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the destroyer of his happiness. He As he crossed the bottom of the hastened home, wrote a bitter and street, a carriage was driving furiouseternal farewell to Amelia, and was ly towards him: the coachman called upon the point of sending it, when to him to take care, but he paid no he changed his mind, determined to attention. A blow from the pole of go and upbraid her in person; tore the carriage laid him senseless on his letter, and repenting as soon as the ground, and when he opened he had done so, wrote another, which, his eyes he found himself upon a after some deliberation with himself, sofa, and supported by Amelia. Yes, he burned, and set out for her house. it was she herself hanging over him
It was then six o'clock of a clear with looks so full of grief and tencold December evening. Without derness, that to doubt her truth exactly knowing why, De Cronstadt impossible. “Ab, Amelia!” said he took the back way to the house of in a faint voice," what have I not Amelia, and just as he had reached suffered in seeing you, as I thought, it, he saw the young officer come fly from me with another!”—" And out, shutting the door cautiously af- what have you not deserved to sufter him, and supporting Amelia, fer, rash and suspicious man, remuffled in a mantle that he had seen plied she in a tone of gentle reproach, her wear a thousand times, and co- " for breaking your promise so sovered with a long veil. At the mo- lemnly given to me? Ah! if it was ment that he was putting her into a not for the danger you have just enpost-chaise, which was in waiting, countered, do you think that I could her arm was seized by Ernest, who ever forgive you? And even now I exclaimed in a frenzied tone, " By know not whether I ought not to heavens, you shall not escape me!" banish you from my sight for ever.” Sternheim grasped him by the col- Our fair readers will have no dif
ga lar. "Hold! for the sake of heaven ficulty in believing that De Cronhold!” exclaimed the lady, but in a stadt soon made his peace, and an yoice so different from Amelia's, that explanation ensued that made him
1911 SIWYEST the astonished Ernest loosed his ashamed of his doubts. grasp; they darted into the'carriage,
Sternheim had just eloped with, and it was out of sight before he and privately married, a young lady, could take any means to satisfy his the bosom friend and first cousin of doubts. 220
Amelia: the young couple sought a It was not Amelia,” said he, as temporary refuge with her, but the soon as he could breathe; " and yet, bride did not appear to visitors. Circannot she have disguised her voice?" cumstances arose which rendered This thought sent him round to the them fearful of pursuit, and they front gate with the rapidity of light went to seek an asylum with another ning. I
must see Madame de friend; at the same time Amelia, who Waldemar." Sir
, my lady is in was a great favourite with her uncle, the country."--"When did she go?" resolved to hasten to his house, in
"She is but just gone.", Ernest the hope of procuring their pardon. groaned, and muttering execrations A person more prudent or less arupon his own folly and her perfidy, dent than our fair widow would have he hurried towards his home. waited for daylight to commence her.
journey; but she said, and doubtless | carried to her house, and sent in she believed, that she was impatientmediately for medical assistance; but to exert her good offices for the new- as he was only stunned by the blows married pair. Whether or not her he recovered before the arrival of benevolence was stimulated by the the surgeon to life and happiness. idea, that her abrupt departure would | Time flew unheeded by the lovers, punish Ernest for his flirtation with till Amelia, casting her eyes upon Miss Sprotzler, we will not stop to the chimney-clock, exclaimed with a inquire; suffice it to say, that her great naïveté,“ Good heaven! I had travelling-carriage quitted her house no idea it was so late. You must by the front gate almost at the same go now, dear Ernest, you must inwa moment that Sternheim and his wife deed.”_" Not till you have once stole from the back door to the post- more repeated the sweet assurance, chaise which waited for them. In that on your return” Ah! the hurry of departure Amelia had hush!" cried she archly; " no more forgotten something, and was return- promises, lest I remind you of your ing for it, when Ernest received the broken one." blow from the pole of her carriage, At that instant the clock of the which might have been fatal but for neighbouring church chimed twelve, the skill of the coachinan, who pulled and Ernest bidding adieu to his up in time to prevent the wheels beautiful mistress, hastened home, to from going over him. One may well retrace in the fond security of prebelieve that the sight of De Cron- sent happiness all the vicissitudes of stadt insensible, perhaps dying, drove delight and despair which he had all thoughts of the intended journey experienced in twelve hours." out of Amelia's head. She had him
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No. XII. Poor Bertram continued his story, ripped up, and I was transferred from as follows:
the tar to the feathers, which adher “I was taken to a cart which stood ed to the viscous material, and comat the distance of a few streets, in pletely covered me. I was the first which they placed me with very little victim to this barbarous punishment, ceremony; and then my tortures com- which none but savages could adopt; menced. My clothes were torn off though subsequently several other and thrown into the street, and I was individuals were subjected to it get immersed in a tar-barrel, which oc- I think none suffered like me, not cupied one end of the cart; as, of one had their very heart-strings rent course, I was much taller than the as mine were. barrel, I was forced down neck and " Morning began to dawn, and a heels together, so as to suffer the large concourse of people to assem? tar to cover the whole of my body ble. They hailed my appearance in except my face: a feather-bed was the cart (in which I was now placed) then brought, one end of which was with frantic shouts; and I was pt
raded about the streets of Boston, | the only mitigation of which my woes exposed to the gaze of the multitude, are capable. But to my story. The e for the crowd was increased by add-governor, as soon as intelligence was ed comers from every street. Two carried to him of the transactions, men were placed in the cart with me, sent a detachment of military to reswho evers and anon threw large la-cue me from the hands of the mob. dlefuls of tar over my body, and then They succeeded; for, satiated pershowered feathers from sacks provi- haps with their cruelty, my tormen
M ded for the purpose. By these means tors made no opposition to the sol my form was soon divested of all diers, who were, however, unable to semblance of humanity, and I pre-secure one of the delinquents, who sented an appearance of some mon- disappeared as it were by magic. ster or demon, so completely was I was taken to my own house, where transformed. In this state I was car- my wife was in strong fits, and no one
Charlo ried past my own house; I cast my but my dear Emily possessed the eyes towards that which had once least presence of mind. I was atbeen the abode of innocence and tended by her with the most anxious
2003 peace, when a ruffian, but perhaps care ; my body was oiled repeatedly, he was merciful, threw a ladleful of to detach the tar from its hold upon "tar in my face. My eyes were filled, my skin, and every method was taken and the torture was excruciating. I to restore me to my natural appear.
ALS now felt it covering the whole of my ance. But my worst of miseries wasti head; I gave the first shriek of ago- yet to come. Having reason to sus
ded ny which had been extorted from me,pect that another attack would be a when my mouth was filled with the be made upon me, the governor redisgusting mixture. I now sunk down commended that myself and family
JO completely exhausted, but was raised should leave Boston, and offered us up, and tied with ropes to the frame an escort to some place of security in of the cart, whilst my persecutors the interior. We gladly accepted his still continued at intervals heaping offer, though neither my wife nor mytar and feathers upon me.
self was in a fit state to be removed. ff How long this proceeding conti- But a litter was constructed,
upon nued I know not; for after I had which we were placed, side by side, been exposed to it about two hours, and with a heavy heart I left the I fainted, and did not recover my home of my fathers. I could not see.tw senses till the voice of my angel it when I sighed my last farewell, for child sounded in my ear. But all I was still blind from the effectof the was darkness and despair! My sight barbarous treatment I had received. was lost; I could not articulate; and " I must hurry over this part of I prepared to die! Heaven, however, my story, for I cannot bear to dwell... thought fit to prolong my wretched upon it. Our party was attacked by existence for its own wise purposes: Indians, at no very great distance
. would to God I could cease to repine from the city; the soldiers were cru: at its decrees! le amor elly massacred; my angel wife, in enost
I have learnt from my child how deavouring to shield me from the up-xs I was preserved; and to her I owe lifted tomahawk of a savage chief, Vol. IV. No. XXII.
received the weapon in her breast, I lage been attacked by a hostile tribe, and fell a corpse by my side. I was and the inhabitants compelled to fly. sprinkled with her blood, and the In the confusion, my child and I lost shrieks of my child told me what had our protectors, and we wandered for passed. Madness followed; for months several days in the pathless wilderI was a desolate and lost being. The ness, till at length we came to this chief who killed my wife, touched hut, which had doubtless been some with some feelings of pity, preserved solitary Indian's, and here we have my Emily and me; but I was long taken up our abode; here we have unconscious to what was passing dwelt, and never seen a human face around; and when I again awoke to till it was my fortune, in one of my sense and recollection, I was the wanderings, to rescue you; and here wretched thing you see me."
I could be well content to die-but Bertram now exhibited more of my child!" his face than they had yet seen, and " She shall be mine," said Mrs. it did indeed present a hideous spec. Ridley. “ Think not that we will tacle. One eye was entirely lost; leave you here to perish in this inhosand from the other a rheum constant- pitable wild." ly distilled, which was sickening to “ We should not perish, if health look upon. His head was totally de- and strength were preserved to me," prived of hair; one ear was nearly rejoined Bertram; “butif deprived of torn off; and his face was so disfi- them, I know not what would be our gured with scars, as to be entirely fate, as we are beyond the reach of bereft of the appearance of huma- human assistance. We are two days' nity. Mrs. Ridley and Hammond journey from Trenton, and quite out shuddered at beholding it: he re- of the track of travellers, who never placed the coverings by which it was pass this way:" partly shrouded from view, and con- “ You shall go to Trenton with tinued.
us, for which place I must instantly “My body is scarred and disfigur- set out." ed like my face; but that were no- “ You! it is impossible that you thing compared to the tortures which should undertake the journey. Hamafflicted my mind. When I look at mond has told me your story, and I my child driven from society, and honour and applaud the glorious mocompelled to be an outcast in this tives by which you are actuated, but wilderness; when I reflect on my mur- he must precede you to Trenton; I dered wife, I am again almost bereft will be his guide, and procure some of my senses, and I could curse my conveyance in which you can travel persecutors, but some feeling still to your destination. To go on foot withholds me, and tells me to leave were to encounter certain deathpiat them to their God. But I wander least in your present exhausted state.” sadly, and must endeavour to come This proposal was eagerly pressed to the end of my sad tale.
by Hammond: at length his mistress “ We remained with the chief who consented to adopt it, and it was sethad preserved us for upwards of tled that he and Bertram should set twelve months; and perhaps should out in the morning; the latter saying still have been there, had not the vil he thought he never should again
venture to the abodes of men, but company them to England; she beanxiety for Mrs. Ridley and his came attached to a young American, daughter tempted him once more to and remained at Trenton, where she mingle with his species.
was still living, the mother of a nu- I must now. bring Mr. and Mrs. merous family. The faithful Ham
Ridley's tale to a conclusion, and in- | mond, however, was yet in their serdeed little more remains to be told. I vice. She reached Trenton in safety, Ham- Mr. and Mrs. Macleod lived to mond and Bertram returning on the greet their child's return, and to see fourth day with a litter and horses their young grandsons and grandfor her journey, Major Ridley was daughters grow up around them; still in confinement; and the meeting when they died in a good old age, between him and his wife may be blessing their descendants. Mr. and imagined, not described. The faith- Mrs. Ridley (the former having, at ful Hammond, with Bertram and his the earnest request of his wife, long daughter, were also heartily welcom- i abandoned a soldier's life,) resided ed; and poor Bertram seemed to chiefly at their beautiful cottage in have lived only to place his daughter Scotland; but he was now in Amein safety, for a few days after their rica on public business, to conduct "arrival at Trenton he breathed his which he had been appointed, conlast in the arms of his attached child. | trary to his wishes, as it was 11 Here the romance of Mr. and Mrs. dered that his former knowledge of Ridley's story ended. Thus far I the country might be of service. At have copied from a MS. which Mr. the commencement of our acquaint
R. placed in my hands a few months ance he was looking anxiously forafter our acquaintance; and I learnt | ward to the period which would from him verbally, that he had no op- clude his mission, and allow him portunity of again meeting the Ame- again to return to his happy home,
ricans in the field, as he was exchang- to which I received a warm invitation ed and sent home, on condition of to accompany them. not serving any more during the war.
A RAMBLER. Emily Bertram did not, however, acI bina ,
A GLIMPSE OF SPAIN IN 1824. Jud
(Concluded from p. 163.) I ; About the time," continued the , in bis military capacity to support his shermit," when I flattered myself royal master; and Donna Mirabella,
with peculiar favour from the object with persuasive eloquence, condeof my fondest adoration, the revolu- \scended to argue against my hostility ition in France spread commotion all to the court, to which my own father over the Continent. One party, with and hers were unchangeable adherh patriotic zeal, associated to demand ents. With joy could I have yielded can reform of the abu the abuses committed in to her sweet intercession, if my
ho- the name of our government: Inour had not been irrevocably éns brought all my influence and the aid gaged; and for the sake of this tie, 29f; pecuniary resources to this en- lower and happiness must be immoterprise. Colonel O'Niel was pledged 'lated: it proved no bloodless sacri