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God of the thunder himself shall not those two young men, Jenkins and Dou* hinder me from yet expiring with laugh- glas. Farewell !” She waved her ter. We shall then speak of certain hand like a queen, and Bucke felt himmatters.''

self constrained instantly to withdraw. The lieutenant could only feel his And he saw Diana Clement no more. ears tingling and his nose growing The young Scarlet Witch fled immeredder, as with fumbling hands he hast. diately from this couutry, and got to ened to untie from his head the spotted Paris in the character of a French lady, napkin, which his generous haste to which she could well enough assume, see Miss Clement had kept him so long from her thorough command of the lanfrom remembering to take off.

guage. Ere long she became a brilliant “Now, sir,” said Diana, “I think singer in one of the Parisian operayou spoke of Mr. Jenkins ?".

houses, and a dictatress in many a co“ Madam-young lady,” said Bucke, terie of bold freethinkers. After running eagerly, “1 took care, last night, to however, a brief splendid career, and hide your being engaged in the matter; leading captive the proudest nobles by but we must soon be before a magis- the witcheries of her magnificent spitrate, and there being now leisure for rit, she embraced the Catholic religion examinations, things must come out while yet young, became a devotee, and against you. Needs there more to en- died the abbess of her convent. force the necessity of your fleeing instantly? If you be in want of money, I

Customs. can at this moment”. He paused, for the lady was beginning again to CUSTOMS AND SUPERSTITIONS OF tremble; and her trembling increased LINCOLNSHIRE.—The ring used in the to the most violent heaving of her bo- solemnization of matrimony is consisom, till a flood of tears came to her dered the bond of union between the relief, and she gradually became calm. parties; and is directed to be placed

“Mr. Bucke -- generous soldier !” by the bridegroom on the fourth finger said she then eagerly, with a quiver- of the bride's left hand, because it was ing voice, “mistake me not : arrows a received opinion amongst the ancient and death could not so have moved me! anatomists that there existed a direct I have wept to find one noble and tho- communication between that finger roughly generous man.

and the heart. It was a primitive cusLady, praise me not ; had I acted tom with the early Christians, for the justly last night, I should have ordered father, at the conclusion of the cereyou to be seized immediately, thinking, mony, to salute the bride with the kiss as I did, that Douglas had been mur- of peace,-a practice which I have fredered in your house. But I thought if quently witnessed ;, and, indeed, it we secured Jenkins it would be better was indispensable at one period in this if you escaped ; yet I am ashamed of country, being positively enjoined, having so done.'

both in the York Missal and the Sarum I think, sir," said the young witch Manual. The bride cake is composed with a keen glance, "that you have of many rich and aromatic ingredients, no wish to parade your good qualities; and crowned with an icing made of therefore my self-love dares not abate white sugar and bitter almonds, emblefrom your praise. Will you accept this matical of the fluctuations of pleasure ring, as a very slight token that I esti- and pain which are incidental to the mate you aright? I shall have plea- marriage state. On this day the im• sure, whatever be my fate, in”. - She portant ceremony of passing small porpaused.

tions of bride-cake through the wedding “Madam-young beautiful lady!" ring is ritually performed. The just returned Bucke, taking the proffered execution of this idolatrous ceremony ring, and kissing it, “I might be al. is attended to with the most scrupulous lowed to say, perhaps—but no, you exactness. The bride holds the ring must flee instantly! Can I serve you between the fore-finger and thumb of in this hour? Shall I haste to D- her right hand, through which the and have a chaise ready for you?” groom passes each portion of the cake

"No, sir ; your generous services in nine times, previously cut by other inmy behalf are ended. With the assist- dividuals of the party, into disposable ance of Vaulpas, the rest is easy. Stay, pieces for the purpose. These he de

I thank you still for asking me no livers in succession to the bride-maids, questions, as I would scorn to have any who seal them up carefully, each in an farther explanation from you about envelope of fair writing-paper. As

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amulets of inestimable value, they are is observed of the New Moon. The distributed amongst the friends of the Celts and Goths equally considered bride, who seldom neglect to make the new moon a fortunate aspect for trial of their virtues. Various are the commencing any business of importmethods of augury to which they are ance, whilst the waning of the moon applied, one only of which shall be was esteemed unpropitious. It was a mentioned here. If the fair idolatress custom with the ancient Germans to deposit one of these amulets in the foot abide by the decision of their matrons, of her left stocking, when she goes to determined by means of lots and probed, and place it under her pillow, she phecies, as to the most fortunate period will dream of the person who is destin- for attacking their enemies; subject, ed by fate to be her partner for life.- however, to that unalterable maxim, The first month after marriage is termed that success could not reasonably be the honey moon, - a phrase derived anticipated, if they engaged during the from a custom practised by the northern waning of the moon. nations of Europe, who used to indulge The species of divination called themselves in drinking a liquor made Rhabdomancy, or setting up a stick to from honey for thirty days successively, determine which of two paths you at the marriage of their chief men. shall pursue, I have often witnessed.

At the birth of a child, the father re- It was used by the Israelites, and is ceives the congratulations of his termed by the prophet Hosea an abofriends, and the phrase 'I wish you mination. We are informed by Ezejoy' is the first salutation he hears after kiel that Nebuchadnezzar, when conthe event takes place. A similar cus- sulting the gods about the invasion

was used by the Jews, though of Jidea, used this species of divinalinked with many other superstitious tion. observations. It is vulgarly believed A silver ring made of money which that if a child be born with its hands has been offered at the altar is reputed open, it is an indication of liberality to be a cure for fits; and it is well and benevolence; but if its hands be known that the kings of England were closed, the future individual will as- formerly in the habit of consecrating suredly prove a churl. When it is rings with solemn ceremonies on Good first taken to a neighbour's house, it Friday for this especial purpose. I is presented with eggs, the emblem of have seen many young ladies, and some abundance; and salt, the symbol of old ones, turn their chairs three times friendship. The christening is a sea- round, or sit cross-legged, as a charm son of rejoicing ; but in some instances to ensure good luck at cards; and the which have come under my observation, advantage of having the choice of chairs it is accompanied by a custom which I at whist is a universally received hope is not exhibited in any other part opinion. of the kingdom. It is the belief of some Many are the ceremonies observed very sinple people that, unless the by young people who are desirous of child cry during the ceremony, it will prying into futurity to find their desnot live. This silly superstition occa- tined mates, or to know their future sions some poor infants to suffer consi. success in the connubial state; and derable torture ; for their barbarous thus they frequently lay a foundation nurses do not hesitate to pinch their for misery which they carry to the tender flesh, or prick them with pins, grave. To obtain a sight of her future to excite the wished-for evidence of husband, when a young girl sleeps in their longevity.

a strange bed, she observes the cereThe systems of divination, and the mony of tying her garter round the tokens of good and evil fortune, which bed-post in nine distinct knots, careare still observed, are numerous and fully repeating some potent incantacurious. If the tail of the first lamb tion. Divination by cards or teayou see in the spring be towards you, grounds is merely used for amusement, it denotes misfortune; if otherwise, but the following process of preparing good luck may be expected throughout a magical amulet called “ The Dumb the year. The first cuckoo you hear Cake," which equals any diabolical carries with it a similar fatality.- incantation of ancient times, is still Should you have money in your pocket, practised by many an anxious female it is an indication of plenty;, but with strong assurances of success.woe to the unhappy wretch who hears Three unmarried girls are necessary this ill-omened bird for the first time for the due performance of this site, with an empty purse! The same thing who must be pure unspotted virgins ; because three is a number sacred in fall on some devoted member of his such ceremonies.

own family.

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witchcraft, we still find seamen, staand the charin was expected to fail if ble boys, and others, using the efficaany levity was displayed during the cious horse-shoe; and when good process. This trio search for a virgin churn, they sometimes cast a handful

housewives put their cream into the egg, and having found one, they take of salt into the fire for the same purflour, salt, water, and all other ingredients to form a cake; which they pose. Some people, after eating boiled unitedly mix with the same spoon, uni- eggs, will break the shells to prevent

the witches from converting them into tedly place in the oven, and when baked unitedly take it thence. It is boats, because an ancient superstition then divided into three equal portions, of crossing the sea in egg-shells. Why

gave to these unhappy beings the power and each taking one, they proceed in the preference was given to egg-shells solemn silence to occupy the same

is rather equivocal, when an oyster or bed ; and placing each part under their

a muscle shell would have been at respective pillows, they disrobe themselves and walk backwards into bed. hand to constitute a much more plauShould either of the parties laugh, or

sible and imperishable vehicle.

From a Correspondent in the Gents Mag. utter a single syllable during the whole process, the charm is broken. This cake is intended to produce pleasant

Harieties. dreams, in which the future husband of each damsel will manifest himself AMERICAN House of RepreseNTAto her enraptured view, arrayed in all TIVES. During the sitting of the the manly charms of a youthful bride- House of Representatives, boys, neatly groom.

dressed, carry messages that may be The dread of apparitions is a proli. required between the members, or from fic source of distress and misery to the clerks to the members, and deliver which our nature is subject ; but it is such letters or papers as may be necesnow happily, together with the reputed sary. They also supply the speakers power of witches to injure and tor- with a glass of water, which is placed ment the human species, almost ex- on their desk, in case of their requirploded. The most superstitious the ing it while speaking. Speakers in people are, at this enlightened period, the pulpit have generally a glass of little affected by those fears which in water placed within their reach. The the seventeenth century agitated all employment of little boys in the way I ranks and descriptions of men. I must have mentioned is attended with this not omit to mention, however, that a advantage, that they are much less in most terrific source of alarm still re- the way of the speakers or the members, tains its influence over the superstitious and can move among the desks without in some parts of the county, in the disarranging the papers. The reportvisionary Death-Cart. Before the de- are well accommodated in both mise of any individual, this tremendous Houses of Congress, having comfortmachine is heard to rattle along the able seats, and the best part of the streets like a whirlwind. Every heart House is allotted to them. Divine Serbeats with dismal apprehension at the vice is, during the sittings of Congress, oininous sound. The father of a family performed every Sunday in the House feels an involuntary shudder pervade of Representatives, the Chaplain of the his frame; children hide their faces House preaching from the Speaker's in the mother's lap, who herself exhi. chair. There is no restriction in the bits too many evident symptoms of admission of persons on this occasion ; alarm to afford any comfort to her ter- but, as the House is reckoned a farified offspring; while the more expe- shionable place of worship, it is necesrienced, with a significant shake of the sary to go early, in order to procure a head, exclaim, “Ah! poor ! seai. I heard Mr. Jones, the present he'll die before morning !" referring Chaplain to the Senate, preach, who is to some person whose indisposition is an Episcopalian ; but there is no limiknown ;

and each endeavours to tation in this respect. Clergymen whom avert the omen from himself by fixing we should call in Britain sectarians are the application on his neighbour; al- all eligible, and have been elected though he secretly fears, at the same Chaplains. In point of fact the Chaptime, that the affiiction will assuredly lain to the Senate at the present mo


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ment is an Episcopalian, while the a member of the Church of England, I Chaplain to the House of Representa- have no exclusive partialities.". The tives is a Presbyterian. Strangers are Doctor re-assured him of a cordial wel. adınitted every day before prayers, come, and the General was found seated which last for about four minutes. with the communicants the next Sab.

Stuart's Ameriea. bath.-Stuart's Three Years in North Ame. LORD TENTERDEN AND THE CHO- rica. RISTER. - When Lord Tenterden and DescRIPTION OP A MAIL-Coach DriMr. Justice Richards, on going the VER.-" Here,” says the author, “the Circuit, once visited the Cathedral of most lawless of all the drivers I had yet Canterbury, the latter took notice of a met got the charge of the stage. At the singing-man in the choir, who had an distance of two or three miles from the excellent voice. “Ah!” said Lord house, at a point where the road was Tenterden. “ that's the only man I ever covered with stumps of trees, he drew envied. When at school in this town, up, and tying the reins up at the front we were candidates together for a choc window, he said to me, the only passenrister's place, and he obtained it."


“ look to the reins till l come LORD BROUGHAM.—The early days back.” He was obliged to go a little of Lord Brougham were remarkable for way to give out some sewing, as he said. the sallies of his wil before the dig. There was neither a house nor a hunity of office had put a restraint on in- man being in our view, and I felt it unclination, his social habits often led him pleasant to be left alone in the forest ; into parties of conviviality.. At one of but there was no alternative, for the drithose when the bottle had been circu- ver was out of sight behind the trees in lating with more than ordinary rapi- a monient. He did not return for thirtydity, one of the party not distinguished five minutes, and then, feeling some for his shrewdness, was requested to apology to be necessary, he said, " I was sing, but excused himself by declaring obliged to hear her story. The fact is, music was not in his composition. I keep a girl a little way off ; 1 have “Nonsense,” said Jeffery, who was one built her a house, and I have a negro of the party,

every one can see you wench to attend her ; yet the people are have a singing face." “Ay," respond. making a mighty fuss about it. How ed Brougham, “the notes of music are do they manage these matters in the even developed there, for I can see A north, sir ?" I of course advised him flat in it.”

to marry, as they do in the north ; but WASHINGTON AND THE SACRAMENT. he said the girl's family were not equal -While the American army, under the to his, and he could not think of discommand of Washington, lay encamped gracing himself, though he was very in the environs of Morris Town, New fond of her. The great fault, however, Jersey, it occurred that the service of which the public have to find with this the communion (then observed semi- person, whosa name is Symes, is that of annually only,) was to be administered leaving the whole southern mails at the in the Presbyterian Church of that vil- mercy of a stranger, of whom he knew lage. In a morning of the previous nothing, and who could not be expected week, the General, after his accustomed to make any extraordinary exertion if inspection of the camp, visited the house any attempt had been made to carry of the Rev. Dr. Jones, then pastor of them off. that church, and after the usual prelimi- ATTACK UPOM A HARE BY A MAGPIE. paries, thus accosted him : “Doctor, I -To record the petty conflicts of the understand that the Lord's Supper is to inferior aniinals may seem trifling to be celebrated with you next Sunday. I the general observer ; but to the nawould learn, if it accords with the ca- turalist who writes the history of a nons of your church to admit communi. species, no anecdote, however trivial, cants of another denomination ?" The that serves to illustrate peculiar traits Doctor replied, “Most certainly. Ours of character, can appear either uninteis not the Presbyterian table, General, resting or superfluous. I was inform. but the Lord's table ; and we bence ed the other day by a friend (a medical give the Lord's invitation to all his fol. man, with whom I am on intimate terms, lowers, of whatever name.” The Gene- and on whose veracity 1 can rely), that ral replied, " I am glad of it; that is as he had just witnessed a curious contest it ought to be; but, as I was not quite between a magpie and a fine full-grown sure of the fact, I thought I would ascer- hare ; the bird making frequent and tain it from yourself, as I propose to furious pounces at the hare, and purjoin with you on that occasion. Though suing it for a considerable distance,


when the animal escaped by making for The Irish BAR.-The style of the a thick hedge, at the other side of which Irish bar is widely different from that it ran off to some distance from the of the English. ji is less solemn and place where it had entered, and with- decorous, but more lively and animated out being observed by the bird. I had –more glowing and figurative-more always considered the magpie to be a witty and sarcastic: it reasons less, remarkably bold bird, but never con- it instructs less, it convinces less—but ceived him capable of such an exploit it amuses more. It is more animated, as this.

Firld Naturalist's Mag. more dramatic; it rises to the sublime, ANECDOTE OF A JAGUAR.–The ja- it sinks to the humorous, it attempts guars which abound every where on the pathetic: but in all this there is too the Orinoco, are so numerous near the much the tricks of a juggler. It is not cataracts that they come into the village that an Irish advocate thinks less of his and devour the pigs of the poor Indians. client than an English one, but he The missionary related a striking in seems to think less ; he appears to stance of the familiarity of these ani- think most of himself-of his own remals.--"Two Indian children, boy and putation, of the approbation of his girl, eight or nine years of age, were brethren, the applause of the spectasitting among the grass near the village tors, and the admiration of the court. of Atures in the midst of a savannah. It I dare say I should be most gratified by was two in the afternoon when a jaguar specimens of eloquence taken at the issued from the forest and approached Irish bar, but were either my life or the children, gamboling around them; fortune at stake, I should like to be sometimes concealing itself among the defended-at an English one. long grass, and again springing forward, with his back curved and his

GOOD MANAGEMENT.-(Original.) head lowered, as is usual with our

"Look on this side; and on this." cats. The litile boy was unaware of

An actress, celebrated for her mathe danger in which he was placed, and nagement off

, as well as on, the stage, became sensible of it only when the tion of a needy, as well as seedy, per

was recently annoyed by the interposi. jaguar struck him on the head with one former, by reason of his not having of his paws. The blows thus inflicted were at first slight, but gradually be ample resources, sufficiently agreeable came ruder. The claws of the jaguar to abide quietly by his demands. One

to make him “ cut" his engagement, or wounded the child, and blood flowed night, after the conclusion of the piece with violence. The little girl then took in which he played, he determined to up a branch of a tree and struck the ani- be resolute in his application, in spite mal,which fled before her. The Indians of the liability to an accusation for bis hearing the cries of the children, ran

want of gallantry; and catching the up and saw the jaguar, which bounded off without showing any disposition to fair vocalist to accommodate him with a

opportune moment, he entreated the defend itself. “What.” asks Hum- few pounds-if not his whole claim. boldt, “meant this fit of playfulness - You're a very surly fellow," said the in an animal which, although not diffi: lady, wrathfully, as she slid past him. cult to be tamed in our menageries, is in the course of the next day, he realways so ferocious and cruel in the ceived news of the death of his wealthy state of freedom? If we choose to ad- uncle, who bequeathed him considermit that, being sure of its prey, it play able property. He informed the fair ed with the young Indian as the domes. tic cat plays with a bird, the wings of lady of his good forlone, and also of which have been clipped, how can we fession, likewise cancelling his demand

his intention of relinquishing the proaccount for the forbearance of a large

on hier for his services; when she cast jaguar when pursued by a little girl ? If the jaguar was not pressed by hunger, him and said, “ You're a good natured

one of her bewitching smiles towards why should it have gone up to the child- soul!" and tearing up his engagement, ren? There are mysteries in the affec. tions and hatreds of animals. We have

added, we are quits." seen lions kill three or four dogs which DAWE THE Painter. Dawe the were put into their cage, and instantly painter was one of the most irritable of caress another which had the courage his profession. “Why do you succeed" to seize the royal beast by the mane. says Mrs. Garrick to him, “ in other Man is ignorant of the sources of these portraits, and never in Mr. Garrick's; instincts. It would seem that weakness who sits to you so often?". “Because,' inspires inore interest the more confi- replied Dawe, “other men don't bring ding it is.'

their wives."

Edin. Cab. Lib. No X.

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