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life; but it did not appear to affect tive of a 'land whose people have ng then so much as the loss of the boy. other guide but Nature. His father When his body was committed to the was a very tyrannical prince, exacting deep, the royal personages and their obedience to his commands with great suite appeared in deep black, with severity ; but still his memory is much crape, &c.; and the French interpre- treasured by the chiefs, who have the ter read the service in the Sandwich date of his death pricked with the juice Island lingo. Well, just before he be- of a black berry up and down the gun, the Captain inquired if all hands fleshy part of the arm, thus ; were in attendance. The Mate said " One “Yes, all but the Cook.” So the Cook May 19, 1819." was called, and as he came aft, plaster. On the present king's accession, he ed with grease and as black as the best abolished the arbitrary measures of his of 'em, the Queen couldn't help laugh- father. particularly those respecting the ing at the ludicrous figure he made; ladies. The tributary chief of Owhyee but a nudge from the King brought her (brother to the deceased king) howevto recollection, and the look of sorrow er, still retained them, and this prowas resumed. Well, we got safe to duced a sanguinary war, which ended Portsmouth, and they began to rig for in his defeat and death. Every island going ashore. Boguey was upon deck, has its head chief, but the whole are when a windmill on the land caught subject to Riho Rebo, and his own his attention. His surprise was exces- possessions are supposed to be worth a sive, and he roused all hands on deck million and a hall. He has no vessels to look at it, but none of 'em could of war, but several brigs and schooners, make out what it was, or what made it some of them from 100 to 200 tons go round. A steam vessel was the next burthen. Two of them are beautiful object of wonder : they thought at first vessels,—the Cleopatra's Barge and it was a ship on fire; but when they the Waverley, both purchased from the observed the rapidity of its motion, and Americans. were told that it was forced along by The natives are extremely superstiboiling water, they thought it was the tious, even to childishpess; and the effect of witchcraft. But I have spin- anathema of a white man has frequentned a long yarn, grand-ta, and so, d’ye ly caused them to pine to death. One see, I must take a turn and belay; but of the seamen of L’Aigle,(John Sparks,) mayhap I may think of something else had agreed, during the passage, to wash by and by, and then I'll overhaul it.' a quantity of linen for Boke), and for
An Old SAILOR.* which he was to pay ten dollars; but * We trust our original and entertaining Correspondent will be able to do so ; and bave only to inti, mate to our menas that o ne that the narra: he was a poor man, and unable to dis. ion, we have every reason to believe that the narrative literally states the facts of the voyage, and truly describes the manners and doings of our Sandwich Visitors.-Ed.
ous to the ship's arrival in England,
Bokey's clothes again required abluADDENDA TO THE ACCOUNT OF THE tion, and Sparks was once more ape SANDWICH ISLANDERS.
plied to under a promise of setting the These strangers who have come so old demand, and giving a further pay. many thousand miles to visit this coun- ment of five dollars for present work. try, have been, for some time past, When the job was completed, the five confined with the measles, and fears dollars were instantly paid, but the old have been entertained of their recovery, account remained unsettled. On the but they are now considerably better. death of the chief (Euago,) the sailor The King is an amiable man, of a very went to Bokey, and plainly told him strong intellect, and quick in under- that unless his ten dollars were forthstanding : his manners and address are coming, he would soon follow his counparticularly pleasing, and his general tryman to the land of shades. The deportment remarkable for propriety, effect was instantaneous; the ten dolwhen it is considered that he is a na- lạrs were produced, and of course the
dreaded evil was averted. The fact a routine of twenty or thirty persons, was that Euago bad been accustomed with the utmost composure and affato mix his dirty linen with his brother bility. His Majesty understands Eng. chiefs, and thus defraud the men by lish badly, and can only say, “ Give getting his clothes washed for nothing. me some wine-give me some bread,
[Since the above was written, the &c.” My informant speaks their lanKing and Queen of the Sandwich Isl. guage, which he describes as very easiands have both died in London.] ly learned. In a word, he says the in
There is a gentleman at Havre, who habitants are the best people lie ever left the Sandwich Islands 18 months knew. They are fond of dancing to ago, after a residence of two years the drum, having no other sort of musithere, during which he almost daily had cal instrument. the honour of dining with their late The following are new particulars majesties. He describes the king to be relative to the King of the Sandwich 22 years of age, and the queen to be Islands. 18. He has five wives : this one is Owing to the formal conduct of "offithe youngest, and weighs 16 stope! cial” persons, rather than to any other The other four wives or queens rise circumstance, the real character of the gradually in weight to 24 stone! He late King and Queen of the Sandwich describes his majesty's temper to be Islands has been imperfectly, or rather the very best, having often drank with inaccurately, represented to the Engbim until his majesty did not know lish public. They were kept in a spewhether he was standing on his head cies of distinguished custody; nobody or his heels; and in his cups he was was to approach them but persons of never known to vary. Ai table, he rank or official characters; hence the frequently gave bumper toasts, which most absurd stories have got into cirin general were to the memory of his culation respecting them, and they were father; and every tiine the toast nas generally looked upon as no better given, he ordered three guns to be fired than savages or cannibals. Much infrom the batteries, the Russians having jury has been done to them by the imbuilt bim a very strong fort, well mount- perfect statements that have got aed with about 100 guns; and 2 long broad, as the following particulars brass 32 pounders, commanding one of may, perhaps, in some degree show :the finest and safest harbours in the The late King of the Sandwich Islands world. It is absurd to say the king or was a Christian, and boasted of his inhabitants of these islands live upon faith; and he was a very liberal Chrisseal, fish, &c.; bis majesty has an A. tian, considering that we have viewed merican cook, who dresses all his meats bim as a savage. Near his residence, and vegetables, &c. after the European and not far from a fort, that has been mapner, of which he possesses an a. useful to British merchantmen, there bundance, in great perfection, and many was a large Palace built for the perthat we are strangers to. The papers formance of Christian worship, which have also stated his entire naval force the late King called his Cathedral. Mr. to be not more than half a dozen ca- Ellis, the Missionary, preached there noes; my informant says he has more on the special invitation of the King : than thirty sail of square rigged vessels, and it is supposed still preaches there, one of which he purchased from an and the Cathedral was opened to all, American, and mounts 24 guns. One but his subjects were not compelled to of his countrymen has established a attend such a place of worship; they hotel, where my informant sojourned. might go there or stay away, as they
The people have no set hours for their pleased; the King wished them to atmeals, but eat whenever they are hun- tend to the Christian worship, but gry. The first thing they do in the there was no compulsion. As to the morning, young and old, is to take a King's numerous wives, the female whiff of the pipe; and at table, even who accompanied him to this country where his Majesty presides, they have was bis recognized Queen ; she was but one pipe, and he awaits his turo in his favourite, his companion, and his general partner of bed and board; the medium of bis interpreters. His though he was no Grand Seignor, there notions of what was due to the Sovewere four other females attached to his reign authority, made him pursue this Court, which have all been termed his mysterious course. No day had been wives; but the customs of a country fixed for the interview; not WEDNEScannot all at once be changed.
DAY last, as has been incorrectly stated; With respect to the power of the though it is curious that he died on King at home, a merchantman, belong. the day which had been stated as the ing to a distinguished house in the city one on which the interview was to of London, in particular, was in dan- take place. ger from some piratical vessels in those of his manners much has been said. seas; and this merchantman made for During the voyage he was free and what may be termed the Port of the more conversational, and would unKing of the Sandwich Islands. The bend' to participate in the general envessel was there aided and effectually joyments of those around him; but on protected for several days; and, pre- arriving in England, he became more vious to her departure, had valuable considerate in his demeanour and eviassistance ; for all of which, however, dently had no humble opinion of monthe King would accept no remunera- archical consequence. He seemed to tion. Besides the Offiley whaler, which consider that a King's word was law, takes out the despatches, and which or that it was his bond, and that the will complete her fitting out at the monarch's decision, answer, or fiat, Sandwich Islands, for her ultimate des could not be pronounced without the tination, it is stated that two Indiamen amplest reflection—as involving a step would touch there, proceeding by the that could not be retraced. If any way of Cape Horn.
question, or subject of importance were The inquiry, however, still is-What submitted to him, he would not return was the object of the king's visit to this an immediate answer; he would turn country? He made every arrangement round to reflect and perhaps might not to come here; not resigning the throne, return an answer for some minutes, or as has been erroneously stated, but ap- till another part of the day. And whatpointing his younger brother, a minor, ever might have been his occasional what we should call “ Regent," aided demeanour on ship-board he did not by a council, consisting of the head relax' on shore: he always seemed men left behind; and the object of his mindful to sustain the dignities of his voyage was an interview with the station. These are the facts obtained King of England. The object of such from a source that may be relied on; an interview remains a mystery ; he and they may enable the public to do would not impart it even to Mr. Can- some justice to the memory of an exning; he would only communicate with traordinary visitor. the King in person, of course through
Is there no God ?--the stars in myriads spread,
Is there no God?-the stream that silver flows,
ALL speak of God; throughout one voice agrees,
(Lond. Lit. Gaz.)
SCOTCH SECOND-SIGHT. TUIS remarkable faculty, which man; but she smiled at his remark, I has been considered peculiar to and asked him what he meant by it ? the Highlanders of Scotland, is gene- With apparent reluctance, and many rally supposed to have become extinct expressions of regret, he declared that of late years. This however is an er- the person alluded to would soon be roneous opinion. If ever it existed in drowned,and that his body would be cast that country, it exists at present. ashore, where it would be found on the There are many persons now living on beach. The lady sneered at the prothe inainland and the Hebrides, who phecy, but mentioned it to her husare believed to possess the second- band and all the other members of the
cestors. This is a subject which has unfortunately drowned about a month attracted the attention of many; and it after, in the act of shipping kelp. The is known to all that the celebrated San- ordinary means were used to find his uel Johnson was of that number. It is body, but without success : after a not our intention to enter into any theo. storm of wind it was found on the sand, retical discussion on this singular power. driven ashore, as had been predicted. One remark has struck us in regard to The above circumstances have been many of those persons to whom it is frequently related in our presence by ascribed, and that is, the peculiar for- every member of that respectable famimation or appearance of their eyes. ly; and a hundred predictions, equally In several instances they squint much; remarkable are told of the same perand in a great majority of the cases son, whose name is Niel Macinnes. which have fallen under our observa. A few years since, the late Simon tion, the pupils are much dilated, Macdonald, of Morrar, a fine young where the eyes are free of other de- man, who had recently succeeded to fects. We are by no means disposed that estate, on his way to visit a neighto pretend that this accounts for the bouring gentleman, passed by a cottage
as a fact which we have never seen or at the door cried out to his parents, heard noticed before.
that young Morrar's face was covered Many most remarkable instances of with blood; but as others saw no such the second-sight have occurred in the thing, the boy's words were of course Highlands of late years, and appear to disregarded. The day following, howbe as well attested as things of that na- ever, that gentleman was killed by the ture can be.
accidental discharge of his fowlingAbout twenty years ago, a celebrat- piece, the contents of which lodged in ed seer in the island of Uist was in his forehead and face. conversation with the lady of the pro- A woman in the Island of Tirie was prietor from whom he held his small long beld in high repute for secondfarm. They stood in the porch of the sight; and she was shrerdly suspectmansion-house of Killbride, and a near ed of having a very powerful influence relation of the family happened to be over wind and weather, a talent which then a visiter there. That gentleman she sometimes converted to considerable was of a cheerful disposition, and the advantage. Two of her sons who were seer heard him laugh very heartily ; engaged in illicit traffic with Ireland, on which he sighed deeply, and told had not been heard of for several years, the lady that he was afraid her friend and the general opinion was that they would undergo a change within six had been drowned. The mother asweeks. The lady was well aware of serted that they were alive, and dethe virtue universally allowed to this clared that they would yet appear.
One of them had left a wife, and the tian, a place distinguished by its lead old sybil, on a certain day, advised her mines. He lodged at an inn, and havto prepare a dinner for her husband, ing by mistake entered, another a partwho, she assured her, would, with his ment in the house, he saw a corpse brother, arrive at home in time to par. lying stretched in a corner of the room : take of it. The poor young woman he walked up to it, and after looking communicated this very improbable at the face, he retired, somewhat suridea to her neighbours, who laughed at prised that he had not heard of this it; but on that very day the two death. On enquiry, he fouod that he brothers made their appearance, safe must be possessed of a talent of which and sound. They had been taken by he was not before aware. The day a ship of war, with their illegal cargo, following, Colonel Horsley observing and retained on board as impressed a boat approaching the shore near this men, until they found an opportunity house, and expecting some friends, he for making their escape.
went down to receive them, accompaThese may suffice to show that the nied by other officers, but found ihe Highlanders of the present day have passengers were strangers to him. not degenerated from their forefathers One of them, however, he declared to in this wonderful faculty. Few of our be an exact resemblance of the corpse readers are perhaps aware that even he had seen the day before. That genEnglishmen have sometimes been tleman slept in the room alluded to, known to acquire the second-sight, by and was found dead next morning. residence in its native country. In having been seized with an apothe year 1747, Colonel Horsley, an plexy: this was Mr. Campbell of English officer, was quartered at Stron- Achindun.
THE FOREST OF ROSENWALD.
(Another part of the Forest, ALBERTO wounded.] Oh! I am hoarse with shouting to the winds.
That came too Dear its own, and must be crush'd ?