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remaining mass, and in an instant was" of Cfervitzen, was one of the last remfying down the stream, carrying him nants of the feudal system in Hungary; along with it - unconscious of all and to whom, neither the attractions of around, he was borne onward the a court, nor yet the high rank and fabanks on either side seemed to fly past vour so lavishly bęstowed upon his him with the speed of lightning, and countrymen -- were inducements strong the sound of the river now fell upon enough to withdraw him from that wild his ear like the deep rolling of artillery; and dreary abode, where he had passed and from this momentary stupor, he his youth and his manhood, and now only awoke to look forward to a death adhered to in his old age, with an atas certain as it was awful. The rocks tachınent which length of years had not upon which the icebergs were dashed rendered less binding. The only comand shivered to atoms as they struck, panion of his solitude was a daughter, were already within sight. Another upon 'whom he heaped all that fond moment and all would be over ;-he ness and affection which the heart esthought he heard already the rush of tranged from all the world can bestow the water as the waves closed above his upon one. She was, indeed, all that head-in an agony of despair he turned the most sanguine wishes could devise; and looked on every side to catch some beautiful as the fairest of a nation celeobject of hope or assistance. As he brated for the loveliness of its women, floated on, between him and the rock and endowed wfth all the warmth of upon which the castle stood, now cour heart and susceptibility of her country. sed a narrow channel, but yet too of the world she was ignorant 'as a broad to think of clearing with a single child, and long learned to think that leap. Along this came a field of ice, the mountains which girt their broad wheeling in all the eddies of the river; valley, enclosed all that was worth he saw that yet he might be saved the knowing or loving in it. danger was dreadful, but still no time Hospitality has not in Hungary atwas now left to think-he dashed his tained the rank of a virtue, it is merely hunting spear towards the floating the characteristic of a nation. Shelter mass, and with the strength which des- is so often required and afforded to the peration only can give, threw himself desolate wanderer, through vast and alas if on a leaping pole, and cleared most uninhabited tracts of mountain hoth the channels in a spring. As he and forest, that the arrival of a stranger fell almost lifeless on the bank, he saw at the evening meal of a family would the fragment he so lately had trusted create but little surprise

among its to, rent into numberlešs pieces-his meinbers, and in the present instance, strength failed, and he sank back upon the intruder might, had' he so wished the rock. How long he thus lay he it, have supped and rested for the night knew not ; and when he again looked and gone out on his journey on the ap, all was wrapt in darkness ; the morrow, without one question as to moon had gone down, and nothing re whence he came or whither he should called him to a sense of his situation go. But such evidently was not bis insave the dull monotonous roaring of tention, for either not understanding, the Danube, which poured its dood or, if he understood, not caring to coin. quite close to where he lay.

ply with the hints which were given Light now gleamed brightly from the him, to seat himself below the daes, he windows of the castle above him, and boldly advanced to the ypper end of he felt fresh courage as he thought a the apartment, where the haron and his place of refuge was so near ; and al. daughter were seated upon a platformu Though stunned by the violence of the slightly elevated above the surroundshock with which he fell, and half fro- ing vassals and bondsmen, who were zen by the cold ice which had been his assembled in considerable numbers. bed, he made towards the drawbridge. The stranger did not wait until the This, to his glad surprise, was already baron had addressed him, but at once lowered and the wide gates lay open. said, “The Graf von Sobenstein claims As he passed along, he met no one your hospitality here, baron; hunting he at length reached a broad stair ; as with the imperial suite I lost my way cending this, the loud tones of many in the forest, and unable to regain' iny voices met his ear-he opened a door companions, l esteein myself fortunate which stood before him, and entered to have reached such an asylum." To the apartment where the family now this speech, which was made in the were assembled at supper.

Hungarian language, the baron replied The possessor of the baronial schloss by welcoming after the friendly fa

shion of his country; and then added, parted pleased with each other, and inin a somewhat severe tone: “A Hun wardly rejoicing at the event which garian, I suppose.”—“A Hungarian by bad brought about the meeting. birth," answered the count, colouring On the following morning the count deeply, “but an Austrian by title.” To rose early, and quite refreshed from the this ihere succeeded a short pause, toils of the preceding day, descended to when the baron again said, “You were the breakfast-room; the family had not hunting with the emperor-how crossed as yet assembled, and Adela was sitting you the Danube ? no boat could stem alone in the recess of a window which the current now.". The count, evi- overlooked the Danube; as he approachdently offended at the question of bis ed and saluted her, she seemed scarcely host, replied, coldly, “ On the drift able to rouse herself from some deep ice.”_"On ibe drifi!” cried the baron reverie in which she appeared to have aloud. “On the drift ice !" echoed his fallen ; and after briefly bidding him daughter, who had hitherto sat a silent, 'Good morning," laconically asked, though attentive listener to the dialo: “Can it be that you crossed the stream gue. The count, who had all along there?” at the same moment pointing to spoken with the air of a superior to where the river rolled on beneath them, one beneath him in rank and station, in waves of white and toiling foam. The deigned not to enter into any explana- count sat down beside lier, and narraled tion of a feat, the bold daring of which his entire adventure, from the time he warranted incredulity. This awkward had lost sight of his companions; and feeling of some moments duration was so earnestly did she listen and he speak, dispelled by the entrance of a vassal, that they were unaware of the entrance who came in haste to inform the baron, of the baron, who had twice saluted the that some person who had left the oppo- count, and was now heard for the first site shore of the Danube, had been car- time, as he entreated bim to defer bis ried down upon the drift ; he had ever departure for that day at least, pleading since been in search of him along the the impossibility of venturiog on leaving bank, below the rocks, but in vain. the castle in so dreadful a storm of This was enough-the count repressed snow and wind, To this request, the rising feeling of anger that his own warmly seconded by Adela, the count short and startling assertion should be gladly acceded : ere long the baron comquestioned, and suffered the baron lo mnended bis guest to the care of his press him down upon a seat beside him, daughter, and left the room., and soon forgot, amid the kind inqui To Adela, who was upacquainted ries of the baron's daughter, his former with all the forms of the world," and cold and distant demeanour; he gra- knew not any impropriety in the addually became more and more free and vances she made towards intimary with unconstrained in manner; and at last her new acquaintance for she felt so effectually had the frank and hospi- none- her only aim was to render bis table air of the baron, and the more imprisonment less miserable, and enable bewitching naivete and simplicity of his him to pass away the hours of a winter daughter gained upon the good opinion day with fewer feelings of ennui and of their guest, that throwing off his re weariness than otherwise. It will not serve, a feeling evidently more the re then be wondered at if the day passed sult of education and habit, than natural, rapidly over, her songs and legends of he became lively and animated-delight- her native land, found in him an imed his host by bunting adventures, passioned and delighted listener, and, and stories of the mistakes and awkward ere he knew it, he was perfectly capfeats of the Austrian nobles in the field, tivated by one of whose very existence (a grateful theme to a Hungarian,) and but a few hours before he was perfectly captivated the fair Adela, by telling the ignorant. fetes and gay carnivals in Vienna, to It was evident that he felt as flattery all of which, though an utter stranger, the frank and intimate tone she assumed she felt a strong and lively interest in, towards him, and knew not she would when narrated by one so young and have treated any other similarly situated, handsome, as he who now sat beside with the same unsuspecting and friendly her. He also knew many of the baron's demeanour. It was then with a feeling old friends and acquaintances, who of sorrow, he watched the coming darkhad taken up their residence at the ness of evening. “In a few hours Austrian court ; and thus conversing more,” thought he, “I shall be far happily together, when the hour of se away, and no more spoken of or reparation for the night arrived, they membered, than as one of the many who

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came and went again.” The evening the qualification he made, of its being passed happily as the day had done, and one day restored, ere she accepted so they separated; the count having pro- valuable a present. mised not to leave the castle the fol A servani vow entered to say that the lowing day until noon, when the baron baron was already mounted and waitshould accompany him, and see him ing; their adieus were soon spoken, safely on the road to Vienna.

and the next instant the horses were The hour of leave-taking at length heard galloping over the causeway arrived, and amid the bustle and pre- which led towards the road to Vienna. paration for departure, the count ap- She gazed after them till the branches proached a small tower, which opening of the dark wood closed around them, from one of the angles of the apartments and then saw them no more, The served, in time of warfare, to protect baron returned not till late in the that part of the building, but which had evening and spoke only of the day's been devoted to the more peaceful office sport, and merely once alluded to the of a lady's boudoir. Here was 'Adela stranger, and that but .passingly; the sitting, her head resting on her hand, following day caine, and there was and her whole appearance divested nothing to convince her that the two of that gay and buoyant character which preceding ones had not been as a dream; had been peculiarly her own; she rose so rapildy had they passed, and yet so as he came forward, and glancing at his many events seemed crowded into this cap, which he held on one arm, look short space. The chain she wore alone hold of his hand, and endeavoured as remained, to assure her of the reality carelessly as possible to allude to his of the past. departure : but her heart failed, and her Days, weeks, and even" months, low trembling voice betrayed her feel- rolled on, and although the count ing when she asked-“Will you thien had promised to write, yet no letter leave us so suddenly?" The count mut ever reached them, and the tered something, in which the words winter was long past and it was already “the emperor-long absence-Vienna,” midsuinmer, when the baron and his were alone audible, and pressing closely danghter were strolling one evening that hand, which since he last touched along a narrow path which flanked the it, had never left his, seated himself Danube. It was the hour of sunset, beside her. There was a silence for 'ånd all was quiet and peaceful as the some moments; they would both wil. grave; the very birds were hushed upon lingly have spoken, and felt their mi- the boughs, and no sound was, heard nutes were few, but their very endea- save the gentle ripple of that river vours rendered the difficulty greater ; whose' treacherous surface so lately was at length, drawing her more closely to borne on with the dread roaring of a him, as he placed one arm round her, cataract. As they watched the curling he asked—“Will you then soon forget eddies broken upon the rocks, and then me-shall I be no more recollected ?"- floating in bubbles so silently, they

No, no,” said she, interrupting him, stood by the spot where months before, hurriedly; “But will you return, as you the stranger had crossed the Danube, have already promised ?"_“I do in- “I wonder,” said the baron, that he tend, but then-"-" What then?", never wrote. Did he not proinise to do cried she, after a pause, expecting he so ?" "Yes," replied she, “ he did; would finish his sentence. He seemed but at the same time spoke of the posbut a moment to struggle with some sibility of his absence from Vienna, strong feeling, and at last spoke as if perhaps with his regiment, which was, I he had made up his inind to a decided believe, in Gratz. And then, too, we and fixed resolve. “ It were better you know the courier from Buda is not too knew all-I cannot—that is -I may punctual in his visits to our valley.", not"-her eyes grew tearful as he 66 And, in short,” said the baron, "you spoke-he looked - then added—“I could find at least a hundred reasons will return-at' all hazards--but first for your friend not keeping his promise, promise to wear this for my sake, it was rather than for a moment suspect the a present from the emperor;" saying real one-that he has forgotten us. Ah, which, and unfastening the breast of his my poor child, I fear you know not kurtha, he took from round his neck a how little such a meeting as ours was, gold chain, to which was fas ed a will impress the mind of one who lives seal ring bearing the initial J.; “Wear in courts and camps, the favoured and this,” said he, at least till we meet honoured of his sovereign. The titled again:" for she hesitated, and needed Graf of Austria will think, if he ever

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even returns to the circumstance in his love, was rapidly ripening into it:memory, that he did the poor Hungarian and yet there came ever across him but too much honour, when

he accepted some thoughts that at once damped of his hospitality. And—but stop the very praise he spoke to her, and did you not see a horseman cross the chilled the warm current of affection glen there, and then enter yonder cope with which he answered her questions. pice? There ! there he is again !-1 The day passed, however, but too see him now plainly. It is the

Austrian rapidly,

and another followed it, like in courier, coming, perhaps to refute all I all things, save that every hour which have been telling you. I am sure he brought them together, seemed but to brings tidings from Vienna, by taking a render them dearer to each other. They that path."

erode, they walked, they sang, they read wat'he

directed, was seen advancing show.orapidly the courtly address and at the full speed of his horse, and but a polished mind of the count gained upon few seconds elapsed ere he emerged rione so susceptible, and so unpractised from the trees. Although at first bis in the world and in fact, ere the first course had been directed to the castle, week of his stay passed over, she it was now evident he made for the loved--and more--confessed to him her place where the father and daughter love to saya dit muovel daew stood in breathless anxiety for his ar. Had she been at all skilled in worldrival. As he came nearer, they could ly knowledge, she would have seen that see that he wore the deeply-slouched her lover did not receive her confession hat and long flowing cloak of a courier. of attachment with all the ardour with Then was there no doubt of his being which he might have heard such an one. He drew nearer and nearer, and avowal-and from one so fair, so young, never slackened his pace, till within a and so innocent. But, even as it was, few yards of the place where they she thought him more thoughtful than awaited him; then throwing off his hat usual at the moment. He had been and cloak, he sprang from his horse, standing, leaning upon her harp-she and flew into their arms. It was the count had ceased playing--and be now held himself. Exclamations of surprise and her hand within his own, as he pressed delight burst from both, and, amid a for some acknowledgement of her feelthousand welcomes, they took the path ings for him ;---but when she gave it, back to the castle. Questioning and re- he scarcely pressed the hand which proaching for forgetfulness, with an in- trembled as she spoke ; and then letterest which too plainly told how ating it drop, he a walked slowly to a dearly the inquirer felt the implied window, and beveiled his face within neglect, with many a heartfelt confes his hands for some minutes. When he sion of joy at the present meeting, returned again to her side, he appeared Alled up the hours till they retired for endeavouring to calm his troubled mind, the night.

drogu, avlopor oda cand suppress some sad thoughts which When the count found himself alone seemed to haunt him like spirits of in his chamber, he walked hurriedly to evil:-- he looked kindly on her, and she and fro, his hands clasped, and his brow was happy once more. 10god sid of 190 knitted; his whole air bespeaking the Such was the happy term of their feelings of one labouring under some lives, that they felt not the time rolling great mental agitation. At length he cover. A second week was drawing to threw himself upon his bed ; but when a close. As they were one morning morning broke, he rose weary and un- preparing for an excursion into the refreshed, and had to plead fatigue to forest, a servant entered to announce the baron, as an excuse for not accom- the arrival of a courier from Vienna, panying him on an intended excursion with letters for the court. He seemed for that day. Another reason might - very much agitated at the intelligence, also have influenced the count-Adela and apologizing to Adela, and prowas again his companion for the entire mising to return at once, he ordered that day; and amid many a kind inquiry for the courier should be shewn into his his health, and hopes but half expressed, apartment. As he entered the room a that his present stay whould recruit few moments after, the courier was seen his strength and vigour, she plainly to issue from the portals of the castle, shewed, if forgetfulness had existed and, at the top of his speed, take the on either side, it could not have been road to Vienna. The count had evilaid to her charge. It was also plain dently heard disagreeable tidings, and that his feeling for her, if not already strove in vain to conceal the agitation

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tiei laboured onder; iting No bad news worldly happiness had been accomafrondeviennā; I hope," said she is has plished , and all the 'misery of tiope de. tangothing occurred to i grouble you ferred burst on bep whose path hrad, hthere ?!'oofleam técalled,!! said he, uprit now, been only among powers, rehastily; ordered tknow not Where and whoseir young heart had never Pse perhaps to Poland However, I am known grief, 'as non bue 973 13

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ALL asia wa min 95 girl, passionately you will not go?" THE CUSTOMS, MANNERS' AND - How am to help i¢?ı atiswered he. CHARMS OF THE PERSIAN" Y s Have you 'not fola mesaid shé, 44 a 3ds Ve Sa WOMENS FUTOTTENHAM b thousand times that the emperor was kié loved you; and IOIA CONCLAVE 1776Fineh among them,

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the speak thos:- 1 must go batil hope to daily allowance in cask, and he must obtain the leave myself. Come, cheer up also allow her every expense of feastYou know you may trust me. You be- ing, and of excursions, and the bath, Jieved me once before? did I deceive and every other kind bf recreation:""If you ?-Pledge me but your word not to she has not'generosity and pride enough forget me to be my own when I return;" to do this, he will assuredly be punish11** I swear it,'* cried she, falling upon Wed for all his sins and omissions of the his neck, * nothing but death shall day of resurrection. ?' And whenever he bchange' me, if even that and if I ever goes to the market, he must buy fruit cease to feel for you as I'do at this mo- and other little things, and put them ment, you shall bear it from my own in his handkerchief, and take thieit to lips. But let us not 'speak of that. You his wife, to 'shew his affection for her, will come, is it not so? and we shall -and to please her heart. And if she again be happy and you will never wishes to undertake a little journey, 'to

leave me then." As she spoke these go to the horse's of her friends for a Il words, she looked into his face with a month,

pastime, is down her cheek, and fell upon his husband to deny those wishes, and'aigshoulders en aan homesek23 Stress her tuind by refdsal. And when Me pressed her handz and tried to she

giving an entertain smade one desperate effort, and pressing opate what she wants, and bring to her

her to his bosom, kissed her cheek, and, all kinds presente ne stide toelation stried from the apartment this shorbe And in entertaining her guests?" and Ostood saddled at the doorbe-sprang to Smixing among them, and doing all that

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mand, she is not to be interrupted or Sir With the departure of him she loved, interfered with by her husband saying, all happiness seemed to have fled. The What have you done? where have places she used with hiin to visit, in you been !' And if her female guests their daily excursions, on foot or horse choose to remain all night, they must

back, served only to call up recollec- : be allowed to sleep in the woman's * tions of the past, and render her present room, whilst the husband sleeps apart * solitude more lonely than she had ever and alone. The learned conclave felt; and after weeks of anxious ex unanimously declare that the woman pectancy, when neither letters nor any who possesses such a husbanda man other tidings of the count arrived, her so accommodating and obedient-is health gradpally declined her cheek truly fortunate ; but if he happens to be grew pale, her eye lustreless, and her of an opposite character, morose, disstep infirm; while her low sad voice obliging, and irritable, wen indeed told too plainly, the wreck of her must she be the most wret:hed of wo

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