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ing you ten thousand francs as a por- I must go to the mayor's office for the tion to be paid down on your wedding- passport.” day ; that is to say, on condition of He put on his hat, but when he had your marrying Gorenflot; you are also made three steps toward the door, he to observe strict secrecy. If not, no bethought himself, and took up the cruportion."
cifix. Rosalie,” said Madame de Merret, Seeing that, his wife's heart leaped “dress my hair.”
with delight. The husband walked quietly up and “He will call at Duvivier's!" thought down, watching the door, the mason, she. and his wife, but without betraying any As soon as he had gone out, Madame offensive mistrust.
de Merret rang for Rosalie, and screamGorenflot could not avoid making ed in tones of frightful energy: some noise.
“A pick-axe! a pick-axe! and to work. Madame de Merret seized an oppor. I marked Gorenflot's way; and we have tunity when her husband was on the time to make an opening, and to close opposite side of the room, and whisper- it up again.” ed to Rosalie :
In an instant, Rosalie brought a sort "A hundred crowns a year, if you of spike to her mistress, who with a decan tell him to leave a crevice open gree of ardor not to be expressed, combelow.”
menced demolishing the wall. Then, aloud, she said with frightful She had already knocked out several calmness :
bricks, when on drawing back to give a “Go and help him !"
vigorous blow, she saw M. de Merret M. and Madame Merret remained standing behind her pale and menacing. silent during the whole time the mason She fainted. was employed in walling the door. In “ Place your lady on her bed," said this there was calculation on the part the merciless man. Anticipating what of the husband, whose object it was to was likely to occur during his absence, avoid giving his wife a pretext for he had simply written to the mayor, throwing in words of a double meaning;, and sent a message for Duvivier. and on the part of Madame de Merret, The jeweller arrived shortly after. there was prudence, perhaps pride. “Duvivier,” said M.de Merret," have
When the wall was about built, the you not purchased crucifixes from the crafty mason managed, when M. de Spaniards, who have passed through Merret's back was turned, to break one our town ?" of the two windows of the door. This “ No, sir !" act gave Madame de Merret to under “ That's all! I thank you." stand that Rosalie had spoken to Gor “ John,” said he, turning to his man, enflot :—then she and the mason saw, you will serve my meals in Madame not without deep emotion, the face of a de Merret's room ; she is unwell, and I man of dark and sombre countenance, shall not leave her side until I see her black hair, and piercing eyes. Before restored to health.' her husband had turned, she had time to The merciless man remained fifteen make a signal to the stranger; and days by his wife's side ; and, during that sign said, Hope.
the first six days, if a noise was heard At four o'clock, close upon dawn, for from the walled closet, and if his wife the month was September, the work then cast an imploring look for the
wretch who was dying within, he would The mason was placed under the answer, without permitting her to utter care of John, and M. de Merret slept in a single word: his wife's room.
" You have sworn that there was no In the morning, as he rose,
one in that closet !" lessly remarked: “Oh, I had forgotten
LADY HESTER STANHOPE.
FROM THE JOURNAL OF A TRAVELLER.
LEAVING our party, who, alarmed 'by how he had passed through gates and the unsettled state of the country, are courts and halls, and had been actually in coasting it from St. Jean d'Acre to her presence. She was the grandest lady Beyrout, Bartlett, the artist, and my- his eyes had ever looked on; she had self are zigzaging Galilee in search of ordered him refreshments, and told him the picturesque.
to stay the night, thinking he was to At Sidon it was concluded to visit return to Sidon ; but hearing that it Lady Hester Stanhope, but we were was a matter of doubt, told him to warned that we were reckoning without mount with all speed and endeavor to our host, she having rejected all comers bring his master to her before night. for many months past, and that the Eng- fall; that he was welcome, come when lish were her favorite abomination. he would; she had abundant accom
Undeterred by the prophecies of our modation for myself and all my comSidonian friends, Antonio was dis- pany, provided they were not English. patched with a note, couched in terms Bartlett, hearing his doom, took the of studied courtesy, stating, in sub- path, with his servant and guide, to z stance, that an American gentleman village about seven miles distant, while would be happy to pay his passing Antonio, with a diligence sharpened by compliments to her ladyship. An hour a mountain appetite, drove our baggage or two after his departure, we mounted mules to Lady Hester's, where we arand moved slowly towards her resi- rived two hours after sun-set, with the dence, which lies about four hours single accident of the mule having journey eastward. At a sudden turn slipped over a projecting rock and sent in the road, which, like all other east- my yataghan, with its silver scabbard, ern roads, was a bridle-path, we came into the abyss below, and with great in full view of her famous retreat, re- difficulty recovering his foot-hold. sembling, in the distance, a small vil We entered a long passage guarded lage, surrounded by a wall, and perched by Albanian soldiers in their fanciful on the top of a barren, craggy, conical costumes, and lined with well-dressed mountain, with scarcely an herb to be servants. A dragoman came forward, seen on its repulsive sides, though sur- who led me to an Italian gentleman, rounded by a luxuriant country. The who showed me my apartment. A dispot on which we stood was a perpen- van of luxurious proportions, covered dicular precipice of equal height with with crimson cloth, extended the width the object of our curiosity, from which of a very large room opposite the enwe were separated only by a broad, trance ; two European beds, covered deep valley. Here we halted, the sun with the same material, without curtwo hours high, for the double purpose tains, flanked the door-way. This of affording Bartlett an opportunity to room was an isolated house; in front make a sketch, and to await our mes was an arbor, forming a continuation of senger. Bartlett had put his last touch the roof, covered with vines; the area to the drawing as Antonio, pushing his formed by the arbor was bordered with mule to his best paces, came up the parterres of flowers. The luggage steep road, puffing with exertion, and was scarcely disposed of, when an Itadelighted with the success of his mis- lian servant, in Syrian dress, with a sion and the glorious prospect of rich candle in an European silver candlefare, which is seldom the lot of an stick, came to say that miladi would be eastern traveller. He gave a glowing happy to see me.
With a view, perpicture of the wonders he had seen, haps, to produce an imposing effect, he how he had been handed from sentry led me through any quantity of pas. to sentry, and from servant to servant'; sages, doors and gates, till we arrived
• John W. Hamersley, Esq., of New York.
at her sitting-room. It was an unpre- household ; she brought out with her tending snuggery, both as to size and “une demoiselle de société,” who redecoration, with low ceiling. Two turned home a few years afterwards. divans, about the size of common sofas, The usual preambles to conversation stood opposite each other, about ten disposed of, she began to speak freely feet apart, and in the recess of a win- of her household; she “had a Turkish dow were two spermaceti candles in dragoman to attend to her Turkified tall candlesticks, so placed that the guests, and a Frank to take care of her light was thrown between the two di- Frankified visitors." She passed to vans, which were both in the shade. the English nation, whom she bela
She rose to meet me with a cor- bored most mercilessly, and finally diality and ease perfectly electrical ; launched into astrology. She prosaid how happy she was to entertain fesses to tell by the features of any perAmericans, and with a lady-like rapid- son she sees, his whole history and ity, laughing with the glee of a girl. destiny. She identifies his star; she "Do you know,” she ran on, “ what a expressed herself well pleased with pleasant disappointment I've had by a mine ; it is not a "proof print,” but mistake of my dragoman? He came modified" by another near it.” Though to me with open eyes and mouth, half earnestly pressed, she would not desigpleased, half frightened, with your open nate the constellation, while she volunletter in his hand, and announced the teered to say that such an one's star arrival of a Persian prince! What, was in Leo, where, by-the-bye, she put asked I, can a Persian prince want her own. with me? I seized the note, and read About nine o'clock a servant aning the words an American gentle- nounced dinner, waiting my cue.
She man,' saw his error ; he had read an said she had been very sorry to think 'Amercan,' which is the title of a prince that dinner was just over as my servant of Persia, and you may easily imagine arrived, and made an apology for the how much more gratified I am to Arab cookery. She is never seen to entertain an American than a Persian eat, and pretends that she has no occaprince."
sion-possibly to foster the belief in Her presence
commanding, per- her supernatural powers. haps five feet ten inches in height, but A table was set out in Frank fashion slightly stooping with debility, being in the arbor in front of my room. Two recently arisen from a sick bed; her wax candles disclosed to the savage eyes piercing ; features prominent. appetite of a traveller four dishes of
She dresses in a loose robe of fine meats and two kinds of home-made worsted, with silk tassels pendant in wine. Everything had an air of eleperpendicular rows on either side in gant appropriate taste, that nameless front; she wears the yellow Turkish stamp of comfortable, sensible England. slipper, and an enormous cachemere Four servants anticipated my wants shawl, twisted into a turban, almost bu- with a tact and unobtrusiveness, prov. ries her head. Her costume, she says, ing a rare discipline. Peach pies and is of no country ; to use her own cream succeeded meats, and gave place words, mia fantasia." She has no just at the proper moment, without the weapons visible.
trouble of a wish, to pipes and coffee. “Now," says she, “make yourself Watching his opportunity, as the first comfortable on that divan,” pointing to smokeless whiff gave evidence that the that opposite her own ; put yourself pipe was functus officio, an upper serin your easiest position; if you prefer vant said, that if fatigued, I might as it, sit like the Turks, or, if you like it well lie down ; if not, mi ladi wished to better, lay yourself at full length, and see me. He took from the table one put ceremony aside.” We were of the candlesticks, and conducted me scarcely seated, having chosen a Turk- again to my mysterious friend. She ish position as best suited to my cos- likes Americans because her grandtume, when a little black girl brought father loved them ; she had heard him in coffee, and anon, at two several declare that had he been ten years journeys, two long cherry-stick pipes. younger he would have emigrated Lady Hester sipped water instead of there, he was so disgusted with the coffee, but smoked immoderately. This vices of his country. She spoke much little girl is the only female of her of her grandfather; had heard her grand
mother say, that no one dared to look that she “well knew where the garden him in the face when he was angry. of Eden is; it is not in America, but But she loved Americans for another it is very probable that this man will reason; they were to cut a great fi- be the American minister. Seven gure in the Millennium, which will com- countries of Europe will supply minismence in three months. At that time ters. When the war shall commence will appear on the earth the great good half of America will be emptied; perman and the great bad man ; the last is sons of wealth, enterprise, and merit, now well known to the world. She will flock to Syria. Now take my adknows the very spot where the great vice: Syria is in a troubled state ; you good man will first be seen ; it is in cannot travel in it with satisfaction. Syria ; his advent will be the signal of Go to Greece, and return to me in wars and rumors of wars. She knows three months; I will gradually initiate the names of the horses and swords you in certain mysteries and secrets ; which will figure in the fight; one of you will find events then commencing the swords is called Ham, which has at which the world will be astonished." never been drawn but once. The good But divers engagements conflicting of the earth are to flock to the standard with that arrangement, she was satisof the good man; the bad will gather fied with the promise that she should their forces to his antagonist. A grand see me with the American host which battle is to be fought in Syria, and five- will come out in the Millennium. sevenths of the population of the globe She spoke in raptures of Colonel Dekwill die of the sword, pestilence, or fa- ay : "that is the kind of man I like, mine. New diseases of a frightful he came from Constantinople to Beycharacter will overrun the globe. Af- rout, in a cutter only a few yards long, ter four years of bloodshed, the earth on purpose to see me: She believes will be be peace, the good man tri- in the Bible only as a book of history; umphant, and the Millennium com- it corroborates other books in her posmence.
session ; she has manuscripts of which When asked the name of the bad there are no copies extant taken by her man, she assumed an oracular bearing, from the centre of solid masonry, where and took my honor not to divulge the they have been buried for ages, disname; but the prophecy having failed closed only to her supernatural sight. it may be no breach of faith to say that “Christianity,” she added, " is the it was Père Enfantin, chief of the shallowest of all religions. In Judaism Saint Simonians, who, with the rem- there is something, and more than men nant of his little band professing their wot of. The morality of the Bible was faith to their fatherland, escaping from made for milk-sops. She pitied the liberal France, and fearing Christian delusion of those who did not consider Europe ! ("tell it not in Gath") found revenge a virtue ; would not admit that liberty of conscience with the sinned- Christianity had promoted civilisation. against Ottoman.
Of Wolfe, the Jewish missionary, It is the belief of this sect that La she spoke with great bitterness; impaBonne Mère will shortly appear to rule tient of my praises of Lady Georgiana, over them. They sent her a deputa- she answered, with ineffable sarcasm, tion from Egypt inviting her to be La “a woman with one eye whom her Bonne Mère, which she attributes to a family were glad to get rid of at any belief that she is rich.
hazard.” Her knowledge, she says, is “ The good man has already been wonderful; she knows the place of heard of: he was to travel blindfold, deposite of charmed money." Napoled by an angel, for three hundred days; leon discovered it, but was immediately he then finds two women, one of whom palsied when he touched it. Some are is to be very beautiful but deceitful, the so beset with flies and vermin of all other not so brilliant but good; after kinds that glad they are to abandon it much doubt he will choose the latter. and escape. The lost ten tribes of He will have several ministers--one Israel are at this moment charmed in from America."
Egypt. Mehemet Ali has battered the When told of a certain Mr. Furman iron gates which confine them with who thought the garden of Eden was thirty-six cannon, but can make no imin America, and had gone in search of pression; they are to appear on the it west of the Mississippi, confident of arrival of the great good man. living for ever if successful, she replied When asked what was her religion,
she held up her crutch-cane by way of he had fared hard, reluctantly admitted diagram ; ** every star has its good to a wretched hovel, and, with more angel and its bad angel, or inferior one appetite than supper, had passed a (laying her finger on the handle), and night of watchfulness and suffering. its demon; next in order comes the Much piqued on learning the anti-Anhuman being, and," running down her glican sentiment which pervaded her finger on the cane, " its plant, its medi- ladyship’s establishment, he flatly recine, its metal, and so on to insignifi- fused to enter her gates ; but when I cance. All this chain has a mysterious hinted at the peach pies and cream, the connection; the poison therein cannot spirit of forgiveness beamed in the hurt the man ; the medicine can heal famished visage of the artist ; in emany disease or wound instantaneously phatic silence we followed our guide to of or to its associate link; the most the rarest specimen of bow and arrow ferocious beast of this holy alliance will castellation that this or any country fawn upon the man--the plant is his can boast ofa strong-hold of the most nutritious food ; but the star is Druses, of massive construction, perchthe head and superior. The first study ed upon and covering the entire area of every man should be to find out his of a lofty natural rock, some sixty feet star and chain of existence to avail square, inaccessible except by a narhimself of their aid ; (after reading my row concealed flight of steps.' Its badestiny, she concluded), any agricultural saltic character suggests the idea of enterprise you may embark in will suc nature imitating art. The castle is in ceed to a miracle, and that, although too perfect preservation, appointed with all mild to be first in the new empire, we the pomp and circumstance of glorious shall greatly need such as you to tem war, with its donjon, keep, turrets, seper our designs.”
cret passages, and forming withal the She has discovered the “grand arca crown of an amphitheatre. The landnum ;” “there are two kinds known: scape was animated by a mountain torone like that of Djezzar Pacha, who rent, which rushed by us bounding and has been seen to sprinkle a powder, sporting like a thing of life. something like tobacco, over bars of Taking a circuit we called at a Coniron, and, presto, they were gold. I vent of the Greek Church. Il Padre have used a kind of oil, have tried its Presidente refreshed us with pipes, virtues, but will not practise it from coffee and sherbet; lauded Miladi to conscientious scruples." Allegiance to the seventh heaven, and, with the her creed and sovereignty were in vain bearing of a courtier, charged us with tendered as the price of a successful his compliments. Four o'clock brought experiment.
us to Lady Hester's. A servant said At one o'clock, a servant brought a she wished to see me alone. After an candle to light me to my apartment. hour's animated chat, she enjoined me
To-morrow I will send a man with to exact a solemn promise from my you to point out the fine sights in the friend that he would not draw any horse neighborhood;" she would not listen to he might see in her enclosure, or make my plea of honorary obligation to join a scaramouch of her, for if her friends company with a friend who was now saw her as she was they would cry. being victimized, hard by, awaiting my Asking after her wonderful horse, appointment. Who was this friend? which report states to have a natural An Englishman-a serious objection. saddle, she said he was destined to perWhat is he? An artist-worse still. form an extraordinary part. Have Is that the only obstacle ? None you never heard, she inquired, that other. Then he shall be sent for. the Messiah is to come on a white
Eleven o'clock, and Antonio, next horse? She afterwards said the animorning, surprised me in bed, and very mal was a mare, and had double back reluctant to leave it; but fortified by a bones, giving the idea of a saddle; she princely breakfast at noon, and a few was not white. But without satisfying contemplative pipes, with a bright sun, my curiosity, she directed me to call my a fresh breeze, and the promised cice- friend, that we might see her garden rone, we went in quest of Bartlett, before it was dark. When Bartlett whom we soon spied with his correct was come, she drew on her gloves, and rapid eye, transferring the rugged took her cane, and with feeble steps but brilliant mountains to his portfolio; moved towards a door which had es