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And thus a weary week passed heavily remember, the next time you fall in with and mysteriously away.

our outposts, that we do not always carry One afternoon, as Lord Orlando was two lives under our belts !” sitting in even deeper despondence than Sir Marmaduke then proceeded to usual, watching the western rays of the inform the relieved and delighted Lovel, calm autumnal sun as they printed off that his party on seeing him fall, had to the lozenged panes of the great window, a man galloped off in various directions with their treillage of creepers and the in pursuit of the unknown assailant. fringy foliage of the yew upon the oppo- It was near a cottage on the border of site wall; on a sudden, without a breath a wood; and while he lay insensible, of wind, the branches of the old tree from pain and loss of blood, he was found became violently agitated. At first, by a peasant and carried into the hut, Orlando, whose back was towards the where his wound was dressed and found window, was too much absorbed in his to be trifling, the bullet having perforated painful reverie to notice this phenome- the fleshy part of the shoulder without non : but even if the shadow that now injuring the bone. darkened the window, and the opening The soldiers, however, carried tidings of the creaking and ill fastened casement of his death to Wolf hamscote Hall that had not attracted his attention

- the night. noise of a body, heavily alighting on the “I had my reasons-fantastic ones floor behind him, could hardly fail of perhaps," continued Sir Marmaduke, for arousing the moody dreamer.

encouraging a short time the report of He rose hastily, and turning round to my death. Accordingly, when my men confront the intruder, beheld one whose returned from Wolf hamscote, where they right to enter there either by door or had sown the intelligence that I was window was most assuredly indefeasible slain, and reaped the information of my --being no other than Sir Marmaduke slayer having taken refuge in my own Tracy himself; a handsome athletic man, mansion, I contented myself with dissomewhat beyond the middle age, and patching them to head-quarters, notifying wearing that costume in which Williams that I was prevented by a slight wound so well knows how to depict the Par- from joining for some days. I believe it liamentary officer of rank.

was nothing more than the whim partly A slight paleness sate on his features, of beholding how my belle dame endured but by no means of that appalling nature the death of her mate, and partly of diswhich would entitle him to drag a chain, covering how the fiery young lord susshake a torch, or undraw the bedeurtains tained his forced sojourn in Ghost Castle, at midnight in the galleries and cham- that led me to attempt a burglarious bers of Wolf hamscote Hall.

entry into my own lair !" “ So far well sped !" was his first “ Generous Tracy!” said the young exclamation when he had taken breath, nobleman, ardently grasping his hand, “and now, my Lord ! permit me to “your goodness crushes me! Is it welcome you at Ghost Castle ! If I am possible you can forgive the ingrate a laggard, you must at any rate admit it who" was your own fault that I was not here “ Possible! forgive! in sooth, my earlier.”

lord, I believe it is not in heart of marble The young noble turned as white as a to contemplate these dismal old walls,– woman would have done in similar cir- and then (pardon me) to glance at your cumstances, -then as red as the rampant more dismal countenance, and still harlion over the porch of the village hostel, bour resentment. Why, after such a and, soon passing from one extreme to penance, I think my very ghost must have another, he clapped his hands with boyish forgiven you !” glee and almost shouting

Light has been my penance, and “ Now all the saints be praised ! his lighter now would be my heart,” replied blood is not on my hands ?” he Aung Lord Lovel, “ did I not too justly apprehimself on Sir Marmaduke's neck, and hend that the mischievous consequences sobbed like a child.

of my rashness have not terminated with “ Softly, my good youth !” said the your recovery :-the Lady Hyacinth—” knight, gently disengaging himself"or “ What' of Hyacinth ? 'what of Wolfit will be right soon : I have your token hamscote's lady?" impetuously and even of remembrance here"-pointing to his sternly interrupted the knight. left shoulder, “ and shall carry it to my The Lady Tracy-alas? how will you ancestor's burying vault yonder: only brook the affliction ?” do me the favour, I beseech you, to “ Welcome affliction-but perish dishonour. Speak forth, my Lord Lovel : 'took a kind and courteous leave of Sir what has Lady Tracy done? I looked Marmaduke, and approached the window not for this stage-play at your lips !” - but still with the air of one who was

This was uttered with a vehemence leaving something either unsaid or unand fierceness that astonished and per- done. plexed the young lord almost as much as “I had forgotten to mention,” said the words themselves; - dishonour ?'- the Knight of Wolf hamscote, seeing and • what has Lady Tracy done ? '--the "Orlando lingering, “ I had forgotten to poor man was undoubtedly as mad as mention that my horse is tied to the yew his wife !

tree trunk; that he is tolerably fresh, and Such were the thoughts that flashed most entirely at your lordship's service, upon Orlando, as he hastened with as until a fitting opportunity shall occur of much delicacy as the fiery anxiety of the restoring to you your own. husband would admit, to state his appre- The young baron bowed, and made hensions that this calamity had seriously another step to the window, when he impaired Lady Hyacinth's understanding again paused irresolutely

« Ohh !” prolonged with a peculiar “ In aught else that I can benefit or intonation, was the only reply ;-and Sir pleasure you, my lord, you may comMarmaduke, biting his lip, strode off to mand me!" the window with an air that spoke as Forgive me!” at length faltered plainly as so many words, “ If that be all, Lovel, “ forgive me if I seem impertinent we'll soon cure that !”

-but,—the Lady Tracy,—her melanLord Orlando was utterly confounded, choly state brings an accusation against and again thought he,--this may be a me that weighs heavily at my heart. Oh! brave man; generous I know him; but be cautious, be tender of her distress.” 't is a brute of a husband sans doute ! 6. You leave her with a husband, my Poor Lady! I see now, why she is so Lord Baron, who has never been deemed hospitable to strangers; well may she capable of harshness by those who know covet their courtesies; from him I per- him.” ceive she does not get common civility.” Sir Marmaduke spoke this with a

Lovel was here interrupted in his haughty and ungracious emphasis on the ruminations by Sir Marmaduke once last words, but, immediately recollecting more approaching him

himself, he once more stretched out his My Lord Lovel !” said he, taking hand to Lovel ;—“ Pardon me:--I am the young man's hand with grave but wounded and weary; and, if I seem friendly politeness, “the time I trust is distempered, I have more causes for my not far distant when, these unhappy poli- unquiet than you wot of! God bless tical distractions having been appeased, you, young man ; you are single-hearted Wolf hamscote Hall shall afford the young and noble-minded : may the world never Baron Orlando the entertainment its teach you duplicity and baseness !" master deems so due to his desert. But The Baron grasped his hand warmly, as at present that is out of the question, reached the window, and, swinging himlet us not waste the time in superfluous self from branch to branch of the yew compliment. I need not say that your tree, was soon mounted on a noble black path is beset : and that without this horse, and galloping away by the river (taking a sealed paper from his bosom) bank. “ any attempt to quit Wolf hamscote Sir Marmaduke watched him descend, might cause you vexatious inconvenience, leap to the saddle, and ride off. He if not serious peril. Can you climb ?- then drew a huge arm-chair to the table, You will then scarcely object to try your finished the wine and meat, on which exit by my entrance;” and he pointed to Orlando had already made considerable the old yew tree that stood scowling and incursions; and the shadows of night nodding at the window, a most portentous having now completely overgloomed the witness of their conference.

banquet-house, he muffled himself in Lovel took the paper (which was in the large fur robe,-and, drawing the fact a safe-conduct under Sir Marmaduke curtains, Aung himself in moody silence Tracy's own hand and seal) with grate- on the bed. ful but manly acknowledgments, and Midnight had pealed her twelve warndeclared himself quite ready for his de- ings from the distant, but sonorous parture, however unceremonious might clock-tower of Wolfhamscote, when the be the means.

lamp was seen to glimmer from the Then doffing the gay scarf and doublet, escalier derobe of the private passage. he resumed his own travel-stained attire, But it was not this time as at others,

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deposited on the landing, for the Lady of “ Here a strange sound, like a smg. Wolfhamscote entered the apartment thered cry from one who was choaking, bearing the light, and the light alone issued from the curtains ; but the lady's for neither basket nor store had she excitement towered to such a pitch, she with her.

scarcely noticed it. She placed it on the dark hearth, and “I loved you, Lord Orlando !--I advancing with uncertain steps to the loved you,—when, as a wedded matron, farther end of the chamber, seated herself I received you to refuge in my husband's not far from the bed on which, disclosed hall,—nay, hear me on !- I loved you, through the partially drawn curtains, a ere I knew he was dead ;-they told me recumbent figure enveloped in a cloak of of his slaughter ;-told too, that you had sables, lay in the same situation which slain him ;-and 'twas exultation,-ay, the Baron of Lovel had, till then, occu- shrink from me as you will !_but 't was pied ;-the attitude of dejection too was erultation thrilled me at the tidings. his; and, like his, the face was con- But oh! in that same moment did selfcealed from view.

abhorrence start up like a vindictive Lady Tracy had sate a brief space, fury, and drives me now to this huabsorbed in earnest and agitated contem- miliating self-revenge plation of the imaginary homicide, when She paused. He was still as death. suddenly she broke silence.

At length, “ It is vain--all vain !” she said, partly “Lovel !" resumed the wretched Hyaaddressing her companion, and partly cinth, “ Bear witness, (for you can) speaking to herself.“ I have fasted, I that I have struggled,--though in vain, have prayed, I have exhausted the night- yet I have struggled against this hateful watches in my vigils. I have even in- passion! Once, I implored you never voked death death to arrest the re- to let me see your face nor hear your bellious torrent in my veins, and prevent voice. Well, unhappy boy! have you the impiety I meditated, but abhorred! obeyed me, well, but to no purpose : Alas! that very impiety breathed in my and now, emboldened by despair, cry, prayer, and mingled with my vigils. Speak, though it be to execrate and spurn Throughout them all, I had but one me! Look on me, though in that glance thought; and that, like a flaming phan- I read contempt, abhorrence !" tom, fired and glared and Aitted before She arose, seized the lamp, and, totterme, wherever I turned. Worse than ing up to the settee, tore apart the this I cannot feel! Hear me then, thou curtains, bent over him, drew the coverfatal young man ! and, before you con- ing from his face ; but it was disfigured demn me, think what a masterful agony with blood! She listened wildly for a must she have to wrestle with, who, sound;- but that voice was for ever unable to govern her own weakness, thus silenced ! blazons her own shame!"

Agony had burst open the red foun. The listener to this strange shrift, tains of life, and she looked upon the groaned and writhed himself on the bed. still warm corpse of her husband. “ My Lord Lovel!” she pursued,

HORACE GUILFORD. reserve your groans, till they are de- March 26th, 1835. manded; and even then, if possible, spare me your abhorrence. You have SOLITARY CONFINEMENT. worse to answer for, than the slaying of your benefactor !”

A trial of solitary confinement day A convulsive motion on the bed, and night, without labour, was made,” shewed the intense interest of her au- says Mr. Crawford, in his report on the ditor.

Penitentiaries of the United States, “at “ The wound that took his life, was Auburn, in the year 1822, for ten months, innocence to that which slew my honour !” upon eighty of the most hardened con

The recumbent figure started as if victs. They were each confined in a cell some sharp weapon had transfixed him only seven feet long, three feet and a to the couch.

half wide, and seven feet high. They “ You fancy I accuse you unjustly.- were on no account permitted to leave 'Tis true your lip, your hand, your very the cell, during that long period, on any will were all guiltless.-What of that ? occasion, not even for the purposes of it was your deadly beauty--that face, nature. They had no means of obtaining that form, those accents, and those any change of air, nor opportunities of smiles, were my bane, my very fate ! - taking exercise. The most disastrous and I loved you !”

consequences were naturally the result,



Several persons became insane: health HISTORIC GLEANINGS. was impaired, and life endangered. The discipline of the prison at that period was one of unmixed severity. There was no History is philosophy, teaching by example.

Lord Bolinbroke. moral nor religious instruction of any kind communicated within its walls, nor RAUMER, in his admirable collections consolation administered by which the relating to the history of the sixteenth convict was enabled to bear up against and seventeenth centuries, gives from cothe cruelty of this treatment.

Nor was

temporary writers the following curious a trial of the same description, which account of the last three Tudors. took place in the State of Maine, con- " Edward VI. loves to dress himself ducted under more advantageous circum- in red, white, and violet. The laststances. The night-rooms or cells at named colour is so far appropriated by this prison are literally pits entered from him that no one but himself dares to the top by a ladder, through an aperture wear a hat of that hue. His livery, on about two feet square. The opening is the other hand, is green and white. As secured by an iron grate, used as a trap- the English commonly attire themselves door; the only other orifice is one at the well, and spend much on their clothes, bottom, about an inch and a half in dia- Edward, in the same manner (although meter, for the admission of warm air he falls far short of his father in this from underneath, The cells are eight respect), constantly wears

on all his feet nine inches long, four feet six inches garments embroideries of gold, silver, wide, and nine feet eight inches high. and pearls! He has a good demeanour, Their gloom is indescribable. The diet, a royal appearance, much grace and digduring confinement, was bread and water nity in every transaction, and is affable only. Thus immured, and without any and liberal to the people. occupation, it will excite no surprise to “ To these accounts I append a delearn that a man who had been sentenced scription which an eye-witness, John to pass seventy days in one of these mi. Michele, gives of the Queen Mary and serable pits hung himself after four days' the Princess Elizabeth in the year 1557. imprisonment. Another condemned to Mary Tudor is rather of little than midsixty days, also committed suicide on the dle stature, thin and delicately formed, twenty-fourth day. It became necessary lively eyes, short sighted, a strong, deep to remove four others, who were unable voice, like that of a man, so that she is to endure this cruelty, from the cell to heard from a distance, extremely diligent the hospital repeatedly before the expira- in sewing, embroidery, and other female tion of their sentence. It is said that labours, so finished and able a performer similar experiments have been made in on the spinet that professors are astoVirginia, and that various diseases, ter- nished. Her passions, public and dominating in death, were the result. The mestic, often throw her into deep melancells in which the prisoners were confined choly. She is vexed about her husband, have been since disused: they are, in her own barrenness, the state of religion, fact; dungeons, being on the basement &c.; but, above all, about her sister story, and so dark as to require a lamp Elizabeth, upon whom, as her successor, in visiting them. In damp weather the the eyes and minds of all are directed. water stands in drops on the walls. The «And truly it must vex not only Mary, cells were not warmed at any season of but every one else, that the bastard blood the year. A prisoner's feet were actually of one sentenced and punished as a public frozen during his confinement. No fair strumpet, should be destined one day, trial of the effects of solitude could have with greater fortune, to rule this realm taken place, as has been alleged, in the instead of its true and legitimate line of penitentiary of New Jersey, the cells princes. being so arranged that the convicts can “ Elizabeth, now twenty-three years converse with perfect freedom. From old, is a young woman who is considered experiments of this character no just con- as not less remarkable for the graces of clusions can therefore be derived un- the mind than for those of the body, alfriendly to solitary imprisonment of any though it may be said that her countekind, especially when accompanied by nance is rather pleasing than beautiful. employment, in large and well-ventilated

In figure, she is tall, well-shaped; her cells, the arrangements of which have flesh well to look on, though tending to reference to the preservation of the olive in complexion; fine eyes, and, above, health, regular employment, and im- all, a beautiful hand, which she seeks to provement of the mind of the offender.”

display. Her spirit and intellect are


admirable, so that she has known how to

It is a nervous sight to behold ; conduct herself, displaying both in times for you momentarily expect to see some of suspicion and peril

. She surpasses person or child crushed beneath the the Queen in knowledge of languages, horses' hoofs; but no accident ever hapfor, besides knowing Latin, and Greek pens, and men, women, and children, to a moderate extent, she understands maintain their seats with the greatest Italian better than the Queen, and takes calmness and feeling of security, saluting so much pleasure in the latter language, any well-executed point of horsemanship that she will converse in no other tongue with loud and exulting shouts of approwith natives of Italy. She is proud, and bation, whilst the women accompany considers herself (although aware what them with the usual but indescribable sort of mother bore her) as no less or less cries of the quick-repeated lu-lu-lu-lu; worthy than the Queen. Henry VIII. in return for which they are covered with had set apart for her an annual income clouds of sand and dust, which the imof 10,000 ducats. She would consume petuous coursers throw up behind them. much more, and incur great debts, if she Three or four others, dashing their sharp did not purposely, to avoid increasing the stirrups into the flanks of their impatient suspicions of the Queen, limit her house- steeds, rush madly along the length of hold and attendance; for there is not a the arena, shouting forth their tekbir, or lord or gentleman in the realm who has war-cries, and whirling round their heads not sought to place himself, or a brother the long and silver-adorned Arab guns, or son in her service. So great is thus which they discharge at the spectators the affection and good will which is when they have reached the farthest exshown her, by which, in one way or tremity of the lists. Others engage with another, her expenses are increased, swords soldiers on foot, galloping round although she opposes her poverty to the their adversaries in incredibly small proposed enlargements of her establish- circles, twisting their horses suddenly ment, which crafty excuse, however, round, and then circling to the other merely increases her party of hangers on; hand; and I know not which most to it being considered not only unusual, but admire, the activity and suppleness of in the highest degree unbecoming, that the rider or of his horse. Others, whilst a king's daughter should be so hardly dealt at full speed, will lean over, and without with, and so ill maintained.”

in the least reducing their pace, pick up

from the ground a piastre or any other ARAB TOURNAMENTS. equally small object, thrown down for

the purpose. These sports form on the Sir G. T. Temple thus describes one of whole one of the gayest and most anithese curious spectacles:

mated scenes I ever beheld, increased as “The tournament field is oblong, and it is by the waving of many silken sanjaks bordered by rows of spectators, who form of the brightest colours, by the music, its boundaries by sitting cross-legged the report of fire-arms, the war-cries of round the open space.

The best riders the performers, and the shouts of the of the tribe, mounted on the most active spectators." horses, are then introduced into the arena, the men being clothed with as much AN ADVENTURE IN ITALY. splendour as their means will permit them, while the chargers are covered with I will tell you a narrow escape I had large silk housings of different colours, some years ago in Tuscany. Rand reaching to the ground, and resembling myself having heard of a flight of cocks, those of ancient knights, as represented had gone down into the Maremma to in Froissart. Some of the Arabs then shoot. You have heard of the Maremcommence making their horses dance to It possesses an almost interminthe sound of drums and trumpets, whilst able extent of morasses, “overgrown men on foot occasionally rush forward with long, rank grasses," and hillocks, and discharge their muskets close to the as Shelley beautifully describes, “heaped horses' ears. Others dash forward at full with moss-enwoven turf,” a wilderness speed along the line of seated spectators, of putridity and desolation. It was the as close to their feet as they possibly can, month of November ; before which time without actually trampling upon them: it is dangerous to set foot there, for until and every now and then suddenly throw- the first frost even many of the fevering their horses on their haunches, spin stricken serfs forsake it. In the eagertham round on their hind legs, and re- ness of sport we had been led farther sume in the opposite direction their wild than we calculated from our albergo, a


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