Слике страница

and feelings; and if they are turned to the sweet refreshment of sleep is poisoned ministers of sorrow, where shall she look by melancholy dreams, « dry sorrow for consolation ? Her lotis to be wooed and drinks her blood," until her enfeebled won; and if unhappy in her love, her frame sinks under the slightest exter. heart is like some fortress that has been nal injury. Look for her, after a little captured, and sacked, and abandoned, and while, and you find friendship weeping Jeft desolate.

over her untimely grave, and wondering How many bright eyes grow dim, how that one, who but lately glowed with all many soft cheeks grow pale, how many the radiance of health and beauty, should lovely forms fade away in the tomb, and so speedily be brought down to “darkness none can tell the cause that blighted their and the worm." You will be told of some Joveliness. As the dove will clasp its wintry chill, some casual indisposition, wings to its side, and cover and conceal that laid her low: but no one knows the the arrow that is preying on its vitals, so mental malady that previously sapped her it is the nature of woman, to hide from the strength, and made her so easy a prey to world the pangs of wounded affection. | the spoiler. The love of a delicate female is always shy She is like some tender tree, the pride and silent. Even when fortunate, she of the grove; graceful in its form, bright scarcely breathes it to herself; but when in its foliage, but with the worm preyiog otherwise, she buries it in the recesses of at its heart. We find it suddenly witherher bosom, and there lets it cower and | ing, when it should be most fresh and brood among the ruins of her peace. With luxuriant. We see it drooping its branches her the desire of the heart has failed. The to the earth, and shedding leaf by leaf; great charm of existence is at an end. She until, wasted and perished away, it falls neglects all the cheerful exercises which even in the stillness of the forest; and as gladden the spirits, quicken the pulses, and we muse over the beautiful ruin, we strive send the tide of life in healthful currents in vain to recollect the blast or thunderbolt through the veins. Her rest is broken, that could have smitten it with decay.


On Sunday, the 2d of July, 1820, this society we gave a full account in one the Duke of Calabria, eldest son of the of our preceding Numbers. The mode King, returned from Sicily, where he had employed by the promoters of the revolabeen as Viceroy, to Naples. A movement || tion, was the introduction of a majority of began to make its appearance that same Carbonari into the bands of provincial mievening, among the troops at Avelino and litia, and which bear some analogy to our Nola. As soon as it was known at Naples local militia. that the regiments quartered in these dis- The organization of this description of tricts had joined and declared for a free troops, as well as the choice of the indivi. constitution, the troops on duty in the duals composing them, rested principally capital were marched out, and placed so on the commandant of the province, an as to intercept any communication between office perfectly distinct from that of General the insurgents and the city.

of Division, and generally given to an offiOn the night of the 5th of July, General cer of the rank of Colonel. Pepe left Naples, and joined the insurrec- These corps were considered as ranking tion. Immediately on this a council was higher, in a moral point of view, than the held, and in consequence of its decision regular forces, because most of them were the King issued a proclamation, announcing landed proprietors. They were found usehis compliance with the wish of his sub- ful in defending the interior from those jects to have a free constitution.

hordes of brigands which have ivfested the The attainment of a constitution had country from time immemorial. They long been the object of the Carbonari : of" were also often employed as escorts, in

conjunction with the regular troops, and contrast in these same legions; they were were, of course, all provided with arms; equally well provided with arms of all dewhile those who could afford it, were scriptions, but they marched among the clothed and accoutred at their own ex- ranks of their picturesque companions, pence.

dressed in the full extreme of modern The inhabitants of the capital showed French and English fashions. All bore the but little surprise on being first informed Carbonari colours at their breast; while of the ipsurrection : it was greeted with- scarfs of the same, and different medals or out any appearance of enthusiasm, which emblems tied to their waistcoats, denoted seemed to prove that it had been antici- the rank they severally held in that sopated. A discoutent had been known to ciety. The emblems consisted of a hatchet, have existed in the regular army, and this a hammer, and a kind of spade, with the facilitated the plan of the revolutionists.

other instruments that are used by real The affability of the King, and his constaut Carbonari, or charcoal-workers. They also atteodance on the manæuvring of his army, carried banners, with inscriptions, in hohad, however, gained him a high degree of pour of this patriotic association. Nearly popularity; so that at one time it was the whole of these individuals had been deemed expedient to defer the projected absent from their homes nine days, during execution of the plan to a more favourable which time they had never slept on a bed, opportunity.

or even under a roof; they all, however, On Sunday, the 9th of July, the regular | seemed in good humour and high spirits, troops, headed by General Napolitano, and appeared amply repaid by their success opened the march, and were followed by for all their hardships. the whole mass of provincial militia, walk. After passing before the palace, they filed ing rapidly, and without rule or order, || off, in different divisions, to their respecconducted by General G. Pepe and a priest | tive quarters, assigned them in the empty named Menichini, who was a principal barracks, but more particularly in a long mover of the springs that set the revolution | range of buildings on the Portici road. in motion. He was a man as intelligent as On the first night of their stay at Naples, he was indefatigable, and attracted much a considerable proportion of these men notice and curiosity: he had passed several || slept on trusses of straw, among the oleyears, it seems, in England, and had been | anders, myrtles, and geraniums of the Villa in Spain during the changes that took Reale. place in the Spanish goverument.

On the 7th and 8th of July, the town The constitution, in a palpable shape, had been partially illuminated; but the appeared in the procession, conveyed in a appearance of an American ship of the common one-horse hackney chair, called a line had created great uneasiness among curriculo. The bands of provincial militia the Neapolitans, as they took it for an formed a singular spectacle; though they | English man-of-war, and considered, withwere all most formidably armed, yet their out the least regard to probability, time, or weapons were as various as their accoutre- || distance, that it had been sent to take an ments; it was but a few who were clad in active part in the present proceedings of a military uniform ; the majority were ba- the nation; but the truth was soon disbited in the different costume of their re- covered--the ship only remained one day spective districts, which, however, had a in the Bay. very warlike appearance. The cartridge- The streets, on the evening of the 9th, belt, the sandalled legs, the broad stiletto, were crowded with carriages and foot passhort musket, and grey peaked hats, gave sengers; and the several deputations from them a similarity to those figures of ban- | the provinces had established theniselves ditti we so often see represented in Italian in the main street, each forming a place of paintings; and their sud-burnt complexions, | rendezvous, where their countrymen could with their dark bushy hair and whiskers, apply for any information or assistance rendered the resemblance yet more strik- they might require: these quarters had the ing.

names of their respective districts display. The opulent classes formed a strange" ed ou draperies of coloured silks, adorued with flowers, and illumined by variegated in prevailing on them to return to town, lamps. On the same evening, the great and in order to inspire them with more Theatre of Saint Carlo was illuminated, || confidence, he alighted, and marched back and opened, gratis, to the provincial troops, at their head. On passing the barracks so that it was filled to a degree unparallel. near the Ponte della Maddalena, where a ed on any former occasion. The sight pre- regiment of cavalry was stationed, and sented by the seats in the pit, filled with who had been called to arms to pursue the so motley an assemblage, many of which deserters, two shots were fired from behind were armed cap-à-pié, was not one of the these last, which, though their direction least remarkable exhibitions which the was uncertain, and they struck no one, public had seen for the last twelve days. were suspected to have proceeded from the The Duke of Calabria and his family were cavalry, and considered by the delinquents present, and more than divided the ap- as the prelude to summary punishment.-plause bestowed on the performers. The In a fit of despair, they discharged a volley festivities of the day were, however, damp- of musketry at the mounted dragoons, who ed by an event that spread considerable were under the gateway of the barracks, alarm through the metropolis. A large which wounded their Colonel, and called portion of the regiment of Fjarnese had forth the immediate vengeance of his solreceived orders to repair to the fortress diers : they rushed on the wretched agof Gaeta. This station, either from its

gressors, and charging them sword in hand, isolated position, or the severe discipline put them to flight in all directions, making, imposed on its garrison, has always been at the same time, dreadful havoc among looked upon by the Neapolitan army as a them. The scene of action was an open place of punishment, and, in fact, has, at space on the sea sand, which luckily, at times, been used as such. This, however, | this moment, was tolerably clear of passenwas not the case in the present instance, || gers. Several of the infantry plunged into as the regiment in question had always the sea, and there received their death from conducted itself with the greatest propri- || carbine and pistol shots, or were drowned ety, and had also seen some very hard ser- in seeking to avoid them; and this unfor. vice; and was lately returned from Sicily, || tunate affray, which had no connection with testimonials of well-deserved appro- with the revolution, and which had taken bation.

place without one drop of blood being shed, The idea of going to Gaeta had such an

caused the death of sixty persons. The effect upon these misguided men, that,

remainder were taken and carried to the after a long altercation with their officers, | castle of St. Elmo, where they were tried wlio endeavoured to recall them back to by a court-martial, and a small portion of their duty, they forced the gates of the

them suffered the punishment of a crime barrack-yard, and rushed out, armed and || sufficiently heinous in itself, but, in this accoutred, and in a tumultuous manner case, aggravated by the circumstances at. hurried through the most public streets, tending it. with the intention of deserting. They

In 1814, a project of a revolution, similar first proceeded to the residence of General to what has taken place, existed among the Filangieri, an officer of high distinction, Generals of Murat's army; but it was not, and very popular throughout the army. surely, to such Generals, that the people of Unluckily, the General was absent from Naples were to look up for a good governhome; and they contioued their way, ment. As we have heard it very justly shouting and brandishing their firelocks, || observed, the Roman Catholic religion, as towards the outskirts of the city, on the || it is exercised through Italy, must be modiPortici road. Some officers, and the com- fied and corrected, before the people can

vainly tried to expostulate with them; they ||." This drama lasted but a week, and then

were deaf to their remoustrances, but lent a willing ear to those of General Filangieri, who, apprized of their intentions, had fol. lowed them in a carriage. He succeeded

we might say that the Neapolitan revolu. tion was over; for what followed were merely matters of course, and the dénoué. ment only what we expected.


(Concluded from page 107.)

We travelled post, and gained, with-, seeking to kill a few hours that hung heavy out meeting with any other obstacle, the on your hands, and I rather rejoiced on first village on the other side of the frontier. | my son's account, persuaded that your soI was now near arriving at the summit of || ciety would preserve him from falling into all my wishes; all nature seemed to smile more dangerous errors. I should have rearound me: seated by my intended young | joiced yet more, even when I perceived a husbaud, in the most sequestered apart- watch ornamented with diamonds, a ring, ment of the inn, I refreshed myself with a || and an etui had disappeared from my toilet; bottle of wine and a piece of gingerbread, for of many evils that may befall me, I am wben, to my great astovishment, Jobo | always willing to endure the least. I saw, entered the room. Jolin was an old ser | besides, with much satisfaction, the happy vant belonging to Mr. Burger, and the only || turn you had given him for outward apone who had accompanied us.—“Madam," || pearances; for it is in that which ladies of said he, addressing himself to me, “ Ma- | your age and experience particularly excel, dame Burger, the mother of my young and you, my dear daughter-in-law, above master, gave me a charge, two or three | every one succeed in this art; for really, if hours before our departure, to deliver this one had not the most authentic information letter to you, and I think this the most to the contrary, no one, to look at you, proper time."—Mr. Burger seemed disturb- || would think you more than twenty-seven ed and confused, while I took the letter years of age. from John with a trembling hand. Alas ! “ But I should not, I confess, have suswhat was the situation of my mind on | pected your real design, if John had not reading it! I will, however, transcribe this informed me of it. He told me also that mortifying letter.

you wished to commence a law suit with “ Miss, or Madam, which you please, your father-in-law. Believe me, I would My affection for my son makes me hope | advise you to do so. When you have that this letter will find you both in good gained your cause, you may yet pass your health at the nearest village in the Polish life agreeably, till you choose to turn deterritory. Do you think, Miss, that I have | votee ; or, if you like better, you can then been ignorant of your connection with my purchase a husband, if you still resolve on son Leopold ? I know it all, and that marriage. As for my Leopold, you will you seduced him; but that does not asto- || please, Miss, to put him immediately under nish me. The particulars of your history, the care of the bearer of this letter, or which have been faithfully transmiited to uuder that of his friends whom you will me by an officer belonging to Helgenbeil, soon see. If Leopold makes any resistance, have given me a true idea of your charac- | 1 am determined to have bim imprisoned ter. I know that, reckoning sometimes on for a profligate. I beg of you to give him your large fortune and sometimes on your || notice of this." beauty, you have refused some advanta- Before I had read the letter thus far I geous offers; and I am inclined to believe actually saw walking into the apartment that you have committed several faux-pas. half a dozen red-coats belonging to the Therefore it seems natural enough to my Kaminieck regiment, who were then doing way of thinking, that, finding yourself now garrison duty at Elbing. They requested in want of money, you tried to get hold Leopold to follow them; and he obeyed of that young goose, my Leopold. But I || without a murniur. I must now continue should not have suffered his assiduities || this letter. about you, if I had imagined that you “ Now Miss, as you are alone, let us thought of forming with him a serious converse without disguise. Before my son connection. I fancied that by giving him became acquainted with you he was a sad access to you at all times, you were merely gambler; you were good enough to cure him of this fault, and I beg of you to accept month's time, an extract from the church my thanks; but I fear that when he is se. books of the death of Leopold Burger. 1 parated from you he will begin to play shall take upon myself to explain matters again; for to this present hour, neither his to my son at a fit time. tutors nor myself could gain that infidence “ Consider, Miss, that there is nothing over his mind which you have bad. I fear degrading to you in the proposals I have also that in the new career which is open made you ; that my sou knows not who before him, some other female may make you are; that no one at Elbing knows it him commit fresh follies. To save him but my brother and myself; that I can, from this twofold peril, I have conceived a with money, impose silence on the officer project which will seem to you a romantic at Heilgenbeil who informed me. Consione, but wbiclı, for that very reason, can

der that Mr. Leicht, your father-in-law,. not displease you. If you consent to second bas disappeared with all the ready cash it, John shall give you, from me, a letter belonging to your mother, and which has of exchange for a thousand ducats. I en.

been told me in a letter from your mother, gage myself also to re-establish your broken which I inclose. In short, consider that fortune, for I possess all the means for so it is in my power to put you in possession doing. You are free, likewise, to go any again of all your former wealth. My bro. where you please. The following is the ther, if you desire it, can give you proofs plan in agitation.

of this. “ The officer commanding the men you

“As for the rest, you may depend upon it, have just beheld, is my brother, therefore I will never consent to your marriage with you need not fancy to bribe him : Leopold my son. How could he find happiness does not know him personally, for he has with a wife chosen in all the giddiness of never seen him. I propose to you, Madam, youth ; how could you find it, when after to go to the smallest neighbouring town in a few more years you would discover the Poland. My brother has taken all the whole extent of your misconduct ? In one requisite precautions in this affair. You word, Miss, I offer you my friendship if will be married very privately, but it will you second my plans; and my most just be my brother in the disguise of a priest and lasting resentment at your refusal. that will marry you. And do not fear Take your choice. I give you two hours that you will commit a sacrilege. As you

to consider of it. will be married in the Polish language,

PRUDENCE BURGER." which Leopold does not understand, the

I was soon determined. I was not long priest will only pronounce a few sentences in seeing whal part I ought to take, howwithout any meaning. Before this sham

ever humiliating it was to accede to the marriage takes place, you shall exact an proposals contained in the above letter. oath from my son never to play during i received then the nuptial benediction your life time, except for the trifling sum

from the officer in the disguise of a priest ; of two or three ducats, and also the pro-' and since that time I have been a nominal mise that he will depart immediately after wife under the name of Burger. The inothe ceremony is over for England, to which ther of Leopold has faithfully performed place my brother will accompany him. He her promise; she brought an action against will there live in continual hopes of seeing Leicht, and I have recovered all my posyou from day to day; and this hope, by sessions. It is now five years since I was preserving him from gaming, will serve as

married, as everybody in Konisberg an egis to his virtue and his morals. “ If, Miss, your sole desire is to bear the firmly believes I was, and that in the most

legal manner. name of Burger, as a wife, my brother will

AMELIA DE H-, commonly called make out a proper marriage certificate for

MADAME BURGER. you. With money any thing may be obtained. If you had rather pass for bis

S. G. widow, he shall transmit to you, in a

« ПретходнаНастави »