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single day at Madame Veitel's. Nay, the probability is, that it was I do not dispute that, on the day tu dut at least in the course of the night fol- in question, my client did visit the üre kepi lowing the 24th that the murder was house of Madame Veitel. I say she e state's committed. Had the body, according went there to visit the friend who had { prate to the notion of the public prosecutor, requested her presence. The public este been placed in the chapel in the fore- prosecutor says she went there to Buton noon of the 24th, it is next to impos. meet her husband, with whom she (som i sible that it should not in the course afterwards walked through the garden, cded, one of that day have been observed. That and in the direction of the mountains. rabec Saturday was the birthday of the The servant who carried the message palpables Princess—a day when the road speaks, indeed, of a young man whom stor to the chapel must have been fre- she saw in Madame Veitel's; and this, sispiel quented by the villagers in the neigh. it seems, according to the prosecutor's The other bourhood.

The probability is that theory, was Hermann. She does not the deed had not then been com- say she saw the parties meet ; for

mitted ; for the public prosecutor Madame Veitel met and dismissed her t things himself assumes, that the murder at the door.

and the conveyance of the body to s6 But it is plain, from her descripisterinya the chapel took place at the same tion of the gentleman she saw, that it Barce's time. But if the deed only took place was not Hermann.

The dead man on the night of the 24th, the whole was found dressed in long loose nanche che fabric of presumptions, so ingeniously keen pantaloons above his boots ;

built on the mysterious absence of the this was the dress also in which baroness from Hilgenberg on that day, he was last seen by the landlord falls to the ground.

early on the morning of the 24th. And, after all, what was there in The young man in Madame Veitel's her conduct during that day to lead house wore • tight buckskin pantato the presumption of guilt! The loons, with boots drawn over them.' view of the prosecutor, it must be re- How is this reconcilable? If Her

collected, is, that she came to Hil. mann was murdered in the course of Ke genberg on that day, in consequence the forenoon of the 24th, when did

of previous concert, to keep the ap-, he change his dress so as to appear ori pointment alluded to in the letter of differently, attired in Hilgenberg ?

the 21st July, and the fragment found When and where did he again change in the music-book.

his dress between leaving Madame " But do the circumstances suit Veitel's and his murder? The idea with that supposition? It was mere that this person was Hermann, a posiaccident that the family of Baron tion essential to the theory of the pube Kettler did not accompany her to Hil- lic prosecutor, is totally untenable. genberg' on that day; in which case, “ That any lady and gentleman had how was she to have extricated herself been seen leaving Madame Veitel's in from their company? By a pretended the direction of the mountains, rested invitation from a friend who never ex- on no evidence. The maid had not isted? They who were her intimate seen them; she spoke only of some refriends, who knew with whom she port to that effect which she thought had associated, could not have been came from her mistress. Both the deceived by such a fable. The idea master and mistress were examined, of a concerted scheme of this kind and they stated distinctly they had is farther contradicted by her conduct. seen nothing of the kind, and could She receives a letter from Madame not have said so. Seehausen-reads it-puts it into the " The scene at Madame Veitel's had hands of the countess-is prevailed no connexion whatever with the events on by her to accept the invitation. in the Raubstein. Is there any evidence that she did “ But the prosecutor insists that all not visit Madame Seehausen ? It is doubt is removed by the fact, that the said no such person was ever known watch and the marriage-ring of the to reside in Hilgenberg. That may deceased are found in the possession be: it is not said that she resided in of the accused. I admit at once the Hilgenberg. She was a foreigner : watch is Hermann's watch ; the riog she may have been passing through is Hermann's marriage-ring; But i the watering-place where her friend ask what proof is there that these ever

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belonged to the deceased; what proof, port this charge ? None whatever. in particular, that they were in his pos. By assuming a fine.spun theory of a session at or near to the time of lis. secret correspondence-a concerted murder? The housekeeper, the ser- interview-a meal among the ruinsvants at K—, the innkeeper at the a fit of intoxication on the part of the forest, all speak only of a gold husband—a quarrel--an attempt at watch,' “a gold ring ; none of them violence—the convenient discovery of did or could identify this gold watch a knife, and a blow dealt therewith by and this ring.

the wife, which at once reaches the • Did Baron Ferdinand? He saw his heart of her husband! And this is brother in life for the last time when all— literally all-which is gravely his marriage with my client took place. urged as proof against a person of the The separation occurred while he noble, the stainless character enjoyed was on his travels; when he return- by the prisoner at the bar. ed, Hermann had already gone abroad. “ But no! It is said, the evidence What he may have possessed, what may not prove the deed, but it proves trinkets he may have worn after that that she was capable of committing time, it is impossible that Baron Fer- the deed. What is that evidence ? dinand can know.

“ Has any single act in the course “ But how simple, after all, is the of her life been pointed out which explanation? The watch was a mar. leads to such a conclusion ? Any act riage present, the ring was Hermann's of cruelty which would make her wedding-ring. Is it not a well known careless of the life of a fellow-creature, practice for lovers or spouses who capable of committing the deepest of have separated, to return to each other crimes against the being who stood the gifts they have received in their towards her in the most endearing of days of affection or of union; gifts relations-her husband, the father of which would only serve in future to her dead son, of her surviving daugh. awaken painful recollections ? Was it ter? No ;-trifling miserable gossip not natural that, when the separation as to quarrels with servants, a box on took place, these tokens of affection the ear bestowed upon an impertinent should have been returned by the waiting-woman, a sharp reply in anhusband to his wife? This was the swer to the imperious speeches of a view that occurred at once to the dictatorial husband.

What human waiting-maid, as she has explained being could be safe from the suspicion in her evidence. My client, too, never of being capable of murder, if trifles wore her wedding-ring after the sepa- like these were to be raked up, col

. ration. And why? It was returned, lected, and seriously brought forward as the waiting-maid states, to her as proofs of such an accusation ? husband.

- Let the case be supposed that she “ Thus, then, the circumstance on had met her husband at the time apo which the prosecutor insisted so strong pointed; that others also had been prely, admits of the simplest explanation. sent, (and

every thing seemed to point "But were it proved that Albertine to more than one having been present von Preussach had really seen and on the occasion;) that a quarrel of spoken to her husband shortly before some kind had ensued, in which the his death, is the case of the prosecutor husband fell—the wife having no share materially advanced, so far as in it-on the contrary, standing by a gards a guilty participation on her helpless spectator of the dreadful part in her husband's death? Were we scene; that her own safety could only even to concede that the involuntary be purchased by her vouing secrecy in exclamation of an agitated mother, regard to what had passedwould not uttered in a moment of distraction, this account for all which had taken inferred in her mind a suspicion place, at least as plausibly the prosecutor calls it a conviction- pothesis of the public prosecutor ? that her daughter was not a stranger Even if he insisted on the wound as a to her husband's death, it remains to proved fact in the case, would it not be a criminal character. The prosecutor

as well explained upon the supposition meets the point fairly, for he maintains prevent her husband's fate, and been that she was herself the perpetrator wounded in the attempt? The loss of of the deed.

the glove-the scene in the bath. keep“ But by what proofs does he sup- er's her agitation on her return to



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the family of the countess her reported) of a two hours' speech on confusion on meeting Ferdinand the part of the advocate for the dethe expressions attributed to her, fence. even her obstinate silence, which he The president proceeded to sum fairly allowed to be the circum. up. His speech was a masterpiece of stance that seemed to weigh most clearness and precision-impartial and against her, admitted, upon this view candid in the highest degree; yet the of the case, of a satisfactory ex impression which it left on the mind planation. That silence might be the of the advocate for the defence was, result of a mistaken notion of religious that his inclination was on the whole obligation-it might be the result of unfavourable to the prisoner, so far as gratitude for her preservation ;-the his moral conviction went, though he more strongly felt, the more consist- pointed out, with the utmost fairness, ently acted on, in proportion to the the points of the case where the proof purity and ingenuousness of her own appeared to be narrow or defective. mind, and to her punctilious sense of The jury were furnished with all the duty in regard to the performance of documents necessary for their consi.

obligations, even when these were in deration, and were retiring, after the ! some measure extorted."

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SCARCELY had the first of the jury only the accused ; and she-she reentered the retiring room in which cognised him. With pale and agitated they were to consider their sentence, features she saw him approach. She when a violent confusion arose at one exerted herself to recover her comof the entrances to the court. Sounds posure, and hastily whispered to him à were heard of some one endeavouring few words in English. to force his way, whose entrance was The president, after some reflection, resisted either by the officers of court directed the jury to retire to their or by the crowds, who, having already apartment, and the court to be clear. thronged the court to excess, were by ed, and the accused to remain. It was no means disposed to give admission done. He enquired the name of the to any new comer. The determina- stranger; and was answered, “ Maxition of the stranger appeared, how- milian von Nordech, an officer of the ever, to have prevailed. A well-dress- army; of the fourth regiment of hused man was observed making his way along the passage leading towards the 6. What were the words whispered bar: he reached it, and, addressing to you by the accused just now ?' the judge with the utmost energy, said the president. exclaimed, “ In the name of Almighty Nordech replied, “. Remember the God, I demand a hearing; the accused oath.' She holds herself bound by an is innocent !"

oath ; but, if I may be permitted a few All eyes were directed to the minutes' conversation with her, I think speaker. The jury, who were on the I can satisfy her that the obligation, if point of entering the jury-room, stood such existed, is at an end. I ask no still. The president, doubtful whether private audience. The judge may be he should at once interfere in conse- a witness to our conference. quence of this irregular disturbance of “ Lady," began Nordech, his voice the proceedings, looked anxiously and faltering, " death has loosed the bonds sternly at the intruder. Some old by which you conceived yourself ladies, who had taken a marvellous bound. Your father is no interest in the proceedings, exclaimed, He now looks down from a higher "It is Hermann | The defender's sphere upon a daughter who was never counsel was prophetic in his antici- unworthy of his affection, and who was pation."

led to the only rash step of which she The old ladies were mistaken. was guilty in life by maternal affecThe stranger was not Hermann. Fer- tion. He died without the pain of dinand looked at him coldly and knowing in what suffering it had been strangely; he passed Ferdinand with the means of involving you; he died out noticing him. His glance sought in happy ignorance, in resignation,

more. She was

and in faith. His last word was a of it was a member of the corps de blessing upon his daughter. The ballet of the theatre. cause for silence is now at an end. só Accident led to further disclosures Permit me, then, to reveal to the pre- on his part. Among other acquaintsident, as to a man of honour and in

ances which I and my comrade had telligence, the whole truth."

formed, was that of the family of Albertine looked kindly and grate Baron Kettler von Blumenrode, at fully towards her deliverer, but answer. whose house a young lady was on a ed only with silence and with tears. visit- Madame Siegfeld.

Nordech, addressing himself to the too attractive and beautiful not to president, began :

form the frequent subject of our cons • When our troops returned from versations. Āt one of these Preussach France in 1816, I was quartered with was present, and the extreme attention the several squadrons of the fourth with which he listened could not es. hussar regiment in this neighbour. cape my observation. The next time hood. The idleness of quarters led we were alone, he began the most me to excursions into the surround particular enquiries as to Madame ing country, We officers were hos. Siegfeld. I told him all I knew, and pitably received among the neighbour when I had exhausted the subject, he ing gentry, and in the numerous bath. sat for a little, brooding and thoughting places, such as K—, which at that fül, and then broke silence in earnest. time possessed an excellent theatre. To my astonishment I now learned

“In that theatre, to which I had that Albertine von Siegfeld was his accompanied some friend, I accident- separated wife. He spoke of her with ally met with Baron Hermann von such affection, with such animation, Preussach. We had served together that he affected me in turn. He conin the campaign of 1809, and I was fessed that, since the separation, he under obligations to him. I felt plea- had lived in a state of moral degradasure in meeting him again, but not tion at which he shuddered. He felt unmingled with a feeling of pain that his only chance of reformation He was sadly altered. The handsome depended on a re-union with his wife. and noble. looking-youth had become He implored me to act as mediator prematurely old; his limbs stiff and between them; to be the bearer of his feeble ; his spirit gone ; even his repentant prayer to his wife. I shrunk dress bore the traces either of negli- back: I was terrified at the task ; I gence or of poverty. I knew he had represented to him the chimerical, the been rich; I had heard he had made hopeless nature of the attempt. This a brilliant match ; and this I could time he desisted. But the attempt not reconcile with his present appear- was often renewed. Weary of the

He seemed to have a suspicion subject, I began to avoid Preussach. of my thought; but on this occasion But I did not avoid Blumenrode ; and, we had no time for any explanations. strangely enough, I began to think

“ In the course of our subsequent that Albertine eyed me with particular intercourse, I saw that his mind was ill attention. I was not vain enough to at ease with itself: he lived in society ascribe her notice to any personal at. beneath his rank, and with which in tractions, but the suspicion flashed his better moments he was disgusted. across my mind that Hermann bad, I was happy to give him the opportu- without my interference, found the nity of finding a better circle among means of opening a written communithe officers of my regiment.

cation with his wife, and had alluded “ By degrees he became more com- to me as one to whom he had confided municative; he told me, in fragments, his secret. I learned afterwards that the history of his marriage and se- my conjecture was correct. paration. He avowed himself, with “ To be brief; disclosures took place remorse, to be the guilty person. between Albertine and myself. AlHe told me farther, how he had bertine told me one evening on which broken with his friends, gone abroad I had the pleasure of accompanying for a time, returned, and had now her in an evening walk, that she knew lived on for some months at K- I was acquainted with her situation; without a plan or object. An unfor- that she knew the commission with tunate attachment still fettered him, which I had been charged by Herthough the connexion had long be- mann; that she believed me to be a come wearisome to him. The subject man of honour, and as such would con


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he is fide in me; but that to Hermann she « From this house I was to conduct

had but one answer to make_that she Albertine to a lonely ruin on the never would accede to his wish for a top of a neighbouring eminence; a re-union. She had forgiven him; but spot which. Hermann had discovered the will of her father, which she never in the course of his rambles, and where would

oppose, rendered all thoughts he himself was to be in waiting. of re-union hopeless, even if her own “ I could not disguise from myself feelings could have led her to such a the questionable, even the dangerous step. I vowed that I would never nature of this scheme. I would will. lend countenance to any plan on the ingly have frustrated it ; but now part of Hermann which did not meet Albertine seemed anxious for the interwith her approbation.

view. She was determined to bring the "So ended my first conversation question as to the child to a point. I with Albertine. I communicated every was obliged at last to reconcile myself exile thing to Hermann. He was silent. to the plan. Hermann himself could 2. I. The matter appeared to rest. To my not enter Hilgenberg, where he was e la surprise and terror, however, I dise known; Albertine could not venture Sai covered not only that he continued his to be seen in his company. To see

correspondence with Blumenrode, but him at Blumenrode was impossible ; ta 2 received answers from thence.

while her being seen in my company, lipa proached him; he embraced me, and either in Hilgenberg, or the neigh.

exclaimed in an agitated tone,– 0 bourhood, would excite no remark. en is Max ! interfere not with my plans. I In short the plan, hazardous as it might

do count upon you. Albertine trusts to me be, was the only one which appeared eines and yourself! All will soon be practicable. booba clear to you.'

“ The 10th of August was fixed for My astonishment was indescrie its execution. That day, however, the seat bable. I still doubted : I thought the inclemency of the weather preon Hermann must be deceiving me or vented. It was delayed for another uder himself. Yet it was as he said. Al week. ce vér bertine had consented, not indeed to a " I know not how it was, but during de re-union, but to give him a meeting. this interval the thought more than

Hermann, it appears, had assailed her once crossed my mind that Hermann die in her tenderest part-her affection had designs which he did not commu. it for her child. He had threatened that nicate to me or to Albertine. I hinted

he and his family could and would this to her in writing. I received no reclaim the child by law, if she refused written answer; but I learned in haste

him the interview he asked. How from Albertine verbally, that on the Bao Albertine, with her clear intellect, 17th she would be at the place of ren

could allow herself to be terrified with dezvous. to this bugbear of a legal reclamation - Hermann and I were at our posts.

of the child, I know not; but so it was. But Albertine-I thanked Heaven for She consented to Hermann's plan. it in secret-Albertine came not. The That plan was as follows:

illness of one of the family detained her. “ The gentry of the neighbourhood 66 Hermann was not daunted. On held weekly assemblies in Hilgenberg, the 24th, he was positive that Alberand Albertine generally accompanied tine would make her appearance. the Kettler family thither. The par,

66 That ill-omened day approached ; ties were numerous

8-gentlemen and the most eventful, the most painful of ladies of all ages ; excursions - my life. Early in the morning-it amusements of all kinds-afforded op- was a Saturday-I rode towards Hilportunities for any one who chose to genberg. As I cast my eyes upwards separate from the rest to do so with- in passing, I saw the concerted signal out being observed.

that Hermann was in the ruin. I " It was arranged that Albertine hurried towards the assembly-room at should be summoned from her party Hilgenberg. by a pretended message from a friend, I looked at the visiting list. I to whom we gave the name of Madame prayed that the Kettlers might be Seehausen, and conducted to an ap- again detained. They were : but pointed spot where I should be in Albertine came—she had accompanied waiting. The place fixed was the the family of Langsitz. residence of a respectable woman in

" There now remained no choice. Hilgenberg

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