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and hell to the combat. I found what his fierce eyes stood fearfully promiI had expected, and a dollar or two nent. Instead of a girdle, he had a besides, in a green silk purse. At first piece of sail-cloth twisted over his I took all, but a sudden' thought seized green woollen coat, and in it I saw a me.--It was neither that I feared, nor broad bare butcher's knife, and a pisthat I was ashamed to add another tol. The suminons was repeated, and crime to murder. Nevertheless, so it a strong arm held me fast. The sound was, I threw back the watch and half of a human voice had terrified me,-but the silver. I wished to consider my- the sight of an evil-doer gave me heart self as the personal enemy, not as the again. In my condition, I had reason robber of the slain.

to fear a good man, but none at all to “ Again I rushed towards the depths tremble before a ruffian. of the forest. I knew that the wood " Whom have we here?' said the extended for four German miles* apparition. nor:hwards, and there bordered upon ' • Such another as yoursell,' was the frontier. Till the sun was high my answer--that is, if your looks don't in heaven I ran on breathless. The belie you.' swiftness of my flight had weakened “There is no passage this way, the force of my conscience, but the Whom seek ye

here?' moment I laid myself down upon the “• By what right do you ask?' regrass, it awoke in all its vigour. A turned i boldly. The man considerthousand dismal forms floated before ed me leisurely twice, from the feet up my eyes; a thousand knives of despair to the head. It seemed as if he were and agony were in my breast. Be- comparing my figure with his own, tween a life of restless fear, and a vio- and my answer with my figurelent death, the alternative was fearful, " You speak as stoutly as a beggar, ' but choose I must.

I had not the said he at last. heart to leave the world by self-mur- “ That may be I was one yesder, yet scarcely could I bear the idea terday.' of remaining in it. Hesitating be- “ 'The man smiled One would tween the certain miseries of life, and swear,' cried he, you were not much the untried terrors of eternity, alike better than one to-day.' unwilling to live and to die, the sixth “Something worse, friend. I must on,' hour of my flight passed over my head “Softly, friend.

What hurries -an hour full of wretchedness, such you? Is your time so very precious ?' as no man can utter, such as God him- “I considered with myself for a moself in mercy will spare to me—even ment. I know not bow the words to me, upon the scaffold

came to the tip of my tongue. Life “ Again I started on iny feet. I is short,' said I at last, and hell is drew my hat over my eyes, as if not eternal.' being able to look lifeless nature in " He looked steadily upon me. May the face, and was rushing instinctive- I be d-d,' said he, if you have ly along the line of a small foot-path, not rubbed shoulders with the gallows which drew me into the very heart of ere now.' the wilderness, when a rough stern

be Farewell, till we voice immediately in front of me cried, meet again, comrade.' • Halt!' The voice was close to me, "Stop, comrade,' shouted the man: for I had forgotten myself, and had He pulled a tin Mask from his pouch, never looked a yard besore ne during took a hearty pull of it, and handed it the whole race. I lifted my eyes, and to me. My flight and my anguish saw a tall savage-looking inan advanc- had exhausted my strength, and all ing towards me, with a ponderous club this day nothing had passed my lips. in his hand. His figure was of gigan- Already I was afraid I might faint in tic size, so at least I thought, on my the wilderness, for there was no piace first alarm; bis skin was of a dark of refreshment within many miles of unulatto yellow, in which the white of me. Judge how gladly I accepteu bis • Nearly twenty, English measure.

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357 liqnor into my limbs—with that, fresh ter than the beasts of the field, brother ? courage into my heart, and hope and and can Wolf endure it? I can't.' love of life. I began to believe that • Who can alter these things ?" I might not be forever wretched, such “Ha! that we shall presently seems power was in the welcome draught. but tell me, whence come you, and There was something pleasant in find- what are you about ?' ing myself with a creature of my own “ I told him my whole story. · He stainp.

In the state in which I was, I would not hear me to an end, but would have pledged a devil, that I leaped up, and dragged me along with might once more have a companion.

hiin. • Come, mine host of the Sun,' “ 'The man stretched himself on the said he, now you are ripe, now I grass. I did the like.

• Your drink bave you. I shall look for honour has done me good,' said I, we must from you, Wolf!-follow me.' get better acquainted.'

“ • Whither will you lead me?" “ He struck his flint, and lighted his "• Ask no questions. Follow.' And pipe. ' Are you old in the trade,' he pulled me like a giant. said T.

We had advanced some quarter of “ He looked sternly at me,—'What a mile. The road was becoming every would you say, friend?' 'Has that step more thick, wild, and impassable. often been bloody,' said I, pointing to Neither of us spake a word. the knife in his girdle.

ronsed from my reverie by the whistle “ • Who art thou ?' cried he fiercely, of my guide. I looked up, and perand threw down his pipe. “A mur- ceived that we were standing on the derer, friend, like yourself but on- edge of a rock, which bung over a ly a beginner.' He took up his pipe deep dark ravine. A second whistle again.

answered from the root of the preci• Your home is not hereabouts ?'- pice, and a ladder rose, as if of its own said he after a pause.

motion, from below. My guide step"Some three miles off,' said I; 'did ped upon it, and desired me to await you ever hear of the landlord of the his return. · I must first tie up the Sun at Bielsdorf ?'

hounds,' said he; you are a stran“ The man sprung up like one pos- ger here, and the beasts would tear sessed — What the poacher Wolf ?' you in pieces.' cried he hastily.

“ Then I was alone upon the rock, • • The same.'

and I well knew that I was alone. The “ • Welcome! comrade, welcome !' carelessness of my gnide did not escape and give me a shake of thy hand; this my attention. With a single touch of is good, mine bost of the Sun. Year my hand I could pull up the ladder, and day have I sought for thee. I and my fight was secured. I confess know thee well. I know all. I have that I saw this, I began to sbudder at long reckoned upon thee, Wolf.' the precipice below me, and to think

"• Reckoned on me?—and where- of that depth from which there is no fore ?'

redemption. I resolved upon flight• The whole country is full of you, I put my hand to the ladder, but then man ; you have had enemies, Wolf; came there to my ear, as if with the you have been hardly dealt with. You laughter of devils, What can a murhave been made a sacrifice. Your derer do ? and my arm dropt powerless treatment has been shameful.' by my side. My reckoning was com

“ The man waxed warm—What! plete. Murder lay like a rock behind because you shot a pair of boars or me, and barred all retreat for ever. Al stays it may be, that the prince feeds this moment my guide re-appeared and here on our acorns ; was that a reason bade me come down. I had no longfor chasing you from house and hold, ger any choice- I obeyed him. confining you

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in the castle, "• A few yards from the foot of the and making a beggar of you. Is it precipice the ground widened a little, come to this, that a man is of less and some huts became visible. In the worth than a hare? Are wenothing bet- midst of these there was a little piece

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of smooth turf, and there abont eigh. “My brain was on fire, wine and teen or twenty figures lay scaltered passion had inflamed my blood. The around a coal-fire. Here, coinrades,' world had thrown me out like a leper cried any guide, leading me into the —here were brotherly welcome, good centre of the group ; here. get up and cheer, and honour ! Whatever choice bid the landlord welcome.'

I might make, I knew death was be** Welcome, good landlord,' cried fore ine : but here at least I might sell all at once, and crowded around me, my life dearly.

Women had till now men and women. Shall I confess it ? spurned me,—the soiles of Mary wire Their joy appeared hearty and bonest : nectar to my soul. • I remain with confidence and respect was in every you, comrades,' cried I, loudly and countenance; one took me by the handi, firmly, stepping into the midst of the another by the c!oak ;-my reception bandal remain with you, my was such as might bave been expected good friends,provided you give me my by some old and valued friend. Our pretty neighbour.'— They all consented arrival had interrupted their repast- to grati!y my wish, and I sat down we joined it, and I was compelled to contented, lord of a strumpet, and cappledge my new friends in a bumper. tain of a banditti.”

The meal consisted of game of all The following part of the history I kinds; and the bottle, filled with good shall entirely omit, for there is no inRhenish, was not allowed to rest for struction in that which is purely disan instant. The company seemed to gusting. The unhappy Wolf, sunk to be full of affection towards each other, this hopeless depth, was obliged to parand of good-will towards me.

take in all the routine of wickedness; but “They had made me sit down be- he was never guilty of a second mure tween two women, and this seemed 10 der; so at least he swore solemnly be considered as a place of honour. I upon the scaffold, expected to find these the refuse of The faine of this man spread, in a their sex, but how great was my as- short time, through the whole protonislıment, when I perceived, under vince. The highways were unsale their coarse gariments, two of the most pocurnal robberies 'alarmed the citibeautiful females I had ever seen. zeas-the name of Christian Wolf be. Margaret, the elder and handsomer of came the terror of old and young-justhe iwo, was addressed by the name tice set every device at work to ensnare of Miss, and might be five-and-twenty. him and a premium was set upon his Her language was free, and her looks head. Yet he was fortunate enough were still more eloqnent. Mary, the to escape every attempt against his peryounger, was inarried, but her husband son, and crafty enough to convert the had treated her cruelly and deserted superstition of the peasantry into an her. Her features were perhaps prettier, engine of defence. It was universally but sbe was pal- and thin, and less given out that Wolf was in league striking, on the whole, than her fiery with the devil--that his wbole band neighbour. They both endeavoured were wizards. The province is a reto please me. Margaret was the inote and ignorant one, and no man beauty, but my heart was more taken was very willing to come to close quarwith the womanly gentle Mary. ters with the ally of the apostate.

“ Brother Woll,' cried my guide, you For a full year did Wolf persist in see how we live here with us every this terrible trade, but at last it began day is alike-Is it not so, comrades ?' to be intolerable to him.

The men Every day like the present,' cried at whose head he had placed himself, they all.

were not what he had supposed. T'bey ««« If you like our way of life,' con- had received hiin at first witb an extes tinued the man, strike in, be one of rior of profusion, but he soon discoverus-be our captain. I bear the digni- ed that they had deceived him. Hun. ty for the present, but I will yield it 10 ger and want appeared in the room of Wolf

. Say I right, comrades ?' - -A abundance'; he was often obliged to hearty · Yes, yes,' was the answer. venture his life for a booty, which,

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359 when won, was scarcely sufficient to time, a strange petition to the throne. I hate my

life, I fear not death, but I cannot bear to die with support his existence for a single day.

out having lived. I would live, my prince, in order The veil of brotherly affection also to atone, by my se rvices, for my offencos. My ex. passed away, and beneath it he found ecution might be an example to the world, but not the lurking paltridesses of thieves and an equivalent for my deeds. harpies. A large reward had been ress of guilt, I thirst after virtue. I have shewn my

power to do evil-permit me to shewiny power to proclaimed for him that should deliver do good. Wolt alive into the hands of justice * I know that I make an unheard of request. My if the discoverer should be one of his life is forfeit; it may seem absurd for me to state owo gang, a free pardon was promi-ed chains and bonds before you-I am still tree-and

any pretensions to favour. But I appear not in in addition).—mighty search for the fear is the least among all the motives of my fetition. outcast of the earth!_Wolf was "It is to merey that I have fled. I have no clain sensible of his danger. The honour upon justie--if I lead, I should disdain w bring it of those who were at war with God forward. Yet of one circumstance I might remind

my judges-the period of my outragi's commence! and man seemed but an insufficient with that of my degradation. Had their sentence security for bis life. Froin this time been less severe, perhaps I should have had no occabis sleep was agony; wherever he was,

sion to be a supplicant lo-day.

" If you give me life, it shall be dedicated to your the ghost of suspicion haunted him

A single word in the gazette shall bring pursued his 'steps_watched his pillow me immediately to your feet. If otherwise you have -disturbed his dreams. Long silenced determined-lee justice do her part-I must to conscience again raised her voice, and mine.

" CHRISTIAN WOLF." slurnbering remorse began to awake This petition remained without an and iningle her terrors in the universal answer; so did a second and a third, in storm of his bosoin. His whole has which Woil begged to be permitter 10

turned from mankind, and serve as a hussar in the army of tlie concentrated upon his own head. He prince. Ai Jast, losing all hope of a forgave all nature, and was inexorable pardon, he resolved to fly from the only to himself.

country, and die a brave soldier in the This misery of guilt completed his service of hing Frederick. education, and delivered at last bis nat- He gave his companions the slip? urally excellent understanding from its and souk to bis journey. The first day shackles. He wow lelt how low he had brought him to a small country tonis, fallen; sadness took the place of where he resolved to spend the niglit. phrenzy in his bosom. Cold tears and The circumstances of the times, the sulitary sigis obliterated the past; lor commencing war, the recruiting, made timil

no more existed. He began the otheers at every post doubly nyilo hope that he might yet dare 10 be lant in observing travellers. The gales a good man, for he felt within himself keeper of the town laci received a parthe awakening power of being such. ticular command to be attentive. Tlie It

may be that Wolt, at this the 1r.0- appearance of Woit haal something innuent of bis greatest degradation, was posing about it, but, at the same time, nearer the right path than he had ever swarthy, terrible, and savage. been since he tirst quiried it.

neagre boney horse he rode, and the About this time the seven years' war grotesque and scanty arrangement of broke out, and the German Primes his apparel, formed a strange contrast were every wbere making great levies with a countenance whereon a thoiof troops. The unhappy Wolfsbaped sand fierce passions seenied to lie exsome slighi hope to himself from these hausted and cougealed, like the dying circumstances, and at last took courage and dead upon a field of battle. The to pen ihe following liter 10 his suve- gate-keeper started at the strange ap. reign.

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had made the man, grown gray in his " If it be not too much for prineely compassion office, as sharp-sighted as an eagle in to descend 10 such as Christian Wolf, gue bima detecting offenders. He immediately haring, I ani a thief and a murdertr--the laws bolted his gate and demanded the passa condrad me to death-justice has set all her nyrmidons in scarch of me-I beg that I may be permit- peri of Wolt. The tugitive was howted to deliver up myself. But I bring, at the same ever prepared for this accident; and

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he drew out, without hesitation, a pass The alarm of this incident had, in which he bad taken a few days before the mean time, set the whole town isfrom a plundered merchant. Still this to an uproar; every road was blockadsolitary evidence was not able entirely ed, and a whole host of enemies came to satisfy the scruples of the practised forth to receive bim. He draws out ofticer. The gate-keeper trusted his a pistol ; the crowd yields; he begios own eyes rather than the paper, and to make a way for himself through Wolf was compelled to follow him to their ranks. the towo-house.

“ The first that lays a finger og me The chief magistrate of the place —dies," shouted Wolf, holding out examined the pass, and declared it to his pistol. Fear produced an univerbe in every respect what it should be. sal pause. But a firm old soldier It happened that this man was a great seized him from behind, and masterei politician,-bis chief pleasure in life the hand which held the weapon. He consisted in conding over a newspaper, knocks the pistol from bis grasp ; the with a bottle of wine before bim. disarmed Wolf is instantly dragged The passport shewed forth that its bear- from his horse, and borne in triumph er bad come from the very centre of the back to the town-house. seat of war. He hoped to draw some “Who are you?" said the magisprivate intelligence from the stranger ; trate, in a stern and brutal tove. and the clerk, who brought back the

“ One who is resolved to answer to pass, requested Wolf to step in, and questions, unless they be more civilly take a bottle of Mark-brunner with put." his master.

Who are you sir ?" Meantime the traveller had remained “ What I said I was. I have traon horseback at the door of the town- velled through all Germany, and never house, and his singular appearance had found oppression till now. collected about him hall the rabble of Your sudden flight excites sus. the place. They looked at the horse picion against you. Why fled you ?" and his rider by turns,--they laughed, “ Because I was weary of being --they whispered, at last it had be- mocked by your rabble." come a perfect tumult. Unfortunately You threatened to fire- .?" the animal Wolf rode on was a stolen “My pistol was not loaded." Thes one, and he immediately began to fan- examined it and found no ball. cy that it had been described in some “Why do you carry such weapons!" of the prints. The unexpected invita- “ Because I have property with me, tion of the magistrate completed his and I have heard a great deal of one confusion. He took it for granted that Wolf that haunts in the woods here." the falsity of his pass had been detected,

Your answers prove your courage, and that the invitation was only a trick but not your honesty, friend. I alloir for getting hold of him alive. A bad you till morning. Perhaps you will conscience stupified his faculties--he then speak the truth.” clapped spurs to his horse, and gallop- “I have already said all." ped off without making any answer to

- Take bim to the tower." the clerk.

• To the tower ?-1 ber you would The sudden flight convinced all consider, sir. There is justice in the that had before suspected him. “A country, and I will demand satisfacthief, a robber !” was the cry, and the tion at your bands." wbole moh were at bis heels. Wolf. “I shall give you satisfaction, rode for life and death, and he soon friend, so soon

find justice on left his pursuers breathless behind.His deliverance is near ; but a heavy Next morning the magistrate begra band was upon him—the hour was to suspect that, after all, the stranger come-unrelenting destiny was there. might be an honest man, and that high

The road he had taken led to no words might have no effect in making outlet, and Wolf was obliged to turn him alter his tone. He was ball iafound upon his pursuers.

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