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After answering their hail, we push- in a Flemish painting, but the devils ed on, and as the clocks were stri- appeared to be awfully nasty in real king twelve, we were abreast of the life.” strong beams that were clamped to- “Oh, Tom,” said Aaron, “ very gether with iron, and constituted the impure figures all these.” boom or chief water defence of Ham. “But we carried on until we came burgh. We passed through, and to a large open space fronting a found an entire regiment under arms, beautiful piece of water, which I was close by the Custom-house. Some. told was the Alster. As I walked how or other, I had drank deep of through the narrow streets, I was that John Bull prejudice, which de- struck with the peculiarity of the lights to disparage the physical con- gables of the tall houses being all formation of our Gallic neighbours, turned towards the thoroughfare, and hugs itself with the absurd no- and with the stupendous size of the tion,' that on one pair of English churches. We halted for a moment, legs doth march three Frenchmen in the porch of one of them, and my But when I saw the weather-beaten notions of decency were not a little soldier-like veterans, who formed outraged, by seeing it filled with a this compact battalion, part of the squadron of dragoons, the men being élite of the first corps, more com- in the very act of cleaning their inanding in its aspect from severe horses. At length we came to the service having worn all the gilding open space on the Alster, a large and lace away-' there was not a parade, faced by a street of splendid piece of feather in the host-I felt houses on the left hand, with a row the reality before me fast overcom- of trees between them, and the water ing my preconceived opinion. I had on the right. There were two regiseldom or ever seen so fine a body of ments of foot bivouacking here, with men, tall, square, and muscular, the their arms piled under the trees, spread of their shoulders set off from while the men were variously emtheir large red worsted epaulets, ployed, some on duty before the and the solidity of the mass increa- houses, others cleaning their accoused by their wide trowsers, which in trements, and others again playing my mind contrasted advantageously at all kinds of games. Presently we with the long gaiters and tight inte. came to a crowd of soldiers clusterguments of our own brave fellows. ed round a particular spot, some
“ We approached a group of three laughing, others cracking coarse mounted officers, and in a few words jests, but none at all in the least sethe officer, whose prisoner I was, ex. rious. We could not get near plained the affair to the chef de batta- enough to see distinctly what was lion, whereupon I was immediately going on; but we afterwards saw, placed underthe care of a sergeantand when the crowd had dispersed, six rank and file, and marched along three men in the dress of respectable the chief canal for a mile, where I burghers, hanging from a low gibbet, could nothelp remarking the number. -80 low in fact, that although their less large rafts-you could not call heads were not six inches from the them boats-ofunpainted pine timber, beam, their feet were scarcely three which had arrived from the upper from the ground. We soon arrived at Elbe, loaded with grain, with gardens, the door of a large mansion, fronting absolute gardens, and cow-houses, this parade, where two sentries were and piggeries on board; while their walking backwards and forwards crews of Fierlanders, men, women, before the door, while five dragoon and children, cut a most extraordi- horses, linked together, stood in the nary appearance, the men in their middle of the street, with one sol. jackets, with buttons like pot lids, dier attending them, but there was and trowsers fit to carry a month's no other particular bustle, to mark provender and a couple of children the headquarters of the General in; and the women with bearings commanding. We advanced to the about the quarters, as if they had cut entrance-thesentries carrying arms, holes in large cheeses, three feet in and were immediately ushered into diameter at least, and stuck them- a large saloon, the massive stair windselves through them—such sterns, ing up along the walls, with the usual and as to their costumes, all very fine heavy wooden balustrade. We as
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cended to the first floor, where we with yellow, or amber-coloured were encountered by three aides-de- velvet, with broad heavy draperies camp, in full dress, leaning with their of gold fringe, like the bullion of backs against the hard-wood railing, an epaulet. - There was a small laughing and joking with each other, round table near the stove, on which while two wall-lamps right opposite stood a silver candlestick, with four cast a bright flashing light on their branches filled with wax tapers; and splendid uniforms. They were all bottles of wine, and glasses. At this décoré with one order or another. table sat an officer, apparently about We approached.
forty-five years of age. There was “ Whence, and who have we here?' nothing very peculiar in his appearsaid one of them, a handsome young ance; he was a middle-sized man, man, apparently not above twenty- well made apparently. He sat on two, as I judged, with small tiny one chair, with his legs supported on black, jet-black, mustaches, and a another.” noble countenance; fine dark eyes, “ All very natural," again said our and curls dark and clustering. friend Aaron.
“The officer of my escort answer- “His white-topped boots had been ed, ' A young Englishman,- enseigne taken off, and replaced by a pair of de vaisseau.'
slipshod slippers; bis splashed white "I was no such thing, as a poor kerseymere pantaloons, seamed with middy has no commission, but only gold, resting on the unfrayed velvet his rating, which even his captain, cushion; his blue coat, covered with without a court-martial, can take rich embroidery at the bosom and away at any time, and turn him be collar, was open, and the lappels fore the mast.
thrown back, displaying a richly em“At this moment, I heard the clang broidered crimson velvet facing, and of a sabre, and the jingle of spurs an embroidered scarlet waistcoat; on the stairs, and the group was a large solitary star glittered on his joined by my captor, Colonel *** breast, and the Grand Cross of the
"• Ab, colonel !' exclaimed the Legion of Honour sparkled at his aides, in a volley, 'where the devil button-hole; his black neckerchief have you come from? We thought had been taken off ; and his cocked you were in Bruxelles at the near- hat lay beside him on a sofa, masest.'
sively laced, the edges richly orna“The colonel put his hand on his mented with ostrich down; his head lips and smiled, and then slapped the was covered with a red velvet cap, young officer who spoke first with with a thick gold cord twisted two his glove. Never mind, boys, I have or three turns round it, and ending come to help you here—you will in two large tassels of heavy bullion; need help before long ;-but how he wore very large epaulets, and is ? Here he made a comical his sword had been inadvertently, as contortion of his face, and drew bis I conjectured, placed on the table, so ungloved hand across his throat. that the point of the steel scabbard The young officers laughed, and rested on the ornamental part of the pointed to the door. He moved metal stove. towards it, preceded by the youngest “His face was good, his hair dark, of them, who led the way into a very forehead without a wrinkle, high and lofty and handsome room, elegantly massive, eyes bright and sparkling, furnished, with some fine pictures nose neither fine nor dumpy-a fair on the walls, a handsome sideboard enough proboscis as noses go.” of plate, a rich Turkey carpet-an “ Now," quoth Aaron, “ very inunusual thing in Germany-on the explicit all this, Tom. Why, I am floor, and a richly gilt pillar, at the most curious in noses. I judge of end of the room farthest from us, the character altogether from the nose. base of which contained a stove, I never lose sight of a man's snout, which, through the joints of the door albeit I never saw the tip of my own. of it, appeared to be burning cheerily. You may rely on it, that it is all a
“ There were some very handsome mistake to consider the regular Rosofas and ottomans scattered through man nose, with a curve like a shoethe room, and a grand piano in one maker's paring-knife, or the straight corner, the furniture being covered Grecian, with a thin transparent ridge, that you can see through, or "" Why, Marshal, we were dethe Deutsch meerschaum, or the Sax. tached to seize a depot of provisions on pump-handle, or the Scotch mull, in a neighbouring village, and had or any other nose, that can be taken made preparations to carry them off, hold of, as the standard gnomon. No, when we were attacked through a no; I never saw a man with a large gap in the dike, by some armed nose who was not a blockhead-eh! boats from an English squadron, and Gelid, my love? The pimple for hearing a distant firing at the very me-the regular pimple.-But almoment, which I concluded to be lons"
the Prussian advance, I conceived all “ There was an expression about chance of rejoining the main army at the upper lip and mouth that I did an end, and therefore I shoved off in not like-a constant nervous sort the grain-boats, and here I am.' of lifting of the lip as it were ; and “Glad to see you, however,' said as the mustache appeared to have the general, but sorry for the cause been recently shaven off, there was why you are here returned.-Who a white blueness on the upper lip, have we got here-what boy is that? that contrasted unpleasantly with “ Why,' responded the colonel, the dark tinge which he had gal. 'that lad is one of the British offilantly wrought for on the glowing cers of the force that attacked us.' sands of Egypt, the bronzing of his “Ha,' said the general again,general features from fierce suns 'how did you capture him ? and parching winds. His bare neck «'The boat (one of four) in which and hands were delicately fair, the he was in was blown to pieces by a former firm and muscular, the lat- six-pound shot. He was the only one ter slender and tapering, like a wo of the enemy who swam ashore. The man's. He was reading a gazette, or rest, I am inclined to think, were some printed paper, when we enter picked up by the other boats.' ed; and although there was a toler- «•So, grumbled the general,'Briable clatter of muskets, sabres, and tish ships in the Elbe ? spurs, he never once lifted his eye “The colonel continued. “I hope, in the direction where we stood. Op. Marshal, you will allow him his paposite this personage, on a low chair, role ?-he is, as you see, quite a with his legs crossed, and eyes fixed child. on the ashes that were dropping from “Parole! replied the Marshal, the stove, with his brown cloak parole !-such a mere lad cannot hanging from his shoulders, sat a know the value of his promise.' short stout personage, a man about “A sudden fit of rashness came over thirty years of age, with very fair me. I could never account for it. flaxen hair, a florid complexion, a “He is a mere boy,' reiterated the very fair skin, and massive German Marshal. No, no-send him to prifeatures. The expression of his face, son ;' and he resumed the study of so far as such a countenance could the printed paper he had been readbe said to have any characteristic ing. expression, was that of fixed sorrow. “I struck in, impelled by despair, But before I could make any other for I knew the character of the man observation, the aide-de-camp ap- before whom I stood, and I rememproached with a good spice of fear bered that even a tiger might be and trembling, as I could see.
checked by a bold front- I am an «« Colonel *** to wait on your Englishman, sir, and incapable of Highness.
breaking my plighted word. W. Ah!' said the officer to whom “ He laid down the paper he was be spoke, 'ah, colonel, what do you reading, and slowly lifted his eyes, here? Has the Emperor advanced and fastened them on me,- Ha,'
said he,'ha-s0 young-s0 reck«« No,' said the officer, he has not less ? advanced; but the rear-guard were “Never mind him, Marshal,' said cut off by the Prussians, and the the colonel. If you will grant him light, with the grenadiers, are his parole, I'now in Cuxhaven.''
"* Take it, colonel-take it-take "Well,' replied the general, but his parole, not to go beyond the how come you here ?
“ « But I decline to give any such pectedly patronised me rose, and promise,' said I, with a hardihood said, “ Marshal, I promise.' which at the time surprised me, and " • Very well,' said Davoust. ‘Lahas always done so.
fontaine, desire supper to be sent Why, my good youth,' said the up.' general, in great surprise, 'why will “ It was brought in, and my new you not take advantage of the offer ally and I were shewn out. - a kinder one, let me tell you, than “As we went down stairs, we lookI am in the habit of making to an ed into a room on the ground floor, at enemy?
the door of which were four soldiers Simply, sir, because I will en with fixed bayonets. We there saw, deavour to escape on the very first for it was well lit up, about twenty opportunity.'
or five-and-twenty respectable-look«Ha!' said the Marshal once more, ing men, very English in appearance, this to my face ? Lafontaine,'—to all to their long cloaks, an unusual the aide-de-camp, a file of sol- sort of garment to my eye at that diers.' The handsome young officer time. The night was very wet, and hesitated-hung in the wind, as we the aforesaid garments were hung on say, for a moment-moved, as lima- pegs in the wall all round the room, gined, by my extreme youth. This which being, strongly heated by a irritated the Marshal-he rose, and stove, the moisture rose up in a thick stamped on the floor. The colonel mist, and made the faces of the essayed to interfere. 'Sentry-sen- burghers indistinct. try-a file of grenadiers-take him “They were all busily engaged talkforth, and here he energetically ing to each other, some to his neighclutched the steel hilt of his sword, bour, the others across the table, but and instantly dashed it from him all with an expression of the most • Sacre !--the devil --what is that?' intense anxiety. and straightway he began to pirouette « « Who are these ?' said I to my on one leg round the
room, shaking guide. his right hand, and blowing his fin “ 'Ask no questions here,' said he, gers.
and we passed on. “ The officers in waiting could not “Iafterwards learned that they were stand it any longer, and burst into a the hostages seized on for the trifit of laughter, in which their com- fling contribution of fifty millions of manding officer, after an unavailing francs, which had been imposed on attempt to look serious I should ra the doomed city, and that this very ther write fierce-joined, and there night they had been torn from their he was, the bloody Davoust-Duke families, and cooped up in the way I of Auerstad-Prince of Eckmuhl- had seen them, where they were adthe Hamburgh Robespierre-the ter- vertised they must remain until the rible Davoust-dancing all around money should be forthcoming. the room, in a regular guffaw, like to “ As we walked along the streets, split bis sides. The heated stove had and crossed the numerous
bridges of made the sword, which rested on it, the canals and branches of the river, nearly red-hot.
we found all the houses lit up, by “All this while the quiet, plain-look- order, as I learned, of the French ing, little man sat stils. He now rose; marshal. The rain descended in torbut I noticed that he had been fixing rents, sparkling past the lights, while his eyes intently on me. I thought I the city was a desert, with one dreadcould perceive a tear glistening in ful exception ; for we were waylaid them as he spoke.
at almost every turn by groups of “ Marshal, will you intrust that starving lunatics, their half-naked fi. boy to me?
gures and pale visages glimmering « Poo,' said the Prince, still laugh- in the glancing lights, under the driping, • take him-do what you will ping rain; and, had it not been for with him; -then, as if suddenly re- the numerous sentries scatteredalong collecting himself, But, Mr ***,you thethoroughfares, I believe we should must be answerable for him—he have been torn to pieces by bands of must be at hand if I want him.'
moping idiots, now rendered fero“The gentleman who had so unex- cious from their sufferings, in con
sequence of the madhouses having he was taken so very ill, and he has been cleared of their miserable, help- not forgotten it, so I am not included less inmates, in order to be converted amongst the unfortunate détenus for into barracks for the troops. At all the payment of the fine. But that is of these bridges sentries were post- not all, for I am allowed to go toed, past which my conductor and morrow to my father's, and here is myself, to my surprise, were franked my passport. by the sergeant who accompanied us Ki Wonders will never cease,' said giving the countersign. At length, the colonel ; ' but who is that boy? civilly touching his cap, although he “. He is one of the crew of the did not refuse the piece of money English boat which tried to cut off tendered by my friend, he left us, Colonel the other evening, near wishing us good night, and saying Cuxhaven. His life was saved by a the coast was clear. We proceeded very laughable circumstance, cerwithout farther challenge, until we tainly,-merely by the marshal's came to a very magnificent house, sword, from resting on the stove, hawith some fine trees before it. We ving become almost red-hot.' And approached the door, and rung the here he detailed the whole transacdoor-bell. It was immediately open- tion as it took place, which set the ed, and we entered a large desolate- party a-laughing most heartily. looking vestibule, about thirty feet * “ I will always bear witness to the square, filled in the centre with a extreme amenity with which I was number of bales of goods, and a va- now treated by the French officers. riety of merchandise, while a heavy The evening passed over quickly. wooden stair, with clumsy oak ba- About eleven we retired to rest, my lustrades, wound round the sides of friend furnishing me with clothes, it. We ascended, and turning to the and warning me that next morning right, entered a large well-furnished he would call me at daylight to proroom, with a table laid out for sup- ceed to his father's country seat, per, with lights, and a comfortable where he intimated that I must restove at one end. Three young of. main in the meantime. ficers of cuirassiers, in their superb “Next morning I was roused acuniforms, whose breast and back cordingly, and a long, low, open carpieces were glittering on a neigh- riage rattled up to the door, just bebouring sofa, and a colonel of artil- fore day dawn. Presently the rélery, were standing round the stove. veill was beaten, and answered by The colonel, the moment we entered the different posts in the city, and on addressed my conductor.
the ramparts. “Ah, we are devilish hun. “We drove on, merely shaving our gry-Ich bin dem Verhungern nahe- passport to the sentries at.de differand were just on the point of order- ent bridges, until we reached the ing in the provender, had you not gate, where we had to pull up until appeared. A little more than that, the officer on duty appeared, and had thought I; for the food was already scrupulously compared our personal smoking on the table.
appearance with the written descrip“ Mine host acknowledged the tion. All was found correct, and we speech with a slight smile.
drove on. It surprised me very much, « • But who have we here ?" said after having repeatedly heard of the one of the young dragoons ;-he great strength of Hamburgh, to look waited a moment- Etes vous Fran- out on the large moúnd of green turf çais ?' I gave him no answer. He that constituted its chief defence. It then addressed me in German : is all true that there was a deep ditch • Sprechen sie gelanfig Deutsch
and glacis beyond ; but there was no “Why, chimed in my conductor, covered way, and both the scarp and 'he does speak a little French, indif- counterscarp were simple earthen ferently enough; but stilli
embankments, so that, had the ditch «« Well, my dear — how have been filled up with fascines, there you sped with the Prince ?
was no wall to face the attacking “Why,colonel,' said my protector, force after crossing it, nothing but in his cool calm way, as well as I ex- a green mound, precipitous enough, pected. I was of some service to him certainly, and crowned with a low when he was here before, at the time parapet wall of masonry, and brist