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ficulties and delays of island of Guernseyi ameve, which surheer the usual dif.
increase tbe value of the object in pursuit, the happy day for leading his mistress to the altar at length was Axed.
After giving the necessary orders for the reception of his intended wife, Gordier, at the time appointed, in full bealth and high spirits, sailed for Guernsey. The impaticnce of a lover on such a voyage need not be described hours were years, and a narrow channel between the islands, ten thousand leagues. . The land of protite. at kength appears, he leaps on the beach, and, withtortt Waiting for refreshment, or his
! on foot, for the house he had so osoage sets out alone, and a few miles from the port.
The servant who soon followed, was surprised to find his master not arrived; repeated messengers were sent to search and enquire, in vain. Having waited, in anxious expectae tion, till midnight, the apprehensions of the lady and ber family were proportionate to the utgchay of their feelings, and the circumstances of the case. The next morning, at break of day, the appearance of a weat relation of the missing inan, was not calculated to diminish their fears powith evident marks of distress, fatigue, and dejection, 'lie came to inform them, that he had passed the whole of the nigbt in minutely examining, and in every direction, the environs of the road by which . After days of dreadful suspense,
nights of unavailing anxiety, the corpse of the unfortunate lover was at length discovered in a cavity among the rocks, disfigured with many wounds, but no circumstance occurred on which to ground suspicion, or even to bazard conjecture, concerning the per. petrator of so foul a murder.
The regret of both families for a good young man, thus cut off in the meridian of life and expection by a cruel assassin, was increased by the mystery and mode of his death. The grief of the young lady not being of that species, which relieves itself by external effusion, and load lamentation was for that very reason the wote poighant and heartfelt, shu never shed a tear, but let Concealment, like a wotm i'th' bud, feed on her damask cheek; ste pind in thought, and, vith a green and yellow melancholy, she sat likę patience on a monument.
**!!! os estan Her virtues and her beauty having attracted general admis, ration, the family, after a few years, was prevailed da to.per, mit Mr. Gailare, a merchant, and a native of the island, tal
become her suiter, hoping that a second lover might gradua ally withdraw her attention from brooding in hopeless silence over the catastrophe of her first.
In submission to the wishes of her parents, but with re. peated and energetic declarations, that she never would marry, Galliard was occasionally admitted; but the unhappy lady found it difficult to suppress a certain involuntary anti. pathy, which, declaring herself, at the same time, wnable to account for it, she always felt whenever he approached.
This singular, but well-authenticated circumstance was often remarked long before the fatal, the bloody secret was revealed; it was a more than mental aversion, and was said to bear a near tesemblance to that 'tremulous horror and shivering, which seizes certain persons of keen sensibility and delicate feelings, at the sight of a spider, an adder, or a toad. But such was the ardor of passion, or such the fasci. nating magic of her charms, repulse only increased desire, and Galliard persisted in his unwelcome visits, some times endeavouring to prevail on the unfortunate young woman to accept a present from his hands. Her friends remarked,
that he was particularly urgent to present her with a beautiful trinket, of expensive workman. ship and valuable materials, which she positively and firmly refused, adding, with a correctness of sentiment, and propriety of conduct, not always imitated by her sex, that it was base, dishonorable, and mean, to encourage attentions, and receive favours from a man, who excited in her mind sensations, far more violent than indifference, and whose offers no motives of any kind could ever prevail on her to accept.
(To be continued.)
CHRISTMAS EVE. ANCIENT VANNER OF CELEBRATING BY THE PEOPLE or
Before I decide on the merits of a local custom, I consi. der its utility, if it be merely for harmless amusement I can applaud, because the mind to be happy, must be pleasantly engaged, but where I find the pursuit carries along with it a moral tendency, I lay aside vanity, and mingle the throng,
even in the rural dance, and rejoice with the villagers over their barley cups.
How swift has flown the spring-time of my life,
I saw my grandame o'er the ball preside,
Scud round the rooms full active as the bee,
When the plain viand cheer'd his thatch roofd race
For Christmas, ale the woodman takes his stroke,
In come the neighbours, and set gayły 'round,
The pipe and tabor from the distant town
Up rises master' from his wicker seaty sisi)
(To be Continued.)
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