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The warmth it communicated revived her a , and there a glittering lamp; the uncertain little. She recovered strength enough to get rays of the moon entered across the colored out of the coffin and throw herself on her pains of the Gothic windows. The stillness knees to implore the mercy of God. She of the sepulchre, the obscure depth of the then attempted to get to the door and to lonely chapel, the solitude of the hour, the move its rusty latch. But who can describe | profound silence of all around, filled Gheher joy when she found it open. She crept rardo with religious awe. He approached mechanically through the dark and narrow the tomb with slower steps, and his hands passage, and, feeling the influence of a better trembled as he grasped the handle of masair as she advanced, she was thus enabled to sive iron. It seemed to him an impious drag herself up stairs. Here, however, she deed thus to disturb the peace of the dead. was so faint that a deadly coldness seized But love and despair prevailed, and, lifting her, and would most likely have made her the ponderous lid of the tonib, he beheld the sink down for ever, had she not fortunately maiden wrapped in ample folds of linen, recollected that some wine might have been white as snow, extended on the bier ; a veil left from the last mass. She therefore made was over her face. The rays of the moon one more effort to reach the altar, and found fell for a moment over the figure. His just as much as was sufficient for her ex- delirium returned, and he seemed as one hausted frame.
scarcely conscious of what he did, and ready “No true believer had set the cup to his to die as he touched the veil. He, however, lips with more sincere devotion and gratitude raised it. Her face was as pale as a lily, to the Creator than she did thus administer and her long fair hair fell over her shoulders the cheering draught to herself. Her hus- and mixed in tresses on her breast; her band and her servants found her in that very eyes were closed as in a placid sleep, and a act, and used such further means for her smile still rested on her half-open lips. “She complete restoration that, a few weeks after sleeps!' cried Gherardo in bis frenzy. 'Oh! wards, she appeared again in the same place, waken, in pity!' and he laid his arm under to stand godmother for the sexton's child.” her.” He pressed his lips to her pale, cold
The following is another instance of pre-cheek, and as he did so he fancied he felt mature interment, of a still more romantic ber breathe, and that there was some warmth character, and is taken from the ancient about her. Immediately he lifted her from chronicles of Venice.
the tomb, and, placing his hand on her breast, Gherardo was a brave officer of the re- he was satisfied that the heart still beat. public, and joined in the crusade which Imagine Gherardo, ready to sink under these ended in the conquest of Constantinople. unexpected emotions, supporting himself His return was greeted with joyful shouts, / against the sepulchre, with the maiden enas his ship, laden with booty, approached veloped in white in his arms! Immovable the shore. But Gherardo had been betrothed as stone, and as white, they seemed together to a beautiful Venetian lady, whom he pas a group of the statuary which adorned the sionately loved, and to whom he was to be sepulchre. The vital heat returned slowly united upon his return. He hastily re-into her breast; and the fortunate maiden, turned the embrace of his father, sisters, whom her ignorant physicians had believed and brothers, who had come to meet him, to be dead, passed to the altar from the and inquired for Elena. “Why," asked he, tomb. " is she not with you ?" They were silent, and he guessed the cause of her absence. His grief was intense and overwbelming,
From " Bentley's Miscellany." but he said nothing, and determined to see ber once more. As soon as he had an op
THE EXECUTION OF portunity, he hurried to the church where
FIESCIII, MOREY, AND PEPIN. her body had been deposited, almost in a state of frenzy, and succeeded by bribery in About one o'clock on a cold winter night obtaining access to the sacred depository. in 1835, a party of four persons were seated “There gleamed,” says the writer from whom in the coffee-room of the Hotel Meurice at I have taken this curious incident, “here Paris. It was chilly, sloppy, miserable weather ; half-melted snow mixed with the most likely, let us try that to begin with, Paris mud, and a driving sleety rain hissed and there will be plenty of time to go on to against the ill-fitting windows. Talk of the the other afterwards: but we must be early cold of London | when we have our clubs, to get a good place. and our curtained windows, and carpeted We are not of those who make a practice floors, and sea-coal fires, and our well-closed of attending executions with a morbid appedoors and sashes. Why, we have more real tite for such horrors. Under any circumcomfort in our three-pair-backs than their stances, the deliberate cutting off a life is a most splendid saloons, with all the mirrors, melancholy spectacle. The mortal agony, and painted walls, and timber-fed stoves can unrelieved by excitement, is painful in the offer.
extreme to witness, but worse still is reckless Englishmen carry their customs with bravado. Rarest of all is it to see the them. Our four convives were drinking inevitable fate met with calm dignity. not the wines of sunny France, but some- | Here, however, was a miscreant, who, to thing much more appropriate and homely- gratify a political feeling-dignified, in his a curiously fine sample of gin, artfully com- opinion, with the name of patriotismpounded into toddy, by Achille the waiter. deliberately fired the contents of a battery
When the clock struck one, three of the of gun-barrels into a mass of innocent perparty made a show of retiring; but the sons, many of whom it was quite certain fourth, a punchy gentleman from Wolver-would be killed, for the chance of striking hampton, entreated that the rest would not down one man, and probably some of his all desert him while he discussed one glass family. That this family, with their illusmore-nay, perhaps would join him! But trious father, should have escaped altogether, here Achille was inexorable. The master is an instance of good fortune as remarkable was in bed and had taken the keys. as the attempt was flagitious. But the
“ Call him up, then,-roust him out !" magnitnde of the crime invested the perpe
" Mais, Messieurs / you would not disturb trators with a terrible interest, which overMadame! ah, non! Madame so tired-s0 came any lingering scruples, and the whole delicateso harassed with the noise all day party decided upon setting out forthwith. -ah, non p-and seeing the favorable im. We made for the nearest coach-stand, which pression, added a climax of silent panto- was that upon the quay, near the Pont mime to his eloquence. Raising his shoul- | Neuf. ders to his ears, spreading his hands to the What terrible recollections is this old city front, and wrinkling his face into a smile, of Paris invested with! scarcely a street, or which said, “I knew you were too galant a place, or a public building, that has not for that”-he bowed himself out.
some dreadful story. Neither is there any Our four friends have taken their candles, -at least in Europe-where the midnight and are moving from the room, when a cab rambler is more apparently exposed to maldrives rapidly to the door-there is a smart treatment. In London, even at the latest ring at the bell, and a gentleman in full hour, there is a sense of security in the evening dress, and epveloped in a Spanish broad glare of gas, and the occasional policecloak, hastily enters the room.
| man; but neither of these, except in a very “ Who is inclined to see Fieschi's head | few favored spots, were to be found in Paris, chopped off ?” said the stranger, unfolding in 1835. When the shops close, your only himself from the cloak. "The execution is reliance is upon the light of other days, to take place at daylight,I had it from a dangling from ropes across the street. No peer of France, and the guillotine has been policeman is to be seen, and the scowling sent off an hour ago."
vagabonds-call them chiffonniers, or what “ Where ?"
you will—are about the very last kind of Our informant could not tell. It was people which one would desire to meet by known only to the police—there was an ap- moonlight alone. prehension of some attempt at a rescue, If ever ghosts are permitted to return to and ten thousand troops were to be on the scenes of violence and crime, you might ground. It will be either the Place St. surely expect to meet them in Paris. In Jaques, or the Barrière du Trône-the first the short space between the hotel and the quay, we passed the spot where lay in one ried, bore a remarkable resemblance to our revolting heap-naked and exposed--the great comedian, the late Mr. Liston. There corpses of the fifteen hundred gallant Swiss was the same square form of the counteguards, gazed at as a show during a whole nance, the small nose, the long upper lip, forenoon, by the male and female thousands the mirth-provoking gravity, and the same of Paris.
rich husky chuckle. This curious likeness Of all street conveyances, the Paris fiacre was at once acknowledged by all present, is about the worst-it beats the London and an Englishman took the liberty of inter"jarvy" by the longest chalk. Not only rupting the grave functionary with the inis it worse--those who have never seen it formation that he was the very image of may perhaps think this impossible-but it le plus grand farceur que nous avons en is more rickety, more jingling, more utterly | Angleterre, a piece of information which the foundered, more powerfully ill-flavored, French scion of the House of Ketch received, more alarmingly nasty, than our own time after the manner of Frenchmen, as a high honored conveyance. Scarcely had we taken compliment, being moved to bow and chuckle our seats than we began to repent of, at much thereat. least, this part of the adventure. There By this time the bammering had roused was a flavor of death about the cushions, the dwellers in the place, and lights were which convinced one that by this particular seen rapidly moving about the windows. coach “subjects" had taken their last drive A café-keeper had opened his saloon, arto the hospitals. And not only was it ranged his little tables, and was bustling vaulty and cadaverous, but from the floor about with his waiters attending to the arose a worse odor, as if some previous fare wants of the guests already assembled. An had left behind it a bad leg in the straw. execution is a godsend to the Place St. JaThe stomach of the Wolverhampton man ques at any time, but the execution of three was so powerfully affected that he was fain great state criminals such as these would go to keep a large portion of his person pro- far to pay the year's rent of the houses. As truded through the window, adding thereby cabs and fiacres began to arrive, we thought much to the close sufferings of the rest. it necessary to make arrangement for securThe history of this gentleman afforded a ing a room from whence to see the execution, melancholy instance of the misfortune of and chance conducted us to the corner house, becoming independent. While engaged in one side of which looked upon the square, business he had the bad luck to win largely directly opposite the guillotine, from which by speculation in the Birmingham Railway, it was scarcely fifty yards distance; and which induced him to retire and commence the other side fronted the road by which the a life of enjoyment. With this view he prisoners were to be conveyed from the brought his family to Paris, took five apart. 1 prison to the scaffold. ments at the best hotel, frequented all public After the manner of Englishmen, who do amusements, and drank so much brandy to abroad what they would never think of at correct the acidity of the light French wines, home, our party walked up stairs on the that in little more than a twelvemonth from door being opened, and commenced a search the commencement of his career of pleasure, along the passages, knocking at the doors of he found a resting place in the cemetery of such rooms as were thought would afford a Père la Chaise.
good view of the scene. In this we met with In something more than half an hour we other parties of English and other foreignjingled into the Place St. Jaques, and pausers, wandering about in the most authoritaing at the corner, had the satisfaction to hear | tive manner, urging the people to get the sounds of hammers busily plied upon a dressed and give up their rooms, and in the dark mass rising in the centre of the square; case of unbolted doors, intruding into sever. it was the platform upon which to erect the al little scenes of domestic privacy. One guillotine. On all sides of this, workmen gentleman—the people said he was either were busily engaged, their labor quickened Russian or English-was already ensconsed: by the exhortatious of one who walked about, he had taken a whole room to himself, paid lantern in hand, upon the top. This was the for it, shut himself up in it, and fortified the executioner, who, seen by the light he car- l door with such movable furniture as could
be made available, in addition to the door hibiting a rare instance of irresistible cufastenings. Though the proprietor of the riosity. The man had been guilty of an apartment had no doubt received an ample atrocious murder, either of a wife or some rent for the occupancy, yet he attempted, on near relative, and when his neck was placed the strength of a good offer, to introduce under the axe, he contrived to slew himself more tenants, palpably trying, by his own partly round to see its descent, and had a showing, to falsify the original contract ; but part of his chin taken off in consequence. such attempts were without success. After About two hours before daylight a body several failures, through the bad faith and of mounted municipal guards arrived, and extortion of the different room-bolders, who formed round the scaffold. The object of made little scruple of breaking through this appeared to be to hide the proceedings agreements and raising their price as fresh as much as possible from those on foot, who arrivals came, one of our party made a bar- could only hope for a very imperfect view gain, through the closed door, with an old between the bodies and the bear-skins of gentleman and his young wife, Fanchon, to these troops. Soon after the municipal be received, at a Napoleon each, into their guard the infantry of the line began to arapartment as soon as they were dressed— rive, and were formed in a circle four deep the whole of the money to be paid down at outside the municipals, and nearly as far once, upon the distinct understanding that back as the houses of the Place. A conno more persons were to be admitted. The siderable crowd had also collected, though old man was soon ready to give up the prem- extremely orderly and good-humored ; in ises, but Madame, a demure-looking grisette, fact, to see the general hilarity, and listen had no notion of appearing in deshabille be- to the bursts of loud laughter, it would seem fore so many strangers, and kept us waiting to be regarded in the light of a fête. There some time, notwithstanding the interior was certainly no appearance of sympathy murmurs of " Allons, Fanchon, dépêche toi," with the criminals. Finding the municipals and the “ Now, old girl-hurry with the so materially interfered with the show, the room--never mind your stays," of some of people soon began to occupy the trees and the expectants outside.
| lamp-posts, the adjacent walls, and the roofs We found the situation well adapted for of the neighboring houses; while the inour purpose, though only one window look- fantry, having piled arms, waltzed and ed into the square, the two others were danced to keep themselves warm. easily made to command a view of the Soon after daylight the hammering ceasscaffold, which was nearly in a line with ed, and the preparations appeared to be that side of the house. Fanchon had also completed; and shortly afterwards strong with much propriety made the bed, set the bodies of cavalry began to take up their furniture to rights, raked up the ashes of the positions in all the streets leading into the wood-fire, and put on another block or two; Place. The first care of the officer comand the fact of meeting with an open fire- manding these was to clear the square place instead of the eternal stove, made us entirely of all the people who had collected feel at home at once. The Wolverhampton in rear of the infantry, and to drive them man declared that it was dangerous to out along the adjacent streets; an order was British lungs to be out in these raw morn- also given to dislodge the people out of the ings in a foreign country without something trees, and from the walls and lamp-posts, warm to qualify the air; so a bottle of and this caused much grumbling and swearbrandy was sent for to the neighboring café, ing of all concerned. Some merriment, and our hostess had busied herself in pro- however, was excited by the discovery of ducing hot water and tumblers, as if, through some women in the trees, and their descent, the frequenters of executions, she had arriv- superintended by the dragoons below, gave ed at considerable knowledge of the national occasion for the exercise of much not over tastes. Our ancient host, being accommo | decent wit amongst the troopers. It struck dated with a cigar, narrated the particulars me that in their manner of dealing with the of the many beheadings which had fallen crowd there was much unnecessary harshunder his observation since his occupancy of dess on the part of the troops, an irritability the house. One may be mentioned as ex- I and fretfulness often exhibited by persons
doubtful of their own authority, and very | of his gun-barrels, He was plainly dressed, unlike the calm, good-humored superiority and appeared like a workman of the better with which our own men are wont to class; his age about thirty-five. Morey was handle the masses.
a man advanced in life, perhaps seventy; his Presently came two general officers with bald head was partly covered with a black their staff, and each followed by a mounted cap revealing the white hairs behind, and at “jockei,” lads dressed as English grooms, of the sides; he was a corpulent large figure, whom one, as well by his fair complexion dressed completely in black, with a mild and honest round face, the whiteness of intelligent face, and altogether a very gentlehis tops and leathers, and the general su- manly air and manner. Pepin was a small, periority of his turn-out, as by his firm and thin-faced, insignificant man. easy seat on horseback, was evidently a Pepin was chosen first for execution. native of our own country.
Having been deprived of his coat and neckAbout an hour after sunrise three ca. handkerchief, and the collar of his shirt leches came rapidly down the road, passing turned down, he was led by the executioner our windows, each carriage containing three up the steps of the platform. He ascended persons, the condemned, and two police with an air of considerable bravado, shook officers. The troops opened out, and the himself, and looked round with much confimen were landed at the foot of the plat- dence, and spoke some words which we forın. It may be well to describe the could not catch, and which the executioner general appearance of the scaffold. appeared disposed to cut short. Having
On a platform about twelve feet square, advanced with his breast against the truck, and seven feet above the ground, are erect to which his body was rapidly strapped, he ed the two upright posts, between which is was then tilted down, truck and all, upon suspended the axe. They somewhat re- his face; and the truck moving upon small semble a narrow gallows, scarcely more wheels or castors in grooves upon the chest, than a foot between the posts. The axe, he was moved rapidly forwards, till his which is not unlike a hay-knife, though neck carne directly under the chopper, when much heavier and broader, is drawn up to the rope being unhooked from the button, the top of the posts, between which it runs the axe fell with a loud and awful “ chop!” in grooves, and is held suspended by a loop the head rolling down upon the bare platin the halyards, passed over a button at the form. After the separation of the head, the bottom. The edge of the axe, as it hangs body moved with much convulsive energy, suspended, is not horizontal, or at a right and had it not been made fast to what I angle with the post, but diagonal, giving the have called the truck, and that also connectinstrument a fearful power, in conjunction ed with the raised platform, would probably with its weight and long fall, of shearing have rolled down on the lower stage. The through a resisting substance of many times executioner then held up the head to view more opposing force than a human neck. for a moment, and I suspect, from some On the centre of the platform stands a frame, laughter among the troops, made a facetious or large box, much resembling a soldier's remark. The lid of a large basket alongarm-chest, about six feet long by two and a side the chest was then raised, and the body half wide, and probably as much high. One rolled into it. end of this abuts upon the upright posts, at Morey was the next victim. He ascended the other end is a small frame like a truck the steps feebly, and requiring much assistconnected about its centre with the chest by ance; he was also supported during the prohinges, and with a strap and buckle, to cess of strapping him. His bald head and make it fast to the man's body.
venerable appearance made a favor im The prisoners having dismounted, were pression upon the spectators, and elicited placed in a line on the ground facing the the only expressions of sympathy observable guillotine, their arms pinioned. They were throughout the executions. very different in appearance. Fieschi had a Fieschi came last, and was the most unmost sinister and ferocious expression of nerved of the three. He appeared throughface, rendered more so by the scars, scarcely out in a fainting condition, and hung his healed apparently, inflicted by the bursting bead in a pitiable state of prostration. Very