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number, and whisper a short, but evidently hear the reports so welcome to our spirits ; decisive command to the subaltern officer perhaps we were at too great a distance, or left in charge of us.

that it really was the combat had termina“ His absence may have been of twenty ted. How heartily did we pray inwardly minutes to half an hour; he returned with that the upshot might be in favour of “our his men, at the fullest speed practicable, in own.” the unequal broken up ground I have de- “ The circumstance did not escape the adscribed ; and before reaching within speak- jutant; he halted the troop from time to ing distance, he motioned with his hand, to time, and appeared to listen, dismounting face round and fall back. The signal was at last, and laying his ear to the ground; understood, and, ere he joined us, we were the result did not seem quite satisfactory. already some hundred paces away, in retro- I perceived, or fancied rather, I could per-gade movement.

ceive (for he remained calin and inscrutable “ What meant all this? I scarcely dared as before) that a slight, but significant gesto let myself think it portended good, ture passed from him to his companion in though having, as I shall tell you soon, duty, as they again held whispering comreason to think it did; yet, one thing was munication together. At this precise monecessarily clear,-he would not have di- ment, while, to my mind, they looked as it rected a retreat had he found it was safe to go were undecided what course to pursue the forward. Our friends held, perhaps, his fel. unexpected but well defined repetition of the lows in check; perhaps they had obtained same noise of firing that had already come some marked advantage; at the least, put- to cheer the heart of my brother sufferer ting all other considerations and springs to and myself, (but this time, much nearer, favourable expectation out of the question; and in another and different direction, that inasmuch as we were concerned, it seemed of the town we had marched from in the better to be where we were, than where we morning,) resounded suddenly with loud and had ere now, but for the interruption been, frequent crash. This time it startled, yes, in the enemy's camp, under brief sentence, unquestionably startled from his composure and equally brief delay of execution; worse our young soldier, as well as it did the than this could scarcely be.

other, and every man of the troop, not ex“ Such were the hurried reflections that cluding, you may think, ourselves, to whom suggested themselves to me, while eagerly it anew_gave a vivid spur of joyful imwatching the looks, countenance, and man- pulse. I recollected the vague stirring 1 had ner of the young leader, when, passing in imagined I caugat a glimpse of, on devolvfront, he checked his horse, and conversed ing from the freer country above into the for a few minutes in low voice and short entrance of the gorge. With a thrill of phrase, with his inferior officer. He was delight, I now bounded to the not improevidently earnest and thoughtful, manifest- bable conclusion, that a bold and dexterous ing, however, neither discomposure nor pre- manæuvre of our body of troops, reinforced, cipitateness. Now and anon he turned his no doubt, from the main one, had been essearching eyes towards us, with what ex- sayed, to turn and seize the enemy's popression or interest, 'twere completely im- sition,-a manæuvre of the utmost honour possible to divine at the time; that it was and credit io the officer who had conceived, full of meaning there could be no doubt, and the troops, who, under his direction, and more probably, than at many other of had executed it; and which I remembered our moments of trial; hitherto I felt hea- to have been proposed and discussed in vily anxious and ill at ease to be out of the the general council of war. torment of endeavouring to guess.

"If it succeeded, we yet might be safe, “ He said no word to us, nor we to him; escape for our escort seemed dubious, if all continued the same gloomy silence that not impossible,-a matter respecting which had, till now only, been interrupted by the I had not means of forining a decided noise of our horses' steps, the passing clank opinion, since, at either extremity of the of the soldiers' arins, the rustling wave of ravine, they must necessarily encounter our the high trees, or the few orders that had friends, and fall, probably, into their hands. passed from him to his men.

These, with various other conflicting and By the time we had nearly cleared, as uncertain ones, were the thoughts, that, in far as I could judge, (and you may be an instant of time, crowded my brain at sure I recollected tolerably now, each turn this momentously critical juncture. and angle, and nook,) the glen ; at its up- “ The hesitation I had observed, lasted per extremity, we ceased alınost wholly to merely during the while I remarked it;

our but too attentive guardian caught, I | with the other dragoons called, as I men--
believe, my glance interrogating his fea- tioned, to the front, on a second recon-
tures; he turned his abruptly for a second noitering excursion, instead of going forward
away, and then, resuming all the self-pos- himself.
session that had hitherto throughout, from “The firing meantime had manifestly in-
our first meeting, most strikingly charac- creased, and every moinent, it was equally
terized him,-backed sideways the fine ani- certain, took place over a more extended
mal he rode, so as to take ground in ad- line. We soon, towards the topmost heights
vance before his men,—then, drawing his That commanded the mouth of the ravine,
sword, and placing it at rest to his shoul- could sufficiently plainly descry smoke
der,—“ Cornet, forward,” he cried, " with rising, at first thinly, then in close volumes;
four of the troop!"

even two or three large flashes were seen, “ Place the prisoners in rear, thirty followed by the report of as many field paces,-two men each side, -serry ranks pieces. Oh," thought I, “if these be there, -load,—rest carbines !"

our's, the day inay be gained; the repub"All this was done in a twinkling; we were licans can not have brought up theirs from brought to the named distance; the dragoons the marshes." who executed this part of the order, when “That they were ours I quickly had joythey had done so, ranging themselves right fully convincing proof; high above, immeand left at a short interval, with their horses' diately over the spot whence the shots had heads, and carbines on knee, inclining to- been directed, I recognised, with a thrill wards us, and ready to draw triggers at the which all can casily appreciate, floating in a slightest motion of ours; the others closed partial glance of sunshine, the flag-our files and stood prepared in the same way. own true white fag. I cannot say I jumped These several movements not a little appalled in my saddle at the sight, but Juvigny cerand chilled us, the more so, no doubt, in tainly did ; a half muttered exclamation only presence of the brightened hopes so recently escaped my lips, and he responded to it: indulged in. The next orders we could only incidents not unnoticed by the scowling eyes expect would be to wheel and fire; for we that immediately fell on us from around. knew well enough, from wretched experience, The lieutenant turned; he had heard the the practice followed in such cases by our stir, but merely looked coldly, if not somefoes, and, I even grieve to be compelled to what contemptuously towards us, and rerepeat it, by ourselves.

sumed his posture of mute watchfulness (“Good bye, Juvigny," I said in under of what might be passing forward. He tone, "all's over-God be merciful to us."

only occasionally made a single movement Good bye-bless yoni, de Merinhac !- to look back, as here, on his men or, as yes, our doom is here—we shall meet else- time drew ou, and his scouting party where."

reappear, to consult more rarely, and with "We placed our hands together and waited, evident precaution, a watch which he took endeavouring to utter inwardly a prayer for from his breast. I noted all this, quite as mercy, which often, alas ! in similar occa- closely at least, as he did the sounds and sions one can with difficulty succeed in tokens that were to direct to him the proforming.

gress of the engaged struggle. “ What a miserable interval of suspense “At length we could discern, emerging ensued !--no word of command was given; row and again from the more obscure we remained motionless, and I shall not say, and shaded points into the opening of the quailing; but struck with the dread cold awe way, the hurriedly returning troops and their the bravest must and do feel in the same po- officer. Ours—I must for the present term sition, fluttering as it were, between life and him so, rode forward to meet them. They death,—for the space of ten minutes which soon after joined in silence the rest, and rehere (the phrase however trite after all best formed into order as before. expresses the impression) seemed indeed ten “The young aide-de-camp, with still ages.

graver and more clouded brow, now passed on " At length, by degrees, our feelings and to the rear, inspecting the looks and state of ideas began to take another turn and slowly all as he went, and stopping immediately be to revive again and breathe-let me so speak side us, next to me, motioned the guards to -even into the world. We perceived that fall into rank with the others. After a pause, the leader had resumed his former place at the during which they had advanced as instructhead of his party, having detached the cornet ed, he turned fúll to me, and in a tone of

did not

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serious earnestness and enquiring interest, fering excitement; seizing again Juvigny's corresponding to that of his habitual man- hand, who returned the pressure, and looked, ner, but much more strongly marked. as I did, fixedly in the face of our presumed

Captain Merivihac," he said, for the executioner :first time thus styling me; "you are, I feel “Well, sir," I cried, “fulfil them; your perfectly satisfied, too much of an experienced orders; we are unarmed !" soldier—not to say too well acquainted with “ The taunt might be spared, Captain the plans and designs of your party-not to Merinhac; you should perhaps, indeed you be fully aware of the import and intent, and ought to think better of me from what has presumable consequence of the double oc- already passed ; but I shall be dumb, and currence (laying stress on the word to con- excuse, in consideration of your position, vey meaning stronger than it really implied) this injustice in my regard. Yes,” he conwhich has just taken place ?"

tinued after an interval apparently of deep “ Here he was silent as if waiting for a and struggling reflection; one of nearly reply, although no direct question had been equal surprise and suspense to us; the escort put.

drawn up, as a while since, fronting us, re“ Citizen Lieutenant," I answered, “ I do mained within shot; waiting, it might be, judge of—I do understand the importance of only the word to fire, if he relinquished the the two'occurrences,' as you are pleased to sanguinary functions imposed on him.” call them, which you allude to ; as to the pro- “ Yes, you wrong me; but you shall judge jects or intentions of my party, they belong to of me and know me better; my mind is them and not to me. Your friends position is made up-1 sicken at the horrors of this turned and occupied on two points; and you war—they suit only savages, and are a disare shut up here with little, if any opening grace to the bright and great cause we com. of retreat or escape. Am I right ?-Do my bat for. I, for

one,

in
my

humble individual judgment and your's agree ?"

capacity, will set an example that may tend “Citizen Merinhac," he rejoined with to alleviate them. Gentlemen, citizens some severity ; not for several seconds, how- officers I mean—you are free-I set you at ever ; " you forget you are my prisoner; I liberty from this moment, on my own ream not here to answer questions, but to have sponsibility—with this single condition, that mine answered, and even were it not so, you you pledge yourselves as officers and gentlecould scarcely expect that, having withheld men, at some future period of the campaignconfidence yourself

, I, on my part, should I do not-mind it-name a time, to surgrant it you. But enough;—no more use- render at our outposts; thence to be sent less words on the matter another and inore forward personally, to me.” serious one we should have now to occupy “If we were astonished before, fancy, if you us. Supposing the case to be what you can, what must have been our feelings at the describe it, (and I am not prepared to allow close of these words. I shall not attempt fully that it is—nay, on the contrary I feel to describe them; gratitude, admiration, unhesitatingly convinced, that we can still amaze, if you will, and a thousand other without much effort make good our retreat) impulses were jostled and jumbled together do you know ?”—he paused—“ are you in our breasts, and in the confusion, for a fully aware—what are my instructions—my few minutes left us wholly speechless. unavoidable duty to perform”—he again “Todo both my companion and myself but hesitated, “under such circumstances, or fair justice, however, (and I am proud to those of an attempt at rescue or escape

pri have it to say, in the face and spite of the “ To dispose summarily of us, I should universal selfishness of poor human nature,) imagine-we expected; we could hope no our first thought and words, when we could less ?”

find or utter them, were for our brave and “You have said it—nay more,” he added, generous foe. with an expression of feeling almost betray- “ But Sir, dear Sir, do you recollect the ing itself by a sigh, which as yet he had risk—a matter of life and death, you expose uever given way to within my observation, yourself to ?" we both exclaimed in a breath, and which one would not have probably,

are youconcluding from the outward man, considered “I have said I was resolved," he interhim capable of “ to blow—myself— with my rupted, in a graver and more solemn tone ; own hands, your brains out, on this spot." “What I do, I do wittingly, and no thought

« Previous scenes and events had but too of the peril incurred shall have power to well prepared us for this ; we were nerved at prevent ine acting up to what I mean. This the moment up to the highest pitch of suf- carnage--this butchery work, loathes me ;

SO

there are many,

my hand shall have no farther stain on it. among my comrades of the ranks, whence
Let them visit the fault on me if they will I have risen, by the familiar abbreviation
or dare, for I am not the only one of the Jeannot.
army to feel and think thus.

I shall be too “ Morbleu !-50 much the worse," I happy, even in this one instance, to have ar- could not help breaking out with, “ if you rested the course of atrocities that cully the are not noble you deserve to be so;" (rebanner we have devoted our lives and hopes collecting the many defaulters from our to-do you accept ?”

cause then enjoying the temporary-for with “ The question were useless, my worthy few exceptions they were only fatally enemy, and best present friend—of course fruits of their apostacy;

I we do—we were madinen else; we stake our inwardly and bitterly thought, bearing the word and honour

highest

names, whom thy example inight put “ Enough to the right about wheel," to the blush ;) “and one day I hope and he commanded in a penetrating voice. The praytroop obeyed.

Onward—rejoin corps." " He smiled again ; then in a serious, nay, They moved in the prescribed direction, we somewhat stern tone-"A truce to this making way as they passed.

trifling if you please, Citizen; I have said “ You will advance, I presume, to meet already I desire no name or title, save that your nearest friends, whom I see in occupa- of the rank which I may gain by my sword, tion of the hills yonder. They must not fighting in the cause of my free country have time to send to catch me here," he ad- against you and yours, and all those who ded, with a sort of smile, “so farewell,” | are striving to make her what she before was bowing, and turning his horse's head to de- —their slave and their prey; and now again part.

-let us part." “ But, Sir !-but, Citizen Officer !—shall “Not as enemies; curse it, why should we not know whom we stand indebted to ? we be enemies ?" Our benefactor and deliverer will not re- We can never be else, Citizen, while fuse-"

you hold to your mistaken principles in the " It matters little," he afresh interrupted, degree you esteem I do to mine. 'my name is of smallconsequence; neverthe- I regret it, from my soul I regret it; but less, if you wish-if it be positively a grati- we may meet again in happier times.' fication to you to hear it--they call me in the “ I accept, most willingly, the augury ; army, Charles Jeanotte."

meanwhile you delay me. “Here I must confess my folly-one, I, in "I was much affected—I seized his hand; common with my party, was guilty of, and " Monsieur Jeannotte, it is a pity you do had reason to repent—that of figuring to our- not belong to the King ?” selves, that nothing good or great could be “Citizen Merinhac, I return the complithat was not of us. Well, let it be. Forget- ment, for such you mean it to be; 'tis a pity ting this, in the momentary impulse, which you do not belong to your country. I acthe young fellow's high-mindedness and ge- knowledge nor king, nor chief—but her ; nerosity of proceeding, dignity of language, good bye." and bearing, had stirred up-nay more, re- I could no longer contain my emotion ; gardless of every peculiarity of our respective I again grasped his hand— Juvigny took the situations, the times, the circumstances, and other, while starting tears ran down his the men—I was involuntarily, the same cheeks, and he drew short breath ; a drop mania prompting, driven to think he must or two stood in our generous foo's hitherto be something more, that he could not be calm clear eye. only one Charles Jeannotte ;' so, yield- “ Farewell, Sir, farewell, our noble deliing to the instinctive movement, I added in verer; if you think the good-will of an an enquiring voice, “Charles Jeannotte enemy worth having—curse it more and 'de?!!

more !-why should we not be friends ? "A smile, perhaps of some slight contempt, By all that's honourable and good, as you soon changing into one of perfect good hu- yourself are, you have mine-ours to the mour, the first of the kind I had remarked, heart's core ; always save and excepting the straying over his handsome features, which service of his Majesty, whom God prosper." it particularly well became, followed the im- “God prospers not the doers or wishers plied question.

of slavery, Captain Merinhac-adieu !" “No, Citizen Cheralier-no 'de,'-I " So saying, he touched the sides of his am not, nor have ever been, nor ever intend steed, which bounded with gallant sure foot to be, entitled to the particle. I am plain down the glen, disappearing quickly from plebeian ' Charles Jeannotte ;' better known 'our sight."

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PART V.

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From the extent these pages have run to, their time, of proverbial elegance and rethe reader will, perhaps, have already un- finement. It is now one which alas! what with derstood the story was not told in one sitting. the progress of social licence, and disregard of However inclined 10 dwell on the always decorum, under the name of independance more or less, in the advanced age, endear- and free spiritedness,—what with the rapidly ing reminiscences of old times, the good growing exclusive sway of the Plutocracy,veteran, -I perceived not long after inid- and the universal extension of guard-room night of the evening I have spoken of—had habits, inanners and feelings-bids fair to bebecome somewhat tired. Eager as I was to come celebrated to a precisely similar pitch in hear him out, I thought it but fair to hint the reverse direction : nous avons changé that "it was late," that he might be in want tout cela,' is the exact expression of the preof rest, &c. "I see, I see, my young drowsy- sent state of things. ear," he exclaimed in reply, "you find I begin to drawl, and the leaden-wink is The next evening, according to appointcoining on you.' I immediately protested meut, the Chevalier resumed iis narration. against the imputation—"not a word,” he “ We remained for many minutes afterwards interrupted, " not a word—you are right-1 motionless where Jeannotte had stopped, feel I do drag, and get heavy, consequently intently gazing at the vacant spot whence I must tire; so to your hammock, and I to the last glimpse of him, or rather vague inine-good night. Tomorrow, (yon dine trace of his inovements, had reached our with me, recollect, same hour,) we shall have eyes-much-and who must not have exanother tug and make an end.”

perienced the same impression on a like I hastened home, not to bed—but to sit occasion ?-as one watches the gradually reup some hours longer, noting down the ceding image of a vessel that convey's away heads of my excellent old friend's recital ; some dear friend or relative we have been and as far as practicable, the style, the obliged in sorrow to part with. I pity the manner and very words he made it in. I man, to say the least, if there be one, who, fear much, (as I have already expressed situated as we had been and then were, and elsewhere) I have but indifferently succeeded under the circumstances, which had just in this regard ; there was a natural ease and passed, could think or feel otherwise than truth, and simplicity in his conversational we did. tone of narration,—that it would be, I should It may, perhaps, occur to you—others to fancy, very nearly impossible to transfer to whom I have told the tale, not weighing the paper.

whole facts and bearings of the matter, have We meet with many persons in society, seemed to entertain the opinion,—that we the remark has been often made, gifted with exaggerated, in our impulse of gratitude, the powers of thought and language, of a pecu- obligations we stood really under to this liarly refined |-or rather, if I may so say, friendly foe of our's. Recollect them a moimpalpable, yet most impressive and ori- ment, and you will comprehend fully what ginal nature, who, while they speak or nar- the real extent of our debt was. True, we rate, forcibly attract and arrest our atten- might only be considered as respited for a tion; yet when they have ceased, we find time; the pledge we had inade, we meant ourselves much at a loss to recal the ideas unquestionably to redeem, but then our and words they had so well expressed; still liberator with much delicacy, had specified more to discover and give shape or form to no precise period ; in gaining time we gained the nameless indescribable charın that stamp- so much of life; and, meanwhile, how many ed its character and its grace on the whole. events might arise to create an honourable Of this number was the Chevalier--a relic of opening of final escape ! the cessation of that exquisitely accomplished race of “Gen- hostilities-a completely victorious overtlemen absolute,” (as our great poet hath throw of our adversaries.

At the worst, it) " at all points," fast vanishing-if in- (a forethought--we would not of course deed, (which I suspect to be the case,) not for a moment adinit—but which very prolong since vanished from the country, in bably may not have been without soine in

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