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the emigrants were bivouacked. The moon had risen | vinced that it will be necessary to strengthen the arm and added her pale lustre to the glare of a number of of our defence very soon and very considerably in that fires, around which the Indian children were gamboling, quarter. This conviction does not imply, by any means, and the older squaws beating or boiling their homony. a censure of the policy which has been adopted (and The old men and the young women, arrayed in their which has been almost completed) with regard to one best attire, were assembling around a large and bright of the most embarrassing moral and political dilemmas fire, near the centre of the encampment. A bench was to which any government was ever exposed. The danplaced near this fire, on which two of the oldest and ger to be apprehended from the immense hordes of most venerable men took their seats, one of them hold. savages that are gathering like an ominous cloud on the ing in his hand a small drum or tambourine, open at frontier of the United States and Texas, is common to one end. The aged musicians gave the signal for the these countries, and adds another strong link to the dance, one by singing a piece of music that sounded chain of destiny which already binds them together. something like one of Webber's waltzes, the other beating the time on his drum. A number of young women and girls (about fifty or sixty) immediately sprang from their seats on the ground, and forming a circle, commenced dancing, or rather stamping (like a corps of militia marking time), and moved with a very THE HYPOCHONDRIAC. slow pace and very solemn countenances, in single file, around the fire and the musicians. The eyes of the Horatio was a fancy monger from his childhood; he dancers were scarcely ever raised from the ground as was an enthusiast and a book-worm; he delighted in they followed each other around and around the fire. day dreams, and his principal realities were the vagaSome of the females, who appeared to be ladies of ries of his own creation. These eccentricities, however, quality, were ornamented by gaudy trinkets, and by were at this time harmless, both to himself and others, what they seemed to prize still higher as marks of dis- except that they formed a peculiar habit of thinkingtinction-a number of large sea shells, filled with peb- which perhaps has overshadowed his subsequent life. bles and smaller shells, fastened together and bound Fame, the element of life to an author, seized his about the legs, as high as the knee. When they moved imagination, and before his mind was sufficiently main the dance (or promenade) these shells made a great tured to know either its own strength or weakness, he noise, chiming with singular, and not very harmonious was in his own estimation at least, an essayist, a poet, effect, with the voice of the singer and the beat of the and a dramatist. drum. During this time, the young warriors, and such It was his fortune to engage in a mercantile life, but others of the tribe as were attracted by curiosity, were it was altogether unfitted to his temperament. His lying at full length on the grass, near the circle of dan- habits of action and modes of thinking were veering cers, wrapped in their blankets, and in profound atten. another way; yet he had one quality-a love of simtion to the scene that was going on before them. The plicity, and a delight in system and order, which almost, men were only spectators, taking no part whatever in if not quite, excluded him from the rank of genius, the dance.
This quality, however, was all important in his new I was informed that this was called by the Indians vocation, and he was successful beyond his most sans the Pole Cat Dance, though our friends were disposed to guine expectations. But even then his feelings were distinguish it by the more agreeable, and not less ap- not enlisted in his pursuits, and he felt more exquisite propriate, name of the Shell Dance. At regular periods delight in improving the social habits of his native vilthis dance is continued for three or four nights suc- lage, than in all his aspirations after wealth. An extracessively by the women ; when, the women giving way, ordinary convulsion in the business-world prostrated the warriors enter the ring. They do not restrict his hopes; and although the acquisition of wealth had themselves to the staid and demure gait of the women, scarcely cost him an anxious thought, yet the spectre but leap very high, distorting their countenances and of ruin and embarrassment overpowered his mind, and displaying all the agility of which they are masters, and he became an unfortunate hypochondriac. His peculiar doubtless more grace in the eyes of the tribe, than the temperament even at this time was conspicuous, and pigeon wings or balancès of our first rate fops. One gave the disease an extraordinary aspect. His sympwould suppose that this dance was a religious ceremony, toms were diurnal, and almost as regular as the rising so grave and solemn are all its accompaniments, though and the setting of the sun. One day, all was pleasing it is said to be a mere pastime or amusement. The hope and enthusiasm; the next, depression in the excelebrated corn dance of the Seminoles is said to be con- treme. This state of feeling continued about three nected with their religion ; it takes place regularly on years ; but passed off as the reality of his situation bethe gathering of the first new corn, and is designed as came apparent, which was a change from comparative a mark of gratitude to the Great Spirit. The war affluence, to poverty and embarrassment. Is it not dance is quite another thing, but has been so often de strange that the dread of misfortune should overwhelm scribed, that it is familiar to the readers of the Mes- a mind that the reality could not touch? Yet such was senger.
the case with Horatio. The actual ills of life he could If the readers of the Messenger would not deem it a and did bear like a man, but he fell prostrate before a trespass on the neutral ground of literature, I would shadow. Behold him again breaking ground anew, add, that it is impossible to contemplate the immediate and in a situation more congenial to his feelings-a and remote effects of our national policy in removing farmer—and linked to one who had watched him in his the Indians to the western frontier, without being con- erratic course—yet clung to him as to the beacon of
happiness—one perhaps who would not see his foibles, / wits, as the mere fictions of distempered fancies. Our but who loved him the more for his misfortunes. She sojourn in Italy, besides, was to be of a very limited was the guardian angel of his happiness amidst the duration, so that every moment was precious. Accordstorms, and mists, and coldness of this mercenary age. ingly, we took our departure from Florence late one Their enjoyments were primitive and simple, and they evening, in order to arrive at Sienna early the following were apparently satisfied with their situation. In an morning, there being nothing of especial interest on the evil hour (from the best of motives) he was induced to road to render it an object to pass over it by day-light. engage, independent of agricultural pursuits, in manu- The only one of the party who seemed to be rather facturing. Although his transactions were invariably dispirited on the occasion, was the courier-an Italiansuccessful, yet there was some hazard ; and this uncer- who had greedily swallowed every horrible anecdote tainty again overthrew his balance, and merely from which his credulous apprehensions exposed him to hear. the power of imagination he became again an hypo- He had besought us in the most pathetic mannerchondriac.
solely, of course, from his solicitude for “their excellenAlthough fully aware of the cause of this misfortune, cies”--not to expose ourselves to the dangers we would he for a while seemed to wrestle with it in vain-it be sure to encounter, communicating to us the various rushed upon him like the ebbing and flowing of the tide, details he had gathered, with all the additions and imand almost as regularly. His wife could calculate provements his fertile fears could suggest. He assured these strange fluctuations of temperament for a week us most solemnly that we would infallibly be robbed, ahead, and generally with the most perfect accuracy, | murdered, assassinated, and tortured in every imaginaunless some unusual excitement should change the cur- ble way. That we might not be eaten alive after we rent of his thoughts. To-day he was all animation and had been roasted to death, was about the upshot of the enthusiasm—the whole expanse of life was but an en-consolation his affectionate sympathy could afford. chanted fairy land, and memory and imagination con- Great, indeed, was his surprise, and greater still his lertributed alike to the magic of the Paradise. To-mor- ror, when he found that all his representations were of row (in regular succession), as sure as to-morrow came, no avail, and that we were determined on confronting all was gloom and darkness-the whole world was the hobgoblins he bad conjured up. Our turn for en. changed—it was but a congregation of fogs and horrors— treaty then came, as at first he resolutely refused to acand all things presented a different aspect. For five company us,-his marvellous love for his masters renlong summers did this demon of unhappiness shed its dering the idea of beholding them subjected to the baneful influence around him—for its reign was princi- torments they were to endure, altogether insupportable. pally in the summer months. During this period the But he was too valuable a servant to part with; and a cold bracing air of winter seemed to frighten away considerable douceur enabled him to comfort himself the phantom, but he was sure to return as the balmy somewhat for the necessity of witnessing our sufferings, breezes touched the melting snow and clothed the fields and even inspired a faint hope that we might possibly with verdure.
escape them altogether. He only made us promise This singular being is still living in a small cottage that, in case of an attack, we would not attempt to use about ten miles from one of our large seaport towns. the pistols we had provided ourselves with, as there He is now nearly fifty years of age, and although (by might be some chance of saving life if no resistance his industry and economy) he has accumulated a hand-were offered to the emptying of our purses and trunks. some fortune, yet he is still occasionally afflicted with His "auiamo,” however, to the postillions, as he took this unaccountable malady.
his seat on the box when we were ready to set out, was by no means uttered in that vivacious, swaggering tone he was wont to employ at the commencement of a journey. He would then make them feel all the force of the brief authority in which he was dressed-for a
vainer sample of the genus never breathed-giving AN ADVENTURE.
them all sorts of useless directions, and enjoining upon
them the indispensability of the utmost speed, as if we In the year 18—, I was travelling in Italy with three were upon an expedition of the last importance; but companions, having set out with them from Paris in a this time, poor fellow-quantum mutatus! he could only private carriage. When at Florence we heard various summon spirits enough to tell them to drive with great formidable stories of the exploits of the banditti who infested the road to Rome, and received many a friendly Immortal Giovanni! Thou wert certainly the very caution against journeying in the night, which was held Phenix of thy tribe-as mendacious, as vaporing, as to be almost certain loss of goods, if not of life. The coxcombical, as serviceable, as the best of them! The chief of the horde had acquired a singular reputation fellow was a source of constant irritation and amusefor daring and address, whilst he was scarcely less ment to us, cheating us without stint himself, and famed for the beauty of his person and an extraordinary constantly warning us against the knavery of others. polish of manners, strikingly at variance with the na- These couriers are a peculiar class. It appears to be ture of his occupation-a circumstance that not a little deemed indispensable for those who travel post to be diminished the alarm of romantic damsels about falling furnished with one of them-principally that they may into his hands. The warnings, however, bestowed be fleeced en prince. The chicf mode in which the upon us, were unheeded. We were all young, and in- courier accomplishes his functions in the way of lightenclined to regard the marvellous stories which were ing his master's purse, is by taking the unfortunate infrightening the good papas and mamas out of their | dividual to hotels, with whose landlord he (the courier)
G, C. H.
has an understanding that he is to have so much per menced our journey, just at the moment when the centage on the bill, in consequence of which this is twilight dews would have been falling fast at another proportionably augmented. If an attempt is made to season of the year. Conversation was pretty brisk for counteract this manœuvre by a refusal to go to the awhile, but by degrees one after another we fell, as the places he recommends, it will be of very little avail, as poets say, into the arms of Morpheus. How long I had all the landlords are so anxious to conciliate the tribe, been sleeping I knew not, but suddenly I was startled from the influence they suppose them to exercise upon by a considerable tumult, in which I could plainly distheir interests, that they will quickly agree to almost tinguish the voice of Giovanni, uttering prayers and any terms that the latter may propose.
supplications which would have moved the heart of a The same kind of imposition is practised, though in rock. I had scarcely time to wake my companions a different mode, upon the perigrinator in a vettura. A when the carriage door was burst open, and the light of bargain is generally made with the vetturino, or owner a brilliant moon presented to our vision a glittering of the equipage, to pay him so much for the expedition, carabine in the hands of a gentleman, whose belt was in consideration of his furnishing the conveyance and stuck full of other though smaller implements of the same bearing all the expenses on the road. Accordingly he disagreeable character, and whose whole appearance takes you to any locanda he pleases, and tells mine host abundantly notified the nature of his vocation. He reto treat you as well as he can for a sum which he stipu- quested us to descend, in an authoritative but not unlates—about the fourth part of what he ought to dis- corteous tone, pointing at the same time with his finger burse. In consequence, you fare by no means sump- over his shoulder to a number of personages accoutred tuously, getting nothing like the value of your money, like himself, (some of whom had their weapons levelled whilst the honest vetturino makes a considerable profit at the postillions to prevent them from moving off), as on every meal you eat. “Why do you not give us a much as to say, resistance is useless. There was no better dinner," demanded a fellow-sufferer upon one refusing a request so winningly made. We got out, occasion, of a Boniface, in a lone not the gentlest: Ma and never shall I forget the scene which was then Signor, replied the worthy with a deprecating accent, exhibited. The moon was shining silver, or rather che posso fare con un paulo ?—"what can I do, Sir, with golden, bright-for in Italy she is far from being the a paul ?”-about ten cents, the amount per head to pale regent of the night-riding in full-orbed majesty which our considerate guide had deemed it advisable in the middle of the heavens, and the locality was one for the benefit of our healths, and his purse, to limit the in which her beams fell with most admirable effect-a repast. I would strenuously advise the traveller in a wild, picturesque spot, dimly skirted on one side by the vettura to contract only for the vehicle, and find himself, dark foliage of a forest, and overlooking on the other however'exorbitantly he may be niade to pay for what the broad expanse of a lake, whose waters gleaming he gets along the road. In pleasant weather that softly beneath the radiance of the planet, realized the species of journeying in Italy, is agreeable enough in beautiful phrase of the poet, splendet tremulo sub lumine some respects; but at an inclement season it must be a pontus. Under other circumstances I should have been great economical necessity that would render it expe- enchanted, but I was just then in no humor for rapdient. The vetturini, themselves, are often a source of tures. Some of the brigands, for it was no longer amusement, being another peculiar race to be met with doubtful into whose hands we had fallen, were engaged no where but in the garden of the world,' where in ransacking our trunks, others immediately sursteamboats and locomotives, and even stages are un- rounded ourselves, a couple had taken master Giovanni known. They abound at the corners of the streets in under their kind protection to his infinite discomposure, the chief cities, and molest every one who wears the and a few were guarding the postillions and horses. appearance of a foreigner with their solicitations, The grouping was admirable. If I had had a single screaming into his ear“ vetture per Firenze, per Roma,” spark of Salvator Rosaism in me, I should certainly have or any other place as the case may be, and cracking begged the gentlemen to pospone further operations their whips with distracting vehemence to manifest until I had transferred the scene to my portfolio. their proficiency in their vocation. A sign of one of the We quietly allowed our pockets to be searched and confraternity which caught my eye in Florence, is eased of their burdens, remembering the penalty of worthy of being recorded on the same page which con- manifesting a pugnacious disposition. When that protains the classical phrase " de omnibus rebus et quibusdam cess was finished, the leader seemed inclined to allow aliis,” or the Hibernian one, “forever and the day us to go about our business, but, as ill-luck would have after.” It informs you that the proprietor sends ve- it, at this critical moment his eyes happened to fall upon hicles to all parts of the world, and to Leghorn besides, the door of the carriage, where was emblazoned a velture per tutte le parti del mundo, e per Liverno—this faming coat of arms with a Viscount's Coronet, thie respectable sea-port being, it is to be presumed, lo- vehicle having been purchased from a nobleman of that cated in the worthy man's map, “ extra flammantia grade. He immediately conceived the idea that we mania mundi.” But all this has nothing more to do were Milors Anglais, and that it would be well worth with my adventure than the episodes of modern novel. his while to get something more from us in the way of ists have to do with their stories--so, a nos moutons. I ransom. It was in vain that I protested-being the can only counsel my readers, if they do not relish these only one of the party who spoke Italian, a circumstance lucubrations, to remember the sage remark of the phi- which was of considerable advantage to me in the losophic Frenchman :
scquel--that we were simple republicans from the Quand on n'a pas ce qu'on aime
United States of America, whose pockets were far from Il faut aimer ce qu'on a.
being so aristocratically furnished as he supposed them The postillions flourished their whips and we com- 1 to be. Go with him wherever he chose to take us, he
gave us very decisively to understand that we must do. I and the contrast of the circumstances under which I “Who can argue with the commander of the legions,” beheld it. said an ancient philosopher when he was reproached for the weakness with which he had combated an
Her angel face
As the great eye of heav'n, shin'd bright, opinion of Augustus Cæsarmand who can argue,
And made a sunshine in a gloomy place. thought I, with a bandit-chief, with a carabine in his
Did ever mortal see such heavenly grace? hand, and some thirty scoundrels at his back. It was in consequence fixed that we should accompany the
She was indeed surpassingly beautiful, and her beauty gentlemen in their return to their haunts, and there re
was mingled with an expression of such ineffable sweetmain until our bankers at Florence could convey to a ness, that my amazement was redoubled at seeing her certain spot named, the money demanded for our re-in such a spot. That feeling, however, gave way to lease. The prospect was gloomy enough, for the sum one of a much more soothing description when she was a much heavier one than we had any right to ask uttered, in an undertone and with a compassionate for, and we were therefore dependent upon the gene- glance, an exclamation of pevero giovine !—which being rosity of strangers and money makers, for a hope of ex- translated into the common phraseology, meant “untrication from durance vile. The captain, however, lucky youngster, you've got into a bad box.” So I assured us we should be as well treated as might be in thought myself too. the interim.
The chief, after some conversation with her, in which We were soon in motion. The way ran through he gave an account of the capture of myself and comthe forest mentioned above, in which the genius of panions, communicated to her the sad intelligence--for M'Adam had certainly never been exercised. During sad indeed it was, to judge from the change which came a portion of the journey, the captain, whose whole ap over her exquisite face--that he was about, as soon as pearance and manner satisfied me as to his being no he got a little repose, to set off on another expedition, other than the renowned Antonio himself, indulged me and would be absent probably for several days. Then with a little of his conversation. The circumstance of telling me that, in the interim, I might go free from knowing his language was a great passport to his favor. manacles, on condition of giving my parole not to atI was struck with the style in which he expressed him. tempt to escape, and showing me into a small room, so self. His phraseology, as well as his sentiments, indi- to call it, in a part of the cave not far distant, left me to cated a cultivated intellect, and clearly evinced that he my cogitations. I forthwith threw myself on a bed, had not always been what he was. In person he was worse than which I had honored with my respectatall and symmetrical, but rather too slightly formed for ble person in more than one hotel of vast pretensions, a perfect model of a bandil-chief, whilst his magnific and soon gave way to the influence of fatigue, though cently fierce whiskers and mustachois, black as “the not until I had wondered sufficiently at finding such raven down of darkness,” in vain endeavored to impart comfortable accommodations in a bandit's cave. On a ferocious aspect to his countenance. The habitual waking, which I did not very soon do, I made my way expression of this was wild, or rather melancholy, al to the apartment in which I had seen the lady, and though upon one occasion when some irregularity oc- there found her alone. Her eyes were moist with curred in his troop which excited his ire, his eye gave tears, "like a fair flower surcharg’d with dew," and her sufficient evidence that it could dart forth flames of the whole appearance was that of recent grief. The cause most fiery description ; and the complete subjection to was soon discovered when after receiving me in the his authority, in which he seemed to hold his lawless kindest manner, she mentioned that her husband had followers, was proof that he possessed that supreme departed but a short time before. As may easily be faculty of “dashing brute violence with sudden adora- supposed, I soon began to turn my Italian to good action and mute awe," which was indispensable in his count. I had no idea that I could speak it as fuently situation.
as I contrived to do under the influence of those eyes. Day was beginning to break when we arrived at the There is certainly nothing like a pretty face for imrendez-vous of the horde-a sort of dell environed by proving a young man in a foreign tongue. With a frowning crags, over one of which poured a torrent with natural curiosity, she questioned me about my family all the sublimity of foaming rage. Various rude habi- and my country, until I should have been tired of antations were scattered about, and into one of them my swering any one else, and evinced so much intelligence, companions were taken. The captain told me to follow that I could have exclaimed with the old poet: him into a spacious cave. After penetrating a little
My conversation way into its gloom, he suddenly pulled aside a kind of Ne'er knew so elegant and brave a mind curtain, and ushered me into an apartment, the appear
With most incomparable flesh and blood. ance of which, as far as I could judge by the glimmer I endeavored of course to render myself as agreeable of a lamp burning at the other end of it, bespoke ad- as possible, feeling sure that she would prove a powerful mirable taste in its arrangement. We made but a few friend in case of need, besides having all the desire steps, when, as if roused from a slight slumber, up natural to any man, young or old, of winning for its sprang a female from a couch, and darting towards the own sake the good will of such a being. I was fortuchief, threw herself upon his neck with many an excla- nate enough to succeed so well, that at length I induced mation of tenderness. At length turning towards me, her to relate to me the history of her life. I was curishe revealed a countenance which rendered me motion- ous to learn it, as I was confident from her manners and less with admiration and surprise. Truly may I affirm, tone, that the sphere in which she then was placed, wa that never beamed upon my eyes a more delightful very different from that she was originally destined to vision, both on account of its own intrinsic loveliness, I adorn.
THE LADY'S STORY.
preparations had been made to celebrate the nuptials in
a style befitting the dignity and opulence of the Duke. “I am the only daughter of noble but impoverished A large and brilliant collection of guests was assemparents. My father, the Marchese di Ramino, died bled-every thing was ready, and the appearance of while I was yet a child, leaving my mother barely means the bride was only awaited for the ceremony to begin. sufficient to save her from the degrading necessity of But she came not. At the very moment that had been abandoning the venerable castle in which his ancestors fixed for me to descend to the apartment, I was clasped had for centuries maintained an almost regal state. Her in my lover's arms, and placed in the vehicle which reduced condition weighed heavily on her heart—a was to hurry us away from wretchedness. You may heart in which, alas! I have sad reason for knowing imagine the consternation the bridal party must have that ambition and selfishness exerted despotic sway. experienced, when it was discovered that the bird had I was educated in a convent, until the age of sixteen, flown. The Duke, as I afterwards learnt, after the first when I was suddenly taken home-a proceeding, the paroxysm of rage, suspected who was the companion cause of which I was soon made to learn. My mother of my flight, and turned all his fury upon his nephew, had affianced me to a distant relative of her family, on whom he swore to take the most fearful vengeance ; who had occasionally seen me when on visits at the whilst my mother, the victim of baffled pride and avaperiods I was permitted to exchange, for a while, the rice, went into violent hysterics, and for a long time convent seclusion for the freedom of rambling about was unable to leave her room. Deeply would I have our romantic domain. He was old enough to be my grieved for having caused her so much suffering, had I grandfather, and repulsive in his appearance; but ever been taught to feel towards her other than sentithen he was a Duke, and the possessor of interminable ments of fear; but never had I received from her one wealth, which, in my mother's eyes, made ample amends evidence of fondness-never had I thought of her as a for all deficiencies, and fully entitled him to claim beauty being to be sympathized with, or loved. As she sowed, and youth for his bride. Bred in babits of the strictest she reaped. obedience to her will, 1 offered no resistance to her com “ Pursuit was instantly made, but we successfully mand to receive and treat the Duca di Ponte Forte as evaded it. After travelling as rapidly as possible for my future husband. We were to be married at the several days, we reached a secluded village on the conexpiration of two months, and for the first of them I fines of the kingdom of Naples, where we were marsubmitted patiently to his loathsome attentions. The ried, and where we resolved to take up our abode for a dotard was the cause of his own disappointment. Feel time. Here we lived for months, in the enjoyment of ing perfectly secure of me, imagining, if not that I was uninterrupted happiness. The small means, however, in love with himself, at least that I was captivated by we had been able to bring with us, were soon so much the glare of his rank and his gold, he one day brought diminished, as to awaken serious anxiety, and my huswith him a nephew, whom he had adopted, the younger band's brow began to be clouded. It would be vain to child of a brother who had died, after impoverishing him, attempt to describe my feelings, when I first beheld the self and his family by a course of reckless extravagance. place of that smile he always wore in my presence,
“The Conte di Castrani, such was his name, was then usurped by a look which seemed to say that other just twenty-one, and richly endowed with every manly things than my love were occupying his breast. I attraction. Oh! could I express to you what an effect strove by every endearment to chase it away, but to his appearance and carriage at once produced upon me, no purpose. Day after day it increased in gloom, until contrasted, as they were, with the ugliness and decrepi- my heart would sink within me. Yet was he still as tude of his uncle! A new light burst upon my eyes-kind and affectionate as ever. But, by degrees, his a new heart seemed to be created in my bosom-a new manner towards me also underwent a change. At life was given to my soul! From that moment I could times he would be hasty in his answers to my inquiries scarce force myself to endure the presence of the Duke, about his uneasiness, as if they annoyed him, and I who, however, was fortunately too confident to notice any soon learnt to grieve in silence. Rarely had he been change in my deportment. If the splendid person, the absent for a moment from my side, but now he would beautiful and intellectual countenance, the fascinating sometimes go off and remain away for a whole day. I address of the Count unsealed immediately the fountain could no longer endure the agony that was creeping of love in my breast, my poor charms, such as they upon my soul, and I determined to discover the cause are, or rather were-for time and sorrow have done of his conduct. One morning I watched him as he left their work upon them—were not lost upon him. Again our humble dwelling, and cautiously tracked his foothe came with the Duke-and again—until, at length, steps. He proceeded to a forest at some distance, a we contrived to have secret interviews, in which we savage place, which was viewed by the villagers with could pour out, in all its purity and fullness, our mutual terror, as the resort of a horde of merciless banditti, passion. Sweet, rapturous, indeed, were those meet- who infested the country around. 'Gracious God!' I ings, and not the less so for being stolen! We plighted wildly ejaculated, as I beheld him plunge into its dismal our faiths, and finally, emboldened by love to risk every depths, 'can he have aught to do with robbers and thing rather than be forever separated, we determined murderers ?' I followed on, trembling with horror and to make arrangements for flight. A faithful domestic-dread, and saw him enter the precincts of an old, dilapia nurse, who had watched over me from infancy, with dated building, about which tradition told various fear. more than maternal affection—was entrusted with our ful legends, ill calculated to lessen the agitation of my secret, and materially aided our plans.
spirit. With a desperate resolve to witness the result, “The wedding-night arrived. The most extensive I secreted myself behind a trce, and awaited his rebut, oh God! in what company!-three men, whose appearance. At length he emerged from the ruin