesman, of whom I immediately the offer of a reward for my 'appres demanded his money. It required hension. This gave me 'no very all the threatening position of my | great alarm, as I viewed myself in a pistol to assist my courage, and I was glass, and saw no traces of resemin reality as much alarmed as the un- || blance with the description. But fortunate subject of my attack. He my crime was not to be so easily informed me, that he had himself | glossed over.
. ' been collecting money to pay his “A few days afterwards, as I was debts, and if I robbed him of all engaged in copying a reference to 'a that he had about him he should place which I thought might suit be a ruined man. I counted out a me, my eye was arrested by a parahundred pounds from his pocket- graph in the next column, couched book, while he several times, coward ll in the following words: “ We are as he was, urged by despair, seemed | happy to inform our readers, that half-determined to strike the pistol the person who robbed Mr. Stevens from my hand, while he continued last week was apprehended yesterpassionately imploring me to spare day, and fully committed to take his him. Thirty pounds was all I wanted trial at the next assizes. Whencharge for present use: this I told him my led with the robbery, he stoutly de circumstances compelled me to ap- nied the fact; and when the prosepropriate to myself; and to his great cutor identified him, the fellow predelight, I returned him the rest, tak-tended that he had found the clothes ing his address, and assuring him, in a ditch tied up in a bundle, and that should Fortune prove favourable, that he put them on for a frolic. So I would certainly restore him the paltry a defence was not sufficient to rest, which he might imagine that I prevent the worthy magistrate, who knew him for an old offender, from || nearly overpowered the robber when fully committing him for trial. his pistol luckily flashing in the pan ... Here then, my children, was intimidated him. The jury were the dreadful punishment of the crime about to leave the box, while the which I had committed. I became idea of guilty seemed to pervade the responsible for the blood of a fellow- court. At length Stevens was once creature about to be shed for a crime more asked by a counsel if he could of which myself only was guilty. I swear to the man; and again he ancould not rest either night or day until swered in the affirmative. It was I had formed a resolution to save his || now my turn to act the part set down life, even at the loss of my own. No for me by the worthy judge. On bis sooner had I come to this determina- || making the sign agreed upon with tion than I became easier in my his finger, I came forward from my mind, and acquainting myself with hiding-place, and placing myself by the name of the judge who was to the prisoner, attracted the attention preside at the assizes, I had the cou- of Stevens. He now became stage rage to obtain an interview with him. I gered in his opinion, and still more I threw myself at his feet; my dis- when I spoke to him, which I did by tress witnessed for my sincerity, while order of the court in my natural I implored him to have compassion voice. My senses were now in a on one who dreaded an ignominious || whirl: yet I recollect, that the jury death, but much more dreaded the without leaving their box pronouncu horrible alternative of allowing an- | ed a verdict of acquittal, and the inother to suffer for a crime of which nocent man, overcome with joy, sunk he was the only perpetrator. The into a swoon, and the acquitted and worthy judge endeavoured to com- myself were both conveyed out of pose my mind, in order to be made court more dead than alive.. more fully acquainted with the facts Il “ All this affair was but a nine of the case; and I retired from his | days' wonder. I contrived to con, presence, if not myself perfectly as- vey myself and family into a distant sured of an acquittal, yet certain that county. I laboured hard, and Pro.. the blood of the innocent would not vidence blessed my exertions. Not lie on my conscience.
very many years after the occurrence " At length the awful day of my took place I was enabled to send trial as well as that of the innocent Stevens his 301. A subscription had man arrived. It was in vain that the been raised in court for myself and poor wretch, a victim to the love of the innocent man: of this. I could dress, endeavoured to prove an alibi. not partake. The tale of my wanMr. Stevens, swore to his person, his derings, my dear children, is finished. dress; and, to my indignation, the Withdraw not your respect from a man who, when I encountered him, parent who has bitterly suffered for had not the courage to defend his his crimes; and, oh! remember how all, was now loud and courageous, nearly a single error had hurried him and materially aggravated the case into the crime of blood-guiltiness!". by setting up a false defence of his
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2412;;* !1 63', 226,mida nedel, sest si g. 11: ! spiles, 1,4 * $* etj, gooey, 'lico - I MUST absolutely return home; price they are expected to pay for for these people, in spite of their them is an unqualified admiration of idleness, contrive to keep up such all they see and hear. John Bullis an appearance of perpetual bustle, uncourtly sincerity does sometimes, that it is impossible for a quiet loun- it must be confessed, come too roughger like myself to be comfortable ly in contact with monsieur's amour among them, One is so incessantly propre, and very great circumspec called, upon to wonder or to admire, tion is requisite to avoid wounding to be shocked or enchanted, that there it. I experienced this the other day is no preserving any thing like tran- on the following occasion. !tapaul quillity. Every thing that happens, On my first arrival, I renewed my no matter whether it is great or in- | acquaintance with a French iģentlesignificant, creates a sensation, and man with whom I had been formerly every sensation must be expressed intimate in England. He volunteerwith all the violence and exaggera ed to shew me the lions, and to do tion of a hero in a ranting tragedy. him justice, a more assiduous CiceA Frenchman is never sorry or glad; rone could not be found: zfør, in his these are words much too weak to | zeal to do the honours of his coun convey his feelings. he must be ei-try, he fairly persecuted me into see ther delighted or in despair. This ing every thing worth notice and not perpetual parade of sensibility, al- worth notice. The Chambers of ways disagreeable to the quiet part Peers and Deputies were then both of mankind, is particularly so to one shut, but permission was easily oblike myself; for, as I can't take the tained to view them; and my friend, trouble to feign a corresponding sen- in the triumph of his heart, could timent, I know, that in spite of the not help glancing a little at the su: politeness with which I am treated, | periority of these buildings to our I can never be cordially liked by a poor old St. Stephen's Chapel, sirov people who have no other standard | When the Chamber of Deputies of feeling than an exaggerated ex. opened, I was surprised at his not pression of it. .
offering to accompany me to the galNotwithstanding this fault, and in | lery; for I thought that he would my eyes it is a very grave one, they have been at least as eager to display are an amiable people, frank, lively, the oratory of his countrymen, as the and good-natured. As to the po- | beauty of their senate; but to my liteness which they are universally great surprise he eyaded going till he allowed to possess, I am ready to found I intended to go without him, give the middling and lower classes, | and even then he tried to dissuade generally speaking, credit for it; but me, at least for that day. Not being among the higher, politeness, is too able to succeed, he accompanies me, frequently made a flimsy covering to but with a dissatisfied air, which I vanity and ostentation; and the Eng could not then account for slur Tish are not always grateful for their We entered the gallery at a moattentions, when they find that the ment when a member, having just
seised and held bikes no was fairly per: it was at to discuss with tem
descended the tribune, five or six | auditors, that he brought to the des others rose at the same time, and bate a mind free from prejudices, and scampering across the immense hall | fully prepared to treat the subject with the speed of greyhounds, all with the greatest coolness and imparvociferated at once; " Je demande la tiality... ... paroles Je demande la parole," with The subject, however, was one & vehemence and uproar absolutely which, it must be confessed, it was deafening. While the one who was rather difficult to discuss with tema inothe act of mounting was fairly per: it was the reduction of the ina seized and held back by those who terest of the national debt, a meaa yere nearest to him, the president, sure in which all classes of the peobyb the strongest exertions of his ple are deeply interested. Jacobins lungs and his authority, induced them and royalists join in execrating it: to submit to this gentleman's claim, the former assert, that it is a violasince it was evident enough that he tion of the charter; while the latter, bad outrun them, and been first at consigning the charter to the devil, the tribune. This point being set- declare, that if there never had been tled, the orator mounted with all the a chárter, such a measure as this agility and much of the air of a mon- could not have been thought of... key and began speaking with a de- However, though the dissatisfacgree of grimace and gesticulation tion appears general, it is not those which had nearly put my gravity to who will really suffer the most that flight. I concealed my risibility as are the loudest in their regrets." In well as I could, out of consideration Paris, as every where else, people for my companion, whose reluctance who are really poor are not apt to to my witnessing the debates of the descant upon the badness of their French legislative body was now ful circumstances; folks seldom complain ly accounted for. But I could not of being obliged to make retrenchhelp thinking, that if these peoplements, but for the pleasure of shewunderstood their own interest, and ing you how well they can afford to wished to keep up the character| do it. Thus one cannot feel much which tliey fancy they have acquired, I pity for the Marquis de T- who of the greatest nation in Europe, laments that he can now only afford they should never permit themselves to expend two hundred and fifty to be seen in the act of legislation by thousand francs in beautifying his foreigners. Let them dance, fight, country-seat,instead of three hundred or make love, three things which thousand, which he meant to have they certainly do admirably; but let laid out upon it; neither can one them leave making laws to wiser, or join very heartily' in the regrets of at least cooler heads. And, by the the Vicomtesse S-, who is overway, it is not the least ludicrous thing whelmed with sorrow at the idea of in their debates, that the speaker, in being able to give a grand ball only the midst of the fire and fury with once in every five weeks, instead of which he proceeds, generally inter- once a month. This mingles some compliments on his own I was much amused yesterday at coolness, and repeatedly assures bis the calculation which the dashing Vol. IV. No. XIX. ... :.. .: D