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hauled up. Thus the weather conti- weather from lee, when the wind was nued till about half-an-hour past mid- every minute chopping about,) and it night; when suddenly, the water, about poured down the hatchways, which in half-a-mile to leeward of us, became our panic we had omitted to batten convulsed in a manner I can only com- down to the gun deck, in vast quanpare to the boiling and bubbling of an tities. Captain Green perceived that immense furnace, (being at the time on the weight of such continued bodies of deck), with a peculiar and dismal water would, unless speedily checked, whistling of the wind, and two or three overwhelm the ship; and with accents, successive and vivid flashes of light- which poured through the dense atning. Harris's experienced eye im- mosphere, and the raving storm, like mediately perceived, and knew the a warning voice from another world, meaning of this phenomenon. Hastily he exclaimed, “ the hatchways—the ordering the man at the wheel to shift hatch ways-will ye see the ship smothe helm, he snatched up a speaking thered by the water!" His words acttrumpet, and in a voice that rang with ed as an electric shock; the hatches startling effect in the death-like silence secured, and the wreck of the that prevailed throughout the ship, com- fore-top-gallant mast, jib-boom, and tatmanded the watch lo “ let fly erery tered sails, cleared away. But as the thing. " Promptly as he was obeyed, morning advanced, the hurricane waxed the blast anticipated the efforts of the more and more furious, and the ship people. I have witnessed inany con- shook like a disjointed thing, making vulsions of wind and sea, yet I recol- so much water, that the united exerlect none so positively awful as the tions of both pumps could scarcely effect of this squall. It was not that keep it under. The top-gallant mast prolonged gale which may be, in some had already been sent down, and the measure, guarded against, by its equal topmasts lowered to relieve her, but and steady violence ; but it came like with so little effect, that just before the angry flight often thousand demons, daybreak, it was deemed necessary to changing with each shriek-like blast, cut away the main-mast. Slowly and now from the West, then shifting to the sullenly dawned the morning-a poetSouth, the S. W. round again to the ical imagination might have compared West. All this time, the ship tossed the frowning and misty clouds that furiously and franticly amid the whirl- seemed almost to touch the maddened rool of waters, totally unmanageable, and boiling waves, to a pall spread as (if the comparison may be tolerated) over our fathomless and inevitable indued with vitality and phrenzy. The grave. I do not suppose that such a first gust had taken her on her lee- fancy occurred to the minds of our quarter, and shaking her up in the poor tars, but I do know that others wind, she quivered and moaned in equally gloomy did, for their spirits every timber; and, as this died away, and energies now failed them. Some another succeeded, which, filling the retired apart, sullen, silent, and gloomy, sails, urged her furiously through the others loudly bewailed their situation, waves for a moment; but, unable to or franticly rushed to the spirit-room 10 resist its violence, every stitch of can- drown all thought, and to lose all vass burst from the bolt ropes in shat- power of exertion in desperate intoxitered fragments, carrying away the fore cation ; while the few, whom the artop-gallant-mast and jib-boom, with a guments and entreaties of the officers crashing, compared with which the still kept at the pumps, worked with elemental clamour was but as the wail- little spirit, because all hope had deing of a terrified infant.

serted them. Passengers and seamen had rushed Noon, evening, and night again,upon deck in confusion and dismay. and no change in the gloomy aspect of So unexpected and instantaneous had the elements. How we managed to been the bursting of the squall; so keep our miserable bark afoat, is, to changeable and terrific its violence, this day, a miracle to me; but by daythat all were perplexed how to act; break of the second morning, it was and they hurried here and there, or evident that she was fast settling in gazed upon its devastating effects, in the water. I cannot, and I will not unnerved and stupid silence. Mean- attempt to describe the scenes of franwhile, rocked to and fro, a mere log tic and disgusting intoxication our upon the waves, the ship washed in decks presented during this period; the water, forward, abaft, and on each or the base cowardice of the wretches side, (for it is impossible to distinguish (for they deserve not the name of sea

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men) who had thus given way to their ed the influence of the tremendous vilest propensities in the hour of dan- whirlpool our devoted ship formed ger, when it was found necessary to around her as she sank, and hoisted abandon the ship, and have recourse a small sail, rather to keep her head to the only two boats left us,—the to the sea, than from any hope that it launch and a large cutter. Of this would speedily drive us into a hospinumber was the mate (Harris). Much table harbour. The detestable Harris addicted, at all times, to strong liquors, was with us. Stupified, as usual, with he had indulged this horrible appetite liquor, he had appeared to notice or during the hurricane to such extent, contemplate nothing, save the mere methat his passions had becoine inflamed chanical instinct of self-preservation : to a degree little short of insanity.-- but now, lifting his savage and bloodCaptain Green, to do hiin justice, had shot eyes towards the wreck, he exevinced great presence of mind, deci- claimed with a horrid oath : What, sion, and coolness; and on the second desert the ship with all that treasure on morning the quarter-deck then being board ?-by G-d, boys, we'll have a ancle deep in water, and the gale still chest if we die for it! So saying, he at its height) addressed the passengers, endeavoured to snatch the boat's tiller and those of the crew who had stood from the man who held it. by him, and their duty. He represent Alarmed at this frantic action, Amber ed to us, (I, dear B was of the seized his arm, and in a voice of hasty number) what indeed, was but too ap- remonstrance, entreated him to be quiet. parent, the sinking condition of the “And why?" shouted the rusfian, “ I'm ship; adding that though, in taking to your officer, and you shall obey methe boats, we exposed ourselves to a give me the tiller, fellow," he went on, peril scarcely less imminent; yet they “I'll put the boat about in a jiffey.”': might live through the hurricane, and The allusion to the treasure had excitreach the east coast of Madagascar, ored the cupidity of others, as worthless the Isle of France, from both which and drunk as himself, and they appearplaces we could not be far distant. ed inclined to second his phrenzied

His favourable anticipations were purpose; when Amber, plucking a pisexactly conformable to our own wishes; tol from his breast, clapped it to the and we all simultaneously expressed mate's head, swearing that did he preour approbation thereof, and our deter- sume to move a limb, or utler a

a syllable, mination to be guided entirely by him. either should be his death warrant.But getting the boats afloat was a work This close neighbourhood of a loaded of no little time and danger; and be- pistol had the desired effect; the scounfore we had accomplished this, and drel muttered an oath or two, folded deposited in them a few articles of pro- bis brawny arms across his chest, droopvision, the whole of the ship, from the ed his head, and snored aloud. quarter-deck, aft, had settled down, We suspected we were about sixty forming a wide and powerful vortex, leagues to the S. S. E. of the Mauritius, of which the vessel herself was the to which island, it had been resolved centre. Our numbers amounted to upon, that both boats should make the nearly ninety; and though onr boats best of their way, should they unluckily were of considerable magnitude, it lose each other in the night, or otherseemed a miracle if, being so laden, wise. Our's (the cutter) contained no they lived in such a sea and gale. less than thirty individuals, or rather, have no wish to eulogise myself, but, that number were packed into her ; to certainly, Captain Green expressed support whom, we were provided with himself as much gratified by my efforts two small casks of water, containing and coolness, - coolness, and Hugh together near upon sixteen gallons, the Delmore—what a conjunction !- as he same quantity of rum, sixty or eighty was disgusted with Harris's “shame. lbs. of bread, and some pieces of salt ful and beastly conduct;” and, as he beef. All the day through we kept on stepped into the launch, of which he the same course as the launch; the took the direction, he warmly pressed sea momentarily breaking over us, my hand, observing, “ to you, Del so that it required incessant exertion more, and Mr. Amber, (the second mate) to bale out the water from the boat.I confide the safety of these men-no- Towards evening, the wind and sea thing on your parts, will, I am well abated, and a strong southerly breeze aware, be wanting to secure it." enabled us to set more sail. Each of

With infinite difficulty (the boat us took a dram of spirits ; and, deembeing twice all but swamped) we pass- ing the hurricane broken, composed

ourselves as well as we could for the through my veins at his words. I night. The launch shewed a light for strained my eager eyes, in the hopes of a guide; and thus matters remained catching the wished for object-alas! until about two hours before dawn. nothing could I see but the blue vanlt Then the wind died away into a dismal of heaven above, and the false and smilmoaning; and the sea heaved and rock- ing sea beneath, its extreme verge dotted ed, yet not a single ripple broke into by a few light and feathery clouds. foam. With daylight, the gale again Amber saw the disappointed and dejectburst forth, though it now came steadily ed expression of my features, and he from the South ; the first blast carrying repeated, louder and more vehemently, away the boat's mast, and sweeping “ I tell you it is ; I see it now, plainer four of our wretched number into the and plainer ?” Harris caught the exinexorable waves. We saw the launch pression and its import. He eagerly close upon us, and she appeared to fare enquired, “Where, where?". To speak as ill as ourselves. In the course of truth, the fellow was an admirable seathe day, however, she disappeared; and man, and had a hawk's eye to discover her probable fate increased the appre- and make out any visible object: he now hensions as to our own. The sea wa- glanced round the horizon; and the ter had so thorougbly saturated the result of his observation was commubread, that it was too nauseous even nicated in a manner peculiarly characfor our famished stomachs, and we teristic of the man. Ile slapped his cast it aside in disgust. Shivering, hand on his thigh, and with a tremenwet, and abandoned by hope, the men, dous oath, muttered, “ If that's not a at first, murmured at Amber's firm re- sail, I'm no man!” fusal to their repeated demands for And now the tumult of dread and apliquor, and at length endeavoured to prehension, lest the stranger should not possess themselves of the casks con- observe, and come to our rescue, was taining it by force. Aware of the fatal almost as agonizing as onr previous sufconsequences that would probably re- ferings. One, two, three hours passed, sult from such an indulgence, this no- and still she remained a speck on the ble young man (and he deserves the verge of the horizon. We tore away a epithet) calling npon a few, on whom portion of the boat's planks, and fastenhe could yet depend, to assist him, ing them rudely together, spread thereon started the contents of one cask into a tattered fragment of the sail ; but this the sea, while he declared his determi- poor substitute seemed to mock our eager nation to defend with his life the re- wishes--distant, distant, hopeless, hopemainder for their urgent and necessary less appeared our chance of succour! wants. Harris would have offered At length she became more and more some sulky resistance, but Amber's sig- distinct--we made out her masts-her nificant appeal to his pistols silenced hull rose upon the water-she saw us him ;-we had no more murmuring on-she made sail towards us ! this head, or if there had been, it was inaudible, and therefore harmless.

Before nightfall

, we were picked up On the sixth morning the sun arose by the schooner Flor del Mar, diswith hope inspiring cheerfulness, and a patched from the Isle of France to seek mild easterly breeze just agitated the us. The launch, with the Captain and broad bosom of the deep. Twelve of his people, had reached that place on our number had perished, and so utterly the third day after abandoning the prostrate were the energies of the sur wreck.

H. D. vivors, that they clung to the wretched planks, callously indifferent as to their

Snatches from Oblivion. fate. Sail, or oar, or compass, we had

Out of the old fields cometh the new cora. none, or had we, so wild and irregular

SIR E. CUKE. had been our course during the gale, (As we have given, in another part of our that we knew not where we were, save number, a specimen of the airy and elegant amid the wide extended desarts of the Lyric Effusions of Nicholas Breton, a writer

of no inconsiderable capability, and an ornaIndian ocean, or in what direction to

ment of the Elizabethan age, we cannot resteer. But as the sun went down, Amber, frain from introducing a spice of his rare and who had been anxiously on the watch exceedingly humorous prose works, trusting all the day through, touched my arm

that they will prove far from unacceptable.

The portraits chosen by us are from the convulsively, exclaiming, in a hurried I lack side of our author's book, which bears whisper, “ Look over the quarter, Del the quaint title of “ The Good and The more, is it not a sail?"

Badde, or Descriptions of the Worthies My stagnant blood rushed in torrents

and Unworthics of the Age, London, 1616,

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King John, with the King's head in a An usurer is a figure of misery, wlio triangle, which he supposed representhath made himself a slave to his money; ed a harp. Another author versed in his eye is closed from pity, and his hand the history of coins, says from this trifrom charity, his ear from compassion, angle, perhaps, proceeded the arms of and his heart from pity; while he lives Ireland. The first harp figured on coins he is the hate of a Christian, and when was on those of our eighth Harry, and he dies he goes with horror to perdition; it has been continued ever since. Mr. his study is sparing, and his care is Vallancy writes in the preface to his getting; his fear is wanting, and his Irish Grammar, “ Apollo Grian or Beal death is losing; his diet is either faste was the principal god of the Irish, and ing, or poor fare, his clothing the hang- from the harp being sacred to him, we man's wardrobe, his house the recep- may discern why that instrument is the tacle for thievery, and his niusic the armorial insignia of Ireland.” Sir James chinking of his money: he is a kind of Ware, speaking of the music of the canker that, with the teeth of interest, Irish, says, “Nor can I upon this occaeats the heart of the poor, and a venom- sion forbear to mention, that the arms ous fiy, that sucks out the blood of any peculiar to Ireland, or which have for flesh that he lights on. In sum, he is a some ages at least been attributed to it, servant of dross, a slave to misery, an are a harp.” Drayton, the author of agent for hell, and a devil in the world. Poly-Olbion, speaks of it thus:

The Irish ( admire,

And still cleave to that lyre, A beggar is the child of idleness,

As our musicke's mother; whose life is a resolution of ease; his

And thinke, till I expire,

Appollo's such another. travel is most on the highways, and his from this it seems as if in the poet's rendezvous is commonly in an alehouse: time some tradition had been, that the his study is to counterfeit impotency, Irish were formerly famous for their and his practice to couzen simplicity of charity; the juice of the malt is the music; which might have given rise to

the arms. liquor of his life, and at bed and board a louse is his companion : he fears no Review of New Books. such enemy as a constable, and being acquainted with the stocks, must visit The Economy of the Hands, Feet, and them as he goes by them: he is a drone Toes. By an old Army Surgeon. that feeds upon the labours of the bee, Pp. 130. Effingham Wilson. and unhappily begotten, that is born for

We are informed that the whole of no goodness; his staff and his scrip are

the first edition of this little work was his walking furniture, and what he lacks sold in the course of a few weeks. The in meat he will have out in drink: he present impression has been carefully is a kind of caterpillar that spoils much revised and corrected, and now congood fruit, and an unprofitable creature tains a number of useful receipts for to live in a commonwealth: he is seldom the cure of those annoyances to the pehandsome, and often noisesome; always destrian,-corns and bunions, as well as troublesome, and never welcome: he all cutaneous eruptions. The very low prays for all, and preys upon all; be- price at which it is published prevents gins with blessing, but ends with cursing:

our extracting a few of the recipes, if he have a licence, he shews it with a grace, but if he have none, he is subo many of which we can vouch for ; but

we cannot refrain from taking the folmissive to the ground: sometimes he is lowing particulars, which show the au, a thief, but always a rogue, and in the thor to be a man of some learning and nature of his profession the shame of

research. humanity. In sum, he is commonly treatment of the hands.

It preceds the rules for the begot in a bush, born in a barn, lives in a highway, and dies in a ditch. CURIOUS PARTICULARS RELATIVE TO


“Gloves have obtained by some a very early origin, from the supposition that

they are mentioned in the 109th Psalm, For the Olio.

where the royal prophet declares, he Regarding this emblem of ould Ire- will cast his shoe over Edom.' They land, Bishop Nicolson states, in his go still higher, imagining them to be Irish Historical Library, that coins used in the time of the Judges, (Ruth, were struck in 1210, in the reign of iv. 7) where it is said, it was the custom


for a man to take off his shoe, and to the beginning of the ninth century, the give it to his neighbour as a token of use of gloves was become so universal, redeeming or exchanging any thing. that even the church thought a regulaWe are informed that the word in the tion in that part of dress necessary. In two texts, which is usually translated the reign of Louis le Debonnaire, the shoe, is by the Chaldee Paraphrast in Council of Aix ordered that the monks the latter, rendered glove.

should only wear gloves made of sheep“ Casaubon is of opinion that gloves skin. That time has made alterations were worn by the Chaldeans, because in the form of this, as in all other apthe word here mentioned is in the Tal- parel, appears from the old pictures and mud Lexicon explained the clothing monuments. of the hand.' But it must be confessed “ Independent of covering the hand, that all these are mere conjectures, and gloves have been employed on several that the Chaldean Paraphrast has taken great and solemn occasions; as in the an unwarrantable liberty with the ver ceremony of investitures, in bestowing sion,

lands, or in conferring dignities. “Let us then be content to commence “Giving possession by the delivery the origin of gloves with Xenophon, of a glove, prevailed in several parts of who gives a clear and distinct account Christendom in later ages. In the year of them. Speaking of the manners of 1002, the bishops of Paderborn and the Persians, he gives as a proof of their Moncerco were put into possession of effeminacy—that, not satisfied with co- their sees by receiving a glove. This vering their head and their feet, they was thought so essential a part of the also guarded their hands against the episcopal habit, that some Abbots in cold with thick gloves. Ilomer, speak- France, presuming to wear gloves, the ing of Laertes at work in his garden, council of Poictiers interposed in the represents him with gloves on his affair, and forbade them the use of them hands, to secure them from the thorns.' on the same footing with rings and sonVarro, an ancient writer, is an evidence dals, as being peculiar to bishops. in favour of their antiquity among the “ Monsieur Favin observes, that the Romans. In lib. ii. cap. 35, de Re custom of blessing gloves at the coroRustica, he says, that olives gathered nation of the kings of France, which by the naked hand, are preferable to still subsists, is a relic of the eastern those gathered with gloves. Athenæus practice of investiture by the glove. A speaks of a celebrated glutton, who remarkable instance of this ceremony came to table with gloves on his hands, is recorded in the German history. The that he might be able to handle and eat unfortunate Conraddin was deprived of the meat while hot, and devour more his crown and his life by the usurper than the rest of the company: knives Mainpoy. When having ascended the and forks, of course, at that time were scaffold, the injured prince lamented not invented.

his hard fate, he asserted his right to “ These authorities go to prove that the crown, and, as a token of investithe ancients were not strangers to gloves, ture, threw his glove among the crowd, though, perhaps, their use might not be begging it might be conveyed to some So common as among us.

When the of his relations, who should revenge ancient severity of manners declined, his death. It was taken up by a knight, the use of gloves prevailed among the who brought it to Peter, king of ArraRomans, but not without some opposi- gon, who was afterwards crowned at tion from the philosophers. Musonius, Palermo. As the delivery of gloves a philosopher, who lived at the close of was once a part of the ceremony of givthe first century of christianity, among ing possession, so the depriving a perother invectives against the corruptions son of them was a mark of divesting him of the age, says, “it is a shame that per- of his office, and of degrading him. sons in perfect health should clothe Andrew Herkley, earl of Carlisle, was, their hands and feet with soft hairy in the reign of Edward the Second, imcoverings.' Their convenience, how- peached of holding a correspondence ever, soon made their use general. with the Scots, and condemned to die as Pliny the younger informs us, in his a traitor. Walsingham, relating other account of his uncle's journey to Vesu- circumstances of his degradation, says, vius, that his secretary sat by him, ready "his spurs were cut off with a hatchet, to write down whatever occurred re and his gloves and shoes were taken markable ; and that he had gloves on off,' &c. his hads, that the coldness of the wea “ Another use of gloves was in a duel, ther might not impede his business. In on which occasion he who threw one

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