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won't better it ; though it is somewhat worked part of it, and had hid the hard, after cruising about for three tubs under the cliff, when we were months, to lose our cargo at sea, and discovered and attacked; and three ar when we thought ourselves lucky that four suddenly put off the boat, while we escaped Cork gaol, and got back we who were left had to fight it out, to Holland with an empty hold, and and get away as we could." tried to do a little business at home, « Well," continued James, "I to make such a finish to all as we have thought I'd mount the cliff and look done to-night. Poor Peter's drowned out, and had got near the top-but too, Tom-d'ye know that ?"

what with wondering how you had ma“ Ah !” said the other, “ I thought naged, and thinking about poor Peter it was all over with him when I saw and our unlucky cruise, I felt very nehim go ;-but how did you manage lancholy, and was pulling-up to take with him ?”

fresh wind, when what should I hear "Now it's all over,” said James, but my Susan's voice! That so as“I'll tell you the whole affair. When I tonished me, that I lost my footing, plunged in after him, I popped a tub and was capsized plump down again under my arm, thinking we were op- on the shingle. There was no bones posite a point where there was no broke, however; and I was just about watch ; for, thinks I, if I can work a to hail Susan on the cliff, when I tub and save a man's life at the same thought I saw some of the blockade time, I shall do a clever thing : but it coming; and, says I to myself, “you was some seconds before I could find mus'n't see me, my masters !'-s0 I Peter, it being so pitch dark. At last crept close under the cliff, and passed I saw something bob up to the top of them safe enough. Then, thinks I, the water, close to me—it was him, I may as well find out where the lads sure enough ; I made a grasp, and are;' and thinking Susan would be up caught him by the hair-kept his head to the rig, and wait where she was, above the surface, and got ashore with or go home again, I contrived to rus him. At that moment, a blockade- along the bottom of the cliff, till I man 'spied me, and fired a pistol: I found myself tumbling among a lot of heard some of them coming towards tubs. Oho!' thinks I, “all's right me, so I dragged Peter under the cliff, yet ;' and, while looking about, I perand made for the town; but the men- ceived all of you creeping down the o'-wars-men followed me up so close- cliffs. You recognized me, if you rely, that I was obliged to drop my tub, collect; and we were just preparing and crowd all sail. I got near home, to clear the tubs snugly away, when and thought I could manage to drop in the enemy's lanterns issued from a prowithout being seen ; but they had so jecting part of the cliff. Douse they gained upon me that I was obliged to went in one moment, and, in the other, run again right through the town, there we were with the blockade, where I dodged them, till I found my- yard-arm and yard-arm ; but, when I self back again at the place where I first saw the light from their torches, had left Peter. I felt him, but he what should I see but my Susan was stiff and dead, poor fellow. I stowed in the arms of Infant Joe. In then thought I'd try if I could hail the surprise, I opened a fire upon him, you; but the only answer I got was but took a good aim notwithstanding; a report of fire-arms on the beach : I saw him fall, and laying about me then I knew that you must be working right manfully, I seized upon my little the boat slap in the teeth of the block- brig, carried her away from the grapade. I listened a minute or two, and pling-irons of the huge pirate, and towall was silent ; so, thinks I, they have ed her right into harbor—and here sbe either put out to sea again, or have is, safe and sound-there's some comsucceeded in working the cargo.” fort in that, ar'n't there, my girl?'-and

“ Yes,” interrupted Tom, “ we had a hearty kiss, with a murmured bless

ing, escaped from the lips of the rough “In his right shoulder, eh?” said young smuggler, as he again press- James, as he gave a loud whistle, and ed the now happy Susan in his arms. looked at Susan; “it was close chance

Two of his companions now enter- for you, my girl. Well, I've no wish ed the house : they were cordially re- for his death ; but, if we ever should ceived by their acquaintances and meet again, I am just as likely to snap neighbors assembled; but the hanging my trigger, and perhaps with better of their heads, the ill-stifled sighs, and success. But, Susan, my lass, I've the languid manner of taking the hands been waiting all along to know how outstretched to welcome them, proved you came on the cliff at such a tine; how severely their bold hearts felt and I'm somewhat jealous, too, at that their chilling disappointments and un- same Infant Joe, and the manner he rewarded toil. A dead silence follow- was convoying you so snugly." ed their entrance ; for what could be Susan smiled, and related her share said? The journal of their cruise and in the events of the night, and conclud misfortunes was recorded in every line ed by entreating James to relinquish of their brows. It was a sad meeting; his desperate and unprofitable pursuit and sadness and silence love to be to- -to forego all thoughts of again emgether. At length one of them, look- barking in a Winter Cruise--and, ing at James, said,

when the employment of the coast “We heard that you had brought failed to procure them a quiet subsisdown Infant Joe ; but, just as we tence, to remove to some happier land, came into the town, we were told that where industry may reap its reward, he was only wounded, and had been and the strong arm and sweating brow carried to the tower, with a pistol- know their hours of comfort and rebullet in his right shoulder.”

pose.

THE SPIDER AND THE FLY, A NEW VERSION OF AN OLD STORY.

BY MRS. HOWITT. [The following is a lesson for all folks-great and small from the infant in the nursery to the emperor of Russia, the grand signior of Turkey, and the queen of Portugal-or from those who play with toy-cannons to such as are now figuring on the theatre of war.]

" Will you walk into my parlor ?" said a spider to a iy:
“ 'Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy.
The way into my parlor is up a winding stair,
And I have many pretty things to show you when you are there."
“Oh, no, no !” said the little Hy,“ to ask' me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair can ne'er come down again.”
“ I'm sure you must be weary with soaring up so high,
Will you rest upon my little bed ?" said the spider to the fly.
“ There are pretty curtains drawn around, the sheets are fine and thin:
And if you like to rest awhile, I'll snugly tuck you in.”
“Oh, no, no !” said the little fly, “ for I've often heard it said,
They never, never wake again, who sleep upon your bed."
Said the cunning spider to the fly, “ Dear friend, what shall I do
To prove the warm affection I've always felt for you?
I have, within my pantry, good store of all that's nice-
I'm sure you're very welcome-will you please to take a slice?"
" Oh, no, no !" said the little fly,“ kind sir, that cannot be,
I've heard what's in your pantry, and I do not wish to see."

“ Sweet creature !" said the spider, " you're witty and you're wise ;
How handsome are your gauzy wings, how brilliant are your eyes !
I have a little looking-glass upon my parlor shelf,
If you'll step in one inoment, dear, you shall behold yourself."

"I thank you, gentle sir,” she said, " for what you're pleased to say,
And bidding you good morning now, I'll call another day."

The spider turned him round about, and went into his den,
For well he knew the silly fly would soon come back again :
So he wove a subtle web, in a little corner, sly,
And set his table ready to dine upon the fly.
Then he went out to his door again, and merrily did sing,
“ Come hither, hither, pretty fly, with the pearl and silver wing;
Your robes are green and purple there's a crest upon your head
Your eyes are like the diamond bright, but mine are dull as lead."

Alas, alas: how very soon this silly little fly,
Hearing his wily, flattering words, came slowly flitting by ;
With buzzing wings she hung aloft, then near and nearer drew,
Thinking only of her brilliant eyes, and green and purple hue :
Thinking only of her crested head-poor foolish thing - At last
Up jumped the cunning spider, and fiercely held her fast.
He dragged her up his winding stair, into his dismal den,
Within his little parlor—but she ne'er came out again ! :
-And now, dear little children, who may this story read,
To idle, silly, flattering words, I pray you ne'er give heed :
Unto an evil counsellor close heart, and ear, and eye,
And take a lesson from this tale of the Spider and the Fly.

ASCENT OF MONT BLANC. [John Auldjo, Esq. of Trinity College, Cambridge, started from Charmounis on the Stor August, 1827, for the purpose of attaining the highest point of Mont Blanc. He was accom panied by eight guides, four of whom had previously accomplished the hazardous ascent. The following is his account of the conclusion of this undertaking, and of his sensations while on the summit of the mountain.) We crossed a plain of snow which self froin inevitable destruction by rose gently from the Rocher Rouge ; stretching out his arms, and by his at the end of it was the only crevice baton by mere chance coming obliquewe had met for some time : it was ly on the bridge; otherwise he would deep and wide. One bridge was have slipped through, and all attempts tried, but it gave way. A little fur- to have saved or raised him out of the ther another was found, over which chasm, would have been impossible. we managed to pass by being drawn The perilous situation he was in was apacross on our backs, on batons placed palling; all ran down to him, and be over it. Two or three managed to was drawn out, but had nearly lost his walk across another, using great care; presence of mind, so greatly had be but, when we had proceeded some been terrified. However, he soon little distance up the acclivity before recovered, and acknowledged his want us, we were surprised by a shrill of precaution, which had very nearly scream, and, on turning, beheld Jean destroyed the pleasure of the underMarie Coutet up to his neck in the taking, when so near its happy consnow covering the crevice. He had clusion. The ascent from this point wandered from the party, and coming was very steep, and the difficulty of to the crack, sought and found the surmounting it was greatly increased; place where the guides had walked for those effects of the rarity of the across, and attempted to follow their atmosphere which we had felt prericourse ; but not taking the proper ously, now became exceedingly opcare to choose their footsteps, had got pressive. I was attacked with a paia about eighteen inches on one side of in my head; the thirst became inthem, and the consequence was, that tense; the difficulty of breathing when in the centre of the crevice, he much greater. The new symptoms I sunk up to his shoulders, saving him- now experienced were, violent palpitation of the heart, a general lassitude leave these rocks, for all my enthusiof the frame, and a very distressing asm was at an end ; the lassitude and sensation of pain in the knees and exhaustion had completely subdued muscles of the thighs, causing weak- my spirit. I was anxious to get to ness of the legs, and rendering it the summit, but I felt as if I should scarcely possible to move them. The never accomplish it, the weariness and « Derniers Rochers,” or the highest weakness increasing the moment I atvisible rocks, are merely a small clus- tempted to ascend a few steps; and I ter of granite pinnacles, projecting was convinced, that in a few minutes about twenty feet out of the snowy I should be quite overcome. I was mantle which envelopes the summit, induced to proceed by the exhortations and clothes the sides of the mountain. of the guides. We had to climb On reaching these rocks, I was so about one hour to get to the summit; much exhausted that I wished to but this part of the undertaking resleep; but the experienced guides quired a most extraordinary exertion, would not permit it, though all appear. and severe labor it was. From the ed to be suffering more or less under place where the rarity of the air was similar sensations. From those ro- first felt, we had been able to proceed chers we saw that there were many fifteen or twenty steps without halting people on the Breven, watching our to take breath ; but now, after every progress; among whom we recognised third or fourth, the stoutest, strongest some female forms, a discovery which guide, became exhausted ; and it was renewed our courage, and excited us only by resting some seconds, and to still greater efforts than before. turning the face to the north wind, Turning to the side of Italy, a spec- which blew strong and cold, that suftacle was presented of great magnifi- ficient strength could be regained to cence, from the assemblage of the vast take the next two or three paces. and numberless white pyramids which This weakness painfully increased the appeared on the left of the view : difficulty of advancing up the ascent, Mount Rosa, in its surpassing beauty, which became every instant more being the most distant, the Col du steep. Although the sun was shining Géant, and its aiguille, the nearest ; on us, I felt extremely cold on the while all the snow-clad rocks which side exposed to the cutting blast; and lie on each side of the glacier, running the other side of the body being warm, from Mont Blanc down the “ Mer de it increased the shivering; which had Glace,” and again up to the “ Jardin,” not quite left me, to such a degree, as added splendid features to the scene. to deprive me almost of the use of my “ Snow piled on snow; each mass appears limbs. Some of the guides also were

The gathered winter of a thousand years." similarly affected, and even suffered On the south, a blue space showed more than myself; but all were anxwhere the plain of Piedmont lay; and ious to get on, evincing a resolute defar in the back ground of this, rose termination that was quite wonderful the long chain of the Apennines, and in the state they were in. Their atlofty Alps, forming a coast of the tention to me was marked by a desire Mediterranean, and running thence to render me every possible service, towards the right, meeting the moun- while they endeavored to inspire me tains of Savoy. Gilded as they were with the same firmness of which they by the sun, and canopied by a sky al- themselves gave so strong an example. most black, they made up a picture This earnest solicitude which they so grand and awful, that the mind showed, much to their own discomfort could not behold it without fear and and annoyance, to keep my spirits up, astonishment. The impression of so was in vain : I was exhausted—the inighty a prospect cannot be conceiv- sensation of weakness in the legs bad ed or retained. It was with some become excessive-I was nearly chokdifficulty I could be persuaded to cd from the dryness of my throat and

the difficulty of breathing. My eyes Chamounix) and, taking my glass, obwere smarting with inflammation, the served that the party on the Breven reflection from the snow nearly blind- had noticed the accomplishment of ed me, at the same time burning and our undertaking, and were rewarding blistering my face. I had, during the us by waving their hats and handkermorning, as a protection, occasionally chiefs, which salutation we returned. worn a leathern mask, with green eye I noticed, also, that the people in glasses ; but latterly I found it op- Chamounix had also collected in conpressive, and wore a veil instead : that siderable numbers on the bridge, also I was now obliged to discard. I watching our progress and success. desired to have a few moments rest, and It was exactly eleven o'clock. The sat down. I besought the guides to wind blew with considerable force. leave me. I prayed Julien Devouas- I was too much worn out to remain sard to go to the summit with them, there long, or to examine the scene and allow me to remain where I was, around me. The sun shone brilliantly that by the time they returned, I on every peak of snow I could see ; might be refreshed to commence the hardly any mist hung over the valleys; descent. I told them I had seen none was on the mountains; the enough ; I used every argument in object of my ambition and my toil my power to induce them to grant my was gained; yet the reward of my danrequest. Their only answer was that gers and fatigues could hardly produce they would carry me, exhausted as enjoyment enough to gratify me for a they were, to the sulamit, rather than few moments. The mind was as esthat I should not get to it: that if they hausted as the body, and I turned with could not carry, they would drag me. indifference from the view which I Being unable to resist I became pas- had endured so much to behold, and sive, and two of the least exhausted throwing myself on the snow, behind forced me up some distance, each a small mound which formed the hightaking an arm. I found that this est point, and sheltered me from the eased me, and I then went on more wind, in a few seconds I was soundwillingly, when one of them devised a ly buried in sleep, surrounded by plan which proved of most essential the guides, who were all seeking reservice. Two of them went up in pose, which neither the burning rays advance about fourteen paces, and of the sun, nor the piercing cold of fixed themselves on the snow; a long the snow, could prevent or disturb. rope was fastened round my chest, and In this state I remained a quarter of the other end to them. As soon as an hour, when I was roused to survey they were seated, I commenced as the mighty picture beneath. I found cending, taking very long strides, and myself much relieved, but still had doing so with quickness, pulling the a slight shivering. The pain in the rope in; they also, while I thus ex- legs had ceased, as well as the headerted myself, pulled me towards them, ach, but the thirst remained. The so that I was partly drawn up, and pulse was very quick, and the difficulpartly ran up, using a zig-zag direc- ty of breathing great, but not so option: and the amusement derived pressive as it had been. Having from this process kept us in better placed my thermometer on my baton, humor than we were before. I was in a position in which it might be as less fatigued, and felt the effects of much in shade as possible, I went to the air less by this process, than by the highest point to observe my friends the slow pace in which I had bitherto on the Breven and in Chamounix once attempted to ascend. I had taken more, but was summoned immediately very little notice of the progress we to a repast ; and willingly I obeyed were thus making, when I suddenly the call, for I felt as if I had a good found myself on the summit. I has- appetite. Some bread and roasted tened to the highest point towards chicken were produced, but I could

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