relation to this most extraordinary and frightful affair. [The word
'affaire' has not yet, in France, that levity of import which it conveys
with us,] "but nothing whatever has transpired to throw light upon it.
We give below all the material testimony elicited.
"_Pauline Dubourg_, laundress, deposes that she has known both the
deceased for three years, having washed for them during that period.
The old lady and her daughter seemed on good terms--very affectionate
towards each other. They were excellent pay. Could not speak in regard
to their mode or means of living. Believed that Madame L. told fortunes
for a living. Was reputed to have money put by. Never met any persons
in the house when she called for the clothes or took them home. Was sure
that they had no servant in employ. There appeared to be no furniture in
any part of the building except in the fourth story.
"_Pierre Moreau_, tobacconist, deposes that he has been in the habit of
selling small quantities of tobacco and snuff to Madame L'Espanaye for
nearly four years. Was born in the neighborhood, and has always resided
there. The deceased and her daughter had occupied the house in which the
corpses were found, for more than six years. It was formerly occupied by
a jeweller, who under-let the upper rooms to various persons. The house
was the property of Madame L. She became dissatisfied with the abuse of
the premises by her tenant, and moved into them herself, refusing to let
any portion. The old lady was childish. Witness had seen the daughter
some five or six times during the six years. The two lived an
exceedingly retired life--were reputed to have money. Had heard it said
among the neighbors that Madame L. told fortunes--did not believe it.
Had never seen any person enter the door except the old lady and her
daughter, a porter once or twice, and a physician some eight or ten
"Many other persons, neighbors, gave evidence to the same effect. No one
was spoken of as frequenting the house. It was not known whether there
were any living connexions of Madame L. and her daughter. The shutters
of the front windows were seldom opened. Those in the rear were always
closed, with the exception of the large back room, fourth story. The
house was a good house--not very old.
"_Isidore Muset_, _gendarme_, deposes that he was called to the house
about three o'clock in the morning, and found some twenty or thirty
persons at the gateway, endeavoring to gain admittance. Forced it open,
at length, with a bayonet--not with a
As usual, in such cases, I took part of his bed in preference to going home.Page 20
The former I found after some little trouble; but, not discovering the tapers as soon as I had expected (for I remembered very nearly the spot in which I had placed them), I gave up the search for the present, and bidding Tiger lie quiet, began at once my journey toward the trap.Page 29
At last I could endure my terrible situation no longer, and determined to make my way from the box at all hazards, and dispatch him, if his opposition should render it necessary for me to do so.Page 35
I have been thus particular in speaking of Dirk Peters, because, ferocious as he appeared, he proved the main instrument in preserving the life of Augustus, and because I shall have frequent occasion to mention him hereafter in the course of my narrative--a narrative, let me here say, which, in its latter portions, will be found to include incidents of a nature so entirely out of the range of human experience, and for this reason so far beyond the limits of human credulity, that I proceed in utter hopelessness of obtaining credence for all that I shall tell, yet confidently trusting in time and progressing science to verify some of the most important and.Page 47
Upon these boards strong temporary stanchions should be erected, reaching to the timbers above, and thus securing every thing in its place.Page 48
They talked for some time about the vessel from the Cape Verds, and seemed to be excessively anxious for her appearance.Page 50
No one came below, except my companion, during the day.Page 52
He told Augustus that he believed the mate had poisoned him, and that he expected, if he did not be on the look-out, his own turn would come shortly.Page 60
I now steadied myself as well as possible so as to have a good view of all that was passing within, and endeavoured to nerve myself to the task of descending among the mutineers when Peters should make a signal to me, as agreed upon.Page 69
of Tiger.Page 83
They replied to all my assertions with a stare and a gesture implying that they were not to be deceived by such misrepresentations.Page 86
Before any one condemn me for this apparent heartlessness, let him be placed in a situation precisely similar to my own.Page 135
I then remained motionless for some moments, endeavouring to conceive what had happened to me, and where I was.Page 139
CHAPTER 22 OUR situation, as it now appeared, was scarcely less dreadful than when we had conceived ourselves entombed forever.Page 158
These were black.Page 205
I even went so far as to speak of a slightly hectic cough with which, at one time, I had been troubled--of a chronic rheumatism--of a twinge of hereditary gout--and, in conclusion, of the disagreeable and inconvenient, but hitherto carefully concealed, weakness of my eyes.Page 209
But Monsieur Froissart, he vas von ver big vat you call fool--he vas von ver great big donce like yourself--for he lef la belle France for come to dis stupide Amerique--and ven he get here he went and ave.Page 217
She was evidently in the last stage of a dropsy; and her figure resembled nearly that of the huge puncheon of October beer which stood, with the head driven in, close by her side, in a corner of the chamber.Page 223
â âHem!â said he, âgood boy! go on!â âI am sure, my dearest uncle (you confounded old rascal!), that you have no design really, seriously, to oppose my union with Kate.Page 224
His repugnance to âthe.