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took her husband away from her, and round; I rushed forward, and throwshe died that night in giving birth to ing myself at his feet, besought him to this boy.
restore my son to my arms. “ For sixty years everything had gone «« « France,' said Napoleon, 'has need on so smoothly with me, that I was ill of all her sons. Grieve not, old man. prepared, in my old age, to stand this These,' he added, extending his hand blow-I felt it rankling at the very core towards the magnificent array before him of my heart. My cottage looked sad – these are all my children!' and mournful-my sloop looked deserted, “ The air was rent with shouts of and in sorrow I prayed to be taken to • Vive l’Empereur! Vive Napoléon !! the grave where my daughter lay. But Overcome with grief, I turned from Providence willed it otherwise. After the Champ de Mars, and wandered to days and weeks of restless disquietude, an obscure hostelrie at the other end of I suddenly resolved on going to Paris. the town. The hopes which had susThe Emperor, said I, is generous—he tained me on my journey were shattered, will hear the prayer of an old man, and and I felt my frame sinking under the restore his son to him. This idea gave weight of my miseries. My child, my me the energy of youth. I travelled to only child, was on the eve of quitting Paris on foot; and there the scene of France. The glory of our country was bustle which everywhere met my asto- to be purchased only by oceans of her nished eye, lulled for a moment my blood. In my heart I cursed the ambiresentment and my sorrow.
tion which robbed every cottage of its just before the battle of Austerlitz. The children—the wife and mother of her boulevards were thronged with the gaudy protector—the aged and infirm of their equipages of the rich and powerful support. Peers, councillors, and senators were Slowly and in sadness I traced my crowding to the palace, to make their feeble steps back to my home; but how homage to the Emperor. Praise and changed was its aspect !-no longer the adulation re-echoed from every street abode of contentment and happinessand square in the capital; and the mili- no more, after our anxious toil upon the tary energies of France were in full deep, was the glad song of the fisherpreparation for war. Hurried along“ man to enliven our frugal meal—no I knew not whither—by the impetuous more the lively voice of our poor Annette rush of the multitude, I found myself to cheer us after the peril of some stormy in the Champ de Mars, where thousands day. Still I would not despair, — my of the finest looking troops in the world little boy tied me to life. I looked forwere assembling amidst the enthusiastic ward with anxious hope to the return cheers of the Parisians. In vain I cast of his soldier-father, and joyed in my my searching eyes along the ranks-my anticipations of presenting him his son. boy was nowhere to be seen. A sudden During my absence, my boy contrived, and convulsive movement announced the with a touch of paint, to make our old approach of the Emperor. The air sloop look well again; he had, morever, resounded with acclamations. The count- mended our nets: and, encouraged by less multitude rushed simultaneously the good example my child set me, I towards the post of honour.
I was renewed my daily occupation. carried along with it-resistance was “ Thrice only did I hear of Jerome. vain ; and scarcely knowing what would Shortly after the glorious day of Ausbecome of me, I raised my eyes, and terlitz, when the star of our Emperor discovered my son in the body-guard of shone forth in all its magic brilliancy, I Napoleon. With the energy and vigour received the first tidings of my boy: he of my early days I made an effort to get had distinguished himself on that bloody near him, and at the moment he seemed but memorable field—he had drawn upon within my grasp, I was borne away in himself the notice of his commanding another direction by a counter movement officer, and was promoted. After an of the crowd. I called upon the name interval of some months, again I heard of my son, but my feeble cry was lost of his increasing fortune. Little did in the deafening shouts of · Vive l’Em- the Emperor consider, when he presentpereur !'
ed him with the cross of the Legion of “ Again the stream took another Honour, that this was the soldier whom course, and I found myself within a few the poor old fisherman claimed of him yards of the Emperor. My despairing in the Champ de Mars. These glories, cry of • Mon fils ! opened me a passage gentlemen, raised my heart within me. -it caught Napoleon's ear; he turned Did not Ney, Davoust, and Lannes, said I, rise from the ranks? and may not seemed to feel that his grief was hurrythe humble fisherman live to see his son ing him into expressions which he should a general--a marshal of France ! not give utterance to; and raising his
“ Alas! alas !-Honour and rank lead eyes, he touched his cap in silence, as an but to death. In the next battle-fired atonement for what he had already said. by the praise he had received, stimulated The recital of his simple narrative seemby ambition-my boy was foremost in ed to be a relief to his mind, and he the fight, and fell—covered, said the thanked us with a modesty I shall never letter I received, covered with glory. forget, for our kindness in listening to it.
“ It was then I felt in all its force To sleep that night was out of the the vanity of my aspirations. Humbled question—in fact we had not much time though I was, and little as I had to bind to think of it, as it struck seven bells me to this world, I struggled to suppress (half past three o'clock) just as the my grief; and many a long winter's fisherman finished his story, and we were night, when the pitiless storm has dashed in one of those smart frigates the regulaagainst the casements of my cottage, tions of which obliged us to turn out of have I exerted myself to conceal the our hammocks every morning at five sorrows of my aching heart. Le bon bells, just allowing those who had the Dieu has left me, said I, in this boy, the middle watch a two hours' restless nap, image of my child-for him shall my amidst the almost suffocating fumes of grief be forgotten—for him will I labour the finer particles of sand which envelopon; and for his sake have I continued ed them from the dry, holy, stoned deck. to stem the tide of my affliction. But I thought a good deal of the French I felt the infirmities of age creeping on fisherman; and my reflections carried me; I had no longer the manly assistance me with delightful rapidity from the of my son to lessen the dangers to which dark cockpit to the command of a noble the appearance of your squadron exposed frigate : I imagined myself in all the me. I could no longer venture, as we pomp of power and authority, looking used to do, along the coast with the with benign compassion on the sorrows boldness and freedom of an expert ma- of the poor old captive. I thought of riner. My little voyages were protract- the happiness I should feel in restoring ed; my sloop, like myself, was almost to him the remnant of his property; in worn out; and upon one occasion, a fact my aspirations carried me so far, cannon shot from that black schooner of that I actually dozed off into the visionary yours,* struck us on our starboard bow, idea of being a post-captain, and to comtore away our bulwark, and nearly de- plete the fabric of my dream I was one prived me of my boy. Yesterday morn- of the finest post-captains in the service; ing we returned to Rochelle with a cargo when the hoarse voice of the master.at. of wine; the old sloop almost knew her arms, who shook my hammock until he way along the coast; and I had made almost shook me out of it, roared out, up my mind, if God spared me my life, “ Past five bells, Sir!" I then discovered to work for my boy, until I earned I was but a younker. I had scarcely enough to purchase a small chasse-marée dropped into another nap—for I generally for him. By that time I hoped he would stood a second call—when the voice of be man enough to manage a vessel of his the quarter-master roused me : own, and his poor old grandfather might first-lieutenant wants you the quarterthen sink in quietness to his grave. deck, Sir.” I gave a spring from my
“ Mais, l'homme propose et Dieu dis- hammock in right good earnest. Such a pose !—the event of last night has wither- summons, and at such a time, boded noed all my hopes. I have seen my poor thing good ; instead of looking forward to old sloop-my friend, my companion for what I would have done in my dream, sixty years—broken, unmercifully broken I looked back to what I had left undone to pieces, and her shattered remains burnt in my waking moments; but my thoughts to the water's edge. 'Twas a sad sight, were too confused to take a distinct gentlemen, for an old man of eighty- glimpse of anything retrospective. Dressthree years to behold; and as the tim- ing myself with amazing alacrity, for a bers crackled in the blaze, I thought second call in this case was quite out of my poor heart would break from its fee- the question, I was on the quarter-deck ble tenement! and now what am I?–a with the speed of lightning, when, to my broken-down captive in the hands of a horror, the first objects that met my eye powerful enemy.”
were the signal-flags we had used the The old man checked himself; he night before, lying in disorder abaft the
mizen-mast; an empty black-jack; scraps * H.M.S. Arrow.
of cheese and biscuit, and my Brittania
BY C. STUART.
metal tooth-cup—the sorry remnants of THE MYSTERIOUS COUNTESS. our middle watchers. The first-lieutenant, to do him justice, never passed over the delinquency of the youngsters; “I was bred a lady, and must have my state and I verily believe that one or two through the prejudice of education." mast-headings in the morning sharpened
Inconstant, Im. his appetite for his breakfast. On the present occasion, he eyed me with a On the 4th of October, 1829—I love to malicious grin, which had more of plea- be particular in dates—a coach and six sure than reproof in it, and to give my drew up before the shop of the wellmidnight frolic its full effect, had given known jeweller, M- Rue St. Hostrict orders that the flags should not be noré. The equipage was covered with touched. Habit had accustomed us to a profusion of gilding and heraldic deeach other; that is to say, I knew my vices, and the liveries of the footmen inman; for I walked quietly to the Jacob's dicated high rank in the possessor. The ladder, and slowly ascended the rigging steps being adjusted, a lady, splendidly to the main_top-mast head, while he dressed, descended, and entered the shop, called out “ Four hours, younker.” where all the attendants, and even M
This sudden transition somewhat cool. himself, were profuse in their attentions ed the enthusiasm of my dreaming lucu- -anticipating every look and sign, and brations, especially when I thought of displaying before her the most costly the assistant surgeon, who lay snugly diamonds and pierreries. shrouded in his hammock, whilst I was The lady, with the most lofty nontrying the difference of the temperature chalance, selected jewels to the amount between the cockpit and the mast-head. of about five thousand pounds, which The moment the first-lieutenant descend
were immediately placed in a casket by ed to breakfast, I took the immediate the obsequious attendants, when, handliberty of descending also; and calcu. ing her purse to the jeweller, he found lating the exact time he would take to it contained a sum, somewhat exceeding masticate his hot roll -- which, by the by, three thousand pounds, and short of the I had learnt on former occasions to es- requisite amount. The lady, with many timate to a nicety—I ascended again, and graceful apologies, and a momentary had just resumed my elevated post when Aush of vexation, begged pardon for the he returned to the quarter-deck. His mistake-desired M- to lay the parfirst glance was at the mast-head. He cel by until she should call again with called me down. “Well, youngster,” the money, and giving her name as the said he,“ have you recovered the effects Comtesse de L-, departed with all of your middle watcher?”
“ I have,”
the ceremony and splendour that marked said I, rather meekly. “ Very well; her first appearance. you may go down to your breakfast.” The coach passed up the Rue St. Ho
The worst part of the affair was, how. noré, in the direction of the Barrière ever, to come. The first-lieutenant had Neuilly, turned by the Place de Louis ordered the midshipman's black-jack to Quinze, and finally stopped at the house be thrown overboard, and the offender of a celebrated physician in the Rue de must be punished. I was tried by a Rivoli. The lady alighted here, and court-martial, fined six for one, and re- was shewn into the presence of the wellceived a feeling mark of the caterer's known Docteur N- wbo, arising striking propensities, which again con- from his seat at a table covered with vinced me of the fallacy of my dream. anatomical preparations, saluted her with
At twelve o'clock a boat with a flag of his usual courtesy, and begged to know truce left the ship, under the command why he was honoured with this unexof my friend Mr. Elwin, with the fisher- pected visit. man and his son. I ran up to the main- The lady, assuming an air of settled top with my telescope, that I might melancholy, replied, “I can hardly comuninterruptedly watch their progress to mand my feelings, to tell you the cause the land. A crowd of fishermen collect- of my unhappiness. My dear husband, ed round the old man's cottage, as soon the Comte de L-, during the early as they observed the boat leave our ship; years of our marriage, was all that a but when they perceived she was pull- fond wife could desire; my slightest ing in towards the town, they all hasten- word, hint, or sign was sufficient induceed to welcome the old man's arrival; and ment for him to obtain any object of my at two o'clock he was restored to his wishes; but latterly the scene has changaged wife, a heart-broken bankrupt. ed,” (here her voice became nearly in
U. S. Journal articulate through grief,)“he has become
moody, sullen, and reserved; at times directed his valet to see his chariot at breaking forth into violent fits of rage the door, and to order Jean, le porteur, without any apparent cause, thus making and François, le cocher, to attend him my life a perpetual scene of misery-in immediately ; “and, hark’ee,” said he in short, dear doctor, I more than suspect an under tone, “tell them to bring all he is touched with insanity, and it is on my apparatus des lunatiques, dépechez, his account that I now visit you, to and let them follow in my chariot. 1 obtain your advice, which I consider of will avail myself of the carriage of the more weight than that of any other comtesse,” (the lady made a bow of acmember of the profession,” (here the knowledgment), “and be careful to redoctor, much flattered, made a low, dis- main in the ante-room till I call aloud.” claiming bow), “ especially as the dread- The servant retired, and in a few ful secret has been concealed from all his minutes announced every thing ready. family, not even his brothers and sis- The doctor entered the carriage of the ters having the slightest intimation of it. comtesse; his own chariot followed at a
“ The following circumstance, doctor, short distance behind. During the ride, has especially influenced my present visit. he used every argument to assuage the My dear husband, the compte, wishing grief of the lady, which would burst to support the honour of his house, sent forth at times with increased vehemence, me last spring to the noted jeweller until the honest medicin himself, harM-, Rue St. Honoré, with a carte dened as he was to the details of his blanche, to select ornaments to wear at profession, became affected by sympathy. the approaching festival. I at first hesi- It seemed as if every tranquil moment tated; but finally, urged by his earnest only added to the violence of the sucprotestations, went to-day, and chose a ceeding paroxysm. few to a trifling amount, more to please Passing down the Rue St. Honoré, him than myself; as he delights, the dear they reached the jeweller's, M-, before Compte,” (here the lady sobbed), “in mentioned, when the lady pulled the seeing me splendidly dressed and sup- string of the coach and alighted. Upon porting my rank. But, from the many entering the shop, she desired Msimilar instances I have observed, I have take the packet of jewels, and accompany not the least doubt, that, on being re- her in the coach, assuring him of his minded of the fact, he will pretend utter pay as soon as she reached the hotel of incredulity, and on being assured of its the comte, adding, with a fascinating truth, burst into those terrible paroxysms, smile, that he could have no apprehenwhich but too clearly indicate the cause sions, since the jewels were still in his of his disorder. Therefore, dear doctor, keeping. The jeweller, with a low favour me with your best-kindest advice obeisance of flattered vanity, took the -and-and- L-excuse the feelings of a parcel into his hands, insisted upon wife;" (here the lady applied her hand- handing Madame la comtesse into the kerchief to her face, and was silent). coach, sprang in himself, and the coach
The doctor, crossing his leg, and sup- man snapping his whip, the equipage porting his chin upon his gold-headed rolled magnificently down the Rue St. cane, began to cogitate, with his eyes Honoré. half-closed, and his body inclining for- After a drive of a mile and a half, and ward at an angle of forty-five degrees. crossing the Boulevards, they stopped at “ Hum -- madame, confine him----yes, a splendid hotel in the Place du Trône, madame, we must-a clear case, madame celebrated in history as the site of the
-the humours, which, had they been Bastile. The jeweller, with his packet, pituital or salivary, would have been ex- alighted first, then the doctor, and lastly pectorated, having become sanguineous the comtesse.
The doctor making a and melancholic, have retrograded upon sign to his myrmidons, they remained the cerebellum-hem-m-and, collect- in the hall, while the lady ushered the ing within the parietal developments, jeweller and doctor into an ante room, have partially obtunded the organ of until the compte should be apprised of memory, and occæcated the mental per- the arrival of his visitors. After a short ceptions-yes, madame-water-gruel and interval, she returned, and directed them flagellation”-(here the lady's tears re- to follow her. Ascending a splendid doubled), “beg pardon, madame, tell flight of stairs, she pointed them to the the worst-always best—what says Ga- apartment of the comte, at the same len? Non decipiendum sed monendum;' time receiving from the jeweller the but excuse me, madame, while I make package of diamonds, hinting to him to the necessary preparations.”
present his bill to the comte, who was So saying, he arose, rung a bell, and ready to satisfy him.
Upon entering the room, an elegant with his bill, a foot long, in his left chambre carrée, they found a fashionably hand, making a sweeping courtesy with dressed gentleman, engaged in writing his right. at an escritoire. He arose at their ap- “ Now, now," said the doctor, first in proach, and seemed to regard them with a deprecating, then in a violent tone, as a look of astonishment.
the incensed comte approached him, “Symptoms to a hair !” ejaculated the you had better be quiet-all ready to doctor, in an under tone.
seize you in the ante-chamber;" then, as “ To what am I indebted,” said the he rushed to the bell and rung it furicompte, “ for the honour of this visit?” ously—“no use servants know your
“ I believe I am addressing the Comte situation-won't come.” de L-" said the doctor.
And the comte, fairly exhausted by “ The same,” replied he, with a slight passion, sunk into a chair. bow.
“ By what authority do you invade “My name is N-,” rejoined the my house ? and who are you ?” he exdoctor, after a pause.
claimed. “ I have not the pleasure of knowing - You 'll know soon enough-got 'em you,” said the compte.
outside — strait-jacket and all — here!” To be so coolly and sensibly received cried the doctor, stamping his foot. by a madman, was a circumstance beyond The men stationed without, burst in the doctor's comprehension; the compte with cords, canvas, and all the apparatus shrunk not from his fixed gaze, which, for confining lunatics, and made a rush from custom immemorial, has been upon the astonished comte, who, at the known to enthral the insane, nor did moment of their entrance, drew a conany “gaucheries” betray the “compres- cealed pistol and fired it at the doctor. sion of his cerebellum.” However, the The ball grazed the left side of his head, doctor determined to persevere until carried off a curl of his periwig, and so some symptom should manifest itself, to jarred his “cerebral developments,” that justify calling in his posse comitatus. he fell completely stunned.
“ Were you never—that is to say, The rest rushed upon the defenceless have you never been—hem-Monsieur comte, and overpowered him. They le Compte-afflicted with a violent ver- then slipped a strait-jacket upon him, and tigo, or headache, proceeding from-a- bound his legs with ropes, preparatory hem-pressure of the cerebral particles ? to carrying him to the doctor's maison indeed, sir, you look pale -- let me feel de santé. your pulse-there it is—unsteady-tre- The doctor himself recovered immedimendous acceleration ! ah !”
ately from the stunning effects of the shot, “ Sir!" replied the comte, who had and superintended the operations with yielded his hand in passive astonishment, all professional precision, “ bearing,” he “ your language is entirely incomprehen- said, “no ill to the pauvre comte for sible explain yourself, sir, or I shall what he did, mente non compote, and order my servants to shew you the door.” labouring under a mental plethora of
“Now don't be getting warm,” replied sensibility.” the doctor, coolly, delighted at what he But the cries of the comte were loud thought unequivocal symptoms; “don't and long; he roared, foamed, and grinned fly into a passion; we all know your at the benevolent doctor, and was in a situation; a little touched,” (pointing to fair way to occupy a cell in any maison his head), “just as your wife, the com- de santé with due lunatic propriety, when tesse, said—very sensible at times,” (aside the neighbours and passers by, alarmed to the jeweller).
at his outrageous cries, poured into the “ My wife?” almost gasped the comte, chamber from all quarters, and among “ this is beyond all endurance ! I have them his intimate friends, the Duc de no wife-and, sir, let me tell you—" C-- and the Vicomte de S.
“ Poor man-poor man- just as she “On seeing them, the comte suddenly said -- forgets his nearest friends and burst into tears, and entreated them to relations.
suppose, then, M. le Comte, free him from his confinement, assuring you do not remember the jewels you or- them of his sanity of mind in such condered for the comtesse against the coming vincing terms, that the vicomte could fête, of M. M-? nor your repeated hardly be restrained from drawing his solicitations against her will ? nor- sword, and making an example of the
“ Mon dieu ! que deviendrai-je ?” al doctor on the spot. most yelled the comte, leaping up and “ Ecoutez moi, donc ! Ecoutez moi !" throwing down his chair in his fury, was all the terrified man of physic could as the jeweller advanced obsequiously, utter.