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ture of the huinan soul, and in the unalterable economy by speculation ; too proud and too conditions which externally deterinine il; and, effeininate to change the state of the genuleman, in these two he is sure to find her. He is then in which he lived, with that of the peasant; and no longer surprised to see the poisonous hein to renounce his boasted liberty, he only saw one lock spring up in those very beds, where the resource left hiin, which thousands before and most salutary herbs usually flourish in profusion; after him have taken with better success, the or, to find wisdom and folly, vice and virtue, in resource to steal in an honest manner. His nathe same cradle together.
tive town lay on the borders of one of the prince's Were I even to set no value on any of the forests. He became deer-stealer, and the proadvantages which pneumnatology derives from duce of his depredations passed faithfully into such a method of treating history, it inerits, how. the hands of his mistress. ever, a preference on this account alone, that it Amongst the lovers of Hannah, was Robert, a eradicates the cruel scorn and proud security with huntsman to the forester, who soon observing the which unproved standing virtue generally looks | advantage which the liberality of his rival had down on the fallen, as it diffuses the meck | gained over him, sought after the cause of this spirit of toleration, without which, no fugitive change with an evil eye. He went oftener to can return, no reconciliation of the law can the Sun, for this was the sign of the inn; his take place, and no infected member of society watchful eye, sharpened by jealousy and envy, can be rescued from the general contagion. soon discovered whence this money flowed. Not
If the criminal, of whom I shall presently l long before that period a severe edict had been speak, was still entitled to appeal to that spirit || revived against the deer-stealers, which conof toleration, if he was really lost to the stale demned the transgressors to bridewell. Robert beyond a possibility of recovery, I shall-leave to was indefatigable in watching all the secret steps the judgment of the reader. Our mercy can of his enemy, and, at last, succeeded in detecting now be of no avail, for he died by the hand of the imprudent inn.keeper in the fact. Wolf the executioner; but the dissection of his vices was imprisoned, and it was with great difficulty, may prove a lesson to humanity, perhaps, also and not without the sacrifice of all his little to justice.
property, that he obtained a commutation of Christian Wolf was the son of an innkeeper, || his punishment. in a country town of **** (the name of which, Robert triumphed. His rival was beaten off from reasons, which will appear evident in the the field, and Hannah's favour lost for the sequel, we must conceal); he assisted his mo. beggar. Wolf knew his enemy, and this enemy ther to carry on the business till his twentieth
was the happy possessor of his Johanna. A year, for his father was dead. The house was galling sense of his own want, joined to injured little frequented, and Wolf had inany idle hours.
pride, poverty, and jealousy combined, break in From the time he had been at school he had
upon his sensibility, hunger drives him on the been known as a wild youth. Grown up girls wide world, revenge and passion rivet him to the complained frequently of his assurance, and the spot. He again became a deer stealer ; but Ro. boys of the town paid homage to his inventive | bert's redoubled vigilance entraps him a second abilities. Nature had neglecied his person. A time. Now he experiences the full severity of little unseemly figure, frizzled hair of a disa - the law, for he has nothing more to give; and in greeable black colour, a fat nose, and swollen a few weeks, he is delivered over to the brideupper lip, which was besides discorted by a well of the capital. kick of a horse, rendered his appearance so ex- The year of punishment is endured, his pas. tremely repulsive, that it frightened all the wo- sion had grown by absence, and his obstinacy men from him, and afforded an inexhaustible had risen under the pressure of inisfortune. Scarce fund of merriinent to his comrades.
had he obtained his liberty, when he hastened to He wished to oblain that by defiance, which his native place to show himself to his Johanna. was refused him by nature; because he dis- He appears, but is avoided. Pressing want, at pleased, he resolved at pleasing. He was sensual, || last, humbled his pride, and got the better of his and persuaded himself that he was in love. The effeminacy. He offers himself as a day labourer girl he choose treated bim ill; he had reason to to the rich of the place; the husbandman locks fear that his rival was happier ; but the girl was with contempt on the weak effeminate wretch;
A heart that was shut to the profes- the muscular appearance of his sturdy rival bears sions of love might open to his presents; bui he off the preference by this unfeeling patron.' He himself was oppressed with want, and the vain makes a last attempt. A place is still vacant ; attempı to render his external agreeable, con- the last lost appointment of an honest name-he sumed the little he gained by a bad business. I applies to be made town's herdsman, but the Too easy and too ignorant to remedy his ruined peasant will not trust his swine to a profligate.
In all his plans disappointed, every where re- liberty, and made my confinement appear the pulsed, he became, for the third time, deer- more horrid. It was then I swore an irreconcilstealer, aid, for the third time, was unlucky able inextinguishable hatred to all that bore the enough to fall into the hands of his vigilant resemblance of man, and what I swore I have eneiny.
faithfully kept. This second relapse aggravated his guilt. The “My first thought, on recovering my liberty, judges locked into the book of laws, but none was my native town. As little as I had there to of them read the state of mind of the accused. hope for my future support, the more promising The edict against the deer-stealers required a were my expectations of satisting my thirst for solemn and striking example; and Wolf was revenge. My heart beat more licentiously as I condemned, with the sign of the gallows burnt || descried at a distance the steeple arise from on his back, to work three years in the fortress. amongst the woods. It was no more that heart
This period also elapsed, and he went from i felt pleasure and satisfaction which I had expethe fortress; but quite a different creature from rienced on my first pilgrimage. The memory of what he was when he came there. This forms all the hardships, of all the persecutions I had the commencement of a new epoch in his life ; once undergone there, awoke at once from a but let us hear his own words, as he afterwards terrible death-like sleep, all my wounds bled made a confession to the clergy man who attended | afresh, and every scar to my honou, was again him, and to the courts of justice :
unripped I redoubled my pace, for I anticipated “ I entered the fortress,” said he, “ as a strayed in my mind the pleasure of overwhelming my sheep, and left it as a finished villain. I had still enemies with consternation by my sudden apsomething in the world that was dear to me, and || pearance, and I now thirsted as much for humimy pride revolted at ignominy. As I was brought | liation as I formerly trembled for it.
as I stood
ment with three and twenty prisoners, amongst
in the midst of the market-place. The people whom were two murderers, the rest were all thronged to church. They soon recollected me, noted thieves and vagabonds. They made a and every one that stumbled on me seemed shy game of me, when I talked of God; they urged and retreated. I liad always been particularly me on to utter the most dreadful imprecations fond of little children, and even now this atrach. against our blessed Saviour; they sung obscene ment involuntarily got the better of me, and I songs, which I, a professed libertine, could not offered a little boy that hopped by me a penny. hear without disgust and horror; but what | The boy looked at me a few moments with a shocked my modesty most was, what I saw them fixed stare, and then threw the money in my face, practise. No day passed without the repetition Had my blood been a little more cool, I should of some scandalous scene of their lives, without have remembered, that the long beard which I the contrivance of some wicked scheme. At first wore, since my release from the fortress, had I fled from these wicked miscreants, and avoided, disfigured the traits of my face, and had rendered as much as possible, their intercourse ; but I them horrid--but my bad heart had infected my needed some creature to sympathise with me,
reason. Tcars such as I had never shed rolled and the barbarily of my keepers had even refused over my cheeks. me my dog. The labour was hard and tyranni.
“ The boy knows not who I am, nor whence cal; my constitution was sickly; I required help; I coine, said I, half audibly to myself, and and, if I must candidly confess it, I required com yet he avoids me like a bugbear. Am I then passion. So I habituated myself to the most de marked any where on the forehead, or have I no testable ideas, and in the last three months I l longer the appearance of a mortal, because I feel became a greater proficient than my teacher. that I can no longer love one? The contempt
"From this moment I thirsted for my liberty, | of this boy pained, me more sensibly than three as I thirsted for revenge. All mankind had in.
years labour as a convict, for I had done him jured me, for every one was better and happier good, and could accuse him of no personal than I. I looked upon myself as a martyr to
hatred. the rights of man, and a sacrifice to the laws.
“I seated myself in a carpenter's yard opposite Gnashing my teeth, I impatiently bit my chains
the church; for what reason, I know not; but when the sun set on the hill of my prison ; an
I well reinenıber that I arose irrita ed to the extensive prospect is a double hell for one that highest pitch, as none of all iny acquaintance, is confined. The fresh draught of wind that who passed by, not even one, deigned to take whistle through the air holes of my tower, and
the least notice of me, With reluctance, I left the swallow, that harboured on the iron bar of my station to seek for an inn; as I was turning my grated crevice, seemed to mock me with their the corner of a street I ran full against my
Johanna. • Mine host of the Sun!' exciaimed powder and shot. My devastation in the prince's she quite loud, and advanced to embrace me; forests became the subject of common talk; but you here again, dear landlord of the Sun ! no longer did suspicion fall on me. My appearthank God, that you are returned!" Faminc ance extinguished it; my name was forgoiten. and cxireme wretchedness were visible in her " This sort of life I led for several months. dress, art opprobrious malady in her face, her One morning, as usual, I traversed the wood, to whole appearance bespoke the most abandoned follow the trace of Stag. Two hours I had of creatures to which she was sunk. I soon con- fatigued inyself to no purpose ; and I then began ceived what must have happened. Several dra- to give up my booty as lost, when I at length goons whom I had met led me to believe that discovered it within my shot. I was on the eve there were soldiers quartered in the town Sol- of puting the piece to my shoulder and of firing, dier's trull! cried I, and in a fit of laughter, but suddenly the appearance of a hat, that lay a turned my back upon her. It give me pleasure few paces from me on the ground, affrighted me. to think that there was a creature in the scale of “I cast my eyes around me on every side, and mankind more despicable than myself. I never immediately discovered the huntsman, Robert, loved her.
who, from behind the trunk of an aged oak, “My mother was dead; my creditors had paid levelled at the same stag for which I designed themselves with my small house; I had nobody my shot. A deadly danıp pervaded all my lunbs and nothing more to interest me; the whole as I saw him, He, of all living, was exactly the world Aed from me as from a viper; but I had, | mortal whom I most abhorred, and he was within at last, lost all sense of shame. Formerly I had the reach of my ball. In this moment it seemed avoided 'he eyes of mankind, because I could to me as if the whole world lay in my shot, and not brook contempt.
At present I obtruded the hatred of my whole life concentrated itself myself upon them, and took delight to scare in the single point of the finger with which I was them; I felt myself at my ease, since I had no- to press the murderous trigger. An invincible thing more to lose, and nothing more to care dreadful hand hovered over me; the regulator of for; I stood in no further need of any good my fate pointed irrecoverably to this black mi. quality, as no one supposed me capable of any. nute; my arm trembled as I left iny gun the
“ The wide world lay before me, I might | horrid choice; my teeth chaitered as if in a have, perhaps, passed for an honest man in feverish cold; and the breath, which had conanother province, but I had lost the courage fined itself to my lungs, almost suffocated me. even to appear as one. Despair and shame hud, For a whole minute the muzzle of my gun reat last, obliged me to adopt this mode of think- mained doubtfully directed between the man and ing; it was the last sub'erfuge that remained the stag-2 minute--and still a minute.athird ! to me, to reconcile myself to the want of honour, Revenge and conscience contended obstinately since I could no longer lay cl im to anv.
Had and doubtfully, but revenge got the better, and my vanity and pride survived my degradation, I the huntsman lay stretched a corpse on the must have committed suicide.
earth. “ What my resolutions then were, I knew not “My arm diopt with the shot.-Murderer! properly myself; so much I recollected ob- stuttered I slowly.--The forest was still as a scurely,-l determined to deserve my fate; the church-yard - I heard distincily that I had said laws, I thought, were a benefit to the world; I murderer. As I slipt nearer, the man died. resolved therefore to infringe them. Formerly, Long did I stand speechless before the deceased; I transgrissed froin necessity and leviry; at pre. a loud 6t of laughter, at lengil, gave me respirasent, I did it from free choice and for pleasure. tion. Will you now hold your tongue, my
“ The first thing I did was to continue deer. | friend? said I, and stepping boldly up to the stealing. Hunting, in general, grew upon me body, turned the face outwards. The eyes stood to a pa-sion; and, besides, it was also necessary wide open; I grew serious, and became again for me to subsist But this was not the only I quite silent.-I began to feel strange. motive that actu ted me; it was highly gratify. “ The judgment of God never once occurred ing for me, to set •he prince's edict at defiance, to me; but a judgment, I do not well know and do my sovereign every possible injury. I which, a confused remeinbrance of the halter and was no wise afraid of being apprehen-ted, for I sword, and the execution of a wonian for child had a ball reidy for him who should de'ect me; murder which I had witnessed when a schooland I knew well 'hat I did not miss my man. I boy. There was sonjething extremely frightful killed all the game that came in my way; what for me in the idea, that niy life, from the present I converted into mony on the froniers was bui moment was forfeited. The other particulars of Titl.; the most I suffered to rot; Ilod a very what I then felt I cannot now recollect, I miserable life in order to defray the expence of wished immodiately after the perpetration of the
murdes, thai the huntsman hd still lived. I did perceptibly the track of a small foot path, which myself violence to recall in a lively manner to led me through the thickest recesses of the wood, my remembrance all the evil he had done me when suddenly a harsh commanding voice before during his life, but strange! iny meniory seemed me called, hall! The voice was quite near me; as if it had died within me; I could not retrace my distraction and the flipped hat had prevented a single circum-tance of all that, but a quarter | my looking around me. I raised any eyes, and uf an hour before, had driven me mad; I could saw a wild man, who bore a great kno‘ty club, not at all conceive huw I could have been guilty | advancing towards me His figure bordered on of this murder!
the gigantic-innsternation, with which I was “ Still did I continue standing before the al first seized, at leas', made nie believe so; and corpse-I could hardly tear myself from it. The the color of his skin was of a launy mulattocracking of whips and the creeking sound of black, which the white of a squinting eye rencarriers waggons, as they drove through the wood, dered truly horrible. He had, instead of a beli, a brought me to myself. For it was scartely a thick rope tied ewice round a green woollen cui, mile from the roail, where the crime was com- in which he wore a large slaughtering knife, with Ditted. I was forced to think of my safety. a pistol. He repeated his ord rs, and a sturdy
“ Witbout following any proper course, I arm belli me fast. The voice of a mortal had Strayed deeper into the wood. On the way I frightened me, but the appearance of a ruffian recollected that the inurdered huntsman used to gave me courage. In the situation in which I wear a watch. I needed money to regain the at present was I had cause to tremble for every frontiers; and yet I had not the courage to honest man, but none to dread a villain. return to the place where the deceased lay. Here “ Who are you?" said this apparition, the thoughts of the devil, and the omnipresence “ Your equal, was my answer,-if you are of the Almighty siartled me. I mustered all my really that which you appear to be! courage; resolved to put all hell at dehance, I “ That is not the right way out of the forest. returned to the place; I found what I expected, What is your business here?" and, in a green purse, a litile more than a dollar " Who gave you right to ask ?" answered I in money. Just as I was going to put both of obstinately. them up, I suddenly stopt short and deliberated. “The man viewed me twice from head to foot. It was no fit of shame, nor yet of fear to aggra- It seemed as if he was comparing my figure with vate my crime by robbery-spite it was, I belleve, his own, and my answer with my figure. - You that made me throw the watch from me, and speak in a brutal manner; much like a beggar,' retain but half the money. I wished to pass for said he, at last. a personal enemy of him I had shot, but not for “ Thai may be; it is what I was but yesterhis rubber.
day." “Now I fled to the interior of the forest. I “ The man laughed. One might take an knew that the wood extended sixteen miles to oath on it,' cried he, 'that you still wished to the northward, and then touched the frontier. I pass for nothing better 10-day.' ran quite breathless until it was high nown. The Perhaps, then, for something worse. I wish precipitation of my fight had dispersed my re- to get on" morse of conscience, but it returned more dread- Sofily, my friend! what is all your hurry ?" fully as my strength became more exhausted. I recollected myself for a moment; I know not A thousand frightful forms passed before me, how the word came on my tongue.-'Life is and pierced my breast like daggers. Betwixt a short, said I slowly, and hell endures for ever.' life constantly disquieted by the fears of death, “ He stared me full in the face. I'll be and a violent exit from it by my own hands, there | dd,' said he, a: last, if you have not made was now a dreadful alternative left me, and choose an hair-breadth escape froni some gallows.' I must. I had not courage to rid myself of the “ That may, perhaps, siill happen; so, to our world by suicide, and felt such horror at the next meeting, comrade" prospect of remaining in it.
Racked in my
“ Here's to you, comrade !" cried he, as he choice betwixe the certain torments of this life, drew from his wallet a tip flask; from which, he and the uncertain terrors of eternity, alike inca- took an hearty draught, and reached it to ine. pable to live and to die, I spent the sixth hour of My Rightand anxiely had exhausted iny strength, my flight; an hour replete with tortures of land, during the whole terrible day, nothing as which no mortal, as yet, can form an idea. yet passed my lips. I feared, indee:!, 19 liave
" Retired within myself and slow, having un. perished with faininess in this forest, where, in a consciously drawn my hat over my face, as if circumference of iwelve miles, I could not hope this could have rendered me undistinguishable to to find ihe least refreshment. You inay judge the eye of inanimate nature, I had followed in-how gladly I pledged him in this proffered health.
By this cordial my limbs were animated with “ I related to him my whole history The new streng:h, my heart with fresh cograge and man without waiting, until I had finished, sprang hope, and love of life; I began to conceive that up with eager impatience, and drew ne aster I was not altogether miserable; such were the him. • Come, brother, landiore!,' said he, 'now effects of this welcome liquor. Nay, I confessi', l you are ripe, now I have got you where I wanted my situation again approached that of the happy; || you. I shall gain honour by you. Follow me.' for I had, at last, after a thousand disappointed “ Where will you lead me?" hopes, found a creature who bore a resemblance “ Don't ask questions. Follow ;" he dragged to myself.
me forcibly after himn. “ The man had stretched himself on the grass; “ We had proceeded near a mile, the forest I did the same.
became more and more uneven, impervious and “ Your draught hath been of service to me,” | entangled, neither of us spoke a single word, said I; 'we must be better acquainted with one until at lust the whistle of my conductor roused another.'
me from my reveries. I cast iny eyes around me, “ He struck fire to light his pipe.
we siood on the craggy precipice of a rock, “ Have you been long in the trade ?"
which descended into a deep cleft. A second “ He looked at
me stedfastly. What do whistle answered froin the inmost womb of the you inean by that?'
rock, and a ladder, as of itseli, slowly arose out “ Has this been often bloudy?" I drew the of the hollow. . My leader descended first, deknife from his belt.
siring me to wait until he should return. I “Who are you?" said he in a terrible vuice, must chain the dog,' added he, you are a and laid the pipe aside.
stranger here, the beast would tear you to pieces.' “A murderer, like yourself!--but, as yet,
With that he went. only a heginner.”
“ Now I stood alone on the brink of the “ Tne man looked sternly at me, then took | abyss, and I knew very well that I was alone. up his pipe again.
The imprudence of my guide had not escaped “ You do not live here?" said he, at last. mg notice; a moment's resolution, to have drawn
“ Three miles from this, the keeper of the up the ladder, I was safe, and my flight secured. Sun, in L-, if you have ever heard of me." I must confess, I was conscious of this. I looked “The man sprang up, like one deprived of his down into the gulf, which was how to receive
me, it gave me a dark idea of the abyss of hell, « The deer stealer, Wolf?" cried he, hastily. from which there can be no hope of salvation. I. « The same !"
began to tremble at the path I was now going to “ Welcome, comrade! welcome !" cried he, tread; a speedy Aight only could save me. I and shook me heartily by the hand. • That is resolved on this fight; already I stretched out my excellent that I have you at last, landlord! Year 10 lay hold of the ladiler, but at once it and day I have been thinking how to get you. I thundered in my cais, it sounded on every side know you very well. I have been told of all like the scoffing laughter of hell : 'what has a that has happened. I have long reckoned on murderer to risk!' and my arm fell powerless to you.'
my side. My score of iniquity was full; the time « Reckoned on me! for what then?"
for repentance was no more; the murder I had “ The whole country rings of you ; you have committed lay lowered up behind me like a been persecuted by justice, Wolf; you have been ruck, and barred my return for ever. At the ruined; the manner in which they have treated same time my conductor again appeared, and inyou is sinful."
timated to me I might come down. Now I had “ The man grew warm because you shot a no longer an alternative-l descended. couple of wild boars, which the Prince feeds or “ We had proceeded a few steps under the our fields and meadows, they have for years || cleft, when the bottom extended itself, and disdragged you about the work-house and the for- covered several huts. In the midst of these a tress; they have robbed you of your house and round green opened to the view, on which several livelihood; they have reduced you to beggary. || people, eighteen or twenty in number, had laid Is it come to this, brother, that man is to be themselves around a coal fire. ' Here comrades,' valued no higher than a hare? are we not better said my leader, and presented me in the midst of than the beasts of the field ? and a fellow like the circle, our landlord of the Sun; bid him you could endure this ?'
welcome.' « Could I help it?"
“ Landlord of the Sun," cried all at the same " That we shall see. But tell me, where do time, and every one darted up, and pressed round you come from now, and what are your inten- | me, men and women. Shall I confess it, the joy tions:
was undissembled and sincere; confidence, even