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some gipsy girl, the work, as he informed ing me that he had given up his chambers, me, of a Polish emigrant. In an enthusi- and after having tied up all his money, astic and excited tone, he proceeded to give between one and two hundred pounds, inme the history of the picture, evidently tending to bring it with him, he had enquite unconscious of the hallucination the sconced himself and his valise in the stagefollowing narrative betrayed :
coach, for the purpose of paying me a visit. “I was walking down Great Queen-street, When the coach arrived at Reigate, he when I saw this beautiful creature in a suddenly recollected that he had left his broker's shop, gazing upon me with such a money-bag on the table of his bed-room, friendly smile that I instantly stood trans- whereupon he jumped instantly out, ordered fixed. So much was I smitten with the a post-chaise, urged the postillion to drive painting, that I inquired the price, but as fast as possible, sped back to London, finding that it was forty guineas, much and had the satisfaction to find that the more than I could afford to give, I uttered landlady had found and carefully locked up a deep sigh, and walked on to Long Acre. his treasure. The worthy dame, after But the gipsy was still before me, smiling having made him count it over in her preat me as I proceeded, and thus she con- sence, to be sure that nothing had been tinued to bless me with her lovely presence, abstracted, again tied it up, secured it in until I reached my home. Even in the his pocket, and the money-laden bard, darkness of night it was just the same. I throwing himself into another stage, finally could not sleep, because those beautiful reached his destination in safety. eyes were still benignly fixed upon mine; ; “And why, in the name of wonder," ,
"I and in the morning I asked myself, why I demanded, “ did you not pay it into your should be made miserable by not possessing banker's? and for what earthly purpose can that which forty guineas would obtain. I you have come hither with so large a sum procured the money, accordingly, and hur- of money?" ried to secure my beauty-- there she is—and “Pay it into my banker's !” exclaimed I would not take a thousand guineas for her! the poet, “why, my good friend, I have See how she smiles upon me; so she does just drawn it out. As to my purpose in in whatever part of the room I may be placed, doing so, I will disclose it to you; but I do and when I quit the room. How can I be so in confidence. The fact is that I shall solitary with such a sweet companion? I stay here for some time: I have secured talk to her constantly, and she always gives capital apartments at the hotel ; I shall live me a gracious reply. You laugh, and I handsomely until the money is all gone; I don't wonder. Mark you, I don't say that shall then take advantage of some fine mornyou, or any one else, can hear her melliflu- ing to go out in a boat, as if for the purpose ous voice; but I do, and that is quite of fishing; and when we are at a sufficient enough to make her society charming, and distance from land, I have made up my mind more than enough to supply the place of to jump overboard, that I may take my leave all other companionship.”!
for ever of a good-for-nothing and ungrateful Seeing that it would be difficult, and, world, which no philanthropist can improve, perhaps, hardly desirable to dispel an illu- and which no gentleman can wish to live in sion which had a peculiar charm for his I beg your pardon; you are willing, I believe, imaginative mind, I did not attempt to to take a prolonged lease of life: I am tired of combat it, and willingly admitted the great mine, and care not how soon I get rid of it.” beauty of his canvas innamorata. How I treated this as a joke, or as the splenelong this species of nympholepsy lasted, I tic effusion of the minute; but his look and cannot say; I was told he had completely manner evinced a seriousness that pained chased away the vaporous clouds by which and alarmed me. A few post-prandial his fine mind had been depressed, but one glasses of wine, however, so completely subsequent return of his hypochondria fell chased away his blue devils, that he quickly within my own immediate cognisance. became too much elevated in spirits to be
From time to time he would run down quite guarded in his language; and subseto the provincial town in which I reside, on quent meetings gave me occasion to observe, which occasions he passed the greater part that very slight potations disturbed the of the day with me as long as he remained. equipoise of his mind. Bracing air, change One afternoon he made his appearance, of scene, and a little cheerful society, havevidently in deep dejection of spirits, tell- ing cured his morbid despondency, he returned to London in a few days, with his It will be seen that there was still a touch health invigorated, and his money-bag un- of misanthropy in his language ; but it emptied.
was literally a façon de parler; it never The last time I encountered my friend reached his heart. was at his own house in Victoria-square, Summoned to attend his burial, I per•Pimlico, where he took great delight in formed the melancholy duty of following showing me his library,-a projecting sky- this eminent bard and distinguished man to light room, built at the back of the pre- his last and most appropriate resting-place mises.
in the Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey. “ This is much better than your study,” | His funeral suggested to me a short poem, he said, rubbing his hands ; a library with the last stanza of which I will conshould be always lighted in this way; first, clude this brief and slight notice of Thomas because it gives you the command of the Campbell : whole wall for your books; and secondly, because, instead of being tempted to sit at To me, the humblest of the mourning band, the window, and look out upon living
Who knew the bard thro' many a changeful year, knaves and fools, you hold uninterrupted It was a proud, sad privilege to stand
Beside his grave, and shed a parting tear. communion with the surrounding spirits of Seven lustres had he been my friend, departed sages and philanthropists; or if Be that my plea when I suspend you look upwards, you gaze out upon the This all-unworthy wreath on such a poet's bier. pure and glorious heavens."
From Chambers's Edinburgh Journal.
THE DICTATOR; OR TWO SCENES IN PARAGUAY.
SCENE THE FIRST.
In the vicinity of the city of Assumption, cotton, all in full cultivation. The house the capital of Paraguay (that irregular was built, after the fashion of the country, country, which, from the policy of seclu- of sun-dried bricks, covered with plaster, sion so long pursued by its government, has and whitewashed. Along the front was a been termed the Japan of South America), deep veranda, the pillars of which were are scattered many country-houses belong- slender stems of forest-trees, stripped of ing to the more wealthy citizens, who retire their branches and bark, and whitewashed, thither when their business is over, to es- but with many rough knots and inequalicape from the scorching heat and stifling ties where the boughs had been hewn off. dust of the open, unpaved streets. To These served to sustain the vines which, many of these villas farms or plantations of planted at their feet, ascended with many considerable extent are attached, which, a winding clasp, and covered them with cultivated by servants, supply the market their luxuriant leaves. Then, reaching the of the capital, and thus afford a revenue to roof of the veranda, the vines spread and the proprietors. It is to one of these man- interlaced, until the whole was buried in a sions that we would transport the imagina- mass of verdant foliage, which contrasted tion of our readers ; and as this power- beautifully with the snow-white walls of namely, the imagination-is lord of time as the cottage and the ruddy tiles of the well as of space, we shall expect it to bear sloping eaves. In the rear of the cottage us company as far back as a period of forty was a long, low building, appropriated to years ago, when Paraguay was under the the servants and the offices, and extending sway of a Spanish governor appointed by to a corral, or enclosure, in which the catthe viceroy of Buenos Ayres. At that time tle and horses were kept. Directly in there stood, about a league north of the front of the porch were two tall trees, of little city of Assumption, & dwelling of the tatagiba, or wild mulberry, with slender small dimensions in fact a mere cottage— stems and a profusion of light, glossy but beautifully situated, and surrounded leaves ; while before, and on each side of by fields of sugar-cane, maize, tobacco, and the house, was an orchard, or it might rather be called a thicket, of fruit trees. They were met by white cotton stockings, The broad dark leaf of the fig hardly al- and buskin boots of untanned horse-skin. lowed its abundant fruit, in all stages of The age of the wearer was apparently about growth; to meet the eye, but the sunny twenty-five. He had the brown complexorange and the yellow lime gleamed from ion, the dark eyes, the black, glossy hair, the depths of their verdant canopy, like--to the thick beard and mustaches, which were use the odd but striking simile of bonest proper to his Spanish descent. His handAndrew Marvell
some features wore an expression of deep
sadness, and his brow was occasionally knit, “ Like golden lamps in a green night." as with indignation, while his eye glanced
over the paper which he held. Just behind It was late in the evening. The full him, in another chair, but leaning on the unclouded moon shone on the scene here back of his, with her eyes fixed earnestly described, lighting up the white walls of on his face, sat a young woman of extreme the humble cottage and the verdant masses beauty both of form and feature. It was a of the orange grove. The tall sugar-cane style of beauty, too, which is commonly and the rustling maize-stalks waved their thought peculiar to northern, or rather to cold tasselled heads and slender leaves in the climates, but which is, in fact, frequently soft night-wind Now and then might be seen in the interior of South America. heard the sullen hooting of a distant owl, Her chestnut hair clustered in natural ringor the harsh sound of a paroquet disturbed lets round her fair face, and her dark-blue in its uneasy slumbers. All other sounds eyes looked out with changeable lustre were hushed. The cattle were asleep in from beneath their long brown eyelashes. the corral, the fowls at roost on their ac- Her slender form, betokening extreme customed trees. From the darkness and youth, was attired in a simple robe of white silence which prevailed, it appeared that all muslin, bound at the waist by a ribbon, the inhabitants of the cottage were at rest, which was clasped by a golden buckle. It except in one room, which was lighted was easy to see that the natural expression up, and into which we will make bold of her countenance was bright and cheerful, to enter. It was very simply furnished, as of one accustomed to a life of great hapas is usual throughout Spanish America. piness; but at this moment her look was The brick floor was covered with fine straw constrained and anxious, and her eyes were matting. To the whitewashed walls were fixed earnestly on the young man, whose fastened a few ordinary pictures and en- attention was engrossed by the manuscripts. gravings. Some light cane chairs were At last she spoke, as if unable to endure placed around the room, and at the further the silence. end was an elevated dais or estrada, covered “Do you think there is any hope, Enwith the skins of the jaguar and puma, and rique ?" serving as a lounge for visitors, or a couch The young man started, and throwing for the siesta or afternoon nap. In the from him the papers which he held, excentre of the room was a table, made of the claimed in a tone of mournful bitterness, wood of the urandig-pitai, a native tree “ What a fool am I to pore over these longequal to the finest rosewood. Two candles winded pleas, rejoinders, judgments, and stood upon it, and numerous papers--some all their legal trash, as if they could have folded, and tied with tape, others open- any influence on my cause! Do I not were scattered over it.
know that it was lost from the beginning ! A young man sat beside the table, deep- i It is gold that bas done it all-bribery, ly engaged in the perusal of one of the corruption! The pleading of an angel documents. He was dressed like a wealthy would not avail against such arguments. haciendado, or gentleman farmer. His We are lost-utterly ruined !” jacket of blue cloth was adorned with silver Surely, Enrique,” replied his compabuttons, hanging by little chains of an inch nion, “the judge cannot allow his friendin length. His vest of white satin, ele- ship for Don Manuel to bias him to so gantly tamboured, was open so as to show frightful a degree? All the city knows the embroidered front of his cambric shirt. that Prieto's claim to your patrimony is His green velvet small clothes, tied round utterly unfounded ; that your evidence, too, the waist by a blue satin sash, were loose is so strong.” at the knees, allowing the ruffled ends of “ Listen, Rosita," said the young man,
” his muslin drawers to appear beneath them. “ to what Í heard this morning from my VOL. XII. No. I.
friend Gomez. How Gomez learned the “ I fear-I greatly fear: at all events he facts he would not inform me; but he as- gives me no hope.” sured me that I might rely upon them. A " And is there no one,” asked Rosita, year ago, when Don Manuel Prieto gave whom you can trust ?” his daughter in marriage to young Echever- " Not one of the whole court," replied ria, he said to him, Carlos, choose which her husband in a tone of despair. “The you will of my houses in town, or my es-only advocate who cannot be bribed, and tates in the country, for your residence, of whom lawyers and judges alike stand in and it is yours.' 'Echeverria answered, awe, has long been my implacable enemy.' "I will not rob you of any of your splendid 56 The Dr. Francia ?" residences or your great plantations. Give “Yes; ever since that unhappy affair me only a little cottage, with an orchard of Gomez and Paredes. I remember well and a few fields about it, like that of En- the terrible scowl he wore when he said to rique Gonsalez, and I shall be happy.' me, You have wilfully crossed my path ; Then Prieto said, “If that be all you re- you have injured one who never forgets a quire, you shall have the very house and favor or an offence.' Since that time, he farm you speak of. Thereupon he came has done all in his power-openly and fairto me and offered me a large price for the ly I admit-to thwart, annoy, and injure property-its full worth, and even more. me. Nor have I been slow, I confess it, I refused, instantly and positively, to sell to retaliate. He is an intimate friend of my patrimony, which was endeared to me Prieto's. Oh how he must exult in my by the recollections of childhood. Why approaching ruin!” should I part with it at any price? Be- i Not, surely," said Rosita, “if he be sides, Rosita, it was at that very time that the honest, upright man he is proclaimed I was preparing to lead you, my lovely, to be. His integrity must revolt at such blushing bride, from your own happy home injustice.” to the house of
fathers. Was that a " There are many esteemed very honest,” time to sell my homestead? I told the replied Gonsalez, “who will rejoice in a old man flatly that all his fortune would result attained by evil means, provided not tempt me. Now, this is what I learn they are not responsible for the evil-doing. from Gomez. When Prieto returned home, But,” he continued, rising from his chair, he was bursting with fury at his failure, and pacing the room with hasty steps, inasmuch as he had given his word to his “what is it to me who esults or who lasod-in-law, and had expected that his ments over my unhappy fate? What is doubloons would accomplish everything certain is, that in three days we are driven He swore a solemn oath, that if it cost him forth, to beg or starve, from this house, in his whole fortune, he would bave my house which I fondly hoped to spend a long and and land, and that I should yet beg of him happy life with thee, my beloved. Ah, a pittance to save me from starvation." Rosita ! what day-dreams have been minc
Santa Maria !--Blessed Virgin! Can of the pleasant future which awaited us this be ?" exclaimed the young wife in as- here, but which will never be ours to enjoy! tonishment.
It is not for myself that I grieve. I can “ This—this,” continued Gonsalez, “ is struggle with the current. But when I the origin of this sudden and outrageous think that I have drawn you from the suit, which at first I considered to be in- peaceful shelter of your paternal roof in tended only for my annoyance, and as a Villa Rica to this distant city, to share in mode of petty revenge. But it now ap- ny desperate fortunes, I am ready to go pears too clearly that be is determined to mad with remorse and rage.' push it to extremity; and his measures " And this is the way you treat me!" have been taken with such consummate replied the young wife in an offended tone. skill, that no resource is left to me. The “When I, poor,
foolish creature, was thinkjudge is gained. Every advocate has his ing that my presence and my love would retaining fee. I have even begun to doubt be some alleviation to your misfortune, you my own paid lawyer, Ramirez, who has do your best to distress me by calling them suddenly become very cautious and cold." an aggravation. Come here, sir,” she con
, “Ramirez! He leagued with the ene- tinued, seizing him by the hand, and pulmy! Oh, Enrique, surely your suspicions ling him with a gentíc force to a chair by mislead you?”
her side-sit down by me, you treache
rous man, and tell me what you married and then I will pick and card your cotton, me for. Was it only to have me in your and spin and weave it, and cut it, and make house like a great doll, prettily dressed, it up, and tambour it so, that the governor for a plaything and a show? Or was it himself shall be only too happy to give a merely that I should keep you company, hundred dollars for a shirt from my fingers. and entertain your friends in Tertulias, * and Moreover, every Saturday I will go into the make your maté, † and see that your clothes market, like the other paisanas,* with my were in order, and your dinners well cook- donkey, and my panniers filled with all the ed? No, sir; your ama de llavest did good fruits that you will raise, and all the these things quite as well as l. Well, nice and pretty things that I can makethen, was it to be your helpmate, to love my tarts and pies, my bouquets, my toys you in joy and in sorrow, to comfort you, and cigarrillos ? Ah, I think I see myself to toil for you, to pray for you, to believe in a corner of the market-house, in my that there was no unhappiness where you white petticoat and embroidered vest, with were, and to make you believe so too? Oh, my little rebozof on my head, seated in Enrique ! you do not know me. You are state on my mat, with all my wares about a man: well, am not I a woman?”
I am sure I shall draw all the custom. “You are an angel, I believe," said Buy a water-melon, senor ? Bay my can
, Enrique, interrupting her rapid speech by dles, senorita--elegant mould candles ? clasping her round the waist.
Here's your nice new-laid eggs! Here's “Let me alone. I say I am a woman : your beautiful onions ! Here's your fine and are there not poor women as well as white yams-yams—yams! Ah, buy a pie, poor men!
And do not women have to ma'am, baked this morning, I assure you; toil and suffer as much as men? Yes, or a bunch of elegant flowers, for the dear truly, and a great deal more. Now, En- good saint;S or a sweet pretty little doll for rique,” said the lovely pleader, leaning with the charming little senorita ; or a little her clasped hands on her husband's shoul- whip for the dear little senorito to whip his der, and looking fondly in his face," listen beautiful little horse with ?". The lively to my plan, which I have formed while you Rosita mimicked so admirably the tones and were poring over your musty papers. manner of the market-women of AssumpWhen we leave our dear home, which I tion, that her husband shouted “Bravo ?” shall regret as much as you, for I have had and clapped his hands, and laughed till the my day-dreams too, Enrique”—and a tear, tears ran down his cheeks. It was a delightunbidden, stood in her bright blue eye-ful scene; and it ended by his clasping “but when we leave it, you shall bire a once more his lovely wife to his bosom, and little hut, and a little piece of ground, such thanking heaven that he had one treasure as we can find for twenty dollars a year, of which Prieto could not deprive him. like that which old Antonio lives in-the At this moment they were startled by a old Mulatto, who talks all the time with loud knock at the door.
“ Who can it be his Indian wife, who never says anything : at this hour ?" said Enrique. just like me, you know.”
“ Some messenger from the city, per“But where are we to find our twenty haps," replied his wife. “Here, Rossi," dollars, you dear little St. Tacita :" inter- she said, opening the door of the apartment, rupted Enrique, smiling in spite of him-“ go and see who it is that knocks.” self.
Rossi, their trusty Mulatto servant, who “ Hush with your impertinent inquisi- was nodding in the passage, arose, rubbed tions. You are worse than a lawyer. bis eyes, yawned, and proceeded to obey the Why, my earnings are worth more than commands of his mistress. He returned in sixty dollars ; so there is three years' rent a minute with his eyes wide open, and every at once. You shall cultivate the ground trace of drowsiness banished by consternaand raise your yams, your maize, and your tion. Oh, senor ! oh, mistress !” he pine-apples, your water-melons and your
* Peasant women, musk-melons, your sugar-cane, and, above all, your cotton ; while I shall take care of wrapped in a slip of paper or maize leaf.
† Little cigars made of tobacco cut fine, and the house—which won't be much, you know; • A sort of scarf, thrown over the head or round
the neck, at the pleasure of the wearer. Evening parties.
It is common throughout Spanish America to † Paraguay tea, made from the leaves of a plant have an image of the patron saint in the best room peculiar to that country:
of the house, and great care is taken in dressing and Housekeeper : literally, mistress of keys. adorning it with jewels and garlands.