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lie down. In this most painful situa- "Sir,' cried the owner,' valiant Sir, tion they remained some days, receiv. The blunt end might avail !

" It should, good fellow, had your cur ing a scanty pittance of bread and wa- Attack'd ine with his tail.' ter from a neighbouring peasant. Being soon afterwards arrested, Madame

BURKE'S METAPHORS. de Bonchamps was condemned to death, Mr. Burke, above all men, figured but obtained her pardon through the in- in a mode of metaphorical expression. terference of a Republican whose life On the 7th of June, 1794, when speakhad been saved by her husband. The ing on the Begum charge, on the trial Tribunal of Nantes not dispatching her of Hastings, and describing the happy pardon to her so soon as was expected, situations of the provinces of Oude, it was thought expedient to send her Benares, and Gorruckpore, before they little daughter to demand it. The child were under Mr. Hastings's protection, was tutored accordingly, and approach- used the following:_ He is worse ing the Judges, exclaimed “ Citizens! than Satan, for he showed the king. I come to beg the letters of pardon for doms of the world to the great Author Mamma." One of the Judges told her of our sacred religion, in order that he she should have them if she would sing might enjoy them; but he (turning a song. The innocent creature imme- to the bar) gave the province of Hindiately sang the following chorus :- dostan into the possession of men ap"Vive, vive la Roi,

pointed by himself for the purpose of A bas la République."

destroying them.” (Mr. Hastings at The Judges smiled, and granted the this expression lifted up his eyes and pardon. Several curious anecdotes, il- hands.). Again, when he spoke of lustrative of the wretched times in the treasures deposited with the Bewhich it was the lot of this brave wo- gums, which Mr. Hastings seized, Mr. man to be placed, are contained in her Burke said, “ The prisoner at your Memoirs. The humanity which both bar, stepping beyond even the heatben she and her husband displayed towards mythology, was in his own opinion the prisoners can never be sufficiently greater than Jove, who was esteemed commended.

the immortal god of the ancients; for

Jove condescended to embrace a frail A MATE WITHOUT A FAULT.

woman in a shower of gold; but Mr. " Who'll buy a Mare, a fellow cries, Hastings paid more impressive adora“ Without a single fault?

tion to the old Begums or Oude, for the Not given to stari (she never shies)

purpose of seizing and stripping them To stumble or to halt.”

of their gold! Here (said Mr. Burke) A Cockney bought her for his bride, is the distinction between the Jove of And soon was vex'd to find

the ancients and the Jove of the East'Twas true indeed she never shied, Poor Creature ! she was blind.

Indies. But your lordships' classical

knowledge will convey to you that the The man he found, and thus cried he, (He much with anger burn'd,)

first was fabulous, and I trust that evi# You roguish knave ! you've cheated me, dence adduced will convince your The casli must be return'd.

lordships the last is real.” – Mr. Burke, « Nope in your mare a fault could spy,

in his eulogium upon that extraordinaYou said with mighty pother;

ry man, Mr. Charles Townshend, Why, rogue, she's blind i' th' dexter eye,

among other things said, “ His style of And cannot see with t'other."

argument was neither trite nor vulgar, « Sir, (said the inan,) like you I scorn nor subtle and abstruse ; he hit the A falsehood to be caught in,

house just between wind and water." That she's been blind since she's been born $ no fault, but her misforlin.


Réminiscenses de l'Espagne. · Paris, IIEADS AND TAILS.

1 vol. 1823. With open mouth, a surly cur

66 The Guerilla (says the author) is A sergeant did attack ; Who raw his pike, believe me, Sir,

chameleon and Protée to the last degree. Right through his mouth and back. - The herdsmen and shepherds, who feed their flocks in apparent stupidity even in repose! In a few moments and listlessness, serve them as spies, and they were handcuffed, and under a inform and advertise them by the notes good escort in the centre of a column; of a whistle, which echoes and re-ech- but their eyes were still insolent and oes from rock to rock. Entering the prophetic : “You dare not kill us,' towns under cover of their impenetra- they seemed to say ;- los umbrés, the ble cloaks the Guerillas laugh and drink men are near us." with the French, but are not for a mo As an example of the vindictive crument unobservant. They ascertain all elty of the Miguelets, the author reports the plans of their enemy, the departure the following fact : of convoys, of sick or wounded, of mo- " A young surgeon, accompanied by ney or provision, of a courier or a de- a colonel and his orderly, lost bis way, tachment; and by the most able strata- and missed the convoy to which they gems, they suddenly collect, fall on the belonged. They marched at random booty, seize the money or the provi- for some time among the rocks, and at sions, murder the escort, and disperse length perceiving a village spire, the and disappear as rapidly as they assem. hope of finding a French post deterble and attack: and when rewarded by mined them to proceed in Ibat directhe spoil, they leave the bodies of their tion. The village was abandoned, pilfoes and their dupes to the fowls of laged, and presented only the horrors heaven.

of solitude and the disasters of war. 6. The labourer has his arms con- The young surgeon ventured, however, cealed in the handle of his spade or the to enter one of the wretched hovels stock of his plough-qu'on y regarde that remained, and went even into the bien! The rock that appears immove-. caves to see if wine or provisions were able from its massive weight and colos- yet concealed; but what was his terror sal form, has its slips and its curtains; and anguish, when he beheld in these it turns on its axis, and makes a battery caves a frightful heap of bloody carcaof blunderbusses. Sometimes two hun- ses! Seventeen Frenchmen, massacred dred Guerillas are flat on the earth be- the night before, or perhaps that very hind the smallest ledge—you have no day, Xoating in their blood, and mutisuspicion ; in a moment a pistolet fir- lated in almost every member of their ed by the chief is the signal for a vole bodies, the victims, doubtless, of some ley, and the men rush like Arabs on perfidious friend or some mysterious the astonished party, and massacre all ambush. Unable to endure the specthey can seize, shouting the oath which tacle, and renouncing all hopes of findis the energetic accompaniment of eve- ing a single skin of wine, he was retirry Castillian enterprise, ' Caraco de ing from the cave, when all on a sudDemonio !

den a head, pale, livid, and streaming “We surprised one day in the gor- with a liquor like blood, thrust itselt ges of the Sierra Morena, two Gueril- from a large tun! Ah, my dear oflilas sleeping under a rock which formed cer! cried an hussar, who had saved a vault over their heads. The beams his life by concealing himself in a cask of the moon sell on the countenances of wine, what miracle has brought you of these modern Endymions. What a here to save me?' l'Empecinado had subject for a painter! Their weapons, surprised the party and butchered all grasped by their murderous hands, still but this poor fellow, who in the tumult appeared menacing and destructive; on preserved presence of mind enough to their breasts glittered the terrible sil- jump into the precions liquor. vato, or whistle of crystal; a rosario "The colonel, to arenge the sevenof granite mixed with precious stones ; teen murdered, set fire to the four corand finally, the horrible quadrangular ners of the village ; but when the flames stiletto. Alas! how much French begun to crack and fly, thirty or forty blood had that steel already spilt! I Miguelets rushed from their concealremained, with five or six grenadiers, ment, and uttering horrid imprecasome minutes in contemplation. What tions, discharged, with incredible rapimuscles! what limbs! what energy, dity, their blunderbusses on the incendiaries, already beyond the reach of Quentin Durward, in French. 4 vols. their shot. No one was wounded; but This is the publication which sells had they unfortunately unbridled their best and is most generally read here at horses, or entered any house to refresh present. The French are enraptured themselves, they had a!l joined the with it-their national vanity is not a manes of the seventeen who were slum- little pleased by the Great Unknown bering in death in the sepulchral cave.” having travelled out of his own coun

try, to illustrate with his genius a por

tion of their history. They, however, New Russia. Journey from Riga to complain of his being somewhat of an

the Crimea, by way of Kiev, &c.&c. Ultra, and of having drawn with rather By Mary Holderness. Svo. 108.6d. too aristocratical a pencil the portraits London, 1823. :

of the turbulent burghers of Liege. We cannot forbear extracting the fol. They have also discovered, that the lowing account of a Saint whom Mrs. author has not studied with sufficient H. saw at the Monastery of Pestchersky. attention the geography of plants, or he ST. ANTONIO.

would not have talked of groves of “In another place you are shewn olives about Tours, within several hunthe body, or rather the head and should dred miles of which no olive-tree was ders of a man stuck in the ground ; in ever seen, unless in a hot-house. His a vow of penance he dug a hole, in gastronomical erudition is also a little which he placed himself, standing with at fault; as, in describing a modern his hands by his sides, and then had French dinner, in the Introduction, he the hole filled, so that only his head. makes a distinction between la soupe and a little below the shoulders, coulá and le potage, as if they were not two be seen: here he lived, (they say) fif- words for the same thing,—the latter teen years. having food and drink is brought in after the boulli ! The brought to him, and a lamp constantly Great Unknown may have “ swum in burning by his side: they still allow a gondola,” but he certainly never him a lamp, which burns day and night could have dined at Very's, or even at continually, though he has been dead a modest restaurateur's at 32 sous, six or seven hundred years ; this, how- and commit such an un-gourmand-like ever they can well afford to do, as he error as this.--Paris Journal brings a considerable share of the rich

LIFE INSURANCE. " es of the Convent. The cap he wears Jo a storm, one night, is supposed to work miracles, and re

When all was fright store the sick : accordingly, hundreds 'Mongst the passengers and crew, come to visit St. Antonio, and wear his

An Irish clown

Like a block sate down, cap, which is frequently the undoubted

And seem'd as senseless too. means of restoring health, though not

Conduct like this in the way that enthusiasm and credu

Was much amiss, lity imagine, but by the simple process And not to be endur'd; of being the cause of their taking unu

But when ask'd why, sual exercise in the open air, and exer

He made reply-

" Good folks, my life's insur'd." cising also a temperance not habitual to them. I should not omit to mention

THE KING OF ORGANS. that St. Antonio is said to sink a little

The noble organ in York Minster has lower in the ground every year, and the largest and most complete organ in

been recently completed. It is said to be that the world is to be at an end by the Great Britain. The total number of stops time he entirely disappears. Amongst is 52-pipes 3254. There are three sets of the wonders which they relate, this can

keys, viz.--one for the great nave organscarcely be classed as the greatest ; swell, exclusive of pedals. There are move

one for the choir organ-and one for the and if time, in his mighty changes, does ments for enabling the performer to play pot annihilate the monastery of Pestch- two or three sets of keys at once, or to deerskey, St. Antonio will probably not tach the great and choir organs, with the disappear, while he continues so instru- Haarlem organ, which is the largest in Eu

pedals, in addition to the pedal pipes. The mental to the well-doing of his brethren. rope, contains 60 stops.






(Lond. Mag. Sept.)

THE only passenger besides myself had left the tail of the bank, and had

on board the Susannah, was a got into the warmer latitudes, it came Miss Maria B- , of Port Glasgow, to blow pretty fresh at nine PM. with who, on the recent loss of her only pa- a long stretch of a swell from the SW. rent, was going out to her sister, the -I had gone to bed, and had fallen inwife of a wealthy planter, in Barba- to a sound sleep, when I was awakendoes. She was a good looking girl, ed about midnight with the noise of and enjoyed a great How of animal spi- feet traversing the deck, the violent rits, which made her at times very beating with a handspike at the steeramusing; but, having been much spoil age hatchway, and the rough voice of ed with over indulgence, she was some the boatswain turning out the middle what pettish and self-willed. Captain watch with, “ All hands ho! tumble Gilkison, (the master of the vessel), up, tumble up, ye lubbers !" I immewas a quiet, unobtrusive man, mild in diately sprang out of bed, hurried on his manners and address, with a singu- my clothes, and made the best of my larly melancholy expression of counte way up the companion-ladder, knownance altogether unusual in a sailor: ing there was something more than he seemed to have been much in for- usual to do when the whole crew were eign countries, and was the best inform-' called up at once. A good deal of ed and most intelligent seaman I ever bustle prevailed on deck. It had turnhappened to meet with in the merchant ed out what sailors call a coarse, dirty service. To the monotony and con- night, blowing very hard, and dark and finement of a voyage every thing af dismal all round, except when a flash fords an agreeable diversity. Miss of lightning showed us the billows boilB- , whose musical attainments were ing and tumbling about us. The ship of a very superior order, sang charm- was labouring hard in a heavy seaingly, and accompanied herself on the way, sending bows in over head and guitar with great taste and sweetness. ears, and washing the forecastle at eveThe captain also played the flute with ry pitch. The captain was standing more skill than is the wont of nautical a-breast of the binnacle, and through a people in general, so that with these re- speaking-trumpet was issuing his orders sources, and the aid of books and con- to take canvass off the foremast and versation, we made the time pass plea- ease the vessel by the head. I walked santly away, when the weather would up to his side and observed by the binnot admit of our being on deck. nacle-light that his countenance was On the eighteenth day after our ship much agitated. Aware of the dislike

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seamen have, in cases of peril, to be now standing within a few feet of me interrogated and obstructed in their by the gallery-railings, gazing intently movements by passengers, I passed to leeward ; when all at once he claspwithout accosting him, and, to be as ed his hands forcibly together, and with much as possible out of the men's way, a groan of despair, and in a suppressed retreated to the hen-coops at the stern, voice of agony, exclaimed, “There he and, with considerable anxiety, observ. is again for the last time !” He res ed his motions. More than half an mained a few seconds, as if regarding hour elapsed, but still he kept his sta- something possessed of horrible interest, tion; occasionally walking a few paces then struck his open palms over his to and fro, then examining the com- eyes, and wildly rushed down the compass, to give directions to the man at panion-way. In vain I had followed The wheel, and now and then throwing the direction of his look, nothing met a glance over the lee-quarter. A shrill, my sight but long lines of white waves, whistling sound through the rigging— pursuing us with their deafening roar, the clattering of blocks and slackened and threatening every instant to break ropes—the creaking at the doubling of on board and engulph the vessel.-Havthe masts, and the yards at the slings, ing got the better of my own fears, I now warned us that another squall was waited for some time in expectation of coming.

his re-appearance, trying to conjecture The captain hastily stepped to the the cause of such strange conduct, till, light and examined his time-piece; I at length, unable to endure longer susglanced my eyes over it also, and could pense, I got a lantern lighted at the distinguish that the hands pointed to binnacle, and descended to the cabin. one o'clock. I saw his lips slightly I found him on the after-lockers, with quiver, and heard him mutter as he his face hidden in his hands : he raised put it up_The hour is come now !” it at my entrance, and I saw it was exI felt a chillness strike to my heart at ceedingly wan, and that a slight shiverthese words I thought our last hour ing ran through his frame.“ In the was come—that the captain, conscious name of heaven, captain,” said I “ what of the vessel's inability to hold together is the matter that you shake so, are you through the squall, had given us up for taken suddenly ill ?” “ Thank you, lost. I fancied even that the violence thank you, sir," he answered, “I am of the ship's motion had increased fear- well-in perfect health-but I have a fully. My heart beat with a convul- feeling here," and he pressed his hand sive fluttering, as if I was in the act of to his heart, “ which you cannot underflying, each time the vessel, left by an stand, and the cause of which you would exhausted wave, paused-rose strain- onlyl augh at, were I to tell it you.” “I

ing and quivering on the ridge of do not think I should,” returned I: · the succeeding one, and again with the “this is no time for merriment ; if the

rapidity of an arrow made a tremen- ship is in hazard, our danger is mutual, dous plunge into the hollow beneath. and I see nothing laughable in the idea I tried to rush forward and learn the of our going to the bottom.” “No," worst at once, but my limbs refused to he replied, “ you mistake me, there is do their office. I endeavoured to make no fear of that, and if there were a risk, myself heard, but my voice had forsak- our danger is not mutual. The gale on me, and my tongue clave to the roof will now take off, and as far as timber of my mouth. I could not have mov- and iron goes we have as staunch a seaed had we been going to the bottom, boat under us as ever stemmed saltand my only chance of escape lying in water ; she will make better weather my own exertions. The squall had in a gale of wind than any seventy-four now reached us in all its wrath, and in the navy; she is well found above was hurrying us on with inconceivable and below, and my crew are every one velocity, when a flash of lightning, or of them as true bred seamen as ever rather a succession of flashes, like a rove reef points through grimits. We sheet of fire, illumined the whole waste are as safe as hearts of oak, in every of waters around us. The captain was sense of the phrase, can make us. No,

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