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survived him but 10 expiate their crimes that a style is smoothed by frequently on the gibbet at Port Royal, said he crossing that a chair yields to the conhad joined them from a New York pri- stant pressure of the sitter in it—that a vateer, but they knew nothing farther post betrays the friction and the axis of him beyond this fact, that by his the wear the suitor should, in his haskill and desperate courage, within a bitual course of twenty years, be weamonth he had by common acclaim been ther-beaten in his cause and warfare. elected captain of the whole band. The suitor is an abstract character, There was a story current on board the endued with feelings and sympathies corvette, of a small trading craft, with entirely his own; imbued with a love of a person answering his description, law so far as he is personally concernhaving been captured in the Chesapeaké ed, and is interested even in other's leby one of the squadron, and sent to gal nomenclature. He considers almost Halifax for adjudication; the master, as all the lawyers the vermin of the in most cases of the kind, being left on land,'pronounces an anathema in the board, which from that hour had never gross, wishes half of thein executed been heard of, neither vessel, nor prize, without the ' benefit of clergy' and recrew nor captain, until two Americans solves, when his suit shall be deterwere taken out of a slaver off the Cape mined, to put lex talionix, or tit for de Verds, by the Firebrand, about a tat, into fulland exemplary force against year afterwards, after a most brave and the recreant parties that drew him into determined attempt to escape, both of his dilemma. Poor fellow ! the suitor whom were, however, allowed to en- is an object of pity, but a specimen of ter, but subsequently deserted off Sandy indurable perseverance. He waits sitHook by swimming ashore, in conse- ting after sitting with the 'Law List' quence of a pressed hand hinting that on his tongue, not like 'Patience on a Obed had been the master of the vessel monument smiling at grief;' but like a above mentioned.

monument of mercy invoking patience All resistance having ceased, the few to hold out a little longer, till he might of the pirates who escaped having scam- say with Othello, 'Out brief, light!' pered into the woods, where it would Few, very few, that have observed him have been vain to follow them, we se- perambulate Lincoln's Inn and Westcured our prisoners, and at the close of minsler Hall, would be persuaded that a bloody day, for fatal had it been to his . days were not numbered,' yet he friend and foe, the prizes were got un- has survived the career of an Eldon and der weigh, and before nightfall we a Lyndhurst, and is likely to be the were all ai sea, sailing in a fleet under suitor of a Brougham. Where are the convoy of the corvette and Gleam. deeds ? Echo in parchment might anBlackwood's Mag. swer--where?-What is the nature of

the papers ? To him they are replete

with self-evident conviction. How many THE SUITOR.

folios do they occupy? The bills of the law stationers can attest the number.

Who is in possession of the letters in Et judex petit, et petit patronus

evidence ? Alas, they are ink-bare, Solvas censeo, Sexte, creditori.

broken in the folds, and nearly crumA judge, you say, and patron you must get?

bled into “ shreds and patches.". But, Take my advice, good Sextus; pay the debt. if the originals are in a state of dilapi

dation like the suitor, he delights himSHOULD the present Lord Chancellor self in the certainty of retaining duplimake progress in his high vocation, cates. Poor fellow ! The “Suitor" one race of identical character will at once was a spruce, brightened, warmleast, vanish like an evening shadow hearted young man, the gayest of his into utter darkness; I mean, “The companions. He led an easy and rural Suitor.” To inquire if he is unfortu- life till persuaded by a petty fogging pate, would be a question of superero- attorney to “file a bill” in Chancery. gation. To insist on his absenting This was his first impression. His bimself from the Chancery Courts, career was ardent. But, in proof of would be to distract him with lingering his sincerity, have not twenty years torture. To look at him with an eye of elapsed? In the onset of his passion, suspicion, because of the poverty of the jke a chivalrous knight, he cheerfully suit of his outward man, would involve laid down twenty pounds by way of a a distrust unworthy of the inner work- feeler and in advance, and with twenty ings of his mind. It is not surprising, more the little skiff hoisted sail on the


sea of uncertainty, pretty well. To give stratagems of false hearted replication, it ballast, as the coast was clear, he put and every day indicales, by his shrinkin twenty pounds more. He did not ing symptoms of mortality, that his complain with an additional forty, last move is near :-there is only “one though a few shoals and quicksands step between him and the grave.

May were in appearance. That demonstra- his rest be hallowed by eternal peace! tive security might be insured to the

J. R. P. voyage he risked fifty pounds more in the prosperously viewed adventure. But as the chink became scarce the

The Naturalist. blasts of opposition rose in every move and wave of the enemy, assailing him

The Puma.—Nearly approaching to on every side. Determined to reach the Jauguar in size and form, but

obthe port in safety he made sacrifice to viously distinguished from him at the sacrifice, buoyant as ever, though deep first glance, by the total absence of in thralí. Technical whirlwinds and spots, the Puma, Couguar, or, as he was breakers of informalities surrounded once called, the American Lion, occuhim. The calm of promise forsook him. pies the second place among the cats of The tides of counsel were opposed to the New World, over nearly the whole his interest. The seas of arrests tur- of which he was formerly spread, from bulent. The rains of misfortune drench- Canada and the United States in the ed him in his vessel. His provisions North, to the very extremity of Patawere exhausted. His wife, family and gonia in the South. From a large porhimself having lost the chart, the pilot, tion of this immense expanse of country the latitude and longitude of progress, he appears, however, to have been of he has reached the land, but not the late years in a great measure, if not " haven of rest." Once indeed, he entirely, rooted out; and it is seldom was directed to the fleet, for contempt. that he is now heard of in the vicinity He fought manfully for freedom. He of that civilization, which involves, as was suffered to be at large, but without a necessary consequence, either the his largess. Poor fellow! If any sui- complete extinction, or, at least, the tor was ever in love, he is. Does not gradual diminution and dispersion to every trial prove him so ? Don Quixote more secure and sheltered habitations, was not half so valiant and faithful. of all the more savage and obnoxious Oh ye capricious wards in Chancery, beasts. For his title of the American behold the remains of an unhappy man! Lion he was, in a great degree, inPlay with his button-hole and encou- debted to an absurd notion on the part rage him. Listen to his twice told tale, of the early colonists, which was even Is he not ever telling it? Is he not de- shared by many naturalists, that he nominated a crazy suitor? Yet suffered was, in reality, neither more nor less to plead, unblest! As he walks alone, than a degenerate variety of that far he is singled out from society. His dear more noble animal. This opinion has, lawsuit in his “Dulcinea del Tobosso," however, long since given way before his “ Clarissa Harlowe,” his “ Sophia the prevalence of sounder views; and Western."

As he drags on a dreary he is now universally recognised as phantom of hope, spectred by scintilla- forming a species clearly distinguishtions of fai!h, attracting him by mere- able from every other, by a combination tricious light and cheating him with of characters which it is impossible to fond delusions, sweet, frail, and follied mistake. Almost the only striking point guests, he finds that law will not work of resemblance between him and the well without the suple oil of gold. He Lion consists in the uniform sameness has sought every refuge, stretched every of his colour, which on the upper parts thread, tried the strength of every cord, of his body is of a bright silvery fawn, to acquire it. The silk of friendship the tawny hairs being terminated by has snapped. The ties of wedlock whitish tips; beneath and on the inside broken. The fondness of children de- of the limbs he is nearly white, and cayed. He is left a solitary, passionate more completely so on the throat, chin, suitor. His fondly cherished inamorata and upper lip. The head has an irreis, at last, divorced from him, and by gular mixture of black and gray; the an unappealable decree discharged outside of the ears, especially at the from his further interruption, “ with base, the sides of the muzzle from which costs." The only suit he can now lay the whiskers take their origin, and the claim to is one of the most threadbare extremity of the tail, aré black. The class to shield him from the pertinacious latter is not terminated, as in the Lion,

by a brush of hair ; neither has the it he is extremely fond of being noticed, Puma any vestige of a mane. His length raises his back and stretches his limbs from the tip of the nose to the root of beneath the hand that caresses him, and the tail is commonly about four feet, expresses his pleasure by the same and his tail ineasures above half as quiet and complacent parring. They much more, being just sufficiently long soon become attached to those with to suffer its extremity to trail upon the whom they are familiar; and numerous ground. His head is remarkably small instances might be mentioned in which and rounded, with a broad and some they have been suffered to roam almost what obtuse muzzle ; and his body is at large about the house without any proportionably more slender and less injurious results. One of these incielevated than that of the Lion. His dents occurred under the roof of Mr. young, like those of the latter animal, Kean, the tragedian, who possessed an have a peculiar livery, consisting in animal of this species so tame as to spots of a darker shade than the rest of follow him about almost like a dog, and their fur, scattered over every part of to be frequently introduced into his the body, but only visible in a parti- drawing-room, when filled with comcular light, and disappearing entirely pany, at perfect liberty. at the adult age. There is no difference

Harvey's Tower Menagerie. whatever in colour between the sexes, the fur of the female being in every respect similar to that of the male: in size

Varieties. the latter is superior to his mate; and his head, a part which in the female is disproportionately small, corresponds ORIGIN OF Gypsies.--About this time, belier with the general form of his body. too, swarms of unknown strangers made

More circumspect, or rather more their appearance, brown in complexion, cowardly, than any of the larger species foreign in aspect, ill supplied with of bis cautious tribe, he is, notwith- clothing; their leader was named Mistanding his much greater magnitude, chael, or, as he styled himself, Duke scarcely more dangerous than the com- Michael of Egypt: his followers were mon wild cat, preying only upon the known by the name of Cingari or smaller species of animals, seldom ven- Zingari (in German, Zigeuner, gipsies). turing to attack any living creature of So lille was known of oriental langreater size or courage than a sheep, guages in those times, that these advenand flying from the face of man with turers could tell what tale they pleased more than usual terror. But this cow. about their origin. They pretended to ardice is also, in a state of nature, con- have come from Lower Egypt, and to nected with a degree of ferocity, fully belong to the number of those who had equal to that which is developed in the not received Joseph and Mary; that most savage and blood-thirsty of his they had now become Christians, and fellow cats. Unlike the Jaguar, which were bound on a seven years' pilgrimgenerally contents itself with a single age. It has at length been conjectured, victim, the Puma, if he should happen from their language, that they were to find himself undisturbed in the midst driven out by the great convulsions of of a flock of sheep, deserted by their India, when the dynasty of the Sultan guardians and left entirely at his mercy, of Ghaur was overthrown by Pir Mois said never to spare, but to destroy hammed Jehan Gbir, the grandson, of every individual that he can reach, for Timur. Lardner's Cyclopedia. the purpose of sucking its blood. He AN ARGUMENT.-The extreme ignordiffers also from the Jaguar in his habitance of many of the lower classes of of frequenting the open plain rather society would, in this enlightened age, than the forest and the river, in and perhaps, be hardly credited, were not near which the latter usually takes his instances so frequently occurring, secret and destructive stand. Hence he which afford ample testimony of the is more exposed to the pursuit of the fact. The following anecdote was reskilful thrower of the lasso, from whom, lated to us by a gentleman who heard as his swiftness is by no means great the conversation. Two old women at and his timidity excessive, he rarely a village near Ottery, in Devonshire, escapes.

were discussing with much earnestness, In captivity the Puma readily becomes various knotty points of controversy; lame, and may even be rendered docile and among other topics, on their belief and obedient. His manners closely re- in the existence of witches. The one semble those of the domestic cat; like was a little sceptical on the subject ;

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but her more credulous neighbour cen- young female before he was changed sured her want of faith, and insisted into the form in which he was known she could bring in evidence from the

as a poet this is at least a poetical pulpit to substantiate her creed. This fancy! was pronounced impossible ; but the AFRICAN Mode OF STUDYING THB unbeliever acknowledged she was will. KORAN. The koran does not seem to ing to submit to such authority, could have much embarrassed the Koolfeans. it be froduced. “Why," quoth her Their only mode of studying it was, to friend,“ do not they say every Sunday have the characters written with a black at church 'which was in the beginning, substance on piece of board, then to is now, and ever shall be world without wash them off, and drink the water;

and when asked by Captain Clapperton A LETTER Too Much.--An old gen- what spiritual benefit could be derived tleman of the name of Gould having from the mere swallowing of dirty water, married a very young wife, wrote a they indignantly retorted, “What! do poetical epistle to a friend, to inform you call the name of God dirty water?" him of it, and concluded it thus: This mode of imbibing sacred truth is

indeed extensively pursued throughout So you see, my dear sir, though I'm eighty the interior of the African continent. years old;

DANDIES IN ELIZABETPJAN A girl of eighteen is in love with old Gould.

Авв. . Towards the conclusion of the

first year of this queen's reign, a proTo which his friend replied- clamation against excess of apparel ap

peared, upon which a certain prelate, A girl of eighteen may love Gould, it is

in a discourse from the pulpit, enumeBut helieve me, dear sir, it is Gold, with. rating many of the prevailing vanities,

has given us a curious specimen of the

fashions and luxuries of the day, in the A Highly CHARGED.-A person following extraordinary passage:whose name was Gan, complaining to a - These fine figured ruffles, with their friend that his attorney in his bill had sables about their necks, corked slipnot let him off easily," that is no won- pers, trimmed buskins, and warm mitder," answered his friend,

he tens ; furred stomachers, long gowns; charged you too high."

these tender parnels must have one SHOEING HORSES IN ITALY AND

gown for the day, another for the night; FRANCE.--The following is the method

one long, another short; one for sunof shoe inghorses practised in some of mer, another für winter ; one furred the villages of Italy:- After the ani- through, and another faced; one for the mals are thrown on their backs, by work-day, another for the holyday ; means of cords with strong nooses

one for this colour, another of that ; slipped over their heads, and round

one of cloth, another of silk or damask. their legs, their feet are made fast to Change of apparel : one afore dinner, poles, and the operation is then perform- one after ; one of Spanish fashion, anoed. In France, the horses are placed un- ther of Turkey; and, to be brief, never der a shed, and the leg is drawn up by content with enough, but always devisa cord, and fastened to a cross bar ing new fashions and strange. Yea, a whilst the farrier does his work.

ruffian will have more in his ruff and A GENTLEMAN.-In St. Constant's his hose than he could spend in a year; Sketches of London and English man- he who ought to go in a russet coat, ners, it is asserted that the nurse of spends as much on apparel, on him and James I. having followed bim from his wife, as his father would have kept Edinburgh to London, entreated him

a good horse with.” to make her son a gentleman. “My LINES WRITTEN ON THE FAN good woman,” said the King, “ a gen- MARIA ANTOINETTE.--Among the potleman I could never make him, though

sies, printed a la switc, of the Narra. I could make him a lord.”

tive of a voyage from Paris to BruTHE METEMPSECHOSIS. Amongst velles and to Coblentz, the editor has the eastern poets, one of the best known inserted the following beautiful quafor his eratic strains is Amarou- rather train, said to haxe been written on the an appropriate name for a lover. The Fan of Maria Antoinette ;Hindoo admirers of his verses attribute his superior knowledge of the nice af- Au milieu des fchaleurs extremes

Heureux d'amuser vos loisirs, fections of the heart to the fact, as they

Je saui ais-pres de vous appeler les zeph irs allege it, of his having been an amorous Les amours y viendront d'eux memes,


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AGRICULTURE OF THE ANCIENTS cluded by hiding his face in a fold of his The culture of the soil was at first very garment. At the close of a sermon he simple, being performed by no other would sometimes assume the character instrument than sharp sticks. By these of a judge about to pass sentence on a the ground wes loosened until spades criminal. “ I am now,” he would say, and shovels, and not long after ploughs, “about to put on my condemning cap. were invented. All these instruments Sinner, I must do it: it is my duty to were well known in the time of Moses. pronounce judgment upon you." Then, The first plough, was, doubtless, no- after giving a terrific description of thing more than a stout limb of a tree, eternal punishments, he would add, in from which projected another shorten- the words of our Saviour, " Depart ed and pointed limb; this being turned from me, ye wicked, into everlasting into the ground made the furrow, while fire, prepared for the devil and his at the further end of the longest branch angels!" At other times he would was fastened a transverse yoke, to depict, more vividly, it is said, than can which the oxen were harnessed : at last be imagined, the scene of the crucia handle was added, by which the plough fixion. “ Look!” he would exclaim, might be guided, so that the plough was pointing while he spoke, as if the cross composed of four parts,-the beam, the were before him; Look yonder !--It yoke which was attached to the beam, is our Lord in his agony !-Do you not the handle, and what we call the coul- hear him ?-Hark!-Oh! Father, if it. ter. It was necessary for the plough- be possible, let this cup pass from me: man constantly and firmly to hold ihe nevertheless, not my will, but thine be handle of the plough, and that no spot done.' Hume, the historian, relates might remain untouched, to lean for- that he once heard Whitefield, after a ward and fix his eyes steadily upon it: solemn pause, thus address his auLuke ix. 62. The staff by which the dience : “ The attendant angel is just coulter was cleared served for an ox about to leave the threshold, and ascend goad. In the east, at the present day, to Heaven. And shall he not bear they use a pole, about eight feet in with hiin the news of one sinner, from length; at the largest end of which is among all this multitude, reclaimed fixed a flat piece of iron for clearing the from the error of his ways ?" The hisplough, and at the other end a spike for torian adds :-". To give the greater spurring the oxen. There seems to effect to this exclamation, he stamped have been no other harrow than a with his foot, lifted up his hands and thick clump of wood, borne down by eyes to Heaven, and cried aloud, Stop, a weight or a man sitting upon it, Gabriel! Stop, Gabriel! Stop, ere you and drawn over the ploughed field by enter the sacred portals, and yet carry oxen; the same which the Egyptians with you the news of one sinner conuse at the present time. In this way verted to God! This address was acthe turves were broken in pieces, and companied with such animated, yet the field levelled ; at a later period natural action, that it snrpassed any wicker drags came into use. All the thing I ever saw or heard in any other ancient vehicles were moved upon the preacher.”—Georgian Era, Vol. i. wheels only.

WHAT A GOOD WIFE SHOULD BE. WHITEFIELD'S ORATORY.—“ As a In a wedding sermon, entitled " The Rib pupular orator, Whitefield has rarely Restored," delivered in Dionis Black been surpassed. According to Southey, Church, in 1655, by Richard Meggot, his eloquence was not inaptly compared, afterwards Dean of Salisbury, the preaby an ignorant man, to the roaring of a cher, speaking of a good wife, says lion among those who heard him-ma- “ A help she must be in her family, king them iremble, like Felix before the being not only a wife but a house wife; apostle Paul. By his terrifie denun- not a field wife like Dinah, nor a street ciation against sin, many of his hearers wife like Thamas, nor a window wife were thrown into paroxysms of such like Jezebel, but an house wife.” extraordinary violence, as to produce THE BIBLE.-When Queen Elizabeth the most lamentable effects on the minds passed through Cheapside, at her coroand bodies of the sufferers. Retaining, nation, there was a pageant erected. through life, the dramatic talent he had An old man, representing Time, with displayed in his youth, his preaching is his scythe and wings, appeared as if said to have resembled fine stage acting. coming out of a cave, leading another When he described St. Peter going forth, person, clad in white silk, all gracefulafter the cock crew, to weep, he con- ly apparelled, who represented Truth

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