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Murder." These passed over her ear spot where she stood; and a thick onas of no consequence: she wished for derwood of briers filled up the interanother reply, but still durst not in- stices between the huge leafless trees. quire for it directly. “But what are As she hurried on, looking to the right you thinking of now?' asked she. and left, she was struck by some

“I shall not be found out; I hid him brighter colour in one of these chickets carefully in the chestnut wood,” was than the hue of fallen leaves or late rithe answer.

pened berries. Gasping for breath, “What do you mean?” continued and, in spite of the speed at which she the breathless girl, horror-struck at the had walked, as pale as fallen snow, she promptitude of his replies, and their approached nearer to the object of her hideous import. “My cousin Ausler,'' suspicion; when she discovered, thrust returned her lover, steadily, in the same up among the underwood, the body of unnatural tone, I hare murdered a man clad in the fragments of a scarlet him!

mantle. It was turned half upon its It was well that the Lady Jane had a face; and except the cloak, wbich was stout spirit; otherwise she would have much rent, had little other covering. A shrieked aloud with amazement and livid mark was round the neck, as terror, upon hearing so dreadful a story though the unfortunate wretch had been as that set forth in the answers of the strangled. The shape of the head, the sleeper. With the idea full upon her form, and as much of the unpleasant, mind, that she had extorted a horrible and now distorted features as could be secret from her lover,-corroborated, seen, hardly admitted of a doubt; but too, by recalling, as she did, all his she tore away the briers wildly, and anxious looks and troubled words, it drew closer to the corpse, to make asrequired no small measure of fortitude surance certainty. The words of the to withdraw without daring another slumberer were verified, there lay the word, or awakening the sleeper, and lifeless form of the avaricious and surly charging him with his spontaneously Herr Ausler! avowed crime. This, however, she did, To her dying day she could never and managed to reach her chamber tell how she reached her own home without detection. Once there, the awe again. One solitary idea possessed her, of the hour, and the dreadful communi- born of the strong proinptings of a cation she had extorted, totally over woman's love, it was, to hide the came her, and she fell upon her bed, tremendous crime which had been so fainting, and half senseless.

mysteriously revealed to her. She It was no uncommon thing for the knew that the knowledge she possessed, heiress of Wanderstein to arise betimes must for ever place a gulf between her in the morning, even at that bitter sea and her betrothed. The idea of wedson of the year, and to walk abroad. ding a murderer was hateful, She was a keen lover of nature, and had impossible; and to meet him full of from her infancy been accustomed to the consciousness of his guill, and yet disregard cold and storm. But it was with the composure requisite to ensure not to look at the icicles of the water. its concealment, would be to impose a fall, or to watch the sun coming up red restraint upon her feelings, which she behind the snowy hills, that she went felt was at present too mighty to bear. forth on the next morning, wrapped in She therefore pleaded a violent headher warm, furred mantle. She stole out ache, as an excuse for confining herself as silently as though she had been going to her chamber all that day, and reto adventure some charm, the success mained totally alone and silent behind of which depended upon the secresy of the closely drawn curtains of her bed. its performance. One imagination bad In vain did the kind Richilda endeaengrossed her mind all the night, and voor to discover some reason for this she hastened onwards with feverish sudden malady; and Philip came at speed, despising all the difficulties and least a hundred times to her door, to weariness of a long forest walk. It was inqure if she telt herself better. The hardly perfect daylight, and the com- sound of his step made her shiver. plete stillness of the icy woods, would Then, the wind, howling around the have been fearful to her in another state old castle, and ibe hoof-tramps of passof inind, but she did not heed it then. ing horsemen, were all so many causes She reached the chestnut wood, and of fresh dread and misery. The murgasping for breath, went on. A bye- derer had been discovered, -and they road crossed this part of the domain, were coming to drag the criminal lo about a hundred paces distant from the justice. So did she torment herself


with terrible musings all that long day; You are as chill as marble this mornbut she kept her resolution, and told to ing." none the cause of her sufferings, which Nay,

i, peace, good Richilda,” said as night came on, seemed as though Philip: “she is really very ill, and they would increase to an agony she shall not be scolded ; take care of her could no longer bear. She had never until I return, and I will bring you looked on a dead person before ; and both good tidings. Farewell, sweetest ! the image of the murdered miser, multi- I must go:" and folding her in an emplied into a thousand distorted forms, brace which she had no power to resist, seemed to stare upon her from every he left her in the arms of her old nurse, side, and filled her dreams, when at who first wondered, and then wept, at length exhausted by the conflict of the unaccountable events of the mornspirit for so many hours, she slept. ing “Such a doleful love-visit as this,"

Another morning came; the pretext cried she, “was surely never known: of illness could no longer be maintained, Count Philip gone, the saints know and at a late hour she descended to the whither! and my lady in this miserable breakfast parlour, with a tolerably com- hysterical way: heaven take away the posed brow. Philip was there, appa- evil spell that is hanging over us !" rently expecting her appearance with It was about noon, when the cause considerable impatience ; he was walk- of Count Philip's departure, which had ing hastily to and fro, and when he saw made a great commotion in the neighher, he greeted her eagerly. The Lady bourhood, became known at WanderJane shrunk back from him, and replied stein. The murder of Herr Ausler had in a cold and confused manner to his been discovered by some labouring affectionate words.

woodmen, and a band of notorious “ You look ill yet, my love !" he said; forest thieves had been apprehended, “and I grieve that I must leave you so in whose possession such valuables soon,--my horse and servant are, I see were found as a traveller on horseback already approaching the portal.” would be likely to carry-arms, a port

"I thought,” stammered she, “that manteau, and many articles of clothing, you were going to pay us a longer visit.” all readily identified as having be

“Fie upon you ! whispered Richilda, longed to the deceased. His horse, who stood close behind her; how.con too, had been found loose in the forest, strained you are, and capricious; and at the distance of a few miles from the poor Count Philip notices it too.” spot where the deed of violence had

The cavalier did, in truth, seem been committed. · Richilda flew opengreatly troubled in mind, and at a loss mouthed with the news of this to her to account for the uncertain nanners of lady, who heard her tale and shudthe young lady. “I am indeed sorry," dered: “I shall, then,” she said to said he, to leave you thus ; but tidings herself, “bear my dismal secret with have reached me within this half-hour, me to my grave." which call me away imperatively; but “And o, my sweet lady !" contiI pray you fo believe that I shall return nued the talkative old woman, in another week, when all obstacles that Count Philip will doubtless sucwill be done away with. I can explain ceed to the estates of his cousin, you myself no further.”

will be married immediately; that is, “At these words, unintelligible to as soon as a decent time bas elapsed; every one else, the young lady turned though I don't suppose that any one deadly faint, and would have fallen, will think of mourning very long for had not Count Philip caught her in bis that wicked old gentleman, although

" What can this mean, Ri- his end was so unlucky; and we will childa ?” said he, much distressed: have the gayest wedding imaginable."

she is very ill, her forehead is as cold “Pray, dear Richilda, have done ; as clay, and her pulse is alniost you know not how you distress me.” gone."

“ Nay, my sweet child, if you weep, The Lady Jane endeavoured to rally I have done; but I do not half underherself; and feebly disengaging herself stand you. I must go and tell your papa, from his embrace, “I am indeed weaker at least, for I am sure that no one else than I thought,” said she ; “but, if you will have patience to explain to him the must go, farewell! and"

whole story properly.”. “There, again! cried Richilda, in Any thing !" said the unhappy girl high displeasure ; as if you were the to herself, as the door closed upon Riproper person to put him in inind of his childa ; “any thing rather to bear than lurry; what is the matter with you? her vociferous joy;" and burying her



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face in the cushion of her couch, she all the petulances and changes of mood lay for inany hours without speaking of the invalid, and in only one point or noving.

neglected her wishes. She would talk

of Count Seltzermann: the fault was all And now three months have elapsed, his, she knew it was; but so it was, and the scene of my legend is changed that money always made young gentlefrom Castle Wanderstein to the venera men quarrelsome and changeable; and ble city of Prague: here in one of the now, not content with having half killed oldest houses of one of its widest streets, her lady, he was going to marry a counlay the Lady Jane, ill as was believed sellor's widow, twice as poor and not to death of some grievous internal com- half as pretty, merely because she had plaint. Her lover had re-appeared at the nursed him through a fever. The auda. end of the week, as he had promised, cious woman! as if she were fit to stand and, declaring himself heir to the vast in her sweet mistress' shoes !'' All which possessions of his cousin Ausler, as information was as true in substance as stated in a will, entreated her to seal if it had not passed through Richilda's their long-plighted compact by becoming keeping to the ear of her feeble and his. But the Lady Jane, at once, totally quickly waning charge. and decidedly refused to fulfil her en Count Seltzermann had had a fever ; gagements. Every word he uttered and a pretty counsellor's widow, a his exultation in the possession of neighbour, and an intriguante, had conwealth, the natural manner in which trived to insinuate herself into the he seenied already to have arranged house, for the purpose of nursing him. his affairs for the present and fu “ Poor soul!" she said, “he sadly ture --were to her confirmation deep needed a kind and careful woman to see and fearful of her worst forebodings. It after him: and she never took infecmattered not that the nominal murderers tion.” As she spoke, so she acted; and had been brought to justice; they had she tended the youth to such good purdied protesting that they were guiltless; pose, that in his delirium, he promised she held the real key of the mystery in he knew not what; only that she conher hand, and was firm in her purpose, trived to remind him of it immediately Yet more, to strengthen her suspicions, upon his recovery. What will not an with an impetuosity far different from angry man do? and what cannot a perthe patience of his early love, he almost severing woman manage? In short, the commanded her to explain the cause of wedding now only waited the arrival of her change of sentiments; reproaching his steward (who had descended to him her with an air of fierceness, which she with his estates) from Vienna, with deeds, could only ascribe to a recent fami- &c., &c., and he was expected almost liarity with desperate actions. She daily. At last the morning was fixed. would have explained herself-she Richilda, however, knew it not.

One would have told him what she knew; fancy possessed her. She would feast but a lurking and undefinable feeling re- her mortification and her curiosity, by strained her utterance. The possession of beholding her lady's rival; and after wealth had obviously made no change in many plans, considered and rejected, the his love for her; nay, it was, perhaps, for fortunate accident of the change of a her sake that he had loaded his soul with servant, gave her an excuse of calling the guilt of murder ; and though she upon that odions woman, the widow resolved that she would never, never Linburg. become his wife, she loved him in spite

Had her mistress known her purpose, of his crime,-she loved him, and was she would doubtless have prevented it; silent in return to his vehement wrath : but it was far too trifling a matter whereseeing the total inefficacy of which, he with to trouble the poor dying girl, who left her; tokens were returned, an only prayed for a quiet passage to the eternal farewell exchanged, and the grave. Early one inorning, before she lovers parted to meet no more.

awaked, Richilda bent her way towards What wonder was it then, that the the widow's house. Many and great Lady Jane drooped day by day, till were the signs of preparation and gaiety. her life was pronounced to be in Musicians, cooks, clergymen, and gaily danger, and it was judged expe- attired guests were thronging into the dient to send her to Prague, for house; among whom our dear old woman the benefit of better medical skill

. entered, only for one peep at the bride, than their desolate mountain residence and one bitter word to the bridegroom, afforded. She was attended by Richilda; - that she would say, if she were to be whose love bore up cheerfully against sent to the pillory for it on the instant ;


and was she curious!--no, indeed, how. Then ere I go one last farewell,

All hope of fulure years were vain, should she be curious! Thus settling her

For Fate has whispered to my heart plans, she allowed herself to be swept That we must never meet again. along with the company into the state

H.F.S. apartment, where the gentleman, lady, and guests were assembled, and a splen- A FEW THOUGHTS ON THE LATE did collation had been prepared.

SIR WALTER SCOTT. The crowd round the principal pera HIS WORKS AND THE PUBLIC. sonages was very great, but Ricbilda

For the Olio. could see that Count Seltzermann looked deadly pale and anxious, and that the How mutable is human glory! The bride expectant was no more to be com- splendour of one day is clouded by the pared to her mistress, than a sun-flower next, and the vista becomes eclipsed to a rose. There was some stir soon ere the succeeding night. We cannot, after she had entered,—the demolition therefore, suficiently estimate that of the feast being concluded ; and Count which we admire in the passing moSeltzermann, starting up, cried out, ment, knowing as we do our moments “ Here comes old Schrievogel at last! pass also. This is the true reason we Well, sirrah, what excuse have you to are equally affected, or we ought to be give for your long delay, and neglect of so affected, by what is so intimate with iny repeated letters ?”

our experience. If we look back a The person in question, an old, spec- few years and compare the current tral-looking man, made no reply to any times, how differently the picture is reof these high words; but gazing wildly presented. The first view gave us the round, he said, “Is there any monk or * Waverley Novels," by an unknown magistrate here, who will receive my hand ; they were read and re-readconfession; and to whose trust I may admired-iheir author extolled. Condeliver the will of my late master, the jecture and means were instituted to Herr Ausler ?"-as he spoke, producing ascertain the inheritor of so fine a gea sealed packet from one of the ample nius. Other volumes emanated from pockets of his grey riding coat.

the same pen, evincing a kindred spirit 6. What dost thou mean ?" asked a and obtaining renewed interest. Papers counsellor, looking up from a deed of were added to papers by talented settlement which he had just completed; writers pro and con. Why the author " the will lies beside me.

of such splendid romance should con“ Are you drunk or insane?" cried ceal himself, appeared surprising_to Count Philip, impatiently, 6. what both readers and controversists. But foolery is this?"

such was the case till no satisfaction To be concluded in our next. could be obtained, further than that he

really existed and still continued proSTANZAS.

ductive. Hence, with other epithets For the Olio.

partaking of eulogism, the “Great Un

known" became identified with whatTAB pensive moon behind yon cloud

ever issued from the press in this class Is veiled, and night has passed away,

of writing, notwithstanding many imiThe crimson streaks that deck the east, Proclaim the fast approach of day.

tators in the field struggled hard to keep But ere that rising sun shall set,

an equal fame, but in vain. As norie The sweetest dreams of life are o'er, can say what causes intervene, when and I must haste from this dear spot

"truth will out,” so the unfortunate To some far distant lonely shore.

and unmerited speculations in books And there 'midst strangers' smiles to seek My weary moments to beguile,

were the reasons which occasioned the Or mourn in bopeless solitude

veil to be drawn aside, and the picture My much lamented, native Isle.

of Sir Walter Scott appeared in his When on some wild and desert land,

propria persona. Though this was Where hope no more can lend its beam, generally believed ; and, in short, anThe recollections of the past Will glide before me as a dream.

ticipated by thousands, particularly on

the other side of the Tweed, yet which The groves, endeared from childhood's hours,

in other instances with other writers No more shall be retraced by me, Where oft my wavering fancy roved,

would have rather injured their sale of Wheu blest with friends, bope, love, and writings than, perhaps, enhanced their thee !

value-how different with the WaverBut still, when day's bright landscape fades, ley Novels! They have passed through

"Twill be thy happier fate to stray Beneath these much loved peaceful shades,

illustrated editions, and are valued by When I, alas I am far away.

all classes of readers as standard works.

me !"


Not to say any thing of Smollet, Ri 11. LITERARY SOUVENIR. , chardson, Fielding, and others. Now

A pure and faithful: Earnest' that the mind the hand of death has passed over the Will never die; that Thougbe, like Hope, halo of Sir Walter Scott, and his remains

is free:

It breathes affection of the tend'rest kind, are hushed in the quiet of the grave,

And mildly whispers—“ Love! Remember earthly honours, of which the deceased has no idea, are pouring in all quarters. The theatres, in particular, are

12. LANDSCAPE ANNUAL. foremost in the field, and exhibit all Earth's Landscape varies with the varying their forces and energies in rivalry of


This Landscape" changes only with the purpose and unison of pursuit and feel

year: ing. These efforts, whatever be the It's mellow'd beauties, when contrasted, rise, motive for their exhibition, and we are And make the Engravers' excellence appear. not among the number to call their purity in question, are certainly conducive in reviving a recollection of the THE RELIGIOUS TENETS OF THE beauties of Sir Walter Scott, as he ap

ST. SIMONIANS. * pears in his works, with regard in particular to those who have ever been his One of the leading tenets of the new ardent admirers, and will also afford a religion, is the utter denial of the innew opportunity to those of the rising fallibility of the Pope, or of bishops generation to study with avidity the assembled in general council. On the productions of unquestionable genius. subject of temporal power, the new The present representations smack creed declares that the voice of the something of French adulation over the people is the voice of God, and that obsequies of departed talent, but they that there is no divine right but that of are well-timed; and, admitting the the people. A total separation is mainEnglish people are too apt to neglect tained between spiritual and temporal merit when living, we are quite sure in power, and the obedience of the clergy this instance no man witnessed more is prescribed in all cases to the governhonour, or experienced greater kind- nent de facto. The only relations adness, as he deserved, than the immortal mitled between these two species of subject who has occupied these atten- power, are protection, by the temporal tions of the “ OLIO."

government to the spiritual authorities;

and submission, by the spiritual authoTABLETS FOR THE ANNUALS. rities, in all that relates to their civil

duties, but complete independence in For the Olio. spiritual affairs. It is declared, that


the temporal authorities have

right to exact any profession of faith ; Each Doctor Syntax here his search enjoys: and the present government is blamed Grots, ruins, temples, sceneries wild and for having permitted the French bishops

grand; Nature, in volumed loveliness, ne'er cloys,

to wait for the sanction of the Pope to But proves the Author by the Artist's band. pray for his present Majesty King

Louisse Phillipe. Every marriage is 7. MUSICAL ANNUAL.

considered valid, which has been perBy modern Orpheus skill'd, in song and tone, formed before the civil magistrate; but Wrought in the rapture of seraphic power ;

the nuptial benediction is considered as Adapted for the sirens of our zone, Tbat win affections as they cheer the hour.

a christian duty. The dispensations of

the Pope, in favour of marriages within 8. NEW YEAR'S gift.

prohibited degrees, is denounced as a The “ New Year's Gift" comes down the vile traffic, and the priests of the new stream of Time

religion are directed to pronounce the In young Love's golden boat of radiant light, Freighted with gifted pictures. prose and nuptial benediction, on the exhibition rhyme,

of evidence that the civil contract has Such as amuse the mind and charm the sight. been performed. 9. GEOGRAPHICAL ANNUAL.

It is expressly declared, that the reaDescriptive scenes of Earth on which we live;

son of each individual ought to be the Taking choice spots, which truth alone can

fundamental rule of his belief, and that give.

every one should follow his own con10. BIBLICAL ANNUAL.

viction, although in direct opposition

to that of his neighbours. The Bible Producing“ Sacred History" to the view, Will." old things past away," and some things is admitted in the new church, as the

only rule of faith. The canonical books


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