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implies a more criber suddenly raised his bat, and dis. becoming consciousness of human covered a head of most extraordinary judgment's fallibility, than the cautious character. It remiuded us of those five and deliberate procedure required in as- busts found among the ruins caused by a certaining mental disease, and surren- volcano, scorched and bruised, but not deriag a sopposed lunatic to the custody deprived of their poble symmetry and of bis kindred. A remarkable instance expression. His skin was darkened as of this kind fell under iny own observa. if burning lava had passed over it, extivo. was on my way to visit an cepl on the upper part of his head, uncle resident on the remotest coast of which appeared to bave been lately Corowall, and believed myself very near shaven, and was now bordered by a my journey's eud, when the staye-coach fringe of the same crisp black hair driver admitted a stranger iv till a scat which formed the tbick curl of his eyewhich had been vacated. The other brows, and inet near his cbin. Blacktbree passengers were busily engaged stone and Beccaria were wholly forin a discussion ou lawful aod unlawful gotten while we looked on this for. duels, and referring occasionally to a

midable countenance, and observed that pamphlet printed in 1632, on occasion ils possessor had also a strong staff, oot of the Battle awarded in the preceding unlike the baton of the chanıpions he year in the Court of Chivalry on ao Apo had been describing. Not anotber word peal of Treason by Lord Rea agaiost was hazarded ; and when tbe mail-coach Mr. Ramsay. Then followed an at- stopped, I mounted the horse provided tetapt to trace the Writ of Appeal and for me with great readiness, to escape Wager of Battel from the practice of from the sight of our unknown compuTurkey, and its prevalence in England vion. I shall be pardoned, I believe, if till the third year of Henry VII. But I coufess, that during my ride through our new companion, wbose dress was the solitary lane which led to any uo. very little superior to a disbanded sea- cle's old manor-house, I cast several man, suddenly joined the conversa- suspicious glances at the shadows which tion: “ Genlleinen," he began, in a a few shaggy elms threw over my path. stern voice, " modern pbilosophers oe. The first kind salutations of a hospitable ver read, therefore they are always relative were hardly finished, when his making discoveries - Did Black stone porter came to announce a stranger, see any barbarily in this mode of sa- who desired jostant admission on the tisfying justice, or did the Archbishop must urgent business. It was late, the of Toledo disdaia to witness such a manor-boase was lovely, and situated combat in the most religious court of near a coast outed for desperate pirates Europe ?"- This extraordioary combi. and contraband adventurers. But my pation of authorities made one of the good old uncle, who beld that office party sinile, though his professional pe- * the like of which," as has been mere iulance was slirred by the implied come rily said, “is known to no other land," parison between our English oracle and was too proud of his authority, and too an old Spauish bigot. To waive any far. conscious that be held it with pure ther disputes on the wisdom or antiquity haods, to entertain aay fears.-Yet he of trial by single corobat, he began lo allowed me to accompany bím to what describe the dresses worn on such occa- be called his justice room, where, with siops in our third Heary's days. “Sir," much surprise and some apprehension, joterposed our legislator in a blue jac. I saw the dark mau. He looked at me ket, **the pike, dagger, long sword, and first as if recoguizing my features, und shori.-* osd, which you speak of, were endeavouring lo examine their import ; appoi: led only for Rea avd Ramsay. theu addressing nag uucle with more In Heory'stimné, such combatants fought courtesy than his rudę apparel prowith weapons of small length, with mixed. he requested a private audieoce, heads, bands, and feet bare; or with A glance of intelligence which we had ebon staves or batoons, having hard time to exchauge, induced my old king. sand-bags fastened at the ends. And man to support me wbeo i professed cach might have a four cornered shield myself his indispensable clerk. After without any iron, aud a frock of red najsteriously closing ibie door, and adEurop. Mag. Vol. LXXII. June 1875.

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vancing so near us as to make me regret gold," he answered ; "ando


valet that my travelling pistols were out of my tells me they were restored."- We reach, he announced, in a low and sin- looked at each other with sufficieat gularly solemn tone, that he came to agreement in our thoughts that the lay a capital charge against two sea- charge was wholly due to a disordered men of bis Majesty's sbip the

imagination ; and hoping to detect itu L" Of felony or murder?” said my incohereuce still more broadly, we reuncle, and I prepared pen and paper lo quired him to repeat it, while I made fulill my assumed office of his clerk.- minutes. But be made no variation “Of completing one, and conspiring to in uames or dates ; - his descriptions of commit ihe other," replied the in- the secret cove, of the boatswain's former in the same low tone, with a figure, and his companion's dress were mixed expression of fear and horror siogularly, precise and forcible. in his countenance. The Justice re- uncle called for supper, and sealing quired him to relate particulars, and bim by his fice-side, with the frauk they seemed distinctly told. He stated, kindness of an old English squire, that the boatswain and another person endeavoured to fix bis attention on belonging to an English ship of war, other subjects: We talked of political bad conveyed him in their boat, after occutrences, of the general state of dining with their captain and bis offi- Haly, and the victory then recept at cers, to an obscure cove on the coast Maida. A slight shivering of his lips near Naples, where be had been im. and eyelids indicated that ihis last subprisoned several days, and at last re. ject touched some lender nerve, and ho leased, or, to speak more properly, suddenly asked me if I had seen Calaabandoned without money, and almost bria. My nephew is an idle Tem. without clothes, on a desolate spot, plar," said the Justice, answering for from whence he was conveyed in a me,

" and has more ambition to be delirious fever by his valet. This last lined with good capon than at a cauparticular deserved enquiry. How did non's mouth."-Our guest's imagina, his valet discover bis master's silua- tion probably caught some unintended tion, and what induced him to visit reference in this allusion to Sbakspeare a part of the Neapolitan coast so deso. and he replied, with a fierce gesture; late and undistinguished, in quest of " He is right, and I have Duw 00 him? Our informer answered, that the honour to be jealous of. Gentlemen, inan bimself might be questioned on I understand the purpose of all this: that subject. To my remark, that only You persuade yourselves that an out: the fact of robbery could be substan- rage which did not end in the actual fiated, as murder did not appear to loss of my life and property, is dot have been designed, he replied, " Both worth a public and difficult investiga: were committed, but not within the tion : you wish to soothe me into for letter of our laws." Beiog urged to getfulness and forgiveuess, and I tback explain this ámbiguous sentence, be you for the attempt. You know'dot remained several minutes in a silence what a blessing it would be to forget, which implied such deep and melan. agd I have sought for it in many ways, choly récollection, that neither our cu. but these men haunt me still, and I must tiosity nor our suspicions emboldened

accuse thein. Remember, gentlemen. I us to interrupt it. My, honest uncle did not say how much of my life and prospoke first. - Child," he said, laying perty they spared, nor how little."-We his hand on the young man's shoulder, could make no answer to a speech which, withi a kindness which almost always with all its obscure incoherence, was created the confidence it expressed. solemo. Almost convinced that his “ there is something in this business visitor was insane, my uncle soothed more than

you have communicated, bim with an assuraoce that he would or less than you imagine. If these expedite the progress of justme, and men proposed an outrage against your had begun to offer bim a chamber urr life, why did they leave the opportu. der his roof till morbing, when another nity and the work pnfinished; and if stranger with three attendants claimed they never attempted it, why is a mur. admission, They were brought icle derous desiga imputed to them ?"- the room where we still sat with the Still be made no reply, and my, uoclc accuser, who starled from his place int cuquired the extent of tho robbery he their entrance, and held up the for tad suffered.--" Only a few.pieccs, of midable butoa- I have mentioned Out

before. Sir Frederick Cornwall, as I the selfish "plaus of individuals are rena chuse to call our new visitor, presepted dered parts of one wide and perfect bigself with very engaging politeness, system of equal justice. A few years and entreated pardon for his relative's passed after this incident, and all rejotrusioo. I accompanied, bim into membrance of it had begun to disanother apartment, and heard his ex. appear, when my professional duties pressions of regret at the notional in- brought me, on the western circuit, sanity which seemed to have takeofen- to a town where I received an anony. tire hold of bis nephew's mind. To my tuous; letter enclosing a large Bauk. question whether Colonel C. had ever pute to retain me as couosel io the been in Naples, he replied that he had cause of a very young Preoch boy. only returned from thence a few days ; charged with private robbery. The vole

bul,” be added, " his valet assures me I deposited in my uncle's haods, to reno part of this strange romance, which main untouched as a clue to future he persists in repeating, ever had exist. discovery ; but the account circulated. coce, if we except the delirious fever he in the town concerning this young bimself confesses "-A request that the offender was sufficient to interest me. vohapps young man might be delivered He was accused of stealing the purse juto bis custody followed this speech, and pocket-book of an uoforluuate which did not appear to me quite satis: geotleman who ocenpied a small man. factory. He perceived it, and pro. sion not far from the castle approduced several letters dated from Naples, priated to Freneb prisovers of war. and distipelly giving the Neapolitan phy. Louis, as this buy called himself, had sician's opinion of his distemper. One, been found bruised and senseless uoder writteu by the captain of the vessel the mausion-wall; from which he apis wbich Colonel.c. had sailed home, «peared to have fallen in an attempt detailed many touching instances of to escape from the garden, wbere the incurable dejection, and hinted at an owner had seen bim lurking, probably allempted suicide. This letter enclosed after robbing the lunatic who resided avoiher from the uufortuoate young there of the money found upon bim. offieer himself, relating the traosaction Amongst this money was a gold seal and in the bay of Naples exactly as be had dianiond ring, both beariog the initials described it to us, but with many ex- of Colonel Cornwall, and recognized by pressions of the keenest and most des many persons 'as his property, though perale reseatment. Though these ex. bis reputed insanity rendered his evi. pressions were miogled with others wbich dence inadınissible: I questioned the seemed to imply grateful confidence in boy with all the severiiy and adroit. his uncle's affection, I thought myself atness in my power, but could extort liberty to doubt it, and ventured to en- ņo confession from him regarding his quire wby the valet bad not accom- business at that maosion, or the neaps pranied his unfortunate master to Eng- by which the money fell into bis brands. jand. Sir Frederick shewed me an Ila- He did not deny that he had seeu Culo. Jiad leller, containing so natural and so nel Cornwall; he admitted the seal and clear a statement of the man's reasons ring might have been once his property, for remaining in his native country, that but would give bo account of the gold. no objection could be made. But iny My earnesi application jurucured a ma- good uucle, who well deserved the name gistrate's order for my admission into of Justice, positively detained the Colo- Colonel C.'s presi'nce alone. The keeper wel as bis guest till the strictest enqui. warned me of bis concealed fierceness ries had been pursued. Nothing result and malignity, and let us together with ed that could ibrow doubt ou Sir Frede. evideot reluctance. He knew me inrick, or justify us in withholding the stantly, and burst into tears. I love Colonel's person, which he surrendered buman tiature, and honour it too much himself with an air of tranquillity al- to dwell on the frightful picture he gave most announting to happiness.

sie of his sufferings. The clearness, the I remember in my boyhood a certain moderation, and the melbod of his depiece of mathematical magic in an old - tail, convinced me they were undeEocyclopædia, representing almost in- served ; and my representations gained nunierable circles most intricately in auch atteption from a discerning materwoven, but all combining in one.gistrate, supported by the votes of I have since found it a very accurate ibree physicians, that he obtained ad. representation of the manner in which mission into court as a capable witness. Ais narrative was simple and con- not confess the truth. Complete your vincing. Louis, he said, had conveyed task by staying with me till my death, three letters to him from an uoknown and you will learn all."_" You have person, offering him money and jewels deceived me, tben, in the affair of to bribe the keeper employed by his io. Naples too, perhaps?"_" On tbe faith terested relative. This mysterious frieod of a dying inan, you have heard tbe also promised to produce such evidence truth, and nothing but the truth, og as would effectually silence those who that subject. I told you when we first impeached his jotellects. But be so. met, that I had enemies who had taken Jemnly protested that he could not cón. away my honour, and now they have jecture from whence these offers cane, reached my life." nor by what means Louis had obtained This terrible hint confirmed suspithe seal and ring, which he did not re cions in my mind that had been iameinber ever to bave seen before. I distinctly forming since the first pe. confess my surprise at this last asser- riod of our acquaintance. Corowall's tion, but it was useful to the prisoner. uncle had children wbo might be largely As the charge of felowy was completely benefited by his death : The suspected falsified, the court did not deemn it a valet was probably their agent, and the duty to enquire farther; the young strange outrage compmitted a! Naples Frenchman was released ; and after a migbt have been a stratagem to disa tedious struggle with the forms of order bis imagination, or an attempt another court, our more unfortunate to remove him baffled by some secret friend Cornwall was freed froin his


Mine was not the only judg. uncle's custody. I accompanied hiin ment biassed against Sir Frederick to a retired villa in my own good up- Corowall, and the emaciated state of cle's neighbourhood, wbich be chose his nephew, every where ascribed to for the wildoess of ils scenery and the the orpelties inflicted on bim, caused pastoral simplicity of its inhabitants. such. general indignation and abhoró We arrived at the pleasantest hour of rence, that the darkest suspicions were tbat sweet spriog-season which belongs willingly received. Lettors were prin only to England ; and I congratulated vately sent to powerful persons at hini, as I thought, most opportunely Naples, urging them to trace the Italian on his restoration to the rights and valet ; and while we awaited the result, comforts of an Englishınan. -" It is my uncle and myself neglected no means your work," be replied, with a me- tr. allure the melancholy man from bir lancholy sinile," and I will not be solitude. He was our guest whole days so ungrateful as to tell you it is use- and weeks, and his house on these occa: less.' " I would rather be told that it sions was left to the care of ibree trusty: is imperfect, provided you will teach seryants, who had known and loved bin me bow to aineod it. But I do not from his youth. They were alarmed perceive any thing wanting to your oué eseniug, in their master's absence, tranquillity, waless you wish to kuow by the stoppage of a hired postebaisc more of Louis ur bis employer ; and at their gates, from whence, without it is impossible to deny, Cornwall, that ceremony or enquiry, a veiled womon your unwillingness to pursue enquiry came into the hall, and scated herself. in that quarter calls some suspicion The servants tooked at each other in upon yourself." He made no answer stupid confusion, for they all recogto this speech, except one of those oxed nized their master's divorced wife, and haggard looks which accompanied " Be under no embarrassment," said his former state of dejection, 'Lill I she, with a cooloess wbich completed couched my question in direct terms their astonishinent: "Colonel Corowal! - On your honour as a gentleman, is absent, and I neither desire nor expect and under the sacred sccresy which to see him. Bring me ink and paper, I owe you as your counsellor, tell me and carry the letter I shall write." if you koow more of Louis:"-" My They all obeyed without uoderstanddear friend," he answered, " and those ing ber outhority, aod the whole bousewords imply.everything most sacred be- hold gathered round, each indulging his tween man and nat, I do know Louis, curiosity by holding some article of the apd therefore I disclaimed all know. writing apparatus. With ber veil wil - ledge of the seal and ring; the gold over her face, and an uomoved atti. would bave burned both my heart and tude, she wrote:and scaled her billet, brain if I had accepted it, but I could which the stoward, a wau of great fido


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lity and shrewdness; brought instantly he added, “She has told you all, I see ; to me. His account of this singular. but the disclosure might have been visit gave me great hopes of some de spared till after my decease. You have cisive crisis ; and not without many beard that villains who personated Eng' aosious expectations, I gave the paper lish seamen betrayed me into the basids into her husband's hands. He read of Neapolitan trailors. -1, who had voit twice, his countenance changed ex. lunteered my services on an important tremely, but merely writing two lives undertaking, and was entrusted with sewild bis pencil op the back of bis wife's cret documents-1, while the army was note, be desired me to deliver it my sailing to its destination; was impriseif. On sucb a mission there could soned in the den of that false woman's be no hesitation. I found ber still sit- paramour, and then released alive with ting in the hall with her veil drawn. a mockery of mercy.”—“ But perbaps over ber, and the servants stationed even that small mercy was shewn at her io a cluster at some distance to watch intercession."-" Yes!” he rejoided, her motions. She read her husband's witb å smile full of bitterness, and answer, and after a short pause rose; she probably believed I'would owc my and threw back her veil. " I have liberty a second time to her inter: recollected myself, sir !” she said, ad- ference, and thank her for it. --Tell vancing towards me : “ these people her I do give her thanks, not for my know me, and I bave no right to screen life, but for making me seem a mado tuyself from their contempt : it is part man rather than a coward or a traitor; of the punishment I am come to meet, and for bastening my death now by and ibis veil is an indulgence I do vot her intrusion." --* Look at this picdeserve. Colonel Curuwall commands tyre, bowever, and if it resembles the me to quit his house, but something is person whose agents imprisoned you, due to justice and public opinion. His, tell me by what name he is now called.” uncle accuses him of inventing the con- -He looked at it an instant, and spiracy at Naples-You suspect his on- thrusting it into the fire, replied cle of abetting it for his own purposes. “ An Emperor's brother-in-law-thé I was the only witness of that trans- King of Naples !" action, and will give my evidence when These were his last articulate words. and were you please ; but I adjure Except a look of sorrow and a long all these persons to attest that their pressure of my band when I asked for master has spoken the truth, and that giveness for his wife, he gave vo sign of his uncle is innocent."- was con- recollection before he died that might. founded by this public declaration on Tbe unbappy woman fell into the exa subject so vofit for the ears of vulgar tremest agonies of despair, and resigned and prejudiced hearers. I begged a herself to the most desolate solitude. private audience, and endeavoured to Yet the energy of her conduct in her persuade -ber that ber lale husband's Jast confessivo, her courageous efforts bealth was in no state to bear agi- to release her busband from the tor: tating appeals and discoveries; but she tures of a mad house in the garb of persisted in offering a termination of a French boy, and her deep repentance all secrets as the readiest and most cer. of the frailty which led her step by step taia medicine for his melancholy. She into the society of military renegades, urged me to conduct her into his pre proved a mind worthy a better" fate'. sence, or to be the medium of her com- I did not discover till long after, that munication. I accepted the last aller- during three years sho bad submilled native, and she put a large drawing into to perform the meanest duties of a memy band.-" I took an oath,” said she, vial in the house where ber husband half-smiling; " never to name the prin. suffered confinement as a lunatic, hope cipal actor in tbis affair, but I did not ing to find some means of expressing promise to conceal his picture."-- her remorse, or of allevialing his mi. The servaots of Colonel' Cornwalls sery: but she found neither; and when cstablishment received my orders to her detection and disruission by the observe her parrowly till my return, keeper suggested the romantic expeand I set out, charged with a beavy dient of boy's attire, his inflexible pride md difficult task, to see him again. refused all aid from a band that had Bis first words were to probibit the disgraced him. He died the victim of intrusion of the woman once called foelinga too finely wrought: and if the his wife. Ther eying me stedfastly, misery of an unfaithful wife needs ag

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