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of the real cognac; our conducteur was attempted to lay violent hands on my a good sort of a fellow, and knowing that person, I shook myself with one effort the evening would be rather cold, had from their grasp. The hands already provided himself with this comforter; stained with many bloody deeds, had the flint and the steel were soon brought grasped the knife which was to be my into contact, and never did three better introduction to another world; already humoured fellows sit smoking together; was I bound, and forcibly held down there was a sort of real luxury in the upon the floor, the knife gleaming in the enjoyment when we popped our heads well-lighted hovel was descending upon out of the cabriolet for a moment, and my person, when I was awakened by a then drew them into our nice, snug, shrill cry of horror,-I started to reality, warm, smoky apartment. Since that but not all at once to recollection—the evening I can never bear to hear any place where I was seemed strange; I was one complain of a smoky house but im- conscious of sitting, but where I knew mediately set it down to the account of not. Raising myself upon my feet, I affectation--with our large meerschaums pushed aside the leathern curtains of the between our feet we putfed away most cabriolet—the cold air rushed past my scientifically, but how long I can hardly face, and another moment seemed to tell tell: by degrees I was not aware whether I me where I was. I groped for my comwas smoking or not, the crack of the whip panion and found him in the arms of sounded less harsh in my ears, and the the sleepy god- I stretched out my jingling of the horse bells resembled hands to the place where I thought our some distant music—the swearing of the conducteur once was, well wrapped up postilion and shaking of the diligence, in his fleecy sheep-skin, but there I had something of the effect of “hush a found no conducteur; drawing aside the baby” and the cradle, and by degrees all leather curtains and popping my head thoughts of this sublunary world had out, I perceived that the diligence moved vanished, and I felt myself tasting the not, but it was too dark either to distinsweets of a world of fancy. The dreams guish the horses or where we were; even of that evening are even at this distance the lamp which burned in front when I of time, on account of the after circum- fell asleep, was gone. After several times stances, still vividly impressed on my calling on the guard and postilion but memory. The immense plains of France without receiving any answer, I was on sunk rapidly from recollection, and I the point of awakening my friend, when soon found myself among the rocky the shrill cry of female distress reached mountains of Scotland. The scenes of my ear: it awakened my companion, who Loch Katrine and its immediate neigh- starting up laid hold of me by the throat, bourhood passed forward in quick suc- and before I had time to explain, cession, the fertile districts of Ireland had almost finished my journey on the were also vividly painted in my imagi- spot; however, when he became fully nation, and I fancied myself the only awake, and perceived the cries came companion of a suspicious-looking car- from a little distance, he unloosed his man traversing among the hills and lakes iron grasp, and heard with astonishment of Killarney; we had entered one of the my information—the vehicle stopped most bleak and deserted looking districts the guard, the postilion, the light, and that ever the disordered imagination of a for aught we knew--the passengers and banditti-struck traveller could dread, the horses gone; down we descended with frequent starts of the carman, and his all the agility the case admitted of, after angry glances to the rear, had already disburdening ourselves of our loose garconvinced me that all was not correct, ments; and discovered that the horses when all of a sudden we were called upon were still attached to our vehicle, but fast to stop, the carman threw off his disguise asleep. We soon awakened the pasand stood before me in all the ragged sengers; and magnifying the circumterror of Captain Rock-three or four stances, as may be expected in such cases, companions issued from a miserable put them all with the exception of the looking cabin, and commenced a strict Irishman into the greatest consternation. examination of my portmanteau; one We had no long tales of ghosts and part of my dress was portioned after witches, but short pithy sentences regardanother, I was hurried into the cabin, and ing banditti and robbers; some proposed saw my books and papers rapidly con- to draw up the windows and fasten the sumed before a peat "fire; during all doors, while others deemed it better that this I manifested the appearance of we should quietly submit to be rifled, total indifference, but the moment they and only care for our lives. The most
us we were:
clamorous and noisy of the passengers feeling of the army under him was that was a portly looking Frenchman, who at of mischief. As we quickly marched along, dinner had acted the bear, and made his the sound of voices and the rattling of fellow passengers aware that they were chains became distinct, and we soon travelling with a man who thought him- arrived at the scene of action. The self of vast consequence : raising his voice cursing and swearing of the men, and to the highest pitch, he insisted that the the screams of the women, joined to the passengers should allow themselves to be pattering of about a dozen horses' feet, searched as quietly as possible, and on no made in the stillness of the night a harsh account offer any resistance to the ban- and disorderly sound, and it was not ditti in whose neighbourhood he assured until we recognized our conducteur, that
he descanted with consi- we could get any explanation of the disderable vehemence on the sacred nature turbance. He informed us, that we were of his office, and informed us he was a entering the outworks of Abbeville, and messenger travelling to Paris on the that owing to the darkness of the night, national affairs, and attempted with the postilion had brought the wheels of some shew of argument to prove that the the diligence which preceded us, in state would suffer greatly by his safety contact with the wooden ramparts of the being compromised. We had another drawbridge; we found on examination, important personage, a widow lady, who that the vehicle was firmly fixed and was going to meet a colonel in some partly turned over; the screams of the regiment of the line, in order that the women in the coupé were occasioned nuptial knot might be again tied; her by their discovering, by means of the exclamations and arguments all ended lantern, that they overhung a deep moat, with the wish that her “ dear colonel was and but a few inches, seemingly, interhere," or that “the brave fellow knew vened between them and destruction ; her situation:" there were also an old they screamed at the danger, and vehelady and her daughter, who said they mently insisted on being let out; but quietly resigned themselves to their fate, their conducteur would not permit it, at the same time imploring two young
as he expected to be off immediately. soldiers, who had been entertaining them We were soon convinced that it was all the evening with their feats and impossible for the heavy, lumbrous maprowess in arms, to arrange some plan chine to fall over, yet admit, that had we of escape, which they soon accomplished, been inside, we should have been more but forgot to include their fair auditors. incredulous; we advocated the cause of The most firm and determined of the the ladies, and insisted on their being whole party, however, were a young released, --still the conducteur was inFrench girl and her husband; in this exorable. · The Irishman called us vehiele they had their all, and whatever aside, “ Come," said he, “it is no use the other passengers might do, they were talking to these fellows, we must take determined to compromise nothing, nay, the girls out," and addressing himself to they would even risk the whole diligence me, said, “ do you engage the attention in their violence to the robbers, the mo- of these boys, while your friend and ment they appeared; the council of war myself liberate the females, and we will soon became the seat of war itself, and high give you the hint when we have done it; words were on the point of giving way to we can easily find a stone to break the blows, when O'Hara, who had patiently lock with, and the moment they are out listened to the clamour, told them all in we will give you the signal.” I immehis best franco to cease their botheration diately told the conducteurs that they and noise. That his companions under- would wait there till doomsday before stood his words I doubt much, but they they unloosed the machine, by attemptunderstood what they meant, and ordering to drag it forward, but unloosing the haing been restored, he proposed to ascer- horses and fixing them behind, they tain whence the shrieks which were now would succeed in dragging it again into redoubled proceeded from, and volunteer- the road. My plan was adopted; and ed to lead the expedition, if he could find while they were busily engaged in this two companions; we gladly assented, and rather tedious task, I received the hint promising to return immediately and that the cage was open: to the coupé I report the cause of our detention, the ran, and received a slender figure into my Irishman putting a pistol into each of arms. We soon rejoined the other four, our hands, we pushed forward in the and marched forward; we now found direction of the noise; what the feelings ourselves within a fortified town, the of our leader were we knew not, but the ladies seemed to be acquainted with the
localities, and were certain that the dili. in company with them. Our clothes gence, when loosed, would follow in the
were soon dried, our faces had partaken same route. They were loud and varied largely of the mud, but we were now in their expressions of gratitude to their inclined rather to laugh than to mope, unknown liberators, and none save those and were soon seated around a large table, who have met the modest yet free and on which was a tureen of coffee, and unassuming French ladies in such cir- another of boiled milk; with a ladle I cumstances, can furnish any idea of the soon assisted the ladies to have their compliments they showered upon us; basins half filled with coffee, while the it would be a fruitless task to attempt gallant Irishman at the foot of the table the description, but those who have met filled up the basins with boiled milk; the such pleasant companions under like joke and repartee passed quickly round, circumstances, will easily conceive the the bugle horn blew a charge, and we scene. We walked slowly forward for at were soon again in our old quarters; least half an hour, when we were over- the diligence moved slowly forward; taken by the diligence; on our calling another day, without any further advenout, it was stopped, and having suffered tures, brought us to Paris, when exa volley of curses from the postilion for changing cards with the ladies, each bent our conduct, replaced our fair charges in their steps homeward. Such, gentle their former seat. We now pursued the reader, was my introduction to that road through the fortification, expecting ornament of her sex, who is destined to that we should be overtaken by our own voyage with me through life, sharing the vehicle ; but judge of our astonishment pleasure and the pain for better and on being told by a sentinel that both had for worse.
J. R. passed, and that we had strayed from the Glasgow. road. Our only chance was now to run. If it had been daylight, we knew the overtaking of them would have been an
THE OMNIBUS: easy task, but in the middle of a fortified town in a dark night it was no easy feat : the urgency of the case admitted of no
Omnibus incutiens blandum per pectora debate; the Irishman soon outstripped
amorem.-Luc. i. 20. us in the race, and the Englishman was left in the rear. The race of that evening
An omnibus inspiring sweet love into his bosom. I shall never forget : often did I un- It was about four o'clock in the afterwillingly embrace the miry road; but noon of a wet, warm, and blue-devilish forward was the order of the evening, day, in the summer of 1832, that a and although I knew I was not in the young gentleman, indebted to nature for proper path, yet to turn back I knew
a person by no means frightful to look equally well would not find my coach. upon-to fortune, for a large sufficiency There was no alternative, but as often as of the goods of this world--and to his I fell to get up again : half an hour's race father, for the romantic appellative of at last brought me to a house, before John Atherton Hastings, mounted the which stood two diligences. The sight unstable steps of an omnibus, at the corwas pleasing : I soon found my way into der of Pine-street and Broadway. The the hotel, where the appearance of our vehicle was without a tenant; all such of Irish friend covered with mud, con- my readers, therefore, as are conversant vinced me that I had at last overtaken with the ways of those modern helps to the convoy: The scene was one of the pedestrians, will at once conceive that its most striking kind,
;-an immense wood progress was none of the most speedy; fire, which filled one side of the house, and that time is allowed, to say a few was surrounded by our fellow passengers, words of the individual who has just each congratulating himself; before its taken possession. warming influence was a woman with a He was by birth a Virginian; rich, as squalling child, which she in vain was try- has been hinted; just emancipated from ing to hush; near the door stood our three college and his minority; modest to an fair charges, eloquently pleading with our excess—indeed, the development of this conducteur to send out and search for quality in his organization, might be the absent passengers : the heartfelt satis- called bashfulness; strangely addicted to faction evinced by them as we succes- blushing ; not loquacious at any time, sively made our appearance, was a reward but in the presence of females, especially for all our troubles; and the fair hands young ones, not much more talkative outstretched to welcome us, raised a hope than an oyster; and, to conclude, very that we had yet more accidents to share apt to be Aurried by sudden and unex. pected occurrences. He had arrived in which rivalled them in the playful maNew York but two or three days previ- lice of its expression. John Atherton ous, with an intent to enlarge his mind Hastings looked up; blushed deeper than by an assiduous observation of matters ever; and, for a moment, wished himand things in general, as they appear in self safe in his college once more, poring that great metropolis; and especially of over a volume of Euclid, or (which is the theatres, opera, fashions, Broadway, much less readable) one of Don Telesand the city-hotel, where he had estab- foro Trueba y cosio y Metricias y fal lished his quarters.
de ral's novels. Taking the stops and slow pace into Silence remained unbroken for several consideration, the omnibus may be fairly minutes; his alarm began to subside, at supposed by this time to have reached finding himself not only unhurt, but not Maiden-lane; and John Atherton Hast- likely to come to any very desperate ings was fast sinking into a reverie of no harm : and, after two or three efforts, particular character, when his thoughts he succeeded in raising his eyes once - were suddenly turned in a new direction, more, Those of his pretty companion by an abrupt halt and the opening of the were now cast down, but he felt certain door: humiliating, reflection, that such that such was not the case a moment a common-place incident should have before; the sweet little mouth seemed power over the workings of man's lofty ready to melt into a smile, and the intellect! But we won't enlarge upon aspect of things in general so encouragthat just now. The door opened, as has ing, that he ventured to utter, “ Allow been mentioned; and the young Virgi. me," and to take from the other white nian's incipient speculations as to the hand, (which, by this time, had also idiosyncrasies of the new-comer, were emerged from its hiding-place), a small, cut short by the apparition of a bundle silk umbrella, dripping with moisture. of female habiliments, at the top of The courtesy was repaid with a slight which was a close calash, of green silk, bow, a glance from the bright black with a thick veil hanging from it in eyes, which now seemed much less forfront, and, at the other extremity, at midable in their expression, and a barely least one very neat little foot; a fact of perceptible severing of the pretty red which the disclosure was unavoidably lips, which he was content to receive as made in the process of stepping into the equivalent to a “ Thank you.” John vehicle. John Atherton Hastings was Atherton Hastings began to suspect that on the point of undergoing a téte-à-tête an omnibus might be as pleasant a place with a woman, shut up in a moving as a small, uncarpeted, fourth-story apartment of five feet by eleven.
room in a college. The door was shut with a bang; the His second attempt was, of course, an figure advanced and seated itself opposite observation upon the weather; and this the young southron; the horses moved called up a decided smile, and an audion; and his face assumed the colour of ble Very unpleasant, indeed, sir." England's meteor banner. The veil The collegian thought conversation a worn by the stranger was thick enough dreadfully awkward thing to manage, to defy his gaze, if he had ventured to and silence resumed its sway; the lady look, which he did not; but he felt in perceived the necessity of making a dehis inmost soul that eyes of some sort or monstration, knowing that where people other were fixed on his blushing coun- have nothing to say, every moment in
creases the difficulty, and a small, pretThe embarrassment was, perhaps, mu- tily-bound volume made its appearance ; tual for a time; but that of the lady soon it was one of the Annuals, and luckily, passed away, if such was the case ; his one too that Hastings had not seen; his alarm probably gave her an equal degree courage revived, and a remark was of courage ; there was a slight motion hazarded, which happily met with favour under the huge cloak that enveloped her and a responsive answer; a delicate finger form; then an exceedingly white, small was gently insinuated among the leaves, hand, peeped from beneath its folds; and the youth, taking this for an overand, in another moment, the hand was ture, put away the umbrella, reached raised, the veil twitched aside, and a forth his hand, and possessed himself of young, lovely, and laughing face shone the volume. out like the silver moon from under a Matters are now in excellent train, cloud, of which the most remarkable and the reader will have the goodness to features were two large, black, mis- manage the rest of the interview to his chievous eyes, and a small red mouth, own liking. It is enough to say, that, all things considered, the parties made persons whom he teazed with inquiries, themselves very agreeable; that any not one could give him any intelligence third person coming in at this juncture, of a Mr. Somerville, likely to have a would have taken them for acquaint- daughter, and such a daughter as his own ances of several weeks' standing; that lost and lamented Catherine. smiles had grown into fair samples of He might, indeed, have advertised the laughter; and that when the vehicle pocket-book in the papers; but this meastopped far up in Broadway, the door sure either did not occur to him, or, if opened, and a gentleman made his ap- it did, he cared not to resort to it; perpearance, in whom the lady appeared to haps he had no inclination to give up his recognise a father, an uncle, or some sort treasure without securing an interview of protector, resumed her umbrella and with the fair proprietress, and feared that got out. John Atherton Hastings did not an advertisement would only bring forknow which to confound most heartily- ward some brother, or father, whose - the omnibus for stopping at all, or his thanks he should consider by no means a own stupidity in not ascertaining the fair equivalent. Be that as it may, adname and residence of his charming vertise he did not; and his hopes grew companion.
every day fainter and fainter. He was once more alone, and his It was about three months after the thoughts were exceedingly pleasant; he date of that memorable encounter, that had, indeed, taken no steps to secure circumstances, or, to speak more cora renewal of the acquaintance; but he rectly, another heavy shower of rain inhoped to accomplish that very desirable duced him to enter an omnibus once end, somehow or other, and he felt again. This time the huge conveyance proud and happy in going over again was full at his entrance; that is, full in the incidents of the ride, in which he the opinion of all the passengers; the -had acquitted himself with so much he- driver practically announced that it would roism and gallantry. John Atherton hold five or six more, by taking in all Hastings firmly resolved never again to that offered. Our friend soon found be in the least afraid of a woman. himself very unpleasantly situated, be
A few moments more brought him to tween a stout gentleman, whose thohis own place of destination; the machine roughly soaked great-coat imparted to the stopped, and he rose to get out; as he collegian's garments and person more did so, his eye was caught by a glitter- wet than warmth, and another gentleing object, lying amidst the straw that man, not at all stout, whose sharp elbow in rainy weather serves as a carpet in made an extremely unpleasant impression those travelling houses; he picked it up, upon his ribs. In fact, before he had .and found that it was a very small, hand. ridden a hundred yards, John Atherton some pocket-book, with a polished steel Hastings had heaped on the omnibus clasp; of course it belonged to the lovely nearly as many curses, and was now on and lively stranger, and would, no doubt, the point of concluding to give up his prove the means of discovering who she place, and “bide the pityless pelting"
With a thrill of delight, he placed without, when his ear was suddenly it beside his own, in the pocket of his struck by the sound of the name with - surtout, and went on his way rejoicing, which his feelings and hopes were so and full of gratitude to the omnibus. closely mingled. Catherine Somerville
It is painful to have to say, that his was decidedly mentioned by one of two expectations were not fully realized; he dashing-looking young men who had found, indeed, a name
come in within a few minutes. Our pretty one, too-written within the trea- young friend concluded to stay where he sure, and also a lock of beautiful dark was, for the present. hair, enclosed in a small gold frame, with At length there was a ring of the bell, a glass, attached to the inside of one of and the omnibus stopped ; several got its covers; he learned, indeed, that the out, and among them he who had spoken book was the property of a certain Ca- that word of power. Our Virginian did therine Somerville, but all his researches the same, accidentally revenging himself, were fruitless in ascertaining the resid- in his haste, on his sharp-elbowed neighence, or even the very existence of any bour, by planting the heel of his boot such personage. For weeks, and indeed precisely upon the most sensitive corn in months, he employed himself in the that person's possession; without stopseareh, but to no purpose; Longworth’s ping, however, to offer any apology, he Directory gave him no clue to the incog- descended the steps and pursued the and of the four or five hundred
young stranger, on whom his hopes were
and a very