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an entrance when they were asleep. earthly riches. She was an heiress; The first attempt he made at the drawing would it be generous to take advantage room, but quickly perceiving that he of a casual service, and press a suit that had been observed by Miss Morden he would be as painful to refuse as unlikely retired hastily. A council was held by to be granted ? I mean (so says vanity) the robbers, and it was fortunately de- by Mr. Morden. No; I overcame the termined to postpone the attack until temptation of risking a trial, and returnthe family had gone to rest.

ed to - ford, possessing the esteem and Nothing could be bolder or more likely good wishes of every inhabitant of “the to succeed than Mitchell's desperate re Wilderness.' solution. It was to leap feet foremost I was on parade some mornings after through the window, armed with a I rejoined the regiment, when a horse, dagger, and open the back-door for his splendidly accoutred, with a superb associates. He made the attempt, and tiger-skin, holsters, saddle, and every providential circumstances alone pre- housing fit for a field officer, was led vented its being successful. That very into the barrack-yard by a groom. The morning a small iron bar had been animal was a perfect picture of symmeplaced across the window, it canght the try and strength; a dark chesnut, sixrobber in his leap, threw him back with teen hands high, and worth at least two violence, and the noise, attended with hundred guineas. The groom presented the outery of the idiot, alarıned the fa- me a letter-it was from Mr Morden'; mily instantly.

the horse was a present. Circumstances, they say, will often Emily and her cousin married most make men courageous. In this case it happily, and we have often met since, had the same effect on two beings of a They treat me as sisters would a brother, very different description-a lovely girl arıd we frequently talk ofthe night attack and an idiot boy. Miss Morden through- upon “ the Wilderness." out the trying scene displayed the Three years passed away; the gang coolest courage, and the poor simpleton had been incessantly followed by Mr. who commonly would avoid the ap- Morden, and were extirpated, with the pearance of a gan, armed with his spit, solitary exception of Captain Bulger. defended the breach like a hero. --Dreading the sleepless vengeance of

We met at dinner. Julia, Miss Mor- that determined old man, this ruffian den's cousin, would hardly venture to fled the country, and established himjoin us, for her brother rated her timi-, self in a disaffected district of the south. dity severely. When the alarm was In the interim I got a Majority in the heard the fearful girl buried her face Seventieth, then quartered in Cork. beneath the bed coverings, and remain- Soon after I joined I happened to be ed in pitiable agitation until the contest field officer of the day on which a noended. Mr. Morden took her from historious criminal was doomed to suffer. daughter's arm, kissed her, and con The regiment had given a guard, and gratulated her on their delivery from the curiosity induced me to attend the exelast night's danger.

cution. “You little coward," said the old I entered the press-room. In a few man, jocularly, you must give your minutes the malefactor appeared in deliverer one kiss for your preservation.' white grave-clothes, attended by two The blushing girl received my salute, priests. It was mine ancient enemy," Miss Morden took my hand. “ You, Bulger! Suddenly the Sheriff was call100, Emily, will you not reward your ed out, and after a short absence reprotector ?" Without coquetry she turned, accompanied by a plain, vigorlaid her lips to mine, and that kiss was ous country gentleman, enveloped in a a sufficient recompense for twice the huge driving coat, and apparently like peril I had encountered.

one who had travelled a considerable For me no praises seemed sufficient; distance. the successful defence was attributed to I looked at the criminal ; he was the my exertions ; and the fortunate shot ruin of a powerful man, and the worstthat killed the villain smith was never visaged scoundrel imaginable. He was to be sufficiently recommended. perfectly unmoved, and preserved a

My visit ended - I was in love with callous sort of hardiessc, and, as the Emily ; but then I had little chance of priests hurried over their Latin prayers, succeeding to the property, which after nade a careless response whenever they* wards, by a chapter of accidents, fell to directed him. The door leading to the me; and a company of foot was all my drop was open; the felon looked out


upon the crowd most earnestly. “He most as high as the ramparts, where the is not there," he murmured;" he caused din grey battlements could be discerna my apprehension, but he will not see ed crowded with men. Albert stood me die!" and added with a grim smile, upon the rock under the standard be“ Morden, you neither kept your word fore the tent, and watched the black nor proved your prophecy!” The muff- columns pouring into the cloud, which led stranger stood suddenly forward swallowed them in its darkness. As “I am here, Bulger ! I paid for your the sun approached, the faint flash of apprehension, and have come the crescents and crowded arms could hundred miles to witness your execu- be seen glittering along the ramparts, tion!”

and at quick intervals the fearful shock “Morden," said the dying felon so- of the war wolres, I sent up a cloud of lemnly, “ if a ghost can come back dust from the wall; and as it swept off, again, I'll visit you!”

a deep black gap appeared in the battleThe person addressed smiled coldly. ments and glitering line of arms. All “ I found you unable to execule your at once the vast dark mighly column of threats while living, and, believe me, the tower began to move, and rose I apprehend nothing from you when slowly out of the smoke till it looked dead."

over the rampart; a thunder of shorts The clock struck-the Sheriff gave rolled up from the host, and suddenly the signal-Bulger advanced to the scaf- the flash of arms and banners receded fold--the drop fell--and in two minutes like a bright wave along the wall. In he was a corpse.

an instant a little bridge fell froin the

top of the lurret upon the battlement, SUNSET.

and a while knight, followed by a glitThe panorama of the evening this!

tering stream of glaives and lances, The streaks of golden ether look as lakes Beyond the hills, with clouds, like boats of

rushed over to the rampart. A terrific bliss

cry came froin the turret, and re-echoed Sailing in safety as the windforce slakes from the moat" Raymond of TouTheir beauty in the food of light. Sunset louse! Raymond of Toulouse !" and Is Autumn's capopy; the western Grot

Albert distinguished the glorious figure Beckoning Retirement, ere the stars are met, And calling Meditation to the spot

of his master and the white cross of of tranquil Heaven. The weary heart might France. One moment he gazed, one

Pour out its sighs in gentleness: the lid Might press in holy Prayer the findest tear,

moment knelt upon the rock, one moAnd by its sorrow's shade be scarcely chid, So calm the throne of Glory's hemisphere, Till past the lands of Day the Sun bas slid.

lodgement was made by means of the “ fall. bridge,” and the city taken soon afterwards.

+ Anciently in a camp, every leader, of the BLANCHE ROSE. rank of a Baron, had a banner (i.e.) a square Concluded from page 185.

flag emblazoned with his amorial coat, pitched

before his tent. This flag was much larger The clear day was bright upon the being only used for pitching in the ground,

than the banner carried with the troops, and camp, and the long black lines of men

was thence called a "Standard." The game at arms were pouring through the white is now confounded with compon military en. tents like torrents towards the town, signs ; though it is properly regulated, by its but all beneath the wall was lost in according to the rank of its owner, from that dust and smoke, through which the tall of an Emperor to a Baron. None under this black giant tower of assault* rose al- last rank could display his arms in a banner,

properly so called, for that of a banner-et was A wooden tower of a height equal to the only his guydon with the points cut off. wall of a besieged place, was one of the an. There were two kinds of engines called cient engines of a siege. It was moveable up: war-wolves." One was a sort of ponderous on block wheels, and provided with a “fall wooden grate used to break a batteriog-ram, bridge," one similar to a draw-bridge, to drop &c.; the other, which is here meant, was a froin the summit upon the battlement. The machine for casting vast stones. Edward I. at historians mention with astonishment two of the siege of Stirling used ope, which is said to prodigious size used at the assault of Jerusalem have thrown pieces of rock weighing three cwt. under Godfroi de Boulogne, aud constructed -Mat. Par. Several kinds of engines were hy Count Raymond. The first when brought named from animals; as the War-wolf, for to the wall was found too low, and was after casting stones; the Ram, for battering; the wards burned in a sally of the Saracens ; but Tortoise, for covering the working party under the second had a small internal turret capable a wall; the Cat and the Sow, moveable coof being elevated by ropes and pullies. When verings, or close sheds on wheels, under which the Saraceps saw it brought to the wall, they the besiegers made their approaches to the treated it with contempt incited by the failure ditch. From these names war engines were of tbe first; but their consternation was great generally called in French Beasteaux, and in when they saw the summit begin to move, and old English, Beastial, and Beastial of Tree. rise slowly up to a height greater than that of Old romances, Barbour's Bruce, the Blind the battlements of the town.

A successful Miastrel, &c, &c.


ment lifted up his cross, and rushed shadow came through the smoke, and down into the stream of the assault. at the moment that the dart parted from

The black terrible tide went on like the cord, Albert threw himself upon a torrent into the moat, and the storm the breast of his master, the bissing of the escalade thickened under the shaft struck short and sharp in his breach ; but nothing was visible in the back, and he dropped from the bosom thick darkness, and the black dense of the knight upon the rampart. press went on and disappeared into the The dart snapped upon the stone, but cloud, man over man, till it almost fill- the bright point stood stiff and red ed up the deep black visionless gulf of through the breast of his coat ; Raythe inoat which roared round it like mond dropped his banner, and gave a the bottomless pit. At intervals the cry of grief, and drew out the broken heavy shot # rebounded on the wall, wood; and as the clear blood gushed and the rolling ruin and storm of the de- after, tore open the breast of the page fence rained down tire, and thunder, to stanch the wound, when, as he unand battle sleet, through the black cloud: did the gorget, he discovered, not the but the slow dark iron tide went on- dark neck of a sun-burnt boy, but the and on-and on-over the falling heaps, white snowy throat of a maiden bosom! till suddenly there was an explosion as She turned her face to the stonem if the heaven and the earth burst " Thank God!" she said, “I die for amidst the darkness. A moment of you, as you died for me!" fearful stillness prevailed, the smoke Raymond raised her eagerly in his rolled away, and the breach appeared arms"Who! Who are you?" he exe to the sun, and all the thick glittering claimed, looking wildly upon her dark stream of helms and crosses going up face and snow-white bosom. over the ruined wall like a swarm of lo “I was-Blanche Rose!" whispercusts. Again there was rescue --again ed the page. the charge--and as the cloud opened Raymond fell upon her face, and for and shut-now helmets, now turbans a moment held her to his mailed breast glistened in the breach; but suddenly as still and silent as herself; but suda broad bright glean broke on the denly he started up, and rending his towers, and the white figure of Earl surcoat, bound the fillets round her · Rayinond appeared on the top turret. bleeding breast ; but still as he would A moment he stood amidst the smoke in fold over fold with wild eagerness, the the sight of all the hosts, and suddenly red blood came through the silk. mounting the bartizan, pitched the “ It is not painful,” said Blanche, white banner in the sun, and began to “it will soon be past !" sing the battle hymn of Toulouse. The Raymond dropped the last bandage, field-the breach the crowded lowers and gazed upon her with the fixedness sent up a shout like the sea roar, and of despair, as she lay still in his arms, as the bright silk flew in the wind, the her white passive face reclined upon darts and shot clinked upon the knight's his breast, and her cold hand resting mail, and glanced through the flutter- quiet in his mail glove. For a while she ing banner like sharp sleet. Raymond lay like one composing into sleep, at stood still amidst the shower, waving last she lifted her heavy eyes -his hand over the assault, and singing “I am happy! I die in peace !" she a battle chorus.

said ; and turned her face to his bosom As the coming stream poured up to like an infant to its rest; and one long wards him, a sudden crowding, a dark tremulous sigh, and her breast became object appeared upon a turret, and the still, her hand unclosed, the smile fixblack bow of a scorpion moved on the ed on her white lip, and the tear in her wall, and levelled upon the knight. eye, and she lay calm, and still, and For an instant it lay upon the battle- placid, like a child on its parent lap. ment, till suddenly the bright eye of thc arrow looked at him over the stone ; a They buried them together in the universal cry and waving of hands and valley af Jehosaphat, and raised over caps came from the assault, but Ray- them a grave of simple turf; for he said, mond stood still, waving his hand, and Let our pillow be the earth where singing the song, till a wild cry, a flying He has trodden, and let His light shine

upor us by day, and His dew come + The stones and various missiles of Balistæ down upon our breast at night." and other engines, were called " shot,' as the

There is a palm-tree at the head of engines and their inaterials were called “ar. tiliery" several centuries before the inven.

the heap, and a little well at the foot, tion of guns.

and one white rose of Sharon that blos



soins very sweet over the brink, and which their noble relatives moved with sheds the incense of the earth over such distinction. Every thing was pro-, their breasts who sleep below. At even- pitious in furtherance of the meditated ing the gazelle comes to feed upon the scheme: the spring was approaching, green turf, and the bulbul sings on the London tilling, the country emptying, bough over his flower, and the palmer and the children could all go to school. at noon takes his branch from the tree, A few weeks' in town, just to see what and a blossom from the bush, and sits was going on,' would be fully worth in the shade, and drinks out ofthe well. the journey, especially as it would Tail's Edin. Mag. afford an opportunity for them to com

an acquaintance with their TABLETS FOR THE ANNUALS.

magnificent relations: and as the boys

were growing up, it might be serviceFor the Olio.

able to their interests to tighten the

bonds of connection a little, which had, 1. COMIC OFFERING.

from lapse of time, and want of interlie that wonld break the chain of care and course, become somewhat loosened. lauglı;

There is an old saying' where there is He that would sbake his sides and relish it; Miglit, for the Winter, chuse a “ better half,"

a will, there is always a way.' In a And wed the Comic Offering" for its wit.

short time Mr. and Mrs. Flybekin,

being bent on the measure, argued 2. AMULET.

themselves into a belief of the projected None could suspend this " Amulet" with ease, visit being nothing short of an imperaAs an external ornamental charm;

tive moral duty. When matters had But all mig ist fix it in the mind that please, And by its mental power be led from harm,

gone thus far, a hint was dropped in

the drawing-room, which iminediately 3. KEEPSAKE.

reached the domestic department,' and Here lies the “ Keepsake," wrapp'd in tasteful

very soon spread through the village, robes,

as the smallest stone falling into Guarded by leafy pages gilt above:

water creates successive circles around May no rude hand that its attractions probes, Refuse to keep it for the sake of Love!

the spot where it fell, each increasing

in circumference. Accordingly, the 4. FRIENDSHIP'S OFFERING. Flybekins were the centre of attraction Tried friendship is a virtue. Take this gife:

on the following Sunday, after morning Accept it as a friend that comes with peace; service. Hearty congratilations, and It will not fail to put ennui adrift,

ardent wishes for a pleasant trip, with But yield vibratious for the mind's release,

various commissions, pressed upon

them. The newest fashions were pro5. FORGET-ME-NOT.

nised to be brought down, and the “ Do not forget me!"-"Tis the heart's re• village milliner looked forward to a

quest: Warun by a lovers or a friend's desire ;

glorious triumph over all her rivals in: 'Tis inemory's worth, by feeling thoughts ca.

the trade about the country. The happy. ressid,

pair were on the pinnacle of provincial And lights the spirit with enchanting fire.


glory; be was expected to return with

ine frue state of foreign affairs and the ON SECOND MARRIAGES.

nation, from the intercourse he would The shipwrecked sailors, who again

enjoy with the peer ; she was expected To storns expose their lives,

to inport news of operas, plays, music, Show far more wisdom than the men novels, writers, balls, routs, drawingwho marry second wives.

rooms and dresses, froin her intercourse

with the peeress. In all the pleasures COUNTRY COUSINS.

to which they looked forward there

was but one drawback, viz. a most ex “ The Flybekins were distant con: traordinary dread of London fires at nexions of the great Lord B. living night! and this originaled in the fre. "genteely' in the West of England ; quent occurrence in their county paper and Mr. and Mrs. Flybekin were the of paragraphs headed' Another alarmonly adult ineinbers of the family ating conflagration ; many lives lost!-the period of the incident which gave put in either to aid the insurance office rise to this anecdote. It happened once or fill the paper. As our rustic pair that these country cousins were pos- had never visited the metropolis, they sessed with an uncontrollable desire to did not know but Leadenhall Street enter within the hitherto unapproached and Hyde Park, Lambeth and Portland circle of London fashion and gaiety in Place, miglit all be close neighbours;

1 therefore, however distant the fires impart security to sleep, and might be inight be, they fancied they occurred taken down into the country. Accordnearly in the same place; and from ingly, the check-string was pulled, the the time Mr. and Mrs. Flybekins re manufactory entered, the machines ina solved to visit town, scarcely a' night spected, an economical one selected by passed in which they did not start in each; and in an hour after their arrival terror from their dreams, screaming at home to dinner, the fire-escapes were

Fire, fire!' All was hurry and pre- duly mounted in one of the front bedparation at the lodge,' until the anti- room windows. Their evening meal cipated arrival of the Barnstable Soci- being finished at the barbarous hour of able' one morning at the door, suin- nine, the Flybekins began to yawn over inoped the ambitious pair ; and on the the events of the past day, and the prosfourth day of their departure from De- pective engagements of the morrow. vonshire, they were duly set down at The excitements of the morning in the the White Horse Cellar, for road mak- crowded London streets had completely ing had not then received the magic tired the rustic couple, who being sustouch of Macadam. The next day was ceptible of no further excitement sought occupied in searching for, and entering, repose at this early hour, and were suitable lodgings; and the following both soon wrapt in deep sleep. Leavday, having hired a carriage, which ing them to enjoy their repose, we their unpractised eyes considered most return to Grosvenor Square. The elegant in size and equipment, they noble pair returned to a family dinner, sallied forth, armed with a card-case, and on entering the house, read, with and a long list of commissions, the strained eyeballs, the card deposited practised horses going at the full rate of that morning by the Flybekins, and six miles an hour. A friendly and with some such an expression of counfamiliar visit over to some Devonshire tenance as one may be supposed to friends in Devonshire Place, they assume in discovering something in a essayed next to discharge the now drawer more than was anticipated. almost dreaded call of state ; for that Umph!' said the peer, the Flybekins whicłt, contemplated at a distance, iin- in town! what could have brought parted joy and hope, when at hand pos- them up so far from the country?' sessed something of awe mingled with Something that will not detain them these feelings. Arrived in Grosvenor long, I hope,' dryly answered Lady B. Square, after sliding along the gutter Yet we must take some notice of these close by the foot pavement, the distance country cousins,' said the peer; “ let us of two or three houses, and with a little invite them to a family dinner.' 'Well, preliminary tag of the reigns, the coach- if we must,' said the countess, shrugman drew up opposite the door of No. ging her shoulders ; and with that the

Two powdered lackeys in rich subject dropped for the time. Now it livery were peering through the long is quite clear, that however brilliant narrow windows on each side of the might have been the prospects of the door, and anticipated the intention of Flybekins, the peer and his lady wishthe diminutive, bandy footman, of ed them any where but in London ; knocking, (that is, if he could have and, rather than invite them to Grosvereached the knocker). To the question nor-square to dinner, the former would of Lord and Lady B. at home?' a bave been glad to be let off with a wrinegative answer was delivered; they tership for one of the sons in India. were gone to the country, but were ex Their carriage was ordered at ten, to pected back to dinner. A card was then convey them to the Duchess of R.'s handed in, inscribed in the neatest party, and Lord B. proposed to make spider-pattern hand-writing of Mrs.

a friendly call upon their relations beFlybekin; and they drove off to pursue fore waiting on her grace. Accordingly the agreeable pastime of shopping and thither they drove, accompanied by two going through part of the list of comis- footmen, bearing Aaning flambeaux, sions, vivenda and agenda, with which the custom of the great in those days, they were provided. As the Flybekins when the town was not so well lighted drove along the streets, the words

as in the present age. The signs of • Patent Fire-escapes,' in large letters, this custom are indeed still to be seen upon the front of a tall-house, attracted in front of many houses, which served their attention, and roused all their for the footmen to extinguish their latent fears of London fires, with ac- lights. Meantime the Flybekins slept counts of which, the newspapers so on, not dreaming of the honour intend. frequently leemned. A tire-escape woulded them, and were as soon sound

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