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German stove ; but, finding a and he therefore applied to her candlestick and a bundle of to shelter Lavalette. The conmatches, I soon procured a light. sent of both husband and wife My new abode was a garret, con was willingly given. taining a very clean bed, two For nineteen days Lavalette chairs, and a chest of drawers, remained in this hospitable on the last of which articles of asylum, his hosts omitting nofurniture I found a paper with thing to render him as comfortthe following words written upon able as a man could be in such it: “Make no noise, never open a situation. But it was imposyour window but at night, wear sible for him not to feel many list slippers, and wait patiently." fears as to his fate. In his My comforts were provided for hiding-place he could hear the by a bottle of excellent claret, cries of hawkers and other perseveral volumes of Molière and sons, who were making known Rabelais, and a basket filled with the ordinances which denounced the materials of a gentleman's severe penalties against whoever dressing-box.'

should harbour him; and he While Lavalette was racking knew, besides, that the police his brains with conjecture as were aware that he had not to the reason of his being un- crossed the frontier, and that der the roof of the minister for they strongly suspected him to foreign affairs, M. Baudus re- be still in the capital, and that turned, and soon solved the all his friends were closely enigma. He was now under watched. Various plans for the protection of M. Bresson, getting him off were deliberated the treasurer for the foreign de- upon. It was first suggested partment. Bresson was one of that he might reassume the the members of the Convention female dress, and proceed to who, in 1793, spoke and voted a seaport, whence he might be against the execution of Louis conveyed to England by smugxvi. He was consequently out-glers. This scheme, however, lawed, and, with his wife, found was soon discarded by all parties. a safe retreat amidst the moun- A Russian general, who was aptains of the Vosges. An honest plied to by one of his friends, family, at the imminent risk of disinterestedly offered to conceal their own lives, concealed them the fugitive in the back of his for two years.

In gratitude carriage, and take him out of to Heaven for this deliverance, danger, on condition that the Madame Bresson made a solemn expense of the journey should vow, that if ever an opportunity be paid, and eight thousand should offer, she would save francs advanced at the outset some person who was con- to discharge the debts of this demned for a political offence. chivalrous soldier. The deThis was known to M. Baudus, mand was agreed to; but when

the general learned that the the fugitive should be military fugitive was Lavalette, the dread men. Captain Hutchinson was, of Siberia became so overpower- in consequence, selected to be ing, that he drew back. The the coadjutor of Sir Robert, next project was, that he should another officer, named Allister, join a Bavarian battalion, which not being able to obtain leave was about to leave France; and of absence. He, however, had as he was related by marriage to no share in the preliminary prothe King of Bavaria, the project ceedings. appeared feasible, till it was dis

It was arranged that Lavalette covered that the police, con- should travel as an English miliceiving this might be attempted, tary officer, under the name of kept so close a watch upon every Colonel Losack.

Wilson was movement of the battalion and to assume that of General Wallis. its officers, that all correspond. The first step was to obtain ence with them was impracti- passports for these two indicable.

viduals, and this was accomThe prospect was now be plished without difficulty. They ginning to look gloomy. For were to pass the barriers of the tunately, at the moment when city in Bruce's cabriolet, and any longer delay might have Hutchinson was to ride on been fatal, the desired assist- horseback by the side of the ance was found.

The grati- vehicle, talking to them, as far fication of snatching the victim as Compiègne, where Wilson's from impending death was re- travelling carriage was to meet served for three British sub- them. Wilson's servant was also jects; and it rather singularly to follow the cabriolet on his happened that a native of each master's horse.

In case any of the three kingdoms bore a stoppage should unfortunately part in the enterprise. There happen, his master and Lavalette were in France at this time were to mount the two horses, many British, not a few of whom and make the best of their were officers.

Among these way onward. The road to the were Major-General Sir Robert Netherlands by the way of Wilson, Captain Hutchinson, Cambray and Valenciennes beand Mr. Bruce, a Scotch gentle-ing in possession of the British man of fortune. Bruce was the army, that route was chosen as person to whom a friend of being likely to offer the fewest Lavalette appealed, and he obstacles to their journey. consulted Sir Robert on the Instructions with regard to subject, who readily promised his dress were now given to to lend his aid. Bruce would | Lavalette. A brown wig, no gladly have been one of the mustachios, a chin shaved very party, but it was desirable that clean, and a hat with a white the persons who accompanied feather, were to disguise his face.

Regimentals and a military great killed upon the spot. To suffer coat were to form the rest of his himself to be taken was out of equipment. With respect to the the question, and he therefore regimentals, an awkward circum- carefully examined his pistols, stance occurred. Lavalette's and placed them under his head, measure was given to a tailor firmly determined to use them by Hutchinson, who stated it to if he were driven to extremity. be that of an officer of his regi- He had not long dropped asleep ment, who wanted a suit in- before a loud clamour at the stantly. The tailor immediately carriage gate startled him, and remarked that it was that of a made him think that the fatal lusty man, and had not been moment was come for using his taken by a professed hand. weapons. But the noise proThis was the fact; it was taken ceeded from a drunken French by Lavalette's friend Stanislaus, officer, who lodged in the third who, instead of making notches storey, disputing with the porter. in the paper, wrote upon it At eight on the following the names of the various parts. morning Sir Robert Wilson, in This remark excited some alarm full regimentals, drove up to the with Sir Robert Wilson, and he door in his cabriolet, and was took precautions to avoid any speedily joined by Lavalette, disagreeable consequences. and Captain Hutchinson on

On the oth of January 1816, horseback. The passing through at eight in the evening, Lava- the barrier of Clichy, where there lette quitted the roof which had were two guard - houses, one so long sheltered him. Chasse- French and the other English, non was again in waiting with and where all the soldiers were his cabriolet, to take the fugitive drawn out under arms, excited to Captain Hutchinson's lodg- some apprehension; but that ings, in the Rue du Helder; was all the travellers had to enthere he was received by Sir counter. No one recognised Robert Wilson and Mr. Bruce. the exile. At La Chapelle Hutchinson offered his bed to they changed horses, and then him, but he preferred stretching speeded onward to Compiègne. himself on a sofa. When his On their way thither Sir Robert host was gone to rest, Lavalette perceived that some white hairs examined the apartment, and were peeping from under Lavafound that in case of danger lette's wig, and with a pair of there was no place where he scissors he removed these dancould hide, and that the window gerous tell-tales. At Compiègne was too far from the ground to he had beforehand taken care leave any chance of his leaping to provide a halting-place in a out of it without breaking his retired part of the town, where bones, and too near it to afford they might wait till his carriage him the consolation of being arrived. A non-commissioned

officer met them in the suburbs, hearing some one behind the and conducted them to the inn screen. In five minutes he went which had been fixed upon. back, and this time, though he While Lavalette was waiting at heard the same noise, he rethis inn, a traveller for a mer- moved one side of the screen. cantile house entered into con- A loud exclamation burst from versation with him, and narrated him at the sight of Madame in the most ridiculous style the Lavalette, and he ran towards whole story of his hearer's escape the door. She ran after him, from prison. In the evening caught hold of his coat, and said, the carriage came, Hutchinson Wait a minute; let my husband took his leave, and Sir Robert get off!' He cried out in a fury, and Lavalette proceeded on You will ruin me, Madame!' their way. They met no ob- burst from her, leaving a piece struction till they reached Cam- of his coat in her tenacious bray, where they were retarded grasp, and darted into the street, for three hours by the obstinacy tearing his hair, and calling of an English sentry, who would out as he hurried towards the not call the gatekeeper, he prefect's abode, ‘The prisoner having received no order to do has escaped! the prisoner has so. Valenciennes was their last escaped l' Gendarmes and stage on French ground, and turnkeys were instantly in purthat they reached about seven suit in all directions. In the o'clock the next morning. course of the night a systematic There they were thrice ex- search was made; every house amined with extreme strictness, inhabited by a friend or acbut the firmness and presence quaintance of the fugitive, and of mind of Sir Robert carried even every person with whom them triumphantly through their his office could have given him difficulties. They were now on the slightest connection, was the Brussels road, and speedily subjected to a rigorous examinareaching the frontier, were soon tion. She, meanwhile, was exon Belgian territory. Shortly posed to the foulest abuse from after they arrived at Mons, the turnkeys, who did not fail where, after furnishing Lavalette also to assure her that her huswith letters of recommendation, band must speedily be retaken. Sir Robert bade him farewell, Their abuse was suspended by and returned to Paris.

the arrival of the attorney-geneLeaving Lavalette for a while, ral to interrogate her. He queslet us return to the Conciergerie, tioned the poor lady severely, and see how fared his noble- but could draw nothing from minded wife. His late prisoner her, and he reproached her for had scarcely passed the outer her conduct. By order of this door before the jailor went into minister of justice, she was the room ; but he retired on treated with extreme harshness.

She was placed in a chamber arrested. He finally found a without a chimney, warmed by refuge in Bavaria, but was coma German stove, the stifling heat pelled to bear a feigned name, and vapour from which were un- and to live in almost perfect bearable. That nothing might seclusion. It was not until after be wanting to render her situa- a banishment of six years he tion exquisitely painful, her win-was permitted to return to his dow opened into the yard of the native land. But to the happifemale felons, and she had to ness afforded by this boon there endure the misery of constantly was a heavy drawback. The hearing the clamours and the wife who had saved him, the brutal and obscene discourse of wife from whom he had been so the refuse of the capital. No long separated, saw him restored one except a female turnkey was without manifesting the slightest allowed to come near her; no emotion; she knew him not, for letters were admitted, and none her reason was gone. She had were allowed to be sent by her. been in this state almost ever Her feelings were in perpetual since his departure. From the agitation, especially at night; time of her first falling into this for when the sentries were re- lamentable condition, twelve lieved, she always imagined that years elapsed before she partially it was her husband they were recovered her intellect, and even bringing back. For five-and-then she was still subject to fits twenty days and nights she of deep inelancholy and abstracnever slept. At the expiration tion. But even in her saddest of six weeks some little remains moods she was always equally of shame induced her perse- mild, amiable, and good. They cutors to set her free. But they lived in retirement, and he had consummated their revenge; lavished on her those tender they had not, indeed, destroyed cares which she so well deserved. the body of their victim; they He did not, however, enjoy her had only destroyed her mind. society more than two years

From Mons, Lavalette pro- after the amendment in her ceeded to Germany, his pass- mental health; he was carried age through which country was off by a sudden illness on the not entirely free from danger; 15th of February 1830, at the at Stuttgardt he was nearly age of sixty-one.



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