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the interview between the lady and coveries. With this view the glove her guide, before she entered the bath was put into the hands of a confiden. keeper's house, described her as ex tial agent of the police, for the purpose pressing, with a burst of tears, the of making farther enquiry among the deepest anxiety and alarm; to which dealers in such articles as to the he heard the old woodman distinctly name. reply
Meantime, a singular circumstanco "God in Heaven! be calm. Weep- occurred. The festival of St Anne ing will not bring him to life again was at hand, and the clergyman of with me you are safe. I shall be Hoffstede, according to his usual cus, silent-silent as the grave !”
tom, had gone up to remove from the The dress of the lady, according to little chapel the offerings which had their recollection, was a green silk been deposited through the year in gown, a straw hat with flowers, and a the poor's chest. The box on this parasol of light-coloured silk.
occasion contained an unexpected adPreussach was well satisfied with dition ;-a green purse, damp and the result of these enquiries. “ We mouldy as if it had lain there for some shall have light soon," said he to time, containing a good many silver Senkenberg. “ The glove is a strong and a few gold coins. A stripe of paper piece of evidence. It is clear the was fastened to the purse, on which wounded lady must have lost it. It was written in pencil, and apparently is for the right hand. We have the in a disguised hand, with large and glove, we shall have the hand pre- straggling characters, the words sently."
of Bury the dead as a Christian and a The active Senkenberg again set Catholic. God will reward you." the police in motion. He procured a The clergyman communicated the description of the suspected opera. fact to the authorities ; they recollectdancer ; which, as is generally the ed the statement of the landlord as to case, suited tolerably well with the the purse belonging to his guest: he description given by the bath-keeper was again summoned, and declared that and his wife. At last he was fortunate the purse now shown to him closely enough to discover her place of resi. resembled that worn by the stranger. dence. But the anticipations of Preus " I saw from the first,” observed sach were not in this instance to be Preussach, when this new circum. realized. The opera-dancer was in a stance was made known to him, " that condition to establish an unquestion- robbery was out of the question ; gold able alibi. Her passports and certi. and silver no robber would cast asiile. ficates were completely en regle: she Some other passion, jealousy perhaps, was proved to have left K
or revenge for disappointed love, guidmiddle of July, and to have never been ed the murderer's hand; remorse fol. in that neighbourhood since.
lowed the act; the same hand which The glove, which she had been re dealt the blow was now employed to quested in the course of the investiga- obtain Christian burial for the victim ; tion to put on, was found to be far too and these lines were assuredly written small for her hand. It was with dif. in the hope that they would be found ficulty, indeed, that it could be drawn at the same time with the body." off without tearing. But in doing so In the mean time, letters from home a circumstance came to light which arrived which obliged Preussach for
showed that the investigations had not some time to leave the further prosein been made with such minuteness but cution of the enquiry in Senkenberg's
that more might yet be discovered. hands. Decisive steps had now become In removing the glove it was turned urgently necessary with regard to the inside out, and close to the sleeve was civilconsequences of Hermann's death; discovered a name stamped upon the for the old baron was visibly dropping
leather,– Wilh: T. . ffe. The inters into the grave. Ferdinand was adet mediate letters were illegible. vised to repair in person to the capital,
Attention was now, of course, direct- where it was thought likely that his ed to the discovery of the person whose personal influence with the central name was thus stamped upon the glove. power might remove those obstacles The name might be that of the pro. to the obtaining a formal judicial reprietor, or it might be that of the cognition of Hermann's death, which maker of the glove ; but even in this in the provincial court were found to
it might lead to farther dis. be insurmountable. In this object at
least-however little cordiality other. silent and confused. The colonel wise subsisted between the families hastened to relieve him from his em. he was likely to be assisted by the barrassing situation, shook hands with relations of Hermann's wife ; since, him, as if to give him a hint of deupon the death of Hermann being as- parture, and said, “ We shall see each certained, the widow would step into other frequently ; let us do what we the enjoyment of an annual income have to do as men, calmly and confrom the estate, considerably exceedsiderately.” He laid a strong emphasis ing the allowance which had been on the words “as men," and "calmly," made to her after her separation. as if he felt annoyed that Ferdinand pri
The idea of this renewed intercourse, should have been a witness to this however, with a family with whom, recent display of female irritability. since the separation, now three years Three days afterwards the colonel past, he had had no communication, was returned the visit, but the intelligence any thing but agreeable to Ferdinand. he brought was by no means encour. His sister-in-law he had never liked, aging. In regard to the succession and the stern obstinacy of her father, to the Preussach estates, two courses Colonel Siegfeld, who had steadily only were open ; either to procure a repulsed every attempt made by Her- formal judicial attestation of Hermann's mann towards a reconciliation with his death, proceeding on strict legal evi, wife, had sorely wounded the pride of dence ; or to go through
form of # the house of Preussach. There re edictal citation of the deceased, who, mained, however, no alternative; and after the expiry of the legal period, in August 1817 Ferdinand set out for would be legally held dead. This, how. the capital.
ever, would require an interval- of Shortly after his arrival he announ. years; and should the old baron die ced himself at the residence of Colonel in the mean time, the estates must be Siegfeld. Albertine, the widow, was put under a provisional management, not at home ; his reception from the
an arrangement which the family nacolonel and his wife was at first of turally felt would be extremely disthe coldest character. The intelli- agreeable. The colonel had, with a gence, however, which he brought, view to the interests of his daughter
, produced an immediate change. The employed his utmost interest at court honourable character of the colonel, to have the proceedings shortened ; le and the refined feelings of bis wife, but had little hope that the prince, made them receive the melancholy who entertained strict notions on such tidings with that sympathy which, in matters, would be induced to interfere noble minds, overpowers every hostile to obtain any relaxation of the rules of feeling. The colonel readily promised law in a particular case. his aid in promoting the object which From the colonel's conyersation, Ferdinand had in view; and Preussach Preussach farther gathered that the was about to take his leave, when intelligence of the death of her husAlbertine's carriage drove up to the band had been communicated to Algate. The mother had just time to bertine, and that she had been more entreat him to conceal from Albertine deeply affected by it than her father on the present occasion the death of her seemed willing to allow. husband, promising to break the matter In the course of the tedious proto her as soon as they were alone. ceedings and audiences of ministers
Albertine entered. She paused a which the affair demanded, Prenssach moment at the sight of Ferdinand, had occasion to be more than once in who was advancing respectfully to company with Albertine. She appeared meet her; then, as if suddenly recog- in a widow's dress-a mark of respect nising him, she became deadly pale, for the memory of her late husband, for staggered back, and, without a word which he could not but feel indebted to of salutation, disappeared in the ante- her. Nor, with all the deep-rooted dis
Her mother followed her. like which he felt for his sister-in-law, Preussach felt deeply annoyed at this could he disguise from himself the ex. public and unequivocal indication of qnisite beauty of her face and form, dislike-a feeling which, in his own attired in all the bloom and fulness of heart, he was conscious of recipro- youth, and set off to advantage by the cating; but which at least, he thought, mourning garb she wore; the grace need not be manifested so very open and elegance of her movements ; or ly. He stood before the old man the refined gentleness of her manners;
though her bearing towards himself that she had it from a third party. A was reserved and formal.
young widow from the capital, a MaIn September he received a letter dame Sussfeld, had been long on a e from Senkenberg. “I have a novelty visit at the house of Baron Kettler, in
in its way to communicate to you, the immediate neighbourhood of the the advocate wrote, “ in regard to parsonage: Adelaide, who had a turn our painful enquiry. Our well-known for music, had occasionally played with glove has found its fellow the left. the lady, and had formed an acquaintIt resembles the blood-spotted one as ance with her waiting-woman. On one twin does another; the stamp is Madame Sussfeld's departure, Adethe same, though more legibly im. laide had assisted the attendant in
pressed. The name is Tieffe. It is some of her preparations : in a small de generally supposed to be the name of dressing-box, among other odds and
the maker; but it has led to what I have ends, lay this single new glove, which now in a few words to communicate. the waiting-woman, not thinking, it
“ In the course of his enquiries the worth while to take with her, as its A police agent had occasion to exhibit the fellow was wanting, had thrown upon
right hand glove to a milliner here- the floor. Adelaide, pleased with the Madame Lax; one of her customers, fineness of the work, had taken it up, a lady - Madame Zeltwach - who and said, in jest, she would keep it as had seen the glove in her possession, a remembrance-which she had done. and had learned that it formed the “I am inclined to believe the story, subject of some enquiry by the po. both because Mademoiselle Rauch is lice, took it up and examined it. a girl of good character, and also beMadame Lax must, in the course cause some things led me to the conof conversation, have mentioned my clusion that your unfortunate brother Dame; for, two or three days after had some connexion with Blumenwards, Madame Zeltwach waited upon rode. me, and presented me with its counter “ Under the apocryphal French leta part, the left hand glove. She is in ter found at K -, you well rememlimate, it seems, with the family of ber the letters BI and an A. the Protestant clergyman in Blu- Strangely enough, however, the Chrismenrode, about three leagues from tian name of the waiting-woman, to hence. On a late visit there with her whom the glove belonged, was Agadaughters, and in the course of some tha, her surname Roger. An A and cabinet council among the young ladies à French name. She is described to as to matters of dress, the second daugh- me as tall and slender, (Adelaide is ter of the clergyman happened acci. neither.) As to the lady, I have dentally to pull out from her drawer learned nothing more than that she this left hand glove ;—there was some was a young widow, of high connexjesting
as to the name, Wilhelmine ions, and resident at court. Tieffe, The name had struck Madame “ You have often manifested, in this Zeltwach, so that she had immediately melancholy investigation, a penetrarecollected the incident when the right tion which I readily acknowledge : hand glove was shown to her by Ma- you are possessed of information as to dame Lax.
She had since pressed your brother's course of life, with the clergyman's daughter for an ex which I am but imperfectly acquaint, planation how she came by it. Her ed. Possibly you may find the clue account is, that she had received it where to me the connecting links are from the waiting woman of a lady who awanting.". had been on a visit to the baronial fa Preussach laid down the letter with mily in the neighbourhood the sum, indifference, • Strange!” he could mer before.
not help saying, “that the cautious " This took place yesterday. To- Senkenberg should attach such weight day the clergyman - his name is to this discovery. If the stamp be but
Rauch --with his daughter Adelaide, the signature of the firm, how many appeared before me. They were both hundreds of such gloves, exactly reanxious and distressed at the idea that sembling each other, must be now in they might be suspected of any unfair circulation through the world! I shall acquisition of the unfortunate glove. write him to that effect, after I have I begged the girl to tell me in the paid my last visit at the colonel's, on minutest manner how she came by it. the subject of this wearisome succesShe told me, with perfect simplicity, sion question."
Part II. Tue SUSPICION. FERDINAND paid his visit. On this which had overpowered her presence occasion Albertine's mother was alone. of mind. The conversation turned on Her. The suspicion, once fairly admitted mann's death, and the discovery of into his mind, he pondered day and the body, of which she now learned night how to put the proofs into such the details for the first time.
a shape as to induce the authorities to “ Your brother, then,” said she,"is proceed against his sister-in-law as an buried where he met with his melan- accomplice in the assassination of her choly end ?"
husband. “ He is. He rests in the church. Agatha Roger, the waiting-woman, yard of the village of Hoffstede, not he had known before ; but she had far from Hilgenberg !"
left the Siegfeld family, and he was “ Hilgenberg! If Albertine had afraid of exciting the suspicions of Alsuspected this ! How near she was bertine by venturing on any enquiry at that very time—to the scene of this after her present residence. atrocity!"
At last he resolved on having a con. “How! was your daughter then in versation with Albertine, in hopes that, Hilgenberg?
during the interview, something might “ She was on a visit to the family occur which would bring the matter of Baron Kettler, at their estate of more distinctly to a point. He found Blumenrode ; from whence she often both the ladies at home; and intro. visited Hilgenberg.'
duced the subject of the investigation “ Blumenrode!” repeated Preussach which was going on as to the circumthoughtfully. A thought began to stances and the author of Hermann's arise in his mind, to which he felt re. death. Albertine listened, with evident luctant to give admission. “ Alberinterest, but without embarrassment. tine !-a third A -and this time per Preussach turned suddenly to his haps the right one.” He saw that his sister-in-law. “ You are acquainted, absence of mind attracted the lady's I believe, with the family of the Baron attention, and took his leave as soon von Kettler of Blumeprode." Alas he could find an opportunity. bertine answered in the affirmative.
He returned to his lodgings ; he “ You are perhaps acquainted, then, read over Senkenberg's letter again; with the daughter of the Protestant a new light seemed to flash upon clergyman there." him. The billet of 21st July, the “ The clergyman has several daughglove, were Albertine's. She was the ters." wounded lady at the bath-house ; “ I mean the second, named Adeherappearance corresponded sufficient. laide." ly with the well-remembered descrip " I know her well: what of ber?" tion given by the witness. Madame Preussach hesitated; he was in Sussfeld-a young widow ;—this also some confusion. He secretly wished admitted of explanation. The sepa. that he possessed that penetrating rated wife might prefer appearing glance for which Senkenberg had gi among strangers in the character of a ven him credit: he felt how difficult widow; the name might be mistaken, it was to steer his way, but he resolved as has already been the case with that to venture. of the leading sufferer in this tragedy. “ I would willingly," he resumed, Siegfeld was the real name. The after a pause, “ learn some particulars colonel, in the first vehemence of his as to that girl. She is involved, in a indignation against the family of very peculiar manner, in this investigaPreussach, had insisted, as he knew, on tion; the police have discovered": his daughter's resumption of her fa “ For the love of Heaven what?" mily name; and though, from both the exclaimed Albertine_" The
poor married parties being Catholic, he fortunate girl! She is innocent, wholly could not effect a dissolution of the innocent !” She trembled as she ut. marriage, Albertine in private circles, tered these words; every drop of blood even in the capital, bore the name of had vanished from her cheeks ; her Madame Siegfeld. The extraordinary mother hurried to her side, thinking reception he had met with was now she was about to faint. accounted for. It was the fear of dis.
By a strong effort she regained her covery, the feeling of conscious guilt, composure. « O mother," she ex
claimed, " is it possible? I must tunate Adelaide. Her testimony and hence. I must I can save the un that of the Kettler family would be fortunate.”
sufficient, she thought, for that purHer mother rang: a female attend- pose. A written interposition, which ant entered. Albertine was conducted her mother had at first proposed, apto her room. At that moment the peared to her insufficient. Of this her colonel entered. He stood in silence mother was now convinced, and would opposite to Ferdinand. “ Another accompany her on her long journey. scene!” he muttered to himself.
Preussach encouraged the ladies in Preussach clasped his hand. “You their determination. Nothing could suit will blame me, colonel ; but, by hea. better with his plans. Once within the vens”.
sphere of the tribunal of investigation, Nay, I blame you not; but you Albertine would be more easily reachare not acquainted with the irritable ed than under the protection of her nerves of females. One thing only I paternal mansion. In the provinces, beg of you: avoid such scenes during too, the forms of the French law prethe rest of your stay-We have had vailed, while in the capital the old enough already."
German forms were still in use. All “ Enough indeed," said Preussach. his efforts were directed to this end. "I take my leáve, colonel. I regret He advised Albertine to address her. the pain I have been the means of self at once to the Ober-Procurator, causing. I regret it more than you and to offer every explanation she can believe."
might have to afford, generally, and He took his leave; but in the ca without specifying the person to whose pital be could rest no longer. “ What justification these explanations were need of further witnesses ?” he said to directed. himself. " Albertine undertakes to The colonel now communicated prove Adelaide's innocence; who can to him the final result of his negotia. do that but one who knows the real tions at Court with regard to the suc. perpetrator of the crime ?"
cession. The question whether Her. He wrote to Senkenberg. s You mann's death was to be held so far praised my penetration, because from a established as to open the succession woman's glove I inferred the presence to the estate to Ferdinand on his of a woman's hand. You shall hear father's death, was to be referred to more. You found the second glove, the Court of Appeal at KI have found the hand that fits it. Stop supreme tribunal of the province in all further proceedings against the which Hermann had last resided ; with clergyman's daughter; let there be no the decision of that court the reigning further disturbance made in Blumen- prince would not interfere. rode. In eight days at the farthest I Such being the case, Ferdinand,
with his usual prudence, deemed it adOn mature consideration, Preussach visable to be on the spot. He passed thought it desirable to ascertain to throngh Hainburg, where he had an what resolution Albertine had come: interview with Senkenberg, who was he was therefore glad to receive a not a little confounded at the nature of message that she would wish to see his verbal communications; and di. him before his departure. She re recting him to write to him as soon as ceived him with composure; and press any thing deserving of attention ed him earnestly to explain what had should occur, he made the best of his occurred to attach suspicion to Ade. laide. Preussach dexterously evaded Shortly afterwards arrived a packet the desired explanation till he should from Senkenberg. discover how far she was acquainted “ I have learned some particulars with the state of the proceedings. from a servant in Blumenrode, which Perceiving her entire ignorance, he seem to connect with those spoken by spake in dark and doubtful language; the Swiss boy, the bath-keeper, and told her his advocate wrote vaguely his wife. They remember that the and indefinitely on the subject ; 24th of August was a Saturday. It thus much only was certain, that grie was the day on which the families of vous suspicions rested on the girl. the gentry in the neighbourhood used
Albertine instantly announced her to hold their weekly assembly in Hil. resolution of repairing in person to genberg ; on that day the family of Hainburg, in order to save the unfor. Kettler 'was not there, but Madame
shall be with you.
way to K.