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THE ROMANCE OF WAR; OR, THE HIGHLANDERS IN SPAIN.*
ALTHOUGH this romance were inferior in structure and charms which he beheld not at home in his father's mounexecution to what we find it, “ The Highlanders in tain tower. Spain” would still have a claim to attention from its Ronald found a charm to wean him from the tower of
In the merry laugh and the gentle voice of Alice, nationality. The principal characters are Scottish, and Lochisla; and the hours he spent in her society, or in so, in great measure, is the scene of action. The heroes watching the windows of her father's house, were supof the story, Ronald Stuart and Lewis Lislo, with the posed to be spent in search of the black-cock and the fleet henchman—the Sancho, or Strap of the former--Evan endured, in consequence of bringing home an empty game
roes of Benmore ; and many a satirical observation he Iverach, the son of the hereditary piper of the Stuarts of bag after a whole day's absence with his gun." Lochisla, leave Scotland in their prime of youth, to brave
After many a happy ramble by stream and greenwood, the fortunes of war in the Peninsula ; and return, as we
the lovers held one sad, last meeting ; for Ronald had hope one day to learn, to repose beneath their well-won
come to say farewell before he assumed the " Garb of old laurels, and enjoy their faithful loves by the banks of | Gaul,” as an ensign in the Gordon Highlanders. The Lochisla, and on the braes of Inchavon : hope to learn lovers were surprised in their rendezvous by Sir Allan, for at present we leave them, or, rather, they desert
who was rating Ronald roundly, when, by a lucky accitheir courteous readers on the field of Toulouse. If the dent, he, in his wrath, popped over the high rocky bank critics are dissatisfied with our monthly " to be con
into the Isla. Nothing could be more opportune. He tinued,” it is hard to say how they may relish the same irri
of course, rescued by Ronald, who, in reward of a tating announcement at the close of thrce volumes. Per- sound ducking, obtained, though tacitly, the approbation haps the age of the Grand Cyrus—of Mademoisello Scuderi of Sir Allan to the courtship he had clandestinely paid to and Richardson—is about to revive, and we are to get ro
Alice. Nay, the Baronet even attempted to mollify the mances in ten or twenty volumes. So much the better, doughty Lochisla ; and the respective characters of the if the interest be kept alive as in the Ilighlanders in educated Saxon gentleman, and the proud, ill-taught, Spain. The author, in his preface, states that the irascible, and ireful Celtic chieftain, are well brought out “veritable histories and military details” are the result in the conversation which took place when Sir Allan of the actual experience of one who served in the High- made fruitless advances for reconciliation. Stern renland regiment which figures the most conspicuously in the story, and that most of the military operations, he dared to think more of the daughter of the enemy of his
geance was finally denounced against Ronald by his sire if and, we should suppose, many of the characters, will be familiar to Peninsular veterans. The commanders and
But Ronald is boune for the wars : he has pledged field-officers are, indeed, generally brought out under his vows anew; he has taken his last fond leave of the their real names, as Cameron of Fassifern, or the weeping Alice, of his father's towers, and of his devoted Chief,” as that officer was sportively called ; and of the clansfolk-in the exact way in which such ceremonies should Major Macdonald—who was for ever talking of the brave be conducted in a romance descriptive of Scottish and deeds done in Egypt some years before-and others of
Highland manners. Edinburgh, its surrounding scenery, “ the mess,” if we have not the name fairly spelled, we
its ancient grandeur, and proud recollections, next sweep have the unmistakeable mark. But to the story :-
on before us, together with its fashionable modern society, time immemorial a family feud had existed between the and the accomplished Miss Macquirks, whose French and Stewarts of Lochisla and the Lisles of Inchavon, both Italian songs sounded much less sweetly in Ronald's ears great landed proprietors in Perthshire—though the wings than the woodnotes wild of the “ Birks of Invermay," of the former, a proud, irritable IIighlander, had been
as warbled by Alice; though the young ladies were dewell clipped ; first, by the sacrifices entailed on the lighted to see themselves escorted, and their parties family by its Jacobitism, and latterly by tho arts of a
brightened, by the uniform of "a gay Gordon." certain Eneas Macquirk, W.S., the laird's Edinburgh
While in the Castle of Edinburgh, Ronald made the agent. Sir Allan Lisle was of better commingled blood
acquaintance of a young French officer- -a prisoner of war; and judgment, and of more moderate politics. For him, whose path he afterwards romantically crosses, when the family quarrel with the Stuarts might have died in Victor d'Estouville, high in rank, was fighting in Spain peage ; but not so felt the fiery Gael. The tale has been under the banner of Napoleon. told a hundred times, and will be told a hundred more,
Ronald embarked at Leith for Lisbon; and it is not the of the son and daughter of such belligerent houses falling romance, but the far more certain misery, of war, that is deeply in love, “a Capulet and a Montague.” And here
seen in the despair of heart-broken mothers, parting, at again was young Ronald, the only child and sole repre- the ship's side, for ever from their sons, just enlisted in sentative of the far-famed Stuart of Lochisla, ardently in
the “ Gordons," and destined, after fearful hardships, to love with the fair Alice of Inchavon, who, sweet and leave their bones whitening on the fields of Spain. dutiful girl as she was, had bestowed her heart on
And now commence the campaigning adventures ; and the handsome youth of “the proud dark eye and haughty
we shall quote, as a fair specimen of “ The Highlanders in lip," before she had found time to consult her father.
Spain,'' the adventures of a day, when Ronald with his “ In Alice Lisle, Ronald found a pretty and agreeable comrades were hastening on to join their regiment, then playmate in youth, but a still more agreeable companion for a solitary ramble as they advanced in years : and he in Estremadura, under the command of Sir Rowland discovered in her splendid dark eyes and glossy black hair, | Hill :
* By James Grant, Esq., Inte Old Regiment. 3 vols. London: Colburn,
" From a sleep into which he had sunk, he was soon of breaking among the little band through the gaps formed • awakened by the warning pipe for the march, which by the cannon shot, which made complete lanes through possed close beneath the window, and then grew fainter their compact masz. The French retired with admirable in sound as Macdonuil-dhu strode on arousing his com- coolness and bravery, keeping up a hot and rapid fire from rades from their billets, and the wild notes died away in four sides on the cavalry, who often charged them at full the dark and narrow streets of the city. The Major speed, brandishing their sabres, but were forced to recoil ; sprang up at the well-known sound, and Ronald, although and no sooner was a gap made in a face of a solid square, Tearied and unrefreshed, prepared to follow him. by the fall of a file, than it was instantly filled by another.
“Confound this fashion of Lord Wellington's! this And thus leaving behind them a line of killed and wounded, marching always an hour before day-break,' muttered they continued their retreat towards derida, where their Campbell
. The morning is so chilly and cold that my main body lay, disputing every foot of ground with desvery teeth chatter, and—the devil! my canteen is empty,' perate courage, until they reached the cork wood, which he added, shaking the little wooden barrel which went by being unfavourable for the movements of the cavalry, the that name, and one of which every officer and soldier on latter were obliged to retire with considerable loss. Srvice carried slung in a shoulder belt. "Shake your "lIurrah!' cried Campbell, flourishing his stick, ‘I canteen, my boy; is there a shot in the locker ?
have not seen this sort of work for this year and more. " Luckily for the thirsty commander, Ronald's last | You see, Stuart, that a solid square of bold infantry may dar's allowance of ration rum was untouched, and they laugh at a charge of horse, who must recoil from their now quaffed it between them to the regimental toast- bayonets as water from a rock. There are the 9th and * Here's to the Ilighlandmen, shoulder to shoulder ! a 13th Light Dragoons, and the fire of the French seems sentiment well known among the Scottish mountaineers to have cooled their chivalry a little, and shown them as a true military toast.
that a sabre is nothing against brown Bess with a bayonet On leaving behind the town of Albuquerque, the on her muzzle. They are retiring towards us after doing, sound of distant firing in front warned them of their however, all that brave hearts could do. Poor fellows ! harer approach to the place of their destination and the many of them are lying rolling about wounded and in agony, scene of actual hostilities. As they advanced, the sharp or already dead, near the skirts of that confounded copse, but scattered reports of musketry, and now and then the by which the frog-eaters have escaped. But where are deeper boom of a field-piece, came floating towards them ours ? I do not see Howard's brigade.' on the breeze which swept along the level places; but an "Yonder they are, Major,' replied Ronald, halted eminence, upon which the ancient castle of Zagala is on the level place behind the ruined village. I see the situated, obstructed their view of the hostile operations, bonnets of the Highlanders and the colours.' and they pressed eagerly forward to gain the height, full “Ay, I see them now. Yonder they are, sure enough: of excitement and glee.
and the old Half-hundred and the 71st light bobs, with ".. Welcome to Spain,' cried an officer of the 13th the tartan trews and hummel bonnets, all as spruce as Light Dragoons, who came galloping up from the rear, ever, bivouacked comfortably on the bare earth as of old. and reined in his jaded charger by the marching High- We shall have the pleasure of passing the night without landers for a few minutes. • There is brave sport going even a tent to keep the dew off us. Carajo! as the on in front; press forward, my boys, and you will be in Spaniard says : you will now taste the delights of soldierat the death, as we used to say at home in old Kent.' ing in good earnest, as I did first in Egypt with old Sir
“What is going on in advance ? asked the major ; | Ralph Abercrombie.' * are Ours engaged?'
16. We are seen by them. I hear the sound of the ". I have little doubt that they are ; Cameron never pipes, and they are waving their bonnets in welcome,' lags behind, you know. I was left in the rear at Albu- said Alister Macdonald. querque on duty, and am now hurrying forward to join " • Blow up your bags, Macdonuildhu, and let them the 13th, who belong to Long's cavalry brigade. They hear the bray of the drones,' cried Campbell, whacking are now driving a party of plundering French out of La the sides of his nag to urge her onward. • Push forward Nara; you will have a view of the whole affair when you brave lads! we will be with Fassifern and our comrades gain the top of the hill. But I must not delay here ; | in a few minutes more.' alieu !' and dashing the spurs into his horse, he disap- “Skirting the miserable village of La Nava, they soon pared behind the ruinous castle.
arrived at the ground over which the advanced picquet of "• Forward, men! double quick. Let us gain the top the enemy had retired. Two dead bodies attracted the of the brae,' cried Campbell, urging forward with cudgel eye of Ronald, as he passed over them, and being the and spur a miserable Rosinante which he had procured at first men he had ever seen slain, and in so revolting a Lisbon.
manner, they made an impression on his mind wbich was "Carrying their muskets at the long trail, the High- not easily effaced. They were young and good-looking landers advanced with that quick trot so habitual to the men, and the same cannon-shot had mowed them both Scottish mountaineers, which soon brought them beneath down. A complete hole was made in the body of one, the grass-grown battlements and mouldering towers of and his entrails were scattered about ; the legs of the layala, from the eminence of which they now had an other were carried away, and lay a few yards off, with a extensive view to the southward.
ball near them half buried in the turf. Their grenadier ** The horizon extended to about six or eight leagues, caps, each adorned with a brass eagle and red plume, had and all within that ample circle was waste and barren fallen off, and the frightful distortion of their livid features, land, where the plough had been unknown for an age, and with the wild glare of their white and glassy eyes, struck whirre nought seemed to flourish but weeds and little Ronald with a feeling of horror and compassion, which it laurel bushes.
was long ere he could forget. · The ruddy sun was setting in the west behind the "«« Queer work this !' said the Major, coolly looking lofty Sierra de Moutauches, the dark ridges of which rose at them over his horse's flank, and you don't seem to behind the high city and castelated rock of Albuquerque; admire it much, Stuart : but you are a young soldier yet, the sky in every direction was a clear cold blue, save and will get used to it by and bye. Nothing hardens either around the sun, where large masses of gold and purple the heart or the hide so much as a campaign or two. I clouds seemed resting on the curved outline on the moun- learned that in Egypt.' tains, over which and through every opening the rays fell
" • Puir callants! what would their mothers think were aslant, and were reflected by the arms of the troops who they to see their bairns as they lie here noo ?' soliloquised Greupied the level plain, over which shone the long line Evan, looking after them ruefully. of its setting splendour. From the height of Zagala they • It would be an awfu' sicht for them, or ony o' the bebeld the operations in front.
peaceable folk at hame,' replied another soldier. “But "A party of five hundred French infantry were rapidly what can these twa queer chields, wi' the muckle brimmed retreating toward the cork wood, exposed to the fire of two bats, be wanting wi them ? twelve-pound field pieces and the charges of the cavalry “ • The Spanish dogs ! Would to Heaven I might be brigade under General Long; who took every opportunity allowed to shoot them dead,' vociferated Campbell, making
a motion with his hand towards the bear-skin covering of worn out with the fatigues of the preceding day, lay still his holsters. The scoundrels ! they are come to rob and until the last moment for rest, and slept in ranks, elose strip the dead.'
together for warmth, with their muskets under their great"Two Spanish peasants had approached the bodies, coats, and their knapsacks beneath their heads for pillows. about which they exercised their hands so busily, tbat Here and there, apart from the rest, one might be seen they soon plundered them of knapsacks, accoutrements, with his miserable wife and two or three little children uniform, and everything, leaving the mutilated bodies, huddled close beside him, all nestling under the solitary stripped to the skin, and exposed on the plain, while they blanket (provided by Government for each man), from made off towards La Nava with their spoil.”
which the steam arose in a column, owing to the heat of Such is the romance of war! There were, however, their bodies acting on the rain-soaked covering. cordial and joyous meetings and welcomings when the standing motionless and silent at intervals along the
“ The distant sentinels and cavalry videttes were hard day's work was over :
plain, where banks of white mist were rolling slowly “ There was scarcely an officer or private of the new in the yellow lustre of the morning sun, the rising light comers but was met and greeted by some kinsman or old of which was gilding the summits of the mountains above friend, whose canteen of ration rum or Lisbon wine was | Albuquerque. All was misery and unutterable discomat his service ; and loud were the shouts of laughter and fort. Ronald wrung the water from the feathers of his merriment that arose on all sides. Eager and earnest bonnet, and kept himself in motion to dry his regimenwere the inquiries about village homes and paternal tals and underclothing which stuck cluse to his skin. hearths in the land of the mountain and the food,' He now perceived that, in addition to his blanket, Esan and to many a Jean, Jessy, and Tibby, were the wooden had during the storm cast over him his own greatcoat, canteens drained to their dregs! but although the fun standing out the misery of the night in his thin uniform.
grew fast and furious' amongst many, there were some When he met Ronald's eye, he was shivering with cold, whose hearts grew sad at the intelligence which their exhaustion, and want of sleep. comrades brought, of some grey head, which they loved ""O Evan! my faithful but foolish fellow, what is this and revered, being laid in the dust in some old and well- you have done ? Did you really strip yourself for me, remembered kirk-yard ; or of a faithless Jenny, who pre- and pass the night thus exposed ?" exclaimed Ronald, ferred a lover, at home to one far away in Spain.
his heart overtlowing with tumultuous feelings at the “ As the shades of night darkened over the plain of La kindness of his humble follower and old friend. Nava, the sounds died away; and stretching their bare "* • I thocht ye would be cauld, sir," replied Eran, his legs on the dewy earth, the hardy Highlanders reposed | teeth chattering while he spoke, " and my heart bled to between the pyramids of firelocks and bayonets that glit- see ye lying there like a beast of the field on the dreary tered in the red glare of the watch-fires, lighted at certain muir in sicean a miserable and eerie nicht. For me, it distances throughout the bivouac, which became quiet for mattered naething, for neither my name nor bluid are the night, after strong picquets had been posted in the gentle.' direction of Merida, where fifteen hundred French under
The superior officers had found no better accommodathe command of General Dombrouski (a Pole in Buona
tion. * Where is the Colonel ?" asked Ronald of his parte's service) were quartered. Rolled up in a cloak and blanket, Ronald laid himself down like the rest, with faithful vassal. the basket-hilt of his claymore for a pillow and clay for ". Lying yonder on the bieldy side of his horse.' his bed ; but to sleep in a situation so new and uncom
"** And Mr. Macdonald ?' fortable was almost impossible, and he often raised his Is sleeping by the bieldy side of the Major, and a head to view the strange scene around him.
burn of water rmnin round thein. Och, sirs ! its awfu' “The ruddy blaze of the fires was cast upon the worn wark this for gentlemen's sons.' uniform, faded tartan, and sun-burned knces and faces Rouse, Alister,' said Ronald, stirring him with his of the soldiers, giving a strong light and shade, which in- sword; 'we shall get under arms immediately. I see creased the picturesque and romantic appearance of the through the mist yonder that Howard is preparing to bivouac. The arms of the sentries flashed in the light mount. as they paced slowly to and fro on their posts ; and farther The bivouac was roused by the roll of the drums, and off were seen the motionless forms of the cavalry videttes, the troops stood to their arms, and, without food, comappearing like black equestrian statues in the distance, standing perfectly still, with their long dark cloaks flow- menced their march. Some of the familiar sights were ing over their horses' flanks ; but as the night grew too harrowing for the young soldier. On the previous darker, and the light of the watch-fires waned, these dis- night he had seen two men cut down, and their slaughter tant objects could be no longer discerned.
had ever since haunted his mind:The bright stars were twinkling in the dark blue sky, and among them a red planet in the west, (the Ton
“ The scattered bones of two skeletons were discovered, thena of Ossian,) which Ronald used to watch for hours red and raw as they had been left by (wild animals, at midnight from the battlements of the tower at Loch- which had been busy upon them the livelong night. isla, while listening to the ancient tales of war or woc re
Yesterday they were active young soldiers, animated lated by Donald Iverach.
probably with spirit, courage, and many a noble sentiIle thought sadly of his home, and of poor Alice Lisle.
ment-to-day they were bare skeletons left to bleach Ile gazed upon her miniature until the flickering light of unburied on the plain, as the troops had no time to the fire failed him, and then dropped into an uneasy slum- inter them. The old campaigners faced them with comber, from which he was startled more than once by the parative indifference; but there was altogether somedeep howling of wild dogs, or other animals, from that thing rather appalling to so young a soldier as Ronald in part of the plain where the dead bodies of the slain lay the lesson of war and mortality before him, and gloomy uninterred.
feelings, which he endeavoured to shake off, took posses
sion of his mind." The storm rose, and the rain began about midnight to fall in torrents, and at dawn Ronald found himself steeped | tance, where Dombrouski, a Pole, in the service of France,
The troops marched on; Merida was seen in the disin a puddle of water:“ It became fair about day-break, and Ronald, unable
was awaiting the British ; but, when he saw General Hill's to remain longer on the ground, where the water was ac
division advance, he drew off. tually forming in puddles around him, arose ; and, so wet “A small ration was now served out to the balfwas the soil, that the impression made by the weight
of famished soldiers, and thousands of tires were lit in every his body was almost immediately filled with water. His direction, while all the camp-kettles and pans were put limbs were so benumbed and stiff that he could scarcely into requisition for cooking, and the axes, saws, and billmove, and his clothing was drenched through the blanket hooks of the pioneers made devastation among the underand cloak in which he had been mutfied up. The soliers, wood and wild groves to procure fuel.
** The miserable ration consisted of a fow ounces of drawn aside, and through which they were cautiously Hour and flesh, given to each man alike without distinc- scrutinized. tion. The flesh was that of ill-fed, jaded, and wearied “• The door was immediately opened by an aged and ballocks, which had become too old for agricultural wrinkled female servant, wliose bright black eyes conlabour, driven up rapidly after the army. Those given trasted strangely with her skin, which was shrivelled and to each regiment were instantly shot through the head, yellow as an old drum-head. Old Dame Agnes, lamp in tayed, and in a twinkling served out in the allotted quan- hand, led them along a passage, up a broad wooden stairtities, which were placed warm in the camp kettles to case and into a noble and spacious apartment, which disboil almost before the circulation of the blood or the vi- played the usual combination of elegance and discomfort, bration of the fibres had ceased.
so common in the houses of Spanish nobles. The ceiling ** This was the usual way in which the military rations presented beautifully-painted panels, and a gorgeous corwere served out in Spain, killed and eaten when the ani- nice of gilded stucco, supported by pilasters of the Cotals were in a state of fever from long and hasty journeys, rinthian order ; while the floor from which they rose was tough and hard as bend leather, in consequence of age, composed of large square red tiles. Four large casements il-feeding, and want of proper cooking."
looked towards the Plaza : they were glazed with glass Such, again, is the reality, if not the romance of war.
-a luxury in Spain--but their shutters were rough deal
boards, which were barely concealed by the rich white More fortunate than many of his brother officers, Ronald curtains overhanging them. The furniture was oakobtained the shelter of an old dilapidated house in the massive, clumsy, and old as the days of Don Quixote. subarbs :
Upon the panels of the ceiling, the bases of the pillars,
and other places, appeared the blazonry of coats armorial, “As the room had no fire-place, Evan made one by displaying the alliances of the family of Villa Franca. means of two stones placed in the centre of the floor. Be- “ On the table, beside a guitar, castanets, music tween them was kindled a fire with one of the doors which books, &c., stood a large silver candelabrum, bearing Ronald had torn down, and hewn in pieces with his four tall candles, the flames of which flickered in the sword.
currents of air flowing through many a chink and cranny, * The smoke filled the place, and rolled in volumes out as if to remind the three British officers that it was at at erery aperture. A large stone, and Evan's knapsack home only that comfort was to be found. Heat was difset on end, composed the furniture ; and seated thus, fused through the room by means of a pan of glowing they set about the discussion of their meal, which, when charcoal placed in the centre of the floor ; and a lady, cooked, was but a sorry mess, being merely the tough who sat with her feet resting upon it in the Spanish mandesh boiled with the flour, without the aid of a single aer, rose at their entrance. Tegetable-tasteless and insipid ; but hunger is said to be “ As she stood erect, her velvet mantilla fell from her *the best sauce,' and they dispatched it with infinite white shoulders, displaying around and exquisitelyrelish. Each had produced his knite, fork, and spoon, moulded form, tall and full, yet light and graceful. The from his haversack-a strong bag of coarse linen, in which noble contour of her head, and the delicate outline of her provisions are carried on servico-and their dinner-set features, were shown by the removal of her black lace was complete.
veil, which she threw back, permitting it to hang sweep* • Hech me, sirs! I would rather sup sour crowdy ating down behind, giving her that stately and dignified the ingle neuk o' auld Lochisla, than chow sic fushionless air so common to the Spanish ladies, but of which our trash as this,' said Evan, with strong contempt, as he sat own are so deficient, owing, probably, to the extreme squatted on the floor, taking his share of the provision stiffness of their head dress. Her skin was fair, exceedout of a camp-kettle lid, and scarcely seen amid the ingly so for a Spaniard, but the glossy curls of the sinoke. It micht pass muster wi' a puir chield like me, deepest black falling on her neck, rendered it yet more but I trow it's no for sie as you, Maister Ronald, or you, so by contrast. Her crimson lips, and the fine form of Maister Macdonald, or ony gentleman o' that ilk.' her nostrils ; her white transparent brow, and full dark
"• It's an unco thing to mareh far wi' an empty eyes, shining with inexpressible brilliance, struck the Fame, and fecht fasting; it makes my very heart loup three Scots mute with surprise_ almost with awe. So like a laverock when I think o' the braw Scotch brochan showy a beauty had not met their gaze since their deand kail that the miserable folk here ken naething aboot. parture from Edinburgh; and even Ronald, while keeping Oh, it's a puir hole this Spain, I think, either to fecht or his hand within the breast of his coat upon the miniature forage in.'
of Alice, felt his heart beneath it strangely moved at the After their unsavoury repast, Ronald and his companion
sight of the fair Spaniard.”.
No common romance can move on without the help of Falked out to examine the town, In returning to their
some incredible monster, some arch-villain, to work the quarters, the friends rescued a Spanish officer, who, while serenading a lady, had been set upon by a band of machinery. Such a one had already been encountered assassins ; and much comes of the adventure, besides the by Ronald in his march to Estremadura. It was the
same wretch who led the bravoes that had assailed Don , introduction of Ronald to Donna Catalina, the beautiful Alvaro on the preceding night ; and, who now, on the and most grateful sister of Don Alvaro--the gentleman whose life had been saved by the gallantry of Ronald and march, shot the Scottish ensign from behind a thicket of his friend. The Spaniard, as a first mark of his sense
evergreens, which overhung the road :of their services, proposed to transfer them from their
“ Ronald Stuart, staggering backwards, fell prostrate
and bleeding at the feet of his comrades, from whom burst Iniserable quarters to his own residence. How much of a wild shout of rage and surprise; but the strietness of what follows is the embellishment of romance, how much British discipline prevented any man from moving in exact description, we pretend not to say:
search of the assassin.
Hell's fury!' cried Colonel Cameron, spurring his “They halted before a large mansion, ornamented horse to the spot, while his eyes shot fire. • Search the with lofty columns and broad balconies, upon which the bushes: forward, men! Do not fire in case of alarming tall windows opened ; through the curtains bright rays of the rear of the column; but fix bayonets, slay, hew, cut light streamed into the dark street. Alvaro applied his to pieces, whocver you find.' hand to the large knocker hanging on the entrance door, ** With mingled curses and shouts, a hundred Ilighwhich appeared more like the portal of a prison than that landers dashed through the thicket; but their heavy ef a bidalgo's residence-being low, arched, and studded knapsacks and the tall plumes of their bonnets impeded with iron nails.
their movements in piercing the twisted and tangled ** Quien es?' said a voice within.
branches of the thickly-leaved laurels. They searched "* Gente de pa: "" replied Alvaro, while the light the grove through and through, beating the bushes in frota the passage flaşlıcd through a little panel which was every direction; but no trace of the assassin was found, save a broad-brimmed sombrero, bearing the figure of the the solitude of his chamber, he brooded over the memory Virgin stamped in pewter, fastened to the band encircling of his native place, enduring the acuteness of the nostalgia it, which Alister Macdonald found near a gigantic laurel in no small degree : and even the fair Catalina, with her bush, in the midst of the umbrageous branches of which songs, her guitar, and her castanets, failed to enliven its owner lurked unseen.
him, at least for a time ; his whole pleasure — and “. It is the hat of Cifuentes-the vagabond of our a gloomy pleasure it was—being to brood over the last night's adventure'-said Alister, hewing a passage memory of his far-off home. The dreams that haunted through the bushes with his sword, and regaining the the broken slumbers, which the pain of his wound perregiment.
mitted him to snatch, served but to increase the disorder; “• I would you had brought his head rather. O that and often from a pleasing vision of his paternal tower, it was within the reach of my trusty stick! I would scorn with its mountain loch aud pathless pine forests—of his to wet Andrea with his base blood.' A frown of rage white-haired sire as he first beheld him-or of Alice Lisle, contracted the broad brow of Campbell while he spoke, smiling and beautiful, with her bright eyes and curling holding in one hand a steel Highland pistol, which he had tresses, twining her arms endearingly round him, and drawn from his holsters for the purpose of executing dire laying her soft cheek to his-he was awakened by some vengeance, had opportunity offered.
confounded circumstance, which again brought on him the By all the powers above!' cried Alister, with fierce painful and soul-absorbing lethargy, which weighed down and stern energy, if ever this accursed Spaniard crosses every faculty, rendering him careless of every present obmy path, I will make his head Ay from his shoulders, as I ject save the miniature of Alice.” would a thistle from its stalk! nor shall all the corregidors and alcaldes in Spain prevent me.
But how is Stuart ? that he had been venturing too far.
“Yes," he said to loor fellow! he looks very pale. Has he lost much blood ?'
“ Ronald, supported on the arm of Evan Iverach, stood himself, “ if I would preserve a true heart, and my alleerect within a circle formed by the officers, who crowded giance to Alice, I must fly from you, Catalina."round, while one of the regimental surgeons examined his " While he reasoned thus with himself, Catalina raised left arm, which had been wounded by the shot.
her dark and laughing cyes to his, while she struck the ««0, gude sake! be gentle wi' him, Doctor!' said chords of her instrument, and sang a few words of a very honest Evan, in great anguish."
beautiful Spanish air. So melodious was her tone, so And every one was gentle ; and Ronald was consigned graceful her manner, so winning the expression of eye, to the yet more gentle lecching of Donna Catalina. The who can wonder that Ronald's resolution melted like snow presence of her uncle, the fat prior, gave decorum to the Poor Alice! With an air of tenderness and embarrass
in the sunshine, and that he felt himself vanquished ? arrangement ; but that worthy seldom came in the way ment, he took the little hand of the donna within his own, of Catalina and her charge-a handsome youth, who had She read in his eye the thoughts that passed through his come to fight for her country, and who but last night mind: she cast down her long jetty lashes, while a rich
bloom suffused her soft cheek. Ronald was about to hnd saved the life of her brother. What follows is touch
murmur forth something-in fact, he knew not whating. It is not the romance of war, indeed, but the reality when a loud knocking at the outer gate of the mansion, of natural sentiment
and the sound of a well-known voice, aroused him. "Weak and exhausted from the loss of blood, and his I will see my Maister in spite o' ye,' cried Evan impa
"• Unbar the yett this instant, ye aul doited gomeral ! head buzzing with Mendizabal's discourse, right glad was Ronald when he found himself in a comfortable and tiently, while Agnes delayed unbarring the door to so splendid couch-Catalina's own, which she had resigned boisterous a visiter. for his use as the best in the house-with its curtains
Caramba, senor! Quien es ?' she repeated. drawn round for the night : and he forgot, in a dreamy
« « Gudewife, I speak nae language but my ain; so ye and uneasy slumber, the exciting passages of the last few needna waste your wind by speirin' questions that I canna days, the danger of his wound, and the sunny eyes of the answer.' donna.
“At Ronald's desire, the old housekeeper undid the door, “ The tolling bells of a neighbouring steeple awakened which was well secured by many a bar and lock; and he him early next morning, and brought his mind back to immediately saw the waving plumes of Evan's bonnet the world, and a long chain of disagreeable thoughts.
dancing above the shrubbery, as he came hastily towards " There is scarcely anything which makes one feel so
the fountain, with his musket at the long trail, and his much from horno as the sound of a strange church bell; uniform and accoutrements covered with the dust of a and the deep and hollow ding-dong which rung from the long day's march. His joy was unbounded on seeing his Gothic steeple of San Juan was very different from the master, and rapid and quick were the earnest inquiries he merry rattle of the well-known kirk bell at Lochisla. made, without waiting for answers, concerning his wound, Ronald thought of that village bell
, and the noble pea- been left to bide amang-begging the bonnie leddg's
and how he had been treated by the unco folk he had santry whom it was wont to call to prayer; and the association brought a gush of fond and sad recollections pardon.'” into his mind. He felt himself, as it were, deserted in a An old newspaper, which was found among Evan's disstrange country-among a people of whose language he patches, came opportunely to cover Ronald's disloyalty ; knew almost nothing: he looked round him, and his apart- for it announced, amongst its other lying chronicles, the ment appeared strange and foreign-every object it presented was new and peculiar to his eye. He thought of Scot intended marriage of Lord Hyndford—there was then a land--of Home--home, with all its ten thousand dear and Lord Hyndford—with the only daughter of Sir Allan deeply-impressed associations, until he wept like a child, Lisle. The brother of that young lady, we should have and his mind became a prey to most profound and intense told had now arrived in Spain, like Ronald, an ensign in dejection ; suffering from the home sickness an acuteness and agony of feeling which only those can know who the “Gordons”' ; and Louis Lisle was the earliest friend have been so unhappy as to experience this amiable feel- of Ronald. ing ; one which exists all-powerfully in the hearts of the
Though swerving from his fealty himself, Ronald claimed Scots, who, although great travellers and wanderers from home, ever turn their thoughts, fondly and sally, to the
the privilege of his sex to be madly wroth with the faithlofty mountains, the green forests, and the rushing rivers lessness of Alice ;-' Hyndford - Carmichael, Earl of which they first beheld when young, and to the grassy sod Hlyndford ! Ay! the glitter of the coronet has more that covers the dust of their warrior ancestors, and which they wish to cover their own, when they follow
charms for her than a subaltern's epaulet. But I would not them to the land of the leal.'
be my father's son if I thought more of her.” And now, “ The feverish state of his body had communicated like a true man, Mr. Ensign Stuart, when about to be itself to his mind; and for several days and nights, in deprived of his mistress, not through his own inconstancy