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“ Al last we arrived at the castle, the en that their absence left Celina sole mistress of her trance of which was denied to every one but actions. I immediately set off for the castle; Brunor and Dandin. One of the most cele I had thirty leagues to travel, and judging that brated physicians of the country was sent for, | my horse could not support the fatigue of so he examined me, and declared, after having re long a journey, I swore to attack all the knights flected for a long time, that my sufferings were I met, and oblige them to change their coursers caused by some internal fracture, and that my illness would be tedious. This was just what I “ This manner of acting had succeeded :wanted.
was within four leagues of Celina's dwelling, “ The amiable Celina, who was to be the only wben, to my misfortune, I met you." cure to my real wounds, came sometimes to see Clodion, h aving a deep sigh, here finished
Brunor seldom quitted her; but once he his recital. Blanchefieur could scarcely refrain did for an instant, and that instant sufficed me
from laughing at his adventures. Percival, who to inform her of the stratagein love had inspired in his youth had been rather volatile, heartily me to put in practice. Celina was at first terrified, forgave the French Prince; and Bliomberis, in but I soon re assured her, and she assisted me to
despair at what he had done, said, while encarry on my deception, and recompensed me ior
bracing him, “If you feel yourself sufficiently all the lies I bad told.
well to continue your journey, my horse shall “ In this manner I spent near three months
repair the injury I have done you. Promise in Brunor's castle, always pretending to be ill,
you will bring it back to me in eight days, to the and always receiving attentions from Celina.
court of king Arthur, and I will confide him to Alas ! habitual happiness rendered us impru
vour care. I have myself experienced what it dent.
is to live far from those we love." "One morning my beloved mistress was in Clodion embraced his generous conqueroramy chamber, when Danain, Bruror's faithful
asked his name, and swore that before eight friend, wishing to enquire after the sick man ;
days Ebine should be again in the possession of and as he thought I might be asleep, he entered
Bliomberis; and then raising himself with diffiwith great precaution for fear of awaking me. culty, he would have mounted the spirited What was his astonishment when he beheld me
but his fall had bruised him so much, wiile awake on my knees before Celina, where
that he never could have effected it, without the I had much more the appearance of returning assistance of Bliomberis. When once mount. thanks than soliciting her love.
ed, Prince Clodion, notwithstanding his pains, " Whether out of friendship for Brunor, or spurred his horse, and the feet Ebine, carried anger at baving been deceived, he drew his sword, him swifter than the wind. and rushed upon me. I soon grasped mine, and Bliomberis, enchanted to have been able to we began in my apartment a combat, the more serve the brother of Felicia, raised the horse dangerous, as neither of us was clothed in mail. Clodion had left; and judging that the poor But happy lovers are always successful. Danain animal might still be able to carry him as far as fell, covered with blood; I granted him life, af
Cramalot, which was but a very short distance, ter having made him swear, on the word of a
he mounted him, and begged Blanchefieur and knight, that he would not reveal our secret Percival to slacken their pace. They were to his friend, and should attribute his wound 10 within a short league of the town, when they some other cause. I engaged myself, at the
met a knight on foot, who had ne sooner eyed same time, to depart immediately, and kept my Bliomberis, than, grasping his sword, he cried, word. After having bidden adieu to Celina, il “ I have founi you then, and this is the state to took leave of Brunor, and quitted his castle, which you have reduced my unfortunate horse. with the intention of paying it another visit, as Dismount, if you have any honour, and we sha: suon as it could be done unattended with danger. see if chance will befriend you as much as it did “ Several adventures led me to king Came
this morning.” It was in vain that Bliomberis lide's court, where I remained till this morning,
endeavoured to explain the inistake ; in vain when the dwarf belonging to the charming Ce. Percival, who knew this warrior, endeavoured to lina brought me a letter from her, which in. restrain his wrath; nothing could appease him, formed me that Danain, cured of his wound, and Bliomberis commenced on foot the most ter. was to-day to depart from the castle, accompa- rible comba: he had ever engaged in. nied by Brunor, on a visit to king Perles, and
(To be continued.)
EXTRAORDINARY PRESENCE OF MIND OF A RUSSIAN OFFICER.
A TRCE NARRATIVE.
COUNT TOTTLEDEN, so celebrated in the that, from modesty, they cannot raise their eyes history of Germany for his numerous adventures, from the door. and the strange vicissitudes of his fortune, was During this conversation a young servant-maid once, while a general in the Russian service, on a was frequently backward and forward in the sanie journey from Warsaw to Petersburgh. Travel room. The Count mighi possibly not have obling in a light, open chaise, accompanied by a served her, but she had taken so much the more single servant, he was one day overtaken by a notice of him. His handsome figure, the viva. violent storm, in the province of Livonia, iwelve city of his conversation, and even the foreign or fifteen miles from the town where he had in uniform which he wore, delighted her. She could tended to pass the night. The season was cold, have listened to him for a day together, but would the evening advanced, and he was himself wet to have been still better pleased to converse with the skin; the rain contributed to render it still him herself. She was besides acquainted wih darker. A decent public house, that stood de. a subject that very neirly concerned him; os tached by the road side, very opportunely pre which it was necessary that he should soon be insented itself to our traveller. He alighted and formed, otherwise it would be too late. His entered, resolving to set out so much earlier ignorance, his security afflicted her; at the the next morning.
same time her interference was likely to cost her The people of the house seemed very attentive dear. Nevertheless, as often as she looked at and obliging. He was shewn into a room up him, she thought within herseli-“ No; he is stairs that was clean and neat, was promised a too amiable!" At length she could refraiu no good supper; in short, Tottleben had every rea longer, and as she passed him, she pulled him son to be satisfied with his accommodations. Ac by the coat. customed from his youth in a wandering life, he Tottleben perceived it. lle looked at the girl, used when in houses of public entertainment to and observed her wink to him, but for what pass very little time in his own apartment, but to reason he knew not. From the usual vanity of associate with the other guests in the public || his sex, he was not long, hoivever, before he room. There he entered into conversation with ascribed her conduct to one, which seemed as every one, whether a foreigner or a native, was though it might have admitted a little faither affable and even humorous; knew how to give and | delay. However, the girl was young, and, in his take a joke; told stories, and listened to those of opinion, not a bad figure, there could be no harm others; and to this sociable disposition he joined in looking at her, and hearing what she had to prepossessing manners, and a figure distinguished || say. Accordingly when she had gone away again, for manly beauty. He seldom met with a man he withdrew, under the pretext of taking a littl who was not pleased with his company; and still fresh air. She was already waiting for hiin at the more rarely with a female who was not, at least door of the kitchen; she beckoned liin to go secretly, interested in his favour. If she betrayed into the yard; followed him in haste and agiina her sentiments for him, he was ready to take the tion, and thus addressed lim : sligh'est hint, and to avail himself of every ad “ For God's sake, Sir, take care of yourself! vantage.
You are not among such honest peo, le as you On the present occasion he adhered to his imagine. They know that you have money usual custom, and passed an hour or more below with you. They intend to-night to rob you not in the tap.room. He conversed with the host, only of that but also of your life, and for this who had formerly been in the military service, l purpose they have already sent for assistance. Be and still more with the hostess, a young, ex upon your guard; but, for God's sake, do not tremely pretty woman, but now pregnant, and betray me! If th:y perceive that I have given near her time. He offered to stand god-father you warning it will cost me my life, but lan for her first-born ; jocosely enquired how her hus sure of; but yet I could not, for my soul, sutier band behaved ; asked how she liked the married such a brave officer and so fine a gentleman to be state, and predicted that she should have a son, cut off in his sins." or perhaps two at a birth. In a word he indulged This address, as may easily be conceive!, made in that kind of chit-chat, which young females a deep impression upon Tottleben. A min of of that condition and under such circumstances ordinary understanding would immediately have are fond of hcaring, though they may pretend sought the means of escape by faight. Ple, thougı
he had but a moment for reflection, was instantly || conjugal protector of her honour along with her. convinced, that every attempt to fly in the night, By these and other representations of a similar and in a country to which he was an utter stranger, kind he at length prevailed upon her to accome, would be attended with equal, if not greater || pany him, followed by her husband. danger than he would incur by quietly remain They now entered the chamber. Here Tottleing where he was. A presence of mind, almost | ben himself, as soon as he alighted from his carincredible, inspired him on the spot with a very riage, had hung up upon a nail, a double-bar. different idea. The maid was about to retire, relled carbine, fullcharged with ball, and which when he quickly drew her bick by the arm. he always carried with him when he travelled. “ One word more, my girl," said he, “ Does He took good care not to cast a single look at it your master live on good terms with his wife?" || before the proper time. But while the woman “ Yes, on the best,” was the reply. “Does he was setting the candle on a table by the window, really and truly love her?"_" Almost as much | when she was just going to wish him good night, as his own life."--" Very well! very well! Now he quickly took down the weapon, and stepped you may go. If I escape, your fortune shall be still more hastily between the landlord and his made. If I die, your warning shall die with me. wife. In a voice which suddenly passed from I will never betray you. But mention not a single jest and laughter, to the sternest tone of comword even to my servant."
mand, he cried, “ No, my good woman, we are The girl flew to the kitchen, and the Count re not gning to part from each other so abruptly! turned to the public room. Not a look betrayed On this chair, at this table, you must sit down, him; his tone and temper were just the same and pass the night in my company. Your as before, or at least so they appeared. He even chastity, I swear to you, shall run no risk in that ordered supper to be laid below, and would not time from me. But on the slightest noise at the sit down to it except on condition that his kind door of the chamber, on the least opposition on host and hostess should partake of it with him. your part, or any other, on the least attack upon He concealed his suspicions beneath the disguise | myself, the three balls with which each of these of affability.
barrels is charged shall dispatch you and your After supper, he ordered a servant to bring a infant at once. This I swear by my hope of salbox that was still in his carriage.
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vation!". not much in it," said he to the host.
The landlord and his wife would sooner have tains perhaps two hundred rubles, that are to
expected the dissolution of nature than such an carry me to Petersburgh. I should wish good care address. Both were silent for a minute, and then to be taken of them, and where can they be both did all they could. The woman piteoussafer than in your hands? In eight weeks, when || ly entreated him to permit her to go, threatened I return, I hope it will be heavier with gold than to swoon, to fall in labour on the spot, nay even to it is now with silver. Then I shall certainly die; but in vain. The husband was first at a loss call here again, and if, as I hope iny little god to conceive what all this meant; he then had reson has found his way into the world, I will course to entreaties and protestations, assuring the bring a present of at least fifty rubles for him." | Count that he was safe in his house as though This declaration called forth a thousand thanks, || he were in Abraham's bosom. At length, findand the landlord promised to keep the box all ing that nothing availed, he threatened to repel night under his pillow.
force with force, and to call his people to his aslle immediately prepared to retire to bed, and sistance. Tortleben's presence of mind did not the landlord to light bim to his chamber. “Do forsake him. “ I have no doubt, Sir,” said he, you know, Madam,” said Tortleben laughing to “ that you have plenty of people and assistance his wife, “ that this lighting is a job which I had at hand; but they are not so near as to rescue much rather you should perform? But joking your wife from death. If but a dog approaches, aside, I am so superstitious as to fancy that I lif but a hand is raised against me, I will blow her always sleep as well again when a handsome brains out. Besides the two barrels of my woman shews me my bed as when a man attends carbine, I have here a pair of pocket pistols me."— At this proposal the woman looked rather capable of doing excellent service. I may be strange, and shewed no great inclination to per- overpowered, I confess; but at least three or form the office. The Count still continuing in four men shallaccompany me, and that charming his jocular strain, put the candle into her hand, woman shall go first to show us the way. This and took hold of her grm, observing, that she is my mode in many public houses. If you do ought not to refuse the future god-father of her not like it, take care and let my horses be fed and child such a triling gratification; that motion put to my carriage very early to morrow morning! after supper, especially in her situation, was Now begone without delay. This chamber is io. wholesome for her; and that she might take the night my apartment.”
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Villains commonly lose their courage when ji her a suitable reward, as soon as the stranger was they have true resolution to deal with : such was gone. When Tottleben saw her by day-light and the case in the present instance. The woman looked at her more narrowly, he observed that sat down and the man withdrew. In this extra she was a delicate, elegant girl. He threw her a ordinary situation the remaining couple passed full purse. “ Take that,” said he,“ and if you the night. Tottleben seated at the table, just are determined to stay here, buy a husband with opposite the hostess, spent the hours in reading it. But if you are afraid to remain with your masand writing as well as he could. At the same time ter, come along with me; I will answer for your he kept his carbine on his arm, ready to fire, at success, and I swear that I will provide for you as the least noice that was made in the house. The long as you live.” The girl spratig into the carpoor woman immediately trembled like a crimi- riage, leaving behind every thing she possessed, nal at the bar, intreating him not to be too hasty, which probably, indeed, was of no great value. and assuring him that nothing would happen to The Count took leave of his fair hostess, begging him. In fact, during the whole night not aher not to forget that he was to be godfather. He foot was heard approaching the chamber of the requested a kiss at parting, and then continued Count.
his journey. At the break of day came Tottleben's servant: He was afterwards informed by his servant, before he was half way up stairs he called out to who had slept in the public room, that, about let his master know who it was. He brought midnight, three robust fellows sofly entered the the box committed the preceding evening to the house, went into another room, and after a long custody of the landlord, the Count's break-conversation with the landlord, sneaked away fast, and a bill with very moderate charges. The again. The girl, who had been almost a year in Count presented his fair companion the first cup the house related, that during this time, two of coffee, and after she had drunk is, he took the strangers who had put up there had disappeared rest quite at his ease. When he was informed she knew not how. that every thing was ready for his departure, At the next lown the Count acquainted the he thanked the hostess for her good company, and magistrates with the whole affair. Suldiers were begged her to favour him with it to his carriage. immediately dispatched, but they could not, or He then conducted her down stairs as politely would not, find either the host or hostess. At as though she were the first lady of the court. the sme place Tottleben provided his female At the house-door he stopped and inquired for the deliverer with more decent apparel; she conservan:-maid, whom he had seen the day before, tinued his companion, and perhaps something and whom he accurately described. She advanc-more, to Petersburgh, in which city she lived with ed trembling from a corner. All the suspicionshim several years. At length, when the seven of the landlord had already fallen upon her; al years' war called him into the field, he married ready had he (as she afterwards related) pomised, her, and settled upon her a considerable sum. with the most tremendous imprecations, to give
FAMILIAR LECTURES ON USEFUL SCIENCES.
BY MR. DAVY.
At the Royal Institution, a course of Lec- || cellular membranes, for the exposure of their fluids tures on the above important subject, has recently to the influence of the atmosphere, constitute, been delivered by Mr. Davy. The first being an under different modifications, all their interior introduction to the course, nothing particularly organs. The sap rising from the minute fibrils of useful can be extracted from it. The second the roots through the vessels of the sap wood of treats on the organization of plants. We give the alburnum, is chemically altered in the leaves; following brief sketch of the whole:
much of its aqueous parts evaporated, and its inPlants exhibiting life only in their powers of Hammable products increased : it appears to deassimilation and reproduction, display a very scend through the vascular system of the bark, simple organization. A system of tubes for absorb. and the new parts are produced between the bark ing nourishment from the soil, and a system of || and the alburnum.
In the great anatomical division of the organs of the size described by the old wriders on gardenof plants, the epidermis seems to act as a defence ing; and our hopes for new and excellent va. to the living parts. The heartwood serves as the rieties must rest upon enlightened experiments support and mould on which the new productions on seedlings. are fornied; and the piti, scarcely visible except In the fourth Lecture the peculiar Auids, or, in annual shoots or young trees, is probably use as they have been called by some physiologists, ful as a reservoir of moisture, to supply the first the secreted fluids of plants, were considered. wants of the rising plant. The leaves absorb The vessels in which they are contained seemed gaseous matter and moisture by their lower sur to be cylindrical, and of the largest size belonging faces, whilst their upper surfaces perform the
to the vegetable system, and distributed through functions of transpirations. The flowers are the the albuinum as well as the bark. reproductive parts, the pistils the bases of the seed, The resinous, oily, and aromatic matters found the anthers the agents of impregnation.
in plants, are all probably contained in those The Professor stated, thus, though much had vessels. been discovered on the subject of the anatomy of Mr. Davy pointed out some of the obvions plants by Grew, Malpighi, Ray, Linnæus, Mir 1525 of the secreted Auids, both for nourishing bel, and Knight, yet still much more remained and conserving the parts. In seeds, the oily conobscure and unknown. He recommended this stitutent, which preserves them through the department of enquiry as affording ample sources winter, becomes in the spring a part of the food of of discovery, and as capable of being prosecuted the plume and radicle. The aroma belonging to with facility; requiring no apparatus but the flowers, seems intended to preserve the essential microscope, no extensive preliminary knowledge, and reproductive parts from attacks of insects, lo but merely an eye to observe, and a hand 10 deli. which the volatile oils appear to be peculiarly
He recommended it generally to all per- offensive, and even destructive. Multitudes of sons possessing leisure and a taste for philosophi- | aphides are often seen upon the calyx of the rose, cal research. He recommended it particularly to but they never dare to attack the petals, and there the female part of his audience, as fited to their
are many analogous instances. habits and pursuits, capable of affording much The fifth Lecture was principally devoted to rational amusement, and as an elegant and refined the examination of the causes which influence study.
che motion of the sap. The sap rises through the In the third Lecture, the subject was the sap of tubes of the alburnum, is modified in the caves, plants. The difference between the sap in the and seems to descend in the bark. Mr. Davy is alburnum, or sap wocil, and in the bark, was con inclined to refer this morion to physical causes, sidered. Mucilaginous and saccharine matter chiefly to capillary attraction, to expansions and abounds in the sap of the alburnuin of most trees contractions of the vessels from changes of tem. and shrubs, and colouring and astringent matters perature, and to the great evaporation from the are found in most cases in the sap of the bark. In leaves. Jarge trees the sap contains much le-s solid matter He seemed to doubt of the presence of-irritable than in shrubs. In the sugarcane the proportion contractile power in the fibres of vegetables, and of saccharine and mucilaginous matter to the shewed that the other agents were adequate to water is about as one to five; in the sugar-maple | the effect. He decided against the idea of any it is about one to furty of the whole. In the beech, circulation in ine vegetable system, similar to according to M. Vauquelin, it is about one to that occurring in the animal system, in which the forty two; and in the clin, one to eighty-eigit. heart and arteries are invariably active. And he
Mr. Davy mentioned the relation of the differ- || detailed several instances of the inversion of the ent kinds of sap in trees to the subject of engraft- || functions of the vessels, by merely changing the ing Grafts from fruit trees containing a saccha mode of application of external powers. rine sap, will not grow on trees the sap of which In the sixth Lecture, water, soils, and the is in iheslig).teici-gree astringent. In this parı atmosphere were considereil, as far as they are of the enquiry, Mr. Knight's observations upon connected with the nourishment of plants. Water ine decay ofgrafstaken from old trees were made and the matters in the soil which have once bren a topic of discussion; and it appeared probable organized, constitute the great part of their food froin the facts, that the graft partakes of the dis- received by the roois. Mr. Davy detailed the position of old age and decay of the parent tree; experiments of J. de Saussure, which prove that and that though it does not rlie at the same time the carths found in the ashes of plants, is of the by any Talicotian sympathy, yet it cannot by any same kind as the earths of the soil in which they means be made healthy and vigorous. All the grow. He mentioned an original experiment, favourite apples of the last century are gradually which seemed to shew that corn would not grow deteriorating. The golden pippin has not a fourth || vigorously if wholly deprived of siliceous earth,