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191h.—Speaking, to-day, of Mr. Waller, whom Saturday night ; at Rolin's bedside.Oh, woeI had once seen at uncle John's, Mr. Agnew sayd fulle sight! I had not known that pale face, had he had obtayned the reputation of being one of I met it unawares. So thin and wan—and he our smoothest versers, and thereupon brought forth hath shot up into a tall stripling during the last one or two of his small pieces in manuscript, few months. These two nights of watching have which he read to Rose and me. They were ad- tried me sorelie, but I would not be withholdendrest to the lady Dorothy Sidney ; and ceriainlie from sitting up with him yet agayn—what and if for specious flatterie I doe not suppose they car this night should be his last ! how coulde I forgive be matcht; but there is noe impress of reall feel myself for sleeping on now and taking my rest? ing in them. How diverse from my husband's The first night, he knew me not ; yet it was bitversing! He never writ anie mere love-verses, ter-sweet to hear him chiding at sweet Moll for indeede, soe far as I know ; but how much truer not coning Yesternight he knew me for a a sence he hath of what is really beautifulle and while, kissed me, and fell into an heavie sleepe, becoming in a woman than Mr. Waller! The with his hand locked in inine. We hoped the lady Alice Egerton mighte have beene more crisis was come ; but 't was not soe. He raved justlie proud of y* fine things written for her in much of a man alle in red, riding hard after him. Comus, than yo Lady Doroihea of anie of y' fine I minded me of those words, “ the enemy sayd, I things written of her by this courtier-like poel. will overtake, I will pursue,"--and, noe one being For, to say that trees bend down in homage to a by, save the unconscious sufferer, I kneeled down woman when she walks under them, and that y beside him, and most earnestlie prayed for his healing waters of Tonbridge were placed there by deliverance from all spirituall adversaries. When nature to compensate for the fatal pride of Sacha- 1 vokt up, his eyes, larger and darker than ever, rissa, is soe fullesome and untrue as noe woman, were fixt on me with a strange, wistfulle stare, not devoured by conceite, coulde endure ; whereas, but he spake not. From that moment he was the check that villanie is sensible of in the pres- quiete. ence of virtue, is most nobly, not exiravagantie, The doctor thought him rambling this morning, exprest by Comus. And though my husband be though I knew he was not, when he spake of an almost too lavish, even in his short pieces, of angel in a long white garment watching over him classic allusion and personation, yet, like alitique and kneeling by him in the night. statues and busts well placed in some statelie pleasaunce, they are alwaies appropriate and Sunday erening.-Poor Nell sitteth up with gracefulle, which is more than can be sayd of mother lo-night--right thankfulle is she to find Mr. Waller's overstrayned figures and metaphors. that she can be of anie use : she says it seems soe

strange that she should be able to make any return 20th.-News from home : alle well. Audrey for my kindnesse. I must sleep to-night, that I Paice on a visitt there. I hope mother hath not may watch to-morrow. The servants are nigh put her into my chamber, but I know that she spent, and are besides foolishlie afrayd of infechath sett so manie trays full of spearinint, pepper- tion. I hope Rose prays for me. Soe drowsie mint, camomiles, and poppie-heads in y blue and dulle am I, as scarce to be able to pray for chamber to dry, that she will not care to move myself. them, nor have yo window opened Jest they should be blown aboute. I wish I had turned ye key on Monday.-Rose and Mr. Agnew came to abide my ebony cabinett.

with us for some days. How thankfulle am I!

Tears have relieved me. 24th.- Richard and Audrey rode over here, Robin worse to-day. Father quite subdued. and spent a noisie afternoone. Rose had the Mr. Agnew will sit up to-night, and insists on goose dressed which I know she meant to have my sleeping. reserved for to-morrow. Clover was in a heat, Crab howled under my window yesternight as which one would have thoughte he needed not to he did before my wedding. I hope there is nothhave beene, with carrying a lady ; but Audrey is ing in it. Harry got up and beat him, and at heavie. She treats Dick like a boy; and, in- last put him in yo stable. deede he is not much more ; but he is quite taken up with her. I find she lies in yo blue chamber, Tuesday.--After two nights' rest, I feel quite which she says smells rarelie of herbs. They strengthened and restored this morning. Deare returned not till late, afier sundrie hints from Mr. Rose read me to sleep in her low, gentle voice, Agnew.

and then lay down by my side, twice stepping into

Robin's chamber during the night, and bringing 27th.--Alas, alas, Robin's silence is 100 sor- me news that all was well. Relieved in mind, I rowfullie explained! He hath beene sent home slept heaville nor woke till late. Then, returned soe ill that he is like to die. This report I have to y sick chamber, and found Rose bathing dear from Diggory, just come over to fetch me, with Robin's temples with vinegar, and changing his whom I start, soe soone as his horse is bated. pillow-his thin band rested on Mr. Agnew, on Lord, have mercie on Robin.

whom he lookt with a composed, collected gaze. The children are alle sent away to keep yo Slowlie turned his eyes on me, and faintlie smiled, house quiete.

but spake not.

'aye!”

my watch.

Poor dear mother is ailing now. I sale with unison with my sadnesse, tears flowed without her and father some time ; but it was a true relief relieving me. when Rose took my place and let me return to

What a solemne, pompous prigge is yo sick room. Rose hath alreadie made several this doctor! He cries “ humph!” and little changes for the better; improved yo ventila- and bites his nails and screws his lips together, tion of Robin's chamber, and prevented his hear- but I don't believe he understands soe much of ing soe manie noises. Alsoe, showed me how to physick, after alle, as Mr. Agnew. make a pleasant cooling drink, which he likes Father came home fulle of ye rebels' doings, better than the warm liquids, and which she but as for me, I shoulde hear them thundering at assures me he may take with perfect safetie. our gate with apathie, except insofar as I feared

them distressing Robin. Same evening.–Robin vext, eren to tears, be- Audrey rode over with her father, this morn, cause ye doctor forbids y use of his cooling drink, to make enquiries. She might have come sooner though it hath certainlie abated the fever. At had she meant to be anie reall use to a family his wish I stept down to intercede with the doctor, she has thought of entering. Had Rose come 10 then closetted with my father, to discourse, as I our help as late in the day, we had been poorlie suppose, of Robin's symptoms. Insteade of which, off. found them earnestlie engaged on ye never-ending topick of cavaliers and roundheads. I was chafed Thursday.-May Heaven in its mercy save us and cut to yo heart, yet what can poor father do ; from yo evil consequence of this new mischance !he is useless in yo sick-room, he is wearie of sus- Richard, jealous at being allowed so little share pense, and it is well if publick affairs can divertin nursing Robin, whom he says he loved as well him for an odd half hour.

as anie did, would sit up with him last night, The doctor would not hear of Robin taking ye along with mother. Twice I heard him snoring, cooling beverage, and warned me that his death and stept in to prevail on him to change places, woulde be upon my head if I permitted him to be but coulde not get him to stir. A third time he chilled : soe what could I doe? Poor Robin very fell asleep, and, it seems, mother slept too; and impatient in consequence; and raving towards Robin, in his fever, got out of bed, and drank midnight. Rose insisted in taking ye last half of near a quart of colde water, waking Dick by set

ting down ye pitcher. Of course the bustle soon I know not that I was ever more sorelie exer- reached my listening ears. Dick, to doe him cised than during ye first half of this night. Robin, justice, was frightened enough, and stole away to in his crazie fit, would leave his bed, and was soe his bed without a word of defence; but poor strong as nearlie to master Nell and me, and I mother, who had been equallie off her watch, feared I must have called Richard. The next made more noise about it than was good for Robin; minute he fell back as weak as a child : we cov- who, neverthelesse, we having warmlie covered ered him up warm, and he was overtaken either up, burst into a profuse heat, and fell into a sound with stupor or sleep. Earnestlie did I pray it sleep, which hath now holden him manie hours. might be ye latter, and conduce to his healing. Mr. Agnew augureth favourablie of his waking, Afterwards, there being writing implements at but we await it in prayerfulle anxietie. hand, I wrote a letter to Mr. Milton, which,

- The crisis is past ! and y® doctor sayeth though the fancy of sending it soon died away, he alle along expected it last night, which I canyet eased my mind. When not in prayer, I often not believe, but father and mother doe. At alle find myself silently talking to hiin.

events, praised be Heaven, there is now hope that

deare Robin may recover. Rose and I have minWednesday.—Waking late after my scant gled tears, smiles, and thanksgivings; Mr. Agnight's rest, I found my breakfaste neatlie layd new hath expressed gratitude after a more colout in y little antechamber, to prevent the fatigue lected manner, and endeavored to check yo someof going down stairs. A handfulle of autumn what ill governed expression of joy throughout flowers beside my plate, left me in noe doubt it the house; warning ye servants, but especiallie was Rose's doing; and Mr. Agnew, writing at Dick and Harry, that Robin may yet have a yo window, told me he had persuaded my father relapse. to goe to Shotover with Dick. Then laying With what transport have I sat beside dear aside his pen, stept into the sick-chamber for y® Robin's bed, returning his fixed, earnest, thanklatest news, which was good : and, sitting next fulle gaze, and answering yfeeble pressure of me, talked of yo progress of Robin's illnesse in a his hand !—Going into the studdy just now, I grave yet hopefulle manner; leading, as he chieflie found father crying like a child—the first time I does, to high and unearthlie sources of consola- have known him give way to tears during Robin's tion. He advised me to take a turn in yo fresh ilnesse. Mr. Agnew presentlie came in, and ayr, though but as far as the two junipers, before composed him better than I coulde. I entered Robin's chamber, which, somewhat reluctantlie, I did ; but the bright daylight and Saturday.-Robin better, though still very warm sun had no good effect on my spiritus : on weak. Had his bed made, and took a few spoonthe contrarie, sothing in blythe nature seeming in fuls of broth.

Sunday.—A very different sabbath from yo question if it were for yo first time. Robin looked last. Though Robin's constitution hath received on him with eyes of such sedate affection! a shock it may never recover, liis comparative amendment fills us with thankfulnesse ; and our Thursday.- Robin still progressing. Dear chastened suspense hath a sweet solemnitie and Rose and Mr. Agnew leave us to-morrow, but trustfulnesse in it, which pass understanding. they will soon come agayn. Oh faithful friends!

Mr. Agnew conducted our devotions. This morning, I found him praying with Robin--I

From the United Service Magazine.

support of the sultan.

This would indeed appear EAST OF EUROPE.

beyond a doubt, for the president of the republio The intelligence received during the past month with the majority of his council, in spite of the from the east of Europe, has been of a character efforts of M. Molé and M. Thiers, have ranged to increase, even more speedily and eminently themselves on the eastern question, on the side than could have been anticipated, the dubious of justice and civilization, against the pretensions aspect of European affairs. The stariling and of the Russian emperor. imperative demands of the Emperor of Russia, for Although we give the czar credit for more the extradition of the Hungarian and Polish polit- shrewdness than to persist in his skilfully deical refugees, on the Turkish territory, contain in vised demands, and act up to the threats imthem the evidence of intentions so obviously hos- plied with them on this occasion, yet we consider tile to the independence, and so insulting to the them as the foreshadowing of an event which must dignity of the Ottoman empire, that we are by no come off, if not now, on a future day, and it is means surprised they should have awakened the devouily to be hoped we may always have a repliveliest indignation in the breast of the Turkish resentative of the same material at the city of the sovereign, and have met with his refusal of com- sultan, and a minister at home as capable of pliance. That they should have given rise to appreciating his, worth and of supporting his similar sentiments of reprobation in this country actions, as becomes the interest and dignity of the and in France, is also equally reasonable, not only British empire. on the score of the flagrant injustice of such de- The latest accounts from Vienna have stricken mands, but as seriously militating against the the heart of European civilization with shame and interests of those two countries-interests inti-horror ; the world speak its unmitigated censure mately interwoven with the maintenance of the of the government that could thus cement the political existence and integrity of the sultan's structure of its restored order with such hecatombs power and dominions. The moment seized upon of blood, and history will point to their names as by the czar for such a step was doubtless conceived the greatest blot upon her pages in the nineteenth to be a most favorable one ; too much so indeed century. to be lost—and one which, awaited through so

The Florin.--The new two-shilling piece, many long years with watchful hope, might not present itself again so readily. Austria had been

known as “ The Florin,” is not about to be called

in because of the omission of the words “ Dei Grarescued only from dissolution by the Russian tia.” The words in question were omitted by the arms, she could no more now interpose with a consent of her majesty and the prince consort, by good grace her ancient jealousies in that quarter; both of whom the original design, as drawn by Mr. the events of Hungary had revealed her weak- Wyon, of the royal inint, was warmly approved. ness ; she was no longer virtually to be feared, In consequence of the dissatisfaction expressed by while her stronger interests must prompt her even

a large portion of the public at the omission, the to join in such a demand.

chancellor of the exchequer ordered a search for

Prussia was in no much better case ; scarcely recovered from her late that some most interesting details on the subject of

precedents of such omission. The result has been conflict with herself, she was powerless to inter- the coinage of these realms has been brought forth. fere, Germany was prostrate, a negation to itself, It would appear that no example was discovered of and could oppose no obstacle. France, involved the omission of the words before-mentioned from in a difficult position in Italy, was paralyzed by any silver coins, but many examples of the omisthose who placed her in it. England, would or sion were found as regarded the copper coinage. could she venture alone to remonstrate or inter- The words “ Fidei Defensor” have also been In such a state of things, it was worth was not used on any of the English copper money

omitted. It further appears that “ Dei Gratia" while trying to fix the wished for quarrel on the from the Restoration till 1797 ; and also that Turk. Should it fail, the cozenage of diplomacy |“ Fidei Defensor” was not used for the whole of could again soften down all seeming asperities. that period. Charles II., William III. and Mary, The firmness and ability of a Canning, how- George I. and George II. omitted the words from

The rupee and other coins in India ever, may once more prove too much even for copper coins. Muscovite astuteness, and our yet fortunately

merely bear the words “ Victoria Queen.” It

may now be added that the eminent personage at enduring friendly relations with France will no whose suggestion the omission was made in the doubt induce a clear sense of the necessity of a florin, thought that the words “ Victoria Regina" firm coöperation at least, in the protection and alone would give the coin a more emphatic character. CCXCII.

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pose ?

LIVING AGE.

VOL. XXIII.

CHAPTER XIX.--THE WHITE SERPENTS AND

THE

IRON CHEST.

uscript, in which all the particulars of the transaction are related ; but, unfortunately, it is im

perfect, the name of the church and the mosque We then resumed our journey ; and, having being no longer to be found in it.' lunched and dined on the way, arrived in the “ She then handed the manuscript to me, writevening at a lovely village, the name of which I ten in Arabic, and accompanied by a French transentirely forget. It was situated, however, high lation. It was evidently very old, and probably up in the mountains ; so that, as night came dated as far back as the period of the Crusades. I on, we felt the cold, biting air, just as one feels it glanced through it, and then inquired in what way in the Alps, and were right glad, on entering the I could be of service to her in this matter. It inn parlor, to find a blazing fire on the hearth. struck me that she desired I should make a pilHere we supped ; and the captain and I sat talking grimage to Constantinople, to recover this wealth by the chimney corner long after the rest of the for her. I was mistaken ; her wish was very difcompany had retired to bed. He was a remark- ferent. She only desired that, through my knowlably pleasant companion, full of stories and anec-edge of the language of the stars, I should reveal dotes, by his manner of relating which he amused to her the name of the mosque in which the treasme greatly. Most of them turned on incidents ure lay buried; upon which, old as she was, she which had occurred during his residence in the would herself proceed to Constantinople, and there Swiss chateau. But I can scarcely venture to tell take the necessary steps for recovering possession them again, so much of the interest depended on of it. his manner, on the tone of his voice, and on the “ It was with much difficulty that I preserved earnest, half-confidential air he assumed during the my gravity ; but I assured her that my intimacy narration. We had each just lighted a fresh cigar, with the stars was by no means so great as she and stirred the fire up into a rich, warm blaze, imagined, and that it would be difficult, or, perwhen, drawing his chair closer to mine,

haps, impossible for me to discover the name of “I will tell you a story,” said he, “ about my the mosque in question. I was resolved, however, chateau, and the singular mistress of it. She was to humor her, because convinced she must be mad. an old lady, proud of her birth, who remembered, "Well,' said she, after a short pause, 'we with wonderful accuracy, the achievements of her will discuss that matter another time.

At present, ancestors, and could trace back her lineage beyond I have a different favor to ask. In one of the the earliest of the Crusades. Observing me to be vaults of this casile, I have a chest filled with gold rather addicted to astronomy, she took it into her and silver ; and when I am absent, two small white head that I must also be an astrologer and a con- serpents usually take their station on the lid, to jurer, and was fully persuaded that I was an adept protect the treasure. Lately, however, these faithin all the mysteries of the black art. She inhab- ful guardians of my property have disappeared ; iled one wing of the chateau, the remainder of and I am now desirous that, during a visit which which she had let to me, at a rent much below its I must pay to Paris, you should take charge of the value, merely for the pleasure of having a neighbor chest.' with whom she could sometimes converse.

“• Instead of the serpents ?' I inquired, involun“One winter night, very late, my man Fran- tarily. cois came into my study, to inform me that Mad- "• Yes,' she replied, gravely. "Come, moname 'la Comptesse wanted to speak with me. sieur, follow me.' 'Show her in,' said I ; and, with the word, I got “ So saying, she arose, and, taking up a candle up to receive her.

from the table, proceeded towards the door ; upon " She entered with a most stately air. I pre- which I also arose, and followed her, fully persented her a chair by the fire, and began, as an suaded that she required a straight-waistcoat immeEnglishman always does, to talk about the weather, diately. Proceeding from room to room, traversand other agreeable things of that sort. This ing long corridors, ascending and descending stairwas evidently not the topic upon which the countess cases, moving beneath turrets and archways, we at wished to converse. She therefore stopped me length reached the vault, the door of which she short, and said,

opened with a large key, previously concealed be"Excuse me, monsieur; but I come to con- neath her apron. When we entered, she turned sult you on a subject of the utmost importance, round and locked the door carefully behind us ; which, with your permission, I will at once ex- then taking from her girdle three other keys, she plain.'

inserted them in the chest, and turning them one “I said I should be happy to hear whatever after another, the lid flew open ; and, sure enough, she had to communicate. She then proceeded : it was full of silver and gold.

"One of my ancestors was a distinguished "This,' said she, “is what I wish you to take knight who, having fought in the Holy Land, and charge of for me.' amassed great treasure by plundering the infidels, “But, dear madame,' said I, “it is dangerous proceeded afterwards to Constantinople, and there, to entrust all this property with a stranger. Have in a certain church, now become a mosque, buried you no relative with whom you could more safely beneath a particular stone an immense treasure in deposit the money?' gold and jewels. I have here in my hand a man-) "I have a nephew,' she replied, with a smile; “I felt uneasy.

'but it is to see him that I am going to Paris- But, friend,' said I, have you any written and for the rest, I can put entire confidence in you, order?' if you will permit me.'

He replied that he had not. Well, madame,' I replied, 'if it affords you • Then you shall not touch the chest,' said I any pleasure, I shall be most happy to become the nor any one else, till the countess herself arsuccessor of the serpents. Tell me, however, rives.' before I do so, what amount of money the chest

" . But should the countess

never make her contains ?

appearance ?' said he, with a significant grin. " • Just fifteen thousand pounds sterling ; neither Why, in that case, I will deliver it up to her more nor less.'

lawful heir.' It was impossible I should " " That is to me, signor ; I am her lawful heir.' count the money ; and, as there was clearly a flaw " • That may be ; but I shall require you to in her understanding, I could not be sure she prove it, before I deliver up my trust.' would not, on her return, imagine she had left six- • His lip quivered, he turned a little pale, and teen thousand, and call me to account for the dif- felt in his busom, as if for a poniard. I was conference. However, it was impossible, without vinced he had murdered the countess, and was rudeness, to escape from the difficulty ; so I deter- now come to get possession of his booty. But mined, at all hazards, to become the guardian of how he could have obtained a knowledge of the her treasure—and, having expressed myself to chest, it puzzled me to conjecture. that effect, we quitted the vault.

" And where did you leave the countess ?' I "In two or three days the countess quitted the inquired; perceiving he was not inclined to break chateau. Whether or not she ever went to Paris silence. is more than I can say. Weeks and months “• It does not signify,' said he. passed over, and I received no letter from her. I “ • But, friend,' I exclaimed, it does signify ; began to feel uneasy. She had disappeared in a and unless you explain at once, I shall take you inysterious manner; and should she in any way into custody, under suspicion of having murdered have come by her death, I might, for aught I her.' know, have lain under the suspicion of having No, you won't, signor,' replied the fellow, hastened her departure across the Styx.

drawing a stiletto from under his waistcoat. “I Spring came, and summer followed; and still will silence you with that first.' no news of the countess. As I was sitting one “ He was a robust, brawny-looking ruffian, with fine evening in the park, on a camp-stool, at the a most unpleasant twinkle about the eyes ; while foot of a huge linden tree, smoking a cigar, and I am not, as you see, a very powerful man. But puffing its fragrant clouds over the head of a huge I had an ally at hand, whose presence he had forSt. Bernard dog that lay at my feet, I was made gotten. As soon as Carlo noticed the change in sensible of the approach of a stranger by Carlo's the tone of our voices, he crept stealthily towards giving a sudden growl.

the spot, and the moment Mr. Mazzio drew forth Be quiet, old fellow,' said I; and then look- his dagger, sprang and seized him by the collar, ing up, I saw a dark, sinister-looking man at the and had him at his full length on the ground in a distance of about ten paces. He did not wait to twinkling. In the sudden surprise he dropped the be questioned respecting his business.

stiletto, which I picked up, and then desiring Carlo “I am come,' said he, looking respectfully at to let go his hold, bade my worthy get up, and the dog, 'from Madame la Comtesse, and am walk out of the grounds. desirous of saying a few words to you in private.' ". Or stay,' said I; “I had better get you es

“He was, as I now found, an Italian, and, as I corted.' conjecture, must have served many years among “I then whistled loudly; and Francois, and two the brigands of the Apennines ; for a more accom- or three sturdy Swiss grooms, came running toplished cut-throat, in appearance, at least, never wards us. crossed my path.

". Seize this fellow,' said I. He is a robber "• We may be private enough here,' said I, and an assassin. We must get him hanged, if so you can explain your business at once.' possible.

“He made no reply, but looked timidly at Signor Mazzio now became alarmed, and enCarlo.

treated me, for the love of Heaven, not to send ““I see, friend, you are afraid of the dog,' I him to prison. observed ; . but there is no necessity.'

"• The countess,' said he, is alive, and in “I then ordered Carlo to rise and go and lie good health, and will be here this very night. I down under another tree which I pointed out to am her nephew's valet ; and, having accidentally him ; which he immediately did, keeping his eyes, overheard of the existence of the chest in the vault, however, all the while fixed upon my visitor. it struck me I could make a better use of its con

“ The Italian now came close to me, said his tents than her ladyship. So now, do let me go! name was Mazzio, and that he was come from the I should die if I were compelled to face her.' countess to remove and convey to Paris a chest ". Not quite so fast, friend,' said I; it will with three locks which lay in a certain vault, be time enough to let you go when I am perfectly known, as he said, to me.

sure of her safety. I shall, therefore, keep you

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