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· two horsemen coming up full gallop, ven ; for the whole of the transaction
he hastened to join the cabriolet, pull. had been observed from the walls,-ing Fayette with him ; finding re- the cannon fired, and the country was sistance, he endeavoured to get posses- raised. Balman easily evaded his pursion of his sword, and a struggle en- suers, by telling them he was himself sued. Huger arrived at this moment; in pursuit. Huger was not so for“ You are free, said he ; seize this tunate ; he had been marked by a horse, and fortune be our guide.” He party, who never lost sight of him ;
had scarce spoken when the gleam yet his hunters being on foot like • of the sun upon the blade of the himself, he might have reached his
sword startled the horse, he broke covert, had they not been joined by his bridle, and fled precipitately over others who were fresh in the chase : the plain. Balman rode after to they gained ground upon him, and endeavour to take him. Meantime at the moment he had reached a place Huger, with a gallantry and genero. where he hoped he might rest awhile, sity seldom equalled, but never excel- quite exhausted with fatigue and led, insisted on Fayette's mounting breathless he sunk to the earth, and his horse, and making all speed to the a peasant came up—he offered him place of rendezvous : “ Lose no time, his purse to assist his escape ; the the alarm is given, the peasants are Austrian snatched the money with assembling, save yourself.” Fayette one hand, and seized him with the mounted his horse, left Huger on other, calling to his companions to foot, and was soon out of sight. Bal- come to his help. Resistance was man had in vain pursued the fright- vain, and the intrepid Huger was ened horse, and perceiving he had conveyed back to Olmutz'in triumph, taken the road to the town, gave up inwardly consoling himself with the the chase, and returned to Huger, glorious idea, that he had been the who got up behind him, and they gal. cause of rescuing from tyranny and lopped away together. They had misery a man he esteemed one of not gone far when the horse, unequal the first characters upon earth.— to such a burthen, stumbled and fell, He was shut up in a dungeon of the and Balman was so bruised with the castle as a state prisoner. fall, that with difficulty he could rise Meanwhile Fayette took the road from the ground. The gallant Hu. he was directed, and arrived without ger assisted his friend
obstacle at a small town about 10 and again forgetting all selfish consi. miles from Olmutz : here the road uerations, desired him to follow and divided ; that leading to Trappaw assist Fayette, and leave him to make lay to the right, unfortunately he took his escape on foot, which he said he the left. He had scarce left the town, could easily do, as he was a good when perceiving the road turning too runner, and the woody country was much to the left, he suspected he had close at hand. Balman with reluc- mistaken his way, and inquired of a tance consented. Upon the approach person he met the way to Bautropp. of the horsemen, the soldier who had 'The man, eyeing him with a look of remained with the cabriolet, instead of curiosity, at length told him he had coming to the assistance of the offi- missed his way, but directed him to cer, ran back to the town ; but long take another, which he said would before he arrived the alarm was gi• soon lead him right. This man, froin
Fayette's appearance, his horse in a magistrate told him it was useless for foam, his foreign accent, and the in- him to speak; he must consent immequiries he made, suspected him to be diately to be conveyed to Olmutz, a prisoner making his escape; he and his identity would then be ascertherefore directed him a road which tained. Dismayed and confounded, by a circuit led him back to the town, he submitted to his hard fate, was ran himself to the magistrate, and told carried back to Olmutz, and the him his suspicions ; so that when same day which rose to him with the Fayette thought himself upon the fairest prospects of happiness and lipoint of regaining the road which berty, beheld him at the close of it would soon secure his retreat, he plunged in still" deeper misery and found himself surrounded by a guard imprisonment. Balman, having eluof armed men, who, regardless of his ded the search of his pursuers, arrived protestations, conveyed him to the at the place where the chaise had magistrate. He was however so col- been ordered to wait their coming. lected, that he
gave the most plausi Finding it still there, and yet no ap; ble answers to the interrogations that pearance of Fayette, he foreboded were put to him : he said he was an mischief. With as much patience as officer of excise belonging to Trap- he could command, he remained till paw, and that having friends at Ol. evening, not yet giving up all hopes mutz, he had been there upon a visit ; of a fortunate issue to their adventure. had been detained there by indisposi- He dismissed the chaise, however, tion longer than he intended, and, as and made a circuitous journey, in his time of leave of absence was ex. hopes his friends might have escaped pired, he was hastening back, and by a different route; but could gain begged he might not be detained, for no information whatever, till, on the if he did not reach Trappaw that day, third day, a rumour of Fayette ha. he was afraid his absence might be ving been retaken in attempting his noticed, and he should lose his office. escape, dissipated his hopes; and, anThe magistrate was so much prepos- xious to learn the truth, he took the sessed in his favour by this account, road to Olmutz. He soon was told and by the readiness of his answers the melancholy tale, with the addition, to every question, that he expressed that his friend Huger had shared a himself perfectly satisfied, and was similar fate. In despair at having going to dismiss him, when the door been the primary cause of his misfor. of an inner room opened, and a young tune, and determining to share it with man entered with papers for the ma. him, he voluntarily surrendered himgistrate to sign. While this was do- self, and was committed a prisoner to 10g
the young man fixed his eyes up- the castle. on Fayette, and immediately whis- Thus, by a train of most untoward pered the magistrate : “Who do you accidents, which no prudence could say he is ?" * The General la Fay- foresee or guard against, failed a plan ette.” “How do you know him " so long meditated, and so skilfully pro“ I was present when the General jected. The reader's attention must was delivered up by the Prussians to now be confined chiefly to Huger, the Austrians at this is the the detail of whose sufferings the wriman, I cannot be mistaken.”
ter is better acquainted with than Fayette entreated to be heard. The those of Balman, having been informed of them by himself. The day af- own clothes taken from him, and ter his entrance into the castle, Hu- others sent him that had already been ger received notice from the jailor to worn by many an unfortunate prie prepare for an examination before the soner. Thus he dragged on the first chief magistrate of the city. As he three months of his confinement. was not conscious of having commit. After that time he was removed to ted any very heinous crime, he was un- a better room, into which glimmered der no apprehensions for his life ; but a borrowed light ; better clothes and expected that, after he had told his more wholesome food were given him, story, and declared the motive of his and his circumstances in every respect actions, his judge might subject him improved. But still he was uncertain to some slight punishment, perhaps a as to his fate, and the jailor was the short imprisonment; what then was only human being who visited him. his amazement, when he heard himself One day he was surprised with the apaccused of having entered into a con- pearance of his young friend the inter. spiracy against the Austrian govern- preter, Mr W-* Nothing could ment.
exceed his joy at once more beholding The examination was carried on by a kindly human face. He informed means of an interpreter, a young man Huger that the court of Austria of a benignaspect, who seemed to com- had believed that all the garrison of passionate his situation, and who, when Olmutz had been engaged in the corhe gave such answers as he thought spiracy; that many people had been might tend to hurt his cause, made arrested upon suspicion; for it could him repeat his answers, softening their not be believed that two such young import, assuring him that he knew he men as he and Balman could have did not exactly express himself in pro- formed and executed so daring a plan per terms, and desiring him to recol- without the aid of others; but as no lect whether he did not mean to an- proofs had hitherto appeared, it was swer in such and such a manner. determined to bring them shortly to Huger saw his good intentions, and trial, and for that purpose lawyers determined to rely on his judgment, were to be sent from Vienna to asespecially after he had heard him say, sist the magistrates of the city. Huger in a low voice, “ I am your friend.” now for the first time learned the After this, and many subsequent ex. complete failure of their scheme, and aminations, the magistrates informed that Balman was under the same roof him he must not expect pardon, but with him. However sad the reflecadvised him to prepare for the worst. tion was, that his friend's sufferings This exhortation, so often repeated, equalled his own, yet he could not began to have some effect upon him, express the joy he felt at being so and, considering he was in the power near him. Soon after he discovered of an absolute monarch, whose will that he inhabited the room above was superior to law, he could not him. Thenceforward his treatment shake off some melancholy presages. was much less rigorous ; even the His place of confinement was a loath. jailor, who till lately had observed a some dungeon, without light; he was profound silence, relaxed his caution, fed with the coarsest food, chained and came frequently to visit him ; to the floor during the night ; his and though a man of few words, yet
* The initials only of this excellent man's name are given, for necessary and obe vious reasons.
as his presence broke the dreary so- of an attempt to deliver M. de la litude, he felt happy whenever he Fayette. The motives which, how. made his appearance. Many were ever, induced me to engage in it canthe experiments he tried to hold a not be judged by those who examine communication with Balmang, and at all similar enterprises according to length he succeeded.
their success or failure; believe me, it He discovered that the window was neither unreasonably undertaken, which threw a borrowed light into nor rashly executed, but failed from his cell served likewise to throw accidents which prudence could not light into that of Balman. He pick- foresee. To the mortification of a ed a piece of lime from the wall, and failure were added the miseries of a with it scratched a few words upon prison, which, in Austria, exceed a black silk handkerchief he wore any thing known in England. In a about his neck ;* then fixing it upon small room, just long enough for my a stick, he climbed up the side of the bed of straw, with eight-pence a day room, and raised the stick as near for my support ; at night chained to the common window as he could, the ground, and without books or till it had attracted the attention of light, I passed the first three months Balman, who, after many efforts, of my captivity. After this time made himself master of it, and re- my situation became gradually bet. turned an answer by the same me. ter ; but I was not allowed to write thod. Delighted with having over- friends, to be delivered from come this difficulty, they never suf. my chains, or permitted the smallest fered a day to pass without some intercourse with the world, till a communication. To W- they fortnight before my release. were indebted for the means of ren- “ In such a situation, the conscidering their situation still more com- ousness alone of having done nothing fortable, by engaging the jailor's wife dishonest or dishonourable could afin their interest ; a few presents, and ford that internal satisfaction, and now and then a small piece of money, inspire that stern patience, necessary to induced her secretly to bring them support calmly so sudden and severe a books, food, wine, and warmer reverse of fortune ; but it has convinclothes; and at length to procure a ced me that a mind at peace with it. meeting between the two friends, at self can in no situation be unhappy. first short, but by degrees become Daily habit also soon removed the more bardy, they were permitted to unpleasant sensations excited by dispass some part of every day together. agreeable and unaccustomed objects, The following is an extract of a let- and the mind, which no power can ter written by Huger to a near friend restrain, will always derive consolaand relation, which, as it describes tion from hope, and rarely want some his situation and feelings in a forcible subject to be actively employed up. manner, ought not to be omitted : on. My friend and companion, Mr
“ I am equally ignorant how this Balman, was in the same house, and affair may have been represented, or our efforts to establish some commuwhat may be thought in these times nication, or to procure a momentary
There is a difficulty attending the mode of communication here described, for which we do not pretend to account. The writer of the article seenis in this instance to have taken down Mr Huger's relation inaccurately.-EDITUR.
interview, afforded exercise for in- however, permitted every indulgence vention ; and, in proportion to the but liberty. It was some days bedifficulty of effecting our wishes, the fore they heard from W- and smallest success rewarded days of when he came, they were astonished projects and expectation. I once al. and confounded to hear from him so found means to disengage myself that their punishment was intended from my chains, and felt an emotion to be imprisonment for life. He beyond the power of words to de. however consoled them by hinting, scribe. The slave, liberated by the that if they could by any means probounty of his master, experiences no- cure money, this sentence might be thing similar to it; he feels obligation changed to one much less severe, as for a favour conferred ; but a person it remained with the magistrate to formerly free, breaking the chain of pass what sentence he thought pro.tyranny and oppression, has the dou- per, or even to release them entirely. ble enjoyment of overcoming his ene; Balman had no fortune, and as Humy, and regaining his liberty by his ger had no credit in Austria, it would
own exertions. Mine was but ideal, be a long time before he could re• for I was still surrounded with walls ceive a remittance from London.
and sentinels ; it was an event which W—, their guardian angel, promi. might be of such consequence that I sed to do all he could for them. did not permit the reality to inter- In the vicinity of Olmutz resided rupt the happiness it afforded me:, a Russian nobleman, of most polishand I probably felt more enjoymented manners, joined to the greatest beat that moment, than in general one nevolence of heart. With him Whalf of the world ever experienced in enjoyed a perfect intimacy and friendtheir lives, even those possessing free ship; they were congenial souls. dom, wealth, and friends. My long W- had made him acquainted captivity has not then been wholly mi- with the whole of their story; serable, nor without some pleasure.” through him he had been able to ad
At length, at the end of seven minister so frequently to their commonths, they were informed that the fort ; and he now nobly offered to crown lawyers were arrived. The advance them whatever money they government by this time was satisfi- might want to accomplish their rea ed that the attempt to liberate lease, and to defray their expences to Fayette was planned independently Hamburgh. Having thus removed the by two adventurers, and that it was greatest difficulty, his next care was not a plot laid by the secret agents to sound the sentiments of the magis. of France, in which the garrison of trate. This he could easily effect, Olmutz at least was concerned, if it as, in the capacity of interpreter, he were not more widely extended ; and had constant communication with upon their trial, the sole fact of ha- him. He soon discerned that the viog attempted to rescue a state pri- magistrate was not averse to his soner was alleged against them. speaking in their favour ; and when
This fact being proved, they were he artfully insinuated that a large remanded to their prison, to await reward would certainly attend his the sentence which was to be pro- declaring himself inclined to pardon, nounced against them by the su. he found he was listened to with preme magistrate. They were now, more attention. Having gained this