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sand lives, to redeem my name, and where, sir, before ?-But no matter. show, that if Von Sharlheim failed once, Who has sent this information ? Ha! it was not for want of the spirit of a
_Von Sharlheim. I thought soldier or the feelings of a man. And that he was killed." now, begone! If I fall this day, write “ No, sir, he still lives, and lives that epitaph upon the spot wherever for his country's service," was the I
may be laid--and give Carolina the last blessing that I have to offer in “ Apropos, can you tell me who the world." He once more clasped commanded in the village of NordSebastiani's hand.
lingen?" asked the Archduke. “ That & General,” was the solemn answer, was a very clever affair. It did us a “I have pledged myself to her for great deal of good.” life or death, and that pledge I shall • Major-General von Sharlheim." redeem. I too have an anxious part • What! he is not on my staff. to play. In returning to the sight of How came he there? What division the Austrian army, I return under did he command ?" disgrace. But I shall wipe that away,
- No division. He fought with or die. In you I have a noble exam- such troops as he could find. He prople, and I shall follow it, let what visioned them, barricaded the post, will come. Remember me to Caro- and left the ground covered with two lina. If I fall, her name will be thousand of the enemy's killed and found written on my heart. Again, wounded.” farewell.”
“ Capital! He shall be a lieutenHe put spurs to his horse, and after ant-general for that day's work. And a difficult gallop through the defiles where is he now? We want such and thickets of that remarkably bro- creators of armies ?" ken country, reached the division « On the ridge of yonder moun. which formed the Austrian wing. tains, just two leagues from this spot.” It was hotly engaged in front with “ Why is he not here? Yet, of what the enemy's light troops, and evidently use could he be now? If I had known had its full attention engrossed by the this two hours ago, we should have attack. Carlo observed a small group made a glorious day of it. But look of officers standing on an eminence there. Do you know what troops are a few hundred yards to the flank, these debouching from the forest? Ha, rode up to them, and announced his I see--they are the enemy, and in force. message. An officer, who had been Well, we must fight them to the last. ranging the field with his telescope, Ride, sir, to the general of brigade suddenly turned at the voice. It was at the head of yonder defile, and tell the Archduke himself. Carlo felt the him of the enemy's advance, and that, blood rush to his temples. The prince in case of his finding them on his flank, looked on him in silence, with an he must echellon his brigade and retire enquiring air, for a moment, and then fighting." read the note.
The aspect of the field in this quar“ Ha!” he exclaimed, “ this is im- ter now began to be discouraging in portant indeed. Here,” handing it the extreme. The Austrians saw to an aid-de-camp, “ take this instant- themselves unexpectedly exposed to ly to General Zeckendorf, and tell an attack for which they were altohim to send up every battalion that gether unprepared.
Fresh troops he can spare to this spot. Gentle were pouring from the hills, and large men,” said he, “ the enemy will be bodies of cavalry were seen in the upon us in a few minutes. All this forest roads, only waiting till an imis most unfortunate. Zeckendorf can- pression was produced by the battanot arrive in time; and I fear our sions in advance, to cut up the fugionly resource will lie in making a re- tives. The spectacle at this moment treat with as little loss as we can. had all the grandeur and all the terThe group dispersed to their posts rors of war on its largest scale. The at full speed.
combatants, on both sides, could not He then turned to Sebastiani, who amount to less than a hundred and stood prepared for the whole weight thirty thousand men. The whole of imperial and military wrath : he range of the hills was like a ridge of spoke rapidly.
volcanoes, and the slopes and plains “ Have I not seen your face some. below them were the scene of inceş. NO. CCXCVI, VOL. XLVII,
sant charges of infantry and cavalry. the waggon, and fifty barrels of gunTo add to the other features of mag. powder threw a column of fierce light nificence and awe, a thunder-storm up to the heavens. came on at the approach of evening, The fortunes of the day were and the gusts of wind, and the pealing changed at the instant. To the French of the thunder, filled the mountains it seemed, that their entire artillery with a roar louder than even the had been seized by some unaccountbattle.
able army rising out of the ground. Carlo, thus left alone, flew back to To the Austrians it was plain, that his friend, whom he found still gazing some extraordinary event had been on the field. « All is lost," said the wrought in their favour; and the re. old general ; " the Austrians are al treating battalions rushed forward ways nervous about flank attacks, and with loud shouts, to take advantage of Moreau may now begin a campaign the change. Moreau still fought which will end only in Vienna." steadily and well; but he was now push
The struggle again roared loudered in all quarters, and his only resource below, the clouds of smoke rose thick- was to pass the Rhine. He left ten er still, and the two armies seemed to thousand men on the field that night; be making a final effort, the one for and sending Dessaix to cross the existence, the other for victory. Carlo river at Old Bresach, at nightfall carat length threw the telescope from his ried over the remnant of the finest hand, and sprang from the ground, army of France to Huninguen, where he had been lying.
By sunrise there was not a French “ The French, he exclaimed, soldier on the right bank of the " have made a blunder!
Rhine. A distinguished group were turn it into ruin. Look there-they standing on a rising ground looking have suffered their advance to separate at the last French boat landing its itself from the main body. They have fugitive burden. In front of his placed a quarter of a league already staff was seen the Archduke, with between their right wing and their General von Sharlheim at one side, centre. Give the order to move, and and Carlo at the other. The old man we may still be in time."
wore his uniform ; and Carlo was em“ Right, right," said Von Sharlheim; ployed in displaying to the gaze of a "I see it now. Ride forward take beautiful young female a brilliant a thousand men, and fall on their guns; order which the Archduke had just if you can overtake them before they taken from his bosom, and thrown over get out of the defile, they are ours. the neck of his restored aid-de-camp. Onward, and leave the rest to me.” “ Gentlemen," said the hero of Ger.
The conception was one of those many, “ I am not a man of many traits of talent which mark the true words; but this day is not likely to be leader. The French, in their haste forgotten. GERMANY IS FREE. to realize the victory, and wholly un. have fought for our firesides, and conscious that they had an enemy be. have now only to enjoy them. In your hind, had hurried on. The charge presence I thank my old and gallant and hurrah of the troops led by Carlo, friend, now Lieutenant-General von threw them into instant and irremedi- Sharlheim, for services of the highest able confusion. Guns, baggage, and value ; and, as for Carlo, I question ammunition fell into the hands of the whether he would think any thing on pursuers. Still this was but the de- earth worth accepting, but the thanks feat of a column, and the battle raged of the Lady Cobentzel. And now, over a line of leagues. To produce Germans and comrades, homeward. its effect on such a scale, it must be You have fought bravely, steadily, known. Carlo, with the quick inven- and successfully ; and while I see such tion of his country, struck upon a men round me, I shall never despair new expedient: he piled a large quan- of the freedom of our Fatherland.' tity of the captured baggage on the He then turned his charger's front summit of the defile, wheeled an am. to the group, and spoke in a confidenmunition waggon close to the pile, and tial tone. set the whole on fire. The blaze sprang 6 I must now return to Vienna with. up, and was soon discernible in the twi- out delay. We must meet there. light, shaking its broad volumes over Carlo, I have ascertained by the papers the whole horizon: it at length caught found on the traitor, who now lies in
a dungeon to receive the punishment “ I never saw'any thing more effective. of his twofold treachery, the wrong The thought of giving a signal to the which I did you. Your French corpo- army by burning the baggage, at once ral, who contrived by the use of French showed the brilliant invention which gold at Vienna to be placed on my in war is every thing, and not less staff, and had nearly ruined the cam- the neglect of personal objects which paign, awaits only the sentence of is so characteristic of a great mind in a court-martial. We must make such either peace or war. Do you know experiments hazardous to the lively the name of this burner of his own genius of our neighbours on the oppo- prizes? What new Montecuculi or site side. I appointed you my aid-de- Eugene is hidden in your brave divi. camp. You have since earned some
sion?" thing more. As the Hulans have lost “The aid-de-camp of your Imperial their colonel, you will take the com- Highness, and colonel of the Hu. mand on their way to the Danube, and lans." I shall settle the appointment with the “ What? Carlo again! Call him to Aulic Council.”
But no: I see that he is sun. Sebastiani thanked him with a glow- ning himself in the dazzling eyes of ing tongue. Carolina looked all
the Lady Cobentzel. The young soltitude. The great soldier gazed on
dier is enchanted, and has neither eyes her loveliness for a period, as if in the ears for earth. It must be sight he had forgotten all things be- owned that the spell is incomparable. side. “ Colonel Sebastiani,” at length I must now begone.
Yet-stay a said he, you must bring this lady moment.” with you. Vienna is famous for beauty,
He wrote a few lines, leaning on his and we must not lose its fairest repre
saddlebow. “ Here," said he, “is an sentative. Courts can add nothing to order to Papendick and Brevern to your happiness, but you can add largely put themselves and their divisions to their brilliancy and their virtue. under your command. You will Now farewell."
march them to Erlach, and when you He put spurs to his horse, and gals have expelled the French, bring their loped forward. In another minute he colours with you to Vienna, to be drew up his reins, and beckoned to Von ready for the marriage of your niece Sharlheim.
and the young hero. At last-fare“ General,” said he, “ Erlach is yet well." to be taken. The French have left The Prince waved his hand to the a garrison there, which we must root lovers, and, followed by his escort, out before they try the temper of our was soon lost sight of in the forest. swords again. I am acquainted with Many an aspiration from the hearts the circumstances of its surprise. It of his two gallant soldiers, and a tear was, in fact, untenable ; and you did of thankfulness from the fair fiancéè, your duty like a true German."
were his reward. " I ask your Imperial Highness but. Within a few hours the general one favour on earth,” exclaimed the was at the head of the troops in march gallant veteran. " It is to be suffered for the fortress. Carlo and Carolina to return, and at least attempt to re- followed him. But the enterprise was take the fortress. I feel a weight on
destined to be a bloodless one. The my mind, and a stain on my honour, garrison, destitute of all hope of asuntil I am once more within its ram- sistance, surrendered at the first sumparts."
mons, and the governor exultingly “ It is the very thing which I was received their colours and the swords anxious to hear you propose," was the of their officers on the bastion where
“ You have already wiped he had fought and fallen on the night away every stain. Our last battle was of the surprise. Nothing now was your reply to the empire. The charge wanting to the happiness of all but on the French right was masterly. It the journey to Vienna, the meeting had the vigour of youth and the science with the widowed mother of Sebasti. of age."
ani, who had so long lamented him as “ That charge was not mine," said dead, and the reconciliation with the the general.
aristocratic family of Carolina. All " Whose, then ?" asked the Arch- was speedily accomplished. Even an duke, with an emotion of surprise. Imperial aid-de-camp and colonel of
If I got
Hulans might have been scorned by in a note, which Carlo read for the the proud blood of the German no indulgence of the company. It was blesse. But the favourite officer of the following: the Archduke, and that favourite the • Colonel, - You are now a great hero of the crowning triumph of man; I was the same a fortnight ago, Germany, had claims which must be and may be so a fortnight hence. I acknowledged.
saw to-day that you remembered your On the appointed day, the vast ca- old fellow-trooper in the Hulans ; and thedral saw the rank and loveliness now give you an opportunity of doing of the capital crowded within its walls me a service. I want money; and to to witness the marriage of the lovers whom shall a man apply, if not to his whose continued hazards had so large friends ? Perhaps you think that I ly tried their fidelity and their passion. intended to do you some mischief. Čarlo's romantic Italian features finely No, upon the honour of a Hulan. contrasted with the touching yet vivid But, unless you had been put under expression of Carolina's beauty. Hers arrest, I must bave been shot. You was the young and bewitching loveli- see the necessity of decision in such ness of a Hebe, his the lofty grace of
And I decided. a classic hero. What were pomp of placed on the Archduke's staff, the apparel, diamonds, and orders to only effect was that I did my duty as a either ? Carlo was possessed of the Frenchman-and he gained a victory. woman of his heart. Carolina was For that he has to thank me.
If I wedded to the lord of her affections. threw you into a fortress, the only What could earth give more? They effect was that you met your bride, had deserved to be happy, and they and for that you have to thank me. had obtained happiness.
Thus both the prince and the colonel In the crowd which followed, shout- are my debtors—pay the debts of both. ing round the train of equipages on How I got out of the Austrian prison their return from the cathedral, Carlo is no matter. I am now in the streets caught a glance of a face which he of Vienna, and am starving. Have no would have recognised at the anti- fear of my return; I am tired of Gerpodes. In the keen eye and subtle
Its air is heavy, its people physiognomy he was convinced that heavy, and its theatre heavy. 'I hate he saw his old comrade the corporal! monotony of all kinds. Vive la bagaYet Austrian dungeons are not things telle ! to be trifled with ; nor was Austrian “ P.S.-Send me twenty-five louismilitary law likely to have let his in- d'ors. I shall not stir for less. With veterate_knavery escape its heavy that I shall cross the Rhine, get into hand. The face disappeared, and the the council of Five Hundred, and the incident was forgotten in the more moment I receive my first quarter, as important matters of the festival. one of the Directory, I shall remit you
At the marriage dinner, where the the money. Your friend, principal personages of the noble
" CORPORAL." families were assembled, a valet brought
WILD OATSA NEW SPECIES.
To people of active, out-of-door and accompanies bis long reverie, but life, all bookish men-all men who itself is scarcely heeded. Even when pass a great part of their time in a heeded most, and carefully weighed library-appear to be of the same and scrutinized, the words he reads genus or tribe ; whereas, could they are still the mere utterance of a thought penetrate into libraries, and examine that has thus been carried to him; the operations of the various craftsmen they are not the utterance of this or who are there busily engaged, they that man, and bear on them nothing would find amongst them as great a
of motive or character. Whilst the diversity as between any of the recog- historian, in proportion as he prosenised classes and professions into which
cutes his labours, recalls and reani. mankind from time immemorial have mates some scene of past existence, been parcelled out. The historian and adds detail to detail, till it almost who is balancing conflicting evidence, appears to be again a portion of the piecing out the imperfect record of living world, the philosophic or metaone man by the imperfect record of physic labourer, who is in search of another, hunting a date through many first principles, and is exploring, with volumes, settling names and localities - this purpose, the furthest recesses of such a one, when compared with the the human mind, departs at every step slow and painful revolver of philoso- more completely from all detail, and phical subtleties, the metaphysician, every familiar object, and gains as the or him who ponders the laws and me. result of his toil some abstract truth, ditates on the fate of human society- if truth it be, which, after all, no man is quite a man of business, a very gossip seems to care for but himself. Like withal. He cross-examines his wit. the celebrated traveller, whose ambinesses with all the vigour of forensic tion it was to detect the source of the contest, sifts their character, tests their Nile, he leaves behind him the broad credibility, racks their narrative; in stream with its fertile and populous his search for truth he seems to be banks, whereon city and temple have moving amongst living men, elbowing been built-he bends his devoted course the crowd, clearing his way past this
to where the river of life grows more or that vociferating scoundrel, and and more narrow, more and more si. boldly accusing the loudest amongst lent, as he proceeds—and at length them of his falsehood, or partiality, or stands alone, in brief and troubled garbled testimony. His books, which rapture, over a discovery which may are tumbled and tossed and up-heaped still be dubious, and in which no one around him, are not only well or ill participates. As to those more active written, logical or illogical, but they spirits who busy themselves with exare honest or dishonest; they have a perimental philosophy, who bring a character to sustain-he calls them his laboratory into the library, mingle authorities—they are speaking on their retorts and air-pumps with books, ink, historic oath, and not merely as a cri- and paper, or sally forth with geologic tic, but with all the severity and dig. hammer, smiting this way and that nity of a judge, does he censure or with such men it is perpetual holiday: commend. The books of a specula- they have no school hours. They are tive man, on the contrary, lie open a sort of spies on the operations of quite tranquilly before him—the page Dame Nature, and infinite delight they turns slowly-they are the things that have in detecting any of those stealthy set his own thoughts in motion, and proceedings which she appears so with those thoughts, whether the books anxious to conceal. Nay, they are lie there or not, he is chiefly engaged. described as being licensed to put her What he reads is all along so mingled to the torture to extract the truth from with and modified by his own reflec. her, which expression, if the unsotions, that at the end of his labours he phisticated tendencies of our boyish can scarcely tell what was his own days are to be consulted, conveys a and what the author's. The written sense of exquisite pleasure in those words on the page have been like mu- experiments by which they wring out sic to a thoughtful man, which prompts her slow confessions. We have heard