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singing of the birds, and Eugene shrugged horseback are coming gaily up the street, his shoulders in despair ; still he fancied and among them he distinguishes Rosa. himself the object of the village wonder “Now,'' thought Eugene, as he asand admiration ; how many eyes, he sumed one of his inimitable attitudes and thought, were peeping at him through drew himself up to let the party pass, the Venetian blinds, or between the folds“ now," thought he, “I shall strike this of those muslin curtains-- how many laughter-loving girl with astonishment;" damsels were following with raptured but to his mortification, Rosa only eyes the receding form of his own ex- switched her little pony, and, without quisite self. He strolled gracefully along deigning to cast even a look at the ele-a merry laugh met his ear—he turned gant attitude, “the glass of fashion, the his head, and there stood Rosa; there mould of form,” galloped gaily along. she stood on tiptoe, training a honey. The next day Eugene again met Rosa; suckle over the portico, one hand holding that evening he managed to get introup the branches, the other playfully duced, next he called, then played a striking down a frolicsome dog; she sweet serenade under her window, all turned her bright face round as she moon and romance; an invitation for a heard the approaching step, and to the ride followed, which Rosa declined; and astonishment of Mr. Eugene Adolphus, when Eugene went home, he did not she did not seem astonished ; she neither look in the glass. After tea he again let fall the honeysuckle or jumped off strolled out, forgot his gloves and rattan, the little footstool, but continued care- met Rosa arm in arm with a sober young lessly her employment: the lion did not man in black, wondered who in the name alarm her.
of impudence he could be. “A pretty enough country girl, that," “He jests at scars who never felt a thought our city inimitable, and he wound.” Eugene jested no longer ; walked slowly along. Egad, I wonder deeply he felt the arrow he had defied. who she is, and he turned round He wrote a note on gilt-edged paper, Rosa had vanished—“a deuced pretty couleur de rose, its fragrance perfumed girl," and Eugene went home.
the air, and still sweeter were the words " Who lives in the stone house at the of admiration and love, adoration, desend of the street ?” our hero deigned pair and death it contained. When to inquire of his aunt.
Rosa had read it, she laughed, and then “Doctor Hunter."
placed it in her cabinet of curiosities. Eugene sipped his tea.
Soon Eugene received a neat little note, “ Ahem ! is he married ?"
declining the honour, &c. &c. “ Bless you, he is a widower, with Eugene Adolphus said he would shoot, only one child, who is
hang, or drown himself; then came the • A pretty girl, ha !” interrupted reflection of “green and yellow” meEugene, as he broke a cake.
lancholy, enough to melt a heart of stone, “ Yes, and a sweet girl, too, is Rosa ; so he brushed his hair à la désespoir, every body loves her ; you would love bathed his forehead, fourished his white her too, if you knew her,” said the handkerchief most sentimentally, then simple old lady.
walked by the stone house with the "Pshaw !" said Eugene; he rose, tragedy air of a desperate man. Alas, however, from the table, walked first to poor Eugene! he hears again that merry the glass, then by the stone house~a laugh! When he reached home a note little fairy figure was running through was handed him, an invitation to a the grounds, followed by the mischievous wedding—Rosa's wedding! What! had dog, and again the merry laugh rung in the sober young man in black excelled
the elegant Eugene Adolphus in the eyes “Oh, a wild romp,” thought the sen- of the simple country maiden! sitive Eugene ; "a country hoyden just That night the stage was heard to roll from boarding-school,” and he tossed from Aunt Patty's door, and no more his head contemptuously, “and what a was seen of the city lion. laugh she has !" Eugene went home, and all night long
ILL-DESERVED COMMENDATION. his ears were ringing with that happy,
Praises of the unworthy are felt by merry laugh.
The next day, more graceful than ever, ardent minds as robberies of the de. again out-sallied our hero; a party on serving.
PERCIE, MY PAGE,
Four days after this, on the relief of OR, A LEGACY OF A LADY.
the guard at noon, a subaltern entered
my room, and informed me that I was at (Continued from page 21.) liberty. I instantly made preparations
to go out, and was drawing on my boots, The fate and history of Yvain, the when Percie, who had not yet recovered outlaw, became, on the following day, from the shock of his arrest, entered in the talk of Vienna. He had been long some alarm, and informed me that one known as the daring horse-stealer of of the royal grooms was in the court with Hungary; and though it was not doubted a letter, which he would deliver only into that his sway was exercised over plun- my own hands. He had orders beside, derers of every description, even pirates he said, not to leave his saddle. Wonupon the high seas, his own courage and dering what new leaf of my destiny was address were principally applied to rob- to turn over, I went below and received bery of the well-guarded steeds of the a letter, with apparently the imperial seal, emperor and his nobles. It was said from a well-dressed groom in the livery that there was not a horse in the domi- of the emperor's brother, the king of nions of Austria whose qualities and Hungary. He was mounted on a combreeding were not known to him, nor pact, yet fine-limbed horse, and both one he cared to have which was not in horse and rider were as still as if cut in his concealed stables in the forest. The marble. most incredible stories were told of his I returned to my room and broke the horsemanship. He would so disguise the seal. It was a letter from Iminild, and animal on which he rode, either by the bold bearer was an outlaw disguised ! forcing him into new paces or by other She had heard that I was to be released arts only known to himself, that he that morning, and desired me to ride out would make the tour of the glacis on on the road to Gratz. In a postscript, the emperor's best horse, newly stolen, she begged I would request Monsieur unsuspected even by the royal grooms. Percie to accompany me. The roadsters of his own troop were the I sent for horses, and, wishing to be best steeds bred on the banks of the left to my own thoughts, ordered Percie Danube ; but, though always in the to fall behind, and rode slowly out of the highest condition, they would never have southern gate. If the Countess Iminild been suspected to be worth a florin till were safe, I had had enough of the adput upon their mettle. The extraordi- venture for my taste. My oath bound nary escapes of his band from the vigilant me to protect this wild and unsexed and well-mounted gens-d'armes were woman; but farther intercourse with a thus accounted for; and, in most of the band of outlaws, or farther peril of my villages of Austria, the people, on some head for no reason that either a court of market-day or other, had seen a body of gallantry or of justice would recognize, apparently ill-mounted peasants suddenly was beyond my usual programme of start off with the speed of lightning at pleasant events. The road was a gentle the appearance of gens-d'armes, and, ascent, and with the brible on the neck flying over fence and wall, draw a straight of my hack I paced thoughtfully on, till, course for the mountains, distancing their at a slight turn, we stood at a fair height pursuers with the ease of swallows on the above Vienna. wing.
“ It is a beautiful city, sir,' said Percie, After the death of Yvain in the garden, riding up. I had been forced with Percie into a “ How the deuce could she have escarriage, standing in the court, and ac- caped ?" said I, thinking aloud. companied by a guard, driven to my “ Has she escaped, sir? Ah, thank hotel, where I was given to understand heaven !” exclaimed the passionate boy, that I was to remain under arrest till the tears rushing to his eyes. farther orders. A sentinel at the door “Why, Percie !" I said, with a tone forbade all ingress or egress except to of surprise which called a blush into his the people of the house : a circumstance face, “ have you really found leisure to which was only distressing to me, as it fall in love amid all this imbroglio ?”. precluded my inquiries after the Countess “I beg pardon, my dear master 1" he Iminild, of whom common rumour, the replied, in a confused voice, “I scarce servants informed me, made not the know what it is to fall in love; but I slightest mention.
would die for Miladi Iminild."
“Not at all an impossible sequel, my men, every one of whom seemed a part poor boy! But wheel about and touch of the animal that carried him-he rode your hat, for here comes some one of the so admirably. royal family !"
The slight figure of Iminild in the A horseman was approaching, at an close-fitting dress of a Hungarian page, easy canter, over the broad and unfenced her jacket open and her beautiful limbs plain of table-land which overlooks perfectly defined, silver fringes at her Vienna on the south, attended by six ankles and waist, and a row of silver mounted servants in the white kersey. buttons gallonné down to the instep, her mere frocks, braided with the two-headed bright, flashing eyes, her short curls black eagle, which distinguish the mem- escaping from her cap, and tangled over bers of the imperial household.
her left temple with the gold tassel, dirk The carriages on the road stopped and pistol at her belt and spurs upon her while he passed, the foot-passengers heels-it was an apparition I had scarce touched their caps, and, as he came near, time to realize, but it seemed painted on I perceived that he was slight and young, my eyes. The cloud of dust which folbut rode with a confidence and a grace lowed their rapid flight faded away as I not often attained. His horse had the watched it, but I saw her still. subdued, half-fiery action of an Arab, • Shall I ride back and order postand Percie nearly dropped from his saddle horses, sir ?” asked Percie, standing up when the young horseman suddenly drove in his stirrups. in his spurs, and with almost a single “No; but you may order dinner at vault stood motionless before us. six. And, Percie !'he was riding away “ Monsieur !!!
with a gloomy air ; “ you may go to the “ Madame la Contesse !!!
police and get our passports for Venice.” I was uncertain how to receive her, By the way of Gratz, sir?" and took refuge in civility. Whether «« Yes, simpleton !" she would be overwhelmed with the There is a difference between sixteen recollection of Yvain's death, or had put and twenty-six, I thought to myself, as away the thought altogether with her the handsome boy flogged his horse into masculine firmness, was a dilemma for a gallop. The time is gone when I which the eccentric contradictions of could love without reason. her character left me no probable solution. member when a feather, stuck jauntily Motioning with her hand after saluting into a bonnet, would have made any me, two of the party rode backward and woman a princess ; and in those days, forward in different directions, as if pa- heaven help us ! I should have loved this trolling; and giving a look between a tear woman more for her gaillardise than ten and a smile at Percie, she placed her times a prettier one with all the virtues hand in mine, and shook off her sadness of Dorcas. For which of my sins am I with a strong effort.
made guardian to a robber's wife, I “ You did not expect so large a suite wonder ! with your protegée,” she said, rather gaily, after a moment.
The heavy German postillions, with “Do I understand that you come now their cocked hats and yellow coats, got to put yourself under my protection ?!! us over the ground after a manner, and I asked, in reply.
toward the sunset of a summer's evening “Soon, but not now, nor here. I the tall castle of Gratz, perched on a have a hundred men at the foot of Mount pinnacle of rock in the centre of a vast Semering, whose future fate, in some plain, stood up boldly against the redimportant respects, none can decide but dening sky. The rich fields of Styria myself. Yvain was always prepared for were ripening to an early harvest, the this, and everything is en train. I come people sat at their doors with the look of now but to appoint a place of meeting. household happiness for which the inbaQuick! my patrole comes in, and some bitants of these “ despotie countries” one approaches whom we must fly. Can are so remarkable ; and now and then you await me at Gratz ?',
on the road the rattling of steel scabbards “I can and will !"
drew my attention from a book or a reShe put her slight hand to my lips, verie, and the mounted troops, so perwaved a kiss at Percie, and away, with petually seen on the broad roads of the speed of wind, flew her swift Arab Austria, lingered slowly past with their over the plain, followed by the six horse- dust and baggage-trains.
Yet I reIt had been a long summer's day, and, to the thrilling music of one of the contrary to my usual practice, I had not finest bands in Germany. The privileged mounted, even for half a post, to Percie's character and free manners of the wanside in the rumble. Out of humour with dering craftsmen whose dress she had fate for having drawn me into very em- adopted, I was well aware, reconciled, in barrassing circumstances out of humour the eyes of the inhabitants, the marked with myself for the Quixotic step which contrast between our conditions in life. had first brought it on me—and a little They would simply have said, if they had out of humour with Percie, (perhaps made a remark at all, that the Englishfrom an unacknowledged jealousy of man was bon enfant and the craftsman Iminild's marked preference for the var. bon camarade. let,) I left him to toast alone in the sun,
" You had better look at me, meswhile I tried to forget him and myself in sieurs !" said the dusty apprentice, as "Le Marquis de Pontanges.” What a
two officers of the regiment passed and very clever book it is, by the way! gave me the usual strangers' stare ; “I
The pompous sergeant of the guard am better worth your while by exactly performed his office upon my passport at five thousand florins." the gate-giving me at least a kreutzer “And pray how?" I asked. worth of his majesty's black sand in “That price is set on my head !" exchange for my florin and my English “ Heavens! and you will walk here?” curse ; (I said before I was out of “ They kept you longer than usual temper, and he was half an hour writing with our passport, I presume?" his abominable name,) and leaving my
“ At the gate ? yes.” carriage and Percie to find their way “I came in with my pack at the time. together to the hotel, I dismounted at They have orders to examine all travellers the foot of a steep street and made my and passports with unusual care, these way to the battlements of the castle, in sharp officials ! But I shall get out as search of scenery and equanimity. easily as I got in !"
Ah! what a glorious landscape! The “My dear countess !" I said, in a precipitous rock on which the old fortress tone of serious remonstrance, “do not is built seems dropped by the Titans in trifle with the vigilance of the best police the midst of a plain, extending miles in in Europe! I am your guardian, and every direction, with scarce another you owe my advice some respect. Come pebble. Close at its base run the popu. away from the square and let us talk of lous streets, coiling about it like serpents it in earnest.” around a pyramid ; and away from the “ Wise seignior! suffer me to remind walls of the city spread the broad fields, you how deftly I slipped through the laden, as far as the eye can see, with fingers of these gentry after our tragedy tribute for the emperor! The tall castle, in Vienna, and pay my opinion some with its armed crest, looks down among respect! It was my vanity that brought
me, with my lackeys, to meet you à la “You have not lost friend and lover, prince royal so near Vienna ; and hence yet you are melancholy !" said a voice this alarm in the police, for I was seen behind me, that I was scarce startled to and suspected. I have shown myself to hear.
you in my favourite character, however, “ Is it you, Iminild ?"
and have done with rash measures. You “Scarce the same for Jminild was shall see me on the road to-morrow, safe never before so sad. It is something in as the heart in your bosom. Where is the sunset. Come away while the woman Monsieur Percie?” keeps down in me, and let us stroll "At the hotel. But stay! can I trust through the Plaza, where the band is you with yourself ?” playing. Do you love military music ?” “ Yes, and dull company, too! A
I looked at the costume and figure of revoir !!! the extraordinary creature, before I ven- And whistling the popular air of the tured with her on a public promenade. craft she had assumed, the Countess She was dressed like one of the travelling Iminild struck her long staff on the apprentices of Germany, with cap and pavement, and, with the gait of a tired bleuzer, and had assumed the air of the and habitual pedestrian, disappeared by craft with a success absolutely beyond a narrow street leading under the predetection. I gave her my arm and we cipitous battlements of the castle. sauntered through the crowd, listening
Percie 'made his appearance with a And wakeful with repentant pain, cup of coffee the following morning, and, I lay amid its lap of flowers, with the intention of posting a couple of And with a truant's earnest brain leagues to breakfast, I hurried through Turn'd back the leaves of wasted my toilet and was in my carriage an hour hours. after sunrise. The postillion was in his The angels that by day would flee, saddle and only waited for Percie, who, Return'd, oh morning star! with thee! upon inquiry, was nowhere to be found. I sat fifteen minutes, and just as I was
Yet now againbeginning to be alarmed, he ran into the large court of the hotel, and, crying out A foot thrust into my carriage-window to the postillions that all was right, rudely broke the thread of these delicate jumped into his place with an agility, it musings. The postillion was on a walk, struck me, very unlike his usual gentle- and, before I could well get my wits manlike deliberation. Determined to back from their wool-gathering, the take advantage of the first up-hill to Countess Iminild, in Percie's clothes, catechise him upon his matutinal ram- sat laughing on the cushion beside me. bles, I read the signs along the street “ On what bird's back has your ladytill we pulled up at the gate.
ship descended from the clouds ?” I Iminild's communication had prepared asked, with unfeigned astonishment. me for unusual delay with my passport, “ The same bird has brought us both and I was not surprised when the officer, down-c'est à dire, if you are not still in returning it to me, requested me, as en l'air,” she added, looking from my a matter of form, to declare, upon my scrawled tablets to my perplexed face. honour, that the servant behind my car- “Are you really and really the Counriage was an Englishman, and the person tess Iminild ?" I asked with a smile, mentioned in my passport.
looking down at the trowsered feet and “Foi d'honneur, monsieur," I said, loose-fitting boots of the pseudo valet. placing my hand politely on my heart; “Yes, indeed! but I leave it to you and off trotted the postillion, while the to swear, “foi d'honneur,' that a born captain of the guard, flattered with my countess is an English valet !” And civility, touched his foraging-cap, and she laughed so long and merrily, that the sent me a German blessing through his postillion looked over his yellow epaumoustache.
lettes in astonishment. It was a divine morning, and the fresh • Kind, generous Percie !” she said, and dewy air took me back many a year, changing her tone presently to one of to the days when I was more familiar great feeling, “I would scarce believe with the hour. We had a long trajet him last night when he informed me, as across the plain, and unlooping an anti- an inducement to leave him behind, that vibration tablet, for the invention of he was only a servant ! You never told which my ingenuity took great credit to
me this. But he is a gentleman in every itself, (suspended on caoutchouc cords feeling as well as in every feature, and, from the roof of the carriage and de- by heavens! he shall be a menial no serving of a patent, I trust you will longer!” allow !) I let off my poetical vein in the This speech, begun with much tenderfollowing beginning to what might have ness, rose, toward the close, to the turned out, but for the interruption, a violence of passion; and, folding her very edifying copy of verses :
arms with an air of defiance, the lady
outlaw threw herself back in the carriage. Ye are not what ye were to me,
“ I have no objection," I said, after a Oh waning night and morning star! short silence, “that Percie should set Though silent still your watches flee- up for a gentleman. Nature has cerThough hang yon lamp in heaven as tainly done her part to make him one ; far
but, till you can give him means and Though live the thoughts ye fed of yore education, the coat which you wear with I'm thine, oh starry dawn! no more! such a grace, is his safest shell. "Ants
live safely till they have gotten wings,' Yet to that dew-pearl'd hour alone says the old proverb." I was not folly's blindest child ;
The blowing of the postillion's horn It came when wearied mirth had flown, interrupted the argument, and, a mo
And sleep was on the gay and wild ; ment after, we were rolled up, with Ger