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more justly be described as oit of his judgment than ing to impoverish it. By the same rule we ought to out of his senses. His senses, indeed, have noth- banish from the language the appropriate phrases, ing to do with the matter, except in being more or stable, kennel, sty, granary, scullery, laundry, and less affected, as it may happen, by the failure of the in their place say, horse-house, dog-house, hogunderstanding.”
house, grain-house, dish-washing-house, clothes“ I can't pretend to resist your reasoning on this dressing-house ; and so on.''
“I cannot deny that there is much force in all Again, a Scotchman is challenged for saying, this; but surely I need not tell you that it is in vain • I'll cause my friend to join me in this undertaking to interfere with fashion in these matters ?" The Englishinan tells him he ought to say make, “ Yes, but I will interfere with fashion ; at least instead of causc. But cause is in this case a much I will show you where I think fashion is wrong. clearer and more correct phrase than make. The I think her so in more respects than in the rejection Scotch have a phrase of their own, which is better of valuable words. Sometimes she makes gross still; they siy, I'll gar my friend ;' but as this corruptions in words which the so-called vulgar is not in court, I 'll say no more about it. So also continue to use correctly. For example, we have we see • To follow out a train of reasoning,' adduced now nettle-rash for the nettle-rush ; the scarf-skin as a Scotticisin in the grammatical books, while it for the scurf-skin; changes utterly indefensible. is impossible for me to find the least objection to it, The epidermis is entiiled to the denomination of or to discover the superiority of the equivalent Eng- scurf-skin, from its being the depository of those lish phrase, “To trace out,'&c. In bread and milk, minute scales which we recognize as scurf. Scarf, and bread and butter, there may be some slight ad- signifying a loose vestment, can obviously have no vantage over the contrary collocation, in which the concern in the case. The disease of rush is liable Scotch indulge ; but what preference there is in the to that term, by reason of its being a thing that vinegar and pepper, for pepper and vinegar, or pen, rushes out. The word rash, in such a case, is mere ink, and paper, for paper, pen, and ink, I cannot nonsense. There are many such corruptions; and perceive or inagine. Neither can I see any advan- I can imagine no class more worthy of reprobation, tage in sugar-basin over sugar-bowl ; indeed, the seeing that they take their rise with those who, utensil is generally much more like a bowl than a from their superior education, might be expected 10 basin, and certainly our associations regarding bowls be the guardians of the language." are more pleasant than those regarding basins. The So let the debate end. After all, language must head of the table, the foot of the table, I grant, are ever be full of anomalies. Taking its rise during inappropriate phrases for what they are applied to ; the ignorance of a people, it must necessarily involve but can it be said that the English phrases, top of many improprieties, too deeply woven into the texthe table, bottom of the table, are more suitable?”! ture to be separated. By and by, literature comes
“Oh, but custom is everything in these cases. to steady and preserve it. Yet, even after that, a We constantly say, top of the table ; sugar-basin ; natural tendency to new phrases is perpetually seen pen, ink, and paper ; and so forth ; and therefore at work amongst almost all classes ; right or wrong, any departure from these rules appears awkward." they force their way into recognition. Grammari
Yes, but the question is, whose customs are to ans, being for the most part only finical about their be observed? You do not consider the Frenchman little rules, fail in general to apprehend the natural guilty of a solecisın because he speaks of surveying forces which give birth to the expressions which a man from foot to head-why, then, a Scotchman they condemn as uncouth and wrong. Almost all for similar peculiarities?''
those expressions could be shown to take form from “Well, it yon are content to be aliens in language, some laws or plans of thought to which our minds I suppose you may be excused.”'
are subject. So also do they treat such peculiarities " Thank you.
I see the joke. But I am not as those called Scotticisms on too narrow a basis ;
There are some of these reprobated not only failing to see the laws of thought at the phrases which seem to me rather to be rejoiced in bottom of them, but entirely overlooking the fact, than otherwise. For instance, a Scotchman uses that the people of the various Anglo-Saxon provcnow as an adjective for enough. There are enow inces, having come from different portions of the of potatoes to serve us all.' This, I humbly submit, cradle-country in Teutchland, differences in their is a positive gain in language, seeing that it gives forms of speech may rather be mere diversities, than us the special word for the special idea. So also things standing in ihe relation of a standard and a it is well for the Scotchman to have swatch for a departure from it. pattern or sample, as applied to cloth, both pattern and sample being in use to express other ideas. The airt of the wind, for the direction of the wind, Light dwells with shadows! mountains frown o'er seems greatly preferable ; both because it is a pecu
vales! liar word, and because it refers to the point from Rocks have their bases hidden from our view; which the wind comes. So also to airt a business, The lightest airs precede the heaviest gales; to be airt in il-hat is, to guide a business, or have The hottest suns provoke the earliest dew! a share in directing it-seem good and eligible Ships which shake out their white-winged spreading phrases. Allow me here to quote an anonymous
sails writer of the first century. • We are taught on no Feel most the blasts that in their wake pursue ; account to make use of the word byre, to denote a Love's sweetest strain some long-lost joy bewails ; house appropriated in the keeping of cows. In its The toil of many is the gain of few. stead we are taught to say cow-house, or stable, Our fairest hopes, to full fruition grown, whichever we please. But if I use the word stable, In forms substantial lose ideal grace, I force a word which has a precise and appropriate And, as we seek to clasp in our embrace meaning-namely, a house for keeping horses-10 The full robed image, it hath turned to stone! express another meaning, which tends only to occa- Thus fade our joys! and, as long as years roll on, sion ambiguity and mistake; and if I use cow-house, Their shadows measure our declining sun! it is certainly a degradation of the language, tend
Translated for the Boston Atlas, from the French of Mery. man in the galley slave. This night, Cardan only CARDAN, THE BIGAMIST-FOUNDED ON FACT.
wore his coarse pantaloons; he had thrown away
his vest among some nettles. Active and vigorous, Before the road of Toulon, and on the western he bounded along more like a bird, or a panther, slope of that ridge of mountains which unite the peak than with the deliberate steps of a man. Having of Coudon with the gorges of Ollioules, are to be arrived under the large trees about the house of seen, on each side, the most charming country-houses Mme. de Mellan, he surveyed the ground with that in all Provence. They all have the same view—the subtle instinct such as nature gives to a wild beast ; sea, the road, the vessels—and, in short, the most and climbing, like a monkey, along a pole that was varied and smiling tableaux. In the warm and leaning upon the back-side of the house, he entered pleasant season, the families assemble on the ter- the chambers of the first story, and, in the course races of these little villas, to recover themselves of five minutes, he had, in the darkness, seen al. somewhat from the overwhelming heat of the day, and visited all, as if he had been lighted either by by the fresh evening breezes that blow from the his red locks or his eyes.
If men like him would turn to good account the The first stars, on the evening of the day of St. powerful faculties he devoted to evil, the human John, 183–, were just appearing above the grey and race would be soon regenerated. Cardan found a naked ridge of Coudon, when, in the silence of the pile of a few crowns in a secretary; he folded them country, was heard the roar of a cannon, which was in the first piece of paper that rattled under his prolonged, in echoes, from the hill of Lamalgue into hands. He contented himself with this small sum, the depths of Ollioules. An electric movement of which was suficient for his urgent wants, and terror kept pace with the echoes, and disturbed the sprang at a single bound into the garden-at the enjoyments upon one of the most lovely summer earliest dawn he had reached the volcanic peak of nights.
Evenos, which blends with the clouds the lava of Everywhere on the terraces, where the young its extinct volcano. There he purchased some castmen and young ladies were conversing, was heard off clothes of a shepherd and some sheep, and by the cry, A galley slave has escaped! It seemed as some goat paths, stick in hand, he descended into the if each family expected each moment to see drop- plains of Bausset. Knowing that a highway always ping down among them a tiger, with a human face, leads to some large town, Cardan followed the long escaped from the menagerie of the arsenal of Tou- path that winds from the chapel of St. Annie to the lon.
plain of Cuges, and on his way he saluted the genHad any observer been able to follow, with his darmes who were conducting some refractory reeye, this alarm, as it spread from face to face, on the cruits ; sailors on leave of absence, soldiers arriving evening of St. John's day, he would have remarked, from Africa, mountebanks, organ-grinders, in short, perhaps with surprise, the serenity of one family, all the curious mixture of the foot passengers that seated under a trellis, between the harbor and the people the road between Toulon and Marseilles. mountain of Six-Tours. This feeling of security He entered, aided by the night, into Marseilles, after on the part of these few, amid the general terror, having abandoned his sheep, and hired a modest was easily explained. Mme. de Mellan and her room in the rue de Baignoir, where lodge travdaughter Anna had arrived only a fev days before, ellers, especially those who journey on foot. Upon from New York, in order to arrange an important unrolling his crowns by the light of his lamp, family affair; and had hired a pretty country house, he discovered that the envelopes consisted of two a short distance from the sea and from the high letters, and he began to read them from idleness. road. An old domestic and two Creole servant girls This reading, began in accident, soon contracted were seated on the terrace with these two ladies, the muscles of Cardan's face, and gave to it a sinwhen the discharge of the cannon was heard. No gular expression. He rose, his face bent down, one being able to explain to these strangers this his eyes fixed, his hands closely pressed, like a signal of alarm, they regarded it as a very natural bandit, habituated to crime, and who, by some incident in a military city, and did not even suspend sudden inspiration, has discovered the means of their conversation.
committing a new crime. Even knaves have their It chanced that the convict who had escaped sudden illuminations, and in their brain, ever in acturned his steps towards the country-seat occupied tivity, an infernal plan will burst forth, with all its by Mme. de Mellan. He was a man who had left black and infernal snares. These two letters were behind him a name made conspicuous in the Pande- very long. One was dated from the Isle of Bourmonium of crime. It was the noted Cardan, con- bon, the other from the Cape of Good Hope. They demned for the crimes of bigamy and forgery. He would take up too much space to give here ; it will had been employed two months in sawing the iron be sufficient to analyze thein in a few words, and to ring that bound him to his comrade; and one day, reduce them to the most simple meaning. The rewhile the latter was sleeping in the sun, in the capitulation will be brief. Mme. de Mellan, a dock-yard of Mourillon, Cardon broke the last link widow for eighteen months, had left New York, of the ring, and escaped. His comrade, after a where she had lost her husband, and retired to short sleep, concealed himself from the vigilance of Europe, after an absence of twenty years. The the guard, in a cellar filled with beams and planks, desire once more to see her own country, had little in order to escape, in turn, at some propitious mo- connection with this voyage. M. de Mellan, a nament. But he was discovered the next day. It tive of Britanny, was indebted for his great fortune was not until night that they discovered the escape to his noble friend, M. de Kerbriani, a gentleman of Cardan. This notorious galley slave was then ruined by the revolution, and never indemnified. thirty years of age. He had spent four in the gal- M. de Kerbriant had an only son, named Albert. leys. His tall and well-shaped figure, his easy This young man, having nothing to hope by way of manners, his pale and haughty face, all proved him inheritance from a poor family, had early devoted a criminal, who had been accustomed to good com- himself to the duties of a sailor. Unfortunately he pany, before the red vest, which levels all distinc- did not possess that robust health that is demanded tions of rank, had concealed the respectable gentle- | by the service of the sea. M. de Mellan, on his death-bed, made his last will, regulating the mar- | as their Parisian confreres; they display too careriage of his daughter with the son of his benefactor, lessly, and even within the reach of the skilful hand on conditions so generous, that they nobly dis- of an adept, their Napoleons and Spanish piasters. charged his debt of gratitude. The widow, Mme. Cardan, who at need could make his fingers invisde Mellan, blindly yielded to the dying wishes of ible, while changing two louis at one of these exher husband; she entered upon a correspondence change offices, carried off two rolls, with all the with Albert de Kerbriant, and found in this young skill of a professor of slight of hand, or of an Inman an eagerness, quite natural, to fulfil the testa- dian juggler. With this acquisition he felt strong mentary clause in the will of the father of Anna. enough to conquer Peru. The accomplice of CarIt was then agreed that the two families should dan was named Valentine Proghere; he preserved meet at Toulon, about the month of July, the time only his surname upon becoming the valet of Carat which Albert de Kerbriant would arrive from dan, who had himself become M. Albert de KerPondicherry in a state vessel, and that the marriage briant. The mission which Proghere received was of the young naval officer and Anna should be cele- very difficult to execute, notwithstanding the lumibrated without delay. Mme. de Mellan and her nous instructions he received from the mouth of his daughter had arrived the first at this rendezvous, master. He was to repair as a forerunner to the arranged across the ocean. A small note attached country seat of Mme. de Mellan, and adroitly to exto one of these letters announced the death of M. amine the ground, before he could commence their de Kerbriant. This was not in the hand-writing scheme with safety to its author. of his son Albert, and was post-marked Nantes. Proghere, clad as the confidential servant of a
Cardan, after a long meditation, conceived one of good house, set out for Toulon; and, having arrived those extravagant ideas which the genius of evil in that city, he embarked on board a small boat and alone can cause to succeed, by the aid of infernal descended before the country seat of Mme. de Melcombinations. In the first place he did not at once lan, a little before sunset. He played his part to change his mean apparel, for fear lest a too sudden perfection. He announced to the two ladies that metamorphosis might compromise him in the eyes M. Albert de Kerbriant had arrived at Nantes in of the innkeeper-he transformed himself piece by a merchant vessel, from the Cape of Good Hope piece, buying and putting on his new dress gradu- .--that the fatigues of the voyage had compelled ally. He then lodged in a more fashionable hotel, him to obtain his dismissal sooner than he had intaking care not only to disguise the color of his tended, and that he had returned from the Indies a hair, and his complexion, but also his shape, his simple citizen, independent of military service, and manners, and his voice. Sure now of being able determined to fix his residence according to the to dodge the bloodhounds of the police, he began to choice of the de Mellan family. look for a worthy associate in one of those dens, During this interview, Proghere stood upon the which disgrace all great cities, concealed in its most terrace, ready to spring at three bounds into the frightful quarters.
fields, if the least gleam of mistrust should appear Lavater and Gall are but children compared with on the face of the ladies. This precaution was una galley slave, escaped from Toulon. The latter, necessary. Mme. de Mellan was a kind woman, in recognizing one of his peers, is endowed with a who had passed all her life in a patriarchal family sixth sense, the distinguishing of crime. Cardan in the new world. She gave implicit faith to all observed in one of those rum-holes in old Marseilles, that this pretended servant of her future son-in-law a young man, about twenty-five or thirty, of a pale told her, and in the extremity of her joy, she tenand nervous countenance, with eyes of a dull green, derly embraced her daughter, already much moved having in the nonchalance of his manners, all the at the idea of so precipitate a marriage. symptoms of a dread of labor, and in his look the The next day, at three in the afternoon, a loud reflection of bad passions. The dress of this per- sound of wheels and the cracking of a poslilion's son announced, under his tatters, a certain ease ac- whip, announced the arrival of a post-chaise along quired by idleness. Each part of his dress had the main avenue to their country seat. played its part in the hands of a famous tailor, at a • It is M. de Kerbriant, my master,” said Progdate forgotten by the Journal des Modes. But here; “I recognize his chaise.” what, above all, betrayed an extreme misery and A young man, clad in black, and of a most disincurable idleness, was one of those large, coarse tinguished mien, sprang lightly from the chaise upon cravats, whose coarse, greasy folds so ill disguise the terrace, and, as if suffocated by his emotion, he the missing shirt.
pressed the hand of Mme. de Mellan to his lips. Cardan soon united himself, by aid of a few Cardan was so wonderfully disguised, that Progglances into the sympathies, with this man, and it here was, for the moment, alarmed, for he did not was not long before he found in him one of those recognize him. organizations almost too indolent for crime, and The fugitive galley slave bowed to Mlle. Anna, which can be pushed into guilt only by the external and addressed to her this set speech, which he had influence of some ruling power. Yet the skilful been preparing during his ride of fourteen leagues. galley slave employed several days in sounding this “ I bless the memory of your father, that generman, before he elevated him to the dignity of an ous man, who has chosen me for his son-in-law; but accomplice; and when he believed that he might I am happy to say to you, mademoiselle, that, after trust in him, after a few largesses of five franc my voyage round the world, it is you, of all others, pieces, he unveiled his plans to him. From that whom I would have chosen for my companion for moment one of these two wretches was a blind life, to-day.” slave, and the other a sovereign master.
These words were followed by a long silence, In order successfully to conduct his enterprise, which always follows profound emotions; but when Cardan needed a larger sum of money than that they had given up to sad remembrances a reasonwhich he had stolen from the secretary of Mme. de able time of sileni grief, their conversation gradually Mellan, and which was besides nearly exhausted. assumed a gay and lively air, especially at mealThis obstacle was soon overcome. The money- time. Cardan, in the eyes of the ladies, manifested changers of Marseilles are not quite so impregnable an excellent tact, by speaking of everything except
601 his marriage. He gave accounts of his voyage, “ I cannot refuse my mother-in-law the first favor which he had studied out the evening before on a she asks of me; so let us go." map of the world, mingling with his recital all the In the preparations for their departure that were nautical terms of the sailor, which he had found in made by Cardan and the worthy widow it was books upon such subjects. At the end, he assumed agreed that Proghere, the pretended valet-de-chama melancholy attitude and accent, and said : bre, should remain in the country house to take
“I have travelled over five thousand leagues. I care of the baggage and the little domestic affairs have visited all the different quarters of the globe; I that required looking after, and that they should have seen all nations, and I have ascertained, by this leave him the necessary money to meet these exexperience, equal to that of old age, though given penses. to a young man, that happiness, if it exist at all, The next morning, before day-break, Mme. de can only be met with in the midst of domestic du- Mellan, her daughter, and the galley slave, set out ties, far from the world, and in a retired family, by post for Marseilles. Cardan procured in the composed of relatives and friends."
city a passport for Spain, and a few days after, he Mme. de Mellan pressed the hands of Cardan, alighted with the two ladies, his victims, at the hoand her pantomiine expressed the gratitude she felt tel of the Asturias, in Barcelona. at hearing such beautiful sentiments from the lips The annals of crime present few instances, in of her son-in-law.
which the incredible forms so prominent a part. By a skilfully managed transition, Cardan in- But if these events had not been so extraordinary, duced his intended mother-in-law to form a reso- we should not have thought of relating them. lution that was very important for him. He related Two weeks after the departure of Mme. de some pretended contentions which he had had at Mellan, Albert de Kerbriant landed on the wharf Nantes with some young officers, his former com- of Toulon, near the city hall, and without taking rades, who had just reproached him with what they time to change his clothes, which he had worn from called his desertion, in terms sharp enough to pro- India, he hastened in quest of Mme. de Mellan. voke an affair of honor.
At the office of the post they directed him to her “I do not fear a meeting of this kind,” he added, country house, and our mariner leaped on the first
every one knows; but it is always distressing to horse he could hire, and set off at the gallop. cross one's sword with old friends, who view my Coming from India, with the bright perspective resignation so unjustly. I prefer to leave them of an unexpected rich marriage, to touch the ground, leisure to reflect upon their proceedings When to see the house in which the lovely young unknown my commander, who knows me, shall be returned lady resides, all these can happen together but once, to a port of France, he can plead my cause for me and certainly nothing can be more pleasant. Albetter than I can myself; so I have fully resolved bert experienced much emotion at sight of that not to show myself in Toulon, and thus avoid vex- Italian irellis; through the vine leaves which covatious meetings that may have deplorable conse- ered it, he caught a glimpse of fair hair and white quences. If my mother-in-law consents, we will muslin. It was no doubt bis future bride, his make a short journey into the interior, either to happiness, his all. He sprang from his horse at Italy or Spain, whichever she may prefer, and when the extremity of the avenue, and arriving at the we shall have returned to France, I shall have been terrace, much agitated, he pronounced the name of already justified by my comrades from India, and Mme. de Mellan and his own. A my unjust friends in Nantes will only have excuses and gentlemen rose at these words of self-introdueto offer me."
tion in silence, and their looks of astonishment All this was said in a tone so natural and so sim- seemed to question this new comer,
whom no one ple, that it would have deceived even the most ex- knew. perienced. The good and simple Mme. de Mellan For the moment, bewildered by this strange was so much alarmed, especially for her daughter's reception, Albert de Kerbriant supposed he must sake, at the idea of these quarrels of honor, that she have mistaken the house, and he excused himself: was the first to propose abandoning the city, where “Pardon me, ladies, if I have made a mistake. her son-in-law had too many acquaintances not to There are so many country houses on this plain, find an enemy and an unjust duel. Even the coun- without streets and numbers, that I may have taken
I try, in which she lived in retirement, was no guar- this for another. Yet I had the most particular antee against her maternal alarms, as all the neigh- directions." boring residences were inhabited by families of A middle-aged lady replied to the young sailor : sailors, who exchanged visits during the evenings “ Perhaps you are not mistaken, sir; we have of the pleasant weather.
lived in this country house but about a week. Cardan manifested no eagerness to leave imme- Mme. de Mellan lived here before us; the farmers diately the country about Toulon, but this well have so told me, and they will inform you of the counterfeited calmness only redoubled the fears .of same. Mme. de Mellan, who felt compelled even to force “ Has Mme. de Mellan then returned to the her future son-in-law to take a voyage. Drawing the city?" inquired the young man, seized with a pregalley slave apart, she said to him, pointing to Anna: sentiment of evil.
“ This poor child is very timid ; she dares not “No, sir, she set out in a post chaise, with her look you in the face. You must travel some time daughter and son-in-law.” together, in order to give her a little courage ; · Her son-in-law !” exclaimed the sailor in disnothing strengthens an intimacy so much as a jour- may. ney ; you are old friends at the end of a month. « Her son-in-law, or rather the young man who You and I are independent of every one, are we is to marry her daughter Anna." not? You can marry my daughter in Spain or in Albert de Kerbriant made a strong appeal to his Italy, as well as in France, or anywhere else. Let moral strength, ashamed to let his emotion be seen us then put our minds at rest and set out." by strangers, composed his face, assumed a calm
Cardan bowed in the manner of one who resigned ness, and said : himself, and said :
“ Excuse me, madame, if I enter into particu
group of ladies
CARDAN, THE BIGAMIST.
“O, yes, it is very well known here; the domes- three weeks since, announcing himself under the
At the immediate expiration of his term of mourn“I knew that,” said the real Albert.
ing, he was to be married. The manners of this “ You see, then, sir, we are right. At this very man had seemed to him somewhat strange; there moment, probably, the marriage has taken place.” was a mixture of studied bon ton, good language
What, to M. de Kerbriant ?" cried the young and vulgar habits and expressions. There was an man, in a tone that made all present start.
appearance of studied and affected calmness, conSeveral heads nodded an affirmative answer. tradicted by nervous starts. He called upon me “With M. de Kerbriant!" repeated the unhappy in the first place,' he said, “to present his respects, Albert, in the same tone of despair ; “ why it is and then to consult me as to the forms to be obimpossible! I am Albert de Kerbriant, and have served in a marriage in a foreign country. I gave come for the purpose of marrying Anna de Mellan. him all the explanations he seemed to require. This is some infernal mystery! Some bandit has Since that visit I have seen him twice, and this intercepted my letters and taken my name! What evening, if you wish to see him, he is in the box a frightful revelation !”
with the ladies almost opposite to us. The descripHe sank heavily on the bench of the trellis, and tion you have given me of this stranger is strikingly wiped the cold sweat from his brow.
exact, with this difference, however, that his hair But a violent feeling of indignation soon brought is black and long instead of being light and short : him to his feet. He saw that all his calmest rea- but that is no doubt owing to the aid of his hairson, all his nautical coolness, were requisite to ena- dresser, which it will be easy to discover." ble him to expose and chastise this unexampled Albert de Kerbriant requested the consul to al. crime. He took leave of the ladies of the country low him a seat in his box, and a moment after he house, excusing himself for having disturbed them, was in his post of observation. hastened to obtain information from the farmers At the first glance he was convinced of the man's about, and when he had learned by certain informa- character; not suspecting that so scrutinizing tion the hour and the direction of their departure, glance was fixed upon him, he preserved a gloomy he lost not an instant, but hastened to follow the immobility, and seemed to have little in common steps of the impostor.
with those who were applauding so rapturously an At Marseilles he visited all the fashionable hotels, Italian duet. Cardan, dressed in black, his face of and at the hotel des Empereurs, the intelligent host, that sallow copper color peculiar to a galley slave, Castel, remembered the travellers he described. He with his eye fixed, his brow knit, his nostril dilated, informed Albert de Kerbriant that the three persons seemed like some supernal being, above all frivolous in whom he took so much interest had passed iwo occupations, meditating upon some infernal plan. days in the house, and that they had embarked for By his side, as if in contrast, in all her joyous Barcelona. Castel even indicated the banker to maiden simplicity, sat Anna de Mellan ; you would whom he had directed the false Albert de Kerbri- have compared her to a dove, ignorant of her peril, ant, who demanded a letter of credit of fifteen sitting on the same branch of a tree with a falcon. thousand francs for his mother-in-law, from whom | Albert de Kerbriant rose at the end of the first act, he had a power of attorney. The young sailor and saluting the consul with a gesture, as much hastened to the notary and the banker, who had as to say, you will see me again in a moment, he been named to him. Not only was the information directed his steps towards the impostor. The conof Castel true, in every respect, but Albert de Ker- sul followed him at a distance. briant recognized at the banker's his own signature, He knocked gently at the door of the box, and counterfeited with an imitative talent that revealed with a calm and distinct voice he pronounced the the hand of a forger from the galleys. This was a name of “M. Albert de Kerbriant. ray of light to the young man.
“ That is I, sir,” replied Cardan. horses and in less than five hours he was in Toulon, * I have a few words to say to you in private," at the office of the commissary of the Bagnio, who said Albert. informed him of the escape of Cardan, a bigamist Cardan
rose, without betraying any emotion, and and a forger, and gave him his description. Albert came out. set out that very evening for Barcelona, furnished “ This is, then, M. Albert de Kerbriant, to whom with other valuable information and a letter of in- I am now speaking ?'' said the real Albert. troduction to the French consul.
Certainly, sir," said the galley slave, his voice He must follow up at once this horrible intrigue; slightly tremulous. a moment lost might cause an irreparable misfor- “ Are you very sure of it?": tune. Hardly landed at Barcelona, Albert hastened “What a singular question !” said Cardan, with to the house of the consul. It was nine o'clock in a serious smile. the evening. The consul was at the Italian theatre. Albert suddenly seized hold of the false hair of Albert hastened from the consulate to the theatre; the galley slave, and exposed his shaven crown. they pointed out to him the box of the representa- “You are a bandit, escaped from the galleys of tive of France; he entered it, apologizing for his Toulon!" unseasonable visit, and presented his letter of intro- Cardan uttered a cry like the roar of a wild beast, duction, which explained everything.
and drawing his dagger, would have rid himself of The consul requested young Kerbriant to follow the troublesome stranger, before there could be him to the further corner of the box, where they any other spectators of that scene, when Albert, might converse without being seen or overheard. who had anticipated this, seized, very adroitly the
He took post