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approached. He shook hands with it. I “Our notary, too,” continued the unheard these words“ Courage! you will happy lady,“ is unfortunately confined by have better luck next time. Luck, did I illness. But my son—I have not been suc. say? 'Tis certainty. Listen. A pigeon cessful in seeking him out yet. He will has flown back from London; and to-night advance the money.' we intend plucking his first feather at Es. "By twelve o'clock, to-day ?" telle's soirée. Bring up your fifty louis. “I may not find him by that time. I I have raised a hundred, and Coquin will be have been here four days without seeing ready with eighty more. If we cannot him. I have sent frequently. He is sel. finish him with écarté, we mean to adjourn dom at home.” to S--'s, and clear him out with roulette “Bless me, how extremely unlucky; the and poule-billiards !" The gambler moved court of assize broke up at seven last eve. on. "He passed me unnoticed, paying his ning for the session, and unless we proceed respects to my other self.
against you before mid-day, we shall not be On the same morning, a matronly lady- able to arrest you till the next sitting. like person, recently arrived from a north. Hence you see, madame, you must be so ern province, was seated alone in an ob- extremely obliging as to pay in the cash scure apartment of the Hotel de Clair Fon before then, or we shall not have time to taine. 'Her health was evidently impaired, procure the necessary letters of execuand grief had committed sad ravages on tion.”. her once handsome face. She was trying
“What will be the consequence ?" er. to peruse and comprehend the copy of a claimed Madame Folarte, bursting into law-deed ; but her tears fell too fast to tears. read, and her heart was too full of trouble “By a quarter past eleven, we shall have to understand the writing before her. A procured the writs; and at twelve, the respectful tap was heard at the door, and bailiff with his follower will have the honor presently a person, bearing a huge box of of calling for you. But, bless me, a most papers, presented himself. He took ex. lucky circumstance: I have an appointactly three steps into the room, and having ment with a client, who is in St. Pelagie. made an elegant bow, advanced to the table, Will you allow me to do myself the pleawhere he deposited the box; out of which sure of offering you a seat in my cab? The the excessive neatness of his dress, and bailiff can ride behind.” superlative precision of his manner, might Madame Folarte, completely stupified have led one to believe he had just stepped with the horrors that too surely awaited
“Madame Folarte ?" inquired the nota her, was unable to answer. ry; for such he was.
"Indeed, I shall be most happy," conThe lady bowed, and motioned the visi-tinued the imperturbable lawyer. "About tor to a seat.
twelve-perhaps five minutes later-we “I trust I have the pleasure to see you shall be with you. Permit me to hope in perfect health," began the lawyer. “Ithat, provided the money shall not have take the liberty of intruding myself upon been paid into court by that time, you will you concerning a matter of trifling impor- have made your out-door toilet. And now, tance.”
madame, nothing remains for me but the Madame Folarte's whole frame was con- pleasure of wishing you good day.”'. The vulsed with a sudden shudder; for the pattern of legal politeness then left the man, as he spoke, cast his eyes on the room with the languishing air of a dancer deed that lay on the table. “ T'hen this is making his adieus to his partner. the last day!" she ejaculated.
While this scene was being enacted, I “Pardon me, madame, I shall have the was conducted by my second self into the honor to occupy your valuable time pre-shop of the jeweller of whom the tiara I cisely twenty minutes.” The notary then intended to present to Estelle had been took a watch from his waistcoat pocket, ordered. The chief assistant stretched his and placed it beside him.
long neck over the row of customers that “I know too well the object of your be lined the counter, to say, " The tiara Moning here. In a word, you must tell the sieur ordered is ready. Monsieur shall be creditor-Monsieur Durand, I believe-attended to as soon as it is possible.” He that I have not been able to raise the thought he was going to receive ready money."
money, for a chair was promptly handed. “It gives me infinite pain to hear you We preferred standing at the door. say so.
Allow me to offer you a pinch of snuff-it is genuine, believe me."
• The debtors' prison of Paris.
“ Here are the jewels," said the man as to have left him a moment's comparative he approached ; " they are of the finest happiness; he appeared to have sunk into water, and elegautly set. The price two obliviousness. Thrice miserable state, to thousand francs only.”
render forgetfulness a blessing ! For the first time it spoke, and I heard Even this was denied for any length of my own voice as if from another's lips. time; a faint voice from a bed which stood I shuddered. The bargain was made in a corner of the room awoke him to all Twenty-five louis were to be paid at once, the horrors of his lot. “Dear brother,” it the rest in fifteen days. The shopman re whispered, “ you, too, are ill ?” tired to pack up the purchase. Several “No, no ; not ill,” said the youth hurricarriages had stopped in the street on ac-edly, as he approached the bed ; "not ill, count of some obstruction. Suddenly a dear Lisette, butshriek, loud, piercing, and to me familiar, "Faint, sinking, François ?" then sudentered my brain, and went straight to my denly recollecting herself, she exclaimed, heart! I saw a bitter smile pass over my
have not tasted food for two companion's--my own countenance. A days !” She fell on the pillow, and bathed man, who had alighted from some vehicle, it in tears. accosted us. He took off his hat. “I Lisette, Lisette, be of good heart,” retrust Monsieur will excuse a perfect stran. plied the brother. “Indeed I am not sufger taking the liberty to address him; but lering on that account. Soon will these a lady, whom I have the honor to escort to miseries be ended. Yes, yes,” he conSt. Pelagie, desired—before she fainted in tinued, his eye brightening with a ray of my cab-to have the pleasure of speaking hope, as he glanced towards the manuscript, to Monsieur !”
“Nonsieur Debit, the publisher, has proThat lady was my mother, arrested for a mised-positively passed his word-ihat debt I had neglected to pay! She came when complete, he will purchase my ro• tottering along the pavement to embrace mance. Nay, the price is agreed on--two
me, but in the attempt sank on the ground. thousand francs. To-morrow evening we Not at all affected by the scene, my ever shall be possessed of two thousand francs ! ready double said in the calmest accents to Think of that, sister.” the little man—“Take her away," and the “ Would we had one franc now," interofficial did as he was bid !
rupted Lisette mournfully. "But A moment before, the jeweller's man have at last made known our wretched put forth the trinket in one hand, but in state. Your letter to Folarte"stantly drew it back on seeing the transac- “Name him not! He it is who has tion without. His thoughts were easily brought all these miseries upon us. All, guessed to be these: “A person who can- all-my poverty, your illness. Oh, sister, not afford to rescue his parent from prison, he is unworthy of the sighs, the tears you will hardly be able to pay a balance for have shed for him! Besides, his dishonjewellery."
esty to me, his attentions to the woman he “What, sir ; do you doubt my honor ?" calls Estelle, ought to"said, as I thought, my other self, with a su- “Francois, this must not be ; you think preme assumption of indignation. Twenty- too hardly of our cousin. My heart is infive louis were thrown jingling on the deed breaking---not because he is lost to counter, and the tradesman was conquered. me, but because he is lost to himself. The The present for Estelle was gained. Terrible vice of gaming has for a time black.
Meanwhile two other victims of my er- ened his heart. But he will be here yet-I rors were suffering the pangs of poverty in know he will. My own heart tells me so.' their severest acuteness. In a miserable “Not while he has a louis left to gamble attic, in the most wretched quarter of with. Let us not think of him. I will reParis, a young man-his form attenuated, sume my task. his visage wan-was earnestly engaged in Francois had scarcely uttered those words making alterations in a romance of his own before we entered his room. On beholding composition. He had pursued the task as what he thought to be me, he threw himself long as his fast-failing strength would per- into an attitude of defiance; the girl shriekmit: but that was at length exhausted, anded and bid her head under the bed-clothes. he covered his face with his thin starved. There was a pause. Lisette was the first to looking fingers, to rest upon them a head speak. “Francois, I, your sister, so dear to aching with mental anxiety and physical you, implore you to receive him with kindweakness. Poverty, the fiend whose gallo ness. He has come to relieve us-to pay ing influence he bitterly bewailed, seemed l you."
" But you
My other self smiled bitterly while plac-tion of society in the French capital renders ing a packet on the table.
as abundant as their characters are difficult "If such be your intention," said the to estimate. She was lively, without levipoor author, "leave us the money, and de- ty; gay, and not dissipated. Though her
house was constantly resorted to by the “I have none,” was the answer. most notorious dissipants of both sexes in
Wretch !” continued François, sinking Paris, yet her own fair fame had never been into the chair, overpowered with excitement materially impaired. She countenanced and bodily weakness; "if you come here gaming, without practising it; and forward. to glory in the misery thou hast caused, thy ed almost every kind of intrigue, adroitly triumph shall be complete! I am starving, escaping from each adventure without reand Lisette is on her death bed.”
proach. Young, handsome, a widow, and “I cannot help either," was the reply. consequently her own mistress, Estelle's
Cousin,” murmured the girl, grasping bitterest enemy could say no worse of her the hand of that which represented my per than that she was a consummate coquette. son, “ hear me. The money you borrowed There were music and dancing. Screenof my brother will save him-myself no- ed off from the rest of the room was an thing can save; my disease lies too deep écarté table, at which Cornet, Coquin, and for human riches or human skill. He has two others, were seated at play. It led me sacrificed all for my sake; let him not per. behind the screen, from which we looked ish; he has not tasted food for two days. on upon the game, unobserved by others, Give him some money!"
Estelle suddenly tripped away from a group “ It is all gone-lost."
of dancers to greet one of the card-players. "All! Sell something to buy bread for “Ah!" she ejaculated, with a smile that my dear brother. Yes, yes; I know you seemed to radiate over the whole of her will. Have you nothing that will fetch expressive form—“ah! when did you re
turn from London, my dear Theodore ?" Nothing."
Her “dear” Theodore ! Hypocrite! liar !" shouted François, “Hast thou been to the top of St. Paul's ? with unnatural energy; "that case contains Did you hear Grisi? or have the London jewels, possibly a present for”.
fogs spoiled her voice? Hast brought over “For whom?" asked the maiden, almost a new cab and an English tiger ? But I frantic with joy at so near a prospect of had forgotten," continued Estelle, giving relief.
her head a pettish toss; “I am affronted My representative, deliberately taking with you. You have put down your musup the packet, said, "For Estelle!"
tachios, and you know I admired them." There was a terrible shriek! Our exit “True ; but my allegiance to your taste was impeded on the stairs by a man ascend cost me, on two occasions, my liberty. ! ing them. Francois was heard to exclaim was twice mistaken for a London swindler." in the greatest agony, "Help! help! She Questions now poured in upon the tra has swooned; she is dead !
eller from all sides; till, putting both hands I began to hope that the imaginary being to his ears, be exclaimed, “Silence! ere 1 who now seemed to control my actions had am stunned. You shall know all in time. done its worst, in exhibiting to me the dire. I intend arranging some hasty notes for pubful effects of my crimes. But it was not so. lication, and it will be a most interesting I was doomed to follow it to the house of book, believe me. Having been received feasting and revelry—to Estelle's soirée. with the greatest hospitality in many excelWhat a contrast was here presented to the lent private families, I shall be able to give wretched abode so lately visited! Smiling extremely entertaining sketches of the lafaces, laughing voices, and gay forms flitted dies' foibles, with some satire on the vices across my sight and rang in my ears; whilst and ill-breeding of the men. I shail draw recollections of misery, want, death, rankled up a lucid detail of the present state and in my bosom. Yes, so it was. My heart prospects of the country, for I conversed in and conscience were still left to gall and English with the principal secretary of the accuse me; but my will, with the power to Interior for more ihan half an hour. At a answer its dictates, had passed to another. Stable d'hôte, I heard authentic anecdotes of The bitterness of remorse corroded my the court, and took great pains to be intromind, unmitigated by the few pleasures de duced to several literary characters. In rivable from participation in guilt.
short, my work will be a valuable record of Estelle Lemartine was one of those equiv- every particular relating to the British emocal persons whom the peculiar constitu- pire; and I mean to call it”.
" What ?" interrupted a dozen eagerling apartment. I followed without a movoices.
ment's delay. Jewels and presents from "* A Fortnight in London.'”
England lay scattered on the table. I saw At this moment Estelle beheld us. She ran that which convinced me my happiness was up to my other self with a greater appear. wrecked. Cornet, who was behind, burst ance of delight than she had evinced even into a loud laugh ; Estelle screamed at my
a towards Theodore. She called it her dear wild appearance ; and a cold, writhing smile Albert, with a great deal more apparent ser-passed over my own counterfeit. My flashvor than when she addressed the other as ing eyes exchanged one look with Theo. her dear Theodore! She laid her hand up- dore, another with Cornet. Those glances pon its shoulder, was grateful for the jew. arranged every thing—there was to be a els, and betrayed every token of affection, duel! but in the midst of these expressions, slid “The plains of Grenelle in an hour," said away to waltz with my rival.
my voice, as if to ratify the engagement. "You here?" ejaculated Cornet, starting Theodore bowed. suddenly back and frowning angrily upon Cornet was prevailed on, after some diffimy representative.
culty, to become my second. On our way “And why not ?" said my voice calmly. to the rendezvous, we called at his lodgings “Did I not appoint to come ?"
for pistols. During our walk, my mind “Let us withdraw from this throng, and was fully occupied. It had leisure; for I'll tell you why you ought not to be here," Cornet was busily talking to my coporeal was the reply, as we sat down at the desert- self about the preliminaries of the field. ed écarté table.
From the time of the occurrence opposite “ Folarte, you
madman. Nay the jeweller's until that moment, I had alworse ; I dare not say how much worse. I most taken the extraordinary separation , know all; though I should be the last to as it were, of my existence as a matter of speak. I am a gambler by profession. 1 course. Now I was about to undergo an have helped to ruin many. I have won by ordeal that would expel any illusion from fair means or foul the last centime from the my mind, if I had a doubt; but I had none. foolish wretch, whose corpse has, an hour " There it is, thought I;"Ican see it. Yet after, been dragged out of the Seine ; I have how? I behold my own eyes as if in anoseen the starving wife cling in frantic sup- ther's head. Whence, then, do I derive the plication to the arm of her husband, and power that makes me see it? Incomprehenpiteously beg for one franc of the sum that sible ! perhaps it will be struck with the ad. jingled in his pocket, which I knew roulette versary's ball. Will that hurt me?—what a and loaded dice would soon make mine ; question !” but," he continued, “I have never before be- We arrived at Grenelle in time. There held such a spectacle as your conduct pre was just light enough. The morning was sents. A mother in prison, a cousin and beginning to break; and every thing was his betrothed sister; one starving, the oth managed with great exactness. The secer dying, perhaps dead ; and you, the cause onds were evidently used to it; both being
i of all this, here-among the gay, paying gamblers by profession, this was a part of homage to beauty, and buying its favors their business. The figure of myself took with the liberty of your parent and the bread a station marked out by Cornet, and careof your cousins ; indulging your passion, fully examined the weapon. The precise at the expense of every feeling that makes moment had arrived. us human, for a woman who metes out her “ Fire,” shouted Cornet. love by the length of her lovers' purses. Suddenly I felt a tremendous blow, as if a My own crimes are, indeed, many and great, heavy club had violently struck my left but none of them unnatural!"
shoulder. My throat was instantly dried The torturing remorse this lecture inflict-up I cried for water. I had fallen. I ed upon my heart was doubly increased by was shot, and at that instant I no longer beits being made by a man I knew to be one held the reflection of my own form! of the veriest wretches in creation. At Sanity had, however, only returned for this moment Theodore and Estelle whirled an instant, for the pain rendered me unconpast in a rapid waltz, during which the tia. scious; and on being removed to my lodg. ra fell from her head. It became entang ings, fever succeeded. I lay in a state of led with their feet, and she kicked it out of partial insensibility for nine weeks, and the way. It rose to pick up the jewels ; on meantiine, my case had been reported to the looking around, the two waltzers had disap. School of Doctors, who called it “monomapeared. They had whirled into an adjoin.nia.” Of that, I return thanks to heaven, I
was completely cured; but what rejoices me popular writers in France, and several of most is, that every thing is forgiven. My his romances have been translated into Eng. mother is restored to liberty. Lisette had lish. only swooned in the attic, when her brother “Here," said Albert, as he gave me his exclaimed she was dead; and has recovered. manuscript, “are heads of the events I have Francois is no longer poor.' It happened just been relating. The disorder, hideous as thus :
it was, I have always looked upon as a fortuThe notary who hurried my mother to nate one. By its agency, I saw the folly, prison had shamefully accumulated costs, wickedness, and heartless cruelty of the and misrepresented the case to his client. mad career I was running. The duel arOn learning the truth, Monsieur Durand im- rested the progress of a delusion that must mediately abandoned his action, and also have otherwise ended in incurable and toprovided good tenants for both our farms, tal derangement: the shock dismissed my the one at Guisnes, the other for that in the imagined attendant; whilst the quantity of commune of Ardengon. He has given us blood taken from me, to ward off a fatal ample time for payment of the debt, to re: fever which hourly impended, prevented its cover which the rascally notary persuaded return. The delusion effected a moral him to sue. From the moment of my sud. cure; the bullet and lancet a physical one ; den and heartless departure from Francois' for they cured me of a horrible monomiserable home, his circumstances improv-mania." ed. The person I met on the stairs was the publisher "Debit. He had heard of my cousin's extreme poverty, and not having seen him for many days, thought something had happened, and sought him out. On
AN ANECDOTE OF SHETLAND LIFE. the spot, he purchased and paid for the copyright of the romance, and the poor au
From Chambers's Edinburgh Journal. thor's fortune was made. A physician was It was a beautiful day last year, early in auinstantly provided for Lisette, and she tumn, before harvest work in this northern region soon recovered.
had commenced, that a young and merry party None but those who have experienced crossed the bleak hills of one of the remote Shetthem, can know the soothing, calm, happi- man in her majesty's dominions, towards the par
land Isles, from the most northerly dwelling of ness-imparting influences of repentance. ish church-för so is here the custom-to witIt is a sudden change from the purgatory of ness the ceremony of marriage between two of sin to the beatitude of virtue. That it is their number. The bride was a lovely girl, in which makes me feel so happy. Yet I have her nineteenth year. She was in a simple dress one trouble left-have wronged Lisette of white-white shawl, white satin ribbons in too deeply ever to hope forgiveness.
her neat cap, and the rather unusual finery for ALBERT FOLARTE.
a cottage maid (a present, however), of white
kid gloves. Her whole appearance was strikingThus much of this history is narrated by ly prepossessing; and in face, figure, and deits hero. I received it from his own hands meanor, would, I thought, have adorned a much in a manuscript I have translated almost lit- higher station. Her bridegroom was a few years
а erally, which will account for the French older, and their courtship had been even from construction of some of the sentences. I the days of childhood." Some circumstances
had occurred to deler their union for a few will now proceed to relate the sequel. Whoever has traversed from Guisnes they stood before the minister who was to join
months beyond the time intended, but at length to the picturesque little village of Arden- their lot in one. Part of their landlord's family gon, about seven miles east of Calais, can- met them at church, to officiate as bride's-maid not have failed to observe-in a cross road and man; and the whole party, including a son turning off opposite a representation of the of a well-known and much-respected ornament Crucifixion rudely carved in wood, with a of the law in Edinburgh, who happened to be on heap of miniature crosses strewed at its the hyperborean cottage, to spend the evening
a visit to the island, soon retraced their steps to foot--a spacious house, having a garden in dancing, and other amusements suitable to of some extent, whose only boundary is a the occasion. Healths were pledged to the hapquadrangle of stately trees. That, reader, piness of the youthful pair of course, but we is the patrimonial residence of Albert Forarely find intemperance sullying such meetings larte. He is now happily settled for life, in Shetland. The newly united couple were with Lisette as his helpmate. Madame Fo poor in worldly goods, but he was a clever and larte still lives in peace and contentedness brought up to be frugal and industrious, and
adventurous fisherman, and she had been with her son. The cousin, whom we have they had mutual love in strength and purity to called Frhngois, is now one of the most light them on their path through the world that