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Highlands, practice. But, alas! the animal, just where there is a remarkable natural raat the critical point of time when the vine, which we visited and explored. liard ejaculated, Here for it!' uncere. It is, rather than a ravine, a fearful pit moniously lene him a hearty slap be- or dungeon, descending deep among hind; which impetus so much surpass. the yawning 'rocks. It is as if a voled the worthy man's expectations and cano had boiled there, but over head to the safe side of the fence, strange adjacent peaks into an ugly pond of stagnant water. thus leaving the furnace or crater dry On hearing the laird relate this story, and einpty. It is a terrific throat wide I said it was a merey that his bull had open, on the very edge of which one so considerately watched the moment may stand and look down to the very when he could advantageously volun- bottom. teer bis rouglı aid. But he would not “ There is a mode of descent into admit that there was any kindness or its depths which visitors may command. discretion in such a coarse customer, This is by means of rope and windlass, for that he felt the effect of the attack as it were into a coal pit, which are for many a long day, which was less fixed and worked from a prominent than agreeable. I next presumed that brow of the highest frowning peak. the docile creature had not by this one to the main rope a machine is attachmisdeed entirely forfeited his master's ed, called a cradle, by four shorter good will. And the choleric man an- cords, that tie to its distinct corners. swered, I dociled him; for as soon He that descends takes his stand or as I was able to hirple hame, I took my seat in the cradle, within the stretch of rifle and shot him as dead as a door the four diverging cords that meet above nail, to teach him manners, and that his head. A rough old Highlander nane o' his gets might be casten up to presided at the windlass, who appointme afterwards." 19

ed my friend first to go down. Ere the “I marvel," quoth our hostess, cradle came up for ine again, a pre“ how you can carry in your head a' the stories ye write and tell, Mr. Scott. about to happen to one of us began to Ye'r an unco man.” “My dear ma- take hold of my nature, dam," answered he, “ I hardly know not resist inquiring if all was right what it is to let anything slip that I with my friend below,

Ноо, have once fairly got hold of.” was the answer. And the cradle will weel believe it,” she again said," but be up for you in a minute ; ye are as ye have na told whither the laird's hair beavy as twa o' him." was affected by his fright."' '“Why, frail? No very rotten ava; the last I believe, it continued as it had been ane was rottener afore it brak, an' let for many years, which was white; but,' a man fa',' was the alarming reply.-proceeded he, “I'll tell you a curious Was he killed, say you?' Killed, story about a fright I myself got, that though he had had a hundred lives, he may convey some information regarding wad hae been killed; he was smashed the sympathies of one's hair with the to pieces down on yonder jagged rock,' affections of the mind.

quoth the hard-hearted Celt. I now “ It happened several years ago, examined the rope, and it appeared when I was traversing the Highlands, much worn, and to be old. How old along with a much beloved, but now is it?' inquired I. "Just five years departed friend; one of the true men auld, the last was a month au!der afore of the old school ; one ho was rich it brak,' was his next piece of tantalizin classical and legendary lore, but ing information. With some irritation still more in sterling moral virtues.-- of manner I put it to him, why a new For it has been my lot to possess one had not been provided before any friends and companions from whom I risk could attend a descent; and to was ever gaining, till my store has be- make things worse, he provokingly, come somewhat bulky. Alas! there announced, We are to get a new ane are so many deserters from the corps the morn ; ye'll likely be the last to by this time, who shall no more re- try the auld.' turn, that I wish to cherish the per *** But already the cradle waited for suasion, that to be gone and be with me to step into it; I could not disapthem, will be far better. My friend point 'my companion by not doing as and I were among the thickly strewn he did ; and ashamed to seem to hesi

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tate before the hardy Highlander, at aşunder as it happened to touch a pointonce I took my seat. It was perhaps ed piece of granite? And when once 10 encourage me, that he said, as he cut and liberated, did the ply not un-, let me off, A far heavier man than twist and curl away from its coils?, you gaed down yesterday.” Then he Did I not see another ply immediately strained the ropę, cried I ; but it was follow in the same manner, leaving my, too laie to return, and after all I got life to the last brittle thread, which also som safe down. The sun shone brightly, began to grow attenuated, and to draw and made every intricacy, even in the so fine, that it could not long have to deep crater, clear and open to the eye. borne its own weight? I was speech- 1er The foor might allow a hundred and less; the world wbirled round, I be-. fifty people to stand on it at once: and came sightless, and when within one consists of a fine sand that sparkles short foot of being landed, I fell ! with pebbles, which have dropt froin fell into the grasp of my friend, who the surrounding and impending rocks, seeing me about to tumble, ont of the The face of these rocks is also gemmed cradle from stupor, opportunely snatchby thousands of the same sort, that glit-, ed and swung me, cradle and all, upon tered beautifully to the sup-beam; all the rock. . When strength returned I which has naturally suggested the idea ran from the edge of the precipice, still of a work of enchantment, for it is call- in the utmost trepidation, shaking feared the Fairy's Palace, But I confess, fully, and giving unintelligible utterthough a palace, it had few attractions ance to the agony of my awe-struck for me; for besides the dishearten- soul. And if my hair did not undergo ings the Highlander filled me with, an immediate change of colour, I was 14: ere my descent, my friend, now that í not without such an apprehension'; for was down, though without any mis certainly it stood on end during my as: chievous intent, crowned my fears, by cent from the floor of the Fairy's Pagiving, with startling effect, the follow- lace.” ing narrative. A young man once,

Thus the mighty minstrel--the matchascended from this, but when he came less enchanter went on, with anecdote. to the top, he incautiously stood bolt growing out of anecdote, till he wrapt upright in the cradle, and then a mo-, all that heard him in the greatest de ment ere it was landed, being impatient light and wonder. The Metropolitan Mag. to get out of it, he made an adventurous leap for the breast of the rock. But the HISTORY OF DON CARLOS. cradle being still pendant in the air, without a stay, Aled back on the impulse Thus wretched prince had from his of his spring, and fearful to think, let infancy manifested every species of imhim fall between it and the landing becility and depravity which can be place.!, Horrible! most horrible !' united in the mind of one man. Incawas my natural exclamation. But,' pable of instruction, yielding without continued my friend, keep ye your bounds to every passion, stupid as the seat in the cradle till it be firmly land most grovelling brutes, ferocious as a ed on the rock, and all will be safe.' beast of prey, no care of courtly masHe ascended, and 1 prepared to follow. ters, no lessons of learned preceptors

I thought of the young man's leap. could bestow on him that scanty polish and fall; I figured to myself the spot of manner, and that smaltering of the where he alighted, and the rebound he general language of intercourse, which made when he met the ground, never are expected from princes. His grandmore to rise. And as I took my seat, father, Charles V., who saw the heir of my limbs smote one another, and my the Spanish dominions at sixteen, beteeth chattered with terror. When I wailed the fate of his laté empire. A had descended I kept my eyes bent Venetlan minister, long resident at downwards, and was encouraged the Madrid, when he saw the prince eagernearer I got to the bottom. But on my ly tearing to pieces the rabbits brought ascent, though I looked all the while in for his sport, and contemplating with upwards, I was tremblingly alive to the delight the convulsions of their muscles fact, that I was ever getting into higher and the palpitations of their hearts, danger. I held the spread cords as foretold to his senate the miserable conwith the gripe of death, never moving dition of those many millions, in every my eyes from the blackened creaking region, froni sunrise to sunset, who main rope. There ! there it goes!' I were to be subject to his will. At eighgasped the words ; for did I not first see teen he fell from a high scaffold and reone ply of the triple-twisted line snap ceived wounds in the head, which dur



truth, in a case where the malignant agonies were cut short, and can

ring the remainder of his life added con rage of Carlos often approached to invulsions, confusion of thought, and oc- sanity, and might sometimes be infamed casional attacks of insanity,' to his to such a degree as to be transformed natural defects and habitual vices. His 'into utter alienation of mind. The father, perhaps justifiably, restrained clouds which always darkened his him. His mad passion for travelling feeble reason might sometimes quench was exasperated, and he formed wild it. The subtle and shifting transformaschemes of escape. His incoherent talk tions of wild passion into maniacal disoften turned on the revolt of the Flem- ease, the returns of the maniac to the ings, with whom he sometimes affect- scarcely more healthy state of stupid ed a fellow-feeling ; while, on other anger, and the character to be given to occasions, he professed an ambition to acts done by him when near the varycommand the army against them. When ing frontier which separates Tanacy the Duke of Alva took his leave to re- from malignity, are matters which have pair to that command, Carlos said, defied all the experience and sagacity 6. My father ought to have appointed of the world. At this point the records

“ Doubtless,” said Alva, “bis of the commission close with a' note majesty considered your life as too pre- made by their secretary, stating shorily cious." Carlos drew his dagger, and that the prince died of his malady, which attempted to stab Alva ; adding, “ I will hindered a judgment. A dark veil conhinder your journey to Flanders, for I ceals the rest of these proceedings from will pierce your heart before you set the eyes of mankind. It is variously out. Towards the end of 1567, his related. Philip is said to have ordered frenzy seemed to rage more fiercely, that advantage should be taken of the mingled with much of that cunning distempered appetites of Carlos, which which sometimes, for a moment, covers after he had confined himself to ieed madness with a false appearance of rea water for a time, were wont to hurry

He declared io his confessors him into voraciously swallowing monthat he was resolved to take the life of a strous quantities of animal food that man. In reply to their inquiries who his excesses should be

, : held on the has of the highest quality, and after much be betrayed into becoming his own exeimportunate examination, he at length cutioner. Another narrative, not quite uttered, My father!"" His father, at- irreconcilable with the former, detended by the chief officers of state, scribes the prince of Eboli and the cardiwent at midnight in armour to arrest nal Espinosa as having intimated to Olihim. Philip, acting on his fatal notions varez, the physician of Carlos (as darkof the boundless right of kings and fa- ly as John spoke to Hubert,) that it was thers, did not shrink from communicat necessary for him to execute the sening his proceedings to the great corpo- tence of death, which the king had prorations of Spain, and to the principal nounced on the wretched patient in Catholic states of Europe. His sub- such a manner that the disease might jects and his allies interceded for Car- seem to be natural. When he felt himlos. Their intercessions were withstood self to be in the agonies of death, he by the iron temper, the unbending desired to see his father, and to receive policy, and the misguided conscience his blessing. Philip sent his blessing, of Philip, although he was occasionally but, by the advice of the confessor, dehaunted by the unquenchable feelings clined to disturb the dying devotions of of nature. The commissioners appoint- Carlos." Vanquished by nature, howed to try Carlos reported, that he was ever, he stole into the chamber, and, guilty of having meditated, and at his standing unseen, spreading his arms arrest attempted, parricide ; and that over his son, prayed for a blessing on he had conspired to usurp the sove. the expiring youih, 'The father with, reignty of Flanders. They represented drew, bathed in tears, and Carlos not the matter as too high for a sentence, many hours after breathed his last. An but insinuated that mercy might be dic- historian, who wrote from original dotated by prudence; and threw out a cuments, adds to a narrative otherwise hint, that the prince was no longer re not dissimilar, the significant words, sponsible for his actions.

Men of more “if, indeed, violence was not employ. science than the Spanish coinmissioners, ed." However cific the sound of and more secure in their circumstances, this may be on other occasions, in the might be perplexed by the intrinsic circumstances of Carlos, it rather redifficulty of ascertaining the precise lieves the mind, by intimating bis


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Noli me tangere. tale so tragic, that if proved to be real, Touch me not-- This is a sort of it would still be too horrible, and too canker in the face, especially above the wide a deviation from the general truth chin; a piece of flesh in the nostrils of nature for the verisimilitude required which often stops the wind, and the in history,

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more it is touched, the worse it grows;

it is also a herb, whose seed spirts THE PROGRESS OF TIME. away as soon as it is touched. For the Olio.

2. The Lame, or Game Leg., Down the vast precipice and far along

The oval foot pertains to the saddle -The ocean of discernment, rolling fast

horse, the hunter and bit of blood kind, Out of the seas of memory into dark

whose bold projecting frogs the farriers And deep oblivion-who will take a glance?

remove. And these being compelled to What mind is strong enough to ponder over The magnitude-the past?" "Tis gone, with perform long and painful journies, ever friends

starting or going off with the same WA cannot see in Heaven reveal us them, leading leg,' and continuing the same With the heloved by nature's strongest ries And sweetest hopes, which, like the leaves in throughout, lameness is contracted in storms,

that foot. The horse which changes Are driven from their birth-spots, and the the leading leg with most ease, often

earth, Leaving us on the present rock of time,

est, and with least trouble, is ever the "Mereies of favour' life! The future, bright

best ; such an one never acquires this 1.To thousands like a morning's dawa that lameness, and is said to possess a real

brings Dellght till woon, then closes in the clouds

'game leg." And wraps the veil of darkness round them,

3. Pond or Pand. proves

· Pond' was formerly pronounced How oft the barbinger of death! Hours run The round; the years to years are added, all

* Pand' (from pandere) to open; and The schemes, sports, wealth, and purposes of derived of "bond' to bind, or shut up ;

or "Pyndan' to shut in. It was cusAre but as grass.

tomary to open and shut the 'Ponds' at THE FALLS OF THE NIAGARA.

certain seasons, for the purpose of tak

ing the fish' contained in them, and THE "Falls of the Niagara” have cleansing the stagnant waters. become celebrated by the notices given

4. Miserere, them in the travels of many of our Miserere derives its title from the countrymen, and excited so much in- 51st Psalın, called the · Psalm of terest as to call the talents of artists Mercy,' and componly presented by into requisition. Thus a diorainic re the ordinary to such malefactors as presentation of considerable effect, had the benefit of clergy allowed them. showing the heights and depths of this 5. Origin of Pell Mell. wonderful effort of nature, is in view at * Pale Maille' is a game where å the Pantechnicon. A second represen- . round ball is with a mallet struck tation by the now proscribed pencil of throngh a high arch of iron, standing Stanfield, is introduced into the new at either end of an alley, as in St. pantomime at Drury; and Mr. Bur. James's Park-hence Pell Mell. ford, we believe, is producing a pic- . ture of extensive character for a future

6. Epitaph for a Bankrupt. exhibition on the same subject; so that

The Italian epitaph is no less applithere appears to be a fashion in depict- cable to the bankrupt than to the deing the Falls of Niagara', which col. funct, which runs What I spent, I lectively considered, will

, doublless, had -what I gave, I have—what i make the British public thoroughly kept, I lost.acquainted with them.


Between Austerlitz and the heights, To the Editor of the Olio. thus won by the French, was still the Sir,—Not having met with the fol- Russian reserve, with the Emperor in lowing Scraps of Interest in my person, his choicest troops; the guard, course of general reading, you will for instance, commanded by the Grand oblige me by giving them insertion, Duke Constantine. These two were I ain, Sir,

marching towards the left, when to Your constant subscriber, their astonishment, the French skirIslington.

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them. It was a scene of snrprise and existing," he states to bem" Athelconfusion. The Einperor, however, stan's Chair,” a lurret in the northern aided by Katusoff, rallied bis men. wall of the ciiy, from whence that The Russian guards and other regi. prince is said to have beheld the comments charged, and the French, a mo- bat; 2. A representation of the battle, ment since victorious, were driven back., carved in stone, on a part of the wall ; Some regiments that bad even formed 3. Two stalues, one of a tall man, and squares were broken into and routed by the other much less, apparently engagthe impetuosity of the Russians. Na. ed in combat ; 4. " Colbrand's Axe, poleon did not see what was taking which was preserved, as late as the place, Austerlitz being hidden from reign of Jaines 1., in the Caihedral bim by the heights. His ear, however, Treasury; and probably disappeared caught sounds that did not augur victory when the sacred 'edifice was despoiled and he instantly sent Rapp, his aide-de- by the Parliamentarians, Q. P. camp,to see what was the inatter. "Rapp Tue TRAVELLING TINKER,

The gallopped off with some squadrons of best practical lesson I ever got origithe guard, rallied stragglers, as he ad- nated in the following accidental ocvanced, and saw, as he came up, the currence. Some years ago I received menacing position of affairs, the Rus- privale inforınation, that a travelling sians victorious, sabering the French, tinker, who occasionally visited, these who were driven from their broken mountains to make and repair the tin squares. They were already bringing stills used by the peasantry in illicit cannon to play upon Rapp, when the distillation, was in the constant habit latter crying out to his men, to avenge of destroying fish, and he was repretheir comprades and restore the day,” sented as being a most successful charged at full speed amongst the Rus- poacher. I was returning down the sians. This gave the routed French river after an unfavourable day, a time to breathe and rally. They group wearied and disappointed fisherman, cd and formed; Rapp returned to the and observed, at a short distance, a charge. Half an hour's obstinate strug.. man cliased across the bogs by several gle and carnage took place, which others, and eventually overtaken and terminated in the rout of the Russian secured. It was the unfortunate tinguards before the eyes of the two em- ker, surprised by the keepers in the perors. This feat achieved, Rapp rode ery act of landing a splendid salmon ; back to acquaint Napoleon that all two, recently killed, were discovered the foe in the direction of Austerlitz in his wallet, and yet that blessed day were in flight. On other points vic- I could not hook a tish! He was forihtory had been already assured. The with placed in durauce before “my left of the allies, on the efforts of Honour,” to undergo the pains and pe

wbich so much had been built, was Dalties of his crime. He was a strange, · Dow cut off-it was completely de- raw-boned, wild-looking animal, and

stroyed or taken. The most dreadful I half suspect Sir Walter Scoli had feature of its rout was the attempt of seen him before lie sketched Watt the squadron lo escape over the lakes ; Tinlin in the Lay. He was a convicted but the ice which supported the tread felon-he had no plea to offer, for he at first, gave way under the weight, was taken in the very fact. But he and thousands of brave men perisbed. made two propositions where-withal to

Cab. Cyclop. obtain bis liberty—“He would never

sin again-or he would fight any, two Table Calk.

of the captors.” My heart yearned

towards him he was after all a broANTIQUITIES AT WINCHESTER. ther-and, admitting that rod and coat The combat between Guy Earl of were not worth threepence, still he Warwick and Colbrand the Danish was an adept in the gentle art,' algiant, is traditionally said to have though the most ragged disciple that taken place before the walls of Win ever Isaac boasted. I forgave him, chester ; and Dr. Milner considers the dismissed the capiors, and ordered fact as

so strongly supported by innu- him to the lodge for refreshmentmerable traditions, founded so "My Honour had no sport,' and he many ancient records, and confirmed locked carelessly at any flies. Would by so great a number of monuments I condescend to try one of his ?' He existing till a recent period, that to put a strange-looking combination of reject it savours of absolute sceptic wool and feathers on the casting-line. cism."

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