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favourite sultana of some Amurathémanly, because she affronts danger or Mahomet. What was she to Maxi- boldly. But I have remarked, with remilian, or what had she been ? For, spect to female courage, that it reby the tear which I had once seen him quires, more than that of men, to be drop upon this miniature when he be- sustained by hope ; and that it droops lieved himself unobserved, I conjec- more certainly in the presence of a tured that her dark tresses were already mysterious danger. The fancy of laid low, and her name among the list women is more active, if not stronger, of vanished things. Probably she and it influences more directly the was his mother, for the dress was physical nature. In this case few were rich with pearls, and evidently that of the women who made even a show of a person in the highest rank of court defying the danger. On the contrary, beauties. I sighed as I thought of the with them fear took the form of sadstern melancholy of her son, if Maxi- ness; while with many of the men it milian were he, as connected, probably, took that of wrath. with the fate and fortunes of this ma- And how did the Russian guardsjestic beauty ; somewhat haughty, per- man conduct himself amidst this haps, in the expression of her fine panic? Many were surprised at his features, but still noble-generous— behaviour, some complained of it ; confiding. Laying the picture on the I did neither. He took a reasontable, l awoke Maximilian and told able interest in each separate case, him of the dreadful news. He lis- listened to the details with attention, tened attentively, made no remark, and, in the examination of persons able but proposed that we should go to furnish evidence, never failed to together to the meeting of our quarter suggest judicious questions. But still he at the Black Friars. He coloured manifested a coolness almost amountupon observing the miniature on the ing to carelessness, which to many aptable, and, therefore, I frankly told peared revolting. But these people I him in what situation I had found desired to notice that all the other it, and that I had taken the liberty of military students, who had been long admiring it for a few moments, He in the army, felt exactly in the same pressed it tenderly to his lips, sighed way: In fact, the military service of heavily, and we walked away to- Christendom, for the last ten years, gether.
had been any thing but a parade serI pass over the frenzied state of vice; and to those, therefore, who were feeling in which we found the meet familiar with every form of horrid ing. Fear, or rather horror, did not butchery, the mere outside horrors of promote barmony ; many quarrelled death had lost much of their terror. with each other in discussing the sug- In the recent murder, there had not gestions brought forward, and Maxi- been much to call forth sympathy. The milian was the only person attended family consisted of two old bachelors, to; he proposed a nightly mounted two sisters, and one grand-niece. The patrol for every district. And, in niece was absent on a visit, and the particular, he offered, as being him two old men were cynical misers, to self a member of the University, that whom little personal interest attached. the students should form themselves Still, in this case as in that of the into a guard, and go out by rotation Weishaupts, the same two-fold mystery to keep watch and ward from sunset confounded the public mind; the to sunrise. Arrangements were made mystery of the how, and the profounder towards that object by the few people mystery of the why. Here, again, no who retained possession of their senses, atom of property was taken, though and for the present we separated. both the misers had hordes of ducats
Never, in fact, did any events so and English guineas in the very room keenly try the difference between where they died. Their bias, again, man and man. Some started up in- though of an unpopular character, had to heroes under the excitement. rather availed to make them unknown Some, alas for the dignity of Man ! than to make them hateful. In one drooped into helpless imbecility. Wo- point this case differed memorably men, in some cases, rose superior to from the other that, instead of fallmen, but yet not so often as might ing helpless or flying victims (as the have happened under a less mysteri- Weishaupts had done), these old men, ous danger. A woman is not unwo- strong, resolute, and not so much
taken by surprise, left proofs that they' what he represented himself, Mr Heinhad made a desperate defence. The fur- berg unbolted his door and admitted niture was partly smashed to pieces, him. Then, after slipping the bolt and the other details furnished evi. into its place, he bade him sit the dence still more revolting of the achar fire ; brought him a glass of beer ; nement with which the struggle had conversed with him for ten minutes; been maintained. In fact, with them and said, “ You had better stay here a surprise must have been impracti- to-night ; I'll tell you why afterwards; cable, as they admitted nobody into but now I'll step-up stairs and ask my their house on visiting terms. It was wife whether she can make up a bed thought singular that from each of for you ; and do you mind the door these domestic tragedies a benefit of whilst I'm away." So saying, he went the same sort should result to young out of the room. Not one minute had persons standing in nearly the same he been gone, when there came a relation. The girl who gave the alarm gentle knock at the door. It was at the ball, with two little sisters, and a raining heavily, and being a stranger little orphan nephew, their cousin, di- to the city, not dreaming that in any vided the very large inheritance of the crowded town such a state of things Weishaupts; and in this latter case the could exist as really did in this, accumulated savings of two long lives the young man, without hesitation, all vested in the person of the amiable admitted the person knocking. He grand-niece.
has declared since_but, perhaps, conBut now, as if in mockery of all our founding the feelings gained from betanxious consultations and elaborate ter knowledge with the feelings of the devices, three fresh murders took place moment—that from the moment he on the two consecutive nights suc- drew the bolt he had a misgiving that ceeding these new arrangements. And he had done wrong. A man entered in one case, as nearly as time could be in a horseman's cloak, and so muffled noted, the mounted patrol must have up that the journeyman could discover been within call at the very moment none of his features. In a low tone, when the awful work was going on. I the stranger said, “ Where's Heinshall not dwell much upon them ; but berg ?". “ Up-stairs." “ Call him a few circumstances are too interesting down then." The journeyman went to be passed over.
The earliest case to the door by which Mr Heinberg on the first of the two nights, was had left him, and called, “ Mr Heinthat of a currier. He was fifty years berg, here's one wanting you!” Mr old; not rich, but well off. His first Heinberg heard him, for the man wife was dead, and his daughters by her could distinctly catch these words, were married away from their father's " God bless me! has the man opened house. He had married a second wife, the door ? Oh, the traitor! I see it." but, having no children by her, and Upon this, he felt more and more keeping no servants, it is probable consternation, though not knowing that, but for an accident, no third why. Just then he heard a sound person would have been in the house of feet behind him. On turning at the time when the murderers got round, he beheld three more men in admittance. About seven o'clock, a the room: one was fastening the outer wayfaring man, a journeyman currier, door ; one was drawing some arms who, according to our German sys- from a cupboard ; and two others were tem, was now in his wanderjahre, whispering together. He himself was entered the city from the forest. At disturbed and perplexed, and felt that the gate he made some enquiries about all was not right. Such was his conthe curriers and tanners of our town; fusion, that either all the men's faces and, agreeably to the information he must have been muffled up, or at least received, made his way to this Mr he remembered nothing distinctly but Heinberg's. Mr Heinberg refused to one fierce pair of eyes glaring upon admit him, until he mentioned his him. Then, before he could look errand, and pushed below the door round, came a man from behind and a letter of recommendation from a threw a sack over his head, which was Silesian correspondent, describing him drawn tight about his waist, so as to as an excellent and steady workman. confine his arms, as well as to impede Wanting such a man, and satisfied by his hearing in part, and his voice the answers returned that he was altogether. He was then pushed into
a room; but previously he had heard the stair, where she lay, unconscious a rush up-stairs, and words like of all that succeeded, until she found those of a person exulting, and then herself raised in the arms of a mob a door closed ; once it opened, and who had entered the house. And how he could distinguish the words in came they to have entered ? In a one voice-" and for that !” to which way characteristically dreadful. The another voice replied, in tones that night was star-lit; the patroles had made his heart quake_“ Ay, for that, perambulated the street without notisir." And then the same voice went cing any thing suspicious, when two on rapidly to say, “Oh, dog! could foot-passengers, who were following you hope"-at which word the door in their rear, observed a dark-colourclosed again. Once he thought that ed stream traversing the causeway. he heard a scuffle, and he was sure One of them at the same instant trathat he heard the sound of feet, as if cing the stream backwards with his rushing from one corner of a room to eyes, observed that it flowed from another. But then all was hushed and under the door of Mr Münzer, and, still for about six or seven minutes, dipping his finger in the trickling fluid, until a voice close to his ear said, he held it up to the lamp-light, yelling “ Now, wait quietly till some persons out at the moment, « Why, this is come in to release you. This will blood !” It was so indeed, and it was happen within half-an-hour." Ac- yet warm. The other saw, heard, and, cordingly, in less than that time, like an arrow, flew after the horsehe again heard the sound of feet with patrol, then in the act of turning in the house, his own bandages were the corner. One cry, full of meaning, liberated, and he was brought to tell was sufficient for ears full of expectahis story at the police office. Mr tion. The horsemen pulled up, wheelHeinberg was found in his bed-room. ed, and in another moment reined up He had died by strangulation, and the at Mr Münzer's door. The crowd, cord was still tightened about his neck. gathering like the drifting of snow, During the whole dreadful scene, his supplied implements, which soon forced youthful wife had been locked into a the chains of the door, and all other closet, where she heard orsaw nothing. obstacles. But the murderous party
In the second case, the object of had escaped, and all traces of their Fengeance was again an elderly man. persons had vanished, as usual. Of the ordinary family, all were absent Rarely did any case occur without at a country-house, except the master some peculiarity more or less interest. and a female servant. She was a
ing. In that which happened on the woman of courage, and blessed with following night, making the fifth in the the firmest nerves ; so that she might series, an impressive incident varied the have been relied on for reporting accu- monotony of horrors. In this case the rately every thing seen or heard. But parties aimed at were two elderly la. things took another course. The first dies, who conducted a female boardingwarning that she had of the murderers' school. None of the pupils had, as yet, presence was from their steps and returned to school from their vacation ; voices already in the hall. She heard but two sisters, young girls of thirteen her master run hastily into the hall, and sixteen, coming from a distance, had crying out, “ Lord Jesus !— Mary, staid at school throughout the Christ. Mary, save me!" The servant resolved mas holidays. It was the youngest of to give what aid she could, seized a these who gave the only evidence of large poker, and was hurrying to his any value, and one which added a new assistance, when she found that they feature of alarm to the existing panic. had nailed up the door of communica. Thus it was that her testimony was tion at the head of the stairs. What given:-On the day before the murder, passed after this she could not tell; she and her sister were sitting with the for, when the impulse of intrepid old ladies in a room fronting to the fidelity had been balked, and she street; the elder ladies were reading, found that her own safety was provided the young ones drawing. Louisa, the for, by means which made it impossible youngest, never had her ear inattentive to aid a poor fellow-creature who had to the slightest sound, and once it just invoked her name, the generous struck her—that she heard the creakhearted creature was overcome by ing of a foot upon the stairs. She anguish of mind, and sank down on said nothing, but slipping out of the room, she ascertained that the two on the same discovery, and expire of female servants were in the kitchen, fright. On the other hand, if she gave and could not have been absent; that her a hint, Lottchen would either fail all the doors and windows, by which to understand her, or, gaining but a ingress was possible, were not only glimpse of her meaning, would shriek locked, but bolted and barred, a fact aloud, or by some equally decisive exwhich excluded all possibility of in- pression convey the fatal news to the vasion by means of false keys. Still assassin that he had been discovered. she felt persuaded that she had heard In this torturing dilemma fear promptthe sound of a heavy foot upon the ed an expedient, which to Lottchen stairs. It was, however, daylight, and appeared madness, and to Louisa herthis gave her confidence ; so that, self the act of a sybil instinct with without communicating her alarm to blind inspiration. Here," said she, any body, she found courage to tra- " is our dancing-room. When shall verse the house in every direction, we all meet and dance again together?" and, as nothing was either seen or Saying which, she commenced a wild heard, she concluded that her ears dance, whirling her candle round her had been too sensitively awake. Yet head until the motion extinguished it; that night, as she lay in bed, dim ter. then, eddying round her sister in narrors assailed her, especially because rowing circles, she seized Lottchen's she considered that, in so large a house, candle also, blew it out, and then insome closet or other might have been terrupted her own singing to attempt overlooked, and, in particular, she did a laugh. But the laugh was hysterinot remember to have examined one or cal. The darkness, however, favoured two chests, in which a man could have her; and, seizing her sister's arm, she lain concealed. Through the greater forced her along, whispering, “Come, part of the night she lay awake, but come, come !” Lottchen could not be as one of the town clocks struck four, so dull as entirely to misunderstand she dismissed her anxieties, and fell her. She suffered herself to be led up asleep. The next day, wearied with the first flight of stairs, at the head this unusual watching, she proposed to of which was a room looking into the her sister that they should go to bed street. In this they would have gainearlier than usual. This they did; ed an asylum, for the door had a strong and on their way up-stairs, Louisa bolt. But as they were on the last happened to think suddenly of a heavy steps of the landing, they could hear cloak, which would improve the cover- the bard breathing and long strides of ings of her bed against the severity of the murderer ascending behind them. the night. The cloak was hanging He had watched them through a creup in a closet within a closet, both vice, and had been satisfied, by the leading off from large room used hysterical laugh of Louisa, that she as the young ladies' dancing-school. had seen him. In the daskness he These closets she had examined on could not follow fast, from ignorance the previous day, and therefore she of the localities, until he found himfelt no particular alarm at this mo- self upon the stairs. Louisa, dragging ment. The cloak was the first article her sister along, felt strong as with the which met her sight; it was suspended strength of lunacy, but Lottchen hung from a hook in the wall, and close like a weight of lead upon her. She to the door. She took it down, rushed into the room; but, at the but, in doing so, exposed part of very entrance, Lottchen fell. At that the wall and of the floor, which moment the assassin exchanged his its folds had previously concealed. stealthy pace for a loud clattering as. Turning away hastily, the chances cent. Already he was on the topmost were that she had gone without mak stair-already he was throwing himing any discovery. In the act of turn- self at a bound against the door, when ing, however, her light fell brightly Louisa, having dragged her sister into on a man's foot and leg. Matchless the room, closed the door and sent the was her presence of mind; having bolt home in the very instant that the previously been humming an air, she murderer's hand came into contact continued to do so. But now came the with the handle. Then, from the viotrial : her sister was bending her steps lence of her emotions, she fell down in to the same closet. If she suffered a fit, with her arm round the sister her to do so, Lottchen would stumble whom she had saved.
How long they lay in this state that the moment before the door of peither ever knew. The two old la- the kitchen was fastened upon herself dies had rushed up stairs on hearing and fellow.servant, she saw two men in the tumult. Other persons bad been the hall, one on the point of ascending concealed in other parts of the house. the stairs, the other making towards The servants found themselves sud- the kitchen ; that she could not distindenly locked in, and were not sorry guish the faces of either, but that both to be saved from a collision which were dressed in the academic costume involved so awful a danger. The old belonging to the students of the Uni. ladies had rushed, side by side, into versity. The consequences of such a the very centre of those who were declaration need scarcely be mentionseeking them. Retrcat was impos- ed. Suspicion settled upon the stusible ; two persons at least were heard dents, who were more numerous since following them up-stairs. Something the general peace, in a much larger like a shrieking expostulation and proportion military, and less select or counter-expostulation went on be respectable than heretofore. Still, no tween the ladies and the murderers- part of the mystery was cleared up then came louder voices—then one by this discovery ; many of the stuheart-piercing shriek, and then an- dents were poor enough to feel the other-and then a low moaning and a temptation that miglit be offered by dead silence. Shortly afterwards was any lucrative system of outrage. Jeaheard the first crashing of the door lous and painful collusions were, in inwards by the mob ; but the murder. the mean-time, produced; and, during ers had fled upon the first alarm, and, the latter two months of this winter, to the astonishment of the servants, it may be said that our city exhibited had fled upwards. Examination, how. the very anarchy of evil passions. ever, explained this : from a window This condition of things lasted until in the roof, they had passed to an the dawning of another spring. adjoining house recently left empty ; It will be supposed that communi. and here, as in other cases, we had cations were made to the Supreme proof bow apt people are, in the midst Government of the land as soon as the of elaborate provisions against remote murders in our city were understood dangers, to neglect those which are to be no casual occurrences, but links obvious.
in a systematic series. Perhaps it The reign of terror, it may be sup- might happen from some other busiposed, bad now reached its acmé. The ness of a higher kind, just then entwo old ladies were both lying dead gaging the attention of our governors, at different points on the staircase, that our representations did not make and, as usual, no conjecture could be the impression we had expected. We made as to the nature of the offence could not, indeed, complain of absolute which they had given ; but that the neglect from the Government: they murder was a vindictive one, the usual sent down one or two of their most evidence remained behind, in the proofs accomplished police officers, and they that no robbery had been attempted. suggested some counsels, especially Two new features, however, were that we should examine more strictly now brought forward in this system into the quality of the miscellaneous of horrors, one of which riveted the population wlio occupied our large sense of their insecurity to all families suburb. But they more than hinted, occupying extensive houses, and the that no necessity was seen either for other raised ill blood between the city quartering troops upon us, or for armand the University, such as required ing our local magistracy with ampler years to allay. The first arose out of powers. the experience, now first obtained, This correspondence with the centhat tbese assassins pursued the plan tral Government occupied the month of secreting themselves within the of March, and, before that time, the honse where they meditated a murder. bloody system had ceased as abruptly All the care, therefore, previously as it began. The new police officer directed to the securing of doors and flattered himself that the terror of his windows after nightfall appeared nu- name had wrought this effect ; but gatory. The other feature brought to judicious people thought otherwise. light on this occasion was vouched for All, however, was quiet until the depth by one of the servants, who declared of summer, when, by way of Linting
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