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with miniatures of Anson and Vernon; becomes the chaplain and the confidant and a stock completed his dress.-Sarah's of the Prince Elector of Mentz, and his is not so easily described ; for the very influence prevails on the first spiritual of her gown and skirt were enough to strike Prince of Germany, to propose the pious haunted impressions into credulous minds. horse-lender to the assembled electors of Her high heeled shoes with buckles, point- this Empire. As his military prowess ed boddice, and low-crowned but broad- promised to be useful at a time when brim black silk hat, gave her external, in- Germany was infested by numberless dications of a second Shipton, when she petty waylaying knights, and his want of used her staff crossed at the top for rheu- power gave no reason for jealousy, he matic pressure. Sarah, in youth, was a was accepted, and thus Rudolph, Count trim body and a pretty little figure, with of Hapsburgh, became the first though her posy in her bosom, and garland round least powerful monarch
of Christendom. her brow. Her pet lamb, as tame as Though a wealthy Count, he was a Wordsworth’s, was not insensible of her poor Prince ; he had, however, a treakindness, nor ungrateful for her love. sure in his daughters, which he disposed This lamb spent much of its life in the of in that prudent way which enabled chimney corner, and communed with the him with the assistance of his princely large black cat, that lulled the woolly sons in law, to deprive Ottocar, the King creature by purring, into rest.
of Bohemia, of Austria. This Dukedom Sundays, the lamb followed Sarah into the had been seized, after the decease of the Meeting House, and sat under the form Jast Duke of the house of Babensburg, till service was over
by Ottocar, and was in vain re-demanded Time, however, carried these peaceful by Rudolph. Ottocar was twice defeated; associates to the grave. It is not, then, and his death on the field of battle secured less my duty than privilege, to offer a re- the family of Hapsburg in that first posflection, seing that, though the contented session, the Archdukedom of Austria. are taken from society, their individual His successors pursued the same prudent happiness is augmented, and they leave a and marrying way, and acquired by these good name after them, treasured in recol- means the kingdoms of Bohemia, Hunlection, for the imitation of their succes- gary, a number of smaller provinces, and
P. finally the vast Spanish monarchy, till
Charles the Fifth, the most powerful mo
narch of Europe, dared to aspire, three RISE OF THE AUSTRIAN EMPIRE. hundred years afterwards, to universal
monarchy. Without a distinguished chaVIENNA, with its ramparts, which seem racter, without even the love of those to guard the city, and its vast suburbs nations, and in spite of continual revolts, which surround it at the distance of six this family not only extricated itself from hundred yards, is not unlike the Austrian imminent dangers, but rose from its freEmpire, whose vast kingdom and pro- quent downfalls more powerful than bevinces surround the small Archdukedom fore. While we see the foundations of of Austria Proper. Its very palaces, its other empires shaken where sovereign inrticate mazes, and its crooked, narrow, and people are intimately blended, and and winding streets, bear the character liberal ideas are spreading every day, of tameness, and of that shifting policy there is in this vast monarchy, till the for which the reigning family is so justly present time, scarcely a movement pernotorious, far more than that of the dif- ceptible towards emancipation, which ferent nations whose head this capital has none of the nations under this governbecome. This Imperial family is a true ment seem to require. Where the greatspecimen how often the greatest events est genius would have failed, the monarchs are the offspring of small accidental of Austria have succeeded by the very
A Count of Switzerland meets, want of genius ; and by merely resorting during one of his sporting excursions, a to such common means as lie nearer to poor priest on his way to administer the the level of common understandings, are sacrament to a dying parishioner. His neither visionary nor fantastic, and thereprogress is arrested by a brook, just at fore seldom fail in their intended success. the moment when the Count with his re- -Austria as it is. tinue arrives. Respectfully he offers his own horse to the priest, humbly it is accepted, and the next day returned “God
STANZAS. forbid. !” exclaims the Count to the mes " When youth, like a fountain, reflected senger, “Ishould ride a horse again which carried my saviour : I bestow it on the
Could flash on the heart or repose on the eye,
And shadow or sunshine succeeded for ever, church and the priest.” This poor priest My joy and my grief were a smile or a sigha
But now, like a fountain the frost ices o'er, neither vulgar“ pipe" nor clumsy" pot”
beauty, and the brightly polished pewThe heart neither quivers nor glows as before. ter-vessel, there repelled the rabble, and
imparted their cheering pleasures tú resOh! where is the blossom that closed or ex. pectable visitors.
The evening paper panded,
was there-and so was the “ Times," to As midnignt or morning were present to sway? read both of which, as well as to escape It is flaunting no more, as when summer winds fann'd it,
a heavy fall of snow, I opened the parThe flower and the foliage are scattered away! lour-door, look a seat at an agreeable
distance from a fine blazing fire, and How sweet was its spring while the heart was
was soon accommodated with the news
paper, together with a cup of smoakingAnd when joy was more changing and bright hot brandy and water.
than the moon, But 'tis vain to remember--the hearts bleak
There were five persons in the parlour, December
each at a separate table, but all convers: Hath blighted the branch that is leafless in ing freely together on that never-ending June."
and purely English topic—the weather One of them, however, but seldom spoke, and then it was when addressed by others
of the company : he seemed by his air, THE COURIER DOVE.
and the formation of a threadbare and well-brushed blue frock coat, to belong to
the arıny, and I at once set him down as “Outstrip the winds, my courier dove ! On pinions fleet and free,
one of " the cloth.” And bear this letter to my love,
“ Waiter, give me a Welsh-rabbit," Who's far away from me.
said this gentleman, in a mild voice to
the attendant of the room, and then took It bids him mark thy plume, whereon The changing colours range ;
up the newspaper, which he continued to But warns him that my peace is gone,
peruse until his supper was brought in. If he should also change.
While he was reading, I had an oppor
tunity of observing him closely : he was It tells him thou return'st again,
bald, except on the sides of the head, and To her who set thee free;
there the thin hair was grey : his And 0! it asks the truant, when He'll thus resemble thee?"
face was thin, his cheeks rather hollow, and his large and expressive eyes overshadowed by strongly marked brows; his
figure was tall but wasted ; and from the THE HALF-PAY CAPTAIN. oppressed and hurried way in which he
breathed, it was evident that his health
was broken. The whole of his dress was On a cold and snowy night, in the win extremely clean, but almost worn out. I ter of 1823, I was passing through the could perceive that his boots, on which Strand, on my way home from a formal the strong blaze of the fire fell, were in dinner-party, when I stepped into one of no state to guard the invalid who wore those houses of entertainment which them from the dangerous effects of the abound in that semi-fashionable neigh- melting snow, over which he must tread bourhood which skirts the occidental line
on his return home. When I thought of of aristocratic demarcation--Charing Cross. this, and considered that it might cause Although this house has assumed the dig- his death, or at least increase his illness, nified appellation of tavern, the only claim I sincerely pitied his situation.
I felt as it possessed to such distinction, was the if I had already learnt his history, and display of a few mutton-chops, a plate of beheld in him the ruins of a genuine milimutton kidneys, and two fine heads of tary gentleman. celery in the window. Nor was it what On addressing my conversation occais termed “ a public-housem
sionally to him, I found that he was by no
means so reserved as at first I imagined ; “ Where 'bacco-pipes, and clumsy pots of and in a short time we fell into a lively Regale the crowd :"
and an interesting chat. I politely asked
him if he would take a little brandy and but might be said to have fixed its intrinsic water ; but he excused himself, although rank midway between the two. It pos- pressed, by saying that his health would sessed a neat and comfortable parlour for not permit him to drink more than half a public use, and, although perfumed by pint of porter: this, he said, he took bobacco, and moistened by homely ale, usually in the evening. “ Wine, said he
“ is too expensive in London, or I should promised fairly to place him above neces. certainly prefer it.” I immediately re- sity. He remained in London perhaps quested the waiter to bring some wine; more from a wish to be on the spot with but of this the gentleman also refused to the head-quarter people, than from any partake-and in such a manner that I felt preference he had to an overgrown, I should have wounded his feelings by noisy, expensive, metropolis : where, pressing my request farther.
without wealth or friends, life is solitude We were now undisturbed by general of the worst description. He thought he observations ; for when the others in the possessed a better chance of being re-emroom perceived we were not at all dispos loyed iu the service, and so obtain a ed to join them in chat, they continued to majority by staying near the Commanderdiscuss the topics of the day without inter- in chief, to watch the progress of military rupting us. We conversed for about two affairs. But year passed after year, in hours, and I was never more delighted the same dull expectation, and he found than by his conversation. Military affairs himself as far removed from his hopes in was the subject: we had both served in 1823 as he was in 1817. His four hunthe Peninsula, and consequently talked of dred pounds he lodged in the hands of a many mutual acquaintances, living and mock army agent, who, from day to day, dead : this made us so far familiar, that and month to month, proinised him an he gave me an outline of his professional exchange with some individual, with life.
whom, perhaps, the impostor never had He had entered the army as ensign in communicated. This mock agent at length 1790, and had served in both the East and failed, and ran away ; leaving the poor West Indies, Holland, and the Peninsula Captain with nothing but his seven shil. -obtained his Lieutenancy by chance, lings a-day: and not only did he take and his company by purchase. At the with him his client's four hundred pounds, close of the last war he was placed on half but his last quarter's half-pay, which the pay; in which state he remained ; nor knave drew the day before he departed. could he succeed in obtaining a return to This took place about six weeks before full pay, notwithstanding his long service; the evening I met the Captain. I immethis, however, was owing to the great re- diately offered to introduce him to an army ductions made in the army after the war. agent, who would advance him the amount He was a native of Bath,--the son of a of his following quarter's half-pay. This clergyman whose interest in the church offer he not only willingly accepted, but was considerable at the time he became cordially thanked me for it ; indeed, it an Ensign; and he assured me, that had had the greatest effect upon his spirits he taken his father's advice and embraced he became quite another man-his counthe profession of the church instead of the tenance lost much of its melancholy; and army he would have been a rich man- it appeared he had previously much reanot a poor pensioner with a ruined consti son to be depressed; for he frankly intution, and without hopes of better days formed me, that Greenwood's had refused in this world. “ But,” said he, “ I was to advance money, and therefore, for the fond of gaiety--the fine uniform of the last six weeks he had been obliged to have army caught my young mind, and pleased recourse to raising money by pawning a beautiful and interesting young lady his clothes. I hesitated not a moment in whom I afterwards married : so I gave up offering him the loan of what change I the reality for the shadow :" these were then had in my pocket, but he declined to his expressions. His wife died in the take it ; nor could I press him to the acWest Indies, and left him two daughters : ceptance of it. He thanked me gratethey grew up: both married officers in fully, and promised to meet me at the the army: one went to Sierra Leone and house we were then in, on the following died : the other went to Madras; but day at two o'clock, for the purpose of whether alive or dead he did not know, going together to the agent. He paid for not having heard from her for eleven his welsh-rabbit and his half pint of pormonths. All his relations were extinct. ter, cordially shook hands with “ I returned,” said he, “ from Waterloo, parted. Poor fellow ! as he feebly walkwhere I was slightly wounded, and on ed out into the fast falling snow, so thinly going down to Bath met my father's fune- clad, I heartily wished that Heaven had ral--the only relation I had had then on thrown a cloak over his shoulders. earth except my daughter, who is in I was true to my appointment next India.'' He was placed on half-pay, by day; but the Captain was not. I waited the reduction of the battalion in which he an hour, and then left word for him with was effective. He possessed about four the waiter that I would come in the evening hundred pounds in cash; and this, with -and would remain until ten o'clock. his income of seven shillings per day, could not think what was the reason of the
officer not meeting me, when it was upon down to the Strand, to look after a gentlea matter of so much importance to him. man, who promised to recommend me to I went at night, according to what I told where I may get money; and now I am the waiter, but he was not there. I called quite exhausted.” next night,-he wasî not there. I now " Exhausted ! nonsense," exclaimed concluded that sickness, or perhaps death, the landlord's wife, who now ran up from was the cause; and regretted much that Í the kitchen we can't be troubled with had neither left with him my address, nor such people, and lose our rent, too.-Parthe name of the agent to whom I had pro- cel of poor devils of half-pay officers, mised to introduce him ; neither had I got coming to London, here, to eat us up. his card,-certain of meeting at the ap- One word for all ; I will not be humbugpointed time and place, we both over- ged out of my lodgings." looked the necessity of interchanging A thought struck me it might be the addresses.
poor Captain. I opened the door-it was What I am now about to describe, my he! There he stood in the hall, leaning readers will say is more of the romantic upon a stick-almost sinking with weakthan the real : I must confess it looks more He recognized me directly, and as like the imaginative occurrence of a novel he put out his hand to meet mine, I could than of actual life; but, at the same time, see his eyes filled with tears, which he can assure them, that it is not romance - laboured to suppress. I brought him into not imagination,--but fact.
my room-gave him a chair at the fire Three weeks had passed away, and I and left him to himself a few minutes, in had totally given up the idea of meeting order that he might compose his feelings; again this unfortunate gentleman. I had for to have talked to him on the brutality frequently gone to the house where we of the landlord then would have wounded met, but without finding him. I left my him still deeper. I chose, therefore, raaddress with the waiter, to deliver, should ther, to affect ignorance of it; and while he see him ; but my card was never re I remained out of the room, took an opmoved from the rack in the bar, where the portunity of addressing the landlord upon water had placed it.
his conduct, and promised to be answerIt happened at this time that I changed able for the Captain's rent, which operatmy lodgings to Villiers-street, Strand. ed a marvellous change in his demeanour Here I engaged a tolerably well-furnished towards the poor sufferer whom he had pair of parlours, and was reading at my but a moment before treated so harshly. fire, the second night after I took posses I returned to my room and made a glass sion of them, when my landlord-a little of negus for my guest, affecting in my fat clerk to a brewer-opened the hall manners a degree of hilarity which was at door for somebody who had knocked. I vast variance with my real feelings. The heard his voice increasing to a pitch of Captain was too weak to sit up lòng; he anger, which awakened my curiosity ; so had been confined to his bed ever since I laid down my book and listened. the night be had first seen me, owing to a
“ You cannot be taking up my room cold he caught on his return to his lodgfor nothing, in this way, Sir ; I must payings, and, therefore, could not come to my rent, and I shall be paid by my lodg- his appointinent; he had frequently reers. I gave you warning a fortnight ago, quested his landlord to oblige him by when I saw you had no money, and so going to the house where we were to have now you must quit, willy nilly.
met, and to speak to me, whom he des“ But, Sir," replied a voice, in a sub- cribed ; but this as well as other favours dued tone, " I have not been able to leave was denied. All his money was gone, my bed, in order to look for lodgings, and he had tottered down that night as a until to-day; and I hope you will not last resource, to see me. oblige me to quit your room to-night.” I exerted myself to make him happy..
• You may go to the room if you the landlady brought him a basin of gruel, wish,” replied the landlord, “ because I of which he partook : bis bed was prepaknow the law don't allow me to lock it red, and—what was never done before for up-and a bad law it is; but if you do him-warmed with her pan by her own go, you will have to sleep without a bed; hands. Every thing was attention, and for I have removed my furniture. The my grateful friend was made as comfortshort and the long of the matter is, Sir, able as one suffering under a consuming you owe me two pounds; and I'll forgive disease could be. He remained in bed you the debt, if you only go away to- from this night; and I could see that night; that's what I call fair and chari- every day he became more feeble ; the table."
doctor who attended him informed me that “ To-night!" returned a voice, “I his lungs were diseased, and that his case cannot go ; I was scarcely able to crawl was out of the pale of remedy. I did
every thing I could for him; and he felt PICTURE OF FRANKFORT great relief, he said, from my company ;
ON THE MAINE. for I always kept conversation free from melancholy.
FRANKFORT is an ancient and noble About a week after this last confinement city, where a proportionate wealth is difof the Captain to his bed, the landlord of- fused through all the classes of society, fered to have warm curtains put up; this though their liberty is rather galled by the was desirable, and as they were already overweening airs of the Austrian and in the house, he sent for an upholsterer to Prussian sinecure ambassadors. It is the hang them.
I was sitting by the bed of only city in the south of Germany which, the invalid when this upholsterer came in, besides Vienna, may be said to be rich; along with the landlord, carrying the cur- and though the greatest part of these riches tains, The Captain regarded him atten- is in the hands of half-a-dozen Jews, yet tively; then whispering he said to me, they share the spoils, which flow into the “ I think I know that man : ask him what gulph of Hebrew subtility, from the sweat is his name." I did so, and the uphols- of the brows of the Austrian, Prussian, terer answered that his name was Thomas and Russian slaves. It is a pity that the Hanson. I beckoned to him, and he ap- high character of the Germans and their proached the bed. The Captain then virtues are so little known, and still less fixed his eyes upon him, and in a weak esteemed. There is an intenseness of voice soid, Tom, do you not know feeling in the German character, which
heart. “ No, Sir," was the reply.
To an incredible extent of knowledge “ Ah!” returned the Captain, “ I am and enlightened learning they unite an now so altered that nobody knows me;" unostentatious simplicity and unassuming and then burst into a flood of tears. manners, which bespeak the sterling cast
The man gazed on the sufferer intense- of their minds. What would this nation ły ; he turned to me in evident embarrass- become, were they allowed only a small ment, and whispered, “ I don't recollect degree of civil literty? A social circle the gentleman, indeed, Sir."
of the better class in Frankfort has a parA short pause took place, and the Cap- ticular charm. Out of tifteen young latain wiped his eyes with his handker- dies and as many gentlemen, who meet in chief.
a company, there will scarcely be five “; Were you not in the ** th regiment who are not versed in English literature; while they served in Spain ?” said he. and Walter Scott, Moore, and Cowper,
“ Yes, Sir ; I served with them there, are their favourites. The salutations and and since they came home too. I have unshawlings are scarcely over, when the been pensioned, and now, thank God! I knitting work is resorted to ; while one am in a good way of business on my own or two are playing on the piano-forte, or account. I assure you, Sir, I do not re- reading a favourite novel of the above collect your face.'
mentioned authors. They are interrupNo, no !” rejoined the Captain,“ my ted by the tea-party, after which they face and all-all are changed. I'm very hasten to the Cecilia Union, an instituunlike the Captain now, Tom, that led tion highly honourable to the youth of you up the hill at Talavera, and saved Frankfort. About fifty young ladies of your life at Salamanca.”
the best families, with as many gentlemen, Hanson changed colour—he looked assemble regularly twice every week, to closer—he recognized him—then fell on perform Handel's, Haydn's, Grauns's, his knees by the bed and seizing his old &c. classical works, under the direction Captain's hand, wept like a child. I hur- of a musical gentleman of high standing, ried out of the room, for I could not bear The salary of this director, (Shelble,) the scene.
the expenses of the locale and of the Hanson never left the bed of the dying orchestra, are defrayed by subscription officer one hour at a time. However, the of the members. Only sacred music is poor fellow died next day; and the last here admitted. I heard the Messiah and sad office of closing his eyes was perform- Haydn's Creation performed, and I do ed by this faithful and humane soldier; not hesitate to affirm, that although the nay, more—from his purse came the expen- London performance is more splendid as ses of the funeral--his own hands made the relates to the orchestra, yet the general coffin-and no mourner ever followed the impression produced by these hundred beloved dead to the grave with a sincerer youthful and blooming singers, is far sorrow, than Hanson did his poor Cap- superior to any thing I ever heard. tain.-Military Sketch Book.
The tower where the emperors of Germany were crowned is interesting, if it were but to convey an adequate idea of