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motionless by his servant, and after every restorative had been tried in vain, it was concluded that he had died from some sudden affection of the heart. Alfred was the calmest and most efficient of the assistants in endeavouring to restore animation. Alicia was told suddenly of the event by her maid, and to that was attributed the alienation of mind she evinced for some weeks after the calamity. At length her reason returned; and then it appears that the conflict in her mind was terrible. She could not summon resolution to denounce her husband, though his sight was odious to her. At length, without any settled motive for it, she wrote down a detailed account of the murder, and also noticed the circumstance of the powder which Alfred had infused into the lemonade, and which she now firmly believed to have been poison. This document she sealed carefully and locked away in her escrutoire.
“ In a remote part of these grounds there is a wood composed of splendid old trees, but being principally fir, it has a very gloomy appearance, Just on the borders of this plantation, one of the former owners of the demesne has built what is intended for a summer-house ; but the very aspect of its stone floor, seats, and pillars, hoary with damp and moss, would repel an intrusion into it for the purpose of luxurious repose. The situation of it is beautiful, on the banks of the fine lake which we see from here, and commanding a distant view of the sea and mountains. This spot is peculiarly lonely, quite out of the reach of hearing, in case one had occasion to call for assistance, and I notice it minutely as the scene of a fearful crime.
“Since her brother's death Alicia had been gloomy and retiring, and she frequently wandered about the grounds for hours alone. One day she was walking along the edge of the lake, and was observed by a man, who was labouring on the opposite bank, to stop frequently, and wring her hands, as though in violent grief. This man soon afterwards saw her enter the summer-house, and throw herself on one of the benches. After some time Alfred Manners passed that way, and,
seeing his wife, paused, and entered the house. The labourer observed that Mrs. Manners started violently on the entrance of her husband, and from the gesticulations which both of them used afterwards, he judged that they were quarrelling. Suddenly, Alfred seized Alicia round the waist, and, after a violent struggle, they fell together. The man watched them intently, and presently Alfred rose, and, looking first on his motionless wife, and then fearfully around, he fled in the direction of a path which led into his own grounds.
“ The labourer became seriously alarmed, and, leaving his work, he hurried round and arrived at the summer-house.
It is a long run from the place where he was working to this house, and must have occupied him at least twenty minutes; yet, when he arrived there, he found Alicia still lying motionless, and, with extreme horror, perceived that the blood was flowing from a wound in her throat,
“ He immediately hurried to the house, and detailed what he had witnessed to Sir Edward
Earl and his Lady, who were in the room together. Lady Earl received the intelligence with a wild laugh, and exclaiming the curse works well,' she fell into strong hysterics.
“ Alfred Manners had gone, immediately after his horrible crime, to his own house, and was standing talking to some workmen on the lawn before the mansion, when a rude grasp on the shoulder diverted his attention, and made him start round-then the fearful words-murderAlicia-discovery-witness, sounded in his ears, and completely deprived him of all power to resist. In his despair, the unfortunate criminal uttered words which would in themselves have proved condemnatory,—words which no aftercaution could recal.
“ He was tried, convicted, condemned, and executed, and I have heard that his last hours were awful to remember; impiously hardened, he underwent the penalty of his crimes. All that could be gleaned from him on the trial was, that Alicia had goaded him on, by her violent conduct, to commit the deed, which he neither
repented nor denied. Alicia's letter was found, containing the history of his first crime, and then it was conjectured that she must have unguardedly betrayed to him her knowledge of his foul play.
“When Lady Earl discovered what had been the fate of her son Herbert, the shock quickly killed her.
- Sir Edward Earl lived on for some years, in total seclusion, and when he died, the estate went to a distant branch of the family; but none of the proprietors have ever lived here,—and it is supposed that the present owner of it will shortly pull down the old house."
Catherine Brand ceased speaking, and when the party had finished their collation, they visited the stone summer-house, where one scene of this tragedy had been enacted.
The next day Teresa accompanied her young pupils and Catherine to the cottage of a poor woman who was dangerously ill, and who owed all her little comforts to Teresa's kindness, for she had