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money to give them, and I have not || you you are bringing me into a scrape. a single sou!"-"And unfortunately | However, since you will have it so, I have very little, only four assignats tell Corporal Gaillard and La Porte of five francs each: you will find and Desmoulins to remain with him: them under this piece of meat," con- we must now set out.” The lieutetinued he, wrapping part of his pro- | nant did not wait for another order ; visions in paper; "be sure you are not he made the men carry the prisoner, seen to take them out: go, and God who appeared to be dying, into a speed you!"
hut. Delmont recommended to them Duplessis turned away without to keep a strict eye over him, as they speaking; but the tears that started to would be answerable for him if he his eyes were more eloquent than escaped; and he set forward. words. He followed Delmont's di- As Delmont had foreseen, the gerections so successfully, that in a few neral refused to approve his report, moments afterwards the lieutenant and ordered him to go himself the came to tell the captain, that the pri- next day to present it to the comsoner, to whom he had given provi- missary of the Convention. Before sions, could not eat; and that a burn- he waited upon the commissary, the ing fever rendered him incapable of three soldiers arrived without their marching. Delmont replied with prisoner. The corporal declared, feigned harshness, that if the man that, notwithstanding his appearance could not go on, it was better to of illness, he had tried to escape in shoot him at once.
the night by a window, but the men “ What!” cried the other indig- being upon the alert, had all three nantly, “ shoot a man before you fired at once; he fell dead upon the know whether he will be pronounced spot, and they had buried him there. guilty or innocent by the court-mar- || This tale was told so naturally, tial! You cannot seriously mean it, that Delmont could not entertain a captain.”
|| doubt of its truth: it cost him a great “ Pray then, what would you have deal to dissemble the pang it gave me do with him? for you know that him; but he dared not manifest any I cannot remain here to watch him. regret, and taking with him the three My orders are to proceed, and I can- | soldiers and his lieutenant, he went not diminish the force of our troop, to make his report to the commissaalready too small for a part of the ry, who, after hearing all the depocountry like this, in order to leave sitions, told him very roughly, that an escort with this man.” . he had done very wrong to expose
“ But look at the state in which three brave soldiers of the republic he is! Three men would be quite only to convey a sick rebel more easufficient to guard him, till we can sily to be shot: that, however, as they get a voiture de requisition, which had done their duty by shooting him no doubt may be had to-morrow; and when he attempted to escape, and certainly, captain, you will not say had returned safely, the affair should that you cannot spare three men?" be passed over; but that he might
“ Well," replied the other with be certain, if such a thing occurred feigned impatience," you shall have again, his conduct should be sharply it your way: but remember, I tell inquired into.
The commissary finished by giv- | Delmont would have stopped the ing him a fresh order to march with child, but she disappeared in a mohis detachment; saying at the same ment; and before he could detertime, “ I believe you will be com- mine how to begin, a beautiful young manded, before your departure, to woman entered. She looked at him shoot the menwhom you have brought with great emotion; and the old lady with you. I am waiting for the or then said, “ This is my daughter. der; and as soon as I get it, I will You have a commission for us, have transmit it to you.” My readers will you not?”—“Alas ! yes, a sorrowbelieve that this was enough to quick- ful one.” en the motions of Delmont; in ten “Ah! not so, best of friends, of minutes he had marched out with his benefactors-he is saved! Yes," cridetachment without beat of drum, ed the mother in a transport of graand they thus escaped the horrible titude, “ I owe you my son's life. office of executioners.
Agatha, embrace the preserver of Delmont's detachment was order- ll your husband !" ed to march to : while on the | Both embraced him with tears of road, he recollected the commission | joy. The lovely Agatha brought which he had accepted from the un- | her infant boy and her little girl, that fortunate Duplessis; and as he had they also might caress him to whom to halt at Lamballe, he determined they owed a father's life. Ah! how to fulfil it, though he felt an un- | delicious were those caresses to Delspeakable reluctance to be the bear- | mont! never in his life had he expeer of such news to a widowed mo- rienced such pure, such heartfelt ther.
pleasure. When he presented himself at the “But how is this possible?'' said house of Madame Duplessis, the ser-he at last; " did they not fire? they vant who opened the door, suppos- || told me they had killed and buried ing he was billeted upon them, said him.”_" My dear friend, they were to him, “ Citizen, my mistress can- | so intoxicated, that they would not not lodge you in her house; but she have been able to kill a fly. God be has arranged with the innkeeper over praised, he is now in safety, and is the way to receive you in her stead." | recovering very fast. Ah! how I
“ It is not a lodging I want; I must wish that you could see him! but that speak to your mistress in private." must not be. But now tell us, are
The poor girl turned as pale as you come to stay at Lamballe?"death, and went with a look of ter- “ No, I can only stop for to-night." ror to inform her mistress. Return- -" Well, at least for to-night you ing in a moment, she led Delmont will stop with us;” and Agatha hasinto an apartment, where he found tened to get an apartment prepared an elderly lady of very prepossess- for him, ing appearance, and a beautiful lit- We may easily believe that he did tle girl of four or five years old at her not refuse their hospitality. They told side. " I would wish my daughter him their whole situation without reto be present at our conversation, serve. Duplessis had determined to sir," said she: “go, Pauline, and emigrate with his wife and children; seek your mamma." .
his mother resolved to remain behind, in order to preserve the fami-1 with his friend upon his present sily property. “ I shall not repay tuation. He found that he should your twenty francs,” said Agatha to soon be compelled to quit the farm him, “nor will I take back my por- he occupied, as it was about to be trait: my husband has desired, that sold; he did not complain, but it was if ever I was fortunate enough to evident that he felt great reluctance see you, I should tell you to keep it, to leave it. and to beg you to regard it as that “And what price," said Duplesof a sister.”
sis to him one day, when they were The next morning Delmont was talking on the subject," does the ownforced to tear himself from this ami. er demand for it?”—“Twenty-three able and grateful family, whom he thousand francs (nearly one thousand saw no more. Twenty years passed | pounds)."-" That is lucky; for it is away, and found Delmont, at the exactly the sum you have in Lafitte's time of the restoration, a disbanded hands."_“I! you joke." "No, inofficer, who lived with a widowed deed, I never was more serious; and sister upon the produce of a little so you will find if you draw upon farm which he cultivated with his || him to that amount."-"But can you own hands. One evening, an elder think that I shall rob you?"_" Not ly man, of gentlemanly appearance. at all; the money is yours: it is the dismounted at the veteran's gate, accumulated interest of your twenty and throwing himself into his arms, | francs."_" Impossible!" exclaimed, “ God be praised, my | “I will convince you it is very posdear preserver, that I am allowed to sible and very true. It is my wife's thank you once at least before I die!" | plan, and this is the manner in which It was Duplessis returned, after so she has executed it. As soon as we long an absence, to end his days in were settled in England, she laid his native country. He had entered out your twenty francs in materials into mercantile speculations in Eng- || for embroidery and artificial flowers. land, had been fortunate, and was She worked at these in her leisure come back rich. Delmont congra hours, sold them to advantage, purtulated him heartily and sincerely. chased materials for more, and con
" And you, my dear Delmont, how stantly gave me, every six months, is it that you are not more fortu- the profits of her work, to place in nate ?"
the public funds. We lived retired; “ My friend, I do not complain; I she had consequently much leisure, have quitted the service with clean and worked incessantly. During hands and a clear conscience."- more than twenty years, this fund, at “ And without promotion ?"" I first so small, has been constantly inhave not sought it." _“ No, but you creasing, till it has become the means have well deserved it: I am not ig of rendering your old age easy. But norant of the wounds you have re- it is not enough that the old age of a ceived in your various campaigns." | brave and virtuous man should be -"I only did my duty."
easy; he ought to receive a public Upon this point, however, the recompence for his services, and I friends could not agree; but Duples- bring you one. Means have been sis soon dropped the subject, to talk found to represent to the king, that
d his dayered out embroider
your career has not been less distin- ,, into the arms of his friend. It would guished by humanity than by valour; | be difficult to say which was most afand he shews his sense of your ser fected. He still lives in the enjoyvices by presenting you with this ment of this noble reward of his hucross of St. Louis, and the rank and manity-need it be said, that he half-pay of chef-de-bataillon.” makes a worthy use of it?
The worthy veteran threw himself ||
THE WELCH WEDDING. Da ydyw'r gwaith, rhaid d’we'yd y gwir, On Meirion's hills (the truth to speak) Ar fryniau Sir Meirionydd.
Good fun is often found; Golwg oer o'r gwaela gawn,
For though the scene be bare and bleak, Mae hi etto yn llawn llawenydd :
Yet mirth and joy abound: Pwy ddysgwyliai canair gog
Who would expect the cuckoo's song
To hear the mountain wilds among?
It was a beautiful day in the || no more!) had bequeathed to me beginning of June 18, that my as a token of his great regard for young friend, James Paterson, and so apt and diligent a pupil, and myself went on a fishing excursion as a memorial, at the same time, of up the river Mowddach in Merioneth- his own unrivalled skill in the subshire. We left Dolgelley soon after | lime art of fly-busking*. sunrise, and following the wooded | We had provided ourselves with banks of this beautiful river as it every requisite appurtenance, not forwinds through the romantic vale of getting a capacious basket of " vicVanner, we came at length to a | tual,” which my lad Hucyn, or little shady glen, near which the river | Hugh, carried for us, ever and anon swells out into a deep, dark, and groaning under the weight of the quiet pool, a favourite abiding-place good things which it contained. Our for trout and salmon. Here we ar garments were such as are best suited ranged our tackle, “ put in," and to the fisherman, more especially to commenced our sport.
him who cares not to wade up to his We had a capital collection of chin through a foaming mountain fies. Some were of our own manu- | river, and to climb and clamber over facture, and some we had procured | rocks and brushwood, not merely to of old Rowland Williams of Wrex- the imminent peril of his actual wellham, the best fly-maker, and then being, but to the manifest discomthe best fly-fisher, in the whole posure of his outward habiliments. principality. But our choicest arti
* The fly in question is a dun fly, cle, our bijou, was a small hook of a | with red legs and a black head. It goes peculiarly “ killing” kind, which my |
|| by the name of Robin's fly; but I fear it old friend, Robin Edwards (whilome
is now quite extinct, for the secret of its guide general to all the natural cu- composition died with its revered inriosities in the county, but now, alas! | ventor.
ir own cured I the im
A fustian jacket, with pockets that a || be led astray. This was precisely botanist would envy, light jean trow-our case on this memorable occasion. sers, “ with a waistcoat of the same,"We had struck into a deep wood, and a capacious straw hat well gar- and had followed a path, which led, nished with flies, completed our out as we supposed, to a mountain-track, ward apparel; with the addition, we with every part of which we were should have said, of a basket hung both familiar, and which we knew across the shoulder, after the manner || would conduct us safely to the bourne of the worthy “ Piscator," so primly we so much longed for. But whedelineated in the earlier editions of ther it was chance, or whether it Izaac Walton.
|| was the design of some mischievous Thus accoutred, and with our fairy, or what is most probable, whewhole hearts“on murderous thoughts ther it was the buzzing effects of intent," we enjoyed one of the best the bottled ale which we had drunk, days' sport I ever had. The day heaven knows; but when we got out was warm and genial, and the breeze, of the wood, we found ourselves on which occasionally ruffled the surface | the brow of a hill, the first of a chain of the river, rendered our flies dread- leading altogether in an opposite die fully destructive, so that, long before rection to the hills which we were evening, we had filled our baskets seeking. We stared at each other with some of the best and finest fish very wisely, and after a short delibewhich the Mowddach contains. But ration, determined to go boldly on to the most blissful enjoyment must have the valley below, and to follow its a termination of some sort; and de- course till we reached its farthest exlighted, but by no means satiated, || tremity. with our pastime, we put up our It was a most lovely evening, and tackle, packed every thing but our as we descended through a young rods snug in the basket which had plantation to the valley, our path carried our provision, and intrusting was cheered with the plaintive cooing the precious charge to Hucyn, sent of the ring-dove, and with the melohim on to town, while we followed dious warbling of innumerable birds, more at our leisure, it being our in- | all merrily pouring forth their hymns tention to go by a shorter way over of gratitude and joy to the departing the hills, that we might call upon a day. Having descended the mounfriend en passant; this friend being tain, we followed a path which wound noted, not only for having a very, round its base, and pursued its course very pretty daughter, but also for along the bank of a small mountainkeeping the best ale within twenty river-a tributary, by the way, to the miles of Dolgelley. These were temp- || Mowddach, whose source was in a tations not easily to be resisted by lake at no great distance from the a brace of Welch bachelors; and so head of the valley. We were both away we went.
in the most happy humour, and deeply It has been said by the best and did we enjoy the sweet scene which wisest of philosophers, that men who spread before us in the summer twitrust too implicitly to the guidance light. The green pastures and smilof their inclinations are very likely to ing cottages, which in the morning Vol. VI. No, XXXVI.