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the bed of death poor William sent for common size. He was more feared the surgeon, and communicated the fol- than respected by the settlers, who lowing secret :-“ When you see my would most likely have chosen another master, tell him that I remembered his had they been consulted; but he was kindness to me to the last moment of not deficient in personal courage, though my life," and uncovering the bosom, he wanted skill to direct it. The preplainly discovered that the sailor boy sent emergency, however, prevented all was a woman !

disunion or expostulation. The orders The surgeon, who was afterwards re- he gave, to collect all the arms the vilmoved to the Investigator, came on board lage afforded, was pronuptly obeyed, and the Juno to communicate these particu- the people before sunset were busily lars; many officers now living can attest at work making ramparts with earth the truth of this. Capt. Patrick Camp- and trunks of trees, which the woodsbell was at Sheerness at the time; he men do with great fecility. The next now commands the Britannia, and can morning again smiled on them at work, vouch for the fact here related. Lieut. and before the evening closed the vilHumphreys is now an old post-captain lage was well surrounded, and all of twenty-seven years standing, and seemed to be secure; only the cry of declares most solemnly that he never for the night-hawk, and the whispers of the a moment suspected the circumstance; anxious villagers disturbed the solemhe was certainly kind to his servant, nity of the woods. In the morning they because the attention and assiduity of resumed their preparations, they felled the servant merited all the master could all the nearest trees, and arranged do in return; of course Lieut. H. never them in such a manner that the enemy would have permitted the poor girl to go could only approach by one way, at to an hospital-ship amongst men, had which the best marksmen were stationshe revealed the secret to him.

ed. The rest were placed behind the United Serv. Jour. ramparts to fire, if the enemy attempt

ed to mount them. The day, however, CHEROCKEE*:

was not destined to pass as the former,

for towards noon the silent forest was Continued from p. 260.

disturbed by the bugles of the French,

who soon made their appearance on Upon which, bidding them adieu, Che, the open area round the village, which rockee hastily left them, and disappeared had been made both to strengthen the in the thickeis of the wood. The settlers fort and that the trees might afford no had in the mean time returned to their shelter. The leader of the French, employments, and the settlement again however, was not a person to be easily assumed its' wonted appearance; but daunted by appearances; he ordered it would be out of the course of things his men to try the villagers' courage for prosperity to last for ever, and in by a volley, which produced no other this case there was no exception; for effect than a loud laugh, followed by a hardly had the people recovered from discharge in return, which brought their former alarm, when they were down several of the enemy, and obliged again put in cominotion by the appear- them to retire for that time; but about ance of an Indian messenger, sent by midnight, the sentinel who was nearest Cherockee, to inform Noah that a party the point where the enemy were biof French'intended to cross the moun- vouacing, fancied he heard the rustling tains, and would most likely molest of leaves as if moved by the force of a them if they arrived in safety. And flock of deer, or a body of men coming therefore advised them to make prepa- slowly and with great caution through rations for the worst. The instant them. He again listened, and again Noah received this intelligence, he sent hearing it, he thought it his duty, as Amidab to inform the governor and their foes were so near, to alarm the other settlers (who were by this time

men by the report of his gun, and he assembled in a crowd before the door

was not a moment too soon, for hardly of his hut) that the enemy intended to had be drawn the trigger when he found cross the mountains, and begged to himself wounded by an arrow in the know what measures he would adopt shoulder, which was most likely aimed on the occasion.

at his heart. The person to whom this message

The besieged were now all in mowas sent was a strong-built man, rather tion; the wood seemed alive with men, past the prime of life, and below the shouts arose from every quarter, but • Fraser's Mag.

all lesser din was drowned in the noise

For the Olio.

of the murderous rifles. The enemy rejected, as impracticable, and still he rushed with great daring, close up to could propose nothing better. Now the ramparts, which they endeavoured what is your opinion, shall we starve, to mount, but were repulsed with great surrender, or risk the lives of a few loss by the determined valour of the men? I offered to take the command, defendants, among whom Amidab shone as I did not like to propose a scheme conspicuous, but was latterly slightly in which I would not risk myself.” wounded; he had, however, the satis “For my part,” replied Amidab, “I faction, as he was being carried away, think the governor should submit the of seeing the enemy retreat in great case to a council, composed of the eldest disorder. If the conflict was bloody and most experienced of the settlers ; where he was, it was nothing in com- at the same time I regard the subject as parison, of the slaughter which took one which will admit of no consideraplace at the avenue, which had been tion whatever. We must not starve, inade in the trees, where the French and it is our duty not to surrender; captain himself led the assault; thrice therefore, in spite of my wound, I will was he driven backward, and yet he go to the commandant, and prove to persevered so resolutely, that the be- him the necessity of undertaking what sieged thought he would eventually you suggest.” This he said with great gain it; but his bravery and the cou- earnestness and warmth. rage of his men were useless, for they “Be you still, and I will try him were obliged to retire, leaving a high again," said Noah; and so saying, he mound of their dead behind them, while quitted the hut, and hastened to the gothe besieged had only seven killed and vernor, whom he found at his door, twelve wounded.

sitting on the stomp of a tree, discona The darkness was now giving way solately reading an old religious book. to the rising sun, and as the shades

To be continued. disappeared, it was dreadful to belold the extent of the slaughter. The French, defeated and driven back, were actuated COMMENTS OF A READER.—No. 2. by the spirit of revenge, and, instead of admiring the valour of their enemies, became only eager to punish them. Having reposed themselves, in THE SKETCH BOOK OP GEOFFREY stea of renewing the attack, they be

CRAYON, GENT. gan to make banks to protect themselves the force of his own merit makes his way. from the shots of the English. In the mean time, Noah, seated by the side of his friend, was asked by him

Great were the difficulties, and al“What is it that disturbs you ? are most insurmountable the prejudices, you likewise hurt?”

with which the writer of the Sketch “ No, Amidab, it is because all this Book had to contend, before he could bravery of our men is of no avail, for bask in the cheerful sunshine of public we must surrender for want of provi- approbation. As the native of a foreim sions."

shore--the rival of a sea-girt land, this "I hope not,” replied Amidab, " for candidate for literary laurels was natuI should grudge to have received this rally viewed with a somewhat jealous wound in vain, or that so many gallant eye: he entered ainong us a stranger, fellows should have lost their lives in and wrote of a country with which we vain ; besides, I do not expect we shall should suppose him unacquainted, or receive quarter if we do surrender.” rather incompetent to touch on those

“That, too, is my opinion ; and if peculiar customs and manners which he the governor would be ruled by me, he has introduced. The subjects, also, of would hold out as long as a man re- his selection are trite, common-place, mained, for I think they have got a and, on first sight, but liule calculated party of Indians with them, against either to interest or amuse. The work whose nature it would be to give quar- originally appeared at New York, in ter ; on the other hand if we hold ont, separate numbers, each containing four we have nothing but starvation staring essays, and obtained a circulation and us in the face. I did propose to the celebrity unknown in the literary ancommandant to send out a party who nals of that great and kindred country. should make their way, it possible, On their republication in England, through the enemy, and endeavour tó Black wood invited attention to this unobtain some provisions; but which he assuming volune; otherwise ii is p:0

SHAXSPEARE.

cannot re

bable Geoffrey Crayon would have Natices of New Boaks. passed unheeded among the million who are daily striving for the wreath of po- Narratire of the French Rerolution pularity. A copy of the second num

in 1830; accompunied by State ber was transmitted to the author of the

Papers and Documents. 12mo, pp. wild and powerful novel of Caleb Wil

401. Paris, Galignani, and R. T. liams; it was returned the next day,

Kennett, London. with a note, from which the following sentence is quoted : “I have great plea We are given to understand that this sure in giving my opinion of the essays account of the late memorable struggles you have sent me; each is entitled to an of the French people, and their resistappropriate praise ; taken throughout, ance to the tyrannical and oppressive it is a work which I scarcely know a acts of Charles the Tenth, and his weak living Englishman who could have and pusillanimous ministers, which written it. The essay entitled Rural took place on the miracolous 26th, 27th, Life in England, pleases me most." and 28th of July last, is by the Rev.C. It is gratifying to see such sentiments C. Colton, the author of that clever perelicited from one highly gifted child of formance, “ Lacon, or Many Things in genius to another, but they are senti- Few Words.”—In all ages, the rising ments in which every one must concur. of a nation in defence of their liberties, The materiel of his sketches is remark- against arbitrary and despotic power, ably slight; the narratives are far from has formed a bright page in history; wonderful; and the incidents trifling in and, perhaps, the events here so satisthe extreme. To what, then, must be factorily, so ably, and so impartially attributed the pleasure, the delight narrated by an author too well known which is experienced in their perusal? to need eulogy from us, may be proTo the beautiful simplicity, the grace- nounced the brightest. It would be ful ease, the exquisite pathos in which a work of supererogation, at this late they are introduced. The Bride of the period, to attempt to analize the yoVillage, a tale of loveliness and feeling lume ; nevertheless, we may challenge competition with any frain from recording in our columns a thing of the kind in the English lan- string of anecdotes, which portray the guage. In his sketches of character he glorious devotion of a people to a just is peculiarly happy-we recognize in cause--their invincible courage and them the writer of nature and truth. magnanimity. As distinguishing traits They may be said to be hit off rather of national character they are valuable, than written—they bring our feelings, and did they not breathe a love of freeour thoughts, our daily experience dom, we should on that account give close under view. Few can peruse them a place here. without emotion the other gems that “A circumstance but little known, sparkle in the volume--who has risen and which proves that for some time the without offering a tear to the shrine of ministry took its measures for the coup maternal feeling, after reading the d'etat which ruined them as well as Widow and her son ?-who has not their master, is, that towards the end chuckled over the misfortunes of Rip of June, while a party of the old Body Van Winkle commiserated the un- Guards were at dinner at St. Cloud, it happy fate of Ichabod, the schoolmaster was announced, that their pay would be -laughed at the merry sprees of Brom increased by 200fr. from the first of July. Van Brun-glowed at the noble traits One of the company exclaimed, ' The of heroism displayed by the aboriginal hour for striking the blohas at last Indians and finally, closed the volume arrived-our pay is raised.' an improved and better man? As the “At the cominencement of the popular book has been long before the public, ebullition on Monday, the 26th, the Paand its merits having been duly appre- lais Royal was thronged by men mounted ciated, I shall decline producing quota- upon chairs, surrounded by dense groups tions ; suffice it to observe, in conclu- of listeners, who were attentively hearsion, that a foreigner has effected more ing the obnoxious Ordinances read to towards enriching the literature of the them. A gendarme, in the act of disland of his forefathers than any native mounting one ofthese orators, exclaimer writer during the last half century. Get about your business — you are

H. INCE. sowing discord among the people. The

individual, holding up the Ordinance to the view of the man in ofice, replied, "I am only blowing the trumpet-if you

dislike the notes, settle the matter with " The ex-gendarnierie in general disthose who composed the music.'

tinguished themselves by their hostility “ When the people were occupied in against the people. Justice demands breaking the lamps, a bourgeois, thrust- our notice of an exception to this rule. ing his head out of a neighbouring One of this body of men, having put on window, called out, ' Halloa there! the uniform of the National Guard, what in the name of heaven are you all fought for six hours in the neighbourabout?' Some one replied from the hood of the Porte Saint Martin, where crowd, 'We are putting the capital in eleven of the Royal Guard fell from the darkness in order to enlighten the precision of his aim. Being offered Court.' At the same period, a man was wine or brandy as a refreshment, he in the act of throwing at that placed refused it, saying, “ A true Frenchman under the gateway of the house occupied fights best fasting. He is more calm by the Marquis de Pastoret before he and cool. He was so fortunate as to became Chancellor, when one of his escape unwounded. associates said, 'Stop, let us leave that; “A labourer, working under a burnit belongs to a house where bread is ing sun on one of the barricades, in the distributed to the poor throughout the Rue Faubourg Montmartre, was asked winter.' The lamp was left untouched. to refresh himself with meat and wine

“ During the evening of Tuesday, at the ambulance, established by Dr. while the performance of Leocadie was Samuel. No, Sir,' replied the poor going on at the Comic Opera (for the fellow, 'my brother was killed yesterTheatres were not closed, though the day under the pillars of Les Halles, and contrary has been asserted), a man en I have sworn to eat nothing but bread, tered, and exclaimed with a loud voice, and drink nothing but water, until í * They are firing upon our brothers in have had my revenge.' the streets.' The theatre was imme “.A servant named Jules earned a diately deserted by the whole of the civic crown, by saving the life of a ciaudience.

tizen. A soldier of the Garde Royale “On Wednesday morning, a hundred being surrounded by the people in the young men, headed by M. Petit-Jean, height of their fury, would have fallen of the Parisian bar, together with some beneath their vengeance, when this students and printers, forced the door brave fellow, who had fought the royal leading to the towers of Notre Dame, troops the whole day with the greatest mounted their heights, and threw down courage, threw himself into the arms of the white flag into the square, where it the soldier, exclaiming, 'He is my was torn into a thousand pieces. A brother! you shall do him no injury. ' collection was made by these spirited He was a stranger to him! young citizens to buy the national co “ M. Alexandre Lefebvre, who comlours, and in a few minutes two superb manded the post established in the Rue flags were made at a milliner's in the des Martyrs, discovered among his party neighbourhood. One was displayed a young woman in male attire, armed upon the tower in place of its former with a sword and a brace of pistols. He occupant, and the other over the clock, endeavoured to impress upon her the amid the acclamations of the spectators, danger to which she was exposed. She who greeted them with repeated shouts. replied— I have no children: there is

“ In the course of Wednesday, Messrs. my husband, into whose feelings I enter; Gauja, responsible director of the Na- I am close to him, and will die with tional, and Arrago, director of the Vau- him if necessary.' deville, proceeded to the Faubourg St. “The keeper of a wine-shop, in the Germain, for the purpose of assisting Rue des Canettes, received a ball, which, in the glorious struggle, followed by a passing through his breast, lodged near multitude, loudly demanding arms. his shoulder. When it was extracted, Having forced admission to the shop of he took up the ball, and kissing it, said, a gunsmith, these gentlemen engaged by Carry it to my wife, and tell her that their signatures to pay the proprietor I die for my dear country.' In an hour the sum of 1800 francs, the amount at after his prognostic was verified. which he estimated the arms contained “ The Princess de Polignac arrived in his shop, and immediately distributed on Wednesday morning at Versailles, to the brave fellows who had accom on her return from her country-seat at panied them the muskels, pistols, &c. Millemont. Her carriage was stopped, found on the premises. Such acts are and a workman, approaching the door, worthy of being recorded; it is not the said to her, pointing to the people in first time that M. Gauja has made a sa- arms, ‘See to what a state your husband crilice in the cause of liberty,

THE OPENING OF THE TOMB OF

CHARLEMAGNE.

pp. 276.

has brought us ; but never mind, go on; Of the poetry we may say that it is we will not revenge ourselves on wo as good, on the average, as that of any men.”—The carriage proceeded without preceding year. Mrs. Norton's pieces further obstacle.

are energetic and apposite. Mr. Praed “ During the attack on the Hotel de we have seen to better advantage; as Ville, when the banks of the Seine also Dr. Bowring. T. K. Hervey, echoed with discharges of cannon and whose muse, we opine, never imbibes musketry, an elderly humorist was seen the poppy potion of dulness, is as with great tranquillity fishing near the charming as ever. But we must desbaths of Vigier. On being advised to patch, for the engravings await the fiat relinquish his sport on that day at least, of our criticism. Vide under the head he coolly remarked, “ They are making Fine Arts. Take, then, complaisant such a cursed noise yonder, that the reader, its shortness constituting its very fish are frightened ; I have not had eligibility for insertion, a bite these two hours !'"

With the above extracts from this very valuable addition to the annals of

By Sir Aubrey de Vere, Bart. France, we take our leave of Mr. Col

Amid the torch-lit gloom of Auchen's. aisle ton's well written volume.

Stood Otho, Germany's imperial lord,

Regarding, with a melancholy smile, The Gem; a Literary Annual fur 1831.

A simple stone, where, fitly to record

A world of action by a single word, London : Marshall, Holborn Bars.

Was graven “ Carlo-Magno." Regal style

Was needed none: that name such thoughts The Annuals are upon us ere our

restored editorial pen is pointed for its task; They rollå ihe marble back-with sudden gasp

As sailden, yet make nobler men the while. and we are suddenly called upon to A moment o'er the vault the Kaiser bent, prepare for the potent office of pass

Where still a mortal monarch seem'd to

reign : ing opinions on their endearing con.

Crown'd on his throne, a sceptre in his grasp, tents, ere the tardy Ceres of 1880 has

Perfect in each gigantic lineamentgathered in her sheaves. So hasty a Otho look'd face to face on Charlemagne. reprisal, however, is quite compensated We trace, on reverting to the prose, for by its agreeableness; and at the call the elegant pen of T. Roscoe, Esq. The we cheerfully postpone our immediate author of “May You Like It,” has a inspection of "new works,”-the turn Fragment from the Story of Lady ing over the leaves of the “ National Russell,” of enchaining interest; and, Library,"—the weary communings with altogether, the prosaic portion is worthy the pages of the ' Cabinet Cyclopædia,' of the high character this Annual has -the drudging search for lighter matter hitherto sustained. in the columns of our magazines,-to We have said enough to convince the bid a hearty welcome to the lyre and readers of “ The Olio" of our “golden the graver.

opinions of “ The Gem for 1831." The Temptingly arrayed in its robe of editor (the son, we believe, of a late silk and gold, “ The Gem” is the first dissenting minister, eminent for his of the London Annuals to make its ap- literary attainments) has got up a pearance ; and truly its priority of pub- delightful book, worthy of the highest licity would seem to be accompanied praise, and we have little doubt but by priority of interest. Amongst a host that his tasteful efforts will receive of contributors, we recognize “ the old patronage commensurate with their rich familiar faces” of Bernard Barton, the deserving. Rev. T. Dale, T. K. Hervey, Dr. Bowring, Archdeacon Wrangham, W. M.

Fine Arts. Praed, John Malcolm, and Miss Mitford. Other contributors are: Sir Au- Illustrations of the Gem for 1831. brey de Vere, the Hon. Mrs. Norton, the author of “The Castilian,” John sidered the literary contents of The

Having in the foregoing article conCarne, Esq., the author of “May You Gem,” we shall now proceed to notice Like It,"' and William and Mary the quality of its pictorial embelHowitt.' The tales are all original, and lishments, which, upon the whole, most of them excellent. Of the “Brother's Revenge,"

are of a high order, and deserving of we are enabled to

much commendation. To begin with speak commendably, it a finely con

the beginning, we commence with ceived and nervously written narrative.

a Vittoria Colonna," painted by Colin, “The Bleeding Hand” is likewise excellent," as is also “ The Bloodhound."

* Aix-la-Chapelle.

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