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The Count welcomed his son with ed he, “ shall revenge her sacred blood those marks of tenderness, which pro. in that of an aftasin !"-But fuddenly mifed every thing to the ardent hopes his features foliened to a look of of Albert. On the evening of his re- ful tenderness, recollecting himself, and turn, impatient to urge a luit, upon the falling at the feet of Bournonville, he
success of which his happinels depend thus continued : “ Forgive, oh, parent hed, he requeited a private audience of of my deserted infancy, the force of naSluis father, who appointed an interview ture, that fufpended in my breat, the
in his closet, before they should retire endless debt of gratitude which I owe to their separate apartments for the night. you: here iet my heart ever acknowThey met at the ftated hour, each bear. ledge the tribute due to filial love; while ing testimony, in his expreffive counte- my sword avenges the blood of murdernance, of the most important secret ed innoceoce; from whose honoured which oppressed his heart. The youth- fource I drew my own exiltence.
But ful impetuofity of Albert arreíted the fay, my lord, whence do you derive Count's attention, by an instant con- this strange intelligence? The Count fefsion of his paflion, and by his reliance then informed him, that, in his late ab- on parental indulgence to crown his lence, he had taken into his family a ferwishes : the Count de Bournonville lis- vant, discharged from the castle of Clairtened, without interruption, to the cha- výle, on the death of the late Marquis, racter of Emma, painted with all the and who, being a native of Swifferiand, ardent enthusiasm of love, in the glow- had returned to an uncle residing there ing colours of perfection. Albert ceaf- in credit, by whom he had been recomed ;-the pause of a moment succeeded; mended: That Prevot, interrogated when his father, looking Itedfastly upon relative to the motive of his quitting him, thùs replied, " Ever ready to pro- France, had given bim a circumstantial mote your felicity, I shall not attempt account of the occurrences, which had to reason you out of an attachment, passed in the family of the Marquis, inwhich you describe so worthy of your cluding the fatal death of the Marchiochoice in every thing but birth and for. nels, and the loss of her young fon. tune. You are undoubtedly the latest " These events," continued the Count, judge in a point of such consequence'as “ I found from Prevoi's recital, passed an union for life :--but a subjuet of fill at a period, when I was returning with more present importance now demands my wife through France to Swisserland;
You mult in future de- but fo expeditious was my journey, that cide your own destiny: I no longer can the foregoing circumstances never reachclaim from you the duty of obe:dicnce. ed my ears : an infant son had accomYou are alone the child of my adoption, but panied our tour; and, by a sudden illthe real, the indisputable fun of a noble ness incident to children, it pleased and unfortunate Marquis, the heir of a heaven to recall the gift, with which it princely fortune, the real Henry de had ble slid us for a short time: the Clairville ! wronged of your natural Countess was inconfolable, and I feared rights by an ufurper ; who doomed you grict would have had a fatal effect upon to a death in early infancy, from which her delicate frame; 'when an Providence rescued your innocence.” ordinary incident roufed her attention « And who murdered, with barbarian from the indulgence of her private hand, my honoured mother ?” exclaim. woes, to exercise it on an object whose ed Albert, attentive with increasing won- interesting age claimed the offices of huder to the words of the Count; and manity from her maternal cére. whose imagination had been wrought up Albert listened with attentive fie almost to a pitch of frenzy at the close lence while the Count de Bournonville of the speech. “ This arm,” continue continued thus his narrative : " My
faithful Durand accompanied us in our could depend, and who have inviolatravels ; he has spent his youth in my bly kept the secret, which till this hou service, and by his firm, attachment has hath been concealed from all the world merited the place which he holds in my even from yourself, whom I adopted with esteem. As we were paffing a frequent a tenderneis equal to parental sentiments
. ed road, Durand, who followed us on Heaven not having thought fit to bliss horseback, perceived upon the ground me with other children, I fixed my a sleeping infant. Surprised to see no hopes on you, and had long ceased to person wear, and that the child had been expect, and I will confess even to wish left apparently unprotected, he stopped that fate would disclose the hidden His horfe, when, from a wood which mystery of your birth. You well re. bordered the road, a man suddenly start- member the dying scene of the incomed forth, and thus addressed Durand, parable Countess, who had fo tenderly in a tone of agitation, “ if you have fulfilled for you a mother's duties: you an inclination to do an act of mercy, received her blessing, and mourned her take charge of this defolate infant: his loss with filial forrow. I complied, lite will be forfeited, should you refuse rather reluctantly with your desire to to save him : Spare his innocence, and travel, and obtained your promise not Inatch a foul from guilt. He is of to be absent from me, on your first exnoble bluod, born to inherit a splendid pedition, more than three months. The fortune, but vengeance will pursue and account which we received from Prevot overwhelm him, unless you generously of the unfortunate death of the Marrescue him.”_With these words, not chioness de Clairville, and the unkoown waiting for a reply, he bounded again fate of her infant son, corresponding into the wood, and left Durand in the exactly with the time and circumstances utmost consternation. The honest fel- of your 'adoption, left Durand and me low, trembling for the fate of the child, little doubt, but that you were the dewould not risque a moment the threat- voted victim of the concealed assassio ; ened danger, but lifting the little infant we determined, however, not to let our gently from the ground, and placing suspicions transpire before your return; him on his horse, foon overtook our which I daily expected from the last carriage, and stopping it, haftily relat- letters that I had received. A week ed the adventure, and presented us with ago, Durand passing through the streets the foundling, who, awakened by the of Zurich, was accosted by a stranger, motion, was pouring forth his little whom he soon recollected in spite of the forrows: the Countess snatched him ea- vestiges of time, to be the person who gerly to her bosom, he smiled innocent- had entrusted him with the care of the ly in her face and ceased to cry, as if infant Albert. « Thank heaven,” ex. recollecting in her arms a mother's fond claimed the stranger, “ I have lived to embrace.- “ Yes,” said she, diffolving meet you once again ! you have never into tears, “ thou shalt be protected, quitted my remembrance, although malovely infant; thou shalt replace in my ny years have paffed, since I recom. vacant affections the loss of my lament- mended to your protection a persecuted ed Albert: my care and tenderness child. If he still should live, heaven shall supply that of a fond parent, and may yet restore him to his rights. ConThelter thee from thy barbarous ene- descend to follow me to my habitation, mies !”—The better to secure your safe. where I will unfold a story terrible to ty, we agreed to call you by the name relate, the concealment of which has of our lamented son, and to conduct cost my conscience so dear.” Durand you to Swisserland as such. We swore readily complied with his request, and to secrecy Durand and the Countess' learnt from him the confeffion ; that woman who attended us, on whom we
being a servant in the family of the Ba- faithful domestic lost no time in impartron de Morenzi, he had been bribed ing to me this momentous secret : i had by promises, and intimidated by threats, not yet disclosed to Prevot the discoto allift his master in the seizure of the very, which his intelligence had made Marchioness de Clairville and her son, to me of your family, but had inimeon the road to Clairville castle ; but diately confided it to Durand, whose that having been previoufly haunted by report of Fargeon's confeffion, added a a horrid dream, he had determined to strong confirmation of circumstances, save, if potlible, the young Marquis : fufficiently evident before. The sethat he consulted with his brother, who cret yet remains between us undivulgwas also in the Baron's service, and who ed :--but now is the crisis of your fate, afterward lost his life in the action; and the moment is arrived for you to and they both agreed together, at all assert your claims to prove your exisevents, to rescue the child, the chief tence-to expose to juitice the usurper object of Morenzi’s malice, and the of your rights-—" and the murderer of certain impediment to his wishes of my mother!” exclaimed Albert ;“ little inheriting the revenues of Clairville did I conceive, when I attended the fucastle. In the beginning of the engage- neral of the lameated Marquis de Clairment Fargeon declared, that with a ville, that I was performing an act of duview to save him, he snatched the in- ty, and following a parent to the grave !" fant from his mother's arms, who had Sleep visited not the eyelids of Alswooned on the approach of the armed bert, who passed the remainder of the villains; and that having escaped with night in revolving the wondrous events, him to the wood, he lulled him to sleep which had been imparted to him. Abon a bank near the road; where he horrence of Morenzi's crimes, and mewatched the approach of fome passen. ditated revenge, animated every faculty ger, whom he hoped to move with com- of his mind ; but in the midst of these paflion ; that he waited not long, as filial emotions the seducing form of EmDurand was soon after sent by Provi- ma would sometimes glide into his dence to be the fortunate inftrument of ideas, enlightening the future prospect his preservation : Fargeon added, that of his life with the brightest hope. When he then returned to the Baron, who him- the Count met Albert in the morning, self had headed the villainous troop, he found hin, impelled by youthful arand found it not difficult to persuade dour and thirst of vengeance, resolved him, that he had with his own hands to halten to Clairville castle, and to strangled the child, and buried him in challenge the affifin of his mother. a deep ditch.
Soon after these occur. The Count endeavoured to sooth his rences he had married and retired to impetuosity by representing to him that Swisserland with his wife, where he the judicature of France would do him had lived with an upbraiding conscience ample justice ; and that they were forever since, upon the wages of iniquity; tunately arried with evidence sufficient with this sole consolacion, however, that to condemn a traitor, whose atrocious he was in appearance alone guilty of crimes ought to be publicly punished by the murder. He had lately arrived at the exertion of those laws which he the knowledge of the late Marquis' de- had violated. He propofed, however, cease, and of the succession of the Ba- without lots of time, to accompany him ron, which awakened in his mind such to France, and to take immediate mearemorse for the share taken by him in sures for seizing the person of the Baron the deception, that he had almost re- de Morenzi.--Albert fubnitted to the folved to return to France, in order to opinion of the Count, and they set out divulge a secret, which oppreffed his accordingly the next morning, with a conscience ; when he unexpectedly met large retinue, among whom Durand, and recollected Durand, to whom le Fargeon, and Presot were included. Jesolutely confessed the whole. My
We will leave the travellers to pur. daughter, impatiently waited the apsue their journey, while we return to proach of morning, wben the landlord the Baron de Morenzi. Du Val, ever had promised him a carriage. He hał indefatigable in a cause, wherein his locked the door of his daughter's cham. own advantage was conce
cerned, had re- ber, intending not to disturb her repos, solved to make use of the first 'opportu- until the moment of departure should nity, which should offer, to secure the arrive, and had returned to his room lovely Emma, in the absence of her fa- below, where, anxiously. solicitous for ther. For this purpose he arose at break the return of day, he stood at a winof day, and with two trusty domeftics, dow contemplating the declining moon. in whom he could confide the baselt de. He was roused from his reverie by the figos, took his secret stand behind a entrance, through the open door, of 2 thick hedge, thạt fenced the small gar- large dog, which, jumping up to his den of Bernard, with an intent to watch knees, began-fawning upon him, as rehis departure from the cottage, and to collecting an old acquaintance. Berseize the unprotected victim, whom he nard foon called to Iris remembrance the had devoted to his own avarice and the faithful creature ; when his master, who licentious passion of Morenzi. While had missed his favourite, traced him to this wretch was lurking in ambush, that apartment, and entering it, difccfome peasants, accustomed to call their vered, to the astonished Bernard, the unwell-beloved neighbour to the occupa- expected form of Albert. A mutual tions of the day, having repeated their surprise and pleasure made them exusual lignal to no purpose, knocked at claim the fame instant, “ is it pollible!" the door ; they received no answer; an An explanation foon took place on each universal consternation prevailed among fide ; and the Count de Bournonville them. After consulting some time, they having joined them, he received Beragreed to force the door, which having nard with every mark of friendship and effected, they entered, and found to condescension. While the good old their astonishment the cottage deserted. man was recounting the occasion of his Du Val and his affuciates had by this flight, and the designs formed by Motime joined in the search, and Isaving reozi to betray the innocence of Emma, no difficulty to account for the flight of the rage of Albert rose beyond all Bernard and his daughter, haftened to bounds; and he folemnly vowed, that the castle to inform the Baron of a cir- the monster who had thus injured him cumstance fo mortifying to his passion. by complicated villainy should fall the Morenzi exasperated with rage and dil. devoted victim of his avenging arm.appointment, vowed vengeance on the “ But where,” faid le, is my inconfugitives, and ordering a carriage to be parable, my glorious Emma!--Let me, got ready, threw himself into it with by my presence, reassure her tender apDu
determined to overtake the prehensions, and swear no fate shall för obje&ts of his fury. Although well parate us more; but that from this moconvinced that they had been too cau. ment the hall find in her deroted Al. tious to attempt concealing themselves bert, the protector of her innocence, in the village, before his departure, he the champion of her honour, the avenordered that every cottage should be ger of her wrongs!!--At that instant searched. They took the fame road a carriage drove furiously into the yard, wbich Bernard had chosen ; and they and two persons alighted frem is, in pursued the wanderers as clolely, as the one of whom, as it was now day, Al
. interval of some hours would admit. bert recognised the face of Morenzi.While Morenzi was in the purluit of The impulse of the moment induced this venerable old man, Bernard studi- him to follow the Baron. They enteroully anxious to protect liis perfecuted ed a room at the same time" Villain,
traitor, usurper !” exclaimed Albert, into the room, found the Baron lifeless, shutting the door, and inattentive to his and Da Val leaning over his dead masown unarmed situation, " defend thy. ter, with looks expreffive of horror and felf, if thou darest encounter the just re- consteroation. When Albert viewed septment of Henry de Clairville, whose his fallen enemy, he stood for some mother's blood demands the justice of moments wrapt in filent wonder then
son's revenge, from a son, who calls exclaimed, “ Chaste fhade of. deupon thee to expiate with thy life thy parted mother, be appeased !--The arm monstrous crimes."
which fhed thy guiltoess blood, has, in The coward heart of Morenzi, struck his owo, revenged thee, and marks, by with the horrors of all-conscious guilt, this dread deed of justice, the unerring froze in his bosom ; and he stood fixed hand of heavenly retribution.” He then in mute wonder and dismay. The Count quitted the apartment, and withdrew de Bourbonville, accompanied by Bere with the Count de Bournonville, who Dard and his attendants, had joined by had given orders that proper attention this time, the unarmed Albert, who to the body should be paid. They now might have fallen a victim to the Baron’s consulted what measures they. ihoaid resentment, had not a sense of his own take to conceal from Emma a catastrovillainy, together with his astonishment phę so fatal, till they could remove her and terror at the Gght of the injured fon from this horrid fcene. of Clairville arrested the trembling arm Bernard determined to go to his of Morenzi. The cautious friends of daughter's chamber; and undertook Albert, almost by force dragged him from with cautious tenderness to unfold to the room, and leaving Du Val only with her the extraordinary circumstance, that Morenzi, faltened the door upon theni, Albert and the Count had alighted from which was guarded on the outside by their chaise at the moment of Emma's the Count's armed retinue to prevent an arrival. escape. The Baron had caught a view Harassed by the violent agitations of of Fargeon, and recollecting in him the mind and body which she had underman, whom he had employed to assaffi- gone, Emma had enjoyed for some time Date the young Henry, be felt a strong the most refreihing and profound reand fatal presage of his own impending pose; from which she was roufed at fate ! his brain was seized with sudden length by confused sounds of voices that dcfperation ; he snatched from his poco proceeded from below. She Itarted up, ket a loaded pistol, and before Du Val and recollecting all at once her perilous could wrest the weapon from his hand, fituation, which the height of the sun he lodged its contents in his own head, beaming through the curtains, painted and full thus self-convicted, the devoted ir: strong colours, she felt her appre. sacrifice of his conscious and accumu- hension of pursuit renewed; haltening lated crimes !
therefore to adjust fier dress, se tied Du Val, terrified, few to a wiodow, on her straw bonnet, with an intent to aod throwing open the fash, proclaimed rejoin her father, when he suddenly enmurder, in a voice fo audible, that he tered, and tenderly enquiring after her instantly collected together a concourse health, he found her so apprehensive of of perfons, who, urged by curiosity, danger from the interval of time, which surrounded the house, and demanded they had lost at the ion, that he venture admittance into the room from whence ed to inform hier of Albert's arrival, and the alarm proceeded : the affrighted of his waiting impatiently to be admitlandlord likewise peremptorily claimed ted to her prefence. The glowing blush liberty to enter ; which being granted, of momentary pleasure animated her on condition that the prisoners hould lovely cheek, but instantly retreating, Dot be suffered to escape, they rushed was succeeded by a deadly paleness. Vol. LVIII.