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SINGULAR SUPERSTITIONS OF on my tours of inspection in winter, THE RUSSIANS.

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it for the sake of warmth over my bed. While on the subject of fever, I The following night Lichoratha appearshall take leave to state a few particu- ed to me in a dream, if, however, it lars respecting it, which are probably were a dream, and not a real vision, unknown out of Russia. With this in the very same dress in which I had disease the Russians associate a most seen her five weeks before. She en. singular superstition. These people tered my room, and slowly approached in general, not the vulgar only, regard my bed. When she was quite close to the intermittent fever as a female, who me, she made a threatening inotion with prowls about in the silence of night, ber hand, then raising it to her face, seeking the victims of ber often very said, with a friendly smile, 'Faugh! capricious humour. This personage how ill that pelisse sinells! I shall is called Lichoratha, and the same not stay here any longer, but go to Jesnaine is given to the disease itself. To sipow.' This was the clerk of the conshow the notions of the Russians con- vent, a robust young man, who, during cerning this spirit in a clearer light, I my illness, had performed my duty with will repeat the account given me by the the abbot. Next morning, when the late archimandrite (bishop) Israel of abbot came to see ine, and I related my Kasan, a man universally respected story, he told me that I was cured. Seefor his sound understanding and creating me smile somewhat incredulously, integrity, in his own words:

he was almost angry, and solemnly pro“I was twenty years old," said he, tested that the fever would not return, " and secretary to the convent of Sim- adducing a great number of similar bersk, the abbot of which had a parti- stories to confirm the assertion. Becular partiality for me: it was he who, ing at length convinced, and feeling decided me to adopt the ecclesiastical more tranquil in consequence, I beprofession. One evening in the butter- thought me of poor Jessipow, who had week (at the commencement of Lent,) I probably been brought into the same heard lhe loud sounds of music and scrape through me and my pelisse. The dancing in the adjoining house, and old gentleman cheered me up, and though I was strictly forbidden to leave averred that he knew no instance of the convent at night, still I found means Lichoratha being so malicious. In to get out unobserved, and reach the further confirmation of what he said, window of the room where the ball was he sent my atiendant to summon the held. Though this apartment was on

clerk to my room ; but what was the the ground-floor, the windows were too astonishmeut of both, when he came high to permit me to see the merry in- back and told us that Jessipow could mates, and to gratify my curiosity. not come, because he was confined to With difficulty and great fear of detec- his bed with a violent lichoratha! The tion / at length clambered high enough, poor fellow lay ill with it all the and to my great delight obtained a view autumn, and at the beginning of the of the joyous party, among which I winter we buried him. should so gladly have been. But my

Hundreds of such stories may be pleasure was not destined to last long: heard in Russia in every family ; and I for scarcely had I taken a survey of the advise foreigners to suppress a smile, gay throng, when all at once a tall, slen- or any other token of incredulity, if der female figure, with a very beauti- they would not wish to be taken for ful face, came forth from the midst of free-thinkers or madmen. it, with her eyes fixed upon me, and

Another disease which I have not advanced towards the window where I met with elsewhere, is still more ex

An inward presentiment imme- traordinary: it is called Bjelii Karasdiately told me that this was Lichora. sehki (white hot fever), but I could tha, who had so often been described to never discover the cause of this appelme by others. I went dejectedly to lation. I shall here state the indivi. bed, and some time after midnight dual case of a patient, the late General awoke in a fever. I was ill with it five Serjeew, of Kasan, a highly polished weeks, during which my good old abbot man, of excellent character, whom I visited me daily, and treated me with had occasion to see almost daily durthe greatest kindness. At the expira- ing his illness, as well as several years tion of that time, I took it into my head before and afterwards. The disease to direct my attendant to bring iny old began, as usual, with a certain listlesswolf-skin pelisse, which I used to wear ness and languor, which, however, at

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first seemed to affect the mind more entertaining. I wish you had been in than the body. The patient, though this situation, and then you would perhe has a good appetite, and appears at fectly understand me. I can accurately least to sleep soundly, is overwhelmed distinguish whether it is yourself that with a gloomy melancholy-in which, enters my door, or whether it is your, soon after the first days, the extraordi- or rather my, apparition. I am quité nary notions which he betrays would aware that in the latter case I am under seem to infer a derangement in the fa- a delusion ; but I am forced, by a kind culty of thought, and in the perception of irresistible impulse, to give way to of external objects by the senses, that this delusion; and then, to be sure, commonly lasts but for a short time, matters get so bad that I do not know and often for only a few seconds. In what I am about."- United Service Jour. the course of time, these deviations from sound views of things become more fre. AN IRISH SHROVETIDE. quent and more striking. The body seems now to be affected, as well as the Besides the family, one mind, and the functions of sleep and young people had stepped in on this appetite are disturbed, though the pa- occasion. Mrs. Brady had exerted hertient is not obliged to keep his bed. self to the otmost of her housewifely General Serjeew attended to his usual skill in preparing the batter for the domestic avocations, and being fond of cakes ; and when it was agreed that society, continued to entertain parties the first of them should be tried, she of his acquaintance as usual. It was went into a remote corner, and mysterinot long, however, before he became ously dropped her wedding ring into so much worse, that his wife strove to the measured bowl-full which was to keep away all strangers, and adınitted form it. The magic cake was fried, merely intimate friends, who knew and having been turned with a most skilful could make allowances for his situa toss in the air by Randal Brady; and tion. To these latter he made no secret then it was fairly divided, so that each of his complaint, but, on the contrary person should have an equal portion, related to ihem with the utmost frank- and of course an equal chance of obness at night all that had befallen him taining the ring. li is scarcely necesin the day. As, when proper attention sary to explain, that he or she to whom is paid to the patient the disorder sel. the prize might fall was thereby to be dom ends fatally, but subsides in a few doubly benefitted. By siinply putting months, in many cases in a few weeks, it under his or her pillow that night, as gradually as it came on, people in a matrimonial partner was sure to be general feel little anxiety about it, and dreamt of; and, moreover, the reality await its termination with patience. of the vision would certainly, beyond " | bad a long discussion with you this doubt, become one flesh with the happy morning," said the General to me one dreamer before the next Shrovetide. evening, taking me by the hand. Tex. While the wondrous cake was dividing, pressed my surprise, as I had not left Randal Brady proposed that his Betty my house the whole forenoon. “That and himself should try their fortunes as does not signify," said he smiling; “I well as the younger members of the have nevertheless had a great deal of group, and Mrs. Brady assented, in talk with you. I was sitting in my li- thoughtless glee. Each individual rebrary when I heard you coming: I know ceived a portion ; each held up the halfyour step. You rapped at the door, transparent piece of cake before the and I had to tell you to come in three candle.- Mrs. Brady obtained the ring. times before you heard me and entered. The boys and girls bid their disappointWe continued our yesterday's interest- ment under an affectation of great ening conversation ; and though you de- joyment of the unmeaning freak of fended your position so manfully yes- chance; remarking that the good woterday, you were forced at last to yield. man had a husband already, and that, I was tired, I must confess, with the even were she single, fifty-five was ralength of our disputation.” I said no- ther an advanced age at which to go athing, but the surprise expressed in my wooing. Mrs. Brady herself, however, looks made him laugh. “Well, well,” became suddenly grave. An expressaid he, "I know as well as you do sion of great trouble and anxiety overthat you were not here, but still we did spread her face. She looked at her hustalk and battle it together stoutly. If band, who was smiling at the moment, the thing would but soon cease, I should but she thought his smile a sad one, as not care, for I assure you it is not un, he said — Are you goin' to bury me, at

last, vanithee?' His tone was jocular, dinner, he would approach his wife yet it touched the chord which was, with smiling formality, and lead her ihrilling in the good woman's heart; out to move a minuet, the tips of his she cast her bit of the pancake into fingers, through respectful gallantry, the fire, and but for the activity of ber barely touching the tips of hers, and daughter Rose, her wedding-ring must his cocked hat under his arm; and she have been melted down; then, in the would make her distant courtsey to his alınost childish energy of her nature, every bow - the whole gone through she fell on her knees before her hus- (on his part, at least, though not on band, looking up at him with clasped that of his spouse), for the purpose of hands, and weeping abundantly ; and exciting the inecriment of their child in the utter simplicity of her honest ren; for a minuet was beginning to be soul and uncalculating mind, thus ad out of vogue, and the gravity and fordressed him:– My humble prayer this mality of that piece of old nonsense night is, that the sod may cover my were duly appreciated by the improved head long before the grave opens for tastes of the younger part of the assemyon, Randal Brady ;-' and here she bly. A country dance succeeded, pertook his hands in hers, and vehemently formed by the whole family, and any continued,' and if 'twas the will of visitors present. The coal bogue,' Heaven that I was left to mourn over or feast of eggs, was not forgotten on you, Randal, in the could churchyard, Easter Monday. The Christmas holydon't you b’lieve an angel, if he stood days were spent in true holyday style fornent you, sayin'id, that mortial man in his house ; and on Twelfth night he cauld ever make me forget you! No, did not fail to provide a sufficient numRandal! If lord, or earl, or juke-if ber of loaves, one of which he himself, the king himself brought his goulden and, in turn, each member of his facrown, and his goulden sceptar, and mily, threw against the door of the laid them at the threshold o' the dour, dwelling; an Irish couplet, always and said, ' Betty Brady, it is you l'll used on such occasions, being repeated make my queen-' my answer to him at every bang: would be-and you know it would,

'In God's name, we banish hunger from this Randal-Randal, ma graw! 'Go your ways, honest man, Betty Brady will To-night, and every night until this night have no call to you! The self-fancied object of a monarch's devotions in a

Without the house, as well as within, possible contingency, notwithstanding there were persons interested in the her reliance on her virtuous affection close of the ceremony; ancient beggars, for her husband, continued so strongly in fact, who, leaning upon their staffs, to urge her terror of the prognostic of calculated the quantity of food to which the pancake and the ring, that she was it was to entitle them. Every thump not restored to self-possession until they set down for a loaf; and, as surely her smiling spouse undertook, with as as the last was heard, the door opened, sumed seriousness, to prove that by re- and the arithmetic of the expectants fraining from putting the ring under proved to be correct.-Lib. of Romance. her pillow that night, all evil consequences would be avoided ; and Mrs. QUEEN ELIZABETH AND PHILIP Brady at last became convinced and

THE SECOND OF SPAIN.* comforted. Lent follows Shrovetide ; and Lent was one of the seasons of strict “Count Feria had, it appears, re. religious observances under Randal ceived instructions from Philip, to preBrady's roof. During its continuance, pare the way for a proposal of marall festive amusements were banished riage between him and Elizabeth, in from his fireside. But Easter Sunday case of her sister's death. brought its feast, and, without any feel. however, unfortunate in this business, ing of impropriety, its dance also. from the beginning. His first letter Upon that auspicious day, as well, in- states that Elizabeth mentioned to deed, as upon all great festivals, Ran- him, that Philip had been anxious that dal clothed himself in his marriage she would marry the Duke of Savoy ; suit of pearl-coloured broad cloth, and but that she knew too well that her sisput on his three-cocked hat; and his ter lost her popularity by marrying a dinner was the best his circumstances could afford. One of his sons played as translated from Memorias de la Real

* The above is copied from the • Athenæum,' passably well on the violin; and, after Academia de la Historia."

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foreigner;' and speaking afterwards not to take notice of it, since he makes to Lord Paget on the same subject, the proposal only for the honour of his lordship observed, “That he was God and the good of religion. resolved not to interfere in such a bu “In consequence of these instrucsiness, because he had taken a part in tions, the Count made the proposal bringing about the marriage between direct to the Queen, and he reports Queen Mary and Philip, and he repent- that it was well received; but thai the ed of having done so. This was be- Queen stated, “That she must consult fore Mary's death; afterwards, it ap- her Parliament on the subject,' adding, pears, that the Count had great diffi that the Catholic King might rest asculty in introducing the subject, in sured, that should she resolve to marry, consequence of the ill opinion enter- he would be preferred to any other.' tained of his master ; and he and his Philip was delighted with this answer, friends proposed to Philip, as an intro- and he wrote to Elizabeth, to ductory step, to allow thein 10 persuade her of his friendship, and of the interest the Queen and her council, that the he took in the success of the affair, of ill-will which Queen Mary had shown which the Count had spoken to her. towards her, had arisen from a feeling “As soon as the members of the of jealousy, she thinking that Philip council suspected that the Queen was loved her sister better than herself. - inclined to marry Philip, they endeaPhilip, however, would not sanction youred by every means to dissuade her. this proc

ing, and desired his ambas- In the meantiine, the Parliament had sador not to assign any other reason for been assembled, and it had been there his proposal, but the interest of the proposed to change the religion, and two crowns; and at the same time to repeal the laws promulgated in ordered the Count to give to the new Queen Mary's time upon the subject. Queen, not only all her sister's jewels, Philip was greatly hurt on hearing but also a box filled with very valuable this, and wrote immediately to the ones, belonging to himself, which he Count, directing him to wait on Elizahad left in Whitehall, and which Eliza- beth, and personally to represent to her beth accepted.

the ill consequences of the projected “ Though the Count limself never change in matters of religion, and he entertained any sanguine hopes of suc- concludes by desiring him to inform cess, in this negociation for a marriage, her, unequivocally, that if persevered there was a time, in which he saw that in, it was useless to treat about the Elizabeth's most confidential friends, marriage. The Count did as he was for various political reasons, were in- ordered ; and Elizabeth replied, that clined to favour it. This was at the she thought it would be better to remain beginning of 1559, and in consequence, single, for she had a great scruple Philip sent a letter to the Count, de- about asking a dispensation from ihe siring him to make the proposal operi- Pope. ly, telling him, "That putting aside Philip was greatly displeased with inany obstacles and weighty objections, this answer, but he was politic enough he had resolved to marry Elizabeth to conceal it, and wrote to Elizabeth, upon the following conditions :-That telling her that, although he regretted she must abjure all errors in matters of not having succeeded in what he so religion, and turn Catholic, if she were much desired, and what he believed not so ; that she must, secretly if she was so desirable for the public good, pleased, ask absolution and dispensa. he was nevertheless satisfied and contion from the Pope ; that he must not tent, since she thought that a firm be required to reside in England friendship would produce the same belonger ihan he could with conveni- neficial effects. ence; and that he could not now, as “A very short time after, when it on his marriage with Mary, stipulate, was known that Philip was about to that the first born should inherit the be married to a French princess, ElizaLow Countries.' He also directs the beth was, in her turn, offended, and told Count to make the proposal, by word the Count, that his master could not of mouth, to the Queen herself, and not have been very much in love with her, by writing; and he tells him, that it is when he had not patience to wait even noi necessary to keep the matter secret, four months. The Count replied, that because it is no disgrace to ask a lady she only was to blame, which she dein marriage, and be rejected; and even nied, telling him, that it had been his though his dignity and authority might master's fault, for she had never given suffer by a refusal, he had determined a definite answer. The Count replied

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that it was true, the negative had been the one that was near the ruin of me. indirect, but he had not thought proper This was none other than "The Wak to bring her to the point of giving a of Teddy Roe,' a song as well known direct refusal, in order not to produce as the writer, S. W. Ryley, author of animosity between two such great the Itinerant ; which, when Terrence princes.'

had finished, he said, " There, sir, that's the one ; and I never sing it, but I

think of the narrow escape I had. And THE NARROW ESCAPE. now l'll tell you how that was. I was

loading the cart with manure, God TERRENCE was a stout, broad faced, help me! one morning, and singing good-humoured boy about fifty, whó thai song, when a gentleman came by, would rather talk than work, and ra and stood to listen to me. Faiks! I ther sing than do either. He was a little thought of the mischief he was sort of agricultural dependant upon putting on me. You've an excellent Farmer Mullins; he was his hedger, voice,' says he,'

my man, and that's a his ditcher, reaper, mower, gardener, good song you're singing.'--'Faith, I and factotum ; and the farmer, won by have, sir, for I had been told it often his humour and good-nature, kept him before ; and for the song, shure it bates as a hanger-on about the farm, more Bannohir, and that bates all the world than for any particular industry, of intirely.'— Well,' says he, have you which he was seldoin found guilty. any more of them songs :'-Shure I

An elderly gentleman, who lodged have, sir,' says I, one for every day in the farm-house, had been repeatedly in the week.'-Well, then, come up amused with the vocal powers of Ter to iny house in Dublin, and sing all rence, particularly at daybreak, when you know, and I will see what I can he had much rather “his morning's do for you ; but would you be afraid to winged dreams” had not been broken, sing them before a large company?'as he heard him pass 10 the stable, where * Not in the least, sir, the larger the he was to perform the augean process. better, and then they'll all hear at Terrence had just rested himself on his pitchfork, to give more effect to the " He tould me where he lived ; and last cadence of “Sheela na Guira,” accordingly I wint, and was shewn up when the gentleinan complimented him to a most beautiful drawing-room, by saying, “You've a'fine voice of where sat one beautiful crater at the your own, Terrence."

piania, and another at the harp.“ Faith, sir," replied he, !6 you may * Terrence O'Farrell,' says I to myself, say that, and thank God for it; alihough “hould yourself up, you're among it had like to have been the ruin of me, quality intirely;' and sure enough so it had."

there was a great company:

One of “ The ruin of you, my good fellow, the beautiful craters handed me, with how so?"

her own hands, a glass of wine, saying, “I can soon incense you how, sir," "Take this, Mr. O Farrell, before you said he, “but you should hear the begin.'—'Och,' thought I, Mister songs first, and by them you will see O'Farrell, - but I wish my mother what they had nearly done for me.'' heard that. So I plucked up a spirit,

· Well, Terrence,” said the gentle- and says I, I'm obleeged to you, man, “if you will come in, in the ma’ain, for the compliment, but barrrin evening, and sing me the songs, l’ll its all the same to you, I'll sing better hear your story, and give you half-a afther the smallest taste in life of whis

key.' So wid that, the gentleman up “Oh, by dad, that I ll do! and thank and filled a cruiskeen for me, and that your honour,' said Terrence. So made all the differ wid me. Will I accordingly, he brushed his brogues, sit down, or stand up, sor?' says I.washed his shining face, put on his As you please,' said the genileman. long-lailed grey frieze, and made binn "Well then, as you're all sated, shure self “ clean and dacent,” to go into the I'd be but one like yourselves, so , 'll prescence, and made his bow among stand up, then I can give ye the thrue The family party, and commenced "The maning. Well, to be sure, I sang to Groves of Blarney,' • The Cruiskeen,' their intire satisfaction, and grate di• The Boys of Kilkenny,' 'Donnybrook varsion they had wid me. Fair,' and many others, when he came “ When I finished, “Now,' says the to a full stop.

gentleman, “Terrence, I'll give you “ Now, sir," says he, “I'll give you thirty shillings a week to sing me three

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