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closely resembling a blue riband round the base of a black atmosphere may be left comparatively pure, and our town turban ; and then to bring down the copper cone, until its architecture be displayed to as great advantage as town lower edge is on a level with the base of the gas circle. A architecture now is on the Continent. From Loudon's vessel to receive the dripping is then placed under the spout Encylopedia of Cottage and Villa Architecture. of the tin dripping dish, and the process of roasting goes on, without basting, or any other operation whatever being
OLD CHINA. requisite. The heat produced by the gas is radiated from the copper cone on the meat, and, this being done equally I HAVE an almost feminine partiality for old china. on all sides, the latter never requires turning, while, the When I go to see any great house, I inquire for the china. heat not being so intense as that from an open fire, the closet, and next for the picture gallery. I cannot defend meat is neither dried nor burned ; and, consequently, does the order of preference, but by saying that we have all not need basting. It is, in fact, roasted by heated air, but air which is constantly renewed; and, therefore, this opera
some taste or other of too ancient a date to admit of our tion has no affinity with baking. The time required for remembering distinctly that it was an acquired one. "I can roasting in this manner is shorter than that before an open call to mind the first play, and the first exhibition that I fire, in the proportion of about twelve to fifteen ; it requir- was taken to ; but I am not conscious of a time when china ing fifteen minutes for roasting every pound of meat before jars and saucers were introduced into my imagination. an open fire, and only twelve minutes for roasting the same quantity by gas. As the cones are nicely balanced, in the
I had no repugnance ther—why should I now have?manner of chandeliers suspended from lofty ceilings, the to those little lawless, azure-tinctured grotesques, that, un. cook, when she wishes to look at the meat, can raise and der the notion of men and women, float about, uncircum. lower the cone hanging over it, with the greatest ease. scribed by any element in that world before perspective The fat drops slowly, and as pure as water, into the dish china tea-cup. placed to receive it; and when the period of dressing is I like to see my old friends-whom distance cannot di. nearly completed, it is indicated by the appearance of gravy minish-figuring up in the air, (so they appear to our upbeing mixed with the fat. For different joints, and for tics,) yet on terra firma still--for so we must in courtesy fowls of different kinds, and game, there are rims and interpret that speck of deeper blue, which the decorous arcovers of different sizes ; and for a sirloin of beef, the cone tist, to prevent absurdity, has made to spring up beneath approches to the form of a cylinder with a domical top, their sandals. The operation, when the meat is once spitted, and the gas I love the men with women's faces, and the women, if properly adjusted, is conducted or rather goes on of itself, possible, with still more womanish expressions. with all the quiet precision of a chemical process in a labo. Here is a young and courtly Mandarin handing tea to a ratory; and, in short, with so much cleanliness, neatness, lady from a salver-two miles off. See how distance seems and absence of smell and heat, that it would not be offen to set off respect! And here the same lady, or anothersive in a drawing-room. On the evening of January 5, for likeness is identity on tea-cups—is stepping into a little 1833, we were present, along with a number of gentlemen, fairy boat, moored on the hither side of this calnı garden in Mr. Hick's kitchen, in Wimpole Street, when a part of river, with a dainty mincing foot, which, in a right augle a sirloin of beef, a leg of mutton, two fowls, and a pigeon, of incidence, (as angles go in our world,) must infallibly were roasted in this manner, and afterwards tasted by the land her in the midst of a flowery mead-a furlong off on company, when they were found to be in all respects equal, the other side of the same strange stream! if not superior, to meat and fowls roasted in the common Farther on—if far or near can be predicated of their way. Mr. Hick's apparatus had only been erected a few world—see horses, trees, pagodas, dancing the hays weeks, and was, at the time we saw it, not made known to Here—a cow and rabbit couchant, and co-extensive the public. The expense of gas is much less than might objects show, seen through the lucid atmosphere of fine Cabe imagined, the effect being produced not so much by in- | thay. tensity of heat as by its concentration. Mr Hicks has found I was pointing out to my cousin last evening over our sixteen cubical feet of gaa, which cost 23d., sufficient for Hyson, (which we are old-fashioned enough to drink uroasting twelve or fourteen pounds of meat ; which is con- mixed still of an afternoon) some of these speciosa mirasiderably less than a farthing per pound. When it is con- cula upon a set of extraordinary old blue china (a recent sidered that bread is baked and browned at from 280 to purchase) which we were now for the first time using; and 300 degrees of Fahrenheit, and that meat is roasted in could not help remarking, how favourable circumstancti bakers ovens after the bread is removed, the circumstance had been to us of late years, that we could afford to please of gas affording a suficient degree of heat for roasting the eye sometimes with trifles of this sort—when a passing will not occasion surprise. We have before described sentiment seemed to overshade the brows of my companion the mode by which boiling and stewing by gas has been I am quick at detecting these summer-clouds in Bridget. for some time practised in Edinburgh; and it is clear that, “I wish the good old times would come again," she said, as roasting can be also effected by it, so may baking. The « when we were not quite so rich. I do not mean, that I whole business, therefore, of the preparation of human food, want to be poor; but there was a middle state"_80 hy the application of heat, may be performed by gas, and was pleased to ramble on,—“ in which I am sure we were 8 that with great economy, in all families who roast and bake great deal happier. A purchase is but a purchase, now that at home. This is only realizing what was long ago antici- you have money enough and to spare. Formerly it used to pated by the late William Strutt, Esq., of Derby. There be a triumph. "When we coveted a cheap luxury, (and, O can be no doubt that oil, or any liquid fat, burned in the how much ado I had to get you to consent in those times ! same manner, would effect the same end. How far the art we were used to have a debate two or three days before, ant of cooking by gas will be suitable for country inns, may be to weigh the for and against, and think what we migh: considered uncertain in the present infancy of the inven- spare it out of, and what saving we could hit upon that tion ; but as, on calculation, it is found in London to be should be an equivalent. A thing was worth buying then, much cheaper than roasting hy open fires of coal, and, for when we felt the money thạt we paid for it. small joints, equally cheap with sending meat to be cooked “Do you remember the brown suit which you made tu in a baker's oven, it appears highly probable that, where hang upon you, till all your friends cried shame upon Finl, ever gas is used for lighting, it will answer to employ it it grew so threadbare ; and all because of that folio Beat also for cooking. In cities, which are now generally lighted mont and Fletcher, which you dragged honie late at night with gas, it will probably soon effect an important revolu- from Barker's in Covent Garden: "Do you remember how tion; for, since every house may be supplied with heat by we eyed it for weeks before we could make up our winds stean or hot water from public companies, domestic fires to the purchase, and had not come to a delerinination till it will become unnecessary; and, as the smoke may be burned was near ten o'clock of the Saturday night, when you put in the engines of all manufactories by Witty's furnaces, our off from Islington, tearing you should be too late 314
when the old bookseller, with some grumbling, opened his ened the snug seat, and the play afterwards! Now we can shop, and, by the twinkling taper, (for he was setting bed. only pay our money, and walk in. You cannot see, you wards,) lighted out the relic from his dusty treasures--and say, in the galleries now. I am sure we saw, and heard too, when you lugged it home, wishing it were twice as cumber. well enough then-but sight, and all, I think, is gone with some-and when you presented it to me and when we were our poverty exploring the perfectness of it-(collating, you called it) “ There was pleasure in eating strawberries, before they -and while I was repairing some of the loose leaves with became quite common—in the first dish of pease, while paste, which your impatience would not suffer to be left till they were yet dear-- to have them for a nice supper, a treat. daybreak-was there no pleasure in being a poor man? or What treat can we have now ? If we were to treat ourselves can those neat black clothes which you wear now, and are now—that is, to have dainties a little above our means, it so careful to keep brushed, since we have become rich and would be selfish and wicked. It is the very little more that finical, give you half the honest vanity, with which you we allow ourselves beyond what the actual poor can get at, flaunted it about in that over-worn suit-your old corbeau that makes what I call a treat-when two people living to. '--for four or five weeks longer than you should have done, gether, as we have done, now and then indulge themselves to pacify your conscience for the mighty sum of fifteen-or in a cheap luxury, which both like; while each apologisen, sixteen shillings was it ?-a great affair we thought it then and is willing to take both halves of the blame to his single
- which you had lavished on the old folio. Now you can share. I see no harm in people making much of themselves afford to buy any book that pleases you, but I do not see in that sense of the word. It may give them a bint how to that you ever bring me home any nice old purchases now. make much of others. But now-what I mean by the word
“When you came home with twenty apologies for laying we never do make much of ourselves. None but the poor out a less number of shillings upon that print after Lionar can do it. I do not mean the veriest poor of all, but perdo, which we christened the Lady Blanch;' when you sons as we were, just above poverty. looked at the purchase, and thought of the money—and “I know what you were going to say, that it is mighty thought of the money, and looked again at the picture- pleasant at the end of the year to make all meet and much was there no pleasure in being a poor man? Now, you ado we used to have every Thirty-first Night of December have nothing to do but to walk into Colnaghi's, and buy a to account for our exceedings--many a long face did you wilderness of Lionardos. Yet do you ?
make over your puzzled accounts, and in contriving to makeit “ Then, do you reinember our pleasant walks to Enfield, out how we had spent so much- or that we had not spent so and Potter's bar, and Waltham, when we had a holyday, much-or that it was impossible we should spend so much holydays, and all other fun, are gone, now we are rich next year—and still we found our slender capital decreasing and the little hand-basket in which I used to deposit our -but then, betwixt ways, and projects, and compromises of day's fare of savoury cold lamb and salad; and how you one sort or another, and talk of curtailing this charge, and would pry about at noontide for some decent house, where doing without that for the future—and the hope that youth we might go in, and produce our store-only paying for brings, and laughing spirits (in which you were never poor the ale that you must call formand speculate upon the looks till now,) we pocketed up our loss, and in conclusion, of the landlady, and whether she was likely to allow us a with “lusty brimmers" (as you used to quote it out of table-cloth ; and wish for such another honest hostess, as hearly cheerful Mr Colton, as you called him) we used to Izaak Walton has described many a one on the pleasant welcome in the “ coming guest.” Now we have no reckonbanks of the Lea, when he went a-fishingand sometimes ing at all at the end of the old year,—no flattering promises they would prove obliging enough, and sometimes they would about the new year doing better for us.' look grudgingly upon us—but we had cheerful looks still for Bridget is so sparing of her speech on most occasions, that one another, and would eat our plain food savourily, scarcely when she gets into a rhetorical vein, I am careful how I ingrudging Piscator his Trout Hall? Now, when we go out terrupt it. I could not help, however, smiling at the phana day's pleasuring, which is seldom moreover, we ride part toon of wealth which her dear imagination had conjured up of the way; and go into a fine inn, and order the best of out of a clear income of poor . hundred pounds a-year. dinners, never debating the expense ; which, after all, never “ It is true we were happier when we were poorer, but we has half the relish of those chance country snaps, when we were also younger, my cousin. I am afraid we must put were at the mercy of uncertain usage, and a precarious wel- up with the excess, for if we were to shake the superflux income.
to the sea, we should not much mend ourselves. That we 6 You are too prond to see a play anywhere now but in had much to struggle with, as we grew up together, we the pit. Do you remember where it was we used to sit, have reason to be most thankful. It strengthened, and knit when we saw the battle of Hexham, and the surrender of our compact closer. We could never have been what we Calais, and Bannister and Mrs. Bland in the Children in the have been to cach other, if we had always the sufficiency Wood; when we squeezed out our shillings a-piece to sit which you now complain of. The resisting power- those three or four times in the season in the one-shilling gallery natural dilations of the youthful spirit, which circumstances -where you felt all the time that you ought not to have cannot straiten-with us are long since passed away. Combrought me—and more strongly I felt obligation to you for petence to age is supplementary youth; a sorry supplement having brought me-and the pleasure was the better for a indeed, but I fear the best that is to be had. We must ride, little shame ; and when the curtain drew up, what cared we where we formerly walked : live better, and lie softer--and for our place in the house, or what mattered it where we shall be wise to do so_than we had means to do in those were sitting, when our thoughts were with Rosalind in Ar- good old days you speak of. Yet could those days returnden, or with Viola at the Court of Illyria ? You used to could you and I once more walk our thirty miles a-daysay, that the gallery was the best place of all for enjoying could Bannister and Mrs. Bland again be young, and you a play 'socially—that the relish of such exhibitions must be and I be young to sce them-could the good old one-shilin proportion to the infrequency of going ; that the company ling-gallery days return they are dreams, my cousin, now we met there, not being in general readers of plays, were - but could you and I at this moment, instead of this quiet obliged to attend the more, and did attend, to what was go- argument, by our well-carpeted fire-side, sitting on this ing on, on the stage_because a word lost would be a chasm, luxurious sofa-be once more struggling up those inconve. which it was impossible for them to fill up. With such nient stair-cases, pushed about, and squeezed, and elbowed reflections we consoled our pride then--and I appeal to you, by the poorest rabble of poor gallery scramblers could I whether, as a woman, I met generally with less attention once more hear those anxious shrieks of yours-Ind the and accommodation, than I have done since in more expen- delicious Thank God, we are safe, which always followed sive situations in the honse ? The getting in indeed, and when the topmost stair, conquered, let in the light of the the crowding up those inconvenient staircases, was bad whole cheerful theatre down beneath us—I know not the enough,,but there was still a law of civility to woman, re fathom line that ever touched a descent so deep as I would cognised to quite as great an extent as we ever found in the be willing to bury more wealth in than Crosus had, or the other passages ; and how a little difficulty overcome height- great Jew R is supposed to have to purchase it. And
now do just look at that merry little Chinese waiter holding would have undertaken the task. It was the same with an umbrella, big enough for a bed-tester, over the head of this young Irish reporter, this fortunate youth ; and had that pretty insipid half-Madona-ish chit of a lady in that this learned Theban proprietor suggested to him the compovery blue summer house."-Elia.
sition of a Polyglot Bible, he would have pledged himself to the job without the slightest hesitation. When the gen.
tleman who introduced this universal genius to the proprieCRITICS OF THE DAILY LONDON PRESS.
tor was asked, in secret, whether his young friend, from
the unspellable and upronounceahle village of Connaught, FROM libations enjoyed in the Rainbow, the Mitre, the Red Lion, or the Crown, or one of the other resorts of the understood
music; the reply was, “No, indeed; but I dare
say he may have a natural taste." “Does he know any reporters, he, the reporter, issues to his important functions; thing whatever of painting ?” “The devil a bit, and how and, upon his state of nerves or temper depends the fate of should he ?" “How, then, could he undertake to criticis a sublime tragedy, the reputation of a new actress or vocal paintings and works of art?” “Och, Sir, and an't those aspirant, or the length, accuracy, beauty, or deformity of things so easily picked up in a big city like London?" the speech of a great statesman or Parliamentary orator
Until the cub's taste and knowledge of art were acquimd in a speech which he has probably conned for days and nights; the big city, the works of artists, involving their character on which the eyes of his party are intensely fixed, and which and support, were to be at the mercy of his caprice and ixis intended to influence the speculations of the merchant,
When the proprietorship of newspapers falis isor the political relations of the world. The reporter,
to the hands of illiterate men, is it to he wondered, that the strengthened by a repast of Welsh rabbits, or broiled kid- public are annoyed with the ignorance too often displayed neys, and inspired by his favourite potation, criticisms spark- in journals on these subjects ? - Metropolitan. ling in his eye, and his soul full of the refinements of taste, and the delicacies of art, goes forth to pronounce whether an opera-dancer possesses the graces of the highest school
CATALEPSEY. whether an actress in genteel comedy have the true ton of the highest fashion, such as is witnessed in the drawingroom of the aristocracy-whether a great Italian singer The following marvellous relation appears in the Land, have all the exquisite refinements and nicer delicacies,
seriously :which nothing can impart but real genius, sublimated by the most finished study of the most exquisite models, under
“ The patient heard no sound, however loud, which reached the highest masters. All such points are determined and her by the ears; but if she was spoken to, even in the pronounced upon, ex cathedra, by the Aristarchus, albeit lowest whisper, directed on the hollow of the hand, or salt he is as ignorant as a horse of the graces; and, as to music, of the foot-on the pit of the stomach, or along the trajera knows not a half note from a natural, or an adagio movement from a jig. We once knew a laughable illustration of the sympathetic nerve, she heard perfectly the words of this species of newspaper criticism. The proprietor of dressed to her. It was the same if, while speaking to be one of the morning papers became economical, and wished in a whisper, the speaker applied her hand to any of the to pick up one or more cheap reporters. He pitched upon places above
mentioned. But, stranger still, she besed. a young lad from Ireland, who had just arrived in London also when the person addressing her was only in distant to study the law, or rather to gain a livelihood at as little expense of study of any sort as possible. What Doctor mediate communication with the surface of the body, do Johnson said of French adventurers in London, may truly a crowd of experiments which leave no doubt of this fest, et be applied to all Irish adventurers indiscriminately, and will suffice to mention one in which the chain was of fruit without any risk whatever of doing them injustice :
persons, three of whom held each other's hands, and the « All sciences a starving Frenchman knows,
fourth communicated with the third by the interposition And bid him go to hell-to hell he goes."
a very long wax-taper: the first of the chain, meanst An Irishman knows every thing. The poor fellow was a very ingenious specimen of such importations, who, being being the only person touching the patient. asked whether he could play the fiddle, instead of answering
She often, but not always, succeeded yes, replied with naïveté, « I don't know, for I never tried.” reading words written on paper. Later in the disease the In the case we allude to, the young gentleman flatly an- facility became still more prodigiously developed it sa swered,—“And yes, to be sure, now," to whatever he was ficed to call her attention to any object placed in her rood asked to do. Five guineas a-week was to be given to him ; and five guineas a-week to a lad just arrived, at odds with
or the next room, or 'in the street, or out of the corn, fortune, from a village of one of the western provinces of even al enormous distances, to have it described by her Ireland, or England either, was an income beyond avarice perfectly as if she saw it with her eyes. itself to contemplate. But his place was not to be a sine
The professor subjected her to an anatom. cure ; he was to report in the gallery, and in one of the examination, sometimes in Latin, a language of which law courts, to both of which jobs he professed himself per- was perfectly ignorant; and sometimes in Italian, but fectly competent. He was asked if he felt himself able to ways using scientific nomenclature. He obtained in re review the theatres, and this function he likewise undertook. most exact descriptions, in Italian, of the heart and its as “And I suppose you will have no objection,” said the em- pendages, the solar plexus, the pancreas, the first vertete ployer, “to write us criticisms upon paintings, statuary, or atlas, the mastoid opophysis, &c. and works of art and vertú." “None in the least : nothing Although she was acquainted only with the four rules more easy or plisant," replied the youth from the Emerald arithmetic, she succeeded, under the cateleptic infinenor. Isle. At last came the climax of cruel exactions for the five extracting several roots of numbers ; amongst others to guineas. “Our paper, Sir, makes a great point of the opera of the number 4965. However, this experiment was r and music ; they are more fashionable than plays, and we invariably successful; she exposed, with much lacidity, * aim particularly at fashion. Have you any objection to veral philosophical systems, and discussed others propose undertake our critiques upon opera and morning concerts, to her. She discovered and described the phases of her ez. in the season?" “None in the laist, to be sure, now; and disease. At present the patient is perfectly cared, hata couldn't I gave them genteelly ?” This was conclusive, had recourse to no remedy whatever ; but the cateleptic se and the bargain was struck. It was said of Mirabean, cess can be now voluntarily reproduced and terminates that, in his distress, he professed his ability to perform any She has pointed ont means by which analogous phenomena task whatever that was proposed to him, with the promise may be occasioned in other persons. The observers prom of a good reward ; and Dumont, his friend, declares, that, pose to make known all these discoveries in a morš tbs had any body asked him to write a Chinese dictionary, he are preparing on the subject.
THE STORY TELLER.
older, was a man whom few dared to trifle with. But no.
thing more was ever made of this story than a mere domesTHE YOUNG WIDOW OF BREMEN.
tic quarrel, and the early unblemished widowhood of Mary THERE is a mural monumental tablet, in a common
banished it from the memories of all save the very old, or fiold wall, near a handsome house in the suburbs of Bremen. the very scandalous. On one side of the lane in which it stands are the court
Our narrative properly begins with the return of young yards of some spacious residences, on the other is a walk, Hermann home in the autumn. He was now eighteenleading through some of the prettiest fields near the town. full of impetuous passions and feelings; just in this point
Two travellers, in the last century, stopped to gaze on resembling his father, though, when nothing roused him, this tablet, which appeared to have been very recently you would have thought him a quiet, melancholy, lowerected. It was of very fine execution, and looked fitter for voiced youth. some old church than the place where it stood. The de The household of Mary Von Korper included a Verwalsign représented a kneeling female figure, mourning over an ler, or land and house-steward—a sort of confidential manaurn; in her position and features remorse was mingled ger, raised over all the other servants, and filling, in some with grief. Her eyes were hidden by the hand which sup- sort, the place of master of her establishment. This office ported the weeping head. By the broken sword and en- had long been filled by one who had entitled himself to the tangled balance on which her feet rested, the mourner esteem of all the neighbours, and they all sorrowed greatly seemed to personify Justice. No inscription or other guide when old Muller was persuaded by his kind young mistress to the meaning appeared, and our travellers turned eagerly to better his fortune, by accepting a far higher service which to see if any one were near who could explain what the she, unsolicited, procured for him. His place was filled by monument meant, and why it was placed there.
a wholly different sort of person, and filled so rapidly, that At length an old man, of a sad, but benevolent counte- few knew of the change until the stranger was amongst nànce, came slowly up; and of him they inquired the mean them. Adolphe Brauer was a far younger man than his ing of this tablet. He sighed deeply, and then bade them predecessor, but he was far less liked. Not because he was sit down beside him on the grass.
rude or haughty to the poor ; on the contrary, his manners You might look long (said the old man after a pause of were more than commonly courteous. But all this suavity some minutes) on the crowded ramparts of Bremen, when wanted heartiness and sincerity, and he was feared rather all the fairest were there, ere your eye rested on a more than loved. beautiful facé, or a lighter, and more graceful figure, than
I knew the widow's family at this time, and with herMary Von Korper's. Often were her dark eyes beaming, self I was always on terms of the most friendly and confiand her little feet seen twinkling, on the favourite resorts of dential intercourse. Before this visit, I had been as kindly the fair and the gay; and if the stranger asked who she received by her son as was possible with one of his close was, whose smile was brightest, and who moved along 80 and reserved character. Now, however, his manners were trippingly, the answer from all or any of her townsmen more than cold ; they were absolutely repulsive. would be ever the same, “ 'Tis the young Widow of Bremen.” And fair-very fair she still was ; still looked she
Meanwhile, rumours began to circulate: first scattered younger than many girls under twenty, though she had and low-whispered--then more uniform and frequent been the Young Widow of Bremen for seventeen years at
louder in voice and bolder in assertion, against the character least.
of my fair neighbour. It was said that the new steward She had been married when a mere child ; her husband seemed high in his lady's confidence and favour ; that he died soon after the birth of his only son, and marriage
was admitted to many long and close private consultations seemed never to have dimmed the first freshness of her youth with her ; nay, even that die junge Wittwe had been seen and beauty ; so that when her son Hermann returned now leaning on his arm in the open street; and sorely were the and then from Jena, where he studied, and when he and his antique Misses Keppelcranick, time out of mind, the best mother walked together, even her near neighbours thought modistes in Bremen, scandalized thereat. Out of this same rather of a brother and sister, than of a mother and her walk had further arisen a most remarkable rencontre which son.' And he looked rather ber older than younger brother, was witnessed by Peter Snick the tailor, who lay perdu for Hermann, like his father, was of a thoughtful, deeply- behind a high wall over which, now and then, he could peep channelled cast of features, whilst our widow had the light, with fear and trembling. sunny glance of a girl. So young, so handsome, and so fond Hermann, who had left his mother's house for the day, of life and enjoyment, it seemed strange that Mary had never but had returned home sooner than he had expected, on married again. This was not for want of offers. Each suitor, turning a corner into the Bauerstrasse, met his mother
however, met the same cold, civil repulse, and the same leaning on the arm of Adolphe Brauer, they separated has...,,answer, in nearly the same words. She said that she could tily, with fearful looks, the moment they saw him. Her
not love him. Indeed the standing jest of her neighbours mann merely gave his mother one stern glance ; then spring" was, that Mary never looked serious save when refusing an ing on the steward, he seized him by the throat. Adolphe offer.'
quailed before his fury; indeed the steward was rather of a Up to the period of our narrative, her life during her crafty nature than of boiling courage ; and when his young widowhood had been pure above the breath of scandal; but master flung him from him, and ordered him home, he the same could not wholly be said of her married career. obeyed without a word. Hermann then, with a proud cold There were queer tales of a young Bavarian officer, whom air, took his mother's arm, who looked more dead than her husband had found too familiar with his household on alive; and both vanished from the terrified gaze of Peter his return from a short absence, and whom he drove an die Snick. degens spitze out of Bremen ; for Hermann Von Korper the After this the fair widow was not often scen abroad ; un.
til an event occurred which filled the whole neighbourhood quiry threw any light upon, was to find how the body had with wonder and discussion. The very day when young been disposed of. To complete the chain of testimony, an Hermann should have returned to Jena, Adolphe Brauer expedient was resorted to which cannot be contemplated vauished as completely as if the earth had gaped and swal. without horror. They examined the prisoner by torture! lowed him. The affrighted widow, on being asked by the ser-Young Hermann was laid upon a low iron bedstead, and his vants who waited for the steward's usual household orders, wrists and ancles passed through tight iron rings secured to whether she knew what had become of him, merely shook the four posts. A heavy weight was placed upon his her head and wept. She begged those most in her confidence breast. Then the bed was drawn out of the frame by ma. to avoid mentioning the name of Brauer, for that her son had chinery, leaving his body supported by the wrists and ancles taken so deep a hatred to him, that the sound of it excited alone, and bearing his ponderous load. At first the great him to phrenzy. Hermann, however, soon made it known muscular force, and symmetry of his frame endured this that he had sent Adolphe away, and that he would never severe tension, and he suffered apparently but little. Soon, return. He recalled the late steward, and stayed a day however, his limbs quivered violently; and huge drops past the time he had intended, to welcome him home. All started upon his forehead and ran down in a strearn to the this time he was unusually merry; and set off for Jena in floor. high spirits.
Then the judge called alond, asking him “Whether he But a short interval had elapsed ere I remarked, with would confess where he had hidden the body of Adolphe sorrow, that the widow's health and spirits grew worse Brauer, whom he had murdered ?” « You may kill ine," from day to day. Whilst I was pondering over the propri- cried Hermann in a weak voice broken by agony, “ but I ety of writing to her son in Jena, an old man arrived sud- die innocent, and have told you all the truth.” From the denly in Bremen, begging to be directed to the widow Von strength displayed by the wretched young man, it was Korper. He said he was Ludwig Brauer, the father of thought he had not suffered pain enough to break his obAdolphe her steward, and that he had come all the way stinacy. Strong levers were applied to the four sides of the from Weimar to see his son. When he heard that Adolphe bed, by which his limbs were farther strained. Hitherto had departed, some months before, no one knew whether, he had suffered silently; now he scarcely stifled a shriek, he displayed the greatest agitation and grief. In the end, a and groaned heavily and incessantly. The executioner then chapter of minute inquiries was addressed to Hermann, brought a second heavy stone, and laid it over the other the only person of whom intelligence was to be sought; and
upon his breast
Human nature gave way : their barba. until the answer could come from Jena, the restless and rity had done its worst. He uttered a loud and piercing anxious stranger asked all the neighbours around for news shriek, and trembled all over so violently, that the joints of of his son. But Adolphe Brauer was of a distant and re
his wrists broke. He became quite senseless. His mouth served disposition, and had mentioned his designs to none.
was wetted with a feather, to recal sensation, and the ques. Yet some tidings of him were gleaned ; though these were,
tion repeated, but no sign of consciousness was returned. after all but scanty. Once more had Peter Suick, the They were forced to end their horrid cruelty—and by tailor, been playing the listener. None, save himself , had seen Adolphe on the day when many strong stimulants, with difficulty recalled him to life.
He was taken back to his prison, and left all night alone, he was suddenly missed. But at a very early hour, not long after sunrise, Peter, by some strange chance, happened to be barely furnished with some liquid to allay his ferer
, and passing the corner of this very wall here, at the back of the keep his poor racked frame alive till morning. On the fol. Widow Von Korper's residence-á lane very little frequent
lowing day he was again brought up for examination. I ed. Suddenly he came up to young Herinann, who stood in his favour ; but I was little prepared for the cruel scene
was present; for I hoped to be able to bring some evidence in his morning gown and slippers. The young man was in which followed. He was brought in, supported by two ofa high fury; one hand grasped the collar of Adolphe Brauer, ficers, looking so pale, so anguish-worn, that I could hardly and the other held a stout oaken cudgel. What more pass recognize him. When he was brought near the terrible ed, Peter Snick knew not. He feared being punished as
“ bed of judgment," and compelled to touch it whilst he an. an eaves-dropper, and sneaked back silently to Bremen. Nothing would satisfy old Judwig, but a visit to the like a leaf. He returned the answer as before, and pas.
swered the questions put to him, his whole frame trembled very place where his son had been seen for the last time. Peter led him ; and to the astonishment of all present, the the blood of Adolphe. The judges began to pity liim, and
sionately called Heaven to witness that he was guiltless of old man, in sitting down on a stone, covered by high weeds, obviously believed him innocent, in spite of all appearances to rest, whilst Snick acted over his story on the very spot, to the contrary, when the counsel for old Ludwig Brauer found something hidden amongst nettles and dock-weeds. craved leave to examine another who had just arrived in It was a man's hat, crushed and broken, which, by a broad Bremen. As soon as young Von Korpor looked on this lace he wore, was remembered in a moment to have belong- stranger, he half shouted alond; and then turned his head ed to Adolphe Brauer!
away. The witness said his name was Ernest Hortsberg, Business called me to Lubec whilst these strange events son of the minister of a Lutheran church in Hamburg. He were passing ; and on my return some months after, I was deposed that he was a fellow-student intimate with foring aghast to learn that Hermann Von Korper was in prison, Hermann in Jena ;' that he had heard the prisoner, on recharged with the murder of Adolphe Brauer, and the conceiving certain letters from Bremen, break out into the most cealment of the body. The proof rested principally on their violent and frightful imprecations against Adolphe Brauer, known disagreement--the sudden disappearance of Brauer-vowing to take his life. the undenied story of Peter Snick, and the discovery of his
Hermann prayed leave to ask this witness some few ques. hat on the very spot where their last quarrel was supposed tions, when it appeared that they had been rivals for the to have taken place. The grand difficulty, which no in-affections of Sophia Meyer, daughter of the Greek professor