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projecting roof of the shed. The noise “ Heaven have mercy, Peter
yes, continued the shouting rose higher unquestionably.” than ever-the other schooners opened "Well, massa, you know best.” So their fire, both cannon and musketry; we tugged at the sable heroine, and and from the increasing vehemence of first one leg came home out of the tenathe Spanish exclamations, and the cious clay with a plop, then the other cheering on board Obed's' vessels, I was drawn out of the quagmire. We concluded the attacking party then relieved her of the paddles, and having the worst of it. My dog Snee- each taking hold of one of the poor zer now came jumping and scrambling balf-dead creature's hands, we succeedup the trap-stair, his paws slipping ed in getting down to the beach, about between the bars at every step, his half a mile to leeward of the entrance mouth wide open, and his tongue hang- to the cove. We found the canoe there, ing out, while he barked, and yelled, plumped Nancy stern foremost into the and gasped to get at me, as if his life de- bottom of it for ballast, gathered all pended on it. After him I could see our remaining energies for a "grand The round woolly pate of Peter Man- shove, and ran her like lightning into grove, Esquire, as excited apparently as the surf, till the water flashed over and the dog, and as anxious to get up; but over us, reaching to our necks. Next they got jammed together in the small moment we were both swimming, and hatch, and stuck there man and beast, the canoe, although full of water, beAt length Peter spoke—“Now sir, now, yond the surf, rising and falling on the Nancy has run on before to the beach long swell. We scrambled on board, with two paddles; now for it, now for set Nancy to bale with Peter's hat, seizit.” Down trundled master, and dog, ed our paddles, and sculled away like and pilot. By this time there was no fury for ten minutes right out to sea, one in the lower part of the shed, without looking once about us, until a which was full of smoke, while the in- musket-shot whistled over our heads, fernal tumult on the waters still raged then another, then a third ; and I had as furiously as ever, the shot of all sorts just time to hold up a white handkerand sizes hissing, and splashing, and chief, to prevent a whole platoon being ricochetting along the smooth surface let drive at us from the deck of his Briof the harbour, as if there had been a tannic majesty's schooner Gleam, lying sleet of musket and cannon balls and to about a cable's length to windward grape. Peter struck out at the top of of us, with the Firebrand a mile astern his speed, Sneezer and I followed; we of her out at sea. In five minutes we soon reached the jungle, dashed through got on board of the former. a path that had been recently cleared “ Mercy on me, Tom Cringle, and is with a cutlass or billhook, for the twigs this the way we are to meet again ?” were freshly shred, and in about ten said old Dick Gasket, as he held out minutes reached the high wood. How- his large, bony, sun-burnt hand to me. ever, no rest for the wicked, although " You have led me a nice dance, in a the row seemed lessening now. “Some vain attempt to redeem you from bonone has got the worst of it," said I. dage, Tom ; but I am delighted to see
“Never mind, master,' quoth Peter, you, although I have not had the credit " or we shan't get de betterest ourself.” of being your deliverer very glad to And away we galloped again, until I see you, Tom; but come along, man, had scarcely a rag an inch square on come down with me, and let me rig my back, or any where else, and my you, not quite a Stultze's fit, you know, skin was torn in pieces by the prickly but a jury rig—you shall have as good bushes and spear grass. The sound of as Dick Gasket's kit can furnish forth, firing now ceased entirely, although for really you are in a miserable plight, there was loud shouting now and then man.” still.
“Bad enough, indeed, Mr. Gasket“Push on, massa
dem will soon
many thanks though bad enough, as miss we.”
you say; but I would that your boat's " True enough, Peter but what is crew were in so good a plight." that?" as we came to a bundle of clouts Mr. Gasket looked earnestly at mewallopping about in the morass. Why, I have my own misgivings,
“De devil it inust be, I tink," said Mr. Cringle; this morning at daybreak, the pilot. “No, my Nancy it is, stick- the Firebrand in company, we fell in ing in the mud up to her waist; what with an armed felucca. It was dead shall us do? you tink, massa, we hab calm, and she was out of gunshot, close time for can stop to pick she out ?" in with the land. The Firebrand im
mediately sent the cutter on board, fully after being several hours at sea, were armed, with instructions to me to man much astonished at seeing the two creathe launch, and arm her with the boat- tures following the sloop. After being gun, and then to send both boats to exhausted with flying, they perched overhaul the felucca. I did so, stand- themselves on the top of the mast. ing in as quickly as the light air would Crumbs of bread were thrown on the take me, to support them; the felucca deck, with the view of alluring them all this while sweeping in shore as fast down; but they resisted the temptation as she could pull. But the boats were for a considerable time. Pressed by too nimble for her, and our launch had hunger, they at last descended to the already saluted her twice from the six- deck, and ate up with avidity the fragpounder in the bow, when the sea- ments that were scattered before them. breeze came thundering down in a Having eaten a hearty meal, the feawhite squall, that reefed our gaff top- thered voyagers returned to the topmast. sail in a trice, and blew away a whole By the time the vessel was two days at lot of light sails, like so many paper sea, they descended from their high alkites. When it cleared away, the devil titude once on an average every three a felacca, boat, or any thing else, was hours, when, after partaking of some to be seen. Capsized they could not food, they regularly returned to their have been, for all three were not likely elevated quarters. Matters proceeded to have gone that way; and as to any in this way during the voyage, which creek they could have run into, why we was a long one, the crew all the while could see none. That they had pulled being alike ignorant of what had atin shore, however, was our conclusion; tracted them in the first instance to the but here have we been the whole morn- vessel, and of what could have induced ing firing signal guns every five mi- them to put to sea. On reaching the nutes without success.”
river Tyne the matter was explained. “ Did you hear no firing after the A nest, with four young ones in it, was squall ?” said I.
discovered at the topmast. The nest, Why, some of my people thought with its callow inmates, was taken down they did, but it was that hollow, tre- by the sailors, and being put, in the molous, reverberating kind of sound, presence of the old birds, into a crevice that it might have been thunder ; and of an old house on the banks of the the breeze blew too strong to have al. river, the unfledged creatures were left lowed us to hear musketry a mile and parental care, which they doubtle a half to windward of them. I did think received. I saw some smoke rise, and blow off now and then, but" “But me no buts, Master Richard
Table Talk. Gasket ; Peter Mangrove here, as well as myself, saw your people pursue the
Visit to Herschel-We slept at felucca into the lion's den, and I fear Windsor, and, on the following mornthey have been crushed in his jaws.” ing, went to pay our respects to the I briefly related what we had seen
famous astronomer, Herschel. The Gasket was in great distress.
English still persist in calling the pla“They must have been taken, Mr. net he discovered three years ago, by Cringle. The fools, to allow ihem- the name of the Georgium Sidus; but selves to be trepanned in this way! Europe, indeed the whole world, more we must stand out and speak the cor- just to the philosopher than his country vette-All hands make sail !”
-have decreed that it shall bear his To be concluded in our next.
own name. Herschel is between forty and fifty years of age; and his life has
been of a chequered nature. He was The Naturalist.
born in Hanover. I believe his father
was a musician. He entered the Ha. SPARROWS.-We have often heard of noverian service, as a flute-player-bebirds choosing singular places for build- came disgusted with the army-deserted ing their nests, but of none more singu- -and came over to England. Some lar than that we are about to record. A nobleman engaged him to form a band. coal vessel from Newcastle, or some He afterwards became a music-master, place in that neighbourhood, having and an organist ; but his love for astrolately been at Nairn, two sparrows nomy was so powerful, that he found were frequently observed to light on the means, when not occupied in his protop of the vessel's mast; and the crew, fession, to bring reflecting telescopes to
perfection. He is now engaged in pre- cal cause ; for this being, according to paring one that will be forty feet in received tradition, the spot where the length. It will occupy him three or chosen people under Moses passed four years in completing. Herschel re over, the ignorant imagine that, since ceived us with great kindness - talked it was also bere that the host of Phato us upon astronomical subjects -- and raoh was swallowed up, their rest less assured us that, within these few months, spirits still remain at the bottom of the he had made the discovery of a volcanic deep, and are continually busied in mountain in the moon. He tells us drawing down mariners to their dethat the milky way is certainly com struction ; a notion so received among posed of nebulous stars, and that they all the seafaring people along that consist of several thousands. He is al- coast, that it would be quite in vain to lowed a pension by government. IIis argue against it. anxieties and miseries are now at an STARCH. The manufacture of starch end; and the remainder of his life he was known to the ancients. Pliny inintends to devote to astronomical pur- forms us that it was made from wheat suits. In his studio, he has written, and from siligo, which was probably a over the mantel-piece, the inscription of variety or sub-species of wheat. The Gil Blas :—“Spes et fortuna valete, sat invention of starch is ascribed by Pliny me lusistis, ludite nunc alios."
to the inhabitants of Chio, where in his Mirabeau's Letters. time the best starch was still made. LORD HILL AT TALAVERA. Hill Pliny's description of the method emwas moving up to reinforce Colonel ployed by the ancients of making starch Donkin, and was in the act of giving is tolerably exact. Next to the Chian soine orders to the colonel of the 481h starch that of Crete was most celeregiinent, when he was fired at from brated ; and next to it was the Egypthis suminit; and not doubting that the tian. The qualities of starch were shots proceeded from some British judged by the weight; the lightest being stragglers, who mistook the direction always reckoned the best. of their fire, he rode smartly up, accom CHARACTER OF THE ENGLISH.-John panied by his brigade major, Fordyce, Selden, the glory of the English nation, to stop them. These two were instant as Grotius calls him, thus describes his ly surrounded by the enemy; Fordyce countrymen. “ Their ingenuity will was killed on the spot; and the hand not allow them to be excellent at the of a French grenadier was already on cheat ; but are rather subject in that the bridal of Hill's charger ; but the kind to take than to give, and supposgeneral spurred his horse hard, broke ing others as open-hearted as themaway and galloped off. Directing the selves, are many times in treaties overwounded beast downwards, he met a matched by those whom they overmatch part of the 29th ; and turning, led them in arms; upon the same account they up with uncalculating courage to the are neither imperious over those becharge. The old 29th did not disap- neath, nor stubborn against those point him; they won back the summit above; but can well discern both perat the point of the bayonet. But son and time. They will honour mascarcely had the general placed them jesty whenever they see it. The only in position by the side of Colonel way to conquer them, is to let them have Donkin's brigade, ere a heavy mass of their liberties; for, like some horses, French battalions again advanced; they are good for carriage, as long as and a violent attack, of which the first their burthens are easy and sit loose was but a prelude, burst upon them.- upon them, but if too close girt, they The fire flashed red upon the night; will break all, or cast their burthens and was delivered so close, that the aside.” combatants discerned each other's for The BARKING OF Dogs.-Dogs in a mation within a few paces. The Bri- state of nature never bark; they simply tish having poured in their deadly vol- whine, howl, and growl; this explosive ley, rushed on with their bayonets, noise is only found among those which broke the dark column, and drove it are domesticated. Sonnini speaks of down.
the shepherds'dogs in the wilds of TRADITION OF THE RED Sea.-The Egypt as not having this faculty; and superstition of the neighbourhood (a Columbus found the dogs, which he had point in the Red Sea, which is remark- previously carried to America, to have able for the furious gusts to which it is lost their propensity to barking. The almost continually subject) ascribes it ancients were aware of this circumto a supernatural, and not to a physi- stance. Isaiah compares the blind
watchmen of Israel to these animals ; was built of brick. In China, bricks “they are dumb, they cannot bark.” are made of blue clay more or less But on the contrary, David compares sandy. the noise of his enemies to the “ dogs Ardent Spirits A Poison. - When round about the city.” Hence the bark- pure ardent spirits are taken into the ing of a dog is an acquired faculty-an stomach, they cause irritation, which is effort to speak which he derives from evinced by warmth and pain experihis associating with inan, * ** It can enced in that organ; and next, inflamnot be doubted that dogs, in this coun- mation of the delicate coats of this part try, bark more and fight less than for- and sometimes gangrene. They act in merly. This may be accounted for by the same manner as poisons. Besides the civilization of the lower orders, the local injury they produce, they act who have gained a higher taste in their on the nerves of the stomach which run sports and pastimes than badger-bait- to the brain, and if taken in large quanings and dog-fights; and it may with tities cause insensibility, stupor, irretruth be asserted, that the march of in- gular convulsive action, difficult breathtellect has had its influence even upon ing, and often sudden death. the canine race, in destroying that na STOCKING WEAVING." William tural ferocity for war, which, happily Lee, M.M., I thinke,” says Aubrey, for the world, is now spent more in of Magdalen Hall, Oxon, was the words than in blows.
first inventor of the weaving of stockSOURCE OF THE Ganges. The moun- ings, by an engine of his contrivance. tain scenery which surrounds Gangou. He was a Sussex man born, or else tri, where the infant Ganges bursts into lived there. He was a poor curate, and view, is sublime and amazing. The observing how much paines his wife traveller winds his way to this place, tooke in knitting a paire of stockings, clambering over steep rocks, or creep he bought a stocking and a halfe, and ing along the face of precipices, where observed the contrivance of the stitch, flights of steps are formed by posts which he designed in his loome, which driven into the crevices. At lengih he (though some of the instruments of the reaches the village, consisting only of a engine he altered) keepes the same to few huts and the temple dedicated to this day. He went into France, and Mahadeo. Here naked and pointed there died before his loome was made cliffs, shooting up to the sky with con- there. So the art was not long since fused masses of rock lying at their feet, in no part of the world, except Eng. and only a few trees rooting themselves land. Oliver Cromwell, protector, in the deep chasms, making the specta- made an act that it should be felony tó tor feel as if he had trode on the ruins transport this engine. This informaof a former world. Vast shattered pre- tion I tooke from a weaver (by this encipices, which frown over the temple, gine) in Pearpole-lane, 1656. Sir l. have strewn the vicinity with enormous Hoskyns, Mr. I. Hoskyns, Mr. Stafford fragments of granite, destined pro- Tyndale, and I, went purposely to see bably one day to overwhelm the edifice it." itself. A few old pines throw a dark Swift'S IMPATIENCE OF CRosses.shade over the troubled waters, whose Swift was born not for cogitation, but roar is heard beneath, mingled with the action for turbulent times, not for stifled but fearful sound of the stones calm. He ceases to be great directly borne down by the current. Rocky he is still; and his bitterness at every heights shut in the prospects on every vexation is so great, that I have often side except towards the east, where, thought, in listening to him, of the behind a crowd of naked spires, thé Abbe de Cyran, who, attempting to view is bounded by the four snowy throw nutshells out of the bars of his peaks of Roodroo Himala.
window, and constantly failing in the POTTERY OF THE ANCIENTS. Hero, attempt, exclaimed in a paroxysm of dotus records of Asychis, one of the rage,'' Thus does Providence delight kings of Egypt, that he built a pyramid in frustrating my designs.' of bricks made of the mud or silt dredg SUPERSTITION IN SCOTLAND. The ed up from the bottom of the river. All the following customs still linger in the Roman bricks are of a deep red colour, south of Scotland. The bride, when very compact and well burnt. In ancient she enters the house of her husband, Rome, it was said of Augustus, that he is lifted over the threshold, and to step found the city of brick, and left it of on it, or over it, voluntarily, is reckonmarble. That part of the walls of Athens ed a bad omen. This custom was uniwhich looks towards Mount Hymettus, versal in Rome, where it was observed
as keeping in memory the rape of the isle, who was whipping away with great Sabines, and that it was by a show of vigour at a well-known and favourite violence towards the females that the pool. “Fait, and it must be that same, object of peopling the city was attain- sure enough,” returned Pat, “for deuce ed. On the same occasion a sweet a one of 'em 'll stir out of it." cake, baked for the purpose, is broken CARRIER Pigeons.-During the 18th above the head of the bride, which is century, it was not uncommon for the also a rite of classic antiquity. In like English merchants at Aleppo to obtain manner the Scottish, even of the better intelligence of the arrival of their vesrank, avoid contracting marriage in sels at Scanderoon by means of carrier the month of May, which genial season pigeons. Whatever could be comprised of flowers and breezes might, in other in a few words was written on a slip of respects, appear so peculiarly favour- paper, and fastened to the pigeon, which able for that purpose. It was speci- immediately took flight. "It was usual ally objected to the marriage of Mary to send down the pigeons from Aleppo, with the profligate Earl of Bothwell that they might always be ready at the that the union was formed within this port. Maillet, the French Consul in interdicted month. This prejudice Egypt, relates, that a merchant of Alepwas so rooted amongst the Scots, that po, having accidentally killed one of in 1684 a set of enthusiasts, called these feathered messengers, was the Gibbites, proposed to renounce it, first to learn that a scarcity of galls preamong a long list of stated festivals, vailed in England, and, profitting by fast days, popish relics, not forgetting the intelligence, he speedily made a the profane names of the days of the speculation by which he gained 10,000 week, names of the months, and all sorts crowns of idle and silly practices which their EXTRAORDINARY Madness. — There tender consciences took an exception is at present a man who believes bimto. This objection to solemnize mar self dead ever since the battle of Austerriage in the merry month of May, how- litz, where he received a serious wound. ever fit a season for courtship, is also His delirium consists in that he can no borrowed from the Roman Pagans, longer recognise his own body. If he which, had these fanatics been aware of is' asked how he is, he says, you ask it, would have been an additional reason how Pere Lambert is, but he is dead, for their anathema against the practice. he was killed at the battle of Aus
RETREAT OF Massena.-By express terlitz; what you now see is not orders from the French head-quarters, him, but a machine made in his the city of Leyria, and the church of likeness, and which has been very Alcobaça, (which are to the Portuguese badly made. This man has frequently as Westminster Abbey and the Bodleian fallen into a state of immobility and to an Englishman) were given to the insensibility, which lasts for several fames. The whole line of their retreat days. Neither sinapisms nor blisters was marked by fire, desolation, and ever cause the slightest pain. The skin blood. The cruelties perpetrated ought has been frequently pinched, and not to be described. Every horror that pierced with pins, without his being could make war hideous attended this aware of it.- Does not this man offer a dreadful march. In the district of Co- remarkable example of delirium maniimbra, near 3000 persons were mur- festly influenced by want of sensibility dered' by the French. Thousands hid in the skin, and want of well-inarked themselves in the woods and mountains; modification of visceral sensibility ? but even here the marauders of the Not so Bad AS EXPECTED. In the enemy, prowling like wolves for food, melo-drama of the Caravan, a dog found them,
— some in large and trem named Carlo played a principal characbling companies, some caverned in ter. Dignum, the singer, was also in lonely fear; and seizing their little the same piece. One evening the latter siores of maize or pulse, slew them!- went up to Sheridan, and, with a grave at times. in cruel favour, sparing the face, informed him that he had soine bad
news to relate. Sheridan eagerly in
quired what it was ; to which Dignum Varieties.
answered, that he felt himself so hoarse
as to be unable to get through the songs. Not To Be TempTED.-“That's a fine Sheridan, seizing him by the hand, restream for trouts, friend,” observed a joined, "My friend, you have relieved piscatorial acquaintance, the other day, my mind of a weight; I thought the dog to a genuine “Sprig" from the emerald had been taken ill."
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