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in a great measure succeeded. When he that they could not get their chairs close, was about a year old, Mr. Hutchison re- they used their united efforts to pull him turned to Cape Coast, and had him led down by the tail. He one morning misthrough the country by a chain, occa sed the governor, who was settling a dissionally letting him loose when eating pute in the hall, and who, being surwas going forward, when he would sit by rounded by black people, was hidden his master's side, and receive his share from the view of his favourite. Saïwanwith comparative gentleness. Once ordered with a dejected look to various parts twice he purloined a fowl, but easily gave of the fortress in search of him ; and while it up to Mr. Hutchison, on being allowed absent on this errand the audience ceased, a portion of something else. The day of the governor returned to his private room, his arrival he was placed in a small court and seated himself at a table to write. leading to the private rooms of the gover. Presently he heard a heavy step coming nor, and after dinner, was led by a thin up the stairs, and, raising his eyes to the cord into the room where he received our open door, he beheld Sai.

At that mosalutations with some degree of roughness ment he gave himself up for lost, for Saï but with perfect good humour. On the immediately sprang from the door on to least encouragement he laid his paws upon his neck. Instead, however, of devourour shoulders, rubbed his head upon us, ing him, he laid his head close to the and his teeth and claws having been filed, governor's, rubbed his cheek upon his there was no danger of tearing our cloths. shoulder, wagged his tail, and tried to He was kept in the above court for a week evince his happiness. Occasionally, howor two, and evinced no ferocity, except ever, the panther caused a little alarm to when one of the servants tried to pull his the other inmates of the castle, and the food from him; he then caught the offen- poor woman who swept the floors, or, to der by the leg, and tore out a piece of speak technically, the pra-pra woman, flesh, but he never seemed to owe him was made ill by her fright. She was one any ill-will afterwards. He one morning day sweeping the boards of the great hall, broke his cord, and the cry being given, with a short broom, and in an attitude the castle gates were shut, and a chase nearly approaching to all-fours, and Saï, commenced. After leading his pursuers who was hidden under one of the sofas, two or three times round the ramparts, suddenly leaped upon her back, where he and knocking over a few children by stood in triumph. She screamed so vio. bouncing against them, he suffered hiinlently as to summon the other servants, self to be caught, and led quietly back to but they, seeing the panther, as they his quarters, under one of the guns of the thought, in the act of swallowing her, fortress.

one and all scampered off as quickly as By degrees the fear of hiin subsided, possible ; nor was she released till the goand orders having been given to the sen. vernor, who heard the noise, came to her tinels to prevent his escape through the assistance. Strangers were naturally ungates, he was left at liberty to go where he comfortable when they saw so powerful pleased, and a boy was appointed to pre- a beast at perfect liberty, and many were vent him from intruding into the apart- the ridiculous scenes which took place, ments of the officers. His keeper, how. they not liking to own their alarm, yet ever, generally passed his watch in sleep- perfectly unable to retain their composure ing, and Saï, as the panther was called, in his presence. after the royal giver, roamed at large. This interesting animal was well fed On one occasion he found his servant sit- twice every day, but never given any ting on the step of the door, upright, but thing with life in it. He stood about 2ft. fast asleep, when he lifted his paw, gave high, and was of a dark yellow colour, him a blow on the side of the head which thickly spotted with black rosettes, and laid him flat, and then stood wagging his from the good feeding and the care taken tail, as if enjoying the mischief he had to clean him, his skin shone like silk. committed. He became exceedingly at. The expression of his countenance was tached to the governor, and followed him very animated and good-tempered, and he every-where like a dog. His favourite was particularly gentle to children ; he station was at a window of the sitting would lie down on the mats by their side room, which over-looked the whole town, when they slept, and even the infant there, standing on his hind legs, his fore- shared his caresses, and remained unhurt. paws resting on the ledge of the window, During the period of his residence at Cape and his chin laid between them, he ap Coast, I was much occupied by making peared to amuse himself with what was arrangements for my departure from passing beneath. The children also stood Africa, but generally visited my future with him at the window ; and one day, companion every day, and we in consefinding his presence an incumbrance, and quence became great friends before we

sailed. He was conveyed on board the cage, on account of the deck being always vessel in a large wooden cage, thickly filled with black strangers to whom he barred in front with iron. Even this con- had a very decided aversion, although finement was not deemed a sufficient pro- he was perfectly reconciled to white peotection by the canoe men*, who were so ple. His indignation, however, was conalarmed at taking him from the shore to stantly excited by the piys when they were the vessel, that, in their confusion, they suffered to run past his cage! and the dropped cage and all into the sea. For a sight of one of the monkeys put him in a few minutes I gave up my poor panther complete fury. While at anchor in the as lost, but some sailors jumped into a

before-mentioned river, an orang-outang, boat belonging to the vessel, and dragged (Simia Satyrus) was brought for sale, him out in safety. The beast himself and lived three days on board ; and I shall seemed completely subdued by his duck- never forget the uncontrollable rage of the ing, and as no one dared to open his cage one, or the agony of the other, at this to dry it, he rolled himself up in one cor- meeting. The orang was about 3ft. high ner, nor roused himself till after an inter- and very powerful in proportion to his val of some days, when he recognized size ; so that when he ied with extraormy voice. When I first spoke, he raised dinary rapidity from the panther to the his head, held it on one side, then on the further end of the deck, neither men nor other, to listen; and when I came full things remained upright when they opinto his view, he jumped on his legs, and posed his progress; there he took refuge appeared frantic; he rolled himself over in «a sail, and although generally obeand over, ne howlea, he opened his enor dient to the voice of his master, force was mous jaws, and cried, and seemed as if he necessary to make him quit the shelter of would have torn his cage to pieces. How- its folds. As to the panther, his back ever, as his violence subsided, ne content rose in an arch, his tail was elevated and ed himself with thrusting his paws and perfectly stiff, his eyes flashed, and, as he nose through the bars of the cage to re- howled, he showed his huge teeth; then, ceive my caresses. I suspect that he had as if forgetting the bars before him, he suffered from sea sickness, as he had ap- tried to spring on the orang, to tear him parently loathed all food; but, after this to atoms. It was long before he recoverperiod, he eat every thing that was given ed his tranquillity ; day and night he apto him.

peared to be on the listen ; and the apThe greatest treat I could bestow upon proach of a large monkey we bad on my favourite was lavender water. Mr. board, or the intrusion of a black man, Hutchison had told me that, on the way brought a return of his agitation. from Ashantee, he drew a scented hand We at length sailed for England, with kerchief from his pocket, which was im an ample supply of provisions ; but, unmediately seized on by the panther, who happily, we were boarded by pirates dureduced it to atoms ; nor could he venture ring the voyage, and nearly reduced to to open a bottle of perfume when the ani- starvation. My panther must have pemal was near, he was so eager to enjoy rished, had it not been for a collection of it. I indulged him twice a week by ma more than three hundred parrots with king a cup of stiff paper, pouring a little which we sailed from the river, and which lavender water into it, and g’ving it to died very fast while we were in the northhim through the bars of his cage; he west trades. Saï’s allowance was one per would drag it to him with great eagerness, diem, but this was so scanty a pittance, roll himself over it, nor rest till mell that he became ravenous, and had not had evaporated. By this I taught him to patience to pick all the feathers off before put out his paws without showing his he commenced his meal, the consequence nails, always refusing the lavender water was that he became very ill, and refused till he had drawn them back again ; and even this small quantity of food. Those in a short time, he never, on any occasion around tried to persuade me that he suffered protruded his claws when offering me his from the colder climate, but his dry nose and paw.

paws convinced me that he was feverish, We lay eight weeks in the River Ga. and I had him taken out of his cage; boon, where he had plenty of excellent when, instead of jumping about and enfood, but was never suffered to leave his joying his liberty, he lay down, and rest

ed his head upon my feet. 1 then made

him three pills, each containing two grains * The panther in these countries is a sacred of calomel. The boy who had the charge or Fetish animal, and not only a heavy fine is of him, and who was much attached to extorted from those who kill one, but the Fe- him, held his jaws open, and I pushed the tish is supposed to revenge his death by cursing the offender.

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morning I went to visit my patient, and persuasion of this, added to a feeling of
found his guard sleeping in the cage with indignation not yet quelled by the effects
him; and haviny administered a further of office, I had well nigh resolved that my
dose to the invalid, I had the satisfaction labours should terminate with the above
of seeing him perfectly cured by the even- stipulated probation, and that, in going
ing. On the arrival of the vessel in the away, I would take care to tell Messrs.
London Docks, Saï was taken ashore, and Gladwin and Co. “ my mind,” by writ-
presented to the Duchess of York, who ing them a special letter.
placed him in Exeter 'Change, to be
taken care of, till she herself went to Oat “ In ignominious terms, though clerkly
lands. He remained there for some

weeks, and was suffered to roam about
the greater part of the day without any thinking, and nullified this intention,

But my father was of another way of

He restraint. the Duchess's departure from town, she had perhaps, the larvest share ever known went to visit her new pet, played with him ably, by some tradespeople, that the state

of that persuasion entertained, unchangeand admired his healthy appearance and gentle deportment. In the evening, when of a merchant's clerk is something of a Her Royal Highness's coachman went to superior order, something to be regarded take him away, he was dead, in conse

with an upward eye, as being at once imquence of an inflammation on his lungs.'

portant and genteel. He had acted upon this prejudice, and was not likely to see through it by any light afforded by the

complaints of one who had lived so few TO MISS GRAY,

years in the world as myself. He was After hearing her sing 'Angels ever bright

sure I should begin to taste the sweets of and fair,' at the Cecilian Society, my employment by and by. He thought

that “ Iads should expect to meet with a

spice of difficulty, and ought not to care If the sweet chords of feeling draw the soul Out of its prison to the purer sphere

a fig for it.” Above all, he had no notion of high beatitude :-1f Heaven control of boys being idle. I was made over, in

The human passions by the list'ning ear, continuity, to Messrs. Gladwin and Co.
And aught abstract them, then thy voice,

The first two years of my service were how dear!

rated at nothing, though I was myself • Angels are bright and fair 1'—Their realm of continually rated at great deal. There praise,

had been a verbal understanding between Most excellent and sinless, is the throne

the house and my father, to the indefinite Of Hope. The unions of thy lips can raise, The saddest hearts to that melodious zone,

purport that I should receive, after the And become stars of melody and tone. lapse of that time, a genteel salary. The

event showed, that gentility, with Messrs. The skilful cadence of thy gentle briath, Gladwin and Co., commenced at fifteen

Wrought like the fountain's pearl, invites pounds a year. At least, a check for this Of Angels past the power and shade of death :

amount, (and I thought it a check in a Be this thy portion,--this my happy share,

double sense,) was put into my hands, as Eternal love with 'Angels bright and fair !' a twelvemonth's stipend—though I should


observe that my liberal einployers had the grace, or the policy, to call it a present,

rather than a salary. This species of enCALAMITIES OF A CLERK ;

couragement was admitted, even by pa

ternal consent, to be somewhat in the Communicated by Himself.

low way: but a special arrangement,

thereupon made, ensured to my exertions “ By the world, I recount no fable !"


of the following year, the compliment of twice the above sum; and the firm itself,

of its own accord, proposed, subsequently (Continued from page

that my remuneration should take an anIn this manner did I drudge through nual ascent of ten pounds : by which the first three months of my clerkship, example of arithmetical progression, I being the period during which it had been should have come to be in the receipt, arranged that I should remain - upon when twenty-two years of age, of eighty trial.' I had experienced it to be not pounds per annum. only trial, but punishment at the same After an ample discharge of all the time. I had discovered that a counting- lowest functions of junior clerk, I was at house fag was far worse than a being of length permitted to mount up into the that syllable at schcol ; and under my situation of under book-keeper. In this

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new department, if there was less fatigue Pllustrations of History. of body, there was far more labour of head. "Those only who have practically known the dejection of spirit, and the ge- ASSASSINATION OF BUCKINGHAM neral forfeiture of all healthful feeling, which are produced by long hours of con A few days before the Duke set off on finement to a desk, with the chest nar. his has last expedition, he gave a farewell rowed forwards, and the throbbing head mask and supper, at York-house, to their stooping down over a mass of white paper, Majesties. In the mask the Duke apand a labyrinth of black figures, while a peared followed by Envy with many opendim and melancholy light half excludes mouthed dogs; these represented the the consciousness of day, and seems scarce barkings of the people; they were folwilling to lend itself to the office it looks lowed by Fame and Truth. The courtly so sadly upon ; those only who have been allegory expressed the King's sentiment forced to know this, can fully conceive and the Favourite's sanguine hope. what I now endured. I became a perfect The circumstances of Buckingham'sasmartyr to the dizzing torments of day- sassination have varied in the detail, as book and ledger. The very habits of my they were reported by different persons. occupation became a kind of disease. The The blow was instantaneous—the effect mystical tyranny of arithmetic pursued me immediate-terror and confusion darted through every action and circumstance. among all who saw, and spread to all who If I sought the relief of variety and motion heard. None at first really knew how by undertaking some matter of business the affair happened, or who could be the out of doors, the numerical process haun- assassin. Even the papers discorered in ted me along the streets, and I found my: Felton's hat, Lord Clarendon supposed self for ever making vain calculations, and consisted of a few lines from “ the Refretting my brain with false additions, or monstrance.” Lord Carleton, who was multiplications without result! If I lay himself present, and saved Felton from down at night, and my head exhausted the vengeance of the military, "and itself into sleep, the phantoms of figures, who wrote upon this subject,"is imperfect; preternaturally enlarged, and endowed so careless are the hurried transcriptions in with powers of movement and speech, a moment of agitation. Since then, I have danced in combinations horribly grotesque seen in a collection of autographs, the around me, and mocked me with threats' identical paper, which differs from all prequaint but dreary, for the presumption of ceding ones. It may surprise the curious endeavouring to overcome singly, the reader to be informed that Felton's paper force of numbers ! The feebleness of appears in the Mercure François, literally my health was thus made worse by the translated; so that the French actually strength of hypochondria, while the won- possessed the document in 1628, which ted paleness of my countenance was only never entered into our history till 1825, qualified by a mixture with the saffron when Dr. Lingard first printed it from the hue that is incidental to a bilious habit, original. I notice this circumstance as and is always aggravated by a sedentary one evidence of the authenticity of the course of life.

secret history, often preserved in the To such a thing as this was I reduced— Mercure ; sometimes the production of with enough left of vitality to go on, but Louis XIII. and Cardinal Richelieu. not enough of spirit to complain. To The deputies of La Rochelle had been those who are blessed with inexperience warmly engaged with the Duke in conin these matters, it may seem extraordinary versation : still fearfully suspicious that that “the firm” shound have shewn no he designed to delay the expedition, feeling for my infirmity. But, in a coun. Buckingham shewed them fresh letters, ting-house, health is a commodity of which noticed that the Rochellers had which the fluctuations are very little re- within a few days received a convoy garded, seeing they have no reference to a of provisions, and that fifty head of catcommercial value, and that no amount of tle had entered La Rochelle. They exthe article admits of being carried out into claimed against the intelligance as only a money column. At least this is the case an artifice of the Cardinal's to retard the wherever commerce is pursued with the departure of the fleet. They declared gambling excitement and sharkish avidity that oxen must have wings to fly before that stimulated these my principles, whom they could enter that fated town. Soubise I do not accuse of wanting common hu- joined them, protesting against the Duke's manity, when they overlooked mo wret. trusting to such perfidious intelligence. ched condition, but rather of forgetting The noisy vivacity which the French that virtue in the hurry of business. usaally assume when they would carry

(To be Concluded in our next.) their point, accompanied by strong gesti


culations, induced the bystanders to ima. Hketches of Orators, No. 6. gine that they were speaking to the Duke with great aniinosity. Buckinghain assured them that not a day should be lost; Lysias, the son of Cephalus, the Syrahe was lastening to take his last leave of susan, was one of the ten orators born at the King, who was four miles from Ply. Athens, whither his father had been transmouth. Turning from them, on leaving ported. Two men, greatly renowned for the apartment, he stopped in the passage their learning, the one an orator, and the where Sir Thomas Frier waited !o show other an historian* settled in the colony of him a plan which Buckingham was con Thusios. The first was Lysias, at that sidering with deep attention. This officer time but fifteen years of age; he contiwas a short man. An unseen hand, reach- nued here till he was forty-seven and then ing over his shoulder, struck a knife into returned to Athens, a gracions and polite the left breast of Buckingham ;-it pier. writer and most excellent orator. All the ced the lungs, and was left plunged into citizens of any consideration in Athens, his heart. " Villain!” was the single who still retained a love of liberty, quitted interjection uttered. Yet Buckingham a place reduced to so harsh and shameful had then the fortitude to draw the mur

a slavery, and sought elsewhere an asyderous instrument from his own heart;

lum and a retreat where they might live he would have advanced, as if he meant in safety, Lysias, who had been bato reach the assassin, but staggering, he nished by the Thirty, raised 500 soldiers fell, and was caught up in the arms of at his own expense, and sent them to the his attendant. The Duchess and her sis. aid of the common country of eloquence. ter rushed to the scene of horror-there Before the first year of the 95 Olympiad, lay their loved and ill-fated lord, bathed

Socrates being accused of holding had in his blood. All the predictions, all their opinions in regard to the gods, and of long daily fears , were at length realised corrupting the Athenian youth ; as soon by a single blow from an unknown hand, as the conspiracy broke out, the friends of at a spot and at a moment when it could Socrates prepared for his defence. Lysias have been least dreaded. The assassin brought him an elaborate discourse of his might have escaped detection had he composing, wherein he had set forth the chosen it.

reasons and measures of Socrates in their Thus resolutely engaged in the cause fullest light, and interspersed the whole which the people had so much at heart, with tender and pathetic strokes, capable the blood with which Buckingham would of moving the most obdurate hearts. Sohave sealed it was shed by one of the crates read it with pleasure and approved people themselves, the enterprise designed it very much ;, but as it was more conto retrieve the national honour so long formable to the rules of rhetoric than the tarnished, was perhaps fatally prevented, sentiments and fortitude of a philosopher, and the Protestant cause suffered by the he told him frankly that it did not suit hand of one who imagined himself to him,-upon which®Lysias having asked be, and was blest by nearly the whole how it was possible to be well done, and nation as a patriot. Such are the false at the same time not suit him :-"In the appearances of things in the exaggera

same manner,” said he, using according to tions of popular delusion.

his custom, a vulgar comparison, The hand which struck Buckingham an excellent workman might bring me was not indeed guided by “ a Roman magnificent apparel, or shoes embroiderspirit,” though Felton mistook himself ed with gold, to which nothing would be to be one, and the whole nation imagined wanting on his part, but which, however, him such. In Felton we see a man acting would not fit me."

Quintilian says, from mixed and confused motives. Of

Lysias is subtle and elegant than whom melancholy and solitary habits, and one

you can require nothing more perfect, of the many officers who had brooded for there is not any thing vain, nor any over disappointments both in promotion thing borrowed, being nearer to the pure and arrears of pay, he felt a degree of fountain, than the great wide stream. personal aniinosity towards Buckingham. Dionysius agrees in the same metaphor. With great integrity of truth and honour,

P. he was deservedly known by the nickname of “honest Jack.”. The religious

CUSTOMS OF VARIOUS COUNenthusiasm of the times had deeply possessed his mind; and when “ the Remon

TRIES, (No. XX.) strance" appeared, it acted on his imagi

One of the most extraordinary public nation, as probably on many others—and he believed that the Duke was s one of entertainments of the Neapolitans, is the the foulest monsters on earth."-Israeli's

• Herodotus. Chas. I.

so that


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