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which he can cast not only his shillings or his curate over a considerable portion of Ireland ; crowns, but every fragment of his skill, every half and, as regards a large portion of the country, hour of his time, and every spare end of his it must be absolutely false. The surprising constrength.

trast is caused by this Tenant-right. In those We do not intend to run over the thousand provinces where it does not prevail, the farmer pages of the Devon Commission's report relating has no inducement to improve land without a to Ulster for evidence to support these positions. lease, but with the assurance that demands for The entire volume is their proof. However additional rent will follow all his exertions like 5 strange it may sound in England and Scotland, shadows. The burden of Ireland becomes heavier yet the farmers of Ulster are joint proprietors to year by year, Money is drained from the treathe extent of one-third in its soil. They have sury for the execution of idle works, undertaken acquired that property by inheritance, by labour, to prevent the starvation of thousands. Alen or capital. It is protected by the custom of the are paid to cut up roads, merely for the purpose country, by the conviction of many landowners of giving them charity through apparent emthat it works well for them, and by the fears of ployment; and the land remains untilled, and others. The agent of one nobleman states in his millions of acres unreclaimed, because the landevidence that any attempt to destroy the tenant- lords cannot, while, without security, the farmright would convert Down into a Tipperary. ers will not expend money. The Legislature Another gentleman intimates that a general in- alone can create this security; and yet, in each fringement of the custom would cover the coun- successive session, it trembles to approach the try with confusion and blood. A third declares subject—hesitates to grapple with the monstrous that all the bayonets of the British army could evil, although Ireland is now “ the greatest difinot accomplish its abolition. The proprietors culty" not merely of the Premier, but of the Chanwhose evidence is given acknowledge the tenants' cellor of the Exchequer. Parliament has only claim to this property, and express a very favour- to pass a Tenants’ Compensation Bill, to proable opinion of the practice. And yet the statute vide security for the repayment of future lalaw of the realm declines to recognize it, while bour and outlay to the tenantry, if they be ejected the Legislature commit the obvious blunder of from their buildings, in order to secure ample leaving capital diffused over a hundred thousand employment without Government intervention. persons, and amounting in the aggregate to ten A measure of this nature would soon create a millions, without the slightest legal shield. tenant-right in every part of Ireland, and pro

There is one passage which we wish to quote duce similar consequences to those resulting from from the evidence of Lieut.-Colonel Blacker of the custom of Ulster. But there, "a similar or a Armagh, page 457.

greater necessity exists for legislative interven“I have known land paying 258. an acre bring £15 tion. The present proprietors may respect the for the Tenant right. For one farm on my property, tenants' portion in the soil ; but it does not folnear my house, of five acres, I knew £100 given without low that mortgagees, residing at a distance, and a lease. I never was more surprised in my life than when having no personal feeling on the subject, will be the young man that held it, and could not keep it, came to me and said, “Sir, I can get £100 for that farm of equally just. And it is said that notices to foromine.' I thought the fellow was telling a lie. I mounted close fourteen hundred mortgages have been given 'my horse and went to the man that he said had promised in the past year. The farmers of Ulster are to give it him, and said, “Did you promise that man £100 naturally anxious on this subject, for attempts for his farm?' and he said, “Sir

, I would give it him to have been repeatedly made to erase this right; night before to-morrow;' and he did, and there was no lease. I gave the man a lease, and he is now about to

and although defeated by outrage or the detersell, and there is a competition amongst those who would mination evinced by the people, yet, except the give him £100 for it again. There is meadow attached open robbery of the funds accumulated by lives to it."

of toil and anxiety--often the sole inheritance In the Times of Monday, the 21st December and dependence of widows and orphans nothing last, there are the following sentences:

can be worse in the circumstances of any land,

than a feeling that there is a power above the “ In that country (Ireland) your occupier is generally law, formed and crowned by the law's negligence. a man of straw. That is at least the rule. His stock is small, compact, and moveable. He can sell, or lend, or

Ireland presents many difficulties ; and not the conceal, at an hour's notice. Poor as he is, he contrives least singular amongst its social phenomena is to look still poorer. so that a distraint always wears the this agrarian co-partnership of the tenant with invidious aspect of skinning a flint.”

the landlord-existing for a century and a halfWe make one further quotation from this Re- increasing through each successive generation in port, to flank the last extract, and take it from value and magnitude, until it represents an enoran occupier's evidence, page 399:

mous capital, and yet unprotected by any statute, “I ought to state, perhaps, that every particle of im- and having no sanction except the broad shield

of public opinion. provement, every stone upon my farm and every slate was

England may grumble at put together by myself, and every drain was made and Ireland's weakness, and the demands made on every tree planted out of my own pocket, and I did it the exchequer by her recurring years of faminewith great confidence ; because, when I purchased, I paid but these drafts must increase, until the Legislaa very high value for what I got, and I considered that I ture gives to the property of the poor the same was to have the same right to remuneration."

guarantee, by law, that protects and covers the The statement of the Times may be nearly ac- riches of the wealthy.



On a beautiful autumnal day of the year. 17, several which timely help he hoped, he said, to save his brother wayfarers met at a little Inn; in a small town of Franco- and perhaps enable him to repair all his losses. These nia, not far distant from the borders of the Rhine. The sums were, likewise, contained in a portmanteauFrench Revolution had already begun, but was not yet at circumstance which explained why these gentlemen preits climax of terror. The pernicious effects; however, of its ferred sitting on them, rough and uneasy as the seats example and spirit had spread over Germany, making it might be, rather than trust them to tho vigilanco of their more unsettled and unsafe than it was previously, and thus

own eyes. rendering travelling a matter of no small risk to those “Since we have such dangerous charges under our whose fortunes and positions debarred them from a nume- care,” said the elder gentleman to his neighbour, "were Tous attendance, and the comfort of their own carriages. it not better to become companions on the road until we Public conveyances in those days there were none, or such reach the point where our ways must part? The times aro as were of a description not to be lightly chosen or trusted. bad, and the people not botter; and in number, you know, The usual mode of transporting oneself from one place to there is security." another was on horseback, and glad were those whom I am by no means anxious," said the bookseller, business called from their own fireside, to find compani-"for my horse is good and fleet, and I would trust to hith ons on their lonesome journey, willingly associating with for my safety were danger at hand; but it will, neverthesuch chance acquaintances as they met on their way, that less, be a great pleasure to mo to have such agreeable

seemed trustworthy enough to be allowed to share the society as will, I doubt not, dissipate the weariness of the i perils of the long dreary roads of Germany, and of the journey—my Dorothea will be glad, I am sure, to know I

unfrequent and lonely inns they were so often obliged to have fallen in with such respectable company." put up with,

The thought might, at the same time, cross the young In the low, scantily-furnished, dirty stube of that al- man's mind how much it would facilitate his flight, in case ready mentioned might be easily distinguished, among the of an attack, should the robbers meet with such a piece of boars crowding the room, two travellers of the sort we resistance as the heavy, well-fed steward might prove; 80 have already alluded to, indulging in the substantial com- true is it that love of self is never for an instant absent forts of a hearty meal. They sat at the upper end of a

from man's breast. long table, on which were deposited sundry pots of beer, “My horse may not seem very bright, or young,” said infallible accompaniments to the pipes which constitute the steward, “indeed how should it?—the Count of the solace of a German's relaxation. It was evident, by Rantzau affords me no better beasts than those, untie style of their conversation, that, although thrown to worthy any longer of his own stables, he turns out to gether by accident, they had made much progress on the grass; but knowing what occasion I might have for his road to friendship, having already entered upon the chapter services, I havo tried, for some time past, what high feedof confidences. Either drawa on by secret sympathy, or ing would do for my Klepper.” by the pleasure most people find in talking about them- Gentlemen," said a discordant, harsh voice, that selves, and enlarging on their own affairs, certain it is seemed to start from their elbows, and which first proved they talked more loudly, and carelessly, than prudence to them their effusions had not been without listeners, a warranted, considering place and time; unless, indeed, fact somewhat disconcerting, "I am quite of your they fancied the thick smoke sent forth from many pipes, opinion; the more the merrier, and the safer too. As forming so dense an atmosphere around them, might no am journeying, I believe, along the same road : I readily less dull the ear than it clouded the sight. Be that as it propose myself as an addition to your number.” Thay, any eurious listener might easily have become aware The Germans now looked more closely at the speaker, that the ftall, corpulent, old gentleman, whose large whose strong accent, although ho spoke German fluently, stomach and ruddy cheeks proved his devotedness to good betrayed, no less than his manners and person, his outcheer, and who handled his large ivory-headed whip with landish origin. He was, indeed, a singular looking persuch an air of self-importance, was no other than the re- sonage. At first glance one would immediately have set spectable steward of the Count of Rantzau, and that, him down as a hunchback ; but on closer inspection, it was haring collected his master's rents on the large estates he found that this impression was merely produced by the possessed in the vicinity, he was carrying in his portman- great disproportion between his large, ill-shaped head, teau this important sum to his lord, who then dwelt in a square shoulders, long swinging arms, and his singularly somewhat distant residence-town. The florid, rosy youth, short and attenuated under limbs. His countenance was no opposite to him, with sentimental blue eyes and puffy less striking than his person, and certainly nature had not ebeeks, was a young bookseller of N-, who had but lately bestowed it upon him as a compensation. It bore a mixmarried the divinity of his college years. He had been ture of the ludicrous and the fierce ; and, although he concalled from her side by an important and painful circum- trived to shade his face as much as possible, with his stance-his only brother, likewise a bookseller in a large, three-cornered hat, ho could not neutralise the Rhenian town, being on the eve of bankruptcy-and he effect of his sharp, eager black cyes, that shono through was hurrying to him with a large sum, the produce not the hazy atmosphere with fatiguing brilliancy and restlesscaly of his own little property, but what he had been able ness. His complexion was of the darkest tint, and almost to collect among numerous friends and relations; by made the honest Germans suspect him of being a Zingare;

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although his large mouth, hooked nose, and pointed chin, , previous evening, and on which the hostess was now destrongly reminded them of an Italian Punchinello. His positing a comfortable morning repast, On contemvoice was as discordant as his features ; and there was a plating the meagre fare of the Italian, but too much in fidgetiness in his whole being, which, evidently, nothing harmony with the state of his habiliments, the Germans but the deep interest he took in his neighbours' conversa- were prompted by their good nature to offer him a sbare tion could control. Ilis apparel was so worn and thread of their own breakfast, which he joyfully accepted ; they bare as to add to the distrust so unfavourable an exterior bore him, doubtless, no small grudge for his wakefulness was likely to produce ; and, doubtless, the steward would of the preceding nighit, but they contented themselves at once have negatived his proposal, but for two things, with the deterinination of banishing him from their room which, after a somewhat protracted deliberation, his mind for the future, and otherwise treated him as cordially as managed to encompass. The first was, the stranger was before. not without his own treasures, or, at least, what might They proceeded with very few halts through the whole be supposed to contain such-namely, two preposterously of a long, weary day, emerging from woods merely to enter large saddle-bags, and another singularly elongated pack- forests, with little or no variety of view, and were but age, on which his eyes ever and anon rested with great seldom cheered by the sound or sight of human habitation; complacency. Secondly, the old man thought that if there for villages in those parts were rare and far between. were any danger in the man's company, he could not When the young bookseller had sufficiently expatiated on avoid it, even by a refusal. Slowly, therefore, and not the excellencies of his Dorothea, on the poetry of their without evident reluctance, he assented—a reluctance, past love, and their bright hopes for the future, and when however, which the stranger by no means seemed willing he had made his friends admire the tobacco bag, wrought to notice. True, he was more chary of his affairs than in pearls by her fair hand, expressly for his present trip, the Germans had been, and contented himself with in- she had nothing more to say ; and the old steward had not forming them that he was an Italian by birth, and anxi-sufficient breath to speak and ride at the same time, so ously awaited by a partner (but in what business he did that the journey would have been dull indeed but for their not say) in the very town where the Count of Rantzau associate the Italian. He now talked as glibly and as dwelt, and whither the old steward and his well-stuffed unceasingly as migiit have been expected from the vivacity portmanteau were journeying. The conversation soon of his temperament. Contrary to most men, he did not flagged, for the Germans did not feel comfortable with entertain his listeners about himself, and his immediate their new acquaintance, whose vivacity, besides, lay more concerns; but having travelled much, as it appeared, he had in gestures than words ; the boors were growing noisy and no end of the most diverting anecdotes to tell. The castle disputacious over their beer, the room stilling, and the of tho noble, the palace of the Prince, or the common travellers tired; so they prudently resolved to seek their hostelry of the town, seemed equally familiar to him, and rest early, that they might rise by times, having a long he laid the scenes of his stories with equal pleasure in day's work before them.

either. He added greatly to the charm of these recitals Their host now gave them the news that there was but by the inconceivablo rapidity of articulation and gesture, one room free in the house, in which, however, there the quaint grimaces, and broken German with which the being many beds, they could all three be easily accommo- whole was delivered. So ludicrous was the light he dated. To this the travellers made no sort of objection ; threw on all things, and so comical his own individuality, indeed, they were too much accustomed to such difficul- that he kept his companions in a perpetual roar of ties on the road not to make light of them; and after laughter ; what alone prevented that confidence to estahaving seen to the comforts of their brutes, they withdrew blish itself between them, which is generally the result of together to their apartment.

merriment, was that ever and anon the Italian (and, as it The Germans soon found it more difficult to sleep than seemed, more from habit than design) assumed in his man they had anticipated. The little foreigner, far from being ners something lofty and mysterious, which contrasted so inclined to seek his bed, went prying about into every strangely with the light strain of the moment, that it incorner of the room, looked out at the windows, and spired the Germans with strange doubts and fears ; and the opened the doors, as if it were for the mere purpose of idea of the supernatural more than once crossed their shutting them again, 'walked to and fro with a hasty step, simple minds. and contrived to knock about, or move every piece of fur- Time sped swiftly in this manner, and their surprise, as niture in the chamber. Nor, when he at last condescend-well as their concern, was not small, when they suddenly ed to lie down, did his restlessness cease ; his bed creaked became aware how rapidly the sun was sinking behind the in accompaniment to the rustling of his curtains, which he curtain of dark firs that yet surrounded them. They soemed to take a particular delight in pulling backwards knew, by experience, that, however fine an autumnal day and forwards. A mischievous child could not have been in their country, it closed in suddenly and with chill; and a more tiresome or inconvenient companion to the sleepy they now dreaded lest darkness and the cold night air Germans than their vivacious little acquaintance.

would overtake them in the forest. The pull had been a In consequence of their troubled slumbers, the sun was long one for the horses of the Germans, which were evihigh when they awoke the next morning. The Italian had dently getting more and more fatigued, and lagged in already left the apartment, and our two friends had no proportion as the desire of their masters increased to time to lose if they would avoid being too late on the road. hurry them forward. But it was not thus with the skeleThey began to hope their doubtful companion, displeased ton charger of the Italian. Although his mako was such at their dilatoriness, had left them behind ; but they were as to facilitate greatly the study of comparative anatomy, soon undeceived by finding him quietly established at the had his master chosen to devote himself to it—and it ong table of the public room, where they had supped the seemed likely his provender did not greatly swell the

saldle-bags hanging over his shoulders--though his action attracted by the noise of the horses' hoofs, appeared at was as wild and uncouth as his form, yet his courage the threshold. This, of course, put an end to further disseemed to augment with the necessity for it. With a cussion ; but the travellers saw at a glance, that the long, tearing trot, nostrils snufting the air, and eyes as building, though large, was in bad repair, and denoted Jurainous and strange as his rider's, he seemed expressly either great misery or neglect. created for his use; and as he gradually gained upon his “Ah ! is it you, pretty Mary ?" said the old steward, companions, the whole apparition gliding through the dark greeting cordially the squalid female. firs, had something in it, to them, truly fantastic. The This exclamation caused the other two to gaze with Germans, on their side, spurred on their beasts so un- more curiosity at the woman who stood before them ;-sparingly--for they by no means relished the notion of there was little, however, to justify the epithet " pretty,” being left behind in the forest—that they succeeded in so generously granted her by her old acquaintance. I'ojoining him just at the point where a clearing had been verty, ill health, and their invariable concomitant, filth, made, and emerging into better light, they saw him seemed to have done their worst for her. Her sharp, quietly surveying the prospect from the top of his saddle, thin features, pallid yet sallow complexion, and wasted where he sat perched somewhat after the fashion of an figure, not much improved by the dirty habiliments hangape. He was evidently waiting for them.

ing loosely around it, did not betray even the past exist"I think," said he, as soon as they came within hcar- ence of those charms to which their companion so confi. ing, “it is time to decide on our plans for the evening, dently alluded. Her eyes, alone-large, black, and før it is rapidly advancing."

lustrous--might have been a redeeming point in her face, ** You are right,” said the old toward, who, panting had not the dark, heavy shades which ill health, or other anal breathless, had his own reasons, however, for not causes, had drawn beneath them, and the bold yet repulsuffering any one else to take the lead on this occasion. sive expression they imparted to her whole countenance, ** Look there to the right; a little nearer to the next diminished their beauty. The child was a faithful copy woond than that we have just left ; do you not see a large of herself; and it was evident, whatever the influence farm-like building? It is an inn ; and, though one of a that had blasted the parent tree, it had likewise wasted somewhat inferior order, no doubt we shall find very to the bud before its opening. lerable accommodation for the night."

You come, doubtless," said she, « to rest here this "* It is a lonely-looking place,” said the foreigner, after night? Will you please to alight, gentlemen.” And, examining it for a moment in silence, is and all inns are without calling any other assistance, she offered, herself, not safe as times go."

to hold their horses, by which attention, however, her old ** It seems to be in a very dilapidated state," added the friend the steward was the only one willing to profit. She hnokseller. “I am afraid we shall get but very poor tried to throw a bold coquetry in her manners, evidently more fare."

the effect of habit than of her present humour, and which * And," continued the Italian, his eye quickly glancing would even have impaired loveliness, had she possessed over the whole prospect, and finding nowhere the trace of any share of it. She now invited her guests to enter the human industry or habitation, except the miserable dwel- public room, bidding the child to show them the way! ling which the old steward had pointed out to his atten- whilst she prepared to lead the horses round to the stables. tiza, “ I cannot help thinking it would be safer to con- “ It is strange," muttered the Italian, as he gazed after tinue our journey a few miles further, than to put up at a her, "i strange that there are no ostlers, or help of any kind pizce of so very uninviting and suspicious an appears to be seen.” apce.

Poor girl!” mused the steward aloud; "her husband "If our beasts were not so jaded, I should partly be of has not, it seems, grown more laborious or kind with your opinion," said the bookseller.

time. I dare say it is like of old-she has all the fag “ Nonsense!" interrupted the old German. d. It is and he all the profit.” 19t the first time I have passed here. I know the inn The boy pointed to a low door to the left, the lock of well, and the people who keep it,—the woman of the which was too high for him to reach; the travellers opened trase I have, indeed, been acquainted with for many a it, and entered a large room of very unpromising appearlong year. Poor, pretty Mary !" he added musincly. ance. The small, ill-shaped window panes were too deeply

" Then you think the place quite safe ?" said his young encrusted with filth to allow a sight of what there might empanio. “ If it were not for that, I should be myself be without; the benches and tables, of the coarsest deof opinion to take our chance in the next wood.” scription, were broken, and so indented with knives, and

" Ay,” said the Italian ; * though if there be danger in here and there so evidently burnt by the unsnuffed candles the house, there would be danger in the forest ; but we of careless night-watchers, that there could be little doubt might easily, by leaving the open road, give them the left on the minds of the lookers on, but the room must change on our movements."

often have been the scene of drunken brawls and shame. “Yes," said the steward, “and pass the night usclessly less revelry. Each man involuntarily drew his treasures in the open air. Come, gentlemen, I tell you I know the nearer to him, and felt chilled by the want of comfort and house and the people well, and take all the responsibility regularity visible crerywhere about them. The hostess upon myself;" and, spurring his horse forward, he was had hardly entered the room when her eye was attracted reluctantly followed by his two companions.

by the objects her guests were so cautiously guarding. After having ridden on silently for more time than they “ You are heavily laden, sir,” she said, addressing the could have supposed necessary to clear the space between elder traveller. • The Count of Rantzau will not be sorry the place where they had stood and the lonely house, they when he sees the contents of your portmanteart. Every palled up at the very moment when a woman and a child, penny of it due by this time, I'll warrant you."


“Very likely, pretty Mary," answered tho steward, the Italian silently crept out of the room; so that the without an attempt at evasion; "but let us not busy our party was obliged to wait for his return before being lighted selves about my master's affairs; let us rather speak of up stairs. your own, my good girl. You look fagged and ill, and When he came in again, his companions immediately seem to have all the work yourself—your husband, doubt-communicated to him the determination they had taken less, is as lazy and drunken as ever?"

during his absence, and that he must be content with The woman looked displeased, and cut short the colloquy occupying a separate chamber. A smilo passed over the by the usual inquiries about what they would want for sup- stranger's countenance. per; but the travellers soon perceived these questions “At any rate, you will permit, I suppose,” said he, were merely for form's sake, and that they would be obliged “that our rooms communicate ?" to put up with whatever their hostess had in the house, "Of course, of course,” replied the steward, bowing which was not much.

politely, but mentally resolving that the door of commu“We scarcely expect travellers so late in the season, nication should be bolted. particularly on week days, and are, therefore, but ill Their hostess now taking the light, preceded them up provided,” said the hostess ; "we have no meat in the

a large, old, wooden staircase, from which they emerged house; but if a good beer soup, quito warm, sausages, and upon a covered gallery running along the front and two sourcraute and melchpies, will content you, I will soon wings of the house; and though the night was coming on prepare your supper."

very dark, they could perceive that the view was on a Well, if you have nothing better, serve us that, and farm yard. They passed numerous doors and windows of quickly," replied the steward, who had taken upon himself chambers giving on this gallery, which evidently had not the office of spokesman on all such occasions.

been in much request of late, for the doors were balf un“I thought so," sighed the bookseller; “our fare will hinged, and every now and then swung backwards and not be over bright."

forwards as the wind, now rising in the forest, came "It is a somewhat out-of-the-way place to expect whistling through the large desolate building. Mary much," answered Mary's friend apologetically, considering stopped at one of the last of these in the front part of the himself obliged in conscience to make the best of every- Inn; it seemed in better condition than the rest, and was thing, since it was he who had enticed his friends to put probably that of the rooms most in use. Her key soon up with such wretched accommodation; a feeling which opened it, and she lighted the strangers in. The apartenabled him to conceal his own chargin, when, after in- ment consisted of two uncomfortably large rooms, with tolerable delays, the promised supper appeared, and proved many beds, but scanty furniture, and a most disagreeable uneatable. It was served up by the hostess herself, who superabundance of doors and windows. On the whole, a tried, but in vain, to reanimate the spirits of her guests. more gloomy affair could not easily be conceived. It Her jests fell coldly on the ear of the disappointed and struck chill even to the heart of the steward; but the hungry steward, and her affectation of girlish coquetry | hostess cut short the expostulations she saw hovering on was unheeded by the young German, who felt incon- the old man's lips, by assuring him these were her very ceivably repulsed by her whole appearance, almost shud- best rooms, and she had none other ready in the house. dering when his eye accidentaly met hers. The Italian's "Well," said he, “as they are not very gay, and our vivacity had quite forsaken him since he had entered the supper was not over plentiful, we really want something house, but his eye was constantly resting on Mary's, who to cheer us up-some nice warm evening cup, such as by no means shrank from its keen penetrating expression. you once knew how to prepare so well, and used to call He had beforo supper, as usual, been prowling about the my night cup, you pretty rogue, do you remember ?" and premises, and, after having satisfied his appetite with dry the hand of her former acquaintance would have volunbread and a cake of chocolate, which he drew from his teered the paternal caress of other days, but Mary shrunk Docket, he again became restless. Regardless of the from it as if it had been a blow. sostess's presence, he rose, and crossing deliberately the “I will bring you something over which to smoke your apartment, was about to open a door, evidently leading pipes;" and, having lighted a couple of tallow candles that to a room beyond; but scarcely was his hand upon the were on the table, she withdrew, lock, when a gruff voice from within warned him away; The bookseller had kindly taken charge of the singuhe came back, silently and crest-fallen, to the table. larly elongated package that excited so much solicitude in

" That's Peter Stieber by the voice," said the steward, the Italian's breast, whilst the latter groaned under the looking at the woman. “Ay, pretty Mary, you might have weight of his two enormous saddle bags. done better, indeed; but you have had your own way, and “It is very light for so long a thing," said the bookI am not the only one who has been sorry for you." seller, putting his burthen on the table as he spoke; "it

“I am satisfied with my fate," she answered, looking was a mere nothing to pop it under my arm; here goes with distrust towards the door of the room whence the what is heavier—that's my portmanteau.” voice proceeded.—"Come, gentlemen, do you wish to "And here goes what's as heavy," said the steward, retire ?"

following his example by depositing his load on the table, “Do not forget to ask her for two rooms," whispered whilst the Italian piled his bags by the side. the bookseller to the steward, for he felt an unconquerable "One might almost think," said the younger German, reluctance to speak to the woman himself; "remember that there was no other living creature in the house last night."

but this dark-looking woman. I never saw so desolate an " True," said the other with a sapient nod of the head, Inn." “I had nearly forgotten;" and, whilst he was explaining "I have my roasons for believing it less lonely than his wishes to "pretty Mary," as he continued to call her, you imagine," replied the Italian. 6. If there was no


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