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inflated with air as tight as it can be blown. The each colourless in itself, the results being what are game is played by two gangs, thus: The ball is first now called 'adjective dyes.' There are comparatively thrown into the air by the leader of one gang, and a few dye-stuffs which really possess the tint they ultimember of the opposing gang has to strike it up again mately impart, the distinctive quality of substantive when it falls--the side which sends it up last scoring dye-stuffs.' The dye materials of the Greeks and one towards the game total. Owing to the unwieldy Romans were all substantive. The red robe of a size of the ball, and the impossibility of grasping it, it Grecian lady was dyed red by dipping it into a red is not easy to hurl it above the height of fifteen or dye, just as a modern lady dyes her silk by dipping it twenty feet; but if, on its descent, it be caught by a into a pink saucer. The highly valued Tyrian purple hearty blow with the clenched fist, directed exactly was also directly imparted by dipping the threads or against its centre, it will rise to double that height the fabric into a substantive dye. second time. When it falls the second time, a like Almost every person knows what is meant by successful blow may send it seventy feet high, and cochineal: it is a little insect which lives on the so on, its rebound being increased by the increased Cactus opuntia in Mexico. The cochineal insect is momentum of its fall, until it is seen to rise above a exclusively American, and was therefore unknown to hundred feet in the air. Frequent practice, as may be the dyers of ancient Greece and Rome. They had, howimagined, is required to play the game well, as unless ever, a substitute for it in the kermes insect-a native the stroke of the fist is directed to the centre, or very of Spain-very much resembling cochineal in general near the centre of the ball, it glances from the knuckles, properties, but affording a far less brilliant dye. If and falls to the ground. Further, the ball has to be Aspasia owned a scarlet robe, the colour was originally struck so as to fall within a specified boundary, in imparted to it by the kermnes insect. All the most the centre of which each successive trial commences. beautiful scarlets and purples known to modern dyers When the receiver of the ball is fearful that his stroke involve the use of cochineal; variety of hue being may send it out of bounds, he will rather catch it with imparted by different chemical bodies used in coma gentle tap, directing it again towards the centre of bination with the dye-stuffs, and to which the expresthe ring. Such, as far as I can make them out by sion mordants' is giren, for the reason that they are observation, appear to be the laws of the game, which assumed to bite in or permanently fix the colours. strikes me as an admirable one. It is played with Even cochineal, when used without a mordant, is a infinite zest and enthusiasm, and gives rise to no end very sorry colour; and the scarlet of kermes is still of laughter and hearty fun.
less beautiful when used as a substantive colour; but I am so much amused with watching this game Grecian dyers, in the time of Aspasia at least, were --with the frolics of the gay dancers, and the general not aware of the use of mordants; therefore, Aspasia's liveliness of the scene—that I forget to take note of scarlet robe would not have done to hang in a Ludgate time; and the sun is getting low in the sky, when the Hill shop-window. recollection of an engagement for the evening in the The most beautiful dye-stuff of antiquity was Tyrian Rue Vivienne, turns me sharply to the right-about on purple, so called from the place of its discovery and my way back to Paris. I have no difficulty in retracing chief manufacture. I should rather have said, perhaps, my route towards the gate of the fortifications through place of reputed discovery, for its records are not which I entered, and at a very short distance from that reliable. The Greeks were by far too vain a race to is a railway station, whence I can be projected into the admit that any great discovery did not originate with heart of Paris in five-and-thirty minutes. The land- themselves. They attributed the discovery of Tyrian scape is flushed with the tints of sunset as I mount purple to Hercules, or rather to a little dog belonging with my ticket to the platform, and seduced by the to Hercules. As the story goes, this little dog happenbrilliant colouring around, instead of entering the ing to wander along the Tyrian sea-shore, came back carriage, I climb to the covered seats on the roof-a with his mouth all purple; and the nymph Tyras, a mode of accommodation for third-class passengers favourite of Hercules, was so delighted with the colour, which our English railways cannot boast, and which that she bade him see her no more until he brought our low-roofed tunnels would not allow of. I enjoy her a robe dyed purple like the colour of his little a delicious view of Paris and its environment in the dog's mouth. What would an enamoured man have rosy light of a slow-fading summer's day; and ere done when thus conjured ?--how much more, then, a the gray twilight has settled down upon the picture, 1 demi-god ? Hercules promised to oblige her if he am one of the bustling crowd of the Rue st Lazare, could; so, tracking the little dog's footsteps, to see and my ramble in a Parisian suburb is at an end. where they led, and what he would set about, he
followed him to the sea-shore, where the animal began
to eat shell-fish of two peculiar sorts—the buccinum TYRIAN PURPLE.
and purpura. Hercules is reported to have thereupon The monuments of Greece and other ancient nations collected some of these shell-fish, and extracted from a shew that persons of the upper classes, of both sexes, receptacle in the throat the celebrated Tyrian purple. wore garments of elegant form ; but they give us In this way the Tyrian dye-stuff continued to be hardly any knowledge of the colours of these gar- obtained by careful dyers; some, however, less conments. The truth is, however, that the dye-resources scientious than Hercules, pounded the shell-fish in a of ancient nations were very meagre. They continued mortar, and incorporated the true dye-stuff with other to be so throughout the entire period of Grecian and animal juices. Roman history; the number of known dye-stuffs The preceding mythological account of the discovery being small, and chemical science in its infancy. of Tyrian purple refers that discovery to a pre-historical The Egyptians and Hindoos probably knew how to age, whereas testimony favours the opinion that it was impart different colours by one and the same dye- not discovered until 500 B.C. Long subsequent to the stuff, modifying the tint by chemical re-agents, very discovery of the art of purple-dying, any person might much after the fashion of our Manchester calico- wear robes of that colour who could afford to pay for printers at the present time. But the Greeks and them: not until the era of imperial Rome was it that Romans remained in ignorance of this beautiful art; purple robes came to be regarded as exclusively it was one altogether beyond their resources, nor did imperial. Once adopted by the Cæsars, the policy of the art of dyeing make any considerable progress until restricting the manufacture to a few hands followed, after the discovery of America and the development of until the members of one family alone were licensed chemistry. Many of our most beautiful dye-tints to impart the Tyrian dye. At length the process was are now produced by the combination of two agents, so entirely forgotten that no one knew from what
source the precious colour had been obtained, or how Regent Street and Ludgate Hill, dyed of the true it had been imparted. The exact time when this imperial tint? Why, because Tyrian purple would occurred is not known. A curious fact testifies that now be considered downright ugly! Not even a it must have been subsequent to the eleventh century. Billingsgate oyster-woman would like to be seen in There exists, bearing that date, a document, written a gown of the true imperial hue—the fishy idea of its in Greek by the Princess Macrembolitissa, a daughter origin notwithstanding. Yet Augustus is reported to of Constantine VIII., in which is found a description have given no less than L.36 of our money for a pound of the purple-yielding shell-fish, the manner of catching of Tyrian dyed wool; a fact the less extraordinary, it, and of extracting and employing the dye, all which when we consider that every fifty pounds of wool the princess describes from personal observation. How- required no less than 200 pounds of buccinum juice, and ever, Tyrian purple, after having been totally lost, was a similar amount of the juice of the purpura ; for in rediscovered in England during the reign of Charles II., order to impart the last shade of purple beauty, the and in France shortly after; each discovery being inde- juice of both kinds of shell-fish was necessary. The pendent of the description of the Byzantine princess, enormous sum of L.36, for one pound of doubly-dyed her manuscript not having at that time turned up. wool, is to be considered as more referrible to fashion, In the year 1683, Mr William Cole, of Bristol, during a than to any intrinsic beauty of the dye itself. It visit he was paying at Minehead, happened to be told appears to have been the only purple dye the ancients by two ladies, there resident, of a person living in an possessed: it was, moreover, a substantive colour ; Irish seaport who made a considerable income by one requiring neither chemical skill nor manipulative marking linen with a delicate purple dye. The spirit dexterity; merely dipping into it the material intended of philosophic inquiry had at this period begun to to be dyed being sufficient. dawn; the civil wars had ceased, and the Royal It may seem remarkable that the Greeks and Romans Society was established. Mr Cole was an early con. -masters of the world, as they called themselves, and tributor to the Philosophical Transactions; and a in many respects deserving that appellation-were paper on the Tyrian purple was amongst his first inferior in knowledge of dye-stuffs to many of the communications to that renowned series. Placing outer barbarians. The Chinese, from periods of the himself in relation with those who frequented the furthest historical dates, seem to have possessed a Irish linen-market, he soon managed to glean some large repertory of dyes. The Hindoos were scarcely important particulars about the purple dye. He inferior in that respect; and the Egyptians contembelieved he was at length on the eve of rediscovering porary with Pliny seem to have followed the practice the true dye of Tyre—that costly tincture for which of calico-printing, an art which involves some of the many a Grecian lady had sighed, and for which either most recondite principles of dyeing. Dipping a white of the imperial Cæsars would have given more than a cloth into one liquor necessarily of one colour-they hundred times its weight in gold. Pursuing his inves- removed it, permanently tinged with a pattern of more tigations, he succeeded at length to the extent of than one colour. That is the testimony of Pliny, and exactly one half. Pliny and Aristotle had both testi- there can be little doubt it refers to the art of calicofied that Tyrian purple was imparted by means of printing. The Hindoos contemporary with Alexander certain juices, taken from two different species of seem to have been able to use indigo; whereas the shell-fish ; they had testified, moreover, that the tint of ancient Greeks and Romans do not seem to have been the fluid was not purple originally, but white; and able at any period to employ that substance otherwise that the much desiderated colour only appeared after than as a paint. The ancient Britons dyed their skins the texture imbued with the fish-juice had been exposed with woad-a material of the nature of indigo-though to the sun. The Princess Macrembolitissa" had their more civilised invaders were ignorant of the indeed given a more circumstantial account; but that art; and the Romans were unable to dye violet until lady's manuscript was not available to Mr Cole. The they learned that art from the natives of Gaul. From only rays shed by antiquity upon his labours were Gaul, too, the Romans acquired the knowledge of soap; from the writings of Aristotle and Pliny. He did not not that soap was used by the Gauls at any time, or hope to obtain any direct information from the Irish by the Romans for a long period, as a detergent, but linen-marker herself. That good lady got money by merely as a pomade for the hair. Pliny tells us that her secret; why, then, should she divulge it? Mr the Romans contemporaneous with him used madder Cole went systematically to work; he was a philos- as a dye-stuff'; but it is by no means certain that opher. The Irish linen-marker lived on the sea-coast; Pliny's madder and our madder are identical. He what more probable than that she should mark with informs us, too, that iron was used for imparting the juice of a shell-fish? Mr Cole commenced his black dyes, but he furnishes no circumstantial labours on this supposition; and though history does account of the method of using it. not disclose the fact, we are at liberty to imagine the We have seen that the knowledge of dyeing with havoc he committed on shell-fish of all denominations. Tyrian purple lingered at Constantinople until the He succeeded in the end, I say, to the exact extent of eleventh century at least; but in Italy, dyeing in all one balf. He discovered the purple-yielding buccinum; its branches had pretty well died out before the fourth leaving the discovery of the purpura to Mr Duhamel century; nor do we meet with any new records of it in the year 1736.
there until the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. There could now be no further doubt as to the Dyers know perfectly well that any one dye-stuff is source of the ancient Tyrian purple. Not only did the not necessarily efficient for every kind of tissue. buccinum and purpura both agree with the shell-fish Because a dye takes well on woollen, it does not described by Aristotle and Pliny ; but the incipient follow that the same dye will be efficient for linen, shades of colour mentioned by these philosophers cotton, or silk. Even Tyrian purple, which is a very were also noticed by Mr Cole. The juice, when first easy dye to use, acts best upon wool. Linen can applied, was white; thence assuming many shades of be dyed with it, as the Irish linen-marker discovered ; blue and green, it became purple at last, if the linen but her marking would have told far better on woollen marked with it were exposed to the sun's rays--not or silk material. The art of dyeing amongst the otherwise. Here, then, we moderns have the Tyrian Greeks was, anterior to the time of Alexander's conpurple on our very sliores, if not at our very doors. quests, restricted to tissues of woollen stuff; but the We have it, the real imperial dye. What can our philosophers who accompanied him to India brought Manchester and Glasgow, and Spitalfields and Paisley back some of the refined processes of the Hindoos, of men be thinking of? Why don't they use it? Why which an improved method of dyeing-or rather an don't we see silken dresses in the shop-windows of extension of methods of dyeing-was one. Nearchus,
the Grecian admiral, who co-operated with Alexander, boats only were employed on the departing vessel, had, as is well known, a fleet of war-vessels in the which, consequently, made but comparatively slow Red Sea and Persian Gulf. Nearchus appears to have way. been fond of gay colours, and he determined that his What bâtiment is that leaving the port at this war-ships should be pretty to look at. A modern hour?' asked one of the gendarmes. admiral might have covered his rigging with embla- • The corsair Espiègle,' replied the customs officer. zoned flags, but a more original thought flashed across L'Espiègle!-L'Espiègle?' exclaimed the gendarme the brain of Nearchus. Profiting by the Asiatic know- - why, death of my life, now I think of it, the chief ledge he bad acquired in the matter of dye-stuffs, he actor in the tumult, the infernal bavard who caused caused the canvas of his ships to be dyed.
all the mischief, was the man we saw last evening in Between the fourth and the fourteenth centuries, we company with Bourdon, lieutenant of L'Espiègle!' have few records of the practice of dyeing, but I am “That may be,' remarked his comrade, “though I am not disposed for all that to affirm, nor do I believe, not sure. But if so, what then?' that the dark ages were so dark in the matter of • What then! Why, parbleu, that it is then certain dye-stuffs as some people say. To practise an art he is gone on board L'Espiègle, and will escape! For is one thing; to record the practice of it is another. my part, at all events, and to make sure, I shall go to All the historian seems justified in affirming as to this the commandant of the port, and get the chain raised matter is, that no records of dyeing, as it existed during at once.' the chief part of the dark ages, are extant. In the A stout chain, I must inform the reader, was in thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the art began those war-times drawn every evening across the to revive in Italy; but not until the discovery of entrance of the harbour directly after la retraite
America had added to our tinctorial resources the was beaten, in order to guard against a nocturnal brilliant cochineal, and a host of dye-woods, Nor was visit from Messieurs les Anglais. it until the lamp of chemistry had begun to illume • Excuse me, messieurs, remarked the douanier, the western world, that the raw materials of dyeing with an expressive shrug ; 'but to do that would, it could be applied with full advantage.
seems to me, be a little absurd. Certainly, no boat
has put off to L'Espiègle within the last ten minutes ; KIRKE WEBBE,
and, more than that, do you not see that your confrères,
the gendarmes on duty, have not yet left her?' THE PRIVATEER CAPTAIN.
That is true, growled the irritated official. “Ah, they are leaving the corsair this moment. We can
question them.' The bodily hurts of the gendarmes were quickly The gendarmes whose duty it had been to see that relieved. Cold water and a petit verre each sufficed no one left France in the privateer cutter whose papers to restore in that respect; but the sacredness of were not en règle, landed at the steps nearly opposite authority, outraged in their persons, demanded a the Rue de Paris, and assured their comrades that no signal atonement; and having rehatted and generally one had been received on board L'Espiègle since she readjusted themselves into official dignity, they sternly hauled out of the basin. A brief consultation ensued demanded the names of the ruffians by whom they between the officers, of which the result was, that all had been assaulted. The landlord of La Belle Poule four walked smartly off in the direction of the docks; declared with ready volubility that he knew no more whilst I, having still a full half-hour upon my hands, than did the pope of Rome who the infamous wretches continued to watch with strong interest the progress were; and the officers, finding they were only wasting of the cutter, which, after she was fairly quit of the precious moments, sallied forth in quest of the indi- gendarmes, the increased exertions of the rowers vidual who had been so audaciously withdrawn from greatly accelerated. I felt sure that her unopposed their protective guardianship. Faithful to my heedless departure was an essential condition of Webbe's success wont, I followed, and was not at all surprised to see in effecting his son's escape from Havre, though how the hasting gendarmes come almost immediately to a that could be, ignorant as I then was that a boat had stand-still, thoroughly at a loss which way to run, or been kept waiting at the Tower-steps for the young what to do. The evening was pitch dark, the bleak man and his rescuers, was not very clear. quay deserted, except by the sabre-girt douanier, Sail was got upon the privateer cutter as soon as pacing slowly to and fro on his appointed beat; and a sufficient distance beyond the south pier had been he, when questioned, said he had not observed which gained; she went off at a spanking rate, was speedily way the men went, or indeed the men themselves, that lost sight of in the thick darkness; and I was turning had just before left La Belle Poule cabaret.' The away, when two guns, fired in quick succession, officers, finding themselves so exasperatingly non- revealed momentarily her whereabout. Presently plussed, might, in their eagerness to arrest somebody, afterwards a large blue light shone over the waters, I was beginning to be half afraid, pounce upon me, giving to view, clearly as in broad day, the cutter as a possible particeps criminis in the scandalous trick lying-to, and a four-oared boat crowded with men that had been played upon them, when, their eyes rapidly nearing her. I was no longer in doubt as to having become more accustomed to the darkness, their how the affair had been managed, nor that, thanks to attention was attracted by a large cutter-rigged vessel Webbe's clever audacity, his son would on the morrow which was being towed out of the harbour. It may espouse Maria Wilson ! be necessary to explain, that in those days, ere yet The philosophic platitudes with which I sought steam or the spacious south docks were, ships could to soothe or stifle the sharp anguish which, with that only sail out of the port of Havre when the wind was thought, shot through me, failed miserably to do so easterly; and if it blew strongly from the westward, till, when nearing the Rue de Paris, a man's face, the towing row-boats were helped by carrying a distinctly visible in its spectre-whiteness, and stamped hawser from the vessel to the north quay, at which a with the impress of a settled, stern despair, glanced number of men tugged lustily, till the ship was well across my sight. It was that of Mr Tyler, who, past the end of the south pier, which, being consider- accompanied by some half-a-dozen officers of justice, ably shorter than that on the north side, enabled her was hurrying past in blindly vengeful search of the to slant out to sea across the embouchure of the son of the man who had, as he would say, compassed Seine. In the present case, the westerly breeze not his own boy's death. Instinctively I shrank back being over-powerful, and no doubt, alsó, because it into deeper shadow, and the avengers of blood passed was expedient to attract as little notice as possible, I on without observing me. Confronted with that
giant grief, how insignificant seemed the passing throbbings of my brain, the fires that danced before smart of disappointed fancy- the fantastic sorrow my eyes, prevented me from hearing or seeing aught excited by the memory-mirrored image of a girl I distinctly, but I presently heard a scream of joy, had spoken to but twice in my life, and of whom simultaneous with the upstarting of the lady, and I knew nothing co certainly as that she felt for my the apparition directly before me of a face deep-graven interestin moon-calf self, the profoundest indiffer- on my heart of hearts.—Mother! Dear Mother! ence, if not contempt!
—My son! My beloved, darling boy!' Still, comparatively slight, evanescent, unworthy of serious regard as might be the impressions photo We were in the small hours of another day, and my graphed upon my facile imagination by the sunshine father-overcome by the reaction caused by the seemof a beautiful face, they did not wholly cease to shape ingly unchallengeable refutation of the huge lie whose and colour my thoughts till the first stroke of eight, crushing weight had for so many years weighed upon booming from the tower of Notre Dame-booming' his springs of life—had long since retired, before I had was the word I should have used at the time, so deep finished the narrative of my adventures since I left the and solemn an echo did it awaken in my beating heart Wight, so numerous were the interruptions of tears, -recalled me to my proper self, and the delightful laughter, kisses, praise. I told all; my pledge to Webbe, consciousness that in a few minutes I should be locked that I would disclose nothing to his prejudice that in my mother's arms.
might come to my knowledge during those adventures, The slow strokes of the clock had not yet counted being no bar to that full disclosure, inasmuch that the hour, when I stood, panting for breath, at the his secret was as safe with my mother as with me. church door. Father Meudon was not there, and I Critical analysation of obscure and conflicting passages entered the church. A considerable number of silent in that brief but crowded experience was tacitly men and women were still kneeling on the stone floor, adjourned to a future and calmer time; our hearts, with clasped hands and contrite faces turned towards brimming over with joy and gratulation, being all too the illuminated altar; but the good priest was not full to entertain such topics. Strikingly akin to the amongst them; and some twenty minutes had elapsed faculty which clothes the palpable and the familiar when he entered the church, and recognised me by a with golden exhalations of the dawn, is the power glance and gesture which at the same time arrested of maternal affection to magnify the common-place my eager abord, and imposed silence till he too had doings of an only son into achievements of highest knelt, crossed himself, and prayed silently, with heroism ; and positively, but for the humbling clasped hands, before the glittering shrine. His whispers of a self-knowledge which would not be devotions finished, the reverend father beckoned me wholly silenced, I should have been half persuaded, forth.
when my mother and I at last parted for the night, • Premièrement, my young friend,' said he, 'I that I was a better kind of Bayard, wholly sans peur et must apprise you that I have not seen your parents. sans reproche; my only fault, leaning to virtue's side, They were out on a visit to some English friends, but being an excess of dutifulness, generosity, and daring! would certainly return, the servant assured me, by We did not again meet till late in the afternoon, eight o'clock. We will go there together, and I will and we could then talk over matters more quietly, precede you to their presence by two or three minutes soberly. So fragile had my father's health become, only.'
80 utterly incapable was he of bearing strong exciteLet us begone at once. Come.'
ment, that he could not leave his chamber; but my "Willingly; but not, if you please, quite so fast, and mother, I found, mainly agreed with the inferences I I may be able chemin faisant to acquaint you with the had drawn from all I had seen and heard during my result of a less interesting, but still very important companionship with Webbe. One thing much surpart of the mission I undertook in your behalf. prised and gave me a high opinion of her penetration. The military friend I advised with,' proceeded Father She had discovered the secret of my preference for Meudon, 'accompanied me, after hearing what I had Maria Wilson, although I had been especially careful to say, to Monsieur le Maire, who made no difficulty to afford no hint thereof, and had, in fact, slurred orer of handing me a "permis de séjour" for William what I was obliged to say respecting her as quickly, Linwood Junior, an English non-combatant, ship- slightingly as possible. And gently, tenderly, with wrecked upon the coast of France. Here it is, and infinite gentleness and tenderness, as if conscious as pray take care of it.'
myself of the depth and sensitiveness of the wound I thanked the worthy man, and no more was said till she probed, did she seek to medicine the hurt by we were in La Rue Bombardée.
iterated assurances that love-griefs caused by the “This is Numéro 12,' said Father Meudon, stop-chance sight of a pretty face were, could be nothing ping before a respectable house enough-one of the more than mere surface-scratches-painful for a time newly built ones—but certainly not such a residence -such as a rose-brier might inflict; and all as as Mr and Mrs Linwood would have made choice of, quickly healed. had not all prisoners of war on parole been strictly Finding I was not to be convinced by either argurelegated to certain specified localities.
ment or illustration, she passed from that topic; and The door was opened by a brisk-looking French we debated of the course to be taken in order to the servant, who, before M. Meudon could open his lips, speedy recognition and acknowledgment of Clémence exclaimed: Monsieur et Madame Linwood are de Bonneville as Lucy Hamblin. The necklace, &c., returned, reverend father, and will receive you at could not, I found, be identified by either my father once.'
or mother ; neither remembered to have seen the child I followed Father Meudon softly up stairs to the wear them, though, of course, there could be no doubt first floor, remaining behind at a sign from him, of the fact itself that they were hers. whilst he entered the front apartment. A mute "So urgent do I deem the necessity,' said my entreaty on my part, aided by a suspicion of the truth, mother, 'of ending all doubt upon the subject before prevailed upon the servant-woman to leave the door Louise Féron can have time to devise some new and open, and I saw that a lady and gentleman, habited in baffling iniquity, that I wrote this morning, before you mourning, were seated at a table near the centre of were up, to Mrs Waller, entreating her to come orer the room. The podgy person of the priest was between with your grandfather as soon as the French ports the lady and me; and surely that care-worn, age- are open, which I cannot doubt they will be in a few withered face-that bowed head, sprinkled with days at furthest, notwithstanding that the Bonapartist gray hairs, could not be my father's! The fevered l authorities here affect to-day, as I have heard, to
disbelieve the reported capitulation of Paris. I further Mr Dillwyn would gratify his curiosity; and we were urged upon Mrs Waller, she added, "the paramount still harping upon the subject, when Father Meudon expediency of taking immediate, decisive steps for called to pay us a visit-a welcome one, turning, as putting an end to the girl's preposterous fancy for the it did, the current of our thoughts to politics, and such shoemaker.'
other mildly exciting generalities as make up the • How will your letter be conveyed to England ?' mundane gossip of reverend men. His confidence
• By favour of Mr Dillwyn, the United States consul in the protracted duration of the Empire was, I at this port, who has always been most obliging to found, much weakened; he thoroughly believed in the us in that respect. Till lately, as you must be aware, capitulation of Paris, and admitted that there were my letters have been forwarded by him to New York, rumours, entitled to respect, of the actual or imminent and thence viâ Canada to England; but now, in the abdication of the fallen emperor, either in favour of actual state of affairs, he has means of direct communi- his son or absolutely. cation with Great Britain. All,' added my mother, he Let me, however, caution you,' added Father requires is, that he be permitted to take a copy of the Meudon, that it is dangerous, when one is under the letter or letters he forwards, in order that he may, if régime of quasi martial law, as we have for some time challenged upon the subject, be able to prove that he been, to talk above the breath of political events in a has not suffered himself to be made the channel of sense opposed to that entertained or promulgated by military or political information that might be used to a general of division. Besides, direct communication the injury of France.'
with Paris is just now so difficult, and so much false Later in the evening, when we happened to be news is flying about, that really one cannot be sure speaking of the passing glance I had obtained of Mr that Messieurs les Autorités may not prove to be in Tyler, just before the hour appointed for my assigna- the right after all.' tion with Father Meudon, my mother asked me, with We agreed with the reverend gentleman that it some abruptness, what manner of man the American would be highly imprudent-in foreigners, doubly so captain might be. I described him; and upon men- —to circulate or echo reports offensive to the ruling tioning that he had a bare-lip, she exclaimed:
powers, and freely promised not to offend in that "Then I saw him as I was leaving Mr Dillwyn's particular. He had not, as his silence upon the suboffice to-day. A commissary of police was with him, ject abundantly testified, heard of the riot at La and so wild, so distraught an expression of face I Belle Poule-not, at all events, that the shipwrecked have seldom seen. Poor man! his cross is indeed a seamen, wlio, he had assured a commissary of police, heavy, afilictive one; and alas! the heavier, the more were citizens of the United States of America, were affictive, that he rebels so fiercely against the burden amongst the chief actors therein. That was well; that has been laid upon him.'
and the worthy father left us in quite buoyant spirits, "Was he going to Mr Dillwyn's,' I asked, 'when you excited by his reluctant admission of the proximate, saw him?'
if not actual downfall of the imperial throne, which "Well, William, I did not notice; but it is very would of course be the signal of immediate peace. likely that he was, being an American himself, and The reverend father's visit naturally brought up a stranger here. Why do you ask?'
the memory of the kindnesses I had received at his 'It flashed upon me that— But it is not likely hands, and I read aloud the note he had left for me Mr Dillwyn would shew him your letter; or if he did, by the bedside. Webbe's half-burnt letter to Dowling that you have inadvertently written anything that happened to be on the table, and as I placed it beside could put him on the track of Webbe or his son.' that of M. Meudon's, the exact resemblance to each
A flush of alarm tinged my mother's cheeks as she other of the letters, in the texture and colour of the hastily said: 'Certainly Mr Dillwyn would not shew paper, nay, in the colour of the pale, weak ink, struck him my letter; and supposing he did, there was me as an odd coincidence, and I was about to call my nothing in it that could possibly affect the Webbes- mother's attention to it, when our vivacious servantexcept, it may be-except- Dear me, I fear I maid announced that ‘Monsieur Dillwyn, Consul pour have committed a grave imprudence,' she added with les Etats Unis de l'Amerique,' was below, and wished heightening colour.
to speak with madame immediately. There came our 'In what respect, dear mother?'
fit again! However, it was necessary to see Mr Webbe's name does not once occur in the body of Dillwyn, and Annette being instructed to that effect, the letter,' she hurriedly replied. *That I am sure that tall, 'spare, high-mightiness of a gentleman of; but in a postscript, there are, I think, these exact presently made his appearance. He came to say that words: “The Jersey maiden is, I have little doubt, a brigadier of gendarmerie had called on him not the wife, by this time, of Captain W.'s son. They were very long after Mrs Linwood had left his office, and to be married at Honfleur, a town not very far from requested to see the letter which, he was informed, this, by water."
that lady had intrusted to his, the American consul's, “That would, I fear, be sufficient hint for Tyler, care. Mr Dillwyn shewed the officer the copy which should it meet his eye-a most unlikely thing, how- had been taken, and the brigadier of gendarmerie put ever, to happen. Besides, the ceremony which was to it in his pocket, remarking that he could not himself take place early to-day, once concluded, there will be read English, and walked away. no tarrying, you may depend upon it, so near Havre, The letter itself has been forwarded,' said Mr and L'Espiègle has swift wings.'
Dillwyn, as I promised it should be, and there is 'I fervently hope no misfortune may overtake the certainly nothing in the copy now in possession of the young man, especially not through my fault or inad- authorities that can compromise you, Mrs Linwood, vertence: I should never forgive myself
. But it is or any one else, and I can hardly therefore comprehend folly to worry ourselves in anticipation of a contingency the agitation which the announcement I have, upon that can never occur. Don't you think so ?'
consideration, thought it my duty to make, appears to Certainly I do,' I replied ; and we echoed each other excite. Indeed,' added the consul, 'I was for some again and again as to the extreme improbability of time in two minds as to whether I need apprise you of Mr Tyler inquiring about the contents of a letter an occurrence that can have no disagreeable result, deposited with the American consul by a lady he had and which I take to be a piece of hap-hazard official never before seen; or that, if he did inquire by some impertinence.' extraordinary chance—which chance could only arise Did Mr Tyler of the Columbia,' said I, 'accompany from the circumstance that my mother was well the officer who took away the copy of Mrs Linwood's known to the commissary of police, with him—that I letter ?'