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flanked a mare with his gig-whip, but this awful “ Very well, my lord,” said Tom, rather disvisitation was too much. Boots, looking-glass, and comforted at being cut out of his revenge on the table swam with a distracted whirl before his eyes; bagman, “ I shall ask him something else;" and he uttered a feeble yell, and immediately lapsed he commenced his examination in right earnest. into a swoon.
Grobey, however, stood steadfast to the letter of It was bright morning when he awoke. He his previous testimony. started up, rubbed his eyes, and endeavored to per- Another witness was called ; and to my surprise suade himself that it was an illusion. To be sure the Scottish Vidocq appeared. He spoke to the there were the boots untouched, the coat, the hat, apprehension and the search, and also to the characand the portmanteau ; but where—oh where-were ter of the prisoner. In his eyes she had long been the watch and the plethoric pocket-book, with its chronicled as habit and repute a thief. bunch of bank-notes and other minor memoranda ? “ You know the prisoner then ?! said Strachan Gone-spirited away; and with a shout of despair rising. old Grobey summoned the household.
• I do. Any time these three years.” The police were straightway taken into his confi- “ Under what name is she known to you?” dence. The tale of the midnight apparition-of “ Betsy Brown is her real name, but she ha's the Demon Lady-was told and listened to, at first gone by twenty others.” with somewhat of an incredulous smile; but when * By twenty, do you say?
?" the landlold stated that an unknown damosel had “ There or thereabouts. She always flies at high been sojourning for two days at the hotel, that she game ; and, being a remarkable clever woman, she had that morning vanished in a hackney-coach with passes herself off for a lady." out leaving any trace of her address, and that, “ Have you ever seen her elsewhere than in moreover, certain spoons of undeniable silver were Glasgow ?!! amissing, Argus pricked up his ears, and after some I have." few preliminary inquiries, issued forth in quest of
66 Where?” the fugitive. Two days afterwards the fair Sa- " At Jedburgh.” ville was discovered in a temperance hotel ; and al- I cannot tell what impulse it was that made me though the pocket-book had disappeared, both the twitch Strachan's gown at this moment. It was rocognizable notes and the watch were found in her not altogether a suspicion, but rather a presentipossession. A number of pawn-tickets, also, which ment of coming danger. Strachan took the hint were contained in her reticule, served to collect and changed his line. from divers quarters a great mass of bijouterie, “Can you specify any of her other names ?" amongst which were the Blenheim spoons.
There are half-a-dozen of them here Such was Mr. Grobey's evidence as afterwards on the pawn-tickets. Shall I read them?" supplemented by the police. Tom rose to cross- “ If you please." examine.
“ One diamond ring, pledged in name of Lady “Pray, Mr. Grobey,” said he, adjusting his Emily Delaroche. A garnet brooch and chain gown upon his shoulders with a very knowing and Miss Maria Mortimer. Three gold seals—Mrs. determined air, as though he intended to expose his Markham Vere. A watch and three emerald studs victim—"Pray, Mr. Grobey, are you any judge of the Honorable Dorothea Percystuds ?”
There was a loud shriek from the bar, and a bus“ I ain't a racing man,” replied Grobey, “ but I tle—the prisoner had fainted. knows an oss when I sees it."
I looked at Strachan. He was absolutely as " Don't equivocate, sir, if you please. Recol- white as a corpse. lect you are upon your oath,' said Strachan, irri- My dear Tom,” said I,“ had n't you better go tated by a slight titter which followed upon Grobey's out into the open air?”
I mean studs, sir-emerald studs for “ No !" was the firm reply ; “I am here to do example ?"
my duty, and I 'll do it.” "I ain't. But the lady is," replied Grobey. And in effect the Spartan boy with the fox gnaw“ How do you mean, sir ?”
ing into his side, did not acquit himself more hero“ 'Cos there vos five pair on them taken out of ically than my friend. The case was a clear one, pawn with her tickets.'
no doubt, but Tom made a noble speech, and was “ How do you know that, sir?"
highly complimented by the judge upon his ability. "'Cos I seed them."
No sooner, however, had he finished it than he left “Were you at Jedburgh, sir, in the month of the court. April last?
I saw him two hours afterwards. * I was."
“ Tom," said I, " about these emerald studs“Do you recollect seeing me there?"
I think I could get them back from the Fiscal.” Perfectly.”
“ Keep them to yourself. I'm off to India.” “ Do you remember what passed upon that occa- “ Bah!-go down to the Highlands for a sion ?"
month." “You was rather confluscated, I think.”
Tom did so; purveyed himself a kilt; met an There was a general laugh.
heiress at the Inverness Meeting, and married her. “ Mr. Strachan," said the judge mildly, “ I am He is now the happy father of half-a-dozen children, always sorry to interrupt a young counsel, but I and a good many of us would give a trifle for his really cannot see the relevancy of these questions. practice. But to this day he is as mad as a March The court can have nothing to do with your com- hare if an allusion is made in his presence to any munications with the witness. I presume I need kind of studs whatsoever. not take a note of these latter answers.'
A REMINISCENCE. Dear Reader, it is long since we have formally We once chanced to spend a Sabbath at the addressed you. We might, as the usual custom in Presbyterian church in Noitoway, Virginia, not as such case is, fill half our letter with false excuses, distance from any house ; the tall trees at intervals
a doer, but as a hearer of the word. It was at a such as the heat of the weather, or that we had surrounded it, at the ends of whose flexile branches been on a trip to Mexico, or to Palestine. But we the horses' bridles were fastened, and whose dewill simply state that sometime ago, soon after the licious shade at once imparted coolness to the worearthquake, we felt a slight motion of our office, shippers and solemnity to the worship. The house (which is the upper part of a large and strong brick was unpainted, and, if we remember right, unbuilding,) when we discovered that the house, with the place of northern pews. In one corner of this
floored, nothing but benches without backs taking stone foundations, cellar and all, had been taken up | low and long building, elevated two or three feet in the air, through which we were carried in a above the ground, a pen was erected to serve as a southerly direction, so steadily that we could scarce- pulpit; it seemed to have been built in some respects ly feel the motion. All the volumes and numbers after the pattern shown by the temple of Solomon ; of the Living Age, which have accumulated through sound of the hammer been heard. The boards were
for evidently the plane had not come upon it, or the ages past, remained undisturbed on their shelves, placed longitudinally, and had been sawed off at and after we had recovered from the first alarm we such an unlucky length, that the head of the continued to read as usual. Here was something preacher just peered above them as he rose to speak. which brought old times back to our recollection. Long we sat and waited for the parties under the We used to read the “Arabian Nights" for amuse
trees and about the building to come in. At length
they took their seats, well dressed, without an exment, little thinking that our own experience was
ception well-formed and well-looking, and paying to prove the truth of the wonderful stories of houses respectful attention to the services as they proceeded. being carried away by Genii. Well, at length we Perhaps there was a congregation of seventy-five were placed upon the earth again as gently as we persons, nearly all of whom were men. The were taken up. We saw no princess of China— preacher arose, dissipating our fears of his non-enat least we have nothing to say about her. We tity both by the sound of his voice and the evident
indications of a head. The discourse was wellnow discovered that the Genius who had done all reasoned and pious, and we doubt not edifying to this was of a quiet and benevolent appearance- others; but for ourselves, we must confess it, we (especially if you did n't ask too many questions) lost the benefit between the sense of the ludicrous -and he explained to us that he had done it by the and the fear lest the worthy preacher, whose chin same means which were used to make the enchanted seemed to graze upon the ends of the pulpit boards, horse go through the air—that is, by turning a peg. caught in the pillory and strangled. But “ all is
at some moment of impassioned oratory would be The name of this genius is James Brown. Upon well that ends well," the sermon was brought to a looking about us we discovered that the part of close, and we escaped witnessing so distressing : the earth on which we are now placed is thirteen catastrophe. feet south of that which we inhabited before, and
Then there was the singing ; it rings in our ears that the removal of our house was by order of the to this day, and will till we die. The preacher read city of Boston, which had determined to widen hymn-book in the congregation; and, excepting a
a hymn; but, excepting his own, there was not a Broomfield street that much, in order that more venerable Methodist brother present, not a singer. room should be given to the crowds who came to His whitened locks, permitted to luxuriate to the subscribe to the Living Age. We are grateful, utmost when everything else was in decay, and and hereby invite the mayor and aldermen to order floating in all directions as the sportive wind rushed a complete set for each family in the city. (Peo- that seventy-five or eighty winters had passed over
in through the open doors and windows, showed ple at a distance had better send their orders without him. His countenance, though serious, beamed
with intelligence, benignity, and devotion ; nor The removal of such a building without injury, could we tell whether it was more pleasant to see or with its foundation walls, is thought to be a very good to hear him. He was plainly dressed ; a staff supjob, and we hope that Mr. Brown will get some vices when he saw this part of divine worship likely
ported his feeble frame; and, volunteering his serthing more than reputation by it. We asked him to be omitted, he rose from his bench, marched forwhether he could not remove a Pennsylvania coal- ward to the pulpit, and placing his back against the mine to this neighborhood ; but were informed that rough boards directly in front of the minister, leaned it would be expensive, and that when brought here forward upon his staff for double support. As was the rent would eat up all the profit.
the custom once in New England and now at the The motive power, as we said before, was six " deaconed” the hymn, reading but two lines at a
south, both from habit and necessity, the preacher screws placed against Broomfield street. How the time. The patriarch, striking a familiar tune, walls were prepared for removal we cannot here raised his broken voice ; the words were touching ; explain, but will give full information to every one the tune a simple melody, but full of devotion and of our subscribers who will call upon us.
tenderness. All was solemn; the day, the dark As there is still room in the letter, we copy for you the image of "primitive simplicity, the reverent and
trees towering over us, the rude forest sanctuary," from the Congregational Journal
silent congregation, and to us, the thought of home
and friends far away. There he stood, the old pa- | a general European war,) has been fully discussed triarch, pouring out from his heart the big emo- in this number; but we add from the Times a tions seeking utterance, and which sweeter, diviner few remarks upon the deputies who are to assemble strains, never bore up to heaven. Then did we first know the power of music; science, cultivation, at Rome to make known to the Pope the wishes choirs, organs, they are all nothing worth compared and wants of the provinces : with the simple melody of that old man, pilgrimlike with staff in hand, ready to pass over Jordan, ourselves received, says that the
deputies chosen are
“A private letter from Rome, which we have and long since, as we doubt not, singing the song most of them men well known to the public for their of the Lamb on Mount Zion. . For a long time that tune escaped our recollection, and no effort could patriotic principles. The same letter informs us recall it; perhaps the old saint took it along with chosen for the National Guards of Rome. It in a
that much importance is attached to the uniform him to heaven; at length it came rushing back by a mere act of spontaneity, awakening all the great measure resembles that of the ancient Romans, thoughts and emotions of that by-gone day, with Rome, as was the case in France at the commence
and has given rise already to some fears that in hearty good wishes to the Presbyterianism and Methodism of Nottoway county, Virginia.
ment of the revolution, the choice of costume may give rise to notions which will embarrass the gov
ernment, if it should, as intimated in a recent procWe are indebted to the Protestant Churchman forlamation of the pro-governor, endeavor to impede selecting this noble sonnet by Blanco White : the march of liberal doctrines. This proclamation,
while it declares that the government will conNIGHT.
duct the inquiry relative to the late conspiracy Mysterious night! when our first parent knew with impartial and severe justice, adds that it will
Thee, from report divine, and heard thy name, also punish with severity the excessive zeal of per
Did he not tremble for this lovely frame sons who, by their conduct, might compromise the This glorious canopy of light and blue?
good relations which subsist with foreign countries ; Yet 'neath a current of translucent dew,
from which it is inferred the government dreads givBathed in the rays of the great setting flame, ing offence to Austria. Hesperus with the hosts of heaven came,
“ Letters from Rome of the 28th ult. mention And lo! creation widened in man's view.
that the Austrian cabinet had addressed a note to Who could have thought such darkness lay con- the pontifical government, in which it declared ceal'd
that, in the event of any disturbances in the dominWithin thy beams, O sun? or who could find, ions of the church remaining unrepressed, or crimes Whilst fly, and leaf, and insect stood reveald, being unpunished, Austria would consider the pope
That to such countless orbs thou mad'st us blind? incapable of maintaining order in his states, and feel Why do we, then, shun death with anxious strifeit her duty to interfere. General Radetsky, comIf light can thus deceive, wherefore not life? mander-in-chief of the Austrian army in Lombardy,
had been empowered to act according to circum
stances. It was reported that Cardinal Ferretti Persons desirous of availing themselves of a prof- had, in consequence of that notification, ordered the itable investment, might purchase out the claim of Swiss regiments, and all the troops disposable, to Mr. Hinkley, an account of which we copy from a march toward the northern frontier. New York paper :
“ Letters from Naples of the 28th ult. say that
considerable agitation prevailed in that country. It Curious APPLICATION.—Among the volumi- was rumored that an insurrection had broken out nous correspondence, daily received at the office of at Cosena, and that troops had been despatched the mayor of this city, there are occasionally some against the insurgents, under the command of Genvery queer missives. The following is a specimen, eral Statella, whom the king had invested with the which we print verbatim et literatim as it came from powers of an alter ego. According to another ruthe post-office. It explains itself, but does not mor, Col. Caribaldi, commander of the Italian legion explain how the writer came to let his claim lie at Montevideo, had arrived on the coast of Sicily, in dormant for such a length of time, to the loss of the an English vessel, with 300 men.” interest : August the 8th 1847.
We have just received a budget of letters from a years since I bought a lottery ticket that was drawn very intelligent naval officer in the Pacific ; but unin the Sitte of new york & I was informed that the fortunately they have been so long on the way, that ticket drew five thousan Dollars but I have lost the what was once news has become history. There ticket but I will make oath that I have lost it & iff are however a few paragraphs which have not enthe money can be got I want you to write to me & tirely lost their interest. The first of which we let me know all about the matter.
shall copy is dated at the Sandwich Islands. I am a new yerker and is ver pore & iff ticket “Our officers are all much pleased with the mishas not drew anything I want yer to mage up some- sionaries. They are plain in their habits, easy in thing for my supyort &and send to me yours with their demeanor, and intelligent in their conversation. respect.
They have none of that sternness which a sectarian Isaac. Hinkley puts on, who would throw his religion into his looks,
and yet they are free from all that lightness which We copy from the Journal of Commerce the fol- They have cheerfulness without levity, and sobriety
is incompatible with a high and earnest purpose. lowing article upon California. The threatened without austerity. They are far from being men war by Austria against Italy, (which would be lof one idea ; their mental horizon is broad. They
have impressed their genius upon all the social hab- “ The sober truth is, the mass of the people here its and civil institutions of the islanders. Indeed, all have become thoroughly sick of Mexican rule. All that exists here, upon which the eye of the Chris- the revenues of the country have gone for years into tian or philanthropist can rest with satisfaction, has the pockets of a few individuals, who have figured emerged, through their influence, from a tide of bar- here under the authority of Mexican commissioners, barisın, as the islands themselves have risen from while law, order, and all the great interests of the the ocean by the action of the volcano.
country have been left to shirk for themselves. They have many difficulties with which to con- There are not, as near as I can learn, twenty famitend, growing out of the ignorance and untoward- lies in California, save those connected with the ness of the natives; and it is a burning shame that Mexican government, who do not openly or secretly these should be enhanced by the avarice and profli- encourage the revolution. Every week brings in a gacy of foreign residents. Their worst opponents report of some new village having risen and run up are those who cone here from Christian lands to the American flag. One of the Mexican prefects
. indulge in vice and make money. These are the who owns a large extent of country and commands men who decry the missionaries, obstruct their influ- a great many tenants, has fortified his castle and ence, and einbroil themselves with the government. run up our flag. It would be a mercy to the living, were they sunk “The Mormon emigrants, whom we left at Honuin an earthquake, and the wild sea knelling their lulu, in the Brooklyn, numbering one hundred and death-dirge."
seventy, will be here in a few days. They purpose [The following remarks from the same correspon- settling on the bay of San Francisco. They surdent, relative to the origin the revolut in Cali- vived their passage round Cape Horn in good confornia, are not without interest.]
dition. They are a plain, thrifty people-many of “ This revolution originated in an attempt, on the them mechanics. They are mosily from the Baplist part of the Mexican authorities, to drive out the and Methodist persuasions. Their Mormonisin is Americans who had settled here, on the plea that a thing which has been superinduced on their prethey had not complied with the laws of citizenship. vious belief, like Millerism on the faith of other These laws require that every one, who would pos- sects. Out here it will probably blow away, as fog sess an interest in the soil, should marry a native from a rock. Every one of them will join the revof California and become a member of ihe Roman olution. They have rifles and can fight. But for Catholic church. These laws could not be com- the revolution they would not have been permitted plied with, unless the emigrant would consent to to land, except by force. The captain of the Brookrepudiate his wife and his religion. Reduced to this lyn, who is a Baptist, told me he had never been extremity, they took up arms, and they are resolved among a more quiet, well-behaved and devout peonever to lay them down till California shall be a free ple. They had their morning and evening prayers and independent republic. Their first step will be all the way over the ocean. They don't like to be to connect themselves with the United States ; even called Mormons. They wish to be called Latterthe English emigrants openly avow this.
CONTENTS OF No. 175.
1. Bennett's Six Weeks' Journey in Ireland,
529 2. Coulter's Adventures in South America,
530 3. Duplop's Travels in Central America,
534 4. Sketches of Ireland Sixty Years ago,
537 5. Inside of an English Omnibus,
538 16. Italy and the Pope,
541 7. Rejection of Mr. Macaulay and others,
543 8. Edwards' Voyage up the Amazon,
545 9. Memoirs of Queen Louisa of Prussia,
547 10. Mind and Matter,
549 11. The Living and the Dead,
Sharpe's Magazine, 12. Memoirs of an Old Arm Chair,
558 13. The Emerald Studs,
561 14. Correspondence,
574 Scraps.—Death turned to Life ; Queen's Visit to Scotland, 543--English Foreign Policy, 545–
Affairs of China, 546—Paredes; Professor Wilson, 551—IIouse of Guelph, 555—Who wants
a Crown, 556. Poetry.--Eternal Justice, 555—Coming Events ; Railway Riding, 556—Flowers from an Old
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From the North British Review. learning or of science, which does not owe much to 1. Sibylle, Eine Selbstbiographie. (Sibylle, an Auto- female culture within the last half century. Wher
biography.) Von Ida Grafin Hahn Hahn. ever ladies have gone they have done good service ; Berlin, 1846.
and the only question which remains a question with 2. Gräfin Faustine. Von Ida Grafin Hahn Hahn. us, is, whether they have not occasionally quitted a Berlin, 1845.
sphere in which their usefulness must have been 3. Zwei Frauen. (The Two Wives.) Von Ida Gra- great, and in which they alone could labor, for one Fin Hahn Hahn. Berlin, 1845.
in which their interposition was not very urgently 4. Cecil. Von Ida Grafin Hahn Haun. Berlin, required. A lady who spends her nights in gazing 1844.
through a telescope may possibly in time discover a 5. Sigismund Forster. Von Ida Grafin Hahn star; and for this, her patient watching, we hope Hahn. Berlin, 1843.
we should be able to feel the degree of gratitude 6. Erinnerungen aus und an Frankreich. (Recollec- which it merited, and should be delighted to hear
tions from and of France.) Von IDA GRAFIN the luminary in after time called by the name of the Hahn Hahn. Berlin, 1842.
fair discoverer—the Julia— Adelaide, or Seraphina 7. Orientalische Briefe. Berlin, 1840.
star, as the case might be ; still, we do not affirm 8. Reisebriefe. Berlin, 1841.
very positively that this same lady would not have
been better employed in putting her children to bed, GEOLOGISTS tell us that the present state of the and in seeing to the proper rehabilitation of the earth's surface is altogether different from that which garments of her lord. True, a nurse can put chilformerly existed. Productions which would have dren to bed. It is not less true, however, that no beon impossible in the earlier stages of the earth's nurse can put children to bed as a mother can, nor development are now abundant on every side; give them ihat parting kiss, which, like the benewhereas others, of the existence of which we have diction of a guardian spirit, sheds light over their the most indubitable traces, have long since ceased childish dreams; and as for the husband, few hus
bands we believe are taken bound to become astronChanges pretty nearly analogous seem to have omers in their contracts of marriage, and where this taken place in the intellectual world ;-and of one has not been done it is hard to punish them for their hiped in particular, now very abundant, we have insensibility, by compelling them to listen to the failed to discover any organic remains, in the earlier learned harangues of an astronomical wife, while the social formations-we mean the literary lady. Poet- maid of all work is breaking the cups and saucers esses we have had since the age of Sappho; and in the kitchen. That nature intended different deMadame de Sevigné, we presume, was not the first partments in life to belong to men and to women, mother who wrote letters to her daughter sufficiently seems to us sufficiently obvious from the duties spirituelles to merit that they should be handed about which she has positively imposed on the female. for perusal in the circle of her friends. But the Of these, the first is the care of the young. Bring authoress by premeditation, who coolly enters into a a man in contact with a new-born child, and he is compact with the demon of types, and perpetrates a quite as helpless as the child itself. If he attempts couple of 8vo. vols. of 300 pages, every twelve or to handle it, the creature screams with instinctive cighteen months, is a being who could have been the horror. Pretty nearly the same holds true with result only of the presently existing social condition regard to all the domestic duties. A bachelor's of the earth's inhabitants. Our narrow-minded ances- housekeeping is an awkward business at the best : tors considered the family circle as the proper sphere arranged upon theory, cumbersome, clumsy, and of female activity; and she to whom nature had been expensive, it differs as much from the natural family more kind than to her sisters in general was con- as the constitutions which have been given to the tented to employ her talents in cheering and adorning modern European states differ from those which her domestic abode. If the influence of her sprightly have grown out of the genius of the people. It converse was felt and acknowledged by her husband possesses no internal living principle-neither beauand her children, she sought no wider range of use iy nor happiness; it is essentially inorganic. But fulness, but consoled herself with the reflection, whilst we would counsel our fair friends to refrain that what her exertions wanted in extent they gained from wearisome blue-stocking nonsense on every in intensity, and that she did much without trav- subject ending in ology, as likely, in the general elling far. She played, in short, a woman's part, case, to lead them away from their natural and true according to the idea of a woman which then pre-position, we are far from insinuating that there is no vailed; and if she did this well, she was satisfied. species of authorship in which they may not properly
Our modern ladies, however, are in the habit of and profitably engage. If it be true that the family measuring both their rights and their duties by a is the proper sphere of female activity, it follows very different standard ; and there is now scarcely that a man can never understand so well as a woman any province of exertion into which we can travel its internal relations. In so far as he is concerned, where we shall not be certain of abundance of lady the domestic affections are and must be cultivated associates.
in his leisure hours : they are not, and ought not But whilst we make these observations, let not to be, the business of his life. Other cares and other our fair readers imagine that we are guilty, either of duties press upon him, from the time when he first the sin of ingratitude for their exertions, or of the enters upon his education till the hour when his folly of depreciating their labors. We freely admit dotage begins. His intellectual being must be cultithat there is scarcely any department, either of vated to the utmost, in order that he may play his