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his whole soul being intent upon the there, tarried at every hospitable tavern, brazen chest alone, out of which he desiring the obsequious master to set loaded himself as quickly as possible. before him of the best. In the meanwhile, however, every As he approached towards Ellrich, thing succeeded to his wish ; he neither he was joined by a young man of smart saw nor heard any evil spirit; only appearance, but whose countenance was the iron door closed to again with an
marked with grief. Our merry pilgrim awful sound, as soon as he set his foot struck by the stranger's appearance, out of the vaulted chamber. In his enquired of him, “ Young Sir, whither hurry, the alarmed treasure-seeker for- art thou bound ?" To which the other got the invaluable talisman, the spring- replied with a sigh, “ I am journeying root, which he had laid out of his through the wide world, my good father, hand, when occupied in scraping up the or perhaps out of the world-any where, gold, on which account it was impossi- | in short, where my feet carry me.” ble of yet this circumstance did not cause
the world ?” kindly asked the compasmuch affliction to the worthy Master
sionate Peter, " What has the world Peter, his desires being by no means
done to offend thee so grievously?" immoderate, and he having too, on this “ To me the world has done nothing, occasion, not spared his back in the neither have I done aught amiss to the first instance; and when he was dispose world, and yet, methinks, we do not ed so to do, he could shew himself a agree well together.” sturdy labourer.
Our good-natured traveller of the After he had performed every thing wheelbarrow, who, when things went precisely according to the instructions well with himself, always delighted in of old Martin, and closed up the aper- seeing others in equally good spirits, ture of the cave, he departed, consider- exerted himself to cheer the desponding ing how he could best secure the prize youth ; but finding, at length, that his he had obtained, and live comfortably powers of eloquence were of no vail, upon it at home, without exciting idle he suspected that his gloomy mood curiosity or malignant suspicion. It
It might be occasioned chiefly by a vacanwas also very desirable that his shrew cy in the region of his stomach, and of a wife should know nothing of the
that neither the head or the heart of the treasure of the Harz king, else he patient, was affected. He accordingfeared that she would never desist from ly invited him to enter an inn, promisharassing him until he had surrendered ing not to call upon him for his share up to her the fruits of his toils. She of the reckoning, a proposal which his should, therefore, partake of the stream, melancholy companion did not refuse, but remain quite ignorant of its source. They here found a mirthful set of revela The first point was casily accomplish- lers, in whose society Peter soon found ed, the other caused him to belabour himself quite in his element; and, by his brains greatly without determining degrees, waxed so full of joyous glee, any thing. Having securely packed and so liberal withal, that he insisted
up, he transported his riches to that no one but himself should have the nearest village ; here he purchased the honour of discharging the landlord's a wheelbarrow, and ordered a cooper bill. This proposition tended by no to make a tub with a double bottom; means to throw a damp on these choice in the centre of this he deposited his spirits ; on the contrary, they in return treasure, filling up the false bottom, at
became most liberal of jests and repar7 either end, with nails. With this load tees, so that it was doubtful whether
he returned home very leisurely; and, the number of good things that went as he was in no great hurry to arrive into their mouths was not exceeded by
that of those which proceeded out of figure; I always found myself in the them., Peter's young companion was apartment where it hung, so that, at the only one present who seemed insen- length, with continually devouring its sible to the wit and gaiety round him; beauties, my heart was inflamed to such he sat in a corner of the room with his a degree, that I could no longer find eyes fixed on the floor, so coy too did either rest or tranquillity. One day, he
appear with his glass, that he but therefore, I called the painter aside, rarely saluted it with his lips, and even and conjured him to inform me where then he did it in most maidenly guise. wa
was to be found the maiden who had Perceiving him so inaccessible to all sérved as the model for this exquisite social mirth, it now occurred to the work ; promising him no inconsidera good Peter that some heavy affliction, boon if he would but declare to me the which was gnawing at his heart, was truth. The artist laughed at my simthe real cause of the poor youth's de- plicity and at the warmth of my imaspondency. His curiosity therefore be- gination, but revealed to me all that I came equally excited with his compas- had sought. The fair maiden,' said sion.
he, dwells at Rotenburgh, in which “My good lad,” enquired he the place her father was once a noted cook. following morning, “ what is it that You may, if you please, try your lock disturbs thee so greatly ? Acquaint with her; but, I can assure you, the me with the cause of thy uneasiness ?" dame is both prudish and proud.' !
“ Alas, my worthy father," returned now requested permission of the Count the youth,
co what can it avail me, to quit his service, but this he denied should I disclose the cause of my sor- me; one night, therefore, I departed row? You can serve me neither by without either. permit or permission, your pity nor your advice."
and, having arrived at Rotenburg, soon “Who knows how that may be ? traced out my enamorata. Still I found the old proverb says :
« Comfort tra- that my efforts to gain access to her velleth with no outrider.'”
were in vain. She lives under a mother now so urgent with him to disclose who is a very dragon in watchfulness; the cause of his disquietude, that the and suffers her to appear neither at cheerless youth was at length fain to door nor window, but keeps her so comply.
closely confined from the profane gaze “It is no trifle, no boyish misfor- of men, as if she were the inbabitant tune,” said he, “ that causes my dis- of a nunnery. tress, but the calamitous, unpropitious “his caused me no small uneasidestiny of virtuous affection. 'I am the ness, and I determined, therefore, to forrester and born vassal of Count Oet- accomplish my aim by stratagem: I tingen, who took me into his house put on female apparel, concealed my when a child, and bestowed such pains face in a hood, and thus attired, knockon my education, that the good-natureded at the door. On her opening it, world whispered that I was his son. I was so struck with her loveliness as A painter lately offered him for sale to be near discovering myself, yet quicka number of pictures to decorate his ly recovering from my emotion, I gave new castle; among the rest was one her an order for a carpet, for you must representing a damsel of most extraor- know, she is one of the most skilful dinary beauty, the original of which, embroiderers in the whole country. I the artist said, was a young girl, whose had now free access to her every day, portrait he had sketched surreptitiously, under the pretence of coming to see she being too reserved to sit to him for how the work proceeded ; and enjoyed that purpose. Never could I satisfy the pleasure of gazing upon my beloved, myself with gazing on this charming and chatting with her for hours each
See page 44 tine. I soon perceived that my com- suspicious manner.
My virtue is irrepany was far from being disagreeable proachable, yet is my heart weak. Thou to the damsel, so well did I perform hast taught me how easy it is for the the character of an honest matron. At seducer to pass through bolted doors. length, one day, when the mother was My father destines me for a convent, absent, I ventured to discover myself and I hasten to comply with his desires ; to the charming creature, when, starting and for this purpose am anxious to earn, up from her work, she attempted to by my needle, a sum sufficient to place flee; I prevailed upon her, however, not me there. Adieu, and remove to such to make any alarm, pledging to her my a distance, that no suspicious tongues honour, that I came with fair designs, may raise evil reports concerning us." and for the purpose of wooing her as a “I was obliged to comply, and tear fair suitor. 'I 'then explained to her myself from her; this was indeed a bitthe whole plan, and the singular manner ter cup. I departed almost in despair ; in which I had become fascinated by abandoned myself to my forlorn destiher charms. She chided my rashness ny, continually weeping and lamenting, for having so slightly quitted my patron, both day and night. Å hundred times and inquired in what manner I intended a day did I walk up and down the street to support a wife? This perplexing where she resided; and whenever a question quite stopped my mouth, for, bell rung for mass, I instantly hurried although I had a pair of strong arms, I away in the hope of meeting her, and cared not to reply that these were able enjoying the consolation of beholding to support us, fearing that a poor la- her once again. But in vain ! she was bourer would seem unworthy so lovely no more revealed to my anxious gaze.
Three times did I prepare to quit the Casting upon me a look full of the town; yet could not tear myself away, kindest sympathy, she said: “We must for it seemed to me like departing into part ; never must we meet again in this banishment. Once more did I seek to
gain admission into the house in my quainted with all his family secrets, former disguise, for the purpose of bid without, however, being offended at the ding her eternally adieu. 'I knocked indignation expressed against him. He at the door with the most anxious soli- thought, on the contrary, that Frederick citude: the mother put her head out of would serve his designs most admirably; the casement, and, on seeing me, began that he could make him the depository to load me with reproaches, taxing me of his wealth, so as thereby to avoid all with having attempted to defraud her inquisitive curiosity as to the sudden daughter of the sum we had agreed upon. change in his affairs, and, at the same I instantly perceived what reason the time, conceal his treasure from the prudent Gertrude had assigned to her greediness of his wife. “ My good mother for the abrupt manner in which friend,” said he, “ shew me thy hand, my visits were discontinued. I now and let me see what luck thy stars des resigned all hope of again beholding tine for thee.” the lovely maiden; and quitted the town, “ What should they forbode, save and am now wandering about the coun- evil ?" retumed the hopeless lover. try in the hope that my grief may speedi- Nevertheless the pretended dealer in ly devour my heart.”
chiromancy would not be so put off, and Master Peter listened with extreme his companion did not care for such a attention to the plain and candid narra- trife, to offend one who had treated tive of his companion highly overjoyed him so generously, he reached out his at the lucky coincidence which had hand to him. Mustering up a look of brought him acquainted with one who profound sagacity, Master Peter consiwas able to give him some well authen- dered all the lines very attentively, ticated tidings of his home during his shook
shook his head occasionally in the mean absence.
while, and, after he had carried on the “ Your history,” said he, “ is a game for a sufficient time, said :strange one enough; there is one point Friend ! he who has luck has also the however which I do not comprehend :
bride To-morrow, as soon as the sun you spoke of the father of your mistress rises, hie thee with all speed to Rotten---why did you not address yourself to burg. The maiden is faithful, and well him He would hardly have rejected inclined towards thee, nor will she fail such an honest suitor to his daughter, to receive thee with affection. A rich as you appear to be.”'
inheritance will shortly fall to thee from “ Ab," replied Frederick, little ween- an old relation, of whom thou little ing whom he was speaking to, “the dreamest; and thou wilt then have wherefather is naught;—he is a sottish, idle with to support a wife handsomely!" fellow, who has left his wife and child, “ Comrade," returned the youth, nor does any one know what has be- supposing that the prophet was making come of him. Yet, I do not much himself merry athis expense, "methinks blame the poor wight for having run off it becomes you but ill to jeer the unforfrom such a cross-grained vixen as his tunate. Seek some one on whom you wife is—but, then, to desert his sweet can play your tricks, for I am not your child !--she is so mild, and meekly man.' tempered, and who, even now, always
fine spark! I ain not be takes his part, and still speaks of him that would deceive you, or amuse mywith the kindest affection !-were he self at your cost ; on tlie contrary, I enhere I could pluck his beard for him.” gage to accomplish my predictions to a At hearing this unexpected eulogium hair. To convince you of it, I will now upon himself, Master Peter redoubled pay you as mich of the said bequest as his attention, and was surprised to learn you choose to demand. Follow me how minutely his companion was ac- into my chamber, and I will convince
you of the truth of my words by the privately let him know of the success of most satisfactory evidence.”
his undertaking, in order that he might At hearing his friend, the dealer in dispatch a load of costly furniture, beiron, speak of his gold, in a tone of such fitting the station and character he had confidence, the youth's cheek burned to support. At their parting with each with the glow of joy and sudden asto- other the presumptive father-in-law nishment; nor did he know whether he made the youth a present of a piece of was dreaming or awake, when, following advice : " Take good heed to thy tongue, his mysterious companion, he beheld and disclose our secret to no one, save him, after having secured the door, dis- the discreet Gertrude, when she beplay the contents of his cask,-a golden comes thy bride.” yolk within an iron shell.
Master Peter now enjoyed the golden Master Peter now discovered himself fruit of his trip to the Harz Mountain, to the lover of Gertrude, and confided yet wisely forebore to entertain the pubto him the mystery of the treasure, and lic with any description of it; and posalso his intention of letting him support sessed so much wealth, that be hardly the character of a wealthy suitor, while knew its amount. Frederick, huwever, he, on the contrary, would enjoy him- was supposed to be the source of this self more snugly. The deep melan- sudden prosperity, and, as honour folcholy of the youth now altogether dis- lows on the heels of riches, he soon appeared : he could find no words to attained the highest dignities which the express his gratitude for being thus sud- town of Rottenburg could bestow on so denly rendered the most happy of all worthy a citizen. From this time it has mortals. The following morning both become a proverb there, which still rethe travellers set out for Ellrich, where mains in vogue, when the people of the young one equipped himself in all.. Rottenburg wish to describe a person in the bravery of a noble gallant Master prosperous circumstances, to say, that Peter paid him in advance a considera- he is as rich as the son-in-law of Peter ble portion of the promised inheritance, Block, the cook. and agreed with him that he should
Tales of Northern Nations.
THE DEAD MEN OF PEST;
A Hungarian Legend.
The following tale is built upon one of the most extraordinary events recorded in the
annals of the human mind. Not a century ago, all the circumstances which form this romance, with the addition of many others, were not only firmly believed by the Sclavonian villagers, among whom they were supposed to have happened, but were received as truths, and seriously reasoned upon by learned divines and physicians of the surrounding provinces. A superstition somewhat similar appears to have prevailed in Bohemia and Silesia previous to the days of Dr. Henry More, who details several of the stories to which it gave rise in his Philosophical Works. The Gentleman's Magazine for some of the years between 1740 and 50, contains several curious parti. culars of the same nature.
I left the chalky clifts of old England,
And paced through many a country fair to see,
Until I journied into sad Hung'ry.