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“Murdered! Yes, I was a murderer, and I his time of life to venture on such a young, shuddered.
high-spirited thing. Grabow replied that he "'Fear not,' continued the lieutenant; 'what feared not; that it was his determination to is one man more or less in the world? Had he watch her ; that he had already got rid of her been an enemy the deed would have been ac- only lover; and that as soon as they were marcounted praiseworthy: Fool! what stand you ried he intended to take her to his estate in there looking like a ghost for? Did I not know Prussia, out of the way of all tem.ptation. better I should say you were a coward. Catch “You had better not let her know of it," rehold of the carrion by the legs and toss it marked the captain, “or perhaps she'll refuse to into the ditch; it is in our way.'
have you now.” “I endeavoured to obey him, but could not,
“She dares not! mine she must be !" and he pushed me aside, and himself raised the body upright in order to get hold of it, but it hold her and her parents thus fást ?”
“Indeed ! and may one ask by what spell you was too heavy even for his muscular strength ; it fell forwards, and, to my heated imagination, “ By opposing sense to folly and weakness. seerned to totter with outstretched arms towards The strong govern by their strength; the clever me. My brain whirled, and I darted into the by stratagem. There are two classes in the wood with breathless speed; the dead bodies world-wise men and fools. The wise make around uttered a hoarse peal of laughter, which laws, and the fools tremble before them as a foated on the night wind; horrible bloody forms child at a rod. Can a man but get one of these danced before my eyes and mocked at me with fools to offend against the laws, he has him their white fingers ; confused sounds rang in my bound hand and foot-a very slave.”
and at length I sank exhausted on the “And such is the old sergeant to you then, I ground, and became insensible. How long I suppose, because you know of some folly of lay I know not, but I was aroused by the rough his?” shaking of a strong hand, and he stood before “ He's an actual fool, stuffed full of nonsense me, as calm as if nothing had happened. about honour, good name, fame, and such like,
Corporal,' he said, “look to this prisoner ; and of fears of human laws and divine judgments. the victory is ours. Afterwards, when we could The stupid fellow! if he only knew how groundconverse unnoticed, he said : ‘Corporal, I was less are all his fears and remorse, he'd be the disappointed in my hopes last night. The trea- happiest fellow alive.” sury contained next to nothing; see, here is your "A degree of knowledge which, I suppose, share
. No nonsense! I command you to take you'll take good care he never arrives at ; but it . And mark me, be a man; strike the past tell me how you have contrived thus to fool night out of your memory. I have forgotten all him.”. that passed-do you the same. But it is im- Grabow cast a glance around as if to assure possible ; that ghastly form is ever before my himself that no one else was present, and then mind's eye ; conscience ever cries 'Murderer’in drawing his chair close to his comrade, began to my ears; thoughts will not be controlled, and speak in so low a voice that not one word was the memory of that fearful scene is as fresh as if audible to Elizabeth. A feverish glow burnt in it were but yesterday it happened.”
her veins; she pressed her ear against the chink He paused for a few moments, and then with convulsive eagerness, but still nothing but added, “ Thou knowest all now, my child. Now the murmuring of the voice reached her, until ask thyself if aught can be done for us." the captain burst into a fit of laughter.
Nothing by sitting idly with the hands in "Capital! capital !” he said; "the fellow the lap,” said the young girl, rising up and really deserves to be whipped for being such a moving towards the door with a firm, light step. simpleton.” "Whither goest thou, my child ?"
“He is sufficiently punished,” replied Gra"Be comforted, father dear ; let me go un- bow. “Day and night his conscience tortures questioned. All will yet be well.”
say, just see what nonsense parsons Hastily she put on her mantle and hood, and, talk about good men and sinners: here's an inheedless of the gathering twilight, of the impro- nocent fellow tormented, worn to skin and bone priety of the step she was about to take, set off by this same conscience, and Providence lets for the lieutenant's house. She scarcely knew him suffer, while I am happy and jolly. What herself what her purpose was, but something folly there is in the world !" seemed to bid her go. The door stood a-jar, and Well, success to such folly, since it procures unseen by any one, she slipped in, glided gently for us obedient old men and lovely young brides ! up the stairs, and approached the door of the eh, Grabow?” room in which she heard voices. Light gleamed Elizabeth leaned her burning forehead against through a chink in it, and before touching the the doorpost; confused images floated before latch she peeped through. Grabow sat drinking, her mental vision; at length came a bright, tansmoking, and talking with his friend the captain, gible idea ; she slipped down stairs as noiselessly who at that moment proposed Elizabeth's health, as she had come, flew rather than walked home, which Grabow honoured with a deep draught, shut herself in her own chamber, and was not and then laughed one of his sneering laughs. seen again until the following morning, when The captain congratulated him on the beauty of she kissed her father with a cheerful smile, and his intended, but declared him a bold man at went about her duties with her usual spirits.
Frau Margaret watched her with wonder and “I have not spoken falsely, your majesty," fear; such calmness appeared to her fearful. said Elizabeth firmly, “nor do I fear the result
A few hours later Elizabeth might be seen clad of your inquiries." in her simple Sunday costume, gliding along the The king regarded her with his peculiarly streets. The short full petticoat and closely-fit- searching glance, and then said : “ So much the ting jacket set off her figure, and the embroidered better for you if that be true. Now go home cloth cap covered, but did not hide her braided and keep silence until to-morrow.” With this tresses. Slowly she moved onwards, pausing he rode off, followed by his noisy suite, who now and then, and looking round as if she ex- began their pranks again as soon as they saw pected some one, then resuming her walk and he ceased to speak. murmuring to herself. Presently a distant Elizabeth's heart was so full of joy that tears shouting reached her anxious ears ; her face flowed from her eyes; disengaging herself from became flushed, her eyes sparkled, and she the crowd that inquisitively surrounded her, she darted forwards in the direction whence the hastened homewards, and reached her dwelling sound came. A little old man, somewhat bent, just as Grabow was entering. A strange alterawith a strangely scarred face surrounded by stiff, tion had taken place in her. So long as he was full curls of powdered hair, came along mounted merely ridiculous, and disgusting as a wooer, on a white horse.
His large bright eyes were she could laugh at and mock him ; but now her glancing about in every direction, and nothing soul shuddered before him. He took her hand seemed to escape his notice, for every now and and kissed it in spite of her resistance, and then he stopped and questioned the passers-by looking keenly at her, he said: respecting objects to which he pointed with his “Does my fair bride shrink with maiden riding-whip. "From time to time he lifted his modesty from my tenderness? wait a bit, the little three-cornered hat to return the greetings time will soon come when we may give free of the townspeople, or looked down with a course to our raptures.” pleased and benevolent glance on the swarms of Elizabeth required all her self-command to children that surrounded him, dancing, spring- enable her to reply, but a glance at his spiteful
, ing, shouting, and getting as near to him as old, ape-like countenance gave her back some possible. Every now and then he would shake portion of her wonted spirit, and she replied : his whip at those who pressed too near, and say, “So you still encourage the wild hope of “Come, young ones, don't startle my horse;" marrying me?" and for a moment they would obey him, but only “More now than ever, sweetheart! Are we to return directly shouting, “Long life to not betrothed ? and that is half way.” Frederick" louder than ever. Elizabeth sprang “And are you not afraid that I shall make into his way, holding a paper in her upraised you bitterly rue this folly ?” hand. He stopped his horse, and signed to her “Not in the least! You laugh now, pretty to draw near, saying: “What will the maiden one; my turn will come by and bye." with us?"
“And so you have sold poor Eberhard for a " Help and justice, most gracious sovereign,” soldier! Will you not free him to oblige me?" replied Elizabeth firmly.”
Most certainly not. They will make a piper “ And who is she?”
of him, and there he may blow his flute to soine “A soldier's daughter, your majesty, by name purpose. But let us not waste words on hin; Elizabeth Spangenberg."
come in and let me embrace you.” “And who has done her wrong?" asked the Not so! Do me the favour to free me from king, looking graciously down upon her. your presence for this day.”
“All is written in this paper,' replied Eliza- “And to-morrow? What reward shall I obbeth with a deep curtsey, as she handed him the tain for my forbearance to-morrow?" one she held.
If to-morrow is as to-day, you shall hear no “Good! I'll be sure to see to it!" and he was more complaints, resistance, or mockeries. I about to put it in his pocket.
will not even laugh again, but follow you quietly “Ah! if it would please your majesty to read to the altar." it now!” said Elizabeth, folding her hands Grabow suspected some trick, and looked imploringly.
keenly at her as if to read her thoughts; then The king half smiled at her importunity, and he said : pointing to the children said: “Well, if these Well, so be it. The foul fiend only knots noisy little folks will permit me."
what mischief lurks in that giddy head. Never Be quiet, children !” said Elizabeth, driving mind! I'll take you at your word. Adieu until them back, “the king wishes for silence, so be to-morrow, and then no more foolery.” quiet, I desire you !"
Elizabeth nodded her adieu, she could not "So! so! that will do!" observed Frederick; speak ; Grabow surveyed her with another peneand unfolding the paper he glanced rapidly over trating glance, shook his finger warningly at it. His countenance became grave, his eyes her, and then departed. The girl wiped the sparkled with anger, and his voice vibrated as perspiration from her forehead, and paused to he said : “Justice shall be done! I will inquire recover breath before she could ascend the into this matter. If you have spoken falsely and stairs. The mother sat at the window and read calumniated your superiors, you go to the house her prayer-book ; she asked not where Elizabeth of correction.”
had been, but looked at her for a moment, then
pressed her hand over her eyes to hide the were so numerous as to render it impossible for gathering tears, and turned again to her book. her to get on if she did so. At length they Often in the course of the day she looked at her reached a large salon, in which were a few gravedaughter as if about to speak to her on some looking men in court dresses ; a pair of folding serious subject; but Elizabeth avoided such an doors, leading into a smaller apartment, stood address, went busily about her duties, had a open, and a little old man, who appeared to be gentle word and hopeful smile ever for her dressing, might be seen going to and fro and father, and tried to hide her anxiety under an speaking to another, who stood reverentially beappearance of active cheerfulness. Every time fore him, and occasionally approaching a writingany one knocked at the door the blood flew to desk, near which burned several wax lights, and her face, her heart beat, and her knees trembled taking up the papers, which even at that early under her, but the day passed over without any hour he had found time to read and resolve on. notice being taken of her petition. Still hope No one who looked on the little, bent old man, and trust in the justice of man and the mercy of who, in shirt-sleeves, a soiled white satin waistGod were strong in her heart; and, as she em-coat, well worn black velvet breeches, and unbraced her father at night, she whispered her polished boots, trotted about, would have cheering convictions in his ear, without however imagined that they beheld the mortal abode of letting him into her secret. The night was the mighty spirit that not only cared for the passed in waking thoughts or restless dreams. welfare of the meanest of his subjects, but had Now the king drove her from him with harsh an eye to the affairs of all Europe. words, and rude men laid hands upon her and An attendant held him water and a towel, and dragged her to the house of correction ; now her while washing his face and hands his quick father stood manacled before her, and her mother glance surveyed the salon, and the clear, bright lay down in the streets to die; then Grabow eyes plainly showed that though the body might came and seized her in his arms; his red nose be worn by age, the spirit was intelligent and grew larger and larger, hotter and hotter, until powerful as ever. it burst into a flame, his eyes gleamed like live Elizabeth's admiring eyes followed every coals, and he stepped forward to kiss her; she motion of her sovereign, and she could scarcely screamed, and awoke. It was long ere sleep believe that the only simply-attired person again visited her eyes, and then all was happi- among all the brilliant and glittering forms was ness: a youthful smiling face looked upon her; he on whose word hung life and death; at first she thought it an angel, but as it gra- who possessed almost god-like power; who dually approached she recognized Eberhard; he could pronounce over the fortunes of the clasped her hand in his, and Frederick rode up, proudest there ; whose very looks were comand nodded in a friendly manner to them. A mands. So lost was she in these thoughts, and loud knocking, and a rough voice calling on in gazing on the white head and bright eyes of Joseph Spangenberg, awoke her; she sprang the king, that she almost forgot the present, from her bed, hastily dressed herself, and hur- until a sign from her mother directed her attenried down just as her mother opened the door. tion to a guard who stood on duty near the A tall grenadier stepped in and inquired for door. Elizabeth scarcely repressed an exclamaSergeant Spangenberg.
tion as she recognized Eberhard. The young " I am he,” replied the old man respectfully. man was attired as a soldier, but he looked in
"Then yourself, wife, and daughter, are im- good spirits; he smiled, and laid his finger mediately to follow me.
on his lips, and when she would have ap“Whither?" inquired the startled man. proached him signed her back, and then stood " To his majesty, at the palace.”
stiff as a post, or as a grenadier. Under one The old man echoed the words, and looked arm was a box, and in the other hand a roll anxiously at his daughter.
of paper, and he pointed first to one and then to "Courage, father," she said. “Our monarch the other. Elizabeth could not make out what is a just and good king ; thou hast fought he meant, Lut her heart bounded with hope and bravely for him, and need not fear appearing joy, for his presence evidently showed the king's before him."
attention to her writing ; for had she not spoken “ Alas! alas ! what have we poor folks done!" of Eberhard, of his being forced to become a cried Frau Margaret, while indistinct visions of soldier, of his musical talents, his industry and certain smuggled articles presented to her by goodness ? Her radiant glance inspired her the lieutenant floated before her mind's eye. parents with some of her confidence.
A conveyance was waiting for them, they got At this moment the king, who had now asinto it, and before they had hardly had time to sumed his coat decorated with stars and orders, collect their thoughts they were at the palace. came to the threshold of the salon and surveyed The officer on duty preceded them up the broad the group. Margaret curtesied down to the marble staircase, and, with beating hearts, the ground; her husband became paler than ever ; three followed him through corridors and ante- Eberhard drew himself up an inch taller, and rooms, where guards, pages, gentlemen-in- Elizabeth met the monarch's look with one of waiting, ministers and courtiers thronged, all of trusting confidence. whom regarded the new-comers with curiosity. “Is that Joseph Spangenberg, formerly serFrau Margaret, in her simplicity, would have geant in my army, and now clerk in the warcurtesied to each, had she not found that they office ???
“ Yes, most gracious King,” replied the old, thee come to him, thinking he can find thee emman, with a trembling voice.
ployment in the royal chapel.” Swinging him“ Where did he leave his leg?”
self round, Frederick now confronted Grabow: " At Freiberg, your Majesty."
“Let the lieutenant mark me! What happened "Did he not, after the battle of Torgau, assist in 1760 we will let pass. Yon maiden shall not in plundering the regimental treasury ?" marry him; but, as he is betrothed to her, he
The poor man started and quivered at this shall endow her. Ten thousand thaler, with the question; but, with the courage of desperation, interest on that sum from 1760, shall he give he replied—“ It is only too true, your Majesty. her. We will send people with him to receive I received two hundred ducats for my share." the inoney. He is no longer an officer of ours, “And a precious ass he made of himself,” nor will he receive his pension any longer. If
, said the king, with a peculiar smile.
as we understand, he has an estate in Prussia, he “Ah, your Majesty! that is not the full will do well to betake himself thither without extent of my criminality; a heavier sin—" delay, and remain there so long as he lives.”
The king turned his back upon him, and with these words he pointed to the door, and addressed the young soldier—"Åh, ha! so 'tis then turned and re-entered the inner room, thee! Methinks thou didst once put us in the leaving his hearers full of joy, gratitude, right road. We'll try to do as much for thee. astonishment, and fury. Canst play from notes at sight?”
The old sergeant could scarcely contain him. Eberhard bowed acquiescence, and the king self; so great a weight of sorrow and remorse pointed to some music which stood upon a had been lifted off his heart that he felt as if he music-stand.
could dance for joy. He embraced his wife, his “ Try thy skill, then, and let us hear.” daughter, and Eberhard, by turns; and, for
With a beating heart the young man took out getful of all but his gratitude, cried—“Oh, that his flute--his fingers trembled; he glanced at I might be permitted to throw myself at the Elizabeth, and encouraged by her bright smile, feet of our great king and thank him for his advanced to the stand. It was a manuscript grace and goodness." But Eberhard reminded piece by Quanz, who wrote such expressly for him that it was not becoming to raise his voice the king. The first notes sounded but faint, in the precincts of royalty; and the officer who but soon the tones became firm and clear; the had brought them thither opened the door, and difficult passages were given with feeling and without ceremony informed them it was time to grace, and with but few blunders. In the middle go; and with quick steps they passed again of one of them the king signed to him to leave through the crowd of courtiers, and the splendid off, and poor Eberhard, fearing it was because rooms, longing to be at liberty to pour out every the monarch's quick ear had detected some false feeling of their hearts to each other. Grabow notes, ventured to observe—“ It is a very chiffi- was accompanied by two persons appointed to cult piece to play off at sight.” The king, receive the money he was condemned to pay. however, took no notice of the remark, but He made no difficulty-well knowing the fuaddressing a page in waiting, said—“Let the tility of opposition to orders derived from such two officers approach !” Grabow and his friend a source—but paid them the principal and inthe captain appeared at the door. “ Nearer," terest, upon which they gave him a receipt and said the king; and they obeyed. Grabow's politely took their leave. When they were fairly confusion did not escape notice, but no word out of hearing he gave vent to his impotent was addressed to him; it was to the captain rage in curses and evil wishes; packed up his Frederick spoke :-"I believe, after attending property, and set off for Prussia, where he died, the betrothal of his friend, the captain returned alone, friendless, and unregretted; but not home to smoke and drink with him. There before tidings of the union of Elizabeth and was some talk then of a great crime which you, Eberhard had reached him. old man, are supposed to have committed after the battle of Torgau. We know where the falsehood lies, but choose to hear it from the
TO A CLOUD, captain's lips; let him speak, and see he adheres to the truth."
“ May it please your Majesty, Lieutenant Thou art passing away thou frail white cloud, Grabow did but tell me that the officer Spangenberg thought he murdered was dead and cold
Driven lightly before the western storm, hours before: he would not tell him so, in order with the wild wind's whistle and thunder loud!
Which mouldeth at will thy phantom-like form, that remorse might punish him for such a deed.”
Say rather, in order to hold a rod of terror Thou’rt passing away, with a lustre dim, over him, in order to mould him to his will, to The moon shineth through thy delicate veil wring from him his daughter!" thundered the Like my own sweet love with her cheek so pale, king; and his eyes flashed on the lieutenant, And her eye so blue, and her form so slim ! who, in spite of his ordinary audacity, trembled Thou wilt hang right above her lonely cot, beneath that lightning glance. Again the king
White cloud! white cloud! oh, then tell her turned to Eberhard: "Thou hast a fair talent for music; but for a soldier thou art not fit. That my love is like immortality : Lay aside the uniform; go to Beuda; say I bade When once it is rooted it fadeth not!
BY THE HON. JULIA MAYNARD.
GALLEY-SLA V E.
(From the German.)
It is well known that Mr. Fellenburg, on his / him there, with the whole account of his former estates at Hofwyl, in the canton of Berne, has deeds. established an institution for poor children, ad- Certainly this visitor from the galleys was not joining his establishment for education, in which most acceptable to Mr. Fellenburg; however, poor boys are admitted and brought up to be attracted by the upright face of the child, which able-bodied husbandmen.
stood in strange contradiction to his evil deeds, In order to awaken in these children of low he determined at least to make an attempt with origin a proper feeling of honour, the noble him. In the first place he took the child into a Fellenburg causes separate account-books to be room alone, told him he only was acquainted kept for each child; the Dr. contains an ac- with his misdeeds, and that no one should hear count of the expenses incurred for their mainte- one word of them as long as he conducted himnance, clothing, education, and other inevitable self blamelessly in his house, and spoke of his disbursements; the Cr. what they earn by ma- past and future life in a confidentially touching nual labour in the fields, and the value of the manner. The little one never took his eyes vegetables and fruits, which are sold to the kit from him, and listened with profound attention; chen of the institution at the usual market price his cheeks gradually reddened; he cast his eyes at Berne, and which are produced from a little on the ground, and tears—perhaps the first of piece of ground allotted to each, and in which this kind he ever shed-trembled on his cheeks. they work voluntarily in their play-hours. In The noble Fellenburg, deeply penetrated with this manner each child defrays, by his 18th or the possibility of saving the young child, pressed 19th year, the expenses incurred for him; and him to bis bosom, and said with tender sadness : therefore to a certain degree they have to thank “ I am going to take you into the circle of enthemselves for their capability of acting in the tirely guiltless children : they will receive you capacity of either bailift, husbandman, farmer, as their brother, because they consider you to or steward, in a stranger's service. The principal be as pure and virtuous as they are themsuperintendent of this school (of this kind the selves. ' If you resolutely determine to be as only one) is an excellent young man of the good as they are, and to avoid every seducement name of Werli; and among several peculiarities to evil, and 'never allow yourself to perform the worthy of imitation, this one must be recorded : slightest, nay, the very slightest error, and when the boys are obliged to keep day-books, in which no one sees you, only to follow the still voice of they note down, every evening before sleeping, your conscience, you will in time become a good the simple occurrences of the past day, what man, and will continue one, if you persevere in they have learnt, their intentions, and similar these simple maxims. The past will be fordetails.
gotten and forgiven, and the future will provide Several years ago Mr. Fellenburg received into you with opportunities of performing more of this institution a child of about eight or nine years good than you have hitherto performed of evil.” old sent to him from one of his friends in France, The child, who most probably had never been who had redeemed from chains the child who spoken to by such a man, could scarcely anafterwards would have been sent from the cri- swer. He cast his head down, wiped the tears minal prison to the galleys. The little one, not- from his eyes, gave his right hand to the noble withstanding his youth, had passed through Fellenburg, and said in a low voice, “ I will." every degree of petty, theft, until he really
now introduced to the institution ; assisted at highway robbery, and was seized at the children received him with friendly good, last at the capture of an incendiary band. The will
; and Werli, who was, however, entrusted child was in reality sent to death; for it was evi- with the secret, considered it a duty to try to dent, chained to the dreadful oar, his little win the little man back to virtue through kindstrength could not endure a week. The sight of ness and great attention. the tender child, with his open, beautiful coun- The child possessed uncommon capabilities. tenance, with the innocent look in his large, He neither knew how to write, read, nor reckon, clear eyes, weighed down with heavy chains, when first admitted to Mr. Fellenberg ; but he tore the humane man's heart. By the means of overtook in a short time the children of his own gold and representations, he contrived to win age. In manual labour he was skilful, active, and over the overseer of the company to report the unwearied; and the religious instruction which child to the commander as having died on the he for the first time enjoyed, and which Werli road, and to deliver him to his care.
knew so well how to impress upon him, atThis person knew of the institution of his tracted him in a wonderful manner : he exemplifriend Pellenburg; and aware that no place fied it on sociability to his companions ; he took could be better adapted for his protege, he sent no notice of the trifling tricks and jests which