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ferers was thrown up. It was the body of the just buried—who had gone on from sin to sin, liule boy. Sir Thomas directed all that was ne- hardening his own heart, and wringing those of cessary to be done, and having informed Miss others, till none but a mother's love remained to Campbell, the two friends, each strange to the him, and that he outraged. She told, in short, so other, and bound together by the interest in one much of the sad realties of life, in which, if there equally strange to both, went out together up the was not more woe, there was less comfort, that hill above the hotel, and were gone longer than Mrs. H - acknowledged in her heart that such usual. The next day the intelligence was com- griefs had indeed been unendurable, and returned municated to Mrs. H- who received it calmly, with something like comfort to the undisturbed but added, “ I could have wished them both to have sanctity of her own. rested together; but God's will be done. I ought About this time a summons came which required not to think of them as on the earth."

Sir Thomas to quit the valley in which these The grave of little Harry H- was dug far scenes had been occurring. Mrs. H— could from the burial-ground of his fathers, and strangers have seen him, and almost longed to see him ; but followed him to it; but though there were no he shrunk from her, fearing no longer her sorrow familiar faces among those who stood round, there so much as her gratitude. were no cold ones; and when Sir Thomas, as chief “ Tell her I love her," he said, in his abrupt mourner, threw the earth upon the lowered coffin, way, “ and always shall; but I can't see her-at warm tears fell upon it also. Miss Campbell had least, not yet." Then explaining to Miss Campwatched the procession from the window, and told bell all the little arrangements for the continuation how good the old man walked behind the minister, of the mourner's comfort, which his absence the boatman and his wife followed him, and how might interrupt, he authorized her to dispose of a long train succeeded, all pious and reverential in his servants, his horses, and everything that betheir bearing, with that air of manly decorum longed to him, and finally put into her hands a which the Scotch peasantry conspicuously show small packet directed to Mrs. H-, with instrucon such occasions. And she who lay on a bed tions when to give it. He had ascertained that of sorrow and weakness blessed them through her Mrs. H— was wealthy, and that her great tears, and felt that her child's funeral was not afflictions entailed no minor privations. lonely.

you, my dear, are poor; at least, I hope so, From this time the mourner visibly mended. for I could not be happy unless I were of service The funeral and the intelligence that preceded it to you. I am just as much obliged to you as Mrs. had insensib given her that change of the same H- is. Mind, you have promised to write to theme, the want of which had been so much felt at me and to apply to me without reserve. No kindfirst. She had now taken up her burden, and, for ness, no honor-nonsense. It is I who honor the dear sakes of those for whom she bore it, it you above every creature I know, but I would not became almost sweet to her. She was not wor- be a woman for the world ; at least the truth is I shipping her sorrow as an idol, but cherishing it could not.” And so he turned hastily away. as a friend. Meanwhile she had received many And now the time approached when she, who kind visits from the minister who had buried her had entered this valley a happy wife and mother, child, and had listened to his exhortations with was to leave it widowed and childless, a sorrowhumility and gratitude ; but his words were felt as ing and heavy-hearted woman, but not an unhappy admonitions, Catherine's as comfort. To her, now She had but few near relations, and those dearer and dearer, every day she would confess scattered in distant lands : but there were friends aloud the secret changes of her heart; how at one who would break the first desolation of her former time the world looked all black and dreary before home, and Catherine had promised to bear her her, how at another she seemed already to live in company till she had committed her into their a brighter one beyond ; how one day life was a hands. burden she knew not how to bear, and another how It was a lovely evening, the one before their dethe bitterness of death seemed already past. Then parture; Mrs. H— was clad for the first time in with true Christian politeness she would lament all that betokened her to be a mourner; but, as over the selfishness of her grief, and ask where Catherine looked from the black habiliments to Miss Campbell had learned to know that feeling that pale face, she felt that there was the deepest which she felt henceforth was to be the only solace mourning of all. Slowly the widow passed of her life—viz., the deep, deep sympathy for through that side-door we have mentioned, and others. And Catherine would tell her, with that stood once more under God's heaven. Neither care-worn look which confirmed she said, how had mentioned to the other the errand on which she had been sorely tried, not by the death of those they were bound, but both felt that there was but she loved, but by what was worse—their suffer- one. Slowly and feebly she mounted the gentle ings and their sins. How she had been laden with slope, and often she stopped, for it was more than those misfortunes which wound most and teach weakness or fatigue that made her breath fail. least, and which, although coming equally from The way was beautiful, close to the rocky bed and the hand of God, torment you with the iaca that, leafy sides of that sweetest of all sweet things in the but for the wickedness or weakness of some human natural world, a Scotch burn. And now they turnagent, they need never have been ; till she had ed, for the rich strip of grass, winding among bush felt, wrongly no doubt, that she could have better and rock, which they had been following as a paih, borne those on which the stamp of the Divine Will here spread itself out in a level shelf of turf, where was more legibly impressed. She told her how the burn ran smoother, the bushes grew higher, and the sting of sorrow, like that of death, is sin ; how where the hill started upward again in bolder comparatively light it was to see those you love lines. Here there was a fresh covered grave. dead, dying, crippled, maniacs, victims, in short, The widow knelt by it, while Catherine stood of any evil, rather than victims of evil itself. back. Long was that head bowed, first in anShe spoke of a heart-broken sister and of a hard-guish, and then in submission, and then she turned hearted brother; of a son—an only son, like him her face toward the lake, on which she had not


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looked since that fatal day, and gazed steadily | ful has happened to you-more fool she to care a upon it. The child lay in his narrow bed at her straw about you! This is all nothing. Oh no! feet, but the father had a wider one far beneath. when a woman's once married she's a slaveCatherine now approached and was folded in a worse than a slave—and must bear it all! silent embrace; then she gave her that small And what you men can find to talk about I packet which Sir Thomas had left, and begged can't think! Instead of a man sitting every her to open it upon the spot. It was a legal deed, night at home with his wife, and going to bed at a making over to Mary H- in free gift, the Christian hour-going to a club, to meet a set of ground on which she stood—a broad strip froin the people who don't care a button for him, it's montip of the hill to the waters of the lake. The strous! What do you say? You only go once a widow's tears rained fast upon it.

week? That's nothing at all to do with it: you “ Both God and man are very good to me, might as well go every night; and I dare say she said ; “I am lonely, but not forsaken. But, you will soon. But if you do you may get in as Catherine, it is you to whom I must speak. I you can: I won't sit up for you, I can tell you. have tried to speak before, but never felt I could My health 's being destroyed night after night,

Oh, Catherine! stay with me-live and oh don't say it's only once a week; I tell with me ; let us never be parted. God gave you you, that's nothing to do with it; if you had any to me when He took all else beside; He has not eyes, you would see how ill I am; but you're no done it for nought. I can bear to return to my eyes for anybody belonging to you : oh no! your lonely home if you will share it- I can bear to see eyes are for people out of doors. It's very well this valley, this grave again, if you are with me. for you to call me a foolish aggravating woman! I am not afraid of tying your cheerfulness to my I should like to see the woman who'd sit up for sorrow; 1 feel that I am under a calamity, but I you as I do. You didn't want me to sit up? feel also that I am under no curse—you will help Yes, yes; that's your thanks>that is your gratito make it a blessing. Oh, complete your sacred tude : I'm to ruin my health and to be abused for work; give me years to requite to you your last it. Nice principles you've got at that club, Mr. few days to me. You have none who need you Caudle! more-none who love you more. Oh! follow But there's one comfort-one great comfort; me; here, on my child's grave, I humbly entreat it can't last long; I'm sinking- I feel it, though you, follow me.

I never say anything about it—but I know my Catherine trembled; she stood silent a minute, own feelings, and I say it can't last long. And and then, with a low, firm voice, replied, “ Here, then I should like to know who'll sit up for you! on your child's grave, I promise you. Your peo- Then I should like to know how your second wife ple shall be my people, and your God my God.”'\—what do you say? You'll never be troubled with She kept her promise, and never repented it. another ? Troubled, indeed! I never troubled

you, Caudle. No; it 's you who've troubled me ;

and you know it; though, like a foolish woman, From Punch.

I've borne it all, and never said a word about it.

But it can't last-that's one blessing ! MR. CAUDLE, HAVING COME HOME A LITTLE LATE,

Oh, if a woman could only know what she 'd have to suffer, before she was married-Don't tell

me you want to go to sleep! if you want to go to On my word, Mr. Caudle, I think it a waste of sleep, you should come home at proper hours ! time to come to bed at all now! The cocks will It's time to get up, for what I know, now. be crowing in a minute. Keeping people up till Should n't wonder if you hear the milk in five minpast twelve. Oh yes ! you 're thought a man of utes—there's the sparrows up already; yes, I say very fine feelings out of doors, I dare say! It's a the sparrows; and, Caudle, you ought to blush to pity you have n't a little feeling for those belong- hear 'em. You don't hear 'em? Ha! you won't ing to you at home. A nice hour to keep people hear 'em, you mean: I hear 'em. No, Mr. Cauout of their beds! Why did I sil up then? Be- dle, it isn't the wind whistling in the key-hole ; cause I chose to sit up—but that's my thanks. I'm not quite foolish, though you may think so. No, it's no use your talking, Caudle; I never will I hope I know wind from a sparrow! let the girl sit up for you, and there's an end. Ha, when I think what a man you were beWhat do you say? Why does she sit up with me fore we were married ! But you 're now another then? That's quite a different matter; you don't person-quite an altered creature.

But I suppose suppose I'm going to sit up alone, do you? you ’re all alike—I dare say, every poor woman's What do you say? What's the use of two silting troubled and put upon, though I should hope not up? That's my business. No, Caudle, it's no so much as I am. Indeed, I should hope not! such thing. I don't sit up because I may have the Going and staying out, andpleasure of talking about it; and you 're an un- What! You'll have a key? Will you ? Not grateful, unfeeling creature, to say so. I sit up while I'm alive, Mr. Caudle. I'm not going to because I choose it; and if you don't come home bed with the door upon the latch for you or the all the night long-and 't will soon come to that, best man breathing. You won't have a latchI've no doubt-still, I'll never go to bed, so don't you'll have a Chubb's lock ? Will you? I'll have think it.

no Chubb here, I can tell you. What do you Oh, yes! the time runs away very pleasantly say? You'll have the lock put on to-morrow? with you men at your clubs-selfish creatures? Well try it; that's all I say, Caudle, try it. I You can laugh and sing, and tell stories, and never won't let you put me in a passion ; but all I say think of the clock; never think there's such a is—try it. person as a wife belonging to you. It's nothing A respectable thing, that, for a married man to you that a poor woman 's sitting up and telling to carry about with him-a street door key! the minutes, and seeing all sorts of things in the That tells a tale, I think. A nice thing for the fire-and sometimes thinking that something dread- I father of a family! A key! What, to let your





self in and out when you please! To come in end, a most important step has already been taken : like a thief, in the iniddle of the night, instead of the Roman Caiholic Church in Ireland has had its knocking at the door like a decent person ! Oh, existence as a partially-endowed church, with a don't tell me that you only want to prevent me theological university, and the ecclesiastical rank sitting up—if I choose to sit up, what's that to of its prelates, recognized. Such have been the you? Some wives, indeed, would make a noise beginnings of the endowment of the Roman Cathabout sitting up, but you ve no reason to complain olic Church in every country in Europe. The - goodness knows!

attempt to shut our eyes would be vain—the fact Well, upon my word, I've lived to

stares us in the face, that there are in Ireland two thing. Carry the street-door key about with you! churches, unequal in point of revenue, but equal in I've heard of such things with good-for-nothing political privilege—both recognized by the state bachelors, with nobody to care what became of 'em; as capable of holding, as deserving to possess, but for a married man to leave his wife and chil- permanent endowments. Moreover, the state has dren in a house with the door upon the latch—don't practically asserted a right to pare down the emoltalk to me about Chubb; it's all the same—a great uments of the one to some proportion with the deal you must care for us. Yes, it's very well number of its members, and to sanction if not difor you to say, that you only want the key for rectly to contribute to the augmentation of the peace and quietness—what's it to you, if I like to emoluments of the other, on the same principle. sit up? You ’ve no business to complain ; it can't This change in the position of the Roman Cathdistress you. Now, it's no use your talking; all olic Church in Ireland has not been the conseI say is this, Caudle: if you send a man to put on quence of underhand intrigues or illegal violence. any lock here, I'll call in a policeman; as I'm It has been brought about by the legitimate exeryour married wife, I will!

cise of political power, through the constitutional No, I think when a man comes to have the organs of government. It has been the inevitable street-door key, the sooner he turns bachelor again consequence of the advance of the Roman Cathothe better. I'm sure, Caudle, I don't want to be lic body in Ireland in wealth and intelligence. any clog upon you. No, it's no use your telling The Roman Catholics were received within the me to hold my tongue, for I--what? 'I give you pale of the constitution because it was felt that a the head-ache, do 1? No, I don't, Caudle : it's real power (and such they were) can only work your club that gives you the head-ache : it's your safely by being made part of the system exposed smoke, and your-well! if ever I knew such a to its pressure. Once admitted within the pale of man in all my life! there's no saying a word to the constitution, they necessarily exercised their

You go out, and treat yourself like an em- due proportion of influence. It is not to be expected peror—and come home at twelve at night, or any that the majority of the Irish people will be satishour, for what I know—and then you threaten to fied to see their church treated with less respect have a key, and-and-and

than the church of the majority in England or I did get to sleep at last,” says Caudle, Scotland. “ amidst the falling sentences of take children It is well to contemplate the change in progress into a lodging’ — separate maintenance'— won't in its full extent; for sooner or later it will be be made a slave of -and so forth."

necessary to do so. The religion of an individual is (or ought to be) the system of opinions he has

conscientiously adopted after mature deliberation. WHERE ARE WE?

But the ecclesiastical arrangements of a stato

necessarily depend upon the balance of political IN 1829, the Roman Catholics of Ireland were powers. It is not enough to demonstrate that any admitted to Parliament, and made capable of hold- abstract form of civil or ecclesiastical government ing high offices of state. In 1831, the reform bill is “wisest, virtuolisest, discreetest, best ;” the made the representatives of the Roman Catholic political powers which are to give life and motion electors a majority of the Irish members of parlia- to its constitutional forms must preëxist. In framment. In 1834, the Protestant Episcopal staff of ing your government, you must take into account Ireland was curtailed. In 1844, Roman Catholics the men who are to work it. One established were appointed members of the Board for super- privileged church is possible where dissentients intending Charitable Bequests in Ireland ; govern- from its doctrines and discipline are so few and ment sanctioned and encouraged Irish proprietors poor as to possess no political influence ; but to provide permanent endowments by voluntary where the dissentients are, though not equal in coniributions for the erection of Roman Catholic power, yet strong enough to defy compulsion, a chapels and the support of man Catholic priests; compromise is inevitable. In this case, there are and three prelates of the Irish Roman Catholic only two ways open to a government-either to Church were nominated commissioners, by their patronize religion in the abstract by providing for diocesan titles. In 1845, the annual parliament- ihe maintenance of all churches, (at least of all ary grant towards the support of the Roman Cath- whose members possess political power;) or to olic clerical seminary of Maynooth is to be in- leave every church to support itself. This is the creased and made permanent.

great practical question that is now edging its way This is the work of sixteen years. During that into public notice. When it is grasped in this its brief space, the Roman Catholics of Ireland have broad generality, opinion will array itself under the been placed on a footing of political equality with banners of two great parties; but till then, a suctheir Protestant fellow-subjects; and, as a matter cession of alliances for the day or hour, among of course, have been exerting themselves to place men of the most discordant opinions, will provoke the church on a footing of equality with the alternate laughter and disgust.- Spectator, April Protestant Church-or churches. Towards this 26.

From Hood's Magazine. public interest kept alive concerning this singular MURDER WILL OUT.

and mysterious disappearance; but then the affair

began to be thought less of, the countess seemed Towards the commencement of the present cen- disheartened by the fruitlessness of her search, tury, the Count Hector de Larolles, a Languedo- and relaxed its activity, or it should rather be said cian gentleman of ancient family, returned to Tou- nothing more remained to be done.

The good louse from the south of Italy, where he had been people of Toulouse found something else to talk for some time resident, and took up his abode at about, and before the new year arrived the occurhis hotel in the Rue St. Marc. _The count, who rence seemed entirely forgotten. two years previously had left France as a wid

The month of February commenced, and with ower, reëntered it as the husband of a young and it the Carnival, which passed with its customary beautiful woman, the daughter of a poor but hon- gaiety and bustle. Towards its close there were, orable Neapolitan family. It was probably more as usual, various processions and pageants, and at her straitened circumstances, and the brilliant last came the closing day, the Mardi Gras upon position offered her by a union with the count, which the old mummer Carnival was to play his than any very strong attachment to that nobleman, final gambols before yielding up the field to Dame which had induced Donna Olivia to accept the Carême and her austerities. According to custom, hand of a man whose age tripled hers; and very the peregrinations of the judges drew together a shortly after their arrival at Toulouse, it became mob which was kept continually on the grin by the reported, among the more observant and scandal- farcical trials that took place in this peripatetic lit loving portion of the society in which they mixed, de justice, and by the comical verdicts rendered by that the count had already begun to taste the bit- the wigged and black-robed judges. Laughter, ters of an ill-assorted union. His wife was af- however, although said to fatten, does not keep firmed to show him marked coldness and repug- off the attacks of hunger, and towards the close of nance, and there were also some malicious persons the afternoon, the car was turned into a court-yard, who did not scruple to say that Monsieur de La- and judges, counsellors, and witnesses, repaired to rolles had cause for jealousy in the attentions paid a neighboring hotel to refresh themselves. Of the to the countess by an officer of the garrison who crowd that had been following, one portion diswas a frequent visitor at his house. This was a persed through the adjacent streets, and another Swiss, from the Italian canton of Tesino, who had lingered about in groups, waiting the reäppearentered the French army at an early age, and was ance of the pageant that had afforded them so now a major in the service. His reputation was much amusement. that of a soldier of fortune, brave as steel, but tol- This reäppearance took place much sooner than erably unscrupulous; his person was strikingly was expected. Less than half an hour had handsome, his age about thirty years. A friend elapsed since the car had entered the stable-yard, of the count's, with whom Major Ruoli was inti- when the gates were again thrown open, the vemate, had introduced him at the Hotel Larolles, hicle drove out and turned down a neighboring where he had gradually become a constant visitor. street. There was a considerable change, howFor a long time his attentions to the countess, and ever, in the manner in which it was occupied. the evident willingness with which she received | The masked postilions were upon their horses, them, escaped the notice of the unsuspicious but no one appeared upon the car itself, which, incount, who, at last, however, had his attention stead of being occupied by the tribunal, desks, and directed to them by some more observant friend. other apparatus of a court of justice, was now covA violent scene between Monsieur de Larolles and ered over by an ample green cloth, with the exhis wife was the consequence, and although the ception of one end, where a kind of small canvass lady managed to exculpate herself to a certain ex- tent or pavilion had been erected. The curiosity tent, the result was that orders were given to the of the spectators was strongly stimulated by this domestics not to admit Major Ruoli when he pre- unusual change, and they eagerly followed the sented himself at the house. Ruoli called there vehicle as it proceeded through various streets and repeatedly, but as, according to the statement of finally entered the spacious Rue St. Marc. the porter, no one was ever at home, he at last Alihough only in the middle of March, spring seemed to take the hint as it was meant, and en- had fully set in at Toulouse; the trees were tirely ceased his visits.

bursting into leaf, and the air was mild and balmy. This occurred towards the close of summer. As the car passed by, people leaned out of their About a month afterwards the Count de Larolles open windows and gazed at the huge machine suddenly disappeared, and no tidings could be ob- that lumbered along and seemed to shake the very tained of him. He had left his hotel at dusk one ground under its wheels. On arriving near the evening, and had never returned. The countess middle of the Rue St. Marc, the postilions pulled had gone out to call upon a friend, and the count, up their horses opposite a house of stately appearon leaving the house, had not, as was sometimes ance, along the ample façade of which ran long his habit, mentioned to his valet de chambre where ranges of deep balconies, composed of iron work he was going. No one had observed what direc- fancifully designed and richly gilt, and overshadtion he had taken, nor had he been anywhere owed by festooned awnings of striped linen. The

Inquiry and search were alike in vain. tall windows of the first floor were open, and from The count was not to be found.

the opposite side of the street a glimpse might be Madame de Larolles was apparently in despair obtained of the interior of a drawing-room, the inat this sudden disappearance of her husband. mates of which now approached the balcony, Messengers were despatched in every direction ; seemingly disposed to gratify their curiosity by a friends, to whose houses he might possibly have view of the car, at the same time that, to avoid the betaken himself, were written to, pains and ex- gaze of the throng, they kept themselves in some pense were lavished in order to discover him. For measure concealed behind the cosily exotics that nearly two months the countess seemed to enter- partially filled the balcony. tain hopes, and for nearly as long a time was the A minute or two elapsed without any change


taking place in the appearance of the car. The seemed about to gain the bank, but the officer crowd remained in mute expectation. Suddenly, advanced closer to the water's edge, and, as the however, by some invisible hand or machinery, the swimmer approached, drew his sword from under green covering was rolled aside, and a sort of his cloak and dealt him a heavy blow upon the mimic stage appeared, on which was represented head. The next instant the old man disappeared, a river and its bank. The water, skilfully imi- and the river flowed on, tranquil as before. The tated by painted paper or linen, seemed to flow murderer and the lady gazed for an instant at the tranquilly along, while the bank itself was cov- water, then at each other, and hurried off the ered with artificial turf and flowers and backed by stage. The postilions lashed their horses, and a low hedge of shrubs and brushwood. This the car drove away at a smart pace. This time, hedge, which was composed of pasteboard, arose however, none of the spectators followed it. The suddenly out of the cart, in the manner that such attention of all was rivetted on the house before things are frequently managed upon a theatre, and which this scene had passed, and which was no at the same time ihere appeared a small stone other than the hotel Larolles. chapel, containing an image of the virgin Mary, On the balcony of that mansion a young and and surmounted by a cross. The effect of the lovely woman now showed herself, uttering those whole representation was highly natural ; and, to thrilling and quick-repeated shrieks that, even in judge from the exclamations audible amongst the women, are only elicited by the most extreme surrounding crowd, apparently recalled to their agony of mind or body, She was attired in recollection some familiar scene. It was in fact a mourning garments, but of the most tasteful and miniature but exact copy of a secluded and re- coquetish materials and arrangement of which that markably lovely spot on the banks of the Garonne, description of apparel will admit, although her and at the distance of a short half-league from dress was now disordered by the violence with Toulouse. This part of the river-side had once which she had pushed through the plants and been a resort of the towns-people, but a fatal and thrown herself against the front of the balcony. particularly savage duel, that had been fought Her beautiful features were convulsed and deadly ihere some years previously, and in memory of pale, and she clutched the railing with both hands, which the cross and chapel had been placed there, while she struggled violently to extricate herself had attached unpleasant associations to it, and from the grasp of a very handsome man in a rich caused it, since that time, to be rather avoided than uniform, who strove by mingled force and enotherwise.

treaty to get her back in the house. The lady Scarcely had this scene been disclosed, when, was the Countess de Larolles, the officer was from the small tent at one end of the cart, two Major Ruoli. actors appeared upon it. They were both masked, The broken sentences uttered, or rather screamed, and one of them wore a blue military cloak and cap, by the countess, who was apparently in a paroxysm while the other, a woman, was closely muffled in of insanity, were distinctly audible to the persons a dark silk cardinal, which nevertheless allowed in the street. She accused herself as the murthe outline of a young and graceful figure to be deress of her husband, and Ruoli as her accomdistinguishable. At the slowest possible pace plice. The latter at last succeeded in dragging they walked along the bank of the simulated her into the room, of which the windows were stream, apparently in earnest conversation, the immediately shut.' It was only then that some female hanging familiarly on the arm of her com- of the crowd thought of following the movable panion, on whose face her eyes were rivetted. theatre upon which had been enacted the drama Before they had proceeded half the length of the that had been followed by such an extraordinary truly Thespian stage on which they were exhibit- scene of real life. Car and horses were found a ing, they were followed out of the tent by a third short distance off, standing in a solitary corner figure, who approached them with stealthy step. behind a fragment of the old city wall; but the This was a man whose hair was silvered and form car was empty, and there was nobody with it. slightly bowed by age, and on beholding whom a Even the postilions had disappeared. movement of surprise took place in the crowd, That same evening Major Ruoli and the Countwhile the name "Count de Larolles !" passed ess de Larolles were arrested, by order of the froin mouth to mouth. At the same time a half- authorities, on suspicion of the murder of the stifled shriek was heard proceeding from the bal- count. The countess was in a raging fever, unacony of the magnificent hotel opposite to which ble to be moved, and for a long time her life was the pageant was enacting.

in danger; but on her recovery, she made a full The old man upon the cart arrived close to the avowal of the crime to which she had been an figures of the officer and the lady, without their accessory. The truth of her confession, had observing him. He seemed to listen for a mo- there been any reason to doubt it, was confirmed ment; then fiercely grasped an arm of each. In by the discovery of the count's body, which had the dumb show that ensued, it was evident that a floated down into a solitary nook of the river, violent discussion was going on between these several hundred yards below the spot where he three persons. The old man seemed much agi- had lost his life, and had remained concealed tated, and was the most violent in his gesticula- amongst rushes and alder trees. His features tions. Once he grasped the officer by the collar, were unrecognizable, but his dress and various but the latter disengaged himself, and he then other particulars were abundant evidence to prove seemed to turn his anger upon the lady. Then, his identity. His skull was indented by the blow and as if moved to sudden anger by something of Ruoli's sabre. the old man said, the officer seized him in his turn. Finally, Ruoli, was sent to the galleys, and the There was a struggle, but the antagonists were countess sentenced to imprisonment for a term of too unequally matched for it to be a long one, and years. Fever and remorse, however, had played in a moment the grey-haired old man was hurled havoc with her constitution, and she died a few backwards into the river. The fictitious waters months afterwards. opened to receive him. Once only he arose, and Previously to the trial, which excited immense

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