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THE BLACK MASK. city, before the troops should have left
it. With this intention they were has. Concluded from page 311.
tening onward, and had already reach
ed the open space where the troops Tue summer into the autumn flowed, usually manœuvred. when they stood and the winter came ; and another som- for some minules attracted by the beauty mer was already at hand; and yet the of the scene ; for already heavy masses count never returned : and already the of cavalry and artillery were to be seen finger of grief had laid its heavy and un- as they slowly emerged from the dark erring touch upon her frame. No woods around, taking up their respeclonger was she what she had been; tive stations upon the field. Half reand ber altered appearance at last at- gretting to lose so splendid a spectacle, tracted the attention of her father, who they were again turned to proceed, bad continued to think her illness but when a young officer galloping up 10 momentary, but now awoke to the sad the spot where they now stood, informfeeling that she was dangerously ill, ed the baron, that a traileur regiment perhaps dying, and with all the agony was about to take up that position on of one who felt that he had neglected the field, and requested, with great too long an important duty, he detere politeness, that he would accept for himmined no longer to delay, but at once self and bis daughter seats upon a platset out for Vienna, where medical aid fornu with some of his friends, from could be procured; and if the gentle which, without danger or inconvenience and balmy airs of Italy could arail they might witness the review : this inaught, they could at once travel south- vitation politely urged, as well as the ward. Slie was perfectly passive to fact, that they could not now hope to the proposed excursion; and if she had reach the city without encountering the any objections, the thought that she crowds of soldiery and people induced might bear sonie intelligence of her them to accede, and ere many minutes lover, would have overcome them all; elapsed they were seated on the bal. so that, ere many days elapsed, they cony. had arrived in the Austrian capital. The field now rapidly filled. Column Viema was at this time the scene of after column of infantry poured in, and every species of festivity and rejoicing. the very earth seemed to shake beneath That court had just returned from an the dense line of cuirassiers, who, with excursion to Carlsbad; and all ranks, their long drooping cloaks of white, look: from the proud noble to the humble ing like the ancient Templars, rode bourgeois, vied in their endeavours to past in a smart trot—their attention now welcome a monarch, who had already was, however, suddenly turned from given rise to the greatest expectations. these to another part of the field, where Balls, redoutes, and inasquerades, with a dense crowd of people were sten to allthe other pleasures of a carnival, form- issue from one of the roads which led ed the only occupation, and the only through the park, and as they broke theme of conversation, throughout the forth into the plain, the air was rent city. The baron and his daughter, how- with a tremendous shout, followed the ever, little sympathizing in a joy so moment after by the deafening roar of strongly in contrast to the sad occa the artillery, and while the loud cry of sion which led them thither, sought and “Dev Kaisec,” “ Leb der Kaiser, found an hoiel, outside the barrier, rose to the skies from thousands of his where they might remain unknown and subjects - the gorgeous housings and unmolested, as long as they should golden panoply of the Hungarian husthink proper to remain in the capital. sars, who formed the body guard, were
They had not been inany days in their seen caracalling upon their beautiful new abode, when templed one morning "shimmels,” (such is the term given by the fineness of the weather; and them), and in the midst of them rode the Adela feeling herself somewhat better, emperor himself, conspicuous even there they strolled as far as the Prater; but on for the address and elegance of his reaching it, they were much disappoint- horsemanship. ed in their expectation of quiet and se The cavalcade had now reached the clusion, for all Vienna seemed assem- balcony where the baron and his daughbled there to witness a grand review ter were sitting ; there it halted for seof the troops, at which the emperor was veral minutes. The emperor seemed to to be present, they, therefore, at once, be paying his respects to some ladies of determined on ret acing their steps, the court who were there, and they were and endeavour, if possible, to reach the sufficiently near to observe that he was
uncovered while he spoke ; but yet mation. She moved her bosom gently could not clearly discern his features. heaved and fell; and raising one arm, Adda's heart beat high as she thought of placed it'round her father's neck, and one who might at that moment be among smiling, drew hiin gently towards her the train ; for she knew ihat he was the with what an ecstacy of joy he watched personal friend of tbe emperor and his the signals of recovering life ; and as he favourite aide-de-camp. The cavalcade knelt to kiss her, he poured forth his now was slowly advancing, and stood delight in almost incoherent terins. As within a few paces of where she was; consciousness gradually returned, he but at the same time being totally con told her of ber long trance, and of his cealed from her view by the rising up parental fears. He told her of his de: of those who sat beside her, in their an. termination that she should mis in the xiety to behold the emperor. She now, gaieties of the capital on her recovery, however, rose and leaned forward; but and said, that if she had been strong no sooner had she looked than she, with enough, that very evening she should a loud cry, fell fainting back into the accompany him to a grand masked ball arms of her father. The suddenness of given hy the emperor to his subjects. the adventure was such, that the baron Her face, which had hitherto been pale had not even yet seen the emperor, and as marble, now suddenly became suffuscould but half catch the meaning of hered with an unnatural glow-a half supwords as she dropped lifeless upon his pressed shriek escaped her--the smile neck.--He had been but too often of faded from her lips - her eyes gradnally late a witness to her frequent faintings closed, and the pallid hoe of death to be much alarmed now; and he at again resumed its dominion. It was once attributed her present weakness to but a transient gleam. The hopes of the heat and excitement of the moment. the fond father were crushed to the Now, however, she showed no sign of earth, and the house became a scene of recovering sensibility, but lay cold and wailing and lamentation. notionless where she had fallen at first, Since the review, Vienna continued surrounded by a great number of per- the scene of every species of gaiety sons anxiously professing aid and assist and dissipation. The einperor was conance ; for it was no sooner perceived stantly on foot or horseback throughthat they were strangers, than carriages out the city, and nothing was wanting were offered on all sides to convey thein on his part to court popularity among home, and glad to avail himself of such all classes of his subjects; and with this a civility at the moment, the baron dis intention, a masquerade was
to be engaged himself from the crowd, and given at the palace, to which all ranks carried the still lifeless girl to a car were eligible ; and great was the re. riage.
joicing in Vienna' at a mark of such During the entire way homeward, she royal condescension and favour. The lay in his arnis speechless and cold- long-wished-for evening at length she answered him not as he called her arrived, and nothing could equal the by the most endearing names; and at splendour of the scene. The magnilast he began 10"think he never again ficent saloon of the palace, lighted by should hear her voice, when she slowly its myriads of coloured lamps, shone raised her eyes, and gazed on bim with a like a fairy palace, while no costune, wild and vacant stare-she passed her from the rude garb of the wanderer hands across her forehead several times through the plains of Norway, to the ss if endeavouring, to recollect some gorgeous display of oriental grandeur, horrid and frightful dream ; and then were wanting to so delightful a specmuttering some low indistinct sound, tacle. Here stood a proud Hungarian, sank back into
to her former insensibility; in all the glitter of his embroidered When they reached home, medical pelisse and gold-tasseled boots ; and aid was procured ; but 'twas too plain here a simply clad hunter from the the lovely girl had received some dread- Tyrol, with his garland of newly-pluckful mental shock, and they knew noted flowers in his bonnet ; while, ever how to administer to her. She lay thus and anon, the tall, melancholy, and for two days, and on the morning of the dark-visaged Pole, strode by with all third, as the heart-broken and wretch- the proud bearing and lofty port for ed father who had never left her bed. which his countrymen are celebrated. side; gazed upon the wreck of his once There were bands of dancers from Upbeauteous child-the warm tears falling per Austria, and musicians from that fast upon her cheek ; what was his joy land of song, Bohemia. The court had to discover symptoms of returning ani- also, on this occasion, adopted the cos
tume of various foreign nations. All she led the way, and he followed to a beheld the sovereign and could address ,small cabinet, which leading off one him, as he, in compliance with etiquette, angle of the saloon, descended into a was obliged to remain unmasked. secluded court-yard of the palace.
As the evening advanced, he seized a single carriage now stood at the enmoment to leave the saals, and habit trance, and as the emperor entered a himself in domino: under which dis- small remote apartment, the thought of guise, after inany ludicrous rencontres some deception being practised on bin, with his friends, he was leaning list- made him resolve not io leave the pa: lessly against a pillar near where a lace. The mask was now standing benumber of Hungarian peasants were side a marble table, a small lamp the dancing. Their black velvet boddices only light of the apartments. She turnso tightly laced with bright chains of ed her head slowly round as if to see silver, and blood-red calpacks, remind- if any one was a listener to their intered him of having seen such before. The view ; on perceiving that they were train of thong hts thus excited banished alone, she laid her hand gently upon all recollection of the scene around his arm ; he shuddered from some him :—the inusic and the dance he no indescribable emotion as he felt the longer minded. All passed unheeded touch ; but spoke not. There was a before his eyes ; and, lost in reverie, silence of some moments. “I have he stood in complete abstraction. A come to keep my promise," said the vision of his early days came over him; mask in the same low voice in which and not last, but iningling with his she at first addressed him.
6. What dream of all beside, the image of one promise have you made ?" said the emonce dearly loved! He heaved a deep- peror, agitated; “I can bear this ro drawn sigh, and was about to leave the longer.” “Slay! stop !" cried she spot, and drown all recollection in the genily; and the voice in which that dissipation of the moment, when he was word was uttered thrilled to his inmost accosted by one whom he had not be- heart : it was a voice well known, but fore seen. Considering her, perhaps, long forgotten, as one of the many who were indulging " To keep a promise am I coine in the badinage and gaiety of the place, bethink thee, is there no debt of utterhe wished to pass on ; but then there ed vows unpaid then? Have you all was that in the low plaintive tone in now you ever wished for, ever hoped ?" which she spoke, that chained him to He groaned deeply. the spot. The figure was dressed in “ Alas !” he exclaimed involuntarily deep black; the heavy folds of which s that I could be spared that thought! concealed the form of the wearer as I do remember one-but--" perfectly as did the black hood and “ Then hear ine, false-hearted! She mask her face and features. She stood who once loved thee, loves thee no for a moment silently before him, and more: her vows are broken-broken as then said, “ Can the heart of him whom her heart. She has redeemed her pledge thousands rejoice to call their own, be farewell!" and the voice with which sad amid a scene like this?”
the word was uttered faltered and died “What mean you ?"cried he, “ How away in almost a whisper. knew you me ?"
He stood entranced- he spokę not“How knew I thee?" she repeated moved not; the hand which leaned in a low melancholy tone.
upon his arm now fell listlessly beside There was something in the way these him, and the mask made a gesture of few words were uttered which chilled departure. his very life's blood ; and yet he knew “Stay !” cried he.
"Not S0-you not wherefore. Wishing, however, to leave not thus. Let me know who you rally his spirits, he observed, with an are, and why you come thus ?” and he assumed carelessness. “My thoughts lifted his hand to withdraw her mask had rambled far from hence, and I was by force. But she suddenly stept back, thinking of"
and waving him back with one hand, “Of those you had long forgotten- said in a low and hollowed voice, is it not ?" said the mask.
" 'Twere better you saw me not. Ask " How!” cried he; « what means it not, I pray you, Sir, for your own this! You have roused me to a state of sake, ask it not-my last, my only frightfal uncertainty, and I must know prayer!" and she again endeavoured 10 more of you ere we part.”
pass him as he stood between her and “ That shall you do,” said the mask ; the small door which led towards the "but my moments are few, and I would court-yard. speak with you alone." Saying which 6 You go not hence, till I have seen
you unveiled,” he said in a voice of The man shook his head. increased agitation.
Sir," said he," the baron lies on a bed The mask then lifting the lamp which of sickness ; since this morning he bàs stood by with one hand, with the other uttered no word; I fear he will never threw back the hood which concealed rise again." her face. He beheld her- he knew her “ His daughter - lead me to her-
- she was his own, lost, betrayed, quick !" Adela-not as he first found her; but * Alas, sir, she died this morning!" pale, pale as the marble by which she “Liar, slave!” cried the emperor, in, stood-her lips colourless; and her eye a paroxysm of grief and astonishmentsi beamed on bim lustreless and cold as .but an hour since I saw her living!. the grave, of which she seemed a te- Dare not tamper with me!" nant. The heart which was proof against The man stared incredulously, and, death in a hundred forins, now failed pointed to the staircase, and taking a him. The great king was a miserable lamp he beckoned him to follow. He heart-stricken man – he trembled led ihe way in silence up a broad stairturned- and fell fainting to the ground. case and through the long corridor, unWhen he recovered, he threw his til he stopped at a door which he gently eyes wildly around, as if to see some opened, and making the sign of the one whom he could not discover. He cross, entered the room—they followed. listened-all was silent, save the dis- The apartment was lighted with waxtant sounds of festivity and the hum of lights, and at one extremity, on a large gladsome voices. Pale and distracted couch, lay two females buried in sleep. he rushed from the spot, and summon- At the other end was a bed with the curing to his own apartment a few of his tains drawn closely around; wax-lights confidentials, he related to them his were burning at the head and foot. The adventure from its commencement. In emperor, with an unsteady step, apan instant a strict search was set on proached the bed, and with a trembling foot. Many had seen the mask, though hand drew aside the curtain. There, none spoke to her, and no one could extended on a coverlid of snowy whitetell when or how she had disappeared. ness, lay the object of his solicitude, The emperor at last bethought him of and at her feet were the mask and dothe carriage which stood at the door mino! He thought she slept, and in it was gone. Some thought it had been the low tender accent with which he a trick played off on one so celebrated first won her young heart, he breathed for fearlessness as the emperor. Ac. her name ; but there was no response. cordingly, many took the streets which He took her hand-it was cold, and led from the court-yard and terminated fell from his nerveless grasp. He gazed in the Augustine kirch and monasterystedfastly on her countenance--it was This way only could the carriage have pale as, when lifting her mask, she met gone; and they had not proceeded far his astonished gaze. But this was no when the rattling of the wheels met 'trance-her eyes were now closed for their ears--they listened, and as it ever-her heart had ceased to beatcame nearer, found it was the same she was beautiful, though in death! carriage which stood at the portal. The Her arms were crossed upon her bosom, driver was interrogated as to where he and on the fingers of her right hand had been. He told them that a mask, was entwined a chain of gold with a dressed in black, had left the Saal, and signet ring! None could see the scaldbid him drive to the church of the Au- ing tears that were shed, or knew the gustine, and that he had seen her enter bitter and agonizing remorse that tore an hotel adjacent.
the bosom ofthe emperor as he gazed The emperor, accompanied by two for the last time on the pallid features friends masked, Yent their steps to the of one, perhaps the only one, who bad hotél. He inquired of the inmates, ever loved him for himself alone. Forand then learnt his vicinity to his noble getful of his state-forgetful of all but and ill-requited Hungarian_host, and his own heart—he knelt by the side of his loved and lost Adela. Few, how- the dead, and never were accents of ever humble, would at that moment contrition more sincerely breathed by have exchanged state with the monarch human being than by that monarch in of Austria and Hungary, for remorse his hour of humiliation. bound him down like a stricken reed. “ Lead me to the baron," he cried Years rolled on.,
The old baron and hastily, unable to bear the weight of his daughter sleep side by side in the recollection.
cemetery of St. Augustine's monastery.
They left 10 hendred; die was the last who brought it from China says that of his race ; and the old castle on the they are very uncominon in that country; Danube soon fell into decay, and be- and that this one, with a few others, cavie an outlaw's den. The einperor was brought by a Dutch ship from Jarecovered in time his gaiety amidst the pan several years ago. On the back blandishments of his court; but as often of one of these was a dragon, which was as the season of the chase returned, most distincily reflected from the pohis nobles remarked that he was never lished side. George Swinton, Esq., more the same light-hearted and reck- who has sent the account of this curioless sportsman. Few knew why ; but sity to England, ingeniously conjecthe associations were too strong-he tures that the phenomena may have could never banish from his mind the their origin in a difference of density parting look of her whom he had first in different parts of the metal, occamet in the dark forests of Hungary. sioned by the stamping of the figures
on the back, the light being reflected SONNET.
more or less strongly froin parts that Had I met thee in the morn
have been more or less compressed. Of boyhood s bliss,
Other speculations have been formed as When the light of love was born,
to how these strange effects are proWhen roses blushed without a thorn,
duced, but as the original mirror is to When every breath was but the sigh Of sympathy,
be sent to England, either to Sir David And every touch was transport's kiss! Brewster or to Sir John Herschel, in Thee, lady, I had loved.
such able bands the question cannot The glow of youth is gone
remain long undetermined. The pulse had perished on my hrow,
Tisty TosTY--A deriration. This
is a game played by two persons with a
ball made of cowslips, and simply a Varieties.
contraction of ". This to ye"- Toss'd
to ye.” Forty-four times, the number VALUE OF A HOITy Torty.-An el. the ball must be kept up, rhymes as derly man having just left the society. this-“ Tisty tosty, four and forty.” z. of a sprightly girl, exclaimed to his RATS IN JAMAICA.-In no country wife, "Well, I would not, for the worth is there a creature so destructive of of a hundred thousand pounds, be such properly as the rat is in Jamaica ; their a hoity-toily as our niece Julia.". ravages are inconceivable. One year “Oh! nonsense, Rober:," said his with another, it is supposed that they wife-"hoity toities are all the go with destroy at least about a twentieth part the young men of the present day.' of the sugar-canes throughout the is“I suppose so," replied Robert, “ or land, amounting to liale short of you would not take their part.”—“Cer- £200,000 currency per annum.
The iainly noi, iny dear-m-nothing like being sugar-cane is their favourite food ; but in the fashion."
they also prey upon the Indian corn, EXTRAORDINARY JAPANESE MIRROR. on all the fruits that are accessible to -A curious mirror has been recently thein, and on many of the roots. Soine brought from China to Calcutta, and is idea will be formed of the immense now amusing the Dilettanti, and per. swarms of those destructive aniinals plexing the philosophers of our Eastern that infest this island, from the fact, metropolis. This mirror is made of that on a single plantation thirty white metal; it has a circular form, and thousand were destroyed in one year. is about five inches in diameter. It has Traps of various kinds are set to catch a knob in the centre of the back, by them, poison is resorted to, and lerwhich it can be held, and on the rest riars, and sometimes ferrets, are emof the back are stamped. in relief, cer- ployed to explore their haunts, and tain circles with a kind of Grecian root them out; still, however, their border. Its polished face has that de numbers remain undiminshed, as far gree of convexity, which gives an at least as can be judged by the ravaimage of the face half its natural size; ges they commit. They are of a much and its remarkable property is, that larger size than the European rat, eswhen you reflect the rays of the sun pecially that kind of them called by from the polished surface, the image of the negroes racoons. On the experithe ornamental border, and circles ment being tried of putting one of these stamped on the back, is seen distinctly and a cat together, the latter declined reflected on the wall. The gentleman attacking it.