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soldier's arm, or the band on a policeman's, ' those modern ones in which the most exquisite have any mystic reference to it.
art fashions them, and the most costly gems Both the chain and bracelet are now common and metals are frequently used in their workarticles of ornament, requiring no other patent manship. than the power to purchase, to give a right to The cabinets in the Ethnographical room of wear them ; but not the less interesting on this the British Museum are rich in such barbaric account, as illustrating the slow, but certain ornaments. There one sees bracelets (and dying out of class prejudices, which even on chains to match) of kangaroo and peccary such triling matters set the narrow stamp of its teeth, of boars' tusks, of shells, of bits of torveto ; indeed, it is rather worthy of remark, with toise shell, of reeds, with others made of the regard to the former article, that the class of thigh bones of a small bird, and soine again of persons of which it was at one period a privi- coloured seeds, and even feathers. leged distinction, are most chary now in the dis- Of these some are from the north-west coast play of it.
of America, some from the Marquesas and SandWe might go on adding link to link to our wich Islands, and some from New Guinea and subject without exhausting it, since the wearing Australia ; but all attest to an universal, and it of both these ornaments in some rude formn and would seem purely natural taste for this species simple materials is as common to savage states of personal adornment. as to the classic nations we have quoted, or
DU R K H EIN:
A TALE OF THE HAARD T.
BY MRS. GRENVILLE MURRAY.
Towards the close of a sultry July day in into this feeling; and as he loitered about the 1848, a distingué looking traveller, mounted little streets, apparently unmindful of aught upon an English horse of remarkable beauty, save his own handsome person, few things rode listlessly over the rough pavement of a escaped his keen observation. small German village-if we may so designate a The Germans do not wait to know you, belittle sequestered cluster of cottages, surrounded fore wishing you well; and as the stranger saunby vineyards and lofty mountains, crowned by ters along, kindly greetings fall upon his ear at frowning castles, the glories of old days, each every turn, and hats dofted with something having its legend, such as one only hears in more of solemnity than the occasion requires, Germany.
shew the respect which bis noble bearing calls He has ridden far since the morning, perhaps forth, and prove the veneration in which rank is sixty miles, but neither the horse nor his rider still held by the German peasantry, notwithshows any signs of fatigue; and the former tosses standing the democratic outbreaks of the popila his head as proudly as if he had only just left lace. Maids and matrons sit knitting before his stall.
their doors, demurely looking down upon their The traveller stops at the principal inn, and work, and secretly commenting upon the after seeing to the steed who has borne him so Freindlings Gesicht, being so well set off by the well, asks for rather than orders some supper, plume and slouched hat commonly worn in for be knows the habits of German innkeepers Germany in 1848. llere and there sups some in out-of-the-way places, and has been already urchin upon schwarzes brod und rase, * whilst told by one of the fraternity when a little 100 | the expectant dog of some neighihour looks begexacting, that he was not asked to come to his gingly on. Along the crooked street are windhouse, and might leave it when he chose. This ing a mendicant, two travelling artisans, and a would have been awkward in the present case, few labourers returning from their work; farthere being no other place where he could hope ther on a waggon creaks and labours up a to get either a cup of tea or a bed suthciently steep ascent, the cracking of the drivers' whip long to recline upon.
sounding clear and sharp through the still air. The simple repast over, the stranger strolled And these objects become picturesque even into the village." It was a lovely evening, and a from their homeliness, to a poetic imagination thousand sounds peculiar to the country haunted' such as our traveller possessed. The beggar the air. This is the time in which a traveller and the artisan paused before the wealthier always finds the keenest enjoyment, when the wayfarer – the one is old, the other way-worn ; toil, the burden, and the heat of the day being the stranger knows not which may be the better over, he can indulge those quiet glimpses into object of charity, he therefore divides a score of manners and customs which repay a wanderer kreuzers between them, and they go merrily on 80 weil for the comfort he is called upon to their way, muttering again and again, Gott sei sacrifice; for, after all, comfort is very common- : Da and invoking a thousand blessings upon place when one gets accustomed to it. Our tourist was just of the trempe to enter warmly
* Brown bread and cheese.
the giver, over whose thoughtful features steals pale olive; lips full and voluptuous; the nose a most satisfied expression, the reflit probably was straight, and the ears of that small, delicate of charity or benevolence.
beauty, seldom seen apart from gentle blood; At the turning of a corner the sounds of music the forehead broad and high, redeemed the senare heard in the gardens of a little gosthaus; suality of the mouth, and gave even a noble chathe stranger enters, and a glass of apfel wein, as racter to the face. Her figure was about the brisk as champagne, and far more wholesome, middle height, and although it promised at a an hour's dance with a modest girl, the belle of later period to run into rather too much luxurithe village, terminate his day as many before ance, was now confined within those bounds of have ended in his wanderings.
symmetry which charm both the sensualist and Why then goes he back so pensive to the inn, the poet. Her dress, more French than Gerforgetting even the Black Sultan-such was the man, was neat and elegant, having that peculiar name he had given to his steed—who neighs out piquant propriety of arrangement about the loudly, saying, as plainly as possible, “My good neck, seldom seen in any other than FrenchLord, you have forgotten iny supper”? Et tu, women; in fact, she only resembled a German Brute For, long as they had been companions, in the simple and elegant arrangement of her such an instance of absence of mind on the part hair. It was the girl with whom the stranger of his master had never occurred before. But had danced at the “ River Lust," or garden, the thou may’st neigh, and scatter the straw about night before ; and when she saw that he smiled thy stall ir patiently, Black Sultan; thou must at the recognition, she smiled too, and shewed sleep supperless to-night, for thy Lord wanders teeth white and even as a row of pearls. She idly beneath the summer moon, dreaming not was a striking example of that strange difference of his faithful steed.
sonetimes seen in families, and for which it is The inn where the traveller had taken up his so difficult to account. Brought up amidst all abode, was by no means a favourable specimen sorts of bad examples and contamination, she of its class; and though mentioned in guide had remained pure as a flower. The scenes books as the best in the place, had that slo- around her, so well calculated to mar all femivenly, comfortless air which betokens bad ma- nine delicacy of mind, appeared only to have nagement. The house was in bad repair, and refined and elevated hers. Some instruction, seemingly uncared for; the garden overgrown too, had she given herself: she spoke French, a with weeds, and the little gate which led to it little English, too; and her cousin, a German broken off its hinges. Yet in the lattice front student lately from Heidelberg, had taught her of one little window of that desolate house music, she having a voice of thrilling sweetness. bloomed flowers-the rose, sweet jasmine, pinks, The stranger called her the Rose of the Wilderand inignonette; and there was visible in the ness, and from that time they were often togegeneral order and arrangement of the little ther; he listened entranced to her songs, she to chamber a neatness and freshness ever the his stories of other lands. He even went away evidence of a healthy mind. As the stranger's and returned, though he acknowledged not to
from without wandered over this little apart- hiinself the reason; it was perhaps the beauty of ment, he wondered what could have brought the scenery around the Roman ruin which he the inn to its present state of ruin. The riddle wished to examine more curiously — the old was soon solved, for at this moment a dissolute abbey, or the hoary forest near! It never oclooking man, who turned out to be the landlord, curred to him that it might be the Rose of the came in, staggering under the influence of potent Wilderness who wooed his return; for the potations, accompanied by half-a-dozen ill- stranger was heir to broad lands, and the blood looking fellows as slovenly as himself. He of kings flowed in his veins: what then to him passed his guest without other remark than an was the village maiden? But often on the silent oath, and looking at him from head to foot, summer evenings, as they walked together in said something to his companions, at which they the garden, their conversation would insensibly laughed heartily. A woman, gentle locking, turn to stirring stories of the strange things but unneat, welcomed him; and she was his which the wanderer had seen in lands far away; wife.
and the maiden would listen to the eloquent tale On the day after his arrival, our traveller dis- of her companion, till she forgot quite how silent missed his dínner discontentedly, and called for and sad sat her cousin and once lover, Karl some coffee, regretting a thousand times that he Yugel, in the old deserted dining-room, cursing had not stopped at the pretty little town of the stranger in his heart, and forming wild plans Edenkoken, a mile or two distant. Absent and of vengeance, such as conceive the thoughtful absorbed in thought he had not heeded the Germans when their passions are strongly exmaiden who served him, or his regrets might cited by real or feigned wrong. So the story have been fewer : but when the coffee came, he got abroad that the handsomne Englishunan, looked up from a map, over which he was bend- whose advent had caused such excitement in the ing, and before him smiled the sweetest vision village, was wooing the fair daughter of the innwhich a traveller would care to look upon. It keeper'; and many were the maids, widows, and, was a girl about nineteen. Unlike most Ger- ' alas! wives, who strove to win him from her, for mans, she was as dark as an Arab maid, and sweet to woman is triumph. had that deep-set shaded eye, generally a type It was amusing to hear the current statements of strong passion; a southern complexion of concerning the wealth and rank of the traveller ;
and the whole female population was astir as his , teriously; you went away and returned. Why? beautiful horse went champing its bit down the No one can know but yourself. Yet one thing street with its o'er stately rider.
is certain, that during your stay here you have One day, as Mina sat with the stranger, and robbed me of what I prized dearer than life, listened to a story which he told of some hair- the love of one whom I wrong you much if breadth escape from mountain robbers, in which you seek not to betray. But mark me, proud bis life had been jeoparded in a quixotic effort Englishman, if to Karl Yugel comes ever the to save a fellow-traveller, at the moment when knowledge, nay even the faintest whisper, that the interest of the narration, heightened by the you have harmed that innocent girl, he would art of the tale-teller, became very deep, the slay you in cold blood, and brave the scaffold maiden started and turned pale; then her face rather than leave her unavenged.” And then crimsoned as she exclaimed with German sim- his voice softened as he added, “ I have watched plicity and strong feeling : “ Thou wert the over that child as a sister; in this infectious brave stranger! Lion-Heart! Heaven he praised den I have kept her pure, and dreamed that that you escaped !” And she looked at him hereafter, when Time and Fortune should smile with eyes in which glistened tears of admi- upon me and enable me to offer her a home, ration; for though the tale was modestly told, that she might become my bride. Since you feigning another name, the eye of love pierced came these hopes have been crushed !" the veil.
“For your threats, my good friend,” replied Then entered into the soul of the stranger the the stranger, “I care little; but for your manly sweet essence of gratified vanity, mingled with sorrow much. Threats ! and to me," he conthe fire of lawless passion ; for he knew that he tinued, with a disdainful laugh and a slight was loved, and as his bright full eyes fell upon elevation of the eye-brows; still I would rather the poor girl, she turned, embarrassed, away, to serve than wrong you." avoid his too ardent gaze.
The German heeded not his remarks, but “She shall be mine!” said he, tossing his continued, " A little gold, oh, how little, but a hat upon the bed on retiring to his own few weeks since had spared so much misery, room, and then sat down to pass the night in and might have saved her from the gulph which studies which he hoped might one day make his now yawns for her. Heaven is as unjust as the name renowned; such varied elements do we world, giving wealth to the sinner who but uses sometimes find blended in one nature. “Yes, it to ruin the peace of others, and denying it to she must be mine," he continued, laughing the virtuous, who ask it for good only.” scornfully as the thought of woman's frailty “ Blaspheme not, my good friend; there is darted across his mind; but forgetting the guilt justice and mercy in Heaven still; they only of man which makes her frail. It was midnight; who do not properly appreciate the wise disthe student still bent over the charmed page, pensation of Providence talk thus. But what is and stored the chambers of his brain with the this gold you covet, and why?” golden harvest which thought gleans from the “ Covet! I covet not the vile dross,” interlabours of genius; for, though young, he had rupted the German bitterly; “but when I reflect already solved the enigma of life: that power, that the sums you squandered yesterday at the and the great prizes which the world has to offer, fair might have paid the debts which chain me must be won by the sternest labour, without here, and taken me to Munich, where I have the which they may sigh for them till the end of offer of a professor's chair, why I cannot help time. This close study had already continued deploring the hard lesson which the poor have some hours, when he rose, and throwing open to learn." the long casement, gazed thoughtfully upon the The stranger looked earnestly at the German, starry heavens. He had remained thus some and the scoffing expression was gone from the time drinking in the pure balmy air, musing Englishman's face, upon which gleamed noble over his fortunes, and connecting them perchance thoughts and generous resolves, and frank and with the coming destinies of empires, when lo! cordial was the smile with which he stretched a man, hitherto concealed by the deep shadow out his hand, and said, as his companion turned of a tree against which he leaned, strode out away, “ Nay, take it, man; I never gave my into the moonlight. It was Karl Yugel. hand to one I loved not, nor ayed the friend
“Good even, Karl,” said the stranger; but ship it implies.” the German replied not, and walking up to So, you will not that we should be friends," within an arm's length of the casement, seemed he continued, as Karl still kept aloof. “Well, by his attitude and air of storiny excitement to I like you not the worse for it; some day, permenace him. Calmly smiled the wanderer, as haps, you may think better of me.” may smile a man conscious of no common phy- Without replying, Karl Yugel walked moodily sical strength; and fresh from the softening away, and the student sought his couch only as influence of study, which the Roman hath well the morning was dawning. said, suffers not men's manners to become The iron frame and constitution of youth set brutal, without anger then smiled he.
fatigue and vigil at defiance; and so, yet early “ Hark you!” said the German, breaking in the morning, the Englishman was abroad, silence, and speaking with the violent gesticu- so early that Mina had not left her chamber, lation and barsh voice of his countrymen when although the sot was already at his beer, and the much moved, “ You came here unknown, mys- ! scold at his elbow. The stranger walked
and down, concealed by a low hedge of fruit-, naciously, whilst Mina pouted like a spoiled trees, and though no eaves-dropper, he lent a child. willing ear to the conversation which was going The stranger, who knew the character of the on, as he in part forined the subject of it. French-vain as brave, and covetous of applause
“ Well,” said the drunkard, " what thinkest ---did not despair of sending away the intruder thou then of our daughter and the Englander- by drawing his attention to the dancers. “Flow thou sayest they be o'erinuch together :)" graceful !” said he, as if lost in admiration; Nay, nougat,” replied the wife,
“ did you mark the figure of her who sat down I hope no harm will come on it.”
just now, how exquisitely she waltzed with that " What harm can come?" said the sot; “if he officer?” marry the girl, there will be an end, and perhaps Mina saw the stranger's aim, and joined in he may pay Gensfleich the vintner and Rude- his praises. macher the cooper their long bills, for I can. Mademoiselle ne danse plus ?” asked the
Frenchman, gallantly. “ True; but and he marry her not ?"
“ Merci !" was 'the reply: and looking " Then what needs to talk of it?"
nervously round to see that no one had carried Why, thou wouldst not see harm befall our off the prize, he hastened to ask the hand of the child, my husband ! and the rich stranger might fair one whose grace bad been extolled ; and take her from us, only to betray the poor Mina and the stranger were left alone. child."
Fierce flashed the eye of Karl Yugel, as he “And then-then-there would be one mouth watched from afar the expression of the maiden's the less to feed, woman; eight children are face; and he muttered a thousand curses on the enough methinks to prevent a man getting on in false Islander. the world.”
“ Mina," said the stranger, I have another “ Say nought against the children, Andreas," story to tell you; will you leave the dance said the woman, with glistening eyes, “ they do awhile to listen to it? The night is lovely, let not pull us down in the world; but tell me, us walk beneath yon trees, where, fanned by the wouldst thou not be glad if Karl Yugel's uncle, balmy breeze, with the gentle goddess of night Gensfleich, would let him have money enough smiling upon us through the foliage, and the to go to Munich, and to marry our daughter delicious music falling softly upon the ear, we Mina?"
shall find all the advantages which a tale-teller “ "Twere well enough," replied he; but could desire, and which will lend an interest to my Karl's uncle will not give him the money, or little story that it might not otherwise possess.' perhaps he might talk the old man over to for- Gratilied, yet trembling, Mina rose, and give us that debt too.”'
taking the Englishman's arm, they wandered “ Ah! there it is," said the woman, queru-forth together. lously. “Well, well, I am sure if evil befall our Karl Yugel, with indignant anguish, seeing child, it will not be my fault; I have done all I them leave the room, thought fit to follow them, could to prevent it; still
, if Karl's uncle will do and beard his rival with his treachery. But nothing"
then he thought again of his own impotence to How long this dialogue might have conti- shield his beloved from the misery which threatnued, it is difficult to say, had not the English-ened her; and burying his face in his hands, man's impatience made him quicken his steps he wept in despair. Meanwhile the stranger marvellously, as be paced up and down, and turned gravely to his companion, and said, thus disturb the speakers.
“ The scene of my story lies amongst your own The next day there was one of those village mountains, gentle Mina, and is called in your fètes which make Germany a residence so de- mother tongue, “ Der Kampf mit dem Böse,' lightful for a foreigner, even if he be alone. An which, for the convenience of the tale-teller, has excellent band, and a large room ornamented been translated into his own language, and runs with wreaths and garlands, and thronged hy fair thus : “ The Struggle with Evil.' girls, soine graceful, few lovely, but all gay and " In a village remote froin any of the main good tempered; and the dance and the music streams of commerce and travel, known by continue half the ght. Never had Mina, the those only to whom the charms of nature are Rose of the Wilderness, looked so enchanting; more inviting than the marvels of art, there never had her bright eyes so often sought the once lived a maiden and a youth ; the one was place where he, whom she had learned to love of rare beauty and gentleness, the other of high and adınire, usually stood, looking gravely on, talent, much learning, and an honest heart. for he never joined the dance, but he thought And the youth, seeing that the maiden was sur to music.”. Often during the evening she cast rounded hy the worthless and the low, exposed a bright glance at him, as she passed in the to temptation and bad examples, and much that graceful windings of the dance; but his broad in time would debase the purity of her mind and brow was graver than usual, his eyes more cold; thus destroy her greatest charm, sought her, and the maiden knew that there was for she was of his kindred, though distant; and change, but could not discern what it was. At taking up his abode there, strove, by carefully last he drew near to her ; but though Karl watching over her youth, to shield it from the Yugel kept proudly away from the girl he loved contamination of the scenes in which she was so well, a Frenchınan kept the post most perti- obliged to dwell. And being of a grave and
thoughtful nature, he taught her the advantages spirit of passion within his heart, and when he to be derived from learning, and gave her the had conquered it, I will not say how fierce was clue to a cultivated intellect, within whose the combat-and felt that he could look with charmed precincts nothing base or mean can calın eyes upon the maiden, he drew near to her enter; and they lived together in an atınosphere and prayed, repentant and in grief, that she of poetry and song, which he had gathered would forgive bim, and strive to think of him, round them, and both felt themselves superior not with love, but with indulgence; for if the to the gross spirits amongst whom they moved, sin of his heart had been great, so was now his and were happy only in the presence of each remorse.". other.
“Sir! began the poor girl, turning indig“Of this sweet communion a love might have nantly from the Englishman, who knelt before been born, against which time, absence, or cir- her ; but then bending in passionate sorrow, cumstance had been powerless. The youth loved she added, “I am bitterly punished; you have already, and wished to make the maiden his awakened me from a vain dream." bride: but he was poor. A stranger came-but Once more did the rebellious spirit of evil nought of him."
rise in the heart of the stranger, as, seizing her " And did the stranger also love the maiden?" | hand, he said, “ Yet hear me one moment !” interrupted Mina, froin whose eyes shone out Nay, insult me not, said the maiden, reall the earnestness which her heart threw into pulsing him, “with words whose value you have the question.
made me so cruelly understand.” The stranger felt that he could no more meet The stranger felt the rebuke, and repentance those eyes with his than Vice can look at Virtue; sent an arrow through his heart; for what is so and his pale cheek coloured as he replied, “ He touching as the humiliation we have caused to loved her, but thought not to make her his others ? bride."
“Let not my struggle, resumed the stranger, The girl started as if stung by an adder, and have been in vain; but may I bear away with the olive cheek grew crimson with shaine, while me the consciousness that my sacrifice lies not the stranger continued—“He loved her then, upon the altar unconsumed, and that you will but not as she was worthy to be loved, as did yet be happy with the youth who loves you so the youth, her kinsman; and he thought of the well. See, yonder goes he, sad and thoughtful; many barriers between them, such as true love shall I bring him to your side?” mocks, and he counted basely upon her affec- “Not now! no, not now!” replied Mina with tion - upon her weakness."
choked utterance. “Weakness indeed!" echoed a faint voice, the Again would the stranger have pleaded, but keen sorrows of whose tone pierced his heart, the words died upon his lips, so troubled, so and he continued.
mournful was the expression upon the girl's “Oh, maiden, he who dares to speak of face; and without raising her eyes, she turned woman's frailty, could tell you also of her power; and left him. but to my story. So Karl--for such was the Report saith, that after this conversation the name of the youth-sought the stranger, and stranger sought the dwelling of Hans Genswith a stern and terrible effort commanding the teich, Karl's miser uncle, and so potent were wild tumult of his heart, he said — I come, not the arguments which he used, that not only did to mar your happiness, or to stand in the way the old vintner consent to the marriage of Karl of your love: wed the maiden if she love you, and Mina, hut gave the former sufficient money and if you feel for her that affection of which to pay his debts, and to take him to Munich. she is worthy. I had fondly hoped one day to Much marvelled Karl that the money was in call her my own-but-but-if you love her as English bank-notes, till he bethought him that I have loved'-and then his brow darkened, and his uncle might have sold a hogshead of wine to strong passion shook him violently, as he added, a wealthy milord of that distant country, who for
Heed ine well: my devotion, though wasted, some time had resided at Manheim, and so the shall watch over her still; and should even one matter ended. wrong thought enter your heart towards her, On the morning of the marriage, the horse of more deadly than words can tell shall be my the stranger stood pawing the ground before the vengeance. But I would not that my poor affec- door of the inn, and the rider, booted and tion should rob her of the flowery life your rank spurred, took his last farewell of the “ Rose of and wealth might offer---no, perish so selfish a the Wilderness” and her husband. “ You will thought!' And now overcome by his emotions, scarcely be jealous of me now, friend Karl,” said the strong man sobbed like a child.”
he, as, taking from his bosom a small case of “Noble Karl!” murmured Mina.
simple, but lasteful ornaments, he gave them to "Then the heart of the stranger smote him, the bride, and then pressed her hand to his lips. though he held the menace lightly, and he “ Farewell, sweet maid,” he added; " long will could not bring such a blemish upon the name the stranger think of thee, amongst the loveliest of his land, as that men might say an English- of his memories, and farewell, Karl Yugel; be man had robbed Innocence of the happiness and happy and distinguished, as your talents may peace it might enjoy, with a love so holy, so well make you. You will give utterly without all thought of self.
now,” he added, smiling, as they shook hands So the stranger struggled with the mighty heartily. Farewell, we shall meet no more !"