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rature abounds. We must own they tions. Her wish was complied with, seem to us silly enough in the main, and it turned out that her illness bea and, both in their horrors and play- came more and more serious every fulness, fitter for children than for day. At last she sent and begged me grown men. He pulled out a transla- to come and see her, as she had a tion which he had that day made from thing of the highest importance to Langbein, of a story entitled ALBERT communicate. I made haste to go, LIMBACH, or The MartyR OF THE found her reduced to a skeleton, and Fair Sex, which he said was not in- already on the brink of the grave. applicable to his own and Jambres's “I cannot die,' said she, with adventure that night, as they had als streaming tears, and with a voice so most suffered martyrdom from the low and weak as scarcely to be heard, hands of the zealous adherents of her 'I cannot die without disclosing to Majesty. “ I will not read the whole you a fraud which lies like a millstone of it,” said he, “ as many of the inci- on my mind. I trust that God and dents are trashy, and some of them you will forgive me ! not over decent,-(although that Greatly affected at what I saw is but a small consideration now,)- her suffer, said to her gently, I but, giving you a sketch of the whole, forgive you, whatever it may be, and I will read such parts as are best. It God, I hope, will likewise forgive begins as follows:

you; only unload your heart and “ Every one says flattering things give it ease.' to the woinen. I alone must swim “' Hear, then, my sorrowful--my against the stream, for cruelly have heart-rending confession !-her sobs they used me. Can I owe all the suf- almost stifling her;- the boy whom ferings they have brought upon me to I have nursed and tended in your my having cost a woman her life? But house, and whom you so tenderly how could I, a little innocent, help it, love as your son, is not yours but that my good mother was forced to mine, whose death I falsely gave out.' pay for my existence with her death ? I was petrified at her words. From my very entrance into life I 'O heavens!' exclaimed I, ' What have had foul play from the daughters then is become of my son-my Alof Eve, as the following account, bert?—Abominable creature, did you which I had from my father, (who, murder him?' by the bye, was an opulent mer “No, so great a criminal I have chant,) will show: You were not not been,' was her answer;' he is fortunate enough, said he, to have a alive-he is in the Foundling Hospimother of your own to suckle you, tal.' In the Foundling Hospital ? and I was accordingly compelled to how is that possible?' asked I, quite entrust you to a nurse. She was a distracted. young, neat, good-looking, creature; «. Allow me,' said she, 'to emand, on the very day, on which you ploy any strength I have remaining came into the world, had born a son, in discovering to you all the circumwho, as I was given to understand, stances. To have it in my power to had lived but a few hours.

take the advantageous place of a nurse “ It seemed to myself, and to every in your house, 1 committed my own one else, that I was very lucky in new, born infant to the care of a fefinding such a person, who, in the male relation. When I told you my perforinance of her duty, was more child was dead, my only intention like a tender mother than a hired ser was at first to induce you to revant. But, alas ! she was, in reality, ceive me, without hesitation, into the mother of the boy, who was rear- your service. But I no sooner reed in my house like the son of a marked a striking resemblance beprince, and whom, for full three years, tween the two children, than the I regarded as my own.

wicked thought entered my mind of * Perhaps I shouid have remained putting my own in the place of yours. in that error for ever, had not the aw. My detestation of myself would be ful form of death forced from that less, if the blindness of natural affecwretch a confession which filled me tion had seduced me; but no, I was with horror. She fell ill in my house, seduced by covetousness and vanity when she desired to be conveyed away alone. I wished to put my son in and put under the care of her relao possession of your inheritance, that I VOL, VII.


myself might one day, through him, earth. Among those who visited at become a great and wealthy lady. Í my father's, there was a young of put this horrid plan in execution the ficer, who called almost daily, and first day I was allowed to take a walk was always most kindly received. One in the open air' with your infant in day, when my father was at 'Change, my arms. I hastened to my relations I saw him walk into my stepmother's --stripped my boy of the rags he had room. I thought nothing of that: on-dressed him out in all the finery and it was not till an hour after, that of Albert, and returned to your house. being' hungry, and wishing to ask I met you on the stairs, and trembled mama for something to eat, I tried to lest my crime would that instant be open her door, but found it was locked. found out. But you neither observ- Can the officer have taken his deed my anxiety, nor the exchange parture and mama begone out? thought which had been made. You kissed I, and put my eye to the key-hole." my little bastard for your own Albert, [What follows would have made who a few hours after was carried a fine incident in the mouths of Sacaway by my relation in the dusk of chi or Majocchi, and would be very the evening, and laid down at the gate edifying reading for all the young laof the Foundling Hospital. Here she dies in this enlightened country, if it stopped, and I immediately sent for came recommended under the moral some gentlemen of the law, before imprimatur of the House of Lords. whom she might repeat her confes- Suffice it, however, to say, that the sion. Fortunate it was, that death lady, as generally happens in these caleft her time to finish her tale: in a ses, came off triumphant,- her husfew moments after she died. The band was obliged to pocket the affront, woman, by whom you were exposed, —the poor boy, who, without dreamwas that moment taken up, and her ing that he was doing any mischief, confession perfectly coincided with had merely told what he had seen, led that of the deceased. It was likewise ever after the life of a dog. His stepmentioned in the books of the hospi- mother had almost got him sent back tal, that, on the evenivg of the day again to the Foundling Hospital, on mentioned by the woman, a boy had the supposition that, after all, he was been found at the gate, and received the real son of the nurse, when, hapinto the house. You were according- pily, his father himself discovered, ly restored to me without more ado. with his own eyes, the fact of the On the other hand, the bantling, who intrigue, and turned the lady out of had so long occupied your place, was doors, without even the ceremony of now turned out of doors. I had, a bill of pains and penalties. however, taken such an affection to Our hero's next mishap at the the poor boy, that I could not find it hands of the fair sex was a kind of in my heart to abandon him to want love adventure. He was placed, with and misery. I therefore bestowed a some other children, under the tuicertain sum to have him suitably tion of a pedagogue something like brought up.

Mr Vindex in the Fool of Quality. You see, my son, in what a A pretty little girl, called Nancy, one shameful manner you had almost be- of the scholars, inspired him with his come a sacrifice to female artifice in first passion. She was one day illyour earliest days. May you, in your treated by the master, and got Alfuture life, experience no further bert to avenge her cause, on the provexations from the sex !

mised reward of three kisses. Albert “ So my father concluded ; but his contrived to pull the pedagogue's wig wish has not, alas ! been fulfilled, and over his ears, and then, in running to this lie himself not a little contri- down stairs from his fury, fell and buted. After he had been a widower broke a leg and arm. On his recofor ten years, he entered into wedlock very he went to call on Nancy.). again with a young person, in whom • I found her in company with a not one single vice of a stepmother highly perfumed courtier, who had was wanting., She did not seem to just been borrowing a large sum of have any dislike to me at first ; but I money from her father, and who now, lost all favour by a certain incident, out of gratitude, vouchsafed to say which prepared for me a hell upon flattering things to the little daughter

of the house. The conceited thing rustling of the cloak, and the voice, had her canvas so swelled by this wind which I now thought not quite unof the court, that, on my entering the known, began to whisper again: ‘If Toom, she merely looked at me over you are Limuach, stand still ! I bring her shoulder. I waited with impa- you good tidings from Ossek: he did tience till the silver-tongued fop not die of his wound: you see him should rise and be gone: but he staid now standing beside you.' When where he was: I still remained, thus, of a sudden, the heavy load of though I stood upon thorns: At last murder was thrown from my conI took the liberty to call Nancy aside. science, I felt no otherwise than if, She followed me with a peevish air, by the voice of an angel, I had been and asked me pertly,' What was the raised from the dead. Quite out of matter?''Nancy,' answered I, 'dost myself for joy, I turned round, and, thou remember that thou hast to give forgetting all animosity, flew into the me -?''I remember nothing, and open arms of the Count. beg you not to use so familiar a style,' ""What fools we were,' said he, she haughtily replied: On that the 'to attack one another with fury for little creature tossed up her nose, and such a contemptible creature ! Thank was about to go. I gently detained heaven that that hypocritical Rosalia her, and said, 'You're not in good unmasked herself in time. She showhumour to-day, lovely Nancy; an ed herself to you in the naked odiousother time I shall come for the kisses ness of her soul, because she thought which cost me so dear.' • Don't take she had made a sure conquest of me, the trouble,' she disdainfully said. and knew not otherwise how to main‘So?' said I rather tartly, ' who made tain it. Since that time she has had me pull off the schoolmaster's wig?- a variety of lovers; for as soon as you who is the cause of my breaking a leg had fled, and iny death was deeined and an arm?'. That would make a certain, other gentlemen appeared and borse laugh, interrupted she, titter were received into favour. But not a ing: Was it I who desired you to word more about her! Our duel, you tumble so awkwardly?'”

see, has not been so fatal as you and I [On the death of his father, Albert thought. Your thrust was furious, went into the army, and fell in love my friend ;-within a week, however, with a lady of great seeming reserve, my life was declared out of danger; called Rosalia, by whom he thought and my wound was not so painful as himself much beloved in return. He the thought, that you, without neone day, however, found her in the cessity, had fled from your country. embraces of a young Count Ossek, As soon as iny cure was complete, I whom he challenged to the field, formed the resolution of going in where he left hini, as he thought, search of you. This, it is true, would dead, and, leaving his own country, have been a ridiculous thought, had hid himself in the capital of a neigh- I meant to wander like a knight-erbouring state. )

rant at random. But no; I had got “ Here, under a borrowed name, I hints that this was the place of your lived several months like a hermit. I exile, and hither I came.

I morebegan, however, by degrees, to visit over, before I set out, had brought it the public walks in the dusk of the so far, by my family's interest at court, evening. I had no news from my that you may go back to your corps, native town, for nobody knew to what or quit the service with honour.' place I had fled. Thus I had lived • What a monster I am !' said I, much for six or seven months, in all the an- affected, ' to think of murdering a guish of a person condemned to be good—a generous man, for the sake hanged, when, walking one evening of the basest of women! This madin an alley a mile from the town, I, ness of mine I shall never forgive, and with amazeinent, perceived that a I shall never forget your nobleness of man wrapped up in a cloak was fol- mind. I heartily thank you for your lowing me close at my heels. I quick- kind application to the Prince, but I ened my pace. He in pursuit did the chuse to give up, my commission ; I same, and at last whispered gently cannot think of going back to my nabehind me, 'Limbach! Limbach ! tive land, where the women have so

“ I shuddered and always ran on, cruelly used me.' without looking about. I heard the “ The Count gave me his company

for several days. After his departure, disagreeable to her excellence, as she I wrote for my dismission and obtain- herself is the author.' What he said ed it. I now gave up all connection was to me a thunderbolt: "Her exwith my native country. But I re- cellence is a poetess ?' faultered I. 'A solved to resume my sword, which I great poetess, answered the servant, had just laid down, and to use it in and is, besides, the President of the the service of that country of which Bas-bleu society here. A second clap I was now an inhabitant. I had the of thunder. A third followed soon : good fortune to be so well recom- The servant turned his eyes on my mended to the Minister of the War papillotes, and exclaimed, - What do department, that he promised me a I see ? You have made hair papers of captain's commission in a new raised the precious manuscript! I vow to regiment."

heaven, there is the title-page!' He His hopes were again blasted by pointed with his finger to my right an adventure which he had with an- curl. I pulled out the paper, and Other class of ladiesma coterie of blue- found, alas! that the title, in capital stockings—whom he was in the habit letters, Lixa's Poems, was but too of insulting, and who actually on one legible. The servant beat his breast, occasion assailed him with rods, which and hastened from the room, exclaimthey kept concealed under their petti- ing, “Ah! What dismal news I have coats for the purpose of this attack. to carry to her excellence ! I was so This, you will see, is a piece of most flurried, that it never came into my absurd German exaggeration. What head to stop him, and secure his sifollows is not ill fancied.]

lenee by a piece of money. I threw “ The natrons not only poured out on my clothes, however, and hastenupon me all the venom of their tongues, ed to certain friends of mine, to conbut threw after me a rattling shower sult with them what was to be done of rods, slippers, standishes, books, in this so critical emergence. and sand-boxes. To have some me “ My adventure was already every morial of this storm, I picked up from where known, for the offended ladies the ground a ball of paper so hard, had sounded the alarm over all the that it met my head like a stone, and town. All, with one accord, advised scampered away. This bomb hap- me to beg pardon of the minister's pened to be a manuscript entitled lady. To that I had no inclination,

Lina's Poems.' I read the per- and returned home to consider more formance, and found it such pitiful maturely what was to be done. But stuff, that I gave my friseur next on entering my room, I found a card morning a handful to use as papillotes from the minister, which superseded for my hair, and lighted my pipe with all further reflection. He wrote me, the rest. While I was just using without giving any reason for his some of it in this last way, a servant change of conduct, " That I should from the minister was announced. no longer reckon on a captain's comFull of joyous expectation, that he mission, and never more set my foot perhaps came to inform me my com over his threshold.'

As your ex: mission was made out, I went to the cellence thinks proper!' said I, and door, and begged him to come in. laughed so loud, that my lonely walls He had, however, no commission from echoed the sound. I was consoled in the minister, but, with compliments a moment; and as I foresaw that the from his wife, he put to me the ques- wasps, whose nest I had disturbed, tion, ' If at a certain place I had not would be continually flying about my found a poetical manuscript, and car- ears, and never let me have one moried it off?'

ment's peace, I resolved never more to “ I started : 'What in the world apply for the smallest favour to the can the minister's wife have to do with great, but live and die as a free and such nonsense as that ?' thought I to independent man.” myself, and was just about to say, yes. [Our adventurer now married a But when I thought of what I had pretty simpleton, who first of all subdone had so degraded poetical flights, mitted to have her cheek kissed in the I thought it best to say, no. “So you dark by an old professor of astronomy really have not found the poems ?' who visited in the house, and aftersaid the servant. • Then the work, wards, in the absence of her husband, alas! is lost. This will be extremely who went to travel for his health, she

played him a much worse trick. He to my wife. The last words of it had cautioned her to use the safe word pierced my heart like a dagger. For“No' to every request which might be tunately no one at table remarked my made to her in his absence, and here confusion, for all eyes were fixed on is the result :-)

the recorder of my shame, who now “ When I was about half way home continued in the following manner. on my return, I dined in a pretty large “Hitherto, gentlemen, this adventure, town, at a table d'hote. The com- as a love affair, might be half and half pany happened to be in a jovial mood, excused; but now it begins to be very and many a pleasant anecdote excited dishonourable for the soi-disant ban their mirth. One of the company at ron.

The villain was not satisfied last gave the following story: - There with seducing the wife of an honest lately took place in (he named man; he at last persuaded the stupid the town where I lived) a strange and goose of a woman to run away with funny event. An adventurer, who him.' wanders up and down the world, and Now I was perfectly thundergives himself out for a baron, lately struck, and ran out of the room, as if arrived there, and took a ride one all hell had been at my heels. • Postmorħing to view the neighbouring horses,' cried I to the people of the country. On passing a genteel enough house, with a terrible voice, and lockhouse, he saw, at the window, a beau- ed myself up in my room till they tiful woman. He wished to have a were got ready. At every post-house little chat with so charming a crea I paid the post-boys double their dues, ture. Accordingly he stopped his who gallopped full speed till I arrived horse, and asked, ' Can you tell me, at Rosa's abode. The door was shut fair lady, how far I am still from and locked. With the post-boy's asThe question was answered by No. sistance I got it thrown open. Trem• You surely

can tell me the name of bling all over, I tottered in, and found the village I see,' (pointing to it.) the house musty and void. Even the Again the answer was No. In short, old dragon was gone. All the apartshe answered a score of his questions ments were emptied-every coffer and and more with the same little word. press broken up: I now was a beggar. The stranger was struck, and thought O wretch that I am,'exclaimed I, to himself, 'The lady must either be 'it is decreed by fate, as I now cleardamb, all to that d singie word, ly perceive, that all the women I apor some mystery must be lurking in proach, whether clever or dull, are to this.' He gave his questions now a make me their sport and their dupe. different shape, and said, ' You are What now is left, but to fly to soine not, Ma'am, displeased, that I am free desert, and never again to see one of enough to speak to you?' No, said their odious faces ? she. Perhaps you will not take it [“ I am inclined,” continued Janill that I dismount a little here?' nes, to read straight forward now to No. Then, without further cere the end of my manuscript, if you mony, he alighted, and walked, boot- have no objection.”—“ I would like ed and spurred as he was, into the much to hear it,” said Jambres ; " as house.

for the Editor there, he is enjoying a “ Here the cunning blade, by fur- very comfortable nap.") ther questioning, made her understand Jannes, (reading:) While I thus his wishes. It is scarcely necessary gave vent to my grief and my rage, I to add, that the lady continued to give observed, in a corner of the room, a the same answer to every question, letter addressed to myself. In a 110and that No, in her mouth, was at ment I opened it. It was from an old last equivalent to Yes, in the mouth rich relation of mine, who resided in of any other woman.' It is equally Russia, and whom I had forgotten for unnecessary to say, that, while all the years. In the letter, I was invited rest of the company were laughing, I to come to him as soon as I could, sat upon thorns. The country-house, as he would wish to see me once more the beauty and simplicity of its inha- before his death, which, from his age bitant, her parrot-like repetition of and infirmities, could not be distant.' the same word-in short, every thing He added,' that I should not travel answered and fully convinced me, that so far for nothing; that he meant to this story could refer to no one but make me the heir of all he possessed.'

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