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afterwards, that the Prior of the neigh- which I have reckoned upon, I will bouring monastery held his missal dur. write to you. In the mean time keep ing service in his left hand, and kept his this money as a deposit which I intrust right, if be had one, under the sleeve of to your probity, and which may one his cassock.
day be of greater use to me than it can be at present. Continue to take charge
of my farms; conceal my departure from Dr. Morrison, in his journey with Lord the world; the least indiscretion on your Amherst into the interior of China, part may prove fatal to me, and I know discovered in the apartments of a Chi. you would not wish to ruin a master nese, an European picture of our Savi- whom you love." our, crowned with thorns, holding a “Ah, dear sir,” exclaimed both the reed, &c. to which the owner of the brothers at once, we would sooner die apartment (not a Christian) paid adora- ourselves than occasion you the least tion, and regarded with great veneration. unhappiness. We will carefully preserve
this sum of seventeen thousand francs
which we had meant to have paid you AN ANECDOTE OF TO-DAY.
just now, had you not directed us to From the French of M. de Rougemont. keep it; it will be always at your disBy G. G. CUNNINGHAM.
posal, for we will not allow it to pass Les hommes d'affaires sont-ils plus dangereux
out of our hands without instructions qu’utiles? Qui croirait qu' one pareille from you; this we solemnly swear.” question a été résolue affirmativement par The two brothers raised their hands ceux memes qui ne peuvent s'en passer ? towards heaven as they spoke, and re
mained mechanically in that attitude It is now about twenty-five or twenty- till the chaise which conveyed their besix years ago, since M. de Rosanges loved master drove out of sight. found himself compelled to quit France, The hastc with which M. de Rosanges and take up his residence in a foreign had been compelled to abandon his country. To have lingered longer than country and family, had left him little he did in his native land would have ex- time to arrange his affairs. The secresy posed him to extreme danger; although which he had determined should be over this estimable man-like many others the place of his retreat, rendered it imsimilarly situated—was unwilling to re- possible for him to adopt any measures gard his expatriation in any other light by which he could control them during than that of a brief but necessary exile. his absence; his enemies, however, deOf course the preparations for his depar- ceived by his apparent tranquillity, were ture were made with the most profound not apprised of his flight till it was too secresy. No person suspected the de- late to prevent it. But their malevolence signs of M. de Rosanges, and it was by was not satisfied by his exile; the name the merest accident in the world that, at of M. de Rosanges swelled the list de the moment of his stepping into the post- proscription - his effects were sequeschaise, Jacques and Clement Bidant pre- trated and sold, -his family cruelly sented themselves before him.
driven from their home--and bis debtors These two brothers were tenants of commanded, on pain of being dealt with M. de Rosanges. For several years they as disaffected persons, to account to the had farmed the greater part of his estate; public authorities for what sums they a bad harvest had thrown them behind owed him. Thus was M. de Rosanges in their payments, and they had now stript in one day of his birthright as a come to discharge two years' arrears of Frenchman, and his rank as a landed rent at once. A few hours earlier, and gentleman. the money would have been most accept- Many of his friends, although filled able; but time now pressed,–M. de with indignation at the relentless conRosanges' peril became every moment duct of his persecutors, hastened to pay more imminent,—and a single minute's over to government the sums of money delay might annihilate his hopes of which they were owing to M. de Roescape; aware then of the impossibility sanges; others of a more timid disposiof settling accounts with the honest tion shrunk from acknowledging their tenants at this critical juncture, he dis- ever having had any transactions with missed them with these words:
the proscribed man, although they se“ I go; my absence will not be long; cretly determined not to lose sight of but if, contrary to my expectation, it their own interests, should fortune again should be prolonged beyond the period smile upon him. I know not how it
happened, whether from private inform- Such charge was indeed unnecessary. ation or the activity of its own agents, Jacques, the son of a poor farmer in the but so it was that government soon got neighbourhood of Lagny, had received notice of the transaction with the bro- little or no education ; but nature had thers Bidant; and an order was instantly bestowed upon him a quick sense of right issued for Clément's arrestment. Cross- and wrong, and a character of decided questioned, cajoled, and threatened by shrewdness and honesty; a virtuous acturns, the poor Clément continued firmly tion was to him a natural one; and from to conceal his knowledge of the alleged his infancy he had been trained to uptransaction, and, for his obstinacy, was rightness of conduct, and the thought thrown into one of the thousand prisons had never entered into his head that he which formed the peculiar ornament of could by any means shake himself free the French capital at this epoch. He of an obligation once undertaken ; alwas given to understand, indeed, that though he clearly saw that every day the instant he made a full disclosure, he rendered the return of M. de Rosanges would be set at liberty; but, satisfied more difficult, and although many perthat he had done his duty, Clément re- sons argued that it was no longer to be mained true to his oath, and cheerfully looked for, and that the exile should be resigned himself to his fate.
considered as having succumbed to his Jacques endeavoured, by every means misfortunes, Jacques was never once in his power, to soften the hardship of tempted to appropriate to his own use his brother's situation ; he supplied him the money which had already cost him with every little comfort or necessary so much to protect. which he could command; but for all With the produce of his industry and the gold in the world he would not, his share of his father's succession, even in this emergency, have touched a Jacques had bought a small farm nigh single franc of the sum which had been to Roissy, upon which he lived in a intrusted to his keeping. Meanwhile he degree of comfort, to which his economy sought by every imaginable ruse to learn gave the appearance of competence. His something of M. de Rosanges' situation, heart, which hitherto had resisted the whose return could no longer be calcu- soft impressions of love, now became lated upon; but all his endeavours for alive to the tender sentiment. Rose this purpose were ineffectual. M. de Delaunay, the daughter of a wealthy Rosanges himself had calculated on his neighbour, was the first to inspire him being able to return to his native coun- with a real passion, and she herself did try, in the course of the following year ; not long remain insensible to his attachhe was therefore not a little embarrassed ment. The two lovers seemed fortunate by the situation in which his enemies in their attachment, and every thing had placed him ; he could not address a favoured their approaching union, when letter to any of his friends without com- an unfortunate event threatened the depromising their safety, and this generous struction of their fairest hopes. Delaumotive imposed absolute silence upon nay's steading took fire, and a frightful him, however great the interest he had conflagration reduced him in a few hours at stake. Jacques in the meanwhile from a state of affluence to poverty. spared no pains to discover the place of Jacques would have gladly come to his retreat which his beloved master had
succ ur; but his means were altogether chosen; but M. de Rosanges had be- insufficient for his generous purposes ; come unfortunate, and no one knew or and at this critical moment a neighbourcared to tell that he knew aught about ing farmer, who had been rejected in his him.
former addresses, formerly demanded The firmness of Clément, at last, Rose's hand from her father, and offered triumphed over the virulence of his per- to rebuild, at his own expense, Delausecutors; unable to extort the desired nay's steading, and advance two thouconfession from his lips, they at last gave sand crowns to enable him to repair his him his liberty ; but this victim of losses, provided he would favour his suit. fidelity had caught a mortal disease in To a man in Delaunay's circumstances the place of his confinement, and in a such an offer was too tempting to be reshort time sealed his devotion to M. de sisted, and he soon gave Jacques to unRosanges with his own life ; worn out derstand how decidedly he now preferred by the fatigue and privations which he the wealthier Durand for his son-in-law. had endured, he breathed his last in the A sigh was the only answer from poor arms of his brother, after having adjured Jacques. With less virtue, he might him to maintain his secret inviolable. still have possessed the object of his love. No person knew of the existence of M. purposes of the holder. With this view de Rosanges' fifteen thousand francs. he consulted a man of business who was The silence of the proprietor authorised in the habit of looking to his own interhim, so to speak, to dispose of it for his ests while managing those of others. own purposes. But Jacques remained This personage quickly proved to him, true to what honesty dictated; and cou- both by argument and precedent, that a rageously, though not without regret, he deposit, if remaining unclaimed at the sacrificed his happiness to his integrity. end of twenty-five years, had become in
The father of Rose had given his for. vested with all the negative qualities of mal consent to neighbour Durand's pro- a lost sum as far as regarded the pledger, positions. The wedding-day was fixed, and, of right, became the absolute proand all the village sympathised with poor perty of him in whose hands it had been Rose, whose distress was too evident to originally placed. Well-pleased at the be concealed. A secret presentiment result of this consultation for which led her steps one day towards Jacques' our man of business received a fee proabode; she perceived him, sad and portionate to the agreeableness of his thoughtful, seated upon a stone bench at advice, Delaunay hastened to impart the the entrance of his garden ;-she ap- information he had gained to his son-inproached ;-he spoke ;—she listened ;- law, who, in the meantime, had made a she became his confident, and burst from discovery of another kind. him with a cry of surprise! Filled with In glancing over the newspapers, admiration for a man who could thus Jacques had met with the name of Rosacrifice every thing that he held dearest sanges. He uttered an exclamation of upon earth to preserve his integrity un- mingled surprise and joy at the discosullied, she threw herself at the feet of very; and having hastily arrayed himher father,—recounted to him with tear- self in his holiday suit, directed his steps ful eyes all that Jacques had told her,-- towards the house mentioned in the adextolled his heroical sacrifice with all the vertisement. With some difficulty he eloquence which love and admiration obtained an interview with the master of could inspire,—and ended by declaring the establishment. He appeared a young that she would never consent to be sepa- man of about twenty-six years of age. rated from him. The earnestness of her Jacques trembled to ask him whether he entreaties, the fervour of her words, that was related to M. de Rosanges, whom force which ever accompanies the lan- he had known, for he remembered that guage of truth, shook the resolution of his old master had no children. “ True," Delaunay. He raised his daughter from replied the young de Rosanges, with her knees; embraced her; comforted her much suavity of manners, to the inquiry with soothing words; and constrained of the honest countryman; “I am only by the influence of a noble example, his nephew.” consented to receive Jacques for his son- “ And how is he himself, the worthy in-law. Virtue is not always accompa- gentleman ?” nied by misfortune.
“ He is dead !" The integrity of Jacques was yet to “ Dead,” repeated Jacques with endure fresh trial. Twice during the heavy sigh. calamities attendant upon foreign inva- “ I am the last member of his family; sion did he behold his little dwelling I inherit his name,
the small resacked and plundered, and his fields laid mains of that property which he once waste; and twice did he abandon his possessed in this country." own property the better to protect the “God be thanked!" exclaimed Jacques, sacred deposit intrusted to his keeping; “I come to add a little to your succesthe only thing which he preserved from sion.” danger was that which he had least in- 6 You!” terest in protecting.
“ Yes, I myself.
Your uncle, my The father-in-law, who while he ad- master, left a sum of seventeen thousand mired Jacques' fidelity did not altoge- francs in my hands, which I will now ther approve of that excess of probity account for to you.” which dictated such sacrifices for the “ What! account for a sum of money sake of another, at last became desirous placed in your hands twenty-six years to know at what point of time a sum of ago?” money, already twenty-five years depo- " It is entire. I have never touched it." sited with another, might cease to be “Honest fellow,” exclaimed Rosanges, regarded in the strict light of a deposit, holding out his right hand to him, and and might be appropriated to the private wiping away with the other a tear which
trembled in his eye, “ an action so noble you mark me ? The dear man, you and so free surprises me,—it is quite may depend upon it, has not kept this touching ! And yet, judging from your sum lying inactive in his hands all this dress, I should presume you dwell in the while.” country ?"
“ He swore to me he had.” “ Yes, sir.
“ And do you credit him ?” “ Then you must have met with many “ This action is a sufficient evidence losses, and often been placed in trying of his honesty.”. circumstances, and yet this money ?”
« Of his address! hear me then ; you “ And do you suppose, sir, that to are yet a young man,-you know little repair my losses, I would have been about business-matters. Every sum of justified in putting my hand into my money, when placed in any one's hands, neighbour's pocket?”
ought to bear interest. Now, the mo« But
" It makes no difference with me,-a “ It was a deposit.” deposit is a thing which does not belong “ With your leave we will come to to me. I would sooner perish of hunger that by-and-by. I would take security than touch it; my coat does not bespeak for it; we will give him time. a rich man, but it covers an honest must be sensible that I would not will. heart.”
ingly distress the man; but your interests M. de Rosanges felt that he could not are mine, and I ought to look after them. sufficiently admire the integrity of the You will thank me some day for the inhonest rustic; he wrote down his ad- terest which I have taken on your bedress, and promised that he would call half.” With these words the man of upon him one of these mornings; where- business took his leave. upon Jacques made his obeisance and The following morning M. de Rosantook his way home to his cottage, whist- ges directed his steps towards Jacques' ling as he went.,
abode. He entered,—but what were his « What good fortune has befallen you feelings when a whole family threw themto-day, Jacques ?” inquired his father- selves at his feet in tears! With indigin-law, as he entered with a blythe nation he perused a letter which Jacques countenance.
had just received from his man of busi• I have found M. de Rosanges,” an. ness, calling upon him to pa swered Jacques, while his wife threw whole interest on the twenty-six years' herself into his arms.
deposit, and threatening him with a proJacques had scarcely quitted M. de secution in case of refusal! His indigRosanges' hotel, when the man of busi- nation was, if possible, increased on its ness entered. It was the same person being ascertained, that the creature who whom Delaunay had consulted, and the now, in his name, demanded payment of young Rosanges quickly informed him interest as well as principal from the faithof his good fortune.
ful custodiers of his uncle's property, was “What! seventeen thousand francs !” the very man who had advised Delaunay exclaimed our man of quirks. “ Above to consider a twenty-five years' deposit twenty-six years! Quite inconceivable ! as having in effect become his own proWe live in an age of wonders !” A sud- perty. He hastened to relieve the poor den thought, however, seemed to strike but virtuous family from their alarms; him, his forehead smoothed up, and a and though he did not offend them by diabolical grin distorted his saturnine pressing upon their acceptance the whole features as he proceeded with his devilish sum which had proved to them the obinsinuations :
:-“This fellow, I presume, ject of so many misfortunes and so much has imagined that you were in possession solicitude, yet he begged that they would of the titles ?"
henceforward regard him as their protec“ I hold none."
tor, and offered Jacques, on the spot, the “ That your uncle had left you this office of keeper of his chateau de Saint sum?”
The same day, Delaunay received “ I do not know.”
intimation that M. de Rosanges no longer “ There is no doubt of it; but with needed his services. regard to the point of restitution, he has forgot one thing.”
WILD SPORTS IN AFRICA. " What is that?"
“ He has said nothing of interest; and The following graphic sketch of a panthe principal sum must have doubled it- ther hunt, is from a late novel called self by interest in twenty-six years. Do “ Makanna, or the land of the Savage,”
the scene of which is laid in the southern his dilated tail grew restless as an angry portion of Africa :
serpent. “ Hold back! That howl betokens The hottentot felt that time was preharm !"
cious, and whirling his glittering pole“ Yes, by Jove, the dog will bleed to axe round his head with a most intimideath! That hind-leg's broken, and the dating flourish, he brought it down with throat torn to the shoulder-bone !" the rapidity of a thunder-clap, as he sup
“ Stand back ! The hottentots are posed, on the skull of his adversary! cowering; 't is no common beast! Each As he supposed! Gaspal had a keen look to his prime—firm heart, and steady eye, but the panther had a quicker, and eye, the death-shot takes the skin.”
thus, by a change of attitude, the agile “ A panther! Yes, by Jove, big as a animal gave the descending axe free way tiger ! That spring has cleared the jun. to bury its fury in the harmless wood. gle! Look! he's thrown himself betwixt Disconcerted by this unexpected failthe forked limbs of that old thunder- ure, Gaspal forgot himself so far as to rifted oak, and like a wild cat, lies on his lean forward, in attempting to withdraw side at bay! Now-"
The panther caught the “ No, massa! me say no fire, massa ! momentary vantage, and striking a tre. No, no, let de beast play de fisty-cuff'ee mendous backward blow at the head of wid de dogg'e."
the unfortunate hottentot, he tore off The voice of Gaspal sounded just in the better half of his left ear, and ripped time for a reprieve, and three of the up a considerable portion of his scalp. dogs ran gallantly in. The panther's Cootje bit his lip with rage, and fired! eyes glowed red with a fiery intensity; Men do nothing well in a passion, and an but still he remained as motionless on excellent charge was villanously wasted. his post of vantage as if an inanimate The panther again crouched, as if pre
paring to bound on the wounded hottenThe largest hound having warily mea- tot, who, howling with pain, still stagsured his distance, now made a despe- gered forward, when the strange smile rate snatch; but, with the dexterity of a which has before been 'noted, played like juggler, the savage pard struck him at a momentary gleam on the countenance once right and left with his armed paws, of Laroon; his small rifle was brought and the unfortunate lurcher fell, blinded, as it were instinctively to his eye, and bleeding and howling to the earth. The in an instant, shot through the brain, second, cowed at the fate of his comrade, the panther lay gasping on the sand. ran, yelping off; but a fourth, coming to succour the third, both sprang for
MISCELLANIES. ward open-mouthed. As if amazed, the panther half raised himself for the encounter, and when the dogs closed, first In a little town in Germany, the distriking his claws with a sudden blow rectors of the theatre, seeking to draw into the brain of the lowest, he caught a house, advertised, that in a melo-drama the other in his jaws by the nape of the which was to be performed, they would neck, and slung him over his head, spin- exhibit the head of a noted robber. In ning through the air.
order to effect this, one of the actors « Now, by the prince of the duyvils, was placed in such a manner, that the that dogbutcher would slaughter a pack! head alone was exhibited upon the table; Stand back, Gaspal, I'll have a shot! but a wag, wishing to raise a laugh at Back!”
the expense of the manager, slily placed The elephant " of Drakenstein a small quantity of sneezing-powder in was brought to a level, his finger on the such a manner that it came in contact trigger, when, with the most provoking with the nose of the reputed robber's nonchalance, the wilful Gaspal perched head, and caused it to burst into a violent himself on a fragment of rock immedi. fit of sneezing, to the great amusement ately before the intended victim.
of the audience.
C. C. C. “No, not de massa fire! me teach'ee de beast von ittle trick’ee, de last he A Spartan once joined the ranks of his ebber vont to learn."
countrymen, who were proceeding to As if awake to the hint, but with ra- battle. He was lame, and the circumther an equivocal expression of gratitude, stance of his appearing under such disadthe lips of the panther retracted, until vantage provoked the ridicule of his com the glistening ivory of his fanged teeth panions. “ I came to fight — not to fly!” was perfectly apparent; his back began was the reponse of the limping hero. to arch, as if he anticipated a leap, and