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beautiful hour; but nature is wilful and which few, except yourselves, did,” the will seldom abdicate the night for joy, captain said. He cast a keen glance at whatever she may do for grief.
her when he said "except yourselves.' Next morning she went to the station “ Indeed,” said Mrs. Methven, “that is with him to see him away. Impossible scarcely correct, for Walter did not know, to describe the devotion of all the officials and I had forgotten. I had, indeed, lost to Lord Erradeen’s comfort on his jour. sight of my husband's family, and the ney. The station-master kindly came to succession seemed so far off.” superintend this august departure, and It was thus that she veiled her ignothe porters ran about contending for his rance and endeavored to make it appear luggage with an excitement which made that indifference on her part, and a wise at least one old gentleman threaten to desire to keep Walter's mind unaffected write to the Times. There was nothing by such a dazzling possibility, had been but "my lord” and “his lordship” to be her guiding influence. She spoke with heard all over the station; and so many such modest gravity that Captain Underpersons came to bid him good-bye and wood, not used to delusion under that see the last of him, as they said, that form, was tempted into a sort of belief. the platform was quite inconveniently He looked at her curiously, but her veil crowded. Among these, of course, was was down, and her artifice, if it was an Captain Underwood, whose fervent “God artifice, was of a kind more delicate than bless you, my boy,” drowned all other any to which he was accustomed. greetings. He had, however, a disap- “Well!” he said, “then it was not such pointed look as if he had failed in some a surprise to you as people thought? object. Mrs. Methven, whose faculties Sloebury has talked of nothing else, I were all sharpened by her position, and need not tell you, for several days; and who felt herself able to exercise a tolera- everybody was of opinion that it burst tion which, in former circumstances, upon you like a thunderbolt.” would have been impossible to her, per- “Upon my son, yes,” Mrs. Methven mitted him to overtake her as she left the said with a smile. place, and acknowledged his greeting He looked at her again, and she had with more cordiality, or, at least, with a the satisfaction of perceiving that this less forbidding civility than usual. And experienced man of the world was taken then a wonderful sight was seen in Sloe. in. bury. This bête noir of the feminine Well, then," he said, "you will join world, this man, whom every lady frowned with me in wishing him well out of it: upon, was seen walking along the High you know all the stories that are about." Street, side by side, in earnest conversa. “I have never been at Mulmorrel tion with one of the women who had been husband's chances in his own lifetime most unfavorable to him. Was she lis- were very small, you know.". tening to an explanation, a justification, It isn't Mulmorrel, it is that little an account of himself, such as he had not ruined place where something uncanny is yet given, to satisfy the requirements of always said to go on - oh, I don't know the respectability of Sloebury? To tell what it is; nobody does but the reigning the truth, Mrs. Methven now cared very sovereign himself, and some hangers-on, little for any such explanation. She did I suppose. I have been there. I've seen not remember, as she ought to have done, the mysterious light, you know. Nobody that other women's sons might be in dan. can ever tell what window it shows at, or ger from this suspicious person, though if it is any window at all. I was once her own
now delivered out of his with the late man – the late lord, he who power. But she was very curious to know died the other day — when it came out what anybody could tell her of Walter's suddenly. We were shooting wildfowl, new possessions, and of the family which and his gun fell out of his hands. I never it was rather humiliating to know so little saw a man in such a funk. We were a about. It was she, indeed, who had be- bit late, and twilight had come on before gun the conversation after his first re- we knew.” mark upon Walter's departure and the “So then you actually saw something loss which would result to Sloebury. of it yourself?” Mrs. Methven said. She
• You know something about the Erra. had not the remotest idea what this was, deens, my son tells me,” she said almost but if she could find out something by graciously.
any means she was eager enough to take Something! I know about as much as advantage of it. most people. I knew he was the heir, “No inore than that; but I can tell you
this: Erradeen was not seen again for for Christmas, to bring a laugh or a shiver twenty-four hours. Whether it was a call from idle circles round the fire. To imto him or what it was I can't undertake agine that they could affect anything in
He never would stand any ques. real life was a kind of madness; an oldtioning about it. He was a good fellow fashioned, exploded superstition. It was enough, but he never would put up with too ridiculous to be worthy a thought. anything on that point. So I can only wish Walter well through it, Mrs. Meth
In my opinion he should have had some one with him; for he is young, and, I dare say, he is fanciful.”
From Temple Bar. “My son, Lord Erradeen," said Mrs. SCENES DURING THE WINTER OF Methven with dignity, "is man enough, I
1794-5. hope, to meet an emergency. Perhaps In the summer of 1794, when all Euyou think him younger than he is.” She rope was in a state of commotion and propounded this delicately as, perhaps, a agitation, two young Englishmen were sort of excuse for the presumption of the quietly amusing themselves by visiting all Christian name.
the private and public collections of orniUnderwood grew very red: he was dis- thology in Holland, for the purpose of appointed and irritable. “Oh, of course, obtaining water-color drawings of such you know best,” he said. “ As for my birds as had not hitherto been named or Lord Erradeen (I am sure I beg your described. pardon for forgetting his dignity), I dare After a highly successful and interestsay he is quite old enough to take care of ing tour, they had reached the Hague, himself - at least, we'll hope so; but a and were studying the pictures in the business of that kind will upset the stead. Stadtholder's galleries, when a sudden iest brain, you know. Old Erradeen had stop was put to their peaceful occupations, pot a bad spirit of his own, and he funked by the appointment of the elder of the two, it. I confess I feel a little anxious for Captain Woodford of the Guards, to be your boy; he's a nice fellow, but he's ner. commissary-general and inspector-in-chief
I was in a dozen minds to go up of the so-called “ Emigrant Corps,” which, with him to stand by him; but, perhaps, though containing but few actual soldiers, it is better not, for the best motives get had been taken into the English service misconstrued in this world. I can only out of charity and as the best means of wish him well out of it," Captain Under- providing for some of the unfortunate wood said, taking off his hat and making French emigrant nobility. Captain Woodher a fine bow as he stalked away. ford, on accepting this appointment, asked
It is needless to say that this myste. his friend Ramsay Richard Reinagle, rious intimation of danger planted daggers afterwards a well-known artist, to remain in Mrs. Methven's heart. She stopped with him as his private secretary; and it aghast: and for the moment the idea of is from the papers of the latter, who was running back to the station, and signalling then a very young man, that the following that the train was to be stopped came into account of the terrible winter of 1794-5 her mind. Ridiculous folly! Wish him has been compiled. well out of it? What, out of his great It will be remembered that the National fortune, his peerage, his elevation in the Convention of France had declared war world ? Mrs. Methven smiled indignant. against both George Ill, and the Stadt. ly, and thought of the strange manifesta- holder, and that a body of English and tions under which envy shows itself. But Hanoverian troops under command of the she went home somewhat pale, and could king's son, the Duke of York, had been not dismiss it from her mind as she wished despatched to Holland for the protection to do. Well out of it! And there were of the country. The French, under Genmoments when, she remembered, she had eral Pichegru, far outnumbered them, surprised a very serious look on the coun- however, and the duke had been obliged tenance of Mr. Milnathort. Was Walter to retire first behind the Meuse and then going unwarned, in the elation and happy along the Waal to Nimeguen, closely fol. confidence of his heart, into some danger lowed by the enemy, who encamped in unknown and unforeseen? This took her great force in the environs of the town. confidence away from her, and made her Just at this time, early in October, Capnervous and anxious. But after all, what|tain Woodford and his secretary, who folly it must be: something uncanny and were on their way to Dusseldorf, halted a mysterious light! These were stories for nine days at Nimeguen, and we have
the following description of the scene the / my sketching the mingled groups of wagoners place presented :
and soldiers. The wagons, groups of horses
of all colors, etc., reminded us of Wouverman's Before reaching the bridge of boats thrown beautiful military pictures. On the dyke or across the Rhine by order of the Duke of York, road above, there were light horse, foot-soldiers, we saw, stationed on the banks of the river, horses, horses of all sorts roped to the wagons, all the heavy baggage of the army, likewise a some of which were in motion, others stamass of Hanoverians encamped. This por- tionary; and all these various objects seen tion of the army and baggage-wagons extended beneath a stormy sky, made the finest sight an more than a mile.
artist could behold ! The bustle of troops, foot and horse, Hulans, Hussars, pioneers, camp-followers, baggage
But the weather and the fear of being wagons, munitions of war, wagons with forage taken for a spy compelled the artist, much of all kinds, cannon, artillery-wagons, stran: against his will, to refrain from making gers, and the agonized townspeople — would any use of these picturesque materials. baffle the pen of any one to fully describe.
Captain Woodford left Nimeguen about Drum-beating, bugle-blowing, trumpet-calls, the middle of October, and in less than hallooing, roaring, screaming, disputing, fight three weeks after it was in the hands of ing, knocking down every overturnable thing day and night, did really fill us with ample the French. Meanwhile the latter had notions of war and its more serious and ap- entered Cologne on the 6th ; Juliers had proaching consequences.
already surrendered and was followed by All the ornamental trees on both sides of Venlo, Nuys, Bonn, Coblentz, Worms, each road leading to and from the city were etc., so that it was no longer possible for cut down and laid across the said roads, as reinforcements to arrive from Germany. barricades to the advance of the French. The In ignorance of this, however, the coinenemy were so near us that if any one went on missary proceeded on his way; and, the ramparts he was sure to be fired at.
I was writes Mr. Reinagle :mortified at being forbidden by Captain Woodford to attempt such a thing. I feared noth- As we slowly progressed, our feelings were ing.
harrowed to witness on both sides, and in the I observed that, go into whatever house I middle of the road, multitudes of French emiwould, the people were drinking tea day and grants, literally up to their knees in bitter cold night; their teapots being always close to their inud, carrying their knapsacks and large bunturf fires. Bread and butter sliced was in con- dles on their backs — people of all grades, high stant readiness; so too were botter-raams, a and low, among whom was the Duc de Morte. sandwich made of buttered bread, a thin slice mart with bis officers and a few men retreating of dark rye-bread, and a thin slice of the best or flying from Dusseldorf! cheese.
These miserable emigrants informed us that All was honesty; no bargaining required. so successful were the sans-culottes that they The prince, the duke, and the poor man, all fired the fortress in five places at once, burnt paid alike.
part of the palace, and drove out all who could The passing through the town day and night walk or procure horses; from which perpetual of wagons filled with various stores, on their wearing of the roads, they ceased to have any way to the military bridge, occasioned pro- appearance of such, but were vast mud-pools. digious noises of all descriptions. Many heavy | These fugitives fled from Cleves, Bonn, Co. pieces of artillery, each drawn by ten horses, logne, and other towns. passed through with caissons and ammunition- When we arrived at our next station, there wagons, leaving about five or six regiments in was a woman who was very kind to us, an the entrenched camp.
event quite remarkable and deserving of note, Day and night, this scene of the passing and for we found no feelings of humanity any. repassing of every military requisite continued, where. Men and women were alike brutalized. impressing the mind of the uninitiated with
Troops were scattered all along the roads the desperate character of war. Troops, we travelled on, creeping at a slow foot-pace. horses and men filled all the streets. The lat. | The weather and the mud roads were alike unter were converted into rootless stables. We equalled. Our horses were so bespattered that observed multitudes of horses haltered, and they and the roads were of the same color, left six and eight hours unattended to. The postilions the same. The emigrants were in neighing of these hundreds of animals, ap- swarms, numbers filling every hole, eating parently calling for food, added new noises to everything digestible. We arrived in Wesel, those described ; and, with the dexterous crack- a Prussian fortress, and a detestable, dirty and ing of long-thonged whips and the occasional miserable rat-hole we found it. Here we got, firing of muskets for sport, made such a com. however, a supper and pretty fair wine, also bination as can never be adequately described beds, which we enjoyed prodigiously, having in words.
lived in our carriages, sleeping in them when The French were within two musket-shots the inns were crammed. Finding it inadvisable of the place and kept up a perpetual fire. to continue our journey, on the next day we
A gale of wind and drizzling rain prevented turned our horses' heads; for indeed we could go no farther on account of the bombardment heard the long rigmarole story of the soldier, of Dusseldorf. The emigration from so many which was most amusing to me, he began by places at once, and the dispersion of the offi- asking in Dutch, what country I belonged to, cers whom we were going to meet, absolutely my business or profession. occasioned the most precipitate retreat; as I replied in French, telling him that I had these unfortunate French people were refused not the honor of being able to speak Dutch, at every door every kind of shelter or covering but that I understood every word. from the weather, nor could money tempt these “You ought to speak it,” said he ; “don't brutish wretches of the country to give them you hear me speak? lodging.
“Yes,” I replied, “but, captain, that does
not enable me to follow the example." Mr. Reinagle goes on to say that it was “ Why," he said, “spies can speak ever so impossible fully to describe the harrowing many languages. Where did I live?”. scenes he witnessed, or the indignation he “In the mansion of Count Bentinck." felt at seeing ladies of quality plunging “Impossible. Do you, fellow, speak my knee-deep through filthy slush, with bun. language, and don't bother me with your dles under their arms; for the carts, wag. French, for I can't well understand all you ons, coaches at their disposal were noth. say.” ing like enough to hold them all; while his Dutch, I parrying in French. Then he
So we went on for an hour, he thundering worse still, no one could insure them
appealed to the idle officers and consulted the smallest protection; they were re, them; but they said they could not interfere, fused shelter everywhere, and were hated he must act on his own responsibility and acand despised by their imagined friends, cording to bis instructions. the Prussian princes, nobles and others. “Oh! ah! yes! I know that.” Then adAnd yet, amid all this incredible misery dressing the soldier, he went on :and sorrow, these unhappy creatures were “I tell you what, Soldaten, take good care apparently cheerful and defied all manner
not to bring me fellows who can't speak Dutch. of hardships and privations, aggravated
Take care you learn that first, and don't bother as these were by the altogether unprece- stand. Here, Mr. Artist, as you can't speak
me to examine people whom I can't underdented weather. The month of Novem. Dutch and I can't French, you may go about ber was very variable, there being now
your business.” heavy falls of snow and intervals of in
“ Well then,” I said, “I shall return and try tensé cold and then sudden thaws, but to do what your soldier prevented me from the frost did not regularly set in until De doing.” cember.
I was not forbidden, and left the officer with Captain Woodford returned to Utrecht, a bow, he calling after me, “ Mind, I shall and while there Mr. Reinagle thought he make inquiries about you and your statement svould take a sketch of the “old, decayed, about Count Bentinck, and woé betide you if
it is false." insignificant towers of the so-called forti.
" We are so close to his house,” I said, “I fications of the city.”
wonder you did not despatch a military mesSnow had fallen to a depth of five
senger thither; it would have spared much loss inches, and while the artist was intent on of time and all this questioning and answering sharpening his black chalk, a Dutch sol. of one another in two languages, one of which dier, armed, came noiselessly up behind you could barely understand.” him and, suddenly tapping him on the Well, that's true; so you may go,” and shoulder, ordered him to follow him to away I went through the snow. the guard-house, which was about a mile Captain Woodford had intended to off. Arrived there, the sentinel an. remain a month in Utrecht, but the ap. nounced that a spy had been taken in the proach of the French advanced guard very act of making drawings of the forti. soon put him to fight, and he had to de. fications.
part in haste, having but one day in which I was shoved into the presence of the officer to pack and be off. on duty, three or four others sitting listlessly By this time the winter had set in with by, and seeming quite indifferent to what was bitter severity, and heavy falls of snow going on.
impeded their fight. Several splendid The officer took the initiative, and began by horses, worth £8o a piece, were purbestowing praise on the soldier for the laudable chased for sums varying from £15 to £20; act of duty he had performed. He then in: four fine black one's for Captain Woodquired, (all in Dutch, which I understood)
ford's carriage two for the curricle where I had been detected in the rascally act.
These words made me smile and bow. I driven by bis secretary, and four for the stood, of course.
Hussar and three servants who attended The dignity of Mynheer the Lieutenant them - so the train was a conspicuous seemed to rise as he proceeded, and having one. Their route lay east in the direc
tion of Deventer, and their usual pace Captain Woodford was at this time was one mile an hour over sandy roads, making every endeavor to find some safe rendered still more beavy by the deep asylum for the unhappy “ Emigrant
The fatness and dreariness were Corps,” and bad applied to all the petty intolerable; all was heath and sand, and principalities in the north of Germany neither man nor beast, tree, house, or even Darmstadt, Detmold, Philipstadt, Paderbush appeared to break the intense mo- born, etc. — but in vain, not one would notony of the scene. Perhaps it was to listen to his ent es. At last he had relieve this monotony that before reach the good fortune to meet with a M. Deing the village of Loo, they turned out of vaux, a Fleming, and after some time their way to visit the palace of William spent in negotiations as to terms, etc., III., an ancient edifice, which had been this gentleman undertook to persuade the maintained in every particular as he left Prince of Waldeck to allow the worn-out it. From the palace they went to the me wanderers to take refuge in Pyrmont, and nagerie, where Mr. Reinagle seems to promised to discount bills, and provide have been extremely impressed by the lodgings, horses, baggage-wagons, forage sight of two elephants, animals which and all other necessaries. This good were apparently quite new to him, for be news brought relief and joy to multitudes, describes with great admiration the won- for fear and hatred had closed every heart derful strength and dexterity of their and door against them; the Dutch hated trunks, and naively remarks: “ The keeper the English with all their hearts, and not, told the male to roar. He did so, and it it is to be feared, without serious cause. was so terribly loud, that I felt fright. It happened that while a body of our ened. I was then twenty years of age.” troops were at Arnheim, a Dutch soldier
The frost had now been for some fired at a young drummer who had wanweeks so awfully severe that when the dered to the edge of the river, and killed sun shone the air glittered like minute him on the spot. diainonds. There were fifty degrees of “Our men were so fired with rage that frost, and the ice was three or four feet no opportunity was lost for a row. Farmthick. Some little time previously, the houses, ricks of grain, hay, clover, etc., Dutch government had ordered the dykes were to be seen blazing night after night, to be cut; but the flood of water was and many a secret murder was committed speedily converted into a sheet of ice, on both sides.” which offered little or no hindrance to Moreover the Dutch, though greatly the advance of the enemy. The latter divided, were for the most part favorable had contrived an ingenious device by to the French, who announced that they which to cross the river Leek. Bundles waged war not against peoples, but govof straw were tied close together with ernments; and Friesland had agreed to strong ropes, until they formed a straw terms of peace and unity with the Stadtplatform thirty or forty yards wide, holder's enemies as early as the middle of which was firmly attached to either bank, October. Such-adherents as he had were the river being at that time passable by yet further discouraged by the return of boat. In one night the water froze over the Duke of York to England at the bethe straw, and in a few days a bridge of ginning of December, and he himself was ice was formed, strong enough to allow obliged to fly from the Hague soon after, the safe passage of troops, wagons and escaping to Harwich in an open boat on horses. In a week the first artillery the 19th of January. were able to cross, and in two or three Meanwhile the French had crossed the more days the river ice was a foot thick river Waal in the middle of December, and growing every night thicker and but had been gallantly driven back by thicker.
General Dundas and his eight thousand While the party remained at Loo, Mr. men a fortnight later. General Pichegru, Reinagle visited the menagerie daily, and however, speedily assembled a force of skated on the ornamental water, where two hundred thousand men, who crossed the ice was three feet thick and of a very the Waal again in such numbers on Janudark black green.
He had great difficulty ary 4, that the English had no alternative in keeping bimself warm enough even to but to beat a hasty retreat. put on his skates, and noticed that all the Prince Ernest, Duke of Cumberland, birds, Indian pigeons, silver pheasants, afterwards king of Hanover, then threeetc., had their legs " frozen, swollen, and and-twenty years of age, commanded the burst,” and must have been suffering in. rear-guard. tensely.
The sufferings of the troops were some.