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which it was fastened. Madame B-r “ Never you mind, Pepperbottom," wore a wig, which she felt would follow said the boy, giving the imp the name the bonnet; she therefore let go her he had richly earned by repeated flagellapetticoats to secure the head-gear ; but tions. “Never you inind. I am not ihe wind, bent upon having its own ashamed to shew my naked hide, you way, twirled and twisted about Madame know. But it is against orders in these B-r, who, by the bye, was of immense seas to go overboard, unless with a sail size, and without any ceremony began under-foot; so I sha'n't run the risk of to lift up her gown and petticoats. It being tattooed by the boatswain's mate, then became necessary for the hands 10 like some one I could lell of." go to the assistance of the lower extre • Coward," muttered the little wasp, mities. Thus the bonnet, abandoned you are afraid sir;" and the other 10 the caprice of the storm, was carried boys abetting the mischief-maker, the lad away, together with the wig, and poor was goaded to leave his hold of the cable, Madame B-r saved the honour of her and strike out for the buoy. He reached legs at the expence of her naked scalp, it, and then turned, and pulled towards which stood confessed before Napoleon, the ship again, when he caught my eye. who at that instant turned round to “Who is that overboard ? How dare speak to the Minister of Marine, whom you, sir, disobey the standing order, of he thought to be close behind him. It the ship ; Come in, boy; Come in." must be confessed that such a spectacle My hailing the little fellow shoved was a difficult ordeal for the Emperor's himn off his balance, and he lost his pregravity. It was impossible to help sence of mind for a inoment or two, durlaughing at the sight of an immensely ing which he, if any thing, widened his fat woman presenting a fat, white, round distance from the ship. head, close shaved; her countenance At this instant the lad on the spritexpressing wildness and terror ; and sail-yard sung out quick and suddenly, her whole body strained by her exer “ A shark, a shark !" tions to keep down her petticoats. The And the monster, like a silver pillar, Einperor, however, behaved very well; suddenly shot up perpendicularly from his sinile as he passed her was scarcely out the dark green depths of the sleepperceptible.


ing pool, with the waters sparkling and

hissing around him, as if he had been a TOM CRINGLE'S DESCRIPTION OF sea-demon rushing on his prey. A BOY ATTACKED BY A SHARK. “ Pull for the cable, Louis,” shouted

fifty voices at once---pull for the About an hour after this a very me

cable." lancholy accident happened to a poor The boy did so-we all ran forward. boy on board, of about fifteen years of He reached the cable--grasped it with age, who had already become a great both hands, and hung on, but before he favourite of mine from bis modest, quiet could swing himself out of the water, deportment, as well as of all the gun- the fierce fish had turned. His whitishroom-ofticers, although he had not been green belly glanced in the sun-the above a fortnight in the ship. He had poor little fellow gave a heart-splitting let himself down over the bows by the yell, which was shattered amongst the cable to bathe. There were several of his impending rocks into piercing echoes, comrades standing on the forecastle look- and these again were reverberated from ing at bim, and he asked one of them to cavern to cavern, until they died away go out on the spritsail-yard, and look amongst the hollows in the distance, as round to see if there were any sharks if they had been the faint shrieks of the in the neighbourhood ; but all around damned-yet he held fast for a second or was deep, clear, green water. He kept two--the ravenous tyrant of the sea tug, fast hold of the cable, however, and tug, tugging at him, till the stiff taught seemed deterinined not to put himself in cable shook again. At length he was harms way, until a wicked litile urchin, torn from his hold, but did not disapthat used to wait on the warrant-officers' pear; the animal continuing on the surmess, a small meddling snipe of a crea- face crunching his prey with his teeth, ture, who got flogged in well behaved and digging at him with his jaws, as if weeks only once, began to taunt my trying to gorge a morsel too large to be inild little favourite.

swallowed, and making the waler flash “Why you chicken-heart, I'll wager up in foam over the boats in pursuit, by a thimbleful of grog, that such a tailor the powerful strokes of his tail, but as you are in the water can't for the life without ever letting go his hold. The of you swim out to the buoy there." poor lad only cried once more-but

such a cry-oh God, I never shall for

17. Time's TELESCOPE. get it!-and, could it be possible, in his Days, memoirs, portraits, works in wood and last shriek, his piercing expiring cry,

steel; his youngvoice seemed to pronounce my

Themes astronomic for the students' ken:

The Naturalist, with hints correct and realname--at least so I thought at the time,

Developing the ways of God to men. and others thought so too. The next mo

INTERLOCUTOR. ment he appeared quite dead. No less than three boats had been in the water THE VILLAGE POST-OFFICE. alongside when the accident happened, and they were all on the spot by this All places have their peculiarities : time. And there was the bleeding and now that of Dalton was discourse that mangled boy, torn along the surface of species of discourse which Johnson's the water by the shark, with the boats Dictionary entitles 'conversation on in pursuit, leaving a long stream of whatever does not concern ourselves.' blood, mottled with white specks of fat Everybody knew what everybody did, and marrow in his wake. At length the and a little more. Eatings, drinkings, man in the bow of the gig laid hold of wakings, sleepings, walkings, talkings, him by the arın, another sailor caught doings,-all were for the good of the the other arm, boat-books and oars were public; there was not such a thing as a dug into and lanınched at the monster, secret in the town. There was a story who relinquished his prey at last, strip- of Mrs. Mary Smith, an ancient dame, ping off the flesh, however, from the up- who lived upon an annuity, and per part of the right thigh, until his boasted the gentility of a back and front teeth reached the knee, where he nip- parlour—that she once asked a few ped the shank clean off, and made sail friends to dinner. The usual heavy anwith the leg in his jaws. Poor little tecedent half-hour really passed quite Louis never once moved after we took pleasantly; for Mrs. Mary's windows him in.

Blac. Mag overlooked the market-place, and not a

scrag of mutton could leave it unob

served ; so that the extravagance or the TABLETS FOR THE ANNUALS,

meanness of the various buyers forFIT THIRD

nished a copious theme for dialogue.

Still, in spite of Mr. A.'s pair of fowls, For the Olio.

and Mrs. B. 's round of beef, the time

seemed long, and the guests found hun13. DRAWING-ROOM SCRAP BOOK.

ger growing more potent than curiosity. A Fisher angles in the drawing room,

They waited and wailed; at length the And baits his scraps with Landon's sweetest fatal discovery took place --- that in the

tbought; Votaries, enamoured of the choice perfume, hurry of observing her neighbours' dinlu fancied dreams of happiness are caught. ners Mrs. Smith had forgot to order ber

own. It was in the month of March 14. JUVENILE FORGET-ME-NOT.

that an event happened which put the The young look forward in the spring of health whole lown in a cominotion-lhe arriTo prospects bright--Experience here ar

val of a stranger, who took up his abode rives : And, with a simple volume fraught with

at the White Hart: not that there was wealth,

any thing remarkable aboutthe stranger; Instruction of the purest kind contrives. he was a plain middle aged, respectable15. MEDICAL ANNUAL.

looking man, and the nicest scrutiny

(and Heaven knows how narrowly he The healing art, with sound and useful sense, Is offered to the reader- All the fees

was watched) failed to discover any Included in the purchase, which dispense

thing odd about him. It was ascertained Appropriate med'cioes, giving strength and that be rose at eight, breakfasted at

nine, ale two eggs and a piece of boiled

bacon, sat in his room at the window, 15, Hood'S COMIC ANNUAL.

read a little, wrote a little, and looked With dainty joints, in plates, well cut and out upon the road a good deal: he

drest, Suited for tastes that relish much and good, dined at five,smoked two cigars, read the

then strolled out, returned home, That by their pungencies produce a zest,

And to the cook an anvual liveli-hood. Morning Herald (for the post came in The gastric Mistress Glasse-the Cuisinier of the evening), and went to bed at 'ten. The pepp'rous Ude, the critics fires liave Nothing could be more regular or unstood;

exceptionable than his habits; still it But, Janus-ljke, are book'd from y ear to y-ear Two faces-Sad aud Glad-beneath one

was most extraordinary what could Hoon.

have brought him to Dalton. There


were no chalybeate springs, war. in her indignation. I always thouglii ranted to cure every disease under the there was something suspicious about sun; no ruins in the neighbourhood, him: people don't come and live where left expressly for antiquarians and pic- nobody knows them, for nothing,' obnic parties ; no fine prospects, which, served Mrs. Mary Smith. 'I daresay,' like music, people make it matter of con- returned the post-mistress, Williams is science to admire; no celebrated person not his real name.' 'I don't know that,' had ever been born or buried in its en- interrupied the landlady; -Williams is virons; there were no races, no assizes a good hanging name: there was Wil. -in short, there was no nothing. It liams who murdered the Marr's family, was not even summer; so country air and Williams who burked all those poor and fine weather were not the induce- dear children; I daresay he is some rements. The stranger's name was Mr. lation of theirs; but io think of his Williams-but that was the extent of coming to the White Hart-it's no place their knowledge; and, shy and silent, for his doings, I can tell him: he sha'n't there seemed no probability of learning põison his wife in my house ; out he any thing more from bimself. Conjec- goes this very night-i'll take the letter ture, like Shakspeare, 'exhausted to him myself.' *Lord! Lord! I shall worlds, and then imagined new. Some be ruined. if it comes to be known that sopposed he was hiding from his cre. we take a look into the letters ;' and ditors, others that he had committed for the post-mistress thooght in her heart gery; one.suggested that he had escaped that she had better let Mr. Williams from a mad-house, a second that he had poison bis wife at his leisure. Mrs. Mary killed some one in a duel: but all agreed Smith, too, reprobated any violent meathat he came there for no good. It was sures; the truth is, she did noi wish to be the 23d of March, when a triad of gos. mixed up in the matter; a gentle woman sips were assembled at their temple, the with an annuity and a front and back post-office. The affairs of Dalton and parlour, was rather ashamed of being ihe nation were settled together; news. detected in such close intimacy with the papers were slipped from their covers, post-inistress and the landlady. It seemand not an epistle but yielded a portioned that poor Mrs. Williams would be of its contents. But on this night all left to her miserable fate. * Murder attention was concentrated upon one, will out,' said the landlord, the followdirected to John Williams, Esq., at ing morning, as he mounted the piebald the White Hart, Dalton.' Eagerly was pony, which like Tom Tough, bad seen it compressed in the long fingers of Mrs a deal of service; and hurried off in Mary Smith of dinnerless memory; the search of Mr. Crampton, the nearest mafat landlady of the White Hart was on gistrate. Their perceptions assisted by tip-loe to peep ; while the post-inistress, brandy and water, he and his wife had whose curiosity took a semblance of of- sal op long past the witching hour of ficial dignity, raised a warning hand night.' deliberating on what line of conagainst any overt act of violence. The duct would be most efficacious in pre. paper was closely folded, and closely serving the life of the unfortunate Mrs. written in a close and illegible hand; Williams; and the result of their desuddenly Mrs. Mary Smith's look grew liberation was to fetch the justice, and more intent-she had succeeded in de have the delinquent taken into custody ciphering a sentence; the letter dropped at the very dinner-table which was infrom her hand. Oh, the monster!' tended to be the scene of his crime. He shrieked the horrified peeper. Landlady has ordered soup 10-day for the first and post-mistress both snatched at the time; he thinks he could so easily slip terrible scroll, and they equally suc poison into the liquid. There lie goes ; ceeded in reading the following words: he looks like a man who has got some

- We will settle the matter to-morrow thing on his conscience,' pointing to at dinner ; but I am sorry you persist Mr Williams, who was walking up and in poisoning your wife-- the horror is down 'at his usual slow pace. Two 100 great.' Not a syllable more could o'clock arrived, and with it a hack they make out ; but what they had read chaise: out of it stept, sure enough, a was enough. He told me, gasped the lady and gentlenian. The landlady's landlady, that he expected a lady and pitý redoubled such a pretty young, gentleman to dinner--oh, the villain ! creature, not above nineteen! I see to think of poisoning any lady at the how it is,' thought she, the old wretch White Hart: and his wife, 100-] is jealous.' All efforts to catch her eye should like to see my husband poisoning were in vain-the dinner was ready, me! Our hostess became quite personal and down they sat. The hostess of the


White Hart looked alternately out of THE SLEEPER'S SHRIFT.
the window, like sistèr Ann, to see if
any one was coming, and at the table to

(Concluded from page 215.) see that nothing was doing. To her dismay she observed the young lady In the mean time the officious man of lifting a spoonful of broth to her mouth! law had snatched the packet and broken She could restrain herself no longer; the seals: and the old man repeated sobut catching her hand, exclaimed 'Poor lemnly, “I declare this to be the last dear innocent, the soup is poisoned !' will of my master, drawn in Vienna, six All started from the table in confusion, months before his decease; and that this which was yet to be increased :-a bus-* is as trueand substantial a fact, as that I tle was heard in the passage, in rushed murdered him, this day four months a whole party, two of whom, each catch- ago; which crime I am now come here ing an arm of Mr. Williams, pinioned to confess, ant abide its punishinent," him down to his seat. 'I am happy, “ Can this be?'' said one to another. madam,' said the little bustling magis “ This, at least, is a valid docuinent;" trate,' to have been, under Heaven, the said the counsellor. “ I know these sighumble instrument of preserving your natures well to be those of the leading life from the nefarious designs of that lawyers in Vienna ; and," continued he, disgrace to humanity.' Mr. Cramplon raising his voice, it sets forth that the paused in consequence of three wants Herr Ausler, being displeased at the want of words, breath, and ideas. 'My iinportunity of his cousin Count Philip life!' ejaculated the astonished lady. Seltzermannhad bequeathed all his · Yes, madam, the ways of Providence possessions of land and money to the holy are inscrutable--the vain curiosity of fathers of the church in Prague and three idle wonen has been turned to Vienna: a portion of the same to be apgood account.' And the eloquent ina- plied to the purchase of masses for the gistrate proceeded to detail the process repose of his soul." of inspection to which the fatal letter 6. What ?" shrieked Madame Limhad been subjected; but when he came burg. to the terrible wordsWe will settle “ Pious man!" ejaculated all the ecthe matter to-morrow at dinner ; but I clesiastics at once. am sorry you persist in poisoning your “ It is even so!" repeated the counwife'-he was interrupted by bursts of sellor ; "shall we proceed with the laughter from the gentleman, the injured ceremony, or examine yonder old felwife, and even from the prisoner him- low first ?" self. One fit of merriment was followed “ Ceremony !" exclaimed the widow; by another, till it became contagious, 6 wretched duped woman that I am ! and the very constables began to langh What throw inyself away upon a bege too. I can explain all,' at last inter- gar? Never, never ! rupted the visitor. Mr. Williams “ Stick to that,” mumbled Richilda to came here for that quiet so necessary herself, " and all may come right yet ; for the labours of genius: he is writing and, by Our Lady, Count Philip bears a melo-drame called My Wife-he sub- the loss of lands and lady easily enough. mitted the last act to me, and I rather ob- I'll get upon this bench, and see what jected to the poisoning of the heroine. comes next." This young lady is my daughter, and we Upon inquiry, it was discovered that are on our way to the sea coast. Mr. one of the witnesses to this document Williams is only wedded to the Muses.' was even then in Prague, and while a The disconcerted magistrate shook his messenger was dispatched to summon head, and muttered something about hiin, the remainder of the old man's theatres being very immoral. Quite story claimed examination; and it mistaken, sir,' said Mr. Williams. Our proved on minute inquiry to run in this soup is cold ; but our worthy landlady wise. The steward Schreivogel had roasts fowls to a turn-we will have been deeply trusted by the murdered them and the veal cutlets up-you will miser, and in fact was one of three who stay and dine with us—and, afterwards, witnessed this his last will; wherein, I shall be proud to read My Wife aloud, in his spleen, he had cut off his gallant in the hope of your approval, at least of young cousin from deriving any advanyour indulgence'-and with the same tage from the immense wealih he left behope, I bid farewell to my readers." hind him. But they had often violent

Keepsake. and secret disagreements; and on the

recent occasion, the Herr Ausler having dispatched him to Vienna on business of

importance, was seized with one of those strongly than he dared to confess. Besuspicious fits so common to avaricious fore hiin, lay wealth, prosperity, love, people, and resolved to follow him, and the deed was in his power. It was an watch if he were indeed as faithful a ser act of justice towards one who had comvant as he seemed; for this purpose he pitted such glaring injustice ; of mercy, set out a few days after his steward. towards one who had so liule enjoyment Schrievogel, never dreaming of such a of life. Torturing himself with these freak, even on the part of his eccentric sophisms, be arrived at Wanderstein, master, had taken his own time for the as we have seen, dispirited and perjourney; and in fact, had visited au old curbed. companion in iniquity, who lived in Schrievogel in his turn rode on his the woods near Wanderstein, and who way, in great alarm that his master was allowed his comrade the use of his in pursuit of him. It boded ill for the house, as a place of deposit for the gain continuante of that course of fraud in whichi, with his superior cunning, he which he had so long rioted: with the contrived to wring from his finty- daring of one used to contemplate deshearted master.

perate designs, he resolved to perform It chanced, that upon the noon of the deed himself, and to rely upon his the day on which my story commences, long-tried craftiness for maintaining an the steward had encountered Philip, who ascendancy over the new heir. He was riding along in no pleasant frame loitered on the road till nightfall, when of mind, smarting under the cold-hearted his master came up. The Herr Ausler, and peremptory unkindness of the as usual addressed violent and provokHerr Ausler. Schrievogel, whose ma- ing language to his steward, who, on licious spirit was chafed by the remem this occasion, lost his self-control. From brance of some recent quarrel, joined words they came to blows, and then folthe young soldier ; and, after some greet- lowed a more deadly strife :-the steward ing they began to talk. The old man was the stronger man of the two; and had always shewn kindness to Philip; whilst his victim lay prostrate upon the and knowing that his disorderly habits ground, he seized him suddenly, and could not much longer be concealed winding the long sash which he wore froin the scrutiny of his miserly master, around his neck, put an end at once to had many times conceived the idea of his existence, and stood beside the body getting rid of old Ausler, and laying a of his patron and master a murderer. foundation for the acquisition of new The wicked man retained self-posimportance and wealth, by putting session enough to remember that these Philip in his 'place, and if possible, ac woods were notorious as the hidingquiring an ascendancy over him—by place for banditti ; and perceiving the making him participate, if not in the facilities that this circunistance would crime, at least in its concealment. afford for his escape, disposed of the Many times had he binted the subject to body as I have already described ; striphim, but without success ; that day, how- ping it-turning the horse of the dead ever, he allowed himself to be thrown man loose, and scattering his p operty off his guard, and proposed the murder in frequented parts of the road, knowin language not to be misunderstood. He ing that a band of officers was then in represented to Philip, that his frequent pursuit of the robbers; and that if, as he residences at Wanderstein, would afford doubted not, they should presently find him numerous opportunities of surprise the dead man's property, the tale of its ing his ungenerous relation : he even acquirement would meet with little crepointed out the identical chestnut wood dence. Fortune stood his friend in this as they passed it, as a place where the instance: a notorious gang of robbers deed might be committed without a did pass that way ; appropriated the chance of discovery. Philip was young prize which had been thus left in their and irascible: he had borne that day way; and, as we have seen, were the next the taunts of all others the hardest to day discovered by the ministers of jusbear, the insolent assumption of the tice, who passed, and executed a sumrich and mean, over the poor and high- mary sentence of death upon them. minded; but he cast back the tempta Schreivogel fled to Vienna, to secure lion with disdain. “What, become a the will, which he knew to be deposited murderer!” said he, vehemently ; gel in the escruloir of his deceased master. thee behind me Satan !" and they parted He saw at once what his only sure game abruptly. As the lover spurred his steed was to be. He would keep this last will through the forest, it may be, however, suspended in terrorem over the bead that the templation recurred to biin more of the young man, for his own purposes ;


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