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They proceeded to search every place Francisco's astonishment at beholding where it was possible any body could the very same lady to whom, under an have concealed himself. í They must assumed title, he paid his addresses have escaped," at length exclaimed Al- eighteen years before! He had then ,en. fonso, casting his eyes round the room, deavoured, by every art he could devise, when his sword, which he had endea- to prepossess her in his favour; and at voured to sieze in the dark, met his length applied to her father for his con. view; it was lying on the floor, not far sent to their union. The old man refrom the bed. He took it up and ex. ferred him to his daughter, telling him, amined it; the point was tinged with that if she had fixed her affections upon blood but newly shed, and the place near him, his concurrence to the match should which it lay was dyed with the same not be wanting, and that he had but one crimson colour. 6 Look here, Sancho," wish—to see his child happy. Fran. said Alfonso; you will now be con- cisco accordingly had a private interview vinced that I have had no dream.” It with the young lady: he urged his suit immediately oecurred to Gonzalo that with all that insinuating art which is so they might find out something by tracing natural to the Italian, but contrary to the spots of blood ; but to their astonish- his expectations, she told him that her ment and disappointment it was confined heart was already engaged, and that she to one place. They were, therefore, not could never be his. This rejection exenabled to make any discovery of this asperated him greatly, and he contrived a mystery ; but no doubt was entertained plot to carry her off by force. One even, in their minds that the young Count's ing an opportunity presented itself, and sword had been the instrument for per- she was suddenly seized and conveyed petrating some atrocious deed.
into a carriage in which was Francisco, The Count Tassini, father of the young who drove off at a furious rate. Her Alfonso, at the decease of his father, who father, however, was soon after apprised was then about twenty-three years of age, of the circumstance, and he summoned found a large fortune at his disposal, and his servants to attend him ; horses were being the elder brother, succeeded to the instantly saddled, and they hastened after title. He married a young lady, to whom Francisco, and at length came up with he had, for some time, been attached. the carriage, which they succeeded in Her parents possessed considerable pro- stopping. Francisco, finding himself perty, which he inherited at their death. thus unexpectedly foiled, resolved to be The ancient Castle of Orcani had be- revenged on the young lady's father, longed to the Count's family for cen. whom he espied a little distance from turies, and had recently undergone a him : he seized a pistol and fired--the thorough repair.
ball missed him, but unfortunately lodged The Countess had had but two chil. in the breast of one of his servants, who dren, one of whom died at a very early fell lifeless to the ground. Francisco age. Alfonso had already attained the darted out of the carriage, seized his age of fifteen, and was greatly idolized by horse, and, aided by the darkness of the his parents : he was brave, generous, and night, and the confusion that the rest benevolent, and was sincerely beloved by were in, escaped. The young lady was all who knew him for the gentleness of found in a state of insensibility. Every his disposition and goodness of heart. endeavour was afterwards made to dis
About this time Francisco, a younger cover the retreat of Francisco, and bring brother of the Count Tassini, returned him to justice ; but he had effectually from the army, having been abroad many eluded the vigilance of those who went in years. He was precisely the reverse of quest of him. his brother in every respect. The Count Tassini had for many years endeawas all that was amiable, and felt him. voured to learn what had become of his self peculiarly happy when promoting brother; and his sudden visit to the the felicity of his fellow-creatures ; whilst, castle greatly surprised him. It was foron the other hand, there was nothing that tunate, however, that the Countess did Francisco would pause to execute, how. not recognise him. ever diabolical, he might have in view. Francisco, who had never liked his He took up his abode at Orcani, and in- brother, now found that it was he who timated that he should probably stay had been his rival: this idea haunted his about a month, as he shortly intended to imagination, and the greatest hatred rejoin his regiment. Tassini had never filled his bosom. He reflected that by seen him since the death of his father, the death of the Count's family all their and was ignorant of the real character of property (which he knew was very conhis brother. He accordingly introduced siderable) would belong to him. These him to the Countess, when what was circumstances combined, stimulated him to plan the destruction of the whole fa. greatly to strengthen these reports, was mily; but though so habituated to every the frequent depredations that had been species of villany, he could not conceive committed. These circumstances, and how it could be carried into execution more particularly the late transactions at without incurring suspicion. He at the castle, threw the family into the length fixed the day for his departure greatest consternation, which determined from the castle; the Count had tried the Count to quit it as soon as he could every means in his power, but in vain, to provide himself with another residence. induce him to quit the army and reside He had lately heard that a villa, about with them; and he had taken leave but fifteen leagues distant was to be let, and a short time before this story commences. he made up his mind to go and see it, his
Gonzalo deemed it advisable to ac- friends promising him to remain at the quaint his master, without delay, of what castle with the Countess during his abhappened ; upon which the Count in- sence for a few days. stantly rose, and several servants were He accordingly departed one morning, summoned to attend him. He first pro- taking with him Masetti, and three other ceeded to Alfonso's chamber, where he servants on horseback, well prepared to was himself an eye-witness of what is be- repel any attack that might be made upon fore related ; and afterwards went down him. Nothing of consequence occurred stairs, when it was discovered that the to him on his journey, and he arrived Castle had been robbed of the plate, and safe at the place of his destination in the almost every portable article of value. evening. The following day, he went It was ascertained how the robbers had to the villa, which upon inspection he gained admittance the great massive found exactly suited him, and after agreebolts that secured the outer door must ing with the owner of it, he pursued his have been withdrawn. This led the journey homeward, having transacted his Count to suspect that somebody had been business to his entire satisfaction. The concealed within for the purpose of let. Count fully expected to have reached the ting in his companions; and after pick- castle the same night, but it grew sud. ing the lock of the hall door, which was denly dark, and fearing that he had found open, they had thus easily gained missed the way, he desired one of his access to every part of the castle. But attendants to make inquiry of a person, the ingenuity with which they had ef- whom they could but just discern, riding fected the robbery—their having carefully a little distance before them. The man avoided entering the bed-chambers, or informed them, that, if they continued to alarming the servants, and having ran- follow him, they would be right, as he sacked every other apartment—were con- himself was going their way. But a vincing proofs it could not have been done storm coming on, the Count and his so dexterously by strangers.
servants were compelled to alight at a The report of the robbery soon spread small cottage which they had then come far and wide, and the friends of the to, and solicit a shelter. Count hastened to the castle to give him whom they had accosted on the road, their advice and assistance. Their exer- likewise followed their example. The tions were indefatigable in scouring the only inhabitants were an old man and country round about—all persons who his son, who set before them some bread excited any suspicion were detained and and fruit, and wine, and then conducted examined, and large rewards were offered their horses to an outhouse. for the discovery of the marauders.
Tassini, on casting his eyes towards Nearly a week had passed away, during the stranger, was struck with awe at his which every effort had been made, but appearance—his person, which was rather nothing farther transpired, to bring the tall, was enveloped in a long dark cloakthieves to justice. On the sixth day his beard and mustaches very long and after the robbery, a servant brought the black - his countenance of the most Count a scrap of paper that had been found deadly hue, which produced a striking under the door on opening it in the contrast to his beard and dress—indeed, morning, on which was written the fol. his whole appearance was the most terrific. lowing :
He did not enter into any conversation, “ Count TASSINI,—When we de- but maintained a most gloomy silence. prived you of your property, you did not The storm still continuing unabated, the consider that we left you your life—so be old man offered to accommodate the quiet, or we shall soon pay you another Count with a bed in an adjoining room, visit."
but he refused, saying he should depart The neighbourhood of Orcani had for by break of day. The same offer was then some time been reported to have been made to the stranger, who accepted of it, infested with banditti, and what tended and retired. When they were alone,
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Tassini could not help remarking to his wise and courageous; emboldens the servants his suspicions of this man, and timid, and puts the modest to the neintimated that he did not consider it to be cessity of trying their skill: it awes the quite safe to be under the same roof with opulent, and makes the fallen industri. him. “ You need not, Sir,” said Ma- ous! Much may be said in favour of setti, “ be under any apprehension, we adversity : “ the worst of it is, it has are well armed, and have nothing to fear.” no friends.”_Shakspeare, in his “ As This assurance of his favourite servant you like it,” says at once satisfied the Count, and he con
“Sweet are the uses of adversity; sidered himself perfectly safe.
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Near midnight the stranger softly Wears yet a precious jewel in his head." entered the room, and finding all quiet, And again in the play of Henry VI. our he first examined the Count, and afterwards his servants, who seemed to be great Poet says asleep—he drew a dagger from under his “Let me embrace these sour adversities;
For wise men say, it is the wisest course." cloak, and again approaches Tassini
HENRY VI. his arm was already uplifted to plunge it in his bosom--when Masetti seized a Rousseau says, “ Reason requires us pistol and fired—the weapon dropped to support adversity with patience, and powerless from his hand, and he fell not increase its weight by useless comdown apparently lifeless.
plaints ; not to esteem human things
beyond their value ; nor exhaust in be. To be concluded in our next.
wailing our misfortunes, the strength
we should exert to soften them; and, CRUMBS OF COMFORTS FOR
lastly, to recollect sometimes that it is
impossible for man to foresee the future, 'THOSE IN ADVERSITY.
and know himself sufficiently to judge (For the Mirror.)
whether what has happened be a blessing or a misfortune.”
" He that never was SENECA, in his Morals, justly says, acquainted with adversity, has seen the “ There is no state of life so miserable, world but on one side, and is ignorant of but there are in it remissions, diversions, half the scenes of nature,” says Seneca. nay, and delights too; such is the be
------- “ Thou chiefest good! nignity of nature towards us, even in the Bestow'd by Heaven, but seldom understood." severest accidents of human life. There
P. T. W were no living if adversity should hold on as it begins, and keep up the force of
TO AN ALTERED LOVER the first impression. Calamity tries vir. tue, as fire does gold. How many ca
(For the Mirror.) sualties and difficulties are there that we
I will not now recall the hour,
When love was all to me; dread as insupportable mischiefs; which
And like the dew upon a flower, upon farther thoughts, we find to be mer. It rested on its chosen bower, cies and benefits. Sometimes a calamity
In sweet security! turns to our advantage; and great ruins We part---another's heart receives thee, have made way to great glories. It is
But far less fond, less true than mine; only in adverse fortune, and in bad times, Then, wilt thou think on her who leaves thee,
But when, that other heart deceives thee, that we find great examples. Mucius Whose life, whose heart and soul were thing thought himself happier with his hand How much I prized thy love I own, in the flame, than if it had been kissed No other love can e'er efface it ; by his mistress. Fabricius took more
But like that dew, too roughly thrown, pleasure in eating the roots of his own
Far from its shelter, broken, gone, planting, than in all the delicacies of
And lost! Oh, say! who can replace it? luxury and expense. The more we
Fair dreams have passed---my task is set, struggle with our necessities, we draw My brightest days are clouded, yet
Careless what fate may soon await me; the knot the harder, and the worse it is My heart a prey to fond regret, with us: and the more the bird flaps and Can never quite forget, or hate thee. flutters in the snare, the sooner she is Believe me, no---on memory's leaf, caught : so that the best way is to sub
Are lines, the hand of Time shall spare mit and be still, under this double con
And pausing, mark thy love, the chief.
The dearest source of joy and grief, sideration, that the proceedings of God My heart's best treasure wasting there. are unquestionable, and his decrees not
And think of this---had all of gloom, to be resisted.”
Of darkness, or despair been thine,
E'er to the confines of the tomb,
JANET'S LETTER TO THE ED. less fastidious; and to soften the edge of (For the Mirror.)
disappointment our club have resolved to
pour in a neatly addressed fire on the inIt doth not appear to me that curiosity, stant, provided, of course, you charitably our sex's foible and their only fault, is lend your fostering aid, which we are not altogether liable to the latter exception so unreasonable as to expect until your If harmlessly exercised. In truth, then, own object is attained. I among many others are on the tip-toe I have a solitary pleasure in idealizing of anxiety to know who and what thou your soul-stirring suitors, and foremost art ; for be what thou wilt, “ thou com’st in the phalanx I place the redoubtable in such a questionable shape that I will 66 P. T. W.” whose murderous pen hath speak to thee.” Much do I feel disposed already immulated the inoffensive months to enrol thee among my sex; for, lustrous of Anno 23; and who is, perhaps, now, as this age is in female beauty and pro- ere their last glimmering taper hath exlific in acquirement, who dare undervalue pired in its socket, planning new camthose charms a MIRROR even is proud of paigns, and, like a wary general, is reflecting ? who shall presume to infer marshalling and disciplining his prolific otherwise, simply from the numerous
brain for fresh encounters, and consequent ephemerals of the day (among which triumphs of surpassing brilliance. yours, thanks to its able conduct, has In my mind's eye he is a brisk dapper stoutly upheld the championry) being powdered gent., ripe for the sickle of maconducted by the self-created lords of the trimony, and longing to be gathered to creation ? "Its title-its host of male the harvest. If my memory fails not, he contributors—its chaste and brightly in. is a veteran in the lists, for methinks his tellectual character-all suggest the idea prowess is abundantly heralded already. of an editress
and one, too, to whom I Then the braw chick “Edgar," would right willingly extend the hand of strappan youth frae the border, strongly fellowship; but, oh, what fear doth tinctured with the spark divine : we will blanch my cheek, lest the reverse should not say he smells o’ the lamp, the phrase prove the fact; how would my virgin is somewhat fusty. The perfection of art modesty shrink appalled at the bare idea is its consonance with nature; and he has of thus confidently addressing a whisker- happily attained that matured perfection andos! It cannot be; the fire of genius which steals wille nille traceless to the mantles over your glittering pages, deck. heart. ing them with gems of hues too precious F-r-y;" shall I waste a feather to be excited by other than an idolized from my quiver ? the designation smells goddess. All of them eager candidates of “ the Foultry,” and eulogy might be for “ wreathed smiles,” eyeing each the .66 sending coals to Newcastle,” for our other askance with gallant daring, and sex have a mortal aversion to feeding each wielding their pens with tempered zeal other's vanity. We intuitively detect and candour in honourable contention for personation, however adroitly managed ; excellence; this is at it should be. and are apt to exclaim, even of those who
Our silent coterie of blues leave the red wear the breeches, “right woman i' faith coats to boarding-school misses and un- after all.” governable hoydens, maintaining that ++.” A sudden awe restrains my
none but the wise deserve the fair,” pen. One star is felt to be a host within and feeling assured that, as human nature itself; but when two shine in one sphere, is constituted, wisdom does not exclude their astounding influence not merely disbravery, though the latter quality is often proves the ambitious axiom so long ada devoid of wisdom. Not, however, wish- mitted, but threatens utter oblivion to ing to derogate from the “ pride, pomp, any rash mortal who should presume to and circumstance of glorious war;” neverá interpose. What do I say ? sure my theless they have their share of merit; vision deceived me. Sweet Éditress, parand, conscious of the all-pervading in- don my wanderings; I mistook the gentle fluence of a gay exterior even among my youth. In recompense I fain would say, own sex, I am disposed to be more in- if you the prize disdain, “Give me the dulgent towards that foible in the butter daggers.” flies of the lordly race.
What has become of sprightly" Tim ?”. How I should delight to glance my Sweet little “ Tobykin," a fellow of eye over the array of talent reflected in infinite jest! Where be his quips and your MIRROR; do, dear Editress, quickly quiddities now ? In good sooth we can't make your election, that we of the forlorn spare him. I dare not repeat half the hope may brighten in the prospect of agreeable things I hear—they'd gar him sharing in the spoils. When the soul rin wud mad wi' joy, sae dearly is he saddens into disappointinent, it becomes prized by the sonsie laseies.
As for “ Beta," (ominous name,) if his Binks writes by to-morrow's post, your forte really is a word and a blow, we hope order can go by to-night's mail.” Vol. we shall be privileged to choose for our. II. p. 117. Clara afterwards, in a conselves, for none of us have any relish for versation with her brother, says,
6 The fistic operations.
shawl had been bespoken on her (Lady We should be delighted to glance at Penelope's) account, or very nearly so “ Utopia's” scheme of matrimony ; to she showed me the tradesman's letter, us spinsters new lights on the subject are only some agent of yours had come in ever acceptable. As for “ A. B. C.” we between with the ready money.” Vol. II. can get him by heart at any time.
And again, it is stated : More anon, if agreeable, from your “ He, (Mowbray) himself, had been the zealous friend
JANET. first to interfere with, and defeat her
Ladyship's (Ladyship Penelope's) deMORE MISTAKES IN THE signs on the garment in question.” Ibid. SCOTCH NOVELS.
To these contradictions you have ( To the Editor of the Mirror.)
added the following in your abridgement SIR,—In your Sixty-fourth Number of the work. You first say," and under is a note from Peter Tomkins, in which the same roof (the Manse) does Clara he complains of a mistake made by the also meet with her unhappy lover;" author of the Scotch Novels. The one he and then you continue: “ We have no has pointed out in Kenilworth, is similar means of knowing whether she actually to another which I remember having sought Tyrrel, but her next appearance noticed in Ivanhoe. It occurs in that was alone by the side of her unfortunate part where Rebecca is shut up in the lover (at Mrs. Margaret Dod's).” The castle of Front de Beuf. Not having the latter is agreeable to the Novels the novel at hand, I cannot tell what page, former is not—both cannot be true. nor repeat the words. But she is repre
OCULUS. sented in the first instance to be unable
P.S. I cannot understand what P. T. to secure herself against intruders, by there being no inner bolt to the door of means by concluding his note with “dethe apartment and in a subsequent pas- What beauty was there in the black or
scribing any thing otherwise beautiful.” sage, to have secured herself by fastening white eye-brows of the impostor ? one which was attached to it.
In St. Ronan's Well, are two other contradictions. Speaking of Lady Pene- Miscellanies. lope Penfeather, the author says:
" The rank and fortune of the lady, her pre
THE FAIR OF MAKARIEFF. tensions to beauty, as well as talent, (though the former was something faded) NEAR the banks of the Wolga, on the conand the consequence which she arrogated fines of Europe and Asia, this fair is held, to herself as a woman of fashion, drew and the miserable village, for a month, round her painters, poets, and philoso- partakes of all the festivities of a great phers, &c. Vol. I. p. 67—8. Again: “She metropolis : the richest commodities are was the daughter of an Earl, possessed a brought here. The following is an acshewy person, and features which might count of a bargain for shawls :—The be called handsome in youth, though now conclusion of a bargain for shawls always rather too much prononcés to render the takes place before witnesses. Having term proper.” Ibid. 124. Whilst he been asked to attend in that capacity, afterwards adds : “ Notwithstanding the went to the fair with the purchaser, the depredations which time had made on a other witnesses, and a broker, who was countenance which had never been dis- an Armenian. We stopped at an untinguished for beauty, she (Lady P.) finished stone house, without a roof, and seemed desirous to top the part of the were ushered into a kind of cellar ; beautiful daughter of Egeus.” Vol. II. though it was the abode of an extremely
rich Hindoo, it had no other furniture Mowbray thus addresses himself to than eighty elegant packages, piled one Micklewham: “I got that affected slut, upon the other against the wall. Parcels Lady Binks's maid, to tell me what her of the most valuable shawls are sold, mistress had set her mind on, and she is without the purchaser seeing any more to wear a Grecian habit forsooth. But than the outside of them; he neither un. here's the rub—there's only one shawl in folds nor examines them, and yet he is Edinburgh that is worth showing off in- perfectly acquainted with every shawl by that shawl must be had for Clara.Send means of a descriptive catalogue, which instantly and secure it, for as Lady the Armenian broker with much diffi