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province the matter seemed to be; for, for the rope; and, as I am answerable though not invested with any official for their custody, I thought it right to authority to report on the causes of err on the safe side.” deaths-or result of accidents-he had “ And have they not complained ?". a zeal in the cause which made him “O', yes, they complained when I a very efficient member in any inquiry was going to hang the lightest of them into affairs of that nature. His original to a hook in the main beam of the beddestination also, to a lawyer's desk—à room.” plan interfered with by his having suc

“Gɔod Heavens, Hobbs! are you ceeded to an independent property- med?" inquired Mr. Pike; "do you sharpened his eye in the detection of mean to say you intend to hang one of nilefactors; and, in fact, Mr. Pike those young women to the beam?" acted for the whole neighbourhool as “No, no, sir! the bandbox." az anıteur procurator-fiscal, and let “ And you have put cords on both no evil deed escape his vigilant observ- the lady and the servant ?" ation. The incident at the masque “Lord! no, sir; the trunks--here rade, accordingly, no sooner reached they are, sir ; you may see them, since him than his functions began.

“Sud business this, Hobbs," he said, “I have no wish to see their lugbustling into the White Lion, and ad- gage, Hobbs ; it was themselves I dressing the landlord; might be the wished to see; but since we are here, ruin of your establishment. If such a open the door and let us examine. A chattering fellow as Mr. Huggings get a

min of observation can make use of hold of it, you would lose your license very unlikely materials to detect the to a certainty."

truth by. Now, if that confounded " I hope not, sir. I had nothing to prater Mr. Huggings were here, he do with it."

would make out such a story! You “Sikspicious characters,—harbouring heard the atrocious reports he set afloat people that no one knows any thing about me when I stood for the coronerabout. The White Lion will lose its re- ship. I traced them up to him beyond spectability.”

all doubt; and if I don't work him for “She seems a very decent young it, some time or other, my name is 'oom in, sir, as any one can see -and not By-the-by, let me see the expects - gentleman to call here every name on the address Miss C. D'Orminute."

ville, Monxom.” So, she is going no “ Indeed ?" inquired Pike, pricking further than this. Hobbs, you have betup his ears~"did she tell you his ter eyes than mine—what is this on the name?”

inner side of the card ?" “Here it is written on a piece of pa Hobbs took the card, while Mr. Pike Mr. Horatio Altamont in- adjusted his spectacles.”

« It seems quires for Miss Cecilia D'Orville, she poetry, sir, by the big letters at the beis in No. 16, above the tap."

ginning of the lines,” said Hobbs, " and “ Altamont! D’Orville! Suspicious I never could read poetry in my days." names," murmured Mr. Pike; “ I'll lay Let me try,” said the inquisitorial a guinea they've an alias.”

Pike. * They've room enough for any “ Then shall I gaze on all your glow. thing," replied the landlord; " for

ing charms. they've three trunks, two bandboxes, And cast myself enraptured in your and a large portmanteau. That's lots, one would think, for two women."

Your adoring Hug-." “Let me see them. Where are “A pretty sort of a hug indeed," they?" said Pike.

continued Pike, musing. "The end of - In the strong room."

the name seems torn off-what can the " That's right,” replied Mr. Pike, rest of it have been? H-u-g—it only "one can't keep them too securely." wants another syilable to make it into

" I've double-corded them besides,”. Huggings, and nothing is more likely continued the landlord.

than that this is some tramper the old “Good God, Hobbs! what have you fool has sent for; for I have suspected done? They'll prosecute you for fålse for a long time he is a rascal of the imprisonment. You had no right to most depraved habits. But, enough ; cord them.”

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heard all the particulars from her own a second-rate sort of villain-hc never lips, I could better decide on what fur- rose to murder." ther steps are to be taken."

“Oh!- but other crimes ?" il quired In a few minutes Mr. Pike presented Mr. Pike. himself at the door of No. 16, and his “ All of them,” replied the lady; knock was answered by a very sweet "swindling, lying, fawning, cheating, voice, that invited him to come in. bullying, cringing, and deceiving ; every

• I come, young woman,” said Mr. thing of that kind he managesvery well." Pike, "to make inquiries about this “ He must be a most internal scamp!" business ;" but before the gentleman interposed Mr. Pike. had time to say more, something in the “ In the higher walks of villainy he appearance of the person he addressed is no performer, though he has tried struck him, and he mumbled some sort them often." of apology for the rudeness of his salu “ Tried them often! Well," inquir. tation.

ed Mr. Pike, taking out his pencil and “What want you here, old man ?" pocket-book, “what have you known of inquired, in slow and solemn accents, his attempting ?" the lady, who had been reclining on the “ It is not above a month since heatsofa, and now supported herself on one tempted Hamlet's Father.” elbow, while the other hand was held • The great jeweller-poor old man! forth towards the awe-struck visitor- Well ?” “ Your language is uncourtly, and your • He mangled him dreadfully, and, appearance an intrusion. Begone!" after about an hour's hacking and hew.

Why, really, ma'am, no offence, I ing at him, he murdered him outrighi, hope ; but hearing, ma'am, that you I never saw such a murder." had met with an ugly accident, and “ You saw it?" cried Mr. Pike, dropfeeling myself qualified to be of assist- ping his note-book and pencil, and gazance, perhaps I was once within ing on the unconscious narrator; “ and twenty-five votes of coroner, ma'am- what, in Heaven's name, did you in finding out the culprit, I took the li- do?" berty to come here, ma'am, and"

Laughed at his awkwardnese, of “To intrude on me in mine inn. It course. But it was still worse when he is well. What do you require ?" attempted, for it was only an attempt,

“Of course, ma'am,” said Mr. Pike, to murder the gentle lady married to * you are anxious to discover who the the Moor.'” villain was who made the attempt on “I beg your pardon," interposed Mr. your life ?"

Pike, still shuddering with horror, but The lady shook her head, and sighed. recovering his writing apparatus, a

“ Have you any suspicion of who he gentleman, you said, married to-tois, ma'am ?"

to Moore-Gracious Heavens, you are “No suspicion, sir-but certainty; not serious ? He didn't attempt to mur. mark me, sir, certainty," replied the der Mrs. Moore ?" lady, with amazing emphasis.

The lady smiled. “His efforts to Mr. Pike almost shuddered at the choke her with the pillow were the thrilling whisper these words were ut. most preposterous you can imagine.” tered in.

Why, how the devil has he escaped “God bless me!-Indeed, I wasn't hanging so long ? You must indeed tell aware-and his name, ma'am ?” me the ruffian's name. There must be “Shall continue a secret."

many rewards out for taking him up. " But justice, ma'am-the duty of Come, my dear Miss D'Orville, tell me prosecut":

the murderer's name?" Pray, sir, did you ever see King “No, 'tis useless-I forgive himLear?"

but, oh! that Fortune should have “I can't say I ever had the pleasure, frowned so cruelly on the hapless Ce. ma'am.”

cilia ; that the attack should have been “ You would make an excellent Kent. made upon me here, -here, where I You are quite the proper age.” was so desirous of being unknown—not

• Indeed, ma’am,” replied Mr. Pike, only for my own sakc, but for that of who was now very much puzzled what one dearer to me than life !" to say; "and you won't tell me the Now, then, thought Mr. Pike, she name of the assassin ?"

seems more communicative.

Why, u Oh, don't call him that; he is only yes, miss, it was rather unfortunate, as

you observe; it may be very unplea- of his glowing speeches and glances sant to other parties."

of love and rapture, to be attacked " It may, indeed, sir ; but why do with that sword !-to be insulted with I say so ? The peril I've escaped will these words !--to be left for dead uponly render me dearer to the sensitive on the ground!

Oh! Huggings
heart of my own, my loved Huggings. Huggings! Was it right to treat me
Ah! mercy! I've revealed my secret! so ?"
I am lost for ever!"

While the young lady wept bitterly " Thought so," muttered Mr. Pike, at the conclusion of her declamations, his eyes brightening with malicious a new light seemed to break in upon satisfaction. " So 'tis for that gentle. Mr. Pike. “By heavens! old Hug. man's sake you've come here ?" gings is the murderer after all! Jea.

“ Yes !-oh! for his sake whither lousy--slaughter !--sword !—may I be, would I not go?"

hanged if he didn't come to the mas- The deuce and does he know querade and stick this poor crazy young of your being here, ma’am?"

woman in a fit of the jealous ! I'NI • The day was appointed between make him swing for it; I'll teach the us; but, alas! alas! he flew not on the rascal to spread reports when gentle. wings of love to receive me; can he men are canvassing for the crownerbe unfaithful ? but no—too well I know ship. And the other murders-old his noble, his generous heart—ihough Hamlet the jeweller, and that unhappy sometimes mad with jealousy, causeless woman, Mis. Moore---by dad! there as O'hello's."

hasn't been such a scoundrel since " He's sometimes jealous, is he?- Blue-beard !" the old beast!”

The further precognition of Mr. Pike “Oh! furious ! in fits of that kind was interrupted by the entrance of Dr. he would scarcely scruple to slaughter Wilkins. The amateur coroner gatherme."

ed up his notes as fast as he could, and * Would he approve, do you think, issued forth from the White Lion, to of your going to the masquerade ?" take what steps might be necessary to

is That is my fear. I almost expect- bring our unfortunate friend Huggings el him to join me there. That was to the gallows that his crimes had sa my motive for going; but, instead richly deserved.

CHAPTER III.

Dr. Wilkins had hurried over his cious horse a stroke with his whip, daily visits more rapidly than usual, that that set it trotting gaily off to its own he in-ght return to his interesting pa- stable. tient at the White Lion. The extra “ La! no, sir; he be sitting upordinary nature of the incident, joined but so queer, sir, that we think he be to the uncommon beauty and very pe- mad.” cuhar manners of the fair sufferer, oc “ Mad !-tipsy, perhaps ; but let mo cupied the simple-minded Doctor so see.” So saying, the Doctor went inentirely that his advice on that day, we to the dingy parlour of the Spotted suspect, was not of much value. On Dog, and was led up a winding and his return to Monxom, as he rode up creaking staircase, into a room lighted one of the narrow lanes near the river, from a small window in the roof. Seatan old woman, coming out of a miser. ed on a truckle-bed, enveloped in a able hostelry, called the Spotted Dog, large black robe, was a figure which beckoned him to stop.

the darkness of the apartment did not “Som confounded case of rheuma- allow the Doctor at first to distinguish tism," muttered the Doctor, as he pull- very clearly. A hollow voice addressed ed up his horse. Well, good woman, him while groping his way to the object what do you want ?”

of his visit-Canst thou not minister " There's a gentleman as wishes to to a mind diseased ?—Pluck from the see you up in the garret. He seems memory a rooted sorrow, and cleanse fearful bad; but says he remembers the bosom of the perilous stuff that you very well.”

weighs upon the heart ?" “Is he in bed ?" inquired the Doc “ Indigestior--a kind of weight a tor, dismounting, and giving his saga- the stomach, eh?" said the Doctor, layt

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ing hold of the patient's pulse; "a little she refuses to tell who the person was physic will soon set you io rights. You that attacked her." are a little feverish."

“She never told his name !' exclaim“ Throw physic to the dogs! I'll none ed the patient, again relapsing into the on't,” waved the stranger, shaking off hero cs; “but, fsha! somewhat tvo the Doctor's hold, and starting up to much of this. Henceforth, though that his full height. Away, fond dreams! her jesees were my dear heart-strings, Richard's himself again!"

I'd tear her from my heart, and whisBut, my good sir,” insinuated the tle her down the wind, to prey at forDoctor, “ my dear Mr. Richard, sit down tune." quietly. You are evidently suffering um " I think so too," chimed in Dr. Wil. der sirong excitement. Some rest is kins, who could make neither head nor absolutely required. I think you ought tail of the speech of his companion ;to lose a litile blood.”

“ and how long may you have known The man made three or four strides the lady, sir ?"** through the room, and then, coming up “ 'Tis now a year, sir," replied the to where the Doctor was standing, gaz- patient, “ since she came to Daintry.ing in no little surprise, and some de. Oh, low my eyes ached at her beauty! gree of alarm, at the movements of his 0, what an Ophelia ! patient, he groaned, in a repulchral • Ophthalmia is the right name of it tone, “ I've done the deed! Didst thou is it a common disease there, sir ?" not hear a noise ?"

inquired the medical hise.jer, whose "No!" rephed the Doctor, begin- heart was in his profesion. ning to tremble_“what deed do you “At that time, sir,” continued the mean?”

enthusiast, without noticing the inter“Oh! I could a tale unfold, whose ruption, “ I had no sou—a mere lump lightest word would harrow up your of half-animated matter, which stocit soul !"

behind a counter, and distributed tea “ For God's sake!” began Doctor and sugar. I was a grocer, sir, in a Wilkins, now terribly afraid he was topping way of trade. But Cecilia came, about to be made the depository of some and my doom was fixed. For fifty dreadful secret_" if you wish to make years, sir, 1 had mistaken my vocation. any confession, let me send for ano- I joined them.” ther witness. There's Mr. Pike, just “ Joined who, sir ?" inquired the round the corner--he can be here in a Doctor, minute.”

6 Cecilia and her mother, and that “ No! 'tis with you my business is. murderer of my joys, young Altamont. How is she ?"

They received me-for I paid all ex- Who?"

penses-and Cecilia smiled. Oh, hea. “ Cecilia—the angel-Miss D'Or- vens ! how she did smile !" ville."

“ And what did you do, sir ?" « Oh!" said the Doctor, breath Why, they wouldn't let me do much. ing more freely—“ You know her They condemned me to all the villain. then!

ous work-poisoninge, swindlings, and “ Too well! Doubt that the stars things of that sort. Fool! fool that are fire! Doubt that the sim doth I was, to go on in such a style so move !"

long!” No doubt of it, as you observe," Surprise and horror kept Doctor Wil. said the Doctor, soothingly; “ but about kins in silence. M ss D'Orville ?"

Unhappy man!” he commenced“ I'll cut her into pieces! She has “ And all this time, sir, Altamont fooled me to the top of my bent; and and she were the lovers, while the old if she wrong me, shall I not revenge?" woman was nurse and chambermaid.”

“Oh, then, it was you she met at They had children then ?" inquired the masquerade ?"

the Doctor. • To be sure, sir,' replied the patient, “ Whe, ar?” in a more subducd tone; " and I wished “ The lovers, as you call them-Altato know how she was after the fright I mont and this young woman. You said

the lady was nurse. “ She is doing very well,” said Wil. “ Perish the thought of horror! kins; you need be in no alarm about No, she is purer than the icicle ihat any ser.ous consequences, especially as hangs on Dan's temple, 'At last, sir,

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I grew tired, and asked her point “ All those murders and swindlings blank if she would accept my hand. you talk of.” She laughed at me; and the old lady “ Pshaw! this is no time for joking. frowned and pouted, and called me a I retired to this obscure inn to hide gallant gay Lothario, for I had been myself till I should see the issue of very particular to her. Gods! could this adventure.” huran patience stand it!

* But you tried to stab her at the rusty, and refused any more supplies masquerade ?" of the needful. And this soon brought “ Nonsense. In the agitation of things to a crisis. I found out that the moment I forgot I had Macbeth's she and Altamont had resolved to leave dagger in my hand, and unfortunately ther companions. By the addres : on touched her on the shoulder"her trunks I found that this was their “The lower portion of the thorax," destination. Alas! my heart relent- interposed Williams. ed. I followed them; at the masque “ But as to stabbing her! Good grarade I encountered her. I saw her cious! I would as soon think of flying." darting pale lusire like tảe rainy You can't think of flying too moon through her deep veil of silvery soon,” replied the literal Doctor Wilsorrox. She told me that Altamont kins, “ for my neighbour Pike is very had not arrived, but that on the mor- active in the business, and will get row he was to be reconciled to his you into trouble, if he possibly can. father, who lived in the town, to make “ Go to Cecilia,” said the now someher his bride, and settle down in peace what rational Mr. Humphreys, “and tell and happiness for ever, while I-oh, her I forgive her—that she shall hear of the times are out of joint !"

me no more--and that I am off by this * Altamont's father lives in this night's coach to try to buy back the town, did you say?" inquired the good-will of my own shop. There's Doctor. “I know no person of that some excellent gin here, Doctor—will naine."

you take a noggin ?". “Oh, but we all change our names, Doctor Wilkins declined the profyou know. In Daintry my name is fered hospitality, and walked on to Humphreys—but here I am Fitz- the White Lion, still very much puzHarding-Miss D'Orville is Cecilia zled what to make of the wonderful Wiggings—and Altamont is-Con- tale he had heard. The last offer of found the villain, I have forgotten his Mr. Humphreys, and the sight of an nam?-but his father, they say, is a empty tumbler, partly explained the gentleman, and rich. Oh, Cecilia, extraordinary manner of his patient ; you have broken my heart; the good. but what to conclude about the other will of my business is sold 'to my suc- things that had amazed him—the mur. cessor—and tea's every moment upon ders and other horrible confessions the rise !"

he did not know. He determined, af* And how do you mean to proceed ter once more seeing the fair sufferer to escape pursuit ?"

in the White Lion, to go and consult " Pursuit! For what ?"

his friend Mr. Huggings.

CHAPTER IV.

But that worthy gentleman was in Pike, as he walked into the room ; DO condition to give advice to any "you guess, I suppose, why I cal? ?" one. His mind was so worried and “No--that is, yes-can't imagine agitated with fears of the prying pro- indeed,” stammered Huggings, in vain pensities of his neighbour, Mr. Pike, attempting to appear unconcerned, that he could get no rest. He took while Pike's eye was fixed on him with to studying a book, which contained an expression of gratified malignity. the lives of persons hanged by mistake, “I think it my duty to warn you and was immersed in his little back to be careful in what you say, parlour in the study of the Newgate tinued the disappointed coroner, " as Calendar when Mr. Pike was announc- whatever you utter will be reported." ed.

“What's the matter?-what do you « Mr. Pike to call on me! I am mean?" cried Huggings, with a vain doomed to decimation to a certainty.” attempt at a bluster ; "your demeanour “Good-day, Mr. Huggings,” said is deteriorating to my respectability."

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