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reached them when the clattering of horses' hoofs that a kind of “l'envoy” should ever be added, was heard between the intervals of the roar of and to such demands the poor author must the thunder, and in a few seconds more the perforce obey. But yet we hold, that if a DUTY, lightning flashed on the helmets of a body of it is in truth a pleasant one. We hold that it is sbirri
, who were seen advancing at headlong rather an honourable debt due to the reader speed.
who has accompanied us on our long or short " In the name of the Republic I summon ye voyage of romance; and the longer the journey to surrender," cried a voice, as the horsemen they have trodden with us, the greater is the halted within a few pace's distance in front of debt of gratitude due from us. the pirates. The flash that streaked the heavens In order, therefore, to free ourselves from all rerealed the features of Durazzo.
vengeance dire” and all the rigours of the va"Never!" replied
the pirate chief, nearly rious Acts of Parliament for punishing debtors, choked with fury and despair.
in perspectu, we will proceed to “ sum up,” and “ Save me, oh save me, in the name of relieve the good, kind reader of any suspense Heaven !" shrieked Eleanora, now waking up to (if she, he, or they feel any). But we are a short consciousness, renewing at the same constrained to fit on our brows the horrible entime her vain struggle to escape from the ner- circle of the ominous “ black cap,” for death rous bonds that held her.
has found nearly all the personages in our little The crew gathered ominously around their eventful romance “guilty,” and hath shewed chief, looking deadly enmity at their opponents, no mercy. and resolved to die in his defence rather than The remnant of the desperate crew who sursurrender;
and their sabres flashed in the forked vived the death of their commander, seeing that lightnings that played around them.
it was worse than useless to resist, dashed into Spurring forward his fiery barb, and followed the surf and gained their barge. Durazzo was by his horsemen, Durazzo charged into the too horrorstricken at beholding the untimely fate midst of the reckless crew. Pierced with bule of Eleanora to give orders to pursue them, and lets
, his noble animal fell dead from under him; so they escaped. Liguria never more beheld this and such was the murderous execution of the ferocious band; their devastations and cruelties pirates, that nearly all the assailants were dis- were never afterwards heard of in the Meditermounted by the first discharge of their pistole ; ranean. In the voice of the tempest alone might nor was it returned, for Durazzo had given es- their destiny be recorded; their fate was buried pecial commands to use the sword only, for fear in the mighty ocean. of injuring Eleanora. Extricating himself quickly from his slain steed, Durazzo rushed to the mélée. The com
The evening of the day which followed this batants now fought hand to hand in desperate melancholy catastrophe was calm and lovely as strife
. Covered with wounds, the pirate chief the sleep of innocence. Its decaying beams bestill forcibly clasped the almost senseless form held the gorgeous funeral of Eleanora Spinola of Eleanora, and she felt his warm blood slowly proceeding to the church of Santa Annunziata, trickling down her bosom. Many a foe had he and the ritualless burial of the pirate chief and stretched lifeless on the beach ere arm of those of his crew who had fallen, without coffin Durazzo encountered him,
or ceremonial, on the beach where they had “Let the Marchesa free, and thou shalt es- perished. For a week following, masses were cape," sued the latter.
celebrated in the church for the soul of Eleanora, Only in death,” shouted the chief, aiming while in a splendid sarcophagus lay the remains a stroke at his adversary. Falling on Durazzo's of her who had thus met the punishment of her corslet, the sabre snapped off at the hilt; drop- perfidy, from the hands of him who had sworn ping it immediately, a poignard had replaced the to love and protect her ; of him to whom she broken weapon, and ere Durazzo could wrest herself had vowed to remain faithful till death. his hand, he had buried its deadly point in the Round the pallid brow of the still lovely Eleaheart of Eleanora! At the selfsame moment a stroke from the sabre of one of Durazzo's fol- chaplet wove of the purest white roses, which
nora, some ministering hand had entwined a lowers brought the pirate down, and the forms only are found in parts of Italy: Oh! beautiful of both Eleanora and her victim fell lifeless on features ! the marbleness of thy look even in the
gory pebbles together, the arm of Adro death is angelic. Who would think, from the clinging round the former with tenacity not even heavenly smile that still remains on thine inaniconquered by death.
mate face, that thou wert otherwise than sleepAmid the tempest's roar, and while the raging ing, and thy thoughts wandering amid happy surf bathed their bodies with its foaming brine, dreams? Who would think that thou didst die a voice, rising above the wild crash of the ele, in aught but peace and innocence ? ment, seemed as though hoarsely moaning"Retribution !”
Two months beheld Doria cured of his danOur romance shouldhave ended, could we have gerous wound, and restored to his former health. willed it, with the word “retribution;" but it By slow degrees the fatal events were broken seems to be the general demand of “gentle readers” | to him!
Of the Eternal where and when!
BY CALDER CAMPBELL.
The characters of men are not always revealed i moments, of majestic beauty. Kneeling by his unless by some strong and unexpected circum- , side was the form of one whose silver hair stance, which creates a crisis as it were, an epoch mingled with the coverlet, into which she had in their existence. So was it with Doria. *Of a pressed her face franticly to hide the struggles noble and open mind, a free and perhaps care. she endured. A moment more! and she raises less disposition, and yet the inheritor of feelings it, and with one despairing look towards the warm and passionate as the sun of his own sky, prostrate form, she falls with a wild cry. In that by the force of circumstance bis life had been cry the spirit had passed away for ever. The one dream of sunshine till he beheld Eleanora. form on the couch was that of Doria! he was Possessing everything that earth could yield, dead. His weary spirit had fled from this heavy the passions of his nature had not been as yet region of vanity and sorrow to the blessed realms aroused. His tastes inclining to the cultivation above, “where the wicked cease from troubling, of the fine arts, music and painting had been his and the weary are at rest.” He had at last chief delights; and these had led him to seek obtained peace in the that companionship within himself that in any very great reverse of fortune ever yields a sooth
“ Palace roof of cloudless nights!
Paradise of golden lights ! ing comfort to the heart. Possessing, therefore, a cultivated mind, his days passed in quiet and
Deep, immeasurable, vast
Which art now-and which wert then ! tranquillity till he beheld (and fatally, most fa
Of the Present and the Pasttally for him) Eleanora Spinola. Then it was that the first great change came
Presence chamber, temple, home, over him; then it was that his mother feared
Ever canopying dome much, from the natural impetuosity of his charac- Of acts and ages yet to come.” ter. But she did not consider the new-born love that awoke these symptoms would in time allay their force. Music and painting had now lost their charms for him; they were both neg- FREEDOM FROM LOVE IS DEATH. lected. He would roam about the neighbourhood of the Villa Spinola for the most remote chance of beholding its mistress even for a
She then was married, but not one " Love hath no freedom. Who is free?" guilty thought had entered his breast. His love No answer made she, but her gaze
In sorrow half, half in amaze, was so pure, so holy, that it might be said to be almost an ideal passion. But Eleanora became Linger'd upon me. “Dear one, even with thee," a widow, and then the thought came that she
I said, " I feel myself a slave-so low
Love burthens me with chains, that daily heavier might yet be his; and with that blessed thought
grow.” came visions of happiness and peace. We have seen the wreck of those visions; and now it " Then better were it we were parted !" was that the fine character of Doria stood out
She rather wept than saida silent shower boldly in relief.
Of tears drenching her eyes.
" The hour On hearing of her death, and after the shock That finds thee at my feet, no more glad-bearted, it created he seemed almost to bear it with Seeth my sun of joy at its decline. calmness and resignation, and endeavoured to Be free! Leave me to weep, alone, by mine own seek consolation in the soothing and beauti
Rhine!" fying influences of religion. But did he suffer the less ? No! his calmness was the passiveness “ Alas!" quoth I, “ the Rhine itself, transfusing of despair! to him and to his God only was
Its waters blue into the sea, my soul known the bitter and ceaseless strife within him. Resembleth ; for my thoughts, hopes, roll The love of Eleanora (for none knew the real Only to thee, present, or absent, musing!
Freedom from love and thee were death! Let facts of the pirate's history) was to him a sweet
glide vision, pouring balm into his heart; it was the
Thy Rhine as 'twill; but with thee let me watch loadstar of his life, and he would would sit and
its tide !" muse on her for hours together with mingled sweet and bitter thoughts, from which he was with difficulty aroused. For him the love of woman in future was an idle dream ; for him the
A REMEMBRANCE. world and its pleasures were a blank. Meanwhile his eye grew dim, his cheek pale and attenuate, and he seemed the wreck-and a noble one he was—of his former self, and rapidly I do remember well that once I knew, hastening “to that bourne from whence none whose soft clear eyes were so intensely blue,
Long years ago, a bright and fairy thing, return."
With lashes delicate o'ershadowing Precisely one year from the time we have just related, and in a noble and lofty room in the Was this sweet being's innocence, which shed
Their liquid beauty ; like to early spring Palazzo Doria might be seen a crowd of weeping A halo round us all ; and the fair wing domestics round the costly hangings of a couch, Of hope was in her gay and airy tread: on which lay extended a form, even in its departing Dear image, once so loved; bright mem'ry of the dead!
BY THE HON. JULIA MAYNARD.
Money-gatherers are not all on a par with excited, we desire to awaken ridicule and con one another in evil; like other members of a tempt. c'ass in society, they have their degrees of Contempt indeed he truly merits. What can quality according to the motives which induce be more contemptible than the mind which call the gold-loving propensity; among them we entertain no nobler ideas than such as are confind bad, worse, and worst sets of people ; alas! nected with the all-absorbing subject, gold? that we cannot say, good, better, best; since How meanly must that brain be furnished, bad is the best at last. For instance, there are which, beyond this, affords the tongue no other your downright misers, the curmudgeons, who topic of conversation ? Did the money-talker's hoard wealth simply for its own sake, and not mammon-worship simply consist in talk, our for the fancied importance it may give them in contempt would then sink into ridicule; but, the world, who indeed would rather conceal like the lover, who is perpetually conversing of than make a show of their riches: these we his mistress; or the gormandizer, of feasting ; reckon among the worst, for the end which or the traveller, of his adventures; he is talking they propose to themselves is the worst, and the of that wherein his whole affections are placed, means which they employ to fulfil it are the and aiins at the same time to exalt self in the worst. Then there are the many who take de opinion of his listener; self, without a doubt, is light in gold for the dignity and respect the a primary object of his love. If his heart were infatnated creatures imagine it obtains for them, dissected, after the fashion in which the Specwho make a hoast of their possessions, but still tator operates on the coquette’s,* self-love and affect a shabhy appearance in the world. Such, money-adoration would perhaps be found the as being something superior to the first-men-only occupants; there is no room in its cavities tioned, may be designated the worse." Next for any such childish feelings as good-will for come that numerous race who make riches their fellow-man, or love of mental acquirements; for idol by reason of the figure it enables them to he neither has delight in dispensing benefits, nor cut in public; these, while they persevere most storing up useful knowledge by reading of untiringly in the procurement, spend lavishly otherwise: he is rich, and can talk of his riches, with one hand what they gain with the other; and this is the ultimatum of his ambition ; what we therefore style them the bad, for they are learning could effect more? This calls to mind many degrees less blameable than the persons the anecdote in the Vicar of Wakefield, of who scrape together, and lock up afterwards, George Primrose, who, when he offers himself as being only guilty of the first offence. Of the few a master of the Greek language to the principal who make gold
of the university of Louvain, is thus answered :
-“You see me, young man, I never learned “ A fountain, whence proceeds,
Greek, and I don't find that I have ever missed A stream of liberal and heroic deeds,"
it: I have had a doctor's and
Greek; I have ten thousand florins a year withwe have at present nothing to do; they are
out Greek; I eat heartily without Greek; and users and not abusers of it, and can have no in short, as I don't know Greek, I do not fellowship either in name or character with any believe there is any good in it.” So with the of the above. It is an individual who ranks
money-talker ; he is rich without knowledge, among the second species whom we seek to and therefore cares nought to enlighten his introduce the reader, viz., “ The Money-talker."
ignorance. But do not fancy for a moment that under this
All other topics of conversation, save that of title we would depict one of those who talk of
money-matters, are to him distasteful; and well money affairs simply in the way of business ; they may be, since his empty head-piece will far from it; many who then appear wrapped up not allow him to join in them. The illiteracy in £ s. d., shew,'in hours of retirement, minds which some of the class exhibit beneath their cultivated and philanthropic. The man who gilt exterior is truly pitiable. We ourselves can prate of nothing beyond his own wealth, have read epistolary productions, emanating who is continually vaunting his earthly possessions, this is he to whom we would now direct attention; and for whom, if not already
* Spectator, No. 281, by Addison,
from more than one money-talker, that would, The above we give as specimens of his style with regard to their orthography and syntax, and manner of conversation, leaving the reader positively disgrace a school-boy of the lowest to judge of its intellectuality. form. Yet these are the men who often succeed
The money-talker is seldom found a dealer in in obtaining respect and honour through their falsehoods, though he may improve on the truth earthly career.
now and then; this, perhaps, arises less from a Oh, what a world of vile ill-favoured faults
love of truth than from the knowledge that even Looks handsome in three hundred pounds a-year,” credulity has bounds. He no doubt fears, by
employing the marvellous, he may altogether says Shakspere; and the saying continues but fail in producing the impression he desires ; lest too true now-a-days, and will do so, as long as men suspect his tale untrue, he takes care to money is allowed to usurp the place of merit. “keep probability in view.” The poorer his
The money-talker never loses an opportunity listener the happier is he; because, in his view, of introducing his subject; most absurd is the the dignity of self is raised in comparison with way in which he effects his object. “Have you his superiority over the other in wealth
. To seen the L- paper of to-day?” says he to a enhance self is, as above remarked, his chief chance companion.
object. But whose respect, we ask, is it, he "No," perhaps, is the reply. “Pray, does thus gains ? Not the respect of those from it contain anything particular?”
whom it is really worth having-the virtuous, “ Oh, no! but they say Fairgrove Estate is the honourable, the disinterested : it is from the for sale. Pretty estate that, very pretty estate," vulgar, undiscerning multitude, he alone receives continues the money-talker. I really have ait, whence it comes with the smallest value. great idea of purchasing it, and either selling a “Why honour the man whose chief merit’s bis few loose thousands out of the funds, or my purse ?" very properly observes an anonymous distant property in B-shire, for the purpose.” writer in the Belle Assemblée for December last.
Thus he has, in one short sentence, the grati- | Why indeed! Even if that purse has been fication of communicating to his hearer, first
, filled by his own industry and toil, they have the fact of his having the power of purchasing been misapplied, should its golden contents be such an estate; secondly, that he has large in- afterwards misapplied also; since the paltry vestments in the funds; and also that he is motives which induced them become apparent, possessed of lands elsewhere. All this, per- and thus they lose all right to our praise. chance, without ever entertaining the least in- The respect which the money-talker obtains tention of carrying out his proposition. is, at best, of a poor description; it is attendant
“Of course you've heard of the fire at the on the gold, and not on the man ; a kind of office of Messrs. F-, the solicitor's,” ob- transferable article, ready to be bestowed on any serves one of them to a friend.
one who has money to recommend him. Let “Ah! indeed; and a sad affair it appears him be suddenly stripped of his worldly subto have been,” replies the person addressed. stance, and what then has become of this “Many papers of the greatest importance, I respect ? Gone, all gone, like the riches that hear, have been destroyed.”
gave it birth. Should the money-talker be rash Yes, very likely," says the money-talker, enough to introduce the old subject, he is either with an air that shews how little he cares for hemmed and hawed down, or styled a senseless the sufferers. “A lucky thing for me, truly, it driveller for his pains : he is no longer pointed did not occur at B-_'s. Some deeds there, out and stared at as the rich Mr. So-and-so, relating to a small purchase I have just made, but must be content to sink into that obscurity it would have been rather annoying to have lost. which was, from the first, his proper “abidingBy-the-bye,” he continues, "where can I buy place.” How different is the case of the vira good fire-proof chest ?" &c., &c.
tuous unfortunate who has once earned the Here, good reader, you perceive his drift in applause of good men! his misfortunes
, if he mooting the subject of the fire, just to inform bears them manfully, tend but to excite addi
. the other that he has enough of deeds to stow tional respect. It is then that he feels in what away in a chest; and that he has, moreover, the true treasures of the heart consist. Would lately vested some cas in“ lands, tenements, that the money-talker could feel so likewise ! and hereditaments," as the lawyers say,
And now we bid him “Adieu !" “ Beautiful residence that of Lord V-8," remarks a fellow stage-coach traveller to a money-talker, as they rattle along the turnpike- No wise man will deny that the healthiest moral road, in front of a fine mansion and domain. condition is found where there is the most abundant
“Very beautiful,” he echoes; “ but he's not happiness. Happiness is clearly the native, heavenly rich, sir; a poor man, if the truth were known." atmosphere of the soul-that in which it is " to live
" Youthful follies led to heavy mortgages, and move, and have its being" hereafter; and in properhaps,” observes the stranger with a smile. portion to its share of which, now and here, it makes În reply to which the money-talker, by sundry tiest, most disinterested, and devoted—all unite in
its heavenly growth. The divinest souls—the lofinuendoes, but without communicating the real one testimony, that they have been best when han. fact, contrives to make him understand how piest—that they were then most energetic and sponthat Lord Vkeeps up appearances solely taneously devoted—least self-conscious, by pecuniary advances on the part of himself.
LIFE IN THE Sick Room.
PHILOSOPHY; OR, A TRIFLE NO TRIFLE.
BY H. E. A. E.
** There is no real ill in bodily pain.” So cheersully, that his altered position had, while said Cowper—his exact words I have forgotten, showing him the worthless nature of other combut such meaning, I believe, they were intended panions, disclosed to him that he enjoyed the to convey. I had, nay, have a friend who was invaluable blessing which crowned heads have fond of descanting in the same strain ; and when sighed for in vain-a true friend (meaning my opposed, invariably quoted Cowper to confirm humble self), and what he had given for that and strengthen his position. This friend I speak knowledge seemed to him but dross. I looked of aimed at just so much philosophy as should upon this magnanimity with admiring astonishenable him to walk the world unsullied by its ment, and Mr. Parton became linked in my follies, unswayed by its promises, unfearing its mind with everything good, noble, and esthreatenings ; but yet to mingle with the world, timable ; the type of, nay, the very thing itselfand to live in the world, was his plan of life, his perfection.” But much and intimately as I favourite pursuit; nay, his very hobby, on which thought I knew my friend, I was again surprised he fain would ride in season and out of season. on his account: this time, however, the affair, With these aspirations for singleness of heart though in itself less serious, produced more and rectitude of purpose, perhaps a more ardu- lasting and momentous effects. ous path than the world could scarcely be I one day called on this prince of philosophers, chosen, nor one that in itself contained greater as I had mentally dubbed him, while he was contrarieties or more incitements inimical to suffering under ari agonizing fit of tooth-ache. these same feelings as fire to water, summer to How did I stand amazed to find that his own winter, virtue to vice; but be that as it may, he irate humour much exaggerated the disease ! entered boldly to the battle, to be by turns the Vexed, mortified, indignant at this weakness in victor and the vanquished.
my idol, I attempted to reason with him on the Not long after my friend had made his debut trivial nature of the evil and its probable slight in his favourite sphere, “public life," I was consequences, as compared with almost every shocked to hear he had sustained a heavy pe- other ill that flesh is heir to, and that there was, euniary loss, involving the greater part of his at the very worst, the certain remedy of extracbefore handsome fortune. I called on him to tion. He had hardly patience to hear me out tender all the assistance in my power ; but alas! before he burst into exclamations more passionshorn as they were, his finances were still su- ate than polite, momentarily interrupted by perior to my own. I found him grieved cer- stamps, shrieks, groans, and frightful distortions tainly, but not immeasureably so, and a few of countenance, which I ultimately found were days reconciled him to his 'altered position, intended to convey the intelligence that several though it required a longer time and more dentists had refused to perform the operation, as strenuous efforts to allay the outraged feelings too dangerous, though repeatedly desired to do (it might be wounded vanity) caused by the re- so at all hazards. “ And so," he continued, vealment of the true character of those formerly with childish petulance, more becoming a boy his inseparable associates, who expressed sorrow of eight than a man of eight-and-twenty, “I am for his misfortunes, but sheltered themselves kept a prisoner between these odious walls
, from under the fear that they could not, with justice which I dare not stir but at the certain expense to themselves, render any assistance. Even to of a similar visitation. I never knew the troubles this my friend soon became reconciled, consoling of life till now! I know, I am convinced perhimself with the reflection, that had he better re- dition itself has nothing worse than this I suffer. membered the precepts of his instructors, and Prate not to me of future consequences; do I attended to the learned lore of those more expe- not feel I would willingly purchase an hour's rienced in the world's ways, he would have been respite with whole years of life, were the thing more guarded in his actions, less exacting in his possible !” I had heard of insanity, and that it wishes, less romantic in his expectations, and his would sometimes attack the wisest and the best. conduct would then have been more rational, I trembled for my friend, and finding my preand more in accordance with the world's ha- sence did but irritate him, I was constrained to bitual doings, and thus his own disappointment remove myself from his sight. Before however and chagrin less severe. I admired, I exulted my mind could be at peace, I called on his usual in his admirable fortitude, and frequently medical attendant, and stated my fears and apadduced his behaviour as a proof that principle prehensions with intense earnestness. How was a real and existing thing, and not the ima- great was my astonishment at finding them reginary poetic fable that some scruple not to ceived with a smile! I was about to utter a affirm it. My friend still possessed the neces- remonstrance, when the doctor mildly replied, saries of life, and, as he said, easily dispensed “The tooth is firmly seated, and being at the with some of its luxuries, the more readily and extremity of the lower jaw, its forcible removal