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THE TRAVELLER'S LIST INN;
Or. THE HJ-REEPER OF SiKERCVE.
A PRUSSIAN TALE OF THRILLING INTEREST.
By the .fotihor of 44 The Orange Girl of Venice
and other Tales.
{^CONCLUDED.3
CHAPTER 11.
The traveller's hall was large and roomv,
well lighted, and furnished with a heavy
bar in one corner, a large oblong table in
the centre, and a vast number of chairs
and settees scattered through and ranged
along the sides of the walls.
Behind the bar were two good-looking
females, whose tall, stout, well-knit frames,
and hold, well-shaped features, stamped
them of an extremely masculine character.
They were, evidently, sisters, and could
not apparently have been over six or eight
and-twenty years of age.
The landlord was sitting at the hirge,
oblong table, earnestly engaged in perusing
a newspaper. As we entered, he threw
down the paper, and rose to wait upon us.
He was tall and stout, with a fine set of
Roman features—a lofty brow. grey, bushy
hair, and an eye filled with the spirit of
benevolence. Still, despite his frank, gen
erous look, there was something so repul
sive in the ensemble of his features, that 1
felt my heart knocking against my breast,
as il warning inc of danger. As his eye
met that of my companion, his lip for a
moment quivered, and a slight tremor ran
hke a shock of electricity through the
muscles of hi* frame.
My companion's face, as he seated him
self opposite me, was flushed with some
mysterious excitement. Our feet met un
der the table, and his pressed mine signifi
cantly, for a moment, anil was then imme
diately withdrawn.
The food that we had called for was set
before us. together with a large flagon of
foaming ale. from which we filled our long,
narrow glasses, as we despatched our meal.
4 What cheer, friends V asked our host,
-eating himself at the table, a short distance
from us. 4 What news ?'
' The King still reigns in Prussia,' re
plied my companion, without looking up :
' and threatens, in his last manifesto, to
look better to the laws !'
4 Ah !' observed the host, with a laugh ;
4 the old tale. He has been threatening
that, to my knowledge, these ten years.'
• But he speaks emphatically, now,' con
tinued my companion, with a meaning, and
to me, mysterious emphasis. 4 ln which
rise. parties who have long laughed at the
i " ill have a prospect of punishment.
The whips and prisons of Frederick are
to perfect, they are only surpassed by—'
• \\ hat ?*
4 His scaffolds !' was the sarcastic reply.
The face of the inn-keeper blanched,
:.nd his eyes shot fire at my companion.
A sensation of danger crept over me at
this reply ; u by, 1 could not comprehend ;
hut it stole over me like the colli crawling
of a snake, and made me shiver.
it was evident that our host and my com
panion had met before—not as friends, but
- enemies.
4 The whips, prisons, and scafTolds of
i rederick are only for criminals,' said the
tan-keeper slowly, in the tone ola man
"ho knew himself in converse with a foe,
•'•-nil wished every word to fall upon his ear
like the repeated blows of a sledge-ham
mer.
4 "I'is true,' said rny companion coldly.
4 In which case,* continued the inn-keep
<r, in the same long draw n tone, 4 Prussia
• .11 at last be rid of one of the most ras
' iv highwaymen that ever infested her
i ,
mads.
4 Ah!' observed my companion, calmly.
4 A es, Prussia will rejoice, for then the
last of the great rascals will have been
swept away.'
4 1 fttieed ! to whom do you allude ?'
'lt is impossible for you not to compre- j
nd me. [ speak of the highwayman.
Pn.!a unfortunately knows many ; but
ey are small operators, mere nobodies,
'"i "pared with him of whom all Prussia
ks with horror and affright. Men
'peak, of hint as the highwayman. Be
nd- his deeds, the crimes of the entire
rubber horde of the country sink into iri
-'uifieaitce.'
' J am so very ignorant,' persisted my |
• epanion, 4 and so great a stranger to this
. "t of the country, having hut recently
nived here, that 1 must still plead my ut
r inahility to comprehend you."
4 >\ hat! you mean to say that you do j
,; ' JI know this great robber, with whose
every child in Prussia is familiar
4 1 mean to say so.'
\nd vet \ ou are a Prussian
IV true. I am a Prussian.'
sini jjia , 2rsiisj(SM3]B a
! 4 Then you are a mystery,' replied the
inn-keeper, sarcastically,
j 4 So be it,' replied the other, with a laugh,
j 4 nevertheless, 1 am anxious to learn the
name of this great highwayman, whose
i crimes are so well known in Prussia, that
they strike terror to the hearts of all ages
and sexes, and for whose head the scaffolds
| ol Frederick are so impatiently waiting.'
4 1 lis name—you wish to know his name?'
4 Have I not said so ?'
4 \ on wish ine to pronounce it here, be
fore tins gentleman, your companion ?'
continued the inn-keeper, maliciously.
4 Certainly. My friend here has stout
nerves, of which f have had good proof,
within the last few hours, and will not faint
on hearing it. lie is no woman, and can
listen to the most frightful things without
shuddering. Give us the name of this ter
rible highway man, by all means.'
4 The name, then, gentlemen, of this
man of a thousand crimes—the name of
this great criminal, held in such horror and
detestation throughout all Prussia—the
name of this terrible man, whose infamous
history is in the mouths of all—the name
of this monstrous being, whom the laws
have long since prejudged, and for whose
capture there is a standing offer of three
thousand thaler?, to any man or bodv of
men who will deliver him into the hands
ot a magistrate—the name of this man, for
whom the prison yawns and the scaffold
halts, is—'
4 Under , r interrupted mv travelling com
panion, with a laugh, as he emptied his
glass. 4 That is capital beer.'
4 Ha ! you know his name at last,' said
the inn-keeper, with a sneering smile.
4 Certainly,' returned the other coolly.
4 You dragged in the detail?—details that I
have heard so often—so eloquently, I could
not help recalling it. No, you think there
is now hope that Prussia will soon he rid
ol Ruder—Ruder, for whose capture and
arrest there is a standing reward of three
thousand thalers ?'
4 ()1 course, lie is the greatest rogue
in die country, and now the King has re
solved to put the laws, relative to criminals,
in force, Ruder being the greatest, of course
cannot escape.'
4 0, indeed ! But how comes it that lie
is so likely to be caught now / 1 thought,
and report will sustain the idea, that Ruder
has not been seen in Prussia for the last
seven years ?'
4 It is true,' returned the inn-keeper. 4 but
I have good authority for supposing that he
has been seen in Prussia within the last
ten days.'
4 Ila ! exclaimed inv travelling compan-'
ion, with a slight start. 4 ls uso ?\\ hence
came the news V
4 I read it, as you came in, in the paper.*
4 The name of the paper ?'
4 The Anhalt Courier.*
4 So, so. On learning his arrival, why
did they not arrest linn V
4 They learned it not till he had made
his way out ol the town in which he was
recognized.'
4 Ha ! he was recognized, then ? By
whom V
4 A former comrade.'
4 Humph ! Then the authorities are, it
is to he inferred, by this time,on his track V
4 Doubtless. The reward is great, and
the highwayman without money, arms, or
friends,' and the innkeeper bent his eves
upon my companion with what seemed to
me a malignantly triumphant smile.
The latter, however, having his eves
down in thought, did not perceive it. At
length, raising his head, and gazing steadi
ly at the inn-keeper, he observed :
4 it would be a rare sight if one prison
should receive mine host of the Inn of
Sauvergne and Ruder the highwayman.
Rarer still, ifone scaffold should hang them.'
4 \ cry—very rare !' returned the inn
keeper, with a smile so ghastly that i trem
bled while 1 looked at hirn.
4 if 1 remember,' continued my travel
ling companion, with a strange light in his
eye, • five thousand thalers, and a free par
don to any criminal, are offered for his
head, dead or alive. Am I not rigiu V
4 There is a report to that effect,' mut
tered the ion-keeper, with a dry cough.
4 Together with a thousand thalers in
addition, for each of his infamous family.
Am 1 right V
4 I believe so.'
4 There are six persons in his family.'
4 Nay, only five—his wife is dead.'
4 \\ (;11, say there are five. Shall I name
them ?'
4 Nay, that is your affair, not mine.'
4 Perhaps so. There are five, then—the
inn-keeper, two daughters and two sons.
Have 1 named them right?'
4 Granting that you have, what then V
4 Here, then, are two parties, for whom
the King offers an aggregate of thirteen
thousand thalers—three thousand for the
highwayman and ten thousand for the
criminals of the Traveller's Last Inn. Now,
then, here are two parties, whose mutual
interest it is to sustain and defend each
other; for both stand within the grasp of
law, and both will, if arrested, be swung
from the scaffold.'
4 But how can they assist each other V
asked the inn-keeper, eagerly.
4 Both have talent, courage, and power
-—qualities, which, if united, effectually
keep at bay all tbe power of the police.'
4 Nav, von mistake. Ruder is without
money or arms—he is just arrived in the
; country, and is, therefore, without power
, or comrades. It seetns to me, then, that
• , all the talent, courage, and power, lie on
' one side.'
i j 4 \ ou know nothing of his power or his
; plans, and, therefore, can form no opinion
• in the matter. At all events, come what
may, of the two parties, Ruder is the safest.
The danger, if the king carries his threat*
into effect, is to the parties of the Sauvergne
Inn, and not to the highwayman.'
The inn-keeper laughed.
4 \\ ell,' said lie, 4 we'll not argue the
• i question. Lot the people of the inn, as
, i well as the highwayman, settle iheir own
business with the king. They'll be brought
i together soon enough. "Who can tell what
: a day may bring forth ?'
4 Precisely,' said the other, rising. 4 Rut
j come, the hour grows lute, and I must rise
with the dawn. My comrade and I will
retire. Xhow us to our chamber.'
4 Stay,' said the inn-keeper, 4 you forget
your purses and your valuables.'
4 W hat of them ?' said my comrade.
4 You know it is customary for travellers,
on retiring lor the night, to leave their money
and their valuables at the bar. My daugh
ters will give you a receipt for them. In
the morning you will return the receipts,
and again receive vour deposits.'
4 faith, said my companion, winking at
me slily, ' I have nothing to leave. In
coining through the forest, the wolves made
for us, and we were compelled to throw
awav everything that stood in the way of
our flight.'
4 But you have pistols, knives—'
4 No, by my faith, nor any thing else.
The wolves made us part with every thing,
save change enough to pay our lodgings,
and a meal or two. Good night."
4 hood night,' returned the inn-keeper,
in a tone of disappointment.
We followed tip a young man, who pre
ceded us with a lamp, up three flights of
stairs, to a chamber, having in it a large
double bed and a small dressing table, that
stood between two chairs.
1 he young man set the lamp upon the
table, and asked it we had any further or
ders.
4 None," said my companion.
The attendant then vanished, after care
lessly closing the door.
CHAPTER 111.
My companion pointed me to a chair,
and then threw himself upon the other.
• Your name V said lie, in a low, cau
tious tone.
4 Louis \ erginand. And yours ?'
• Herman (trail*. Remember it, as I
shall remember \onrs.'
4 But whv—'
4 You will ifnderstand it in a moment.
Do you know where we are ?'
• Of course.'
4 \\ here are we, then ?'
4 it Berse.'
4 Hush ! 1 think I hear footsteps.'
He rose softly ami put iiis ear to the
key-hole.
• Did you hear anything?' said I as he
returned to his chair.
4 es—but no matter. Things will go
on as they will. 1 asked you if you knew
where we were.'
4 You did, and I replied at Berse.*
Herman laughed ; but never before had
I heard a laugh so much resemble the
hoarse wail ol one in agony, and the blood
rushed coldly through my heart.
4 What if I tell you that I discovered the
character of the town, and recognized the
features of our entertainers, immediately
on entering the inn ?*
4 What then ?' said I, somewhat confused
and frightened by his manner.
Herman groaned impatiently.
4 Man ! man !' lie exclaimed, 4 will you
not understand me ? \\ e are not at Berse !"
4 Not at Hcrse V I responded fearfully.
4 Tor heaven's sake \v here are we then V
4 At Sauvergne.'
4 Great God ! and this is— *
4 I he FravellerV Last Inn,' he replied,
mournfully.
4 Let us fly,* I cried, starting up in wild
alarm. 4 M e are not sufficiently armed—
let us fly.'
1 made a movement for the door, but lie
laid one hand upon my arm to arrest my
steps, and the other on my lips, to warn
me to silence.
4 Hush—not so loud. Thev are five—
we are only two. The odds are against
us, lor the girls are as strong, keen, anil
active as the lather ami sons. Besides, all
chance of egress is, and has been, from the
moment we entered, cm off. They stand
between us and the door, armed like assas- i
sins, as they are, to the teeth. We may j
yet escape, but it must be b\ stratagem,
not by force.'
4 Try the window, then. O, heavens! ;
must 1 die, and yet so young !'
J |
4 Hush—be a man!' cried Herman, j
throwing aside the curtains of the window.
4 Look !'he exclaimed, holding up the lamp. !
I looked and shuddered. The windows !
were nailed down, and through the panes
a heavy range of iron bars, like those front- j
ing the cells of a prison, ran up and across ,
the frame.
4 The door!' I exclaimed, staggering
hack at the sight.
Herman flew to the door. It was fast.
SATURDAY, MARCH 'J, 1830.
; and all his activity or strength could not
make it give or budge a hair.
4 \V e are lost!' 1 cried, falling into a chair.
4 Not yet,' said Herman calmly. 4 The
i crisis, however, is certainly approaching.
But till it shall have come and left us corses,
we must not despair. We must think—
we must collect all our energies and our
faculties and think. Yes, we must keep
; cool and think.'
lie was himself far from calm. His
line, manly features were as pale as a
shroud ; his dark hair hung ropilv about
his brow ; heads of cold sweat were visible
at every pore ; his nerves shook painfully.
He dropped for a few moments on the
side ol the bed facing the door, and covered
his eyes with his hands.
My own agitation passed away in look
ing upon him.
In a lew moments he removed his hands
and raised his head ; and then, to my
amazement, all traces ol his agitation had
passed away. His features were pale—
indeed more so than before—but his nerves
were calm and stern as iron, and the beads
ot cold sweat had vanished.
4 Let u? prepare for the crisis,' said he,
rising and seating himself on a chair. 4 Get
ready your pistols and your knife.'
1 made no reply, but proceeded to fol
low his suggestion.
Jn a few moments, as far as defending
i ourselves with our arms was concerned,
we were ready,
i 4 V e must make up our minds to pass
the night without sleep, said my compan
ion, • or else run the chance of sleeping for
• c 1 ,r '
4 I am prcpnn d." said I, resignedly.
4 And I. said Herman. 4 Now listen.
It it be rn\ fate, in the conflict that is com
ing. to fall, and yours to escape, I have a
favor to ask of you.'
4 Name if.'
4 In the town of Picardy, France, 1 have
an estate, valued at two hundred thousand
francs. By using my name, anv citizen
of that ton n will point it out to vou.'
4 Well.'
4 At Bcrse. by careful inquiry, you will
find a poor, lone widow by the name of
Ruder—-tie is my mother. Do not start,
for I gup - your thought and pardon it.—
\ ou m ill seek out this poor widow—tell
her ol my end—convey her with what
despatch you can to Picardv, and after
paying yourself freely for vour own time
and. trouble, put her in possession of mv
property. Do vou limit rstauA me ?'
4 Yes:
4 W ill vou do this V
4 Yc?.'"
4 Thank you—thank you.'
He took my hand and grasping it warm
ly, turned away his head and wept.
4 And you." he said, at length ; 4 have vou
nothing to say. nothing that I can do lor
vou, tl you should fall, and 1 live ?'
4 Nothing,' said 1.
4 Nothing !' he exclaimed, looking at me,
, m surprise.
* Nothing.' ! replied. 4 1 am a mere
clerk, tra\i llin; from town to town, and
j village to ullage, to extend the country
com-.tpondi-nct o! my employer. 1 haw
no kindred living, nor friends that rare for
me. 1 owe no man, and nil the trouble
my death would create would be the bur
ial of my body, and the necessity, on the
part of my employer, of appointing another
in my stead. If you will write to him
the fuel of my death, "lis ail that will be
necessary.'
4 His address V
4 M. Leseois, Paris."
4 Enough. Ii shall be done : Farewell.'
We fell on each other's breasts, shook
each other warmly by the hand, and sep
arated.
As we parted, Herman, pointed silently
io the bed. It was sinking 1 slowly through
the floor. \\ e Linked at each other.
4 The work of blood lias begun,' said
Herman, in a fearful whisper. 4 Heath is
here, as well as on yon couch. Deliver
ance is not here, and it may he where that
conch will lead us. Dare you trv it ?'
4 1 dare.'
4 Enough. Follow me.'
Wc threw ourselves carefully upon the
bed. in tin 4 attitude of men in a profound
slumber, with our armed hands concealed
between us and the coverlid.
The couch continued to descend very
gently, noiselessly and slowly—down—
down—down.
It seemed to me an age. I would have
given worlds, were it in my power, to have
had our descent accelerated, and our fate
hastened. But it was not to be. We
were to suffer the agony of uncertainty ■
and protracted doom.
\\ e continued to descend slowly as be
fore, and as noiselessly—with r.othing to
meet us on the way—no light, no execu
tioner, to break the monotony of our ago
nv. j
I at length resigned myself silently to
the terrible torture, and threw out my hand.
It struck against a wall. By the feeling
in my knuckles, 1 yvas suddenly rejoiced
to find that we had begun to descend faster
than before.
4 Thank God, I involuntarily exclaimed
aloud, 4 wc are nearing our journey's end.'
4 Hush," whispered my companion ; 'wc
are nearing a vault. I know it by the pe
euliaritv of the air. Bo ready for a spring.'
My mind was made up, my first trust
put in my destiny, and I felt no longer the
j length of time consumed by the descension
of the lied.
| In a few minutes the air came sweeping
all about us.
4 We are in the vault,' whispered my
companion. 4 Spring, in God's name.'
j He passed over nte and left; and I im
mediately followed in his wav.
4 \ our hand, and tread cautiously,'
whispered Herman.
We had scarcely passed on twenty
paces, in the darkness, when the faint rays
of a torch loomed like the first rays of die
moon through the vault.
4 Nloop,' and crawl forward, whispered
my companion.
We fell upon our knees, and, side bv
side, crawled forward;
4 Our victims are in the toils,' said a
voice behind us.
Fnconsciously 1 turned my head and
beheld five persons descending a flight of
stairs immediately behipd the bed.
They descended slowly and approached
the bed. One of the parties raised a torch
on high, while the others raised their
hands.
4 Now.* cried a voire.
And five hands, each armed with a poign
ard. immediately fell upon the couch.
No groan followed ; and discovering
the state of things, everything was, in a
moment, in a state of wild contusion.
4 Furies !' cried a voice, 4 they have es
caped. They must be here—spread
through the vault.'
In a moment we heard steps behind,
beside, and ahead of us. There was but
one torch, however, to guide them, and
they made hut slight progress.
4 Run,' cried a voice which I immediate
ly recognised as that of the inn-keeper;
4 run for more lights.'
Meanwhile we crept toward the right
side of the vault and crept into a niche
that was made in the wall. Leaning back
we felt a dead weight upon our backs,
and we stooped forward gently to shake it
off. The next moment a fall, like that of
two solid bodies, fell to the earth. The
effusion that immediately after saluted our
nostrils, warned us of the terrible fact that
it was two corpses that we had so uncere
moniously disturbed.
I nablc to endure the terrible stench be
fore us, we stole simultaneously from the
niche, and passing u the left, dropped
upon our knees.
At this moment another light appeared
on the* staircase, together with a form,
which, despite the long robe enveloping
n from neck to heel, we were assured was
that of a female.
In a few moments the woman passed us,
to assist her companions. Still creeping
through the gloom, we continued to crawl
forward toward the staircase.
• ilo. come forth, or expect no mercy,'
suddenly cried the voice of the inn-keeper.
A short pause succeeded. Meanwhile,
we continued our course, till we had
reached the earth immediately under the
couch.
4 Wo must smoke them out,' continued
the inn-keeper. 4 Ho, Hans, run up and
bring the sulphur: we'll give them a fore
taste of '
A light glanced in the gloom ; it ap
proached. and in a few moments a voutig
man, bearing a torch, came near us : a mo
ment more, and he ascended the stairs.
Herman laid his iiand significantly upon
my arm. Meanwhile the voice of the inn
keeper broke through the gloom, com
manding ns to come forth.
We crawled from our hiding place, and
got under the staircase.
' Before us the vault stretched far awav,
till the light looked like a star in the inidst
<>l a vast room, and the asassins had
dwindled into dwarfs. Suddenly we
heard footsteps on the staircase. It was
one of the assassins bringing down the sul
phur.
4 for the last time,' cried the inn-keep
er, 4 will ye come forth V
A dead silence followed.
4 Bring the sulphur,* continued the inn
keeper. • we'll strangle them.'
The young man approached them with
a pail in one hand and a torch in the other.
At tills moment we crept from under
the stairs and slowly ascended the steps.
4 They want it, and they shall have it, 1
cried the inn-keeper, with an oath.
And lie begun slowly to drop the sul
phur in a line, backing meanwhile toward
the stairs, followed bv his companions,
whose arms were lifted ready for a blow,
and whose eyes wandered uneasily around
them, in search of the victims who were
now beyond their reach.
The parties reached the stairs, with the
long sulphurous train marking the course
he had pursued.
4 For the last time,' again cried the voice
of the inn-keeper, throwing down the pail,
and seizing a torch, 4 will ye come forth,
ere I set fire to the train ?'
No voice responded to his appeal, and
the torch fell upon the yellow track.
The assassins sprang up the staircase ;
hut at that moment the door above was
closed and bolted upon them with a loud
noise.
4 Trapped—snared !' fell faintly on our
eat>, and then all was silent.
I\ew srri(— Vol. 4—l\'o. 20.
CHAPTER IV.
We listened a moment at the crevices
of the door, but save a few low groans,
like those of persons in the last stage of
human agony, we heard nothing,
i ' Thev are caught in their own snare,'
muttered my companion. 4 For the pre
sent we are safe. W e have now but one
difficulty.'
4 And that is—'
4 To reach the traveller's room. It we
find a light there, all is well.'
We groped our way along the wall till
we came to an opening. Turning this,
we soon reached an entry, faintly lighted
by a lamp from a contiguous apartment.
Following the light we soon found our
selves in the traveller's room.
Save ourselves it was devoid of human
beings. A clock hung over the bar, and
the hour hand was on the point of two.
4 We are up early,' said Herman, with
a strange smile. And early rising de
serves to be rewarded—what will you
drink V
4 Brandy," I replied with a faint smile ;
i , 4 my nerves want something.'
He placed a bottle before me, together
with a glass. 1 filled a bumper, and drank.
He followed suit, then returned the bottle
■ and glasses to their places.
We now seated ourselves to converse,
; and arrange our plans.
4 He have escaped,'said Herman, grasp
ing my hand. 4 Let us congratulate each
other.'
4 Bui we are not yet out of Sauvergne,'
said I warningly.
4 "Lis true. But shall we quit it imme
diately, or wait for the earliest hour of
dawn to assist us V
i 4 Can we then quit the inn without be
ing seen ?'
4 I think so. It will be light enough at
four, and the people in this section never
rise till five. We shall therefore have the
friendly aid of daylight, and be a good
long way out of the town before the wak
ing of the people.'
4 So be it. then. We'll wait to the
opening of the dawn.'
We passed the intervening time in rc
; viewing the events of the night, and ia
' dwelling on our plans. Ere we are aware
, of it, the first grey streaks of morning
, came stealing through the panes above the
door.
We hurried forth, and locking the doors
behind us, took the road to Anhalt.
It was hard on to noon when we en
tered the town. The clock was just ut
tering the hour, as we crossed the thresh
old of the chief magistrate's office, in
which we found assembled a crowd of
; some thirty or forty persons.
A man was making a deposition before
the magistrate, who was listening intent!v
to every word, while a clerk was busilv
| engaged in transferring it to paper.
My companion elbowed his wav through
the crowd, to the desk, and with his ha:
in his hand, took his position beside that
ot the man who was making the deposi
tion.
Herman east his eyes incidentallv upon
the latter, and then colored to tiie temples.
Determined to understand the cause of
this, I worked around the erowd till I was
in a line with them ; and then in the
stranger, making' the deposition. I recog
nised the face ol thp miller, whom we had
i passed the day before, in the forest.
At this moment, he had deposed to all
he had to say, and he turned casually, and
iiis eyes fell on Herman.
In a moment, his features became suf
j fused with a death-like paleness, his eves
dropped as ii they had encountered some
terrible enemy, and his limbs were seized
I with a deep trembling'.
' My (rod !" he exclaimed, in a low,
trembling voice, 'tis lie—'tis Ruder !'
• Ruder !' exclaimed the magistrate, starl
ing up. and staggering back. 'Where?*
4 There,' exclaimed the miller, pointing
to Herman.
In an instant, the court was in a state of
the wildest contusion. All started back
from where Herman stood, as if a shell
had fallen among them. Some lied : but
in another moment at a sign from the ma
gistrate, live men, whose official badge
proclaimed their character, suddenly pre
cipitated themselves upon my late com
panion, and bore him to the floor.
lie made no resistance, and thov forced
him into an adjoining room, where lie was
immediately chained, hand and foot, an i
all power of defence, even if he felt so
inclined, taken away from him.
All this passed so suddenly, that it
seemed to me like a dream.
So sudden had been the discoverv, ac
tion, and arrest, and the consequent excite
ment attending it, that, when the door was
locked upon the highwayman, every faee
in the court was as pale as ashes.
Having collected my wits, 1 now ad
vanced toward the desk, and bending over,
whispered a few words in the magistrate's
ear.
4 A few words in private, sir ?' said I.
' Any business of importance ?'
4 Certainly, sir.'
4 Follow me. 1
He turned to a room toward the left,
into which we entered. We seated our
selves, and I gave him a detailed hi;tory
ol the events that had transpired, from the
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