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for an old acquaintance. I at once felt that traitor's eye, or the laugh of his worthy resistance would be fruitless, the odds being associate, to tell me what the words meant. too much against me, for it was plain from It was not intended that, when once asleep, a single glance at this Giuseppe, that he I should ever wake again. And yet, with was as daring as he was powerful; and I such a scheme in view, the villains could listened, therefore, in passive terror, to the grin and make their empty jests ! arrangements which the worthy associates I know not why, but I certainly felt thought proper to make in my behalf. much relieved when Momolo put spurs to
“ The signor shall be heartily welcome his horse, and was quickly out of sight : to my house, such as it is,” said Giuseppe; not that I had any thought of measuring
and, at all events, a poor roof is better my strength with the sturdy Beppo, now than sleeping in the forest such a night as that we were alone; the result of such a this is like to be.”
trial, even had I possessed the fool-hardy “ Si, si,” replied Momolo, looking up at courage to venture upon it, was much too the dark sky; 6 there's a vast of black evident; yet still I felt that I had a better clouds gathering on the hills to windward. chance of escape from one than from two I shall hardly reach Terracina,”—I think enemies, and in this spirit I followed my it was Terracina,“ before the storm sets guide whither he thought proper to lead in.”
And the villain crossed himself with as After winding through the forest for much unction as if he were on the most about half an hour, by paths little better pious errand imaginable. To look at him, than deer-tracks, we suddenly emerged one would have imagined that murder was upon a large open heath, covered with no more than a gentlemanly peccadillo, not furze and intersected by a multitude of at all detracting from a man's claims to be sand-pits. In the midst of this desolation considered by his patron saint.
stood a large building, which, from its “ Put spurs to your horse, then, friend ruined state, was in excellent keeping with Momolo,” said Giuseppe, “ lest you taste the rest of the scene. more water than you care for, and leave 6 Yonder is my house, signor," said Giuthe signor to my charge.
I'll give a good seppe.
“ I cannot boast much of it, being account of him, I warrant you."
as you see little more than a ruin; but the Could any thing be plainer ? A man inside is somewhat more comfortable than must have been a downright idiot not to you would suppose, to look at it; and as to know how to interpret these words, though room, there's no want of that. Could I the speaker veiled their meaning, as he move the old carcase a little nearer to the thought, by an affectation of bluntness. At road, or, what might be easier, bring the all events, a person of my susceptible dispo- road to the building, I might set up for an sition was not to be imposed upon so easily. innkeeper. And yet, perhaps, it's better as I saw the danger that awaited me, but un- it is.” fortunately I saw no immediate means of The last words he muttered to himself. escaping from it.
They needed no interpreter. “ It's coming !” exclaimed Momolo; “I
On entering what appeared to serve both felt a large rain-drop on my nose.”
for kitchen and parlour, if not for other “ Aye, no doubt," replied Giuseppe, purposes, I found the table spread for suplaughing; and methought I heard the per, and in further confirmation of my susdrop whiz as if it had lighted on red-hot picions, observed there was a dozen knives iron—thanks to the lachryma with which and forks laid, though my host's family you cherish the everlasting fire on the tip amounted but to four, namely, himself, his of it.”
wife, one daughter, and a stout red-haired Momolo replied by singing
girl of eighteen, whom he called Bettina.
The quick eye of Giuseppe soon saw my “Nose, nose! No fire that glows
dissatisfaction, and what had occasioned it, Has half the warmth of a jolly red nose. and for a moment a dark shade settled on And so good night to you, honest Beppo. his brow; he was, however, too practised a Good night, signor, I shall be back again dissembler to let his features betray him long before you are awake.”
for long together; the cloud passed off as Long before I was awake! Oh, yes; rapidly as it had formed; and it was with there needed not the peculiar glance of the an air of the frankest good humour that he
hastened to do away with the unfavourable There was an ominous interchange of impression which, it was plain to see, had smiles amongst the women at this speech, been made upon me by his supper prepara- which plainly intimated my wine-cup, or tions.
my meal, or perhaps both, were not to go “ You are surprised,” he said, “ to find undrugged. To put off the evil hour as a poor man's cloth spread for so many; long as possible, and to gain, if that could and, truth to say, we are not often troubled be, some chance for my life, I pretended to with visiters; no offence though to you, enter into my host's view of the matter, signor, you are as welcome as the best and even expressed a hope that my staying hound that ever tracked deer or pulled there till the morning would not occasion down boar at bay, and that for a forester is them any
inconvenience. using a bold word, too; but the fact is, I “ None in the world,” he replied. “ For had learned the Count's secretary intended supper, there is, as you may see, provision having a day's sport amongst our hills here, for a dozen; so you are not like to sleep on and I wished to show him and his people an empty stomach, which we foresters, who the civility of a woodman's supper: we, that rise with the sun, hold to be no good dochave neither land nor money,
trine. As to bed, indeed, that is another favour with the great man's great man, or we chapter, and one that requires counsel ; for are like to go without salt to our porridge.” though we have rooms enough and to spare,
“ And are we, then, to expect his Lord- yet the most of them are in such a state ship’s secretary ?” asked the woman, signi- that a rat would not abide in them for an ficantly.
hour, if he had any decent hole elsewhere No, dame,” replied her husband ; “the to hide his head in. To be sure, there's wind has got round to the northward : I the blue room— hardly expect him before the morning.” “ The blue room !” exclaimed my hos
This reason appeared very sufficient to tess. the wife, but, I must confess, it produced a “ The blue room !” reiterated her daughvery different effect on me. What, in the ter. name of Heaven, had the north wind to do “ You are fools," said Giuseppe, angrily, with the secretary's shooting? It was evi- 6 downright fools.” dently a cant mode of speech to hide their Beppo ! Beppo !” exclaimed the wife, meaning from strangers, and yet perfectly in spite of all the nods and winks which he intelligible amongst themselves.
gave her to be silent ; I really wonder at In spite of my best efforts to hide my you. You see how timorous the poor real feelings, I could not so far subdue young gentleman is, and if the ghost should nature, but that Giuseppe penetrated pay his usual visit to the blue room, we through the thin veil with which I sought shall find him a dead man in the morning.” to disguise my uneasiness. He chose, how- “ Confound the woman's chattering," ever, to attribute the emotion visible in my muttered my host. “ I was willing to keep pale face to the fall I had experienced, and this idle tale from your ears," he added, I of course pretended to be the dupe of his turning to me, “ that you might have a artifice.
snug night's rest; but, now the murder's Couragio, signor," he said;“the tumble out, I suppose you have no mind to the can't have done you much harm, since it blue chamber-not that I believe there's a has left you with whole limbs : and, as for word of truth in the story." the matter of the fright, a glass of lachry- I caught the woman's eye, and the exma and a plateful of that same stew which pressive glance she gave me, determined smells so savourily--a mess of wild ducks, me at once. isn't it, dame ?”
“ Mine honest host," I said, “it is as Aye, and hares and partridges to boot,” well to deal on the square with you, instead replied the woman.
of boasting of a courage which might chance “ Better and better," continued Giuseppe. to fail me when it was most wanted. For 66 A handsome
sup of that, signor, with the the living I have no dread”—and I laid a lachryma aforesaid, will soon call the blood strong emphasis on the negative—“but as into your cheeks, which, to speak Heaven's to your ghosts, whether in blue or black truth and an honest man's, look as white as chambers, I take no shame to say,
that I dame Jutta's sheets bleaching in a spring should most unwillingly intrude myelf breeze.”
upon their company. So, with your good
leave, I'll pass the night here in the arm- Minute as my search was, I could discover chair before the fire.”
nothing of the kind, and this, if it was not This proposal seemed to disconcert Giu- decisive of my safety, was some sort of seppe. He cast a fierce look at the women satisfaction. Not knowing what other for their interference, but suddenly re-as- precautionary measures to take till the suming his usual frankness of manner, be peril ass ed a more definite form, I at said—“ No, no, signor, that will never do; least resolved to afford no opening to the we must manage better for you than so, or enemy; and, with this determination, withwe were but churlish hosts. Bettina here drew the light from the window, and flung shall sleep with my daughter, and you can myself into a large oaken arm-chair that have her chamber."
stood by the bed-side--not with a view to It was now Bettina's turn to show con- sleep, but that I might the more surely fusion. She coloured up to her brows, and remain awake, and be prepared to repel in the next instant turned deadly pale; but attacks. Chance, however, will sometimes she said nothing, and, as her back was to frustrate the best laid schemes; in spite of Giuseppe, he did not notice it. I hardly all my precautions, before half an hour was knew how to construe this emotion. over, the treacherous arm-chair, with its it possible I had a friend in her ? and if so, high back and well-stuffed cushion, had had she the power to assist me? It was seduced me into a light dose, from which I my only chance, however, and I determined was roused by a noise, like the rattling of to keep my eye upon her; but it seemed pebbles against glass. I started up in an as if the crafty Giuseppe had seen through instant, but yet so screened by the bedmy purpose, for during the supper, which curtains that I could see without being seen. was now served up, he watched us both What was my horror, when by the feeble narrowly, and I observed his manner to- light of the lamp upon the hearth, I saw a wards the poor girl was harsh and strongly human face close against the window ! Beexpressive of distrust. Still I calculated fore I could recover from my alarm suffupon her lighting me to my bed-room, ciently to know how to act, the proprietor when I should have an opportunity of con- of the face had got one leg into the room, certing with her some plan of escape, if she supported by the window-ledge. Still I really were inclined, as I did not doubt she was utterly powerless. I strove to speak, was, to be my friend in this struggle for but the tongue cleaved to the roof of my life. This scheme, however, was defeated mouth, and just as little was I able to stir by the vigilance of the wife, who, to do hand or foot, though I was shaking all over her justice, was as crafty a looking old as if under the influence of fever-frost. crone as ever was inspired by the spirit of With the greatest caution the ruffian now envy to mar a hopeful project. Under the drew in the other leg,-probably he feared pretext of paying due respect to her guest to waken memand in one second more he she would insist upon showing me to my would have been in the room, and myselı bed-room, and, when I endeavoured to at his mercy, when by some miracle my evade her politeness, had the daring impu- faculties were suddenly restored to me.
I dence to hint that she had observed sundry called out, or rather shrieked out, to him glances pass between me and Bettina, and to retire, at the same time threatening him did not think it prudent to trust us toge- with my pistols, one of which I brandished ther. I was forced, therefore, to comply; in either hand, and I have no doubt that farther resistance could only serve to con- my attitude was sufficiently imposing, for vince them that I was aware of their mur- fear always supplies me with energy. Be derous intentions, and thus bring about the this as it may, the assassin was alarmed. catastrophe at once, whereas now it was He turned upon me a look that I shall never probable they would delay the deed till forgot, and actually leaped out of the winthey thought me asleep, in which respite I dow, a danger which no man would have might by some unforeseen accident stumble incurred unless he had been previously on the means of safety.
frightened out of his senses. The moment the old crone left me, I I had thus got rid of the peril for the locked and bolted the door, and proceeded immediate moment, but was it to be excarefully to examine the room, lest there pected that the ruffian would so easily give should be any other entrance by which I up his enterprise ? Would he not return could be taken unawares by my murderers. with the rest of his gang, who, it was to be
supposed, were not far off, and overpower hope, not fear-I opened the door; but me with numbers ? To learn the worst at what words can picture my dismay, when I once, I shaded my lamp with my hand, that found myself suddenly confronted with my the light might not betray me, and stole host, who, on my entrance, suddenly started cautiously to the window. There was the from his knees? What he had been doing sound of voices below, as of two people in in that humble posture, I could not guess ; angry argument, but they spoke in so low certainly he bore no marks of one who had a tone, that, though I strained my ears till been occupied in prayer. listening actually became painful, I could “ Diavolo!” he exclaimed, scowling most gather nothing distinctly of their purpose. ominously. “What brings you from your One voice, however, was that of a female ; bed at this time of night? This is no inn, perhaps of Bettina ; who was in vain en- signor, where, as long as a man pays his deavouring to persuade her remorseless reckoning, he is free of garret and cellar, master to forego his purpose : for, that it but the house of an honest woodman, who was her master, I had no doubt, though my has taken you in that you might not lodge assailant was a short man, and Giuseppe more roughly in the forest. If these be was a tall, muscular fellow; such disguises your pranks, I shall wish I had left you are nothing to people of this stamp; they where I found you.” can, as every body knows, make themselves I endeavoured to appease him, by saying long or short, thick or thin, at their own “ In good truth, my worthy host, I good pleasure.
meant no offence-none in the world. It What measure was I next to take ? was only that I fancied my bed-room someShould I stay where I was and trust to the what of the coldest, and so I came down to security of the room, or should I at all ha- warm myself at the kitchen-fire, and indeed zards venture out in the hope of effecting to pass the night in your elbow-chair.” my escape? To stir was sufficiently peril- Giuseppe's brow grew dark as midnight, ous, and it was ten to one that I met some and, as I quailed under his fierce scowl, I of them in my way; and yet to remain gave myself up for lost. It was an awful without making any effort, was in some sort moment. He seemed undecided how to act, committing an act of suicide; it was in fact and stood in the middle of the room with neither more nor less than waiting their his arms folded, his eyes fixed keenly upon good leisure to cut my throat ; and, as I me, and without uttering a syllable. At had no mind to oblige them by such an last, he said—“ If it's only fire you want, excess of civility, there was nothing left for that you can have in your own chamber as it but to stand the hazard of the die.
well as here. I'll call Bettina." Shading, therefore, the lamp as well as I By no means; you shall not disturb the could with my cloak, and creeping along house on my account," I said ; a sort of inwith the stealthy pace of a cat, I ventured tuitive feeling coming over me, that it was out into the passage, where I found all was only by staying below I had any chance of still. This encouraged me. I took the escaping with life. precaution of bolting my chamber-door on The ruffian appeared to be struck at my the outside, so that if the assassins should pertinacity, but he contested the point no again enter through the window, they farther; and his coarse features relaxed might be delayed in the pursuit of me, for from their frown into a grim smile, as he though the delay thus occasioned might said—“ Have your own way, then ; if the only be of a few minutes, yet minutes were lodging should turn out uncomfortably”— precious to a man in my situation. Thus and he laid a peculiar emphasis on the secured in the rear, I passed hastily, but word—“ if the lodging should turn out unwith the utmost caution, through the long comfortably, you have only yourself to corridor, and down the stairs leading to the blame for it. We foresters wear sharp kitchen, where I paused to listen if any one knives, and make no more of lopping off an were yet stirring. Not a sound was to be informer's ears, than we should of cutting heard, and the light that shone through the a dog's tail. You understand, I dare say; chinks in the wood-work was too faint to and, if you do not, the better for you. At be any thing more than fire-light. With all events, you are forewarned ; and so good a beating heart-and for once beating from night, signor.”
(To be continued.)
It gives us great pleasure to be able to state that The Earl of Belfast has taken a mansion in their Majesties and the rest of the Royal Family Belgrave-square, as his Lordship's future town resihave been in the enjoyment of excellent health
dence. during the past month.
A marriage is said to be in contemplation between The Court is expected to leave Brighton the Lord Glanduce, son of the Earl of Norbury, and beginning of the present month. Fires are daily Lady Georgiana Russell, eldest daughter of the Duke kept in the Apartments of Windsor Castle, and of Bedford. every thing is prepared for the return of their The Earl of Burlington, it is stated, intends to Majesties.
remove from his present residence in BelgraveThe Countess of Brownlow resumes her duties square to a more spacious mansion. at Court this month as one of the Ladies of Honour The Earl of Tankerville's dinner parties will comto the Queen.
mence at Easter, His Royal Highness the Duke of Cumberland Viscount Ebrington will occupy the mansion of has arrived at Berlin from Hanover. At St. James's
his noble and venerable relation, Earl Fortescue, Palace, and also at Kew, the preparations for the in Grosvenor-square, during the season. return of the Royal Duke have commenced; but it Lady Anne Beckett will commence her assemis probable he will not arrive in England until Easter. blies after Easter.
The Duke of Devonshire will give a concert early Lord Kenyon will shortly resume his dinner in the present month. The extensive saloons at parties in Portman-square. Devonshire House are undergoing re-embellish- Lord and Lady Suffield will entertain a select ment.
party at Gurton Park, during Easter. The Duchess of Cannizzaro will not commence Lady Dudley Stuart will shortly resume her her splendid parties until aft aster.
soirées at ber residence in Wilton Crescent. The Duke and Duchess of Sutherland are likely
The Hon. Fulke Greville, whọ lately died at to remain in Paris until Easter. The Duchess has Dover, has left the bulk of his property to the nearly recovered from the effects of her late indis- eldest son of Lord Combermere. position.
Sir Edward Knatchbull, Bart., has taken the The Marquess of Camden has paid into the Bank mansion in Hanover-square so long the residence of England the sum of 17,2471. 3s. 4d., for his of the Bishop of Durham. contribution to the public service for the last year. Lord Maryborough is about to withdraw from
The Marchioness and Ladies Cornwallis are his delightful seat, Herne Hill, near Windsor. expected in town early this month.
Lord Rokeby, and the Hon. the Misses MontaThe Earl of Scarborough will commence his gue are at Melton Mowbray. They return to dinner parties next month.
Montague House the first week in April. The Earl and Countess of Wilton are 'entertain- General Lord Hill has taken possession of his new ing a select party at Melton Mowbray, where they residence in Belgrave-square, the lease of the manwill remain until the end of the hunting season. sion on Westbourne Green having expired.
The Earl of Scarborough will commence his Wentworth Beaumout, Esq. M.P., has taken a dinner parties this month.
spacious mansion in Hamilton Place, which is being . We understand that a marriage is on the tapis prepared for the reception of his family. between Earl Bruce, eldest son of the Marquess of It is rumoured, that one of the amiable and Ailesbury, and Lady Mary Herbert, youngest accomplished daughters of Lord and Lady Bridport, daughter of the Countess of Pembroke.
will shortly be led to the altar by Henry Hall, The Earl of Balcarras, having let his mansion in Esq., of Holbrook House, Somerset. Berkeley Square to Lord Brougham, will remain The Speaker will commence bis levees early this during the spring at Haigh Hall, near Wigan, Lan- month at his residence on Carlton Terrace. cashire.
VOL. X.-No. 111.-MARCH, 1837.