Vendean Servant

: Presence Of Mind.

An unexampled instance of self-devotion and presence of
mind was manifested by a maidservant, during the war in La Vendee. "The

wife of Lepinai, a general in the Vendean army, was imprisoned at Nantes,

and attended by a young girl, a native of Chatellerault, so faithfully

attached to the service of her mistress that she had followed her to

prison. One day the soldiers arrived to summon the prisoners who were

destined to death: this faithful girl heard Madame Lepinai called, who had

but an instant before retired to her chamber. Glad of the opportunity of

saving the life of her beloved mistress, she presented herself, and

answered to the name. The affectionate creature was instantly led away with

the other prisoners, and precipitated among the waves of the Loire, in

place of Madame Lepinai."