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Caroline of Brunswick herself retired behind the It so happened, that on this morning, as I sat draperies of her box, after acknowledging her alone in the drawing-room, awaiting Colonel daughter's welcome.
| Tarragon's promised visit, the memory of my Lord Dornington not only remained in our old music-master came vividly across me. “Ah box all the evening, but even accompanied us if I could but see him," I thought; "could but home. For all that, Colonel Tarragon contrived hear him say, “ My child I” I little thought, as to hand me into the carriage. How little I ex-I sat there, in how short a space of time my pected the parting words he uttered! “Isabella, wish would be gratified. Presently a well-known for heaven's sake say you will let me speak to knock came to the door, and I could only hope you alone to-morrow-quick! your answer! and trust that the sounds thereof might not What time?"
penetrate to Lady Laura's apartments. "Twelve o'clock : my father will be engaged, L I had not time, though, to dwell on my fears, and Lady Laura not risen."
for Colonel Tarragon, running up-stairs with “Enough! God bless you-bless you !" the familiarity accorded to “my lady's brother"
Oh, benison, sweeter to my ear than that by the servants, entered the room. I forgot of holiest saints! Oh First Love! Child clothed everything in the agitation of that moment. in rose-coloured garments, garlanded with the Our hands were clasped together, and Vincent's green leaves of youth and hope, what shall re-arm encircled my waist, before I found breath to place the entrancement of your illusions ? Other expostulate. loves may come-firmer, more solid, more lasting " Isabella, dearest, beloved, you must have
but when your rainbow-tints have faded, there guessed my secret. Now I must know yours. is left but the cold grey shadows, the twilight | Are you engaged yet to old Dornington ?" realities gathering fast unto the night. What “Lord Dornington! good heavens! no. Till thoughts came flashing over me! Perhaps I had last night, when you looked 60 strangely, not, afterall, deceived myself-perhaps Lord Dor I had not a suspicion of the Earl's intentions, nington's fussiness had given Vincent the oppor- and perhaps I am wrong : I hope so." tunity of speaking without Lady Laura's hearing; “No, czy Isabella, you will be forced to enter for he stood, poor old gentleman, bare-headed, at into the engagement. My sister told me you the opposite window of the carriage, asking had consented without a murmur. Liar!'' some foolish question before entering, and then, and he grasbed his teeth," she knew I loved as he stepped deliberately in, Lady Laura impa you." tiently gave the longed-for word- Home !""
“Is this possible ? Love me!”
“ Possible ! my love, give me credit for the
effort to hide from you the feelings existing CHAP. XXIII.
almost from our first interview-how little I If my reader imagines that I was prone to
guessed what consequences would arise from the forget old friends at this period, having made no
acquaintance of Lady Laura's much abused stepmention of Mr. Benvolere since my departure
daughter! Possible to love you! How would it from Mnemosyne House, he or she, will commit
be possible to live in your society, to mark your a very grave error in judgment. That I had pu
had pure life and purity of thoughts, in a little lost sight of my dear master was certain ; but I
world of corruption, and not love such goodhad constantly regretted it, and it had been
| ness? I have fancied too - psha! what a puppy mainly bis own fault. I knew not, indeed, if
love inakes a man! I, I know, I ask too much ; he were alive or dead. I had received one note
but I must leave here, Isabella ; and if I do so from him, soon after I went to Hamden House,
with the knowledge that you are to be another's, to tell me he was going abroad for some time,
and that other, old, doting-and believe me, not for the purpose of bringing home his sister who
worthy of you-I should, I say, go mad. But had been left a widow at Tours. He also
no, I am assured you will not enter into this mentioned that he had arranged for a friend to
alliance: and you do not despise me?" take charge of his professional business till he
“Despise you! Ah, Vincent, I fear my returned. There was no address to this letter, | unguarded behaviour has told you something indeed I found afterwards that Mr. Benvolere very different.” had written it at an inn just previous to starting “No indeed, you deceive yourself. Sometime® for Dover. I had repeatedly enquired his frigid as ice; sometimes-yet pause: I tell you to address at music-shops, and of the professor who reflect before you make me delirious with joy by attended at Miss Norman's, but could not a confession which Isabella Castlebrook, I tell succeed in attaining it. The "London Di- you I am a sad dog ; there's no denying it. rectory," if there were anything like an orga- Mind I do not call inyself that name as the old nized directory in those days, had not arrived at uncles and fathers in comedies do their gay, its present pitch of perfection. The humble generous, fine-hearted heirs. No: I mean, that musician's name was not in the "Blue Book," so in my own way, I am as good for notbing as my I had to fret in secret because I could not find brother Tarragon, or my sister. Castlebrook. him. One thing I used to say, when indulging We are all good for nothing. Some one of our my regrets at the loss of so kind and Norman ancestors -heaven knows who--that we sympathising a friend"Benvolere knows where boast of so much, had bitter black blood in bis to write to me."
| veins, and he bequeathed a drop or two to his posterity, and it taints all the bettermost naturel "And they must be so to you. Dear Vincent, in us. Oh Isabella, reflect ; if you wed with me, have you not heard Mr. Moore talk about his you wed debt and difficulty. My father allows cottage, home, and his wife? He seems to me, me two hundred a year, that about pays my when in society, always longing for the time to landlady and my laundress, but now that I have go back to them, and yet who is so much the my colonel's full pay, and chance of promotion, I spoiled child of the world as he? I remember might do better, I believe, if- But no. If any when I noticed that trait in his character, I of the honour of the Old-Tree pedigree be left thought of what I read at school, that the in my soul; why, I say, let it not be tarnished. Romans had a kind of cake, made of honey, But the worst is, I am in debt."
which even after their most sumptuous and I cast down my eyes, I could not reproach splendid feasts, they could eat of with fresh him, that would seem so selfish : a few minutes appetite. Vincent, home seems to me the honey. ago I had no right even to do so; but I wished cake, to wbich a man rightly constituted should to offer some consolation, 80 I said
turn with fresh zest after all the satiety of "I could live on very little, and I never wish fashionable life." to go out."
"But, dearest, we are moralizing, and forget. "Sweet victim, do you think I would allow ing how precious time is. Isabella, I am recalled you to make a holocaust of your youth and to my regiment. My sick-leave, by special favour beauty! Besides, dear simpleton, know that is has been renewed and renewed till now, if I not the way to hold a man after you have snared delay, my honour itself will be in danger, nay" him. No: the plain truth is, we are selfish for I turned pale—"nothing can part us now, brutes, and would rather see our wives admired unless they make you, my love, waver.” and resplendent, though they run us in debt for I I gave one glance-it was enough-be held their jewels and clothes, than behold them out his arms, and my lips were pressed by those moping at home, with pale cheeks and a red rim which worlds would not have convinced me round their eyes, cultivated mainly by sitting up could ever breathe falsehood or treachery. He till day break, waiting for us to come home from placed on my finger an emerald ring. "The save the mark !-our pleasures."
emblem of hope," he whispered tenderly. “You "An encouraging picture !” smiling some- / shall hear from me as soon as an opportunity what uneasily, for a dim idea haunted me, that presents itself. Meantime, Isabella, “Faith and. Colonel Tarragon had not himself rested during Hope, remember, are our watchwords." the past night, and that his sarcasms on himself A few minutes after, I was weeping alone in and bis sex might be simply owing to the the empty drawing-room. I was free when I repentance of dissipation. It was, however, entered; now I was bound beart and soul to impossible to hintsuch a suspicion, so I wenton- another-my first, best love. How fully I
"I should not like you to be deceived. Ideemed it then, my last and only one ! do not believe, dear Vincent, I shall have any money when I marry."
"Neither do I. My dear one, if you will wed me, we must forget there is any money in the world.”
A SKETCH FROM REAL LIFE. “ You jest. How are we to exist then?” “Oh! who talks of the romance of youth?
BY JANE M'KENNA. Isabella, you ought to think only of dew, roses,
Adown her tapering back, her hair unbound sunbeams, a cottage where wreaths of wood
In curls hung shivering. bine hide the chimney, whose thin blue smoke
From her pale lips, poor love, there came no sound, is the sole token of the ignoble fact that, within,
They were so sad and quivering. Damon and Phillis are cooking beans and bacon.”
Her lovely hands, so stony and so white, "After all then, even you admit that love is Seemed as if asking kisses. not fed, chamelion-like, on air?”.
Where could you find so beautiful a sight "I fear not. Love is a true glutton : he must Amid mere worldly misses ? be fed with incense, with praises of the beloved one from the wide mouth of the world. What Her cottage lay within a sweet green wood; boots it that I wear on my finger the most price
She tended flowers, less diamond, if none but myself perceive or
| And gaily forth the young maid lightly would value my treasure ?"
Trip 'neath spring showers. I was indignant, “Colonel Tarragon, if I
Until the dark knight of the castle came, thought you serious-but no! Yet this levity
With beard and brow of gloom ; offends and hurts me, deeply, I assure you."
For them at length there burst love's fatal flame “My love! Is this a world to be serious in?"
In bud and bloom. “Yes indeed--and to be as good in as we can, and one in which, above all, we must do They met! yes met. Ayc, morn, and noon, and night our duty."
They pledged love's vow; " Dear monitor, these things seem easy to | But on their love there fell a cruel blight.
Behold her now!
Ye Chronicle of ye Discrete 1
Flowers are Beauty's eldest daughters,
Ever fresh and fair.
By the sunny, sparkling waters
Flowers are blusbing there.
'Mid the woods, all dim and hoary, Him, who a prey to some distemper strange
All with lichens gray, In consorts ost required a speedy change.
Pale primroses, like a glory,
Make the greensward gay. At three P.M., while supped a wealthy lord,
Waving broom all golden yellow His numerous household all around the board,
Decks the sunny spring, His child in secret sought the grecnwood shade
And the autumn sunbeams mellow, To list a lovo-suit that her sire forbade.
Heather-bells will bring.
But now they hear the castle-chapel bell;
Season of life, thou Pentecost
Soft thoughts and fancies bring ;
How should we greet thee, Spring !
BRUSSELS DURING THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO.
Early in March, 1815, it was rumoured in Congress of Vienna, and taken the command of Brussels, that on the 26th of the preceding the allied army. It was necessary that he should month the Emperor Napoleon had escaped from be early on the spot, because Napoleon had his little island kingdom of Elba, and landed numerous partisans in Belgium, who were ready, with about a thousand of his faithful guard, and if an opportunity occurred, openly to espouse such of his civil and military officers as still his cause. The Flemish had not been satisfied clung to his standard, near Cannes, on the coast with the union forced upon them by the Congress of Provence. This astounding news was soon of Vienna; a union with a country totally verified. He had reached Grenoble, and taken different from their own in manners, religion, possession of its citadel. The forces sent to and commercial interest. The workmen of Liege encounter him had joined him as the heart of were said to be deeply disaffected to Holland. one man. Lyons, the second city in France, Many of the Belgians had fought under had succumbed to his arms. His victorious Bonaparte. In fact, fully expecting to occupy eagles were once more about to alight on the Brussels, he had already dictated the following domes of the Tuileries. He had arrived in Paris proclamation to the Belgians, and the inhabitants on the evening of the 20th. On the same day of the left bank of the Rhine :Louis XVIII., so often a fugitive, had set out for Ghent.
"The ephemeral success of my enemies detached At these tidings, the more intelligent inhabit- you for a moment from my Empire. In my exile ants of Brussels were wrought up to a high upon a rock in the sea, I heard your complaints. pitch of excitement. For it was well known
The god of battles has decided the fate of your that at the time Napoleon returned, there was
beautiful provinces : Napoleon is among you. You in France a host of fierce and daring men,
| are worthy to be Frenchmen. Rise in mass, join
my invincible phalanxes, to ready to range themselves under the banner of remainder of those barbarians, who are your enemies
exterminate the their old master. Davoust states, that the
and mine : they fly with rage and despair in their country was overrun with soldiers, just released
hearts. from garrisons on the frontier of the empire; or “By the Emperor, (Signed) NAPOLEON, the prisons of Europe, from Spain to Russia.
"The Major-general of the Army. Most of these counted as many battles as years, " At the Imperial Palace of Laeken. and would be ready to flock round the imperial
"COUNT BERTRAND." eagles, as having no other means of subsistence. It was soon a certainty, that the Congress of It was afterwards discovered that one of the Vienna had determined to hold no negociation principal noblemen of the city had ordered a with the usurper; that he was universally magnificent supper for Napoleon and his staff ; denounced as the enemy and disturber of the and that similar festivities were ready for all the tranquillity of Europe, and that England, officers of the army, in the full expectation that Austria, Russia, Prussia, Hanover, Spain, Wellington and Blucher would be overthrown. Portugal, Sweden, Italy, and the Netherlands An English lady, who arrived in Brussels at were all resolved upon uniting their forces this crisis, gives the following picturesque against the Bonapartist faction. The govern- account of her first impressions on approaching ment of Great Britain were not only prepared to the city :supply men for the coming war; but had "Near Brussels we passed a body of Brunsalready subsidized the continental states with wick Troops (called Black Brunswickers). £11,000,000,
They were dressed in black, and mounted upon The beautiful city of Brussels was daily black horses, and their helmets were surmounted agitated with fresh tidings. It was, so to speak, with tall nodding plumes of black horse-hair, the advanced bastion of Germany and the which gave them a sombre and funereal appearnorth, therefore sure to become the first object ance. As they slowly moved along the road of attack. In order to seize on the precious before us in a long regular procession, they prize, the French legions were gradually draw- | looked exactly like an immense hearse. Some ing near to the frontier of Belgium. Count of these black, ominous looking men kept D'Arlous' corps was at Lille ; Reille's at before us, and entered Brussels along with us . Valenciennes ; Vandamme's was at Mezierès ; | At first we passed through some mean dirty Gerard's at Metz, and Lobau's at Laon. The streets, but the appearance of the town soon imImperial guard, in magnificent order, was pre- | proved. The houses are large, ancient, and highly pared at a moment's notice to start from Paris. ornamented. There is an air of grandeur and As early as the nigbt of April the 4th, the Duke of architectural design in the towns of Flanders, of Wellington had arrived in Brussels from the which is peculiarly striking, on first coming
from the plain ; diminutive, shopkeeper-looking, fascinated by his mysterious influence. The red brick rows of houses in England. The Dutch-Belgian army was in a most unsatisfactory streets of Brussels are narrow, but they have condition. It was described by Sir Henry that air of bustle, opulence, and animation, Harding, in a letter to Lord Stewart, as “Not which characterises a metropolis. To us every- unlike Lord Randecliff's description of a French thing was new and amusing: the people, the pack of hounds : pointers, poodles, turnspits, dresses, the houses, the shops, the very signs all mixed up together, and running in sad diverted us.
confusion." “Everything wore a military aspect; and the The Prussian government bad dispatched to number of troops of different nations, des- the seat of war an army consisting of 115,000 criptions, and dresses, which filled the town, men, commanded by the veteran Prince Blucher, made it look very gay, soldiers' faces, or at least with 312 pieces of cannon. These had entered, their wbite belts and red coats, were to be seen with few exceptions, heart and soul into the at every window; and in our slow progress contest, and were ready to fight Bonaparte to through the streets we were delighted to see the the death. British soldiers, and particularly the Highlanders, On the evening of Thursday, the 15th of laughing and joking with much apparent glee June, an officer arrived in Brussels from Marshal with the inhabitants. On our right we caught | Blucher, to announce that the enemy were a glimpse of the magnificent spire of the Hôtel crossing the frontier, and attacking his advanced de Ville, far exceeding in architectural beauty posts. The Duke of Wellington was sitting anything I remember to have seen. We slowly after dinner, with a party of officers, enjoying continued to ascend the winding of the long the wine and dessert, when he received the im. and steep hill, which leads from the low to the portant intelligence. The Prussians had been high town of Brussels, and the upper part of driven back that day by the French; but the which is called La Montagne du Parc. Passing conflict seemed a mere affair of outposts, and on our left the venerable towers of the cathedral, not likely to proceed much further at present. we reached at last the summit of this huge The best strategists, assembled at this time in • Montagne ;' and the Parc of Brussels, of Brussels, suggested that the enemy intended which we had heard, read, and talked so much, by à false alarm to induce the allies to conunexpectedly opened upon us. What a transition centrate their chief forces near Charleroi, in from the dark, narrow, gloomy streets of the order that he might more successfully make a low town to the lightness, gaiety, and beauty of serious movement on some other point. The the Parc, crowded with officers in every variety troops were ordered to hold themselves in of military uniform, with elegant women, and readiness to march at a moment's notice; but with lively parties and gay groups of British and as yet all was uncertainty as to the precise Belgic people, loitering, walking, talking, and direction of Napoleon's principal attack. sitting under the trees! There could not be a Lest the people of Brussels should be upmore animated, a more holiday scene; every- necessarily alarmed by these events, and to thing looked gay and festive, and everything check the wild rumours which were already spoke of hope, confidence, and busy expectation.” in circulation, the Duke, with many of his
Ever since his arrival in Brussels, the Duke officers, went to a ball given by the Duchess of Wellington with his usual calm presence, had of Richmond at her residence, No. 9, Rue des been occupied in carefully organizing the allied Cendres,* Boulevard Botanique. The romance army. It consisted of about 105,000 men, of of that ball, could it be written, would of itself whoin 35,000 were British, 6,000 King's constitute a remarkable episode in the bistory German Legion, 32,000 Dutch Belgians, and of modern Europe. The saloons were crowded Nassau-men, 7,000 Brunswickers, and 24,000 with a brilliant assemblage of lovely women Hanoverians. These were kept well in hand, scand brave men. The richness and magnificence as to be ready to take the field, when and where of the uniforms, the multitudinous wax lights, the French Emperor should make his attack; the perfume of exotic flowers, the strains of but it was necessary to occupy many points, martial music, formed a rare combination of lest Napoleon should out-manæuvre the allies. enjoyment, in which the poetry of motion was Meanwhile, the Duke of Wellington had issued wonderfully interwoven with that of musical imperative orders for the defence of all the sounds, and with tremendous historical erents ; fortified towns and strong places in the country. events that, at the lapse of half-a-century, still The dykes were cut, and the marsh-lands inun- furnish materials for the bard, the annalist, dated. Antwerp, Ostend, Neiuport, Ypres, Tour- and the critic. nay, Ath, Ghent, and Mons, were to be declared! The ball was at its height when a second in a state of siege, as soon as the French crossed
officer arrived from Blucher. The attack had the frontier. Any governer surrendering his
become serious ; the enemy were in considerable post without sustaining at least one assault,
force ; they had taken Charleroi, and had was to be declared guilty of high treason. This
of high treason: This gained some important advantages over the strong measure was rendered necessary, in con
Prussians. While reading the dispatches, which sequence of the equivocal loyalty of several who held municipal and military rank. In fact, many of the latter had fought under the eagles of Napoleon, many of the former had been * The prosent namo of the street and house.