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THE TRIUMPH OF TRUTH,

A PAL.E. In Continuation.

Eliza being tempted by an unusual fine evening to extend the Himits of her excursions, she entered a neighbouring coppice, in which she soon found herself bewildered by the variety of its paths. Night approached and the heavens became obscured with clouds.-Alarmed at her situation, she attempted to quicken herpace, which was considerably retarded by briars that intersected her path. Her 'apprehensions became seriously painful, and were suddenly increased by the sound of indistinct _voices from behind. She attempt*d to fly with precipitation; but the gloom around her, and the obstacles she had to encounter at every step, rendered every effort ineffectual. The sounds became more distinct, and, on a sudden, four ruffians, with sacrilegious hands, fastened on their defenceless prey. She gave them all the property she had about her, and begged to be released ; but they proceeded to more violent measures. She fell on her knees and

with tears that might have disarm

| ed the tiger of his ferocity, petitioned for mercy, which was savagely rejected. At that moment the approach of other footsteps was heard, and a youth rushed from | among the trees, and with a rapidity of action that seemed to baffle all resistance and mock the perseverance of courage, soon levelled three of the villains with the earth. The other, taking advantage of his situation, aimed a blow at his adversary, which, for a while deprived him of any further resistance ; but apprehensive that the screams of Eliza would bring others to their aid, he immediately fled, and his companions on coming to themselves, and finding nobody to deter them, followed his example.

Gratitude now overcame all 6ther ideas in the mind of Eliza, and her whole attention was directed to the stranger who had, perhaps, forfeited his life in her. defence. She threw herself on the ground by his side, when the moon, emerging from a cloud, and beaming on his face, discovered to her the lifeless- features of Steinfort :

Surprise, gratitude, and love, nearly overpowered the trembling frame of Eliza on this discovery

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and created emotions in her mind
that elude the impotence of words.
In vain she attempted to recal the
animation of her deliveret, every
effort was fruitless, and she could
only press his hand and mourn
over him in silence. A storm that
had been gathering over her head,
now began to vent itself on the
earth, and happily effected what
her tender assiduities had failed in.
Steinfort, on coming to himself,
and finding the lady, whom he
had attempted to release, kneeling
by his side, and anxiously waiting
his recovery, felt a pleasure that
amply repaid him for any injuries
he had sustained. The darkness
that now reigned around, at once
precluded the possibility of his
knowing Eliza, or perceiving her
embarrassment. He arose, and
politely taking her hand, express-
ed his happiness on finding her
safe, and hoped she had not sus-
fered from the hands of the ruffi-
ans. She thanked him in tones
modulated by her feelings, which
rieve? failin addressing themselves |
to the heart, and which are me
best recompence a feeling mind
can receive. She briefly infermed
him of her entanglement in the
wood, and of the part of the coun-
try from which she came ; but ex- |
pressed some coneern on his ac-
count, and hoped, in return, that
his generous exertions in her be-
half had not been at the expense
of any personal injury. He laugh- |
ed her apprehensions away in a
vein of pleasantry, and conducted
her into a spacious walk into the
interior of the wood.

Meanwhile the storm consider

ably increasing, they found themselves under the necessity of taking shelter under the largest of the trees. Having secured themselves from the rage of the elements, a pause of some minutes elapsed, during which Eliza was agitated by various emotions. The idea of making herself known to Steinfort, was attended by a train of unpleasant circumstances; yet the singular services he had afforded her, rendered disingenuousness still more disagreeable. Steinfort at length interrupted her meditations, by expressing a desire to know more of the person to whom he had been so fortunate in rendering himself serviceable.— “Alas!” replied Eliza, “I am an unfortunate being, whom any further acquaintance with would lead you only into new troubles.” As the varied landscape assumes its wonted beauty, when lighied up by the morning sun, so are the social feelings of a sensible mind kindled at the touch of sorrow. A lady in distress, at any time was enough to make a hero of Steinfort; but when oppressed with grief, she awakened the finest touches of his nature. Tho' this complaint repressed his officiousness, it increased his desire for a further indulgence, and, in the most respectful solioitations, he begged her to let him know in what manner he could be serviceable to her, which she answered only by entreating him to desist : “Yet,” added she, “a person from

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whom I have received such singular favours, I cannot object to consulting as a friend. Tell me,” continued she, “how I am to avoid judging wrongly of characters known only by public opinion.”— “For myself,” replied Steinfort, “I should suppose we ought not to judge at all decidedly, till enabled by a familiar acquaintance, and afterwards be directed by that acquaintance alone ; but society is a whirlpool of error, in which, by imperceptible degrees, we accede to the centre ; few have sushcient courage of mind, to oppose the ourrent, but, after a faint resistance, submit to be whirled away with the rest. I am a very recluse,” continucd he, “shut out from the world ; the dumb beast alone is my companion, he blabs not my secrets, he perverts not my actions, he deserves well of my confidence.” “And is there no selfishness in the resolve 2" replied Eliza—“Ought those characters that are best capaciated to ‘rectify the judgment and direct the opinions of the world to be removed from the post in which thcy can be most effectually serviceable? Does not this, likewise, in some measure, imply a want of courage 2 Is it not making sacrifices of pleasure deemed unworthy 'our acceptance, and is not religion which was intended as a mansion of pleasure, converted into a shelter from pain?” Steinfort was struck with the propriety of her remarks, and every moment became more interested in her wel

o fare. “I will not attempt my justification, madam”—replied he, —“I have been hurried away by my feelings and peculiar circonstances.” He then enquired if she had ever resided at S She replied in the affirmative. A variety of questions crowded upon his mind. “No doubt you have heard of such a person as Miss Dalton ’’’ added he. “I know her well,” answered Eliza. His agitation became extreme. “Madam,” continued he, in an elevated voice, “you have it in your power to determine much in respect to the bent of my future life; and I doubt not but you will deal with me candidly. Is Miss Dalton that capricious siave of vicious fashions, that the world pictures her, or the just and meritorious friend of virtue o’’ ‘‘ I hope she lives but to be the latter,” replied Eliza. “Thank Heaven, I have done her justice s” exclaimed Steinfort, “vice must . deform the finest set of features. One question more, madam,” con- . tinued he, “and I will trouble you no farther. Have you reasons to . suppose that her affections are engaged 7” “Irrevocably so,” answered Eliza. The answer was abrupt, but imméâtely; to the

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point, and he was evidently affect-,

ed with it. “”Tis enough,” exclaimed he, “we have all our weaknesses:–you, madam, have discovered mine ; and forgive me, if for a moment, I have forgotten your sorrows in my own.” Eliza became every moment more em

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barrassed ; repeatedly did she attempt to declare herself, and as repeatedly did her resolution fail her. At length the storm having sébsided, the silver moon, which had before revealed thc features of Steinfort, revcaled those of Eliza in return

Fleasure winged away the first moments of surprize with Steinfort on this discovery, but recollection soon gave his thoughts a different direction. He found that Eliza was unfortunate—in love ; and, perhaps, like himself, without hope. He summoned his resolution, and after aukwardly expressing his liappiness and surprize at so unexpected a pleasure, he requested her to forget there was ever such a person as Steinfort, or permit him to devote the remainder of his life to her service.— Eliza was silent. He begged the liberty of conducting her home— she gave him her hand, and they walked silently forward. Every moment's reflection served but the more to convince Steinfort of the loss he sustained in Eliza. Never did he stand more in need of words, and never was he so totally deprived of them. He wished not officiously to solicit, nor ungenerously to extort from her those sorrows which would occasion more pain in the recitat than the concealment. They approached the gates of Eliza's residence, and Steinfort at length recalled his wandering intellects. He observ

cd that they both had fortuitously

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ness of which human nature is susceptible,”

replied Steinfort, “while he acts worthy of you ; but when he ceases to do this, may the lightnings of heaven pursue him " - “Sir,” rejoined Eliza, “I cannot excuse myself for having dealt disingenuously with you and trifled with yonr exalted character. You have snatched mc from the brink of the most exquisite wretchedness—you have deservcd more frank and generous treatment. But I will answer your question faithfully, continued she, while her check reflected a more rosy beam, “for I am not ashamed to own that the name of him who best deserves, and alone possesses my heart, is—Steinfort.” Bidding him call on her on the morrow, without giving him time to answer, she then entered an avenue of trees, and immediately disappeared'.

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Glowing with. admiration, and dazzled by such an unexpected prospect of bliss, Steinfort continued for a while motionless with surprize; then turning his eyes. from the spot where, she had disappeared, and echoing her words, he bent his steps homewards with a head full of happiness, and a heart that beat, as light, as the

thought.
s To be continued.)

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... BIOGRAPHY.

* . . . . . . " THE QUEEN OF DENMARK. - - ( - * *. The situation of the Queen was. distressing beyond description.-Young, beautiful, blessed by nature. and accomplished by education, with every thing that could render her suceptible of the most refined happiness throughout life, she now. stood upon the very, margin of a guiph which was ready to swallow up everything that could be dear to her—her, honour, her rank, her peace of mind; one moment was to rob her of her children, her husband, and her throne ; and that, she should survive this calamitous change was a consideration fraught with new horror. Her sensibility rendered her capable of feeling

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and the manner in which she de

picted the terrible apprehensions

of her mind to Uhldal, fully shewed with what acuteness she felt them. “I should be inconsolable,” said she, “if the most trifling of nry actions could have tended in the least to the dishonour or disadvantage of the king and the states. I have perhaps been imprudeut, but have never meant ill; and in those points in which I have failed, my youth and the strange circumstances in which, I was placed

ought to plead my apology. I was

too secure of the suspicion or censure of the world, and this scenrity may have led mae, into error... " If the laws of my country condemn me, it is my duty humbly to acquiesce in their sentence; but in the mouth of my judges, I trust their rigour will be softened by humanity ; and this affords me great comfort. But when I consider that my King, my husband, must confirm their sentence, then, then my languishing hopes revićl-he will surely never desertine, nár cast me from him into châless and sighs frequently, interrupted , this moviag address; at last she found some relief from the acute

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tranquil tone, and consulted with him upon the best means by which her cause could be defended. The eloquence and talents of Uhldal were in vain exerted-in

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