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mine of gold in the mountains that run servants came to tell me that he had along the Isthmus of Suez. He con been taken ill, and was delirious when veyed nine chests of the ore to Cairo, she left him, she wept all the time that some of which, on being smelted, ren she described his situation. I went as dered one-fifth of pure metal. The soon as I could in the afternoon, and most productive of the mines of Peru then learned that he had recovered his do not afford a larger proportion. But faculties, but was asleep. I sat by his these mountains do not supply any pot. bedside, expecting he would awake, able water, or any species of fuel, with. amusing myself wit a volume of his out which it will be absolutely impos- works until ten o'clock. He then sible to work the pines. This was the awoke, and I told him how long I had principal cause of the abandonment of been there, observing that it was a the emerald mines, which are supposed dreary way home, and, perhaps not to have been forinerly very productive. quite safe, concluding with saying, 'Is

THE DYING HINDOO. There are there any thing on earth that I can do few things more shocking to European for you?' His answer, delivered in a eyes than the publicity of death-bed deep and strong tone, was, ' Bring back scenes in India, and the apathetical in- niy youth.' He fell into a sleep again, difference displayed by the Hindoos and I left him. On calling on him the while attending the expiring moments next day, I found he had died, as might of their nearest relatives or friends. Fre- be said, in his sleep, and those words quently only a few yards from a crowd were the last he ever uttered. ed ghaut thronged by the inhabitants "The doctor's love of life was intense. of some neighbouring village, who are He has often said that he would take a laughing, singing, and following their lease of five hundred years from nature. ordinary occupations with the utmost What!' said I, ' with all your infirmi. gaiety, a dying person may be seen ties?" "Yes,' said he ; ‘for while here stretched upon a charpoy (bedstead) you are something, but when dead you close to the river's brink, surrounded are nothing :' yet he firmly believed in by a group of three or four individuals, the existence of a Supreme Being. I who look upon the sufferer without the remember once inentioning the doctor's slightest appearance of interest. As love of life to Mr. Sheridan, expressing soon as the breath has left the body, my surprise. Mr. Sheridan said, that the corpse is thrown into the river, he would not only take a lease for five death being often precipitated by stuff hundred years, but for ever, provided ing the mouth and nostrils with mud. he was in health, in good circumstances Strangers, attracted by some superb and with such friends as he then poslotus floating down the stream,

are sessed. Yet, if he had taken due care disgusted by the sight of a dead body of his health, and prudently managed rapidly descending with the tide, the his fortune, he might still be alive and ghastly head appearing above the sur an ornament to the country.” face of the water. Every Hindoo is Effects of War.-" Mar *Antoni anxious to draw his last sigh on the Helcel, was the son of Helcel, a banker banks of the Ganges, or some equally at Cracow, in Poland. When the sacred stream flowing into its holy intelligence arrived of the revolt of the waters; the relatives therefore of ex- Poles, he immediately bade his compiring persons fulfil the last offices panions adieu, and hastened home. of humanity in the manner most de- *My son ! my son !' cried the alarmed sirable to rhem, by bringing a dying father, when Antoni, whom he imagined friend to the edge of the river, and to be safe at Heidelberg, suddenly preconsigning the body, when the vital sented himself: ' in an evil hour are spark has filed, to the hallowed stream. you come! I have but two of you--this The corse of a rich Hindoo is burned young lad and myself—and I cannot upon a funeral pile; but, as wood is spare you, Antoni. You must be a fadear, the poorer classes either dispense ther to him when I am gone. What is with it entirely, or merely scorch the your purpose, my rash, but beloved flesh previously to launching it into boy?" I thought you might be in danthe river.

Oriental Scenes, &c. ger, father,' replied Antoni, "and I DR. WOLCOT CelebRATED came to see that you, and my mother, Peter PINDAR. The death of this and my young brother, were well cared satirical writer is described in Taylor's for in these disastrous times. But I am Records of his own Life, as follows: now weary and faint with travel; let

“As a proof that he was a kind and me lie down to rest, and you shall know considerate master, when one of his all in the morning.' He went to bed



In the same room with his brother. The panion was Colonel Frederick. They anxious parents got up betimes, and were accustomed to walk together round stole softly to listen whether he was the suburbs of the town, and to dine at awake. All was silent; and a great a tavern or common eating-house. On part of the morning elapsed before they one occasion the prince had some bills could determine on disturbing the slum to discount in the city, and took Frebers of their sons. At length, becom- derick with him to transact the business. ing almost alarmed, they entered the The prince remained at Batson's Coffee

It was empty. With a quaking house, Cornhill, while Frederick was heart the father saw that the arms which employed on the bills. Some iinpedihad hung by the wall as an ornament ment occurred, which prevenled the were absent too. The predictions of affair from being settled that day, and his heart were verified. Antoni and they proceeded on their usual walk behis young brother, in the middle of the fore dinner round Islington. After their night, had left their parents in the keep walk, they went to Dolly's in Paternosing of God, and had gone to offer their ter Row. Their dinner was beef-sleaks, swordş to their country. The battle of a pot of porter, and a bottle of port. Grochow was fought a few days after. The bill was presented to the prince, The noble youths arrived just in time who, on looking over il, said it was to share the glory; and were both reasonable, and handed it to Frederick, slain."

Pieturesque. who concurred in the samne opinion, MAKING THE MOST OF THE MOON, A

and returned it to the prince, who de

sired him to pay. “I have no money," REAL SAVING.-At Northampton the economy of the gas company is such, said Frederick. “Nor have I," said

the prince.
" What are

we to do ?that a man is employed literally to watch the phases of the Moon; and he added. Frederick paused a few mowhen she shines, though the light is ments; then desiring the prince to renot her own' the man out of the Moon main until he returned, left the place, extinguishes the gas, inviting all rove pledged his watch at the nearest pawning gallants to serenade the Northamp

broker's, and thus discharged the recklon ladies with the popular air.

oning. “ Meet me by Moon-light,”

The prince, after he became king "Now the gas is gone.'

of Poland, occasionally kept up an inRavenous Wolf.-" The French his letters asked the latter if he remein

tercourse with Frederick, and in one of were not the only assailants at this period. A hussar piquet was

bered when they were in pawn at the

one night London tavern. led to turn ont by the repeated firing of

Colonel Frederick's father was in one of the videttes, who soon

the Fleet prison for debt. Sir John galloping in, with a countenance ex

Stewart was a fellow-prisoner on the pressive of the greatest alarm and an

same account. The latter had a turxiety. But his foe had been a wolf! The animal had, he stated, made seve

key presented to him by a friend, and ral springs at him and his borse, and he invited King Theodore and his son he was induced to fire in self-preser- Douglas was of the party. She liad

Frederick to partake of it. Lady Jane vation; but neither pistol nor carbine her child, and a girl wiih her as could divert the ravenous animal from maid-servant, to carry the child; she its prey, and he had ridden off at full lived in an obscure lodging at Chelsea. speed, as the only means of safety: The In the evening, Colonel Frederick ofofficer who commanded the piquet, doubting the truth of this story, went fered to attend her home, and she acto the point at which the man had been cepled his courtesy. The child was

carried in turn by the mother, the posted ; and here the tracks of the as. sailant, as well as the marks of the bul girl, and the colonel. On their jour. lets, verified the statement of the hus- ney he said there was a slight rain, -Hist. of the King's German Legion. duced him to call a coach, but that he

and common civility would have in THE Late King Of Poland. The had no money in his pocket, and he colonel related to me a very curious, was afraid that Lady Jane was in the anecdote, on which I rely, as I always same predicament. He was therefore found him consistent in his narrations. obliged to submit to the suspicion of When Prince Poniatowski, who was churlish meanness or poverty, and to afterwards Stanislaus, the last King of content himself with occasionally carryPoland, was in this country, his chief, ing the child to the end of the journey. I might perhaps truly say his only, com

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“ The day on which Count Seltzer

mann was here last ?'' THE SLEEPER'S SHIRIFT.* “ Have done, Richilda ; or rather

do not begin."

“ Well, then," returned the conIt was one of the darkest afternoons fidante, peevishly, “I do not remember; of winter, immediately after New Year's how should I, if I am not allowed to day, that the young heiress of Wander- talk about it?" stein caused an unusually good fire to

“ Thou art as combustible as a dry be kindled in her dressing-room, and pine branch, Richilda,” said the lady'; summoned her old attendant, half nurse,

" and I must be my own tirewoman: half confidante, to assist her at her

come ont, you stiff cannons of curls! I toilet ; giving herself up to its cares

will be simple to-night, with only a with that comfortable deliberation, ribbon, or a small knot of pearls.'' which is at once a token of abundant

The young lady, who, in her way, was leisure, and the exquisite effects in

as spoiled as her attendant, shook her tended to be produced therein.

head from under her hands, and began "Nay, Richilda," said the fair Lady in some heat to demolish her work. sane, looking in the glass, “undo this

“ Well, well, child," said Richilda, stiff structure of curls ; thou hast made “I see that thou wilt only make thyself my head look like a field-marshal's

a fright, instead of a fairy; if thou peruke. I will have it--let me see,

combest' thyself in such a temper. I no, not braided, -how was it on my

will do as I am bidden, and say as little birth-day?"

as the dumb hair-dresser of Erfurt, whose history thou lovedst to hear

when thou wert a child." * The above is extracted from that amusing and splendid Annual The Literary Souvenir

“Now thou art vexed, dear old

nurse," replied her charge, " vexed at VOL. X.


for 1833,

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my conceits ; a truce then we wi.i Jane! and now, Richilda, for my purfret each other no more ; thou shalt ple cramosy. dress my hair in a simple taste, and I

In sueh ialk as this, the toilet was willtalk as much as thou likest of Count performed, though it lasted two hours Seltzermann. Come, where shall we and three-quarters, fairly told by the begin ?"

conscientious hall clock; and then fol“ O spoiled girl !” said the old wo lowed a period of waiting, and listenman, relenting, " as if I did not know ing, and looking abroad into the dim that thou lovest to speak of him better night. At length, after long expectation, than any thing else in the world. As a hoof-ramp was heard at a considerif I had not seen thee in a sweet fit of able distance ; in an instant more it absence, embroidering his name on thy was at the castle gate ; in another inhousewife-case, where thine own should stant the rider of the steed had alighted, have been. Well, he comes 10-night, was up stairs, and his lady in his arms. that is certain; I hope, to fix the day of

“ Ah! idle Philip! to be so long, so the wedding; for remember, I am to go very long in coming." with thee."

Nay, sweetest, see what haste I “Wedding, Richilda ? we are far have made! my spurs are an inch thick from that yet; remember that I have with mud, and I am far fitter for the had my doubts and dreams ; I am not

stable than your drawing-room. Lights sure that he loves me; I mean, pro- with you again in an instant."

and water to my chamber! I will be perly, as my husband must do." " What dost thou mean by pro- when Connt Philip had been absent for

"Suppose,” whispered old Richilda, perly ?"

" that Count Seltzer"I mean as I love people whom I a few minutes, like! superlatively-then, if he should

mann slioald spend as long a time over look hale and ruddy, when he comes, 1 his toilet as some folks I know." shall think that he has not felt our se

“Hush, what nonsense! Richilda, paration."

he looks very pale and thin ?" « Yet thou art ryddy, if not strong."

“ There you are with your fears “Have done now, sou teazing Ri- again,", retorted the gouvernante, imchilda. Well, I mean, I cannot say

patiently: “ when I had a lover, I took what I mean, -I only wish I could find good care never to trouble myself with out. O for a fairy telescope to spy his step on the stairs. Well, that is

such forebodings. But, hark! I hear into that stout shut-up heart of his, and there to see one's self sitting as in a

very meritorious.

I'll withdraw and little shrine ! Sweet Richilda! you

keep your papa in talk, while you disknow every thing, cannot you help me

cuss your own private affairs; "--and to one peep? Is there no way, think very good-naturedly, she went, and you, by which I can steal the know- old baron, who saw little and under

seated herself close to the ear of the deaf ledge I wish?" “ Ask him when he is asleep!” said

stood less, of what passed around

him. the old woman. + How?''

Meanwhile the lovers, seated closely “ Hast thou never heard, that if you each other. At length Richilda, who

side by side, were deeply engaged with ask a sleeper a question, he must answer truly, whether he will or no ?"

very soon talked her companion into a « Is that indeed true ?"

nap, and was now making good use of

her ears, heard Philip say, "Then you “ Yes; but you must speak low, not have no fear of becoming the wife of a to awaken him." O, charming! I'll put him to his

The answer was a murmur of denial, confession to-night! But how to catch with one shade of gentle reproach at an opportunity ?"

the possibility of such a supposition. Perhaps,

," said Richilda, “ he may “ If that stupid cousin Ausler of mine, fall asleep in his chair after supper, as were but a jot less avaricious, he might your papa does."

help me forward a little ; but he grows “Out upon you, for an owl your worse and worse every day. He acself!” cried the Lady Jane; “I would companied me the greater part of the never speak to him again if he did; l'll way, on his road to his castle near find out some way, that is certain, Vienna. I wish he may have found it in Well, I like my new head. Yes; that ruins! it would only be a proper punishloop of pearls shows well upon my ment for his churlishness, when I asked forehead. Your servant, sweet Lady his help.”'

poor man?”

“Hush, hush, dear Philip! don't let childa's advice, and to question the that disturb you."

sleeper. “It does disturb me," replied he, You must remember that the Lady angrily: "he knows that half of what Jane was motherless, and a beauty; he has, is mine by right; though a law- whence it follows, that she was only quibble gave it to him,-and still he re- ruled by her own sweet will, and rarely fuses me even the least friendly assist- stinted herself of the gratification of any ance ; not that I shall need it though, fancy. One slight misgiving, however, while I have my sword, and you are

crossed her mind on this occasion; but willing to wait."

this was succeeded by an intense eager“Well, let us not think of it!" said ness to try the experiment recommended thie Lady Jane, soothingly, and endea- by her nurse; and, as she stood irrevoured to beguile away her lover's vex- solute in the middle of the floor, her ation ; but even her arts of consolation heart beat so violently, that she could were attended with indifferent success. hear its pulsations as distinctly as the The evening meal, however, was an in- flapping of a bird's wing. It was midterruption ; and the lady comforted here night, or rather past, and a sensation of self with the hope, that much of this de- awe mingled with her curiosity, Deep pression must be caused by fatigue, and sleep is so like death, that it seemed to ihat he would be better after a night's her as if she were about lo pry into the sound rest; so, much sooner after sup- secrets of the grave. And then the anper than was her wont, she withdrew, swer that would come ! she felt that she with a gentle recommendation to poor must put the charm to the proof, -and Philip to betake himself to bed, which approached, pale and trembling, close to he seemed disposed to adopt.

the chair where her lover had reclined. For her own part, she never felt more -While she bent over him, ere she vigilant than on that night. She peremp- could frame a word, she was alarmingly torily dismissed Richilda, and instead struck by the haggard paleness of his of undressing herself, opened a book: it brow, and the care that sat heavily on would not do. Then for awhile she his firmly compressed lips. She paused stood in her window, watching the va but a moment; and then, in the most rious clouds as they floated heavily hesitating tone of her musical voice, across a moon three quarters old, now spoke--though her speech was at first beginning to show a feeble glimnier abortive and imperfect-she could only above the wood-tops. Then, she sud- say one word, and that was — Philip!' denly recollected that she had left below Was there a spell in that adjurastairs a small ring, which Philip had tion ?-The sleeper raised his head, unthat evening given to her: of course it closed his large dark eyes, and looked was not to be expected that she could full upon the affrighted girl: but she sleep without it on her finger, and open- knew by the stony composure of his ing her chamber door very quietly, she countenance and attitude, that he yet descended to the dining room to seek slumbered. It was very fearful to see it.

such unconscious consciousness, and This was a spacious chamber wains- still more to hear his answer, in low coted all round with black-oak; a wood but steady words, totally different, both fire had been burning upon the hearth, in tone and articulation, from his speech but it was now very low ; close to this, when awake:-Well Jane what do Count Seltzermann had thrown himself you ask?'' Terrified as she was by the into a large easy chair when her father success of her enquiry, she was still had retired, and overcome by fatigue, fascinated as by some spell of power ; had fallen asleep after supper, as Ri- and therefore, with a strong effort of childa bad hinted. His lady-love, how- self-command, to maintain the quietness ever, did not become aware of this, of her attitude (a very slight rotion until she had advanced far into the would have made her touch, and in all room; the table on which, as she be probability awaken him), she continued lieved, she had left the ring, being in in her purpose, though she dared not the opposite corner. Her first impulse, come at once to the question she longed on perceiving that Philip was there, to ask. “What have you been thinking was to step back hastily ; her next, of all this day?" said she, tremblingly. upon seeing by his relaxed yet fixed His second answer did not come as attitude, that he was asleep, to attempt quickly as his first, and when it came to regain her treasure (for she knew was broken and indistinct. She only herself to be as noiseless-footed as a caught the strange, and to her, incomspirit); her third was, to remember Ri- prehensible words -- Moncy,and

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