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frame appeared as if shaken by a slight to the great chief; still she answered convulsion, and then the countenance not. But after a short pause she mutwas calm, and grave, and passionless as tered some words, without raising her ever. He 'raised his eye slowly from eyes or altering her position, from the ground, and fixing it full on me, which we could gather, that the men asked, in his usual low and soft accents, had died of starvation soon after the

"Does my brother see the trail of a lake was covered with the first ice ; bad dog?"! My reply was: “ I see it;' that the provisions they had brought let us follow !" and I set forth upon the with thenr bad failed, and that they the tracks': The Indian remained in the caught no fish. Hitherto, Neegonaurear ; bis head hung heavily, and he bee had remained silent and motionless; seemed to drag his limbs after him as but his eye having now caught among though they performed their office most the billets of fire-wood, a parcel, coverunwillingly. He was like a man mov ed with the bark of the birch, and tied ing in a dream,-in that passive state with the delicale fibres of pine-root, he of being wherein volition is stagnant, took it up, and found it contained a or suspended, and the power of a spell lump of human flesh, apparently cut draws you wearily onward in the ap- from the buttock of a man. He held it pointed course. I could not imagine in his outstretched band towards the the cause of bis dejection. Murder and woman. She spoke not-gazed notcannibalism could have been no new shuddered not; but raised herself things to him ; the corpse of the mur- slowly from the ground, and stood with dered, the relics of the devoured, must her head hanging on her breast, and have been sights familiar to bim from her blanket gathered close around her. his childhood. Why should they now The Indian let fall the flesh from his work upon him after so strange a fa- hand, placed the muzzle of his gón shion?' We reached the low woods, against her breast, and fired. After a and here we found severel tracks along convulsive bound into the air, she fell the walks of the Alpine hare, wherein a corpse. She was his sister, - his only snares were set. This proved that some surviving relative !-From passages and human being was near. We came up- Life ut an Idler in Fraser's Mag. on a track ; it was well nigh fresh ; it was evidently that of an Indian woman. HABITS AND CHARACTER OF Neegonaubee gazed on it for a moment, THE GERMAN PEASANTRY." wildly and listlessly ; but in the next his eye lightened, and he stood once The greater part of the day at Wabern more erect ; and removing the covering is one unreinitting fugue of cackling, from his gun, he examined the flint, and crowing, grunting, lowing, 'and quack. renewed the priming. We proceeded ing-beating hemp, thrashing, and, if rapidly in the track, the Indian now there be any other occupation belong leading the way with inclined body ing to a bucolic life, here you have it in and expanded nostril. We had not full work. Both men and women resume advanced more than a couple of hun- their diurnal task at two o'clock in the dred yards, when he exclaimed, Scude! morning in summer, and keep at it until (fire); and soon after we, 100, first nightfall. To their laborious habits it smelt smoke, and next saw it darkling must be'owing, that the females of ihe in the cold thin atmosphere in fantastic servile order, in this country have a feathers, it proceeded from a wigwam, breadth of shoulder, extent of threw, which was entirely concealed from the and procerity of limb, 1' would venture eye by the drifted snow, presenting to swear, not to be found in any part as it did simply the appearance of a of the habitable earth. They really hillock. We approached the wigwam, quite outman our sex. In all other ani-entered it ; a woman was seated on mals but the human, the males are, I the fir-brush which was strewed upon believe, most usually reinarkable for the floor; the walls were hung round beauty. Flere they make good the gewith rabbit-skins, and soine rabbits neral analogy. 'histead of al. peeping were boiling in a keule on the tire. ankle,” you have a calf of brawn, in The woman rose not, but just looked up full display, under a petticoat reaching for an instant at the party, and then no lower than a little ander the knee, cast down her eyes. Cleuster asked her, whose owner steps along at her ease, a in her own tongue, what had been the full geometrical yard and a half at a face of our people ? She made no reply. stride. It was, no doubt, women such After waiting some time, I addressed as these that Cæsar's soldiers had a her, with the authority which belonged view of when his army became panic

struck with the apprehended physical, yellow, but rather between yellow and force of this people. But the males are a straw colour, covering layers of diby no means in proportion masculine. versified lines, between yellow and The costuine of the sex is appropriate. sandy, a good deal like the lime-burnt The head is bagged, or trussed, in a hair in mortaret. As to the hos artus, et

sort of night-cap, tied close under the hæc corpora quce i miramur, 1 much. chin, the top of which casing is pursed, doubt whether either one or other have into a knob stuffed with their hair, and fined down a single inch since the days froin, this a long que, or two of plaited of Ariovistus. Gibbony and Ovid) tresses depend to the waist, it waist it remember, take considerable paing to can be called, which preserves its dia account for the advantage the German meter undiminished one inch from the women have over other countries in shoulder to the hip.. So much for the point of chastity. Allowing them the exterior. As to their morals, we must most ample credit for veracity, there by no means rate thein, I fear, by our seems little in the remark that should very refined notions of Arcadia. Amongpuzzle the naturalist. Out of Otaheite the virgins, there are few who, before there is perhaps nothing of feminine the age of fifteen, have not complied less likely to teinpt the virtue ofour sex. punctually with the primary command-. If my reader can figure to himself a ment. It may, doubtless, be some ex- Thames waterman or Greenwich pentenuation of the licences taken in this sioner coquetting in petticoats, he inay matter, that Wabern, humble as it is, arrive at once at a more accurate descontains a whole troop, of strapping cription of what I would in vain attempt dragoons. We are assured, by way of to express by, a more laboured descripset-off against this laxity of manners, tion of the personality of these females. that the conduct of the married ladies The character of the German nation much more than makes up for the has lo me always been an enigma, or frailties of their unwedded sisters, and sort of concocdia discors. You find the that however the village may be off for most opposite qualities united in the Josephs, there is nothing approaching same individual ; politeness and bluntPotiphar's wife to be heard of from one ness, gaucherie and a dash of dandy, end to the other. These freedoms with libertinism and a measured respect to the decalogue will appear the more un- appearance. It is a nation of tiddlers accountable when it is known that there, and philosophers, imaginative writers is a standing regulation of the elector's, and heavy companions ; dull and slow which, in every case of bastardy, de as their dray-horses, and yet, on emervolves the whole responsibility on the gencies, capable of the greatest'e woman, who is required to support her tions, mira dirersitate naturæ, cum offspring until they are able to support iidem homines sic ament inertiam et her, which, when industry fails, they oderint quietem. Backward of giving do by begging from door to door: and, or taking affronts, brave in resenting over and above this, it is made penal in them; attentive to all exterior obsuch circumstances for a woman to in- servances of religion, but latitudiculpate anybody as the father.

narians in their opinions; loyal to a

proverb, yet with a strong desire for “ Nothing can be imagined more op- liberty, which they have not the power posed to that charm and weakness of to assert;--these are but a few of the woman,' in which, Gibbon tells us, re- antithetic traits which every day dissides so much of the fascination of the closes in their character. sex, than the appearance of the female peasantry. They are, if possible, a " A labourer's hire is his meat and whole century of civilisation more two groschens, about twopence halfclumsy than even their Wabern rivals. penny, a-day, unless he happens to be To their slavish habits, no doubt, is employed in thrashing, in which case owing much of this marvellous coarse- he usually makes a contract for a sixness. In their very teens they become teenth measure of the whole quantity of masculine ; and at a little more ad- grain he thrashes out. As the entire vanced age, positively hirsute beyond village resounds from end to end with the power of any patent depilatory, this operation, I shall state a few partiAmong the rustics of these villages, 1 culars respecting it which are likely to think I could observe much more of the escape a more fugitive traveller, or one lingering remains of the aboriginal less curious in re rustica. Thrashing crinis rutilus than in the higher ranks here is executed with a skill unknown of the community. Yet it is not exactly to a less musical people. To be an ex

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pert thrasher it appears to me as requi- retired; but the Duke entered briskly, site to have had a thrashing master as and cried, “I'll bet 100 crowns that I a master for any other given art or ac- jump higher than your Eminence ;'' complishment. They thrash' with a per- and the Duke and Cardinal began 10 fect regard to time, in all the alternations jump together. Grammont took care of triple and common measure, making to jump a few inches lorer than the the transition from the one to the other Cardinal ; and was, six months afterwith the greatest exactness. There are wards, made Marshal of France. sometimes not fewer than seven or eight REMARKABLE ANAGRAM.

-Pilate's fails in concert: when it is a simple question to our Saviour, “What is quartet, and one of the performers hap- truth ?' in the Latin Vulgate stands pens to drop out, which is frequently thus :-"Quid est veritas ?" These the case, the transition is immediately, letters transposed make Est vir qui and without the least interruption, into adest." It' is the man before thee.” triplets. Occasionally the effect is OPINIONS OF Jeremy TAYLOR.- If graced by some very delicate gradations men did but know what felicity dwells of forte and piano, rallentando, cres in the cottage of a viriuous poor man, cendo, morcendo, accellerando— and how sound he sleeps, how quiet bis the whole executed with as much pre- breast, how composed his mind, how cision as if a note-book lay before each free from care, how easy his provision, performer. When the piano is to be how' healthy his morning, how sober bis particularly delicate, the tips of the night, how moist his mouth, how joyful fails are used, which affords an oppor.' his heart, they would never admire tunity of combining grace with dex- the noises, the diseases, the throng of terity ; it is 'then the merest scarcely passions, and the violence of unnatural audible tap, and costs the least possible, appetites, that till the houses of the luxeffort. Then comes the crescendo, urious, and the hearts of the ambitious. swelling into a tremendous barn SWIFTNESS OF MEN:Men who are echoing staccato-downright thrashing exercised in running out-strip horses; in fact; and what I particularly wish or at least hold their speed for a longer lo enforce upon the farmer, the flail, continuance. In a journey, too, a man during the whole movement, is never will walk down a horse; and afier they raised higher than the head, which I have both continued to proceed for secould not help especially taking a note veral days, the horse will be quite · of for the good of our practical agri- tired, and the man as fresh as in the culturists, when I recollected how much beginning. Tbe king's messengers of unnecessary brawn is expended on our Ispaban, who are runners by profesthrasting-floor to no purpose. Thus sion, go 108 miles in 14 hours. Hottenwe see his genius for inusic never for- tots outstrip lions in the chase, and sakes the German in any situation or savages who hunt the elk, tire down occupation of life; it follows him into' and take it; and are said to have perhis commonest employments; and no formed a journey of three thousand six doubt there is advantage, on the prin- hundred miles in less than six weeks. ciple of studio fullente laboren, in

MODERN DICTIONARY. making it in all similar exertions a rythmical operation. What is the story

Distant Relations. - People who of Amphion building his Thebes, but imagine they have a claim to rob you if an allegorical illustration of the same

you are rich, and to insult you, if you benefit of lightening labour by music? are poor, The German thrasher has the advantage

Heart.-A rare article, sometimes. of the Theban architect, for he turns the found in human beings. It is soon, labour itself into a kind of music, though however, destroyed by commerce with sonje'what inonotonous to be sure,

the world, or else becomes fatal to its possessor.

Wealth. - The most respectable qua-, Varieties.

lity of man.

Critic.-A large dog, that goes about PROMOTION AT COURT.-The Duke unchained, and barks at every thing of Grammont eniered one day the clo- that he does not comprehend.. set of Cardinal Mazarine, without being Doctor. - A man who kills you (0-day announced. His eminence was amus lo save you from dying to-morrow. ing himself by jumping cross-legged Virtue.- An awkward habit of actagainst the wall. A less skilful cour- irg differently from other people. A tier might have stammered excuses and vulgar word.

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A LEGEND OF HUNGARY.

Illustrated Article.

of the wood squirrel as he sprang from

bough to bough, for the footsteps of the THE BLACK MASK.* traveller never trod this valley, which

pseemed as if shut out by nature from all As' the Danube approaches the an- intercourse with the remainder of the cient city of Buda, it traverses a vast world. Hunting had been for years the and almost uninhabited plain, surround- only occupation of the few who inha. ed upon every side by rude and barren bited it, and the inaccessible character mountains. This tract, thickly wooded of the mountains had long contributed with forest trees of great age and size, to preserve it for them froin the intruis now called the Black Forest” of sion of others ; but at length the chase Hungary, and has been long celebrated became the favourite pastime of the as the resort of the wild boar and the young noblesse of Austria as well as elk, driven by winter to seek a shelter Hungary; and to encourage a taste for and cover which they would in vain the “mimic fight,'as it has been not look for upon the rocky and steep inaptly termed, the example of the mountains around : there, for at least reigning monarch greatly contributed. five months of every year, might daily Not a little vain of his skill and profibe heard the joyous call of the jager ciency in every bold and warlike exerhorn, and at night, around the blazing cise, he often took the lead in these fires of the bivouac, might parties of exercises himself, and would remain hunters be seen carousing and relating weeks and even months away, joyfully the dangers of the chase. But when enduring all the dangers and hardships once the hunting season was past, the of a hunter's life, and by his own dargloom and desolation of this wild waste ing, stimulate others to feats of difficult was onbroken by any sound save the and hardy enterprise. Some there were, shrill cry of the vultures, or the scream however, who thought they saw in this * Monthly Mag.

more than a mere fondness for a hun. Vol. X.

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ter's life, and booked on it, with reason, culiarity to court favour in the eyes of perhaps, as a deeply said political Joseph, who avowed his preference for scheme that, by bringing the pobles that country on every occasion. The of the two nations more closely into first object that' met his eyes as he contact, nearer intimacy, and eventually looked anxiously around for soine place friendships would spring up and eradi. of refuge from that storm, which long cate that feeling of jealousy with which impending, was already about to break! as rivals they had tot ceased to regards forth with increased violence, was the each other.

massive castle of Çfervitzen, whose ylt, was the latter end of December of battlemented towers rose high above the the year 1754 ; the sun had gone down trees or the opposite side of the Das and the shadows of night were fast fall- nubes between, however, foäred the ing upon tbe dreary valley, whilst upon river, with the impetdosity of a mountain the cold and piereing blast were borne torrenty amid huge fragments of ice, masses of snow-drift and sleet, and the which were either held by their attaché ! low. wailing of the night wind forebodi ment to rocks in the channel, or borne ed the approach of a storm, that a soli- along till dashed to pieces by those lary wanderer was vainly endeavouring sharp reefs 'so frequent in this part of to disentangle himself from the low the stream ; he shuddered as he watchbrysh wood, which heavy and snow.' ed the fate of many a ledge of ice or laden, obstructed him at every step snow now smoothly gliding on, and in Often he stood, and putting his horn to the next moment sbivered into ten thou-i his lips, blew till the forest rang again sand pieces, and lost in the foam and with the sound, but nothing responded surge of the dark rolling river." He to his call save the dull and ceaseless seemed long to weigh within himself the roar of the Dapobe, wbich poured along hazard of an attempt to cross the stream its thundering food, amid huge masses upon these floating islands with the of broken ice or frozen snow, which, danger of a night passed in the forest; rent from their attachment to the banks, for be now knew too welt, no village were carried furiously-along by the lay within miles of him. But at last current of the river.

aid he seemed to have taken his resolution;" 9 To the bank of the Danube the for, drawing his belttightly around wanderer bad long directed his steps, him and throw ing back his jag d messer guided by the noise of the stream; and lest it should impede the free play of he had determined to follow its guide his left arm, he seemed to prepare hims ance to the nearest village, where he self for the perilous undertaking this might rest for the night. After much was but the work of oner moment the difficulty, she reached the bank, and next saw him advancing upon the the moon which hitherto had not shone; broad ledge, which, frozen to the bank, now suddenly broke forth and showed stretched to a considerable distance in the stranger to be young and athletic; the stream: Now arrived at the verge his figure, which was tall, and com- of this came bis first difficulty; for the manding, was arrayed in the ordinary passage was only, to be accomplished hunting dress of the period; he wore a by springing from island to island over green frock or kurtha, which, trimmed the channels of the river, which ran with fur; was fastened at the waist by narrowly though rapidly between ;-) a broad strap of black leather ; from the loud crashes which every moment this was suspended his jaged messer, interrupted the silence of the nighty as or couteau de chasse, the handle and each fragment broke upon the rocks hilt; of which were of silver richly before him, told too plainly what fate chased and ornamented; around his awaited him, should he either miss his neck hung a small bugle, also of silver, footing, or the ice break beneath his and these were the only parts of bis weight; in either case death would be equipment which bespoke him to be of inevitable. He once more looked back rapk, save that air of true born nobi• upon the dark forest he had left, and lity which no garbs however homely, again seemed to hesitate = twas for an can effectually conceal. His broad instant with a bold spring he cleared leafed bonnet with its dark o’erhanging the channel. No time was however, herons? feathers, concealed the upper given him to look back on the danger part of his face s but the short and cur- he had passed; for scarcely had his yed moustache which graced his upper feet reached their landing place, than lip, told that he was either by birth the ice yielding to the impulse of his Hungarian, or one who from motives fall, gave way and riseparated with a of policy had adopted this national per loud crash from its connection with the

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