I* tbe 1 alter. To replaça the money of which I had rob- |
bed my «»tar, I robbed my wife of th»t, which after events '
proved she would have given me with all her heart.
Up to this period I have loved Amelia as much a. it was
she exhibited on all occasions, had won all that was left of a :
heart seared in the hres of mad voluptuousness. But trurn
the moment I robbed, I hated her. With the injustice which
I believe over accompanies the perpetration ot injuries, I con
«dared my wife a spy, prying into my actions, and at every
moment on the eve of discovering the deception I had prsc
tised, the robbery I had committed. All conbdenee was now
, at an end, on my part; all pleasure in her society; I began to
ostrtfuge myself from home, and by degrees, to drink drams,
to keep up the courage of dastardly guilt, and make me sut
ticienlly a brute to meet her after my uightly org.es, without
sinking into the earth. Now it was that my downhill course
became more rapid than ever. I fell m company with some
of mv old associates of the club; renewed my intimacy with
Baity and the ferret eyed butcher; got half fuddled, was rob
bed and cheated every night, and returned to my home every ;
morning, more of a beast than I left inn the evening.
to liquidate the losses thus incurred, deeper and deeper,
draughts ate made on h« wite s fortune, and to bury tile gal
ling consciousness of ht» t,wp.tutte-st.il galling even to I.«
seared and indurated heart—he sleeps Ins senses in tbes.upe
Suction of brands. From one excess he proceeds to .»other,
until be at length becomes a mere b.ute—a bloated mass of
disease—and w entirely torsaken even by tho^e who were td
dieted, but in a less degree, to the hateful vice by which he
• had been prostrated. He becomes at length reduced to abso
lute penury, and has only a miseraole hovel to shelter nmteil
and ruined family trom tbe storms ot heaven. The eaustru
plu rn his Into now drew» rapidly on. During ail this «.me
bl» heart broken wile had borne bun company, meewly bear- l
mg his brutality and ill treatment a,id e. deavonug lo torce
hereetf into an appearance ot cheertuiness which her wan
and wasted condition too plainly dented. But. as tbe author
observes there » a verrons state of endurance a forced eleva
tion of the spirits, which caunot be sustaineU beyond a staled
period without ahakmg U» intellectual fabric to it. founds
Ihm». The reason of »he uncomplaining partner oi the D.uu&>
ard at last becomes unsettled. *• Her tmud was sonietunes
«videoüy not mistress of itself, and her vivacity became, at ;
intervals, when she was strongly excited, so misplaced aud
■ngovernabîe, as to indicate too evidently that the springs
which regulated the fine machine were deranged or worn out '
by perpetual exertion." The delineation of this poor and
blighted creature's condition » given with a painful strength '
taiwi accuracy of touch that cannot but take a deep hold of
».he reader's sensibility But we must not dwell on it.—
Durtng this wrecked and shattered condition of her intellect, j
her huso and conceives the diabolical thought of making ter !
a partie, pant in his execrable practices, and thus pollute her j
SOUÎ. as he had already forever destroyed her happiness. ;
** X from the bottom ot my soul, V-ays the narrative) I
aeliexe my poor Amelia, had she been herseif. not withstand
tag her mistaken lenity, and mtsc hie voua indulge .icies ot my
Stresses, would never, in her rational moments, have de- 1
graded herseif by a participation m my onges. At last, ;
•«.'.»ever, and by imperceptible degrees.she teii trom her high
estate, and sunk—not uideed to my dead level of measure- (
les» brutality—but low enough to lose herself, and all she ;
'ore had been. I will not describe the scenes which mv !
Mil» now presented, almost every day. Husband, w ilia, fath- ;
n, mother, children, ali mad; now singing aud laughing; now
cursing and swearing like the inmates of a mad house.'' The ;
dreadful issue ut these courses could not long be delayed, and
shall copy the account ot the catastrophe from the volume '
, . ■ » .. a* i a
One day—it was an ominous day—the anniversary ot our
irriagv— m a tu ot javag« hilarity, 1 svvove I would cel«
orate it with more than usual splendor. I got up at twelve !
H»e preceding mght, and mcbxicated myself before sunrise, !
when I went to bed and wie pt my mi It partly sober again be- j
fore dinner, .it «toner l drank, and enticed mv poor Amelia !
?o touow my example, til! fne little reason left us began to I
»tagger on !•» thron» 1 proposed a toast—^ Our wedding
jav, and many happy returns ot it.' A sudden pang seemed
:ocross her mine, and produce a tram ot biller recollections,
•Was it not a happy day. Amelia V said I, tauntingly. She
burst into tears, and covered her face with her hands for a
»mute; then «lowly removing them, she replied, with a look
«t agony that attU haunts me day and night, • Yes, it was a
4appy dav; hut-The tone and look irritated my *1
™.dy interested spirit burning aa it was in liquid Harnes.
But what > replied I: • Come, speak out; let us have no
©terete on this happy day.' * We have paid deartv for it,*
«he said—' you with the ions of fortune, fame, and good nass,
* -,,h a broaa. haart and shattered reason' ;
~'A«d I alone am to bianw for «U this, I suppers«;'
~ ' »•; i eto'ue nothing but my own folly. I had my ;
tearuings, hut they came too late; or Tat her. as my ««
wUs aaa, i shut mv ears to them. Would I ha j died,*,
betöre that miserable day.' i
"} £****, * >uJ ''j ,wd *• ' lio * J lt nw * :1 ,u
any I daceweu u. Pwh! who would ever be.'eve that her ! "
^k and «By rex was a mateh wr mer.-men of the world .
ot eagoxsaece Paaaw a wu.a a mere play ching—i a
adde d »be. wringing oar hands. •
| ' A victim,' sighed my poor wife.
' charge me with >'
' But what do you
„ „ r . , .. .
• Who vas™ mrodU forme?*
„»ä —> ■ l ™ *•
: " ' Who spoiled it by robbing me of rest by night, of bap
piness by day ?'
•• • Yiu are no longer the gay, sprightly, animated« witty
thing that won mv heart.'
" • Your heart!' replied she, scornfully; • but who was it j
that robbed me of my gaiciy; that wrecked my heart, and
turned my brain .' Do you snow the man, the monster I would
say ?' Her eyes now dashed tire as she continued. ' Do you
know the monster, I say ! lie who deceived iny youth; •' ist
ed my formne; destroyed my happiness; degraded the mode»
ty of my sex and siauon; poured liquid tire down mv throat, ■
and heaped eoil* of tire on the heads of my children ? Wno
rendered the past a recoilecuun of horror; the present yet
worse; the future—O mv God!'
" * I, whom you pronused to love and obey all-your life,
; Come, give me an example of obedience,'cried I, pouring out
a glass of filthy liquor; • come, one bumper more. 1 swear
you shall drink one bumper more to this happy day—come!*
" * 1 will not; 1 am aireadv more than halt a beast!*
*" And half a fool,* nmue.ed I, rising and staggering to
Ihe other side ot the table, where she was sitting; * 1 swear
by hell you shall drink *
" I swear by Heaven I will not!'
* 4 Who snail «newer fot the actions of a man mad with ! «J
dnnk! N >t himself, for he is a beast without a soul; not his 1
Maker, for he has abandoned him. A struggle now ensued,
during which I gradually became irritated into fury. Tbe !
children dung affrighted about us, but ! kicked them away,
My poor Amelia at lengtn siruck the glass out of my hand;!
l became furious as a uemon, and threw her from me with a, ,
diabolical force, against the corner of the tire place. She 1
tell, raised herseif half up. gave ner ch.id.-eo one look, and
sank, down again. She was dead. !
"1am now the sober tenant of a mad home. The jury \
that tried me, would not believe a man whoacted auch scenes :
as were proved upon me could be m lus senses They »c
quitte«! œe on the score ol insamty. My relatives placet! me
here to pass ihe rest of my days, and recover mv senses if l
; -an. Bu: l am not mad; the justice of heaven has ordained
that I shall live, white 1 b»e, in the full perception of nr
past wickedness. 1 know not w hat is be come of my children,
' for no one will answer my inquiries_no one will tell me
where they are, whether thev are dead or alive. All I can
' understand is, that l shall neve- see them more,
slant companion day and night, Waking and dreaming, is mv
.murdered wife. Every moment of mv life vs spent m recal
j Img to my mmd tbe history of that til taten .3 ;i, u
! mmg up ôf w ha' I have tvi answer for to her, car friends and
j her odspnag. Denied the indulgence of -g; -orts of stimu
; Unis, my s.rengih is gone; my body anrunk cwkakrivelled ai
most lo a skeleton, and my huibs quake with the least exer
nao. Guilt gnus pic in the face; infamy barks at mv heels;
scorn points tier finger at me; disease is gnawing mv vitals:
1 death already touches me with his icy fingers, and'eteranv
; waits to swallow me up. I am going lo meet Amelia!
" The man to whose charge 1 am committed, has furnish
( ed me with tbe means of fulfilling this my last task, and ma
; king the only atonefiient in my power for what I have done
! It there be anv one who shall read this, to whom temptation
; may beckon .itar otf, at a distance which disguises its deformi
ty, let him contemplate me as 1 entered on the stage of life;
; as 1 pursued my career forward; as l closed of am about to
close it forever. Let him not cheat hts soul, let hint not for
' a uioment*bclieve. that it is impossible for him to become as
I bad, nay worse than 1 have been. If we look onlv at the
i a - , , . . -. . , .
beginning and the end ot a career of mtamy and wickedness,
ihe space appears a gull vvhreh the delinquent has overleapi
! at a single bound- But if we examine into tho particulars ofj
! his life ind progress, we shall seldom fail to find that tbe in
j teryal has been passed, and tbe goal attained, step by step,
! little and little; trom good to bad, trotu bad to worse Tee
I pride of human reason may whisper in our ears that «re can
never become like the wretch whose career we have just been
tracing. But as poor Ophelia says, " We know what we are.
but we know not what we may be' It is only to begin as I
began; to sow the seeds, and be sure that in good time you !
will reap the same I'ruits; drink the same gali and bitterness
here, the same fiery draught hereafter.'' pp.
PETER THE GREAT.
,n C " ua - S«?" » History ot Russia he given a most en- .
*«rta.umg accuuut ot tuis queer monarch. He tmd toe tol- e .
lowing me dent which we thiuk we remember to have seen D
; <ir»m»*ed with a remarkable contempt for bistor.cal truth
" At midnight the blow was to have been struck; and Peter
; ?* v,! 0f ^ en * j 1 " 1 » »'»»«1? <h« «map,- |
[' ,or5 3houid Sorely'surrounded. Soon aftea, thinkmg the w
Wls a " *•« "» *»* haunt or these ruhuns, h
i ™ «?«•"<• hoMly.certazn he should nnd nothing but trembling
''a TaI'I f *, Uer ' d 7 £"7^ B *', t . hls ""I"'»»« 1
! " ld anticipated the time, and he found himselt.singte and un
. J»»* - £• ^- unshnekted, danng. .ef!-armed ;
a aod. »t 7* *^* a 'hox-erevsctleraung toe last
\ words ot an eath that «hey would »eurer« hts destimatoo. |
tfi« 5 ci Dl -
"At hia unexpected appearance, however, they all aroseïn
confusion. Peter, on hia side, comprehending the full ext.«
his ^ard^nd"^«* '« having th3TlL*°nnt7M
"zr;.rr"r t asTit-.*""" i s i
£ unties,tat,nely advanced among thia "bronTSf haito^
creeled them familiarly and in • calm „I ® . trailors .
that • as he was passing bv their house, he saw^liohTin"if
that supposing they »eie ämusimr the.mwlv.. T. I, ?" '
j n order lo share /heir pleasures 6 ' He then Mated h'mZtf
and drank to his assassins, who sland.ngup around him 7 m
not avoid putting ihe glasa about, and drinkii ,» his health M
•• Bui soon they began to consult each oiher'hc .i,„ i
lo maxe numerous signs, and lo grow more daring* oÄ
them even leaned over lo Snkamni, and -aid in a low v,7
■ brother, it is lime ' The latter for wh.. !„ , 1 e '
hesitaied, and had scarcely replied ' not vet ' wile" p™"'
who heard him, and who also beaid at last the fooPUenü«
his „yards_started from hi, seat l , " e P a
blow m ihe face, and exclaimed ''if u is not m tmWor««
scoundrel, it is for me.' This blow and the sight of the mi 2
threw the assassins into consternation, thev feil on their* "cev
and implored forgiveness. ' Cham them,'replied Ihe teS
Tzar Then turning lo the officer of ihe i k , ,
him. and reproached him with hi, w.n.^f punctualuv' bii
the latter showed hm. bis order; and the Tzar Derceivmn hi
mistake, clasped him in bis nrni. kissed h„"Ä forX!
and proclaimed his fidelity, and entrusted him with the '
! «J v of the traitors
1 •• His vengeance was terrible the „„„„km,,, r
rockms than .he crime. First,' the reck Gun ihe »„ereJre
! mutilation ol each member; the death when not enoi.eli
blood and life was left to allow of the sense of sutler,,,/ Tiv
Hose the whole, the heads were exposed upon ihe summit uf
, column, the members being svmmetncalk arranged around
1 them as ornanrenis; a acenc well worthy of a government of
masters and of slaves, reciprocally beautifying each oilier,
! ami whore onlv God was fear " 1 ' *
\ The domestic habits of the'impenal ruffian, who is our
: ihor's load-star are thus described
•• H s ..avs and his manners, it i, true, were unpolished, hut
»pie, trunk and natural; like those of ever)' man
H*ho has a great end in view, who presses on to it with a re
solut© ai d straight forward spirit, and all who*e faculties, iu
order to attain it, rise above the pompous iutlene.-s of pride
and of vaiutv.
* 4 In his humble abode at Petersburg, an abode which a
mere art nan would think hardi y good enough for himself—»
oed* a chair, a table, a Uihe, and some books, formed the
whole of tbe furniture.
4 * Wr.en he was not at home, the deck of a ship, the floor
of a hut, or the bare ground, served him as a bed; now aril
then straw, whan he could get it; *f not, he leaned his head
on the officer who attended on bin>, who lay across under it,
and whose business it was to remain in that position as mo*
tionless as the bolster which lie represented.
"Every thing in him warfioetile to luiury, and looked to
the useful; his clothes were plain, and even of a coarse cloth
calculated to wear well—bis shoes, which were solid and
ciuntsey, were frequently mended.
"At hts table, which was usually a frugal ore, nothing came
amiss to him, except fish, which this naval prince could not
bear. His habitual food, that which he preferred, was such
is w£.s eaten by the people. He ate fittle, but often, where
ver he might chance to be, and no matter with whom.
4 * He drank, however, to excess, from habit, from taste,
perhaps even from vanity. Deplorable orgies, but less fre
quent than they are supposed to have been, where hewaeloo
of en seen overcome by a shameful or a furious intoxication,
but where, still oftener, proving himself more powerful than
his excesses, lie kept his senses, and patiently bore the rash
tangua»« which intemperance prompted to his'convivial com
"Hts court, at common times, consisted onlv of afewoffi
cers to convey his orders; luxure was ban.shed from it by
sumptuary laws; no plate was seeu there. He waited on him
w*Hf, rose*at four in tbe morning, and lighted his nre with his
These private sinjulxrities of the first enlightened Russian
Emperor were no! amended when he went out of doors.
*• Such were ho habits at home; when he went out, it was
generally on foot or in a hackne, coach and be sometimes
borrowed of the first passer-bv the money to pay his fare—
He dailv »pent several hours 'at the Senate, but particularly
at tbe Admiralty; afier which, and alwavs followed, liketh*
great Frederick, bv a favorite dog. he went alone and wÜb
out ^ to , moI - tie People— preferring the soci
e . .nd'R^anir»^ *-ncci»llv the
D ^ tch ,- 0 J' wlK>i h , ctrce j, ^ d stinguiSed bv his
T^ re ."hom rerem^Tv b^\«k .^ftetheirbus
their pleas ores, a«d their convaraalmn f-e-tioning them
oout V„ UJ1 ltv, r a n< j '„7mng great knowledge from their replies,
w .. „nre ^7'he !£n w orkTt «roh hia own hands in
h manufactories which he h«i es-abhs'.ed It is known that
£ a( ta ^ed hm»df to pilot the European vessels which
came to Cronstsdt, and thatVe received, Se other piloistlie
MT of , ,hich he considered as an honor, and which
..Another t me, na. mr been compelled br the state »f ins
„ Mop „ , ^ he fot ^ hours became » enuth.
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