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streets exhibited, and the smiles in Doctor Nadir, who was a little dicating happiness, which embel- incredulous as to the effect of his lished those of even the lowest medicines upon the complaint of the ranks of society.

lovely Zulima, was, when he saw " Foiled in my endeavours to her, convinced that they could not soothe the mind of Zulima, and be praised too highly. She was evince my gratitude to her father," much more composed than even behe exclaimed, “I believe that I am fore her last relapse ; her eyes, ever the only unfortunate person in Ispa. irresistable, had indeed a brilliancy han ! Would to Alla that I had ne- which he did not much like, but he ver left my old shop in the bazar !” attributed this to some small re

Harassed and fatigued both in mains of a fever still lurking in the mind and body, his repast was taksystem. Against this enemy he en away almost untouched. From was induced to level the artillery of his pipe, which he had formerly a prescription. However, before it considered as his friend in the hour was made up, he was determined of adversity, he did not seem to de- to try the strength of her underrive the least consolation.

standing : hé therefore talked to The next morning Tamas came her on a variety of subjects, music, to inform him, that his lady seemed literature, painting, her brother, more composed.

her father : upon all these she seem66 Then,” said the doctor, « my ed collected, upon some animated. medicines have done what I never She, in her turn, questioned him expected they would, procured her respecting his pursuits, the news of sleep. If that be the case, we have Ispahan, and an assemblage of other still another chance, and I will topics, in which her good sense and hasten to her."

judgment were equally conspicuous. Nadir had scarce crossed the After this colloquy, which might marble vestibule of the palace of be deemed a trial of skill betwixt Mirza, when the omrah met him the doctor and patient, the former with open arms. “ Saviour of the departed, highly satisfied with the flower of my family ? friend to the wonderful effects of his medicines, honse of Mirza !” he cried, “ my which, to this hour, he does not daughter will be restored to me! know had never been taken. He, she is composed! I am just come in this case, discovered virtues in from her !"

them that hal hitherto been latent. “ I am glad you are, most noble Upon these he resolved to write a Mirza,” said Nadir ; “ you never treatise ; and, in the mean time, to did a prudenter thing. You say send his said patient a few doses your daughter is composed ; long more the same evening. may she continue so; but you will extremely hazard her health if

(To be continued.) you suffer her to see these emotions of your mind.”

6. Your medicines have had the desired effect; she has slept !”

For the Literary Magazine. “ Restrain these ebullitions, or I must administer them to you,” said ACCOUNT OF FRANCES SCANANadir,

GATTI, Á MILANESE YOUNG "I will do any thing for you! I LADY, WHO SERVED WITH KEwill take any thing from your PUTATION AS AN ENSIGN AND hands !"

LIEUTENANT OF THREE DIFFE" I shall not,” replied the doc RENT AUSTRIAN REGIMENTS tor, “ consider that as a compli. DURING THE LAST WAR. ment, because I have the greatest regard for your health, oh noble FRANCES SCANAGATTI was Mirza !"

born at Milan, and baptized at the parish of St. Eusebius, the 14th of military studies in the academy of September, 1781. In her in- of that town, which is esteemed the fancy she made considerable pro. nursery of the best officers in the gress in the German and French Austrian army. The pupils, to the languages under a Strasburg gover. number of four hundred, mostly of. ness named madame Depuis. This ficers' sons, are maintained and edulady having in her youth belonged cated by the imperial court, and, be. to a company of the comedie Fran- sides the military exercises, are in. caise, possessed some information, structed in languages, mathematics, and engaged her pupil to apply to and the belles lettres. study with pleasure, by the amusing During the journey the brother means she employed of reciting and fell sick, and acknowledged to his explaining, sometimes in the one, sister, what he had not had the cou. and sometimes in the other language, rage to avow to his father, that he such small pieces of comedy and ro. had neither taste nor inclination for mance as were within her reach, a military life. His sister then and obliging her to repeat the same strenuously urged him to return by degrees. It is not improbable, in home with the servant to re-estaconsequence of so many comic and blish his health : and, having obtainromantic ideas arising from these ed from him the letter of recom. amusing studies, that this young lady mendation he carried to M. de Hal. insensibly conceived a passion for ler, surgeon on the staff of the acathe military profession, and adopted demy, and at whose house he was to as a maxim, that women might run have been boarded, she had the inthe course of glory and science as trepidity to introduce herself, under well as men, if they entered on them its sanction, to the gentlemen as the with equal advantages of instruction recommended boy, and as such and emulation.

received the kindest welcome. In . At ten years of age she was put a short time she had the good forunder the charge of the nuns of the tune to gain the friendship of M. de visitation, an institution in high re. Haller, his wife, and two lovely pute throughout Italy for the educa- daughters, so as to be considered as tion of young ladies; and here she one of the family. - Giving daily conducted herself so as to obtain proofs of an amiable character and and deserve the esteem and friend. a strong disposition to be instructed, ship of the whole house, for her she obtained from court permission sweet, amiable, and engaging dispo. to attend the lectures at the acadesition. Such are the very expres. my, and so conspicuously distinsions made use of by the venerable guished herself by her exemplary and distinguished superior, madame conduct and her progress, that she de Bayanne, to convey her approba. bore away the prizes of distinction tion, and the general sense of the in both the years, 1795 and 1796, that nuns of this respectable establish: she remained there. ment.

At this Academy she perfected Towards the end of 1794 her fa. herself in the knowledge of German ther, Mr. Joseph Scanagatti, resolv- and French, and also acquired a ed to send his daughter to Vienna knowledge of the English language as a boarder with a widow lady, under Mr. Plunket, a clergyman in order to improve her in the from Ireland, one of the professors knowledge of the German language, of the institution, who declares and to qualify her in the details that he never had the smallest susof house-keeping. On the journey picion, of young Scanagatti being a she was dressed in boy's clothes to girl, but considered her as a very avoid trouble and impertinence, and mild and accomplished boy, of unshe was accompanied by one of her common prudence. Here also she brothers, who intended to stop at made the most successful application Neustadt, in order to attend a course to fencing and military tactics, as George.

well as to the various branches of her body, or her reserved manners, the mathematics.

conceived and communicated their In the month of February, 1797, suspicions. And accordingly one she resolved to address the supreme day a young gentleman belonging to council of war at Vienna to be ad- the town said to her ingenuously, mitted an officer in the army, sup- “Do you know, ensign, what these la. porting her application by the most dies observe of you?" she immedihonourable testimonies of conduct ately suspected where the blow and talents, which the academy was directed ; but, concealing her could not refuse her, and accompa. alarm, she answered she should be nying these with more eloquent glad to know in what respect she vouchers, viz., the prizes awarded had attracted their notice. " Why," her during the two preceding years. replied the gentleman, “they ob

The supreme council being at this serve in you the air and manner of time particularly in want of good a lady.” On this she fell a laughing, officers, to replace the great num- and, with an arch and lively air rebers who had fallen in the preceding joined, “In this case, sir, as the decampaigns, readily appointed her to cision of the question is competent an ensigncy in the regiment of St. to a lady, I beg leave to select your

wife for my judge." This proposal Her promotion being notified to however, he did not think proper to her through the channel of the aca. accept, and, wishing to disengage demy, she immediately set out for himself, protested that he was far Vienna, whence she received orders from believing any such thing, and to join a transport of recruits in only hinted at what mesdames N. Hungary, and proceeded with it N. had suspected. She withdrew to the Upper Rhine, where the bat. earlier than usual that day, and pass. talion lay to which she was appoint. ed rather an uneasy night. But ed. This battalion was composed of having fully meditated on her situa. Waradiners, and was commanded tion, she resolved to bear herself by major Seitel. It was stationed through, put on a good face, appear on the right bank of the Rhine, in at the cassino next day, and there the neighbourhood of Kehl, and at hold the most gallant and free disthe extremest outposts, when she course with the ladies, in order to joined it, but shortly after was oblig. remove, if possible, their suspicions. ed to retire to the town of Manheim, Accordingly, after complimenting the enemy having passed the Rhine them, she brought the matter on the between Kilstett and Deershem. carpet, and declared, that, far from

At length the peace of Campo being offended, she found herself Formio put an end to the campaign, highly flattered, in hopes, that the and mademoiselle Scaganatti having opinion they entertained would renpassed about sixteen months in dit der them less difficult to favour her ferent cantonments in the empire, with a verification to enable them Silesia, and Stira, received an order to pronounce their judgment with to repair to Poland, to join the fourth greater certainty. This produced battalion of the regiment of Wenzel the effect she wished: the ladies, Colloredo, then commanded by ma. astonished by this military air of jor Deeber.

frankness, immediately retracted She was now stationed in the their opinion, saying “ You are too town of Sandomir ; and here she ex. gallant, ensign, for us to presume perienced the most distressing in doing you any farther the injury of quietudes, through the dread of her believing you a lady ;" and thus the sex being discovered. As she fre. matter dropt. quented the cassino, where the most Sometime after, having received select company associated, some orders to proceed to Chelm, she had of the ladies who assembled there, the good fortune to escape the pry. either through the conformation of ing looks of the fair-sex there, who obliged her to use uncommon cir- red to it when the promotions were cumspection. But she fell sick on proposed, but that they would not the road, and was obliged to stop at fail to take the first opportunity of Lubin, the head-quarters of the doing justice to her merit ; and in battalion. On this occasion she fact she obtained a lieutenancy on was under much obligation to cap- the 1st of March following. tain Tauber, of the same regiment, She was now placed in the battawho showed her uncommon marks lion of reserve, which generally re. of humanity, attention, and kindness, mains inactive in cantonment, and in a country where she was quite a was then under the command of stranger. Here also she had some lieutenant-colonel Einsfeld. But anxdifficulty to conceal her sex; for ious to share in the glory of the being affected with a general debilis campaign, she solicited to be transty, she was obliged to commit her- ferred to one of the battalions of the self in all her wants to the care of same regiment which were then a soldier who was her servant, but acting against the enemy in Italy, who happily for her was a young and she was in consequence apsnan of such simplicity, that she ran pointed to the sixth, then encamp. no risk from his penetration.

ed on the mountains to the east of She had scarcely recovered, when, Genoa, which she joined without having received notice that the delay. council of war had transferred her Here she was encamped with to the regiment of Bannat, she re- her battalion, commanded by major ported herself ready immediately to Paulich, and sharp skirmishes and join ; and, not withstanding the adactions more frequently took place vice of her present commander to than at any other of the outposts. suspend her journey until she had She fought under that officer partisufficiently recruited her strength, cularly in two battles that took she persisted in undertaking it, and place on the 14th and 15th of De. arrived on the 6th of May, 1799, at tember, 1799, in the neighbourhood Penezona, in the Bannat, where the of Scoffera, and at Torriglia, where staff were stationed.

she had the satisfaction of penetrat. Some promotions were at this ing first into the enemy's intrenchcrisis taking place in the regiment, ed redoubts, which the enemy were and being one of the oldest ensigns, then forced to abandon, but wbich she expected to be promoted to a they retook next day, through the lieutenancy, but was no less sur- superiority of force with which they prised than hurt to find two young- renewed the attack. er ensigns preferred to her. Being In this unfortunate affair the brave sure of her ground, in so far as to major Paulich being severely woundknow that the conduct-list giren in ed and made prisoner, with a part her favour by the regiments in of his battalion, the main body of which she had before served had the army in that neighbourhood, unleft not the smallest room for re- der the command of general count proach, notwithstanding her mild de Klenau, was obliged immediately and patient character, she presents to retire. Ensign Scanagatti was ed very sharp remonstrances, pro. then ordered to post himself at Bartesting that she should be ashamed ba Gelata, with a small detachment, to continue to wear the uniform of in order to cover the retreat on the regiment, if it did not repair that side; and on the 25th of the the injury done her. In answer to same month received orders to join this remonstrance she received a the battalion lying at Campiano and rescript of the 13th of July, which Castlebardi, districts belonging to entirely satisfied her, the regiment the duke of Paima. declaring that the mistake proceed Captain Gulubowish, and after ed from not having known that en- him captain Khunowich, succeeded sign Scanagatti had been transfer to the command of the battalion, which, about the end of February, she hesitate a moment to fly to the 1800, was sent into quarters at Leg- bosom of her family (always dear . horn. At this time ensign Scana. to her), as soon as peace should gatti having been dispatched on re- take place, and which could not be gimental business to Venice, Man. at a great distance; but she begged tua, and Milan, had the satisfaction him to reflect, that she would lose to revisit her family in passing the little merit she had acquired in through Cremona, of which town her career if she should quit it at her father was then intendant. that crisis. Lastly, that he might

Here she stopt a day and two perfectly tranquillize himself on her nights. Her mother during all that account, seeing that, in the course time never quitted her sight; and of three years and a half, she had having remarked in the morning, been able happily to support her that, when dressing, she laced her character in the midst of an army, chest very straightly, to efface eve and in a variety of critical situary exterior sign of her sex, and tions. In this manner she took that so strong a compression had leave of her parents, and proceeded there already produced a certain to execute the remainder of her degree of mortification and some li- commissions. vidity, madame Scanagatti commu. Meanwhile her father resolved to nicated her fears to her husband, go to Milan, and in this dilemma to that their child would soon fall a be guided entirely by count Cocas. victim to a cancer if they delaved teli, a nobleman who had much relonger obliging her to quit the ser. gard for him, and who, being comvice.

missary general of his imperial maThe father, from the moment the jesty in Lombardy, and near the news reached him that his daughter army of Italy, could be of service to had introduced herself to the acade. him in an affair of such delicacy. my as a boy, had never ceased to in consequence of his advice, importune her to return to the avo- and through the medium of the cations of her sex, but at the same count, he addressed a memorial to time carefully concealed this trans. his excellency baron Melas, disclosaction of a daughter of whom he re. ing the story of his daughter, and ceived the most satisfactory reports, soliciting for her an honourable disand from whose spirit he had also charge. to expect some imprudent resolu The lady in the mean time have tion if counteracted by violent ing executed her commissions, while means. He now reflected seriously her father was, unknown to her, enon the most efficient means to be gaged in this scheme, returned to employed to calm the uneasiness of her regiment, which she found at his wife, and, if possible, to with the outposts of the blockade of Gedraw his daughter without irri. noa, encamped on Monte-Becco, tating her feelings. He renewed and near Monte-Faccio. On the the attempt to engage her volunta. same day that this latter place cary compliance, insisting strongly, pitulated, she received notice that among many other dangers to the commander-in-chief had sent a: which she was exposed, on the dis. order to the battalion to permit lieu. covery made by her mother, and of- tenant Scanagatti to proceed to join fering to accommodate her in his his family at Milan. This permission, house with every thing that could unsolicited by her, was equally disa give her satisfaction.

agreeable and unexpected. She This attempt was however fruit immediately perceived that it must less. She answered respectfully, have come through her parents ; that she would not fail to pay atten- but, though cruelly disappointed, tion to what her mother had re- 'she consoled herself that she was marked respecting her ; nor would not discovered to be a girl, but was


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