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Jaspers was a simple cottager, a respect- Vaticination appears to have been traable and religious man, thoughtful, as are ditional in Margaretta's family, an ancestor many of his calling, and not given to un- of hers, who flourished as far back as 1452, considered speech, or, indeed, any—if he having united with the study of mathecould help it-nevertheless, a short time matics, of which he was professor at Tubefore his death, which occurred in the beringen, that of astrology. To that fanciful same year, 1830, he publicly announced as source must be ascribed his many and infollows:

trepid predictions, as also their almost “A great road will be carried through invariable collapse ! Monsieur Stoffler cerour country, from west to east, through tainly caused the great sensation of his day the forests of Bodelschwing. On this, by announcing, in set terms, a most fearful carriages will run without horses, and deluge, to come off in 1524. cause a dreadful noise."

All Germany began to tremble as the It need hardly be mentioned that, at this time drew near. Ships were building in period, no railway had been laid down, all directions. Towns, far in the interior, even in England. The prophet was right, began to bristle with unfamiliar masts. however, the rail from Cologne to Minden Rafts, of tremendous size and improved running right through the very district sea-going qualities, were hastily put toindicated.

gether.

The maritime service became Invited to foretell his country's political singularly popular, and received an imfuture, Jaspers, for a long time, maintained pulse which was sensibly felt, long after an obstinate silence. At last he opened the necessity had passed away. For nohis lips; only, however, to declare that thing of the sort occurred. "On n'en fût Frederick William the Fourth would be pas affligé," wrote a grateful historian. the last King of Prussia.

Monsieur Stoffler admitted that he had May it not be said that the events of the overlooked a little point in his calculation, past year have confirmed this prophecy, which vitiated the whole. the kingly title being merged in the im- His last prophecy was destined to come perial?

true, or nearly so. He had predicted his Jaspers' third and last prophecy was : own death by a “fall.” . Being one day,

“The German Empire shall choose a in February, 1531, engaged in a warm peasant for ruler. He shall govern Ger- philosophical dispute, he started up to take many for a year and a day.”

down a volume that supported his views. If this havo reference to events already Unfortunately the shelf came with it, and past, a coincidence may be found in the striking Stoffler on the head inflicted an regency of the Archduke John. He had injury that resulted in his death. married a Styrian peasant, and adopted the The predictions of Margaretta Stoffell costume and manners of the class, but, were of a different character. The work notwithstanding, exercised the functions of in which they were embodied, exactly as regent during the period specified. delivered, at Christmas, 1847, was prepared

In regard to the assumption of the im- by Doctor Edward Brann, physician of perial title, perhaps foreshadowed in Jas- the Royal Imperial Austrian Court of pers' second prophecy, it is a singular fact Justice. It was entitled Nine Years of that one Pottgiesser, who died, long since, the Future, the whole being destined to in Dortmund-having enjoyed some repute fulfilment between 1847 and 1856. It was as a seer—drew up a genealogical tree of translated by M. Elias Schneider. the royal house, and, on arriving at the The publication was suppressed in present monarch, simply wrote, "Er ver- Austria, but the book had a brisk sale in schwindt." (He disappears.)

Switzerland, and an American gentleman A certain gentleman, affectionately known of note informs us that many copies were as the “Youth of Elsen,” uttered many prog- in circulation at Pottsville and other cities, nostications touching the fate of nations previous to the breaking out of the French and communities, many of which, corrobo- Revolution of 1848. rated in substance by a subsequent seer, It was subsequently published in PhilaHermann Kappelmann, justified the pro- delphia, by L. A. Wollenweber, who, on phet's assertions.

being applied to for information as to But of the seers of the Fatherland, none dates, replied that he received a copy of stood forth so prominently as Margaretta the pamphlet from Germany in February, Stoffell, or Stoffler, whose declarations, 1848. reduced to writing, obtained at once a There is, consequently, evidence enough wide publicity.

to show that the prediction was, without

question, uttered at a period when the commerce, will receive an irresistible shock. thrones of Europe appeared most stable, Her great possessions in America and Asia and when not the most distant growl of will declare independence. Her fleets will revolution had made itself heard.

be annihilated in a great sea-fight. After No importance was, however, attached many vicissitudes she will again become to it at the time. The pamphlet shortly tranquil

, but will not any longer be more died out of sight, as unworthy of notice, powerful than other nations. Royalty will until the events that rapidly followed be abolished, but” (this is satisfactory, as revived the recollection.

evincing the firm hold maintained by the

descendants of our gracious sovereign on PROPHECY OF MARGARETTA STOFFELL.

the loyalty of England) “much later than “The year (1847) is past, a year which in the other states of Europe.” produced many a tear, and in which many (The next prediction is distinct enough, a tear was also wiped away, and many an and well worth remembrance.) unbelieving heart directed to Him who “A great revolution will occur in Italy. turneth the heart as the rivers of earth. A storm will pass over the land, before

“But repent, for the night cometh. Soon which the Austrians will disappear like the cholera will rage throughout Europe chaff. The different states of Italy will with fury unexampled as yet.

unite in one great nation, and Rome will “A great revolution will break out in again become its capital. France. The king" (Louis Philippe)" and “The Christian religion will have to his family will be compelled to leave their strive with atheism. Men will pronounce country, and a war will commence against it a worn-out thing, and faith in a divine the noble and the wealthy. Many Saviour will decay. "But a new defender capitalists will leave France, where an shall appear, and the worldly power of the attempt will be made to destroy the power Pope be destroyed for ever. of money by abolishing usury. The Jews (The consolidation of the new German shall also suffer much at this time, and Empire is scarcely so complete as Prince the wealthiest among them will become a von Bismarck no doubt believes. It is victim of the enraged multitude. There true there is no precise date mentioned, will arise a governing power of the work- but-) ing class, but, after a short continuance, will Germany will be the scene of the most disappear in the midst of war with foreign fearful events. A destructive war will powers.

rage from one end of the land to the other. “Then a conservative party will reach Remote eastern nations shall be invited by the summit of power, in France, under German monarch to assist him, but west whose direction she will again slowly re- and south shall rise against these barbarous cover, but only after bloody confusion. allies, and, on the banks of a great river,

“From thenceforth there shall be no the eastern hordes shall be put to the sword. kings in France. But a certain prince A great German city-mighty as Babylon shall attempt to erect for himself a throne.-shall be burned to the ground, and sown He shall, however, atone for his foolish with salt. None shall live there more. undertaking, and will lose his life thereby. “Poland shall rise, and the Vistula leave

Spain and Portugal will be rent with upon its blood-stained banks corpses enough bloody civil wars. Then a man gifted with to fatten all the ravens of the world for one intellectual powers, rarely united in one hundred years ! person, shall come upon the arena of life “The kings of Denmark, Sweden, and and give to these distracted people the Norway will resign their crowns volunboon of peace. Spain and Portugal shall tarily, and these lands, forming a Scandilose their names, and, united as the navian republic, will materially promote Pyrenean Republic, become great and the overthrow of the Russian Empire, powerful by land and sea.

against which west and south once more (It is not without some patriotic qualms combine. Thousands upon thousands shall that we attend Mademoiselle Stoffell in her advance towards the assembly of the eastern investigations as to the future of our own hordes. Upon a plain, from whose centre cherished land. But, courage! Forewarned, the eye sees no limit, there shall be a battle forearmed !)

of eight days, wherein the eastern armies “In Great Britain the distress of the shall at length be defeated and destroyed. working classes will increase continually. “It will be the greatest battle ever fought Great Britain, the world mistress of by man, and also the last. For now will commence the kingdom of God upon earth, of power. He returns, humbled, whence he the kingdom of love and justice, in which came. Gaul is covered with men and with names all nations will thenceforth unite in machines of war. All is finished with the brotherhood.”

Man of the Sea.” Lactantius, sometimes styled the “Chris- (The following is said to designate the tian Cicero," delivers a prophecy (De vitâ Bourbon line and rule, including the reign Beatâ, lib. 7), so singularly applicable to of Louis Philippe.) the First Napoleon as to be worth disin- “Behold, again returns the ancient blood terring.

of the Cap! Great peace throughout Celtic After foretelling civil discords, ruinous Gaul. The white flower is greatly in wars, vast standing armies, &c., he pro- honour, but the sons of Brutus view it ceeds:

angrily, and God is offended because the ** But then shall there rise up a most holy day is much profaned. Nevertheless, puissant military chieftain, of obscure birth, He will await a return to Him during who will have acceded to him a fellowship eighteen times twelve moons." with the other sovereigns of the earth. (The period we have mentioned lasted

“This man shall harass the world with eighteen years.) an insupportable despotism. He will con- A great conspiracy against the white found and commix all things spiritual and flower moves in the dark, and the old blood temporal. He will be for ever restlessly of the Caps abandons the great city. revolving new schemes, in order to affix (The following was, long before the fall the imperial crown over all, in his own of the Second Empire, imagined to apply name and possession. He will change to Louis Napoleon and his times.) former laws, and sanction a code of his - Woe to Celtic Gaul! The cock will own. He will pillage and lay waste, will efface the white flower, and a powerful one change names and titles, and establish the will call himself the monarch of the people. seat of empire."

But the opinions of the men of Celtic Gaul That very singular work, the Previsions are in collision, and confusion is in all of Orval, revealed by God to a Solitary, minds. The king of the people will be made its appearance in 1544, and was sup- found very weak. Many of the wicked posed to have been penned by Philip Oli- will be against him. But he was ill-seated, varius, a monk of Orval-Trèves. We will and lo! God hurls him down. Great God ! select from the predictions those which may What a noise of arms! A year is not be supposed to apply to more recent times completed, and, behold! many warriors in France, especially the First Empire. are coming!

" It is done! The mountain of the Lord THE ORVAL PREVISIONS.

hath cried in its affliction unto God. He ** At that time a young man shall come is no longer deaf. What fire accompanies from beyond sea into Celtic Gaul, and his arrows ! Ten times six moons, and yet show himself great in counsel. But the again six times ten moons, have fed his mighty, to whom he causes fear, will send wrath. Woe to the great city! Behold him to the land of captivity. Victory will the kings armed by the Lord? Already attend him back. He will overpower the has fire levelled thee with the earth. Yet sons of Brutus, and take the name of em- the faithful shall not perish. The place of peror. Many mighty kings will fear, for crime is purified by fire. Gaul, dismemthe eagle will carry off many crowns and bered as it were, is about to reunite. God sceptres.

loves peace. Come, young prince, quit the Men on foot and horse, bearing blood- isle of exile. Listen! from the lion to stained eagles, will run with him through the white flower.” out Europe, which will be filled with con- (If, in the fulness of time, that is, after sternation and carnage.

ten years, the time indicated by the hundred But all is over. The mighty one is and twenty moons, Henry of Bourbon, the blinded for his crimes. He leaves his great last bud of the white Hower, should be city with an army so vast that none ever recalled to France, the last“ prevision" was comparable to it. But no warrior can will be singular enough. A great ruler is withstand the power of the Almighty, and finally foretold for that distracted nation.) lo! the third part, and again the third part, “A sole shepherd will appear in Celtic of his army has perished by the cold of Gaul. The man made powerful by God God! The mighty that have been humbled will be firmly seated. So sage and prudent take courage, and combine against the man will be the offspring of the Cap, that God will be thought to be with him. Three A gentleman, well known in New York, kings and princes abandon heresy, and open mentioned to the writer that he chanced, their eyes to the true faith of the Lord. in 1812, to find himself the travelling comAt that time, two-thirds of a great people panion of the celebrated general, then on a of the sea shall return to the true faith. tour of the States. Much interesting dis

"The white flower becomes obscured, course had naturally passed from Mr. D.'s during” (a period equal to fifteen years), memory, but one remark of Moreau, as “then it shall disappear, to be seen no taking the form of a prophecy, made a

Many cities perish by fire. Israel more than usually profound impression. returns entirely to Christ the Lord. The “ Will the States flourish as a republic?" third part of Gaul will be without faith. asked the younger politician. The same among other nations. There is “Not permanently,” replied Moreau, ema general falling off, and the end of time phatically. “As a growing country, yes ; has begun. After a number, not complete, but when it has reached a population of of moons, God will combat by His two from fifty to one hundred millions, a change just ones. But all is over. The mighty | becomes inevitable. This vast increase God has placed before my comprehension must comprise that which we, with scant a wall of fire. I can see no more.

politeness, term canaille. This canaille is “ May He be evermore blessed. Amen." the rude but only material of which stand

Towards the close of the last century ing armies are formed. The material on some attention was called to a series of pre- hand, the need of using it is not so long dictions, the precise authorship of which was a step as it may appear. Questions arise never disclosed. It was generally believed, among yourselves. Foreign relations behowever, to have proceeded from a priest come complicated. Your augmented imof the Jesuists, resident at Bordeaux, who portance justifies a change of attitude todied there between 1780 and 1790, and wards powerful neighbours. A standing was consequently known under the desig- army is decreed. This, in turn, creates nation of

ambitious leaders. Death, thenceforth, to

the true republican principle! Monarchy, THE JESUIT PRIEST'S PROPHECY.

the mere embodiment of a power to which “Then shall come disturbances in France. the national will already inclines, is the inA name hateful to the country shall be evitable result.” placed upon the throne. It will be done “And within what period can one preby strangers. But two parties will first dict so vast a population to be assembled be formed in France, and there will be a in these States ?" war of extermination. The weaker shall

“Within fifty years,” said Moreau. prevail. Blood will flow in the great towns, Ten years have passed since the period but the wicked will not prevail

, and there named. But then the speaker omitted from shall perish of them a vast multitude. They his prophetic scheme the “annexation,” will have thought utterly to destroy the which supplies better employment for a Church, but for this they will not have profuse population than war. time, for the fearful crisis shall be of short As for Montesquieu, his terse prediction, duration. During this convulsion, which “La France se perdra par ses gens de shall not affect France alone, Paris shall be guerre,” may, during the past year, have so utterly destroyed, that when fathers shall recurred with some significance to the walk with their children, and the children reader's mind. shall ask, “Why is that desolate spot?' they shall answer, “My children, there

LOST EXPLORERS. once stood a great city, which God destroyed for its crimes.'

THE LONG-LOST. * After this fearful convulsion, all will MANY as are the points of interest prereturn to order, and the counter-revolution sented by the journeys noticed in the former shall be made. Then shall the triumph of article, where the truth concerning the trathe Church be such that nothing like it vellers soon became known, much more shall be ever seen again, for it will be the impressive, so far as concerns the effect of last triumph of the Church on earth.” narratives upon the reader (though not

Let us conclude with the previsions of necessarily so in regard to the trials and two gentlemen, who, though not "among sufferings under which the explorers sank), the prophets,

are entitled to respectful are those eventful journeys in which the attention, Moreau and Montesquieu. fate of the travellers remains unknown throughout a long series of years. The of almost everything, he made his way painful curiosity felt during the interval is as best he could, found reason to believe an addition to the pain felt when the truth that the great river has its mouth at a is really known. One prolonged anxiety, part of the west coast, far south of the neither removed nor intensified by any Gambia and Senegal, and returned safely receipt of authentic information, is that in 1797. One fact impressed on his mind which is associated with really lost ex- was, that the negro tribes were much less plorers, those whose fate remains for ever cruel to him than such of the natives as unknown. But of this last class the in- were of Moorish descent. stances are very few; the missing, if they Strengthened by a few years of quiet do not reach us alive, can at any rate be life at home, Mungo Park started off again generally traced to some one place and in the spring of 1805, with the hope of some one date where and when death tracing the great river down to its outlet, ensued. It is this, above any other thing, wherever that might be. With about fifty that gives Englishmen hopes of Living companions he sailed up the Gambia, as stone; until they know that he is dead they far as a town called Kayee, along a route will believe that he still lives.

not till then known to him or to any EuroAmong the most famous of our travellers pean. The hot season and the insalubrity was Mungo Park, on account of the novelty of the climate told so seve

verely on the and importance of the journeys which he explorers, that by the end of August threemade, and of the personal characteristics fourths of them had either died or had of the traveller himself. One of the geo- abandoned the enterprise. Park reached graphical mysteries of past times was the the great river, however, and succeeded in existence of a great city, Timbuctoo, on the obtaining leave from the King of Bambarra banks of a great river, the Niger. The to fit up a canoe as a vessel suitable for English thought the known river Gambia sailing down the river; this vessel he named might possibly be the outlet of the Niger, His Majesty's ship Joliba. A narrative while the French selected the known river from his pen, brought to Europe by one Senegal; and traders belonging to both of his companions, described all the procountries made many voyages up these two ceedings down to November the 17th ; the rivers, to test the rival theories, but they fatal sequel of the story came to light by met with no Timbuctoo, no Niger. Whether degrees, and from other quarters. He the Niger is the upper part of the Nile, or had only five Europeans now with him ; flows to some outlet on the west coast of but the last words ever received from Africa, or loses itself in some great marsh or him betokened his undaunted resolution : lake in the centre of the continent, remained “Though I were myself half dead, I would an unsolved problem. Mungo Park was em- still persevere; and if I could not succeed ployed to solve it. He had been an assist in the object of my journey, I would at last ant-surgeon on board an East Indiaman, die on the Niger. His words were fuland was now fitted out for his new enter- filled. It was not until five years afterprise at the cost of the African Association. wards, in 1810, that the truth was known He started in 1795, remained a few months in England. The little party reached near the mouth of the Gambia, and pene- Timbuctoo, and sailed in safety some way trated into the interior in 1796. Robbed beyond it, down the river. Here, however, of most of the commodities he had taken a present, which was sent to propitiate with him, imprisoned by a chieftain on the a king or powerful chief in Housa, or borders of the great Desert of Sahara, and Houssa, was appropriated by an inferior treated with much cruelty, he at length leader; and the enraged king sent an army reached Sego, the capital of Bambarra, to destroy the vessel and its hapless naviwhere he saw the Joliba, a river as broad as gators. One Isaaco, a Mandingo priest the Thames at Westminster Bridge. He and merchant, who had accompanied Park at once concluded it to be the Niger, of in his former journey, and who was now which he was in search; he hit on the the means of collecting facts relating to truth, but did not know at what part of the final tragedy, reported that “there is, the African coast its waters reached the before Houssa, a rock, extending across the

What he underwent in his venture- river, with only one opening in it, in the some journey, on and by the side of this form of a door, for the water to pass river, can only be appreciated by a peru- through. The king's men took possession sal of his narrative, one of the best books of the top of this rock, until Park came up of travel in the English language ; stripped to it and attempted to pass. The natives

sea.

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