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(the daughter of Time,) which lady had on the head of its owner ; who now a book in her hand, on which was writ- rose, and was about to express his graten verbum veritalis- the word of truth. titude to his benefactor for the kindness It was the Bible in English, which, which had been shewn to him, but his after a speech made to the queen, Truth benefactor, with a dignified frown, reached down towards her ; which was pointed to the door, and the man retaken by a gentleman, and brought to tired in amazement. The room into her Majesty. As soon as the queen which he had fallen was the royal had received it, she kissed it; and with closet ; and the good Samaritan, it is both hands held it up, and then laid it scarcely necessary to add, was the upon her breast, greatly thanking the king himself.”—Georgian Era, Vol. I. citizens for that present, and said she George THE FIRST AND HIS Miswould often read over that book. Tresses.-In the early part of his reign,

CHINESE SUPERSTITION.—Mr. Abeel, or, at least, on his arrival in this counan American missionary, witnessed a try, George the First was far from unceremony, which reminded him of the popular ; but his decidedly foreign apbloody rites of Moloch. It occurred on pearance and manners, when they bethe birth day of the Taou gods, and came known, lowered him materially was performed by running barefoot in public estimation. His two German through a heap of ignited charcoal. The mistresses, who were created Duchess fire covered a space of 10 or 12 feet of Kendal, and Countess of Darlington, square, and about 18 inches in height. shortly after his accession, became seTwo priests were standing near the fire riously offensive to the people, by whom performing a variety of mysterious acis. they were satirically called the inay

The prescribed rites being perform- pole and the elephant and castle. It is ed,” says Mr. A., "the priest approach- related of one of these ladies, that being ed the pile, went through a number of abused by the mob, she put her head antics, and dashed furiously through out of the coach, and cried, in bad Engthe coals. He was followed, a signal lish, “Good people, why you abuse us? being given, by a number of persons, We come for all your goods."-"Yea, old and young, who came running from d-n you," answered a fellow in the an adjacent temple with their children crowd, " and for our chattels too !" in their hands, whom they bore

Georgian Era, Vol. 1. through the fire. Others followed ; and

Vegetable BAROMETERS. — Chickamong them an old man, who halted weed has been said to be an excellent and staggered in the very jaws of death. weather-guide. When the flower ex

The scene was one of mad confusion pands freely, no rain will fall for many “This rite is thought by the idolaters hours ; if it so continue, no rain need to be a test of character ; if they have be feared for a long time. In showery all due confidence in their gods, they days the flower appears half concealed, receive no injury from the fire.

and this state may be regarded as indiGEORGE The Second was strongly cative of showery weather; when it is attached to etiquette ; but on many oc- entirely shut, we may expect a 'rainy casions, he appears to have liberated. day. If the flowers of the Siberian sowhimself almost unconsciously, from its thistle remain open all night we may trammels. One afternoon, a person expect rain next day. Before showers, who had been passing an hour or two the trefoil contracts its leaves ; so do with some of the royal servants in an

the convolvolus, and many other plants. upper apartment in the palace, on his Lord Bacon observes, that the trefoil has return, slipping down a flight of steps, its stalk more erect against rain. He burst open the door of a room at the also mentions a small red flower, growfoot of them, with such involuntary ing in stubble fields, called by the violence, that he fell, completely stun. country people wincopipe, which, if it ned, on the floor. When he recovered open in the morning, ensures us a fine his senses, he found himself extended day. This is the plant now called the on the carpet, in a snug apartment, un- scarlet pimpernel, or-from the circuinder the hands of a neat little old gentle- stance here referred to the Shepherd's man, who washed his head very care

weather-glass. This and the poppy are fully with a towel, and applied stick- the only scarlet flowers that grow wild ing-plaster to the cuts which he had in this country. received in his fall. When this was done, the little old gentleman picked up the intruder's wig and placed it properly

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hands ahoy!which was followed by THE RENEGADE BAR BER;

his crying out, Tumble up there, tum

ble up!As we understood this to be OR, The INQUISITION AND ST. ANTONIO'S

a signal for our appearance on deck, we

obeyed the summons. When we all HEAD.

came up, we forind out that if we had

had any idea that they were enemies, We sailed with a fair wind, clear we might have beaten them off, as they ed the Straits, and flattered ourselves were only fifteen in number, while we with the prospect of a successful voy- mustered sixteen. But it was too late : age ; but we were miserably disappoint- we were unarmed, and they had cach of ed, for three days afterwards we fell in them a cullass with two pistols stuck in with a small brig under English colours. their girdles. As soon as we were all As she was evidently a merchant vessel, on deck, they bound our arms behind us

no attention to her running with ropes, and ranged us in a line. down to us, supposing that she was out Having inquired of each of us our reof her reckoning, and wished to know spective ranks and professions, they her exact position on the chart. But held a short consultation, and the boatas soon as she was close to us, instead swain addressing me said,—“ Thank of passing under our stern, as we ex- Heaven, you scoundrel, that you were pected, she rounded-to, and laid us by brought up as a barber, for it has saved

Taken by surprise, and your life!" no arms, we were beaten down He then cut loose the cords which below, and in a few minutes the vessel which bound me, and I remained at remained in the possession of our as- liberty. “ Now then, my lads !" consailants. They held a short consulta. tinued the boatswain, s come, every tion, and then, opening the hatches, a man his bird !" and, so saying, he boatswain pulled out his whistle, and seized upon the captain of the vessel,


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and leading him to the gangway passed had made up my mind to my fate. I his sword through his body, and tossed thought of Marie, and, hoping for parhim into the sea.

don yet fearing the worst, I vowed, if I In the same manner each of the mur- escaped, that I would amend my life. derous villains led forward the man he At night we again retired to our hamhad selected, and putting an end to his mocks, but no one slept, so afraid were life, either by the sword or pistol, we of a second visitation. The bell was launched the corpse into the waves.

not struck by the men but it struck My blood curdled as I beheld the itself, louder than I ever heard it before; scene, but I said nothing. I considered and again the dreadful voice was heard, myself too fortunate to escape with life. " All hands ahoy!” again the water When it was all over, the boatswain rushed in, and again we ran on deck. roared out,

" That job's done! Now, As before, it mounted as high as the Mr. Barber, swab up all this here blood, orlop beams ; it then stopped, and was and be d—d to you! and recollect that pumped out again by eight o'clock on you are one of us. I obeyed in fear the ensuing morning. and silence, and then returned to my For a month, during which time we former station near the taffrail.

never saw land for we had lost all The people who had captured us, as reckoning, and no one cared to steerI afterwards found out, were part of the the same dreadful visitation took place. crew of an English Guinea-man, who Habit had to a degree hardened the had murdered the master and mate, and men ; they now swore and got drunk as had taken possession of the vessel. As before, and even made a jest of the boatour brig was a much finer craft in every swain of the middle watch, as they respect, they determined upon retaining called him, but at the same time they her, and scuttling their own. Before were worn out with constant fatigue ; night, they had made all their arrange- and one night they declared that they ments, and were standing to the west- would pump no longer. The water reward with a fine breeze,

mained in the vessel all that day, and But exactly as the bell struck eight we retired to our hammocks as usual ; for midnight, a tremendous voice was when at midnight, the same voice was heard at the hatch way, if possible, more again heard at the hatch way, not folthan a hundred times louder than the lowed by the rush of water, but by a boatswain's roaring out All hands shriek of Tumble up there, tumble ahoy!"

The concussion of the air was so We all started at the summons, and great, that the ship trembled, as if she hastened on deck ; there was something had been struck with a thunderbolt; that impelled us in spite of ourselves. and as soon as the motion had sub- Never shall I forget the horrid sight sided, the water was heard to rush into which presented itself: stretched in a every part of the hold. Every body row on the deck of the vessel lay the ran on deck astonished with the sound, fifteen bloody corpses of my shipmates expecting the vessel immediately to go who had been murdered. We stood down, and looking at each other with aghast; the hair rose straight up from horror as they stood trembling in their our heads as we viewed the supernashirts. The water continued to rush tural reappearances. After a pause of into the vessel, until it reached the about five minutes, during which we orlop beams; then, as suddenly, it never spoke or even moved, one of the stopped.

corpses cried out in a sepulchral voice, When the panic had to a certain " Come, every man his bird!" and degree subsided, and they perceived held up its arms as it lay. that the water did not increase, all hands The man, whose office it had been to applied to the pumps, and by eight take the living body to the gangway, o'clock in the morning the vessel was and after killing it to throw it overfree. Still the unaccountable circum- board, advanced towards it; he was stance weighed heavy on the minds of evidently impelled by a supernatural the seamen, who walked the deck with- power, for never shall I forget the look out speaking to each other, or paying of horror, the faint scream of agony, any attention to the ship's course; and which escaped him as he obeyed the as no one took the coinmand, no one

Like the trembling bird was ordered to the helm.

fascinated by the snake, he fell into the For my own part, I thought it a judg- arms of the dead body ; which, grasping ment upon them for their cruelty; and, him tight, rolled over and over in conexpecting that worse would happen, I volutions like a serpent, until it gained





the break of the gangway, and then provided I would allow him the freight tumbled into the sea with its murderer This I willingly consented to, and, exentwined in its embraces. A flash of amining the manifest, selected the most lightning succeeded, which blinded us valuable, which were removed to the for several minutes, and when we re- Spanish vessel. covered our vision, the remainder of We had a favourable wind; and havthe bodies had disappeared.

ing run through the Straits, expected in The effect upon the guilty wretches a day or two we should anchor at Vawas dreadful; there they lay, each man lencia, to which port she was bound; on the deck where he had crouched but a violent gale came on from the down, when the lightning had flashed N. E. which lasted many days, and upon him: the sun rose upon them, yet drove us over to the African shore. To theymoved not: he poured his beams increase our misfortunes, the ship on their naked bodies when at his me sprung a leak, and made so much water ridian height, yet they still remained: that we could scarcely keep her free. the evening closed in, and found them in The Spaniards are but indifferent the same positions. As soon as it was sailors, and in a storm dark, as if released from a spell, they inclined to pray than to work: they crawled below, and went into their became frightened, gave over pumphammocks: at midnight again the bell ing, and having lighted a candle bestruck ; again the voice was heard fol- fore the image of St. Antonio, which lowed by the shriek; again they re was fixed on the stern of the vessel, bem paired on deck : the fourteen remaining gan to call upon him for assistance. bodies lay in a row: another of the mur Not immediately obtaining their request, derers was summoned, obeyed, and dis- they took the image out of the shrine, appeared: again the flash of lightning abused it, called it every vile name that burst upon us, and all had vanished; they could think of, and ended with and thus it continued every night, until tying it against the mainmast, and the boatswain, who was reserved for beating it with ropes. the last, was dragged overboard after In the mean time the vessel filled the rest by the remaining corpse ; and more and more ; whereas, if instead of then a treinendous voice from the main- praying, they had continued at the top, followed by exulting laughter, cried pumps, we should have done well out, “ That job's done.” Inimediately enough, as the gale was abaling, and after which, the water rushed out of the she did not make so much water as bottom of the vessel, and she was clear before. as before.

Enraged at their cowardice, and at Returning thanks to Heaven that I the idea of losing so much property as was not a party or a sufferer with the I had on board, (for I considered it as rest, I laid down, and for the first time my own), I seized the image from the for many weeks fell into a sound sleep. mast, and threw it overboard, telling How long I slept, I know not: it may them to go their pumps if they wished have been days; but I awoke at last by to be saved. The whole crew uttered a the sound of voices, and found that the cry of horror, and would have thrown people on board of a vessel bound from me after the image, but I made my esMexico to the South of Spain, perceiv- cape up the rigging, from whence I ing the brig lying with her sails torn, dared not descend for many hours. and her yards not trimmed, had sent a Having now no saint to appeal boat to ascertain whether there was any they once more applied to the pumps. body remaining in her. I was afraid to their astonishment, the vessel made that if I told them what had happened, no more water, and in the course of a they either would not believe me, or

few hours she was free. else refuse to take on board a person The next morning the gale was over, who had been in company with such and we were steering for Valencia. Í examples of divine vengeance. I there observed that the captain and sailors fore stated that we had been attacked avoided me, but I cared little about it, with dysentery about six weeks before, as I felt that my conduct had saved the and all had died except myself, who ship as well as my own property. On was supercargo of the brig.

the second day we anchored in the hay, As their vessel was but half full, the and were boarded by the authorities, cargo consisting chiefly of cochineal who went down into the cabin, and had and copper, which is stowed in small a long conversation with the captain. space, the captain offered to take as They quitted the ship, and about an many of my goods as he could stow, lour afterwards I proposed going

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ashore, but the captain said that he if to a point in the ceiling of the dark hall could not permit it until the next morn- of judginent, and holding my hands ing. While I was expostulating with before, as if in amazement“ Holy him as to the reasons for my detention, Virgin,” cried I, bending on my knee, a boat rowed alongside, from out of " I thank thee for the sign." which came two personages dressed in Lord,” continued I fiercely, “ I fear you black. I knew them to be familiars not; you have sentenced me to perish of the Inquisition; and it immediately by the flames; I tell you that I shall occurred to me that some former act of leave my dungeon with honour, and be my life had been discovered, and that as much courted as I have been now my doom was sealed. The captain reviled.” pointed me out; they collared and hand- The inquisitors were for a moment ed me into the boat, and pulled for the staggered, but their surprise gave place shore in silence.

to their cruelty, when they considered When we landed, I was put into a how long they had tortured thousands black coach, and conveyed to the palace for doubting points to which they themof the Inquisition, where I was thrown selves had never for a moment given into one of the lowest dungeons. The credence. I was remanded to next day the familiars appeared, and geon; and the gaoler, who had never led me to the hall of judginent, where I before witnessed such boldness in the was asked whether I confessed my hall of justice, and was impressed with crime. I replied that I did not know the conviction that I was supported as what I was accused of. They again I had affirmed; treated me with kindasked me if I would confess, and on my ness,-affording me comforts, which, making the same answer I was ordered had it been known, would have cost to tlie torture.

him his situation. As I knew that I had no chance, I In the mean time the cargo of the thought that I might as well avoid un- vessel was landed at the Custom House, necessary pain, and declared that I did and she was hauled on shore to have confess it.

her bottom caulked and pitched, when, “ What instigated you to the deed ?" to the astonishment of the captain and

Not well knowing what to reply, as I crew, the hole which had occasioned was not exactly aware of the nature of the leak was discovered with the head my offence, I answered that it was the of the figure of the saint, which I had blessed Virgin.

thrown overboard, so firmly wedged in, “ Blasphemer !” cried the grand in- that it required some force to pull it quisitor, 66 what! the blessed Virgin out. "A miracle! a miracle !" was desired you to throw St. Antonio over- cried from the quays, and proclaimed board ?"

through every part of the town. It was “ Yes," replied I, (glad at all events evident that the Virgin had instigated the crime was not what I had antici- me to throw over the image, as the only pated), she did, and told me that it means of stopping the leak. The friars would be the saving of the vessel.” of the nearest convent claimed the image “Where were you ?''

from their propinquinty, and came “On the deck."

down to the ship in grand procession to “ Where did you see her ?”

carry it to their church. The grand “ She was sitting on a small blue inquisitor, hearing the circumstance, cloud, a little above the topsail yard. acknowledged to the bishop and heads • Fear not, Francois,' said she, motion- of the clergy my intrepid behaviour in ing with her hand, “to throw the image the hall of judgment; and not three overboard.'”

The inquisitors were hours after the ship had been hanled astonished at my boldness : a consulta- on shore, I was visited in my dungeon tion was held, as to whether I should be by the grand inquisitor, the bishop, and treated as a blasphemer, or the circum- a long procession, my pardon requested, stance blazoned into a miracle. But it and the kiss of peace demanded and unfortunately happened for me that a given. I was taken away with every miracle had occurred very lately; and mark of respect, and looked upon as one there were very few people to be burnt under special favour of the Virgin. at the auto da fe of the ensuing month. “Did I not say, my lord, that I should

It was therefore decided against me. leave my dungeon in honour?" I was reviled, abused, and sentenced to “ You did, my friend;" answered the the flames; but I determined as my only inquisitor ; and I heard him mutter, chance, to put a good face upon the “either there is such a person as the matter to the very last. Looking up, as Virgin Mary, or you are a most ready

witted scoundrel.”

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