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so deeply interested. She undiminished, throngh the changes of soon began to do this for her own time and circumstance, but either gratification as well as his benefit, for subsides and tempers down into a in listening to the deep tones of his calm feeling of mingled esteem, gratimelodious and heart-searching voice, tude, and habit, in happy marriages ; she found a thrilling delight which yields to indifference or absolute avernothing else afforded her. Thus of- sion in others of less felicitous destiny; tentimes, when all in the castle was or, if not eventuating in marriage, still, and her helpmate Elizabeth gives place, in time, to another emoluxuriously slumbering at her post, tion—that of friendship—which, how. while the bitter night wind howled ever warm and kindly, is not less through the battlements, and the distinct from love, than it is from storm beat against the casement, the pity, admiration, joy, or any other Russian would recount to his gentle sentiment of which the human soul is nurse the adventures and hardships, capable. The assertion is not true; the sufferings and escapes, he had although it is not denied that evi. gone through, with which he mixed dences of its untruth are sufficiently up a great deal of intelligent informa. rare to give much countenance and show tion respecting Russia, and a few of right to its maintainers. One little flowers of romance, which she loved history has fallen within my still better. His name was Eugene knowledge, which exhibits a beautiful Iriarte; he was a Hungarian by birth, illustration of love-man's love--that but had been brought up in the Rus- faded not and faltered not, through a sian camp, in which he had met with life of trial such as might well have many curious adventures.
excused its change, if it had changed. currence which made him a solitary I will relate it, with as close adherence fugitive in the road to I- castle, to the strictest line of actual occurwas a skirmish, which the Russians
rence as my memory enables me to had gained, but with great loss: he give; for several years have elapsed and others pursued the enemy off the since I became acquainted with the field to a great distance, when he be- parties and the events that made up came so weak by his wounds, that he the story of their life ; and it may be could go no farther; whereupon his that circumstances of minor importcompanions, continuing the chase, ance in the tale have passed from my left him. Subsequently he encoun- recollection, although its principal tered a party of Poles, and was then features are not to be forgotten. compelled to ride for his life, which About forty years ago a marriage he would not have done successfully engagement subsisted between a genbut for extraordinarily swift tleman, for whose real name I will charger. Thus, ignorant whither he substitute that of Lewis, and a young was going, he got into the by-road, lady of C
Mr. Lewis held an where the poor animal was obliged to office under the government, which slacken its pace, and where it pre- yielded him an income of some four sently died.
“ And the same fate or five hundred pounds; his betrothed would have been his master's,” said was the daughter of a respectable Eugene, “but for the generosity of tradesman, whose business enabled those from whom he might have ex- him to support his family in comfort, pected far different treatment."
but had not given him the means to
make any other than a very slender (To be concluded in our next.) provision for his children after his
decease. His family consisted of a wife and two daughters, the elder of
whom, then about nineteen, was the AFFECTION STRONG AS betrothed of Mr. Lewis. They had DEATH.
known each other almost from in
fancy, and the attachment subsisting It has been said that the love of between them had grown up with
“is of man's life a thing apart”' themselves-gradually assuming its --that it never exists pure, fervent, form and quality, as it were,
tinuation and development of the rise from her bed by her own powers. childish preference they had mani- Moreover, the violent, even desperate, fested for each other, long before they remedies to which resort had been knew that it was a peculiar feeling. made, had dreadfully impaired her
The day for their marriage was constitution, and continual illness was appointed-was near at hand. The added to the misfortune of decrepi. banns had been published and the tude. She became subject to a species dresses made ; and another week of catalepsy, falling into frequent would have merged the name of Caro- trances, as they were called by her line R. in that of Mrs. Lewis, when friends, in which she lost all consciousthe misfortune fell upon her which ness, and, but for a faint pulsation, condemned her to a life, not of single might have passed for one in whom blessedness, but of single pain and life was extinct for ever. These helplessness and sorrow-but which trances, or cataleptic returns, were also gave room and opportunity for an observed to be almost inevitably ocexhibition of true-hearted love, gene- casioned by the least excitement or rosity, and nobleness of spirit, such as surprise ; even the sudden and loud is not often made for the exaltation closing of a door was often sufficient of man's nature.
to bring them on. Thus, at the age A few days previous to that ap- of about twenty, this young lady found pointed for the wedding, it was ar- herself cast down, in a moment, it ranged among several ladies and gen- might be said, from the enjoyment of tlemen of the place, that an afternoon health, affection, hope, and the should be devoted to the enjoyment of brightest prospects of futurity, and a pic-nic ; that is to say, a dinner, left a bed-ridden, helpless, and sufferor rather collation, in the open air, ing wreck, to whom the kindest wish at some pleasant spot remote enough that could be given was a speedy to ensure the gaining of an appetite rescue from her trials. by the walk. Mr. Lewis and Miss The conduct of Mr. Lewis through R. were of the party, and enjoyed it this prostration of his own hopes and probably, with a keener relish than those of his betrothed, was in the any of their companions. But their highest degree tender and noble. As pleasure was soon to cost them very much of his time as he could spare dear.
from his official duties was employed In the evening, after their return in attendance upon the unfortunate home, Miss R. complained of feeling being whom he had chosen for his chilly and uncomfortable-went early wife—in the performance of every to rest and in the morning was found kindness that affection could suggest by her betrothed, when he called to to alleviate her sufferings or sustain inquire of her health, suffering terribly her fortitude--and when the melan. from a most violent attack of inflam- choly truth was at length declared, matory rheumatism. This was at that her case was beyond the reach tributed to dampness in the grass of medicine, he vowed to himself that upon which she had been seated the henceforward his life should be dedi. day before, and probably with truth, cated to her service: and well did he although I do not remember hearing perform that vow. that any others of the party were So long as her father lived, Mr. affected in like manner.
Lewis could only bestow upon her the It is not necessary that I should attentions of a lover ; but in the describe the progress of her ailment; course of a few years her sister and it is enough to say, that after months herself were left parentless and poor; of dreadful suffering, and a whole for, as I have said, Mr. R. had but round of medical experiments by little beyond the profits of his business, eminent physicians, she remained a and even that little was almost conhelpless, hopeless cripple; her limbs sumed in the expenses of his daughparalysed and contracted, and her ter's protracted illness. Then it was frame so enfeebled that she was not that the generous devotion of Mr. able to sit upright, and was assured Lewis had
The dying that never again might she hope to anxieties of Mr. R. were relieved by
a voluntary and solemn pledge from sulted, that Miss R. could not sustain him who should have been his daugh. the excitement of another removal, ter's husband, that he would be to and to every offer that involved his the friendless girls a friend and a own departure from C—, however brother so long as he should live ; tempting it might be in its increase of and the pledge was redeemed. By salary, he returned a firm denialthe will of Mr. R., his whole property much to the surprise of his official was entrusted to Mr. Lewis for the superiors, as may well be imagined. use of the daughters ; and, by prudent Opportunities of a different nature management, it was hoped that an were not wanting, but they were income might be derived from it suffi. equally disregarded. Mr. Lewis was cient to keep them above actual want, a handsome man, and his devotion although it could afford none of the to the afflicted Miss R. did not fail luxuries, and scarcely even the con- to invest him to the ladies of C. with veniences of life. Mr. Lewis resolved a strong interest; they reasoned, perthat it should be augmented by the haps, that so true a lover could not addition of his entire salary, reserving but make an admirable husband, and only what should be indispensable for it was intimated to him, more than his own maintenance, in the simplest once, .by friends who pretended to style consistent with the requisitions much discernment, that an offer of his of his office.
hand would not be rejected by damImmediately upon the death of sels, who would bring to him not Mr. R., he provided a small but neat beauty and love alone, but handsome and convenient residencefor his wards, fortunes also. If such were the case in a village distant three or four miles -and it is by no means improbablefrom C- where they dwelt for ten the affection and fidelity of Mr. Lewis years in great comfort, as regarded are presented in a yet stronger light, the external appliances of enjoyment, for desirable as fortune was to him, although there was no improvement and fitted as he was to appreciate the in the health of the unfortunate lady. joys of a married life, he never swerved On the contrary, her weakness gra- for one moment from the path that dually increased, and with it her he had marked out; he had taken susceptibility to the cataleptic attacks, upon himself the office of comforter which formed so remarkable a feature to one most cruelly afflicted, and noin her affliction. It was only by the thing should turn him from its fulfil. most rigid quiet and freedom from ment. even the slightest causes of nervous Thus ten years passed away, when excitement, that their recurrence was circumstances of which I do not reprevented. During these ten years collect the nature, compelled the reMr. Lewis never suffered himself to moval of the sisters from the cottage be prevented by anything but illness in which they had resided since their from visiting them every evening, at father's death. This removal was a the close of his duties ; he appropri. fearful undertaking of difficulty and ated to their support nearly two- danger to the bedridden Miss R. Her thirds of his salary, and practised in limbs had become totally contracted, his own living the most rigid economy, and with every year she became more appropriating all that he could save and more liable to those dreadful at. from the remaining third, to the ex. tacks of syncope ; and it was apprepense of providing the only luxury it hended that even the gentlest means was in Miss R.'s power to enjoy—the of transportation would be fatal to one luxury of books. He was more than in whom life hung suspended on so once offered a promotion, as by length mere a thread, and who had not, for of service he became entitled to the ten years, experienced any other more lucrative employments of the movement than that required for the department in which he was engaged; daily arrangement of her couch. and when the promotion did not re- Nevertheless, it was necessary and quire a change of residence, it was, of must be undertaken. course, gladly accepted; but it was Here again the real and affection declared by physicians whom he con- of Mr. Lewis were called into success
ful action. He invented a machine, This was, indeed," affection strong or rather apparatus, by which it was as death." hoped she might be removed in safety; and she, confiding in his love and care, did not hesitate to encounter the pain and danger that must be undergone. REMINISCENCES OF A Nor was her trust misplaced; the jour
TURNKEY. ney of some ten or fifteen miles was happily accomplished, not indeed with- “ Men descend into the crater of out pain, but without any serious Vesuvius to search out the causes of aggravation of her habitual sufferings, its eruptions, and why should they and better still, without the dreaded attend more to physical than to moral “trance ;' and soon they were com- phenomena ? Why should not the fortably established in their new habi. circumstances which enter into a great tation.
crime be thoroughly examined ? They Here they remained, the long afflict- should be sought out in the immutable ed cripple and her sister, for nearly constitution of the human soul, and wenty years; for aught I know to in the mutable and endlessly various the contrary, they may be living still, causes which operate upon it: and although it is more probable that in then we should no more be suprised the ten years that have elapsed since to find the poisonous herb flourishing I was in that part, death has given in the same plot with the wholesome his not unwelcome summons to the plant-to find wisdom and folly, vice heroine of this simple narrative. Dur. and virtue, born in the same cradle." ing those twenty years, the conduct of Mr. Lewis was the same that it had The elegant and profound Schiller been through the preceding ten; he is one of the few men who seem to was still the friend, comforter, and be- have studied the philosophy of crime. nefactor of the sisters, and still denied Would that he had pursued his rehimself almost every gratification save searches farther and deeper than he that which came reflected back from has done. Society would have been them. When I saw him, he was an his debtor in a degree almost unexelderly man, of a pleasant though seri. ampled. That great man looked into ous aspect; universally respected for his the human heart with more than the upright deportment in all the relations vision of a poet: or rather, we should of society, but above all for his noble say, he looked with that vision which fidelity to the afflicted woman from belongs only to the great few who whom he had expected happiness, but combine equally the rare and seemingly whom it had been his life's employ- discordant powers of lofty imagination ment to shield from want, and from and of far searching and refined aggravation of her suffering and sorrow. analysis. Such are the materials of A striking exemplification of this was genuine poetry, which speaks a lan. given by the churchwardens of the guage at once universal and undying. parish in which Miss R. and her sis. How different would criminal law be ter lived. It has been already said if legislators understood the metaphythat the susceptibility of the invalid sics of crime! Instead of its equally to those cataleptic paroxysms, in- merciful and severe adhesion to the creased as she advanced in years ; it strict letter of the statute, and its was at last found that they were inadequate key-maxim that it is inbrought on even by distant noises, tended for the prevention of crime, such as thunder, and the ringing of might we not hope for a code of more bells; and it is a fact, that at the discriminating provisions, modifiable simple request of Mr. Lewis, so anxi- by the events which lie in the long ous were all to do' him kindness, the shadow of the past, and which so bell of the parish church had not been often contribute their inperceptible rung for nearly eleven years, when I influence in our aberrations from innowas in the neighbourhood and became cence; and that the adaptation of the acquainted with his history.
penal code might be so tempered with
THE CONFESSION OF ALLAN
humanity, as to operate as a real, and gulf which separates the perpetrator of not merely a nominal, preventive of the worst crimes from him who, in crime ?
fancied security, looks down with Such a view, at least, have I been abhorrence on his brother. I shall led to take of this subject; not, per- commence with the story of the haps, from any original and peculiar criminal alluded to above. He was power of investigation, so much as executed for murder. from my situation in life. For the last twenty years I have occupied the unenviable situation of a prison turn
RINGGOLD key : an office I at first took from necessity, and afterwards retained from When I look back on my early life, choice ; for what would have been to I am astonished at the common imme a position in every respect misera, pression, that childhood is a holiday ble, had I restricted myself to the mere of pleasure. To me it was far different. duties of my office, was by proper I am not aware that I had more to management made conducive to hap- make me unhappy than others : on piness, since it is always a pleasure the contrary, my situation was, perto minister to the wants of our fellow haps, as favourable for the developmen, and gratifying even if we can ment of a gentle disposition, and as extend toward them nothing but our conducive to that state of mind and sympathy. He little knows the heart heart which afford pleasurable emo. of man, who fancies that the most tions, as that of most children. My hardened wretch is callous to the voice parents were respectable people, who of nature. There are more chords in had lived in the thickly-settled town the human bosom than in the most of
for many years, where I was susceptible instrument of sound: born in the year '92. I had three and there are many in every heart, brothers older than myself, and one which, when touched with delicacy, sister who was younger. It is a little must respond in unison. I have known singular that I, who loved my brothers a prisoner, who seemed to have lost better than I loved myself, if I knew all sense of sympathy, weep at the my own heart, could never hold any song of a robin. I could have told communion with them : I mean any that man's tale of suffering, had he intimate communion, such as inspires not been melted to communication, an interchange of confidence. How It was disappointed love that turned often have I turned away and wept in him from the path of duty: and the the anguish of my heart, to find myo music of the red-breast was the link self so constantly misunderstood, when in a chain of associations, which ter- my love yearned for their sympathy. minating in happiness and in misery, This is no picture of fancy. So true broke up the flood-gates of feeling, is it, that I am persuaded that many and dissolved a heart which was not who read these lines recognize no extrawholly lost to humanity.
ordinarycase. The feeling I have spoken It was a common thing with me to of was not confined to my brothers; converse freely with the prisoners it was extended to my play-mates. under my charge : and I always took Among these there was always one notes of such conversations, the whom I loved most dearly. When I moment an opportunity offered. They remember the strength of my attachare written down as answers to inter- ment to those who may have cared rogatories, though sometimes the nar- nothing for me, I am amazed at the rative continues in a connected man- almost passionate depth of my boyish ner for a great length. May their attachment. I used to brood over publication have a good tendency, the very image of him I loved, as we May they lead those who are removed all do over the features of the most from temptation, to be grateful to the adored female who kindles the first only Power which can save them from flame of love within us.
In proporthe charmer ; and may men learn tion to this fervour of feeling was my from these pages how narrow is the jealousy of reciprocation. The merest