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her till she fell fainting into those of I had last seen her. There was an air my wife. What a dread contrast was of melancholy sweetness and languor there between the frantic gestures—the about her, that inspired the beholder passionate lamentations of the mother, with the keenest sympathy. With a and the stony silence and motionlessness sigh, I gathered her slight form inlo my of the danghter! One little but affecting arms, a shawl was thrown over her, incident occurred in my presence. Mrs. and, followed by my wife and the nurse, P- (as yet unacquainted with the pe- whó supported Mrs. P-, I carried her culiar nature of her daughter's seizure) down stairs, and placed her in an easy had snatched Miss P-'s hand to her recumbent posture, in a large old family lips, kissed it repeatedly, and suddenly chair, which stood between the organ let it go, to press her own hand upon and the Dean's table. How strange her head, as if to repress a rising hy- and mournful was her appearance ! sterical feeling. Miss P-a's arm, as Her luxuriant hair was gathered up usual, remained for a moment or two beneath a cap, the whiteness of which suspended, and only gradually sunk was equalled by that of her countedown upon the bed. It looked as if she nance. Her eyes were closed; and voluntarily continued it in that position, this, added to the paleness of her feawith a cautioning air. Methinks I see tures, her perfect passiveness, and her at this moment the affrighted stare with being enveloped in a long white unrufwhich Mrs. P- regarded the outstretch- fled morning dress, which appeared not ed arm, her body coiling fro the unlike a shroud, at first sight made bed, as though she expected her daugh- her look rather a corpse than a living ter were about to do or appear something being! As soon as Dr. Da and I had dreadful! I learned from Mrs. P- that taken seats on each side of our poor her mother, the grandmother of Agnes, patient, the solemn strains of the organ was reported to have been twice affected commenced. I never appreciated muin a similar manner, though apparenily sic, and especially the sublime hymn of from a different cause; so that there Luther, so much as on that occasion. seemed something like a hereditary ten- My eyes were fixed with agonizing dency towards it, even though Mrs. P- scrutiny on Miss P- Bar after bar of herself had never experienced anything the music melted on the ear, and thrillof the kind.

ed upon the heart; but, alas! proAs the memorable evening advanced, duced no more effect upon the placid the agitation of all who were acquainted sufferer than the pealing of an abbey with, or interested in the approaching organ on the statues around! My heart ceremony, increased. Mrs. P-, I need began to misgive me: if this one last hardly say, embraced the proposal with expedient failed! When the inusic thankful eagerness.

About half-past ceased, we all kneeled down, and the seven, Dr. D— arrived, pursuant to his Dean, in a solemn and rather tremu. promise ; and he was soon afterwards lous tone of voice, commenced reading followed by the organist of the neigh- appropriate passages from the service bouring church-an old acquaintance, for the visitation of the sick. When he and who was a constant visitor at my had concluded the 71st psalm, he aphouse, for the purpose of performing proached the chair of Miss P-, dropand giving instructions on the organ. I ped upon one knee, held her right requested him to commence playing hand in his, and in a voice broken with Martin Luther's hymn - the favourite emotion, read the following affecting one of Agnes -as soon as she should be verses from the 8th chapter of St. Luke: brought into the room. About eight “While he yet spake, there cometh o'clock, the Dean's carriage drew up. one from the ruler of the synagogue's I met him at the door.

house, saying to him, Thy daughter is “Peace be to this house, and to all dead ; trouble not the Master. that dwell in it!" he exclaimed, as 6. But when Jesus heard it, he ansoon as he entered. I led him up swered him, saying, Fear not; believe stairs; and, without nttering a word, he only, and she shall be made whole. took the seat prepared for him, before a " And when he canie into the house, table on which lay a Bible and Prayer- he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, Book. After a moinent's pause, he di- and James, and John, and the father rected the sick person to be brought and the mother of the maiden. And all into the room.

I stepped up stairs, wept and bewailed her: but he said, where I found my wife, with the nurse, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. had finished dressing Miss P-. í And ihey laughed him to scorn, knowthought her paler than usual; and that ing that she was dead. er cheeks seemed hollower than when And he put them all out, and took

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her by the hand, and called, saying, ous laugh burst from his lips. We Maid, arise. And her spirit came rushed forward to extricate her from his again, and she arose straightway." grasp. His arms gradually relaxed

While he was reading the passage he mullered, “Music! music! a dance!" which I have marked in italics, my and almost at the moment that we reheated fancy almost persuaded me that moved Miss P- from him, fell senseI saw the eyelids of Miss P- moving. less into the arms of the organist. Mrs. I trembled from head to foot ; but, alas, P- had fainted; my wife seemed on it was a delusion!

the verge of hysterics; and the nurse The Dean, much affected, was pro was crying violently. Such a scene of ceeding with the fifty-fifth verse, when trouble and terror I have seldom wit.. such a tremendous and long-continued nessed! I hurried with the poor unknocking was heard at the street door, conscious girl up stairs, laid her upon as seemed likely to break it open. the bed, shut and bolted the door after Every one started up from their knees, me, and hardly expected to find her as if electrified all moved but unhappy alive; her pulse, however, was calm, Agnes — and stood in silent agitation as it had been thronghout the seizure. and astonishment. Still the knocking The calm of the Dead Sea seemed upon was continned, almost without inter- her! mission. My heart suddenly misgave To be concluded in our next. me as to the cause.

“Go-go-See if"-stammered my MARRIED FOR MONEY. wife, pale as ashes endeavouring to

Concluded from page 104. prop up the drooping mother of our patient. Before any one had stirred It was about a year after this — last from the spot on which he was stand- winter, in short that wandering ing, the door was burst open, and in through that part of the world, I thought rushed Mr. N-, wild in his aspect, of paying Makepeice, an old fellowfrantic in his gesture, and his dress coa officer of mine, a congratulatory visit, vered with dast from head to foot. We having heard of nothing among our stood gazing at him, as though his ap- common acquaintance for the last twelve pearance had petrified us.

months, but his uncommon good forAgnes-my Agnes!” he exclaimed, tune. I wrote a letter to him then from as if choked for want of breath.

an adjoining inn; and as we had been " Agnes !

Coire !” hé gasped, great chums in our day, said that I while a laugh appeared on his face that would look in upon him about his dinhad a gleam of inadness in it.

ner hour. Accordingly, a boy was sent “Mr. N-? what are you about? on with a small bundle of clothes, to For mercy's sake, be calm! Let me dress for the evening, and I sallied lead you, for a moment, into another forth on a snipe-shooting expedition, room, and all shall be explained !" for which I had visited that part of the said 1, approaching and grasping him country. About five o'clock, completefirmly by the arm.

ly wet through, excessively hungry, and “ AGNES!” he continued, in a tone not triflingly fatigued, I wended my that made us tremble. He moved to- way through some long, dank grass, the wards the chair in which Miss Play. road to the house being only half comI endeavoured to interpose, but he pleted, to my friend's mansion. My thrust me aside. The Venerable Dean ring at the bell, I soon perceived, was attempted to dissuade him, but met with the cause of no slight disconfiture. I no better a reception than myself. heard the hurrying tramp of steps--the

“ Agnes !” he reiterated, in a hoarse, raised tone of voices ; while the glimsepulchral whisper, “why won't you mering of lights, passing from one winspeak to me? what are they doing to dow to the other, gave me a cheering you?" He stepped within a foot of the prospect of the bustle that was made for chair where she lay-calm and immov- my reception. “How kind, how friendable as death! We stood by, watching ly," I murmured, “and how sorry I am his movements, in terrified apprehen- to give all this trouble." At last trro sion and uncertainty. He dropped his men, one out of livery, who looked like hat, which he had been grasping with a gardener, and the other in livery, who convulsive force, and before any one bore a strong resemblance, in his finery, could prevent him, or even suspect what to a chimney-sweep on May-day, came he was about, he snatched Miss P-out to the half-opened door. “Is Captain of the chair, and compressed her in his Makepeice come in yet? has he rearmns with frantic force, while a deliri- ceived my note ? and is my bundle

come?" To these three interrogatories murmuring between me, two servants. which I made, carelessly entering, the and their master, and an appeal to the two domestics, gaping and staring, an- upper housemaid, who was below swered, “Yes, no, yes, no,” in quick stairs, and who first visited the back succession, to which I paid but little parlour, from which my friend the capattention; and giving my gun to the tain had burst upon ine, I got introfootman, with the charge to remember duced into a garret, and procured my it was loaded, I asked the man who bundle, and some warm water in a was not a footman to show me to my cracked, blue jug, with which I conapartment. “You can't come in here, trived to make my ablutions. Sir,” said the fellow, staring, “Mis With jaws aching with hunger, and tress says she can't receive none of with some faint syınptoms of that aguish you.' " But the gentleman is to come disorder which my sport was not unin, though," said my liveried friend; likely to produce, I descended the oak

master told me he was.” “Ay,” said en staircase, trembling at every step I, “there's some mistake-I am the for my neck, which its polished surface gentleman your master said he expect- put into evident jeopardy, and was ed, and not the gentleman," turning to shewn into a largish, square, dark, the other," whom your mistress said panelled room, most faintly illumined she would not receive;" and taking a by two thin mould candles. One sinall, hand candlestick off the hall-table, dying bit of wood might be discovered "Come," said I, "quick! shew me my between two old-fashioned brass dogs, room, for I shall be ashamed to appear that served as a fire-grale, Mrs. Makebefore Mrs. Makepeice in this fashion.” peice, whose face, figure, and fair acStill there was staring and irresolution; complishments, 1 have described, was I got out of patience. “Go you,” said sitting by a square table, covered with I to the man who had spoken about his a loose, green-baize cloth. The capmaster, "and tell Captain Makepeice tain, one-half of whose face I now disthat I, Major Elyot, have come ; and covered to be frightfully red and swolgive you,” said I to the other, my len, while the other had shrunk into compliments to your mistress, and say utter thinness and cadaverousness, sat I would come myself, even as I am, to twisting his thumbs by her side and pay my devoirs io her, but that I have farthest from the fire; a' chair was heard too much of her taste and fashion, placed for me opposite. Without being not to wish to make myself first a little a great adept ai Lord Chesterfield's decent."2"

-“ Doors," said the maximns, I had quite sufficient tact to chap," there are no doors to pay for, compliment my friend on his wife, and that I'm certain, for my mistress always his wife on her property and mansion ; pay all ready money. Just as this an- and this, perchance, procured me the swer had reduced me to despair, I heard offer of some cold beef with my tea, a low whisper behind a door to my which I thankfully accepted ; and comright-"Well, I think the man is a plaining of cold in my stomach, at which gentleman; now he is come, Captain my friend murmured something about Makepeice (you're always bringing Mrs. Makepeice's late uncle having people here,) it will be proper, I sup- some excellent Port, the lady assuring pose, to relieve him, but you must tell her husband that he was a horror, him we have dined- he can take a little and thought of nothing since he had tea with us in the evening. There, go · escaped from a state of starvation but now ; don't stand here like a fool," of ruining his health by luxurious livAnd the door vas opened suddenly, ing, very kindly offered me a little rhuand my friend pushed through, whose barb in peppermint water: which she rheumatism easily losing him his equi- said was what she always took for any librium, he fell into my arms at once. pain in the stomach ; the Captain, the

“How do you do, my dear fellow," faint twinkling of whose best eye shewsaid I. Ha,” said he,“ how d’ye do ed that he had not yet lost all relish for how are you - you must be tired - won't a joke, made some pun upon raising the you sit down ?'' I could not belp wind, which it is not worth while to laughing, since we were in the hall repeat. “Come, none of your vulgar without a sign of any convenience for jokes, Captain Makepeice; the Major, putting bis request into execution. I am sure, won't understand you, and “And where shall we sit down ?" said I really have not been used to it; but I. “Ha! ha!” said he, faintly, this comes, Major Elyot, of marrying a devilish good joke, isn't it? where shall beggar. My poor aunt, whenever her we sit down, by-the-bye ?" After some asthmatics would let her speak, used


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always to say how it would be ; she, He never wed; yet girls 'tis known

In raptures would declare, poor dear thing, was the pink of genti

His sparkling eyes eclipse the sun, lity you don't know, Major Elyot, if As Sam he clips the hair. she could have thought-but who could

At length grown old, the tyrant Death have thought? Oh, you awkward

At once, with fatal aim, wretch-(as the Captain rather mali Deprived poor Sam of hair and breath

Oh! what a barbarous shame! ciously turned his hot cup of tea over

G.T.E. an unfaded grey silk gown) —you mean to kill me, to ruin me, I see you do; and who is to buy mé other gowns, I should like to know? this comes of

LORD BYRON'S ADVENTURE marrying a beggar !” and the lady

WITH AN ITALIAN GIRL. flounced out of the room, leaving my friend and me to our various solilo A few days ago, a gondolier brought quies and a bottle of “ the late uncle's me a billet without a superscription, inPort," which, when the lady was fairly timating a wish on the part of the writer gone to bed, the Captain, who had a to meet me either in my gondola, or at the fac simile of the key of the cellar, con

island of San Lazaro, or at a third rentrived to produce.

dezvous, indicated in the noie. I must confess that, poverty-stricken know the country's disposition well,” as I am, I thought my poor friend the -in Venice “they do let heaven see most miserable of mortals, until I was

those tricks they dare not show," &c. awoke in the night by the information &c. : so, for all response, I said that that Mrs. Makepeice had got the cho- neither of the three places suited me; lera she was taken at two in the but that I would either be at home at ten morning, and was dead by twelve at at night alone, or be at the ridotto at mid-day. The whole of her fortune was midnight, where the writer might meet left to the Magdalen. “And so much,"

me masked. At ten o'clock I was at said my friend, rubbing the rheumatic hoine and alone (Marianna was gone side of his face very dolorously — “So with her husband to a conversazione,) much, my dear fellow, for marrying for when the door of my apartment opened, money! !" New Monthly Mag.

and in walked a well-looking and (for an Italian) blonda girl of about ninteen,

who informed me that she was married SAM SCRAPES.

to the brother of my amorosa, and wishFor the Olio.

ed to have some conversation with ne.

I made a decent reply, and we had Sam Scrapes he was a barber gay, And hair-dresser by trade,

some talk in Italian and Romaic, (her And, like his razor, was pronounced, mother being a Greek of Corfu), when, A keenish sort of blade.

lo! in a very few minutes in marches, He served his time in famed Cheapside,

to my very great astonishment. MaBut, tired of brainless blocks,

rianna S**, in propria persona, and, He bolted soon from Mr. Barr's, In spite of all his locks.

after making a mnost polite curtsy to her At length, commenced the world himself,

sister-in-law, and to me, without a Sam was upon the whole

single word seizes her said sister-inA wonder- for his fame soon spread, law by the hair, and bestows upon her Like light-from poll to poll.

some sixteen slaps, which would have But then, of course, such brillant paris made your ear ache only to hear their

As his must needs prevail;
He'd please some with a well-dress'd head,

And others with a tale

I need not describe the screaming His soaping, too, had such effect,

which ensued. The luckless visitor On either friends or foes,

took flight. I seized Marianna, who, That all forgave his faults, although

after several vain efforts to get away in He took them by the nose.

pursuit of the enemy, fairly went into For politics, it was his boast, He did not care a fig;

fits in my arms; and, in spite of reasonThough he a Tory's head could turn,

ing, eau de Cologne, vinegar, half a And then make him a Whig.

pint of water, and God knows what In making fronts or good peruke,

other waters beside, continued so till There never was his match ;

past midnight. After damning my serIf partly bald his fingers itch'd To give your head a scratch.

vants for letting people in without apo He did not like aquatic sports,

prising me, I found that Marianna in And yet 'tis strange to say,

the morning had seen her sister-in-law's He kept a cutter in bis shop,

gondolier on the stairs; and, suspectAnd handled sculls all day.

ing that this apparition boded her no

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good, had either returned of her own THE FATAL LETTER. accord, or been followed by her maids

For the Olio. or some other spy of her people to the conversazione, from whence she had The following narrative is taken returned to perpetrate this piece of pu- from a singular occurrence during the gilism. I had seen fits before, and also confinement of Charles the First, at some small scenery of the same genus Hampton Court, when a speedy settlein and out of our island ; but this was ment between that unfortunate monarch not all. After about an hour, in comes and the parliament was daily expected, —who? why, Signor S**, her lord and and propositions to a like effect had husband, and finds me with his wife been already advanced by the latter. fainting upon a sofa, and all the appara It was in the dusk oľ the evening, tus of confusion, dishevelled hair, hats, when three troopers, who had proceeded handkerchiefs, salts, smelling bottles- at a rapid pace from Windsor, arrived and the lady as pale as ashes, without at the “Blue Boar” in Holborn. The sense or motion. His first question was, goodly citizens had been too long inured “What is all this?" The lady could to the grim visages of parliamentarians not reply-so I did I told him the ex to feel alarm at their appearance, howplanation was the easiest thing in the ever sudden or mysterious. In the world; but, in the mean time, it would present case, therefore, the arrival of be as well to recover his wife at least, these troopers elicited but few remarks her senses. This came about in due either from byestanders, or the inmates time of suspiration and respiration. of the Blue Boar. But their mission You need not be alarmed-jealousy is was one of higher importance than not the order of the day in Venice, and seemed attached to it, and deeply condaggers are out of fashion, while duels, cerned the individuals engaged in it. on love matters, are unknown-at least, On dismounting they gave their horses with husbands. But, for all this, it was to the care of the ostler, having previan awkward affair ; and though he ously taken their pistols froin the must have known that I made love to holsters, and secured them in their Marianna, yet I believe he was not, till belts. One of them, apparently the suthat evening, aware of the extent to perior in rank, advanced briskly to the which it had gone. It is very well inn, and demanded quarters for the known that almost all the married wo- night ; at the same time adding, that as men have a lover ; but it is usual to he and his comrades had learnt to sufkeep up the forms, as in other nations. fer hardship and privation in the supI did not, therefore, know what the port of the parliament, and the furtherdevil to say. 'I could not out with the ance of the Great Work, they would truth, out of regard to her, and I did not not incommode others should there be choose to lie for my own sake ; besides, any difficulty in finding rooin, but the thing told itself. I thought the best would put up with a night's lodging in way would be to let her explain it as the stable, and keep company with their she chose (a woman being never at a horses, who had done a good day's loss--the devil always sticks by them) work. -only determining to protect and carry 6 I thank thee, good belligerent," her off, in case of any ferocity on the replied the host, “ and avail myself of part of the Signor. I saw that he was thy condescension, for be assured I have quite calm. She went to bed, and next but one bed vacant in the whole inn, day-how they settled it, I know not, and that but a sorry one; mayhap, but settle it they did. Well-then I therefore, you and your comrades will had to explain to Marianna about this prefer the hayloft to a garrett, which never to be sufficiently confounded has not been slept in these five years." sister-in-law; which I did by swearing “Be it so," said the soldier, and innocence, eternal constancy, &c. &c. seemingly satisfied, he joined his com

But the sister-in-law, very panions. much discomposed with being treated The soldier we have thus shortly inin such wise, has (not having her own troduced was a robust and muscular shame before her eyes,) told the affair man, of middle stature, and while conto half Venice, and the servants (who versing with his companions seemed were summoned by the fight and the with a single glance to penetrate the fainting) to the other half.

innermost thoughts of the one he interLetters and Journal of Lord Byron.

rogated, or in turn listened to. Their conference had not lasted long ere it was interrupted by the ostler, who beg

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