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stern of the boat, and when she was seated, their owners. In the course of further took to their oars and pulled away with a conversation the man said that the Massilia will. It was a narrow, intricate, winding had anchored there during the night, had course, a mere thread of shallow, sluggish got her steam up and was off by daybreak; water, twisting in and out among the great he took watch and watch with his comrade, grey marshes fringed with tall flapping and he turned out just in time to see her weeds; and Pauline, already overexcited start. and overwrought, was horribly depressed Pauline thanked him and returned to the by the scene.

boat; but she did not speak to the old man Are

you always plying in this boat ?" on her return passage, and when she reached she asked the old man.

the fly which was waiting for her, she “Most days, ma'am, in case we should threw herself into a corner and remained be wanted up at the steps, there," he re- buried in thought until she was deposited plied, “but night's our best time we at the station. reckon."

A few minutes after, the train bound for “Night!” she echoed. “Surely there are Weymouth arrived. Through confusion, no passengers at night time ?”

similar to that of the morning, she hurried No, ma'am, not passengers, but officers along, criticising the passengers on the and sportsmen: gentlemen coming out gun- platform and in the carriages, and with the ning after the ducks and the wild-fowl,” same vain result. The train proceeded on he added, seeing she looked puzzled, and its way, and Pauline walked towards the pointing to a flock of birds feeding at hotel with the intention of getting some some distance from them.

refreshment, which she needed. Suddenly “And are you out every night?” she she paused, reeled, and would have fallen, asked eagerly.

had she not leant against a wall for sup"Well, not every, but most nights, port. A thought like an arrow had passed ma'am.”

through her brain-a thought which found “Last night, for example?"

its utterance in these words: “Yes, miss, we was out, me and Harry “It is a trick, a vile trick from first to here, not with any customers, but by our last! He has deceived me-he never in. selves; a main dark night it was too ! tended to meet me, to take me to Weybut we hadn't bad sport, considering." mouth or to Guernsey ! It was merely a

“Did you—did you meet any one else trick to keep me occupied and to put me between this and Hurst Castle ?"

off while he rejoined that woman!" “ Well, no, ma'am,” said the old man, with a low chuckle. " It ain't a place where one meets many people, I reckon.

DON JUAN IN BRANDENBURG. Besides the ducks, a heron or two was about the strangest visitors we saw last It was long my opinion,” said Maxinight. Now, miss, here we are at the milian, “that the story of Don Juan of beach; you go straight up there, and you'll Seville and the stone-guest stood alone find the castle just the other side. When among popular traditions; but I have you come back, please shape your course lately found a faint resemblance of it among for that black stump you see sticking up the legends of Stendal. there; tide's falling, and we shan't be able “You mean the city in the Old March to bide where we are now, but we will of Brandenburg—the Altmark, as it is meet you there.”

called ?” inquired Laurence. Lightly touching the old man's arm, “Precisely,” replied Maximilian. Pauline jumped from the boat, and rapidly * Well, certainly,” observed Laurence," ascending the sloping head, found herself, if you want to find a horrible story you on gaining the top, close by a one-storied, could not go to a better place. If I recolwhitewashed cottage, in a little bit of re- lect right, there is a pathway near one of claimed land, half garden, half yard, in the gates of Stendal, that at midnight is which was a man in his shirt-sleeves wash- haunted by ghosts so various, that one ing vegetables, with a big black retriever seldom has a chance of seeing the same dog lying at his feet. Accosting him, apparition twice. Sometimes there is a Pauline learned that the house was the procession of spectral nuns, with Saint telegraph station, whence the names of Catherine at the head ; sometimes a troup the outgoing and incoming ships are tele- of monks, with large books in their hands ; graphed to Lloyd's for the information of sometimes a couple of knights on horse

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back; sometimes a skeleton hand, supposed was to be devoted to the improvement of to have belonged to a murderer, who the sacred building, and caused an image avoided execution by suicide."

of the lamb to be carved in stone in com“ Does the hand walk or ride ?” inter-memoration of the event.” rupted Edgar.

“ The shepherd, I presume, was content “That I cannot say,” said Laurence, with the reward which virtue claims as its nor do I know the stories with which own," observed Edgar. these apparitions are connected. There is, “Even the old story of the Prentice however, another spectre appertaining to Column in Roslin Chapel, near Edinburgh, the same spot, of which a more satisfactory is to be found at Stendal in reference, not to explanation is given. This is a great he- a column, but to a gate. Some time in the cat, who sits on a tree, looking greedily at fifteenth century, a skilful architect had a coin which lies upon the ground, and built a gate at Stendal, and a few years springs upon any luckless wanderer who afterwards another gate was built by one attempts to pick it up. His attacks, how- of his pupils. The work of the pupil ever, are generally confined to the male proved to be better than that of the master, sex, and he is sometimes accompanied by whereat the latter was so highly incensed a number of she-cats, who vent their spite that he slew the former with a blow of upon trespassing females. Now it is ex- his hammer. A stone, which still exists, plained that these feline apparitions are was raised to mark the spot where the the ghosts of a spendthrift, and the ladies crime was committed.” upon whom, no doubt, he wasted his sub- “ That is the story of the Prentice Column stance."

exactly," exclaimed Edgar. “I wonder,” remarked Edgar," whether “With the slight addition,” said Lauthese various ghosts, who seem actuated by rence, “ that, according to popular belief, such diverse motives, ever jostle one the form of a pale youth may be seen on a another, or whether there is some mutual moonlight night, gloomily contemplating understanding that prevents a collision. the pupil's gate, while round the battleAn unexpected meeting of the monks, ments on the top of it floats a skeleton, the nuns, the two horsemen, and the armed with a hammer, with which it beats cats, to say nothing of the skeleton hand, down stones from the wall." would, I opine, cause something like a “Nay," interposed Maximilian, “there crash.”

is a similar story told in reference to “You are getting beyond me,” said another stone cross, set up at GrossmörinLaurence; “I can only repeat what I have gen, in the vicinity of Stendal, though here heard. Certainly, it is strange to find one the cause of wrath was a bell, which an narrow spot associated with superstitions assistant had succeeded in casting, after scarcely traceable to one common source. an abortive attempt on the part of the Now, there is a rude image of a sheep or master, and was stabbed accordingly." a lamb on St. Mary's Church, at Stendal, “ The disposition to crush rising talent which probably points to something like a is so very common," observed Laurence, fact. It seems that, ages ago, a shepherd,“ that these three stories, in spite of their watching his sheep while they grazed out- similarity, probably record three separate side the city walls, was suddenly overtaken events. Still the similarity is remarkable.” by sleep. When he awoke he found that · Especially in the cases of Stendal and his flock was dispersed in all directions, Grossmöringen, which are about two and though, with the assistance of his dog, leagues distant from each other, he soon brought the other sheep together, marked Maximilian. “Grossmöringen, by one lamb was not to be moved, but re- the way, seems always to have made a mained bleating on the spot to which it noise with its bells. A swineherd once had strayed. The shepherd followed the noticing a hollow place where one of his sound, and found the animal standing upon sows had deposited her pigs, discovered a heap of gold, silver, and precious stones, that it was lined with metal. Digging which it had scratched out of the ground deeply, he further discovered that the with its foot. Of this treasure he possessed metal belonged to a fine church bell. No himself, and carried the lamb into the town, sooner was the event made known, than but the troublesome little animal effected its the bell was claimed by the authorities of escape, and took refuge in the church, where the cathedral at Stendal, who built an esthe bleating was renewed. The shepherd pecially large waggon, and attached thereregarded this as a sign that the treasure to sixteen horses, in order to bring the

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prize home. But all the men and all the Nay, gratitude was not their only mohorses of Stendal were insufficient to make tive,” replied Laurence. "They main. the bell stir a single inch. So the peasants tained the horse, not merely because they of Grossmöringen thought they would try respected, but because they considered him their luck, and succeeded in taking the bell useful. And good use they made of him. to their village, though they employed only Whenever a fire occurred, the burgomaster cight horses. Nay, according to some ac- mounted the back of the steed, went counts, one peasant and one horse were through the process prescribed on the prefound enough for the operation.”

vious occasion, and with a like fortunate “We'll let the eight horses have the result. At last the horse died, and the benefit of that doubt," suggested Edgar. whole city, plunged into mourning, re

“The bell,” proceeded Maximilian, “was sounded with the shrieks of children and hung up in the village church, and now the sobs of adults. To make matters the people of Stendal grew disagreeable, worse, a fire broke out, adding terror to and, as the fox found the grapes too sour, grief. Fortunately the burgomaster thought considered the bell of the village too loud. he might as well try whether he could not

a nuisance, they declared, and do without the horse, and stay the spreadmoreover, a misleader, for whenever it ing mischief by walking round the flaming rang, the sound seemed to come from the edifice, praying as before. The walk proved belfry of one of their own churches." to be as good as the ride, and so thoroughly

Although it was two leagues off! The was the efficiency of the process estabcitizens of Stendal were quick at hearing,” lished, that it was upheld, on the occasion said Edgar.

of a fire, by successive burgomasters down “At all events," retorted Maximilian, to the year

1840." it seems to be an undisputed fact that "Were not the date so recent," observed the villagers were obliged to close the Edgar, “ I should suspect that some satiri. opening in the belfry that looks towards cal rogue had invented the second part of the city.”

the story, as what some people call a “The story of the burgomaster of Sten-skit' upon the first. If we take the whole dal and the white horse is rather curious,” tale together, as of one piece, the horse interrupted Laurence, “and the more so looks very like a humbug; indeed, he puts that it is not of ancient date."

me in mind of a certain bear, of whom ** What is it ?” inquired Edgar.

mention is made in a well-known political They say,” answered Laurence, “that work entitled the Rights of Man." in the seventeenth century many fires took “An odd place to look for legends," place in the city, and that at last there was sneered Laurence. one which defied every effort to extinguish Many years have passed since the book it. Indeed, as the available means of extin- was in my hands," retorted Edgar; “ but guishment were scanty, the efforts were whether I looked for the story or not, I far from prompt. Under these inauspicious am pretty sure I found it there. It appears circumstances, the burgomaster betook that the inhabitants of one of the Swiss himself to prayer, and his supplications cantons maintained a bear at the public were apparently answered by the appear- expense for many years, the death of each ance of a stranger, mounted on a white particular bear causing a vacancy, which horse, from which he alighted, desiring had to be filled with the least possible the burgomaster to take his place in the delay. The bear was not expected to do saddle, and to ride round the burning any especial good or harm, but public house, still continuing his prayers in si- opinion had decided that a bear was the lence. If he did this, the spread of the proper sort of animal to keep, and that the fire beyond the precincts of the house canton could not possibly thrive without would be prevented.

The counsel was one. In the course of time a difficulty arose. followed, and the plan succeeded; but A bear died, and a successor was not to be when the burgomaster dismounted the found. There was a scarcity of bears such stranger had disappeared. A stable was

as never had been known in the land. accordingly built for the horse, and abun- Week after week did a council sit discuss. dant provision was made for his sustenance ing how the frightful loss was to be re, at the expense of the city.”

paired; but though this council resolved “On this occasion,” "remarked Edgar, itself into special committees, appointed " the citizens of Stendal seem to have sub-committees, and offered rewards that been more amiable than usual. At least would have drained the resources of the they showed their gratitude."

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an old councillor, who must have been how. In his right hand Roland holds a very like your burgomaster, arose and long sword, intended for the sword of called attention to the fact that, although justice, and it is recorded that in early the last bear had been dead for several days malefactors were executed near the months, no particular calamity had afflicted spot where he stands. Behind him is a the canton beyond the annoyance of its figure of Eulenspiegel, or Owlglass, eviown (he would not say foolish) fears. On dently intended as a monument of a visit this basis he moved that the offers of re- paid to the town by that world-famed ward should be cancelled, and that they jester." should continue to do without a bear, till “I know what Eulenspiegel did at Stenwarned by some palpable sign of their im- dal,” interrupted Laurence. propriety. The motion, having the un- “So do I," said Maximilian, gruffly. questionable advantage of economy in its “But I do not,” observed Edgar, with favour, was eagerly seconded, and carried a malicious smile. “ Let Laurence tell us unanimously; and from that time forward all about it.” the public purse was never drained for the “I will send you the old book recording maintenance of a bear."

all the adventures of Eulenspiegel. Read “ These committees and sub-committees, it to-morrow at leisure, and much pleasure and movers and seconders,” observed Maxi- may it give you; but let me get through milian, “lead me to suspect, my good my story now. The Roland at Stendal, Edgar, that this Swiss legend, doubtless though he does not seem to date further antique in its origin, has received some back than the beginning of the sixteenth colouring from the narrator. It lacks the century; has occasionally been known to mediæval ring, and there is an irreverent relieve the monotony of his existence by tone about it which brings me back to the turning round, or even stepping from his point at which I started."

pedestal and taking a stroll about the “What point was that ?" simultaneously streets." inquired Laurence and Edgar.

“Who is supposed to have seen him "I stated that in this same Stendal, perform these feats ?” inquired Edgar. which we have been so largely discussing, “Several people, I believe," answered I had discovered a similitude to the Anda- Maximilian, “but they generally liked to see lasian Don Juan."

him at a distance, and did not much care “So you did,” assented Laurence; “but to inspect him closely." upon my word I had forgotten all about This seems to be a case to which the it."

hackneyed line-Distance lends enchant"I also," ejaculated Edgar; “really I ment to the view,' will apply with singular beg your pardon, my dear Maximilian. Tell force,” said Laurence. us all about it now."

"One citizen, however," proceeded Maxi"Well,” said Maximilian, looking more milian, “chanced on the occasion of some cheerful than for some time previously, festival to imbibe liquor sufficient to endow "you must know that in the market-place him with an amount of courage such as of Stendal is a statue of the well-known he had never previously displayed, or proknight, Roland, the Orlando of Ariosto.” bably felt.

bably felt. This same extemporaneous Stop a bit,” interrupted Laurence. ribald took it into his head to stalk up “Don't be too sure that the statue, because to the statue and make months at it. it is called Roland, has any reference to This the magnanimous Roland endured, Ariosto. In the cities of the Altmark, a but when the citizen went further and inRoland, that is to say, the figure of a solently pitied him, because he could not stalwart knight, is generally to be found, take a glass, the insult was too great even and all the Rolands are alike in this, that, for a man of stone to endure; so solemnly with the exception of the one at Perleberg, revolving on his feet, he turned his back on which lies to the north, they wear a mou- his assailant. The movement so terrified the stache without a beard."

citizen, that he became sober at once; and “ The Roland of whom I am speaking, was never afterwards known to commit an proceeded Maximilian, in a less cheerful excess. You will be greatly surprised, howtone, “holds in his left hand a shield, ever, to hear that on the following morning adorned with the eagle of Branden- the statue stood in its proper position, burg

just as if nothing had happened." “ Or Anhalt ?” suggested Laurence. "Nay, for my part," rejoined Edgar, "as

“Whichever you please," replied Maxi- I am convinced it was not the statue, milian, fretfully “Do let me get on some- but the head of the spectator that went

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round, my surprise is but moderate, and I Park received a salary of twelve ponnds have no doubt that my views coincide with thirteen and fourpence a year," the keeper those of Laurence.

of the house, the convent-garden, and the At all events,” said Maximilian, “you woods ten pounds a year, and the lieuhave here a ribald, who wantonly insults a tenant of the chase the same sum. In stone statue, which, nevertheless, is sensi- the Board of Works account for 1582 tive enough to resent the wrong, and there is a payment for standings, made herein is the nucleus of the Andalusian both in Maribone and Hide Parks, " for story, though the drunken cit of the Alt- the queen's majestie and the noblemen of mark makes but a poor figure beside the Fraunce to see the huntinge.” From lordly libertine of Seville."

Edward Fosset (to whom the park was Agreed, agreed,” cried Edgar, while sold by James the First) it passed to ThoLaurence nodded assent; “the discovery of mas Austin, Esquire. In 1710, the manor Don Juan at Stendal is clear beyond a was purchased by John Holles, Duke of doubt."

Newcastle, whose only daughter and heir “ And let me add, by way of conclusion, married Swift's friend and patron, Edward observed Maximilian, with a condoning Harley, Earl of Oxford and Mortimer. smile, “ that thanks to kindly interruptions, The manor passed in 1734 to the second you have taken a long time to find him." Duke of Portland, who married the only

daughter and heir of the Earl of Oxford. LAUNCHED.

In Queen Elizabeth's time, in February, 'NEATH a smiling sun and a wooing gale,

1600, the Russian Ambassador and his I set my feather-boats to sail,

retinue rode through the City of London By one, by two, by three.

to Marylebone Park (where, some years One was laden with First Love's vow, One had Fortune's flag at her prow,

before, Babbington and his fellow-conspiOne, Fame had freighted for me.

rators had taken refuge), and there hunted Never a weather sign I scanned,

for their pleasure. As my gay bark left the flowery land

It was before this that handsome Sir On a merry morn of May.

Charles Blount (afterwards Earl of DevonDown swept a squall of Doubt and Chance, And wrecked on the shoal of Circumstance, shire) had fought the Earl of Essex My first fair venture lay.

in Marylebone Park, disarmed him and Gravely I looked to rigging and rope,

wounded him in the thigh. The quarrel of Ere, bathed in the lustre of golden hope,

the two gallants had arisen on account of My next to the open bore. But fierce and treacherous rose the waves,

a chess-queen of gold, which Elizabeth had More ships than mine found fathomless graves,

given Blount on account of his having disEre the noontide storm was o'er.

tinguished himself in the tilt-yard. This To the lulling whispers of Art and Song,

favour the favoured man had tied on his I framed my last boat true and strong,

arm with a crimson ribbon, and jealous And decked her with joyous dreams. And sent her forth with a rosy smile,

Essex, perceiving this, had said, “Now, I Tingeing her silken sails the while,

perceive, every fool must have a favour.” Caught from the sunset's gleams.

În Cromwell's time the park was settled But oh, she never returned again,

on Colonel Thomas Harrison's regiment O'er the wild waste water my sad eyes strain, of dragoons for their pay, Sir John Ipsley In the sickness of hope deferred. And I think sometimes, should she get come back being ranger by authority of the Protector. With the world's slow plaudits loud on her track,

In 1809, Nash, the Regent's favourite Will the grass on my grave be stirred ?

architect, prepared plans for Regent's Park

and adjoining streets. The new enclosure CHRONICLES OF LONDON

was called the Regent's Park becanse the STREETS.

worthy Regent had expressed somewhere

to somebody some anxiety to see the neighMARYLEBONE.

bourhood improved. In the year 1541, Thomas Hobson, lord When King James sold the manor of of the manor of Marylebone, exchanged it Marylebone, he reserved the park, which, in with Henry the Eighth for certain church 1646, Charles the First assigned to certain lands, and a royal manor house was built creditors as security for a debt for arms in this reign ; probably as a sort of hunt- and ammunition supplied to him during ing-box, as the adjoining park was full of the war he waged against the parliament. deer. Both Mary and Elizabeth used the Cromwell, disregarding this assignment, box as an occasional palace. In the reign of sold the park to John Spencer, gentleman the latter queen, the keeper of “Maribone of London, for thirteen thousand two huu.

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