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round it again,' (as Bloomfield says,) breakfast room. · Heard any strange but all to no purpose. I was returning noises?' I merely mentioned having been to my bed, when something rushed vio. disturbed by the owls. “Well,' exclaimed lently by me, and it appeared as if the one gentleman, 'I care for nothing mordoor had been suddenly opened. I con- tal, but, as for spirits; I'd rather not fess I felt rather alarmed, but the noise encounter them, and would not sleep in instantly ceased. It was so dark that I that room, notwithstanding what you've felt convinced no one could perceive me, said, for a thousand pounds.'—- Why, therefore I stood still, and reflected what indeed,' said the lady, “there have been it might possibly be. Every thing but some strange stories connected with that the wind was perfectly silent. I then apartment, and now I can never get a began to imagine it was a sudden gust servant to sleep there.' of wind, bursting open the door, and “I spent another pleasant day with had reached my bed, when something this family; when, on retiring to bed, rushing past, perfectly convinced me my friend observed, having discovered that my first conjecture was groundless, the ghost, there will be nothing to disUpon this I seized my pistols and got turb your rest to-night.' Upon entering into bed. I heard nothing more, and my apartment, I perceived the door to had nearly fallen to sleep, when I re- be without a lock, which, however, was ceived a sharp blow in the face, accom- now to me of little consequence, knowing panied with the same noise ; I called the cause of my former disturbance. The out instantly, who's there ?' but all was night was dark, but calm, and I slept silent. Being forcibly struck there was soundly till about twelve or one o'clock, some one in the room, I listened, and when I awoke and heard a creaking noise, hearing a rustling at the foot of my bed, like the opening of a door, which I at first instantly fired. All was still, after the imagined to be the old tree outside the report of my pistol, as I lay with the window, but soon discovered that the other ready cocked, and the wind had noise proceeded from my own door. nearly abated. I listened probably for a The curtains of the window being closed, quarter of an hour, but heard nothing I had no means of ascertaining what it further. I was too much alarmed to was, but remembering my foolish alarm sleep, so that I determined to ascertain on the former night, again endeavoured what it was, and taking my pistol and to compose myself to sleep. However, sword, groped in every part of my room I was not a little surprised to hear footand under the bed, determined to strike steps near me, and something breathing in whatever direction the noise might close to the bed. This surely, thought appear to proceed from; but nothing I, cannot be an owl. I kept perfectly was to be heard or found; which made still, and heard the curtains drawn back; me conclude the person, whoever it was, then quietly seized the pistol placed under had effected his escape after I fired. I my pillow (for I had given the other to regretted not having fastened the door; the servant to clean in the morning), and returned to bed, where I passed a but was so taken by surprise as scarcely sleepless night until daylight appeared, to know what to determine upon, when when I obtained a few hours repose. the footsteps retreated to the other end On getting up, the first thing that arrest- of the room. I now slid gently out of ed my attention was some drops of blood bed on the side nearest the wall, and at the foot of the bed, and I perceived took care to make as little noise as possisomething white under the chair. Judge ble, determined, if the person (as I felt of my astonishment at discovering two convinced it was some human being) very large owls, which I had shot at the should again approach the bed, I would same time. I could not then help laugh- endeavour to seize him. I once or twice ing at the noise I had heard, and the thought of discovering who it was, and blow in the face was directly accounted rushing to the place where the footsteps for. The door was closed, so that my were heard; but recollecting the intruder visitors must have flown down the chim- might be well armed, thought it more ney, which was very large. They had prudent to remain quiet. The footsteps probably long been accustomed to sleep again approached the bed—I feigned in this apartment unmolested, and thus sleep, and soon heard the steps rethe report of the room being haunted. treating, and the door opened and gently
“I determined not to mention my closed. I followed in the same direcadventure to the family, for fear of being tion, making no noise: but all was now laughed at. • How have you slept ?' silent, and my nocturnal visitor had said Mrs. Morone, as I entered the taken his departure. Thinking it probable he would again return, perhaps in laugh, (if I may so term it), and by a company, I piled up the chairs, &c. as violent effort, liberated himself, and well as I was able, against the door, and rushing to the door, overturned the chairs, retired to rest, knowing that, should &c. placed against it, with a great noise. another attempt be made, the noise oc- I followed him as he ran along the casioned by opening the door would put passages, but, not knowing the various me on my guard. However, I had no turnings, soon lost the sound of his footfurther disturbance, and, in about an steps. However, I found my way to hour, again fell asleep.
where the family slept, and calling out “ The next morning I mentioned “Robbers!' presently awoke the servants, what had occurred to the family, assur- and two gentlemen, visitors, who ran ing them it was neither a ghost nor an out of their rooms in great consternation. owl; but they all agreed it must have I told them what had occurred, and been the latter, or my own fancy, and asked the servants to accompany me back, ridiculed my fears. I did not suspect which they positively refused, declaring any of the servants, as they all stood in it was one of the evil spirits infesting too much awe of that apartment to enter that part of the building. The gentleit in the dark. The conversation now men, however, were of a different opinion, took a different turn, and the subject and having procured lights, with one or dropped.
two old swords, we searched diligently “ I spent this day as agreeably as the about the passage where the man had two former, but on again retiring to my disappeared, but discovered nothing. chamber, felt, as may be supposed, rather We then entered my apartment. The uncomfortable, and determined to bar- door was wide open, and the chairs, of ricade the door as on the former night; course, thrown down. I did not perceive which being done, and having loaded till this moment that my hand was my pistol and placed it under my pillow, bleeding; but my surprise soon ceased I resolved (should my visitor think when I discovered a short dagger on the proper to return) to fire sans ceremonie. Aloor, by which it appeared I had been I had probably been asleep an hour or wounded during the struggle with my two, when I dreamt a large animal adversary. There was blood near the fastened itself on me. I opened my eyes, spot; my pistol lay on the ground; and and found such a heavy pressure on my
the sword (which I had been unable to throat, as scarcely allowed me to breathe. use) in the scabbard. Nothing more My first feeling was, that I should be was discovered. It was evident the man strangled; when, making a sudden effort, had, ere this, made his escape, whose and springing up, I seized a man by the intention doubtless was murder, as he collar, at the same time calling out, might have robbed me with little diffi
Who's this?' I received no answer, but culty. He must have entered at the winwas forcibly seized and dragged some dow, as the chairs placed against the door paces from the bed. The sudden alarm had not been removed till he made his prevented me from seizing my pistol, escape, and it appeared pretty evident he which I had dragged with the pillow on was not unacquainted with the interior of the floor ; it instantly went off. I still the house. kept my hold of the person, but knew it “ The family were considerably alarmwould be useless to call for assistance. ed, and offered two or three persons to He grasped me firmly round the body; sit up with me the following night ; but when, flinging him off some paces, I dis- being obliged to leave that evening, I of engaged myself and ran for my sword: course declined it. I departed at four he, however, again seized me; but his to walk home, as I had some distance to foot slipping, fell to the ground, and I go, and having received a pressing invitaupon him. At that moment something tion to resume my visit in a short time, heavy dropped on the floor, and we had with the promise of another room and a violent struggle. We were now nearly no more alarms, reluctantly took my leave. opposite the window, and the curtain I had walked a mile or two, taking a being drawn a little on one side, I per- path through a small wood, that being ceived the figure of a stout man, but it the nearest way; when a person, of genwas impossible to discern his features. teel appearance, enveloped in a cloak, During the whole time, he had never advanced towards me from behind some uttered a word. Getting him, at length, elm trees. • A fine evening, Sir,' said under me, and holding him forcibly the stranger, as I passed by ; very mild down, I told him to surrender, or he for December. Perhaps, Sir, you could was a dead man. He gave a hoarse inform me if the man is taken who at
VERSATILITY OF TALENT.
tempted to murder a gentleman' last “ The next morning he was conveyed night at Castle, as you have no to the town, and an inquest sat upon doubt heard the report. The gentleman, the body; but no one had seen him I believe, was much wounded. I start- before, or knew from whence he came; ed, and the stranger eyed - me with and there was nothing found on his much earnestness. . The report,' said I, person that could lead to a discovery. * is rather incorrect. You see the gen- The mystery, therefore, I fear, will tleman before you,' who has only received never be cleared up.” a slight scratch, but it might have been worse, and I shewed him the dagger “Captain!” said Mr. Bragster, rising found in my room. I had scarcely uttered from his chair, and putting down his these words, when he started back some glass of brandy and water, ** I will not paces : his face became deadly pale,—and sleep on the ground floor to-night!” exclaiming, “Ha! good God!' was out of
J. P. JUN. sight in an instant. I stood for some moments in silent astonishment, and in
MISCELLANIES. stantly conceived him to be the man. Yet his dress was not that of a robber! I was soon’again on the high road, and in about half an hour arrived home.
Leonardo da Vinci was a mathematician, “ The next morning, while dressing,
a musician, a poet, and; an anatomist, my servant brought me a letter without besides being one of the greatest painters a direction, saying the person who gave
of his, age. The prince of painters was it desired it might be delivered imme. a courtier, a lover, and fond of dress and diately. I opened it, and to my surprise company. Michael Angelo was a proread the following, evidently written in digy of versatility of talent a writer of
| sonnets (which Wordsworth hath thought " The man who - met you yesterday worth translating), and the friend of in the wood, is the same who attacked Dante. Salvator was a lutenist and a you in his design was mur
satirist. Titian was an eloquent letterder. Yes I am the man! I mistook writer, and a perfect gentleman. Sir you for another, on whom I had sworn
Joshua Reynolds? Discourses are more revenge; but vengeance is now out of polished and classical than any of his my power. There is one, however, whose pictures. vengeance will overtake the wretch who
CHIVALROUS HEROINE. has made me what I am': ay, vengeance The most singular combat' by which will overtake him when I am food for arms were ever gained, was one which worms ! Come to-night at seven o'clock happened in the family of Hotot. The to the place where you first saw me family of Dudley in Northamptonshire, yesterday; you will then know all. Come bears for a crest a woman's head, with a at that time, or 'twill be too late.' helmet ; her hair dishevelled, and her
“ I determined to go at the appointed throat-latch loose. The occasion of this hour, so great was my curiosity to learn crest was singular. In the year 1390, who this man could be, and why he had Hotot having a dispute with one Ringsattempted my life; and having persuad- dale, about the title to a piece of land, ed a friend to accompany me, proceeded they agreed to meet on the disputed to the place.
ground, and decide it by combat. On “ The night was by no means dark- the day appointed, Hotot was laid up when, on approaching the spot, we with the gout; rather than he should heard groans, and discovered the unhap- suffer in his honour, or lose his land, his py man in the agonies of death. A pis- daughter Agnes armed herself cap-atol, recently dischårged, was in his pee, mounted her father's steed, and hand; it was very apparent he had shot went to meet Ringsdale at the time aphimself. He recognised me, and waved pointed. After a stubborn fight, she his hand; but seemed unable to speak. dismounted him, and when he was on We lifted him up, when, with a ghastly the ground, she loosened her throatlook, he exclaimed, • You 're too late latch, lifted up her helmet, and letting - can you forgive me for the attack down her hair upon her shoulders, disI made on you?' I assured him I did. covered her sex, Agnes afterwards mar* Ha!'he exclaimed, “it is enough— ried into the Dudley family; and in but I had more-much more-Oh! honour of this heroic action, her descen
and grasping my hand, with a dants have always used the above erest, deep groan, expired.
with the motto Cælo spes salutis.
before all the nobles of his court; and, A LEAF FROM THE CHRONICLES. finally, supposing that Gerard would re(For the Parterre).
ceive it as a mark of esteem, proposed
that he should marry his mistress. Floris the fifth, Earl of Holland, was Gerard Van Velsen heard the proa prince of excellent parts; eloquent, posal with the disgust natural to a man brave, and accomplished ; of lofty stature whose self-diguity had not deserted him; and dignified deportment; but these but he dissembled his indignation, and qualities were obscured by vindictive- simply answered, that he did not feel disness and cruelty, and a readiness to posed to avail himsef of this generous receive the reports of spies and eaves- offer. But the Earl was not to be redroppers.
fused, and subsequently renewed the There were in the Earl's court, two offer ; when Gerard, no longer able to brothers named Van Velsen, who, being conceal his disgust, plainly told him that accused of treasonable designs against he could not, and would not, disgrace his government, were thrown into prison. himself by such an alliance. One of them was shortly after decapi- Having made this declaration, the tated ; but the other (Gerard) was com- Knight quitted the Earl's court, from mitted to close custody for a whole year; which he for some time kept aloof. at the end of which, circumstances tran- During his absence he married the spired that induced the Earl to consider daughter of Herman, Seigneur of Woerhim innocent. Resolving to make amends den; the news of which roused the for the wrongs he had suffered, the Earl slumbering revenge of the Earl, who released Gerard from his imprisonment, had used some ambiguous expressions of and heaped upon him many favours; resentment at the time of Gerard's dethinking that he could not do too much parture from the court; which, however, for one whom he had so unjustly pu- were unheeded and soon forgotten, nished.
Floris, forgetting his high rank, and The generosity of Floris had no blinded by a demoniac desire for revenge, bounds; he preferred the young knight resolved to put into execution the object he had so long contemplated. He there- hood never to rest until he had fully refore carefully concealed his satisfaction venged himself upon his powerful enemy. at the intelligence of Gerard's union, Other noblemen, among whom was and resolved by an act of refined cruelty Gysbrecht, Seigneur of Amstel, espoused and malice, to revenge himself upon the the cause of the injured husband, who man who had the spirit to refuse the daily kept adding to the number of his alliance which he had dictated to him. friends, but at the same time taking care
Great was the surprise and joy of to keep the knowledge of it from the Gerard Van Velsen upon receiving an Earl. invitation from the Earl, He set out A council was held at Cambray, at for the court with a light heart, full of which the Bishop of Duras, and other delightful anticipations, which upon his persons of eminence took a part, when arrival there, were realized. Floris re- it was resolved that the Earl should be ceived him in the most gracious manner, seized, and conveyed into England, there and charging him with a commission of to be kept in prison, “as an expiation of high import to some foreign power, pre- so foul and villanous an act," while his pared to execute his long cherished de- son John was to be raised to the earldom sign.
of Holland and Zealand. While Gerard was on his journey, the The Earl was all the while ignorant of Earl, with a slight retinue, proceeded to the conspiracy which had been formed his castle, and pretending that his visit against him, and in the same year (A.D. was casual, requested refreshment for 1296) was prevailed upon by Gerard himself and his train. The lady con- Van Velsen to go to Utrecht, to settle ceiving herself and her husband highly some dispute which was agreed to be left honoured by the visit, received the Earl to his arbitration. He was accompanied with every mark of respect and hospita- by Van Velsen, the old Seigneur of lity; a circumstance which, nevertheless, Woerden, and a train of followers. did not disarm the malice of her guest, Notwithstanding the caution which who requested a conference with her in the conspirators had observed, it would private.
appear that their designs were known to The unsuspecting lady, dreamt not of many; for, as the Earl, attended by his treachery from her liege lord; from one knights and servants, was proceeding to who was renowned for his gallantry and church to hear mass, a woman placed in feats of arms: she led the way to a re- his hands a small scroll, upon which was mote apartment, when the Earl, first written a few words of warning. Despissecuring the door, for ever tarnished his ing the caution, the Earl, after mass, profair fame, by an act of brutal violence. ceeded to make good cheer with the
Having thus gratified his long che- noblemen and prelates of Utrecht, and rished revenge, the Earl quitted the after dinner, having laid down to take castle, exulting in the accomplishment a nap, as was his wont, the Seigneur of of his perfidy, and leaving the unfortu- Amstel awoke him, and invited him to nate lady in an agony of grief and ride forth with his hawks, saying that shame.
there were plenty of wild fowl in the Gerard Van Velsen having performed neighbourhood. Floris was passionately his mission, returned into Holland, and fond of the sport, and accepting the inhaving made his report to the Earl, vitation, soon rode forth with a merlin on hastened home on the wings of love. his hand, attended by a few of his followBut what a sight greeted the eyes of the ers. He had proceeded about a mile fond husband as he entered his castle! from the city, when he came upon the The wife of his bosom clad in mourning ambush of the conspirators, who immeweeds, and without jewel or ornament, diately surrounded him. awaited his return, which was to render Gerard Van Velsen was the first to him the most miserable of men. seize him; but the Earl, casting off his
Few words were required to relate the hawk, clutched his sword: resistance, particulars of the treachery of which they however, was unavailing; he was quickly had been the victims. The knight swore overpowered and bound to his horse, by deeply to revenge the unmanly outrage ; Gerard and his friends, who resolved to and comforting his wife, bade her go to convey him over to England with all her father, the Seigneur of Woerden, possible dispatch. and relate the particulars. The old But news of the Earl's capture was Seigneur, enraged at the dishonour of soon spread abroad; and his friends, his daughter, became the mortal enemy hastily arming themselves, raised the of the Earl, and Gerard repeated his vows neople of the country, and hastened in of vengeance, swearing by his knight- pursuit of the conspirators; who,