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partial thaw; and early in March the involve many families in bloodsljed weather improved so much, that he and pillage, Lord Balveny advanced, set out for Edinburgh, to ask the holding out the banner of peace; king's consent to his marriage; a re- but Oliver Sinclair's brother, who spect, invariably paid to high supe- headed the party, commanded them riors in that age. His bride exerted to destroy root and branch the proud all her firmness in parting from him, Douglas. Lord Balveny and his and to sustain her accustomed cheer- faithful followers made a gallant defulness after he was gone. To shew fence; they must have been all cut Lord Balveny that another was more in pieces by the large body opposed necessary to her happiness, she felt to them, if notice of their danger would be as indelicate as ungrateful. i had not reached Sylvester as he reLord Balveny saw and appreciated turned from repulsing the Sinclairs. her duteous efforts, and soothed for He ordered a messenger to summon her the pains of absence by fre- the Master of Balveny and his forces, quent commendation of her affianced who were still in sight, and Sylvester spouse.

with his horsemen galloped to supThe tenth day after his departure, port Lord Balveny—but Lord Bala horseman, in violent haste, called veny was no more. The priest had Lord Balveny to draw off his sons thrown a cloak over him, and confrom a fray with some adherents of cealed his death, aware that it would Oliver Sinclair. The aged leader dispirit the remainder of his people. embraced and blessed Wilmina, say. The priest met the Master, and gave ing, he would endeavour to return the tidings, which made him Lord before sunset, but did not intimate of Balveny. the cause of his leaving home. He Even in the moment when natural repaired to the scene of disorder affection ought to have prevailed, with a chosen band of followers, pre- Archibald was influenced by party ceding them,, attended by a priest, spirit. He perceived that now, or bearing the symbols of peace in his never, he could separate his sister banner. The Master of Balveny from Drummond, and constrain her and his brother had put to flight to marry Lord Ormond--a short dethe retainers of the king's favourite. lay might make her a ward of the They rallied on an eminence, with king. His people were engaged unthe intention of pursuing the Doug- der the command of Sylvester; only las men, and seeing Lord Balveny's the priest had a certainty of, people, concluded he was bringing Balveny's decease, for he had walka reinforcement to their antagonists.ed from the struggling throng to a Without adverting to the pacific ban- place where the priest offered prayner, they aimed a shower of darts ers for his safety: he received the from the vantage-ground, and the last office of religion on his bended warrior of many hard-fought fields knees, and expired. was wounded by a turbulent rabble. Father Congalus was not a dişinHis men, though fewer in number, terested, high-minded father Rodeattacked the Sinclairs in their turn. rick: yet, had he been aware of the Willing to bazard all to arrest the new lord's design, he would not have progress of a feud that could not but concurred in it. Archibald sent him

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to call out of the nearest ranke one | concerning Oliver Sinclair's misbeof the men from Balveny Castle, and, haviour. He spoke truth, though left alone beside his father's body, not in the sense apparent to his siso took the signet-ring from his finger, ter. He spoke of Archibald Lord

which he gave to the person brought Balveny, while she doubted not the bby the priest, commanding him with title was still vested in her father

. all speed to see the Lady Wilmina, By along and rapid journey shereachand to say the signet-ring was sent ed Glammis Castle. Lady Glamby Lord Balveny as a token for her mis was rejoiced to see her, and led b to escape from the castle instanta- her to a hall that bore the signs of

neously; Oliver Sinclair was in full | ruined grandeur: she fainted before
march to force her away; Lord Bal- Lady Glammis could introduce her
veny and his men were skirmishing to her nieces./ez, yevinama
to retard him; but his force was too A contagious fever raged in Scot-
well appointed and numerous to be land. It began among the poor,
resisted. He instructed the messen- owing to the bad quality and defi-
ger whither he should conduct the ciency of food, and infection spread

Lady Wilmina, and empowered him the distemper to those who might
b to take the direction of her escort. have prevented or mitigated the fa-
-99 Wilmina, suspecting no imposition, mine in which it originated." The

prepared to obey her father, who charities instituted by Wilmina saved - she knew was not easily alarmed; the people on Lord Balveny's estates

and therefore the danger must be from extreme dearth of the necessab very urgent when he ordered her to ries of life; but she was not on that

fly from it. Before her palfrey and account exempted from the maligniTrescort were ready, she was in wait- ty of the disorder, Divine Providence, bing, and having mounted, charged however, brings good out of the most Vithe attendants to proceed with all afflicting dispensations for the pious expedition. The guide brought her and benevolent: the fever saved Wil*7to a lone house, where, to her glad mina from falling a helpless prey to 99 surprise, she found her brother Syl- Lord Ormond. Sylvester hastened vester. Archibald had persuaded away to attend his father's obsequies, 9 him, that in preventing Wilmina from and was but a few hours gone, when

becoming the wife of a younger bro-Lord Ormond arrived with a strong

ther, they should consult the ho- || party of men to force her to his ship, bnour of their family; and in justice which waited in the firth of Tay.

to him it should be mentioned, he An alliance with her was not so inhad no concern in hiring the foreign portant to his political schemes as

ruffians to carry her away. Lord during her father's life; but a vehesOrmond and the Master of Balveny ment passion, not unmixed with reb carefully concealed from him that sentment for declining his hand, im

transaction. He told Wilmina that pelled him to seize her, lest Drum-"*Lord Balveny commissioned him to mond should discover her retreat.

take the command of her escort, Being informed she had caught the s while he made a proper representa- epidemic, he burst out into a thoustion to the Parliament of Scotland | sand execrations on the fever, and hurwwel Vol. IV. No. XXII. being di G Gissla hangi da to nest2014

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ried from Glammis Castle. Though communicated by a fair lady; and be desperately brave, he was the slave almost believed that the doom was of superstition. His nativity had now to overtake him. been cast by an astrologer, who fore

(To be continued.) told that he would die of contagion

bsob SKETCHES OF CHARACTER, MANNERS, AND THE STATE OF SOCIETY IN THE COUNTRY TOWNS OF ITALY, (Concluded from p. 131.)

** W But the fiera is not yet over The fiera is at length completely there is still the cuccagna to come at an end; the Signori Spazzastrade an amusement to which it is worth and Parabolani are already gone; the while to devote half an hour. This operatic company have quitted the cuccagna, indeed, differs in no re-town immediately after the last représpect from the poles that are climb-sentation, and with them Signora La ed for the sake of the prize fixed on dola has withdrawn herself, to the the top of them at our own country profound regret of the gentlemen, but fairs, the very name of which is evi- to the supreme satisfaction of the dently derived from the Italian fiera; ladies. That in the night fixed for but our best climbers are far sur- her departure, hundreds of the inpassed in dexterity and perseverance habitants assembled beneath the winby those of Italy. Though they dows of this divine Lodola; that unmay ten times have nearly reached interrupted evvivas rent the air; and, the top, and ten times slipped down finally, that when she appeared to tô the very bottom, they are not to mount the travelling-carriage, the be deterred from fresh attempts, till crowd was immense, and she was ses they have at length gained the piece corted with torches, lanterns, rand of money, the lamb, and the bottle morcoli beyond the gates of the town, of liqueur that crown the summit. are circumstances which it were suIt is amusing enough to see eight or perfluous to mention, as this is but ten little half-naked urchins, whom the usual and regular mode of pro the most arrant gipsy of them allceeding. It only remains therefore would not scruple to acknowledge to remark, that Signor Gallinaceio for her own children, mounting on has immortalized himself by an air; one another's shoulders, and forming that all the ladies, with and without & * pyramid reaching to the top of voices, sing this air, without omitting the pole. The boldest of the gang, one of the flourishes whieht Galliwho occupies the highest place, al-naccio introduced in such profit ready extends his hand to seize the sion: moreover, that Count Ciealone, prize, when the base of the pyramid whose occupation is suddenly gone begins to totter: the lad at the bot-in consequence of the departure of toim, unable longer to bear the weight the performers, exhibits a genuine that is upon him, stoops, runs off, and image of misery; that he has neither instantly all the others, slipping down eaten nor drunk since the departure the pole, are seen kicking and sprawl- of the divina Lodola, excepting in ing in a confused heap on the ground. I the morning half a portion of aqua

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calde. The usual silence and quiet || violently at this to him so obnoxious now pervade the good town, and they whim of his lady-wife's; but as it is are not likely to suffer any interrup- only at the said botteghe that he has tion till the next carnival.

a seat and vote, whereas at home he In the first days of autumn, in- enjoys only a seat but no vote, the deed, you observe a more than ordi- lady stays where she is, in spite of nary degree of bustle; but it is soon all this head-shaking: nay, she would over

, and announces the deathlike not issue orders for departure on stillness which immediately succeeds. Christmas-eve itself, had' he not hit Whoever has an estate, a villa, or upon the lucky thought to apply to four posts in the country which he the cavaliere sercente, who has just can call his own, prepares at the arrived from town on a visit, and to commencement of autumn to leave request his kind intercession, town, for the purpose of enjoying This delay of the lady is not, howthe pleasures of rural life. Even ever, by any means to be ascribed those marchesi, contë, and cavalieri, to caprice, as her husband very era 10, for certain reasons, do not roneously imagines. Ladies never choose to pass the autumn at their act from caprice; their conduct is own country-seats, are, nevertheless, the result of a maturely considered not left behind; they are engaged by and well-digested plan. She shall the owners of estates and villas for be missed in the social circles of the the time of the villeggiatura, and go town, at the casino, in the botteghe, out of town with them. Hence the &c.; when she at length makes her casino, the corso, the botteghe, and appearance, she will be welcomed the very streets' are as empty as if with rapture, assailed with questions, that scourge of mankind which of and loaded with tender reproaches. old snatched from the tender and Accordingly, it is the intention of pren learned Petrarch his celebrated Lau- paring a brilliant triumph for female ray and which the modern Italians vanity in which the above-mention, are accustomed to class under the ed delay and late arrival originate: same head with the presence of the but these are honourably distinguishı Germans, had lately raged there. ed from other late appearances and In this state the town remains till arrivals already adverted to, inas, towards Christmas; for, as a propen-much as nobody is incommoded by sity to come late and to go late is, them but the husband, which is a às it were, innate in the Italian fair thing of no consequence whatever, -you will recollect what I have since he is perfectly accustomed,

to said of the theatres and the botte- the being incommoded, in every posgheHeevery one of them strives to sible way. The fair lady--for that stay in the country as long as possi- she possesses some beauty is a matble. The husband of the lady, in- ter of course, a conditio sine quá deed, who now sits before the botte- she would liave no reason to expect ga of his village, and chats with the questions, or tender reproaches on Signos Parroco, at the same time congratulations, were she even to yawning most significantly, longs take a fancy to stay so long, at her heartily to be back in the botteghe campagna as the persevering St. Sis of the town, ang shakes his head mon stood upon his pillanthe fair.

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lady, I say, is actually surrounded trinsic resources both carry with them by all the fashionables of the other into the country, and how ignorant sex, young and old, who are joined they are of the art of living there. by her intimate friends, though with All those occupations which else, rather heavy hearts and somewhat where render a country life so interelongated faces-and questions, ten- esting and agreeable, are to the Ita der reproaches, and congratulations lian a terra incognita. He cares neifollow in anticipated succession. The ther for horses nor field sports; he lady, on her part, assures them, that reads little or nothing; he dislikes she never ceased to think of her walking, and makes neither long nor dear friends, and longed sincerely short excursions; and as for agricule to be with them again; but as they turalexperiments, improvements, and knew how passionately she is attach- the like, he not only feels no inclinaed to a rural life, and she has found tion to engage in them, but considers the country this autumn particularly them as totally beneath his dignity, interesting, she trusts they will par-Herce his knowledge of rural ecodon her the more readily, as she nomy extends but just so far, that he should never have supposed that she is aware that it is necessary to sow could be missed, or that her absence before one can reap, and that his would even be remarked.

horses prefer a feed of oats to a mess As to the passion for rural life, and of stubble. Whether his ragged and the interest found in the country, we beggarly tenants have any thing to must not implicitly believe what the eat, and what, is to him a matter of lady is pleased to say on these points; perfect indifference. It follows of for to her, who speaks with such en- course that, under such circumstanthusiasm of the cara campagna, this ces, the Italian, who merely visits his cara campagna, where nobody ad-villa for fashion's sake, neither does mires the corsetto alla Greca, where nor can enjoy himself there, and that nobody is enraptured with the cin- this villa, though adorned with all tura di pelle which encircles her ele- the charms of Nature, must be to gant waist, where even the most him an abode of ennui and misery. tasteful morning dress excites no en-This observation equally applies to vy, and where there are to be sure the fair sex. trees and plants and hills and dales, Whoever has attended any of our but no casino and no botteghe, is an country wakes or feasts, will be but abode of misery; and it would be im- little edified by an Italian Sagra, possible for any thing but the forti- where all is so cold, so sober, so tetude and perseverance of a lady, when dious, that it is impossible to help bent on realizing some favourite idea, admiring, in the highest degree, the to purchase a short triumph by tor- abstinence of the Italians, who really ments thus voluntarily prolonged. regard this Sagra as a festival. In How a residence in the country can ours and other countries, such days really become a torment, those will are celebrated with feasting, drinkeasily conceive who have had oppor- ing, dancing, singing ; you meet at tunities of closely observing the in- every step with jovial countenances, habitants of Italy, male and female, the aspect of which disposes you in and consequently know how few in- voluntarily to gaiety: but there you

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