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casion. The remainder of the barn was profusely decorated; from the ground to the ceiling there was a profusion of garlands and
The beautiful mistress of the farm of Valremy must have forgotten her sad presentiments when her husband's old friend, the quartermaster--the president of the festival, gave her a seat on his right, whilst her husband took the left. The Dominie was perched on a stool at the right, and in advance of the president. He had before him a small table covered with books and unknown objects, concealed under a fine piece of cloth, white as snow. The neighbours and servants seated themselves where they liked on benches symmetrically placed behind a raised bench, which was destined for Jean and Marie.
With his drum, the old drummer created a sensation somewhat enhanced by the fact that having lost his left leg at some battle of the Empire, the brave old fellow was obliged to beat his instrument on his right leg, which, however, he did most vigorously.
When all were seated, the master of the farm of Valremy made a sign, the drummer performed a sonorous roll, and, after the last strokes of the sticks, everybody remained in profound silence and expectation.
The quartermaster, as president, and at the request of his old friend, attempted to address the company; but all he could get out was as follows:
“My dear children, your father and your mother. Virtue always finds its reward.
God save the Emperor !" The school master spoke in his turn. The worthy man repeated what he had already told old Raymond, namely, that the children knew more than he did, and his emotion was so great that he hastened to proclaim the prizes : there were prizes for reading, writing, arithmetic, geography, history, in fact Jean and Marie had merited everything, and il
, at that epoch, there had been prizes for growth and health, Jean and Marie would decidedly have carried off the first.
After the distribution of the prizes, Raymond approached the table and took from under the white cloth aforesaid, a splendid gun—a veritable musket with a real bayonet --all complete, with powder-flask, and bullets, which were presented to Jean; whilst for Marie, there were a golden cross, a beautiful rose silk dress, handkerchiefs, toys of all kinds, a complete treasury of pretty trifles, the sight of which was saluted by a general clapping of bands, in the midst of which Jean and Marie, with shrieks of joy, jumped from their bench and hugged and kissed the old farmer, and then embraced their good mother, whose face was radiant with joy and satisfaction.
Dancing on the green followed the ceremonial; and then the asseinbled villagers competed for a prize at running in sacks. Nothing can exceed the merriment of this performance : --the grotesque appearance of inen with the sacks pulled up to their necks, hopping and tumbling in the desperate effort to go a-head, amid shouts of laughter, produce a scene which must be witnessed to be appreciated in all its comical incidents.
In the very midst of this hubbub and enjoyment, old Raymond rushed in, frantic with excitement, and tearing his hair in desperation, exclaiming :
“To arms, my friends, to arms, we are attacked the bandits are upon us !"
Obedient to the command, the villagers, snatching up the first iinplements that were at hand, followed their leader, and soon disappeared from the scene of the late rejoicing, so suddenly interrupted.
Where were Marie and Jean ? the dear children had been allowed to mingle with the crowd of villagers in their rollicking amusement. As the poor lad always took particular care of his little sister, she was always considered safe in his hands; but the first alarm at once froze the mother's heart, with its dreadful presentiments, and she rushed out frantically calling for her daughter. A few villagers who had remained to guard the farm, endeavoured to assuage her excitement, by assuring her that the bandits only wanted plunder, and that the sturdy band led forth by Raymond would soon give a good account of thein. All was in vain; the mother's heart was prophetic of evil ; she could not be comforted.
“My daughter! my daughter! the gipsies !” were all the words she uttered in reply to those of re-assurance, adding :-“Oh! I well knew that misfortune entered our home with the gipsy. Ob! my_poor head, my poor head is splitting—I'm going mad!''
In the very midst of this excitement, poor Jean), pale with emotion, and with trembling, approached the distracted another, and with faltering accents tried to soothe her, saying :
“It is nothing serious, mother!"
“Where is thy sister ?” fiercely asked the mother, “what have you done with your sister, wretch that you are ? Ah, ah, thy sister! Did I not say that thou wouldst bring a fatality upon us, vile race of gipsies ?”
“Oh, mother!” exclaimed Jean.
“ Don't call me mother, I forbid it! I had only one child - the one they have torn from me. As for thee, thou art a foundling, a gipsy like those who have stolen Marie. Go to thine own race, boy, and be for ever accursed with them!”
“Accursed !” timidly said the poor lad. “Ah! 'tis grief that turns your poor head-you know not, mother, what you say."
“ Tis false, I say – I am in full possession of my mind, understand me well. I tell thee thou wast found in a pit, in the highway, half dead with hunger and thirst. I say that it is thou, son of perdition, marked as thou art with the infernal sign, who art the cause of my new misfortune. Go thy ways, let me never bear thee again – let me never see thee again, go! go !"
Effectually the poor lad ruslied out and running as hard as he could, met Raymord returning, when he stopped.
“We cannot overtake thein, Jean, it is impossible! They have carried off Marie !"
The poor lad, in the horrible revulsion caused by Madame Raymond's terrible denunciation, could not heed the father's grief, being so full of his own, and he said to Raymond :
“ You must explain something to me."
“ Jean! what does this mean ?" asked the bereft father, astounded at the decided manner of the boy, hitherto so docile and respectful.
"Is it really true," went on the poor chill, "is it really true that I am only a bastard-a foundling?”
" Who told you su? A foundling! what wretch told you so ?”
“No wretch, father,” replied the child, bursting into tears at the thought that such an epithet should be applied to her whom he had loved as a real mother. “No wretch, father, but my mother told me so !"
"Your mother! my wife! It is impossible !"
“There she is,” said Jean, pointing to the farmer's wife who was then being led by an attendant into the house, and without noticing the crowd in the courtyard, was approaching the steps leading to her chamber, which she had so joyously left in the morning.
“Marie, my dear wife, where are you going to ?” exclaimed Raymond, scarcely recovered from the stupor into which he was plunged by the poor orphan's expostulation.
“ Marie is dead !” replied the distracted wife. “Marie is dead, and that bastard is her murderer !”
Alas! the poor woman had gone mad! When we see grief killing the afflicted our heart is wrong with pity ; but when it cruelly stops short, killing the mind and leaving life to its tenement-alas! what a visitation of Providence is that in the hard battle of life!
(To be continued.)
MEMORANDA OF CAVALRY REGIMENTS WHICH HAVE SUCCESSIVELY BORNE THE SAME REGIMENTAL NUMBER; AND OF CAVALRY REGIMENTS WHICH
HAVE BORNE IN SUCCESSION DIFFERENT REGIMENTAL NUMBERS: FROM 1740 TO 1865.*
The practice of numbering regiments appears to have commenced in the Cavalry, as in the Infantry, during the reign of William 1II. At the reduction of the ariny at the peace of 1712, all Cavalry corps junior to the present 8th Hussars were si-banded.
Again, in 1740-48 ail junior to the 14th Ilussa's we ieduced. * For a similar List of Infantry Regiments see November number of this Magazine.
U.S. Mag. No. 446, JAN. 1866.
The 15th Hussars (Elliot's Light Horse), the first Light Cavalry Regiment, was raised during the Seven Years' War, and several others were raised immediately after.
All regiments junior to the 16th were ordered to be disbanded in 1783, but the reduction was not carried beyond the late 19th. Light Dragoons. After the peace of 1816, the Cavalry was reduced as far as 17th Lancers.
Hussars were first formed at the outbreak of the French war of 1793, in imitation of some foreign corps then taken into our pay.
Lancers were first formed after the peace of 1815-16. The only corps armed in this fashion, which had previously existed in the English Service were the British Uhlans, a French emigrant corps.
Corps now disbanded have prefix *
Successive corps bearing same numbers are marked A, B, C, &c.
Remarks. Life Guards 1st Troop 1660 to 1680
Re-formed into Ist 2nd or Scotch
and 2nd Regiments 3rd
of Life Guards,
1778 Horse Grenadier Guards 1st Troop
Royal Horse Guards .
Previously 1st Horse. . Ditto.
+ Ist or Oxford Horse.
Now Royal Horse
+ 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th (or Irish), 6th,
7th (or Carbineers), and 8th Horse.
Now 1st to 7th
1st Dragoon Guards
(King's) Previously 2nd Horse
(Queen's) Previously 3rd Horse
(Prince of Wales') Previously 4th Horse . . Being permanently
stationed in Ireland, appears in Gazettes between 1760 and 1800 as 1st Irish Horse.
(Royal Irish) Previously 5th Horse . . Ditto as 2nd Irish
5th Ditto (P. Char. of Wales') Previously 6th Horse 6th Ditto
(Carbineers) Previously 7th Horse . . Ditto as 3rd ditto 7th Ditto (Princess Royal's) Previously 8th Horse , , Ditto as 4th ditto. A* 5th Royal Irish Dragoons.
Disbanded 1798 B
Royal Irish Lancers. 1858
B* C* D*
20th Light Dragoons 1760
Ditto 1763 20th
Ditto 1783 20th Jamaica Light Horse 1791, numbered 20th Ditto 1818
1794 20th Hussars
Late H. E. 1. C. Euro
pean Light Cavalry 21 st Light Dragoons
Ditto 1763 21st
Ditto 1783 21st
Ditto 1818 21st Hussars
Late H. E. I. C. Euro
pean Cavalry 22nd Light Dragoons 1760
Disbanded 1763 22nd
Ditto 1783 22nd
Ditto 1802 22nd
Previously 25th Light Ditto 1818
Previously Gwyn's Hus
sars, on Irish Estab-
Dragoons, re-num. bered 1802