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or up into the clouds, as if he wondered already numbered in the sacred comwho the deuce made those noises. I pany of the dead, a victim to tho yelsuspected bim of being Orpheus, who, low fever of Savannah. it will be remembered, was in the cold Next to our Hamburg friend sat a water line, and had a fancy for playing tolerably pretty and intolerably haughty airs to rocks, fishes, and other dumb Prussian lady, the wife of some governcreatures.
ment official, and, therefore, according They told us at Graefenberg of a to German etiquette, always addressed Mexican, who came there a year or two by the title of her august husband. beforo us for the sake of trying the cure
She sometimes made use of our grave on his dyspepsia. He went through his neighbor as an interpreter between herfirst packing with great indignation, and self and our Georgian ; and once sho was then taken down-stairs into that signified, in a jesting way, that when horrible abyss of plunge-baths. Priess- she came to America she should pay nitz pointed to the cistern and bade him him a visit. get into it.
"Never !" he thundered; “ Tell her," replied Burroughs, with and, marching up-stairs, he dressed him oriental magnificence, “that, if she will self, and went straight back to Mexico. come and see me, I will give her five Another man in the same situation is hundred negroes to wait on her.". said to have fallen on his knees before The old Hamburgher, incapable of Priessnitz, exclaiming : “Oh, sir, re- suspecting a joke, opened his eyes to member that I have a wife and chil- an unaccustomed extent at such an ex. dren !"
travagance of hospitality. "I think," Directly opposite us at table sat an said he, after a moment's reflection, excellent old gentleman, a wealthy “ that five would be better than five merchant from Hamburg. Naturally hundred." thin and grizzly, in addition dilapidated He translated the splendid proffer, like our wholo company, he had a ludi- which was received with a hearty crously astonished way of looking over laugh, and went the rounds of the his spectacles whenever any one ad- lady's acquaintance with great success. dressed him, if it were only to say good. From that time forward, Burroughs's morning. He seemed to be lost in some consequence, and indeed that of our chaos far away from outer life ; wan- whole party, was considerably increasdering, perhaps, through the interior ed in the eyes of the Graefenberghers. glooms of his own invalidism. At the A man, who could be courteous to the sound of a voice, he raised his head amount of five hundred negro waiters, slowly; the round eyes and round was worth smiling upon. spectacles settled upon the speaker, Several members of our invalid regi. one above another, like the ports of a ment were veterans in point of service. two-decker about to open fire; and A tall, gray-headed Swedish count, who then, collecting his vagrant faculties, occupied a little cottage by himself, and he would smile and utter a few words cultivated its diminutive garden with his of overflowing grave good-nature. He own hands, bad beon under cure eleven spoke English pretty well, and, like all years. A rosy German baron, of about Germans, was willing to put his lin- sixty-five, was three years his senior in guistic knowledge in practice on every hydropathic experiences. “I am very possible occasion. He took an especial well," he used to say in explanation; fancy to Burroughs, inviting him, if he “ very well as long as I stay here; but went to Hamburg, to visit his family. as soon as I go away I get sick again. Indeed, this Georgian comrade of mine-- The regular doctors can do nothing for young, gay, full of mirth and conversa- I have tried them all, and taken tion, insinuating in manners—had rap- every one of their drugs, with no result idly become a pet among our congress except spoiling my stomach. Accordof invalids, and was on terms of inti- ingly, every time that I havo left Graefmate companionship with men, even, enberg, I have been obliged to return between whom and himself there was to it. At last, I have resolved to settle no bond of common language. I doubt here for life. Why not? I have plenty not but many of them still remember of respectable society. I live at Friehim with occasional kindly laughter. waldau, where I can have good food For my part, I cannot speak of bim and lodging. I am incurable; our honwith sufficient gentleness ; for he is est Priessnitz tells me so himself; but as long as I remain here I do not suffer. within the leafy-solitude of the forest. Why not remain? Of course!" “Oh, not at all!” said he, in answer to
Still another noticeable hydropath, was some one who asked him if such promea bald, fat-headed, capacious Parisian, nades à la garden of Eden did not of about forty, round as a puncheon and sometimes lead him into embarrassing very similar to one in other respects. In situations. “I meet no one but strawplain words, he was an occasional drunk- berry girls; and they only laugh and ard, who had been coaxed to Graefen- get out of my way." berg by his friends in a hope that the The prettiest of all our patients cure might rid him of his unfortunate the only beautiful one, I verily believe, appetite. Priessnitz had done his ut.
among them-was a little baroness of most in the way of cold water and warm eighteen or nineteen summers, from expostulations ; had even ordered tho Vienna. With a clear brunette comhotel-keepers of Freiwaldau, under pen- plexion flushing on the cheek into roses, alty of his very powerful displeasure, the brightest of black eyes, features not to furnish Monsieur Cognac with sufficiently regular, and å plump but any spirituous drinks ; but all to no graceful form — she would bave been purpose. By all sorts of invisible ways, attractive in any place, or amid any and underground railroads, the forbidden constellation of fair women; but, fioatthing would find its passage to the un- ing through our medley of varied uglifortunate man's stomach and brain. As ness, she was delightful. I never saw he held a respectable position in society ber without her mother, who, like all and visited nice people, he sometimes continental mammas, held, that maidenproduced considerable scandal by the hood demands the watchfulness of little contrast between his conduct and his less than giants and dragons. My company. During one of his staggery nearest intimacy with her, unfortumoments he happened in on a nervous nately, or perhaps fortunately, was to American lady, and quite alarmed her by know several of her acquaintance. One what sbe considered his very eccentric of them, an American, told too that she behavior. The next day he came again, was a fresh and simple child of nature ; full of dim, regretful recollections, and another, a French count, laughed at the voluble with apologetical explanations. idea, and affirmed that she was a coHe had had a crisis, he said : some kind quette. I incline to the opinion of tho of nervous crisis : in fact, he had such Frenchman; firstly, because I think he turns frequently; they were the symp; was the best judge of European mantoms of his peculiar malady. He hoped ners; secondly, because I imagine my he had said nothing disagreeable to countryman to have been a little in madame; sometimes his attacks were love. 80 violent that he hardly knew what he This pretty girl came to Graefensaid; he prayed that she would excuse berg, a few months before my arrival, him, and believe that he was her most so deadly sick with a heart-disease that respectful though unworthy servant. no one thought she could live. Priess
There was a tall, stout grenadier of a nitz refused to undertake her cure, saySwedish count, in the prime of life, who ing that she was too far gone for any was also one of our notables. He nursed hope, and would probably die under the a curious fancy of stealing away into the first baths; but, at the earnest entreaties woods, dressed in nothing at all, not of her relatives, he revoked his decision oven a collar, and strolling about, thus and commenced her treatment, washing attired, with an axe in his hand, to the his hands, however, of all responsibility. great confusion, doubtless, of all the At the first envelopment in the wet undines and tree-nymphs. His idea sheet, her heart beat so violently that was, to take a copious air-bath, warm- its pulsations were distinctly visible ing himself at intervals by a few chops through the usual covering of three at wayside saplings; and he thought blankets. She survived this opening that these occasional returns to a primi- struggle, and thenceforward convalesced tive state of existence had a most in- rapidly. When I saw her she used to vigorating effect on his physical and climb the steep hills around Graefenmoral nature. He used to manage his berg with such an aspect of health as sylvan escapades from the douche- if she had never been ill, nor would be houses, wretched little huts well retired so forever.
week in the great dining-hall. On Sun
day evenings and Thursday evenings GRAEFENBURGESSES AND GRAEFEN
the chairs and tables were huddled into
one end of the room, so as to give space I ought to say one word of the native to dancing and flirtation. Directly over beauties of Graefenberg. When I speak the principal door a small gallery tremof them as beauties, it makes me laugh bled under a riotous mob of fiddles and to think how ugly they were ; but I trumpets, which some laborious Silesian ought to be ashamed of myself, for it peasants vainly tried to reduce to melowas no laughing matter to the poor dious order. The society was as mixed creatures themselves. As there were a a one as could easily be collected in the number of wealthy families in the Hartz mountains of a Walpurgis-night; borough of Freiwaldau, there were, of all languages, classes, and manners being course, some young ladies there who there represented, from Americans to dressed well and considered themselves Russians, and from dukes to dogaristocratic. But, however genteel, they
doctors. were not handsome, and had in parti
As Priessnitz insisted that every one cular a dropsical, cadaverous look, as should dance who could, it naturally if overbleached in their papas' linen- happened that some people tried to factories. I never tried to talk to them; dance who could not. I remember one common sense forbade it; I spoke no unlucky individual, apparently troubled German.
with the string-halt, who twitched his The only damsels of the locality with legs after him in a style that was too whom it was easy to come to an under. much for the gravity of us youths; and standing were the peasant-girls who who, as he made the circle of the saloon collected, every morning, around the in a waltz or polka, was followed by an House-fountain, to sell us cakes, straw- epidemic smile shooting from face to berries, and cherries. Jovial, laughing face, as if he were some planet of mirthbodies, all of them, several were rather fulness, dispensing a splendor of broad pretty in a coarse way, by reason of grins upon everything which bordered merry blue eyes, mouths full of fine his orbit. Then there was an indiscreet teeth and cheeks full of dimples. One little man in black, who invariably couof them, who did me the favor of offi. pled himself with the tallest woman ciating as my washer-woman, was really present, and manœuvred her about handsome, as far as regular features, a the hall with the helpless jerkings of clear rosy skin, a small coral mouth, and a jolly-boat trying to tow u frigate. a nicely-rounded form are suficient to Many of the guests, however, showed constitute handsomeness. The advan- themselves natural and experienced tages of shoes were acknowledged by dancers, managing their heels with an these nymphs; but they scorned stock- eloquence of motion which put to shame ings, and wore economical frocks reach- the inarticulate bleating of the wretched ing only six inches below the knee ; in music. consequence of which they made a The favorite dance was a wild gallop: startling display of solid sun-burnt legs, much like a steeple-chase in point of generally well modeled, and not seldom reckless rapidity, whirling people around profusely scratched by the thickets and the enchanted circle with the briskness brambles through which they waded to and rumpled confusion of hens blown collect their horticultural merchandise. about like a whirlwind. A very advanAlas for the romance of sylvan scenes ! tageous step it was for those ladies who these daughters of nature were decided. had pretty ankles; and for this artistic ly more frail than fair; the morals of reason it was as popular with the outthe peasantry for miles around Graefen- siders as with the performers. But the berg having been lamentably corrupted finest thing of all was a thundering by its unscrupulous bachelor patients. Polish mazurka, emphasized with heavy Much evil, Priessnitz said, had been boots, in a style which made one feel as brought into the district by his establish- if he were enveloped in a charge of ment, and no good thing besides money, cavalry.
As for the young ladies of our invalid The balls usually commenced at half. set, and old ladies, too, I had a fair op- past seven, and continued vehemently portunity of seeing them at their best, until balf-past nine, when the patients in the balls which took place twice a began to drop off to their chambers. Priessnitz was almost always present, mit to some little unavoidable delay attended by his family, a pleasant smile rather than open a scene of confusion. playing on his red-oak face, while he The lieutenant replied that his ladies talked with the old fellows who had the had already waited an annoying timo honor of his intimacy, or gazed approv- for hungry people, who, doubtless, wore ingly at the higgledy-piggled, whirl of wet bandages, and that he should now feet and faces. Here, as everywhere, see to it bimself that they received the he spoke little; and I presume that be proper convivial attentions. D'Hautehad few ideas except such as were good ville retorted, with the spunk of the to put in practice ; for I understood that true Gallic cock, that he should prevent ho had never learned to read until he bim; and in a moment both parties were was twenty-five, and that, even now, ready to disembowel each other with his lections were limited to an occasional their dessert-spoons ; a species of con: newspaper. Near him usually sat Mrs. test in which the Frenchman would have Priessnitz, a rather hard-featured, care- been at a great disadvantage by reason ful-eyed woman, not as kindly in man- of his superior abdominal development. ner as her busband, and, to all appear. They were separated for the moment, ance, still more taciturn. The eldest however, and the evening passed off daughter I never saw, thanks to an at- without further disturbance. tractive dowry by which she had secured The next day, everybody concerned a Hungarian noble for a husband. The wanted satisfaction; and the result was, second daughter-a pale and rather a resolution to settle the matter by pis. haughty blonde of eighteen, neither tols and surgeons. A rendezvous of handsome nor homely-was one of the death was appointed in Prussia, some best and most frenetic of the dancers. eight or ten miles from Graefenberg: When nine o'clock came, the old couple and a couple of sorry hacks bore to it quietly walked off, leaving their absence the proposed combatants, with their as a hint to the revelers that it was time train of Job's comforters. On the way, to wet their bandages and go to bed. in consequence of the badness of the
Among such a number of young gal- roads, or the horses, the lieutenant had lants and people made irritable by indi- so much time for reflection, and employgestions, gouts, and neuralgias, it was ed it also to so amiable a purpose, that natural that insults should sometimes be he resolved, before he would fight, to passed which nothing but blood and see all the laws of honor where they gunpowder could expiate. A very in- came from, that is, in Tophet. Arrived teresting squabble took place, on the at the ground, he made the explanations occasion of an associated ball
, given by that he would not make ten hours beten or a dozen leading dandies (or lions, fore, retracted all his offensive remarks, as they say in French) of our savage and, in consequence, spoilt the fun of society. One of the managers was a the seconds. They were as indignant corpulent Frenohman, named D'Haute- as disappointed people usually areville, a social, civil man, like most of his especially those who are called out of contrymen, as long as he was well treat- bed for nothing and they subsequently ed, but sufficiently quick on the trigger treated the placable young man's feel. for all fighting purposes. Among the ings with great inhumanity, insisting invited was a long, awkward, tow-beaded that he should resign his commission. Austrian lieutenant, a Saxon by birth, Another duel actually came off bequite a young fellow, but so insufferably tween an Austrian officer, whose name conceited that you wanted to quarrel I have forgotten, and an English lieuwith him at first sight. To prevent tenant called Drummond. The Ausconfusion in the supper-room, it had trian, having taken a great fancy to been agreed that the managers alone Drummond, improved every opportuni. should hand refreshments to the ladies. ty of seizing him by the button-hole and Our Saxon, despising this sumptuary inflicting upon himn certain lengthened Inow and its enactors, escorted a couple conversations. His love was but ill reof damsels to the tables, and proceeded quited, for Drumınond considered him a to furnish them liberally with whatever bore from the first, and liked him all he could lay his sprawling bands on. the less as they became more intimate. D'Hauteville softly remonstrated in his Such a contrariety of pulling on tho long ears, repeating the above-mention- chords of friendship could not last long od agroomont, and begging him to sub- without producing a rupture ; and Drummond, who was nervous by right next morning, in a high-pitched room of dyspepsia, soon grew excessively ir. in one of the hotels of Freiwaldau. ritable under the Austrian's familiari. Drummond had time to take a lesson ties; like a snappish dog who gets in- or two in sabre exercise from the fencdignant at little Bobby's affectionate ing-master of the village, so as not to but awkward attachment to his tail. be delivered up to his adversary's
Happening to meet one morning blade unresistingly, like a United States when the wind was due east, the Aus- Senator armed with a paper-knife to a trian bowed as usual, but his overwearied United States Representative armed friend passed on without vouchsafing a with a cudgel. Fencing lessons, in such look in reply. The forsaken one halted pressing cases, always consist of a few with a martial stare of indignant won- simple parries, with two or three only der; but, remembering that English- of the most prudent offensive strokes. men are eccentric, be resolved to wait The novice is strongly counseled to for further developments, before he stand as much as possible on guard, and considered himself insulted. A short to make very cautious cuts at his vis-àtime afterward, they encountered again, vis, reserving even these until the chance and the Austrian repeated his salute. is palpable. As German duels usually Drummond turned bis back on him, and end with the first blood drawn, this marched off with a gesture of supreme method of fighting is very favorable to contempt. The next inorning he received green hands, and the skirmish generally a call from a friend of his late friend, closes with some insignificant scratch, who, after a ceremonious bow, made which does not always fall upon the known that his business was to demnand least practiced of the combatants. explanation of certain irreverent conduct Drummond followed out this system of Lieutenant Drummond toward Cap- of tactics with great coolness and suctain Whatsbispamestein of the Austrian cess. Parrying carefully the wrathful army.
storm of blows which fell on his sabre, Certainly,” said Drummond. “The be at last got a chance to let in a bit of truth is, that I am tired of your friend's his own, grazing bis opponent's arm, acquaintance, and want to relieve my- and sending a small streak of crimson self of it. I did my best, in a civil way, to down the bare white skin. Observing make him understand that he bored me. the blood, and supposing that satisfacHe would not take a hint, and I had to tion had been given, he neglected to reinsult him. That is the whole affair." cover guard, and received a light tap
“Of course, then, you are ready to on the shoulder from the German, who, grant him the only satisfaction that re- it seems, was unconscious of being mains to a gentleman in his circum- wounded. Drummond brought up his stances ?”
sabre again, and administered another “Of course. All ho wants; whenever mild slash—for his opponent had, in he pleases."
turn, dropped guard at sight of the . My principal, being the injured bloody shoulder. All this passed like party, has a right to the choice of arms. lightning, and before the seconds could Still, he desires to know whether there interfere to prevent the double mistake, is any particular weapon that you would which certainly appears in a post prefer?"
comical light, if the reader will only con“No; anything-anything that he sider that a couple of heads might have likes."
been whipped off by it. It will be ob “ Are you acquainted with the use of served, also, that the confident, experithe broadsword ?”
enced swordsman had received two “ Not at all?"
wounds, and the cautious novice only “I am sorry. It is the weapon
The duel was now over, and of predilection in the Austrian service honor satisfied ; nothing remained but for such occasions, and the one which to settle the disagreement. The seconds my principal would choose before all called on the principals to shake hands otbers."
and forget their differences. “I will “Oh, don't hesitate on my account. shake hands," said Drummond ; “but Let it be the broadsword if
friend not forget the difference. It is unreaat all desires it; and the broader the sonable to expect mo to take all this better."
trouble to get rid of a man's acquaintAccordingly, broadsword it was, the ance, and then continue as intimate with