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bad been accustomed to do. Let him rise ever when she spoke to him in public, to omit the so early, he saw tbem in the fields; and if be title of your lordship, and merely called him was returning home, they were sure to meet Conradine. The first time she made use of him. Sometimes they shewed him a flower this appellation, Conradine reddened with inje produced by Bridget's needle; sometimes they | dignation, and made no reply. Every one wanted him to hear a bull-finch sing a song | imagined, for several days, that Euphrosyne. which Louisa bad taught him, and at others a had lost his favour, and she was herself of the parrot, which repeated with wonderful dis. same opinion. But Conradine, however indig. tinctness the words :-“ Love me, Corradine, want he might be, soon became accustomed to Couradine! Love me Conradine, Conradine !'|this familiar mode of address. This step being On another occasion, perliaps, he had to com taken, she now ventured upon another. Confurt Gertrude, who pretended to weep the loss radine left her to dismount from her horse of her ranunculuses ; and he always found the without assistance, and one of his esquires amiable girls in a charming dress, or in a still gave her his hand. “What a shame it is," more charming disbabille. He could not be. said she to him ove duy, “that a Knight like hold them without emotion ; we should do you should have so little gallantry. Alight, injustice to his character to assert that he did. | and give me your hand without glove; in So much beauty, so much loveliness made an future I will have no other esquire than you." impression upon him ; but he was unable to Conradine cast an angry look at Euphrosyne, come to any determination. There were five who had chosen a inoment when he was sursisters, and all equally beautiful; he retired rounded by a numerous retinue to utter this wounded bs each of them, and at the same disagreeable injunction.

“ No hesitation," time he was proud. Had be actually loved, resumed she; “ I insist on your compliance.” he would never have been the first to acknow. These words she uttered with such grace, and ledye it, and it would have been highly impru- | all his attendants thought her so charming, that dent, un the other hand, in any female to slew Conradine was obliged to dismount, and to a passion for bim : he would have reduced her give her bis hand. He even attempted to kiss to a kind of servitude, for his sentiments, in hers. “No, no;" said the spirited damsel, regard to women, were nearly of the Oriental | drawing it away; "you did not obey nie so stamp.

cheerfully as you ought to have done : another Meanwhile an alteration took place from time perhaps, I may permit you.”—“I have day to day in Conradine. He absented himself caught him," said she to her sisters as soon as less aod less, and for shorter intervals. Not a she saw them, and acquainted them with the Ford escaped him, but whatever he did was new step which she bad ventured to take. fraught with expression. The young ladies “That was right !" they all exclaimed, and had too much di-cerament not to know what | indulged the same hopes as she herself all this signified.-—"At length,” said Louisa, || cherished. " the man grous tame; but which of us will Next morning Conradine, who had awoke he chuse? Or rather which of us would wish earlier than usual, sent to inform Euphrosyne to engage bis affections? “I,” said Euphro- | that he was going out a hunting. She returned syde, “I!"_“Very well,” rejoined Bridget, for answer, that she should not accompany " be it so." We must come less into his sight; him. Conradine sent again, and directed the and must gradually lead him to thiuk only of messenger to enquire if she were unwell. She Eaphrosyne. He nust see none but ber; we rejoined that she was well, but had no inclinamust speak only of her when he sees us; he tion to join in the chace that day. Fill thus at last be obliged to distinguish why?" enquired Conradine. “Because I don't her.

chuse it,” was the reply. From this time Conradine had fewer oppor Conradine accordingly rode out alone, but tunities of seeing the other four sisters. He the whole day he was in an ill huniour. He met none but Euphrosyne, and by degrees he returned sooner than usual, found fault with forgot all the rest. She nianifested a partiality every body; ordered a peasant, who bad not for hunting, and he permitted her to bear hin made suficient haste to salute him, into concompany. As he was passionately fond of finement, as well as another wito had not riding, Euphrosyne affected a strong predilec- ! addressed him with the title of your lordship. tion for that exercise. She managed her Euphrosyne heard of these acts of severity, borse with extraordinary address, and in riding and immediately wrote to him as follows :-( races with Conradine she often reached the li intreat yon to set at liberty your two vassals, goal before him. In order to ascertain the whom, out of pride, you have thrown into conextent of her influence over him, she began, finement. Are your dominions for ever to

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remain the theatre of violence and slavery?" Euphrosyne. 'Tis very polite of you to tell me Conradine, on reading this vote, was highly so. Upon any word this is quite a uew lanexasperated, and paced the room with hasty guage. steps. At length, however, be complied with Conradine. It is certainly quite new! Euphrosyne's request. On this she proceeded Euphrosyne. It might almost be called love. still farther. She ordered all the gates and Conradine. Whatever you please. barriers to be demolished, and allowed every Euphrosyne. In that case it would be a decla. person access at all hours to Conradine ; so ration of love, and is this a fit attire to make that the petty tyrant who bad formerly been it in, clad in wail, with a lance in your hand invisible, was now exposed to public view, and and a sword by your side! Are you a sovereign, his vassals came in crowds, when he was at a conqueror ? table, to see and to bless him. Euphrosyne Conradine. Any thing, any thing you please. prevailed upon him so far that he would speak He took off bis helmet and coat of mail; the first to his esquires and the principal officers lance had already dropped from his hand, and of his household, though he did it in the begin- his broad sword vo longer hung by his side. ning with a very ill grace. He had not yet ut Conradine. Will that do ? Am I now as I tered a syllable that could convey an idea of | ought to be? love; and not a word which could bear that in Euphrosyne. No, uot yet. terpretation had escaped Euphrosyne. She Conradine. Not yet? however was determined to entice from him an Euphrosyne. You are too far from me, and acknowledgement of his passion, rather from then your attitude! You are too tall when self-love than from any other motire. For you stand. I am obliged to look up too high this an opportunity soon occurred.

Several neighbouring Lords had united their Conradine. Is that right? (dropping on one forces with a view to take from Conradine knee.) Frejus and Riez, together with all bis posse Euphrosyne. Yes, that is right. Now you sions on the sea-coast. This circumstance may speak. What have you to say to me? obliged him to assemble his vassals; and in a Conradine. Nothing more. I feel. Here, short time he had collected a formidable army. | real this letter, by which I appoint you regent He determined to put himself at its head, and in my absence. If I fall in battie all that I made arrangements for his departure. He had possess will be yours, and your father's possesnot yet prepared Euphrosyne for this separa. sions will revert to your sisters. Farewel. tion, and it was then that she expected to com Euphrosyne expressed her thanks in the pass her point.

warmest terms. Conradine departed, and sigh, “I am going to leave you,” said he to her | ed as he withdrew. abruptly.

The charming sisters were now regents, and Euphrosyne. I think I might have been in- nothing was heard in the castle but the sounds formed of it sooner.

of mirth and festivity. Troubadours and Conradine, I am going to fight my enemies; minstrels were welcome guests ; balls and perhaps I shall fall in battle. Heirs I have cours d'amour alteroately succceeded cach other. none, neither is there any thing in the world wit, merriment and conviviality took the that I love.

place of the former ridiculous etiquette. WithEuphrosyne. What! nothing at all ?

out enacting laws they knew how to establish a Conradine. I think at least (with some embar- || happy medium between that familiarity which rassment) that I shall not leave behind a crea lessens respect, and ahject servility. The subture that will regret me

jects learned tbeir duty, which they fulfilled Euphrosyne. Are you sure of that?

with pleasure ; they addressed their fair mis. Conradine. I mean to say that will regret me tresses without constraint and yet with reveras much as you.

ence. The report of this pleasing change ex: Euphrosyne. How so? Who could tell you terided their fame to distant countries. Young that?

Knights thronged to see them; these five sis. Conradine. I don't know; but I must confess ters were worthy of their homage. Euphrathat you are the only person in whose society syne was content to preside over their diversiI took any pleasure, I have found something ons and sports; the otbers went farther, and in you, though I know not myself (laying his none of them had reason to be dissatisfied with hand involuntarily upon his heart). I feel-Ab | her lot. Euphrosyne, you are so fascinating!

About this time the Countess de Martiques Euphrosyne. Do you think so.

arrived at the court of Conradive. She came Conradine. Indeed I do.

to make him an offer of her daughter's hand.

Her inortification on finding that she was tool All these circumstances were eagerly colJate, gradually produced a secret resolution lected hy the vindictive Countess, who wrote to be revenged on Euphrosyve. Not long be- || Conradine a long account of all that passed. fore the young Baron de Bormes had likewise Conradine was naturally lasty and impetuons; arrived at the castle as Conradine's prisoner; he moreover hated the young Baron, and swore and, on his word of honour, Eupbrosyne had that both the culprits should die. He sent granted him liberty, on condition of his not for his physician.--" Doctor,” said he, “ you leaving the town. Out of gratitude the young must revenge me.”_"And on whom?"_" On Knight paid her particular attention, and she Euphrosyne and the Baron de Bromes. I am had too much good sense to take this amiss ; || betrayed and dishonoured; go and administer she laughed with her sisters on the subject, a slow poisou that may afford me the satisface and gave him no other appellation than that tion of witnessing their death on my return of the little prisoner. At last he never quitted home.” Having received this injauction, the her side ; he had become her esquire, and was physician departed. even once surprized stealing a kiss of her fair

(To be continued.] hand.

LAURENSTEIN CASTLE;

OR,
THE GHOST OF THE NUN.

The following story introduces a ghost as a spirit of actual existence, and as such may perhaps offend the taste of the enlightened reader ; but as a German legend, and a narrative of popular superstition abroad, it may not be unentertaining,

On the banks of a small river, in a province , dry up the milk of the cows, and fit about the of Germany, is situated the castle of Lauren. || horses ; in short, both men and beasts were stein, which was formerly a nunnery, and de- | kept in a state of affright from the

annoyance stroyed in the thirty years' war. The holy do. of the spirits. main passed as a derelict property into the hands The lord of the manor spared no expence to of the laity, and was let by the Couut of Orla obtain by exorcisms a cessation of the tumults; muuda, the former lord of the manor, to one but the most powerful enchantments, before of his vassals, who built a castle on the ruins | which the whole empire used to tremble, had of the cloister, lo which he gave his own naine; no effect on these Amazonian spectres, who he was called lord of Laureostein. The event defended their claim to the property of the soon proved to him that church property never castle so firmly, that the exoi cists with their prospers in the hands of laymen, and that holy vessels and relics were sometimes obliged sacrilege, however clandestinely committed, || to quit the field. will always meet punishment in the end.

There was a certain famous man of the name The bones of the deceased nuns were roused of Gessner, who travelled about the country to, from their peaceful abode; rattling noises per- lay spirits, and redress the injuries which their petually disturbed the tranquillity of the fa nocturnal revels had produced. To him was mily. Processions of nuns with flaming images assigned the task of reducing these troubles were seen passing to and fro, opening and some visitors to obedience, and confining them shutting the doors; they would often follow the || again in the gloomy regions of death, where servants into the stables and different apart- | they might rell their skulls and rattle their ments of the castle, pinching them, nodding at bones without molestation. them, and tormenting them with frightful

Tranquillity was now restored in the castle. poises. Tbe terror and dismay which these | The nuns now slept again, but after the period disturbances produced spread among all the of seven years, a restless spirit of the sister. domestics; oor was the lord himself proof | hood made ber appearance in the night, reagainst this host of spirits. The resentment newed the former disturbances till she was of the puus did not couGne itself to these out.

weary, then having rested another seven years, rages; they would likewise attack the cattle, li repeated her visits. The family in course of

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time began to be habituated to her appear the daughter, who united with her mother in ance at stated periods, and left the apartments || rejecting every offer. wlienever that happenrd.

As long as the heart of a young female yields Upon the decease of the first possessor the to instruction, it may be compared to a small inheritance çevolved by a regular succession boat in the ocean, which sufiers itself to be into the hands of the male i eir, which did not

steered wherever the rudder guides it, but fail till the thirty years' war, when the last when the wind rises and the waves toss the branch of the Laurenstein fami'y flourished, bark to and fro, it regards no longer the rudder, in whose formation nature seemed to bave ex but yields to the violence of the winds and the hausted all hier powers. She had so prodigally | dasling of the waters. Thus the docile Emily lavislied ber qualities upon him that when he submitted to the guidance of maternal instrucarrived at the years of maturity his corpulence tion, and walked with chearfulness in the path and weiglit alınost egualled that of the famous of pride; the heart was yet untainted with Irish giaut; at the same time the young lord, I guile. She expected some prince or court to Sigismund, to rusticated manners united an

do homage to her charms, and treated every uncommon share of pride; he was determineul inferior person with contempt truly gratifying to enjoy life, while be carefully avoided every

to her mother. extravagance which might diminish the pater

Before a suitable successor could be found nal estate that had bceu hvarded up by par.

for the Laurenstein estate, a circumstance simony

happened to frustraie ihe views of the mother, After the example of his ancestors he fixed

and proved that all the princes and counts in upon a wife, as soon as his parents were dei

the Romau empire would have come too late ceased; and began to look forward with plea

to gain the heart of Emily.

During the disturbances of the thirty years' sure tu the prospect of an heir to his estate. In this, however, he was disappointed, for the

war, the army of the brave Wallerstein took wislied for boy proved a girl. lie afterwards

up its winter quarters in Vogtland ; and Sigis. sought no other enjoyments but that of eating,

mund received niany usinvited guests, who su that all the hopes of a male successor were

committed more outrages in the castle iban buried in his corpulence. His wife, who from

the former vocturnal visitors; is they did not the liegimoing bad the management of the fa.

lay claim to it as their just pro eity in the mily, fixed all her affections on her daughter,

samo mauner as the latter, neither did they

suffer themselves to be expelled by exorcists. and left her husband to revel in his sensual

Eniertainments and balls succeeded each other indulgencies, lill at last be regarded nothing

without intermission ; the former were super. but the luxuries of die toble. The education of Emily was entrusted to the care of her ino

intended by Madame Sigismund, and the latter ther, vil spared no pains in adorning her il by Einily. The officers were pleased at the

hospitality with which they were treated, and person and cultivating her understanding.

their host with the good temper and respect in proportion as the charms of her fair

with which they returned it. Emy began to expand, ber views were extended, and her hopes flattered with the prospectsonal attractions; one, however, who was

Among them were many who bad great perof seeing her daughter the ornament of her fa. mily; she indulged a latent pride, which con

called Frederic, eclipsed the rest. To a fine sisted in an extravagant attachment to her gentle, modest, agreeable, lively, and an ac

form he united insinuating minners ; he was pedigree.

complished dancer. No man bad yet made No family in all Vogtland were in ber opi.

an impression upon the heart of Emily, hut nion of sufficient antiquity and noble birth to she could not resist these fascinations when be allied to the last branch of the Lanrenstein | united to a red coat. Her heart became susfamily; when, therefore, the youths of the ceptible of seclings of which she was not at neighbourhood were eage: to pay their respects first conscious, and tvey filled her soul with to this young lady, whose affections they

an inexpressible pleasure. The only circumwished to gain, the cautious mother gave them stance that surprized her was, that such at. such reception as effcctually put a stop to any tractions could be found in a person who was further iutcrcourse. She likewise carefully', neither a prince nor a count. guarder the heart of Emily against what she Upon a nearer acquaintance she frequently cailed smuggled goods, and railed greatly questioned bis companions respecting his faagainst the speculatious of cousins avd aunts mily and prospects ; but no one could give her who busicd themselves in forming matrimonial any satisfaction on a subject which occupied connections. This had the desired effect upon all her thoughts; every one praised him as a

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brave and amiable man, but his pedigree | death should separate them. Emily inforined seemed to be buried in perfect oblivion. Lim of her mother's sentiments on the cboire

The secret enquiries of the anxious Emily of a husband tur her, and the improbability did ut remain long concealed from bim. His that her pride would yield in a siogle point to friends ibought to flatter bim with this infor- , affection. mation, aud accompanied it with many favour An lundred schemes were alternately fixed able conjectures. His modesty would not upon and rejected, as the difficulties of each permit him to consider this any thing but a preponderated in their minds. Tihen the joke ; at the same time he felt a secret plea- ' young warrior perceived the wi lingness of liis sure in sapposing himself the subject of a mistress to embrace any plan that would cone young lady's thoughts, who was by no means tribute to the completion of his wishes, he jodillerent to him; the first view of lier had proposed an elopement as the securest method excited in him an enthusiasm which is the pre which love ever suggested, and by means of cursor of love.

which it had often succeeded in frustrating the No words are so forcible or intelligent as views of parsimonious pride. Emily, after a the looks wbich declare the sympathy of a little reflection, consented. The only subject tender attachment. A verbal explanation did of consideration was the method of escaping not take place for some time, but both parties from the strongly guarded castle, and the could divise each other's thoughts; their scrutinizing vigilance of her mother, which countenances declared what the bashfulness of would be redoubled upon the departure of love forhade them to utter.

Wallenstein's army. The unsuspecting mother was now so im But the inventions of love surmount every mersed in the care of providing for her guests, obstacle. Emily was well acquainted with the that she had not leisure to guard with her periodical visits of the spirits, and that on Allusual diligence the avenues to the heart of Saints day in the ensuing autumn, when sevea Emily. Frederic perceiving this did not fail years would have elapsed since their last apto turn it to his advantage, by insinuating pearance, they were expected to be renewed. himself in her favour. As soon as he had The terror of all the inhabitants she knew to gained her confidence he gave her very difier- be great on these occasions, which suggested ent instructions from those she bad received a notion of the possibility of passing for one from her mother. As he was the avowed of the ghosts. For this

purpose

she proposed enemy of distinctions, bis care was to free the to keep a nun's dress in readiness for herself, mind of Emily from the prejudices she had and under this disguise to make her escape. received upon this subject ; teaching her that Frederic was enchanted at the happy thought; birth and rank must not be put in competition | although at the time of the thirty years' war, with the sostest and most pleasing passion. that infidelity, which in its rebellion against

The euainoured Emily suffered ber pride to the Supreme Being, has been the scourge of all fall before her attachment, and excused in her Europe, was but in its infancy, yet the young lover the want of nobility and titles; she even hero was philosopher enough to disbelieve the carried her political heresy so far as to con existence of ghosts, or at least to deny their ceive that the prerogatives of birth, with re interference with humau affairs.--" Ghosts, gard to love, were a yoke which human freedom my Emily,” said he, “are enemies to avarice, should be permitted to shake off.

to tyranny, and to vice, but they cannot be The affections of Frederic were now fixed otherwise than propitious to love. Those on her, and from every circumstance he was nuns who haunt the castle will not interrupt satisfied that his love would meet an ample the escape of lovers; besides, my dear, there return. He sought therefore an opportunity is an exorcism in a pretty face, and a spiritual to open to her the state of his heart. She re enchantment in a svidier's jacket, which will ceived his professions with blushies, but with prove as powerful as any cabala or crucifix.” real pleasure; and their confiding souls were When every thing was prepared for his dra united by mutual vows of inviolable fidelity. I parture Frederic mounted bis horse, committed They were now happy for the present instant, himself to the protection of fortune, and put but shuddered at their future prospects. The himself at the head of his squadron. The return of the spring recalled the army to the campaign terminated fortunately for him ; field, and the melancholy period in which the love scemed to have listened to his prayers and lovers were to part quickly approached. taken him under his protection.

Consultations were now begun to determine In the mean time Emily, who was altero how an interéourse might be kept up between nately agitated with hope and fear, trembled the two lovers, who resolved that nothing but for the life of her faithful Amadis, and touk

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