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engage a suite of rooms in the house of a woman of this class. She was a widow who was notorious for her everlasting intrigues to marry off her large family. She was a perfect specimen of her class; scheming, false, without truth or principle, but at the same time never seeing to the end of her plans —that is, never seeing the certain consequences of them. Her character was well known; but such also is the character of the place, where no sense of right and wrong, no consciousness of the true beauty and purity of moral principle and high motive seem really to exist, that she was received to certain circles there. But a fortnight before our arrival a most respectable English family had suddenly quitted the house on discovering the character of the landlady, and deposited a quarter's rent with the Director of the Police as a payment for a few weeks residence; the landlady herself demanding the amount for a whole half year. This, like innocent strangers in all such cases, we knew nothing of; but we soon saw enough to put us on our guard, and probably should have got out of her house pretty well, had not some young people come to visit us from England, who made themselves too familiar with this family. The consequence was that a son and daughter of the landlady very soon took wing to England after these young people; and a letter from a young German who was in the secret, warned us to put the parents of the young people on their guard, as it was, according to him,

nothing less than a matrimonial scheme of the old Frau's. The pranks which the two young matrimonial emissaries played off in England make no part of the present relation, enough that their plans failed. But scarcely were they arrived in England when the lady at whose house they had taken up their quarters was in want of a housemaid. The German young lady, the daughter of our scheming landlady, at once offered to supply her with a German maid. A note was according sent to a young maid servant from Heidelberg living with a lady in Kensington, who had formerly lived in Heidelberg, and had brought this most trusty girl with her. The note was to inform this girl that she must go to this young lady, whom we will for the sake of perspicuity, term Miss Thekla, as she had news for her from her mother. The poor girl accordingly went in eager haste, but was astounded at the information which Miss Thekla gave her, that her (the girl's) mother, had desired her to take her at once from the lady she lived with, and place her in this family. It was in vain that the poor girl protested that she could not, dared not, and would not consent to leave the lady to whom she had for years been attached, who had paid her passage, and was like a mother to her; Miss Thekla replied, she had a peremptory order from her mother, to put her in this family or take her back to Heidelberg. The girl wept, and wondered that her mother could do so, but refused to obey. Miss Thekla refused to allow her

to depart, but said her things should be instantly sent for. The poor girl, distracted and alarmed, and surrounded by the strange family, who, no doubt, believed Miss Thekla had an order and sufficient reason to remove the girl thus abruptly, with earnest importunity at length promised, if they would allow her to fetch her things, to return the next day. Once out of the house she flew back to her mistress full of the wondrous tale. The mistress, full of indignation, but well aware of the character of Miss Thekla and her family, instantly wrote to the poor girl's mother, and by due course of post received the answer that the whole was an entire fiction of Miss Thekla's, and that not a shadow of any such commission had been given to her. Of course the lady soon communicated this singular transaction in letters to her lady-acquaintance in Heidelberg, where it speedily reached the ears of the family of my landlady from all sides. Stung to distraction with this exposure, she looked round for revenge.

Now it so happened that a younger sister of this poor servant girl lived as a younger nursemaid in our service, in the very house of Miss Thekla's mother! and on her she resolved to let fall the fury of her vengeance. These affairs had taken place during a journey we had made into some distant parts of Germany, and immediately on our return we were surprised at the landlady gravely insisting that this poor girl should leave our service and the

house, on the plea that during our absence she had got the worst of acquaintance, and was a character disgraceful to keep.

Our astonishment may be imagined, for the poor girl, who was but about fifteen, had always been most sober and orderly. On calling for the housekeeper, who had had the whole care of the family in our absence, we learned that nothing could have possibly been more satisfactory than the conduct of this poor girl during the whole time, or more harassing and unprincipled than that of the old landlady. The girl, on being questioned as to the cause of the landlady's hostility to her, begged leave to go to her mother's for a few minutes, who lived just by, and returned with two letters, one from her sister in England, and the other from her sister's mistress, detailing the attempt to inveigle away the elder sister, as here related.

This was a most amazing revelation of wickedness; and the remorseless revenge, which did not hesitate to sacrifice the innocent child in our service to the disgrace occasioned by the failure of so base and wild an attempt on the elder sister, was so unexampled as to fill us with horror. The malice was the more diabolical, because the characters of all servants are deposited at the police-office, in a book which people inspect before they will engage a servant; and had this poor girl been dismissed by us on such a charge, her character was lost for ever; there was nothing but ruin before her.

We bade the poor girl be quite at ease on this score; and assured the wicked landlady that we were quite satisfied of her innocence, and should on no account part with her. But this woman, whose malice knew no bounds, and whose schemes were as numerous as they were shallow, determined not to be baffled of her revenge. She soon after came to Mrs. Howitt with a grave face, to inform her that she had had an anonymous letter sent to her, saying that if we did not part with this girl our windows should be broken. Mrs. Howitt, who felt at once that this was a continuation of the base plan, requested to see the letter; but the old Frau told her that she had handed it to a lady in the city (whom she imprudently named), whose son was in the police, and might possibly make out the hand. Of course this tale was treated with the proper contempt; but as we gave no sign of any intention to dismiss the girl, in about ten days afterwards, as we sate round the stove on a splendid moonlight night, the lower range of windows was rapidly dashed in. I rushed to the windows nearest, but the smashing of glass was now beyond the portico of the front door. I rushed through the rooms in that direction, but was too late-not a soul was to be seen. The breakage had ceased, and the moonlight was bright as day; yet, strange to say, not a soul could be seen running from the house, up or down the road, which was quite straight. It must be some one then in the house,

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