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in the dance; their small arms waved a body spcak.” I would not appear to lightly and gently; and their perfect understand my persevering friend's informs were miniature models of all love- sinuation, and was quickly lost in the liness and grace ;-the rosy blush of charming description of wild, woodland affection tinted the delicate cheeks of scenery, afforded by one of Sir Walter's the fair; their eyes gleamed, like the novels: here a slight bridge hung, as in minute gems which cluster around the air, between gigantic rocks, and over a ice-plant ;—and lo! a pair, as far diffe- foaming cataract; there, a light column rent from these as is darkness from of bluish, curling smoke told of the light, now peered into my face, and a shepherd's shieling, situated, bosomed voice, very unlike the blissful tones of in trees, amid some solitary pass of the the gay music of Faëry Land, exclaimed, mountains; here, the dark, melancholy

“Um 'fear'd you ar'n't well, mum, pine reared its mournful head, comhey?!

panioned by the sable fir, the larch, the . Thank you, I am perfectly well." service-tree, and the wild cherry; there,

“ Are you indeed ? why you set up the silvery willow laved its drooping your eyes, and looked as pale and peekin branches in the stormy flood; whilst, like, as if you'd seen a sperrit.. with the white foam of the joyous exult

“Did I ? perhaps I was thinking; ing waters, all trees of beauty, majesty, and naturally I am very pale.”

and grace, rising from a richly-verdant “Oh well-um glad 'tis no wuss; turfing, formed a delightful contrast. I but setting there as you do, with your heard the cry of the soaring eaglet, as back to the osses, 'tis the most foolishest he rose from his eyry in the rock'; wild, thing in the wuld, for a sickly-like- but pleasant music was in the cool, looking cretur, as I may say yourself, to strong wind, which flowed now roughly think on-du come o' this side."

around, and lashed me, like the sweeping I declined the good woman's proposi. sea-wave. tion, alleging that riding backwards I “Hey ? Um 'fear'd you're a trifle always found the best preventive of ard of 'earing, arn't you? Why then illness froin the motion of the vehicle. put a roasted ingin when you go to bed

"Now really,” exclaimed she, almost into your earn, and I'll warrant 'twill aghast with astonishment, “that is cure you if you do't reglar." curous ! But um fear'd you're faint, “O dear, no ma'am," I replied; though you won't tell me so. Here,' “indeed I'm not deaf,with a peculiar handing to me a large basket, well emphasis on this last word. stored, I perceived, with provender, 6 No ? Well, I do declare then, I've “ take a happle, or a bun, or a sandwage, been haxing you to admire this fine or a bit o'gingerbread -- and a fine thing country for this ten minutes ; - only too it is for the stomach--or a pear, or look ! 'tis a vast deal more bootiful a puff, or a chiscake ;-I always take a than the road I travelled t’other day!”. cup of chocolate, and a slice of rich So, to please the honest woman, I plum-cake, every morning after break- looked at her“ fine country,” and befast : 'tis peticklar wholesome, a gen. held on my side the road (tor we were tleman of my acquaintance says; and sitting at cross corners) a stunted hedge. this I know, I should be dead in no row, inclosing a field or two of stubble; time if I didn't-so du take something." and on hers, a sear, dismal heath, where

I could not be so ill-natured as to upon were marshalled, in irregular array, reject all the offers made me by this a few miserable, brown furze bushes; benevolent, but uncouth gentlewoman, amongst which, a meagre, shaggy ass, so accepted a sandwich, and thereby more miserable still, with his hind legs giving her, as it were, a signal to com- logged and chained, was endeavouring mence operations. To work she applied to pick up a scanty subsistence. What herself upon the contents of her wicker the road of the other day could have store-room, with such hearty good-will, heen, it surpassed even my capacity, with that I imagined myself secured from her this specimen of “the bootiful” before volubility for at least one hour. Alas! me, to surmise ; but my companion was alas ! her tongue and her teeth were, I evidently one of those enviable indiverily believe, running a race; and when viduals, whose ignorance is indeed their the good dame discovered that to her happiness, or whose imagination supqueries and remarks I deigned not a plies the deficiencies of bare reality. reply, she “just was so glad there was Shortly afterwards we took up another somebody in the coach to talk to, for passenger-alady'' also--whose figure ?twas the most moanfullest thing in the was youthful, and whose face, perhaps, wuld to go journeying on and on, for was not otherwise ; but as she was long, long miles, without ever 'earing weeping bitterly, her features were con

cealed by a white cambric mouchoir from ness by Mistress Baker, first avowed my curious gaze. Poor creature ! Had herself the widow of a chandler, but she parted from a lover ?-a parent?–a lately retired from business; and subchild ? Was she a reduced lady, quit- sequently I gathered from her discourse ting, for the first time and the last, her that the gentleman her relation was, paternal home, to seek, by the exertion until his infirmity deprived him of the of her talents, or the labour of her situation-groom, in a real gentleman's hands, a precarious subsistence in the family (the distinction I particularly adcold, wide world ? Had she hurried mired); and that the lady, her condefrom the bed of death? or, did she scending friend, was a grocer's daughmerely indulge in the soft sentimental ter ! Niobe, at this precise point of the sorrow, induced by Colburn's, or Long- conversation, bestowed a ghastly grin man's, or Newman's last novel? Alas! upon the new allies, and producing from the fair mourner informed us 'not. I her reticule a well-soiled and much befelt delicate on the point of intruding thumbed volume (whether of plays, or upon private sorrows, and so, I presume, a novel, I could not discern), comdid my loquacious friend for she was menced perusing it with an avidity apactually silent ;-albeit, I perceived that parently unchecked by its disgusting the good woman was embarrassed as to odour, the which powerfully assailed the line of conduct she ought to adopt me. I, too, was allowed by my loquatowards the afflicted stranger. To make cious widow, now that she had fallen in acquaintance with, and comfort her, was with a bird of her own feather, to read the prompting of her henevolent heart; in peace for the space of some three or so sħe put a blue glass bottle of smelling- four miles ; but at length my attention salts into the mournful lady's hand, was aroused from my book by the loud which was immediately returned with a voice of Mrs. Baker, who was promuldignified, repellant bow. The basket of gating to Dame Chandler the mysterious provisions was next offered; but this the manner in which she fattened her dogs, weeping fair one, it was clear, did not by giving them, twice or thrice a day, a see ; and my honest widow, not a little quartern loaf, crumbed, and sopped in disconcerted, made yet another attempt melted fat, or dripping, which saved to console one who evidently “would meat, since the animals liked that food not be comforted,” by a full, particular, far better. But at this instant the Teleánd, authentic relation of certain woful graph stopped ; and the coachman de passages in her own monotonous life. manding his fare, since she had reached All, however, would not do- Niobe still the place at which she had desired to wept; and the widow and I felt our- be set down, a violent altercation enselves in a very awkward, uncomfortable sued between them respecting sixpence; situation.

and finally the lady just stepped out of After awhile, however, we took up the vehicle in time to save herself from another passenger-a lady" again the indignity of being pulled from it by and, Heaven bless the woman ! one even its infuriated driver. more voluble than my first companion, “ A fine sturren (stirring), businessand decidedly more candid, since she had like woman !” exclaimed the widow, as not been seated five minutes in the vehi- we again proceeded ; “likelies to turn cle, ere she unblushingly announced penny whiles other folks lay a bed herself—a baker's wife! Good Hea- snoring; but mortal wasteful um sure, vens ! and in these march-of-intellect for one that talks about saving ! Meat and refinement days, too! Well might indeed she may save; but lauk now, Niobe wake with a start from her trance only consate the grase she gives 'em of woe, and, glancing sovereign con- confounded brutes, and the taller trade tempt upon the new, unconscious pas

so low !", senger, discover to me a countenance as “ And only think," added I, “ of plain, withered, and fraught with the the numbers of poor creatures who are impress of evil passions, as that of the starving, whilst she bestows quartern Lady in the Sacque, in Sir Walter's loaves of fine white bread upon her tale of the Tapestried Chamber. I never dogs !” beheld so fretful and malignant-looking « An' has for saving meat,” cried a being !--and the contrast which her Niobe (then did she speak for the first visage afforded to that of my kind. time), " sure am I, my fáth-that's to hearted widow, which beamed with sa- say, the butchers, wouldn't thank her tisfaction and good-humour, was quite for her pains." remarkable. This “lady,” indeed, now Here was a discovery! but a greater appeared to have regained her native was at hand; for when the Telegraph element, and not to be out-done in frank- arrived at its destination- the White

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Horse, Fetter-lanema livery-servant met ducing more than their own weight of this sentimental, and inordinately proud, sugar, by the simple agency of one of and ill-humoured lady; and after de- the cheapest and most abundant acids ? livering a message from her that dry bones could be a magazine of misses,called a hackney-coach to con- nutriment, capable of preservation for vey her to her " new place."

years, and ready to yield up their susMy honest widow hurried to the bar, tenance in the form best adapted to the in order to obtain some stomachic which support of life, on the application of should enable her to endure the further that powerful agent, steam, which enfatigue of reaching her own abode ; and ters so largely into all our processes, or Mr. S. (a real gentleman I hope) meet- of an acid at once cheap and durable ? ing me, I amused him uncommonly with that sawdust itself is susceptible of this description of my fellow-travellers, conversion into a substance bearing no as we returned to our happy home in remote analogy to bread; and though Square.-M. L. B.

certainly less palatable than that of flour,

yet no way disagreeable, and both wholeThe Selector ;

some and digestible as well as highly

nutritive ?

The first attempt of the English to

effect any settlement in America, was The Menai Bridge, one of the most made by Sir Humphrey Gilbert, who, in stupendous works of art that has been the month of June, 1578, obtained a paraised by man in modern ages, consists tent from Queen Elizabeth, authorizing of a mass of iron, not less than four him to plant a colony in that country. millions of pounds in weight, suspended Gilbert's

project failed; but it was afterat a medium height of about 120 feet wards resumed by his half-brother, the above the sea.

The consumption of celebrated Sir Walter Raleigh, who, in seven hanhels of coal would suffice to 1584, obtained a patent similar to that raise it to the place where it hangs.

which had been granted to Gilbert, and The great pyramid of Egypt is com

next year planted a colony at the mouth posed of granite. It is 700 feet in the of the Roanoke, naming the country side of its base, and 500 in perpendicu. Virginia in honour of his royal mistress. lar height, and stands on eleven acres of But all these settlers, as well as others ground. Its weight is, therefore, who crossed the Atlantic during the next 12,760 millions of pounds, at a medium twenty years, either perished by famine Jeight of 125 feet; consequently it and disease, or by the hands of the Inwould be raised by the effort of about dians, or returned to England. - Cabinet $30 chaldrons of coal, a quantity con- Cyclopædia, vol, xiii. ; being vol. i. of the sumed in some founderies in a week.

History of the Western World, United The annual consumption of coal in States of America. London is estimated at 1,500,000 chal

The effort of this quantity would suffice to raise a cubical block of marble, 2,200 feet in the side, through According to the unambitious belief

space equal to its own height, or to 'of the Osages, a people living on the bile one such mountain upon another. banks of one of the lower tributaries of l'he Monte Nuovo, near Pozzuoli, the Missouri, they are sprung from a which was erupted in a single night by snail and a beaver. The Mandans berolcanic fire,) might have been raised by lieve their ancestors once lived in a large such an effort from a depth of 40,000 - village under ground, near a subterfeet, or about eight miles.

- Cabinet Cy- ranean lake; that by means of a vine clopædia, vol. xiv.

tree, which extended its roots to their cheerless habitation, they got a glimpse of the light; that informed by some ad

venturers, who had visited the upper Not to mention the impulse which its pro- world, of the numerous buffaloes pasgress has given to a host of other sciences, turing on the plains, and of the trees what strange and unexpected results has loaded with delicious fruits, the whole it not brought to light in its application nation, with one consent, began to asto some of the most common objects ! cend the roots of the vine; but that, Who, for instance, would have conceive when about the half of them had reached that linen rags were capable of pro- ed the surface, a corpulent woman






climbing up, broke the roots by her unrisen sun were shooting up, streamer: weight; that the earth immediately like, with intervals between, through closed, and concealed for ever from those the parting clouds, as they broke away below the cheering beams of the sun. with a passing shower, that fell like a From a people who entertain such fan- veil of silver gauze between us and the ciful notions of their origin, no valuable first primrose-coloured streaks of a troinformation concerning their early his- pical dawn. tory can be expected.Ibid.

“ That's a musket shot," said the lieutenant. The Indian crept on his belly to the door, dropped his chin on

the ground, and placed his open palms At times, an Indian warrior, when behind his ears. The distant wail of a about to kill and scalp a prostrate bugle was heard, then three or four enemy, addresses him in such terms as dropping shots again, in rapid succesthe following:

sion. Mr. Splinter stooped to go forth, “ My name is Cashegra: I am a fa- but the Indian caught him by the leg, mous warrior, and am going to kill you. uttering the single word “ Espanoles." When you reach the land of spirits, you On the instant a young Indian woman, will see the ghost of my father : tell with a shrieking infant in her arms, him it was Cashegra sent you there." rushed to the door. There was a blue The uplifted tomahawk then descends gunshot wound in her neck, from which upon his victim.- Ibid.

two or three large black clotting gouts

of blood were trickling. Her long black SPIRIT OF THE

hair was streaming in coarse braids, and

her features were pinched and sharpenPublic Dournals. ed, as if the agony of death. She

glanced wildly behind, and gasped out, A SCENE ON THE “ COSTA FIRME.”

Escapa, Oreeque, escapa, para mi

soi, muerto ya.Another shot, and the I was awakened by the low growling, miserable creature convulsively clasped and short bark of the dog. The night her child, whose small shrill cry i was far spent; the tiny sparks of the often fancy I hear to this hour, blending fire-flies that were glancing in the door with its mother's death - shriek, and, way, began to grow pale ; the chirping falling backwards, rolled over the brow of the crickets and lizards, and the of the hill out of sight. The ball had snore of the tree-toad waxed fainter, pierced the heart of the parent through and the wild cry of the tiger-cat was no the body of her offspring. By this time longer heard. The terral, or land- a party of Spanish soldiers had surwind, which is usually strongest towards rounded the hut, one of whom kneeling morning, moaned loudly on the hillside, before the low door, pointed his musket and came rushing past with a melan- into it. The Indian, who had seen his choly sough, through the brushwood wife and child thus cruelly shot dowa that surrounded the hut, shaking off before his face, now fired his rifle, and the heavy dew from the palm and cocoa the man fell dead. Sigi mi Querido nut trees, like large drops of rain. Bondia-maldito.Then springing te

The hollow tap of the woodpecker; his feet, and stretching himself to hi the clear flute note of the Pavo del full height, with his arms extended to monte ; the discordant shriek of the wards heaven, while a strong shive macaw; the shrill chirp of the wild shook him like an ague fit, he yellet Guinea fowl; and the chattering of the forth the last words he ever uttered paroquets began to be heard from the Venga la suerte, ya soi listo,' ani wood. The ill-omened gallinuso was resumed his squatting position on the sailing and circling round the hut, and ground. Half-a - dozen musket balli the tall flamingo was stalking on the were now fired at random through the shallows of the lagoon, the haunt of wattles, while the lieutenant, who spoke the disgusting alligator, that lay beneath, Spanish well, sung out lustily, that we divided from the sea by a narrow mud were English officers who had been bank, where a group of pelicans, perch- shipwrecked. “ Mentira," growled the ed on the wreck of one of our boats, officer of the party, “ Piratas son were pluming themselves before taking ustedes.“ Pirates leagued with Inwing. In the east, the deep blue of the dian bravoes; fire the hut, soldiers, and firmament, from which the lesser stars burn the scoundrels !” There was no were fast fading, all but the “ Eye of time to be lost ; Mr. Splinter made a Morn,” was warming into magnificent vigorous attempt to get out, in which I purple, and the amber rays of the yet seconded him, with all the strength that remained to me, but they beat us back white ashes heared, and a half-conagain with the buts of their muskets. sumed hand and arm were thrust through

“Where are your commissions, your the mouldering mass, then a human uniforms, if you be British officers ?” head, with the scalp burnt from the We had neither, and our fute appeared skull, and the flesh from the chaps and inevitable.

cheek-bones; the trunk next appeared, The doorway was filled with brush- the bleeding ribs laid bare, and the miwood, fire was set to the hut, and we serable Indian, with his limbs like heard the crackling of the palm thatch, scorched rafters, stood upright before while thick stifling wreaths of white us, like a demon in the midst of the smoke burst in upon us through the fire. He made no attempt to escape, roof.

but reeling to and fro like a drunken man, “ Lend a-hand, Tom, now or never, fell headlong, raising clouds of smoke and kick up the dark man there," but and a shower of sparks in his fall. he sat still as a statue. We laid our Alas! poor Oreeque, the newly risen shoulders to the end wall, and heaved sun was now shining on your ashes, and at it with all our might; when we were

on the dead bodies of the ill-starred nearly at the last gasp, it gave way, and Bondia and her child, whose bones, ere we rushed headlong into the middle of his setting, the birds of the air, and the party, followed by Sneezer with his beasts of the forest, will leave as white shaggy coat, that was full of clots of and fleshless as your own. The officer, tar blazing like a torch. He uncere- who belonged to the army investing Carmoniously seized “ par le queue," the thagena, now treated us with great cisoldier who had throttled me, setting fire vility; he heard our story, and desired to the skirts of his coat, and blowing up his men to assist us in burying the rehis cartouch box. I believe under Pro- mains of our late commander. vidence, that the ludicrousness of thts We remained all day on the same part attack saved us from being bayonetted of the coast, but towards evening the on the spot. It gave time for Mr. party fell back on the outpost to which Splinter to recover his breath, when be- they belonged-after travelling an hour ing a powerful man, he shook off the or so we emerged from a dry river two soldiers who had seized him, and course, in which the night had overdashed into the burning hut again. I taken us, and came suddenly on a small thought he was mad, especially when I plateau, where the post was established saw him return with his clothes and hair

on the promontory of Punto Canoa." on fire, dragging out the body of the There may be braver soldiers at a captain. He unfolded the sail it was charge, but none more picturesque in a wrapped in, and pointing to the remains bivouac than the Spanish. A gigantic of the naval uniform in which the muti- wild cotton-tree, to which our largest lated and putrifying corpse was dressed, English oaks were but as dwarfs, rose he said sternly to the officer, “We are on one side, and overshadowed the in your power, and you may murder whole level space. us if you will ; but that was my captain The bright beums of the full moon fonr days ago, and you see, he at least glanced among the topmost leaves, and was a British officer-satisfy yourself.” tipped the higher branches with silver, The person he addressed, a handsome contrasting strangely with the scene young Spaniard, with a clear olive com- below, where a large watch-fire cast a plexion, oval face, small brown musta- strong red glare on the surrounding obchios, and large black eyes, shuddered jects, throwing up dense volumes of at the horrible spectacle, but did as he smoke, which eddied in dun wreaths was requested.

amongst the foliage, and hung in the When he saw the crown and anchor, still night air like a canopy, leaving and his majesty's cipher on the appoint- the space beneath comparatively clear. ments of the dead officer, he became A temporary guard - house, with a convinced of our quality, and changed rude verandah of bamboos and palm his tone—Es verdat, son de la marina leaves, had been built between two of Englesa ;

:;" “ But gentlemen, were the immense spurs of the mighty tree, there not three persons in the hut?” that shot out many yards from the paThere were indeed—the flames had con- rent stem like wooden buttresses, whilst sumed the dry roof and walls with in- overhead there was a sort of stage made credible rapidity, and by this time they of planks laid across the lower boughs, had fallen in, but Oreeque was no where supporting a quantity of provisions coto be seen.

I thought I saw something vered with tarpaulins. The sentries in move in the midst of the fire, but it the back ground with their glancing might have been fancy. Again the arms, were seen pacing on their watch;

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