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might have knocked him down more literally than the " That you will be better able to perceive, sir, foregoing speech, but, figuratively, nothing could then I inform you, that I am prepared to prove, inhave done so. For a minute or two he appeared disputably, and to your full satisfaction, the following utterly unable to frame a reply; then, drawing him additional particulars. Sir Hugh's eldest son, Captain self up to a degree suggestive of a telescopic con- Desborough—-" formation, he began in an awful tone of voice, -—"Sir, “Right; he was captain in the —th lancers, and you have astonished me,-nay, more than that, sir, threw up his commission when he chose to live you have disappointed me-very greatly disappointed abroad. It was said he entered the Austrian army, and me. I had hoped better things of you, sir ;—I had attained the same rank in that service," interrupted hoped, from the early promise you evinced, that your the General. judgment and good sense would, when matured and “He did so," resumed Lewis, who spoke in the strengthened by a little more knowledge of the world, same calm, unimpassioned voice which he had used have enabled you to conquer your strangely misplaced throughout the interview, though to any one who attachment, —-would, in fact, have saved me from the knew him well, it would have been perceivable that painful situation in which you have-to which you he did so by the greatest effort; “but those who have—that is you would have saved yourself (you believed that he died abroad, and without male issue, must not blame me, sir, if the truth sounds unpa- were misinformed; he died in England, in the spring latable) the humiliation of a refnsal.”
of 18—, and left (besides a daughter) one son, who is " Then I am to understand that you unhesitatingly still living." reject my suit ?” inquired Lewis, something of the “Left a son! why he would be heir to the title and old stern look coming across his features.
estates, instead of Walter. Where is he, sir ? who is "Most unequivocally and decidedly,” was the con- he?” exclaimed the General, impetuously. cise reply.
Lewis rose, drew himself up to his full height, "It would have been more courteous, and therefore advanced slowly till he stood face to face with the more according to General Grant's usual conduct, General, and then, fixing his piercing glance upon towards those whom he considers beneath him in the him, said, “He now stands before you, General Grant, social scale, to inquire whether any, and, if so, what and asks you whether, when he has established his amelioration might have taken place in my future rights before the eyes of the world, you will again prospects, to have induced me to hazard so bold a refuse him your daughter's hand ?” step, ere my proposal was thus unmistakably declined,” observed Lewis, in a marked, yet respectful tone of
Reader, the only little bit of mystery in our story, displeasure; "it will, however, make no difference in (if indeed it has presented any mystery at all to your my intentions, as when I shall have obtained your acuteness,) is now cleared up; and, the interest ended, answers to a few important questions, and explained the sooner the tale itself arrives at a conclusion the to you my object in making them, it is possible you better. But for the satisfaction of the unimaginative, may view my conduct in a different light."
the strong-minded women, and practical men of the The General, who grew taller and stiffer every world, who cannot rest assured that two and two moment, merely acknowledged this speech by an make four till they have counted it on their fingers, inclination of the head, so slight as to be scarcely we will write a few more last words, winding up the perceptible; and Lewis continued,
various threads of this veracious history. "The late Sir Hugh Desborough, Walter's grand- In bis interview with General Grant, Lewis had father, was, I believe, your intimate friend ?” only stated that which he was fully prepared to prove;
"Bless my soul, yes, sir; we served together in and when the lawyer and his blue bag, (not that India, were for six years in the same regiment, and laywers ever do carry blue bags anywhere but in lived as if we were brothers. Why do you ask such farces at the minor theatres, or those still more unextraordinary questions ?” exclaimed the General, real mockeries,” the pages of modern novels,) were startled completely out of his dignity.
called in to assist at the conference, the following Because, in that case, you are probably well ac- facts were elicited :quainted with the circumstances of his family history, The packet of letters which Lewis found amongst and can set me right if I state them incorrectly," re- Hardy's papers, and which gave him the first intiplied Lewis, upon whom the mautle of the General's mation that he, and not poor Walter, was heir to the cast-off dignity appeared suddenly to have fallen; title and estates of Desborough, had been written by "Sir Hugh had two sons, I believe; the elder married Captain Arundel, or, as his name really was, Desboimprudently, quarrelled with his father, who refused rough, to his younger brother, Walter Desborough, to receive the lady he had espoused, and severing all (the father of the poor idiot, who was in fact firstfamily ties, lived abroad under a feigned name, and cousin to Lewis); the object with which these letters tras believed to have died without issue. The second were written was to bring about a reconciliation $on was Walter's father, and Walter inherits the between Sir Hugh and his eldest son-Walter Desbaronetcy, in default of male issue of the elder son.” borough having undertaken the office of mediator.
He paused, and the General observed, “You are cor- In order to do this, it was first of all necessary to rect in your facts, sir, but to what does all this lead ?” disabuse Sir Hugh's mind of an idea that Captain
Desborough's marriage was not valid, and that the when months had gone by, and arrangements made children were illegitimate; for this purpose the wed- which he neither understood nor heeded, took him ding certificate was enclosed, (proving that he had to a grand house of his own, where Faust was waitbeen married in his own name, and by a properly ing to receive them, in a great state of boisterous constituted authority,) together with certificates of tail-wagging affection; and when Faust, having licked the baptism of Rose and of Lewis. The letters also them all over, and having made them damp, dusty
, contained an account of his having taken the name and rumpled, in the excess of his love, had quite done of Arundel, and his reasons for so doing; in fact, with them, and gone back to a large bone on the without going into minutiæ, the letters contained drawing-room rug, and Lewis placing his arm round complete evidence, legally to establish the identity Walter's neck, had whispered to him that he was of Captain Desborough and Captain Arundel, and to never to go away any more, and that he hoped before render Lewis's claim to the baronetcy indisputable. very long, Annie would come and live with them, To account for their having been found among Hardy's Walter felt sure he had never known what it was to be papers, it must be borne in mind that Walter Des- quite happy till then, which fact he afterwards comborough was the scoundrel who first roused the municated to Faust in the strictest confidence. evil nature in that misguided man, by eloping with Lewis's assertion in regard to Annie was not based his wife ;-Hardy, be it remembered, followed the on mere conjecture; for General Grant-albeit be guilty pair, and assaulted the betrayer of his honour felt that, in the interview we have lately recorded to such good effect, as to confine him to his bed for between himself and Lewis, he had been decidedly months; his companion in crime returned to her out-generalled—did not again reject his late tutor's father's house, and died shortly after giving birth to proposal for his daughter's hand, but, on the contrary, the unfortunate Miles.
with the usual self-knowledge of worldly elderly When she returned to her father, she had brought people, (that is, of those who, nine times out of ten, with her a portable writing-case, in which were letters dictate the actions, and influence for weal or woe the she had received from her seducer, previous to her future, of the young and generous-hearted,) the elopement; in this desk, for convenience of travelling, moment he became convinced that Lewis was about Walter Desborough had placed papers of his own, and to inherit a baronetcy, and an income little short of amongst others, the letters, &c. which he had shortly 10,0001, a-year, contrived to persuade himself that before received from his brother ;-long ere he re- when his first surprise had been passed, and he had covered from the effects of Hardy's chastisement, he become aware how deeply his daughter's happiness had forgotten where he had placed these papers, and was involved, he should certainly have allowed her to Hardy never discovering them, (he left his home, and unite herself with Sir Lewis Desborough, under his enlisted as a soldier, on his release from the imprison- former phase of a precarious portrait-painter
. But, ment the assault entailed upon him,) the letters were if we had been Sir Lewis, we should have felt to all intents and purposes lost, till by a chapter of heartily glad we were not forced to rely on such a accidents they fell into the hands of Lewis. The
very "forlorn hope." shock which led to Captain Arundel's, (or Desborough Rose, no longer Arundel, did not enjoy the name as he should rightly have been called,) sudden death, of Desborough many weeks, for although she had was caused by reading an account of his father, Sir particularly desired to be married on the same day as Hugh’s demise, in the newspaper. The clue Messrs. Lewis and Annie, she get yielded the point, when Jones and Levi had gained, was from a shopman in Ursa Major, hearing that General Grant would wot the public library, in which Captain Arundel had allow his daughter's wedding to take place till a year been sitting, when he first became aware of his father's after the death of Lord Bellefield, grew so outradecease, who gathered, from an involuntary exclama- geous, that Rose was forced to marry him out of the tion he made at the moment, that Sir Hugh Des- way, in order to prevent him from snapping and ! borougl's death was the subject which had so much growling at every one that came near him. But this excited him; this shopman had been a clerk of Messrs. was Richard Frere's last bearish episode ; for constant Jones and Levi, and learning in their employ that association with Rose softened his little asperity of knowledge was sometimes money as well as power, temper, which, having arisen solely from the unlored sold them, for a couple of sovereigns, the information and unloving existence he had been forced by circumhe had acquired, giving at the same time an account stances to lead, disappeared in the sunshine of a happy of the strange death of Captain Arundel; hence their home. subsequent application to Lewis.
Lord Ashford did not long survive the loss of his The evidence being so clear and full, Lewis had eldest son, and Charley Leicester, the portionless little difficulty in establishing his claim, more espe- younger brother, with “a good set of teeth and nothing cially as General Grant, convinced of its justice, did to eat," is now a highly respectable peer of the realm, not attempt to resist it on Walter's behalf. The poor with a rent-roll to be computed by tens of thousands. fellow himself could not be made to comprehend his Happy in the affection of his wife and children, (for change of fortune; but he did comprehend, to his in. “ Tarley” has already had two successors to dispute expressible delight, that for some reason or other he the chance of being “spoiled by papa, only that was always to live with his dear Mr. Arundel, who, mamma won't let him,") Charles, Lord Ashford, has
bat one trouble in life, though that unfortunately , affection a source of constant joy and consolation, of appears likely to prove an increasing one-viz.: that which the lonely-hearted and uncared-for are unhapthose confounded fellows, Schneider and Shears, won't pily ignorant. make his waistcoats to fit him as they used to do, they are all too tight round the waist-and Schneider Reader, the RAILROAD OF LIFE is closed, nor is it and Shears bear the blame meekly, having only last at present the intention of its author to begin another week discharged an injudicious foreman, who had been tale in the pages of SHARPE. He would fain take rash enough to declare that their excellent customer, leave of you in the simple words of the old Latin Lord Ashford, was growing stout. For a short time, play-wright, “Valete et plaudite ;” but if his conthe Countess Portici resided with her brother and ciousness of his own shortcomings forbids his seeking sister-in-law, Alessandro having obligingly got himself your applause, let him at least hope that you will not knocked on the head in the cause of liberty, the refuse your good wishes to your old acquaintance, reversion of this popular watchword being about the FRANK FAIRLEGH. only legacy he bequeathed to his young, interesting, and not particularly disconsolate widow, who having sown her romance, replaced the handsome Italian by
NOTICES OF BOOKS. a rich old French nobleman, Le Marquis de CarosseTranquille, irreverently translated by Bracy, who is “Hamon and Catar; or, The Two Races.” A Tale. still a bachelor and makes more puns than ever, into Simpkin and Marshall. This tale has the advantage "My Lord Slow-Coach”—a title which the mental of rarity, being built up in a part of the kingdom of incapacities of that venerable foreigner rendered un- romance not much frequented by story-tellers. It is pleasantly appropriate.
antediluvian; the scene lying partly in the city of The mighty Marmaduke De Grandeville purchased Enoch, which, according to the 4th chapter of with his wife's money a large estate in shire, Genesis, was a city built by Cain and called after the which liad belonged to his family some five hundred name of his son, partly in the land of the descendyears before; he has since instituted a set of regula- ants of Seth, and partly in the uninhabited country tions for his tenantry, formed on the model of the between them. The geography of the tale is, of course, feudal system, and if he be not prematurely suffocated very vaguely indicated; not so the dramatis persone, by his own greatness, bids fair to “add a new lustre who are brought before the reader vividly enough, to the noble name which-ar-ahem !” &c. &c. and go through the business set down for them not in
Mrs. Arundel carried out her design of marrying the least like antediluvian fossils, but like our conher “ blighted barrister,” and by her liveliness of dis- temporaries, in a semi-sublime state of barbaric position has done more towards removing the mildew civilization. The author, who has a great facility, we from his mind than could have been expected. As, how- had well-nigh said a fatal facility of writing, shows ever, in accordance with her taste, they live chiefly much vigour and brilliancy of fancy, and no small share abroad, Lewis and Annie see but little of them. of the higher poetic faculty, imagination, but they both
Miss Livingstone as she increased in years grew want to be trained in the way in which they should go. barsher, stiffer, and more frozen than ever, until one Still “ Hamon and Catar” is a clever, decidedly a bitter winter's day, happening to catch a slight addi- clever production, in a difficult department of literational cold, her temperature sank below the point at ture. The very choice of such a subject is proof which animal life can be maintained, and becoming sufficient that its author is ambitious. But cleverness rather stiffer and colder than usual, the first half of her and ambition, with an active fancy and a bold imagipatronymic ceased to be any longer appropriate--her nation, are not sufficient for the achievement of last word was a cross one.-General Grant lived to a excellence in this department, though they certainly good old age, improving, under the influence of cer- go a great way towards attaining it. The rapid eager tain bright-eyed little Desboroughs, into a very amiable way in which the story runs on, (as if its writer grandpapa.
never had occasion to pause in composition,) as well The fate of Miles Hardy still remains a mystery; as the careless nature of the style, a curious mélange that he did not die of the wounds received in the of naïveté, bombast, and common-place, alternating death-struggle with Lord Bellefield, was ascertained; with passages of fair writing and effective eloquence, but whether he perished in the Italian revolution, in gives us an idea that the author is very young in which he was known to take an active part, or, as years and younger still in literature. He wants little was rumoured, escaped in safety to America, the few encouragement, we imagine, to sit down and write a who are interested in him have failed to learn. much better book than the present, it is probable
Annie and Lewis, after their stormy transit along that he has already written one, but we are that portion of the Railroad of Life in which we glad to offer him a few words in approval of the unhave accompanied them, were, at length, happily doubted talent he has already displayed. “Hamon united; their future fortunes yet lie hid amid the and Catar," with all its faults, is by no means a work uncut leaves of the great book of Fate; but one thing of which he will be ashamed when he is ten years we may safely predicate, viz., that whatever trials may older. It is earnest, vigorous, and often highly be in store for them, they will find in their mutual poetic. The story is interesting; the characters are distinct and life-like; that is, like the sort of life to His account of the fatal collision between the which we have been accustomed since the Deluge. We people and the soldiery in St. Peter's Fields, Man. cannot say that they have anything of
chester, in August 1819, will be read with deep “ The large utterance of the carly gods"
interest by many who are too young to remember the about them; but they certainly are not common our autiior will continue his labours, and bring down
stormy days of the Reform agitation. We trust that place men and women. We might expect to meet the bistory of Vanchester to the present time. The such among the Kirgish Tartars or other inhabitants
period extending from 1832 to 1850, embracing the of Central Asia at the present day. They have a pleasant touch of wildness and romance about them. important records of the Anti Corn-Law League, in And if all the daughters of Cain were as good and admirable companion volume to the Historical Sketches.
which that town was actively engaged, will make an self-sacrificing as Anna and Ada, we do not see clearly what the sons of Seth had to complain of after entering into the bonds of matrimony with them. We
THE SMALL DEER OF CEYLON. expected a story of “Woman wailing for her demon lover,"
This is the title given by the artist to the rich from the first few pages, and were somewhat disap group of tropical life that forms the subject of our pointed to come upon a mére human story of love engraving. It is not our present purpose to enter and jealousy, and roman's devotion. We do not upon the zoology of Ceylon; the deer of that island quite understand why the story could not have been are a variety of the species unknown to temperate told without the intervention of Cain. Our curiosity teristics those members of the stag family with which
latitudes, though resembling in their general characas to his whereabouts during the time of narration is never satisfied. There is something verging both on we are all sufficiently familiar. Our object in this the impossible and the ridiculous, in a man's telling a to the merits of the artist, than to dilate upon the
brief notice is rather to direct the reader's attention story while he is “falling, falling eternally," and "the great universe on fire seems rushing after him into natural history of the birds and beasts which constitute the Abysses.”. We do not presume to say that it the prominent features of his drawing; and even this might not be done in an autediluvian fiction; but we known to the British public by his beautiful illus
is scarcely necessary, for Mr. Daniell is already so well think that l'art difficile de bien conter was never exercised under such discomfortable circumstances, and commendations from us superfluous. He has laboured
trations of our Iudian possessions as to render any we cannot help regretting that somebody else did not with great success in a clime where nature has most save Cain the additional trouble of telling a story à bountifully supplied those invaluable adjuncts to the longue haleine.
“ Historical Sketches and Personal Recollections artist-beauty of form, brilliancy of colour, and a of Manchester," is the title of a volume lately put
cloudless sky; and the present illustration, combining into our hands, as emanating from the pen of as it does some magnificent scenery with curious Mr. Archibald Prentice, many years the editor of the specimens of the animal kingdom, must rank among Manchester Times. This gentleman is well known in
his happiest productions. Lancashire as one of those untiring advocates of progress, who have ever been found struggling in the
SCRAP. foremost ranks for the extension of political rights and freedom of commerce. Our author has collected, In 1804 Mungo Park, the celebrated traveller, was in the work before us, the scattered records of the residing near the banks of the Yarrow, where he was most important events which have occurred in Man- often visited by Sir Walter Scott. On one occasion, chester during the forty years whiclı preceded the Lockbart in his Life of Scott relates that, not finding passing of the Reform Act, and the consequent en- him at home, Scott went in search of bis friend, and franchisement of that great centre of manufacturing " presently found him standing alone on the bank, industry. We see that his labours have attained to plunging one stone after another into the water, and the distinction of a second edition, an honour not watching anxiously the bubbles as they rose to the often conferred upon local histories, which must surface.” “This,” said Scott, " appears but an ill necessarily contain much that is uninteresting to the amusement for one who has seen so much stirring general reader, or be deficient in those details that adventure.” “Not so idle, perhaps, as you suppose, " constitute their chief merit in the localities they answered Mungo. “This was the manner in which profess to describe. Mr. Prentice's pages coinprise I used to ascertain the depth of a river in Africa the origin and early records of that party which has before I ventured to cross it-judging whether the of late years, and under more favourable circumstances, attempt would be safe, by the time the bubbles of air risen into power and popularity as the " Manchester took to ascend.” At this time Park's intention of a School,” and to those who take an interest in tracing second expedition had never been revealed to Scott; the gradual expansion of political creeds, and the slow but he instantly formed the opinion that these expebut certain steps by which they attain their influence, riments on the Yarrow were connected with some they will repay an attentive perusal.