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tleman. My first wise was the hand- ers; every afternoon be listened to a somest woman in Liverpool. The bucks sermon, or a homily of St. Augustine ; of the day, who had been for ever run- every evening, vespers and complins. ning after her, when she was single, The interstices of his time were filled up acknowledged it. “Joe,' said they, - is by devout meditation, or by occasional the happy man! He's got the Liverpool converse with his domestics and the Beauty. Poor creature! I lived many brotherhood, who were greatly edified happy years with her ; but she died by his religious zeal, and by his deep without issue. I ventured to tie the humility. Not only was all ceremonial marriage-knot a second time, by an banished, but he insisted on being acunion with the prettiest woman in Li- counted merely as one of the fraternity, verpool, as every body acknowledged declaring that he would rather serve my cara sposa to be. Fortune favored than be served. He sang with so much me, by her having three sons on the sweetness and skill, that the monks are birth-days of three memorable poets: said frequently to have crept to the On Byron's, Moore's, and Campbell's. door of his cell to hear him more disThey are christened; the eldest, Joe tinctly. That he had a scientific knowNoel Byron Crambourne ! The second, ledge of the art, appeared from his inTom Moore Crambourne! and the stantly detecting a false note when youngest, Thomas Campbell Cram- raised by any brother in the choir. He bourne! These circumstances, gentle- had not much to distribute in private men, are attested facts. But I sigh to charity, as that duty was well performconfess the truth; I am now on ny way ed by the monastery. In one instance, to the same city, in search of a third however, the manner was objectionwife! I have given my love and duty able, and he solicited its disuse. The faithfully to the two wives I have fol- winter following his arrival, and most lowed to the grave; and I hope to find of the succeeding spring, was a seatheir place supplied by the neatest fe- son of famine. The peasantry flockmale in the city.” Saying this, he ed in great numbers to the gates ; and pushed his chin into the shawl which when the porter of the monastery was surrounded his neck, as the coach stop- unequal to the task of relieving the ped at Barnet; his thread of discourse multitude, the monks joined him in the was broken. In his person, Joe Cram- charitable office. Among the applicants bourne was short and thickset. His were many women ; some young and face was ruddy, and his nose more so. beautiful." Charles, who feared for The flesh of his face nearly hid his dark the virtue of the fathers, loudly condemeyes, and the gout had made some pro- ned the intercourse; and complained gress in thickening his ancles. Good with such effect to the visiters-general living stretched the holds of his waist- of the order, that, in a chapter held for coat, and years threw him on the verge the occasion, it was decreed that no of fifty. Wit, however, sparkled in his alms should thenceforth be disturbed at looks, good-nature in his manners, and the gate, but that a certain quantity of he possessed so large a fund of detail corn should be given to each poor family that it would carry him any where plea- by the alcaldes of the neighbouring santly, whether in search of a wife or towns and villages. At the same time a friend. Success to Joe Crambourne! he himself caused proclamation to be

A TRAVELLER. made, that whatever woman ventured

nearer to the monastery than a chapel DEATH OF CHARLES V.

about two miles distant, should receive

100 stripes. Throughout life Charles The manner of life followed by this had been a bigot, though policy had great prince in his retirement was ex often made himn smother the sentiment, ceedingly simple. His chief exercises Here, where no disguise was wanted, were those of devotion : he observed, he appeared in all the deformity of the as far as his infirmities would permit, character. In his conversations with the rule of the order (hermits of St. Je- the prior and brotherhood, he observed rome) with as much scrupulosity as if that if any thing could draw him from he had contracted the obligation by vow. his retreat, it would be the hope of pu; For some months he relaxed from this nishing heretics; and that he had severity by horticultural and mechani- written to the inquisitors, exhorting cal recreations ; but he never allowed them to pursue all with relentless sethem to interfere with more serious pur- verity, deliver all over to the flames, suits. Every morning he heard mass, and to have mercy on none, not even and repeated a given number of pray- if they should recant. He said that no

dependence could be placed on the man siast, that he should comfort himself who had once a postatised, nor was the by reflecting how many nights he had sincerity of the recantation to be be passed under arms in the service of lieved. Nay, he expressed his regret Christendom, and should thank God that he had not executed Luther, even for having thereby done what would be though, by so doing, he would have more acceptable in the sight of heaven violated the safe-conduct he himself had thar could be performed by many granted, and brought everlasting in- monks in their cells. He spoke with famy on his name. Heresy, he said, more justice, and with a better insight was a crime, not against human but the into his state, when he observed that he Divine Majesty; and that to connive looked back with the more sorrow on at its escape, was treason to the High- his past life, as the retrospect did not est. Yet, not withstanding these exe- exhibit a single day that pleased himcrable sentiments, he was ignorant, not one sufficiently devoted to the glory even by his own confession, of the Pro- of God. At length he drew towards the testant tenets of faith. When a depu- close of his career. From a feeling tation from the Duke of Saxony and common enough in his cloister, he other reformed princes had waited on caused not only his own tomb to be him, requesting that the preachers of the constructed, but his coffin and shroud new doctrine might dispute in his pre- to be made, and assisted at his own sence with the Roman Catholic divines, obsequies. Shortly afterwards he was and that the decision of the victory seized by a fever, then by a cold shishould rest with himself-nay, when vering. In vain was blood drawn from assured that, in return for such a per- bim; his disorder rapidly increased, mission, the Protestant princes would and he rapidly grew weaker. All hope join him, with all their forces, against of recovery being abandoned, he conthe King of France, he refused'his con- fessed daily, and at length caused the sent, for fear, as he confessed, lest extreme unction to be administered to some heretical opinion should find en him by the prior, just as was practised trance into his mind. He added, by with the monks, some of whom were by way of triumph, that once, when other his couch, joining him in repeating the princes of the same faith humbly be- penitential psalms. The following sought him not to believe them heretics morning he again asked for the comunheard, but to afford them at least the munion ; and on the representation of means of vindicating themselves when his confessor that the repetition so they proposed as a lure the junction of soon was unnecessary, he persisted, their arms against the Grand Turk, observing that he had need of every promising him even the reduction of preparation for so long a journey. Constantinople- he had turned bis When the sacred rite was administered, back on them, exclaiming, “God for- he exclaimed with pathos, “In me bid that I should consent to such a manes, ego in Te maneam!" Towards condition with the view of my own ad- evening he grew worse ; after midvantage! All my ambition is to know night, perceiving that all around him Christ, and him crucified!"

Such a

were wrapt in melancholy silence, he mind was obstinately shut against all said, “ My houris come! give me that evidence, nor would the demonstrations taper and crucifix!" Though, a few of an apostle have removed the impedi- hours preceding, four of his domestics ment. The relation is not honourable had not been able without difficulty to either to the justice or understanding turn him in bed, he now, we are told, of the emperor. In perusing the monas- changed from one side to the other with tic life of the imperial penitent, it is dif as much facility as if nothing ailed him. ficult to believe that he preserved at He took the lamp with one hand, the all times his mental sanity. He used crucifix with the other; and after gazthe discipline with such severity that ing for some time on the holy symbol of he was often covered with gore ; and salvation, he exclaimed, in a voice loud he expressed his regret that, owing to enough to be heard n the neighbouring his bodily infirmities, he could not in- cells, “Jesus !" and at the same mocur the additional mortification of sleep- ment surrendered his soul to God. ing in his clothes. St. Francis de Bro

Cab. Cyclop. Vol. 38. gia, who had exchanged a ducal coronet for the coarse mantle of the jesuits, and who visited him in his retirement,

Returns of Love to Women's hearts;

Returns of snuff to noses; observed, with more justice than fwe Many returns of faithful friends; should have expected from an enthu

And spring's return, with posies.


MISERY OF LIVING TOO LONG. offer no consolation. On the contrary,

the wretched hoydens are perpetually At a wretched village in the Electo- before her eyes only as monuments of rate of Hesse, the author of the “ Low her misfortunes, adding gall to a cup of Countries” found a poor old American bitterness which already overflows. lady, whose history, simple as it is Perhaps it is impossible for simple contains a complication of woe hardly misfortune, unaggravated by guilt, to go to be paralleled. It is simply and much farther. The poor gentlewoman's touchingly described ; and may afford story is but loo well authenticated ; and a lesson to those who cannot find pa were it not so, her withered worn look tience to bear the ordinary ills of of despair, and the ingenuous manner life :

and way of telling her simple narrative, “I have been here only a few days, were, God knows, evidence enough to and never was I more heartily sick of rebuke the doubts of the most heartless any place in my existence. What must suspicion. One may easily discern, it be for an utter stranger to be banish- through the veil which her years and ed to such a place for a life-time! yet sufferings have spread over her features one such case there actually is, linger- that she has been handsome in her day. ing in hopeless poverty, at the wretch- She still retains the air of a gentlewoen Wabern-an American lady, doom- man; and now and then, as she talked ed by a most wayward succession of of her country, would grow cheerful. ill luck, to breathe on through days and The recollection of her early years months and years of this “living seemed to light up her intelligent feadeath,” with hardly means to supply tures for a moment like the fitting the most inexorable of the demands of gleam of a winter sky. It was but for nature. She was married to a German a monient. The ordinary cast of her officer in the cominissariat during the features was in harmony with her feel. first American war, who died without ing of deep settled sadness, yet blendleaving a farthing. The poor widow ing rather with resignation than denow wholly depends for escaping the spair. It is a great struggle to wear out wretchedness of high-way beggary on

the dress of life in this way. the gratuity of a few dollars a year, ill paid from the bounty of the elector, a CURIOUS ANCIENT STATUTES. sum hardly safficient even in this cheap country lo cover her “ looped and widowed raggedness," and keep her in Ale.- If any ale-house keeper shall potatoes. To her other heavy griefs sell less than a full quart of ale for a this poor lost gentlewoman adds the penny, or of the small ale two quarts miseries of age far advanced, and of for one penny, he shall forfeit for every more rapidly advancing infirmities. such offence the sum of twenty shil. Yet are these ills as nothing, she says, lings.- 1st James 1. chap. 9. in comparison of the desolation she Fairs.—The King commandeth that suffers, without having one friend to from henceforth neither fairs nor markets whom she can unburden her sorrows. be kept in church-yards, for the She has daughters living in the village; honour of the Church.—13th Edward but they are strangers equally to her I. stat. 2, chap. 6. heart and to herself,” having, at a very Woollen Caps.-All persons above early age, married labourers and stone- the age of seven years shall wear upon breakers, and become embruted by Sabbath and Holydays, upon their their society into a state of atter in- heads, a cap of wool, knit, thicked, and difference io their mother's feelings, dressed in England, upon pain to forwhich they cannot understand ; and feit, for every day not wearing, three one crumb have they not to spare froin shillings and fourpence. -- 13th Elizatheir hard earnings towards her sup- beth, chap. 19. port. Become familiar with scenes of Fast Days.

Whosoever shall, by distress in a place where poverty is preaching teaching, writing, or open only kept at bay by the dint of hard speech, notify that eating fish, or forlabour, so far as appearances are con- bearing of flesh, is of any necessity for cerned, they see little in their mother's saving the soul of man, shall be pulot varying from that of other paupers nished, as spreaders of false news are with whoin they are familiar. The and ought to be.-5th Elizabeth, chap. parent's keen pang of remembered days, 5. sect. 40. they, of course, know nothing about, so Pins.- No person shall put to sale that they can feel no sympathy, and any pins, but only such as shall be

For the Olio.


Q. Q.

double-headed, and have their heads by his master till he disgorged it; and soldered fast to the shank, and well a bone of a deer being thrown into the smoothed; the shank well shaven ; river, a native dived, brought it up, the point well and round filed, and consigned it to the fire, and carefully sharpened. -- 34th and 35th Henry washed bis hands. They would not VIII. chap. 6.

lend their canoes for the use of the Apparel.- And it is ordained and party, having observed some venison enacted, that no manner of person un- which they concluded was to be stowed der the estate of a Lord shall wear any on board ; and they alleged that the gown or mantell, unless it bee of such Ash would immediately smell it and length, that hee being upright, it shall leave them. Although generous in furcover his buttocks, upon pain to forfeit nishing the strangers with as much twenty shillings.-22nd Edward IV. roasted fish as they could consume, they chap. 1.

would part with none in a raw state. They believed salmon to have an invin

cible antipathy to iron, and were afraid Varieties.

that, if given raw to the white men, they

might take serious otfence at being Irish Beggars.—The address of an boiled in a vessel of this onsinous metal. Irish beggar is much more poetical and Edin. Cab. Lib. No. 1X. animated than that of an English one; FREEMASONRY.—The following facts his phraseology is as peculiar as the connected with the brotherhood are recitative in which it is delivered : he collected from the 66 Freemasons' conjures you, for the love and honour Pocket Companion," a manual pubof God, to throw something to the poor lished by a brother of the Apollo Lodge, famished sinner; by your father and 711, Oxford. St. Alban, the first marmother's soul, to cast an eye of pity on tyr for Christianity in England, was his sufferings. He is equally liberal in a supporter of the mystery; among the his good wishes, whether you give him subsequent superintendents we find anything or not :-" May you live'a the names of St. Swithin, King Alfred, hundred years !—May you pass unburt and Athelstan. The first Grand Lodge through fire and water !-May the gates of England met at York in 926, accordof Paradise be ever open io receive ing to a Charter from Athelstan. From you !" are common modes of expres- the year 1155 to 1199 the fraternity sion, which he utters with a volubility was under the command of the Grand that is inconceivable,

Master of the Knights Templars, whose INDIAN SuperstITION RESPECTING mysteries and titles are still continued. Fish.-Mackenzie found that salmon We have still extant records of a Lodge was so abundant inj the river since held in the reign of Henry the Fifth at known by his name, that the people Canterbury, where Chichely, the Archhad a constant supply. They had form- bishop of that see, presided, where the ed across the stream an embankment names of the master, wardens, and for placing fishing-machines, which other brethren are given ; this was in were disposed both above and below 1429; the king himself was instituted. it. For some reason, however, they The St. Clairs of Rosslyn were Herediwould permit no near inspection of the tary Grand Masters of the Order from weir ; but it appeared to be four feet the time of James the Second of Scotabove the water, and was constructed land till 1736, when the then represen. of alternate layers of gravel and small tative of the family, being old and trees, fixed in a slanting position. Be- childless, resigned it to the Grand neath it were placed machines into Lodge. Among the Grand Masters in which the salinon fell in attempting to England are numbered Dunstan, Edleap over ; and on either side was a ward the Confessor, Gondulph, Bishop large timber frame six feet above the of Rochester, Gilbert de Clara, William water, in which passages were left lead- a Wykeham, Henry the Seventh, ing directly into the machines, whilst Thomas Gresham, Inigo Jones, W. at the foot of the fall dipping-nets were Wren, and Dr. Desaguliers. William successfully employed. These people the Third was a freemason; so was were observed to indulge an extreme George the Fourth ; and so is his presuperstition regarding their fish, refus- sent Majesty. In 1717 there were only ing to taste flesh, and appearing to con- four lodges in London, who constituted sider such an act as a pollution. One themselves a Grand Lodge. There are of their dogs having swallowed a bone now masons in all parts of the globe, which the travellers left, was beaten who instantly recognise each other.


FORTUNE TELLING. — The present young one, it then retired a few yards Captain M-p-s, and the late Captain from the tent, and there laid itself down Ph-l-ps, were Lieutenants together in and died. On examining the carcase of the Ardent, 64, at Yarmouth ; and a very the poor animal, it was found to be in short time before the hard-fought ac a most emaciated state, starved, woundtion off Camperdown in 1797, were ed and scratched all over, so that there walking about on shore one day after can be no doubt it had been dreadfully dinner, when, on a sudden, it was pro- maltreated by its comrades ; and findposed that they should go into a certain ing no safety for itself or its offspring, astrologer's, for a moment's amuse returned the little one into the hands

As soon as they entered, a little of those who were the cause of its missarcastic conversation commenced on fortunes. the part of one of those gentlemen, who, An Irish STORY.-The priest of a more inquisitive than the other, was parish in Ireland kept a horse for the disposed to pay for a peep into futurity. purpose of visiting his parishioners The fortuneteller accordingly gave him and collecting his dues. He had no money's worth of his ware ; and told land on which to feed him, but was a him, among other things, that he should free-commoner on all the open lands in shortly go to sea, and be in a bloody the parish. He had returned one night battle, which would lead to his pronio- from paying his daily visits, and having tion. This produced great laughter of alighted from his horse,

Dan,” says course ; however, the said ship went to he to his servant, “turn the horse out sea a few days after. Admiral Dun- on the common, and be sure and com-, can's fleet, which the Ardent belonged mand him to the care of St. Anthony." to, fell in with the Dutch fleet; the ac. The horse was turned out, but the next tion was bloody indeed ; the Ardent's morning it was discovered he had been Captain (Burgess) was killed; and Mr. stolen. “ Oh, Dan, Dan !” says he, Ph-l-ps, (the 1st Lieutenant) was conse my beast is gone; I hope you did quently posted at once. To extend commend him to the care of Saint Anthis anecdote, a few moments before the thony ?" " Troth, sir,” said Dan, action began, the Master (Dunn) came : “ when I was turning him loose, I saw up to Mr. M-r-s, and said to him, no reason for recommending to one “What a precious scrape for tarring saint more than to another, and so I rewe shall give these fellows presently, commended him to the care of the but,” changing his voice to a pensive saints." “There it is, you spalpeen!" sort of tone, “I am one of those that replied the indignant priest ; you are not to live to talk of it,'' and was gave him in charge to all the saints. almost immediately shot dead.

What's every body's business is no SagaCITY OF A Monkey.—The ser- body's business ; and so my beast is vant of a medical gentleman, who was lost among them!"

Fraser's Mag. some time in India, caught a young

The Force of IMAGINATION. A monkey and brought it to his tent, Lucchese peasant, out shooting sparwhere every care was taken of it: but rows, saw his dog attacked by a strange the mother was so greatly distressed and very ferocious mastiff. He tried with the loss of her progeny, that she to separate the animals, and received a never ceased uttering the most piteous bite from his own dog, which instantly tones, night or day, in the immediate ran off through the fields. The wound vicinity of the tent. The Doctor, at was healed in a few days, hut the dog length tired out with the incessant was not to be found, and the peasant, howling, desired the servant to restore after some time, began to feel symptoms the young one to its mother, which he of pervous agitation. He conceived did, when the poor aniinal cheerfully that the dog, from his disappearing, retired, and sped its way to the com was mad; and within a day or two after inunity to which it had belonged. Here, this idea had struck him, he began however, she found she could not be to exhibit symptoms of hydrophobia. received. She and her progeny had They grew every hour more violent; he lost caste, and, like the hunted deer, raved, and had all the evidences of the was beaten and rejected by the flock. A most violent distemper. As he was lyfew days after our medical friend was ing, with his door open, to let in the greatly surprised to see the monkey re last air he was to breathe, he heard his turn to his tent, bringing the young one dog bark. The animal run up to the along with it. It entered his tent of bedside, and licked his master's hand, its own accord, apparently very much and frolicked about the room.

It was exhausted, and having deposited its clear that he at least was in perfect

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