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that rendered any attempt from his single arm utterly hopeless."
Antonio stopped, and having called on Captain Cleaver to support this part of his evidence, Sir William Percival requested that gentleman to tell what he knew.
“ The fellow speaks truth,” said Cleaver, “ for a parcel of us were certainly engaged in jollification with our captain, in the Temple of Neptune, when Sir Godmansbury came in, attended by two servants, and an Italian sailor. We asked him to sit down with us; and he and the captain, who had a turn that way, had so much talk about temples, and amphitheatres, and baths, and all that sort of trash, that they became very intimate together in an hour's time. So happy, indeed, , were they in each others society, that our captain agreed to stay for a couple of days there, partly to gratify his own taste, but chiefly for the sake of Sir Godmansbury, who wished to take some drawings, and measurements of the ruins.
“ After they had fully satisfied themselves with these heathen remains, we struck our tent, and all set out together on our return to Naples. At Torre-del-Greco, where we arrived just as night
closed, we parted from Sir Godmansbury, after having dined jovially together. He was impatient to rejoin his lady at Naples, after so long an absence, and our captain's intention was to visit the summit of Vesuvius during the night. Guides and mules having been provided for our party, we followed, for some little way, the road Sir Godmansbury had taken, and at but a short distance behind him.
“ The moon was not up, but our attendants had torches, and we were jogging on slowly, when we were alarmed by the report of several muskets, at some distance in our front, and then confused cries reached us from the direction we were riding towards; and immediately afterwards a hired mule, on which one of Şir Godmansbury's servants had left the inn, came galloping back to us with an empty saddle, followed by the animal that carried his baggage, its halter trailing on the ground. We pushed hastily forwards, but before we had ridden fifty yards, the mule that had carried Sir Godmansbury himself came sweeping past us, without its rider. Some fifty or a hundred yards further on, we found a dead mule, and the two servants lying lifeless on the road. Half choked
shrieks came on our ears from the direction of the sea, then but a little way to our left. I instantly dismounted, and rushed towards the spot whence the sounds proceeded, being followed by several of our party. Vesuvius, which was then in ac tion, seemed to aid my intentions, for the crater, just at that moment, threw up a grand column of flame, that illuminated the whole rocky coast of the Bay of Naples with a lurid glare, for several minutes. On a brink of the cliff, hanging over the waves, two men appeared dragging a third by a rope fastened to his neck. He was struggling hard for his life ; but he struggled in vain ; and as vain were my exertions to arrest his fate. The stilettos of the assassins drank his blood, and his murdered body was hurled amid the angry billows, chafing the rocks below. The horrible deed was hardly more than completed, when the ruffians, perceiving us just upon them, made an effort to escape. One of them, who was probably well acquainted with the intricacies of the spot, darted away, and escaped by some crevice unknown to us, and was instantly lost to view ; but the retreat of the other was cut off, and, being surrounded, he was taken after a desperate re
sistance. He was immediately recognized by some of our party, as a man of the name of Harrison, who had lately deserted from a British manof-war. I did all I could to make him confess the object of this assassination, and who were his accomplices; but he maintained a sullen silence. Our hopes were yet high, that, notwithstanding his present obstinacy, we mightere long obtain confessions from hiin; and we pursued our way to Naples, carrying our prisoner with us. But in these hopes we were disappointed. A body of at least twenty armed men came galloping after us. tence of being sbirri, they demanded our prisoner, saying, that some preliminary investigation must be gone through in the affair, before the culpritcould be sentforward from Torre-del-Greco. We earnesly desired to be present at this inquiry; but our request was peremptorily refused, on the plea that we should be required as witnesses against him ; and our names being taken, we were told to pursue our way to Naples, and that there we should probably be examined next day as to what we knew of the matter, so soon as the prisoner should reach the city. But what was our confusion and vexation upon learning from our
landlord at Portici, that we had been deceived.”
“Aye! you were no match for me, mio bravo capitano !” exclaimed Antonio, as Cleaver had finished." Il marinaro, finding that he was foiled at Paestum, immediately dispatched information to Lady Deborah. She wrote to me to Portici, where I then lived. Here is the letter written with her own hand to seal his doom i I have preserved it ; 'tis damning proof against her !-ha! ha! ha!”—
After this triumphant laugh, Antonio took breath for a moment, looking round him to watch the effect he was producing on his auditors. The dread silence of extreme horror prevailed.
“Lady Deborah, who now expected that every obstacle to her marriage with you, Lord Eaglesholme, was removed, raved like a maniac, to find all her schemes, and all her crimes, thus rendered abortive by your desertion of her; her disappointed love for you clung to the fruit of your amour. But this fondness for her offspring could not be indulged without the demolition of her character, an idol which her artifices had hitherto enabled her to keep unprofaned. Her infant