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NUMBER XIV.

FRA G MEN T S.

M. M. M.

thereby move heaven tofpare my life; ANECDOTES

or that God will hearken to the pray OF PETER THE GREAT.

er of such godless murderers and [Transmitted by a Correspondent at St. thieves ? Go thy way this instant, Petersburg )

and let the sentences be fully executed HE following anecdote of on all the nine criminals to-morrow

Peter the Great was delivered morning. I have much greater hope, by Mr. Peter Muller, mafler of some that, through this act of justice, the iron-works, who was himself in the Almighty may be moved to thed his Tzar's palace at Mosco, when the grace upon me, that he will spare my transaction happened.

life, and restore me to health again.'

The sentence was executed the The Tzar Peter I. in the twenty following day; the 'Tzar grew betfifth year of his age, lay dangerously ter and better, and, in a thort time ill of a violent fever. His disorder after, perfectly recorered. increased to such a degree, that there Peter I. the founder of Ruslia's was scarcely any hope of his reco- weltare, who made it his practice to very, and a general consternation visit diligently all the works and prevailed throughout the Court. fabrics of his empire, to examine Prayers were offered up' day and the operations, and handle the night in all the churches for the tools, came frequently tu Muller's restoration of his health. The judge iron-works at Iltia, on the road for criminal causes attended, accord- to Kaluga, ninety versts from Moring to ancient cuítom, with a re Here he remained one time quest, chat the malefactors who were four weeks together, drinking the condemned to die, and who at this chalybeate water of the place; and, conjuncture were nine in nuinber, though daily employed about ftate convicted of street-robberies and affairs, he found sine for busying murder, fhould be set at liberty, himself in the works, not only carethat they might pray to God for fully observing and examining them, the preservation of the Tzar. As but also sercing himself to work in soon as Peter was informed of this, fimelting and hammering the iron, he ordered the judge to his bed-Gde, and learning the art of making it inand bade him read the list of such to bars. Being now pretty expert as were condemned to die, together in the businets, towards the end of with their crimes. This done, his his stay in this place he had wrought, majefty, with a faltering voice, with his own hands alone, above made this answer to the judge :- eighteen poods, (the pood is forty “ Thinkest thou that, by pardonin pounds) and marked every bar with such base and wicked villains, and his own famp, obliging his followby hindering the righteous course of ers, the young courtiers and boyars, justice, I mould do a pious work, and to bring coals, to foke the fire, to

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work the bellows, and perform the Having good furgeons to aited': other requisites for allilling his ma- newly-raised army and feet, asa toka jelty in his laborious employment. great pains to procure thens ; tur In the mean time comes Verner also learned to perform several of Muller, the director of the fabric, rations himself. He commonly carfro:n Mosco. The Tzar praised the ried about him a couple of puciato manner in which the works were cases; one of mathematical intrcarried on, and asked how much a ments, for his use in making draug... man, that worked by the piece, re- in civil, naval, and military arch: ceived per pood of the wrought iron? te&ture; and the other of chirur “ Three copeeks, or an altene," an- gical instruments. He has likewise fwered Muller. “Very well,” re many a time draiviteeth ; and tr plied the monarch, “thep I have to ped with his own hands the wite of demand eighteen altenes for my Borsdf, the merchant, who was : work.” Verner Muller directly ran to of a dangerous dropsy. Wher ko his money-chett, and taking eighteen was no more than twenty years ducats, counted them out to the age, he was in the habit of familia Tzar, saying, “ One cannot offer conversation, not only with Mons. less than this per pood to such a Le Fort, his first tavourite, but workınan as your majesty." Peter likewise with M. Tirmond, an old pushed them back again, and said, and ikilful practitioner, of great reir Take away thy ducats ; I have putation, who was in particular isworked no berter than the other timacy with the Tzar, and used to workmen ; pay me what thou com quently to fit with him till momiag monly payeit to them, and I will labouring in the Hungarian vintage, buy me a new pair of shoes with the He was so perfectly in the good money, which I am very much in graces of his sovereign, that having, want ot." Indeed his majesty's shoes in a fit of drunkerness, ftabbed an had been already once new-foled, old and trusty fervant, he came runand were again wore out. He there- ning next morning to the Tzar in fore takes up the eighteen altenes, great affliction, threw himself on the walks to the rhops, and buys a new ground at his feet, and implored his pair of Does with it, which he used forgiveness. His majesty told him frequently to put on, and hold them he would hear nothing till he reje up to the conipany, taying, “ These up and stood on his feet; and, Nioes. I carned by very hard work.” when he faw that he did not fir

N.B. Of such bar-iron, wrought from his policion, he helped him up by his majesty's own hands, they himself, embraced him with great 1till shew you one bar with the Tzar's affection, and heard him make his itamp.upon it at the above-mention- own accusation. Which having ende ed iron-works at Iflia, ninety verits ed, the Tzar gave him for answer, from Mosco; and another, which "that he need not afflict nor trov the Tzar made afterwards at Olo- ble himself about it; that he had netz on the Ladoca Lake, in the none to ask forgiveness of bur God; Museum of the Academy of Scic and, if the deceased had left bebind ences at Peleisvurg.

him a wife and any children, he The foregoing anecdote was re, Thould endeavour to make up their lated by Puice Niulier, the son of loss to them by all' means in bis Verner. It is well known that Peser the them a considerable aonuity our of

power;" which he did, by allowing Great not only felt the necetlity of his own eliale.

SINGULAR FATE

dity of the circumstance induced

him to endeavour to purchase one OF AN ORIENTAL DESPOT.

of them, which the woman could A ,

T the fort of Mendow, in not, by all his temptations, be inNaisircddeen, a king of Malwah, of some nails had such powerful atwho deprived his father of life, in tractions for the man, that he inthe eighticth year of his age. He listed upon her parting with one of made two fruitlets attempts to poi- them. At last, with every sign of fon him; the third time he luc. real forrow, the complied, giving reeded, by infusing fome noxious the litele animal at the time time an drugs in sherbet. Ghiaffeddeen fus- affectionate embrace. Although Nie pected the design, but drank off the was at this time a confiderable way. liquor, praying God to forgive the from the thip, the woman would not parricide, being fully satisfied with part with hiin till they arrived where the number of his days. This fame the bờat was lying to take him on Nallireddeen peopled a city entirely board. Just on Mr. Goulding's with women, all the officers being quirting the lhore, she earnestly enof that fex. He is faid to have had treated to have her favourite in her fifteen thousand women. His own hands once more before they parted death was truly remarkable:-He for ever! when, her request being was exceflively fond of bathing; granted, she immediately placed it and one day having dived in the at the breast, and after some time moat of Culceradeh, and remained re-delivered it with a ligh. 10 long under water as to have become lenselcís, one of his ferrants,

SINGULAR ANECDOTE in order to save his life, dragged

OF OLIVER CROMWELL. bim out by the hair of his head. When he came to himself, instead

[Transmitted by a Correspondent.] of being thankful for his escape, he THE following anecdote may being dragged by the hair, that he in your ufeful and entertaining Col. ordered the man's hands to be in- lection, as it exhibits a celebrated framly cut off. Ia confequence of character of Englil history in a which, when a like accident befel point of view very different from him afterwards, the attendants very those in which he is generally placed wisely suffered him to reinain under by the admirers of the Houle of water till he was actually dead. This Sivart. happened in A. H. 916, or A. D. 1510.

The night after Charles I, was

beheaded, Lord Southampton, with REMARKABLE INSTANCE a friend, obtained leave to fit up

with the body, which lay in the OF THE AFFECTION SHEWN BY THE

Banquetting House at Whitehall.

While they were employed in the [From Portlock's Voyage round the World.] melancholy scene, about one o'clock IN N walking a confiderable way in the morning they heard the noile

along the shore, Mr. Goulding, of a person coming up the fairs. a volunteer in the service, met an By-and-by the door opened, and a Indian and his wife : fhe had two man entered, so mutiled up in a puppies, one at cach breaft; the od. cloak that his face could not be dil's

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tinguished. He advanced slowly to- wonder and amazement, ' Et il wards the body, and, having con- poffible!" The king, however, had fidered it some time with great at- not been long at Salisbury, when the tention, fighed, and uttered these Danish prince, consulting his worldwords, Cruel neceffity! He then re- ly interest, but affecting a regard for tired with the same solemnity he had his religion, thought proper to de. used in coming. Lord S. averred fert his father, friend, and benefac that, froin his stature, voice, and tof. All the comment the poor gait, he was certain that this person king made upon this shocking is was Oliver Cromwell; and, from stance of perfidy and ingratitude, was his behaviour on this occasion, in contained in the following words, ferred, that his heart was not so def-“Est il poflible!-gone too!” titute of sensibility as the Royalists have been alliduous in representing

ARDENT GRATITUDE. it. Thig anecdote was related by the IS

N 1633, Louis XIV. commitgreat Lord Peterborough to Mr. fioned Du Quelne to bombard Spence; by a friend of which gen- Algiers, in order to punish the 4tleman I hcard it repeated. gerines for their perfidy and info

lence. These pirates, being re ANECDOTES.

duced to the greatest despair, when

they saw that they could not remove [Transmitted by Adolescens. ]

from their coasts the feet which was

destroyingtheir city, tied the French OF FONTENELLE.

Slaves to the mouths of their cannon,

and fired them towards the enemy, wards of one hundred years

of age, and, even at the last, had a turn tain, who had been taken in fome of wit for almost

every

suitable occasion. A lady, of nearly equal well treated by the French while a

of his cruises, and who had been years, addressed him one day in a large company,

Monfieur, you

prisoner, perceived among those who and I stay here so long, I have a no

were destined to this dreadful pation Death has forgot us !" ".

nishinent, a French officer aamed as low as you can, Madam,” replied Choiseul, from whom he bad reFontenelle, “left you should remind ceived many marks of kindness. Tlie him of us: the proverb says, The Algerine immediately ran, and begSleeping lion must not be rouzed.".

ged that this man might be fared, but his entreaties were vain. The cannon to which Choiseul was died

was just going to be fired, when the PRINCE OF DENMARK.

Algerine threw his arms around bis IN the year 1688, when James friend, and addressing himself to the 11. left London to join his army at person who held the match, cried Salisbury, he was attended with se- out, “ Fire, fince I cannot fave say veral noblemen, and by his fon-in- benefactor, I shall at least have the law, the Prince of Denmark. When- consolation of dying with him." ever news arrived, which was fre. The Dey, who beheld the whole quent, of the revolt of any one scene, was so struck with it, that his person from the king, Prince George ferocious heart was softened, and was wont to exclaim, with looks of he granted the Algerine's requeft.

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SOME ACCOUNT

collect on the spot, and in the moOF THE MAN WITH THEIRON MASK, tion is preserved. Search having

nastery of Lerins, where the tradiCONFINED IN THE BASTILLE.

been made for a female to attend HE perfon distinguished by upon the prisoner, a woman of the

the ciile of the Man with the village of Mongins came to offer Iron Maik, was an unknown prisoner, herfelt, persuaded that it would be

fent in the greatest secrely to the ille the fure means of making the fortune 3. of St. Margarer, in the Mediterra. of her children; but when the was

nean, near Provence, and afterwards told that it would be necessary for

removed to the Bailille. The fol- her to give up all thoughts of seeing -. - lowing circumítances respecting this them again, and even to reuounce

prifoner, while confined at the for. all connection with the rest of manmer place, is related by the Abbé kind, she refused to fhut herself up Papon, in his Tour through Proo with a prisoner, whose acquaintance

would cost her such a facrifice. I “On the ad of February 1778, Mould observe, that a fentinel was I had the curiosity to enter the placed at each extremity of the fort, apartment in which this unfortunate who had orders to fire upon any boat prisoner: had been confined. It rc- that approached within a certain ceives no light but froin a window distance. The woman who served to the north, which is conitructed in the prisoner, died in the island of a very thick wall, and secured by St. Margaret. The officer's father, of three iron bars, placed at equal dif whom I have spoken, and who in tances. This window looks towards certain things was the confident of the sea. In the citadel I found an Mr. Saint Mars, often told his son,

old officer, seventy-nine years of age, that he went at midnight to carry s belonging to the Compagnie Franche, the body from the prison, and that

who told ine that he had often heard he conveyed it on his shoulder to the
his father, who belonged to the same place where it was interred. He
corps, relate, that a barber perceive imagined it to be the body of the
ing one day, under the prisoner's prisoner himself, who had died, but
window, something white floating it was only that of his fervant : and
on the water, took it up, and carried it was upon this occafiou that an-
it to Mr. Saint Mars, the governor. other female was fought for to re-
It happened to be a very fine shirt, place her.”
carelessly folded up, upon which the It is likewise faid, that during the
prisoner had written from the one time that thiş prisoner was detained
end to the other. Mr. Saint Mars, here, the governor was accustomed to
after having unfolded it, and read bring him his food, and then to retire
the lines, asked the barber, with after he had Mut the door of his
seeming disorder, if he had not had apartment. One day chis inan wrote
the curiosity to read what it con- some words with a knife on a filver
tajned. The latter assured him that plate, and threw it out at the window,
he had not ; but a few days after he towards a boat which happened to be
was found dead in his bed. This near the shore, and alınost at the bot-
fact the officer heard both his father tom of the tower. A fisherman, to.
and the almoner of the fort repeated- whom the boat belonged, took up the
ly relate, and he considered it to be plate, and carried it to the governor,
inconteftible. The following also who appeared to be greatly astonish-
appears to me to be equally au. ed. " Have you read what is writ-
thentic, after every testimony I could ten upon that plate," said he,“ or

has

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