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asleep as Duncan in Macbetli's castle, to Devonshire with the unlucky firewhen a loud thundering rap at the door escapes, sincerely regretting they had startled them amid their slumbers. The ever been tempted to purchase them. diminutive bandy footman had gone But although the disaster had got wind, home with the coachman and horses, and with various versions had reached the landlady and her family had fol even into Devonshire, they were much lowed the example of her lodgers, and consoled by the following narration of before any one could rise to unbar and it which appeared in the county paper, open the door, to ascertain the cause of in a light most favourable to their such an unusual alarm, a second louder interests and reputation, although 10and longer rap had been made upon it, tally devoid of truth in almost every and which awoke the sleepers to an particular. The flaming paragraph instinctive idea that the house was on run thus: We understand that Mr. fire; a notion confirmed by the strong and Mrs. Flybekin, of in this glare of red light reflected against their county, while upon a visit to their windows, and illuminating the apart- noble relatives, Lord and Lady B. in ment, as the footmen impatiently shook London, narrowly escaped being burnt thousands of sparks from the flambeaux. to death. The devouring elenient almost As Bonaparte observed upon another destroyed the lower part of the family occasion, • From the sublime to the mansion in Grosvenor-square, over ridiculous is but one step.' So it was which the lady and gentleman slept, with the Flybekins. From the most who had retired early to bed, and who sublime repose they hurried into the by the accidental return of Lord and ridiculous tire-escapes, in the full con- Lady B. from a party, were awakened viction that the lower part of the house only just in time to effect their retreat was on fire; and without waiting to by means of a fire-escape, fortunately dress, or inquire into the real state of ailached to their bed-room window. affairs, they gave the signal word, We are informed that the fire occurred * Now!' and both descended in all the in consequence of the foolmen appointfreshness of their fears before the pave- ed to sit up for their master and misment of the door! The wondering lord tress having fallen asleep, leaving a and lady, and still more wondering lighted candle in the room. Mr. and footman, gazed upon the apparition Mrs. Flybekin escaped, with the loss before them with the most inexplicable of all their clothes but what they huramazement, totally at a loss to conceive ried on in the confusion, and were the cause of such a novel reception. conveyed to a neighbouring hotel by The terrified pair were, like Othello, their noble relatives, where they re
perplexed in the extreme,' when they ceived succour for the night.' Bul unfound themselves, instead of being in happily for the Flybekins, the naked the confusion of a fire, deposited be- truth at length forced its way into peath the windows of a magnificent Devonshire, and the true statement of carriage, attended by footmen with the matter was circulated as above rewhite torches, and a full-dressed lady lated, and now handed down to their and gentleman enquiring after them, posterity. Thus the best version of and the meaning of the extraordinary their story only placed them out of descent. A few minutes served to ex- the fire into the frying-pan,' and the plain the mal-a-propos mistake; the unlucky fire-escapes merely saved them detected pair sought refuge in the hall froin the fear of being badly burnt, in of the house, with some such feelings order that they might all the rest of as our first parents experienced when their lives be weli roasted .!"- Comic they had tasted the fatal apple in the offering. garden of Eden. The carriage rolled away with the tittering coachiman and LA BELLE CAUCHOISE. footmen, and the ill-suppressed mirth of their master and mistress, who quickly Gentle Reader, have you ever been disseminated the story throughout the at Dieppe or Rouen? If not, take my fashionable throng of the party, whither advice, and go there as speedily as posthey were bent, and which remained sible, and I promise you you will see a standing joke wherever Lord and sighis which will amply repay you for Lady B. appeared. Humbled and con- any thing disagreeable that you may fused, the unhappy Flybekins could not encounter in the voyage. retrieve the blunder they had commit Al the latter end of the month of May, ted, and prudently resigned all their 1830, I became an invalid; and instead ambitious schemes. So they returned of following my doctor's recommenda
tion of spending a month at Brighton, by folds of snowy muslin, richly gara
determined at all risks to see some nished with the finest Flanders lace ;-thing of life abroad; and taking advan- waving lappets, having something of tage of the steam vessel, soon found the appearance of wings, rested on the myself at Dieppe. I was no stranger to shoulders ;-and massive golden earthe country itself; but I confess that rings, with rings on two of her tingers, had I been set down in Rotterdam, the and a cross and clasp of the same preappearance of the town and its resi- cious metal appended to her neck, comdents could hardly, have presented a pleted her costume. stronger contrast than that of the people No sooner did she find that she was of Normandy, as compared with the an object of remark, than she arose and inhabitants of the northern provinces left her seat, whilst I, on my part, of the same nation.
availed myself of one of the many The peculiarities which first strike a commendations" thrust upon me, and stranger in this neighbourhood, is the repaired to an hotel. I inquired of the grotesque attire of the greater part of garçon at what hour the inhabitants the population, the form of which has were accustomed to avail themselves of undergone scarcely any alteration since the advantage of their pleasant boulethe fifteenth century; indeed it is still vards, and having been informed that the custom of the inhabitants of Nor-, my lucky stars had led me to Dieppe on mandy to transmit, from one generation a fete day, and that all the beanty and to another, the rich cap of Flanders fashion of the place would be congrelace, with its accompaniment of gold gated in its precincts between the hours ornaments, that adorned the heads of of eight and nine in the evening, I detheir respective families some hundred termined to be present. years before,
The sun had scarcely set when I arThe first object that presented itself rived at the scene of festivity, and I on my landing, that I had an opportu, have seldom beheld a more agreeable nity of particularly observing, was the spectacle. The air was loaded with person of a young woman, apparently fragrance, and the place was radiant the daughter of some small farıner. She with happy faces. The birds warbled, was seated at the foot of the gigantic the music echoed, and a spring tide of cross on the right hand side of the cliff, enjoyment seemed flowing on the good and seemed to be watching the world Dieppois of all ranks. I looked around of waters, as though in the hope of (I may as well confess it) for the fair catching the first sight of some expect. Cauchoise,-she was no where to be ed sail..
seen, and I felt more disappointed than She was dressed in the full costume I cared to avow even to myself. I linof Normandy, with none of those ai- gered hour after hour in the hope of tempts at modification which destroy meeting with her, and still she came not; the picturesqueness of the ancient with- at length when I was about to leave the out achieving the simplicity of the spot, I perceived her sitting with a mamodern style of dress. Her petticoat tron, at the extreme edge of the circle was made of scarlet serge, gathered that surrounded the group of dancers. round the waist in as many plails as I approached the spot with an air of the utmost ingenuity could extort out nonchalance, and ventured a few com- : of the material; the body of the dress monplace inquiries of the old lady. She was brown, with sleeves closely, fitting appeared gratified with the air of deferthe arms. A scarlet fringed handker ence with which I listened to her replies; chief covered her neck, and a bright and when I solicited her good offices in purple apron completed this part of procuring me the hand of her young her attire. Let no hyper-critic call in companion as partner in the dance, she question the harmony of colours thus seconded my request with a great shew displayed ;--they were those chosen by of earnestness. In due form 1 solicited Raphael of old as fit investiture for his the honour; but in vain. It was deMadonnas; and certainly on the maiden clined, civilly, coldly, and peremptorily. in question they looked both attractive There was nothing of coquetry in her and picturesque. Her cap-but how can manner, and I did not therefore repeat I describe the lower of stiffened muslin the request. My ancient ally was not that she bore upon her head !-a frame so soon to be discouraged ; and she work of pasteboard was first erected, continued 10 repeat, Now do, dear in form somewhat resembling a half- Madeleine, oblige Monsieur ; he is a crescent; this was covered with blue stranger." The nymph turned to me silk, which was succeeded in its turn with the air of a princess, and fixing
her large blue eyes on my face, in a few was comme il fuut?) when the maiden words begged me to believe, that if she in question passed iny window. I ad. had intended dancing at all, she would vanced towards it ; and asked with as at once have availed herself of iny po- much indifference as I could affect, who liteness ; but added she in a low voice, the young lady might be, who had just “ I shall never dance again !" Her crossed to the opposite side of the large eyes filled with tears as she spoke street? My informant stepped on the -she then arose, and taking the arm of balcony for an instant, and returned her companion, left the spot.
with the long-wished for intelligence There was nothing particularly flat “ It was Mademoiselle Vermont, the tering in this ; yet, I confess, that the only child of a small farmer in the air with which these few words were neighbourhood, Poor thing!” ejacuuttered, changed the whole tenor of my lated my kind-hearted hostess, " she feelings towards her. I repented of the has never looked up since Pierre Ver. style of levity with which I had allowed mont, her cousin,' went away. Evil myself (not to address), but to think of befall the hard-hearted father, who drove her ;~from a frivolous admirer, those to desperation so noble a youth." few words had converted me into her My heart sank within me as I ensincere friend. I returned home, but treated Madame de Louvois to be seated, could not get rid of her image - I sought and begged her to favour me with the her the next day at the crucifix-and on history of the young man in question. the boulevard, but she was not to be Madame put her cambric handkerchief
I then visited the churches; and to her eyes, with true French sentiment, at length discovered her in the one least and proceeded to give in detail the hisfrequented by strangers. She was lean- tory which I purpose to give in a few ing over the balustrades of one of the words. She told ine, with much circum-. lesser chapels so cominon in Catholic location, that Mademoiselle was the churches, her rosary and her mass book only child of her parents, who were in her hand; while two tapers burned well to do in a small way; that the before the image beside which she was brother of her papa, on his death-bed, sitting.
had bequeathed to him his only wealth Having completed her devotions, she in the person of a boy, a few years older left the shrine, and hastened lowards than his own child ; that the young the door, at which she was about to people had grown up together; and the make her exit, when with a feeling of love they bore each other in childhood unfeigned respect, I ventured to present had increased with their years. For the holy water for her use. She ap- some time all went on well. At length peared to hesitate for a moment, as to the parents of Madeleine received an whether it would be proper to receive offer of marriage on her behalf from a such a mark of attention at my hands; thriving notary of Rouen; and when it and then, with a movement of thanks. is remembered that the Normans are availed herself of it. She passed out of allowed to be the most litigious people the church; I did not follow her, for I on the face of the earth, the disappointfelt that I had no right to subject her to ment occasioned by Madeleine's calm attentions that appeared to be distaste- declaration that she would have nothing ful to her. I returned to my hotel ; but to do with him were he as rich as was unable to shake off entirely the Crosus, may readily he conceived. spell that possessed me. I was not in Papa sacred ; mamma wept; and Mon. love with her; of that I assured myself sieur le Cure was summoned: they at least ten times a day; and I resolved scolded, and entreated, and cajoled-in from mere curiosity to ask my land lady vain ; and at length the young lady if she knew her, and who she was. Se added temerity to disobedience, by deveral times I summoned a voice of indif- claring that not only would she not ference to propose the “casual” in- marry the notary, but that she would quiry; but somehow, I don't know how marry her poor cousin ! At this declait was, the right words never presented ration they crossed themselves, and themselves at the right time, and thus locked her up. a week slipped by, and I was as igno The next morning on opening her rant of her name and station as when I casement, a note was discovered between first beheld her. At length a chance the branches of the grape vine. It conoccurrence enabled me to propose the tained a few hurried lines from Pierre, long meditated question. My landlady to the purport that he could not bear to happened to be in any room (on her daily be the cause of disunion in a family 10 lour of inquiry, whether every thing which he was so much indebted; that
he loved her far better than life itself;
Customs. that it was his intention to join in the army, then about to leave the port of The following is given by Jaffer ShuMarseilles on an expedition to Algiers ; reef as the opinions formed on each day that if fortune favoured him he would of the week by the Moozulinans of India : return, and claim her hand; and that if If a person have his measure taken not, she would never see him again! for new clothes on a Sunday, he will
It were vain to describe the conster- be sorrowful and crying. If on a Monnation that followed this discovery. day, he will have ample food and proThe maiden refused to be comforted, visions. If on a Tuesday, his clothes and at the end of the week the whole will be burnt. If on a Wednesday, he party were obliged to capitulate ; a will enjoy happiness and tranquillity. messenger was dispatched, and Pierre If on a Thursday, it will be good and was to be recalled. The summons was, propitious. If on a Friday, it will be however, too late; the vessels bad left well. If on a Saturday, he will expethe harbour, and had been long out of rience numerous troubles and misforsight. “Since that period,” added Ma- tunes. dame, “ Mademoiselle has walked
If one put on a suit of new clothes on about like a ghost, marring by her pre, a Sunday, he will experience happiness sence every spectacle to which ber and ease. If on a Monday, his clothes mother carries her. The only enjoy- will tear. If on a Tuesday, even if he ment she seeks, is to sit at the foot of stand in water his clothes will catch fire. the old cross on sunny afternoons, to If on a Wednesday, he will readily obwatch the vessels that enter the har- tain a new suit. If on a Thursday, his bour, and to search the journals for dress will appear neat and elegant. If news from Algiers."- thanked my on a Friday, as long as the suit reinains hostess for her story, and bowed to her new he will remain happy and delighted. superior experience in love matters, If on a Saturday, he will be taken ill. when she added, in a whisper, “ that
If a person put on a suit of new clothes such conduct proved Madeinoiselle to in the inorning, he will becoine wealthy be little better than an innocent." and fortunate. If at noon, it will ap
I need hardly say, that alter this story fear elegant. If at about sunset, he will I discontinued my attentions to the lady become wretched. If in the evening, -save in the single instance of present. he will continue ill. ing the holy water. This pleasure ! could not deny myself; until it seeined will experience affliction. If on a Mon
If a person bathe on a Sunday, he an understood thing between us, that I
day, his property will increase. If on should offer, and that she should receive this courtesy at my hands. At of mind."'lf on a Wednesday, he will
a 'Tuesday, he will labour under anxiety length the beginning of July arrived, increase in beauty. If on a Thursday, and I was thinking of taking my departo his property will increase. ure from Dieppe. Mademoiselle had
Friday all his sins will be forgiven disappeared froin church. A rumour reached us, that a part of a feet had him. If on a Saturday, all his ailments
will be removed. arrived at Marseilles, crowned with victory from Algiers. The news was
For shuving, four days of the week confirmed,--the Gazette announced that are preferable to the rest, viz. Mondays, Pierre Vermont had distinguished hiin- Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; self so highly during an engagement, the other three are evil and inauspi
cious. that he was specially recommended by his superior officers to his majesty for
MOHAMMEDAN MIRACLES.- A certain promotion.
person's ship sprang a leak at sea, and I delayed my departure froin Dieppe the vessel was nigh sinking, when the a fortnight longer and had the plea- captain vowed with a sincere heart, that sure of dancing with Madame Vermont, should Qadir Wullee Sahib vouchsafe on her wedding day.
to stop the leak, he would offer up, in Since my return, my taste has been his excellency's name, the profits of the flattered by the discovery that I am not cargo, and likewise a couple of small the only Englishman to whom the fair models of vessels formed of gold and Madeleine has proved an object of at- silver. At that moment the saint was traction. Unless my memory strangely engaged with the barber, in the operadeceives me, I recognize her portrait tion of shaving, and instantly became in the Cauchoise Girl of Newton, which acquainted with the predicainent in adorns the magnificent collection of Co. which the captain stood. Out of kindlonel Hugh Baillie. - Literary Souvenir. ness he threw away the looking-glass
If on a
he held in his hand;* which by some
of several families in the north, among wise dispensation of Providence flew off whom Lord — was one of his most into the vessel, and adhering to the aper- timate friends. This nobleman had ture of the ship stopped the leak. On met with a lady at Bath, both young the vessel's reaching its destination in and attractive, and who passed for the safety, the commander, agreeably to widow of an officer. His lordship bepromise, brought his offering of gold coming attached to this lady, he married and two little vessels, one of gold, the her, and they soon after left England other of silver, and presented them to to reside on the Continent. Here, him. The saint directed the captain to after a few years, she was seized with restore to the barber his looking-glass; an alarming illness, and earnestly deon which the skipper, in astonishment, sired her lord, in case of her death, inquired what looking-glass he meant; that she might be conveyed to England and received in answer, that it was the and interred in a particular church, one adhering to the aperture at the bot- which she named. Upon this event tom of his ship where the water had taking place, Lord D- accompanied entered. On inspection, it was found the body in the same ship, and, upon firmly attached to the vessel; and was landing at Harwich, the chest in which accordingly removed and produced.- the remains of his lady were enclosed Near the sacred tomb of this saint is a excited the suspicions of the customgrove of cocoa-nut trees. The custom- house officers, who insisted upon ashouse officer observed to the owner, that certaining its contents. Being a good the revenue which it yielded was con- deal shocked with such a threat, Lord siderable, and that therefore it was but D-proposed that it should be removed just that he should pay a tax for it. The to the church, and opened in the preproprietor replied, that the garden be- sence of the clergyman of the parish, longed to a great wullee, and had never who could vouch for its containing been taxed before, and why should it what he assured them was within. Aca now? The other said, it did not signify cordingly the proposal was yielded to, to whom it belonged - the duty must be and the body conveyed to the appointed paid : adding, that cocoa-nuts had no place, when, upon opening the chest, horns that he should be afraid of them, the attending minister recognised in No sooner had he uttered these words, the features of the deceased his own than horns sprouted out of a couple of wife ! and communicated the unwelcome them! From this circumstance the duty discovery to his lordship on the spot. on these trees has been dispensed with. It appeared, upon further conversation, To this day are the two-horned cocoa- that Lady De had been married against nuts suspended near the head of his her inclination to this person, and, deblessed shrine.
termining to separate entirely from him,
had gone he knew not whither, and Table Talk,
under an assumed name and character
had become the wife of Lord D- The CHAK SAVAK A BRAHMANEE DUCK.
two husbands followed her remains to The Hindoos imagine that, for some
the grave the next day; and on the transgression committed in the human
same evening Lord D-, in great disbody, the souls of the offending persons tress of mind, attended by one servant, are condemned to aniinate these birds, came to his friend's house, in Norwich, who are compelled to part at sunset;
for consolation. It was winter, and the male and female øying on different about six o'clock when he arrived. Mr. sides of the river, each imagining that Kinderley was called out to speak to a the other bas voluntarily forsaken the stranger, and returning to his wife, denest, and inviting the supposed wan
sired her to leave them together, pretendderer's return with lamentable cries. ing that a stranger from Scotland was The brahmins, compassionating the arrived on particular business. Lord melancholy condition of these birds, D-sat up with Mr Kinderley the whole hold them sacred, and will not allow night, to unbosom his affliction and exthem to be molested within the precincts traordinary fate to his friend; and, at of their jurisdiction.
day-break, in order to avoid any interSINGULAR Discovery.-The Rev. view with his host's family, for which John Kinderley's connexion with Scot- his spirits were inequal, he departed. land had procured him the acquaintance
Memoir of the late Sir J. E. Smith.
GOLD DISCOVERED IN EGYPT.-A let. It is customary with natives, while the
ter froin Alexandria, in Egypt, dated barber shaves, for the individual who undergoes the operation to look at himself in a small
August 12, states that M. Linant, a looking-glass which he bolds before him. French traveller, has discovered a rich