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NOVELS FREELY TRANSLATED FROM THE DANISH
BY JOHN LANE, D.C.L.
Ν ο. Ι. - Τ Η Ε
Ludwig and Sigfrid were fellow-students at a looked another way, hazarded a word or two university in the south of Germany. The with Mathilda ; and as neither she nor they former, nobly born and wealthy, devoted him- wanted wit and information, they very soon self to the mathematical sciences, the better to formed a personal acquaintance. qualify himself for the army : the latter, who Ere long (how could it be otherwise ?) the two was humbler in birth and in fortune, gave his friends fell deeply in love. Their former anxiety whole attention to the fine arts. Though their of being always together changed into a dread of pursuits were thus widely different, they were meeting : they avoided each other as much as posboth alıke in amiability of temper, and soon be- sible; and when they chanced to come together, came intimate friends. The seriousness and they spoke of Mathilda with feigned indifference. steadiness of Ludwig softened down the more Each walked alone to enjoy his thoughts undismercurial spirits of Sigfrid; while the latter, by turbed, and by a sort of tacit agreement
, they his volatile cheerfulness, conjured away, as it always called on Treumann at different hours of were, his companion's soberness. The more the day: still, though their rivalry prevented they associated, the stronger became the links their being intimate, their hearts yearned for whích bound them in friendship, until an un- friendship, and each selected a student as his happy mischance broke the chain asunder. constant companion and adviser. Alas! these
As the two friends had both come to the uni- new counsellors were among the most roisterversity from the splendid metropolis of northern ing bullies of the whole university. They both Germany, they found all in the little town dull felt that the love of one only could be returned and wearisome, even despite the great beauties by Mathilda, and opportunity gave Sigfrid the of the neighbouring country. To while away greater chance of successfully competing for the time, they usually, every Sunday afternoon, maiden's heart. His art it was which first brought walked to an inn beautifully situated at the en- him into a familiar acquaintance with her; for, trance of a forest, and not above half-a-mile from as she was einbroidering a work-bag for a birththe city walls. Thither were wont to repair all day present to a friend who dwelt far from her
, seekers after recreation, and there might be seen, he proposed to paint her portrait in miniature
, in an open pent-house, students joining with so that she could place it in the bag, and thus burghers, artizans, and villagers, and their agreeably surprise her absent friend by sending wives and families, in the waltz and the dance, the giver's picture in the gift itself. Mathilda to the sound of a single violin. The magnates gladly assented. of the university and the town, with their Sigfrid had now access at any hour of the day spouses, sat gravely at wooden tables ; the gen- to the beautiful maiden, and absolute power to tlemen smoking their pipes and sipping their arrange her shawls, bonnets, and gloves to his wine, the ladies eating pastry and drinking milk taste, and to bring her flowing hair into control or lemonade.
with the massive tortoiseshell comb. On one of these gay evenings the friends be- In the meanwhile Ludwig, who feared lest his came acquainted with Professor Treumann. position and fortune might give rise to mistrust Their manners, as far removed from impertinent in Mathilda's mind, had carefully concealed intrusiveness as from stupid embarrassment, de- from her both the nobility of his race and the lighted him; and though they did not suspect greatness of his wealth. Ludwig was rich, and that a magnet at his side, more powerful than his father so dearly loved him, that he would his learning, attracted them, they took every never thwart the affections of his son's heart; $0 pains to gain his esteem. They introduced he rested in security. Treumann,
on his part, themselves to him by entering into a long dis- thought the marriage between Ludwig and his cussion about the ancient sports and holidays daughter most desirable, and hastened to speak of the country, during which, as if by mere to her on the subject. He met her in the garchance, they occasionally glanced at the large den, and thought it not very improbable that blue eyes
and the chestnut hair of the beautiful she had been seeking him there for a similar Mathilda Treumann, who sat just opposite them, purpose.
Well, daughter,” said he, " these with her mother and her younger sister.
are two fine young fellows that we have lately These agreeable discussions were renewed got acquainted with--that they are, both of every Sunday evening, and not unfrequently one them; still I own I have a or other of the young men, when the Professor thilda might have echoed her father's words, but
Novels freely Translated from the Danish of Oehlenschlaeger. 111 she remained silent. “He whom I prefer loves the unhappy students revived when they thus thee, Mathilda," continued the Professor, "and met on so sad an occasion. They darted has asked me for thy hand.”
glances of intense and furious anger at their What answer didst thou return, dearest companions, and both would ten times rather father:" anxiously inquired the blushing Ma- have pointed their swords at the breasts of their thilda,
seconds that have drawn them in combat against “Now, my child, I consent, if thou hast one another. But the mystic genius or demon nought against it."
HONOUR, forbad all yielding to their kindly feelMathilda answered not, but laid her finger on ings. They could not resist, for the last time her lips. Ludwig sprang from a bush, where perhaps, drinking to one another, and clinking he had been concealed, and threw himself at the their glasses together in true student fashion, feet of the astonished maiden, and grasping her and exchanging one glance which pierced to the hand, covered it with kisses, and exclaimed fer- innermost the soul of Sigfrid. It was high time vently, “Mathilda, am I indeed so fortunate ? for the guardians of their honour to interfere Dost really love me?"
and separate them. Oh, heavens !” said the pale and trembling The swords were placed in the hands of the Mathilda—“I meant not this !" And freeing rivals, and each grasped his with mute despair her hand from Ludwig, she darted from the as he arose and walked towards the field of garden, her father rapidly following to obtain strife. The sun had now risen, and shone like an explanation of her words. At that moment a blood-red ball of fire; the cold dew-drops Sigfrid appeared. Ludwig started back in si- quivered on the leaves and the grass : 'twas as lence, but rage soon gave him words, and in if Nature blushed and wept, when she behis fury he uttered to Sigfrid a most insulting held two of her noblest creatures thus abuse epithet.
their faculties, and forget their high destiny. Unfortunately, one of the students with whom Here and there a bird was chirping, and the Sigfrid had lately been on intimate terms had deep and mournful sounds of the church-bell in witnessed the whole scene. Sigfrid was the the dale beneath told of death. happy candidate for the maiden's love, and well Close by a tree were placed the horses, whose did he understand the grief, and almost forgive breath the cold air of the morning rendered the rage, which Ludwig must feel at finding his visible. The friends were armed, and urged to fondest hopes crushed at the very moment he the struggle. Alas! the point of Sigfrid's sword thought them crowned with success. Sigfrid pierced his adversary's breast, and he fell heavily felt all his old friendship for his wretched rival on the earth. revive, and most anxiously did he wish all to be “ By Jove, brother,” exclaimed the second, forgotten, once again to press in amity his poor "you have given him enough!” friend's hand: but these kind feelings were " Ludwig ! Ludwig !" most piteously cried thwarted.
Sigfrid, in an agony of remorse and misery, and “ Brother," said the student who had seen throwing himself on the ground beside the and heard all, “that blemish must not rest wounded man. "Ludwig, art thou alive? Forupon thee : if thou be a valiant fellow, it must giveness ! Atonement !" be wiped off. Fear not ; I'll be thy second, Poor Ludwig gently arose, and gave one cold, and thou shalt have no trouble--nought to yet piercing look at Sigfrid, and then condo but draw thy sword and use it. Come, vulsively fell back on the grass. come with me; I am an old hand at affairs of “ He's dead !" whispered the second. this nature, and I'll manage all for thee.”
* What do I here?” said Sigfrid, in a tone
Ludwig, on reaching his home, found a chal words, he sprang on his horse, and rapidly gal-
solation the almost broken-hearted Mathilda had Early, indeed, ere the sun had risen the next to attend on him most assiduously during his morning, both parties, duly attended and armed, illness. What with her care, the aid of her little repaired to an inn close to the retired spot in the sister Camilla—a lovely child of thirteen-and wood, which the students usually che as the the skill of the ors, he was at length restored scene of their too frequent duels. There, as to health. Now were all his inquiries directed, custom was then, they and their seconds break- but in vain, to discover Sigfrid ; so he forsook
the university, returned home, and soon sought All the friendly and affectionate feelings of in the service of his country to forget the loss of
his friend, whom the sad circumstances under | towards the garden, the well-known stage on which they had parted doubly endeared to him. which such painful scenes had been acted. He Three years he passed in the active occupations hastened to the sitting-room, and as be passed of his profession, during all which time his re- through it to reach the summer-house, he saw searches after Sigfrid were continued with una- Mathilda reclining on the grass bank, and readbated zeal, but with equal want of success. ing, as she so frequently did in days gone by. Often, often had he wished to return to seek Beautiful and blooming she looked; and Ludhim personally; but political disturbances ren- wig could feel amazement only at her apparent dered it utterly impossible for him to absent health and loveliness. Care had left no trace on himself from his regiment; and the death of his her fine features: there was no sign of past sorfather just at this time increased his misery. row to be detected there. “Does she, then, Ere he had well recovered the effects of the two mourn no longer for Sigfrid ?" said Ludwig, shocks he had sustained, an opportunity of half aloud.“ Is he, too, even so soon forgotagain visiting the university offered itself, and ten?” most eagerly did he avail himself of it, to pay The reclining beauty slowly raised her fine one more visit to the Treumann family. As head. soon as he reached their house, he at once went
(To be continued.)
THE PEDLAR AND THE TODDY GATHERER.
BY H. R. ADDISON,
It is perhaps unnecessary to inform my reader cottage door, apparently watching to see whether that the drink called “ toddy,” one of the her guest was awake or not. On seeing him strongest and most intoxicating liquors in the stir, she made a short apology for thus waking East, is nothing more nor less than the sap of him, and retired. The itinerant vendor, howthe cocoa-tree. The process of obtaining it is ever, was of a suspicious, an unconfiding nature, most simple. The toddy-gatherer leaves his and took it into his head that all was not right; dwelling after sunset, and seeking the thickest so after a short time he affected to sleep again, incocoa woods, climbs up, and cuts notches in the dulging in one of those dozes, when outward obbark of such trees as seem likely to yield the jects are visible, though indistinctly seen by the most juice. Under each notch 'he affixes a wary watcher. In about an hour more, by the small jar to receive the liquid, which if drank strong shadow afforded by an unclouded moon, instantly, is one of the mildest and most whole- the man saw some object approaching cautiously some beverages possible; but if left during a from the opposite direction. He therefore befew days to ferment in the sun, becomes the lieved it was the gatherer returning to his home, most ardent spirit known.
and looked up quietly; when, to his dismay, he The toddy-gatherer of whom I am about to perceived the woman stealthily approaching him speak, had left his cottage (which was situated with a long cocoa-knife in her hand. in a cinnamon grove in the island of Ceylon) In an instant he was on his legs to confront little more than half an hour, when a native her. She appeared somewhat startled, but depedlar called there, to exhibit his tempting wares, clared she had been in the woods seeking her and solicit a lodging for the night. The ga- husband, and that the knife she held was for the therer's wife, whose whole soul was wrapped up purpose of cutting down some jars left by him in the idea of finery, was delighted to let him in. in the vicinity; but as she had not brought these Her bangles and joys, which had hitherto been articles with her, the suspicious pedlar much the pride of her life, were now eclipsed, and she doubted her story. Affecting, however, to besighed with envy as she saw all her former no- lieve it, he saw her quietly re-enter the cottage, tions of grandeur fade before the contents of the and shut the door after her. No sooner was wanderer's pack. Having, however, no money, she well in, than, misdoubting her intentions, yet still hoping her husband might be induced the traveller instantly climbed up a tall tree, to become a purchaser, she so far yielded to his and took up his abode amidst the branches. requests, as to allow him to rest on a bench, Here he had been seated about half an hour, which was placed beneath the porch, (an orna- when he beheld the toddy-gatherer calmly rement common to all the cottages in Ceylon,) turning home, loaded with his utensils, which there to doze till her husband's return.
he carried in a small sack over his shoulder. After depositing his valuable knapsack under Worn out apparently with his exertions, and his head, the pedlar fell into a slumber, from tempted
by the beauty of the night, when he which he was aroused by hearing a door creak; came to his door he paused for a short time,
and his sleep being like that of most of his tribe, so sitting down on the bench lately occupied by the light that the slightest noise was calculated to native merchant, he seemed to fall into a train of disturb it. On opening his eyes he beheld his deep thought. "Presently, as if disinclined to hostess with her head protruding through the enter the house, he made a sort of pillow of his
The Pedlar and the Toddy Gatherer.
113 well-filled bag, and covering his face, as is usual | seemed had not gone far, for soon after the throughout the East, with his cummerbund, fell toddy-gatherer, feeling warm and uncomfortable fast asleep.
from the debate he had held, and the liquor he In less than another hour, the door of the had drunk, had gone out to lie down. A slight cottage was noiselessly opened, and the woman noise, however, awoke his wife, who saw the again appeared. She approached her husband, wicked traveller, distinctly saw him stab her huslistened for a few moments to ascertain that he band through the heart. She went on to state slept, then stepping back a pace, she raised her that then, without uttering any cry, for fear of arm, and with her whole force, at one blow, instant annihilation herself, she stole from the drove the knife right through her wretched part- back door, and rushed into the town for assistner's heart. For an instant only she seemed ance, and had happily succeeded in arresting the shocked at what she had done; then recovering assassin before he had time to escape. herself, she attempted to withdraw the knife, This account seemed so plausible, that scarcely which having gone completely through her vic- any one in the court for a moment doubted the tim, had buried its sharp and fine point in the prisoner's guilt. In the first place, what motive bench. After a severe exertion she succeeded, could the wretched widow, who was well known but not without breaking off the point of the to have been warmly attached to her husband, cocoa splitter, which remained in the wood. have to invent a falsehood ? How came the ac
The woman's anxiety now to obtain the cused to climb up a tree instead of flying? In spoil, for which she had thus perilled body and a word, a thousand arguments were brought forsoul, appeared almost infernal. She seemed to ward to satisfy the jury of the guilt of the ungrin in ecstacy at the deed she had done, and happy pedlar. pant for the ill-gotten gain she had thus made One only person present doubted the whole her own. Exultingly she dragged what she con- story, and that, fortunately for the innocent man, ceived to be the pack of jewels from beneath the was the enlightened judge before whom the case head of the corpse, when the movement drew was tried. He felt assured of the truth of the from her victim's face the cloth that had covered defendant's statement, yet how to upset the it, and the savage murderess beheld the well- strong testimony of the woman he could not known lineaments of her own husband. She gave devise. He was bound to charge the jury ac. a sudden scream, and bounding off, threw down cording to evidence. This he did, and received the sack, and with frantic cries rushed through their verdict of " Guilty” without a moments the woods.
hesitation. But still the judge was not satisThe horror-stricken witness feared to move.fied, and afterwards declared that one of the If he descended, he might meet the murderess, most awful moments of his life was that, when who would doubtless revenge her dreadful mis- he found himself compelled to pass sentence of take on the unarmed man: or by possibility he death on the wretched prisoner. He, however, might become mixed up in the business ; so he had one power, that of reprieve, and he exercised determined not to leave his place of refuge till it by delaying the execution of the culprit for morning, and kept his position, staring, in spite fifteen days. of himself, at the horrid object beneath him, in The very instant that he left the court, a a sort of waking dream, till he was suddenly sudden thought struck him. He directly sent aroused by seeing the woman, accompanied by for the bench on which the murder was said several persons, (evidently officers of justice,) to have taken place, had it closely examined, approach the hut.
and discovered that the point of a sharp instruThey examined the corpse, searched the house, ment was lodged in it. This he had carefully and began to take down their notes in writing, extracted, and found it to be the end of a cocoawhen the pedlar, anxious to seek their protec- nut-knife, with which the toddy-gatherer pierces tion, by a sudden stir of the branches succeeded the bark to get at the juice. This of course still in attracting their attention.
further strengthened his suspicions, and he sent In another moment a gun was pointed at him, a fresh reprieve to the prisoner. He then caused and he was commanded to descend on peril of the road leading from the cottage of the deceased being shot. The poor man desired no better, to the town to be closely searched and ransacked. and instantly clambered down, when to his hor- His efforts happily succeeded. Close to the for and surprise he was immediately seized and edge of a half-dried tank the weapon was found. bound, as the woman, rushing from the cottage It was rusted with
blood, had lost its point, and with frantic gestures, declared she recognized in bore on its handle the name of the murdered him the assassin of her adored husband.
The wretched prisoner was instantly brought The woman, without receiving any previous to trial, and, despite his declarations of inno- notice, was suddenly seized, and without accusacence, condemned to death. The woman's state- tion or other address, the knife was produced ment was clear and probable. She declared that before her. She fell on her knees, confessed the pedlar had come to their house and sought the whole, declared the temptation had been too shelter for the night, a boon her husband had great for her, that evidently Providence had deunhesitatingly accorded; that the two men had termined to have her condemned, since he had a severe dispute about the price of some trinkets, brought up the knife from the bottom of the when in a fit of passion her husband thrust the pond in which she had thrown it; and all she itinerant merchant out of the house, who it prayed for was instant death.
Two days afterwards she underwent her just sentence; while the poor pedlar was released. The guilt of the one, and the innocence of the other, were happily brought to light by the penetration and determination of their earthly judge.
Does not Affection's early dream
Still haunt thy truant breast ?
Disturb thy wonted rest ?
Whose joys are all heart-riv'n?
R, H. B.
CHI VALRY !
BY JOHN MAJOR.
THE NEGLECTED WIFE TO HER
With the tenderest of care,
And thy moments of despair;
And thine eye was dim with tears,
And quell'd thy gloomy fears.
I have tended by thy bed ;
To calm thy aching head :
And thy frame was bent and weak,
Though mine did well nigh break.
The gallant and the gay-
And led thy heart astray,
With anxious vigils dull,
Altho' my heart was full !
In tones of bitter ire ?
On me those looks of fire ?
O'er wrath and fell decree-
In constancy to me?
Oh say not Chivalry hath fled,
Whose gallant spirit lies
Or deeds of bold emprize;
Domestic joys impart,
In every faithful heart !
Oh say not Chivalry hath fled,
Whose thus ennobling plan
New manliness to man;
Each nameless grace supplies-
Affection's sweetest ties !
Oh say not Chivalry hath fled ;
Romance, though worn away,
In everlasting sway:
Defying vulgar strife-
The poetry of life!
A DREAM OF
Wandering along the shell-strewn beach of seem not of the world, yet are of it.". And in the restless sea, I came at length to a spot where moments like these we enter the land of dreams, the cliff shelved suddenly down to the sand be- not through the portals of sleep, but through low. I ascended the slight declivity, and found the medium of the imagination, which even in a small level plain, covered with the softest grass the least etherial of human beings ever yearns and fairest mead flowers, at the back of which for something beyond the visible. I lay on the rose the clustered trees of a leafy wood. Here, velvet sward, listening to the tuneful sound
, rather in absence of mind than from fatigue, i half whispered like a lover's vow, caused by the reclined at ease, looking indeed at the prospect sea rustling among its pebbles, and I saw on before me, but thinking of the years that were high the numberless stars, though bright, half gone, and the deeds that had marked the pas- dimmed by the lustre of the harvest moon, and sage of those years through time to eternity. behind me the dark motionless forest, with its
There are periods in our existence, when in thousand firs; and before, and above, and some secluded nook, apart from the world, un- around, all was breathless. interrupted by mankind, and forgetful of their A wild emotion came over me, an expectation sorrow, a strange supernatural calm steals over I could not define. I thought of the bright the soul, and as a waveless sea mirrors the haunters of the forest and dell, who in time past heaven above it, so the depths of the mind re- had tixed their abode in such spots as this
, and flect fairy images and bright creations, “ which not disdained as now the neighbourhood of