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furgical skill to cure. In our last the closed a life of military renown at the wound Miss Porter received, was fiated most critical feafun for his memory, to have been eight or nine inches long; He was created a peer of Gļeat-Britain it now appeared, that it was also four the 6th of July 1787, for his noble inches deep! The defence set up by defence of Gibraltar, of which he was the prisoner was an alibi, which was to governor. He was made lieutenantbadly supported, and the evidence ad- general the 19th of January 1761, and duced to prove it, so variable and con- general the 2d of April 1778, and tradictory, that the jury gave it no commanded the 15th regiment of light credit, but, on the contrary, found a dragoons. His lordihip acquired the verdict of guilty without hesitation, or brightest honours of a foldier, with the going out of Court. Judge Buller love and reverence of his country; and fummed up the evidence on both sides he fell in an exertion beyond his with his usual accuracy, and left it strength, from an anxiety to close liis to the fair unbiased judgment of the life on the rock where he had acquired jurors. But having some doubt as to his fame. Even the last efforts of age the legality of the indictment, he re- and decay were in him proofs of a fpited the sentence, in order to receive noble mind; for, after he had wasted the opinion of the twelve judges. his strength in the service of his coun

At the same Court, on the icth, try, he devoted his lagt act to private Robert Jaques was tried for a misde- gratitude.. The day of his death was meanor, in having entered into a con- actually fixed for the day of his mar: spiracy with one shanby, and several riage, from an endearing will that the others, against the warden of the Fleet object of his youthful love might be the Prison, by having the said Shanby ar- relict of his honoured age, and that he rested for a fictitious debt of eight hun- might exalt to the rank of a British dred pounds, furrendered to the cultody peeress the tender and affectionate fe. of the said warden, and afterwards con- male, who, in a foreign island, had triving for him to effect his escape, for soothed him in the bed of fickness.the purpose of fixing the warden with His lordship is fucceeded in litle and the amount of the pretended debt. estate by his son Francis Auguftus.

Judge Buller summed up the evidence At Redlynch, the beginning of this wiih prodigious ability, and made must month, the countess of lichefter, lady excellent remarks upon various parts of of the right hon. Thomas Fox, earl of the case. The jury brought in the de- Ilchester. Her death was occasioned fendant guilty. He was sentenced to by a violent cold and fever caught by be imprisoned in Newgate for three walking in the park, and getting wet in years, and, during that time, to stand her feet. in the pillory for one hour, in the day- Miss Uhthoff, of Bristol, who, time, at the Royal Exchange.

coming in cold from a walk, and stirMATRIMONY.

ring the fire, it unfortunately caught

hold of her cloaths, and burnt her so A short time fince, a journeyman dreadfully, that he died the next morne whom he had cohabited with for five ing in great agonies, - notwithstanding

every medical application. years, to a brother chip for half a guinea and a gallon of porter. The

A poor man, aged 102, without man fet off with his purchafe, which any known surname; well remembered

about Shoreditch, Hackney, and parts turned out to be a very fortunate one, adjacent, and used to call himself Poor as the woman a few days after had a legacy left her of one thousand five Jack. He is reported not to have lain

in bed for more than fixty years, hundred pounds by a deceased relation but theltered himself in ftables, hayin Shropshire. They were married a

lofts, and sometimes slept in the open day or two afterwards.

fields, even in snowy weather; noiDEATHS.

withstanding which miferable life, be The 6th, at 'Aix la Chapelle, the has died worth upwards of four husright hon. lord Heathfield, aged 73, dred pounds!

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laid him under the greatest obliOF BACUFFA, AN ABYSSINIAN KING,

gations. WHOREIGNED FROM 1719 T0 1729.

The family consisted of five young

men in the flower of their youth, and [From Bruce's Travels.]

one daughter, whose name was Ber

han Magass, the Glory of Grace, exIT T is a custom among the kings of ceedingly beautiful, gentle, mild,

Abyssinia, especially in intervals and affable; of great understanding of peace, to disappear for a time, and prudence beyond her age; the without any warning. Sometimes, darling, not only of her own family, indeed, one two confidential but of all the neighbourhood. servants, pretending to be bufied in Bacuffa, recovering his health, re

other affairs,' attend at a distance, turned 1peedily to the palace, whichi - and keep their eye upon him, while, he entered privately at night, and disguised in different manners, he appeared early next morning fitting goes like a stranger to those parts in judgment, and hearing causes, he intends to visit. In one of these which, with these princes, is the first private journies, passing into Kvara, public occupation of the day. a province on the N. E. of Abys- A messenger, with guards and atfinia, near the confines of Sennaar, tendants, was immediately sent to Bacuffa happened, or counterfeited, Kuara, and Berhan Magass hurried to be seized by a fever, a common from her father's house, the knew disease of that unwholesome coun- not why ; but her surprise was care try. He was then in a poor village ried to the utmost, by being prebelonging to servants of a man of sented and married to the king; no distinction, whose house was on the reply, condition, or ftipulation being top of the hill immediately above, suffered. She gained, however, and in temperate and wholesome air. preserved his confidence as long as The hospitable landlord, upon the he lived: not that Bacuffa valued first hearing of the distress of a himself upon constancy to one wife, Atranger, immediately removed him more than the rest of his predeceffors up to his house, where every atten- had done. He had, indeed, many tion that could be suggested by a mistresses, but with these he observed charitable mind was bestowed upon a very singular rule; he never took his diseased guest, who presently to his bed any one woman whatever, recovered his former state of health, the fair Berhan Magass excepted, but not till the kind affiftance and without her having been first so far unwearied diligence of the beautiful intoxicated with wine or spirits as daughter of the house had made the not to remember any thing that deepest impression upon him, and passed in conve Mation!





the most powerful province in Abyss Áttér Bacuffa had created his finia, and by much the most plentiwife iteghè, he pretended to be fick: ful) being disguised like a poor man, several days paffed without hopes of dirty and fatigued with the length recovery; but at last the news of of the way and heat of the weather, the king's death were published in he came to the house of a private Gondar. The joy was to great, and person, not very rich indeed, but so universal, that nobody attempted of noble manners and carriage, and to conceal it. Every one found him, who, by the justice and mildness of self eased of a load of fear which his behaviour and customs, had achad become insupportable. Several quired a great degree of influence princes escaped from the mountain ainong his neighbours. The father of Wechné to put themselves in the was old and feeble, but the son in way of being chosen ; fome were the vigour of his age, who was then sent to by those great men who standing in a large pool of water, at thought themselves capable of ef his father's door, walhing his own fecting the nomination, and a speedy cotton cloak, or wrapper, which is day was appointed for the burial of their upper garment; an occupation the king's corpse, when Bacuffa ap- below no young man in Abyffinia. peared, in the ordinary feat of justice, Bacuffa, as overcome with heat, early in the morning of that day, with threw himself down under the shade the iteghè, and the infant Yafous, his of a tree, and, in a faint voice and son, sitting in a chair below him. foreign dialect, intreated the young

There was no occasion to accuse man to wash his cloak likewise, after the guilty. The whole court, and having finished his own. The young all itrangers attending there upon man consented most willingly; and, business, filed, and spread an uni- throwing by his own garment, fell versal terror through the whole to washing the stranger's with great streets of Gondar. All ranks of diligence and attention. In the people were driven to despair, for mean time, Bacuffa began questionall had rejoiced ; and much less ing him about the king, and what crimes had been before punished his opinion was of him. The young with death. What this fedition man answered, he had never formed would have ended in, it is hard to any. Bacuffa, however, still plied know, had it not been for the im- him with questions, while he conmediate resolution of the king, who tinued washing the cloak, without ordered a general pardon and am- giving him any answer at all; at nesty to be proclaimed at the door laft

, being able to hold out no longer, of the palace.

he gathered Bacuffa's cloak in his When the king died in good truth, arms, wet as it was, and threw it the people could scarcely believe it to him: "I thought,” says he, to be real; they were greatly afraid " when you prayed me to take your of a second resurrection; and, in- cloak, that I was doing a charitable deed, for many years afterwards, action to some poor Galla fainting people of credit faid they had met with fatigue, and perhaps with hunhim, at fundry places, alive. But ger; but, fince I have had it in my this must be attributed to the ex- hands, I have found you an instructreme fear which his first frolic had

tor of kings and nobles, a leader of occasioned.

armies and maker of laws. Take

your cloak, therefore, and wash it In one of Bacuffa's secret tours yourself, which is what Providence through Begemder, (after Tigrè, has ordained to be your business ;





it is a fạfer trade, and you will have daughter Kalki in marriage: and less time to censure your fuperiors, as I knew every thing, the Aleuthes which can never be a proper or use- made me their tajon after the death ful occupation to a fellow like you." of my father-in-law; and I am now

The king took his wet cloak, and the strongest, the inost knowing, and the rebuke along with it, and, on the richest tajon of the Aleuthes. his return, he fent for the man to As I am now in years, I have given Gondar, and raised him in a short up the government to my son, and time to the first offices in the state. content myself with being his friend He possessed his entire confidence; and adviser. My son need no longer and he deserved it.

fear the Coffacks, for an European

tajon has married his daughter, and SHORT SKETCH this tajon is a god. For this reason

it is that I laughed, and shall laugh OF A CHIEF OF THE


Some time after, the count had an [From Benyowsky's Travels.]

opportunity of enquiring, what rea

son had induced him to part with AT nine in the morning an old the boy he had given him? He re. man was announced to me, who plied, that when he was last year aç spoke the Russian language. He Kadik, the tajon of that ifland had was admitted, and came in with a boy given him the boy, who was born on of twelve years of age, whom he the great land of Alexina, where he offered me as a present, which I ac- had doubtless been made prisoner by cepted on condition that he would the Aleuthes, against whom they permit me to make him a present in had sworn a declared enmity; and return. His physiognomy convinced that being apprehensive of the conme that he was not a Russian, but as sequences on the part of the young he spoke the Russian language very man, he had determined to get rid well, I was curious to enquire into of him the first opportunity: this prodigy. There is no doubt but he perceived my embarrassment, for

STATE OF WITCHCRAFT he burst intd a laugh, and said, “Mr. European, you will be surprised that I call you by that name, but I

[From Bruce's Travels.] must inform you that I know more THOSE who have written ago than all the Aleutheș. I was taken counts of Abyssinia, seem to agree in by the Cossacks in my youth, who extolling the people of that country carried me into their own country, for giving no belief to the existence where I was conveyed from one town or reality of witchcraft or sorcery: to another, till at last I fell into the Why they have fixed on this partihands of a merchant, who sent me cular nation is hard to determine, with some Coffacks in search of my But, as for me, I have no doubt in country, which we at last found, and aflerting, that there is not a barbathe Cossacks sent me on shore, that rous or ignorant people that I ever I might invite my countrymen to knew of which this can be truly said; trade with them. But for my part, but certainly it never was less true finding myself restored to my coun- than when said of the Abyffinians. try, I returned no more to the Cof- There is scarce a monk in any lonely facks, but remained in my own monastery, (such as those in the hot island; where the tajon having taken and urwholesome valley of Walan attachment to me, gave me his dubba) not a hermit of the many

upon * A public-house, where merchants and are aceustomcd, in the way of trade, travellers lodge.


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upon the mountains, not an old to travel at all hours, sometimes from priest who has lived any time se- necessity, but often from chcice, to questered from society, that does avoid the heat. They laugh, morenot pretend to possess charms oiten- over, at the superititions of the five and defensive, and several me. Abyalinians, and not unfrequently thods by which he can, at will, look avail themselves ot thein. A verse into futurity. The Moors are all, of the Koran, fewed up in leather, to a man, persuaded of this: their and tied round their neck or their arms and necks are loaded with arms, secures them from all these amulets against witchcraft. Their incorporeal enemies; and, from this women are believed to have all the known advantage, if other circummischievous powers of fascination ; stances are favourable, they never and both sexes a hundred secrets of fail to fight the Abyssinians at or bedivination. The Falasha are ad-fore the dawn of the morning, for dicted to this in still a greater degree, in this country there is no twilight. if possible. It is always believed by every individual Abyffinian, that

ANECDOTE OF A JANISSARY. the number of hyænas the smell of carrion brings into the city of Gon- [By our old Faversham Correspondent.] dar every night, are the Falatha A DRUNKEN Janissary, purfued from the neighbouring mountains, by the guard, who commonly have transformed by the effect and for the no other arms than large sticks, purposes of inchantment. Even availed himself of the superiority The Galla, a barbarous and stranger which his fabre gave him over his nation, hostile to the Abyssinians, affailants, to defend himself in an and different in language and reli- uncominonly heroic manner. He gion, still agree with them in a had already driven several of his enehearty belief of the possibility of mies from the field, when fatigued practising witchcraft, so as to occa- by his exertions, he prepared to fion fickness and death at a very renew the engagement, by refting great distance, to blast the harvests, on the steps of a khan*, whilst the poison the waters, and render people guard converted the attack into a incapable of propagating their fpe- blockade. The grand feignior, who cies.

frequently goes about the city in a The Abyssinians, to a man, are disguise which, however, does not fcarful of the night, unwilling to conceal him, happening to be on the travel, and, above all, to fight in spot, approached the offender, told that season, when they imagine the him to lay down his weapon, and world is in poffeffion of certain genii, surrender himself a prisoner; but averse to intercourse with men, and nothing could move our hero, who, very vindictive, if even by accident regarding his sovereign with perfect they are ruffled or put out of their indifference, denounced vengeance way by their interference. This, on the first who might approach him. indeed, is carried to so great a height, The sultan then asked the Janissary that no man will venture to throw to what company he belonged, and,

out of a bason upon the on his giving a satisfactory answer, ground, for fear that, in ever fo he sent for his commander, who immall a space the water should have presently arriving~" Disarm that to fall, the dignity of some elf, or man," said the grand feignior, "and fairy, might be violated. The Moors conduct him to the castle.” The have none of these apprehentions, and



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