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From Chambers' Journal.. certain. Day after day passed, and no tidTHE LOST ENVOY.
ings of him arrived. It was concluded that On the afternoon of Saturday, the 25th of he had taken a circuitous route, and travNovember 1809, two travellers, accompanied velled incognito to avoid falling into the by a servant, arrived at the post-house of hands of the French. Weeks, however, Perleberg, in Upper Saxony, en route from elapsed, and we still heard nothing of the Berlin to Hamburg, and immediatley ordered missing one. The agonising suspense of his horses. They travelled with Prussian pass- wife and relations it would be difficult to ports, but under fictitious names. Of the describe. I perfectly well remember that elder of the two, little, unfortunately, is every knock at the street-door caused the known ; but that little is so full of sinister liveliest emotions arising from the hope that significance, that I am persuaded I am doing it might be our much-loved brother. At him no injustice in branding him as an agent length, one evening in December, my father of the French police. He will be known to received an express from Lord Wellesley, us throughout this paper as the Merchant requesting his immediate attendance at Kriger. His companion was an Englishman Apsley House, his lordship having something of the name of Bathurst a son of the then of importance to communicate. Bishop of Norwich, returning from a secret father's return, we were all alarmed at his diplomatic mission to the court of Vienna. pale and dejected aspect. He informed us Mr. Bathurst seemed to be laboring under that government had received intelligence of some terrible apprehensions. Throughout the sudden and mysterious disappeararce of the journey, all his actions had been marked
my brother at, Perleberg, a small town on by an air of indecision, which to the several the route from Vienna, where he had stopped post-masters seemed unaccountable.
At for rest and refreshment." Perleberg, the horses which he had ordered
A reward of £1000 was immediately offered on his arrival were countermanded before by the British government, and another of they were harnessed. Not feeling himself equal amount by the relatives of the missing safe, as he said, in the post-house, he went,
authentic information as to his about five o'clock in the afternoon, to Cap- fate; and his wife prepared in person to set tain Klitzing, the Prussian governor of the out in search of him, as soon -as the Baltic town, and begged for a safeguard, which at ports should be free from ice. In the spring seven in the evening he dismissed. During of 1810, accordingly, she proceeded to Stocksome hours, he was engaged at his desk in a holm, whence, under the protection of Swedsmall room of the house, and was seen to ish passports, she entered Prussia through burn a number of papers which he took Pomerania, and reached Berlin in safety. At from his portfolio. On another occasion he Berlin she found, to her astonishment, a safewas observed in the kitchen standing before conduct awaiting her from the emperor Nathe fire, playing with his watch, and counting poleon, and, armed with it, she at once prohis money in the presence of a crowd of ceeded to Perleberg. I entreat the reader postillions, hostlers, and tapsters. At length, to bear this circumstance in mind, as I shall about nine o'clock in the evening, the horses have occasion to refer to it in the sequel. were again ordered to be in readiness ; but
At Perleberg, Mrs. Bathurst's inquiries when the post-master went to announce the were met by statements so conflicting as to packing of the carriage, Mr. Bathurst had impede rather than to facilitate her search. disappeared. From that hour to this, his whether her husband was dead or was still fate has remained shrouded in impenetrable alive ; whether, if dead, he had fallen by his mystery.
own hand, or had perished beneath the knife In England, in the meantime, his return of some ruffian marauder or political assashad been anxiously expected by the cabinet sin ; and whether, if alive, he had been the
; and his relations. “We knew,” says his victim of violent abduction, or had volunsister," the dangers to which he was exposed tarily absconded, were questions which she on his journey, surrounded as he was by found herself wable to solve, and which no enemies on all sides ; while the impossibility
* Vemoirs and Correspondence of Dr. II. of any intelligence being received of him by Bathurst, Lord Bishop of Norwieh. By his Daughleiter rendered us doubly anxious and un- | ter. London. 1853.
astuteness has yet been found equal to free peachment. Krüger and the servant of the from obscurity and confusion. It appeared lost envoy succeeded in evading their guards; hat, immediately on Mr. Bathurst's disap- and the first intimation which the Perleberg pearance, his servant had waited on the gov- authorities received of the former's whereaernor, and apprised him of the circumstance. bout was when, nearly three weeks after Mr. Klitzing, who was preparing for a ball which Bathurst's disappearance, the burgomaster was to be held that evening in the Crown saw in a Berlin paper a notification that an Hotel, immediately sent for the civic authori- unknown person, calling himself the merties, and desired them to make all possible chant Krüger, had arrived in that city from inquiries into the case. No lack of zeal can Perleberg. Immediate inquiries were made be charged against these gentlemen. They respecting him, of the police of the capital ; at once arrested Krüger and the servant, and an exhibition of official zeal for which the placed them under the guard of a troop of police minister expressed his thanks, at the cuirassiers. They took possession of all Mr. same time courteously assuring his corresBathurst's property, with the exception of a pondents that it was unnecessary for them to ich fur-cloak which was missing. They sent trouble themselves further in the matter, scouts into the town and into the neighbor- that “all was right," and that the pretended ing country; but when on Sunday morning merchant Kruger was the companion of the they waited on the governor, it was found missing envoy. Of the unfortunate man's that all their researches had been in vain. servant, no trace could be discovered; but it Not a trace of the missing man had been transpired that Mr. Bathurst had been discovered.
warned by a friend in Berlin to beware of And now it was that the first suspicious his attendant, and that his suspicions of circumstance connected with the conduct of treachery had been strengthened by finding Klitzing occurred. After charging the mag- in the man's possession a bill for £.500, of istrates to prosecute their inquiries, with the which he could give no good account. utmost ardor, and especially to do their best The Perleberg authorities were now comto probe the mystery of the missing cloak, pletely at fault. Every document which he announced his intention of going into the might have served to aid their councils was country for a few hours. But his return was studiously withheld from them by the goverdeferred till Monday evening, when he ex- nor. Suddenly, however, it was announced plained his lengthened absence by saying that a certain hostler of the name of that he had been at Berlin for the purpose Schmidt, who had been in the kitchen of the of obtaining instructions. In the interim, post-house when Mr. Bathurst so impruthe magistrates had been indefatigable. It dently exhibited his purse and watch, had was necessary to obtain a clue to the identifi- absconded, and that the missing cloak had cation of the abstracted cloak, which none of been found in the possession of his family. them had seen, and for this purpose Mr. Schmidt himself was never afterwards heard Bathurst's servant was sent for. His deposi- of; but his wife and son, both of whom were tion was taken down in writing, and, on the persons of notoriously bad character, were governor's return was laid before him. brought before the magistrates, and, after a Klitzing's character had always stood high; rigid examination, which elicited nothing, but his behavior on this occasion looks sus- beyond a bare suspicion, to implicate either piciously like an attempt to stifle all inquiries of them in the murder or abduction of the that might lead to unpleasant disclosures unfortunate traveller, were each sentenced to affecting his government or its task-masters, eight weeks' imprisonment for concealment the French police. He threw the servant's of the stolen property. deposition into the fire; he stormed at the But the doom of the vanished man remagistrates, accused them of arbitrary prac- mained as mysterious as ever.
A reward of tices and of investing the case with an un- ten thalers had, at the instigation of Klitzdue importance, and threatened to report ing, been offered to any one who should their conduct to the authorities in Berlin. bring him to the magistracy either dead or A feud, which lasted for many weeks, and alive. The river Steppenitz was drained of effectually prevented a proper sifting of the its waters during two days, while search was whole affair, was the consequence of this im- I made along its bed; every barn, hedge,
ditch, and wood, for miles around the town, trates, underwent a rigorous examination ; was ransacked for many days with hounds, the fir-wood was more thoroughly sticks, nets, and other instruments, but with-searched, and the surrounding country out success. The town itself, and the gardens scoured for miles; but no further trace of the which surround it, were similarly rummaged. missing man could be discovered. The woThe disreputable resorts frequented by the men were liberated and rewarded; the peasyounger Schmidt, every cellar and loft at- ants were presented with ten quarts of brantached to the taverns wherein it could be dy, and a cask of beer; and Captain Klitzascertained he had been drinking or dancing, ing and the magistrates of Perleberg sat the post-house, and the cellar of the town- down to report to their superiors in Berlin at hall, which was used as a taproom, were once their discovery and their despair. especially scrutinised ; but all research was Such was the intelligence which awaited fruitless. The magistrates were in despair, the arrival of Mrs. Bathurst at Perleberg, and reluctantly resolved to abandon the and which she communicated to her friends search, when, precisely six weeks after the in England. The impression which it left envoy's disappearance, his pantaloons were upon her own mind, and the universal imfound, perforated by two shot-holes, on the pression of the public mind at home, was, border of a fir-wood near the town.
that her husband had been forcibly abducted They were discovered by a woman of the by the agents of the French government, name of Weide, who, in company with the who then swarmed in every city and town of wife of a shoemaker, had gone to the forest the continent; and that Klitzing, Kruger, for the ostensible purpose of gathering brush- and the servant of the luckless envoy, had wood. They were found stretched at length been accessories to the deed. That Napoupon the ground, and turned inside out; but, leon was not troubled with any over-scrupualthough saturated with the rain which had losity in such matters, when state purposes fallen in torrents during many weeks, a few could be subserved by the seizure of imporlines, in the handwriting of the missing man, tant papers, is well known ;- but, in justice to. which were discovered, scribbled on a scrap Klitzing, it can only be supposed that he conof paper, in one of the pockets, were still sented to take part in the dark transaction easily decipherable. But, as the pantaloons under the debasing influence of the terror could not have been exposed to such a del-inspired and universally felt throughout uge for many hours, without the waters oblit- Prussia by the French occupation. Two inerating the writing, and reducing the paper cidents, to one of which I have already reitself to pulp, the conclusion is a fair one ferred, deepened the impression created by that they had been thus ostentatiously laid the Perleberg revelation into something apout for the purpose of strengthening the im- proaching to conviction. When on the eve pression that their wearer had been mur- of starting for the continent, Mrs. Bathurst dered and stripped by the hostler Schmidt. had written to the French emperor for passThe note in the missing man's handwriting ports to guarantee her unmolested freedom was addressed to his wife, and was safely con- in prosecuting her travels and inquiries. veyed to her. It had evidently been written Fearing his refusal, she had set out, as we in great haste, and in terrible perturbation. have seen, by way of Sweden, her change of It set forth the dangers to which the writer purpose being kept a profound secret from was exposed from his enemies; expressed all save her immediate relations and the great fears that he should never reach Eng- British cabinet. Napoleon, however, had reland, and inveighed bitterly against the Rus-ceived-probably from D’Entraigues—such sians and the Count d'Entraigues ;* by whom accurate intelligence of her intended morehe said, his ruin had been brought about. ments, that, as I have already stated, she Weide and the shoemaker's wife, on their found, on her arrival in Berlin, passports, discovery being communicated to the magis- under his own hand, awaiting her at the * A French spy, then resident in London. A
French ambassador's. The other incident few months after Mr. Bathurst's disappearance, D' indicates still more clearly the agency emEntraigues was assassinated by his Italian servant, ployed in perpetrating the crime, and the end at the instigation, as is supposed, of the French government, some of whose secrets the count had to which the victim came. While the search betrayed, or imprudently permitted to escape him. I after Mr. Bathurst was still lot, the governor
of Magdeburg, distant about fifty miles from the murder of the missing man. That the Perleberg, assured a lady one night in the younger Schmidt had been much in contact ball-room that the English ambassador was with Mr. Bathurst throughout the afternoon confined in the neighboring fortress. Hear of the 25th of November, is beyond a doubt; ing of the fact during her continental explor- and, if we could rely upon its authenticity, a ations, the agonized wife repaired to Magde- story told by a lady, now the wife of a phyburg, waited upon the governor, and im- sician at Perleberg, but who was, at the time plored him to tell her the truth. He at once of Mr. Bathurst's disappearance connected admitted having made the statement referred with the household in which Captain Klitzing to, but assured Mrs. Bathurst, that he had lodged, would go far to fix the crime upon made it by mistake, and that the prisoner in the fugitive hostler and his profligate son. question was one Louis Fritz, a spy of Mr. About five o'clock in the afternoon of the day Canning's. Mrs. Bathurst begged earnestly of the disappearance, a stranger, whom the to see the man; but Fritz, she was told, had girl understood afterwards to be Mr. Bathurst been sent some time before into Spain. On called at the house, and requested to see the inquiring at the Foreign Office after her re- governor. The reader is already aware that turn to England, Mrs. Bathurst found that this was for the purpose of soliciting a safeno such person as Fritz had ever been em- guard at the post-house. Mr. Bathurst was ployed by the British government. The pro- evidently laboring under great mental agitabability is, therefore, great, that Mr. Bathurst tion, and, whether from cold or fear, shivered perished, a victim to the odious policy of Na- from head to foot. At the request of Klitzpoleon, in the fortress of Magdeburg. ing, the girl made the visitor some tea, which
It cannot be denied, however, that this hy- revived him greatly. While drinking it, he pothesis does not wholly harmonize with cir- spoke wildly of the dangers which had threatcumstances which, whether true or false, ened him along the whole route from Vienna were at least at the time very generally re- and said that he must be quickly off if he ported. It is certain that in one of his last would reach the coast in safety. After pressletters to his wife, Mr. Bathurst had ex- ing upon the girl some money, which, howpressed his intention of returning to Col.ever, she refused, the stranger took his leave; berg and Stockholm ; and a story is still told but upon going to the window to look after by the peasantry of Schwerin, how, at a late him, she was surprised to see him walking hour on that fatal night, a stranger called at rapidly in a direction quite opposite to that the house of a consul in the neighborhood of which led to the post-house. Shortly afterWismar on the coast of Mecklenburg, and re- wards, the younger Schmidt called in quest quested an interview with him. The
man, of him, and on being informed of the route however, being absent, the servant asked he had taken, followed fast upon his footwhat name she should mention. The answer steps. In a few hours afterwards, the town given in German, with a foreign accent, was: was in a commotion at the stranger's disap“ Never mind that;" but she was desired to pearance. Such was the story told by the say that
an English gentleman wished to see Perleberg physician's wife to the sister of her master at the post-house at an early Mrs. Bathurst in 1852 ; but “she spoke," as hour on the following morning. When the that lady remarked, “in so hurried and exconsul called as directed, however, he found cited a manner, that it appeared like a tale that his midnight visitor had departed, leav- told by rote, and made up according to direcing no message.
In the course of the day, tions at the time.” It is further to be obthe wrecks of two boats which had foun- served that if the lady meant to imply that dered at sea, were washed ashore; and in Mr. Bathurst was overtaken at this time, and one of these, it is supposed, the stranger had immediately hustled away by Schmidt, the embarked. But if this stranger were indeed story is inconsistent with the fact of the forMr. Bathurst, how are we to account for the mer having at nine o'clock in the evening orsubsequent discovery of his trousers in the dered his carriage to be in readiness and his neighborhood of Perleberg ?
bill at the post-house to be made out. The.only other hypothesis which seems to The fact, moreover, is, that Auguste Schmidt demand examination, is that which ascribes was, about six months after Mr. Bathurst's to the hostler Schmidt and his son Auguste disappearance, actually arrested at the in
stance of his family, and tried for the mur- in conjunction with Schmidt, who had lured der ; but the case completely broke down. Mr. Bathurst to the house, committed the Another attempt to bring the crime home to murder. The body, she added, had been him was made through the instrumentality carried to a distant part of the coast, and of an abandoned woman, of the name of buried in the sand, upon which all traces of Hacker, whose house was much frequented disturbance must have been speedily obliterby Schmidt, and lay the direction said to ated. But the woman afterwards confessed have been pursued by the missing man after that the story had been a pure fabrication, leaving Klitzing. Hacker stated that at the and that she was utterly ignorant of the fate time of the occurrence, a party of French which had befallen the Lost Envoy. soldiers was billeted upon her, and that they
CRIMEAN TOMB8.*_Under the ambiguous is given). A woman or a priest here and there, title of “The Last of the Brave,” two gallant a few Sardinians, Mr. Stowe, the administrator officers have performed the reverent and accep- of the Times Fund, vary at rare intervals the table service of giving, in the form both of pic-records of officers, soldiers, and seamen. One torial representation and of verbal transcript, a of the most touching mottoes in its simplicity, complete register of all the tombs and grave- and doubtless in its truth, is “She hath done yards of our perished soldiers of the Crimean what she could” to the grave of “Sopbia Walcampaign. The list includes the privates of the ford, Matron, Barrack Hospital, Scutari.” Army and seamen of the Naval Brigade no less From the verse-mottoes the following may be than the field-Marshal Commander-in-Chief; selected as among the more characteristic. and is faithful even to tho humble devices on the tombs, and the mistakes in spelling.
Though boisterous winds, and Neptune's Soldierlike, the compilers have done their waves,
Have tossed us to and fro, work, and say little of the manner in which it was done; the volume consisting wholly of a copy
In spite of both, by God's decree,
We harbor here below: of the inscriptions, lithographic views of the
And at an anchor here we ride, cemeteries, a few hearty words of introduction, and some statistical details of the strength of
With many of the fleet, the British Army, the numbers killed, and the
In hopes again for to set sail,
Our Redeemer Christ to meet." like. We are left to infer that Captains Colborne and Brine themselves sketched the places
(To Quartermaster Burrell, of the Leander.) and copied the inscriptions; and that the illus-Plant, plant wild flowers around their bed, trations, carefully lithographed, have been •exe- Your brothers numbering with the dead; cuted from original designs so supplied—if not A sacred duty 'tis you owe possibly from photographs. The most common To all mankind—to friend, to foe. material of the tombs is the ordinary stone of Gather, gather from yon dell, the country, dazzlingly white, and durable
The snowdrops, crocus, and blue-bell: though soft: the masons were mostly the Royal Unsparing strew them o’er each grave; Engineers.
The dead but marks the truly brave." The inscriptions are generally of the simplest (To Men of the Land Transport Corps.) kind; sometimes no more than the name, and “Here lies an old soldier whom all must apdate of death; often with such additions as
plaud : “Died from his wounds received at the Redan,”
He fought many battles both at home and or "Erected by his Comrades, as a token of
abroad; their esteem.” Lord Raglan's monument itself
But the fiercest engagement he ever was in carries this simplicity to the extremest point
Was the battle of self in the conquest of sin.” being merely a flat tombstone, inscribed “ To
(To a Private of Marines.) the Memory of Field-Marshal Lord Raglan,' G.C.B., Commander-in-chief of the British “Unis pour la victoire, Army in the Crimea; died 28th June 1855.”
Du soldat c'est la gloire : Several, including General Cathcart's, havo
Réunis par la mort, Russian inscriptions (of which no interpretation
Des braves c'est le sort."
(At the Malakoff.) The Last of the Brave; or the resting-places of our Fallen Heroes in the Crimea and at Scu
In artistic decoration, we find nothing more tari
. By Captains the Honorable John Colborne, elaborate than a cross, an obelisk, or a broken 60th Royal Rifles, late 77th Regiment, and Fred” column. erick Brine, Royal Engineers. Published by The Statistics show a total of 2755 killed in Ackermann and Co.
the Army, and 124 in the Naval Brigade.