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light. The history of this grotesque in good repair and partially furnished. mansion, as I subsequently learned it, The good woman of the house, howwas that of a hundred others scattered ever, looked very portentous, when I over our country, and known generally expressed my determination to take in the neighbourhood as “ Smith's,' up my abode for the night, in the or “ Thompson's Folly.” It had been haunted ruin—though she tried, incommenced upon an ambitious scale, effectually, to rouse her sleeping husby a person whose means were in band to guide me thither. Mine host adequate to its completion, and had' had been luxuriating too freely in been sacrificed at a public sale when some old Monongahela, brought by a half finished, in order to liquidate the return waggon from Wheeling, to heed claim of the mechanics employed the jogging of his spouse, and I was upon it, After that, it had been used obliged to act as my own gentlemanas a granary for awhile, and sub- usher. sequently, being rudely completed The night was dark and gusty, as without any reference to the original with my saddle-bags in one hand, and plan, it had been occupied as a hotel a stable-lantern in the other, I sallied for a few years. The ruinous inn had, from the door of the cabaret, and however, for a long period been aban- struggled up the broken hill in its doned, and now enjoyed the general rear, to gain my uninviting place of reputation in the neighbourhood of rest. A rude porch, which seemed to being haunted; for ghosts and goblins have been long unconscious of a door, are always sure to take a big house off admitted me into the building, and a landlord's hands, when he can get tracking my way with some difficulty no other tenant.
through a long corridor, of which the “We havt no room pfor mynheer,” floor appeared to have been ripped said mine host, Peter Semidtson, lay- open here and there, in order to apply ing his hand on my bridle, as I rode the boards to some other purpose, I up to the door of a cabaret near this came to a steep and narrow staircase old building ; while three or four without any balusters. Cautiously waggoners, smoking their pipes upon ascending, I found myself in a large a bench in front of the house, gave hall, which opened on the hill-side, a grunt of confirmation to the frank against which the house was built. avowal of Peter. I was too old a It appeared to be lighted by a couple stager, however, to be so summarily of windows only, which were parturned away from an inn at such an tially glazed in some places, and hour; and throwing myself from my closed up in others by rough boards, horse without further parley, I told nailed across in lieu of shutters. It the landlord to get me some supper, had evidently, however, judging from and we would talk about lodging after- two or three ruinous pieces of furniture, ward.
been inhabited. A heavy door, whose It matters not how I got through the oaken latch and hinges, being incapevening until the hour of bed-time able of rust, were still in good repair, arrived. I had soon ascertained that admitted me into an adjoining chamevery bed in the hostelrie was really ber. This had evidently been the taken up, and that unless I chose to dormitory of the establishment, where share his straw with one of the waggon- the guests, after the gregarious and ers, who are accustomed to sleep in most disagreeable fashion of our countheir lumbering vehicles, there was no try,were wont to be huddled together in resource for me, except to occupy the one large room. The waning moon, lonely building, which had first caught whose bright autumnal crescent was my eye upon entering the hamlet. just beginning to cast above the hills, Upon inquiring as to the accommoda- shone through a high circular window, tion it afforded, I learned that, though full into this apartment, and indicated long deserted by any permanent oc- a comfortable looking truckle bed at cupants, it was still occasionally, not- the further end, before the rays of my withstanding its evil reputation, re. miserable lantern had shot beyond the sorted to by the passing traveller, and threshold. that one or two of the rooms were yet Upon approaching the pallet, I
observed some indications of that end then sweep through the long corridor of the apartment being still, occasion- below, and make the ricketty staircase ally, occupied. The heavy beams crack, as if it yielded to the feet of which traversed the ceiling, appeared some portly passenger-again, the to have been recently white-washed. blast would die away in a sullen moan, There was a small piece of carpet on as if baffled on some wild night-errand, the floor beside the bed, and a decrepit while anon, it would swell in monotable, and an arm-chair whose burly tonous surges, which came booming body was precariously supported upon upon the ear like the roar of a distant three legs, were holding an innocent tête-à-tête in the corner adjacent. I am not easily discomposed, and
I've had a rougher roosting-place perhaps none of these uncouth sounds than this, thought I, as I placed my would have given annoyance, if the lantern upon the table, and depositing clanging of a window shutter had not my saddle-bags beneath it, began to been added to the general chorus, and prepare myself for rest.
effectually kept me from sleeping. My My light having now burnt low, I nerves were at last becoming sensibly was compelled to expedite the opera- affectedby its ceaseless din, and wishing tion of undressing, which prevented to cut short the fit of restlessness which me from examining the rest of the I found stealing upon me, I determined apartment; and indeed, although I to rise and descend the stairs at the had, when first welcoming with some risk of my neck, to try and secure the pleasure the idea of sleeping in a shutter so as to put an end to the haunted house, determined fully to nuisance. explore it for my own satisfaction, But now, as I rose in my bed for before retiring for the night, yet fatigue this purpose, I found myself subjected or caprice made me now readily aban- to a new source of annoyance. The don the intention, just when my means mocking wind, which had appeared to for carrying it into execution were me more than once to syllable human being withdrawn; for the candle ex. sounds, came at length upon my ear pired while I was opening the door of distinctly charged with tones which the lantern, to throw its light more could not be mistaken. It was the fully upon a mass of drapery, which hard suppressed breathing of a man. seemed to be suspended across the I listened, and it ceased with a slight further end of the chamber. The gasp, like that of one labouring under complete darkness that momentarily suffocation. I listened still, and it ensued, blinded me completely; but came anew-stronger and more fully in the course of a few moments the upon my ear. It was like the thick shadows became more distinct, and suspirations of an apoplectic. Whence gradually, by the light of the moon, I it proceeded, I knew not.—But that it was able to make out that the object was near me, I was certain. A sus. opposite to me, was only a large old- picion of robbery—possibly, assassinafashioned bedstead, prodigally hung tion-flashed upon me; but were inwith tattered curtains. I gave no stantly discarded, as foreign to the farther thought to the subject, but character of the people among whom I turning over, composed myself to rest. was travelling.
Sleep, however, whom Shakspeare The moonlight now fell full upon alone has had the sense to personify the curtained bed opposite to me, and as a woman, was coy in coming to my I saw the tattered drapery move, as if couch. The old mansion wheezed and the frame upon which it was suspended, groaned, like a broken-winded buffalo were agitated. I watched, I confess, hard pressed by the hunter. The with some peculiar feelings of interest. wind, which had been high, became I was not alarmed, but an unaccountsoon more boisterous than ever, and able anxiety crept over me. At length the clouds huddled so rapidly over the the curtain parted, and a naked human face of the moon, that her beams were leg was protruded through its foldsas broken as the crevices of the ruined the foot came with a numb, dead-like building through which they fell. A sound to the floor—resting there, it sudden gust would every now and seemed to me at least half a minute
before the body to which it belonged capability of moving its feet, and was disclosed to my view. Slowly, uttering those unearthly expressions then, a pallid and unearthly-looking of suffering. The spectre, however, if figure emerged from the couch, and so it may be called, gave me but little stood with its stark lineaments clearly opportunity for reflection.
Its ghastly drawn against the dingy curtain behind limbs were raised anew with the same it. It appeared to be balancing itself automaton movement; and placing one for a moment, and then began to move of its feet upon the bottom of my bed, along from the bed. But there was while its glassy eyes were fixed stead. something horribly unnatural in its fastly upon me, it began stalking motions. Its feet came to the floor towards my pillow. with a dull, heavy sound, as if there
I confess that I was now in an agony no vitality in them.. Its arms of terror. hung, apparently, paralised by its side, I sprang from the couch and fled and the only nerve or rigidity in its the apartment. The keen-sightedness frame appeared about its head; the of fear enabled me to discover an open hair, which was thin and scattered, closet upon the other side of the hall. stood out in rigid tufts from its brow, Springing through the threshold, I the eyes were dilated and fixed with an closed the door quickly after me. It expression of ghastly horror, and the had neither lock nor bolt, but the closet petrified lips moved not, as the hideous was so narrow, that by placing my feet moaning, which came from the bottom upon the opposite wall, I could brace of its chest, escaped them.
my back against the door so as to hold It began to move across the floor in it against any human assailant, who the direction of my bed, its knees at had only his arms for a lever. every step being drawn up with a sud- The perspiration of mortal fear den jerk nearly to its body, and its feet started thick upon my forehead as I coming to the ground as if they were heard the supernatural tread of that moved by some mechanical impulse, strange visitant approaching the spot. and were wholly wanting in the elas- It seemed an age before his measured ticity of living members. It ap- steps brought him to the door. He proached my bed—and mingled horror struck it—the blow was sullen and and curiosity kept me still. It came hollow, as if dealt by the hand of a and stood beside it, and child-like I corpse. It was like the dull sound of still clung to my couch, moving only his own feet upon the floor. He struck to the farther side. Slowly, and with the door again—and the blow was more the same unnatural foot-falls it pur. feeble, and the sound duller than before. sued me thither, and again I changed Surely, I thought, the hand of no my position. It placed itself then living man could produce such a at the foot of my bedstead, and moved sound. by its piteous groans, I tried to look I know not whether it struck again calmly at it-I endeavoured to rally --for now its thick breathing became my thoughts—to reason with myself, so loud, that even the moanings which and even to speculate upon the nature were mingled with every suspiration of the object before me. One idea became inaudible. At last, they subthat went through my brain was too sided entirely, becoming at first graduextravagant not to remember. I ally weaker, and then audible only in thought, among other things, that the harsh sudden sobs, whose duration I phantom was a corpse, animated for could not estimate, from their mingling the moment by some galvanic process, with the blast which still swept the in order to terrify me. Then, as I hill-side. recollected that there was no one in The long, long night had at last an the village to carry such a trick into end, and the cheering sounds of the effect-supposing even the experiment awakening farm-yard, told me that the possible—I rejected the supposition. sun was up, and that I might venture How, too, could those awful moans be from my blind retreat. But if it were produced from an inanimate being ? still with a slight feeling of trepidation And yet, it seemed as if everything that I opened the door of the closet, about it were dead, except the mere what was my horror when a human
body fell inward upon me, even as I has been more than one moment, when
THE PAST.-" It is a singular law The rest of my story is soon told. of human life, that the past, which The household of the inn were rapidly apparently no longer forms a portion collected, and half the inhabitants of of our existence, never dies; new the hamlet identified the body as that shoots, as it were, spring up at difof a gentleman well known in the ferent intervals and places, all bearing country. But even after the coroner's the indelible characteristics of the inquest was summoned, there was no parent stock; the circular emblem of light thrown upon his fate, until my eternity is suggested by this meeting drunken landlord was brought before and recurrence of the broken ends of the jury. His own testimony would
our life." have gone for little, but he produced
MUTUAL AFFECTION. a document which in a few words told
.“Nothing the whole story. It was a note, left could be more pure and entire than with him the evening before by Mr. their affection, and there was between to be handed to me as soon
them that mingling of hearts which as I should arrive at the inn. It
words cannot describe ; but which, briefly thanked me for the slight cour
whenever it is experienced, in whattesy rendered him at the blacksmith's,
ever relation in life, is unalloyed hapand mentioning, that notwithstanding piness. There was a total absence of all precaution, his horse had fallen dead disguise, or covert censure, of mutual lame, and he should be obliged to pass
diffidence; perfect confidence gave rise
to the fearless utterance of every idea, the night at Wolfswald, he would still further trespass upon my kindness, by and there was repose, and yet an enjoybegging to occupy the same apartnient ment in the sense of sympathy and with me.
It stated that owing to some truth, which filled and satisfied.» organic affection of his system, he had GIRLHOOD.—Let Lord Byron say long been subject to the most grievous what he will of bread and butter, girl. fits of nightmare, during which, he still hood is a beautiful season, and its love preserved sufficient powers of volition -its warm, uncalculating, devoted love to move to the bed of his servant, who —so exaggerating in its simplicity-so being used to his attacks, would of keen from its freshness—is the very course take the necessary means to poetry of attachment; after-years have alleviate them. The note concluded nothing like it. To know that the by saying, that the writer had less love which once seemed eternal can diffidence in preferring his request to have an end, destroys its immortality; be my room-mate, inasmuch, as owing and thus brought to a level with the to the crowded state of the house, I beginnings and endings, the chances was sure of being thrust in upon some and changes of life, common-place
employments and pleasures-and, alas ! The reason why the ill-fated gentle- from the sublime to the ridiculous, man had been so urgent to press home- there is but a step; our divinity turns ward, was now but too apparent, and out an idol ; we are grown too wise, my indignation at the drunken inn- too worldly for our former faith, and keeper, in neglecting to hand me his we laugh at what we wept before; such note, knew no bounds. Alas! in the laughter is more bitter—a thousand years which have since gone by, there times more bitter, than tears.
PASQUALI, THE TAILOR OF years of age, and his wife Fiametta, VENICE.
whom he had married for her zecchini,
was on the shady side of fifty. GIANNINO PASQUALI was a smart If the truth must be told, Pasquali tailor some five years ago, occupying had discovered that, even with a bag a cool shop on one of the smaller of sequins for eye-water, Fiametta canals of Venice. Four pairs of sus- was not always the most lovely woman penders, a print of the fashions, and in Venice. Just across the canal lived a motley row of the gay-coloured old Donna Bentoccata, the nurse, trousers worn by the gondoliers, orna- whose daughter Turturilla was like the mented the window looking on the blonde in Titian's picture of the Maries; dark alley in the rear, and, attached to and to the charms of Turturilla, even the post of the water-gate on the canal seen through the light of leaden poverside, floated a small black gondola, the ty, the unhappy Pasquali was far from possession of which afforded the same insensible. proof of the prosperity of the Venetian The festa of San Antonio arrived taiļor which is expressed by a horse after a damp week of November, and and buggy at the door of a snip in though you would suppose the atmosLondon. The palace-seeking traveller, phere of Venice not liable to any very who, nez en l'air, threaded the tangled sensible increase of moisture, Fiametta, labyrinth of alleys and bridges between like people who live on land, and who the Rialto and St. Marc's, would have the rheumatism as a punishment scarce have observed the humble shop- for their age and ugliness, was usually window of Pasquali, yet he had a con- confined to her brazero of hot coals till sequence on the Piazza, and the lagoon it was dry enough on the Lido for the had seen his triumphs as an amateur peacocks to walk abroad. On this gondolier. Giannino was some thirty festa, however, San Antonio being, as (25.)