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“ But she went ?”
conumunicate at all with her, until she wrote “She went ; there was no stopping her.
We had nearly a fight upon another She packed her things in one large trunk, burn- point : she wanted me to say I would be paid ing all her letters and papers, and left on the for the child ; I steadily refused it.
It was a morning of the tenth of March ; I well remem- boon to me to have the child, and I was at ber the day, it was on a Friday. On the next ease in my circumstances. My lady, I took day, the Saturday, I was out with soine friends, away the child, and I never heard one word country people who had come to London for from her, good or bad, afterwards." a few days' pleasuring. They were at an inn “ Never at all ?” near the Strand, and nothing would do but I “Never at all. My husband was at home must go and breakfast with them, which they with a long illness, and afterwards removed to had made me promise to do, and I went out Paisley, where he had a good situation offered early, before the post was in. When I got home him. Some friends took to our house at at night there was a letter from Miss Beau- Islington and to the carpets and curtains, and champ, asking me to go to her, for she was ill there I left a letter, saying where we had gone, at South Wennock. I took the night-train, directing it ‘Mrs. Crane, late Miss Beauchamp.' and when I arrived I found the baby was born It was never applied for.” -the least child nearly I ever saw.
“And you never wrote to South Wennock ?" angry with her, my lady; I could not help it: cried Lady Jane. and she had endangered her life for nothing, as “I never did. I own I was selfish ; I was may be said, for when she got to South Wen- afraid of losing the child, and my husband he nock, her husband was away.”
had got to love it as much as I did.
I argued, “ Away ?” interrupted Lady Jane.
if she wanted the child she would be sure to "So she said. And by a slip word she let apply for it. Besides, I thought I might do drop, I thought he was a surgeon, but I was some mischief by writing, and I did not know not sure.
I took the baby away with me that her real name or address." same evening. I could not stop, for, as ill luck “But what could you think of her silence ? would have it, my husband was coming home -of her leaving the child ?” on the Monday, sick. She told me to have the “We thought it might arise from one of baby baptised, and to name him 'Lewis'-and two reasons. Either that she had
abroad it occurred to me that it might be the name of with her husband to America, or some distant his father. I took the liberty of adding George colony (and she had said something about it in to it, after my husband.”
the early days when she was first at my house), There was a long pause. “ Did you know and that her letters to me from thence must she went by the name of Crane ?” asked Lady miscarry : or else that you must pardon me Jane.
for speaking it, my lady—that she was not “She told me in her letter to ask for her married, and shrank from claiming the child, by that name. I inquired of her, after I reached I did not believe it was so, but my husband South Wennock, whether it was her real name, used to think it might be.” and she laughed and said, no more real than Jane made no reply. Beauchamp, nor half so much so; it was a Anyway we were thankful to keep him. name that her husband and young Mr. West And when my husband died last spring, his were very fond of calling her, partly because care in his last illness was more for the child she had a peculiar way of arching her neck, than for me. I sold off then, and determined partly to tease her. Some gentleman, named to come to South Wennock : partly to hear Crane, to whom she had an aversion, used to what I could of Mrs. Crane ; partly to see if visit at the Wests', and, to make her angry, the child's native air would do him good ; he they would call her by his name, Mrs. Crane. had never been strong. I never shall forget She said it had never struck her that she should the shock when I got here and heard how Mrs. want a name for South Wenuock until she was Crane had died." close upon the place, and then she thought of Poor Jane thought she should never forget that one-Crane ; it would do for her as well the shock of the previous night, when told that as any other, until she assumed her legal one, Mrs. Crane was Clarice Chesney. which she supposed she should now soon do. “What I can't make out is, that her husband I found great fault : I said she ought to have has never been heard of,” resumed Mrs. Smith, assumed it and been with her husband before breaking the pause of silence. “I-I am trythe child was born ; and we had quite words. ing to put two and two together, as the saying She defended him, and said it would have been goes, but somehow I can't do it; I get baffled. so, but for the child's coming before its time. There's a talk of a dark man having been seen She charged me not to write to her, not to on the stairs near her room that night; one
would think he must have been the husband, sounds, my friend R- and myself came to stolen in there to work the ill.”
a resolution that the Desert would prove an “I don't know,” shivered Lady Jane. agreeable change ; so after the usual fencing, Since
you have been speaking, other dark rendered necessary by the consummate rascality fears have come upon me.
Fears which I dare of those races, we at length settled with one not look upon.”
of the chief sheiks of the tribe of Toura and Yes; various foars, and thoughts, and remem- six of his Arabs to be our escort as far as brances were stirring within her. A recollec- Akaba, where his jurisdiction terminated. tion of that scrap of letter, found by Lady On the appointed morning a string of camels Laura in her drawer of fine laces soon after knelt in front of the English hotel, well aware, becoming Mr. Carlton's wife, rose up. Laura in the depths of their vicious souls, what was had always persisted that the paper must have in store for them. The popular notion of the come from Cedar Lodge amidst her clothes : patience and docility of the camel may,
I how else, she argued, could it have got there ? | think, likewise be included in those discarded Now Jane began to think (what she would beliefs which have taken refuge in the nurseries have thought previously but for its apparent and attics. The curious naturalist may yet impossibility) that the paper must have been in find it recorded in “ Tommy Trip's Museum" the drawer before Laura ever went into the that the camel is a gentle and much-enduring house ; that it must have slipped under the animal ; my experience of them—and I must paper covering of the drawer, and lain there, have had dealinys with more than twenty it was impossible to say how long. It had different specimens—has taught me that the never occurred to her or to Laura to connect great intelligence with which they are gifted Mr. Carlton with it at all, and the little mat
is wholly and unceasingly employed in thwartter had puzzled Jane more than she cared to | ing their rider ; in expressing their malice, think of. Could the letter have been written | hatred, and uncharitableuess towards him ; to Mr. Crane ? surely it had not been written and their general disapprobation of his preto Mr. Carlton ! But how came it in the sence and authority. They usually seize the drawer ? Had Mr. Crane ever visited Mr. moment when he struggles into his seat, to Carlton at South Wennock ? And again there rise up suddenly and pitch him from the was Clarice's denial that her name was Crane. height he was on the point of attaining ; or, What had been Mr. Carlton's part in it all ? failing this, their next move is to throw themwas the chief question that agitated Jane's mind selves down with a view of getting rid of him,
uttering a roar far more objurgatory than any She stayed with Mrs. Smith, talking and volley of imprecations, and with an expression talking, and it was growing dusk when she of eye and mouth positively ludicrous, if one quitted the cottage to walk home.
had time or inclination to laugh at such a Lady Jane went down Blister Lane and turned moment. on to the Rise, she started nervously at every
This was by no means my first introduction shadow in the hedge, just as Mr. Carlton had to camel-riding ; but the agonies always restarted at them some years before.
commence, and have to be endured afresh. (To be continued.)
To those who have ever listened to poor
Albert Smith's incomparable description of his EASTERN TRAVEL.
sufferings, it would be quite superfluous to
attempt to paint my own. If the brutes had THE wittiest of modern writers has some- the slightest notion of the lumps, and bumps, where observed that popular ideas share the and scarifications which every step produces, fate of tables and sofas—they have their days, it might cheer them up for their servitude. become antiquated, and are passed up into However, there was no help for it; so I the garrets or down to the cellars.
thought of Samuel Pepys and his rabbit skins, The notion that Eastern travel is attended and jogged on. with danger or difficulty, has long ago been dis- We passed the various (supposed) localities carded from parlours and drawing-rooms ; and of the sacred incidents recorded in the Exodus in narrating a few of my personal adventures —the Wady Amarah, the Ayun Mousa, the in the Desert I am not about to make myself | Wady Feiran, which, whether genuine or not out a hero, but merely to recall certain pleasure- as to their associations, it is some satisfaction able and picturesque recollections, such as no to think are not very materially changed since other locality I ever visited was capable of that period of miraculous history—and arrived furnishing.
at the Convent of Mount Sinai. Finding, after some little stay at Cairo, that Here we were to pass the night; but our we had exhausted its sights, smells, and mode of entrance was curious, and far from
pleasing. The monks exist in perpetual terror and their local faith will be settled upon a of the wandering hordes which infest their sure foundation. neighbourhood ; they therefore live immured, It was a great satisfaction when we found without door, or window, or opening of any ourselves approaching the Red Sea. The kind, save a subterranean passage known difficulty is great of conveying the slightest only to themselves. They are hospitable idea of the peculiar splendour of colouring enough to the wayfarer, and are ready to which characterises these shores : the brilliant receive him, provided he has no objection to shells, the blue waters, and the golden sands ascending a height of about eighty feet, seated form a combination of hues which almost astride upon a small wooden stick, like a
dazzles the eye.
I left the track of the kitchen rolling-pin, and holding on to a cord caravan, crossed a ridge of sand, and guided for dear life. I have often watched a sack of Jezebel (my camel) into the crystal water, wheat progressing to the upper windows of a where she stepped along with great disgust mill, and rather envied its aërial journey; but four or five inches deep in the rippling waves, what is the easy security of the sack, confident whilst I amused myself by examining the in its hook and chain, when compared to my natural treasures they contained. I suddenly perilous mount upon the rolling-pin? Several perceived straight before me a huge black greasy and perapiring monks were hauling me mass, which I mistook at first for a fragment up; and when, by the blessing of Providence, of rock ; but finding that Jezebel was becoming I alighted among them, I perceived that they nervous and preparing to resist any further had for the most part fortified themselves advance, I halted and investigated it as well for the exertion by an obvious over-dose of as I could. I perceived that it was an immense raki, an intoxicating liquor they procure from shapeless fish of some sort, apparently strug. Suez.
gling to get into deeper water.
But no The rooms were close and dirty ; and the alderman suffering dire distress from indigesholy fathers kept up such a perpetual course tion ever dreamt of so hideous a brute. It of begging for everything we possessed, that was perfectly black, flat and flabby, as near as when our cicerone, Father Pietro, whined out I could guess about twelve feet in length, an entreaty that I would present him with a and terminating in a tail worthy of “Auld valuable telescope I always carried, I was Hornie" himself. By dint of cudgelling, obliged to make him understand that his kicking, and scolding, I got Jezebel a little “ cloth protected him," or I might have been nearer to the splashing monster. I had two found wanting in gentlemanlike courtesy. holster pistols at my saddle, each loaded with
I am aware that I am upon holy ground, an ounce ball. I sent one ball well into the but I hope I may, without irreverence, be fish, when a spout of blood shot perpendipermitted a passing gibe at the burning bush, cularly into the air, whilst the animal began as exhibited by the holy fathers of the Convent such a series of contortions and leaps, well of Mount Sinai.
little stubbed piece responded to by Jezebel, that, coupled with of vegetation, about a foot in height, like a the foaming of the water and the dizzy height bramble bush in a consumption. Father Pietro at which I sat, made my situation a little was evidently ashamed of it, and hastened to critical. However, I seized a momentary lull explain that last year it had been a very in Jezebel's vagaries to fire the second pistol, respectable bush, but the cicalas had got hold which at once terminated my difficulties and of it, and had reduced it to its present dimi- the life of the sea monster. But now a fresh nutive proportions.
The Arabs, whom I had left The height of the (so-called) Mount Sinai about a quarter of a nile off, had heard my
about 4000 feet above the sea level. Its shots, and, unable to see what was taking right to that revered name has, as all the place owing to the height of the sand-ridge world knows, been disputed by the learned ; which separated us, had become alarmed. On but from the mouths of babes and sucklings I they came, rushing like maniacs, shouting out, was content to take my belief. That simple “Ya Hawajee Haramiah!” (Oh, merchant ? and unchanging people preserve their tradi- Thieves !) I knew a little of their language, tions like shrimps in butter. The mountain and, pointing to the dead “ captive to my is Gebel Mousa (the Mount of Moses), and bow and spear,” desired them to calm their Gebel Mousa it has been for centuries ; but nerves and help me to get it out of the water. if any one is sceptical regarding the Arabic This last command they peremptorily refused legends, and is prepared to be guided by to obey, observing that “there was but one sound sense, extensive information, and acute God.” I admitted the truth of their remark, reasoning, let them read the Dean of West- but replied that at present for me there was minster's charming book upon the Holy Land, I but one fish, and that fish I intended to have.
They pleaded that the fish was poisonous, and Into this crevice I peered in search of natural deadly to touch. I set them the example by curiosities. I had not long to wait. Two huge dismounting and going into the water myself. brown antennæ, like the feelers of a lobster, I endeavoured to move the huge mass, but I only magnified many fold, gradually projected might as well have hauled at a firmly-anchored themselves from within the crevice ; and alman-of-war. At length, ashamed at seeing though I could not distinctly make out the me working alone, they came to my assisto body corporate to which they belonged, yet I ance; and adding to their first ejaculation was so convinced that I had the good luck to concerning the unity of the Deity, “that have found a fine lobster, which might be conMohammed was his prophet,” that I myself was vertible into pleasurable sensations of a stothe “son of a father without bowels,” and machic character, that I determined to seize that my “mother would probably be burned,” upon him and swim back to my dinner with they set to work, contiuuing to murmur at my fish-course in my hand. intervals that I was “a dog, and the father I knelt down upon the reef, and seizing one of dogs," and that my fate would be Jehanum of the feelers with a vigorous grasp, I was pre-Anglicè, “ hell.”
paring for a game of “pull devil, pull baker," They succeeded at length in dragging my when to my horror the creaturo rose at me prize out of the water, and extending it on the froin his lair with the rapidity of a sailor sands, when it turned out to be a large specimen climbing the ropes, and evidently prepared to of the Ray.
It measured, as I had guessed, do battle with as much unconcern as if I had abont twelve feet, and I would gladly have been one of the spokes of Pharaoh's chariot carried it off bodily, but this was pronounced wheels. To my startled brain the brute at once to be impracticable ; so I was fain to seemed to be about the size of a full grown content myself with cutting off his tail, which porpoise ; but of this I am certain, that I I slung, for the purpose of drying it in the sun, waited on the reef until I had seen fully three across a large wicker compartment containing feet of his horrid carcase emerge from the hole, some live turkeys-part of our provisions for and then—shall I own it ?—with a yell of the Desert—which was strapped upon the back alarm which must hare been audible at Hebron, of one of our camels.
I plunged into the water and swam for my It was a triumph for the Arabs, though a life! deadly blow to us, when it was discovered at At such moments they say strange ideas the end of the day's journey that the turkeys crowd the brain. I had a distinct vision of had been alleviating the ennui of their Desert the action of an immense pair of sharp sugartrip by pecking at the tail, and that three out nippers, with which, as a boy, I had often of the four had died in consequence. My assisted the housekeeper to cut up the loaves private belief was that they had died of sun
I felt the nippers upon my person, stroke, but it pleased the Arabs to humour I dived, ducked, and buffeted, not daring to their conviction of the poisonous nature of the look behind, but with a growing conviction fish, and they were by no means above that that no efforts of mine could compete with least consolatory of all remarks under tribu- those of a combative lobster, measuring three lation, “ I told you so."
feet to the commencement of his tail. How I The remainder of the tail was dried and escaped I know not, but when I got to shore brought safely home, and is now ending its intact, after looking around to see if there had days in the Kelso Museum.
been any witnesses to my ignominious flight, I It was my destiny that day to cross the sat down and fairly laughed till I cried, at the path of more than one sea-monster. We ludicrous picture I must have presented. pitched our tents about five o'clock, still close The only other bathing adventure I met to the shore ; and whilst dinner was preparing with in the Red Sea was the sudden and close over our charcoal fire, I determined to enjoy contiguity of a seal, its bullet head bobbing the luxury of a cold bath. Being a good up and down from the water, whilst he stared swimmer I cruised out at once towards a coral fixedly at me with his beautiful eyes, as if not reef which I observed at some little distance, quite making up his mind whether I was fail and having reached it I landed upon its flat game for a nibble. However, this was pleasant surface, which was covered where I stood by pastime compared with the aggressive lobster, about a foot and a half of water, as bright and if lobster it was. transparent as glass, so that I had no difficulty But after these comic adventures we very in discovering that there was, close to the spot nearly experienced a real tragedy. The next I had reached, a large crack or crevice about day we again pitched our tents near the sea two feet in width, and apparently of inter-coast, and it occurred to my big German
servant, who went by the name of the Gorilla,
that he would emulate his master's swimming
THE DEATH OF BUCKINGHAM. feats ; so after looking to his duties in our tents, the Gorilla took to the water.
On Saturday, the 23rd of August, 1628, a good swimmer, and struck out to a consider there was a crowd of people in a house which able distance from the shore.
still stands in the High Street of Portsmouth. I was strolling with Rm upon the beach Courtiers and soldiers and placemen were as the man was returning from his cruise, when, gathered round one of scarcely less influence happening to watch his movements, I distinctly in England than the king himself. The first observed at a short distance in his rear, that Duke of Buckingham was fitting out, at the fatal and unmistakeable back fin of the shark, command of Charles I., a third expedition for which always obtrudes from the water when it the relief of the French Protestants of La is in pursuit, and the sight of which has so Rochelle. Twice already the like expeditions often struck terror into the boldest hearts. It had failed, one under himself, the other under was evident the man was totally unaware of his his brother-in-law, the Earl of Denbigh. This peril. I seized R- by the wrist and third was destined to be too late for use. The pointed towards it.
He understood in a mo- people of La Rochelle were reduced to surment, and both had the presence of mind not render to Buckinghain's rival, Richelieu, within to utter a sound or to make any agitating sight of the English forces. gesture. Had the servant become suddenly The expedition was nearly ready. On this alarmed his fate would have been sealed, for morning, between nine and ten o'clock, Buckany rapid and agitated movement would have ingham was going to the king, who lay about sharpened the appetite of the voracious monster. four miles from Portsmouth.
His carriage No earthly aid could avail. We watched the waited at the door. He had just risen from dreadful black mark following the poor fellow, breakfast, in animated discussion with the now gaining upon him, now dodging him ; at Duke de Soubize and some other French genevery moment we expected the dash and spring | tlemen. Their arguments had given rise to preceding the crimson streak of gore, after characteristic gesticulations and loud tones of which all is over. I felt sick with apprehension. voice. As the duke passed through a dark I wish my worst enemy may never experience lobby from the inner room where he had a more terrible moment than that of witnessing breakfasted, to the hall, to go to his carriage, an impending death of so horrid a kind, with in the centre of peers and officers, and many of out the power of affording the slightest assist- his own servants, an unknown hand was raised
At length when the poor man arrived over him holding a dagger, and with one backsafely on shore, I embraced him with joy, to handed blow struck death to his heart, almost his great confusion and astonishment.
before the courtier by his side had ceased to The mode of travelling in the Desert has so speak and turned away.
And out of the gloom often been described that I need do no more of the passage came a voice which said, “God than add my tribute to its charms. There is have mercy on thy soul.” No second stroke no life to be compared to it; the air you was needed. The weapon was left in the breathe is an elixir. In the Desert we learn wound. The duke fell forward against a table, for the first time what hunger really is, and turning as he fell, and staggering, so that those what depths of repose its fatigues can open to about him thought he had a fit; for no one
The Arabian heaven is indeed “poured saw the blow delivered. His own hand plucked upon our nights,” and although the Arabian the knife out of his left side. Blood poured sun during the day may be a little too hot, yet from the wound and from his mouth. With the delicious coolness of the evening atones for one word, “ Villain !” he fell under the table, the previous frizzle. Every incident, however dead. trivial, is an excitement. A strange Arab on When they who stood by saw the blood they his swift dromedary is seen in the horizon, thought the blow had been struck by one of perhaps a spy from a hostile tribe—faint hopes the French gentlemen. The words of their of a skirmish, and a careful looking to pistols discussion had been heard but not understood, and fire-arms; a group of stunted shrubs indi- and now the angry tone of them was rememcating the presence of some 6 diamond of the bered. For awhile their lives were in peril, Desert ;" the comfortable encampment in the but the cooler sense of a few of the bystanders evening, so home-like that one leaves the very restrained the rest, and saved the suspected chicken bones the next morning with regret. gentlemen for examination.
All were SO All is delightful, strange, new, and exhilarating; startled and horror-struck, that “within the and I sit down again by my sea-coal fire with space of not many minutes after the fall of the a deep feeling of thankfulness that I have ex- body, and removal thereof into the first room, perienced the delights of Eastern travel. there was not a living creature in either of the