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j, J. JARVES, Editor.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER S, 1811.
Vol. 2. No. 17.
A HOME EVE II Y WHERE.
BY S. GRAHAM.
Heave, mighty ocean, heave,
And blow, thou boisterous wind;
Onward we swiftly glide, and leave
Our home and friends behind.
Away, away we steer,
Upon the ocean's breast;
And dim the distant heights appear,
Like clouds along the west.
There is a loneliness
Upon the mighty deep;
And hurried thoughts upon us press,
As onwardly wo sweep.
Our home O, heavens that word!
A name without a thing!
Wc are e'en as a lonely bird,
Whose home is on the winjj.
My wife and little one
Are with me as I go;
And they are all, beneath the sun,
I have of weal or wo.
With them, upon the sea
Or land, where'er I roam,
JVly all on earth is still with me,
And I am still at home.
Heave, mighty ocean, heave,
And blow, thou boisterous wind;
Where'er we go, we cannot leave
Our home and friends behind.
Then come; my lovely bride,
And come, my child of wo;
Since we have nought on earth beside,
What matters where we go?
We heed not earthly powers,
We heed not wind nor weather,
For, come what will, this joy is ours
We share it still together.
And if the storms are wild,
And we perish in the sea,
We'll clasp each other and our child;
One grave shall hold the three.
And neither shall remain
To meet, and bear alone,
The cares, the injuries, the pain,
That we, my love, have known.
And there's a sweeter joy,
Wherever wtj may be;
Danger nor death can e'er destroy
Our trust, O God, in thee.
Then wherefore should wc grieve!
Or what have we to fear?
Though home, and friends, and life, wc
Our God is ever near.
If He who made all things,
And rules them, is our own,
Then every grief and trial brings
Us nearer to his throne.
Then come, my gentle bride,
And come, my child of love;
What if we've nought on earth beside?
Our portion is above.
Sweep, mighty ocean, sweep;
Ye winds, blow foul or fair;
Our God is with us on the deep,
Our home is every where.
When the regiment to which Trevan
ion belonged became part of the army of
occupation in Paris, he was left at Ver
sailles seriously ill from the effects of a
sabre wound he received at Waterlifc, and
from which his recovery at first was ex
ceedingly doubtful. At the end of sev
eral weeks, however, he became out of
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uangcr, and was able to receive his broth
er officers, whenever they were fortunate
enough to obtain a day's leave of absence
to run down and see him. From them
he learned that one of his oldest friends
in the regiment had fallen in a duel, and
that two of his brother officers were dan
gerously wounded one of them was not
expected to survive. When he inquired
as to the reasons of these many disasters,
he was informed that since the entrance
of the allies into Paris, the French offi
cers boiling with rage and indignation at
their defeat, and smarting under the hour
ly disgrace which the presence of their
conquerors suggested, sought out by eve
ion's friend, a young officer of great prom
ise, and universally beloved in his regi
ment. As Trevanion listened to these ac
counts, his impatience became daily great
er, that his weak state should prevent his
being among his brother officers, when
his advice and assistance were so impera
tively required, and where, amid all the
solicitude for his recovery, he could not
but perceive they ardently wished for
The day at length arrived, and restored
to something like his former self, Trevan
ion once more appeared in the mess room
of h is regiment. Amid congratulations
ry means in their power, opportunities of! on his recovered looks, worn not n fr.w
insult; but always so attfully contrived ; half-expressed hints that he might not go
us iu ii-imui mu opposite party mc dial-1 mucli out into the world lor some time to
longer, thus preserving to themselves the come. To these friendly admonitions
choice of weapons. When it is called to j Trevanion replied by a good natured
mind that the French arc the most expert j laugh, and a ready assurance that he un
swordsmen in Europe, little doubt can ex- j derstood the intended kindness, and felt
isl as to the issue of these combats ; and j in no wise disposed to be invalided a
in fact, scarcely a morning passed without; gain. " In fact," said he, " I have come
tnrce or tour English or Prussian officers
being carried through the Barriere do
1'Etoile, if not dead, at least seriously
wounded, and condemned to carry with
them through life the inflictions of a san
guinary and savage spirit of revenge.
When Trevanion listened to this sad
recital, and scarcely did a day come with
out adding to the long catalogue of dis
asters, he at once perceived that the quiet
deportment and unassuming demeanor
which so strongly characterized the En
glish officers, were construed by their
French opponents into evidence of want
of courage, and saw that so systematic a
plan of slaughter no common remedy
could be applied, and that " coup d'etat"
was absolutely necessary to put it down
In the history of these sanguinary ren
contres, one name was continually recur
ring, generally as the principal, sometimes
the instigator of the quarrel. This was
an officer of a chasseur regiment, w ho had
the reputation of being the best swords
man in the whole French army, and was
no less distinguished for his "skill at
fence," than his uncompromising hatred
of the British, with whom alone, of all the
allied forces, was he ever known to come
in contact. So celebrated was the " Cap
itaine Augustine Gcndarmar" for his pur
suits, that it was well known at that time
in Paris, that he was the President of a
duelling club, associated for the express
and avowed object of provoking to insult,
and as certainly dooming to death, every
English officer upon whom they could fas
ten a quarrel.
The Cafe Philidor,at that period in the
Rue Vivienie' was the rendezvous of this
respectable faction, and here " le Capi
taine " reigned supreme, received ac
counts of the various " affairs " which
were transacting counselling and plot
ting for the future. His ascendancy a
mong his countrymen was perfectly un
disputed, and being possessed of great
muscular strength, with that peculiarly
"farouche" exterior, without which cour
age is nothing in France, he was in every
way calculated for the famous leadership
which he assumed.
It was, unfortunately, to this same cafe,
being situated in what was called the En
glish quarter, that the officers of the 42d
regiment were in the habit of resorting,
totally unaware of the plot by which they
were surrounded, and unsuspecting the
tangled web of deliberate and cold-blooded
assassination in which they were in
volved ; and here took place the quarrel,
which resulted in the death of Trevan-
up here to enjoy life a little, not to res
sign it ; but amongst the sights of your
gay capital, I must certainly have a peep
at your famed captain, of whom I have
heard too much not to feel an interest in."
Notwithstanding the many objections
to this, made with a view to delay his
visit to the Philidor to a later period, it
was at length agreed that they should all
repair to the cafe that evening, but upon
the express understanding that every
cause of quarrel should be strictly avoid
ed, and that their stay should be merely
sufficient to satisfy Trevanion's curiosity
as to the personal appearance of the rc
It was rather before the usual hour of
the cafe's filling that a number of English
officers, among whom was Trevanion, en
tered the saloon of the Philidor ; having
determined not to attract any unusual at
tention, they broke into little knots of
threes and fours and dispersed through
the room, where they either sipped their
coffee or played at dominoes, then as now
the staple resource of a French cafe.
The clock over the " comptoir " struck
eight, and at the same instant a waiter
made his appearance
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There was something in the assured
tone of these few words that either over
awed or repressed every rising feeling of
the waiter, towards his interrogator ; for
silently handing his coffee and the news
paper, he left the roomnot, however,
without bestowing a parting glance so full
of terror and dismay, that our friend was
obliged to smile at it. All this was the
work of a few minutes, and not until the
noise of new arrivals had attracted the at
tention of his brother officers, did they
perceive where he had installed himself,
and to what danger he was thus, as they
supposed, unwittingly, exposed.
It was now, however, too late for re
monstrance ; for already several French
officers had noticed the circumstance, and
by their interchange of looks and signs,
openly evinced their satisfaction at it, and
their delight at the catastrophe which
seemed inevitable to the luckless English
man. In perfect misery at what they conceiv
ed to be their own fault, in not apprising
nun oi mc sacred character of that piace,
they stood silently looking at him as he
continued to sip his coffee, apparently un
conscious of every thing and person about
There was now a more .than ordinary
silence in the cafe, which was at all times
remarkable for the quiet and noiseless de
meanor of its frequenter, when the door
was flung open by the ready waiter, and
the Capitaine Augustine Geridemar enter
ed, lie was a large squarely-built man,
with a most savage expression of coun
tenance, which a bushy beard and shaggy
overhanging moustache served successful
ly to. attest ; his eyes were shaded by
deep, projecting brows, and long eye
brows slanting over them, and increasing
their looks of piercing sharpness ; there
was in his whole air and demeanor that
certain French air of swaggering bullyism
which ever remained in those who, having
risen from the ranks, maintained the look
of ruffianly defiance, which pave early
character for courage and peculiar merit.
To the friendly salutations of his coun
trymen he returned the slightest and cold
est acknowledgments, throwing n glance
of disdain around- him as he wended his
Ic which ho placed beside the fire, and j way to his accustomed place beside tl
aving trimmed a lamp, and placed u large i fire ; this ho did will, ns ,,i, r
fauteuil before it, was about to withdraw, , and swagger as ho could well contrive
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wuen irevanion, wnosc curiosity was
roused by the singularity of these arrange
ments, determined upon asking for whose
comfort they were intended. The waiter
stared for a moment at the question with
his sabre clanking behind, his sours innr.
ling, and his heavy step made purposely
heavier to draw upon him the notice and
attention he sought for. Trevanion alone
testified no consciousness of his entrance
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.... uwu.jiui miu M.imu.Niiss ui mm appeareu totally engrossed by the
him who put it, and at last replied j columns of his newspaper, from which he
" Pour Monsieur le Capitaine, je crois," j never lifted his eves for an instant Io
with a certain tone of significance upon Capitaine at length reached the fire place
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" Le Captain ! but what captain ?" said
he carelessly, " for I am a captain, and
that gentleman there and there too, is
another," at the same instant throwing
himself listlessly into the well cushioned
chair, and stretching out his legs at full
length upon the hearth.
The look of horror with which this qui
et proceeding on his part elicited from the
poor waiter, so astonished him that he
could not help saying " Is there any
thing the matter with you, my friend ! arc
you ill ?"
" No monsieur, not ill ; nothing the
matter with me; but you, sir ; oh, you, sir,
pray come away."
"Ve," said Trevanion; "me; why,
my good man, I was never better in my
life ; so now just bring me my coffee and
the Moniteur, if you have it ; there, don't
stare that way, but do as I bid you."
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tomcd scat in the possession of another,
than he absolutely started back with sur
prise and anger.
What might have been his first impulse,
it is haid to say ; for, as the blood rushed
to his face and forehead, he clenched his
hands firmly, and seemed for an instant
as he eyed the stranger like a tiger, about
to spring upon his victim ; this was but
for a second, for turning rapidly round to
wards his party, he gave them a look of
peculiar meaning, showing two rows of
white teeth, with a grin which seemed to
say, I have taken my line ;" and he had
done so. He now ordered the waiter,
with a voice of thunder, to bring him a
chair ; this he took roughly from him, and
placed with a crash on the floor, exactly
opposite to that of Trevanion, and so near
as scarcely to permit of his sitting down
upon it. The noisy vehemence of this