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whom he was at law, had, before this exploit, sig-1 Severe as Richelieu was on duelling grandees, he nalized himself as a duellist. A gentleman named appears, from the Chronicles, to have been very tolSt. Phal called his attention to some X's in a piece erent of combats among the smaller fry. The of embroidery; Bussy, to bring on a duel, swore Baron d'Aspremont, for example, almost fought they were Y's. On this weighty subject there three duels in a single day. Beginning in the morncame off a six on each side. Bussy was wounded, ing, he killed an adversary, who only contrived to but soon sent another challenge, and even had the pink him in the leg. Troubled by this wound, the audacity to offer battle to the captain of the king's baron, unable to eat at table, amused himself by Guards, sent to stop this second fight. It needed throwing at his friends pellets of bread, one of which the intervention of the king and his brother to put chanced to strike a gentleman, who considered that an end to this almost interminable quarrel.

he had thereby received an affront. Having run The game went bravely on: from 1589, to 1608, this second adversary through the arm, the baron eight thousand duellists fell; and King Henry IV. was enlisted as a second in a third duel, which, howwould have been only too glad to take his share of ever, was stopped. The Chevalier d’Andrieux was the work. "If I were only your friend,” he wrote another bravo of the same stamp. At thirty years to Duplessis Mornay, “and not your king, there is of age, he had killed seventy-two men. Preparing no sword which would more readily come out of for another duel, “ Chevalier," said his adversary, its scabbard for you than mine." In this reign, you will be the tenth man I shall have killed ?" Lagarde Valon had, by his exploits, awakened the “ And you my seventy-third !” replied the Chevaenvy of another cut-throat, named Bazanez, who lier, whom the result proved to be in the right. accordingly sent to his rival a hat, threatening to | This humorous gentleman was in the habit of come and take it and the new wearer's life at the promising to his disarmed adversaries their lives if same time. Lagarde wore the hat, and went about they would forswear their hopes of salvation ; this seeking Bazanez, whom he did not know by sight. done, he would cut their throats, that, as he said, Finding one another at last, the two bravos went he might have the pleasure of killing them body to work. A tremendous blow fell right on the top and soul. of Bazanez's head,- in vain : the skull was so hard Ludovic de Piles and his brother were journeying that the sword glanced off. The second blow had towards Paris, and arriving at Valence, entered an more effect. “ There's for the hat,” said Lagarde ; | inn, and asked for supper. The landlord declared "and there for the feather; and here for the hand. that he had only eggs and cheese. “For whom, Bazanez was fast losing blood, but was not done for then, is that spit turning ?” “For four officers.” yet. He rushed on his man, and by main force " Go and ask them to allow us to join them.” This knocked him down. “ Beg for your life !” he cried, | request met with a prompt refusal. Ludovic and as one after the other he dealt Lagarde fourteen his brother supped wretchedly, and went to bed in a blows between the neck and the waist. “No! no !” room divided from that of the officers by a thin cried Lagarde at each stroke, and with a desperate partition only. Ludovic, enraged at the treatment effort he bit off half the chin of Bazanez, and he had met with, lay wide awake, and heard jests at knocked in the back of his head with the pommel the expense of the pair who had fared so ill. In the of his sword. Wonderful to relate, both survived, morning, the two brothers started betimes, but be

- one to die some years later in an ambuscade, the fore they had gone a league, “ I've left my purse other to become the terror of the country into behind,” cried Ludovic. “Do you go on ; I shall which he withdrew. A friend of his, in this retire- come up with you by dinner-time." "Returning to ment, aped his airs : “I only mend my pen with my Valence, he went straight to the room of the offisword !" said he to a poet. " No wonder you write cers. “ Gentlemen,” said he, “ I am one of the two so ill !” was the reply.

travellers with whom you refused to share your supThe rage for combats at last got too much even per. You had a right to do this, but not to make for the easy king, and a new edict of great severity your jokes upon us. I don't like it, and I ask satiswas issued; but the fighting went on all the same, faction of all of you.” One after another, the four and the king shut his eyes. The mania even in- officers fall, and Ludovic, rejoining his brother, recreased in the reign of Louis XIII. We read of joices that he has recovered his purse. Not a word two men who get into a hogshead, and there hack one of the duels, of which the brother hears for the first another to pieces with knives. Two others, on a time of Cardinal Mazarin, who advises him to keep simple question of precedence, clasp the left hands, Ludovic out of the way. and poinard each other. At length, after law upon Cyrano de Bergerac made a point of always holdlaw, came out the celebrated edict of 1626, of which ing himself in readiness to act as second to whomsuch use was to be made by Richelieu. François soever might need his services. He was a most de Montmorency, Count of Bouteville, the most no- skilful swordsman, but was blessed by nature with torious duellist of that day, could never hear it said so long a nose, that all his adroitness could not of a man that he was brave without at once going save it from an occasional cut. These multiplied off to challenge him. He had fought more than in the immense number of duels he fought, till twenty duels. To defy the new edict, he fixed on his notched nose became quite a curiosity, - one the Place Royale, at three o'clock in the afternoon, however, which it was dangerous to look at too as the place and time of what was to be his last closely: a dozen men paid with their lives for a combat. Richelieu insisted on his execution : “We simple inspection of the monstrous and disfigured must cut the throats of these duellists or of your cartilage. One of his exploits was to throw himmajesty's edicts"; so Bouteville died, in spite of all self into the midst of a band of assassins, of whom intercession. Edicts and he could, indeed, not well he killed two and wounded seven, while the rest took live together. · Condemned to death by default be- to flight. fore this, he had caused the proclamation to be torn The mania for duels was not confined to the down by force, and pursuit getting hot, had made sterner sex; witness the exploits of the better-half for the frontier with an escort of two hundred armed of Château-Gay de Murat. This virago used to men.

appear on horseback in great boots, with her petticoats tucked up, and carrying a sword at her side, omitted. He was dining with the Duc de Sally, and pistols at her saddle-bow. Having a bone to and in a discussion which arose, differed in opinion pick with a M. Codières, she called him out. He from another of the guests. * Who is this young *came up smiling," and played about with his fellow who contradicts me in so loud a voice ?" sword, till he found that the lady was seriously asked the Chevalier de Rohan Chabot, a worthy bent on sending him to the ancestral vault. Changing predecessor of the scandalous cardinal, perhaps one tactics, he pressed her so hard, avoiding wounds, of the biggest blackguards of the eighteenth centhat at last she dropped to the ground througb sheer tury. “Sir," replied Voltaire, “it is a man who fatigue, and had to cry for quarter. Quarrelling does not trail a great name, but who honors that atterwards with some gentlemen, she happened to which be bears." Rohan left the table trembling meet them at the chase, and made preparations to with rage, and host and guests alike agreed that it charge. Her groom cried ont: "Come off, madam, was a happy deliverance. Some days later, Vol

- come off; they are three against one." “Never taire was again dining in the same bouse, when a mind." quoth the dame; “no one shall say that I servant told him that he was required below for a met them without charging them." And charge charitable purpose. Without a moment's delay, the she did, for the last time, for her adversaries had the great man descended, and made for a hacknerhad taste to kill her.

coach, into which he was requested by a plaintive In the gallery of rememnes vaillantes, La Beaupré | voice to enter. On doing so, he was seized by one holds a foremost place. After an exchange of strong i man, who beld him, while another administered five language with La des I'rlis, she rushed away, and, or six blows with a switch. A little way of was came back, bringing two swords. Des Urlis took the chevalier in his carriage, protected by four hired one, thinking no ill; but La Beaupré pressed her cut-throats. “That's enough," he said, and gave hani, wounded her in the neck, and would certainly the order to drive on. Voltaire returned to the have killed her, had not timely help come

house, and adjured the duke to regard as an insult Ferther on in point of time comes La Maupin. to himself this outrage on a guest. The host to Tamronisicent swoniswoman had been hgbtiy : fused, however, even to make a deposition. From sruiken or br Damesnil, a male fellow-performer at that moment. Voltaire renounced forever a bouse

e CXT, and, in fact, the eccentricities of ber man- / which he justly regarded as, by this neglect, covered nessefonded wide scope for comment. Determined with dishonor. to bare satisfaction, without any waste of words, shei In language, every word of which is more wounddrevi s a man, and waited for Damesnil as he ing than a sword-threst. be next addressd himself dett be theatre As soon as be anpeared, she to the authorities - I most bumblr retreat that tan, hed him with her son ani bade him draw.. I have been brutallr assaited by the brave Cheva Dnevi who was not in a deelling hamor, tried hier de Rohan, aided by sis cut-throata bebini bom to spect of when La Mannin protocei a stack, and he was boldr posted. Ever since this time. I have 1.31 i us ir abevat his shoalden finishing he taking sight to restore, not mir bonor, tot bis ; * task too is watch ani sar-box. The next dar, the actor ditt. alt." Faiing in this apo bcation, be tonkle Wisauniaining at the theatre of having been set sons in fencing, and as soon as he could usage a un taand o mabhers who had ill-treated and wani, went with a friend to the Theatre Francais, de led him. “You be." troke in the virage: and opening the box of the cberabar: - Sis. shoaid * j was thr dingI threbed you because yon matie of bases Dot have caused yoo to morget ben* the he menerimr chalenge: 1 tbe Ontage of which I have to comDLBID. I trast tbat st: max. leak bere at your wath and wi-*." Ton wil make me smends The thrast vigall dr. ana, ha acson, she was at s bali in mi con ing. This soon at the House which ir moto bad TETODO Ar manera o ouroke three genieten hag am noc: Tense Oir not: Bon I n," Sixth went out * . And the stress killed was beberei to do sort des in Detty various

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had decreased almost to a point. “I'm at the end and on my own also, for your promotion will give of my piece, said the wearer C. to T., whose body us the opportunity of an early meeting.” At last was a mass of scars, " and you 're at the end of your they are both generals, but the combats go on. At troubles." And so he was, for in the last duel, one time, Dupont runs Fournier through the neck, preluded by this little address, T. was killed

and pins him to a wall, just like a butterfly in a case, The great Revolution so absorbed men's minds, but dares not change his position, as, if he does, that eccentric duels disappear for a while. Except Fournier can run him through. There they remain that some are remarkable from the presence of till their noise attracts the attention of some officers, political notabilities, there are few which would who separate them. Dupont at last began to get interest the reader. Combats became more frequent weary of this endless contest; he was thinking of under the Empire, though an officer who was fre-marrying, but must first settle with Fournier. quently engaged in duels was certain to earn the Hunting him up, he proposed to finish up with profound contempt of Napoleon. From the mass pistols. To equalize the chances, it was decided that of uninteresting duels, let us pick out one worthy the combat should come off in a little wood. Acof mention, if only from the fact that it came to an cordingly, on the appointed day, the last act opened. end in 1813, after a duration of nineteen years. Advancing warily, the two at last caught a glimpse Fournier, a captain of hussars, and a most invet- of one another. Each immediately took refuge beerate duellist, had, without provocation, called out bind a tree. Dupont, inferior in skill, had recourse and killed at Strasbourg a young man named to artifice. He quietly lifted up his coat-tail, and Blumm, the only support of a large family. Four- pushed it beyond the tree ; a ball whizzed through nier's skill was so great that this affair was regarded it immediately. A few minutes later, the mouth of as little better than murder. On the evening of his pistol appeared on the other side of the tree, Blumm's burial, General Moreau gave a ball, and while, at the same time, just a corner of the hat proas it was suspected that Fournier would presentjected, as if the wearer were peeping out to take himself, orders were given to Captain Dupont to aim. In a moment, a ball carried the hat away refuse him admittance. The consequence was that among the bushes." Your life is in my hands," Dupont received a challenge, which he gladly ac- said Dupont; " but I won't take it.” “ As you cepted, in the hope of at last chastising the insolence like,” said Fournier. “Only mind,” continued the of a hardened cut-throat. Fournier fell wounded. victor, “I reserve my right to put a couple of balls “ The first point to you,” he exclaimed. “Then into your head whenever I like ; so don't come near you mean to go on again ?” “ Yes; and before me." And thus ended this long quarrel. long, I hope."

On the authority of the Comte de Pontécoulant, A month later, it was Dupont's turn to be wound we give the following. Colonel Barbier-Dufai, a ed. Fournier proposed pistols; but Dupont refused noted duellist, insulted Raoul X- , a young solto accept a weapon which would give his adversary dier, solely with the intention of provoking him to a all the advantage. Fournier was so skilful with the duel. Finding, however, that Raoul was a mere boy, pistol, that frequently, as the men of his regiment a fact disguised by his large stature, the fighting passed on horseback at a gallop smoking, he would, colonel made excuses, and wished to withdraw. with a bullet, knock the pipes out of their mouths. Raoul refused to consent to this course, and swords The two were so nearly equal with the sword that were drawn. The disparity of the combatants was the contest seemed interminable, but they resolved so great, that the colonel, after four times disabling to persevere till one or the other should admit him- his adversary, proposed that some other mode of self to be beaten. To regulate their combats, the fighting should be found. It was impossible to use terms of an agreement were come to: “1. When- pistols in the street; what was to be done? At this ever Dupont and Fournier shall be within thirty moment, the rumble of a hackney-coach was heard, leagues of one another, each shall go half way, in and Dufaï found the wished-for solution. " Stop order that they may meet sword in hand. 2. If one this cab,” he said to the seconds, " and run and exof the two contracting parties should be prevented change these swords for a pair of daggers of equal by his military duty, he who is free shall be bound length.” -“This is what I propose,” he added to to journey the whole distance, in order that the rules Raoul : “ we will get into the coach, armed each of the service and the requirements of the present with a dagger, and bound to one another, with our treaty may be made to harmonize. 3. No excuses right arms only free; then let the doors be shut, shall be accepted save those arising from military and the coach go twice round the Place du Carduties. 4. The present treaty being concluded in rousel.” Raoul accepted; the proposed arrangegood faith, there can be no departure from conditions ments were made ; and, at a signal, the cab started, agreed on by the parties.”

two seconds on the box-seat, the other two behind. The agreement was religiously adhered to, and As the horses, driven by the seconds, dashed round the warmest friendship could not have created in at a pace unequalled in the history of hackneythe two officers a more eager desire to avail them- coaches, one cry was heard, then a second, then all selves of every opportunity to meet. “My dear within was still. The journey finished, the seconds friend," wrote one of these eccentric combatants, rushed to the doors, and, from a pool of blood, drew “I shall be at Strasbourg on the 5th of November, out the two combatants. Raoul was dead; the about noon. Wait for me at the Hôtel des Postes. colonel, pierced with wounds, and with his face torn We'll just have a touch at one another.” Every by Raoul's teeth, yet managed to survive. now and then, the advancement of one or the other, Slight as were the means at their disposal, the would interpose delay. This obstacle removed, officers taken prisoners by this country during the Fournier (let us say) would write thus : “ My dear long war with France, contrived to sustain the repDupont, I learn that the Emperor, recognizing your utation of their country in the matter of the duello. deserts, has just made you a general. Accept my Here are two instances, which we give on the sincere congratulations on a promotion which is only authority of the Annual Register. “A duel was what you deserve. Your nomination is a double fought by two of the French prisoners on board the source of joy to me. On your account, I rejoice, | Samson prison-ship lying in Gillingham Reach.

Not having any swords, they attached to the ends bloom of discoveries, we find that in their labors of two sticks a pair of scissors each. The trans- their character has been as efficacions as their intel. action took place below in the prison, unknown to lect. At first sight we especially admire tbe muidutis the ship's company. One man, wounded in the of their attention, the enormousness of their know abdomen, died," Again : “ Two French officers on edge, their talent of abstraction, their metapbrs a parole in Reading, fought a duel in a field not far aptness for general views. Closer examination lesis from the New Inn, on the Oxford Road, when one us to remark that if these faculties were able to bring of them received a ball, which passed through the forth their fruit, it was because conscientiousnes back part of his neck. Unable to procure pistols, patience, unselfishness, sobriety, and a D ate de they had agreed to decide the affair with a fowling- moral virtues were joined to then. There is a piece, at about fifty paces, by firing alternately. mense amount of labor dode in GerBDT, 3d is The first dischange was conclusive. The officer performed almost gratuitoosy. Tbe laborers have who fired rendered every assistance to his wounded been obliged to endure a great deal and urare antagonist. He accompanied him in a post-chaise self-denial in proportion, for great works ve Deter to his lodigings, where a surgeon dressed his wound, wrought except by long secrbses. The car way which is said not to be dangerous."

which leads to power is the art of consumang te From the Annual Register also we give partic-while producing a great deal I sva osa i ulars of the foliowing duel, of which, as we hare naturalists and natural phicsopbers at Ce b e found no meation of it in the Freneh histories, we! Their randers and appearance were those coare incred to think that it may perbaps be no blers in Sandar clothes. I instance the bere ide record of an actual encounter than the of the greatest German Le boo. so does att ar of Rani - (we bave grave doubts as to i ber own washing and cooking. The i n the ty ct personages designated by this initial brated throczboct Euscoe spesis sugas Tabe in Frein abecdiotes) and Datai. The quarrel was sacred tests states the road ace or s Bob between M. de Grappré and M. le Pique, and the mana or that Veil : boci Ere oe * TR. com come oti at, or perbaps we sbocid sar: During the first fort yer of this cert. be

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for its accessories. The society was dissolved. I am! As Edward Pringleson got into a carriage with very much afraid that in France, science, philosophy, a large balance of sickness still in hand, wet through the arts and everything else are loved only for their with the January seas and snows, and turned a motaccessories, and the chief of these accessories is the tled face towards the window where the dirty down delicate and pretty way in which they are discussed. train was faintly visible through the steamed glass, One may be sprightly everywhere, even in legisla- he felt, indeed, that his cup of misery was full. tion and in political economy. It was by this means The entrance of a widow and a little girl about two Montesquieu and Bastiat succeeded in alluring read- years old caused it to overflow. ers; but such a requirement greatly reduces the He established himself next to the farthest door, prolificness and liberty of the intellect. A great and erected a fortification of shawls, bags, and a deal many works of art or science become impossible box marked “Fragile," containing a clock from the when the scholar and artist feel themselves obliged Palais Royal (a purchase he had since heartily reto take care that their work shall be read with gretted), between himself and the intruders. Go to pleasure and be understood at the first glance. The sleep he must, so up went his feet into the opposite public in France load the shoulders of the author seat, and in five minutes he was in “ paradise." and inventor with a weight the public in Germany But he was a light sleeper, and very soon became take on their own shoulders.

aware that his companions were holding a conference in whispers.

“Baby will look out of that window, mamma," GUESS!

said a small but energetic voice.

"No, no, darling !” said mamma; “it will wake “Ugh! my native climate, what a Beast you are!" | the gentleman. The poor tired gentleman, baby!

Edward Pringleson had just crossed the Channel. Look out of this window, dear. You can see the He was twenty-four years old, and the son of a Lei- pretty snow out of this one.” cestershire county court judge.

But baby was not to be so deluded. It is often thought to be a good thing that the “Baby can see the snow out of the other, too,” she eldest of a large family should be a girl, and be said ; and the little wilful mortal ran away from her trained from infancy to act as a deputy slave-driv- mother, and, using the sacred deal box as a step, er. But Mrs. Pringleson never regretted the sex actually mounted on to the bridge formed by the of her eldest child,“ Edward always was such a good stranger's legs to get a better view of the prosboy.” When he went to school there was a very pect. sensible increase of noise from the nursery depart- Edward did not in the least care to be thought exment, and for the first time Mr. and Mrs. Pringle-traordinarily polite and good-natured. It gave him son began to think that perhaps they had incurred no pleasure to make sacrifices, and he was quite sata troublesome responsibility in having ten children. | isfied with knowing privately that he was as ready to At school, Edward was regarded as “the steady make one if it were necessary as any one else. His boy” by the authorities, and as “a grind" by his very gallantry was a measured thing. He would give companions. No one took any liberties with him, up his seat to a lady, but so he would to a gentlehowever, and not one single scrape occurred to man if he were tired. On the present occasion, he trouble the parental ears. Of the many home con- was outraged, and turned his head towards the ferences held over his career, “ Edward was sure to mother in resentment. She was young, scarcely do well” was the invariable, and, if vague, very older than himself; and she was pretty, too, but it comfortable result.

made no difference to him. It was a clear case of But with a high degree at Oxford, Edward injustice. seemed to have exhausted his energies for the time "Baby, baby, come down, darling!” cried mambeing. He showed no special inclination for any ma; “please excuse her, sir. She has been very pursuit. He did not care for the law, so the elder much indulged, and she does n't understand that she Pringleson's interest was exerted in favor of the is not to worry strangers.” younger boys; and, indeed, the Judge was very well. All this time, Edward had been considering the content that Edward should rest on his oars for the small person on his legs. She was very tiny, very present. There was no necessity for immediate plump, and had that perfect shapelessness which is decision, as he himself was a hale man of fifty-five, so delightful in a child. Her arms had still the inand good for many years. Besides, there could be fantine creases at the wrists and elbows, and she no anxiety about the ultimate success of a first-class frequently examined her marvellous little hands and man. The Judge had been no scholar himself, and pointed nails, displaying great anxiety about their reposed an undue confidence in the might of learn- cleanliness. She had a roguish mouth, which she ing. And then Edward had rather overworked often pursed up persuasively, and a pair of romanhimself at Oxford, and felt he had honorably earned tic blue eyes, which had, comically enough, an exthe right of resting.

| pression of the deepest pathos. But, somehow, he was low-spirited, and his moth- The result of Edward's investigation was this aner grew anxious. The family doctor said, “ Send swer to the lady, . him to Paris for a fortnight.” Mrs. Pringleson ob- “0, never mind her!” She does n't inconvenjected that it was so cold, travelling in January ; | ience me. Let her stay if she likes." but she was not listened to, and Edward went to As she evidently did like, her mother let her Paris. And perhaps it was as good a sign as his stay. friends could have desired of his having enjoyed his Edward had now to undergo a complete examinatrip, that he made that uncivil remark about the tion. His waistcoat-buttons were counted, his craclimate as he got into the train at Folkestone at half vat was untied, and his collars were turned down. past eight o'clock, A. M.

Then the little intruder betook herself to his face, It had been trying to snow all night, and also and poked her small fingers into every corner. She trying to thaw. The result was mud by the ton, took hold of his eye-lashes to open and shut his eyes, universal damp, and universal ill-temper.

and arranged his hair in a very novel style. And

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