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She went to Lord Russell—she went to Sir Freddy too,

A most anxious excitement pervades Broad-street Buildings,
She swears to a number—its owner was ready to

Disclose all the rooms from their boards to their gildings.
Ah, me! all as if by the wand of a fairy,

The black chamber had vanished-with living and dead-away ;
And although they searched through, from the roof to the area,

Globes, men, carpets, and candle-lights, all—all had fled away ;
By the late storm, the cabman who drove her was blown away.

The mystery’s unsolved, and we beg Mrs. Gore a
(For even Francisca D'Acosta has flown away)

New novel to write of the Spanish Señora.


P.S.-Another episode of the mysterious story :

The young grisette has come to light before Sir Frederick Roe now, And in the Bow-street mansion, where he sits in all his glory,

She has sworn that her Señora’s Inquisition is no go now! 0! wicked young Francisca, to dispel such an illusion,

Which the magistrates deceived, and Lord Russell too was puzzling ;
A maze-a Cretan labyrinth of perpetual delusion-

A point on which an Alderman might meditate while guzzling !
What now? the lady vows that she will wipe away the stigma

Which her maid with many lies has flung around her and before her,
She swears to prove to all the world the truth of her enigma,

And confirm the Inquisition of the Spanish Señora.



(Concluded from our last.)

“ Lucy cannot doubt that her partiality Lucy sighed, and observed, “ A friend on towards me is returned,” soliloquized our whom one could implicitly rely would be self-sufficient little gentleman; “she must indeed invaluable; but -would that I have perceived it by my words, looks, and had such a one!” actions. Yet I confess her manner some “My dear, good young lady !” exclaimed times perplexes me, particularly when she Mr. Snealy, Can


doubt? Have not opens her large dark eyes so wide, as if to my eyes, my actions, my all, told you that say, “My dear Sniffton! don't look at me I am entirely yours? Yes, from the first so earnestly.' It must be mere modesty. moment, my body, soul, all! For, oh! most She would have it appear that she hath adorable of your sex!” and he was about ‘not unsought been won.' Poor girl! I'm to go upon his knees, and commence the sorry for her! I can't conceive how it is long-deferred speech, when the lady sudthat she has remained so long single. Too denly caught his arm, and held him firmly particular, no doubt. Heigho !” and in his seat, as she saidthrowing his head back, and joining his “ I've heard long professions before, and hands behind him, he would generally don't pay much attention to them. I prefer conclude by strutting to and fro in the room, judging by people's conduct. So, don't put after the fashion of a bantam.

yourself into a flurry. I can guess what At length, when he had one morning you meant to say; but no protestations wound up his courage for the hundredth at least, not at present.” time, and had, as he conceived, said some Here she released his arm, and added, thing strikingly sentimental, and looked, as with a smile, “ There will be time enough he doubted not, most languishly killing, for

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else in the world, when we get into the. their first solitary walk together, as he was country, as I know my father means to “hemming and ha-ing” a prelude to someinvite you to go with us.”

thing of more importance, she thus interThis agreeable intelligence greatly soothed rupted him—“ Mr. Snealy, I think I can the gasping lover's turbulent little heart, guess what you are about to say.

You and caused him to dream and cogitate much wish to make yourself agreeable to me." con rning sunny banks, shady groves, and “ It is my earnest, heartfelt desire !" purling streams, with rooks, doves, cuckoos, ejaculated the little gentleman, placing his and nightingales to match.

hand appropriately, and bowing reveren“ Did you ever ride after a fox, Snealy?” tially. inquired the old baronet, a few days after. Very well,” observed Lucy,

“Why, not exactly," replied our hero. tell you what you must do. Mind, I am “ That's as much as to say, your horse now speaking confidentially.

I appear

to left you behind,” observed Sir Charles, you to be mistress of my own actions, but siniling; well, that's no uncommon case such is not the case. I am under the with a dandy.”

strictest surveillance, unable even to get a Here Lucy, observing the colour rising letter by the post without its first passing in her humble servant's face, put her finger through my father's hands. You know he on her lips, and looked at him, as he thought, has many odd ways and notions. Well, imploringly; so he swallowed the offensive among the rest, he has taken it into his epithet, and, for her dear sake, digested head to prevent me from corresponding " the venom of his spleen,” and kept a with a very dear friend who is now on the dignified silence. But, as their intimacy Continent, towards whom I cannot bear increased, his amour propre was frequently the idea of appearing ungrateful. So I more severely wounded by the baronet's have written a letter; see, here it is— Mrs. extreme bluntness of speech. Nevertheless, Simpson, care of Messrs. Lucas, Gonne, & he resolved to endure patiently till the prize Co., Lisbon. You must take it to London, was secured, “and then," said he,“ when and put it into the foreign post-office, we are married, I really think I shall cut paying whatever they charge, for the people the old gentleman, for his manners are far at the post-office at B

are my father's too coarse and brusque for a person of my tenants, and he asks them so many quesrefined ideas and elegant habits.”

tions, and they are so afraid of him, that it Thus passed away the London winter, would not be safe to go there : besides, they with all its glittering, glaring pleasures and probably know my hand-writing. You can frivolities; and in the month of July, the make an excuse to run up to town for a family at Glenfield Hall consisted of Sir day?" Charles, Lucy, and Mr. Sniffton Snealy, as Our hero professed himself delighted at the Major had gone to join his regiment in having an opportunity of serving her, and the Peninsula. Alas for human nature! then the young lady proceeded to state Notwithstanding their friendship, our aspir- that, relying on his consent and secresy, she ing hero, as he beheld the stately old man- had instructed her friend to direct for her sion, with its park and ample domains, under cover addressed to Sniffton Snealy, could not avoid tracing what must be the Esq., Glenfield Hall. “ And now," she result, if the gallant soldier should happen added, “ I have only to say that, as I have to fall in some sanguinary engagement. no secrets kept from this dear friend, my His Lucy would then be the heiress, and future course of life will be governed by old baronetcies were not unfrequently our correspondence." transferred. To be Sir Sniffton Snealy “Will you allow me to ask one quesGlenfield, Baronet, would, indeed, be some tion?" inquired Mr. Snealy, tremulously. thing! And he wrote the name upon a card, Certainly," was the reply. to see how it would look. Then he sighed, “Well, now," continued our little swain, and then girded himself up into the resolu “ don't think me presuming ; but have you tion of coming to a thorough understanding mentioned me in the letter?" with the young lady at the first convenient “I have," replied Lucy, while a smile opportunity.

dimpled her cheeks, and Mr. Snealy thought But, in this important affair, as in that he had never seen her look so lovely. of their first acquaintance, the said young

From that time the clandestine correlady seemed to anticipate his wishes, for, in spondence went on delightfully, and the

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“ noticed” hero's equanimity, was, clearly indicate to all people the nature of that his journeys to London gradually as- that which is to follow, and Mr. Snealy was sumed the character of those of a general sorely perplexed for the space of three days commission agent, so multitudinous were during which the change in Lucy's dethe purchases and inquiries which Sir meanour towards him was particularly Charles requested him to make. And striking. She was not unkind : on the these requests, moreover, were not un contrary, she paid him more than usual frequently made in a style approaching that attention, and smiled upon him at times of command, and excited an unpleasant, very sweetly, though with a certain unwincing sensation in the breast of the self- wonted archness in the expression of her estimable receiver. But, by way of com countenance. Then she would sigh and pensation, he was always received with a appear lost in thought, and, moreover, sehearty welcome on his return, and, once or cluded herself in her own room almost all twice, when he hinted that his sojourn at the morning, in spite of all his blandishthe Hall had been extended far beyond the ments and eloquent recommendation of air usual limits of a visit, Sir Charles said, in and exercise. his kindest manner, “Nonsense, man! the Another source of annoyance then emhouse is large enough, isn't it? If I didn't barrassed him in the extraordinary testiness want you here, I'd soon let you know, de- of Sir Charles, both towards him and his pend upon it: that's my way: a little too daughter, in whose eyes tears were not plain spoken, perhaps, sometimes; but, if unfrequently apparent, after some harsh you know when you're well off, you'll stay, and unmerited reproof. for I like you, and Lucy likes you, and “ It's too bad,” thought Mr. Snealy,

-Come, fill your glass or pass the when she left the room after dinner on the bottle, and let us have no more squeamish third day; and, with the self-abandonment nonsense.”

of a knight-errant, he resolved to encounter So days, weeks, and, at last, three months the baronet in defence of his Dulcinea. A rolled

away, but Mr. Snealy's prospects of tilt of words ensued, but those of the little bringing his love matters to a desirable gentleman were speedily and utterly overconclusion, by means of the indefatigable whelmed by the fierceness of his antagonist. foreign correspondence, appeared as distant Briefly, he was grossly insulted, and, in as ever, till, one morning he received an consequence, he rose and expressed his enclosure in the usual hand-writing, but determination to leave the house. with the simple post-mark of “ Falmouth.” to h~!" roared the exasperated baronet, When he delivered it to Lucy, he could naming a place unwelcome to ears polite; not but observe that her hand trembled, so but Mr. Snealy went no farther than to his he took and squeezed it between his, and own room, from which he sent a short note, then pressed it to his lips unreproved, for, requesting an immediate interview with of a truth, the fair maiden's mind seemed Lucy. then to be absent. Mr. Snealy was in They met, and he told the wondrous raptures, and verily believed that he had at' pitiful tale of his sufferings on her account ; last conquered, and this was the decisive and she listened until he spake of immediate letter; but he ventured not farther, re- departure, and then, summoning all her membering that whenever he had previously energies, she exclaimed, " It must be so ! attempted similar liberties, he had invariably I wished to have protracted, but-yes—if been checked by “ No, no, nothing of that you go, Mr. Snealy, you must-take me sort, if you please,” spoken in a very vexa

with you." tious tone of decision.

“ Noblest of women !” cried our hero, “ You will let me know the contents ?" falling in ecstasy on his knees. he murmured, still pressing her hand.

Hush, hush !” said Lucy, “nothing of “ Yes, yes,” she exclaimed, hurriedly, that sort," pray! Listen : be ready, with a and then, with her thoughts in a state of chaise waiting, in the lane close by the park especial confusion, she vanished through stile nearest to the London road, exactly at the door-way, leaving her admirer to adjust two o'clock. My pony chaise and groom his cravat and rub up his hair.

are at your service to take you to BThat “coming events cast their shadows and there can be no cause for suspicion, before,” is a proverb somewhat stale, but, unless our interview be prolonged. So, go

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now, without losing a moment, and remem “ Yes, ma'am," said Mr. Snealy, strutting ber, two o'clock," and she hurried him from forward manfully to explain, “ The fact is her presence.

that, for a considerable length of time, I 6 I knew it must come to this !” solilo- have been strongly impressed—that is quised Mr. Snealy, rubbing his hands, as “Excuse me now, Sir," said the lady, he left the park. “She has twenty thou- graciously smiling, “ this dear girl is in sand pounds of her own, let the worst want of repose. Come, my dear Lucy, let happen. But when we are married, the old us retire together. Despise you ! No, my baronet will not be such a fool as to stand love. Yet I could have wished it otherout. This is not the first specimen of his wise. Come, come !" and they glided out tantrums that I have seen, and I know, as of the room, followed by Lucy's maid, and, he has often said, that he likes me. a few minutes after, a very substantial Sniffton Snealy, thou hast indeed now been breakfast was served up for our noticed noticed to some purpose !"

hero, who was deferentially given to unA few minutes after two on the following derstand that the young lady had been permorning, while the moon shone brightly, suaded to lie down to endeavour to obtain he found himself seated in a post-chaise, an hour's sleep. bowling merrily along, with certainly (for “ Poor girl !” said he, helping himself to all the world said so) one of the finest a huge slice of ham, &c., “I don't wonder women to be seen in the London circles; she's a little nervous. A little sleep, howbut, between them, sate her somewhat ever, may refresh her; but we must not demure waiting-maid, so he was compelled lose too much time. We've the start now to compress the ebullition of his feelings by eight or ten hours; but, if the passioninto certain brief, common-place inquiries, ate old man should overtake us!" which were as briefly answered. All this This idea caused a considerable diminuappeared somewhat cold and tame for an tion in his appetite, and sent him, after a elopement, but the small gallant comforted hasty meal, to look out for a good plain himself by the reflection that she had now travelling chariot, wherein he and the fair taken the step and “crossed the Rubicon," Lucy should be transported to Gretna and consequently there could be no re- Green, not merely as that was the usual treating “ She must either be Mrs. route in such cases, but because he felt that Snealy,” said he to himself.“

the whole runaway affair would thereby more expect to be noticed' in society: wear a dashing, spirited, all-for-love aspect, there's no other alternative.”

and cause him to be more noticed than ever On changing horses for the last time in the ensuing winter. before entering London, Lucy desired that In spite of all his activity, however, they should be driven to the house of a nearly three hours had expired before his lady, a particular friend of hers in Park arrangements for the nuptial vehicle were Lane, and, on their arrival there, they were, completed, and then, ordering horses to be all three, ushered into a parlour.

ready at a moment's notice, he returned to “You are sadly fatigued, I fear," ob- Park Lane, and was informed that the served Mr. Snealy, affectionately, “ those young lady had, at length, sunk into “a common chaises jolt one shockingly. If sweet sleep,” when it appeared to him that you will allow me, I know where to hire an they ought both to be wide awake. This easy chariot for the rest of our journey; was very tantalizing, and caused him to and, beside the comfort, you know, in case fidget and walk to and fro in the lonely of pursuit-"

apartment, till, unable longer to resist the Do just as you please," said Lucy, and usual effects of a sleepless night, he threw though her agitation was evidently extreme, himself upon a sofa and soon became lost she smiled, as if in spite of herself. in a world of dreams, from which he was

“ Heavenly—!” exclaimed Mr. Snealy, startled by a confused bustle in the hall. and, before he could utter another word, the “No more lies, you scoundrels !" shouted matronly lady of the house entered, and a stentorian voice, “ I tell you I have traced Lucy instanter rushed into her arms ejacu- them to this house. George and Peter, you lating, “Don't despise me, my dear, dear watch the door, and by G-! I'll search friend! I have taken the last, rash step. I the house myself, and, if I find the little have left my father's house without his rascal !” knowledge and this gentleman-" “Surely I am dreaming !” thought Mr.

or never

Snealy, trembling, and he strove to rub his country. Of the good-natured, thoughtless eyes and collect his energies; but, before young nobleman who lent himself con amore they were regularly mustered, the door for the experiment it need only be said that flew open, and with open mouth, discharg- he eventually became an honour to his staing a volley of oaths and shocking bad tion and his country. But, at the time we names, in came Sir Charles, grasping in his have had occasion to mention, he was hand “a grievous crab tree cudgel” with a “ sowing his wild oats," and, as he termed golden knob.

it, “ seeing both sides of the world,” and in Now Mr. Snealy's bodily endowments these processes cared little who were his lay rather in agility than personal strength, associates. So with “the best heart in the leaving the gift of courage out of the ques- world,” he thoughtlessly induced divers tion. Therefore, when the baronet arrived aspiring noodles to “keep pace” with him, at the sofa, he nimbly popped behind a and thereby damagethemselvesexceedingly. screen, and from thence skipped through It was with them, even as with puppies the door into the hall, and then, availing when magnifying themselves prodigiously at himself of his littleness, he dashed head being allowed to frolic with a young lionforemost between the legs of the gigantic but we have all read the fable of the giant George, and so escaped into the street, and the dwarf going together to the wars. minus his coat tail, which remained, as Of the part acted by the fair Lucy Glena trophy, in the outstretched hands of field, and the mystification practised by her Peter.

on our hero, all that can be said, by way of At this point we must leave matters for defence, is, that she was deeply in love, and the present, and refer back to the time the adage goes that in love as in war, all when our aspiring hero was languishing stratagems are fair for the accomplishment because he was not “noticed.”

of a desired purpose. “I want a toady, Major,” said Sir Charles Return we now to Park Lane, where one morning to his son, “ not one of your Sir Charles, with his veni, vidi, vici cudgel, clever fellows, but merely a tame sort of went storming about from room to room nobody who can conduct himself decently till he encountered the lady of the mansion, at table, carve a joint, play with me at who gradually allayed the extreme violence backgammon or cribbage in the country, of the tempest by assuring him that Lucy and of whom one need not be positively was safe, and well

, and adding, “I by no ashamed if sent with a message to a friend. means approve of the rash step she has There must be plenty of fellows with small taken, and assure you, Sir Charles, that I incomes who would be glad enough to pass will not countenance anyfarther proceedings away the summer months without

expense. without


consent. So, look out for me, Charles, and you, Lucy, That


will never have!” exclaimed try what you can do. Such fellows are the baronet. always dangling about and trying to make “ You will consider the matter more themselves agreeable to the ladies.” coolly,” said the lady, “what has past must

“I am almost certain I know just the more than suffice to convince you sort of person,” thought Miss Glenfield, and daughter's happiness is at stake. The she went immediately to her kind adviser gentleman's family is of unquestioned reand confidential friend the countess, who spectability and antiquity, and his prospects declared our hero to be “ quite a nice little are risinglap-dog of a man, and perfectly harmless.” “Rising !" roared Sir Charles, “ A little His eagerness for notice indicated the sort insignificant wretch! Why, the girl must of bait to be made use of, and how he was be mad, stark, staring mad, and, begging thereby caught and domesticated has been your pardon, madam, you must think me told. The Major, however, was not quite little better to suppose that I would give my satisfied till after His Grace of Bettington's consent to her union with such a caricature bachelors' dinner party, by which Mr. of a man, such a mere abortion of a creature Snealy was tested, and found to be neither as this, when you must know, as you are a good story-teller, nor a three bottle man. her friend, that I forbade her correspondence Either of those characters might, as the with Henry Fortescue, one of the finest gallant soldier opined, be a dangerous after- young fellows in the army.” dinner companion to his father in the Here, to his great astonishment, the


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