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history of his courtship to a friend; but I told her it that we are forced in self-defence to have recourse to was not of the least use, for that I would still go on, every innocent mental excitement which may help to “ faint yet pursuing." And so it came to pass that keep us awake. The good old lady in Longfellow's he captured his fair Philistine; and the match, thanks tale, who was quite content with having a handsome to the indomitable good temper of the bridegroom, and bow on the congregation side of her bonnet,' would the really excellent qualities of the somewhat sombre have had no chance of admiration on such superficial bride, has turned out a very happy one.
grounds at Ballygarriffe. Every side of every one's 'I hate young children,' said the new-married lady, bonnet is thoroughly criticised during sermon-time. who certainly, as the French say, 'accused' fifty years, Our vicar is essentially 'of the earth, earthy. He as she turned crossly away, while her husband stopped has taken to holding evening-service on Sundays before to caress some of his juvenile parishioners.
dinner, on the principle, I suppose, of duty first, My love,' he replied, 'you can't think how differ- pleasure afterwards.' ently you will feel when you have babies of your own.' "You know,' remarked a young lady, one of his The lady smiled and bridled, and even condescended chief upholders, in a pathetic voice, 'poor Mr Ringston to pat the curly head that was nearest to her, per- does not look like a man who could preach after fectly unconscious of the gently wicked badinage. The dinner.' prophecy, so far as I have heard, however, still remains One day, while taking my accustomed walk along unfulfilled.
the river-side, I met our vicar proceeding leisurely to Great things at first were expected at Ballygarriffe pay a round of pastoral visits. It happened that some from Mr Colvile's successor, our present fat and time before the family of a rich shopkeeper from the rubicund vicar. He purified, adorned, and altered the next town had come to reside at a very handsome villa church, making clean the outside of the cup and the near Ballygarriffe. But though they probably possessed platter with very commendable zeal; but, alas, for the as much money as half the other residents put together, weightier matters of the law! We need not go to a their want of blue blood' of course prevented their certain neighbouring hierarchy to look for domineering being received into our circle. priests, while we have Mr Ringston amongst us. “The Good-morning, ma'am,' said Mr Ringston as he autos of his autocratic mouth enters into everything. passed me, laying, as he always does, a peculiar Nothing must be done without him, and, according to emphasis on the ma’am.' 'I am going to pay a visit his own account, everything has been done by him. to the Carrolls.' His achievements and adventures, as detailed by him I made some slight reply, and he went on. When self, would be both curious and interesting, but for one returning, I met him just issuing from the gate, while slight drawback: their origin may, in almost all cases, a peculiar blandness was diffused over his ruddy be traced to the erudite writings of Joseph Miller, Esq., visage. or the German baron, Münchausen, or some other more "Well,' he exclaimed, 'I have had a delightful visit!' modern, but scarcely more veracious chronicler. "You 'I am glad,' I said, 'that you found Mr and Mrs see,' said a friend of his one day apologetically, “he is Carroll so agreeable. I believe they are most worthy, 80 accustomed to making out interesting anecdotes for excellent people in their line of life. missionary meetings, that it is difficult for him to be O yes,' responded our vicar fervently; "and always quite certain whether he is adhering to the besides, they are people of sound judgment, of clear exact truth or not.' He certainly does come out very and admirable intellect. Mr Carroll told me that I strong on the missionary question, especially as regards could have the use of all the horses in his stable, whenthe conversion of the Hindoos. Mr Ringston has still ever I wished; and before I had been five minutes in a dutiful party of ladies under his direction, who the drawing-room, Mrs Carroll rang the bell, and meekly manufacture pen-wipers, pincushions, book- ordered in cake and wine. Mr Carroll then suggested markers with texts in sample stitch, babies' pinafores, champagne, and it was brought in immediately." with a variety of other miscellaneous property, and The dull and stupid amongst us, the deficient in send them out annually on behoof of those dear, intellect, alias in cake, horses, and champagne, are misguided, but still amiable sepoys.
constantly wishing that our vicar could be fairly sent I got lately into sad disgrace with the sisterhood, off to convert the sepoys, or be consecrated bishop of by intimating that bullets, as presented from the Borioboola-gah. mouth of a rifle, were the only offering I felt disposed to make to their fiendish pets. I asked our vicar one
"MOVE ON.' day, with a grave face, whether he had lately had any interesting missionary intelligence from the settlement It is becoming more and more difficult in the overof Borioboola-gah.
crowded streets of London to obey the familiar police I am not sure,' he replied hesitatingly: "ah, yes, injunction, 'Move on.' . It is no easy matter to move I think there was. I am certain the labours of some on. Many thousands experience an analogous diffiof our dear brethren have been greatly blessed in culty in connection with the financial and social affairs that important locality ; but I'll look at the reports of everyday life; but it is nothing in comparison with when I go home, ma'am, and let you know all the the battle which our bodies must maintain in forcing a particulars.' I fancy some one subsequently enlight- bodily passage through the metropolitan thoroughfares. ened him as to the source whence information re- Men have been, are, and will be disappointed in the specting that celebrated station was to be derived, for City' occasionally; but they are sure to be so when he has fought very shy of missionary topics with me they wish to make an expeditious progress to and ever since.
through that labyrinth. With respect to Mr Ringston's sermons, the only The truth is, that no extension of the metropolis way in which he can succeed in keeping us awake will prevent a certain district of it from being the during their delivery is by scolding us, which he does heart and centre. The Bank, the Royal Exchange, at times with a vengeance. A few Sundays since, a the Stock Exchange, the Glyns' and the Rothschilds' little child in the congregation began to cry, and said establishments, the commercial, auction, and sale quite audibly to his attendant: Will you come away, rooms, the insurance offices, the brokers' offices, the Mary; he's going to beat us!' In point of vehemence offices of the great companies—are as much in the and loudness, Spurgeon is a mouse compared with heart of London now as they were when London was our vicar, when he gets into a proper pulpit passion. only half as populous. Notting Hill and Kilburn can But on ordinary occasions, when his dulness is no more despise or neglect the "City,' than could gentle, his discourses are so thoroughly somniferous, Westminster or Marylebone half a century ago. The
more there are of us, the more of us must go to be lots of swells, inside and out, to make us go fast to disappointed' or otherwise in the City.
catch the rail, and do their business-and then theres Two phases of this subject are troubling our social the bobbies at every corner who cant see great carts reformers—How to accommodate the streets to the unloading all day long at common councilmen's shops vehicles; and how to accommodate the vehicles to and places because they gets figged and we has to pay the streets ? Nearly all the openings of new streets toll to them ere chaps-or we should all be carpetted in the metropolis, within the last twenty or thirtybut we does it for peace and custom. Now taint a years, have been direct boons to passengers both of much use on us writing about offending and the like the pedestrian and the vehicular kind, in shortening -without giving a remedy which I think I can, for the distances between certain places, and in provid. me and my mates all know what is right and what ing wide, straight streets, instead of narrow, crooked ought to be done, and we all say that London Bridge lanes.
is a sample of what ought to be done—the passengers, All these openings of new streets, however, fail to our masters, and the large shopkeepers would hollow a meet the wants of the public. The lord mayor is little; but it would be for al our goods, and if so, why perpetually called upon to make people and vehicles not do it? move on,' which it is next to impossible for them to '1. First we say-I wouldn't have a cart load or do. We have no Louis Napoleon in England, who can unload in the principal streets between 10 and 4. order half a city to be pulled down, and replaced in ‘Second, 2. "We say—No touting at all, and omni. three or four years, with miles of splendid houses. We buses should take up at diffrent stations-say Aldhave bills and acts, and committees and commissions, gate, India House-Exchange, Mansion House, King and boards and corporations, and companies in such and Queen Street-Peel's Monument, Newgate bottom number, that each obstructs all the others; whereby of Hobborn-St Pauls and Faringdon Street. Well, the settlement of the details for making a new street then, if the fast carts and cabs and omnibuses keep on becomes an immensely difficult affair. At this present the sides and the slow things in the middle we should moment, the evil of too great a inultiplicity of masters all get on (I'm not speaking now Cannon Street is up) is shewn in the discussions concerning new govern- | —but the princerpal thing what obstructs is them ment-offices and new drainage for London; one great vans and carts at the great shops all day long. authority puts a veto on the decisions of a previous I am, sir,
A GREAT WESTERN Bus Max. authority, and nothing is done. The English drag in such matters is too tight; it produces too much A problem much discussed within the last few years friction and stoppage.
relates to the availability of iron tramways in the Pending the discussions on new streets, endeavours London streets. Looking around for evidence, observers have been made, and are being made, and will doubt- have found that New York furnishes an illustration of less continue to be made, to guide the opposing streams the system. of traffic through the existing thoroughfares with more These American railway-carriages, or, as they are system than in former days. The conventional plans there called, cars,' work on rails laid down on busy observed by foot-passengers keeping on the right of streets open to the traffic of any other kinds of vehicle; the foot-pavement, and of vehicle-drivers keeping on for the rails being on, or indeed slightly below, the the left of the carriage-way have, until recently, been level of the road, generally offer no insurmountable almost the only approach to system in the matter. obstacles to other traffic. The cars are almost double An additional regulation, laid down by the lord the length of a London omnibus ; they have seats for mayor, has been very advantageous in the particular twenty-four persons; but not being licensed in regard locality to which it applies--namely, London Bridge. to number, their capacity is limited by little else than Between ten and six on one day in 1853, it was the conscience of the driver or the briskness of trade; ascertained that the numbers of foot-passengers, eques and thus the mass of wedged-up humanity on special trians, and vehicles passing over this bridge were occasions reaches seventy or eighty persons. On respectively 63,080; 114; and 11,498. To facilitate Sundays, being the only public vehicles that run, they the passage of this stupendous traffic, it was ordered are generally crowded. So remarkably, lowever, does that, as the bridge is wide enough for four lines of the rail-system lessen the friction and difficulty of vehicles abreast, all the wagons and slow vehicles draught, that the number of passengere, whether should occupy the two lines near the curb, while all | twenty or sixty, seems to exercise very little influence the omnibuses and fast vehicles should maintain their on the ease with which the horses draw the car. The double stream in the centre of the roadway. The car has two entrances, one at each end; so low that improvement bience resulting has been so marked, as ingress and egress are very easy, insomuch that it is to render many of our street-reformers hopeful of not necessary to come to a full stop either to take up further benefits.
set down. The driver stands like an ancient Near the Mansion House, the difficulty of obeying charioteer, guiding the reins from either platform the command to Move on' is so great, that the lord indifferently, according to which end of the car is mayor has much troubled the equanimity of the 'bus- foremost; for the vehicle is never reversed on the rail; men by his urgency in the matter. A letter recently if one end leads when going north, the other will take appeared in the Times, which, if really written by a the lead going south. At the terminus of the line, a 'bus-man, is a curiosity worth preserving; but the great slight touch releases the horses, which know exactly journal has not unfrequently inserted communications what to do; they turn like a good plough-team at the in which pungent sarcasın or wholesome truth is end of a furrow, to be attached at the opposite extregiven under a mask. The reader may take his choice mity; and the car presently starts off again in the between these two suppositions ; but the letter contains opposite direction. The line itself is of the simplest a kernel worth a little cracking :
possible character; there is no necessity for large Mr Editer of the T'imes—You seems to be the sort of sweeping curves of rail, revolving turntables, or shiftthing wot puts a poor man in heart when he gets ing from line to line. The wheels are very small, and blowed up by majestraters, and hunted by the bobbies, are rendered nearly invisible by the floor of the car so me and my mates have got me to write to you being so near the ground. When the rails are in proper about the lord mayor, who says he'll have us fined order, the motion of the car is much smoother and and punished if we offends in blocking up the streets more pleasant than that of an omnibus on a common as we drives our omnibusses. Now what are we to road. The interior fittings vary; some of the cars are do? We has a time-keeper at starting, and two or old and dingy enough ; while others are as light as three kids along the road, with a little book-with crimson velvet, stained glass, and painted panels can
make them. There is no "knife-board,' no perilous It is especially worth remembering that such a scaffolding of shin-cutting iron steps whereby to mount system might be a means of completing the railway to the top. The conductor travels to and fro in the communications through or around the metropolis. car in an easy way to collect the fares ; and the Millions sterling have been spent, and millions more passengers are thus spared the annoyance of waiting are threatened, to effect this connection by the ordi. while an ancient female fumbles among a miscellaneous nary costly locomotive system, at the rate of two or collection of odds and ends in her pocket or bag for three hundred thousand pounds per mile; but surely the coins-or in America the dollar-notes, &c.—neces- a less ambitious plan would do partial good at a far sary. Passengers mostly walk in and out without lower cost; a road-rail might be worked with horses troubling him; but he or they will pull a bell to bid from one station to another, and might be made a the driver check his speed a little. These cars make means of expediting and facilitating the transfer of more journeys each in a day than any London omnibus, passengers from the dominions of one great company and work all niglit as well as all day: relays of men to those of another. Her Majesty, one of the best being engaged. There is a uniform fare of five cents- railway travellers in the kingdom, has lately been the twopence half-penny-for all distances within the city. means of shewing that the same passenger carriage
Such, then, being the railway-cars of New York, the may travel from Banchory, in Aberdeenshire, to question arises—whether such a system, if applied Windsor, about 600 miles, without any disruption or with modifications to suit the different circumstances change at the London stations: it suggested one of the two cities, would enable Londoners to move mode of supplying a want much felt; and the humble on’ more pleasantly and quickly through the public inexpensive road-trams might supply in a smaller streets than is now possible. Under present circum- degree a kind of service for which the public would stances, the chief obstacle, perhaps, would be the be thankful-still leaving the companies, if they so difficulty of laying down the rails through the City; chose, to make proper lines of railway to connect for the passengers would not be content to be dropped their various systems. half a mile or so from the centre of the arena of com- The public mind requires much hammering before a merce. The oldest part of New York is much smaller useful idea becomes imbedded therein ; and the advothan the ancient and narrowest part of London ; and cates of road-tramways will need to use the hammer the rail can, in the former city, be driven closer to steadily and skilfully; but it is at anyrate proper the places of business; but even without the whole that they should be heard, in order that we may all advantage derivable, much might be gained by adopt be enabled to assist each other in determining how ing the system wherever it could be worked with to—move on.' facility. The truth is, however, that there would be more obstacles than material ones to be surmounted. Numerous prejudices have to be overcome before any one practical plan is adopted. The proposal
KIRKE WEBBE, to lay down a double line of rails along our wider
THE PRIVATE ER CAPTAIN. roads, with large and comfortable carriages, drawn so easily that two horses would do the work of eight, would probably raise a storm of opposition; vested interests would rise in battle-array against it, antag. When the gendarme grasped me by the collar, I, William onistic among themselves, but all antagonistic against Linwood, must have changed my nature, had I not the plan. And even if the proposal were accepted, gratuitously aggravated the danger of my position by there would then arise trouble in determining whoroughly shaking off the officer's hold, and forth with should put it in operation. We are a famous people for knocking down the functionary, entirely unskilled in effecting objects by joint-stock companies; a joint- the noble art of self-defence as practised in the Englislı stock company has purchased most of our metropolitan omnibuses, and has promised a world of good things as prize-ring. The mad act received its immediate chasa consequence of the purchase ; but he must be a tisement; and but for the resolute interposition of a sharp-sighted man who can detect much improvement sergent de ville, who fortunately came up at the moment, arising out of this matter. And if it be not a company the patriotic mob, hotly indignant at seeing a French that construct street-railways, who shall it be ? autorité floored by an Englishman, and a robber to boot,
Supposing the question of authority be determined, would very soon have left justice little or nothing to the plan has been advocated somewhat in the follow- do in the way of punishing the audacious criminal. ing form : The street-rail might be made the means As it was, though I lost my “dark wavy hair' by of connection between different railway-stations with great advantage. It could be carried across the handfuls, and was unmercifully cuffed, scratched, and bridges, for it does not require the nicety of levels and pommelled, I had no bones broken; and assisted by the largeness of curves necessary to the locomotive two flanking gendarmes, each with an arm tightly system. Several of the London roads would admit of locked in his, and guarded by four others in front and the rail being laid down, though it is doubtful if it rear, I managed to walk along, defiantly erect, amidst could be carried to all the central parts of the city. the derisive huées of the crowd, towards the jail, and Three lines of route appear to come within its range soon found myself safely deposited in the cell adjoining --from Paddington, by way of the New Road and City Road, to the back of the Bank; from King's that which had just before received Harry Webbe. Cross, by the new Victoria Street, to Holborn Bridge
The astounding suddenness of the surprise, the and Fleet Street; and from Islington, by Aldersgate atrocious nature of the accusation launched against Street, to the General Post-office. The determination me, brought on, as soon as I was alone, a paroxysm of once aroused, other routes could doubtless be found convulsive, rageful laughter; and I was still screaming practicable. The rail, it is asserted, would not impede and-gesticulating like a caged maniac, when Father other traffic half so much as an unnecessary crowd Meudon, who, chancing to be in the town, had heard of of omnibuses. No new routes would have to be cut through masses of buildings, for the rail would follow my mishap, entered the cell
, accompanied by the civil the ordinary roads. There would be a great economy
and considerate sergent de ville. The officer, at M. of horse-labour; because the same pair of horses would Meudon's request, left us together, and the good father draw thrice as many persons by the new system as by succeeded, with some difficulty, in subduing me to the old.
calmness and common sense.
The 'robbery' imputation did not at all disturb an undefined, shadowy fear, that you have not conhim.
fided in me so unreservedly as for your own safety's *That accusation,' said he, 'is, I can have no doubt, sake I would fain believe you have. Well, I have no a mere flash in the pan; but there are, I hear, other right to press you for that fuller confidence. Early charges against you, my imprudent young friend, to-morrow, I will see you again; at present, I shall which give me much uneasiness. It can be proved serve you best by going at once to the Rue Bombardée. that you have travelled in France with false passports, Adieu, young man; and assure yourself that, under and under two false names—those of Le Gros and all circumstances-in any conceivable extremity, you Piron—which is a highly penal offence. You are also may count upon my poor services—upon the zealous suspected of having actively abetted the escape of a exertion, in your behalf, of all the influence I possess prisoner of war on parole, and that, by the military with the authorities of Havre.' code, is punishable by-death!'
The sergent de ville let him out, and as the heavy 'I assure you, with all solemnity, that I had no door closed sullenly behind them, shutting me back hand whatever, directly or indirectly, in the escape- into the dark silence, an inexpressible horror seized the ultimately baffled escape-of Harry Webbe.' me. The reality of the frightful peril I had exposed
'I am rejoiced to hear it. Your rash young country- myself to, and which I had never before quite believed man will, I greatly fear, be made to expiate his offence in, confronted me in terrible distinctness. Harry by the last dread penalty.'
Webbe, there could be no doubt, to save himself, would Great God!'
denounce me; and if he did not, could I, dared I permit And many hours, rely upon it, will not be suffered him to suffer in my stead? Impossible! _I was brave to pass before the irreversible sentence is passed and enough, as the reader knows--that is, I could rush executed. Power to enforce their ruthless will is upon, grapple with, defy death in the tumult of battle, about to depart from the violent men who now hold in the conflict of elemental warfare, or in the excitemilitary rule here ; and what they purpose doing must ment of passion; but to sit there in solitary gloom, be done speedily, if at all.'
fettered, powerless, though full of lusty life--to await 'Is there no hope, no chance of escape for the the deliberate approach of the King of Terrors, whilst unfortunate young man?' I asked with emotion. counting his stealthy, soundless steps by the hands of
'Hélas! I fear, none whatever. His breach of parole, the dial, whose tiny round measured the all of time especially as he was actually garde à vue, might have remaining between me and eternity, was beyond my been, if not forgiven, mercifully judged, if one of your strength, and for a while I was overborne, prostrated fellow naufragés, Mr Tyler, had not denounced him by fear, by a shuddering, nameless dread of the dark, to be the son of the notorious Webbe, captain of the fathomless gulf which, as M. Meudon talked, seemed Scout privateer. The nephew of Captain Le Moine, to yawn beneath my feet! an officer deeply lamented here, not long since deposed Not, however, for long did that trance of terror before the authorities, that that son, after having with hold me in thrall. Gradually my soul grew calmer, his own hand slain the commander of Le Renard in stronger, and soon the current of my changeful the action between that vessel and the Scout, had the thoughts was bent as strongly in a hopeful direction. audacity to enter France as a spy of the Bourbons, Might not, I argued-might not Father Meudon have was detected and denounced at Avranches by himself, consciously or unconsciously exaggerated the danger ? Auguste Le Moine; and only effected his escape by Unquestionably he might. Then could I not, through the careless or criminal connivance of Captain Jules him, warn young Webbe to appeal to Auguste Le Renaudin of L'Espiègle. That is the fatal charge Moine himself to confirm his solemn denial of being which has kindled the fires of hate and vengeance in the person he, Le Moine, had denounced ; an appeal the breasts of his judges, and will wither up any which could not with any decency be rejected, and inclination that might else prevail to deal mercifully which, the enseigne being absent in Paris, would defer with the unhappy youth. The imminent fate of your the catastrophe till the power to murder either of us countryman affects you very painfully, I perceive,' had been taken from the Bonapartist authorities of added M. Meudon.
Havre? Again, there was no doubt that Captain * Very painfully, indeed. Does the young man Webbe was still at large ; and he, a man of boundless admit that he is the person by whom Captain Le resource and daring, would, we might be sure, leave Moine was killed, and whom the nephew denounced no means untried to extricate his son ; ay, and at the Avranches banquet ?'
minor, but still important consideration with himDenounced at the Avranches banquet !' echoed to extricate me from the fearful strait to which his Father Meudon, with a piercing look; 'I was not own unscrupulous machinations had conducted us! before aware that it was at a banquet in Avranches The entrance of the head jailer and the sergent de that Auguste Le Moine detected the Bourbons' spy! ville—the latter with a note in his hand-broke in As to the accused's admission or non-admission,' added upon my sanguine dreaming, and Aung me back into the reverend father, that he is the person inculpated, the sinister reality of my actual position. that will be of little consequence in face of Auguste * An individual who says he is a friend of yours,' Le Moine's sworn deposition, and the proof by Mr said the sergent, 'has requested to see you, and when Tyler of his identity.'
informed that he was too late for to-day, wrote and *Proof, you mean, that he is Captain Webbe's son ?' requested me to place this note in your hands, the
*Precisely; that will be quite sufficient to seal his answer to which he awaits. You understand, monsieur,' doom, unless-unless,' added M. Meudon, continuing added the officer, 'that it is necessary we should see to regard me with an anxious, searching look-unless what your friend has written?' Captain Webbe's son can designate and produce some "That is only reasonable,' I said, taking the note. other person by whose hand he can prove Captain Le 'I will first read it to you myself;' and tearing it Moine fell, and whom young Le Moine afterwards open, I read as follows: confronted at the Avranches banquet! In that case " Mon CHER MONSIEUR LINWOOD-I arrive from - an impossible case, I must suppose--the real offender Honfleur to warn you of the abominable trick which would unquestionably be substituted for Monsieur that relative of mine, and for all that, true daughter Webbe fils, both before the military tribunal and at of the devil, Madame de Bonneville, was about to the place of execution; and that too, I repeat, before play you, and find myself, from having been delayed, another day shall have fled into a past eternity.'
Mademoiselle Clémence, who discovered "That stern, staring silence,' resumed M. Meudon, what was going on, and insisted upon my coming, will after a few moments' pause, 'thrills me with a fear- | be inconsolable. I pray you, therefore, to tell me what
is the earliest hour to-morrow at which I can see Maître Sicard,' said the officer, ‘had better keep you, as mademoiselle, who is, you know, somewhat silence, if he can, till I have read the mandat d'arrêtvive, and extremely dislikes being kept in suspense, Is charged by Louise de Bonneville, veuve, née Féron, will count the moments of my absence from her with with complicity with one William Linwood, alias grave inquietude. — Votre serviteur, JACQUES SICARD. Le Gros, an Englishman, in robbing the said Louise
*Jacques Sicard, and from Honfleur !' exclaimed de Bonneville, née Féron, of a seed-pearl necklace, to the sergent de ville. "Sacristie, but that is droll which a gold cross is attached with L, the initial enough! We have a mandat d'arrêt from the deputy letter of said Louise de Bonneville's baptismal name, procureur-general of Honfleur, brought by the officers engraved thereon'who seized the other young Englishman at that It was useless to read further: Sicard dropped down place, commanding us to search out the said Maître as if he was shot... C'est la foudre,' he groaned: “I Jacques Sicard, and lodge him safely in the hands of am betrayed-annihilated—lost!' justice.'
He was at all events dumbfounded, and the other *You have an arrest-warrant for Jacques Sicard!' officials having retired, Monsieur le Sergent addressI exclaimed. At whose instance, for the love of ing me with great politeness, asked if I had any Heaven; and for what offence?'
objection to Maître Sicard's remaining where he 'At the instance,' replied the sergent, taking a paper was for the night. To which I answered that from his pocket, and glancing at it, 'of Louise de I should esteem it a favour if he were permitted to Bonneville, veuve, née Féron; and for the crime of do so. complicity in the robbery which you, Monsieur Linwood, It is well, monsieur. This prison happens to be are charged with. Had we known this before,' he overcrowded just now; and as there are two beds here, added with a laugh, 'we should not, morbleu, have permission to remain together may be accorded till refused the young man admittance here. But he is in further orders from superior authority. This is the the waiting-room, so there is no harm done. Allons, more readily granted, I must tell you,' pursued the camarade.
officer, 'forasmuch that Le Père Meudon, whom everyThe sergent and jailer hurried off, and I listened body esteems, not only engaged me to render you all to catch the first sound that might indicate Maître the civilities in my power, but assured me that the Sicard's dawning comprehension of the pretty predica- charge of robbery would turn out to be an absurd, ment he had quietly walked into. It was not long if not criminal blunder. I hope, notwithstanding the delayed. First, an inarticulate scream of surprise and apparently criminating dismay of Mâitre Sicard, that indignation, followed evidently by an attempt to fly, it will prove so; and I have to add that any refresheasily defeated by the prison guardians; then a swift ments you may choose to order can be furnished from crescendo succession of yells, expostulations, threats, a restaurant close by, wine and liqueurs in moderation, mingled with the gruff deep bass maledictions of the inclusive.' officers, irritated by his frenzied kicking and plunging; I thanked him; and Maître Sicard, upon being the uproar increasing in violence and volume as it asked what he would prefer for supper, having with approached the door of my cell, which arrived at, was indignant pantomime expressed his utter disgust at flung open, and in staggered five or six gendarmes, all things under the sun, I left the matter to the bearing Sicard in a horizontal position by the legs and worthy sergent himself, stipulating only for some shoulders; he the while striking out viciously with excellent brandy and cigars. his arms and heels, and calling wildly upon saints and By that time my naturally joyous, mercurial temangels, and myself especially, the instant he caught perament had recovered, and something more, from sight of me, to deliver him from the villains that were the depression caused by Father Meudon's sepulchral strangling him.
croaking: the menacing shadows which had seemed On m'assassine, Linwood! On m'assassine !' he to overhang the future-the immediate future-had screamed as his bearers threw him roughly down upon vanished utterly; and I have never been, that I one of the beds in the cell. He could not, however, remember, in better cue for a jolly carouse, than on have been much hurt, for he was upon his feet in a the night when I was a prisoner in a French jail, twinkling, apostrophising his captors with foaming charged with felony, and in all likelihood to be dragged fury. 'Hundred thousand devils !' he shouted. But on the morrow before, and sentenced capitally by, a this is infernal !--impossible! It is the end of the military tribunal, as a convicted spy! Who shall world! Why, what, how, sacred thunder, can this read me the riddle of that buoyant confidence under be, that I, Maître Jacques Sicard, a respectable conditions so overwhelmingly adverse to such a state bourgeois of St Malo, am outraged, massacred in this of mind! Is it that not only do sinister events cast manner?'
shadows before, but that the silver lining of the Jacques Sicard," said the sergent de ville, reading threatening cloud also darts onward its avant-courier from a paper, ““ bottier par état, domiciled at St Malo." rays of light to cheer the gloom of the troubled soul, Here follows,' continued the officer, “a description of and rekindle in its_darkened depths the lights of Maître Sicard's person, which it might not perhaps Hope and Faith! Possibly; but my own commonbe agreeable to that individual to hear read; we place interpretation in this particular instance is, that will therefore pass it. The mandat d'arrêt further the exultation of spirit I experienced was owing to declares'
an unreasoning conviction, based upon previous lucky • What is that? — mandat d'arrêt!' interrupted escapes, that something or other would turn up to Sicard, whom a vague apprehension of the truth was shield me from apparently inevitable destruction-a fast subduing to submissiveness. What is that, if conviction strengthened, sublimed by the secret assuryou please, monsieur?' he added, wiping his streaming ance, simmering softly at my heart, and unblabbed of forehead.
openly even to myself, that Maria Wilson was not 'A mandat d'arrêt, resumed the sergent, which yet at all events the wife of Harry Webbe. sets forth that Jacques Sicard, bottier par état, I vainly strove to rouse Maître Sicard from his domiciled at St Malo, is charged by Louise de despondent state. He refused to be comforted. 'My Bonneville'
dear fellow,' said I at last, do you know that this "How! what is that again! Why, sacred thunder, sudden prostration is, under the circumstances, exceedthat person is my own near relative!
ingly absurd, you having been of course previously And "une fille du diable,” nevertheless,' said the aware that I had been arrested upon the charge of officer, “if this note of yours is to be believed.'
robbing that unscrupulous fille du diable, as you have • That is correct; that is demonstrable. Still very properly named Madame de Bonneville.