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the nest, the old one will recover their eyes with this Silenus. 'Schola Selerni advises to take much wine herb. This I am confident, for I have tried it [the after pears, or else they say they are as bad as poison; old sinner!], that if we mar the very apple of their nay, and they curse the tree for it, too; but if a poor eye with a needle, she will recover them again, but man find his stomach oppressed by eating pears, it is whether with this herb or not, I know not. The eyes, only working hard, and that will do as well as drinking it seems, are under the luminaries; the right eye of a wine. Take comfort, ye sons of toil; ye shall eat man, and the left eye of a woman, the sun claims pears with impunity-ay, in the sweat of your brow! dominion over.' Let those who attempt to operate for After so much wine, it is not to be wondered at that strabismus, look to it, or they may get themselves into our friend Nicholas should indorse the following libel trouble. In all matters ophthalmic, the Fates them against sweet basil.' He says: "Hilarius, a French selves seem to have laboured under an obliquity of physician, affirms, upon his own knowledge, that an vision. Esculapius, because of the marvellous cures acquaintance of his, by common smelling of this herb, he performed with the blood drawn from the right had a scorpion bred in his brain : something is the veins of Medusa's head-a lady who boasted but a matter; basil and rue will not grow together, no, nor reversionary interest in one eye, which belonged in near each other, and we know rue is as great an common to herself and her lovely sisters the Gorgons enemy to poison as any that grows. It was rue, in --fell under the thunders of Jove; the issue being, combination with figs, walnuts, and some few other that the great ‘luminary' Apollo himself, the father of ingredients, that was said to be taken daily by Mithriphysic, for his just vengeance inflicted on the one- dates, and which gave the ‘Pontic monarch of old days' eyed Cyclopes who forged the thunderbolts, was thrust immunity against the poisonous assaults of his enemies. incontinently from heaven, and doomed to consort A simpler physic than this was patronised, we are with the flocks of Admetus. After this, where shall told, by the grandfather of him of Utica: “Honest old the mortal be found bold enough to undertake so Cato used no other physic than the coleworts. I know delicate an operation as that for squinting, on either not of what metal his body was made; this I am sure, the right eye of a man or the left eye of a woman "under cabbages are extremely windy, whether you take them the luminaries?' Running through the pages of our as meat or medicine, yea, as windy meat as can be author, there is a genuine undercurrent of humour eaten, unless you eat bagpipes or bellows, and they are and shrewd common sense. We feel sure that he but seldom eaten in our days.' believes not in one-half he propounds with such Should the public be desirous of knowing how the solemn gravity. Sundry of his prescriptions savour celestial personages whose names so frequently figure strongly of the mendicant friar's celebrated recipe as presiding over the vegetable kingdom, conducted for the making of flint-soup. In his concoction of their ministrations with reference to the animal simples, he slily insinuates his 'powdered beet' or economy of the human subject-Culpeper is their man. his cock-chicken.' Certain herbs are shewn to be He has walked among the immortals, and knows their peculiarly efficacious 'gathered with the dew on ways and their whereabouts. Like us poor mortals of them;' others are of remarkable potency 'if the body this lower earth, it would appear that they have their be exercised after the taking thereof.' In his love of likings and their dislikings, their love and their hate. sack and canary, he is the very Falstaff of physicians. Sympathy and antipathy, be it remembered, are two He holds forth on the virtue of moderation, but has hinges upon which the whole of physic turns; and that evidently no mind to treat his friends in private with physician who minds them not, is like a door from off anything so meagre as “a last year's pippin with a the looks, more like to do a man a mischief than to dish of caraways.'
secure him. Moreover, he who would know the Perusing some of his inimitable concoctions, we reason of the operations of the herbs, must look up as exclaim perforce: Why, what an epicurean rascal is high as the stars, astrologically.' So he adds: “To the this !' It would conjure up the shade of Father stars went 1. Having soared thus high, but a step Mathew, only to hear him when he is busy in his further, and we find him in the presence of great distillery. In his battle with temperance, he is 'as Jupiter himself. Up comes Mars to him—“Come, valorous as Hector of Troy, worth two of Agamemnon.' Brother Jupiter,” he says, " thou knowest I sent & There is a whole merchant's venture of Bordeaux stuff couple of trines to thy house last night, the one from in him. If he admonishes us to repent, truly it is not Aries, and the other from Scorpio; give me thy leave in sackcloth, but in new milk and old sack. Under by sympathy to cure this poor man with drinking a the head of Rosa Solis, or Sundew [query, mountain-draught of wormwood beer every morning."" So much dew?], is a rare specific for qualms and spasms of for sympathy; now for antipathy. The moon was the heart. This herb is good [no doubt of it] made weak the other day, and she gave a man two terrible into a drink with aqua-vitæ and spices.' Hearken mischiefs, a dull brain and a weak sight. Mars lays by to Nicholas on the subject of the vine: “The vine is a his sword and comes to her—“Sister Moon,” says he, most gallant tree of the sun, very sympathetical with “this man hath angered thee; but I beseech thee take the body of man, and that is the reason that the spirit no notice-he is but a fool. Prithee, be patient; I will of wine is the greatest cordial among all vegetables.' with my herb wormwood cure him of both infirmities He who, being sick, covets not a drink with a veritable by antipathy, for thou knowest that thou and I cannot smack of nectar in it, let him eschew the following: agree.” With that the moon began to quarrel : Mars, "The powder of violet leaves, or a sirup of violets not delighting much in women's tongues, went away, taken in some convenient liquor [!], and a little of the and did it whether she would or no. Yet this is the juice or sirup of lemons put into it, quenches the gallant Mars!' Worse, however, follows. "He had thirst, and gives to the drink a claret-wine colour no sooner parted with the moon, but he met with and a fine tart relish pleasing to the taste. If this is Venus-and she was as drunk as a hog!' not a draught for Olympian Jove, 'may a cup of sack Enough of the immortals. One step lower, and we be .our poison.' Here follows another convenient come to the pope. If Nicholas has an unkind corner liquor:, "Take fifty kernels of peach-stones, and one in his genial heart
, he reserves it for his holiness. In hundred of the kernels of cherry-stones, a handful of his love for his darling simples, with their rare old elder-flowers, fresh or dried, and three pints of mus- Saxon names, he is as true as truth's simplicity, and cadel. O Falstaff, “if sack and sugar be in fault, simpler than the infancy of truth. He is not half God help the wicked !' Yet he who can gravely pleased to hear misletoe called lignum sancæ crucis ; advocate the above delectable compounds, comes down inveighs in no measured terms against pansy being with a sly rebuke on Schola Selerni—a gentleman blasphemously called an herb of the Holy Trinity, whose name we humbly suppose to be a corruption of because it has three colours,' and quarrels with
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archangel as a term for dead-nettle. Of sea-wormwood toils of his campaign, than that contained in the fol-
KRASINSKI: A TALE.
I'll take the ghost's word for a thousand pounds.-Hamlet. betwixt this and St John's wort, only St Peter must
CHAPTER I. have it, lest he should want pot-herbs.' Thus does In one of my late visits to the continent, I became Nicholas deal the pope a sly poke in the ribs with a acquainted with a gentleman whom I will call M. de herb pronounced by Dioscorides, Pliny, and Galen to Rosny. He was first pointed out to me on the probe good for sciatica !
menade as the gentleman who was said to have seen For a concluding specimen of the wisdom of our a ghost;' but on my thereupon expressing a desire to ancestors in the discovery of remedies for all the ills be introduced to him, I was told that he had the that flesh is heir to, let us turn to the art-magic as greatest aversion to be questioned on the subject, and, developed in our hedgerows. We must be pardoned in fact, never had been heard to allude to it. if we place amongst our cabalistic observances some Being aware that people who have seen, or who few prescribed remedies, the medicinal value of which believe that they have seen apparitions, are generally is boasted in sober seriousness : such, for example, as characterised by a similar shyness, the natural consepeonies to be hung round the neck, wild tansy to be quence of the ridicule and incredulity they have to worn in the shoes, so that it be next the skin; divers encounter, I was not deterred by this announcement; other herbs to be bound round the wrists of the hands and accordingly, many days had not elapsed before I -the disease to be cured lying in some distant region had so far attained my object, that I was on speaking of the body; and vervain, as a remedy for scrofula, to terms with M. de Rosny. be tied to the pit of the stomach by a white ribbon round He was a good-looking dark man, of about five or the neck. Lastly-hear it, humanity Martin !-A six and thirty; gentlemanlike in appearance and good handful of the hot, biting culrage or water-pepper manner, rather grave, and decidedly clever. He was put under a horse's saddle, will make him travel the by birth a Belgian ; and was said to have inherited an better, although he were half-tired before. We have ample fortune, together with the title of count, from the authority of Mizaldus and others for the fact, that his father, who, though of an ancient and noble race, neither witch nor devil, thunder nor lightning, can had embarked in mercantile affairs, to repair the harm a man in the presence of a bay-tree. Wood- declining fortunes of the family. betony, according to Antonius Musa, the physician Cautious not to risk success by precipitance, I was to Octavius Cæsar, possesses similar miraculous pro- in no haste to betray my curiosity. But, one evening, perties. The power ascribed to the fig-tree is of a when the conversation accidentally turned on the somewhat different character. With stories of a cock mysteries of life here and hereafter, I ventured to say, and bull, most persons are familiar; but the connection that if one single case of appearance after death were of the latter animal with the fig-tree-a tree under the well established, the great question of there being a dominion of great Jove himself—is a fact not sufficiently world to come would be irrefragably settled; adding, known. If you tie a bull, be he ever so mad, to a that I, for my part, believed there was no scarcity of fig-tree, he will quickly become tame and gentle.' The such evidence, if everybody who had any to produce only difficulty in the way of administering the remedy would speak out upon the subject, and if those who proposed seems to lie in who shall bell the cat. There had the courage to do so only met with fair-play. would appear to be also some mysterious connection He entirely coincided. "But,' said he, 'since anybetween the same animal and fig-wort, since we are body who is rash enough to make such an avowal is told that Venus owns the plant, and the celestial bull sure to be treated as a fool or a liar, there is no chance will not deny it! Again, we cannot help thinking that of the question ever receiving the consideration it
mouse-ear, though itself under the dominion of the deserves. Indeed, I think the man is a fool who risks moon, must have felt tickled when first it caught the being laughed at by telling people what they are echo of the following announcement: Though authors predetermined not to believe.' do cry out upon alchemists for attempting to fix quick- Notwithstanding this unpromising beginning, M. silver with this herb and moon-wort, a Roman would de Rosny ended by telling me what I wanted to hear. not have judged a thing by the success; if it be to be Not then; for it was evening when we held the fixed at all, it is by lunar influence.'
above conversation, and he said with a shudder: Of all famous herbs, none is comparable to moon- 'I shouldn't sleep if I speak of it now-I should wort. We would strongly advise all horse-jockeys to think I saw again give it a wide berth, and Messrs Bramah and Chubb There he stopped; but he agreed to meet me the especially to keep a sharp eye upon their business, if next morning; and all I can say is, that I am ever they find themselves in its vicinity. It is 'an thoroughly convinced that he believed the truth of herb which, they say, will open locks and unshoe the following story he then told me. such horses as tread upon it. This, some laugh to scorn, and those no small fools neither; but country The wealthy De Rosny, having a desire to see the people that I know call it unshoe-the-horse.' Besides, world, set out on his travels at four-and-twenty. I have heard commanders say, that on White Down, His time was his own; he went where he pleased, in Devonshire, near Tiverton, there were found thirty stayed in a place till he was tired of it, and partook horses' shoes, pulled off from the feet of the Earl of of all the amusements that came in his way. Amongst Essex’s horses, being there drawn up in a body, many the acquaintances formed in his travels was Arthur of them being newly shod, and no reason known, which Edmonds, an Englishman, younger than himself, and caused great admiration. If the Earl of Essex himself was travelling to counteract a tendency to consumptook kindly to the view of the subject here broadly tion, brought on by too close study at Oxford. hinted at, all we can say is, that we could not recom- They met several times, and finally at Venice, mend him a more appropriate restorative, after the where they put up at the same hotel-Il Leone
Bianco, on the Grand Canal, near the Rialto. Here "Oui, monsieur. Two days ago, I happened to be up they became very intimate; and as their pursuits were stairs, and seeing the key in the door, I took possession the same, and they frequented the same society, they of it; but your trunks are there, and I hope you 'll engaged a gondola between them, in which they spent find everything safe.' much of their time.
De Rosny, annoyed at the negligence of Edmonds, One morning, about a fortnight after their arrival, who was aware of the value of the property left in his just as they were stepping into their boat, a gentleman charge, now ascended to his chamber. On opening came hastily out of the hotel, and called for a gondola. the door, he saw indeed all his trunks and portThere happened to be none there at the moment; and manteaus in their places as he had left them; but as he evinced great impatience, the young men offered a very cursory examination shewed that he had been him a seat in theirs. He accepted the offer with robbed, and that by a very discerning depredator. His many thanks, saying that he had an appointment clothes were there, except a few very recherché articles of importance, and was already past his time. They of the toilet;
but his jewels, his rings, his pins, his rowed him to his destination; and on parting, he diamond snuff-boxes, and other things of that desexpressed a hope that he might be allowed to return cription, which he had collected in the course of them thanks in person the next day, at the same time his travels, were all gone; as also a bag of gold handing them his card.
coins and medals of great value, which he had Count Stanislaus Krasinski,' said De Rosny, read- inherited from his father, and which he was carrying ing it.
to Rome to the Prince B- who wished to purchase * And an uncommonly nice fellow,' rejoined Edmonds. them.
And such he appeared to be; he was tall, hand- When the landlord was told what had happened, some, well dressed, polished in his manners, and, he expressed the greatest surprise and dismay; and though a Pole, spoke French like a Frenchman. They condemned the Signore Inglese very much for not were delighted with their new acquaintance, who having committed the key to his care. Of course, he soon became their companion in all their pleasures. could not be answerable for the people of all nations Indeed, they liked his society so much, that they that went up and down those stairs. He was confident pressed him to join them in a projected tour to the none of his servants had committed the theft; and he east; but his great desire, he said, was to see England; fixed his suspicions on a stranger, in appearance a and Edmonds promised him an introduction to his Russian, who had lodged there a week, and had gone family, who were residing at the Lakes-'a country out one morning, promising to be back to dinner, but you must visit,' he said, as it is one of the lions of had never returned, even to pay his bill. England. Our place is in Suffolk; but, unfortunately, The annoyance was great, and the loss considerable. my mother can't live there; the climate does not The police having in vain used every effort to disagree with her.'
cover the thief, De Rosny left Venice, disgusted with *If you go there,' said De Rosny, you will be his own folly and Edmonds's carelessness, and entirely falling in love with Edmonds's sister. Elle est très cured of his passion for buying baubles. belle; et riche aussi, n'est ce pas, mon cher?'
He determined now to prosecute his journey to the Arthur replied, that he was perhaps not a fair east; and, being too much out of humour with his judge, but he thought she was very pretty, and that, English friend to desire him for the companion of his moreover, she would have a very good fortune, as, travels, instead of going to Rome, he embarked at besides her paternal portion, she had L.20,000 left her Triest for Corfu. After lingering a little amongst by an aunt.
the islands of Ionia, he proceeded to Athens, Con"That aunt was a trump,' added lie; 'for she left stantinople, &c.; and about four months after leaving L.60,000 between three of us; and if either of the Venice, he arrived at Beyrout, where he lodged and three die without issue, his or her portion goes to the boarded with a Greek called Simonides. Here he fell survivors.'
violently in love with the daughter of his host, who Both the young foreigners expressed their admira- seemed nothing loath to accept his addresses. Her tion of English fortunes ; and the Pole remarked, that father, however, thinking no good would come of in his country, ladies were seldom so well provided this attachment, was exceedingly annoyed by it, and for; that as for himself, being an only son, he had endeavoured to get him out of his house, but not great landed estates-though not much money, he immediately succeeding in that object, he set his son, rejoined laughingly; but that if he had had the mis- a boy of fourteen, to keep watch upon the lovers in fortune to be born a girl, he would have scarcely had a the meantime. subsistence.
This was the position of affairs, when one night De This agreeable intimacy was at length interrupted Rosny suddenly awoke out of a sound sleep, and saw by a letter summoning De Rosny to Pisa, where his a person, as he thought, sitting in a corner of the only sister had been residing some time with her room. His instant impression was, that it was the boy husband. He departed with reluctance, promising to Alexis; and he sat up for an instant to assure himself be back in a fortnight; and, as he had a great deal of it was not a delusion, before he jumped out of bed to luggage, he retained his room, giving the key to chastise the lad for the impertinent intrusion. But as Edmonds to keep till his return; and reminding him he rose, the figure rose too, and approached the bed; that there was a store of good cigars there, from and then he saw that it was Edmonds, pale and wan, which he was welcome to help himself.
with a countenance expressive of intense melancholy. On his return, after being absent a month instead When M. de Rosny came to this point of his story, of a fortnight, he learned with surprise that both I eagerly asked him how he felt, and if he was frightEdmonds and the Pole had quitted Venice. The ened. But, perhaps,' I said, you thought it was landlord handed him a note from the former, in which Edmonds himself alive?' he said that he was tired of waiting for him; and that 'No,' he said, 'I did not think that; indeed, I as Krasinski was leaving for England, he should leave believe I did not think at all. I was not frightened; I too, and go on to Rome, where he hoped De Rosny was paralysed. My sensations were such as, I imagine, would rejoin him.
people feel under the influence of mesmerism.' De Rosny now bethought himself of the key of his He went on to say, that after an interval, he room, which he had intrusted to Edmonds ; but the recovered his faculties; and found himself still sitting landlord produced it, saying that it had been found in up in bed, in perfect darkness. He thought that the door.
Edmonds had talked to him; had told him that he had • In the door?' said the count.
been murdered ; that his murderer was the same that had committed the robbery; and that he, the count, mentioned the circumstance to Stephano, who had must proceed immediately to England, to convey this heard no such noises, and suggested that they might information to Edmonds's mother and sister, and proceed from rats behind the wainscot. The host was thereby prevent a great calamity.
appealed to, who said he had never had such a comAnd were you now convinced that you had really plaint made to him before, though he admitted that seen a ghost ?' I asked.
there might be rats on the premises. So the matter "Why, at first I was,' he replied; but after a little rested till night, when the count retired to bed, consideration, I persuaded myself that I had been fatigued, as usual, with the day's sight-seeing; but dreaming. In the first place, I had never believed in no sooner had he settled himself to rest, than the ghosts ; and in the next, I found the room perfectly noises again startled him from his slumbers. With an dark; so that, had a figure been there, I could not exclamation of impatience that sounded very like an have seen it at all, much less distinguished its features. oath, he caught up his slipper, that lay by the side of Then I thought it might be some trick of old Simonides the bed, and hurled it resolutely at the invisible and his son to frighten me away—though that could visitant; but he succeeded in hitting nothing except hardly be, unless they had a secret entrance into the the lamp. room, as I had locked the door. Besides, I did not • Sacré!' he exclaimed, and vexed and irritated, remember that I had ever told them anything about he turned his face to the wall, determined, in spite of Edmonds.
cats or rats, to go to sleep. 'I'll not pass another Well, De Rosny proceeded to say, that after some night in this cursed hole! thought he. "I heard time he sunk into sleep, from which he woke satisfied Colonel Everest say he intends to leave to-morrow; that he had merely bad an unusually vivid dream, and I'll go out early and endeavour to secure lis such as we all of us occasionally experience. He lodging.' looked at his tongue, and felt his pulse ; reviewed Who's there?' he cried; for his soliloquy was his yesterday's bill of fare; thought he must have suddenly interrupted by the pressure of a hand on his eaten something that disagreed with him; or, perhaps, shoulder; and turning sharply round, he beheld by have lately indulged too much in the hookah. In his bedside the same figure he had seen at Beyrout. short, he settled himself in the belief that it was a There stood Arthur Edmonds, 'in his habit as he dream; and this conviction was strengthened by there lived,' but with a less melancholy expression of being no repetition of the apparition. Had it been countenance than he had exhibited on his former the shade of Edmonds that visited him, of course he visitation. would have come again to enforce his request. So I repeated my question, 'How did you feel ?' and he dismissed the subject from his mind, and thought he confessed that his first sensation was terror; but no more of it.
that gradually the same paralysation of the faculties Simonides was in the right. There was no good stole over him. When he passed out of that state likely to come to the fair Japhira from her intimacy into his normal condition, he was sitting up in bed, with the count; for when he saw that she was taking no figure visible, and the room quite dark. his attentions seriously to heart, not being inclined to He rose, felt for his matches, and tried to light his fetter himself with a wife, he thought it prudent to lamp, but found it had been broken by the blow of leave her for a little. So lie made an excursion to the slipper, and the oil spilt. He tried his door, which Mount Carmel, visited Tyre and Sidon, and other was fast; felt all about the room, but discovered interesting localities, and returned to Beyrout only nothing to explain what had happened ; and then he to prepare for a longer absence from her, this short got into bed again to reflect on it. excursion having convinced him that he could live It appeared to him that he had not only been perfectly well without her.
wide awake when he felt the hand on his shoulder, After a brief period of repose, therefore, he again but that he had not been to sleep at all; and he recolstarted, and in the course of his wanderings came lected distinctly what he had been saying to himself to Jerusalem, where, owing to the celebration of some at the moment. “But then,' he said, did I fall asleep grand festival, he had a great difficulty in procuring and dream the rest ? Surely it must be so,' he added, a lodging. At length, he found a very poor one in the rebelling against any other interpretation of the cirhouse of a man called Abime, who lived in the Via cumstance; ‘for why should he come to me? Why Dolorosa; but the man had a sinister eye, and there not go to his brother himself, and tell him what he was something suspicious about his family; insomuch, wants ?' Then he summoned to his recollection what that De Rosny warned his servant Stephano to be on the ghost had said; "that I ought to have complied his guard, and keep his eyes open and his trunks witli the request made to me at Beyrout; however, that shut.
was no longer necessary; but what he now enjoined, Tired with his journey, he went early to bed the he conjured me not to neglect. I am to go to Malta, first night, and fell into a sound sleep, from which he where I shall find his brother, and then we are to was awakened by—he knew not what--but he fancied proceed together to Naples, where we shall have this somebody had roused him. He cast his eye round his mystery unravelled. small room-for he had burned a light ever since his How obscure! Why not say what we were to do? unpleasant dream at Beyrout-but could see no one, But ghost-stories always run in this fashion-ghosts though he fancied he heard footsteps. Upon this, he go about things in such an absurd roundabout way, jumped out of bed, and opened his door, which he had that it is impossible to believe in them. I daresay both locked and barricaded with a heavy portmanteau. Edmonds is at this moment alive and well as I am; He looked out into the passage, but there was nobody much better, probably, for I think I must be ill; this there ; and all being quiet again, he returned to bed climate doesn't agree with me, and the sooner I get and tried to settle himself to sleep; but in vain-back to the west the better. I can go by Malta, certhere still were the footsteps. Again he got out of tainly; indeed, I should naturally do so; and then bed, looked under it, and examined the room more I'll go to Sicily-I want to see Sicily; and thence particularly; but finding nothing, he suddenly recol- to Rome, and I'll inquire if Edmonds has been lected that his room was at the top of the house, there,' &c.; and having made up his mind to this and making up his mind that the noise proceeded course of proceeding, he went to sleep and slept till from the midnight peregrinations of some marauding morning. cat, he contrived to forget it, and go to sleep. He On the following day, he was still less inclined to did not think of this disturbance in the morning; believe in the ghost; and although, for many reasons, but as it was repeated the two following nights, he he would have been glad to change his lodging, he resolved now not to do it, lest it should be, unknown I should avoid incurring the young man's ridicule, in to himself, & weak compliance with his fears; for case I found it advisable to disclose the real motive of bravely as he talked, and obstinately as he argued, it, which, however, I had resolved not to do, if I ascerhe confessed that he would not have been sorry to tained that Arthur was alive. But I was spared all be secured from such dreams in future. "No, he confusion; for the moment I entered, he advanced said, “I'll stay where I am for the short time I have eagerly towards me with my card in his hand, and to be here; perhaps I may discover the trick, if trick said, after the first salutation and giving me a seat: there is ;' and when he went to bed that night, he “What can you tell me of my brother ?” determined to be on the alert and keep all his senses “Nothing,” answered I. "I have done myself the about him: in spite of which laudable resolution, he honour of calling on you for the express purpose of incontinently fell asleep, and when he opened his eyes, making inquiries about him.” his lamp was burned out, and the broad daylight was ‘His countenance fell; he looked blank. “Nothing?" glaring into his room.
he repeated—"you don't know where he is? Has he
not been travelling with you?” CHAPTER 11.
"No," I answered ; "I have been travelling alone. The succeeding nights of De Rosny's stay at Jerusa- He did talk of going with me to the east; but I fancy lem being equally undisturbed, and his days very he altered his intentions; at least ”. much occupied, the impression made by his ghostly “When did you last see him?" asked he. visitant naturally became fainter and fainter; and 'I hesitated a little, and then said: “At Venice-we when he started on his return to the west, with the parted at Venice.” intention of taking Malta in his way, he persuaded “ And you have not seen him since ?-you did not himself that it was by no means in compliance with meet at Rome or Naples ?” the request of his late friend, but that he should have “I did not go to Rome or Naples ; I went by Triest. done so under any circumstances, as perhaps he might. May I ask if you are also without intelligence?"
He accomplished his journey without meeting with "Wholly,” he said—"entirely without intelligence. any extraordinary adventure; but when he sailed into We have never heard a word from Arthur since he the harbour of Valetta, and saw the boat of the left Venice. In his last letter, which I think was dated medical officer coming from the Lazaretto to ascertain early in April, he said he was starting for Rome and their state of health, he owned to me that he felt a Naples, at one of which places he expected to meet strange qualm of anxiety that convinced him he had you, with whom, he had previously told us, he was to not entirely succeeded in arguing himself into a travel; and that you were to proceed together to the disbelief of the apparition.
east. He acknowledged the receipt of some money * I knew,' said he, that Edmonds had a brother in that he had written for, and desired us not to be the army ; but I had never heard in what regiment he uneasy if we did not hear from him, as he should be was, and still less where he was quartered ; therefore, continually on the move: nor were we for some time. if I found the regiment to which the young man Arthur is a sad idle fellow about writing; and a belonged actually here, and he on duty with it, it silence that would be alarming with most people, does would give more colour and probability to the ghost's not alarm us. But circumstances have happened that story than I liked to think of. However, I was render this absence of intelligence unusually perplexing not left long in doubt, for almost at the same and inconvenient. I daresay you may have seen Count moment that the Lazaretto boat pushed off from the Krasinski with my brother?” shore, we observed another from the quay making “Certainly,” said I; “I knew him very well. When for our vessel; and in it was seated an officer in I left Venice, he was there with your brother. He uniform-red, with blue facings. Of course, there is talked of going to England.” always a garrison at Malta ; I knew that, and yet “He did go," said the lieutenant; "and took a letter my heart beat at the sight of that red coat. I felt of introduction to my family. He said that Arthur myself turn pale; and I stood breathlessly watching and he left Venice together, and that Arthur was gone the boat as it neared us, and, somehow or other, quite to Rome to meet you." prepared for the question that followed :
"I have no doubt," I said, " that was his intention ; * Have you a Mr Edmonds on board ?—Mr Arthur we had originally proposed that route; but your brother Edmonds ?”
left Venice during my absence, and circumstances “ No," said the captain.
induced me to alter my plans.” * All the passengers were clustered at the side, look- “But you wrote my brother to that effect, I ing over at the boat; and the young officer stood up and suppose ?" said Edmonds. reviewed us all-perusing our faces, as if in hopes, Why, no," I replied; "to confess the truth, I did notwithstanding the denial, of detecting the one he not. I ought to have done so, but I was vexed and wished to see; then he reseated himself, and desired angry. When I went away, Í left the key of my to be rowed back.
room in your brother's charge. He thoughtlessly left It was clear, then, that the regiment in question it in the door; and when I came back, I found some was here, and I had no doubt of this being the brother: inquiring traveller had been investigating the conthere was a strong family resemblance, extending even tents of my trunks, and had relieved me of all my to the voice, and quite sufficient to satisfy me of that. valuables.” I was relieved, however, to find that he was expecting “ Arthur is dreadfully thoughtless," said the Arthur from the east. If he had been dead so many lieutenant. months, the family must surely have known it ere this. “I had some famous cigars," continued De Rosny, Edmonds had no doubt fulfilled his intention of going to which he had leave to help himself, and, I suppose, to the East, but not having taken the same route as he went to get some of these, and forgot to bring away myself, we had never met.
the key. The landlord said he had had a scamp of a "I kept up my spirits with this supposition during Russian there, who went away without paying his bill, our short quarantine ; and the morning after we got and he had little doubt but he was the thief." ashore, I walked up to the barracks, and inquired for “ Probably," answered Everard. “But it is very Lieutenant Everard Edmonds—for such was his rank, extraordinary that we hear nothing of Arthur!" as I had ascertained by reference to the Army List. I 'I began to feel,' said De Rosny to me, 'that I sent in my card, and was immediately admitted. ought now to say something about my vision or dream,
'I had been rehearsing this meeting in my mind, but I did not know how to begin : on the one hand, studying how I should account for my visit, and how expecting that he would take me for a fool or a