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generous heart. His followers escaped bye-road overthe hills would bring them in safety, as they had anticipated, and there long before the travellers could reached the residence of their chief

, late reach it by their circuitous route. on the evening of the appointed day. M‘Naghten took down from the walls The affray between the military and of the armoury swords which had long the supposed insurgents at Glenarm, hung there unmoved, and providing furnished a theme for conversation for each of them with a carbine, and a a few days, and the only effect it pro- helmet, upon which waved a blood red duced was the appointment of night plume, which graced the crest of patrols in the neighbourhood; no sus the M‘Naghtens in ancient times ; picion rested where alone it ought, and he despatched them forward before the peasantry were stigmatized as the him, with directions to await his arrival projectors of an attack upon one who at the glen, with the exception of was so deservedly popular as Colonel Phelim his foster brother, whom he deR- Edmond continued at M‘Nagh- tained to accompany himself. ten, brooding over his own guilty When they had gone he grasped the thoughts, and endeavouring to arrange hand of his faithful companion and said, matters to carry his projected schemes “Phelim, we must do no injury, we must into effect. One evening he was stop the carriage and bear off the lady, startled by the entrance of the servant, but not a hair of any one's head must whom he had bribed to forward his in- be touched ; the appearance of our terests at Glenarm, who had asked to numbers and our arms will soon terrify speak with him in private. The intel- them into a surrender.” He put his hand ligence he had to communicate was, across his forehead as if in intensity of indeed, important to Edmond's plans. agony ; he then moved up and down Colonel K, alarmed at the mysteri- the room in violent agitation ; his eyes ous circumstance of the woodhouse, glared with a strange fire, and a slight had determined upon leaving Ireland, froth curdled on his ashy lips. Phelin and was actually now on his way to an was almost afraid to speak, at last he eastern port, where it was his intention ventured to remind him that it was time to embark for Scotland. His daughter, for him to go ; he started as if from a of course, accompanied him, and, in a dream ; he waved his hand towards a short time, she would be beyond the corner of the armoury, as if noticing reach of Edmond's machinations. some one to depart, " Ah, Sir," said That very night they were to pass Phelim, “ give up this wild plan, and within a few miles of M.Naghten, and think no more about any lady that there was still a possibility of intercept- thinks little about you ; there is a ing them. The faithless servant who wildness about you that is strange."

, thus betrayed their movements, had “ Are you afraid, Phelim?" said Edaccompanied them to Coleraine, where mond in a tone of reproach, “afraid ! he left them, and hastened to commu- echoed the other, “no man ever saw me nicate this intelligence to his employer yet afraid. Well, since it must be so, -a purse of gold rewarded his treach- I will go with you, although God knows ery and exertions—and Edmond my heart misgives me.” M.Naghten quickly formed his plans, in accordance' had not waited for a reply, he was arwith the information he had received. raying himself in an ancestral coat of

The accomplices in his former des- mail, he tied round him an ancient belt, perate undertakings, were soon sum- and slung in it a brace of heavy pistols moned to attend him on another. -having first examined and loaded M‘Naghten conducted them into the them; he then opened a drawer, and armoury of the castle, and told them of taking from it a small phial, swallowed his plans. The road along which Colo- off its contents, the draught appeared nel K— must pass, lay through a lonely to revive him, he gaily buckled on a and narrow defile in the mountains. pair of knightly spurs, and directing There, under the guise of robbers, they Phelim to bring two horses to a partiwere to attack the carriage, and having cular part of the demesne, proceeded rifled it of its precious burden bear her himself thither on foot. It was a calm away in safety to an old and almost and still night, the light fleecy clouds ruined tower in the mountains. The were stationary in the heavens

, and the carriage road took necessarily a long rays of the moon which struggled sweep to avoid the mountains, but a through them, came with a milder and

safter radiancé than if she had shone rock, now rushed out, and one of them in an unclouded sky. There was a discharged his carbine with sure and silvery haze over the landscape, and the deadly aim, at the horse on which he

dark mountains seemed reposing in the rode, the ball entered his forehead, and . universal peacefulness of nature.- was lodged in his brain. The animal d. M-Naghten stood upon a little rising plunged and writhed in the agonies of

ground, and folding his arms, he gazed death, and Aung his rider far into the upon the castle, and thought of the er- middle of the road. The other horse

rand upon which he was going, but he attempted to drag on the carriage, but * changed not his purpose, he felt, he be impeded by the weight of the dead lite lieved, that some demon urged him to animal, and entangled in the harness, Fat the act, and he could not resist the im- after a few ineffectual struggles, he er pulse, he viewed it through the medium stumbled and fell. Meanwhile the ser

of a phrenzied mind. Many a sleep- vants on the carriage fought bravely in less night" had he passed, and human defence of their master, a ball had nature could not bear the ceaseless tor- grazed M‘Naghten's arm, and another ture by which he had been racked-he of his party was lying mortally woundcould not think--his was the sullen, ed on a little tuft of heather. Pro

the reckless determination of madness. voked by the death of their compa** His companion did not keep him long nion, the rest rushed on, and, despite en waiting, he soon heard the light tramp- M‘Naghten's injunction, aimed their

ling of the horses on the turf, and in a pieces with deadly precision, at their few minutes more they were both on opponents. M‘Naghten and Phelim their way to the appointed place. both rode to the carriage door, a shot

It was a wild and lonely valley, be- from behind killed Phelim's horse, and

tween two rugged and steep mountains, just as he fell, a ball from the carriage P: whose craggy sides seemed to have whizzed past M.Naghten, and entered

been torn asunder by some former con- his foster brother's heart. He shrieked di fulsion of nature. Between their wildly, gave one convulsive spring, and

e bases the ground was smooth and level, lay bleeding and stiff. M.Naghten's horse mo unless where it was furrowed by the plunged, it was scared at the sight of interrush of the torrents that occasionally bloodshed and death, he cast one glance

poured down the sides of the hills, or of pity at his dying servant, whose where large masses of rock dislodged eyes as they glazed in death, were still

from the brow of the mountain by some turned towards his master. The moon ci mighty force, lay deep imbedded in the shone full into the carriage, and then

soil beneath. Behind one of these he saw the hand that had aimed one M'Naghten posted his companions, unerring bullet at poor Phelim's heart, while he himself rode up and down raising the reloaded pistol against himimpatiently expecting the arrival of the self. Colonel

Khad him covered, carriage. But there was no sign of its in another instant he would be with his to appearance. They examined the road servant ; Edmond had instinctively

but could discern no fresh marks of raised his pistol—his hand was on the wheels

, by which they knew it had not trigger—he pulled it—the bullet sang passed previous to their arrival. Yet through the air—a wild scream rang though the hour was late, the travellers upon his ears of, “ It is Edmond !" and arrived not, and they began to think then there was a low and stifled sob, that they had altered their intentions, Margaret's heart's blood was trickling and had remained for the night in Co- drop by drop upon her father's breast. leraine. At last they heard the rum- She had recognised M‘Naghten-flung bling of wheels at a distance--it came herself across her father-she had nearer--the carriage appeared in sight dashed aside the hand that would have just as it turned a corner of the road taken her lover's life, and the ball which it was driving at a rapid pace. was speeding to her father's heart, was M'Naghten and Phelim rode up, and lodged in her side, and Edmond was each presenting a pistol at the postilion, her murderer. ordered him to pull up ; he lashed his Shall I go on ?-shall I trace that horses, and attempted to pass on. murderer's sad history any further, or * Stop!" cried M-Naghten, with an have I told enough ?-my eye is dimnath, or by you are a dead med by tears, and my faltering hand inan.” Those concealed behind the trembles as I write --but we will follow

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him to his grave. We have seen him injury; and how often do we see woin varied scenes of passion, of mad- man still love on with all the intensity ness, and of guilt ; and we must view of her soul's affection, when the object him in his latter end—we must follow upon which her fondness is wasted, has him to the gloomy retirement of a con- betrayed her. Like that odoriferous demned cell, where M.Naghten the ge- plant of the desert, which exhales the nerous, the noble, and the brave, is lying sweetest perfume beneath the foot of in the abode of felons, a convicted mur- him that tramples on it. Edmond is derer.

not alone in that dismal cell.-WOHe had surrendered himself to the man's love has found its way to the dark demands of justice-he had stood as a solitude of his prison house, and Julia, criminal at the bar-he had borne the —the betrayed—the forsaken Julia is gaze of thousands, assembled but to see with him, when no other friend is near. him,—he had heard without apparent His fevered temples are throbbing on emotion, the indictment read, that her snowy breast, and her delicate charged him with a murder—the mur- hands are sustaining the weight of the der of her for whom he would gladly irons with which he is fettered. She have died himself

. He had pleaded came to bid him one last farewell, to guilty to the charge. He might have watch and solace the last hours of his entered a defence, and from the feeling life, and minister comfort to him, who, excited in his behalf, he would proba- after all his injuries, was still the idol of bly have been convicted but of man- her soul. And he had made a strange slaughter, but when the solemn ques- request, and urged it on her as his dytion was put, “ Are you guilty or not ing one ; it was that she should give guilty ?" he raised his eyes from the her consent to a union even with a conground where they had been fixed, he demned criminal. “ You are my wife looked round the court house upon the already in the eye of heaven," he said, multitude with a sullen and haughty “and why should the taint of disho glance, then calmly and distinctly an nour rest upon your name? we will swered, “Guilty!" No muscle vibrated now declare our vow, and you shall be --no feature changed upon his death- the lawful wife of Edmond M‘Naghten." like countenance. A thrill of pity She mentioned his oath, he took from pervaded the court house, and all again his breast a paper, it was the packet was hushed in an intensity of interest, which Margaret had handed him when as the judge divested himself of the last they parted, it absolved him from emblem of deliberative, and assumed that vow, and charged him to do justhat of avenging justice, yet still tice to the poor injured Julia, by the M‘Naghten's gaze was haughty and un- only reparation he could make.' The changing as before. The awful sen- trembling girl could not speak. He tence was passed, and he was con- sighed, and said, “ Perhaps you are demned to an ignominious death—but right in refusing to have the name of not even the quivering of a nerve be- a condemned," the remainder of the trayed emotion. A murmur of com sentence was lost in a groan. She passion burst from the crowd, but he threw her arms around him, she sobbed heeded it not. He was borne back to and said, “ O Edmond ! cut me not to prison, his apartment was changed to the heart by such a thought, your name one of those small and gloomy cells I will be proud to bear, even should the allotted to those whose days are num scorn of a world attend me, and let it bered by the sentence of the offended be as you wish." law.

The last rays of the setting sun O woman! fairest of God's creatures, glanced obliquely through the barred given to man as a blessing, without windows of the cell, as the ordinary of which even paradise would have been the gaol read the solemn service that lonely, and now when that paradise is united them. The casement was raised gone, and each successive generation of and the mountain breeze entering man is "born to trouble as the sparks fly through the grating, seemed to mock upwards," still sent as his best, his dear- by its freshness and freeness, the priest consolation! thy love is not like the soner who was not to leave his confinelove of man, it changes not with time, ment, until he ascended the scaffoldit alters not with circumstances, it sur- the hum of the neighbouring town was vives neglect, it can forgive insult and borne upon the gale, and the sparrows

were chirping and twittering gaily, as der"_but he said the solemn words as they fluttered round the old walls of the if he felt that they were vain, they were, building. M‘Naghten's right arm had alas! too soon to be put asunder; he been unfettered, his left still wore the ma- changed the blessing to a prayer. nacle, and the gaoler stood near with his M‘Naghten responded a deep andathrilbunch of keys in his hand, whose jingling ling Amen! Julia screamed hysterically, atevery move he made, formed a strange and sunk again. They bore her to the sound for a bridal ceremony. M.Nagh- open window, the evening breeze fanned ten loudly and calmly repeated the vows her temples, but it was in vain, she hung -Julia bent forward and whispered a heavy weight upon their arms—her them, but when she came to the words spirit had fled from the scene of her * Until death us do part”-she could sufferings and sorrows, and M.Naghnot utter them, she sunk upon M‘Nagh- ten clasped in his arms the clay-cold ten's breast, he attempted to throw his corpse of his bride. arms around her, but his manacled A few words more, and I have done. hand prevented him, and the links of - M.Naghten's interest and the exerthe chain clanked with a dismal sound. tions of his friends procured for him The rough gaoler was moved, he re- a pardon, and the evening on which leased his hand, and a tear stole even he returned to “M‘Naghten,” the along his hardened cheek. The cler- hills for miles around were lit with gyuan continued to read, Julia's head the bonfires of the rejoicing peasantry, still rested on M‘Naghten's bosom, and but he did not long survive the ruin he her long, lank hair was falling down had wrought. A few weeks passed upon his neck. Her lovely counte- and the mournful procession slowly nance was glowing with a hectic flush, wound its way to the family vault with and the damp dews of mortality were his remains. He died of a broken resting on her forehead. His


heart.—Tradition still points to the spot were turned upwards as if in prayer, where he mounted his horse upon that the ceremony concluded, and it only fatal night, and there the trees are remained for the clergyman to join stunted and low, and there is no vegetheir hands, and pronounce them man tation but the rank hemlock ; and some and wife. He gently disengaged her have said that they have heard strange arm from Edmond's neck, he placed and unearthly sounds, and voices as of her hand in his—it was cold and" clam- persons walking to and fro mid the stillmy-he pronounced “What God hath ness of the night, as if a curse still joined together, let not man put asun- rested on the spot.


Farewell to the world, to its joys and its splendour,
Those bright dreams that over my childhood have rolld,
For the veriest exquisite bliss they can render,
Is at best but rank poison in goblets of gold.
My soul thirsted once after freedom and glory,
And both I essay'd in the battle's red flood ;
But stain'd was the fame won with scimitars gory,
And freedom was tarnished with innocent blood.

I once long'd to share the affection of woman,
But here, too, my visions unrealis'd prove,
For I found that the eyes which but love should illumine,
At times could flash any save glances of love.
Tho' I felt that the bliss of the present was fleeting,
Still joys rose in prospect, like wave beyond wave,
Until hope, like an echo, grew wearied repeating,
And ceas'd, and consign'd me to grief and the grave.


Entomology is a science compara- Linnæus. Aristotle, certainly, in the tively of modern growth. It is suited portion of his great work, Megi Zwr‘Isto only to ages of refinement and advance- græs, which he devotes to insects, exment in knowledge—when the mind of hibits his usual accuracy of observation, man, in some measure informed respect- and distinguished powers of classificaing the grander and more striking ob- tion. Many of his divisions are in use jects of creation, has time to turn its at present, the very names he gave attention to minuter inquiries—to seek them preserved, and we can scarcely an acquaintance with the hidden mys- point out more than one remarkable teries of nature to pursue her to her error into which he has fallen, namely, secret recesses, and snatch, as it were, that of upholding equivocal generation, from her unwilling hand that knowledge Centuries added little worth notice to which, from the limited powers of our the observations he made. Pliny and organs, we might have concluded to be Ælian, labourers in this field of natural “ non homini datum.” Difficult and history, supply us more with the fables laborious was the research, and small of superstition than the results of exindeed was the reward, of the earlier perience, with bulky commentaries, pursuers of this science. When Sulker than established facts. At the revival showed his work on insects, with plates, of science, insects came in for some to two clever men, one commended share of notice. Albertus Magnus, dehim for employing his leisure hours in servedly so called from the size of his drawing pictures that would be very works, bestowed one volume, out of entertaining to children ; the other twenty-one folios on natural history, said, “ they would make pretty patterns upon insects. He calls them by the for ladies aprons."

general name of worms—describes butIn vulgar minds, minuteness is al- terflies as flying-worms, flies as fly ways coupled with insignificance-size worms, spiders as spider-worms, and, to with importance—their wonder is finish all, calls the toad and the frog, expressed by exaggeration—their he- which he includes in this class, quadruroes tower above the common height, ped-worms ! Aldrorandus, Gesner, their gods are giants. To such the Mouffet, an English physician of the microscope unfolds its wonders in Elizabethan age, and Goedarts, famous vain. They look with distrustful con- for his accurate drawings, followed tempt on accounts of structure and him in this line ; but the science is contrivance, that they have neither mainly indebted, during this period, to patience to observe, nor intellect to Redi, Leeuwenhoek, Swammerdam, comprehend. They meet you with a and our own countryman, Ray. Redi stale retort about butterfly-hunters is chiefly remarkable for his “ Espeand gnat-collectors ; and consider the rienza intorna alla Generazione degli philosopher an idiot when he declares, Insetti,” in which is a full exposure and “ Nusquam natura est major quam in refutation of the ridiculous theory of minimis." Yet we are ever destined equivocal generation, which had mainto find extremes meet. This despised tained its place in the schools since the and abused class of creation has in turn days of Aristotle. Harvey was the supplied subjects for Pagan adoration, first who dared to attack this absurd for Jewish fable, and for Christian doctrine, and his maxim,“ omnia ex legend.

ovo,” was fully canvassed and establishThe scientific study of Entomology ed by two of Italy's ablest physiologists, we may consider as commencing with Redi and Malphigi. Swammerdam

The Animal Kingdom, arranged in conformity with its organization, by the Baron Cuvier, with supplementary additions to each order, by Ě. Griffith, E. Pidgeon, and G. Gray. Vols. xiv, and xv, Insecta. London: Whittaker and Co. 1832.

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