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my friend failed, and I succeeded. He re- had passed throngh the hedge in pursuit, mained at home to follow an honourable fired a volley. One man who ran nearly occupation, by which he has advanced him- abreast of me, sell, and when we got behind self to competence and credit; whilst I, lying the breast-works, I found, that of the whole by my watch fire before Hernani, desired guard, including the sentries outside, but nothing more on earth, than to be freed from seven men and myself had escaped. We that great good, which both of us then so returned the enemy's fire, I believe, with anxiously hoped for.
some essect, and they retreated to the house These, and such reflections, were passing precipitately. A fearful pause of a few through iny mind, when a shot rung clear and moments ensued, when screams, such as sharp on the night air outside. I imme- went to the hearts of all who heard them, diately sprung to the door, and passing to the burst from the house, and told us that the man who stood by the corner of the house, enemy were massacreing those within. demanded
At this moment I heard the tramp of “ Who fired ?”
men behind, and a company of the Legion, He answered : “ 'Tis the Carlist. battery led on by Captain , joined us within that has opened." And scarcely had the the breast-works. It appeared that our word passed his lips, when a flash shot from troops had been alarıned by the firing, and the Carlist battery in front, and I felt the Captain — with his company, had been wind of the ball on my cheek, as it crashed sent to reinforce the picket.
was through the house, rattling along the boards a very fine young man, and truly brave and up stairs. An awful shriek of agony, which resolute. After a hurried consultation, we followed, told too well that the ball had done drew up the men in line, still partly proits work among the sleepers on the loft. tected by the low breast-works; and — Another and another shot followed instan- who burned with ardour to retrieve the loss, taneously, with the same terrible effect; and which he had not come up in tiine to prenow I could perceive by the quick flashes vent, was about to give the word to fire, when every where in our front, and the whish of a volley was poured from the windows of the the balls about my head, that the light troops cottage. Captain - who stood by my of the enemy were in considerable force ad- side, received a ball through the head, and, vancing.
having gasped “Oh! God," fell, and died There was no time to be lost; I rushed instantaneously. The men were greatly disinto the house, and shouted to the sleepers heartened by ihe fall of their officer, and a above. Those on the ground I kicked and second retreat, without waiting for orders, struck with the flat of my sword, in vain would have ensued infallibly if Colonel effort to awaken them, for so worn out were had not come up at full gallop. the men with fatigue, and so used to the “ The enemy have taken the picket sound of musketry and cannon, that many house ?" he said. could sleep soundly, with artillery firing over “They have." their heads.
" Then you must charge them out of it What a moment of agony was that, in again directly." which I endeavoured to wake up my un- “ Charge them out of it," I said, “ 'tis conscious comrades, who seemed in the tor- impossible. por of death, so entrancing was their slum- “ You inust try, notwithstanding,” he anber. I endeavoured to ascend by the ladder swered coolly. “So charge direcily.”
" to those above, but a ball had dashed it from “ I cannot do so," I answered," their its place, and I found it impossible to re-force is three times ours. I am not an officer adjust it. And now the sentry shouted of the Legion now; and it is no affair of outside, “ They are here, sir, they are here, mine whether the house be lost or taken.” we must run." I seized two of those who To this remonstrance, he answered were still stretched on the floor, and dragged promptly, “ I know nothing of that; I find them along to the door; another, roused at you in command here; you have lost the length, staggered after me. With difficulty picket house, and you must endeavour to I got the two on their legs, and we had just recover it.” got round the house, and had struggled Stung by the taunt which his words conthrough the garden hedge behind, when the veyed, though knowing it to be only a piece Carlist light troops entered it. We pressed of desperate folly, I resolved to do my uton to the breast-works, as men flying for most. I drew up the men again, and giving their lives might be supposed to do; but the word to “charge," over we dashed across before we reached it, some of the enemy who the breast-works. A volley burst from the
windows of the house, which thinned our a body, and we were instantly disarmed. ranks considerably, another, and a another When this presage had been completed, our followed, and, at length, half sınothered in captors crowded round us with eager questhe smoke of the enemy's fire, and breath- tions, which they soon found the men could less from exhaustion, I found myself stop- not answer, and I evaded as well as I could. ped by the hedge which had bounded the Some valuable moments had thus been lost, cottage-garden; and on looking round to see without their having obtained any informahow the men fared, I found that only six tion, for I pretended to understand still less lad followed me. With a blind desperation, of their language than I really did, and which I find it now impossible to account blundered at every answer, when a distant for, I passed through the hedge, followed by volley from both ends of the house, followed the men, who seemed to be equally incapa- by another from the breast-works, startled ble of judgment or reflection; and under them effectually. Our men, being left uncover of the smoke, and the noise of the guarded, through the notion which the Carenemy's fire, we got close up to the house, lists had adopted, that we were voluntary and placed our backs against it without being deserters, and by their anxiety to overwhelm discovered. Here was a fatal predicament, me with questions, took advantage of the in which we could neither fight nor fly- confusion. They one and all darted through though, for the present, we were safe enough, the hedge, and were out of reach of purwhilst we escaped observation. But that suit immediately, whilst I, left alone in the security could not last long; and when dis- centre of the now furious Carlists, would covered, it was obvious that we had nothing have been instantly immolated, if the nefor it but to surrender at discretion; for to cessity of immediate flight (for the house attempt to return by the way we came, was was now nearly surrounded, under the directo be cut down in fallibly from the windows, tion of Colonel by our troops, who or possibly by one of our own comrades. had come up in sufficient numbers), had not However, for some minutes, we remained prevented it. undiscovered, when the Carlists seeing no Notwithstanding that iny captors had thus enemy, ceased firing ; and after a whispered been forced to suspend my doom for a while, consultation with Sergeant - of my own they seemed quite resolved that I should not company, I directed the men to reverse their follow the example of my comrades, and, arms, and taking my sword by the point, I accordingly, two of the Carlists having umdropped the hilt to the ground, and stood, as fixed their bayonets, and handed their musquietly as I could, to await the result. quets to their comrades, seized me by the
A pause like the stillness of death followed, collar, and having their bayonets pointed at rendered painfully intense by the contrast my breast, proceeded to drag me round towith the former noise and clamour of the wards the front of the house, whilst the rest battle; and a few moments elapsed, of such scattered, and made the best of their way fearful anxiety, as I fervently hope never towards the lines of the enemy. It was at again to experience. At length one of the this moment, that a thought flashed like Carlist soldiers, sent out I suppose to collect lightning into my mind, which, under Proviinformation, stepped cautiously round the der.ce, was the cause that I am here now to end of the house, and, when liis eye fell on detail my story. It occurred to me that if I us where we stood, he uttered a startled cry, could detain iny captors a little, my comrades “ Inglise," " Inglise,” and disappeared in- might come up, and retake me, and thus stantly. The enemy immediately crowded preserve me from the miserable fate, which round both ends of the house, and with was sure to await me in the camp of the levelled bayonets were rushing upon us, enemy. Acting on this thought, it gave me whilst others brought their guns to bear on but little trouble to counterfeit extreme us from the windows. At this critical mo- exhaustion, wom out as I was by this night's ment I raised the hilt of my sword from exertions, added to iny former sufferings. the ground to my shoulder, and cried “ Vira Therefore at the first ride effort which they Don Carlos.” This cry, and the defenceless made to drag me forward, I pretended to position in which we stood, arrested our im- trip over a stone, and cast inyself at full pending destruction; and, having some little length on the ground. With fearful threats knowledge of Spanish, I could gather from and execrations, my captors raised me again their hurried exclamations that they took us on my legs, and we moved a few steps forfor deserters, who had come over voluntarily to ward. Again I tried the same device, and join them. However, their hesitation was this time having cast myself across before ended. They fung themselves upon us in the man who was on my right, he too came
to the ground over me, wounding me slightly struck him a violent blow across the face in the back with the point of his bayonet, as with the socket of the bayonet. It was he fell. Again I was set on my legs, and enough, he lay without motion, and I fell dragged forward. We had now passed along across him, insensible. the side of the house, and were close to the How long I remained in that state I know corner of the front, and I was gathering all not; but it could not be long, for when I my energies for one great effort to shake off recovered, I found that my comrades were my captors, when the man on my right, conveying me to my quarters. They laid either anticipating my purpose, or resolved me on my straw, and after a few hours rest to wait no longer, suddenly drew back his I awoke, and finding myself considerably weapon, and was about to plunge it in my refreshed, I arose, and set about to prepare breast, when the trained fall of feet behind, for my immediate departure. But first I arrested his attention. We both turned our resolved to communicate the adventures of heads at the same instant, and then, about this eventful night to Hayden. I proceeded twenty yards behind, I could perceive by to his miserable hut, which was not far from the gray dawn of the morning, which was my own; I called when I reached the just breaking, one of the Irish, who had entrance, but no answer followed; I entered, been under my command, hastening to my and there by the imperfect light which found
The moment he recognised me, he its way through the door, I could see him stopped and levelled his musquet at the extended exactly as I had laid him. I shook head of my intended murderer. Quick as himn by the shoulders,—still no motion bethought the man abandoned his grasp of my trayed returning consciousness. I laid iny collar, and darted round the corner of the hand on his forehead—it was clamıy and house. All this passed far more rapidly cold. He was dead-he must have died than I can possibly relate it; and now the soon after I left him. His melancholy presame deadly resolution that I should not diction was soon fulfilled—his earthly trouescape, seemed to possess my remaining bles were indeed ended, and nothing recaptor, for I had just turned from observing mained for friendship now to do, but to fulthe flight of the other, when I found, that fil his last wish, and "rake some Spanish he had shifted his bayonet to his right hand, earth over his bones.” and was aimning it at my throat. I had only With a heavy heart, I went forth among time to dash its point down, when it ripped the lines, and gathered all who knew him, up
the brenst of my coat, and passed under and these were all who valued worth in man. my right arm. Pinning the weapon to my There were enough to do honour his remains, side with my arın, I grasped it by the blade, and we gave him a soldier's funeral. Bea and placing my left foot behind him, I Alung neath the tree which had witnessed our last my whole weight on his chest. We fell to- conversation, we hollowed out his home. gether, the Carlist being under. A very And not one of the hollow-hearted, the frishort struggle ensued, for the man must volous, and the gay, with whom he once have been injured by the fall, or with iny mixed, and who, doubtless, in his short hour exhausted strength, I could not have mas- of prosperity, overwhelmed him with friend. tered him. However, knowing that I fought ship, can tell that beneath that tree in front for life, and cheered with the consciousness of Hernani, rests the true-hearted, the that aid was near, I made one great effort. mild, the generous, and the brave, without 1 wrenched the weapon from his grasp, and stone, or mark, or name, to preserve his gathering all my remaining strength, I memory.
A fairy, lovely child, am I:
Around those distant shores I reign,
Sinks glorious down to the mighty maju.