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any circumstance appears doubtful or suspicious.” She then related that, by the permission of Elizabeth, she had passed the evening of the night on which the murder had been committed, at the house of an aunt at Chêne, a village situated at about a league from Geneva. On her return, at about nine o'clock, she met a man, who asked her if she had seen any thing of the child who was lost. She was alarmed by this account, and passed several hours in looking for him, when the gates of Geneva were shut, and she was forced to remain seVeral hours of the night in a barn belonging to a cottage, being unwilling to call up the inhabitants, to whom she Was well known. Unable to rest or sleep, she quitted her asylum early, that she might again endeavour to find my brother. If she had gone near the spot where his body lay, it was without her knowledge. That she had been bewildered when questioned by the marketwoman, was not surprising, since she had passed a sleepless night, and the fate of poor William was yet uncertain. Concerning the picture she could give no account. “I know,” continued the unhappy victim, “how heavily and fatally this one circumstance weighs against me, but I have no power of explaining it; and when I have expressed my utter ignorance, I am only left to conjecture concerning the probabilities by which it might have been placed in my pocket. But here also I am checked. I believe that I have no enemy on earth, and nome surely would have been so wicked as to destroy me wantonly. Did the murderer place it there 2 I know of no opportunity afforded him for so doing; or if I had, why should he have stolen the jewel, to part with it again so soon “I commit my cause to the justice of my judges, yet I see no room for hope. I beg permission to have a few witnesses examined concerning my character; and if their testimony shall not overweigh my supposed guilt, I must be condemned, although I would pledge my salvation on my innocence.” Several witnesses were called, who had known her for many years, and they spoke well of her; but fear, and hatred of the crime of which they supposed her guilty, rendered them timorous, and unwilling to come forward. Elizabeth saw even this last resource, her excellent dispositions and irreproachable conduct, about to fail the accused, when, although violently agi

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tated, she desired permission to address
the court.
“I am,” said she, “the cousin of the
unhappy child who was murdered, or
rather his sister, for I was educated by
and have lived with his parents ever
since and even long before his birth. It
may therefore be judged indecent in me
to come forward on this occasion; but
when I see a fellow-creature about to
perish through the cowardice of her
pretended friends, I wish to be allowed
to speak, that I may say what I know of
her character. I am well acquainted
with the accused. I have lived in the
same house with her, at one time for
five, and at another for nearly two years,
During all that period she appeared to
me the most amiable and benevolent of
human creatures. She nursed Madame
Frankenstein, my aunt, in her last illness
with the greatest affection and care; and

afterwards attended her own mother during a tedious illness, in a manner that excited the admiration of all who knew her. After which she again lived in my uncle's house, where she was beloved by all the family. She was warmly attached to the child who is now dead, and acted towards him like a most affectionate mother. For my own part, I do not hesitate to say, that, notwithstanding all the evidence produced against her, I believe and rely on her perfect innocence. She had no temptation for such an action: as to the bau

bleon which the chief proof rests, if she

had earnestly desired it, I should have

willingly given it to her; so much do

I esteem and value her.”
Excellent Elizabeth ! A murmur of

approbation was heard; but it was ex

cited by her generous interference, and

not in favour of poor Justine, on whom WOL. I. I

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