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urged all that could be urged to mitigate ven in beseeching misery, and his head her suffering, and he conjured her to at length sunk on his breast. find consolation in the precepts he had 6. Hard-hearted, bad man !” said a taught her from her cradle. His coun- tall, grey-headed old gentleman, pushtenance was calm and almost cheerful, ing aside the apoplectic, plethoric mauntil her fit of insensibility. As he gistrate, and advancing io the culprit. pressed her to his heart, his face was “Mr. Desfield, I am old and childless · strongly agitated ; but when they un--fortune has just deprived me of the clasped his arms, and took her from fondling of my old age the comfort of him, his features were convulsed-he my gray hairs. I will be to your orlooked after her with a wild stare, and phan as a father, and my wife shall falling on the side of his iron bedstead, take her to her bosom. O no! God he wept long and piteously, with his cannot persecute the innocent, the face hid in his hands, and supported young and fatherless !" between his knees. The bold, bad man “And God will be your judge, and ----the iron-hearted criminal was, with reward you," earnestly replied the crihis child, as fond and as weak as child- minal, falling on his knees, and weephood. The scene was too painful to ing over the old man's hand, which be witnessed by any possessed of feel- he pressed to his lips. One sigh seeming; and recalled to memory even now, ed to tear his bosom as he rose from the it harrows every sense, and cannot be ground He turned to the executioner endured.
with perfect composure, was secured, But for the crime for which he suffer- and led to the scaffold, ed, Desfield's conduct throughout the I thank the God of mercies for my last scenes of his existence, would have child's safety,” said the culprit, as the afforded a deep impression of philoso- drop fell. The rope stranded with his phic grandeur.
weight, and was broke by his struggle. The concourse of people to witness He was placed apparently dead in a his execution was immense ; and the chair, but as he gradually revived, he Press Room, as it is called, was full of stared around with wildness, as yet unthe gentry ofthe neighbouring counties, conscious whether he had not awoke in with several public characters, attract the other life. ed from London by the extraordinary “Why put me to unnecessary pain,”. circumstances of the case.
he at last faintly said to the sheriff. The The solemn dignified composure and cause was explained, and the miserable strong reasoning powers of the culprit, man was supported in the chair, whilst left bim as the jailor advanced to se- they sent into the town for another cure his wrists. Clasping his hands to
cord. gether, he exclaimed with a voice and As they placed this more fatal instrumanner which struck every person ment on bis neck, he again spoke feebly with terror, “In the name of God, i to the sheriff. “ I entreat you, sir, to implore you not to let my crimes or fate conceal this accident, if possible, from produce unkindness or neglect towards my Emily: do not afflict the poor child my poor child: she was ignorant of
with a knowledge that her father sufcourse of life, and my guilt made me
fered such an unusual affliction.' more careful of her spotless purity of
The last office of the law was again mind. I see around me the richest gen
inflicted, - and the sorrows for his tlemen of the county—have mercy-be daughter ceased. charitable! Oh! there are fathers among you, and will none soothe a fa
When first we enter a crowd, there is ther's last agony, which implores pro- little to be done but to push on through tection to the orphan-the helpless, in- those before us, while our limbs are nocent victim of his errors?"
fresh and our spirits high; but we soon “You have confessed nothing, you re- feel that multitudes are gathering bepelled our faith, and refused all the hind us, and that the inost we can hope, rites of our holy religion, and the Lord with probability of success, is to mainvisits the sins of the father upon the tain our ground in advance of the new children, to the third and fourth genera
And thus it is in a literary tion.”
life. We set out with a view of overA thrill of horror, an involuntary taking our forerunners in the chace ! shuddering was felt by every person, but eventually find it sufficiently toilas a clerical magistrate thus insulted
some to preserve our advantage over and tortured the dying man. Poor Des- those youthful competitors who are mofield trembled, and cast his eyes to hea- mently threatening to outstrip us.
LOVE'S LITTLE FINGER.
The ABORIGINES ON THE NORTHERN Was with love's little finger made,
Coasts of AMERICA.—As soon as MaAnd by the sweet impression there
tonabbee and his party gained the banks Its wondrous softness is betray'd.
of the river, three spies were sent out
to discover' whether any Esquimaux Science and Art.
were in the neighbourhood. After a
short absence they returned with intelENGLISH Porcelain.—The first ma- ligence that they had seen five tents, nufactories of porcelain in England about twelve miles distant on the west were those at Bow, and at Chelsea, near
side of the river. All was now warlike London. In these, however, nothing preparation; the guns, knives, and but soft porcelain was made. This was spears, were carefully examined ; and a mixture of white clay and fine white
as they learned that the nature of the sand from Alum bap, in the Isle of ground would render it easy to advance Wight, to which such a proportion of unperceived, it was determined to steal pounded glass was added as, without upon their victims in this manner, and causing the ware to soften so as to lose put them to death. This plan was exeits form, would give it, when exposed to
cuted with the most savage exactness; a full red heat, a semi-transparency re and nothing could present a more dreadsembling that of the fine porcelain of ful view of human nature in its unenChina. The Chelsea ware, besides lightened state, than the perfect unanibearing a very imperfect similarity in mity, of purpose which pervaded the body to the Chinese, admitted only of a whole body of Indians upon this horrid very fusible lead glaze; and in the occasion, although at other times they taste of its patterns, and in the style of were in no respect amenable to discitheir execution, stood as low perhaps pline. “ Each man first painted his as any on the list. The china works tarret, some with a representation of at Derby come the next in date; then the sun, others of the moon, and several those of Worcester established in 1751; with the pictures of beasts and birds of and the most modern are those of Coal- prey, or of imaginary beings, which port, in Shropshire; of the neighbour- they affirmed to be the inhabitants of hood of Newcastle in Staffordshire, and the elements, upon whose assistance in other parts of that county. The por- they relied for success in their entercelain clay used at present in all the prise. They then moved with the utEnglish works is obtained in Cornwall, most stealth in the direction of the tents, by pounding and washing over the gray taking care not to cross any of the hills disintegrated granite which occurs in which concealed their approach. It several parts of that county; by this was a miserable circumstance that these means the quartz and mica are got rid poor creatures had taken up their abode of, and the clay resnlling from the de- in such ground that their enemies, withcomposition of the felspar is procured out being observed, formed an ambusin the form of a wbite, somewhat cade not 200 yards distant, and lay for gritty powder. This clay is not fusible some time watching the motions of the by the highest heat of our furnaces, Esquimaux, as if marking their victims. though the felspar, from the decomposi- Here the last preparations for the attack tion of which it is derived, forms a
were made: the Indians tied up their spongy milk-white glass, or enamel, at long black hair in a knot behind, lest it a low white heat. But felspar, when should be blown in their eyes; painted decomposed by the percolation of water, their faces black and red, which gave while it forms a constituent of granite,
them a hideous aspect; deliberately loses the potash, which is one of its in- tucked up the sleeves of their jackets gredients to the amount of about fifteen close under the armpits, and pulled off per cent and with it the fusibility that their stockings; whilst some, still more this latter substance imparts. - Repertory eager to render themselves light for runof Patent Inventions.
ning, threw off their jackets, and stood
with their weapons in their hands quite That the style of such writings as naked, except their breech clothes and are intended to attract the public eye be shoes. By the time all were ready, it more elevated than that of private letters, was near one o'clock in the morning ; is as requisite as it is for the pulpit of a when, finding the Esquimaux quiet, preacher to be somewhat above the they rushed from their concealment. In level of his auditors,
an instant, roused by the shouts of the
savages, the unfortunate wretches, men, from Haman, before whom lots were women, and children, ran naked out of cast daily and monthly for their destructhe tents, and attempted to escape ; but tion. During the two lottery days the the Indians had surrounded them on history of Esther was read in the Synathe land side, and as none dared to leap gogues; and as often as the name of into the river, all were murdered in Hainan was repeated the congregation cold blood; whilst Hearne, whom a re-. beat the benches with their fists and gard for his personal safety had com- hainmers, and the floors with their feet, pelled to accompany the party, stood a intimating a similar impression on Hashort way off rooted to the ground in man's head. Though this custom is more horror and agony. "The shrieks and honoured in the breach than in the obgroans of the poor expiring wretches,' servance, in the services of the modern says he, in his striking account of this Israelites, yet on very particular occadreadful episode in savage. life, were sions, when it falls to their lot to come in truly distressing ; and my horror was contact with those portions of writ which much increased at seeing a young girl, bear reference to the knocking and bumpabout eighteen years of age, killed so ing, symptoms are heard, (if not felt) and near me that when the first spear was understood. It is probable from this struck into her side she fell down at my custom is derived the knocking in the feet and twisted round my legs, so that popish services, the hearty ejaculations it was with difficulty I could disen- of the Irish páviours, the bumping in gage myself from her dying grasps. As the allotted parochial perambulations ; two Indian men pursued this unfortu- and the origin of“ hitting the right nail nate victim, I solicited very hard for her on the head.”
J. R.P. life; but the murderers made no reply till they had struck both their spears
Table Talk. through her body and transfixed her to the ground. They then looked me stern Shelley's DislikE TO THE HOUSE ly in the face, and began to ridicule me OF COMMONS.—"A certain nobleman by asking if I wanted an Esquimaux (says he) advised me to turn my thoughts wife, whilst they paid not the smallest towards politics immediately. regard to the shrieks and agony of the cannot direct your attention that way poor wretch, who was turning round too early in this country,' said the their spears like an eel. Indeed, after Duke; they are the proper career for receiving from them much abusive lan.
a young man of ability and of your staguage on the occasion, I was at length tion in life. That course is the most obliged to desire that they would be advantageous, because it is a monopoly. more expeditious in despatching their A little success in that line goes far, victim out of her misery, otherwise. I since the number of competitors is should be obliged out of pity to assist limited; and of those who are admitted in the friendly office of putting an end to the contest, the greater part are altoto the existence of a fellow-creature gether devoid of talent, or 100 indowho was so cruelly wounded. On this lent to exert themselves : so many are. request being made, one of the Indians excluded, that, of the few who are perhastily drew his spear from the place mitted to enter, it is difficult to find any where it was first lodged, and pierced that are not utterly unfit for the ordiit through her breast near the heart. nary service of the state. It is not so The love of life, however, even in this in the church ; it is not so at the bar : most miserable state, was so predomi- there all may offer themselves. The nant, that though this might be justly number of rivals in those professions is called the most mierciful act which could far greater, and they are, besides, of a be done for the poor creature, it seem more formidable kind. In letters, your ed to be unwelcome ; for, though much chance of success is still worse. There exhausted by pain and loss of blood, none can win gold, and all may try to she made several efforts to ward off the gain reputation: it is a struggle for friendly blow." "--Edin. Cabinet Lib. glory, the competition is infinite,
Custom Of The Feast Of LoT8.- there are no bounds ;-that is a spacious Pur is a Persian word, signifying a field, indeed a sea without shores !' lot, and the “Feast of Lots is called The Duke talked thus to me many Púrim, a lottery. It commenced the times, and strongly urged me to give fourteenth of Adar (February) and con- myself up to politics without delay; but tinued to the end of the fifteenth. This he did not persuade me. With how unfeast was instituted by Mordecai in re- conquerable an aversion do 1 shrink membrance of the delivery of the Jews from political artieles in newspapers
and reviews! I have heard people naments were suspended ; and he contalk politics by the hour, and how I trived to hang from his hair, which hated it and them! I went with my was dressed with a long pigtail, so father several times to the House of many handles of copper saucepans, Commons, and what creatures did I that their weight kept his head in a see there! What faces !—what an ex- stiff upright position, which very much pression of countenance ! —what wretch- heightened the oddity of his appear-, ed beings !” Here he clasped his hands, ance. For several of the ornaments and raised his voice to a painful pitch, with which he was now. so proudly dewith fervid dislike. “ Good God! what corated, Comekala had lived in a state men did we meet about the House of continual hostility with the cook, in the lobbies and passages! and from whom he purloined them; but my father was so civil to all of them- their last and principal struggle was to animals that I regarded with unmi- for an enormous spit, which the Ameritigated disgust."-New Mon.
can prince had seized as a spear to COMEKALA.—Comekala, a native of swell the circumstance of that splenKing George's Sound, had entreated to dour with which he was preparing to be carried to China, and returned with dazzle the eyes of his countrymen. In Captain Meares. He was kind and such a state of accoutrement, and feelhonest when it suited his own interest; ing greater delight than ever was expebut stole without scruple whatever he rienced on the proudest European wished to have, and could not procure throne, the long boat rowed Comekala by fair means. Brass and copper were ashore, when a general and deafening metals which he might almost be said shout from the crowd assured him of to worship. Copper halfpence, but- the universal joy felt on his return.tons, saucepans—all possessed in his The whole inhabitants moved to the eyes the highest charms. It was evi- beach, welcomed the stranger on shore, dent that he coveted the brass buttons and afterwards conducted him to the of the captain's uniform ; and his mode King's house, which none but persons of fixing his eyes on the object of his of rank were permitted to enter, and desire, and the pangs of ungratified where a magnificent feast of whale avarice, as exhibited in the contortions blubber and oil was prepared. On the of his countenance, proved matter of whole, Comek ala's reception, and the much amusement to the crew. The impression made by his extraordinary cause of his insatiable thirst for copper costume, evinced his intimate knowbecame afterwards apparent. After a ledge of the character of his countrylong and hazardous passage, the ship men; for though to the English the anchored in Friendly Cove in King effect was irrésistibly comic, the natives George's Sound, abreast of the village regarded him with a mixture of silent of Nootka, on the morning of the 13th awe and wonder, which, after a while, of May. Comekala, who for several broke forth into expressions of univerdays had been in a state of high excita- sal astonishment and delight. tion, now enjoyed the genuine delight REMARKABLE EFFECTS OF GALVAof once
more beholding his native -When I entered the room where shore ; and when his intention of land- the experiments were to take place, the ing was made known, the whole inha- body of a man named Carter, wuich had bitants poured forth to give him wel- been cut down from the gallows scarce
The dress in which he chose to half an hour, was lying on the table ; appear for the first time after so long and the cap being removed, his frightan absence was very extraordinary ; ful features, distorted with the agonies on a former occasion, when visited by of suffocation, were visible. The crime Hannapa, a brother chief, he contented he had been hanged for, was murder ; himself with an ordinary European and a brawny, desperate ruffian he suit; but he now, says Meares, arrayed looked! None of his clothes were rehimself in all his glory ; his scarlet moved. He wore a fustian jacket, and coat was decorated with such quanti- drab knee-breeches. The first time ties of brass buttons and copper ap- that the galvanic shock was conveyed pendages of one kind and the other, to him will never, I dare say, be forihat they could not fail to procure him gotten by any one present. We all profound respect from his countrymen, shrunk from the table in consternation, and render him an object of unbounded with the momentary belief that we had admiration to the Nootka damsels. At positively brought the man back to least, half a sheet of copper formed his life ; for he suddenly sprung up into a breastplate! from his ears copper ore sitting posture-his arins waved wildly
" Here lie Walker's Particles."
- the colour rushed into his cheeks – anecdote:-" The Duke of Orleans, in his lips were drawn apart, so as to shew making an inspection of one of the hosall his teeth—and his eyes glared at us pitals in Paris, recognised in one of the with apparent fury. One young man, wards a soldier who had greatly distina medical student, shrieked violently, guished himself in Napoleon's comand was carried out in a swoon. One paigns. 'My brave fellow,' said his gentleman present, who happened to be royal highness, approaching and taking nearest to the upper part of the body, him by the hand, 'I hope to hear shortly was almost knocked down with the of your recovery. The country cannot violent blow he received from the left spare the services of —.' My lord,' arm. It was some time before any of interrupted the veteran, when I was at us could recover presence of mind saffi- Jaffa, sick of the plague, the Emperor cient to proceed with the experiments. condescended to take me by the hand;
Blackwood's Mag. but he did not wear gloves.'» PRESIDENT JACKSON. The Presi. BRIEF Epitaph.- Dr. Walker, among dent of the United States is considered other things, wrote a work on the Ena generous man. An indigent musi- glish particles, and this caused him to cian of Philadelphia was determined get the very short and pithy epitaph, to put it to the test; previous to his departure, he composed a piece which he
WILLIAM Pitt, EARL OF CHATHAM. entitled, “The President's March.” -In figure, Lord Chathain was emiWhen he arrived at the capital, Wash- nently dignified and commanding. ington, he found a ready admittance to
"There was a grandeur in his perthe General ; after remaining some tine sonal appearance,” says a writer, who in his company he perceived a piano- speaks of him when in his decline , forte, and requested permission to per-' « which produced awe and mute attenform his composition on that instru- tion; and, though bowed by infirmity ment; the request was readily granted, and age, his mind shone through the the performance of which so pleased ruins of his body, armed his eye with the General, that he made enquiry lightning and clothed his lip with thunrespecting the title of the piece. The der.” Bodily pain never subdued the musical composer informed him that it lofty daring, or the extraordinary actiwas “General Jackson's March;" the vity of his 'mind. He even used his information caused him to smile, but he crutch as a figure of rhetoric. “You inade no answer ; on the departure of talk, my lords,” said he, on one occathe composer, the president accompasion, “of conquering America - of your nied him to the door, and placed in his numerous friends there,—and your hand a fifty dollar bill, 10'. sterling.
powerful forces to disperse her arıy. The LUXURY OF NATURE. -- Talk of I might as well talk of driving them bebuman luxury! The duchess on her fore me with this crutch!” Sir Robert
the countess in her easy Walpole could not look upon, or listen couch-the ennuye on the air-pillow to him, without being alarmed; and told the poet in ecstasy--the drowsy sweep his friends, “ that he should be glad, at on the soot bag—the heiress lolling in any rate, to muzzle that terrible cornet the new landau - the elective pleasures of horse. of an M. P. or a lady mayoress
IRISH FIGURE OF RHETORIC BY A nothing can be compared with the lux- POPULAR PREACHER.
- Let us, my ury of a Pullet in the noontide of an friends, never forget that we are all autumnal sunshine, when she shakes carried down the stream of time, to be her feathers in a bed of dust.
landed in the ocean of eternity!"
J. R. P
When is a cistern like a pistol Varieties.
When it is ball-cocked.
What game is a leaping-bar suitable SINGULAR MONUMENT.—The monu- for?- All Fours. ment erected by Count Schimmelman Why are the rites of matrimony like near Copenhagen, is called the weeping bondsmen ?-They are sure-ties. eye. That nobleman's grief for the death Why is a tea-kettle like a burning of his wife was so excessive, that he house ?-Because it is set on fire. caused a monument to be erected over When is batter not batter?-When it a spring, and made the water spout from is frittered away. the eye, as a continual flood of tears. How is Cork the most direct way to
ORLEANS AND NAPOLEON.-A Bel. Oporto ?-When you draw a bottle of gian journal furnishes the following red wine.