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I found that the party approaching was that which a fellow-creature had been sent to his of Mr. Fortescue.
last account“It's all over,” I said, pointing to the spot With all his imperfections on his head. where the dead body lay. “ Gracious Heaven !” exclaimed Fortescue,
The coroner's jury, after examining one or it is Leeson!”
two witnesses, found a verdict — “ That de I answered in the affirmative. He walked ceased came by his death by a shot fired by over where he lay stiff upon the sod." He Charles Wilson, Edward Williams and another gazed upon the dead body with a strange es
being assisting thereat, and that the value of pression of features. I thought there was said pistol was twenty shillings.” The coro something of satisfaction in the consciousness per, on this very grammatical verdict, issued that he had himself escaped. He said noth- his warrant for the apprehension of Charles ing, however, but merely asked me the dis- Wilson, and Edward Williams. tance they had been placed.
It was generally said that there was gross Ah,” said he," he had a second up to mismanagement in allowing a coroner's in. his business. He saved his life — perhaps quest at all. I could not help thinking it a mine too. Leeson would have hit his heart very natural result of leaving a body, with a at twelve — but he was unaccustomed to nine ; pistol bullet in its side, lying in his majesty's besides, he was at heart a coward, and he got park. afraid.'
Major Williams obtained six weeks' leave He turned away from the corpse, apparent- of absence the very day the duel was fought. ly well satisfied that he was not occupying its
Mr. Irving made very light of the legal place.
proceedings ; but Charles, in his own mind, “ It 's a nice morning's work,” he said, could not divest himself of anxiety. The duel with an expression half of gayety, half melano had been fought at an irregular distance ; he choly. He took his intended second's arm had overheard the expression of Mr. Leeson's and they walked off.
second, “It will be regular murder ;' and just before the pistol had been placed in his hand, Major Williams had said to him, " Re
member, there is no time for foolery now;" Charles kept his appointment with Mr. words which Charles feared that others might Irving that morning. • He had gotten up have overheard, and which, manifestly, were early and done his business." Of course he meant as advice to shoot his antagonist if he communicated to hiin the transaction. Mr. could; for I believe he was correct in his Irving was greatly shocked. The entire mat- opinion, that when two gentlemen challengo ter, however, raised Charles in his estima- each other to deadly combat, and fire loaded tion. When he had a little recovered from the pistols, each towards the other, with the best shock, he began to question Charles about the aim they can, it alters quite the character of particulars of the quarrel.
the transaction if anything has occurred, “ Did the fellow say I wanted to hook him which would give reasonable ground of sur in ! — bad luck to his impudence ! - did he picion that either of them did all this with dare to say it? Well, Charles, you are a brave any intention of shooting the other. fellow; a pity your name 's not Irying; you Charles, therefore, entertained reasonable would be worthy of it. Maybe, Charles, fears that all the circumstances I have menyou might take it yet,” he added, significant- tioned, by furnishing grounds for such a sus
“ You must hide, Charles, for a little picion, would tell against him on his trial. while. I suppose there will be a coroner's his imagination was haunted with the most jury. You will not be prosecuted, but you bad dismal visions of the future ; perhaps only the better keep out of the way just now. I know reflection of remorse for the past. no better hiding-place than just where you He could not but feel remorse. None of my
You must not let yourself be seen readers can know - I pray they may never by daylight; you can take out one of the know — the feelings of the man that has ever, borses, and bave a gallop by moonlight for under any circumstances, taken away a life. exercise. The search will not be very dili- Blood, no matter how justly shed, leaves a gent for you; and this, very likely, is the stain upon the hand that sheds it. The last place they will think of looking. I re- shadow of the murderer's curse darkens where member the old woman in the country, used the curse itself does not fall. " He who constantly to put you in the chimney-corner sheddeth man's blood," still walks in the to avoid the sinoke, when the whole house gloom of that shadow. It is a terrible conwas full of it. And sometimes you may sciousness to feel that you have been forced to avoid danger by staying near to it. Even if cut short a fellow-being's days. The soul you are taken, the worst is a few weeks in darkens under the solemn sanction by which jail, and of course a verdict of not guilty." He who gave it guards the awful sacrednese
Thus lightly did he talk of a transaction in of human life.
If this feeling attaches itself to the mere desired the coachman to drive to the cottage. act of taking away human life, even where Charles' heart fluttered in his bosom at the the necessity that justifies it is most plain, direction. much more did it exist in all its bitterness, Mr. Irving's delight at Charles' acquittul when Charles had shed a fellow-creature's appeared to have carried him quite away from blood under circumstances, the propriety of his usual sobriety of deineanor. “Jane," he which he could not help feeling questionable. cried, as soon as he entered the cottage, Not but that he reasoned hiinself into the “coine and see your nephew quite free — not belief that it was an act of self-defence; in guilty, huzza !" truth, it was so when he was engaged in Mrs. Irving heartily embraced Charles, and combat ; hut why had he thus placed himself welcomed him, as she said, back to liberty. in a position in which he was forced to take Her congratulations, however, were mixed with another's life to save his own? In defence, he tears. There was one, however, who met reasoned with himself, of those charities of biin pale and trembļing. She had no consocial life, which it is the first duty of every gratulations either on her countenance or her man to guard from aggression.
lips. Faintly she held out her hand, and with He might have calmed all the secret up- an effort she murmured, " Charles, I am glad braidings of his conscience by this reasoning,
-you are acquitted.” if it had not been that he saw, in the glance “Conne, come, Ellen," cried her uncle, the of Ellen, her judgment that he had done ardent character of whose joy deemed such wrong. He dare not allude to the subject in cold congratulations peculiarly inappropriate : her presence ; but there was an air of calm “come, Miss, you are more glad than any of and resigned melancholy about her, which us. No pretence," he added, in a significant seemed to denote that a wound was rankling tone. Charles' face became scarlet - a slight at her heart. The bloom of health had Aed tinge passed over the paleness of Ellen's cheek. from her pule cheek, and often did the large She sat down without speaking, and took up tear fall unbidden from her eye.
her work, which was lying on the table. Charles could not but mark the change. "Well, well," said her uncle, “ you women Day after day he passed in her society, until are the queerest beings in creation ; it's well his whole soul became absorbed in the passion for them,” he added, siniling, “ that keep that preyed on it. Yet there was something clear of you. There she is, happy in her in the calm and settled melancholy of her heart to see her cousin back, and she looks as look -- in the quiet sorrow that dimined her if she was just ready to cry - women always eye -- in the meek paleness of her cheek, cry on their wedding day - I suppose it is the which, while it added to her loveliness, seemed best method of expressing joy. Here, here,” to awe into silence even love.
he added impatiently; "I know it all, Ellen," A few weeks thus passed, and the time and he caught her hand. “Here, Charles, came when Charles and his companion sur-take her hand — I know it all." But the rendered themselves to trial. A previous in-hand was sternly withdrawn. The old gentimation from Mr. Leeson's friends had as- tleman was surprised. “ Perverse, perverse,' sured Mr. Irving that they would take no steps he muttered. * Here, Jane, we 'll leave them to prosecute. The trial was a mere matter of to themselves. Charles may make something form - the prisoners were arraigned for the of her; I can't.” murder of Edward Leeson - a jury were im Without giving her time for resistance, he pannelled - no witnesses appeared — and a hurried Mrs. Irving through an open caseverdict of not guilty was pronounced. ment into the garden, leaving the young peo
The day of his trial he drove home with Mr. ple alone. Ellen did not raise her eyes from Irving in his carriage. The joy of that gen- her work, but her face was deadly pale. tleman manifested itself in a manner inore Charles stood leaning on the mantel-piece. expressive than was usaal. He repeatedly For some minutes he was silent. shook Charles' hand.
“ Ellen,” he said at last, “ Ellen, there is “Well, my boy,” he cried, “it's all over no need of affectation between us ; you know now - not guilty - it can never come against I have loved you long - don't you, Ellen, you again. It was far better for you to stand know that I have loved you for years?" a trial — not guilty - huzza, my boy !” " I do, Charles," replied the other calmly,
His joy subsided a little into a reflective without raising her eyes. Charles drew a mood... Well, this is a glorious constitution chair close to her; she was trembling viounder which we live - no man can be twice lently." And, Ellen,” he added, softly, tried for the same offence. Quit forever, my “may I not believe that you have loved boy - it is a glorious constitution."
Charles heartily concurred in the eulogium The other made no reply: tears fell large on the free genius of British law.
and fast upon the embroidery at which she “ Your aunt must see you a free man," was working: cried the good-hearted old gentleinan, as he Charles laid his hand upon her arm ; his
own heart was throbbing violently; she started She uttered those words in the spirit of one -she looked full in his face.
of those religionists who, in the Catholic * Charles," she said, " there is no need of church, solemnly dedicate themselves to God; affectation ; I have loved you, but never, never indeed, as she spoke - her hands clasped in speak to me on the subject again!"
the attitude of attention; the calmness of There was an expression of agony mingled resignation settling with a lovely radiance on with determination, in the manner she made her pale and sorrowful features; her eyes the request, that gave it more the appearance turned upwards, as if to gaze henceforward of a command.
only on heavenly things — she might, but for “Ellen, dear,” said Charles, but he knew her dress, have been the original of the beaunot what to add ; it was a pause of deep and tiful picture of “the Nun." painful embarrassment to both "will you mot be mine mine forever?"
Charles still hoped that time would wear She had risen from her seat, pale and breath- away, in Ellen's wind, the stern resolution less ; she seemed like some marble statue, which now alone seemed to interfere between chiselled with incomparable skill; her hair, l'him and perfect happiness. But when weeks black as the raven's wing, fell down in glossy had passed away, and no change came over ringlets ; the blood had left her lips. the spirit of that dream of duty, he gave him
"Charles,” she said, evidently with an ef- self up to the hopelessness of despair ; he fort; “Charles, never, never speak to me on looked upon it as a judginent from God for this subject again ; it must not be; I dare having taken life. I night tell of scenes of not - no, I dare not. You have taken away a suffering such as seemed enough to atone for fellow-creature's life ; I dare not - I would guilt far worse than his. There was in the share with you poverty and suffering, but I dark and gloomy history of the next few dare not share God's displeasure.'
months, a chapter of truth which many might As she uttered these words, she looked up pronounce too highly colored even for roto heaven, as if for support, Charles reasoned mance; it is time, however, that I should with her; he addressed to her the arguments bring this chapter to a close. by which he had silenced his own conscience Ellen's health and spirits declined so much, -“It was self-defence,” he said.
that her mother removed to the south of Eng“Self-defence !" she answered; “ Charles, land, in hopes that the change might restore dear, do not deceive yourself; why did you her. Mr. Irving, who was deeply attached to meet him in mortal combat? It was not self his niece, accompanied her. Some short time defence that took you to the place.". afterwards, Charles Wilson left the country
“No, Ellen,” he answered, but it was the without bidding me farewell. I supposed that defence of what is dearer to me than life ; ! he had gone to suine foreign climate, in the could not hear you spoken lightly of; I risked hopes of finding an early grave. I heard my life first."
nothing of any of the party until, some months " Charles, dear," she answered, in a tone afterwards, casting my eye over one of the of tenderness, “ Charles, will this be a good English papers, I met the following announceexcuse to your God for taking away the life ment, under the head of marriages :he gare? What harm did those words do me? Were they worth being washed out in “In the church of South Molton, Devon the blood of an immortal being ?”
shire, by the Venerable the Archdeacon of Charles was awed by the solemnity of her Charles Wilson, Esq., Barrister at Law, manner. “No man could listen to it, Ellen, to Ellen, only daughter of the Reverend Charles and not punish it."
Irving, late rector of — in the diocese of “ Vengeance is mine, Charles, God says; Dublin.” it was not for you to take it from him — it was not for you to send a sinner to his pres Many years had elapsed, when I saw them ence."
both happy and honored in the midst of a In vain did Charles reason, and argue, and growing family. Mrs. Irving was sitting by entreat. The simple girl answered every their fireside in a venerable arm-chair, smiling argument by an appeal to the words of the on the domestic circle. Mr. Irving had died Bible, “ Thou shalt not kill.” Sternly did full of years and honor, and left all his wealth she refuse to be entreated. “I did love you," to his nephew and niece, with the exception she said, " but my duty demands that I should of an annuity to his maiden sister, who spent forget that. I would have borne anything, the rest of her life wheeling about in a wheelbut I dare not displease my God; perhaps it chair, and drinking the waters at Bath. is a mercy. My foolish head had its dreams Charles had taken the name of Irving, and of happiness here below; they are gone for transferred himself to the English bar, where ever. "I will now think only of God. he had settled down into a snug situation.
From Chambers' Journal.
fairly be imagined, that they who had loved SLEEPERS AWAKENED.
and reared the young girl as their own daugh
ter, and who had proved themselves 80 generThe phenomenon of trance is a subject al- ous, just, and honorable, would have gladly most equally interesting to the imaginative sanctioned this union; but it was not so. and the scientific. The world, when in its Her religion — albeit she owed it to theminfancy, recorded the marvel in the myths of selves - was an objection not to be overcome, the Seven Champions of Christendom, and the even although she offered to change her faith, hundred years' repose of the Beauty of Faery- which, taught only at intervals, and contradom; and as these dreams of imagination dicted by the habits and tone of thought of faded before the awakening power of knowl. hor daily associates, had not taken very firm edge, philosophers and grave physicians took root. Such a conversion, in truth, might up the tale, and sought to explain a inystery justly be suspected under the circumstances, still full of darkness and awe.
and the usual plan, therefore, was adopted – Now, although of late the philosophic pub- the lovers were separated. Lord P
pro lic have appeared more interested in sending cured a commission for his son in the army of people to sleep than in waking thern up — as Frederick the Great of Prussia, and sent the in mesmerism and electro-biology – it is pos- young lady on a trip to Portugal, under the sible that two or three incidents of the natural care of the English ambassador, who was his resurrection of the supposed dead, may not be intimate friend, trusting that she might meet void of interest to the general reader. We with somebody abroad who would prove a sua will begin with a winter's tale, to which we cessful rival to the young soldier. listened, under a most favorable conjunction If worldly prudence was not one of William of domestic and friendly planets, this last P's virtues, its lack was nog apparent in Christmas ; the narrator being grandson to his new position. He was serving a master the heroine, and of course able to vouch for who was not at all inclined to think discretion its authenticity.
the better part of valor, and who watched with Once upon a time — somewhere in the reign admiration through his telescope the desperato of George II. - a certain German colonel, in and daring courage with which the young the service of the house of Hanover married Englishman carried a difficult post in his a young English lady of great beauty and second battle. Turning to one of the officers little fortune. In accordance with a courte- of his staff when the day was won, Frederick ous modern fashion, not common, however, in desired him to summon co that brave English those days, some noble friends of the bride captain” to his presence. He was respectoffered the young couple a home during the fully reminded that the young soldier did not honeymoon, in their ancient and splendid hold that rank. “ He has done so from the oastle in the north of England. The hospital- moment I remarked his conduct," was the reity was accepted ; and, as at the end of that ply. In the same summary style of promo period the soldier was suddenly compelled to tion, the king greeted the Englishman at the rejoin his regiment, and embark for Germany, close of another battle as Major Pthen the scene of war, the lady's stay was to adding a gracious wish to know if there were be prolonged, at the request of her hostess, anything the young officer desired which he, till his return. That period never came. He Frederick, could grant. No more unwelcome fell in battle a few months after his departure, reply could have been devised than the one and his wife did not long survive him. She made to this royal kindness. Major Pdied after giving birth to a daughter, whom respectfully requested permission to quit the on her death-bed she commended to the guar- service! Frederick heard him with as much dianship and care of Lady P-.
surprise as áspleasure ; but after his implied The trust was accepted. The orphan thus promise to grant the request, he could not
protection was reared by Lord refuse. An order of dismissal was therefore and Lady P as their own child in all drawn out officially, ending, according to the things save one. They were Romanists; but usual form, thus: “Major P is therefore her mother having been of the Church of Eng- at liberty to go. ,” the blank being left for land, their sense of bonor prevailed, and they the king to fill in. The angry Frederick added bad her educated in the reformed faith, send these words : " au diable, Frederick Rex." ing her every Sunday to the clergyman of the This curious dismissal and royal autograph parish for religious instruction. She grew up are still preserved in Major P
-'s family. a beautiful woman, accomplished also beyond The officer did not go in the direction indiher sex in those days; and so it chanced that cated; he merely proceeded to a country, the Lord P—'s third son, returning froin his fiends of which are, according to a sailor's continental tour, was struck by the change proverb, “ too civil by half." He went to time had wrought in his heretofore playmate, Portugal; and, shortly after his arrival in and forth with fell in love with the portionless Lisbon, renewed, as a matter of course, his bat bewitching little heretic. Now, it might family intimacy with the English ambassador,
who having never heard of the forbidden love- defiance of all prohibitions, and carried her passages between his fair charge and the with him to England. younger son of the P-8, made him always If happiness were to be estimated by worldly welcome at the Embassy; and so the days glided prosperity, it had been better perchance for bappily away, till a letter from the ambassa- her to have slept on. They wrote a supplicador communicated to Lord P the startling tion for pardon to Lord and Lady Pintelligence of his son's presence in Lisbon, soon as they reached London ; but no reply and his frequent visits to his old friend. The was vouchsafed, no pardon ever granted, and reply to this missive was a positive prohibition the rash young couple found themselves in the to the intercourse of the lovers, with which great city friendless and destitute, the younger the good-natured envoy was obliged to comply. son's allowance having been discontinued by Their enforced estrangement fell heavily on his father. What was to be done? Never both, especially on the lady, whose delicate were moral courage and energy more needed. spirits became suddenly and strangely affected. But the fair sleeper possessed both ; she was, She grew faint and languid, without apparent- moreover, an excellent artist, painting flowers ly suffering pain; and finally, to all appear- admirably, and in those days the market for ance, died. The ambassador's daughters, talent was not overstocked : perhaps, also, young women of her own age, were greatly her story may have been whispered abroad, touched by this tragic catastrophe of the ro- and the secret interest of the ambassador ex
The corpse was kept beyond the erted in her behalf. She sold her painting usual time in warm countries ; and at their and little fancy articles – the fashion of the earnest and tearful entreaty, the despairing times screens, and baskets, and painted lover was permitted once more to behold his fans, successfully, and thus supported her fair betrothed before the grave closed over her. husband and herself. Strange contrast must It was the night preceding the intended inter- their life have presented from its earlier years ! ment; the coffin, which had already received Instead of the stateliest of England's homes its cold, still inmate, was placed upon a table – the poor obscure lodging; instead of all covered with a black pall; the chamber was luxury and ease, appliances and means to hung with black, and dimly lighted by large boot of grandeur — the toil and the struggle wax tapers, placed at the head of the bier. for daily bread. Yet they were very happy. Tremblingly, the young man raised the veil Both had doubtless learned the insufficiency which covered the face of the dead, and gazed of wealth and station to confer bliss, and upon the calm, fixed, colorless features in found pleasures undreamed of before in the silent agony; then, bending down, he kissed exercise of talent, in the pretty, needful toil, the white lips fervently again and again - in the thousand little ties of sympathy and and oh, strange marvel of nature! the tale of mutual hopes and fears, comfortings and enthe Sleeping Beauty became a reality; couragings. The fancy loves to dwell upon A touch, a kiss! the charm was snapt ;
the interior of that home : the quaint little
room with its old-fashioned furniture, the few the lips trembled slightly, the eyelids moved; stiff chairs, the polished table, the worked and the truth - enough to have turned a fire-screen, partially protecting the fair young weaker head — flashed on him : she was not artist from the blaze of the cheerful fire as she dead, but in a trance ! With wonderful pres. bends over her task, and groups of roses and ence of mind, he extinguished the lights, lilies, and all the sweet old-world flowers, lifted the sleeper from her coffin, and bore her upon her paper, or on the velvet or tiffiny into the next room, thus saving her from per- destined for her lady-employers ; whilst her haps a fatul shock. Gradually the vital powers husband, sented at her side, beguiles the inceswere restored ; but no commands could now sant toil of its weariness by reading to her in keep William P from her whom he had a low sweet voice, or telling her of the great thus restored from the grave.
Frederick, and of the battles fought beneath There had been no possibility of doubting the Prussian eagle. This is the fairest side the reality of the trance. The young lady had of the picture. Many a real care and harangbeen insensible, cold, motionless, and, in the ing anxiety must, nevertheless, have haunted judgment of her physicians, dead for more the mind of the sleeper awakened, especially than a week; and a full and faithful account when the birth of her child, a daughter, de of this strange incident was forwarded by the manded greater exertion and larger means. ambassador — now an intercessor for the lovers But there was no end to the ups and downs -- to Lord P-But, singular and touch- in the life of the honorable William Ping as the incident was, it wrought no change About this time, a distant relative, who had in the stornness of the parents' determination ; been interested by the romance of his love, and feeling that he could not again expose his died, and left him a large fortune - a greator betrothed to such suffering, and hoping that trial than poverty to many a spirit. For a when the deed was irrevocable they should be time, however, they enjoyed this sunshine of pardoned, William married the fair sleeper in fortune — the more, indeed, from recept pri