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“ Come on, my brave fellows,” he cried, him. till they were driven away. On a "don't let those front regiments get all the beautiful budding day of May, when the praise-double, grenadiers."

swell of the long green wave rolling in “Hurrah, hurrah !” the whole regi- from the Bay of Biscay was dying away ment yelled, their pieces at the charge. A unbroken on the shore, the officers who man beginning a second hurrah fell with fell in this stubborn conflict were buried. a bullet in his head. The fellow behind On the morning of the 28th there was him, tumbled over by a ball that struck more fighting. The river Urimea had to the square brass plate of his side - belt, be crossed, but the bridge had been deleaped up again, and marched on sing- stroyed. General Chichester's Brigade ing The Carlists, rallying, opened a (the Rifles, and the Tenth, Fourth, and rattling fire on the advancing regiments. Eighth Regiments), part of General Jar. As Captain Shields was cheering his com- reguay's Division (the Chapelgorris, and pany, and crying, “Come on, my good two battalions of Spaniards), were ordered fellows, come on,” he was shot in his sword to ford through the strong current under

His brother Robert, an ensign, cover of thirty pieces of cannon. This hot, dashed on, calling to the men to follow him simultaneous fire disordering the enemy, and let his brother lie. The captain, binding the English and Christinos dashed in and up his arm, took his sword in his left hand, cleared the position at the point of the and said,

“Let my arm go to mischief. bayonet, and almost without firing a shot. In My company will be the first to take the half an hour our nimble sailors had thrown position, and I must be with them ;' but over the swift river, one hundred and fifty faintness soon came on, and he had to be yards wide, a strong and permanent poncarried off the field. Corporal Oakley, at toon bridge, which artillery, waggons, the moment the Carlists were recrossing a cavalry, and six men abreast, traversed to ditch, and beginning to rally, cried out, and fro for six months after. Lord John “ So much for Buckingham" (a cele- Hay captured an armed schooner and five brated line of Edmund Kean’s in Richard pieces of artillery, and the town of Pasthe Third then current), and shot dead a sages was that day occupied by the Legion. Carlist officer who was leading back his men. The Carlists were, by this conquest, cut off The orders were then given to go forward from all' connexion with the sea in this and storm a house. It was a farm on a hill direction, and they would have found this side, and many stone walls and ditches had a very serious loss had not the French to be cleared in the face of the Carlist fire. authorities often permitted them to pass The two men of the Legion who first broke military stores and ammunition. in were instantly shot, and the house be- The Legion, with the Chapelgorris and came full of hot smoke, for the firing some of Jarreguay's regiments, now occaup and down stairs was incessant. The pied the east bank of the Urimea, from the Chapelgorris as usual cruelly bayoneted convent of Antigua, on the north-west

, all the Carlist wounded, and shot women to the villages and heights of Alza, four or without mercy. The search was keen for five miles distant, on the south-east. In wine and money. Cows and fowls were soon the rear of Alza lay the town and port of despatched, and the chests and drawers Passages. The hills were covered with broken open, fugitives hiding under beds vineyards and corn-fields, the white cotor in barrels, were killed. The officers tages glittered amid fields of maize, wheat, had to threaten the plunderers with death and beans. Lord John Hay and General before they would desist. The bugles then Evans were now hoping to push on to the sounded à recal, all the regiments were frontier of France, and thus cut off the reformed, and a muster was made, to find Carlists from all supplies from the province out the killed, wounded, and missing. As of Guipuscoa.

As of Guipuscoa. To prevent this, and to reGeneral Evans rode past the regiments venge the recent defeat, the Carlist chief, with clothes stained, wet, and torn, he was Casa Eguia, resolved to attack the Legion, loudly cheered. He took off his hat as he and, if possible, win back Passages. trotted along, and continued remarking, On the morning of the 6th of June, “You have done well all of you ; you have 1836, the Carlists made a feint on the made a noble beginning.” Parties of men picket near the Ametzegana hill, a little were then sent out to cover up the dead, to the left of the English centre, the real and to bring in the wounded. One poor attack being intended for the village and fellow was found with twenty-nine bayonet fort of Alza, from whence Passages could wounds in him, the Carlists having tortured have been commanded.

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Three hours after sunrise the real attack says a spectator. We, at some distance, commenced; the men, back in quarters, but on rather higher ground, had faced the were sleeping or smoking, after their rough Navarrese, and were for a time kept back, morning meal of wine and bread, when a while they also stood, checked by our fire. cry ran through the town of “Turn out, The ground was rough, woody, and interturn out.” The drums rattled, the bagles sected by numerous hedges, so that it was sounded everywhere—the “ dressing call," difficult to advance; but this enabled us the “turn out the whole,” the “fall in,” to keep our ground the better against the the “advance;" last of all, the ominous numbers opposing us.

The green sunny “ double quick."

fields and the orchards of yesterday were The soldiers grumbling, wrangling for now a blaze of fire and smoke. We saw their coats and muskets, hurried to the the Chapelgorris driven back, and those in front, for smoke was rising in volumes in front of us, emboldened by that, made a the direction of Alza. There the attack strong onset to force us, but a heavy and commenced. The First Regiment held steady fire scattered them on the earth the church and some loopholed houses. as they came forward. The Chapelgorris The Carlists, stealing up through an or- rallied, and their opponents in turn rechard, shot two sentries, and cut to pieces treated, the wounded being left lying. As the picket, bayoneting the wounded, as the visitors came up with them the bayonets usual, without mercy. A sentinel, who were dashed into dead bodies by those forestood at the back of the church, had both most, while others more leisurely put carhis feet cut off by the first cannon-ball, tridges into the mouths of the wounded, and the same infernal shot, rebounding and blew them up, pinned the bodies of two from the corner of the building, cut one dying ones together by a bayonet, cut off of the Legion in two pieces, and carried off heads, holding them up in the air to the the arms of another. General Chiches- enemy, and perpetrated other atrocities too ter, with his usual courage and skill, horrible to be told. The retreat of the instantly lined the churchyard wall with Carlists was but short. They retaliated the the men of the First Regiment, and let full measure of slaughter and barbarity that fly his aides-de-camp for assistance. But they had suffered, for the Chapelgorris were the Carlist Navarrese regiments, the bravest again compelled to give way. A few of and best soldiers of their party, advancing these, being cut off in the corner of a field, through a dreadful fire, forced their way could not by any possibility escape, and through the fields, and, after a severe loss, they were seen to close with their assailants. wrested back the position from the First Shortly afterwards, on the ground being Regiment. One of the daring Navarrese retaken, their bodies were found, but officers, seeing General Chichester within mixed with an almost equal number of reach, dashed at him, followed by others, Carlist dead. A Carlist officer was lying and grappled with him as he rode. Chi- gasping, while an antagonist had seized chester instantly shot one of his assailants him by the cheek with his teeth; the dead, cut down, right and left, the two latter was dead, having been stabbed by men who had clutched his bridle, darted the officer, but still held fast; and this was from the rest, rallied the First Regiment, the cause of the Carlist's death, who, but and, aided by reinforcements, retaliated for this, would have made his escape, not terribly upon the Carlists.

being otherwise wounded. This officer was The enemy had also attempted a simul immediately recognised by some of the taneous attack on the western extremity Chapelgorris as the once powerful chief of of the English lines, but soon retiring, a guerilla band, in which some of them General Evans ordered all his disposable had been subordinates. He had split the troops round to defend the Ametza, and band in two at one time for a bribe, which retake the village and heights. In this caused them now to be on adverse sides, fight the Chapelgorris rendered themselves and the one who had seized him in the especially conspicuous by their daring fero- manner described had been second in comcity and revengeful cruelty. The Carlists mand under him, had met him that day, and Christinos (the white and red caps) was disarmed, but had wrestled with him, were, in many cases, known personally to and thus played his part of the mutual reeach other, for they were nearly all Guipus- venge. There was an “advance' sounding coan mountaineers, some of them relatives, by our bugles. Two companies of the Sixth a few even brothers.

Regiment, with great bravery, joined the “ They met on the hill-side near Alza," Chapelgorris, and, driving the enemy back

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with considerable loss on both sides, took stripped priest. Shrieking an oath, he possession of part of the disputed ground. fired at the captive, and following the bullet Our own and the other regiments of with a savage bayonet thrust, he beat in the General Chichester's Brigade advanced poor man's skull with the butt-end of his also, and, after having gone forward for musket, leaped on the body, grinding his some distance against a heavy fire, there teeth, as he pounded down the head and

a general charge made, and the breast-bone of the miserable ecclesiastic Carlists, tremendously peppered by shot, who had dared to doubt the legal right of and bayoneted in their retreat, abandoned the little Queen Isabella Segunda. Such is their ground, and fell back on Alza. Per- the ferocity of party warfare, such are the severance on our side soon drove them from crimes for which the men of the brave that position in like manner.”

British Legion were held accountable by As the Carlists retreated they set fire to their enemies. the houses, in order to deprive the Legion Soon after this, Colonel Godfrey of the of shelter, and the English pressed for- Eighth, dismounting from his horse to lead ward in blinding darkness, the sound of his men through a low-boughed orchard, the bugles alone directing them. The re- the animal, by a slight retrograde movesult of this was that the Fourth Regiment, ment of the regiment, was left half-way mistaking the Eighth for the enemy, between a body of Carlists and Christinos

. fired upon them in flank, and all but Two Carlists advancing to seize it were occasioned a retreat. Soon after this the shot down. A party of six men of a light Carlists again came on, headed this time, company of the Legion at once volunteered not only by their officers, but by two priests to fetch the horse. The moment, however, in full dress, holding aloft crucifixes, to they left their cover, the Carlists fired a incite the men against the accursed Pro- volley, and four out of the six fell dead. testants. All at once the gloom before “Let the brute alone,” said Colonel them burst into lightning flashes, and Godfrey ; “if he will stand there like a volley after volley was poured on the Car- fool, let him. I'll not have my brave young list front ranks. Many fell, others tumbled boys shot for nothing." into ditches, scrambled through gaps, or A Chapelgorri then offered to go, and leaped over walls.

began bargaining about the number of dol. “Forward-forward, men; fix bayonets," lars of the reward. Corporal Oakley (a cried the maddened Christino officers; the brave fellow before mentioned) at once bugles rang out the charge. “ Viva!” said: shouted the frenzied Chapelgorris. A wild "No Chapelgorri shall go, and leave me hurrah was given by the Legion, and the behind, afraid. If a Chapelgorri can venEnglish bore forward like a red deluge. ture for payment, I know who will do it One of the luckless priests tore off his robe for honour.” and shovel-hat, the other made for a hole The moment Oakley started, the soldiers in a bramble hedge, but stuck hopelessly began betting against each other wine, among the thorns. As the poor old man bread, beef, tobacco, dollars and pesetaskicked and sprawled in this dilemma, a he would or would not return with the huge Scotch grenadier pricked him behind prize. The bullets were already scattering with his bayonet, eager to strip him of his the dust around Oakley's feet. He got silver-buckled shoes, his silver cross, and hold of the horse, but the brute was fracivory crucifix, swearing at him all the tious, and began to rear. More bets. Oaktime, in a mixture of Scotch and broken ley fell, but only for a moment; the horse's Spanish oaths. Other men coming up, the rein had been cut through by a Carlist grenadier, without ceremony, slipped off bullet. The regiment cheered as Oakley his reverence's shoes and put them on his rose again, and the Carlists fired a fresh own feet.

The next man snatched the volley. This time a shot struck the horse, Carlist priest's silver spectacles and cruci- and luckily sent him scampering back tofix. Two others gutted his sash of all its wards his master, and Oakley, after having dollars and pesetas, but no one offered been exposed for nearly seven minutes to him actual violence. The Carlists, just a continual fire from fifty of the enemy, then rallying to

their priest returned back in safety. from the foul heretics, were firmly with- A universal cheer rang through the stood by the legionaries. At that mo- woods as the bugles now again sounded ment a red-capped Chapelgorri coming the advance. The scene at this crisis is up, cast his eye on the unfortunate half- picturesquely described by our chief authority, Sergeant Somerville. “A deafening Spanish government, ill paid, half starved, thunder of musketry," he says, "and the and cruelly flogged for the slightest offence, rushing roar of rockets blazing over our the Carlists, on October the 1st, again atheads, drowned the hurrahs of the English tacked the Ametza lines, and were again and the vivas of the Spaniards. Some repulsed with the loss of more than one who hurrahed suddenly stopped, and fell thousand men. Of the Legion there fell down withont a word. Some exclaimed, under four hundred, including thirty-seven My leg!' 'my head ! my arm ! and officers. The Lancers behaved very galwere left behind to groan. The hedge- lantly on this occasion, and Evans, always rows, and the fields, and the houses that to the fore, had a ball pass through one of had hitherto been lying clear from the his ears. We must pass over with a mere smoke in the sun and the south wind, word the poisoning of English soldiers at beyond where the battle had been, now Vittoria, and the garotting of Don José emitted smoke and fire, while in our rear Elgoez, the chief baker. Some fifteen hunthe strife was dying. Around us were the dred men died at this place of the poisoned ill-fated dead and dying of the enemy, and bread and aquadiente. Nor can we stop to the cheers and vivas of our own troops as describe the burning alive of eleven English we pushed on and drove back the retreat- prisoners by the Christinos, or the taking ing foe beyond the positions held by them of Bilboa. On March the 16th, there was previous to the attack on us in the morn hard fighting near Hernani, when (owing ing. At a distance in front were the in- to the dastardly treachery of Espartero, habitants hurrying off their cows and pigs; and the jealous or cowardly Spaniards) the elder children leading the younger; the English had to retreat with the loss the mother with the babies, her sheets and of nearly nine hundred men. The town shirts, hastening after them. The dusty of Irun was soon after taken, Andoain coloured bakers who had been busily pre- fell, and Espartero, with thirty thousand paring the Carlist rations in some of the men, eventually entered Madrid. A few houses, were seen making their escape with months later, a hundred and twenty-seven each a bag of flour or bread, assisted by of the Legion, with thirteen officers, dethe retreating soldiers. Ours in turn serted by the Christino regiments, capitushared the bread and the wine, and what-lated at Ăndoain, and were foully butchered ever could be had, as they came up to by the cruel enemy. In May, 1837, the these houses. Some dared to advance Legion was disbanded, and Evans refurther in front than others for the mere turned to England. Not long after, Colonel purpose of being first at the plunder, and O'Connell's new legion of thirteen hundred some were in ditches into which they had and ninety-three men, disgusted with the tumbled, professing to be wounded. One of Spaniards, also broke up. There is quite these, an English officer, was observed by proof enough that, under a man like Welone of his own men. Two or three soldiers lington, “the Isle of Dogians," as the immediately threatened to shoot him if he Tories called the British Legion, would did not come out of his hiding-place.” have rivalled the deeds of the heroes of


The plundering now became universal Salamanca and of Waterloo. over a wide area of fields, orchards, and houses. The enemy in this engagement LELGARDE'S INHERITANCE. lost above a thousand men; Evans nearly half that number.

IN TWELVE CHAPTERS. CHAPTER III, Three days later, before daybreak, the

BEHOLD Lelgarde settled in her new Carlists made a desperate attempt to repossessions, queening it in the gloomy old cover a height commanding the town of house and stiff gardens, which had not seen Passages, occupied by the marines and their anything so fresh and sweet, I am sure, artillery. A marine officer, seeing them for a very long time. Athelstanes lay in a emerge from cover, quickly and carefully wild part of Yorkshire, only to be apprepared a heavy dose of canister shot, and proached by a network of railways, every with one dreadful, simultaneous volley one of which was at daggers drawn with tumbled the whole force, dead, wounded, all the others; stage-coaches lingered there and living, down the rocky paths, and still, and the nearest station was ten miles hotly peppered the surviving fugitives.

off. The Athelings had been there ever After a dangerous mutiny amongst the since the year one. It was their boast that men of several of the English regiments,

Atheling of Athelstane who were, it must be said, neglected by the Stood on his hearth when the Conqueror came.

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And they prided themselves on the fair business levees, “ you look as if you had
Saxon colouring, which, from generation had enough of it, I must say. Come and
to generation, had been as completely a do something more amusing.
possession of the Athelings as their coat of “ What can one do on such a day?"

I do not know if they had been Lelgarde said, drawing her scarlet cloak up
careful to choose light-complexioned wives, round her shoulders, with a shiver. She was
but certainly, with few exceptions, every a very barometer, and withered up in cold
family portrait had the same characteristics or rainy weather like any tropical plant.
of sunny hair and fair delicate colouring, “ Just the day to let Mrs. Bracebridge
matching well with their Saxon names. take us all over the house; she is dying to
The house itself was Elizabethan--the do so."
regular E shape, the drawing-room occupy- Lelgarde agreed: so, prudently wrapped
ing one projection, the other contained, as up, we summoned the housekeeper, and
we were given to understand, “poor Miss prepared to make the grand tour.
Hilda's apartments;” and the old house- Going steadily over anything, be it pic-
keeper, who offered the information, sighed ture-gallery, museum, or big house, always
as she spoke. She was the only old servant has the effect of leaving one sodden and
who had chosen to remain ; the rest ap- depressed. By the time we had done it
peared to harbour resentment against Lel- all, Lelgarde and I were both in this state,
garde for the slight she had put on Athel- and thankful when an unexpected stair

. stanes in her childish days, or perhaps for case suddenly landed us in the front hall being young, or for not being Miss Ethel- again. Here hung the principal modern dreda; any how they declined to stay, but portraits; among them the old squire, and Mrs. Bracebridge remained, and, though what I had soon recognised as a boyish she began by treating us with a deadly likeness of Lelgarde's father. politeness, which froze the marrow in our “And who is the one hanging next to bones, she was now gradually succumbing him, the very handsome young woman in to the irresistible influence of Lelgarde's the blue satin?” I asked. graciousness, a graciousness which had in " That,” replied Mrs. Bracebridge, reit a certain touch of hauteur that probably verentially

, “was my late mistress, Miss recalled Miss Etheldreda, as lemonade | Atheling. might remind one of vinegar. I need not Somehow I had felt sure of it when I say much about the grounds, which were asked the question; the high, delicate feanot beautiful; a wide flat paddock in front, tures, and hard expression, were so exactly not large enough to be dignified by the what I had pictured Miss Etheldreda. name of park, walled kitchen-gardens, and Hard—that was the word for her-just, I a stiff square flower-garden at the back, dare say, and therefore liked by her depenplantations closing it all in, and beyond, dents, but certainly as disagreeable a wowild moors stretching away into the dis- man, with all her beauty, as eye ever looked tance. This was Athelstanes.

When I upon. add that the handsome furniture had seen “Now," continued Mrs. Bracebridge, its best days, that there was a great deal of “would you like to see poor Miss Hilda's white paint and white dimity, in vivid con- rooms? I don't know why I go on keeptrast to a great deal of dark polished oak, ing them locked: will you like to see them, that everybody's bedroom seemed to lead ma’am?” in and out of everybody else's, and that “By all means, answered Lelgarde, every square inch of wall was covered with eagerly, for we had exchanged small jokes family portraits, I have said all that need about the Blue Chamber, which was always be said of Lelgarde's domain.

kept closed. When opened, it looked comFor the first few days, Lelgarde was monplace enough : handsome, faded furextremely busy: the engaging of new ser- niture, a capacious invalid couch, a very vants, the looking over of inventories, and curious tall cabinet of ebony, inlaid with ceaseless interviews with the various re- ivory, heavy crimson curtains hanging low tainers, occupying every moment. She over the narrow window—this was all. was looking rather oppressed with her new “She was a great sufferer," the old woresponsibilities, but I could not perceive map said, softly; " for nearly fifteen years that the sight of Athelstanes in any degree she never left this room, and the one next awakened old recollections.

it, poor lady.” “Come,” I said, one wild wet afternoon, “ What was her illness ?" when I found her leaning her little tired Mrs. Bracebridge hesitated, I thought, head on her hand, after holding one of her, and then answered:

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