« ElőzőTovább »
wbom Mr. Mitchell had received instruc-ondly, a twisted cord of the long grass of tions; and he was perfectly able to identify the country which had apparently tied up the said James Frere, if he could fall in a package of that size; then an address with him, having known him well during a label, torn across, with " Jonas Field, Pasperiod of imprisonment which he had suf- senger," upon it; the cover of an old letfered some years since, for obtaining money ter, which bad been used to wipe up ink under false pretences,
spilt the table, and being laid flat, was That the present charge was for surrepti- found to be addressed “ Spencer Carew, tiously obtaining the baggage and papers of Esq.;" and, finally, the distinct impression a fellow-passenger, who had been left at in an old blotting-book of a very hurried Jamaica, as was supposed, in a dying state – direction to “Miss Ross at Glenrossie, N. B.” not expected to survive above a few hours ; Which last brought Mitchell to Scotland, that the gentleman's disease had turned out and so into the presence of Sir Douglas. to be an abscess on the liver, which burst, It was James Frere's writing; there and be recovered, and was on his way to could be no doubt of that. Nor any doubt England to prosecute Mr. Frere, and ob- that the sight of it was a great shock to the tain restitution, if possible, of the property master of Glenrossie; as Mitchell saw, taken, consisting chiefly of emeralds and when he placed the leaf in that soldier's diamonds in the rough; gold; and other hand, and observed the fingers tremble as matters, which could not so immediately they held it. bave been turned into cash, as to make The astute officer looked round the handtheir seizure in the swindler's possession some apartment as if he expected to see hopeless. Information bad been received James Frere crouched under one of the at Liverpool, and the authorities there had tables, or emerging from the crimson curbeen on the look-out; but no person at all tains. answering the description given, bad been “ Miss Ross one of the family, I preseen at any of the hotels. The matter had sume ? ” said the detective. been put into Mitchell's hands and he had “Yes," said Sir Douglas. traced every passenger that landed from He spoke with such stern haughtiness the same ship, except one. That one he, at that the man was rather put out, and mutength, traced to a little public-house in tered something about “the course of justhe outskirts of Liverpool; and though the tice,” and being there “in obedience to personal appearance of the guest there orders from his superiors,” and other seemed the very reverse of the man wanted, such phrases, which Sir Douglas cut short the detective was much too well accus- by saying, with a sort of sorrowful civility, tomed to the shifts and disguises of these I am not blaming you. The person you chevaliers d'industrie, to be the least dis- are in search of is not here, but I have a couraged on that account. He requested letter on the same business from the Home to be shown the room the stranger had Office in London. I will see you again occupied; declaring that a valuable dia- when I have read through the papers that mond ring had been lost or purloined dur- have been sent me, and meanwhile my sering bis stay. The irate landlady told him vants will give you refreshments." that he might“ dig the floor up "if he liked; The Nemesis who was pursuing Frere, that the room had been cleaned, and more- had willed that the invalid of Jamaica over occupied, since the gentleman was should be a personal friend of Lorimer there; that nothing had been found; Boyd, and that Boyd should be in London, that her inn, “though poor, was honest, on his way to another diplomatic appoint&c. &c.
ment. Applications for assistance to the Mitchell did not “dig the floor up,” but Home and Foreign Office were instantly he made a very minute search in drawers of made, and every help afforded; the loss intables, and out-of-the-way corners; and curred being little less than the loss of a though he found little, it was apparently life of savings on the part of one who imenough, for with a sharp frown, followed by agined he was at last returning to enjoy a whistle and a peculiar smile, he ceased competence and comfort in his native land. from his labors." Mitchell found in the From Lorimer Boyd's letter, about “the grate (which had not since had a fire in it), man I always felt sure was a scoundrel and first, the outer paper of a small box which impostor," and from Mitchell the detective had been sealed with three seals — two of and his experience, Sir Douglas gleaned them tolerable impressions of the initials the history of James Frere as far as any and crest of the gentleman who had been one could trace it. robbed, the third melted and defaced ; sec- Who, or what he was, at the beginning,
Mitchell could not say. He was supposed the lady that he had a Spanish wife “ beto be the natural son of some gentleman; yond seas.” Became much distressed for was well educated; and when very young money in Naples, and connected himself was discharged from a mercantile house with the worst of characters there. Planned where he had been employed, for “extra- the escape of one of his associates condemned ordinary irregularity” in his accounts; on to the galleys for murder; succeeded in aswhich occasion the head of the firm had sisting his evasion with two of his companseverely observed, that he might “ think ions, was pursued and, fired upon by the himself fortunate in being discharged — not soldiery, dropped from the castle wall into prosecuted." He had gone by tho name of the sea, having received a bayonet wound ** John Delamere” in that employment: he on the back of his hand : swam to a boat dropped that title for one still ‘more aris- already prepared for the adventure, and tocratic, and called himself Spencer escaped to Procida — was not again taken. Carew." An advertisement appearing in Reappeared in England in the employment the papers for travelling tutor of agree- of a wine merchant; forged his employer's able manners and cheerful and indulgent name to a cheque for seven hundred and fifdisposition, to make a tour with a youth in ty pounds, and disappeared. Was afterwards weak health,” — he answered the vertise- traced to Scotland, where it was discovered ment as the Rev. Francis Ferney, and re- that he was preaching under the name of ferred for his recommendation to Spencer James Frere. Disappeared when about to Carew, Esq.”. The friend employed to se- be arrested there, and cast up again in Auslect a travelling companion for the youth tralia. Travelled with a party of Englishin question, saw Mr. Carew, and received men who were cut off by the busbrangers ; the most satisfactory and brilliant accounts not without suspicion of having betrayed of the “ Rev. Francis Ferney.” They the former, to those by whom they were travelled together, for a year and a half; robbed and murdered.' Took passage for and though a good deal of surprise and dis- England with the gentleman who was aftercontent was expressed at the enormous ex- wards left, in ill-health, at Jamaica ; prepenses incurred under Mr. Ferney's man- tending then to be a medical man on his agement, no steps were taken till the friend way home from San Francisco. Possessed who had inquired into his qualifications, ac- himself of all the baggage and valuables of cidentally coming face to face with him at his infirm companion (whose life at that the country house of the youth's uncle and time appeared to hang on a thread), and guardian, recognised “ Spencer Carew" in arrived in England under the circumstan* Francis Ferney." He was prosecuted ces already explained. and imprisoned. He then appeared on the It was on the occasion of his adventure scene a Dissenting, minister, “ Mr. in Naples with the galley-slave condemned Forbes," and was greatly admired for his for murder, that Giuseppe had seen him, eloquence; but having seduced one of the swimming, — with his wounded hand dripschool teachers and abandoned her, he bad ping blood as he shook it fiercely at his purto give up his congregation and try a new suers, — followed in vain by a rowing boat path. He became once more a tutor, and full of chattering and ejaculating soldiery, travelled in America with his pupil; forged – while the light skiff that was lying off the pupil's name to a letter of credit, and and on, suddenly spread her sails, and carwas imprisoned. The next two years were ried him swiftly out of reach. a blank; no one could tell what had be- Sir Douglas heard, then, and read, all come of him; but he cast up at Santa Fé these particulars respecting the impostor de Bogota, teaching English in the family who had lived in such trusted intimacy with of a Spanish merchant; was caught in the the inmates of Glenrossie : the successful very act of robbing the strong-box of his rival, in religious eloquence, of poor Savile employer; and would have been again Heaton ! prosecuted, but for the discovery that he He ordered his horse and rode, unattendhad lured the merchant's daughter into a ed, to Clochnaben Castle : where, instantly secret marriage, and that the scandal of his seeking the miserable culprit, he taxed him prosecution would rebound on the family with the facts narrated above; and in stern, that had sheltered him. Was next heard brief words summoned him to admit or deny of in Italy, doing duty at the English that he was the person to whom this wonchurches established on sufferance in that derful outline of a bad, unprincipled life rekingdom. Was on the point of marriage ferred. with a wealthy and enthusiastic spinster,
At first, Mr. James Frere made very light when some one recognized him, and warned l of Sir Douglas's information. He utterly
denied that he even understood to whom or locked themselves with helpless pleading, to what his questions referred. But on Sir turning round his strong and strenuous Douglas saying “ Beware what you do! wrist. The pale face slowly floated, as it
the detective who has traced you is now were, underneath his, and looked with at Glenrossie Castle ; -- the gentleman you dreadful appeal into his eyes. have robbed, has probably by this time “You were right,” she murmured, “ that landed in England ; - if you are indeed the night on the hills; but I did not know it person they are seeking, denial is perfectly then I did not feel it then. I have been hopeless ” — his tonę changed; he stood as deceived. But let him go! Oh, let him one transfixed; he trembled from head to go!” foot; and after a faint attempt at bravado, And Alice — impassive Alice — laid her dropped on his knees and besought mercy! white cheek on the panting heart of her
“I have had many excuses, a hard lot to proud soldier-brother and moaned, with the contend with," he stammered out. “ You long low moan of a wounded animal. would not surely give me up to justice, Sir “ Take my horse and begone, wretched Douglas! For God's sake consider! - give man!” at length broke forth from the lips me time — give me means of escape: I will of Sir Douglas. And as James Frere yet surrender all to you — give me a chance for endeavoured to mutter sentences of excuse the future! I have been starved - hunted and explanation, and above all to assure down— persecuted: let me fly - all is here Sir Douglas that he would find "every fracin this very house that belonged to that tion of property correct, including trifles he man; - I never intended to appropriate it! had ventured to present to his kind patronThe things were under my charge — in my ess that morning - the kind patroness cabin.
proceeded to “speed the parting guest" by “ Sir Douglas, Sir Douglas, let me es- the bitter words, “ Don't dirty my name by cape !” continued he, with increasing vehe- setting it between your thieves' teeth, man! mence, as the stern contempt visible on the Get to one of your dog-kennels of hiding, soldier's brow became more and more evi- out of the sight of honest folk. And the dent. “I will repent - reform! Oh God! sooner the gallows is lifted, on which you Consider — your sister - is my WIFE !” can hang, the better for all concerned.
Sir Douglas started, as if he had been That's my dictum !”. shot Alice crept round to him, pale as a “ Ah! whom shall we trust!” groaned corpse.
Sir Douglas, as the sound of the horse's "Let him go, BROTHER !” was all she hoofs violently galloping past Clochnaben said ; but she clung to Sir Douglas's arm, towers, smote on his ear, and his half-sister as if it were the arm of the executioner Alice sank shivering in his tender embraces. raised to strike.
“ Whom shall we trust if that man is a liar, The soft slender hands locked and un-| a hypocrite, and an assassin ! ”
Piety AND PROPERTY. — An eye to real but a comfortable home may be depended on. piety is often found accompanying an eye to Address, including carte, M. P., &c.” real property ; and a regard for Christian char. acter is not seldom united with a sharp look out
Doubtless, preference will be gi to a pretty for cash. Else we should not see so frequently face as well as to a pretty property ; or the appliadvertisements like this :
cant would not be asked to send her carte.
Indeed, we fancy the advertisement should have “ A Christian gentleman wishes to meet with been headed “Matrimonial, and we believe a LADY of decided piety, to keep his house. the “ Chri-tian Gentleman ” would not be found Preference will be given to one having a little particular in the matter of the piety, if the prop. property of her own, as no salary can be given, erty of the lady were placed beyond all doubt.
From the London Review, 2 Mar,
of the weakness of its former nominal head,
it has become united because one of its THE NORTH GERMAN CONFEDERATION. States has acquired a decisive preponder
ance, and has been boldly and skilfully The first session of the North German pushed forward to the front by a statesman Parliament has been opened at Berlin, with equally remarkable for audacity in conceivall due forma and solemnity, by the King of ing great plans, and for skill in conducting Prussia. No one can deny the greatness of them to a successful issue. Still, Count Bisthe occasion; nor is it easy to place an ex- marck could have done nothing had he not aggerated estimate upon the importance of been the representative of a strong national the changes which it signalizes, or of that feeling; or had he sought to impose an orstill more complete development of German ganization upon the country, rather than to unity of which it is in all probability the assist her in gaining one adapted to her starting point. At this time last year Ger- wants and congenial to her wishes. No one many was broken up into petty States, each can approve many of his measures. independent within its own borders, each can regard with satisfaction the tortuous. affording an opening to foreign intrigue, paths through which he has too often pursued each contributing, through the ambition or his way: But he is, after all
, entitled to the the mutual jealousy of their rulers, to the sort of indulgence which we always grant weakness rather than to the strength of the to the founders of empires; and above all to common Fatherland. It is true, that those who build them upon the solid bases amongst the people there was a deep of national desires and of the natural fitness yearning for unity, a strong sense that Ger- of things. If Germany had not desired many had not the position in Europe to unity, the battle of Sadowa might have which her importance entitled her, an inti- added a few provinces to Prussia, but it mate conviction that she had neither the would not have placed her at the head of strength for offence or defence which prop- a North German Confederation. In the erly belonged to her numerous, brave, and fact that he has been able to overcome secpatriotic population. But there appeared tional jealousies, the opposition of the minor little or no prospect of their aspirations sover
vereigns, and the other obstacles which being realized. Their country was bound always impede the reorganization of a great fast in the net which had been woven round country, lies the best justification for the - her by the events of centuries, and which course which Count Bismarck has pursued. the Congress of Vienna had perceptibly The meeting of the North German Parliatightened. Every successive attempt to ment is not only the fruit but the sanction create a nation out of a congeries of petty of his policy. kingdoms and principalities had failed; and It is difficult to read without some slight although most people who thought at all incredulity the assurance of King William, about the matter felt convinced that the that he would have been equally ready to Germans would, sooner or later, work their become a subordinate member of the new way to the desired goal, few would have Confederation as to take and assume its ventured a twelvemonth ago to predict that headship, had circumstances called him to the year 1866 would not pass away before the former instead of the latter position. the foundations had been laid of a new and We do not believe in the readiness of any we trust a powerful German empire. We monarch to consent to a limitation of his need not dwell upon the series of events by independent authority, and it is tolerably which this consummation has been brought well known that there was no great eagerabout. The King of Prussia, in his inaugu- ness for self-sacrifice amongst the princes ral address to the new Parliament, piously whose devotion to the general welfare his refers the result to the direct interposition Majesty is pleased to acknowledge in terms of Providence, which has led Germany to which the real facts of the case impart towards the object desired by her people somewhat of an ironical character.
There through paths which were neither chosen is more truth, and also a more important por foreseen. But although we are ready meaning in the following paragraph of the to believe that his Majesty has been, to a address, in which the King dwells upon great extent, an unconscious instrument in the difficulties that have been encountered the transactions which have made him in obtaining the assent of so many different every inch an emperor, we do not believe Governments to the draft of a Federal Conthat' Count Bi-marck has been equally stitution, and urges this as a reason why the taken by surprise. The truth is, that as new Parliament should not hastily disturb Germany became divided in consequence the arrangements that have been arrived at. There is no doubt that the Constitution, as ter will prevail. In the Federal Parlianow settled, is far from perfect. It is ment itself, Count Bismarck, so far as we drawn up rather on Conservative than on can now venture to anticipate, will have it Liberal lines. It is not intended to give pretty much his own way. The real danger the popular will the free play that many to the scheme lies at a subsequent stage, people wish, and that is to some extent de- when is is submitted to the local Parliaments sirable. It is, in fact, founded rather on of the different States. the idea of consolidating a powerful State If there were no other motive which under the guidance of a strong chief, than should induce the members of these assemof developing the liberties of the people blies to “strain a point ” rather than reject who are subject to it. But we cannot help the constitution, a very strong inducement agreeing with the King, when he remarks, to adopt such a course would be supplied by “that the point of supreme importance at the consideration, that the sooner Northern present is not to neglect the favourable mo- Germany assumes a definite, and something ment for laying the foundations of the like a permament form, the sooner can steps building; its 'more perfect completion can be taken to enter into closer relations with then safely remain intrusted to the subse- the Southern States. Although the King quent combined co-operation of the Ger- uses very guarded language on this point, it man sovereigns and races.” There is an is plain that he or rather Count Bismarck, amount of truth in this which the German has not relinquished the idea of bringing the Liberals, who are discontented with the whole of Germany into one confederation, provisions of the Constitution, would do under the leadership of Prussia. All that well to lay to heart. If the Assembly re- is at present spoken of is the formation of fuses to assent to the draft which it will be the Zollverein, the common promotion of their first duty to consider, or if the landtags trade, and a combined guarantee for the of the different states to which it must in sccurity of German territory. But we can time be submitted should take that course, easily understand that if so much is uttered the whole scheme of a North German Par- a good deal is left unsaid, in deference to liament would be in danger of shipwreck. the susceptibilities of at least one foreign na
Prussia will preserve her ascendancy by tion. And yet, as his Majesty justly obmeans of the treaties which she has extorted serves, there is no legitimate reason why from the smaller States, but there will be no any Power should regard with jealousy the common assembly in which the people are rise of that German Empire - stretching represented, and through the medium of from the Alps to the Baltic – which is the which the nation may eventually attain not inevitable, and probably not the very disonly a more completé union, but a larger tant consummation of recent events. The measure of freedom. The great thing is to direction of the German mind is peaceful. get a Federal assembly representing not There is no wish for the conquest of any the princes, but the people, fairly to work. territory inhabited by foreign races, now It may be imperfectly constituted ; it may that Denmark has been successfully deeven for a time tend rather to the strength- spoiled of Slesvig. The inclination of the ening of authority than the growth of free- people is industrial rather than warlike, dom. But it must furnish an invaluable and their motto is very much like that of our basis of operations, and in the long run it own volunteers, “defence, and not defiance." must be amenable to the liberal feeling and of course, if any other nation still hankers the intelligence of the country. It will be after German soil, and still nourishes any far better to wait awhile for the final crown- desire to acquire so called natural bounding of the edifice than to risk the loss of aries, we can well understand that it may that which has been accomplished by look with disfavour upon a consolidation attempting (as some of the Liberals are and a common organization which will once said to intend) to obtain the adoption of for all defeat the realization of its designs. the Democratic charter of 1848. If they But, in truth, those designs — if they be were successful, the only result would be in- entertained are even now quite hopefinite confusion and an indefinite postpone-less. The North German Confederation ment of the ultimate end they have in ought to be able to defend their own fronview; because, although the assembly might tiers against all comers, and even if they vote, it could not establish such a constitu- are not, it is certain that at the first cannon tion without the consent of the several Gov- shot that was fired on the Rhine, their felernments, and this would certainly not be low-countrymen south of the Maine would given. There is, however, no reason to ex- rush to their assistance. Still it is desirable pect that counsels of so extreme a charac-| for many reasons, both of internal organiza