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never doubting but that Philip would notary who had drawn the will. And willingly join in its suppression, --and now, for the comfort of those who hate he remained at Vienna, to pillage as a long story, I will finish mine in three much as he dared the wealth of the new

paragraphs. heir, so as to secure a certain fund First—The widow Limburg, as she whereon he might retire, in case bis could not marry the gold. rejected the last stratagem should fail. He resolved, gallant, who made good Richilda's reto increase Philip's difficulties, to allow mark, by seeming to care marvellously the marriage to take place before he little for the loss of either. revealed the extent of his power over In the second place-and how it was the property and for that purpose re- brought about let every fair lady settle mained till the last minute at Vienna, as best pleases her-before an hour was purposing to arrive at Prague, seein over, Count Philip was at the Lady ingly by accident, the day after the ce Jane's feet. remony. All this while preserving, in In the third-For the credit of the his letters to his new master, a happy Catholic Church, let me recount one mixture of profound respect and atten- good deed: the heads of the monasteries Lion to his interests, by which he hoped in Prague and Vienna, on its being reto efface from his mind the remembrance presented to them that much of the proof their interview in the forest ;--and so perty of the deceased, did in equity well did he wear the mask, that Philip really belong to Count Philip, bestowed could not but be satistied by the zeal handsomne dowry upon the aforesaid and alacrity with which he devoted Lady Jane on her wedding day. himself to his service. Had he not been weakened by illness aad grief, it

MY DOG QUAIL. is likely that the task of deceiving him would not have been so easy.

Tue folloring from the Juren ile But the Almighty has his own ways of Forget Me Not will interest inany of working upon the vilest ; and the

our youthful readers :wretch felt uneasy and restless when

“Great pains had been bestowed on left alone at night, at the thoughts of his Quail's education ; she was instructed sin. It chanced 100, that an accident by me and my brothers in every thing which happened to the public convey we supposed her capable of learning. ance, compelled the passengers from These she acquired with extraordinary Pragne 10 Vienna, to proceed on foot readiness, and very little severity. But through the chestnut wood ; and that it the accomplishments thus taught her, was night-fall when they entered it,

numerous as they were, bore no propordeepening the dreariness of the place as tion to those which natural intelligence they walked along, by the details of conferred upon her without instruction. many acts of atrocity, formerly com

When young, the first preparatory step mitted there. Schreivogel trembled like

was to make her perfect in fetching an aspen leaf, and gave back when the and carrying whatever she was sent tor, sound of a horse's feet approaching, both in and out of the water, till both broke the conversation. It was ridden elements were alike to her and this by a man of stern and cruel face, clad seemed the foundation of every thing in a scarlet mantle. The features of else. She soon learned to distinguish the rider, dimly seen through the gather- what belonged to every person, and ing twilight, were unknown to all, save

to every part of the person. If I the murderer. It was possibly only the lost a glove, I shewed my hand to phantasm conjured up by a guilty con- Quail, and she set out on a quesi, science, from the coincidence of dress searched every place in and near the and sitnation. But on him it acted with house, and alınost always succeeded in all the hideous reality of an apparition finding it. This she soon improved from the grave, and seemed to glare into finding, of herself, whatever was upon him as it passed. And the steward, dropped, and conveying it to us. Many whose superstition only equalled his

a pocket-handkerchief was saved in guilt, finding the weight upon his con

this way, which we never thought of science an intolerable burden, resolved, sending Quail in search of. If I met, at the end of his journey, to make a full out of doors, a companion who asked confession of his crime, and to endea

me to walk, and I did not wish to lose vour, with his ill-amassed wealth, to

time by returning for my hat, I had buy from the church, peace for his soul. Only to touch my head to Quail, and go

He had scarcely finished his story, on. Our hats lay on the hall table, when the messenger returned with the and Quail never failed to return to the

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house, select mine from the rest, and talent in carrying things in this way holding it carefully out of the diri, was sometimes useful to the servants. as she had been taught, bring it to me We had a very old woman who was to a considerable distance. When sent fond of snuff, but not able to go for it back on such occasions, she sometimes herself. The boy was not always found the door shut, and could not get willing, and he taught Quail to be his in: having tried in vain to obtain en- substitute. When her box was empty, trance by scratching, she then adopted he put a balfpenny into it, and gave it another method. There was no rapper to Quail, who forth with carried it in her to the back door, and the persons mouth to the snuff-shop; and then, knocking generally thumped with their rising up to the counter with her forefist; this Quail of her own sagacity legs, she shook her head and rattled the learned to imitate with her tail; she halfpenny in the box. This was soon turned her side, wagged it against the understood by the shopman, who took door, and produced a sound which never the money and filled the box, which failed to bring the people to open it, as Quail brought safely back to our old if for some human being. Her capa

Within doors her utility and bility of finding lost things was very sagacity were equally in requisition. useful to us. On one occasion I re We sat, in the winter time, in a large member | went out to shoot rails, and parlour, reading round the fire, with having fired at a bird, I prepared to Quail between the legs of one of us, charge again, but could not find my her head resting on our knees, and powder-born. This loss Quail soon waiting for orders, either to ring the comprehended, and instantly set back bell or shut the door, as occasion might in search of it. My way had been require. On this latter duty she was through several meadows and fields, often sent, as it was usually left open and across roads and ditches, since I by whoever came in, and the room had last used it: through all these was sometimes very cold. Her method she retraced my footsteps, frequently was to lift up her right paw (for she , questing through the intricate crossings had actually a human preference for I had made several times over the same the use of the right hand), and push the fields, and so unravelling the whole door forward till the lock clicked. On distance I had gone for several miles, one occasion she could not move the at length found the powder-horn, and door; and after sundry efforts she returned to me with it, after an absence returned, whining in that peculiar way of nearly an hour. The faculty of by which she expressed embarrassment. recognising and carrying away things It appeared that the room was smoking, that had been touched by us was used and the servant bad opened the door to for a bad purpose, and severely com- let the smoke out, and placed a smoothpromised her character. There was an ing iron against it to keep it so. Quail old woman who sold apples and oranges pondered for some tine on the case, at the corner of the next street. We with her head on one side, when, as if had a servant boy who often set his the cause suddenly struck her, she ran eyes on them. One day he took up an at the smoothing-iron, and having orange, and asked the price of it; but dragged it away, she pushed with both thinking it too dear, the old woman her feet against the door, shut it, and snatched it out of his hand, and bid him returned to us rejoicing, with the same go home. This was observed by Quail; feelings, no doubt, as the philosopher and when he returned, she immediately when he discovered the mathematical ran back, snapped up the orange, and problem. We have often placed siinibrought it to him in triumph. When lar obstructions there, but Quail was this quality was discovered, it never again embarrassed to find out the soon put into requisition, and all the cause; she always, however, barked at fruit-women in ihe town were laid it, and shook it after she had removed under contribution. The appearance it as if to express her displeasure for of Quail in the market put every one

the trouble it gave her. When she on the alert ; and many a severe blow found any thing that was mislaid, she she received in doing as she was bid. was rewarded, and she was riot long in She at last, however, became so saga- applying this to profit. If a knile or cious, that she stole quietly behind the spoon was dropped at dinner, she stall, watching her opportunity, and always took it up and presented it to carried off the fruit without being per- the person next io it. When this did ceived. When we found it out, we not happen, and she waited in vain, she severely prohibited the practice. Her proceeded to the sideboard where


knises were laid, with the bandles turpentine.' In the last races in August, sometimes projecting over the edge. a course of fourteen dogs set off for the Here she waited her opportunity, and prize, and in the midst of some horsemen, when no one was observing, slily drew pedestrians, and ladies mounted on their a knife forward, then let it fall with a palfreys, they scented the ground up noise, took it up, and proceeded to the and down with great swiftness and innext person and claimed her reward. terest. Such a scene so far off from the It would be endless to mention all the metropolis contains novelty, and parinstances in which she improved, by icularly so as it is not, we believe, her natural sagacity, everything she exhibited in any of the rural sports had been mechanically taught; and within the “ Bills of Mortality.” there were always such traces of rea

Pedes. soning on cause and effect, that it was Habits OP ANIMALS. --It has been almost iinpossible to suppose she was asserted, froin of old, that the river Falnot gifted, to a certain exient, with the con (Falco haliælus, Linn.) seizes at human faculty of arguing cases in her times upon fish of so large a size, that own mind and drawing conclusions. he is unable to carry it away with him, Her power of distinguishing persons and is dragged under water by his prey, was also very great, and decided by and drowned. Nor is it an uncommon means very different from the mere in- thing to find the skeleton of this bird stinct of smell. A circumstance of this adhering to fish, which inhabit those kind occorred, which highly gratified pieces of water, to which he resorts. an eininent and very sensible artist. Bụt, says the celebrated German naOf all the inmates of our family, Quail turalist, Brehm, I could never succeed was most attached to my mother, who in obtaining a proof of the fact, until the returned her good-will, and was very autumn of 1828. On the 7th of October, kind to her. She had sat for her in that year, a countryman, who was picture, and afterwards gone on a visit walking near a pond. observed a large io a friend for a short time: and Quail bird sitting on the edge of it: he apseemed very uneasy at her absence. proached the bird, and to his great asThe picture, which was a strong like tonishment, found her perched upon a ness, was sent home; and before it was fish of very large size, from which she hung up, it stood on the sofa where my could not extricate herself. He crept mother used to sit. I could not account as gently as he could close up to her, one day for the boisterous joy of Quail and threw his stick at her with so much in the dining-room; but on looking in, force, as to break one of her wings. He I saw that she had recognised the pic then killed her, but found it an extremely ture, and was wagging her tail and difficult task to disengage her claws frisking about, as she always did to from the gills of the captive fish. The express her joy, frequently looking up falcon was a female, of the Pendion altiand licking the face-a mark of affec- ceps species, and I have given her a tion she tried to pay to those she was place in any collection, in common with fond of. When the picture was hung a record of the extraordinary circumap, she never failed to notice it when stances of her death. The same naturashe entered the rooin, and lay for some-, list, when speaking of the wasp buzzard time before it on the carpet, gazing at (Pernis. Cuvier,) which draws out the it intently; and this practice she con- sting of the insect before he swallows tinued till my mother's return, and the it, communicates an interesting extrace original quite absorbed her attention from a letter, which he had received from the representation. The ingenious from a noble friend. "I was informed," artist who drew it frequently declared, says Baron de Seyffertitz, “ that a large that he considered this recognition the bird had been for some time sitting in highest compliment that could be paid my garden, hard at work. The next him, and he preferred it to the most morning he returned to the spot as soon elaborate eulogy of a connoisseur."

as it was light, and taking up my gun, 1

crept, under covert of a currant bush, to The Naturalist.

within twenty paces of him. I now per

ceived that he was at work on a wasp's Dog Races.-At Keswick Races a nest, which lay under-ground, and ladog-race takes place, which is not only bouring at it might and main.' With a a singular thing, but an interesting view to prevent too many wasps from sport. A train of scent is laid down by coming out at a time, he closed the the keeper, consisting of aniseed and opening into the nest with one of his

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wings, sprung after the wasps, which the prison, which was locked, the key were getting away with great nimble- reinaining in the door, and the keeper ness, beat them to the ground with bis in a profound sleep, probably oppressed other wing, and then dispatched them. with liquor. There could have been He pursued this game until he had no difficulty in his escaping, even subreached the nest itself; this he sequent to the departure of his friend, gradually pulled to pieces, devouring and without his consent ; but he the poor insects as they turned up. adopted a different conduct-he locked My patience was by this time exhausted, the door after his guest, awoke the and 'I shot him dead." This, adds Brehm, keeper, gave him the key, and retired is an incontrovertible proof, that the to his apartment."- This is recorded wasp buzzard, as well as the fox, dig up by Dr. M.Niven to prove that Jackson wasp's nests from below the surface, and had a high sense of honour. The honour are each, in their way, very useful which remains to be hanged, when by animals.

Atheneum. opening a door escape is certain, ap

pears romantic and unnatural; nor is it

likely such a feeling rould operate, in Table Talk.

such a situation, on any human being.

He was probably bewildered and conBishop BURNET.- In conversation, fused by the unexpectedness of the oche is described as having been often currence; and, stupitied and infatuated, unintentionally disagreeable, through a had not presence of mind to seize the singular want of consideration. One critical moment of escaping from death, day, during Marlborough's disgrace, thoughi afterwards die had fortitude 10 and voluntary exile, Burnet, wbile meet it undaunted. dining with the Duchess, who was a Loss Of A Nose.-A man who has reputed termagant, compared the Duke lost his nose has peculiar advantages to Belisarius.“ How do you account,' as well as disadvantages: he cannot inquired her Grace, “ for so great a follow his nose-but then he cannot be man as that celebrated Roman having said to be pocking his nose into every been so miserable and detested ?". thing. He cannot blow his nose-but “ Oh! madam,” replied the bishop, then he saves pocket handkerchiefs. "he had, as you know, such a sad He cannot be stuffed up in his nosebrimstone of a wife !"

but then he cannot take snuff, which is, DYING FORTItupe. Amongst the however, another saving. If he goes to number of misguided men who engaged sleep, you cannot tickle his nose ; and in the Irish rebellion, was a Mr. Jack-' when he is awake, he cannot run bis son, a clergyman. He was tried and nose against a post. Let himn drink found guilty, but contrived to escape the what he will, he will never have a red penalties of the law by swallowing a nose, and never be exposed to the nicklarge dose of arsenic. The intrepidity naine of Nosey; and let him be as inwith which he bore the excruciating pertinent as he will, he may defy you pains of that poison was remarkable. io pull his nose. Sir," said a man A motion in arrest of judgment was to another with a false proboscis, “ I'II made: he concealed the pangs he was pull your nose.”—“ Sir," retorted the suffering so well, that when called other, “I defy you-I shall put my upon to know what he had to say, why nose in my pocket.”. sentence should not be passed upon New WAY OF NAMING A STREET him, though at the time actually unable WITHOUT LETTERS.-On a person seeto speak, with a smiling air he bowed ing a blank painted in white at the and pointed to bis counsel. His forti- corner o' a street, on which its name tude did not fail him to the last, for it was intended to be written, inquiring was scarcely suspected that he was ill, of a bystander if he knew what street it until he fell down in the midst of his was. “Oh, yes!'' said he, “it is White counsel's argument.

The following Street, to be sure Then, I am anecdote is related of him in a work right," the other replied, “for I have written by Dr. M'Niven:-“ While got a carte blanche' for a young lady, preparing for his trial, and fully ap and the street I want must be nameprised of what would be its result, a less."

P. friend was, by the kindness of the

A COCKNEY EPIGRAM. gaoler, permitted to remain with him When in hot water Linimerse my feel, until a very lale hour at night. On the This to my taste a pie-house treat reveals : departure of bis friend, Mr. Jackson

Because an aspiration I repeal

And with a dainty flavour h-eat my h-eels. accoinpanied him to the outer door of


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owing to some improvement in seaman.

ship, or else to the timely warning now THE HARE-HOUND AND given to distant mariners, by lights THE WITCH.*

erected at the mouth of the bay. But

other persons, and by far the greater On the western coast of Ireland is a number in the neighbourhood, think certain dangerous bay: into it the broad that the comparative pancity of wrecks Atlantic rolls its vast waters. Two may more naturally and satisfactorily leagues inland from its mouth high be accounted for in another way. In black cliffs frown over it, at both sides, fact, there does not now reside, as forof which ebe bases are hollowed into ca- inerly there did, in an almost unapverns; and when the winds blow an- proachable cavern, high up on the face grily--and any wind can effectually of one of the black cliffs, a real witch, visit the open and exposed estuary, of the right sort." tremendous and terrific is the roar, the Not that her witchship always dwelt dash, and the foam, which deafen the in her cave; no. her visits to it were ears, and distract the eyes of a spectator. but occasional. Nor did it ever become That hapless véssel, which, in a storm, necessary for her to proclaim her precannot avoid an entrance into this mer sence on the coast, by exhibiting her ciless turmoil of mad waters, has sealed person ; the results of her close neighits doom.

bourhood sufficiently “ prated of her Formerly, a great number of ships, whereabouts.". Farmers' wives toiled from different countries, used to be in vain at their churns; and when no dashed to splinters against the iron- ' butter would come, self-evident it was bound coast ; and a few people conjec- that the witch"was at that moment in ture, that the diminution of such terrible her cavern, seated on her heels before accidents, in the present day, is partially a vessel of plain water, from which, by

drawing a dead man's hand through it, * Tait's Magazine.

she appropriated the produce of other VOL. X.


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