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clared she would do as he desired, highly extolled; and giving his stirrups though the dean of Seville himself were to a muleteer who attended him, he disto come that night to her house. She mounted, and ordered supper to be got asked if he would take any supper. He ready immediately. answered, no; that all he desired was, While he was at table, there entered, that great care should be taken of his as was not unusual at the inns in little horse. He asked for the key of the country towns, an alguazil, whose office chamber; and taking with him some was to execute the warrants of the alcalde large leathern purses or pouches, he en- of the place. This worthy functionary, tered the room, locked the door behind without much ceremony, sat down to him, and also, as afterwards appeared, table with the stranger gentleman while set two chairs against it.
he was at supper, contriving, in the inScarcely had the stranger shut him. tervals between his different inquiries, self in his apartment, before the landlord, short as they were, to swallow three his hostler, and two of his neighbours, tumblers of wine, besides picking the who happened to be there, assembled in breast of a fowl and the leg of a parcouncil, and talked of the great beauty tridge, which the gentleman gave him ; and gallant equipments of the new guest, for which good fare the alguazil paid unanimously deciding that they had with asking him the news of the capital, never before seen anything so fine. They as also of the war in Flanders, and the then proceeded to determine his age, descent of the Turk, not forgetting the and concluded that he was sixteen or occurrences in Transylvania. The genseventeen. Finally, they employed all tleman supped, and said nothing ; not their gossiping ingenuity in conjectur- having come from such a quarter as to ing what it could be, that had occasioned be able to satisfy his questioner’scuriosity; him to swoon; but as they could not find The innkeeper, having now finished it out, they were obliged to be content attending to the horse, came and set with admiring his face and figure. The himself down to make a third in the neighbours went home, the host went to conversation, and to taste his own wine, feed the stranger's horse, and the hostess in as plentiful draughts as the alguazil ; to prepare supper in case other guests and after each swallow he turned his should arrive.
head over his left shoulder, and praised And it was not long before another the goodness of the wine, exalting it to traveller entered the inn, but little older the clouds, according to the Spanish exthan the first, and scarcely of inferior pression; though, says my author, he figure; and no sooner was the landlady did not let it stay there long, lest it acquainted with it, than, in her simpli- should get watered. city, she exelaimed, “Good heavens ! From one thing to another, they at what is this? Are angels coming to length returned to the praises of the lodge at my house to-night ? ”
shut-up guest; and the host related the • What makes you say so, my good circumstances of his fainting, and of his lady ? ” asked the gentleman who had retiring to his chamber without taking just stopped at the door.
any refreshment. They talked of the “ Oh, nothing at all, sir," answered bags which he carried, of the goodness the hostess; "only, sir, I say that you of his horse, and of his handsome tramust not alight, for I have no bed to velling-dress; all which seemed incongive you; for the two which I had to sistent with his going thus unattended. let, are both of them taken by a gentle. The description of all these particulars man who is lodging in that chamber. increased the stranger's desire to see He has paid for both of them, though him; and he told the innkeeper that if he wants only one, that nobody else he would so contrive it that he should may enter the room ; and it must be sleep in the empty bed, he would give because he likes to be alone; though him a gold escudo. But although the on my life, I don't know why he should; offer of the money was quite sufficient for neither his face nor his figure was to dispose the worthy host to procure made to be hidden, but for all the world him the gratification he desired, the latter to see him and bless him.”
found it impossible to do so, as the door “ Is he handsome, mistress ? ” in- was fastened inside, and he could not quired the gentleman.
venture to wake the youth who was “ Is he !" said the landlady; “ he is sleeping within, seeing that he had paid handsome, and handsome again." for both the beds. In this difficulty,
“ Here, then,” said the gentleman, however, the ingenuity of the alguazil take my horse; for though I should suggested an expedient :-sleep on the floor, I must see a man so “What must be done,” said he, “ is
this : I will call out at the door, that I -Alas! my honoured parents and ream a peace officer, and that, by order latives, that you should thus have been of the alcalde, I bring this gentleman to disgraced ! Alas for me! again and lodge at this inn to-night ; and that again--that my desires should thus have there being no other bed at liberty, he carried me away! Oh words of falsemust have that. To which the guest hood, which so persuadsd me to answer will answer, that he is unhandsomely you by my deeds !-- But, wretched that treated, the bed being already taken, I am, of what do I complain ?-were and that it is wrong to take it from him they not my own hands which dealt who has hired it. Our host will thus the blow that overthrew my honour and escape without blame, and this gentle- the confidence reposed in me my by aged man will obtain his wish.”
parents ?-Oh perjured Marco Antonio They approved this stratagem of the —how is it possible that with the sweetalguazil's; and the gentleman on whose ness of the words with which you wooed account it had been proposed, gave him me, can have been mingled the bitter. four reals, in reward of his ingenuity. ness of neglect and desertion ?-Where The plan was immediately put in execu- art thou, unfeeling man ?— Whither hast tion; and the result was, that after tes- thou fled, ungrateful one ?-Oh, answer tifying great chagrin at this unwelcome my call wait, for I follow thee-supdisturbance, the first occupier opened port me, for I am falling- pay that the door to the officer of police, and which thou owest me — assist her to the second, asking pardon for the intru- whom thou art so many ways bound !” sion, which, he said, he could not avoid, Here the mourner was silent, and apwent to take possession of the empty peared to be weeping; all which was bed. But the other neither said a word listened to in perfect stillness by the in reply, nor even let him see his face: other guest, who gathered from what for as soon as ever he had opened the he had heard, that the occupant of the door he retreated to his bed, and turning other bed must certainly be a woman, his face to the wall, apparently fell which made him still more desirous of asleep. His fellow-lodger went quietly seeing her face. He had more than to bed, expecting to gratify his curiosity once come to the resolution of going to when they should arise in the morning. her bed-side, to gratify this curiosity;
The night was one of the long and but when he was on the point of doing dreary ones of December, which the so, he heard her arise, and, opening the cold and fatigue they have experienced chamber door, call to the host to saddle in the day-time, inclines travellers to her horse, for that she wished to depart. pass as much as possible in repose : but To which, after he had let her call him as its kindly influence did not visit the a good while, the worthy innkeeper first occupant of the chamber, soon after answered by desiring the young gentlemidnight he began to sigh so deeply man (as he supposed her to be), to and bitterly, that the other guest was compose himself, for that it was hardly awakened from his slumber by the past midnight, and that the darkness was mournful and complaining tones of his such, it would be downright rashness to fellow-lodger; and wondering at the set out at that hour. His guest thereviolent sobs with which his heart seemed upon desisted, and shutting the door to be bursting, he listened attentively, again, threw herself upon the bed, fetchin order, if possible, to catch the sense ing a deep sigh. of what he seemed to be murmuring to The other traveller thought that it himself. The room was dark, and the would now be well to speak to her, and beds a good way apart; nevertheless, make her an offer of all the assistance in amongst other words which fell from his his power, to oblige her to reveal to him companion, his ear caught the following, the particulars of her sorrowful story; uttered in a tone of sorrowful complaint: and so he said to her—" Assuredly, sir,
“ Alas! unhappy that I am, whither if the sighs and the words which I have is the irresistible force of my destiny heard from you, had not moved me to carrying me? Whither am I journey- commiserate the ill fortune of which ing? or what issue do I hope, from this you complain, I must have been hardbewildering labyrinth in which I am in- hearted indeed : if this compassion which volved? Alas! my few and inexperi- I feel for you, and the purpose which I enced years, incapable of all prudent have formed of doing my utmost to assist reflection! What is to be the end of you, if your misfortune admit of remedy, this my secret peregrination? Alas! my - if these, I say, merit any courtesy in despised honour ! my ill-requited love! return, I beg you to shew me that of
acquainting me unreservedly with the more wealthy than my parents, and of cause of your grief.”
equal birth. “ Had it not deprived me of my “ The first time I beheld him, I felt senses,” answered the stranger, “I must nothing more than a certain satisfaction certainly have remembered that I was at having seen him ; which was not at not alone in this chamber, and should all surprising, for his face and figure, his have laid more restraint upon my sighs manners and address, were admired and and wailings; but since my recollection applauded by everybody, nor
was he deserted me when it was of so much less distinguished for his good sense and importance to me to preserve it, I will politeness. But to what end am I praisdo what you request ; for the bitter re- ing my enemy, and enlarging the recital cital of my misfortunes, by aggravating of my misfortune, or rather of my folly ? the bitterness of my pangs, may haply I say, then, that he saw me a number put an end to me at once. But first you of times, from a window which was opmust promise me, by the good faith which posite to one of mine; from whence, as you have shewn in the offer you have it seemed to me, he sent me his heart made me, and by your honourable con- through his eyes; and mine, with a difdition (for of such your words indicate ferent kind of pleasure from the first, you to be), that for anything you may grew fond of looking at him, and even hear in the course of my narration, you forced me to believe that all which I read will not stir from your bed, nor ask me in his countenance and his gestures, anything more than I shall choose to was the purest truth. tell you; for if you do, the moment I “ This communication by our eyes led perceive that you are approaching, I will him to find opportunities of speaking, in take a sword which I have under my which the declaration of his passion pillow, and stab myself to the heart.” served to inflame mine, and to confirm
The other, who, to gratify his curi- my belief in his sincerity. His suit was osity, would have promised a thousand enforced by promises, vows, sighs, tears, impossible things, answered that he would and, as it seems to me, by everything by punctually observe the conditions pro. which a true lover can express a heartposed, confirming his assurance by re- felt passion; and to me, unhappy girl! peated asseverations.
quite inexperienced in such matters, “ With this assurance, then,” said the every word was a cannon-shot, which mysterious stranger, “ I will tell you the threw down part of the fortress of my story of my life, which has never yet honour; every tear was a consuming been related to any one,-and so at- flame to my modesty ; every sigh was a tend:
furious wind that fanned the conflagra“ You must know, sir, that I, who tion of my virtue, till then unassailed; entered this inn (as you have doubtless and, finally, on his promising to become been told), in male attire, am an unfor- my husband, in spite of his parents, who tunate maiden,—such at least I could had another marriage in view for him, boast of being a week ago, and such I all my reserve abandoned me, and, i ceased to be through my own imprudence know not how, I yielded myself entirely and folly-putting faith in the artful and to him, unknown to my parents, and enticing words of treacherous man. My with no other witness of my infatuation name is Teodosia; my native place, one but a page of Marco Antonio's—for that of the principal towns in this province is my deceiver's name: and in two days of Andalusia, whose name I do not men- after he had taken the possession of me tion, because it is of less consequence to
which he desired, he disappeared from you to know it, than it is to me to keep the town, without either his parents or
My parents are noble, and any other person being able to tell or to may be said to be wealthy; they had one imagine whither he was gone, son and one daughter,-the former for • What I then felt may be expressed by their honour and comfort, the latter for those who can; for my part, I have no quite the reverse. They sent him to power to describe it. I tore my hair, as study at Salamanca, and me they kept at if it had been to blame for my error; I home, with all the care and privacy struck my face, which seemed to me to which their rank and their virtue dic- have been the cause of my misfortune; tated ; at which I did not repine, but cursed my fate; I blamed my prewas constantly obedient to them, con- cipitation; I shed foods of tears; and forming my own will entirely to theirs, was almost choaked by the sobs which until my ill fate or my folly presented to burst from my agonizing heart; I my view the son of a neighbour of ours, plained in solitude to heaven ; I strove
to imagine any step which might haply NOTICE OF NEW BOOKS. lead me to redress or to relief; and that which occurred to me was, to dress myself in man's attire, absent myself from Tough Yarns; a Series of Naval Tales my parents' house, and go in search of
and Sketches to please all Hands. By this deceitful Eneas, this cruel and
the Old Sailor ; author of “ Greentreacherous Vireno,* this betrayer of my wich Hospital &c. Illustrated by affections and my just and well-grounded
George Cruikshank. hopes; and so, without deeply considering the step I was about to take, an The Old Sailor again! Who does not opportunity presenting itself of taking remember the humorous tales which a travelling dress of my brother's, and appeared in the Literary Gazette some a horse of my father's, one very dark years ago, under the signature of the night, I saddled it, and left my home, Old Sailor? These tales were then very intending to go to Salamanca, whither, popular, and they were, we believe, subas had since been said, it was thought sequently collected and republished, with that Marco Antonio might have gone; some clever etchings by George Cruikfor he, too, is a student, and a companion shank. Here is another collection of of my brother whom I have men- quarter-deck and fo’castle yarns, illustioned.
strated by the same humorous and ori“I did not forget to bring away some ginal artist, who, if he does not acquire money with me, to supply the exigencies a fortune by the exercise of his talents, of this my sudden journey. What I will leave behind him a reputation not most fear is, that my parents will follow likely to be eclipsed. me, and discover me by the dress which The etchings of George Cruikshank I wear and the horse which I ride ; and will be admired and prized at some fuif this fear leaves me for a time, I am ture period; but they are not sufficiently then haunted by that of my brother, who valued now, notwithstanding the nonis at Salamanca; for it may well be sup- sensical “yarns” (as the Old Sailor would posed, that if he recognise me, my life say) that we now and then hear about will be in danger; since, though he our patronage of the fine arts. We do should listen to my excuses, the smallest not hesitate to say, that ninety-nine o. particle of his honour is enough to out- every hundred who purchase the works weigh all that I can offer.
of George Cruikshank, look only to the "Nevertheless, my chief determination humour of the subject, and do not deign is, though it be at the risk of my life, to to notice the minute and delicate work seek my inhuman husband; for he cannot of the etching-needle, in which this ardeny that he is my husband; without his tist has no equal at the present day. being belied by the testimonial which he But to the tales in this neat little volume. left in my hands, which is a diamond There is a pleasing variety: they vary ring, with the incription-Marco Antonio from “grave to gay," and although the is the husband of Teodosia. If I find him, rough, weather-beaten Greenwich penI will know from him what he found in sioner is sometimes made to discourse me that so soon inclined him to desert with a little too much precision and atme: and, finally, he shall either redeem tention to grammar, the narratives are his word and fulfil his promise, or I will exceedingly well told.
This book is a take his life, shewing myself as prompt great favourite, and we should not be to revenge as I was ready to let myself surprised to hear that it has reached a be injured.
second edition. What a capital volume “This, sir, is the true and unhappy for those who are about to make a voystory which you desired to know, and age! From among the tales we are which will be a sufficient apology for the tempted to make the following; and sobs and exclamations that awakened you. from the vignettes, with which the little What I would ask, is, since you cannot book abounds, the publisher has kindly give me redress, that you would, at least, permitted us to select the cuts introgive me counsel how to shun the dangers duced into this number. These speak to which I am exposed, allay my dread for themselves, being a good sample of of being discovered, and take the most the artist's genius. likely means to accomplish what I so We begin with an account of the cutmuch wish and need.”
ting out of the Hermione frigate from (Continued at page 90).
Porto Cabello-her crew had formerly * The name of a personage in Spanish history mutinied, and sold her to the Spanish whose treachery was proverbial.
Recapture of the Hermione. and kept a sharp look-out, dodging off As for these cutting-outs, why I've and on, but keeping at a fair distance, so had a pretty good share on 'em in my that the prize might not be afraid of time, seeing as how I've been with some leaving port. Well, day after day they of them there fire-eating chaps as would watched, but nothing hove in sight bigcut out the devil himself from under a ger than a land-crab; so what does the heavy fire, if so be as his reverence captain do, but being tired of waiting, warn't moored with chains. To my he cuts out some vessels from under the thinking, there's more to rouse the nat- island of Ainber, to keep the men from ’ral spirit of man in boarding than in getting idle, and then runs off of Porto laying at long shots and hitting each Cabello, and there sure enough lay the other spitefully; for if a fellow does Harmoine all ataunt-o, every stick on work an eyelet hole in your canvas where end, sails bent, t'-gallant yards crossed, it arn't wanted, you have the chance of and a whacking large Spanish ensign and damaging some of his spars in return, pennant flying ;—but mark me, messand that's what I calls fair play. Bekase, mates, she was moored head and starn messmates, setting a case as this here betwixt two heavy batteries, the smallest it's cut for cut, and d- all favours. of which could have blowed the little Now at long shot you never can tell who frigate out of the water, and cut her up hits you, and that's what I call a sort like junk. of incendiary act; but at close quarters “ It was a beautiful evening, when the you can always tell who lends you a rap, saucy Surprise stood close in to reckoniand you can pay him agin; and if he ter ;-—there was a fine breeze and smooth falls, then you can stand his friend and water, and the craft worked like a top. take care of him. But nevertheless, They could see the sodgers at the battemessmates,- -as many on you knows, ries and the men on board the enemy all that same cutting-out is sharp work for at their quarters, and the gun-boats were the eyes, as the monkey said when he pulling out to take up convenient posihugged the cat, particularly when the tions; though there warn't a man among boarding-nettings are triced up and the 'em believed the ship could be taken, yet enemy are prepared for you; but there they knew d-d well the Englishmen warn't a ship on the West Ingee station would try. but would have gladly undertaken the “ Well, next day Captain Hamilton recapture of the Harmoine, bekase the hove-to, just without range of shot, and whole affair had been a disgraceful con- challenged the Harmoine to come out; sarn, and had placed the cha-rackter of but she took no notice of it, and so the a British tar like a yankee schooner jam. Surprise made sail, stood into the mouth med betwixt two winds,-nobody knew of the harbour, and fired at her. The which way she ’d tend. Well, messmates, batteries opened their palaver; but the the job fell to the Surprise, 28, an old little ship hauled off without a shot French 24, called the Unity when she touching her, and the lazy lubberly Spawas taken by the Inconstant, in the be- niards, more than two to one in men and ginning of the year 96. Howsomever, metal, didn't dare to show their yellow messmates, she kept up both names, as it rag outside the port. So the ship's were ; for never was there a ship with company, fore-and-aft, wondered what more unity among the men, and she sur- the captain would be at, and they grinprised the Spaniards by the daring im- ned like so many cat-heads to think they pudence they displayed. The Harmoine couldn't get a fair slap at her. But the had made a run or two from San Do- captain was up in the main-top with a mingo, and in September, 99, our admi- round jacket ong_stretched out at full ral, ould Sir Hyde Parker, received length with his glass resting on the topintelligence that she was going to make brim, and most arnestly overhauling another trip to Havannah, and the Sur- their consarns in-shore, so that an old prise was sent to cruise off Cape Saint woman couldn't stir out of doors, nor a Romar to intercept her. The whole of rat move on the Harmoine's decks withthe little frigate's complement was 197, out his seeing it. The master was up in men and boys, but there warn't so many the fore-top upon the same lay, and they as that on board, and with this force kept hailing each other about different Captain Hamilton was to attack a ship consarns, till they made every thing out carrying 44 guns, and haviug nearly 400 as plain as the grog-blossoms on Darby's men ;-but they didn't calculate odds in nose there. Well, d'ye mind, they kept them days. Well, d'ye see, she got upon at this all day long, dodging about and her station about the middle of October, in-and-out, like a dog in a fair, till the