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drop of the Canary had been drained, NOTICE OF NEW BOOKS. the very last crumb of the manchet devoured; the darkness was most irksome, AYESHA, the Maid of Kars. the cold intolerable; but all that was [The following whimsical scene is exnothing compared to the agonizing sus- tracted from “ Ayesha, the Maid of picions that suggested themselves. Kars,” the oriental novel, by Morier, the “ Whose horrid image did unfix his hair,

author of Hajji Baba. The chattels that And make his scathed heart knock at his ribs." have so excited the fear and wonder of

Was it to be conceived, that, finding the Turks are the property of an English him to be a Royalist, she entertained the traveller, who has been obliged to fly in design of giving him up, unarmed and haste, having incurred the wrath of the captive, to those who thirsted for his Mussulmans, by gaining an interview blood ? 'had she lured him to this murky with a young and lovely Turkish female.] oubliette only to leave him a prey to death as horrible as it was tardy? or had

AN ENGLISH TRAVELLER'S GOODS. some unforeseen accident befallen her ? these and a thousand other imaginations, First, the contents of the portmanteau like the formless visions flitting athwart

were exhibited. It principally contained

In succession were the dark surface of a magician's mirror, Osmond's clothes. chased each other through his brain, till displayed waistcoats, neckcloths, shirts, the big beaded drops stood cold upon his drawers, and stockings

, which drew forth glowing brow,

the astonishment of all present, for they Darkness deep and black was around;

wondered what one man could possibly the voices of earth, air, and water con

want with so many things, the uses of most flicting in tempest were in his

of which were to them incomprehensible.

ears; and the moonlight came and went at intervals, of a splendid uniform-jacket, which its

They admired the glittering beauty in all the ghastful attributes of a spirit fleeting and vanishing through the room.

owner carried about to wear on appearing Orlando saw and heard them not; his

at courts and in the presence of exalted young buoyant heart sunk under the op- personages; but when they came to inpression of the hour and place; and he spect a pair of leather pantaloons, the had flung himself in passive abandonment ingenuity of the most learned among

them could not devise for what purpose on the bed.

How long he had remained so he they could possibly be used. For, let it knew not; but suddenly he perceived a

be known, that a Turk's trousers, when light different from the moon, flash on

extended, look like the largest of sacks his closed eyelids.

used by millers, with a hole at each corHe started up:--a lighted lamp was

ner for the insertion of the legs, and, on the table, and on the hearth a heap

when drawn together and tied in front,

Will it of fagots. A tall figure in black, with generally extend to the ancles. the back towards him, was drawing across

then be thought extraordinary that the the gothic window a massy curtain of comprehension of the present company ancient brocade. As he gazed, the dark

was at fault as to the pantaloons ? They form slowly turned round;—it was the and out, before and behind. The mufti

were turned about in all directions, inside Lady of Wolfhamscote; -and the exclamation expired on his lips as he ob- article of dress, and he called upon a

submitted that they might perhaps be an served the awful change in those beauti- bearded chokadar, who stood by wrapt in ful features. Fixed as marble; and as coldly lovely The view which the mufti took of them

doubt and astonishment, to try them on. as if she had come fresh from the sculptor's hands, her features no more resem

was, that they were to be worn as a headbled the radiant roseate Divinity of the tailors call the seat, was fitted over the

dress, and accordingly that part which bower, than a sepulchre represents a summer-hall. Her eyes were almost

turban of the chokadar, while the legs wild in the intensity of their glare, and fell in serpent-like folds down the grave her voice, when she spoke, which she did man's back and shoulders, making him immediately, seemed to have borrowed look like Hercules with the lion's skin the deep hoarse echoes of the stormy

thrown over his head. building in which they stood.

“ Barakallah !-praise be to Allah!”

said the mufti, “I have found it ; per( Concluded at page 273.)

haps this is the dress of an English pasha of two tails !"

“ Aferin !-well done !" cried all the

adherents of the law. But the pasha was case were next brought under examina: of another opinion; he viewed the pan- tion. Every one was on the look-out for taloons in a totally different light, inspect- something agreeable to the palate, the ing them with the eye of one who thought moment they saw the numerous bottles upon the good things of which he was with which it was studded. One tasted fond. “ For what else can this be used,” eau-de-cologne, another lavender-water, exclaimed the chief, his dull eye brighten- both which they thought might or might ing up as he spoke—“what else, but for not be Frank luxuries in the way of wine? This is perhaps the skin of some cordials. But who can describe the face European animal. Franks drink wine, which was made by the pasha himself and they carry it about in skins, as our when, attracted by the brilliancy of the infidels do. Is it not so ?” said he, ad- colour, he tossed off to his own drinking dressing himself to Bogos the Armenian. the greater part of a bottle of tincture of

“ So it is,” answered the dyer, “it is myrrh! The mufti was a man who even as your highness has commanded.” never laughed, but even he, on seeing the

“Well, then, this skin has contained contortions of his colleague, could not wine," continued the pasha, pleased with suppress his merriment; while the menials the discovery, “and, by the blessing of around were obliged to look down, their Allah! it shall serve us again.” “ Here,” feet reminding them of the countenance said he, to one of his servants, “ here, take they ought to keep if they hoped to keep this, let the saka sew up the holes, and let themselves free from the stick. While it be well filled; instead of wine it shall this was taking place, the imam of the hold water."

mosque, whose mortified looks belied his In a few days after, the pantaloons love of good things, quietly abstracted were seen parading the town on a water- from the case a silver-mounted box, carrier's back, doing the duty of mesheks. which having opened, he there discovered But it was secretly reported that, not long a paste-like substance, the smell of which after, they were converted to the use for he thought was too inviting to resist; he which the pasha intended them, and therefore inserted therein the end of his actually were appointed for the convey- fore-finger, and scooping out as much as ance of his highness' favourite wine. In he could carry, straightway opened wide the lid of the portmanteau was discovered his mouth, and received it with a smack. a boot-jack, with a pair of steel boot- Soon was he visited by repentance: he hooks. These articles put the ingenuity would have roared with nausea had he of the Turks to a still greater test, How not been afraid of exposing himselfcould they possibly devise that so com- he sputtered-he spat. « What has happlicated a piece of machinery could, by pened ?” said one with a grin. “ Bak! any stretch of imagination, have any see !” roared the pasha, who was dething in common with a pair of boots, a lighted to have found a fellow-suffererpart of dress which they pull off and on “ Bak! see! the imam is sick.” The with as much ease as one inserts and re- nature of the substance which he had inserts a mop into a bucket ? They gulped soon discovered itself by the white thought it might have something to do foam which was seen to issue from his with necromancy, then with astrology, mouth; then other feelings pervaded the but at length it struck them that the assembly; they apprehended a fit, they whole machine must be one for the pur. feared madness-in short, such was the pose of torture; what more convenient state to which the unfortunate priest was than the hinges for squeezing the thumb, reduced, that he was obliged to make a or cracking the finger-joints what better rapid escape from the assembly, every one adapted than the boot-hooks for scooping making way for him, as one who was not out eyes? Such they decided it to be, to be touched. The reader need not be and, in order to confirm the conclusion informed that he had swallowed a large beyond a doubt, the pasha ordered his dose of Naples soap. favourite scribe to insert his finger be- Many were the mistakes which occurred tween the hinges of the boot-jack, which besides those abovementioned, and which having done with repugnance, he was it would perhaps be tedious or trifling to rewarded for his complaisance by as effi

They pondered deeply over cacious a pinch as he could wish, while every article; they turned the books peals of laughter went round at his upside down, they spilt the mercury from expense. The instrument was then given the artificial horizon, broke the therto the chief executioner, with orders to mometers, displaced the barometer, scatkeep it in readiness for the first occasion. tered the mathematical instruments about,

The various contents of the dressing. so that they never could be reinserted in

enumerate.

THE DUEL.

the same case. A small ivory box at- MEMOIRS OF John MARSTON Hall. tracted their attention : it was so prettily The following admirable and highly turned, so neat, and so ornamental, that,

wrought description of a mortal contest like children quarrelling for a toy, each is taken from the last novel of Mr. of thein longed to possess it. At length James, the author of Richelieu, Philip it was ceded to the mufti.

This sapient Augustus, &c. &c. ; upon whom the personage had enjoyed the pleasure of mantle of Scott is admitted, by all judilaughing at others, but as yet had not cious critics, to have fallen. The novel been laughed at himself. Twisting the in question is entitled “ The Memoirs of box in all directions, at length he un- John Marston Hall;" the hero is that screwed it, much to his satisfaction, and same adventurous youth so forcibly seeing a small tube within, surrounded sketched in Mr. James's last preceding by a bundle of diminutive sticks, he con- work, Henry Masterton, under the cluded this must be the Frank's inkstand quaint but 'expressive nick-name of —the liquid in the tube being the ink, « Ball-of-Fire.” the sticks the pens. He was not long in To a sufficient understanding of the inserting one of the sticks into the tube; extract, it is only necessary to state that he drew it out, and, on a sudden, instan. the combatants, the Duke de Villardin taneous light burst forth.

Who can and the Count de Mesnil, had been describe the terror of the Turk? He friends for years, and that a mortal threw the whole from him, as if he had affront had been put upon the former by discovered that he had been dandling the his antagonist. shaitan in person.

" Ai Allah!” he exclaimed, with eyes starting from his head, his mouth open, his hands clinging to the I immediately obeyed, and choosing one cushions, his whole body thrown back; of the grooms who was my more especial “ Allah protect me! Allah, Allah, there favourite in the family, I gave him the is but one Allah !” he exclaimed in terror, papers, with injunctions to use all speed looking at the little box and the little and diligence. I then returned to the sticks strewn on the ground before him, library, and found that the duke had with an expression of fear that sufficiently just concluded a billet, on which he spoke his apprehension that it contained wrote the address of the Count de Mes. some devilry which might burst out and nil, and after drawing a small cord of overwhelm him with destruction. Nor Aoss silk across the folds, he sealed the were the surrounding Turks slow in ligature at both ends, and put the note catching his feelings; they had seen the into my hands :—“You will take that,” ignition, and had partaken of the shock. he said with a calm smile,“ to our good Every one drew back from the box and friend the Count de Mesnil; but do not its contents, and made a circle round it; go till after breakfast, nor let it seem, looking at it in silence, and waiting the by your manner, that there is anything result with terror ; low “ Allah Allahs !” extraordinary in your mission : for, to broke from the audience, and few were my taste, things of this kind had better inclined to laugh. At length, seeing always be "conducted as quietly as possithat it remained stationary, the ludicrous ble. Deliver it into the count's own situation of the mufti began to draw hand, when you have reached his dwellattention, and as he was an object of ing, and bring me back his reply." general dislike, every one who could do Of course I very well understood that so with safety, indulged in laughing at I was charged with one of those cartels him. The grave Suleiman, who had of mortal defiance which were then so seen more of Franks than the others, at

common in every country in Europe. length ventured to take up the box, The matter certainly was nothing new to though with great wariness : he was

me, for many a triling dispute had I entreated, in the name of the prophet ! seen brought to the arbitrement of the to put it down again by the pasha, who sword, when I followed the camp of the then ordered Bogos the Armenian to take cavaliers ; but it did seem strange to me up the whole machine, sticks and all, and that the duke so far departed from the at his peril instantly to go and throw it general customs of the day, as to send into the river ; swearing by the Koran, his defiance by a page, instead of some and by all the imams, that if the d- man equal in rank and station to the ever appeared among them again, he person for whom it was intended. I would put not only him, but every Arme- found afterwards, however, that his irrinian and Christian in Kars to death, table fear of ridicule, which was the next

prominent characteristic of his mind to

You may

its susceptibility of the slightest suspi- not;" and the count rejoined, throwing cion, was the cause of anything that the note into the fire, “Well, then, as appeared irregular in his method of pro- Monsieur de Villardin has been kind ceeding. However that might be, of enough to send me an unceremonious recourse I did not object to the task, quest, I will send him an unceremonious though it seemed to me doubtful how reply. Tell him I will accept his inviMonsieur de Mesnil would receive such tation, with all its particulars, and that I a cartel from a page, and what might be am his very obedient servant. his treatment of the bearer. Personal add, I would have written, but that I risk seldom entered into my calculation have a great deal to do between this and in these matters, and I ordered my horse night.' to be ready after breakfast, and a groom Charged with this ambiguous message, to be prepared to accompany me, as I returned to the Prés Vallée, and found gaily as if I had been going upon an Monsieur de Villardin playing with his errand of pleasure. Before setting out, little girl, while Madame de Villardin however, I had an opportunity of seeing was in her own chamber, preparing to go the behaviour of the duke towards his out with him for a walk. wife, and it, I confess, was the first thing “ Have you brought any note ?” he that gave me any pain in the business. asked me immediately, taking advantage It was

so gentle, so affectionate, so of his wife's absence, to inquire the redifferent from what it had been on former sult of my embassy in private. I replied, occasions, that, as the thought flashed that I had only received a verbal answer : across my mind, that the first day of upon which he formed a pretext to send such tenderness might be the last of his away the little girl, and made me give life, I would have given more than all I him a detailed account of all that had ochad in the world to prevent the proposed curred. encounter taking place.

To do so was,

“ Well, well,” he said, as I concluded, of course, impossible ; and accordingly, “it is all well. Be prepared to go with after breakfast I mounted my horse, and me at six o'clock to-night, and get a spade rode away for Mesnil Moray, the dwell- and pick-axe privately from the garden." ing of Monsieur de Villardin's adver- I did not well know what to anticipate sary.

from these directions, for it was then in Though I was a little gloomy when I the early part of spring, and at six o'clock set out, old habits soon got the better of the evening was too far advanced to afnew feelings, and I readily brought my- ford any thing like sufficient light for a self to look upon the affair altogether as fair single combat. Nevertheless, I had, one of those matters which every man of course, nothing to do but to obey ; must undertake, at least, a hundred times and, slipping out about half-past five, I in the course of his life. “Monsieur de got the tools from the garden; and after Villardin," I thought, “ will fight fifty placing them in a spot where they were more, I hope, before he has done with not likely to be observed, I returned to the sword,” and with this consolatory the library, where I was soon joined by reflection I cantered on as fast as I Monsieur de Villardin. His hat and could. Somewhat less than an hour cloak were already there, and I was just brought me to the gates of the chateau ; aiding him to put them on, when the and, on demanding to see Monsieur de groom, who had been despatched to Mesnil, I was instantly admitted to his Rennes, returned with a notary and the presence. I thought he turned rather papers prepared for signature. By the pale when he saw me, but it might be calm way with which Monsieur de Vilmerely imaginary; and certainly, lardin took this interruption, called for throughout the whole, he behaved like lights, heard the papers read, and went a man of honour and courage. He took through all the necessary formalities for the billet, and, cutting the silk, read it investing me with the property which he attentively, with a slight frown knitting had bestowed upon me, I easily divined his brows. He then asked me in a calm that he had no fixed appointment for that tone, “ Do you know the contents of hour, and began to suspect the real obthis note, young man ?”

ject of his expedition. When all was The question puzzled me a little; for concluded, and the notary sent back unthough I strongly suspected the general der a safe escort, he bade me follow him. nature of what the billet contained, yet We thus issued forth in the dusk; and I knew none of the particulars, and could having furnished ourselves with the spade not even be sure of that which I ima- and pick-axe, proceeded a short distance gined. I answered, therefore, that " I did on the road towards Rennes.

“Now, my young friend,” he said at horse's feet, and, a moment after, perlength, “I must trust to your guidance. ceived Monsieur de Villardin, who sprang I have heard that you never forget spot, to the ground, and giving me his rein person, or thing, that you have once seen. to hold, only remarked that it was darkDo you think you can now lead me to er than he had expected, although by the tree under which Monsieur de Mes- this time the dawn had made considernil's horse was tied, when you passed

able progress.

In about five minutes yesterday morning ?”

after, which he spent in selecting a piece “ I think I can,” I replied, " and cer- of firm, dry turf, unencumbered by trees, tainly, if not to the precise tree, I can and fitted, as far as possible, for the sort lead you to the one next to it; for there of morning's amusement in which he was were but two or three together, and I going to exercise himself, the sound of know the clump well.”

another horse's feet was heard, and we When we reached the neighbourhood were soon joined by the Count de Mesnil. of the spot, the various objects around at He was quite alone ; and, dismounting once recalled to my remembrance which at a little distance, he bowed coldly to was the tree I sought; and, having ap- Monsieur de Villardin, saying, “ As you proached it, Monsieur de Villardin mea- requested, sir, I have come alone. You, sured out a space of ground beneath its I see, have brought your page." branches about six feet by three, and “ I did so, sir," replied the duke, “ in causing me to remove the turf in one the first place, that he might hold our piece, we both set vigorously to work, horses; in the next, that he might aid and with pick-axe and spade, soon hol- the survivor in filling up yon trench," lowed out a sufficient trench to contain and he pointed to the grave.

“ He is a the body of a man. “ If I fall,” he said, boy of honour and of birth,” he added, when we had concluded our work, “let “and you may trust him fully; but if you it be remembered, that I wish this to be desire it, I will order him to withdraw." my grave. If I survive I will direct you “ Not on my account,” replied Mon. what to do.”

sieur de Mesnil; “I am just as well Before leaving the spot, he caused me pleased that he should be present; though to carry about a dozen shovelsful of the I must say, that I think the Duke de earth away, and cast them into the river, Villardin might have found some fitter which flowed at the distance of three or person than a page to carry his cartel to four hundred yards. We then placed the Count de Mesnil.” the tools in the grave, and returned to. “ I have chosen the method of proceedthe chateau, Monsieur de Villardin di- ing I have followed, Monsieur de Mesnil, recting me previously to be up by five, not only because I think these things bethe next morning, to saddle, his horse tween brave men had better always be done with my own hands, and, leaving it pre- as quietly as possible, but also, because I pared in the stable, to go on to the spot judged it unnecessary that many witnesses where we had been working, and wait should hear me tell you, as I now do, there for his coming.

that I look upon you as a villain, a hypoThe coolness with which he set about crite, and a traitor, devoid of every good all his proceedings, and my knowledge of feeling but the brute quality of courage!" his skill as a swordsman, made me feel “ Enough, enough, sir,” cried the very confident that the issue of the com- Count de Mesnil : “ the fewer of such bat would be in his favour, although his words as well as the fewer witnesses the adversary was his junior by near twenty, better. Where do you take your ground?" years. I had seen so much of such affairs He then gave me his horse's rein, and too, that I could generally form a very' Monsieur de Villardin led him to the spot good guess in regard to the result; and, which he had chosen, made him examine from all I had observed of Monsieur de it accurately to see that there was no inVillardin's conduct during the day, I equality or artifice, and then, drawing went to bed with very little fear for his his sword, caused his adversary to measafety the next morning. I was up at the

with the blade of his

own,

which time prescribed, sąddled the horse as well proved to be nearly an inch longer. On as I could in utter darkness, and then perceiving this difference, the count dewalked away to the tree, which I reached clared that he was perfectly willing to just as the first faint gray of the morning wait, if Monsieur de Villardin thought began to mingle with the blackness of fit to send to the castle for a more equal night.

weapon; but the duke 'replied, that he When I had waited there about a quar- was quite contented with the sword he ter of an hour, I heard the sound of a had; and throwing away his cloak, hat

sure

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