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of unsafe acquaintances; her beauty, suitable for half her reputed age.
The regiment was ordered to NaThe influence and example of the ples, and Gilman seemed to rejoice ladies at Melbourne Priory led Mrs. that in a warmer climate his MadaGilman to perceive the improprieties lena's constitution might be renovated. and risks attending giddy vivacity, In her presence, but without consultand anxious thoughts about Gilman ing her, he asked Miss Jervas to achelped to dispose her for rational con- company them to Italy. The climate sideration. Each day brought a more of Naples was speedily beneficial to salutary development of her excel- Mrs. Gilman's health ; yet, soon after lent dispositions and fine understand- she was able to mix in society, a new ing; and when Gilman returned from and bitter sorrow preyed on her Egypt, deprived of sight by the oph- spirits. She saw proofs on proofs thalmia, she became eyes to the blind; that Gilman was more successful in a guide, a support, and agent in bu- misleading, than she could be in guidsiness for the helpless; assuaging his ing, the unprincipled Miss Jervas to impatience, and exerting her varied amend her foibles. Though she enattainments to amuse his fretful de- deavoured to save the infatuated spondency. He recovered
the visu- young creature from utter ruin, and al faculty; but the birth of a still, her husband from a criminal entanborn son brought Mrs. Gilman to glement, she uniformly disdained and the verge of the grave. Before her avoided the prying inquisitiveness of recovery, Gilman purchased the ma- jealousy, nor did one upbraiding jority of his regiment, and Mrs. Gil- look or word provoke Gilman's unman had the pain of observing, that kindness. The British troops were his medical skill was no longer at ordered to Sicily; and, in a strange her service. He left her to the care place, Madalena suffered contumely of physicians and nurses, while he and insult in every shape that could and his cousin, Miss Jervas, rode out | assail a wife, who in private scrutogether on favourable days, or play- || pulously guarded against contention, ed chess and read novels, if rain con- and in public studied to throw a fined them within doors. Miss Jer- veil of decorum over the profligacy, vas was said to be fourteen when which all her gentle vigilance, all her she came to visit Mrs. Gilman. Her enduring sweetness could not pretall, well-formed figure might be the vent. Not to think of her wrongs growth of more years, but her child was impossible; but how to think of ish simplicity, sportive restlessness, them, and how to act, she stedfastly and intemperate gaiety were more submitted to the unappealable in
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junctions of duty. She did not deem to ascendency in military councils. Major Gilman's crime an exonera- More than one artist entreated leave tion from conjugal forbearance; but to take from his face and person the she considered also what was due to most perfect models of manly beauty; herself; and assigning as the cause and in most questions regarding warfor seclusion a recurrence of some of like, erudite, or scientific affairs, the the ailments she suffered in England, opinion of Colonel Gilman was quotshe averted the degradation of ap- ed as ulterior authority. But the pearing in public with a girl who had large and splendid space he filled in forfeited all right to unblemished so- the public eye was at home changed ciety. Major Gilman often applied to a gloomy paramo, frigid, barren, to her for the money she saved in and tempestuous. retirement, and never was refused The delightful creature in gay parthe accommodation; yet her heart ties is not always the most pleasant was wrung to think that the expendi- and endearing master of a family. ture would be grossly vicious. Colonel Gilman was a tyrant to the
Lady Melbourne employed her in- best of wives, who raised him to afterest for promotion to the husband fluence; he was the seducer of a: of her favourite, which, with his va- weak - minded, puerile relation; a lour and conduct at the battle of gambler; the slave of convivial exMaida, procured him the rank of cess, and of all the vices that follow lieutenant-colonel. His intellectual inebriety. The pure heart of Masuperiority, his finished education, dalena revolted at the most sacred insinuating address, and professional affinity to an audacious libertine, and renown, made him acceptable in the she dared not ask herself, if she still highest and best informed circles. loved the man she must cease to esThe plaudits of news-writers in Eng-teem; but the consciousness of reland spread his fame as an officer, pentance for her ill-advised marriage and echoed the voice of Sicilian no- superseded all further inquiry into bles, who extolled his graces, and her feelings, and she shuddered at prided themselves in being reputed the conviction, that the character of his intimates. The ladies sung verses her husband was repugnant to all in his praise; and the populace al-she held dear and venerable in recmost worshipped a hero, whose affa- titude and religion. In her twenbility, with elegant ease, descended tieth year, with all the advantages of to the very lowest that approached beauty and fortune, one rash step him. Speaking their language with had made life to her comfortless and fluency, Colonel Gilman often gained desolate; and her afflictions were of from the too much despised labourer a nature that forbade complaint, or or mendicant intelligence which di- the relief afforded by sympathy. rected his judgment, and entitled him (To be continued.)
GHOST STORIES.-No. V.
THE DRILLED GOBLINS. Wien Lieutenant-General de Pen- had received near Breslau, belonged navaire of the Prussian army, who to the regiment of cuirassiers, he died in 1759 of a wound which he had occasion, while in quarters, to form an acquaintance with a goblin John (shewing the black spots on pair. The following authenticated his arms). Look here, sir! Here are statement of this adventure is the proofs that I have not been dreammore remarkable, as it proves that ing, but that I have really been tacspirits cannot whollydivest themselves kled by the goblin. of earthly propensities.
Major. Pooh! nonsense! If there Early one morning Major de Pen- be such a thing as a ghost, it cannot navaire rang his bell for his valet. gripe one-a ghost has not flesh and It was a considerable time before he bone-if it can gripe, it must have a answered the summons, and when body too. he did appear, he looked like a man John could not comprehend this in a high fever. Being asked why he reasoning: at any rate he was less had staid so long, and not come at disposed to believe it than his senses, the first call, he replied, that a Ko- which had too painfully convinced bold had almost worried him to death. him of the existence of a griping gobThis goblin, according to his account, lin. He appealed moreover to the had, the preceding evening, when testimony of the coachman, that the he had gone into the garret to fetch garrets of the house were actually a saddle, appeared to him, first large, haunted. The latter, a courageous then small, and with eyes like flames fellow, who would not have hesitated of fire: it had seized him with such at the command of his master to grapviolence as if it would have torn him ple old Beelzebub himself, declared, piecemeal, a fact which the black that it was impossible to question the spots on his arms sufficiently attest. fact of the house being haunted by ed. He added, that he had indeed a goblin, which could at pleasure tried to defend himself, but against make itself large or small; adding, so formidable a being resistance was that he knew it, but was not afraid of equally dangerous and unavailing. it, since it had never seized and grip
Thus far the major, who was a ed him as it had done his fellow-serFrenchman by birth, had listened vant. quietly; but, with a smile, he now be- At this confirmation the major gan in his broken German, the lu- stormed furiously against his cowarddicrous effect of which cannot of ly and superstitious rascals, and swore course be communicated to any trans- that “ he would not suffer a Kobold lation: “ Harkee, Jean, thou art which could make itself large or an addle-headed fellow: thy brains are small to remain in his house, but full of Kobolds, or thou art a down- would send it packing to h--ll.” He right liar. I have never yet met with was the more seriously bent on fulany goblins in my quarters. Thou filling this intention, as he learned, .must have been in thy cups yester- to his no small vexation, that the day, and then dreamt all this stupid story of his house being haunted had stuff.”
already spread throughout the whole John. Begging your pardon, sir, 1 town, and, as is generally the case, was as sober as your honour always is. had received many wonderful addi
Major. Ha! rogue, hold thy tongue!tions. I do get fuddled too now and then. Accordingly, at an hour wlien the But proceed with thy story
goblin was accustomed to play its
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pranks, the resolute major, without | dimensions, but not till the impatient saying a word to any one, but pro- major had cried, “ If you not make vided with a brace of loaded pistols, yourself grand, I pepper you soundrepaired to the haunted spot, and ly!"-Of course the next experiment actually found what he hoped to en- was the making petit-and these alcounter. A fearful figure, in white, lternate orders were repeated with was cowering in a dark corner behind out intermission. “ 'Tis a truly coa chimney. Our hero could distinct-mical ghost!" said the major to himly discern only just enough to be self, laughing:-"it can make itself satisfied that it was not a human be-grand and petit--let's now drill it a ing; because, though seated, it was bit.”. taller than the flugleman of his com- During this exercise the officer pany. " Haha!” said he, “this must fancied that he could perceive ancertainly be Monsieur Kobold! Come other goblin-like shape in the obscure forward, Monsieur Kobold!"
Halt!" he all at once exThe spectre did not think fit to claimed: "where Monsieur Kobold obey the injunction, but the major, is, there must surely be Madame to give weight to his command, de- Koboldine too." The major guessclared, that unless the figure instant- ed perfectly right. The Koboldine, ly complied, he would certainly fire. enveloped in a white sheet, was likeNo sooner had the goblin received | wise obliged to come forward, and as the second summons coupled with she too understood the art of makthis menace, than, struck by the ma-ing herself large and small, she had jor's resolute air, it sprung forth from to go through the same course of its dark retreat, and endeavoured to discipline as her mate. It was one escape its disturber by flight. The of the maid-servants who had assumcry of " Halt! or I'll fire!" soon, ed this disguise, to favour certain prihowever, arrested its steps._." Now, vate interviews with the major's coachharkee, Monsieur Kobold, make your man, the natural consequence of which self grand !" The gigantic figure was,' that in due time she presented accordingly increased its prodigious " the world with a little Kobold,
PARISIAN GAMBLING-HOUSE DINNER. Men of business commonly ima-, graphers, by means of compass and gine that the studious know nothing the stars, find the pathways through of life: they regard us as a species the great world with more ease than of nightingales, who are out of their your men of business with their speelement unless in solitude and dark-cial map can find the high-roads. ness. "I must own that I was long Provided with a stock of philosophiof this opinion myself; and it was a cal knowledge, I contrived, notwithreal consolation to me to discover, standing my youth, to avoid all the that after all I was not so excessively snares of sharpers, and to withstand learned. I have been thoroughly the allurements of pleasure. Many cured of this notion, however, since of my countrymen who boast of their I have been at Paris. I have con- knowledge of the world have not vinced myself, that we general geo-" been so fortunate.
Mr. Corduroy, a rich Manchester question, inclosing tickets of admismanufacturer, of my acquaintance, sion for himself and two others. He was one day extolling his laquai de requested me to accompany him. place, whom he described as the About five o'clock in the afternoon most honest fellow in the world. I we repaired to the hotel in question. came, heard, and on philosophical With the confidence with which a grounds concluded that the fellow virtuous man faces villains, I entered Was a rogue. When a young man, the house, that might with greater he had assisted in storming the Bas- propriety be termed a palace. But-tilles during the Revolution, includ- what a fool is man! and how easily ing the imperial reign, he had been is he dazzled by the grossest delusuccessively a coachman, friseur, wa- siops!--such was the gravity, the soter-carrier, porter, and commissio- lemnity, the decorum which pervadnaire; but since the Restoration he ed this temple of Fortune, that I had followed the profession of a lac-soon forgot the humour in which I quey. Though fifty-six years old, had come, and was thrown for some che was still brimful of sentimentality. hours into the greatest embarrassHe deelared, that the aim of all his ment. I fancied myself at the court exertions was to save so much money of Philip II. and it required the aid aś would enable him to retire to the of the champagne and other
gelovely village which gave him birth nerous wines to restore to me all my on the banks of the Loire, that he self-possession. might there end his days far from We began indeed to feel some the vices and depravity of Paris, He qualms in the street before we-endescribed to my friend all the various tered the hotel. The most brilliant species of dissipation to be found in equipage, with tall gägers behind, that dissipated capital, in order to drove up, and set down persons detvarn him against them. He could corated with stars and ribbons. We 'not in particular depict the gambling- were the only pedestrians: The porhouses and those who frequented ter, as we passed his lodge, inquired them in colours sufficiently blaek, our business. We replied, that we and deplored the culpable means em- had come to dinner. The porter ployed to lead strangers into ruin. smiled, and said, that no dinners were He related, among other things, that given here. My conductor shewed at one of these establishments there his tickets, and we were allowed to was-kept an open table twice a week proceed. We entered an apartment for strangers, who were there right on the ground-floor, where a dozen royally entertained. The magnifi- | insolent menials were playing their cence of his description piqued the wanton pranks. Mr. C. asked where curiosity of his employer, who ex- the company dined. “ Not here,” pressed a strong desire to dine for was the reply. We left the place, onde at this decoy-house. The ho- and went up one pair of stairs, where nest lacquey shrugged his shoulders, at length we found the dining-room. as a silent intimation of his danger. My companion inquired of the atNext day, however, my friend re-tendants, who were engaged in layceived a polite invitation to dinner ing the table, when dinner would be from the directors of the house in ready; but the scoundrels gave him