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and though he confessed truly, that the means, windows, he looked into the apartment, and be had chosen were very blameable, still he beheld Signor Bertolini alone, and evidently secretiy wished they had attained the end in grief. The next moment be was in the proposed.
room. Bertolini raised his bead; tears were A long and interesting conversation ensued; }
coursing down bis venerable cheeks. Solerno had heard with all the tumults of love, “Alas! my son !" he exclaimed, “ I weep for that he was dear to Julie, and the struggle | you! My daughter, Aldongabetween the joy tbat idea promised, and grati. He broke off, and putting an open letter tude to bis benefactor, robbed him for a while into the hand of Solerno, covered his face of all self.command.
with his clasped hands. The letter was from “ She loves me then, Francois, and yet I the Marchioness, and ran as follows:must fly from her! Oh! bitter destiny! I “Let not my father refuse me bis for. must sacrifice my happiness to preserve the giveness and bis blessing, when I startle him fame of a worthless woman! but her father with the intelligence that I am married. is my benefactor, and the knowledge of his This morning bestowed my band upon the cbild's dishonour would carry death to his most faithful, most devoted, most grateful of heart-Down, down then, ye fond and per- men, the Count Amalfi. I will not enter into suasive thoughts ! I must be the victim."
the reasons which has alienated my heart from Solerno covered his face with his hands to
your cold-tempered protegée; suffice it that bide bis emotion, while Francois sighed
bis appearance and manner last night finished audibly, and lamented afresh the mischauce
that alienation; and fearful of being exposed of bis billet. A glauce from Solerno's mild but 'l to persecution had I first declared my present speaking, eye, reproved his inconsistency. purpose, I have used the right I possess of Some hours past in this mournful interview,
disposing of my hand in second nuptials, to and at length Solerno departed, strictly one more deserving than this icy, gloomy Marcharging his friend to abandon all views of l quis Soleruo. Pardon me, my father! para further deception, and advising him either to don and receive me when I return from Ronje, withdraw privately from Venice to avoid the to which place I go with my husband, until wrath of Aldonga, or take measures to pre-l your present guest has returned to Naples. I vent a fulure meeting.
wish him health, happiness, and a wife more Sad visions alone, floated tbrough the mind suited to his melancholy temperament than is of Solerno as he rode back to Venice; but
ALDONGA DI AMALFI." even through the deep gloom of the ascetic
In a transport of joy too animated for conlife wbich lay before him, a' soft light stole I cealment, Solerno threw himself at his pa. upon his soul, whispering to him that he was trou's feet, and again youth, delight, ardour, beloved, and therefore would be regretted and beauty beamed from his fine face. How sadly did he contemplate the new ho
“Weep not for me, dear Sir; rejoice nours, the new wealth with which his success for me, blame me, reproach me, if you will; at Naples had invested him! These blessings
il but my heart, like Aldonga's had found a could now add bothing to his enjoyment: dearer object. I am free now, without ingra. in ay humble cell, with no other occupation,
titude to you, or infidelity to her, I may deno other duty than prayer, what would all the
vote my life to Julie St. Hypolite. Awalki is world's distinction be to him! Tbus pain.
a brave man; rank, fortune, diguities, all that fully occupied, he entered the court-yard of surrounds him is beyond what I could offer. the Bertolini palace. Proceeding with a lan Still, still I am your son, my benefactor.guid step along the marble gallery which ran Your son in heart, in duty, in love." round a beautiful wing of the building, bis Agitated to disorder, scarcely conscious ear was assailed by the sound of several deep wbether he did not dream, Soleruo again sighs; he stopped, and pulling aside the inter- embraced bis patron's knees, conjuring him woven branches of myrtle and jessamine, || to say he pardoned his daughter, and still which formed a natural lalice before the open esteemed him.
Bertolini was for some time unable to reply; 11 obliged to the fury of mortified vanity! Every astonishment, doubt, and perplexity, took | thing has arranged itself to a marvel: you from bim the power of judgment; and it was | are free; she is honourably put out of the way; not till Solerno bad repeatedly pressed for an Signor Bertolini may still dream that he has a answer that he was able to give bim one. At virtuous daughter; I will be silent, for all length be acquired composure enough to sakes; she, for her own: and so now Solerno, assure him of his unchanged affection ; and what is to prevent us from setting off for Rousto confess, that now the first shock was over, sillon?”—Nothing could, nothing did prevent and since Soleroo would have ratified the mar. them: in a few hours they were again in the riage contract with unwillingness, he could
Bertolini palace, where it was agreed they not but rejoice that his daughter had accept
Il should devote the remainder of that day to ed the hand of Count Amalfi.
the yet agitated father, and on the morrow All eagerness to impart the unexpected ll commence their journey. tidings to his friend, and to arrange for an ||
St. Hypolite had too much good sense, and immediate departure with him from the Vene
too little romance to wish for a complete surtian territories, Solerno hasteaed away from
prize at the Chateau: the sensibilities of bis Bertolini, and swiftly retraced his steps to the
mother, as well as those of Julie were not to Casino. He found St. Hypolite already
be played upon, for the sake of displaying beinformed of ibe event. A letter had just
fore his friend all the power he had over been brought to him which contained only)
thom: he therefore took advantage of a pri
vate conversation between the Marquis and his these words :
patron, and retired to write a brief account of “Ere I quit Venice with the distinguished
his adventures and their consequences, to Ma. Dobleman to whom I have just bestowed my band, I cannot refrain from advising you never
dame St. Hypolite. again to believe that either your person or may
Unconscious of his daughter's intimate inDers can charm a woman of honour out of her
tercourse with the young Frenchman, and led principles. I have had much amusement with
to consider his assumption of the married chayour vanity and credulity; have laughed over
racter, as a convenient shelter from the attacks them with the man I really loved; and leave ll of desiguing women, Signor Bertolini received you now properly punished by mortification, and parted from him as a friend. Solerno's for your despicable attempt on my heart. It description of his amiable family, and lively was impossible to resist the charming enter- Il portrait of the fair creature to whom he was · tainment of making you a dupe; so if you ll now going to offer bis hand, added an inteshould drown yourself in despair, I really cau ll rest to Bertolini's former good opinion, and be not help it. My letters were chef d'auvres of felt therefore no difficulty in promising So. mock-passion, and Count Amalfi's sword will lerno bis society at Naples, whenever Ma. always be ready to disprove any base attempt || demoiselle St. Hypolite should enable the of your cheated vanity to make them appear || latter to return there as an happy bride. otherwise.
groom. ALDONGA AMALFI.”
Ere Solerno departed, he renewed his ex. Neither the sarcastic bitterness of this l hortations to his benefactor to receive bis billet, nor the threat held out at its termina ll daughter with affection. “The Count Amalfi's tion, could diminish the gratification which character,” he said, “ never yet bad any stain acerued to Francois from its contents. It was but the reproach of being too inucb enslaved evident that Aldonga had found bis letter to | by that charming sex which is formed to rule ; Solerno, and piqued with the discovery of his l he has long loved Aldonga, and she has charms being uumarried, sbe had relied for revenge enough to make him content.” Solerno upon this prompt disposal of her hand to ceased, but he pursued the subject in his own another." After all then," exclaimed the gay ll mind, and thought that perhaps this uniou Bt. Hypolite, “ my stratagem has succeeded with a man who was at once the most pas. even in its failure : how superlatively am Illsionate lover, and the most determined spirit,
might fix the young Countess at last in bo. Il figure was thrown along the moss at ber feet' pour and duty.
her white and clasped hands resting on her Soothed by this benevolent idea, he parted mother's knee, while ber angelic eyes raised affectionately from Count Bertolini, and, ac to those of Madame, by turns turned glowing companied by Francois, left the Venetian ter- ll away, or remained fixed and sparkling, as the ritory. Their journey was rapid and fortu conversation absorbed or transported ber. nate ; and ere they reached that province of Never had she looked so beautiful, so interestFrance which now bounded all their views, ling. Solerno gazed enamoured; his heart Solerno's face and figure had lost every trace sprung to her, but his trembling limbs refused of former suffering. The soft and balmy airs | to bear bim forward : filial love, however, of spring were lightly moving the first green | gives wings to the feet as well as heart;
leaves of the accacias, while the almond Francois broke from the slackening grasp of · grounds blushed like ibe cheek of beauty,waft || bis friend, and rushing towards them, was the
ed odours of Paradise, when the tavellers came next moment in the arms of his mother, Julie in sight of the Chateau.
started from the ground, beheld Solerno, tot“Ab! my dear home!" exclaimed Francois, | tered, sunk, and was caught upon that busom his heart looking through his eyes. Solerno | where she would willingly have dwelt for ever. did not speak; but his heart beat with an Her lover dared not yet believe himself acceptalmost audible throb, and the faithful colours ed. He supported her on his breast with of his complexion spoke all the variety and trembling respect, but his fond lips ventured ardour of bis feelings.
not to press even the silken ringlets of her The carriage in which they were, was just bair. Madame St. Hypolite quitting Francois entering a side road that wound round the approached Solerno:—"My son!” she exclaimwilderness ; voices were heard there.
ed, « my son!" and with a shower of tears " Let us alight,” said Solerno; and the || she wet the respectful embrace he proffered. next moment, followed by Francois, be leaped ij Julie was now banging on the arm of her over the outer hedge, and made his way || brother: Madame looked fondly at her, then through a thicket of lilacs and eglantine to with extreme emotion upon Solerno: she joinwards the spot whence the voices proceeded. ed their hands :-“ Happy, happy be this Jo a little green recess, which nature had | union!” she exclaimed ; " blessed b
union!” she exclaimed; “ blessed be the hour formed out of the bank, and shadowed with which shall give me another son in the son of the most beautiful of the oderiferous shrubs, 1 him I once loved, and never can remember sat Julie and her mother. Solerno held back without regret." Tears again broke from ber the eager Francois, and receding behind the eyes, but a joyful smile irradiated them. boughs of an old chesnut, which intercepted Solcrvo now clasped the blushing Julie to his the full prospect, paused to gaze on the lovely
breast with all a lover's ardour, and as a softly vision, and to fortify his heart against its cx- | murmured assent replied to his whispered cess of joy. Madame St. Hypolite sat in the vows, Francois whimsically swore they had put recess, ber pensive features vow hid and now | him in love with Love, and that before next revealed by the wavering of the feathery | spring, he would bestow on Madame another branckes which hung from the bank; the letter | daughter. of Francois was in her band. Julie's graceful II
ANECDOTES COLLECTED FROM THE PRIVATE LIFE OF PETER
, THE GREAT, EMPEROR OF RUSSIA.
(Continued from Page 37.) DEATH OF PETER THE GREAT. extraordinary personage. A too frequent use
PETER died, as he had lived, a great man! of strong liquors bad occasioned a violent pain Every circumstance of his malady, and the in the neck of the bladder; and be could not cause of his death could only appertain to an || bring himself to disclose the nature of his dis. order. This conqueror, this intrepid warrior, , nary methods, which might have succeeded in who had so often confronted death at the head the commencement: bulan infammation hayof bis armies, could not conquer a false de- ling taken place, their cares were insufficient; licacy; it cost him his life. It is certain that the evil was irremediable. bad be discovered his malady from the begin- || After undergoing some operations, he was ping, he might have lived thirty years looger; in a fair way of recovery, but his cure was not he was of a strong constitution, and this dis- | yet established he became impatient: this order, in its commencement, was a thing of no active being had not learnt to endure sickness, consequence.
and he suffered from his confinement, as much This childish timidity, this species of inno as from his disorder: he went to visit the cence and modesty,* is certainly one of the works of the canal at Ladoga; a great underproperties of genius; and it is a principle at- taking, conducted and directed by the Count tached to great men to wish to conceal their of Munich; from thence be went to view the weakness from the world; but which too armories, the salt works, and forges; all those oftea gives us cause of sorrow, as in the pre- establishments created by bimself, the fruits sent instance, for the fatal consequences which l of his genius, and the information he had gainmay ensue.
ed by his travels. It was at the latter part of Thirty years longer of life, from the energy the year, in the month of October, already given by Peter to the nation, would have ren- || very severe in the climate of Russia, he went dered it much more strong and complete: he by water, his favourite way of travelling, the saw, under his reign, that revolution which cold seized him, and he felt it. The physician he had prepared, almost entirely accomplish- | advised him to return immediately to Peterséd. What good did he not perform for Russia? | burgh; he was not yet ill, but he expected to What long rooted abuses did he not destroy? become so. An honourable cause, worthy of What wonderful establishments did he not || bis great soul, the cause of humanity, caused, make ? la a painful disorder, be took, like a I his relapse. timid child, in a private manner, and as if by He returned by the Achta; he saw a boat stealth, the medicines of an empiric, brought overset, and the sailors in danger of perishing, him by one of his valets, and who, according | were struggling against the waves : he sent to the state he was in, promised to cure him! | some of his crew 10 their assistance; they He continued these remedies, and the disorder were unsuccessful, not being quick enough. increased: vanquished, at last, by extreme Peter followed all their movements with his pain, he had recourse to physicians. Doctors | eye; bis generous heart beat for the wretcbed, Blomeustrof and Bredlow, made use of ordi helpless beings; he could restrain himself no
longer; he ordered his yatcbt to advance, he • He was modest, in two senscs; and mo il plunged into the water, and hastened to sucdesty and simplicity were, at that time, the cour the unfortunate! bis strength and his accompaniments of great minds. I knew only I lofty stature rendered bim fit for an enterprise the Marechal Villars, who was an exception of this kind; he saved, and dragged all these to this rule. After a long succession of mili- sailors out of the water! But he felt the cold tary glory and brilliant actions, he might have land damp had decply penetrated his body, aspired to the title of a great man, if he had though he was free from pain. When he arnot sounded his owa praises ; ever boasting, rived at Petersburgh he had a fatal relapse, be spoke of only his own merits and services, Ha gangrene had taken place in the part affectand had all the vanity of a man risen from no- ed, and he died at the age of fifty-three years, thing.
VOYAGES AND TRAVELS IN SARDINIA, SICILY, MALTA, &c. IN 1811.
BY JOHN GALT.
HAVING staid a few days at Girgenti, I || which one is apt to conceive from the descripproceeded across the mountains to Palermo tions of Brydon. It stands at the junction of in a letica, the only kind of carriage suitable several valleys, and the surrounding moun. to the country roads of Sicily. It is in the tains are finely pictaresque ; the sea also adds form of a coach, and carried between two males to the charms of the view. The surface is in the style of a sedan chair.
frequently enlivened by numerous vessels avd The country between Girgenti and Palermo | fishing-bonts, scattered over it to the utmost is what a painter would probably call, very l range of the sight. beautiful, and a young lady, romantic. It is, All the descriptions that I bave seen of tbe however, really often savage, seldom pleasant, ll capital of Sicily are rather defective than inand altogether such as only necessity should correct. Only the finest things are brought lead me to pass again. But in many places | into the picture; the great masses of mean one cannot avoid observing the liberality of and slovenly objects, which every where offeud nature to Sicily. The soil here and there, I the eye in the original, are excluded by the where the torrents from the mountains bad l prejudices of the taste of travellers. Palerme, worn out channels, appeared to be not less | ootwithstanding the number and architectural than twenty or thirty feet in depth. The magnificence of its palaces and churches, has fields, from which the harvest had just been an air of tawdry want, such as cannot be disremoved, bore scarcely any traces of tillage. || tinctly described. Poverty seems really to The Sicilian husbandry utensils are still in all be the ordinary condition of the people from rude state; the native fertility of the land is the top to the bottom. The ground stories of never properly excited ; and the thinness of the noble edifices in the Via Toledo, as well as the stubble on the fields sbewed ibat the pro || in the other great streets, would never have duce had been scanty.
been converted into shops and coffee-bouses, In the village where I rested for the night could the Princes and Dukes abuve-stairs have my guard procured me a miserable lodging in i easily done otherwise. a little wine sbop, but more comfortable, as it is the custom here for tradesmen of all he assured me, than I should have found at sorts to carry on their respective employments the ion, where the mules and letica were in the open air. The number, in particular, stabled.
of shoemakers and tailors at work in the Via Soon after leaving this village, we entered Toledo is inconceivable. Indeed the crowd of the great rond to Palermo. I was equally persons in the streets is much beyond any thing pleased and surprised at the number of well. that I have elsewhere seen; certainly much dressed peasants whom I met returning from greater than in London. But, considering the market, and the prosperous appearance l) the extent of the city, only four miles within of the country. The vineyards in many places the circumference of the walls, it is impossible were in excellent order; the inclosures, though to be believed that the population is so great formed of that cumbrous shrub the prickly as the Sicilians allege. They talk of three pear, were decently enough kept; and neatbundred thousand inhabitants; a number, little country houses were interspersed among notwithstanding that the people swelter by the fields.
dozens together in very small apartments, not After leaving the mountains, and coming to be credited. The population of Palermo dowy upon the level between them and the may be equal to that of Dublin. sea, the approach to Palermo is uncommonly 1 It appears to me, that it is not only the delightful. The city, crowned with numerous practice of the Sicilian tradesmen to work in domes, appears scarcely inferior to the idea the streets, but that particular streets in Pa.