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picture of that fatal house which in consecrated talisman, venerated equal. Thebes offered to the Grecian observe ly by Christian, by Pagan, and by ers the spectacle of dire auguries, Mahometan, was struck on the head emerging from darkness through three by Mahomet the Second, on that same generations, à plusieurs reprises. Every day, May 29th of 1453, in which he body knows the fatal pollution of the mastered by storm this glorious city, marriage pomps on the reception of the bulwark of eastern Christendom, Marie Antoinette in Paris ; the num. and the immediate rival of his own bers who perished are still spoken of European throne at Adrianople. But obscurely as to the amount, and with mark the superfetation of omensshuddering awe for the unparalleled omen supervening upon omen, augury horrors standing in the background of engrafted upon augury: The hour the fatal reign-horrors
was a sad one for Christianity: just " That, hush'd in grim repose, await their
720 years before the western horn of
Islam had been rebutted in France by evening prey."
the Germans, chiefly under Charles But in the life of Goethe is mentioned Martel. But now it seemed as though a still more portentous (though more another horn, even more vigorous, shadowy) omen in the pictorial deco was preparing to assault Christendom rations of the arras which adorned the and its hopes from the eastern quarter. pavilion on the French frontier: the At this epoch, in the very hour of first objects which met the Austrian triumph, when the last the Cæsars Archduchess on being hailed as Dau. had glorified his station, and sealed his pliness was a succession of the most testimony by martyrdom, the fanatical tragic groups from the most awful Sultan, riding to his stirrups in blood, section of the Grecian theatre. The and wielding that iron mace which next alliance of the same kind be. had been his sole weapon, as well as tween the same great empires, in the cognizance, through the battle, adpersons of Napoleon and the Arch- vanced to the column, round which duchess Marie Louisa, was oversha. the triple serpent soared spirally updowed by the same unhappy omens, wards. He smote the brazen talisand, as we all remember, with the man ; he shattered one head; he left same unhappy results, within a brief it mutilated as the record of his great period of five years,
revolution ; but crush it, destroy it, Or, if we should resort to the fixed he did not--as a symbol prefiguring and monumental rather than to these the fortunes of Mahometanism, his auguries of great nations—such, for people noticed, that in the critical instance, as were embodied in those hour of fate, which stamped the SulPalladia, or protesting talismans, tan's acts with efficacy through ages, which capital cities, whether Pagan he had been prompted by his secret or Christian, glorified through a period genius only to "scotch the snake,” not of twenty-five hundred years, we shall to crush it. Afterwards the fatal hour find a long succession of these enchanted
was gone by; and this imperfect aupledges, from the earliest precedent of gury has since concurred traditionTroy (whose palladium was undoubt- ally with the Mahometan prophecies edly a talisman) down to that equally about the Adrianoplegate of Constantimemorable, and bearing the same name, nople, to depress the ultimate hopes of at Western Rome. We may pass, Islam in the midst of all its insolence. by a vast transition of two and a half The very haughtiest of the Mussulmans millennia, to that great talisman of believe that the gate is already in exConstantinople, the triple serpent, istence, through which the red Giaours (having perhaps an original reference (the Russi) shall pass to the conquest to the Mosaic serpent of the wilder- of Stamboul ; and that everywhere, in ness, which healed the infected by the Europe at least, the hat of Frangistan simple act of looking upon it, as the is destined to surmount the turbansymbol of the Redeemer, held aloft the crescent must go down before the upon the Cross for the deliverance from moral contagion.) This great
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Part I. The SEARCH, On the top of an eminence forming perpetrated. The trace of footsteps, the outskirts of a mountainous and stillvisible, thoughevidently artificially woody region in the south of Ger- obliterated, pointed sideways into the many, stands a small chapel dedica- wood, above which, at some distance, ted to St Anne, rarely visited except rose a rugged and lofty peak of rock by passing peasants, or on the festivals called the Raubstein, on the summit of the saint or other holidays, when of which the fragments of an old crowds of pilgrims are in the habit of building were still visible, to which resorting to it. Early in the morning of the usual traditionary tales of superthe 26th of August 1816, a peasant from stitious terror were attached. The a village at some distance was ascendo direction which the enquiry was likely ing the narrow footpath leading to the to take was quite sufficient to deter chapel. His little boy, who accom the peasant from further investigation, panied him, had run on before. As he till the arrival of the juge de paix reached the immediate neighbourhood and the surgeon of the village, who, of the chapel, the child turned back accompanied by a numerous tribe of with breathless haste, and in accents those idlers who are always in attendof terror urged his father to advance. ance on such occasions, soon after The old man hastened forward in made their appearance. alarm; and his first glance, as he reach The body was examined, on which ed the level of the chapel, rested upon slight symptoms of incipient decay a corpse. Steeped in blood, and stripped were already perceptible. Under the to the shirt, the lower part of the body shirt a particoloured bandage, appacovered with long, loose, and light- rently the fragment of a woman's coloured pantaloons, covering boots shawl, was found carefully wrapped with spurs—there lay upon the steps of around the breast. Beneath it, and the chapel the body of a well-shaped on the left breast, lay a second roll of young man: his right hand rested on cloth, adhering closely to the body by his breast, and on his finger sparkled means of coagulated blood, and cover. a heavy gold seal-ring.
ing a broad and deep wound penetraThe peasant instantly dispatched ing to the heart, and evidently inflicted the boy to the nearest village to com with a sharp, two-edged instrument, municate the discovery, while he him- apparently a knife. The dissection of self remaized by the body. It struck the body led to the conclusion that him as singular, that so little blood death had taken place after indulgence should be found beside it. If a mur in wine, and probably to excess. der had taken place, this surely had
While the examination was proceednot been the spot where it had been ing, one of the spectators who had
* We have taken the liberty of condensing throughout, and in some respects altere ing the German original;--we venture to say with no disadvantage to the story, NO. CCXcy. VOL. XLVII.
followed the traces of the footsteps in other articles of dress belonging to the the direction of the Raubstein, returned stranger, the landlord mentioned a and announced to the judge that the gold watch with a chain and key; a crime had undoubtedly been committed red pocketbook, a green silk double within the ruined building on the sum purse which he had put into the landmit. The judge, the physician, and lord's hand before going to sleep, and the spectators immediately hastened had received from him again next to the spot, which all appearances morning ; and two rings, one of which indicated to have been the scene of was a seal-ring, the other a slender los de the murder. Blood besmeared the hoop-ring. The seal-ring, which had lito floor and was sprinkled along the been found-upon the finger of the dewalls ; round about lay the remains ceased, being shown to him, was res of a recent meal; crusts of bread, cognised by him as that which had parings of fruit, and the remains of a been worn by his guest. broken bottle, in which some drops of For some time no further clue was a sweet and heavy wine were still left. found, either to the person of the vic
The traces of footsteps leading from tim, or the cause of his death, though the chapel towards the ruin were indis. the investigation was actively pursued tinct, but in the opposite direction lead. by the Ober. Procurator* of the crimi. ing from the ruin towards the highroad nal tribunal, which then held its sittings to Hilgenberg, they were plainly dis at Hainburg: In the course of the cernible; not far from the building was month of November, however, a comfound another stripe of the same parti munication was made to the tribunal coloured silk which was wrapped round from the president of the police of the the body, and deeper in the underwood, department of K-, to this effect: suspended on a low bush, along woman's that a certain Herr Von Breisach, said glove, of Danish leather, finely wrought to be a native of the province of Band quite new, but stained with some who had for some time resided as a dark spots, in which the physician re private individual at K-, and was cognised the appearance of blood. By in the habit of making excursions from degrees the footprints became less thence—sometimes for days at a time distinct, and were at last lost in the into the mountains, had disappeared beaten highway leading to Hilgen. towards the end of August, and had berg.
never returned. His housekeeper, who, In the hope that it might lead to a alarmed at his absence, had made ap. recognition, the spectators whothrong- plication to the police, was now sum. ed to the spot were allowed to view moned to Hainburg; and, from her inthe corpse without impediment. The formation, there seemed little reason examination, however, led to no result, to doubt that the deceased and Von and with the approach of evening the Breisach were the same person. She body was conveyed to its last resting came, accompanied by an invalid sol. place in the churchyard of the neigh dier, who had been for some time in bouring village of Hoffstede.
the service of Breisach, and who at Next morning, however, the land. once recognised the boots as having lord of a small forest inn at a little frequently passed through his hands
. distance made his appearance before Both of them, of their own accord, the judge, who had seen the dead man particularized the gold watch and the the evening before, after the body had two rings of which the landlord had been put into the coffin. He had re spoken: though they could not absocognised in him a stranger who had lutely identify the seal ring, they lodged in his house, the night before thought it the same which their master the 24th August, and had left it early had worn; the other ring they dethat morning. Of his name, his rank, scribed as a plain one, resembling a his former residence, or his destination, marriage-ring: he was ignorant. His own conjecture The accounts given by them and which, however, rested on nothing others as to the habits of Breisach more conclusive than that the deceased were far from favourable. He had led wore boots and spurs-was, that he was a retired, but, as it appeared, discreditan officer of some of the corps which able life in K. Report spoke of were cantoned in the neighbourhood. his connexion with an actress of that Being urged still farther to describe any theatre; a connexion which had ab
* Public Prosecutor,
ruptly terminated some time before self personally before the court, and 2 his disappearance; the actress had afford every information which may
afterwards quitted the town--for what tend to throw light on this melancholy quarter was unknown.
Promising as these explanations at In January 1817, Ferdinand apfirst sight appeared, they were not peared in Hainburg. He read the 14 found materially to advance the en. documents which contained the result quiry.
Who was this Herr von of the investigations which had taken 3 Breisach ? The name was totally place; and expressed his unhesitating
unknown in the district; it was not to conviction that the dead man was his be found in any of the registers of no- brother Hermann. He applied to the
bility; the arms upon the seal-ring, court for an attestation of Hermann's ** though shown to many, were not re- death, which would open the succes
cognised by any one: both name and sion to him on his father's death-an arms might be the mere assumption of event which he regretted to think an adventurer.
could not be far distant ;_but he was A fortunate chance, however, re- given to understand that, however lite to moved the difficulty which had baffled tle doubt they might entertain as to
enquiry. The name of Breisach hap. his testimony, the evidence of a single mis pening to be mentioned in a private witness, and that too the person most
cirele, in the presence of an ex-diplo- interested in establishing the death, 1 matist distinguished for his skill in would not justify the ranting of ar
heraldry, he remarked that there might official certificate to that effect. He
bo a mistake in the writing of the was advised to place his case in the Di name; that he knew a noble family of hands of an advocate of the court, and is the name of Preussach, and was himself as the readiest means of obtaining his
in possession of their coat of arms. end, in the event of any clue being The remark was communicated to the found to the perpetrator of the deed, to official persons who were engaged in appear in the criminal proceedings for
the enquiry, and the stranger was re his interest as private complainer. di quested to exhibit to them the arms of Ferdinand accepted this advice, and
the noble family to which he had chose for his counsel the advocate So alluded. They corresponded in the Senkenberg, a man of great ability
minutest particulars with those en- and activity, whose local knowledge graved upon the seal.ring.
and numerous personal relations in One branch of this family it ap- the district peculiarly fitted him to peared was settled in the province of advance the views of his client. The B the alleged birthplace, it may importance of the task assigned to be recollected, of the personage who, him, and the rank of his employer, towards the close of August, had dis- concurred to stimulate the zeal of the appeared from K
advocate. The Ober-Procurator immediately Whether it was owing to chance, or put himself in communication with that the exertions of one personally the
government of that province, and interested were more effective than in a short time a written answer was the operations of the police, certain it received from a Ferdinand von Preus. is that, with the appearance of Ferdisach, who announced himself as the nand, light began to be thrown on second son of the old Baron Anselm several points, which, but for his ad. von Preussach, proprietor of an en- tivity, might either have remained untailed estate in that quarter.
discovered, orat least their bearing upon The eldest son, Hermann, had gone the case but imperfectly appreciated. abroad about two years before, and Ferdinand's first visit was to Kfor a considerable time past the family the last residence of his brother. After knew nothing as to his residence. some hesitation, the effects belonging
Every thing," continued Ferdi to the deceased were removed from nand von Preussach, “ every thing the place where they had been sealed indicates that the deceased is my up, and exhibited to him. He exabrother Hermann. The family are
mined with eagerness every paper deeply interested in the ascertainment that might help to throw light upon
of the truth. I am the next heir to his brother's fate. Among others, a 1 the family
estates; for my brother left page of paper in the form of a letter but a single daughter, the fruit of his came into his hands; the address was short marriage. I shall present my. torn away, but the contents, which
were in French, and written in a deli- the murder, ought to be more narcate hand, seemed important. We rowly enquired into." quote it as it stood, with its character. The Ober. Procurator was struck istic orthography.
with the justice of some of these obser. • Je vous accorde cette entrevue vations. The enquiry at which Ferdi. pourvu qu'elle soye decisive. Vos nand pointed was resumed, and the mennaces ne pourrant jamais m'epou. following additional particulars were vanter, je saurais me defendre moryen- the result. They related to the 24th naut les armes lesquelles me preteront of August, the day on the morning of l'honneur et la vertue. Voici ma der- which the deceased had left the forest niere. La corespondance segrete ne inn and which the witnesses were peut se continuer.
enabled to recollect, as being the birth. « Bl. cc. 21 Juill.
day of one of the reigning princesses, Preussach transmitted the document which had been celebrated by fêtes in thus found to the Ober- Procurator, to the neighbouring villages. whom he at the same time stated the A Swiss youth of twenty, but of weak view he entertained as to its connexion intellect, who had occasion to ascend with the subject of the investigation. the path leading to the Raubstein for
The tribunal," he observed, “had the purpose of cutting wood for the hitherto gone on the idea of robbery. village bonfire, early in the forenoon, Such had never been his belief. Any had seen a man and woman at some circumstances that might seem to coun distance before him in the wood; the tenance such a notion were the result man in the dress of a Jäger, the woof artificial contrivance to disguise the man in a particoloured gown with truth. The hand which dealt the straw-hat and parasol. The particu. blow, he was persuaded, was a wo. lar colours he could not describe. man's. Several passages in the pre. They disappeared among the undercognitions alluded to a woman's hav. wood. He caught sight of them only ing been seen in the neighbourhood
They were then close to of the chapel about the time in ques. the Raubstein, behind one of the protion; fragments of a shawl had been jections of which they were soon con. wrapped round the body ; a woman's cealed. glove found in the neighbourhood; The information given by the baththe handwriting of the letter of 21st keeper at Schlingin, a small vilJuly was decidedly that of a woman; lage almost connecting with the outit spoke of a decisive interview; the skirts of the watering place of Hilinterview had taken place near the genberg, was more distinct and imchapel, too decisive unfortunately for portant. About noon a lady, finely the deceased.
dressed, tall and slender, with a pleas“ I would not willingly cast suspi- ing countenance, but pale and worn cion on the innocent,” he proceeded; out, with dark hair falling down in
but I cannot disguise what no stran. curls, entered their house, and begged ger can be so well acquainted with as the bath-keeper to dress a wound on myself. Sensual and unbridled pas the palm of the right hand, which she sion was a prominent trait in the cha. held covered with a handkerchief. The racter of my otherwise estimable bath-keeper dressed and bound brother. This was the cause of sepa wound, which was broad but not deep, ration after his short marriage; his and apparently caused by a sharp in. excesses afterwards, when he was left strument; and his wife, at the stran. without control, involved him in dif ger's request, furnished her with a clean ficulties which had more than once handkerchief. The lady placed a threatened a tragic termination. In ducat in his hand, and hastily retired. K-, report spoke of his connexion At the garden-gate she was received with an opera dancer, who had disap by an old man in the garb of a woodpeared from thence nearly at the same man, in company with whom she took time. The point as to the presence the path towards Hilgenberg. of a woman in the neighbourhood of A neighbour who, from behind the the scene of action about the time of hedge of his garden, had witnessed
* " I grant you this interview on condition that it be decisive. Your threats will never terrify me. I can defend myself with the weapons with which honour and vir. jue will supply me. This is my last. The secret correspondence must terminate."