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will tell you ; I wish to perform some high, have but fixteen senses, and do great actions, that the world may not live much above three times longknow such a prince as Vioulis ex- er than the inhabitants of our world ; iits : I wish to extend my fame." whereas the inhabitants of the other - How far would you with it to ex-fifty planets are generally two huntend ?” “ As far as posible.” | dred ells high, and live twenty or 65 Would

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be known to, and ce-thirty centuries. Yet, notwithstand. lebrated by all the inhabitants of ing, the poor Imbecilians imagine the earth ?" ." Yes, if posible.” | that the universe was created for And what would you perform to them alone , and maintain that Haro, attain this glory?" u Astions which and the other forty-nine planets, should astonish, by evincing cou their own eighteen moons, and the rage-war and conquest.” " No millions of Itars they are able to doubt: you would dethrone kings discover by the afíitíance of their and fubjugate nations." Surely, little telescopes which are not more you can read hearts.-- Advise me than about a quarter of a league aged lage; I am devoured by a long, were created and placed in the secret ardour.”

firmament merely to give them light. Arise,” said the old man: and " There are in this wretched planet he walked with him, for a time, pen- some thousands of nations different five and silent. Vioúlis was surprised from each other in their manners at his behaviour, but his heart was and customs, but all barbarous. filled with respect for his person, and Some of them call themselves civiconfidence in his admonitions. lised people. These civilised peo

Vioulis," said the old man, “I ple, who gravely believe themselves wish to counsel and instruct you to be the most astonishing work of Look up to the heavens ; behold creation, are, in fact, a very finguyon' glorious moon, and those re- lar species of creatures. It would be splendent constellations ; observe that in vain to attempt to recount all the fim all star which is apparently almost absurdities of which they are guilty, close to Sirius; that far is nevertheless They have among them dervises, so far from Sirius, that the rays of who are divided into two sects, called light which at this moment issue Ida and Oda. These two words from that star cannot reach Sirias have no kind of meaning : yet in in less than a thousand years ac. consequence of their disputes on the cording to our computation of time; difference between them, have they that is, should that flar be one day masacred, poisoned, and execrated extinguished, its extinction would each other for a long series of ages. not be perceived in Sirius until a They have laws; but ten centuries thousand years after the failure of are neceffary to acquire a knowledge its light.”.

of them all, twenty to understand Vioulis, in astonishment, gazed them, and a thousand to apply them and listened.

to the purposes of julice. Yet do " This star, which is named Ha- they, my dear Vioulis, call all ciher ro, is a fun, around which revolve nations barbarians, and modeftiy fifty planet: ; ainong these there is lyle themselves the noblett work of one named Iinbecil, which has eigh. the creation." The planet Imbécil is

Vioulis lifiened with eager attennearly ten thuuland times larger tion, and no less astonishment. thin our globe, and contains my- “Formerly in this planet there were riads of creatures who imagine a race of creaiures who called them. themselves to be rational, The Im-elves by a name analogous to the becilians are not more than fixty ells I word human with us. These wifbcd

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to acquire what they called glory, ) in one cradle, and placed, apparente and went forth, with some millions ly, in the same situations, some of their fellows, to conquer all the mysterious cause, fome, to us, utternations of the planet. In the short ly unknown propensity, shall incline space of two thousand years, these the one to good and progressive im. conquerors were only able to make provement, and the other to evil and themselves known by fame to a continually increasing debasement. thousandth part of the Imbecilians ; Mr. John Ashton was a reputand to effect that, they carried fire able farmer in Worceltershire, a and sword, and all the horrors of

man of sober diligence, probity, and devastation through millions of flou- good nature. He gained the efteem rithing cities, whole only crime of all his neighbours by his quiet, was that they had not sufficient inoffensive and conceding manners; ftrength or cunning to extirpate every one wished him well, and, their invaders,

what is more, every one was ready “ In this planét, a good king is to thew him friendship, and'effecrarely seen, who, satisfied with the cually to serve him : for in some of limits of bis dominions, despises he-those remote parts of the country, roisin :: as if the glory of kings were whence, whatever poets may feign, only to be derived from the misery integrity of heart and fimplicity of of the people. But, O prince, be manners have not yet taken their it thy aim and glory to be a good fight, honesty and good nature king; be juft, respectable, the frequently receive the reward they friend of the arts, and worthy to pro merit. tee them, and thou shalt be called A series of years employed in laVioulis the Beneficent."

borious, inoffensive industry, beThe old man now, suddenly

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stowed on this worthy man some fuming the form of a b:autiful youth, thing more than competence; his embraced the prince and disappear stock continually increased, and he ed.

was, at length, able to purchase a Vioulis, prostrate in humility, confiderable part of the land he adored the creator of the sun and cultivated, which was freehold. planets, and returned to Samarcand, Mr. Ashton had two sons, John where, no longer intoxicated with a

and Henry, of characters so differpernicious passion for fame and false

ent, thar nature seemed to have inhonour, far from attempting to contended to fhew in them how vaquer, he laboured to give peace to riously Me can work with apparently the nations around him, inspiring the same materials. John was fulconfidence by his justice, and by his len, crafty, felf-intereited; Henry, humanity and generosity preserving oper, communicative, generous : the lives of thousands.

John would submit to almost every indignity for gain ; while Henry

sought every opportunity for libeThe BROTHERS.

rality: John could diffemble, though

naturally vindictive; Henry was A T A L E.

warm and impetuous, though by (Embellished with an elegant En- nature friendly and benevolent. graving.)

They refided with their father,

and allisted him in the bufiness of HOSE who are most closely his farm; at the same time that from

Onited by consanguinity are a small capital, which the father had sometimes widely separated by man- presented to each, they traded on ners and character. Though nursed their own account in certain artides,

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that they might be habituated' to She endeavoured on every occañont business. John watched every op- 10 please him with the moit unaffett. portunity of gain, found many, and cd fincerity, and confequently fucincrealed his capital faster and more ceeded.. And as Mr. Alhton had considerably than could have been lost his wife fome years before, Me expected : Henry, on the contrary, undertook the management of the met with much fewer opportunities house, and by her ceconomy and for profil, but many more to be li- good sense, added not a little to the beral; he', therefore, rather dimi- pr fits of the family. pihed than augmented the imall In the mean time, the other brofum le originally poffefied. And ther, John, pursued his narrow path entirely to preclude all hopes of the to gain as before ; lie now, every advancement of his fortunc, he, as year, added a considerable Tum to the country phrase is, fell in love his heap. Sometimes, indeed, his with, and married the daughter of eye glanced on the happiness of his a neighbouring poor, farmer, who brother, and, " he saw and,” for a was not able to present the bride moment, pined.” But when he with a penny on her wedding day. reflected that his brother had nothing His brother John sneered openly at that he could exclusively call his his fimplicity'; and his father himielf, own, and how much he himself honeft man as he was, was for a posle sed, he congratulated himself time a little cut of humour; bus at on having wisely made the better length the natural goodness of his choice. His brother had now two heart thene cut through the clouds children, and muft at leaft wait the of prejudice and felt-intereit, infir- death of his father before he ceared mitics not natural to him, but a 10 sublitt on his bounty : his own tineture of which the best of men generofity had indeed been so great inbile ore or less from the con- as to furnish him with some trilling ragion of a selfish world. Indeed sums for which he was to pay him the natural generosity and open finterest, and return the principal friend'hip of his nature could not with a large premium, if ever they remain long unmoved by the humble should divide the inheritance. and conciliating demeanour, and the It happened a year or two after, graceful person and manners of his that the remainder of the farm which new daughter-in-law, whom even Mr. Ashton occupied, consisting of the envious and the sordid could ac

much the larger, part, was to be cuse of no defect but the want of disposed of, and he found it might that from which arise all violent be purchased at; to him, a very contentions and base passions, the advanta::cous price; but the whole root of all evil.

of the sum necessary, he was unable Mr. Ahton, therefore, was soon to raise. Jolin, ever watchful for reconciled to this, as the world calls his intereft, thought he perceived ir, imprudent match ; he perceived the poflibility of more than common the want of fortune was amply com-gain. By horrowing a part--for as pensated by the many truly amiable bis greedy and tenacious character qualities his lon's wise periulied; and was well known, his credit was exi me: convinced of the liberality of his cellen:-he contrived to advance the.. dilpoli'ion, and the excellent qualis | whole fum requifite, which he took ties of his heart, felt ferchira not care to have fecured to him on his merely the respect due to the father father': property, with all the strict. of her husbasid, but that warmer ness of tne law. In a short time, by esteem wbich aminble hasts batu- lume lucky speculations, he was sally.feel jus the good and virtuous. enabled to repay all the moncy he

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