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system, however well organized, that may them being missed. We mention these two not be open to imperfections; and what are classes, for their movements only can we cor such evils as the above, which are the sum rectly ascertain; but it is a fair inference fotai of all that has occurred, to riddling the that other natives have travelled in equal world of some hundreds of professed assas- safety. There can be no doubt that if the sins.
government will pursue vigorous mea. We are fully convinced, after taking every sures for a few years, the system will, with thing into consideration, that there are no proper supervision on the part of the ordinatrials in which a man may with so safe a con- ry police, be completely eradicated, never science pronounce sentence, as those of the again to rise; but if exertions are slackened, Thugs; in proof of which we have only to and any fully initiated Thugs left at large, refer to the table in p. 38 of Captain Slee- they would infallibly raise new gangs, and man's work. No less than eleven different Thugghee would again flourish all over In functionaries, judicial and political, are there dia. It is certainly incumbent on a governmentioned as having held Thug trials; yet ment which assumes to itself the character the general result is the same in all, as to the of enlightened, and which is now paramount proportion found guilty and acquitted. We in India, to exert itself for the suppression of could mention many individual instances in such an atrocious system. It is impossible proof of the correctness of the information to ascertain with accuracy the extent to which obtained and evidence brought forward, but it has been carried annually, and, could it be will content ourselves with one very striking done, the statement would scarcely be creditcase from Hyderabad. About eighty Thugs ed. Reckoning the number of Thugs in all had been arrested in various parts of that India to be ten thousand, and that, on the kingdom by different parties of our appro. average, each Thug murders three victims vers; they were collected into a gang and a year, this will give an amount of thirty sent off to Jubulpoor under a guard. As thousand murders annually committed for they were passing the residence of the local many years past, of which, till lately, scarcegovernor of one of the Hyderabad provinces, I ly any thing was known. Frightfully enor. he gave in charge to the guard eleven menmous as this may appear, it is probable that whom he had apprehended on suspicion. both estimates are under the mark, which is The whole were sately brought to Jubulpoor; warranted by what appears on the trials, but it so happened that the papers and docu. where, of course, but a small portion of the ments relating to their arrest had not been crimes actually committed are proved. received by the time of their arrival; and the
“ These men are commonly tried for one officer commanding the guard made no re particular case of murder, perpetrated on one port as to whence the different men who com- occasion, in which case all the gang may posed the gang under his charge had been have participated, and of which the evidence received: they were, therefore, as a matter is most complete. On the average, more of course, supposed to be all Thugs who had than ten of these cases have been found to ocbeen arrested by our approvers.
cur on every expedition; and every man has, less the usual form was proceeded in, i. e. tions. The murders for which they are tried
on the average, been on ten of these expedi. the approvers who remained at Jubulpoor are not, therefore, commonly more than a were sent for singly to inspect the gang : all hundredth part of the murders they have perwere recognized to be Thugs excepting elev. petrated in ihe course of their career of crime. en men, of whom the approvers said they In the last sessions held at Jubulpoor by Mr. knew nothing. On the receipt of the docu. Smith, for 1834-5, thirty-six cases from Hy. ments a few days afterwards, these eleven derabad, committed by Captain Reynolds, proved to be the party given in charge to the mitted by myself, were tried, and two hun
and forty-two cases from other parts, comguard by the local governor, with whose ar. dred and six prisoners convicted of the murrest our approvers had no concern.
der of four hundred and forty persons. The success which has attended the exer. these the bodies of three hundred and ninety tions of the officers employed to suppress this had been disinterred, and inquests held over crime, has hitherto cquailed our most san. them, leaving only ifty unaccounted for." guine expectations. In most parts of Cen- --p. 38. tral India, Bundlecund, Boglecund, and from In the sessions of 1836, lately held by the Allahabad to the Himalayah, Thugghee now Honourable F. I. Shore at Jubulpoor, two scarcely exists: the great proof of which is, hundred and forty-one prisoners were con. that the servants of English gentlemen, and victed of the murder of four hundred and Sepahees, who go on leave into those parts seventy-four individuals, of whose corpses of the country, have, during the last three three hundred and fourteen were disinterred, years, all returned in safety; whereas previ. and inquests held upon them. ously, not a year passed without many of| The results have been hitherto highly sat.
isfactory. Within these few years more than successors of those great bards condescendtwo thousand Thugs have been arrested by ed to imitate the romantic strain of Scott, al. the officers attached to the Jubulpoor and though we can scarcely doubt of The Lay, Central India establishment alone. Of these Marmion, The Lord of the Isles, &c. being about three hundred have been made approv. as certainly the progenitors of the more reers; taking in the sessions of 1836 first men- cent Italian narrative poems, as the Wavertioned, the abstract of which is not included ly series of their historic novels; with some in the table at p. 38 of Captain Sleeman's of which we have made our readers acbook, which was printed just before the ses- quainted. The works, however, wherewith sions were held, eighteen hundred and three our present business lies, have, as intimated, were committed for trial. Of these four hun. neither the regularity and completeness of dred and nineteen were sentenced to death ; the first-named poet, the life and variety of one thousand and eighty to transportation for the second, nor the strong and romantic life ;* ninety-five to imprisonment for life ; spirit of the last. But if it is easy to say leaving two hundred and nine, who were eith. what they are not, what they are is less reader sentenced to limited imprisonment, allow. ily definable; inasmuch as even those now ed to turn approvers, died in gaol, or were before us differ too widely from each other otherwise disposed of. Only twenty-one of to be susceptible of any generic or collective the whole have been acquitted; and this description beyond that of narrative, written proves the extraordinary care with which the in the regular ottava rima, or eight-lined cases are prepared by the officers to whom stanza. Their classification however is of this duty has been intrusted, and the strong the less importance because we have not nature of the evidence addaced. We can. hitherto met with one of them of merit suffinot but wish them every success in extermi- cient to point out its author as the founder nating a system which spares neither sex nor of a new school, though evidently gifted age; whose members never abandon their with some poetic powers. The three poems profession as long as they possess the power before us we understand to be very popular to engage in an expedition; who watch for in Italy, and therefore purpose laying them their prey like wild beasts or vultures; and before our readers in the chronological ortalk of the principal scenes of their crimes as der of their publication. a sportsman would of his favourite preserves. The first of the three, Ida della Torre, We trust also that no miserable fit of econo. bears as a poem some analogy to the prose my on the part of government may arise to fiction, Giovanna Prima, mentioned in a for: thwart the measures in progress, but that mer number.* Like that, it is a fragment every co-operation will be given to those of history developed imaginatively, and, in praiseworthy exertions.
the present case, poetically also. The poem is little more than a relation of the com• mencement of the Emperor Henry of Luxemburg's expedition into Italy, in the years 1310–11, to receive the imperial and iron
crown ; upon which occasion he paused in ART. II.-1. Ida della Torre, Episodio Lombardy to pacity that (in those days) ever patrio, di Giulio Carcano. (Ida della turbulent portion of the peninsula. The sub.
Torre, a national episode by Giulio Caroject is well chosen. From amongst the cano.) 8vo. Milano, 1834.
Lombard broils the poet has selected for his 2. L'Esule Pisano, Canli Tre, di Gio. Bat- theme those which distracted their chief city
tista Montanari. (The Exile of Pisa, in Milan, with the rivalry of the Torriani and Three Cantos, by Gio. Battista Montana. Visconti; and which rivalry Henry appeas. ri.) 8vo. Verona. 1836.
ed, or rather quelled, by expelling Guido 3. Úlrico e Lida, Novella, di Tommaso della Torre, and reinstating the exiled Mat. Grossi. 8vo. Milano. 1837.
teo Visconte, Upon this historical event
Carcano has superinduced a Romeo and NARRATIVE poetry appears to be reviving in Juliei story—he loves of Alfredo Visconte Italy, though not in its earliest modern form; and Ida della Torre—but unluckily he has neither as the regular epic of Tasso, nor not managed it with the genius of Shak. the fantastically wild, extravagant, and co speare. His Romeo, Alfredo, who has no mic, but always vigorous and fascinating, father to control his proceedings, unceremo. vein of Ariosto. As little have the living niously, unscrupulously, and without other
motive than his passion, deserts his kindred * These sentences are at once carried into execution, and not commuted, as is so common in * See Foreign Quarterly Review, No. xxxiv., England.
and party to join his mistress's parent. The made nothing in the way of story. He evi . only plea we can allege in his favour is, that dently possesses a strong and fervid imagihis desertion of the Visconti takes place at nation, capable of producing something very the moment when their sun is rising, and superior to Ida della Torre, however ephe. that he follows the Torriani when they in merally popular this tale may be in Italy. their turn tread the paths of exile. But the The defects of the poem originate chiefly in lady's father, who is clearly no obstinate the writer's having trusted merely to inspiCapulet
, gives his daughter so readily to ration, without duly and previously medita. Alfredo on his, the lover's death-bed, that ting upon, planning, and working out his we cannot imagine why they were not mar. subject. To exhibit his poetic powers we ried when both were alive and well. translate the opening stanzas.
Of this pregnant subject the author has
Look, Italy, upon thy native sky
Gloriously radiant with the noontide blaze;
Aurora drops her veil of roseate rays !
The water of two seas around thee plays :
“Thy mountain steeps, and their embosomed dells;
Thy blest enchantment, trees and flowers among;
The silver mantle of the starry throng;
All blend melodiously in nature's song!
“ But thrall of guiltier times, thou bear'st their brand;
And fearful still has been thy children's life,
Upon thy soil, with discord ever rife.
Writing in blood the tale of direst strife:
One dreadful character of all he traced.” These, followed, we know not why, by the introduction ; which being thus oddly two whole stanzas of asterisks, constitute completed, the poem itself opens as follows.
“ Fair land of Italy, that in my breast
Breath'st every sweetest, every saddest thought;
I wake, of ills Insubrian passions wrought.
And for thy children's hearts with anguish fraught-
" Where deepest thrown along Benaco's vale
Sleep the hill shadows, and his banks are still,
While thoughts of long-lost home his bosom thrill...
The perfumes of ten thousand blossoms All :
“ That midnight look, where vengeance broods abhorred,
That hair betokening years, that bald high brow;
Matteo de' Visconti, is it thou !
si Yet bitter memories of moments flown,
Too deeply graven on his spirit dwell;
He sought, a fugitive, the hermit-cell,
Conflicting wildly in his bosom swell:
» His wife deserted, and their wedlock's fruit,
Banished and distant all, on memory
That chill to stone the tear-drop, in his eye.
Takes counsel only of his courage high :
This may suffice as a specimen of Car. of Pisa, and the ultimate success of an in cano's poetic ability, and we shall turn from surrection against him ; but in direct conIda della Torre, enforcing our former re- trast with Carcano's volame, Montanari gives mark that its faults is incompleteness as a us little of the historical part of his subject, work of art; a defect not necessarily en. occupying himself almost exclusively with tailed by its being an episode of national the loves and adventures of his Ugo and history. Further, it interests us in no hero; Elisa. Of these the latter is a somewhat neither the elderly political antagonists, nor virago-ish damsel, who tells fibs innumeraeven Alfredo, whose love is as much mis. ble, and deserts her aged father to follow, placed amidst the clash of that civil war as not accompany, her lover Ugo, one of the the love in some of Corneille's tragedies. leaders of the insurrection, from their como We would not wish to insinuate with Addi- mon place of exile, Sardinia, into Tuscany. son's Cato, that this passion is necessarily The lady takes this extraordinary step conout of its sphere in these or any political tiary, we apprehend, to the laws even of ro. convulsions, for this would run counter to mance, without any stronger motive than experience : on the contrary, such love re- impatience of her lover's absence; and the lieves and breathes a human sympathy catastrophe entirely turns upon this continen amidst the deepest horrors, whilst it impresso tal trip, inasmuch as her unmaidenly esca' es us with a shuddering sense of the tre- pade brings her to the scene of action at a mendous devastation of happiness, as well moment so critical, that by cleverly rescuas life, wrought by intestine commotion. ing Ugo from a dungeon, she both saves his The love that can do this, however, is not the life and enables him to achieve his enter mere youthful fancy of a boy and girl who prise. But Elisa is wholly unacquainted have scarcely exchanged a word, and of with the danger of her lover, whom she thus whose individuality we have therefore no wildly, indelicately, and unfilially follows, strong and distinct conception. It requires merely, as it might be thought, to hamper to be brought before us as a passion not him and disgrace herself. merely told, but which we ourselves deeply We proceed to offer our readers a speci. feel to be engrossing and irresistible. men of the performance, and cannot per
L'Esule Pisano is less historical than Ida haps select a fairer than Elisa's measures della Torre ; it is likewise less poetical; but for Ugo's deliverance. The heroine, 10 we are by no means without a suspicion excite less attention, has prudently assumed that it may be more generally popular. It male attire for her journey, and casually really is a romantic narrative of the past ; learns at a little Italian inn that at that but, as such, presents us with little graphic very house a knight, in the description of portraiture of the misery and horrors to whom she recognizes her lover, had lately which Italy was every where reduced in been seized by Rambaldo's emissaries, those days of mutual hatred and warfare. headed by his creature Romiro, and remains We do, to be sure, hear something of the confined in the dungeous of a neighbouring tyrannous cruelty of Rambaldo, the usurper castle.
" Romiro, whom his master's urgent needs
To hasten with his warriors home incite,
Six times the distance of an arrow's flight
Scarce had he ridden, when from midst the reeds
And slimė of a near marsh appears a knight;
Broken his sword and sullied is his crest.
Displays of blood, that still seems uncongealed ;
Roll sadly round; and tow'rds the marshy field
Listening if danger any sound revealed.
Where at the gate she stands with pitying mien." The knight, who of course is Elisa in disguise, is received with great kindness by his dame:
“ The seneschal, with ruby nose, and hair
Grey as his beard, lounged at the festal board,
Even then from ample vase the wine he poured,
No heed amidst his drink could he afford
And fled, loud weeping, to her lonely cell;
Her silence broke in accents stern and fell.
Draining huge goblets with thy bonnibelle,
• To good Rambaldo bearing store of gold
• By robber bands that in your marshes hold. • Drink whilst
kind lord must suffer theft!
The seneschal is fairly frightened from late. She learns that the castle is supposed his jollification by the threats of the pretend to be haunted by the ghost of Rambaldo's ed knight, and sets out with his men to seek wife, who had been murdered there, and the supposititious robbers, leaving at home that her companion can communicate with his wife and a single old ruffian in addition. Ugo from a balcony immediately above his But Elisa, it should seem, had arranged dungeon. Our heroine thereupon intrusts only the first half of her stratagem, trusting her humble friend with a silk ladder by further operations to chance; and she is which Ugo is to get out of the castle, and pondering how to profit by the brief ab- instructions for his course when he shall sence of the garrison, when the seneschal's have thus regained his liberty. This com. kind-hearted wife comes to implore her mission is scarcely given when a noise, good offices with Rambaldo in behalf of a announcing the seneschal's return, warns noble captive recently brought to the castle, his wife to retire to her chamber; whilst and for whose fate she is under great ap. Elisa lying down upon a bench pretends prehension. Elisa does not reveal her own sleep, and thus overhears a proposal for deep interest in the matter, but quietly her own assassination, postponed by the promises mediation, and inquires into the seneschal until they shall have made an. possibility of enabling the prisoner to es. Other search next morning for the invisible cape, lest her intervention should prove too robbers.