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eyery eye was turned to heaven. 'I only provoked new indignities, and have a last duty to perform, said the riveted more closely his chains. Letter king, when urged to retire: I have a after letter he wrote to his wife and last duty to perform towards my son!' family, but they never found an exit Leaning on M. Dupuytren's arm, he from Virginia. Years rolled on-time approached the bed, closed the eyes of silvered his locks--hard and galling the dead, and, tenderly kissing his hand, labour bent his form-sorrow ploughed withdrew without uttering a word. deep its furrows on his brow-but of The spectaters silently dispersed." wife, or home, or friends, he had liter

ally heard nothing. His wife alone, STANZAS

lived in his heart; but none knew the For the Olio.

anguish that corroded and wasted that Now slowly sinks the glittering orb of day,

heart. And misty shadows hovec o'r the plain ;

We cannot follow him through the The sun behind yon hill has pass'd away, And night once more assumes its gloomy rica. Twelve years he passed, in a

latter part of his eventful life in Amereiga. Now slides the moon high o'er the peaceful state of slavery. At length an irrup,

tion of the Indians opened a new chapAnd gently casts its pale beams from afar; ter in his history. A band of these redOr, where the gathering clouds at distance men of the wood broke in on the repose

break, Appears, in bright array, the evening star,

of bis master during the night, and de*Tis now the hour when fancy's magic sway

stroyed, in one conflagration, the greatCan thrill to ecstacy the youthful heart;

er part of his household, all his buildOr memory now a busy part will play, ings and wigwams, and nearly all his And bid each ray of happiness depart..

property. Our hero and his owner's Can there be one who at this silent hour

child made their escape, but were reNo fond remembrance of the past can move, taken by the Indians, and carried up of some sweet scenes, or now deserted hower, the country. The interesting incidents Some long-forgotten tale of early love.

of the succeeding seven years would fill Oh, night! too soon thy dusky shadows fly, Oft with regret I mourn thy traosient reign.

a volume; but we must pass them over. And when the last faint sunbeams leave the

When nearly twenty years in Amesky,

rica, and the last seven of the twenty in I gladly welcome thy return again,

its deepest forests, where no white Long ere the hand of time had rudely swept inan had been seen before, he was per

one trace of pleasure from my inmost mind, mitted to return to the coast, or rather I've watch'd the wavering stars while others slept,

his departure was connived at, by the And fancied music in the evening wind. chief of the tribe. He there obtained Perhaps, now in regions far remote from this, permission to work his passage to EngSome dear-loved friend is gazing on that land. He was landed in Cornwall, a for

beam, Who, lost amidst the varied scenes of bliss,

lorn man, emaciated with grief, like 5 Thinks of the feast, as of a midnight dream,

one who had risen from the dead, to From me the dreams of life have passed away,

search among the tombs for the remains And retrospection chills each rislag flame;

of those he had left alive at his departTbe fairest flowers of bope I've seen decay,

He bent his way, leaning on an And all that's left of pleasure is the name.

old bamboo walking stick, towards the H.F.S.

beautiful village where he had laughed, WALTER VIVIAN, THE CORNISH and roamed, and been beloved in childSMUGGLER.

bood. He had travelled during the Contioned from page 283.

night--a suminer's night from Fal

mouth. Day had broken long before Vivian was speedily made acquaint- be reached it. His heart beat with ined with the conditions on which he creasing pulsation the nearer he apwas wafted to the western world. But proached it. The sun shone bright in remonstrance was in vain. Money he ihe sky, when he arrived at the high had none - friends he dared not seek land that overlooks it. It was as still Tescape he dared not attempt-com- and beautiful as ever, as if, like him, plaint he dared noi uiter, for his em it nad just awakened from a sleep of ployers, or rather bis owners, had been twenty years. The river was as placid made acquainted with his name, his “the bay as serene -- the smoke, curlconduct, and the transaction which had ing up ainong the trees, as clear and exposed him to the resentment of the blue-the fisherinen preparing their government and the laws. The terrors nets as silently--as he had seen them of outlawry were still held over bis yesterday in his dream. The grass in head ; each emotion of disappointment ihe church-yard did not seem to have

ure.

been trodden the bell in the tower ed him from his cares. He gazed on did nol appear to have been rung since her with a pure delight which none che day of his marriage. There was a but a father which none but a father small trim lugger in the harbour, such as he can feel. which might have passed for the eldest The contraband trade had greatly daughter of bis own Belle Any--but diminished when Vivian returned from he could look no longer-fancy was exile. His enemies either slept in the touching a tender and a painful chord: churchyard, or at the bottom of the sea, he wiped the tear from his cheek, and or bad, by the process of natore, been paced on in gloom and silence. divested of their jealousies; for he

Unhappy inan! Unaltered as the vil. found that all his neighbours rere his lage externally appeared, it bad with- friends. The place was indeed secludin, as regarded him, undergone a melan- ed; but he was considered to be old, choly change. The house where he and frail; and if the government knew first beheld the light, and which was of his return, certain it is they did not occupied by his elder brother when he molest him. No magistrate inquired last saw it, was now tenantless. The into his conduct; and in the society of windows were broken, the doors off his daughter he was the happiest of their hinges, and the roof fallen in. beings. On the sea-beach in the morn. And his wife, too, was dead! For six ing he was seen straying with that beyears she had mourned his absence- loved child; in the cool of the evening day after day had looked for his return, they were observed walking together; or some lidings of his fate. Her aged in the pew at church they sat side by grandmother divided with her her small side his heart beat but for her ; her annuity - her friends consoled her— sinile, her happiness, were dearer to the smile of her infant daughter light- him than his own life. ened her melancholy-hope flattered But the outlaw was the heir of a dark her till its monitions had no longer destiny, It was not fated that the hapa ady charm-her own heart, so early piness he now experienced should be desolate, so wedded to her exiled hus- of long duration. The snatches of imband, repelled as long as it could the passioned felicity be had enjoyed were dark misgivings of despair; but it was but angel visits. They were to his a broken heart-its chords were all rent heart like the occasional drop of rain it burst, and she died! The Vivians, to the parched lip of the Arab in the if they knew, never disclosed the fate desart. They but excited bopes which, or the destination of their brother. alas ! were not to be realised. He had They even attributed to his roving dis- suffered more than most men, but he position his neglect of his wife and had not yet suffered enough. He had his indifference towards his family. drank deeply of the cup of misery, but

When the first violent pangs of af- he had not yet half quaffed its confliction were over, Walter found in his tents; and he was dooined to drain blooming daughter, born a few weeks these to the very dregs. The angel's after his departure, that charm of life tear, if it had fallen on his early sins, which he expected to find in her mo- had not yet washed them from the rether. Both brothers had died, just as cords of heaven. The penitent bad the last remnant of their wealth had not been absolved. He had the blood begun to melt away; but this remnant of his fellow-men on his breast ; a dark, had descended to the orphan child. lurid, damning spot, which a whole She grew an untended rose, without a life of anguish could not wipe away. sister, beautiful as her mother, uncon Tracy Vivian was young and beautiscious of the sorrow which had depriv- ful, full of life and vivacity; her eye ed her of one parent, or of the love the deep luscious blue of ripe youth, which had restored to her another. her cheek streaked with the rose, her Life would have been a burden to the brow pale as the purest Parian, her exile, but for this child. He would lip round and ruby, ber step light, and ere a few moons, have slept by his her smile soft; tranquil, and lovely as Tracy's side, but for this tie on morta- the beam lity. Her smile gave him new life,

# of that fait star her vivacity restored him to convales. That guides the wandering seaman through

the deep.” cence, the lineainents of her face carried him back to earlier days; the But the smile from that full eye be. tones of her voice, the gentleness of her spoke the malady that was soon to manners, the intuitive fondness she carry her to the grave. Its light was manifested for the worn-out man, wean- speedily to be quenched, and the girl

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countenance there was ore, in whose is, in this performance, that fidelity is

so doted upon was ere long sleep, dow. He knelt on the floor, and by her father once more to walk the earthmily Bible which lay on the table, and a childless, desolate man.

clasping his hands over it, he addressed In the midst of life, Tracy was on the himself

to the Deity, in a strain of humthreshold of the tomb. More rapidly ble penitence and fervent supplication. and imperceptibly than is usual with The faint stream of light fell upon his that insidious destroyer, she pined withered featnres ; his tears dropped on away Her father's prayers availed the sacred volume ; and his hands were not: He called on God to take him, stretched upwards, while he besought and spare his child ; but the lamb only forgiveness for his

sins. Strange as it could be accepted as the sacrifice. The may appear, he was uniform in his bloom lingered on her cheek, her eye belief, that the affliction of his daughter beamed more bright, but the tones of was a punishment on him for his yet her voice daily became more than mor- unpropitiated transgressions. He betal. The old man gazed upon her as lieved that the intensity of his affection serenely as ever : her smile was re- for his child was made the instrument turned with undiminished affection; of his punishment. Consequently, but the dew of the sepulchre was on while he asked pardon for himself, he her brow. Medicine could not arrest believed that its concession would inthe progress of the disorder. For a clude the suspension of the divine decree whole winter she was confined to her passed upon the life of Tracy, and her room; from the adjoining one, except restoration to health, as an evidence of when with his daughter, Walter never successful atonement.

pioner absented himself. The spring came, To be concluded in our next. but it was only autumn to her. The beam of the morning summer sun could PANORAMA OF STIRLING. 1948 not restore the vigour of the past year.

be 14101 She gradually became

The tide o Direito I 198 ear weaker and

of life, swift always in its course,

May run in cities with a brisker force; weaker, nearer and nearer her disso!

But no where with a current so serene, uzat lution. At length from her bed she could not rise. All that man could do sor hall so clear, as in this Stirling scene.” 24all ihat the intercessions of the pious By attending the private inspection could offer 2 were done and offered in of Mr. R. Burford's Panorama of Stir

Her hand was moist and warm, ling, a spot so celebrated by Miss Porbut her frame was attenuated; her eye ter in her " Scottish Chiefs," and also was increased in lustre, but her cheek by many other writers, we feel pleasure was pale or if otherwise, the suffusion in introducing this beautiful composiwhich brightened it was but the hectic tion to our readers. The delightful siintermissions of fever. She felt no pain, tuation chosen by the artist, for a view bat she was dying apace. For three of one of the finest prospects in Scotweeks previous to her demise, her fa. land, is exactly adapted to his wellther never quitted her chamber. He sat known scenic powers. Our impression

no other ex- identified in the delineation of the luxpression than that of subdued, speech- uriant and picturesquescenery so richly less unalloyed, consuming sorrow. illustrated by pleasing objects; and

One night only did the solitude of that the structure of the bonny wee the room tempt him to divulge audibly town,” partially viewed by the spectathe pangs that wrung his bosom. it tor, by reason of the rugged and imwas far in the morning, when the pa- pending rock on which the Castle setient had fallen into one of those brief curely stands in gigantic strength, is sluinbers with which she was occasion- perfectly correct. On this rock (as our ally visited and relieved at that hour readers are aware) the Castle was often the nurse had retired for the same pur- the residence of the Kings of Scotland ; pose. The moon, as it shone over the and in which " Jamie"spent the whole silvery estuary, darted its waning ray of his minority, under the tuition of in heaven and on earth, was still as the defended by Blackeney, and sustained grave. The moon itself was an emblem of repeated and successful warfare. Its

The “Carse of Stirling," on the one ting. Favoured by the stillness, Vivian wide into the bosom of romantic amplileft his chair, and approached the win- tude, and arrayed in all the charms of Jacy DEL 1900hap 90 1093e

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Varieties. sumes its dappled tracks through enchanting and diversified portions of the CLAY-EATERS. The hamlet of country, sinewing itself into playful Uruana is inhabited 'by the Otomacs, and attractive peninsulas of the most one of the rudest of the American exquisitely touching affinities. On the tribes. These Indians swallow quanother side, the Highland mountains, tities of earth for the purpose of like the guardians of Nature, intended allaying hunger. When the to protect the more genial growth of ters are low they live on fish and sylvan culture, give a closing and calın turtles ; but when the rivers swell, and relief to the prolific vernabries of the it becomes difficult to procure that food, Strath of Monteith - so that

they eat daily a large portion of clay. the whole might seem

Humboldt found in their huts heaps of The scenery of a fairy dream."

it in the form of balls, piled up in pyraThe eye is carried forward, with sur mids three or four feet high. This subprising reality, from the towns of Alloa, stance is fine and unctuous, of a yelClackmannan, Falkirk. and along the lowish gray colour, containing silica Frith of Forth, till the landscape allures and alumina, with three or four per it over the country to Edinburgh. cent. of lime. Being a restless and

Another admirable feature, of inspire turbulent people, with unbridled pasing interest, is the representation of the sions, and excessively given to intoxiannual meeting of the Highland Society. cation, the little village of Uruana is The space in the esplanade, allotted to more difficult to govern than any of the this purpose, though not the precise other missions. By inhaling at the historic spot of the battle of Bannock- nose the powder obiained from the pods burn, is disposed with judgment; and, of the Acacia niopo, they throw themin this particular, enhances the value selves into a state of intoxication bor. of the Panorama; inasmuch as it leads dering on madness, that lasts several the mind to reflection and the heart to days, during which dreadful murders the effect produced. The Scottish are commilied. The most vindictive sceneries are reposed in varied tints, cover the nail of the thumb with the and the lurid waters relieve the sun curare poison, the slightest scratch and shade with the pencil of truth to being thus sufficient to produce death. nature. A corresponding unity pervades When this crime is perpetrated at night the painting, which is as worthy of the they throw the body into the river. talent of Mr. Burford as any of his fo Every time," said ihe monk, “that I reign predecessors. The lovers of the see the women fetch water from a part pretty bits in the Fine Arts will be de of the shore to which they do not usulighted by the reality of the soldiers ally go for it, I suspect that a murder going into the Castle--the gardener, has been committed in my mission." the sheep feeding among the ridges Good ACCOMMODATIONS. ~ On the the little vessels tracing the waters— first evening of the late convention in the holes in the road - the tinted moss New England, a Leamster drove up 10 -the combal--the piper the lassies— the door of one of the principal inns, the assemblies in their gaieties as spec- and asked, “Can I have a bed ?"tators--the soldiers--a Highland gal No!”—“ Well-part of a bed!". lant leading a beautiful woman down Every bed in the inn has two at the steps, actually stepping out of the least." Can you let me sleep in the canvas--the feinale reading -- the play-, parlour!"_“No! we are going to put ful child, and the dog watching the up seventeen beds there directly." sport--the group near the Castle wall Lend me a buffalo skin, I will stretch with other attractive beautiful speci- somewhere and discommodate nobody." mens of nature.

“ No! Ishan't have you in the entry; So far from the density of the atinos we shall be up all night, and I don't phere being unfavourable to the re want any folks clittering and sprawling presentation, as some may suppose, our about the floor where people are passfriends may be assured it is quite the ing all the time."«"Well! you are reverse; and that, having once viewed an accommodating fellow. I say (pointMr. Burford's performance, they willing to the coat-rack), what will you not be satisfied without the treat of a take to let me hang all night on one of second sight in the realins of mist. them there pegs ?" The disconcerted

landlord at once said, that an effort GOOD NATURE.

should be made to accommodate such a Good nature, like the dawn of sunny day, Beams forth a smile of pleasure in its ray.

good humoured fellow.--Amer. paper.

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“ Peter, I say,” roared old Cornelius

Van Klomp, “Peter, thou black rascal, JOACHIM THE MALAY;

where art thou ?''

“Here, massa,” responded Peler. DOOM OF GABRIEL DROOGSLOOT. ately, and light Mynbeer Droogsloot

Run for thy lantern then, inmediA Legend of the Devil's Mountain, home.

“Iss massa, bim fetch him lantern

'rectly, massa. While an inhabitant of Cape Town, “Donner an hugel! haste thee then, it was my lot to become acquainted thou sooly scoundrel,"' growled the with a good-uatured old Dutchman, impatient Dutehman ; "quick, I say, named, Klaas Van Winkelboom ; from and he added a kick to his exclamation biin I had the circumstances on which that might have stove in the ribs of a the following tale is founded, which bullock, which tended to accelerate the occurred a few years previous to the motions of the slave, who made his settlement of the English in the colony, exit, howling piteously from the effects shewing the evil effects of the ill-treate of bis salutation. ment of slaves, who were completely Gabriel Droogsloot, who was a richi under the despotic sway of their mas- merchant of Cape Town, 'had been caters in the time of the Dutch. The rousing with his friend, Van Klomp; particulars of this occurrence, my in- they had kept up their baccanalian deformant himself extracted from a Malay votions to a late hour, and the potent boy, who witnessed the transaction, effects of the schedam, which he had Having thus given the reader to under- swallowed in deep and copious quanstand the source from whence my ina- tities, had reduced him to that conditerials were derived, I commence my tion, which sometimes passes under narrative without further preliminary. the denomination of “ hosv came you

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