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these numerous marks of gallantry and
honourable achievement. He had been THE BLACK CONVICT.* for nearly seventy years faithful to the
society to whiclı he belonged, and in “My ancestors were of undoubted the course of that period had brought rank and consequence. The father of inany a man to an unexpected end. His my father, for instance, held the distin- boasted trophy was a strange one-the guished appointment of leader of one of tips of the noses of those who had fallen the most extensive and best organized beneath his arm ; these be carefully bands of itinerant robbers that ever preserved, and he would occasionally subsisted by plunder. My mother, too, exhibit them as proofs of his valour. In was the daughter of a noble fellow, whó skill and agility he was without equal commanded no less than a hundred va in the troop: he was as active as the grant followers, the terror of the coun- monkey, as cunning as the fox, and as try for as many miles round.' Of the cold-blooded as the gaunted wolf. Unwhole of these my tutor was his espe- der the tuition of this accomplished cial favourite. There was not a spot master, (who was well known at Looupon the head of this my venerable in- deanna by the name of Bollicada-sas, structor, when he wore the grey hairs from his frequent robberies in that of eighty, on which you could place a neighbourhood,) I had every reason to rupee without its touching a brace of hope, by common application, to besabre scars. In short, he had received come a distinguished practitioner in the more cuts than there are days in the
saine line." year, and prided himself highly on True," said 1, interrupting my in
formant," and yet it would appear, from * Extracted from a very amu ng work : en the iron fetters which you now wear,
Klannie Kinet-Walla; or, that you did not profit much by your Eastern Story-teller :" a dian Tales. By Jolio Shipp. Longman and superior education.”
Why, as to that," replied he, “ if Vol. X.
you have an hour to spare, I will tell whereupon, making a sudden snatch you how it happened,"- and be con at his silver surpoose, arrackdar, and tinued as follows:
mouth-piece, of which I possessed my“ Having acquired the rudiments of self in an instant, I took to my heels, my profession, under my experier.ced and was out of sight in the twinkling teacher, I was at length pronounced by of an eye. Horses were soon saddled, hiin fully competent to undertake a job and in pursuit of me. . I had worn un. at my own risk, and for my own benefit. til this time a large beard, and the As this, my first commission, was ra- dress of an old man; but finding my. ther adroitly performed, the particulars self too closely followed by the enemy, of the affair may perhaps serve to I threw my disguise as well as my amuse you. We had received informa- booty into a dry well, and then, retion that a young British officer, who tracing my steps with great deliberabad recently arrived from England, tion, I met my pursuers with apparent was on his way to join the force then unconcern. The young Sub, almost lying at Loodeanna. The plucking of mad with rage that he should have this bird was entrusted entirely to my been so completely outwitted, eyeing management, and I therefore started to me as I came up, without recognising meet him. At about thirty miles from me, asked, with breathless anxiety, if the station of Loodeanna, I found him I had seen a person running in that snugly encamped in a small and solitary direction. "What! the fellow with a toop on the margin of a village. When long beard ?' replied I; 'yes, I met him I spied him he was puffing away at a. about five hundred yards off, and saw most beautiful hookah, with a silver him take horse by the tree which you mouth-piece and surpoose. 'Lah kho see yonder.' This was enough ; off dah,' thought I to myself, 'it shall not went the whole parly helter skelter in be long before that fine smoking ap- the direction I had pointed out to them, paratus changes owners, if no better while I, intent on more certain game, luck await me.' Thus laudably resol- made with rapid strides towards young ved, I hovered about the tent, and re- master's tent. Here I found a single connoitred its localities, when the bearer only, and him I desired to take smooth-faced boy observing me,exclaim- some ropes to his master without delay, ed, ‘Holloa ! you black rascal! what to bind the thief, whom I had seen him the devil do you do here? come this catch. Off started the bearer, leaving way.'-—Yes massa,' I answered ; at me to keep watch over his employer's the same time advancing towards him. property. This I did with great cauThen you understand English-do tion until he was fairly out of sight, you?' said he.-'Oh, yes,' replied I, and then breaking open Massa's camel
as well as you do.'-'I dare say you trunks, I extracted therefroin a hundred do,' said the young wiseacre, with a and fifty rupees, (whichi, I need scarcely knowing air, (you must doubtless observe, were all that I could find) and have observed, Sahib, that your raw. a few other trifles not worth mentiontravellers, and especially the beardless ing—such as a watch, a silver snuffyoungsters who come to India as cadets, box, two gold rings, and the like. All always think themselves gifted with these I arranged in a very snug and extraordinary penetration and wit, portable little dressing-case, and scamwhich confer on them, they suppose, pered off towards Loodeanna, with any the privilege of treating all whom they prize, as fast as my legs would carry consider their inferiors as knaves and me. fools. It makes me chuckle when I “ Thus ended, to my credit as well reflect how often this self-complacency as profit, my first business transaction. and ill-timed insolence have facilitated But I had not yet fully accomplished my views upon their purses and pro- my designs on this pert and conceited perty-but to proceed :) I dare say stripling, who, as I had reason to beyou do,' said he, and thieving too to lieve, had still in his possession nuperfection ; but what do you want pry- merous little articles which might be ing about my tent here!' I told him useful to myself or my friends. The that I wanted employment. "Good,' next morning, therefore, I repaired to said he, but what can you do? Can the station of Loodeanna, and had the you steal a horse ??- Ah, no, Massa,' satisfaction of seeing my victim enter, answered I, “you are too hard upon with dejected countenance, into the your poor servant.'-' In what then do cantonments. 1 passed him without you excel!' asked he, 'can you run ?' being recognised, and gave him one of -Run!' said I, yes, like a buck!' my best salaams. Shortly after this I
sported a fine pair of red whiskers, those who know the use of their finwith moustachios of the same colour, gers at meals. When melted down, and tendered my services as a choke- however, they served to make bangles ydar (watchman), to guard his property for my children, and, as one cannot in and person against the tricks of the this world always expect the full competty cantonment pilferers. I was for- pletion of one's wishes, I was obliged to tunate enough to be accepted, and the be contented. pery following night, when he was “ Having quitted Loodeanna, and boozing with his new companions at having been concerned in innumerable the mess, I took a fancy to his double- adventures similar to these which I barrelled gun and a pair of beautiful have related, in other places, with varied pistols, which were nicely packed to- success, my cast of features, however gether in a case. I wish all officers skilfully disguised, became at length a would be equally careful, it would save little 100 well known in the different poor thieves a vast deal of trouble ; and cantonments; so, as I had now a nuI really must say, in favour of the young merous family, for whose maintenance gentleman of whom I am speaking, that it was absolutely necessary that I should he certainly kept his little valuables in be industriously occupied, and had acvery neatand portable order. But I quired a high reputation among my am straying from my story, and I fear comrades for courage and craft, I reshall exhaust your patience.
solved on taking entirely to the road “ I took a fancy, as I said before, to for the future, not only as relieving me, the gun and pistols, and, of course, for the time, from the fear of detection therefore, did not hesitate to take them and apprehension, respecting which I into my own keeping without delay.— began to entertain some qualms, but Having deposited my new acquisition also as presenting the advantage of a in a place of safety, I began to reflect more extensive sphere of action, in on the best way of disposing of myself, which my comprehensive and enterand it very naturally occurred to me prising genius might be adequately that it would not be particularly de- employed. sirable to show my face again at my My first adventure on the road," new master's ; indeed, it seemed pretty continued the grinning convict, “ you obvious, that if I had any thing further may perhaps think worthy of relation, to do at Loodeanna, it should be accom as it will serve at once as a proof how plished, with all practicable despatch. easily the English are gulled in this 1, therefore, left the station at once, and part of the world, and as one reason out went, with two of my coinpanions, and of many, why we always prefer robbing drew up the silver surpoose, clothes, them in preference to our countrymen. &c. from the well where they were de- One morning, at a very early hour, I posited; but, abont midnight, as I was on the scout, and met an old officer knew that the general had invited a riding towards Loodeanna. I liked the large party, I returned to Loodeanna looks of this grey-headed veteran, as by bye-roads, and assuming the dress well as the splendid appearance of his of a Khitmutyar, I made direct for the retinue. There were no half-clad, halfgeneral's cock-house, and mixed, with- starved followers, such as your poor out suspicion, with the servants engag- devils of lieutenants hire, but pampered, ed for the occasion. Here, before I well-dressed menials, who did credit took my leave, I managed to increase to their keep and clothes. Before this my possessions by the addition of a cavalcade reached me I turned towards tolerably good-looking camel-hair Loodeanna, and walked slowly on. I cloak, belonging to one of the party, was in the disguise of a mendicant and a few silver spoons, &c. which priest, with two baskets tied on the end were lying about as ihough in want of of two sticks, such as pilgrims here a proprietor. But to say the truth, I carry on their journies. On the old was greatly disappointed in this affair, general's passing me,
gave him the for I had expected a much richer booty, usual greeting, and asked for alms; but and this, I was well aware, was my not a single pice could I extract from last chance in Loodeanna. The cloak, him, and I was told by an impudent fel. to be sure, was a decided prize, it low of a chupprassee to furrurk, (get being an article which I absolutely out of the way. This order I obeyed stood in need of for my own personal with seeming respect, and, drawing comfort, for the winter season was fast back a short distance to let the old curapproaching ; but as to spoons, they mudgeon pass, I joined in with the serare not held in much estimation by vants in the rear, from whoin I learnt
that their master was a general. "So guardians, I arranged, should be stamuch the better, thought 1; 'I may tioned outside the tent, while the genehave a rare haul here, if I manage mat. ral's sepoys, were desired to form a ters well. Resolved to take active chain round the whole of his servants measures immediately I slunk bebind, and baggage. The noble general had, and withdrew to a spot where I knew i I suppose, taken a few extra glasses of should find a party of my own tribe. wine that evening to keep up his spirits, Here I changed my dress, and instantly for I had not posted my six men more started again to overtake the noble ge- ihan an hour before he began snoring neral, carrying on my head some fowls most lustily. For the next two hours and chiekens for sale. I found the old nothing was to be heard but continual gentleman seated at breakfast under a challenging. This apparent vigilance tree; but it was sometime before I on the part of the hired chokeydars, could strike a bargain with him. At deluded the sepoys into a belief that last, however, I agreed to let him have their master was amply guarded without my whole stock for a rupee, which he their assistance, and they therefore very told me to get from the sirdar-bearer. coolly dropped off to sleep, one after anThus commissioned, I went to a large other. Having walked my rounds, and double pole-tent to demand iny money, convinced myself that they were all and imagine my delight, Sahib, when sound, I returned to the tent of the sporthe incautious bearer pulled out a huge ing general, and with the aid of my combag of rupees! This was no doubt in- panions, taking each of us a corner of tended to impress me with a high idea the bed, we, with great caution, raised of his consequence. Some delay now the commander, bed and all, off his occurred, in consequence of this trusty trunks, and deposited him quietly in treasurer's claiming, as his own per another part of the room. Scarcely had quisite, four anas as dustoorec (custom), we placed the old snoring general on which he insisted on being deducted terra firma when he turned over, gave from the rupee that he was to pay me. a grunt, and said something about This imposition l affected to resist, in more wine. All this time we were order to gain time; and during the in- making ready for a bolt: again all was terval thus afforded me, I availed myself quiet, save the calling of some spies 1 of the opportunity of examining how had outside to keep the course clear. every thing was arranged in the tent, We seized the cainel trunks, and were with a view to future operations. The in the act of conveying them away, negociation concluded, I went and sa- when the old boy was seized with a violaamed the general, who told me I might lent fit of sneezing ; every sneeze ran call again when I had any more such through our veins like boiling lead. bargains to offer.
*Again he went to sleep and snored *1 returned two or three times after aloud. We had got the trunks to the this, variously disguised, and with dif- aperture which we had cut in the side ferent cominodities. On one of these of the tent, when one of my faithful visits I found that the general, having companions stumbled over the foot of over-gorged himself at tiffen, had lain the sirdar-bearer, who grumbled out down to sleep, and I was delighted to something we did not understand. observe that his bedstead résted on the When outside, we heard the old geneedges of two camel-trunks, which I ral calling chedah, his sirdah, who alcould not doubt contained valuable pro- ways replied: 'I am coming, Sahib, I perty of some kind or other. My future am coming, Sahib.' All was again as plans were now arranged. I returned still as the grave, not even the solitary to my own 'party, dressed myself with step vibrated on the cold night air. The neatness, revisited the general, and re- general being thus disposed of, it is presenting myself as the zemindar of the perfectly unnecessary for me to add that village, asked him if he did not require we soon conveyed both his trunks and some chokeydars for the night, for that ourselves from his neighbourhood. By he was now in a part of the country no- this affair we divided cash to the amount torious for the robberies committed by ofthree hundred rupees each, besides the desperate Bhattees. No sooner did various valuables both in gold and silthe gallant veteran hear the word Bhattee mentioned than he ordered me to “ In this manner,"continued the narprocure him six watchmen immediately. rator, “I went on practising for seThese were soon found, in six of my veral years with tolerable success, and tried coinpanions, who, at my bidding, it will need only a few words to in foriu were speedily on the spot, These trusty you how I was caught at last. I had be
come so well known and so formidable Blanche Rose bent before the priest in in the neighbourhood which I generally the white bridal amice, her pale brow frequented, that my person was adver- glistening with pearls and gems, and tised, and a price set on my head. Se- the white flower shining like a star in veral unfortunates, supposed to be me, the long glossy tresses that fell upon had in consequence been fired at and her neck for the last time.* The Earl wounded ; and, therefore, as a chance put the ring upon her finger, the priest shot may kill the devil, I thought it wise set the coronet upon her brow, and the to absent myself for a time from my old heralds cried her, Countess of Touhaunts, and resolved to take a profes- louse, at the high cross, amidst the sional trip to the station of Cawnpore. shouts of the people, and the waving Here I was concerned in a robbery on of ten thousand caps. the premises of an English merchant, (l. All the city was in a transport, for had always a special líking for the En- the constancy " of the bright lady of glish,) and was just in the act of getting the world, and the self justice of her very comfortably off with my booty, supposed traitor knight. Certainly,' when, not having thoroughly reconnoi- said the vicar of St. John, “I think him tered the premises, I found myself sud- greater for this repenting, than if he had denly landed at the bottom of a dry never had tache or spot, not to speak of well. From this trap there was no pos- the ninety and nine in the wilderness ; sibility of escape. I was soon dragged he had then been but a puisnie saint, out, and taken before the judge, who, as now he is lith and blood like to you and a reward for many meritorious achieve me, but so as you and I never shall be, ments, ornamented me with the badges the greatest mortal man that ever quellwhich I now wear. I have still, how- ed sinful flesh.”
obno ever, a trick or two left, and do not A week of pomp and pageant, and live without hope, as I have a device in all that the olden time held gay and my head, which, should it succeed, will splendid, past through Toulouse like soon restore ine to my friends, when, a night's masque, and again all returned Sahib, should you be travelling in my to the quiet sunshine and still business way, with plenty of money in your pos- of a simple summer's day. session, I should be happy to try my The Countess lived in deep seclusion, skill on you."
partly for that the face of man was be eigen
ay come terrible to her, partly for her tests BLANCHE ROSE. feeble state, which might not suffer ce.
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remony and fatigue. The leaves were
falling, the birds had ceased to sing, and That night before the moon went the sun looked sad and still upon the down, Rose knew how she was cleared yellow fields, when the unconscious zbut long she lay and wept upon his cause of her sorrow was presented to feet and would not be comforted; and the barons of Languedoc in the great when at last her strength and mind re- hall of Toulouse ; "I do not wrong turned, it was in the strength of her them,” said Raymond, to its heart-bro,
of held her like an infant on the grass
, living, there is none to claim the right but she had no hearing for his words, --you shall make him worthy to hold and would but wring her hands, and the sword and the coronet of a brave cry to be released to do him justice, till people, and God and their service shall she sunk exhausted upon the turf. He give him right, better than a name." watched by her through the night, and in the morning, when her spirits ebbed It was the virgil of the cross; the away and the strength of her delirium night was dark and still upon Toulouse. was past, she was subdued by his tears, The quiet streets were silent and emand swore upon his hand. The light pty, and all lights had gone out, excame into his face and he kissed her cèpt here and there a red solitary canand rose up-"You never broke your word,” said he; “ now I will leave As late as the 17th century long hair was
only worn by unmarried ladies, and it was closely confined under the coif or crestine as
soon as they became matrons. It was remarkOn St. Bride's-day at noon, 'the Earl ed as an impudent assumption, that the beausurrounded by all the chivalry and tiful, but scandalous Countess of Essex (in the beauty of Languedoc, stood at the high reign of James VI.), wore loose hair after her
infamous repudiation of her husband, and in. altar, where he had done, his penance. trigue with the Earl of Rochester.