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island of Guernsey Lined the usual dif. ficulties and
Therase tbe value of the object in pursuit, the happy day for leading his mistress to the altar at length was Axed. intended After fe, Gordier, at the time appointed, in full bealth
giving the and high spirits, sailed for Guernsey. The impatience of a lover on such a voyage need not be described; hours were years, and a narrow channel between the islands, ten thousand leagues. The land of promise. at length appears, he leaps on the beach, and, without waiting for refreshment, or his servant, whom he left with bis baggage, sets out alone, and on foot, for the house he had so often visited, which was only a few miles from the port. bis
The servant who soon followed, was surprised to find his master not arrived ; repeated messengers were sent to search and enquire, in vain. Having waited, in anxious expecta. tion, till midnight, the apprehensions of the lady and her family were proportionate to the utgchcy of their feelings, and the circumstances of the case. The next morning, at break of day, the appearance of a neat relation of the missing inan, was not calculated to diminish their fears powith evident marks of distress, fatigue, and dejectionis lite came to inform them, that he had passed the whole of the night in minutely, examining, and in every direction, the environs of the road by which Gordier generally passed. After
days of dreadful suspense, and nights of unavailing anxiety, the corpse of the unfortunate lover was at length discovered in a cavity among the rocks, disfigured with many wounds; but no circumstance occurred on which to ground suspicion, or even to hazard conjecture, concerning the per. petrator of so foul a murder,
The regret of both families for a good young man, thus cut off in the meridian of life and expection by a cruel assassin, was increased by the mystery and mode of his death. The grief of the young lady not being of that species, which relieves itself by external effusion, and load lamentation was for that very reason the more poighant and heart-felt, she never shed a tear, but let Contentment, like a tootm i'th? bud, feed on her damask cheek; she pind in thought, and, with a green and yellow melancholy, she sat likę patience on a monument."
10 cm Her virtues and her beauty having attracted general admis. ration, the family, aftet a tew years, was prevailed on to. per: mit Mr Gaillard, a mofobant; and a native of the island, sal
become her waiter, hoping that a second lover might gradua ally withdraw her attention from brooding in hopeless silence over the catastrophe of her first.
In submission to the wishes of her parents, but with repeated and energetic dcclarations, that she never would marry, Galliard was occasionally admitted ; but the unlappy lady found it difficult to suppress a certain involuntary antipathy, which, declaring herself, at the same time, unable to account for it, she always felt whenever he approached,
This singular, but well-authenticated circumstance was often remarked long before the fatal, the bloody secret was revealed; it was a more than mental aversion, and was said to bear a near tesemblance to that 'tremulous horror and shivering, which seizes certain persons of keen sensibility
at toad. But such was the ardor of passion; or such the fasci. nating magic of her charms, repulse only increased desire, and Galliard persisted in bis unwelcome visils, some times endeavouring to prevail on the unfortunate young woman to accept a present from his hands.
Her friends remarked, that he was particularly urgent to present her with a beautiful trinket, of expensive workman. ship and valuable materials, which she positively and firmly refused, adding, with a correctness of sentiment, and propriety of conduct, not always imitated by her sex, that it was base, dishonorable, and mean, to encourage attentions, and receive favours from a man, who excited in her mind sensations, far more violent than indifference, and whose offers no motives of any kind could ever prevail on her to accept.
(To be continued.)
Before I decide on the merits of a local custom, I consis der its utility, if it be merely for harmless amusement I can applaud, because the mind to be happy, must be pleasantly engaged, but where I find the pursuit carries along with it a moral tendency; I lay aside vanity, and mingle the throng,
even in the rural dance, and rejoice with the villagers over their barley çups.
a that virtus
How swift has flown the spring-time of my life,
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When the plain viand cheer'd his thatch roofd racai
When artful gycophants were rarely seen * To bow the smiling face, or pliant mien,
Then would our fathers drain the potent bowl
The teams at rest, and master in his chair,
The pipe and tabor from the distant town.
Uprises tauster from his wicket seaty risic :
(To be Continued.
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