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fully black. The Emperor of Monomotapa would not change his amiable negress for the most brilliant European beauty.
4. An ornament for the nose appears to us perfectly unnecessary. The Peruvians, however, think otherwise; and they hang on it a weighty ring, the thickness of which is proportioned to the rank of their husbands. The custom of boring it, as our ladies do their ears, is very common in several nations. Through the perforation are hung various materials; such as green crystals, gold stones, a single and sometimes a great number of gold rings. This is rather troublesome to them in blowing their noses; and the fact is, some have informed
that the Indian ladies never perform this very useful operation.
5. The female head-dress is carried in some countries to singular extravagance. The Chinese fair carries on her head the figure of a certain bird. This bird is composed of copper, or of gold, according to the quality of the person: the wings spread out, fall over the front of the head-dress, and conceal the temples: the tail, long and open, forms a beautiful tuft of feathers : the beak covers the top of the nose; the neck is fastened to the body of the artificial animal by a spring, that it may the more freely play, and tremble at the slightest motion.
6. The extravagance of the Myantses is far more ridiculous than the above. They carry on their heads a slight board, rather longer than a foot, and about six inches broad: with this they cover their hair, and seal it with wax. They cannot lie down, nor lean, without keeping the neck straight; and the country being very woody, it is not uncommon to find them with their head-dress entangled in the trees; whenever they comb their hair, they pass an hour by the fire in melting the wax; but this combing is only performed once or twice a year.
7. The inhabitants of the land of Natal wear caps or bonnets from six to ten inches high, composed of the fat of oxen. They then gradually annoint the head with a purer grease, which mixing with the hair, fastens the bonnets for their lives.
A DOUBLE CHARGE.
A TALKATIVE youth being brought to Socrates to be instructed in oratory, the sage asked him double price. Why," said the young man,
do you charge me double ?” “ Because,” said Socrates, “I shall have to teach you two arts: the one to hold your tongue; the other how to speak.
ROAD TO KNOWLEDGE.
When a king asked Euclid, the mathematician, whether he could not explain his art to him in a more compendious manner? He was answered that there was no royal way to geometry. Other things may be seized by might, or purchased with money, but knowledge is to be gained only by study, and study to be prosecuted only in retirement.
CHARACTER OF ENVY.
Bion, observing an envious person apparently very sad, said :-“ Either some evil has happened to this fellow, or some good to his neighbor."
WHY WE HAVE TWO EARS AND ONE MOUTH.
To a talkative young man, Zeno once said :-“For this reason we have two ears and one mouth, that we may hear more and speak less.”
A BENEVOLENT DISTINCTION.
Aristotle being reproved because he had, on a certain occasion, given alms to a bad person, said :-"I had compassion on the man, not on his manners.”
SAFE CONCLUSION. Antisthenes, being once applauded by a bad man, said :“I am afraid I have been doing something wrong."
* See note, page 58.
A GREAT DIFFERENCE.
Anacharsis, the Scythian sage, being asked in what respect learned men differed from unlearned, answered: “As the living from the dead."
MAN versUS MONEY.
Two citizens courting the daughter of Themistocles, he preferred the worthy man to the rich one, and assigned this rea
“ I had rather she should have a man without money, than money without a man.'
STRIKE, BUT HEAR! Eurybiades, the Spartan, while commander of the combined Grecian fleet, being firmly opposed by Themistocles, the Athenian, in his desire to weigh anchor and sail to the Isthmus, where the land forces of the Peloponnesians had been assembled, raised his staff in a threatening manner, as if to strike him; whereupon Themistocles, with entire composure, exclaimed : “ Strike, but hear!”
A POINTED QUESTION.
Themistocles, being asked by some one whether he would rather be Achilles or Homer, replied:-“ Which would you rather be, the victor in the Olympic games or the mere herald that proclaims the victory ?"
Croesus, king of Lydia, who felt presumptuously proud on account of his power and his riches, had dressed himself one day in his utmost splendor of apparel and royal ornament, and, seating himself on his throne, exhibited his person to Solon, as comprehending within itself the substance and sum of all worldly glory. “Have you ever beheld,” said he to the
a spectacle more august ?" · I have," was the answer: there is neither a pheasant in our fields, nor a peacock in our court-yard, that does not surpass you in glory.”
A DEVOTED STUDENT.
Anaxagoras, the Clazomenian philosopher, and preceptor of Socrates, being asked for what purpose he conceived he had come into the world, answered : “ To see sun, moon, and stars!” The same philosopher being utterly negligent regarding the politics of his town of Clazomene, was twitted for his indifference on that subject by some of his most zealous fellow-citizens, who asked him whether he entertained no concern for his native country ? “For my country,” replied the sage, “I have always a great concern. My native city," pointing to the heavens, “is perpetually the subject of my thoughts."
A SUGGESTIVE REGRET.
When Ptolemy, the Second, king of Egypt, looked forth one day from his palace window, afflicted as he was at the time with the gout, the consequence of his luxurious indulgences, and distracted with kingly anxieties, he observed a multitude of his poorer subjects reclining in festal ease on the sandy banks of the Nile" Miserable fate,” said the monarch,“ that my
fate hath not allowed me to be one of them."
FRUITS OF THE VINE.
Anacharsis, though a Scythian, uttered sentiments as beautiful as those of Plato himself. Among his fine sayings is the one—“ The vine bears three grapes :—the first is that of pleasure; the second is that of drunkenness; the third is that of sorrow.”
DRINKING AND RUNNING.
When Mark Antony was fast fleeing from his conqueror after the battle of Mutina, one of his acquaintances gave as a reply to some person that inquired of him what his master was about : “He is doing what dogs do in Egypt when pursued by the crocodile-drinking and running."
JUPITER'S EMPLOYMENT. Chilon, the sage of Sparta, inquired of Æsop what was Jupiter's employment—what his regular daily business in the skies? “To humble those that are elevated, and elevate those that are humble," said the fabulist.
THE SEAT THE SEA!-INGOLDSBY LEGENDS.
1. THE Sea! the Sea! the open sea!
That is the place where we all wish to be,
So all sing and say
By night and by day,
In a sort of coxcombical roundelay. 2. You may roam through the city, transversely or straight,
From Whitechapel turnpike to Cumberland gate,
With affected devotion,
Promulgates his notion, Of being a
6 Rover” and “ child of the Ocean”Whate'er their age, sex, or condition may be, They all of them long for the “ Wide, Wide Sea!"
3. But however they dote,
Only set them afloat
Take them down to the Nore,
And you'll see that, before The “ Wessel” they “Woyage” in has made half her way Between Shell-Ness Point and the pier at Herne Bay, Let the wind meet the tide in the smallest degree, They'll be all of them heartily sick of “the Sea!”