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usually from four to six feet in thickness, Soared sable in an azure field :' thatched with straw. Before leaving the same fault reversed. It is a curious all the natives were invited on board to addition to the coincidences of these two view the steamer, which invitation the great writers, that, with all their minute male part of the population accepted, but learning on chivalrous points, they should declined to allow the females to accom

both have been guilty of the same overpany them. On their being taken into

sight.the cabin, its splendour overcame them

In a subsequent part of the same crito such a degree that many of them seemed inclined to kneel and worship. sions to Sir Walter Scott, which lead

ticism there are two other striking alluThey asked if the ship belonged to the

me to doubt whether the reviewer was king, and whether or not he had any

not in possession of the secret that the others, and if so large? But upon be

“ Great Unknown

Sir Walter ing informed that his majesty had vessels Scott. In the review of the Monastery, of four times the size, they appeared not

To one other name alone could to credit it; and several of them being we ascribe the poetry, so wild, so varied, shewn their images in a large mirror, and so powerful, that flows from the started with affright,- -one in particular; White Lady; and he is a champion who for on being asked if he thought that it

seems to have retired from the literary was his brother, he became still more

lists, and is suspected to see without bitter alarmed, and said that he never had regret his proudly-earned honours matchone in his life.”

ed, perhaps eclipsed, by those of his masked successor."

The other allusion occurs in the review THE WAVERLEY NOVELS. of Kenilworth, and consists of a compa

rison of Tressilian with Wilfred, of I have been gleaning (says a writer in tion that they are fine variations of what

Rokeby, which concludes with the asserthe Liverpool Mercury) in the Quarterly appears to be one conception. Review for 1821, and in that for October I have met with a paragraph that I think will amuse such of your readers as NAVAL FRAGMENTS. No. I. may not have seen it. It occurs in a review of the “ Novels by the Author of Waverley.” At that time, it will be observed, the author was unknown. It In the winter of the year 1812, the prinappears rather extraordinary that the cipal sea-ports of France were closely sagacity of the reviewer did not lead him guarded by the blockading squadrons of to attribute the production of these cele- England; and those places which were brated novels to Sir Walter Scott him- not deemed important enough to claim self. He seems to have been very near so large a portion of its naval force, were discovering the secret by internal evi- sufficiently watched by the smaller mendence, and yet no suspicion is expressed, of-war, and chartered privateers, to or seems to have arisen in his mind, that check, almost effectually, her interthe two identical blunders were made by course with the commercial world. Thus one individual. The following is the circumscribed, her traffic along the paragraph alluded to :

coast became proportionably important “Before we quit this scene, (that is, the and valuable_limited to the only mari. storming of Front de Bæuf's castle, in time protection she could afford. The Ivanhoe),we must observe that it contains small chasse-marées, deeply laden with an heraldic error, remarkable in itself wine from Bourdeaux, brandy from when we consider the antiquarian know- Nantz, or articles for domestic purposes ledge of our author, and still more from from Quiberon, of a very humble deits coincidence with a similar mistake in scription, lined the coast, sheltered by the his great rival, Sir Walter Scott. The batteries, in convoys of one, two, and Black Knight bears what Rebecca calls, three hundred sail at a time. Many,

a bar and padlock painted blue,' or, as however, of the swiftest of these little Ivanhoe corrects her, a fetterlock and vessels, eager to pursue their route, and shackle-bolt azure,' on a black shield; anxious to avoid the restraint as well as that is, azure upon sable. This we be- the procrastinated delay to which their lieve, as colour upon colour, to be false remaining with their comrades often heraldry. Now, on the shield of Sir subjected them, would dart along under Walter's Marmion, a falcon

the shade of night, or the cheering pro

THE FRENCH FISHERMEN.

We

spect of a favourable breeze, and were vessel, and the arms of each man lay on not unfrequently becalmed in the centre his right side. There was not at this of a bay which they had attempted to moment a breath of wind in the heavens. cross, to avoid the circuitous track along The stars twinkled in myriads over our its margin. These were the gentry upon heads, and sparkled like diamonds on the whom our attention was fixed, and they dark surface of the tranquil sea. seldom failed to attract our lynx-eyed lay in this extraordinary position for at observation.

least five minutes, each of our men holdOn a fine evening, just as the disk of ing his breath while he gazed intently the sun was sinking in the horizon, eight on his sleeping enemy, with his pistol cutlasses, a corresponding number of firmly grasped in his right hand. The pistols, six muskets, a keg of fresh wa- order was at length given by a silent ter, a small proportion of rum, and a motion from our officer to leave the vescompass, were cautiously placed in the sel, and we allowed ourselves to drift galley, a long eight-oared boat, which, with the current, until our drowsy foe from her former exploits on the coast, became once more a dark speck in the had often excited the admiration and horizon. terror of the trading vessels.

The oars

It was some time before Elwin suffiwere carefully muffled, a rocket and two ciently recovered from the conflicting or three blue-lights were stowed away in state of mind in which this singular the stern-sheets, and, when the warm scene left him, to be able to discuss its tint of the setting sun was no longer novelty with any thing like calmness. visible, she silently pulled away from the The trial to him, poor fellow, had been ship in the direction of two very large severe almost beyond endurance. He chasse-marées, which lay becalmed a long knew, and felt, that his promotion in distance from the land, with their sails the service depended on his own exerhelplessly flapping against the masts. tions, and he had long panted for a faOn this occasion it fell to my lot to ac- vourable opportunity to signalize himself. company my friendly monitor, Mr. El- The men continued to ply their oars in win, in the boat, and we pulled five silence. Not a single murmur escaped miles in the direction alluded to before a their compressed lips, although, from single word was spoken.

their unreflecting minds, something of As we approached the spot where the the kind might have been expected, chasse-marées were seen becalmed, we especially when we consider the unusual slackened our speed, and each man in excitement they were thrown into by silence prepared his fire-arms. Guided this extraordinary rencontre: but they by the compass, which lay at the bottom knew Elwin to be brave, resolute, and of the boat, we again pursued our undaunted; they had fought by his side course; but there was not a vestige of upon more than one occasion; and his either vessel to be seen, although we coolness in the moment of danger had traversed the ground over and over often inspired them with confidence. At again, and strained our eyes to penetrate last Elwin exclaimed, as if following up the gloom of night, until they felt like the train of thought into which the balls of fire when withdrawn. Reluc- strange event had thrown him, “ Seventant to return to the ship without having ty to ten !’twould have been madness accomplished our purpose, we pulled in to have aroused the slumbering foefor the land, thinking it not improbable the odds were too much against us. that chance might favour our views. In And then, addressing himself to the about twenty minutes we again lay on men, he said, “Well, my lads, our next our oars, and the last man had just touch may give them something more to swallowed his allotted portion of rum dream of.” This observation reconciled and water, when we saw, or fancied we us, in some measure, to our second discould discern, a dark object on the verge appointment: the men cheerfully acof the horizon. We were at first dis- quiesced in the prudent decision of their posed to imagine it one of the vessels leader, and the energetic tug they gave described on our mind, but the galley their oars evinced how fully they were accelerating her speed, soon neared the prepared to move on in search of new object, and each man letting his oar adventures. glide gently alongside the boat, we rang- It was now nearly twelve o'clock : the ed up softly under the stern of the largest tranquil aspect of the weather remained gun-vessel I ever saw. About seventy unchanged; there was not a passing

were strewed on her deck fast cloud in the studded canopy of heaven asleep. An awning was spread over the to indicate a breeze; all around was

men

hushed in the repose of midnight. Our her moorings, and opened the folds of boat lay on the surface of the water, as her single topsail, a light breeze sprang motionless as the sea itself, while her up which bore us at a rapid rate down crew refreshed themselves with the scan- the river. As we approached the batte. ty portion of bread cheese which they ries, Elwin asked me in an under tone had reserved from their evening meal. if I could speak French; but I had Elwin shared his cold beef and biscuit scarcely replied in the negative, when with me, and a small allowance of grog two voices from either side roared out, afforded the men an opportunity of good- “Qui va là ?” To answer the challenge humouredly drinking a quiet night's rest was quite out of the question, for not one to their sleeping friends in the gun-boat. of us understood a syllable of the lanAfter indulging a hearty laugh at the guage.

Elwin motioned to us to lie novelty of the toast, they resumed the down. The challenge was quickly reoar, and our sylph-like galley again peated. “Réspond, ou je tire ?" shouted skimmed swiftly along the margin of the the angry sentinels; and in less than a deep. Whether our leader had at this moment, two bullets whizzed across our moment any fixed point in view was un- bow. The alarm was now spread, “ Les known to us. I perceived from the Anglais !” resounded from one end of compass that we were pulling in for the the harbour to the other; lights gleamed town of Rochelle; but it never once in quick succession along the shore, and entered my head that he would venture shots fired at random fell harmlessly nearer than within musket-shot of the around us. We had now passed the batteries: when, however, we found our- barrier, and before the enemy could get selves within pistol-range of the enemy, their guns to bear on us with effect, we the whispered admonition to the men had receded from their aim; and as we “to row gently” convinced me how were gliding rapidly through the water much I was mistaken, and the impulse with a freshening breeze, we fancied that something was yet in reserve for ourselves comparatively secure, when the us banished all conjecture from my following accident soon undeceived us. mind.

One of the men, in handing the compass In a few minutes we were at the en- out of the boat, betrayed our only light: trance of the small river leading up to a mark of which the French cannoniers the town. Fortunately there was a promptly availed themselves. In an inslight surf on the pebbly beach, which stant we were struck by three forty-two drowned the measured sound of our pound shot. Our top-mast, to which muffled oars, and we passed the batte- was appended the only sail we had ries without being challenged. Our little spread, fell over the bow; and a chance band were thus arranged: the two fore- ball, which some say will kill the devil, most men kept a sharp look-out ahead nearly knocked my promotion on the on either side of the narrow channel, head. Elwin ran to the helm, ordered four of the crew who occupied the centre the foresail and jib to be set, bore away of the boat were prepared with their fire- three points, and in a few minutes we arms to act on the moment, and the re- had changed our position, and were maining two plied their oars at length- again free from the direction in which ened intervals with noiseless accuracy. the guns of the enemy were pointed. In this manner we stealthily pursued our

The batteries continued to amuse silent course until we found ourselves themselves for some time; and when within a few yards of a large sloop which Elwin conceived himself out of the track lay on the outside of a tier of small of the gun-boats, he directed the mainvessels, the innermost one of which was sail to be set. Up to this moment it secured to the quay.

Elwin, who was had not occurred to us to examine the much the tallest man in the boat, raised hold, although we pretty well guessed it himself erect to reconnoitre her deck, could not contain much, from the height and then beckoning to the four men in the vessel swam out of the water : when, the centre, boarded her by her channels, therefore, the hatches were removed, nothe after-hatch being quietly laid on, thing was visible but a heap of stones, over which a man was placed with a over which were strewed some musty brace of pistols and a cutlass.

straw, the staves of an old empty wine As if to compensate us for our former cask, a few empty marquées, and a loose disappointment, every thing seemed to crate of pottery used by the peasantry favour our enterprise; the tide was at its for domestic purposes. The constant ebb; we knew the channel to be per- hammering which our captives kept up fectly clear; and at the moment we cut against the hatch that confined them to

the cabin, regardless of the unintelli- materially crippled his height, and his gible, though good-humoured threats of weather-beaten features were wrinkled their sentinel, at length induced Elwin by time. His hair shewed itself in silto release them; and when it was re- very whiteness beneath the margin of his moved, a feeble old man in a white cot- nightcap; and he held in his shrivelled ton nightcap crawled up the narrow hands a ball of twine and a mesh, with aperture, followed by a fine boy, both which he had been mending his nets the of whom gazed at us in bewildered asto- day before. He was eighty-three years nishment.

old, and his little grandson stood timidly The poor fisherman who stood before by his side, gazing in mute astonishment us, supported his attenuated frame with at the order in which every thing was his right hand leaning on the bulwark of beautifully arranged on the quarterthe sloop, while his left rested on the deck. shoulder of the little boy. He stared at During the examination of the old Elwin; then at me; glanced his vacant man we all listened with

eager

attention eye at the men who stood on the fore to every syllable that was said. The inpart of the deck; looked over the side quiry was carried on through the meof the vessel, then at her mast head; dium of an interpreter, one of our foreand having seemingly convinced himself castle men, who spoke French so fluently of the fatal truth, he despondingly ex- that, upon one occasion, when he was claimed, “ Hélas ! mon petit-tout est himself a prisoner of war, he narrowly perdu!” At this moment our attention escaped being shot for a spy. As the was suddenly arrested by a blue-light vessel was not worth sending to Engwhich beautifully illumined our frigate; land, we all concluded she would be and as we prepared to anchor the vessel, given back to the poor old fisherman, we thought more of the venerable old and I think we all hoped so; when, man and his sorrowful exclamation than however, it was announced to the afwe did of our own exploit.

flicted captive that his sloop would be We had scarcely swallowed our meagre set on fire that night, he clasped his breakfast of weevilly biscuit and cocoa hands in energy, and raising his mild next morning, when our poor old cap- eyes to heaven with an air of pious retive was sent for, to be examined by the signation, stood for some moments transcaptain. His sloop lay at anchor within fixed to the spot, as pale and as motionhalf a cable's length of our starboard less as a marble statue. I cannot recolquarter. Her sails were neatly furled, lect a more painful incident in my life; and, as if to mock the misery of the old and I have at this moment the meekness man's feelings, she looked better than of the captive's attitude so strongly penhe had ever

seen her before. The cilled in my memory, that I can scarcely English union-jack hung in loose folds imagine more than twenty years have over a small cotton tri-coloured flag at elapsed since I witnessed the event. her mast-head; and the little skiff, which Relaxing from his humble posture, the had carried the old man to his cottage for countenance of the old man underwent more than forty years, was moored un- a sudden change: his features became der her stern. The sea, extending along convulsed with agony; the blood rushed the coast from Rochelle to L'Isle Klie, to his temples, and snatching up his was covered with fishing-boats, which grandson in his arms, he held him forwere grouped together as the morning ward as an appeal to the feelings of the breeze had left them; and the lively captain, while he invoked a blessing on songs of the fishermen might be dis- the children of the British warrior. He tinctly heard, as their voices swelled called on the names of his beloved wife over the smooth surface of the water.

and the father of the youth, pointed to Our aged prisoner was habited in the the cottage on the beach about a mile costume of his humble station : a large from Rochelle, wherein he had dwelt pair of boots, drawn loosely over his for sixty years; and when he found that trowsers, had settled down in ample folds the usage of war enforced the severity of over the knee; a blue and white striped his destiny, he laid the little boy beside Guernsey frock fitted closely the upper him, and cursed it with all the bitterness part of his slender person, and a pea-green of despair. jacket of considerable dimensions cover- As soon as the captain communicated ed his shoulders, very much in the style with the commander-in-chief, the sloop of a handspike in a purser's bread bag. was hauled alongside our ship and disIn the days of his youth he must have mantled. Every article that could be stood, at least, six feet two; but age had made convertible to our use was taken

The cap

out of her. The almost worn-out tanned cheeks, and abandoning himself to the sails gladdened the sharp eye of the first intensity of his grief, he wept like a child. lieutenant, who secured them to add to My friend, whose feelings were of the the whiteness of the quarter-deck; the first order, had compassion for the old fishing-nets, which had so many years

man's sufferings.

It was a

scene of provided for the wants of the old man's agony which I trust I may never again family, were headed up in a cask, and witness. We gently removed. him—for consigned to the charge of the boat- he suffered himself to be led passivelyswain; and the purser came in for his to a seat we had formed of some signal share of the prize for fuel. In a short flags near the cabin skylight; and a time nothing was left but the shell of the little rum and water, the only nourishsloop; her planks and rafters were cut ment he had taken all day, revived him. away, and at sunset she was set on fire. We sat down beside him; the night was I could not help thinking, young as I cold and damp; a few lights glimmered was at the time, that the hour selected along the coast; the little boy descended for the destruction of the old man's ves- the rigging, and nestled himself under sel was the most appropriate throughout the lee of his grandfather. the day, as the flag of England was tain's bell rang-we started: it was only lowered at the moment the deed was to inquire if the wreck had disappeared ? done. It blew a strong breeze out of I answered, yes—he turned on his pilthe roadstead; and as the burning mass low, and fell fast asleep. U. S. Journal. slowly drifted out to sea, the fisherman and his grandson sat together upon one of the carronades, watching in silence

HINDU TRIAL BY ORDEAL. the receding speck of what had been the

(For the Parterre). day before all the property he possessed in the world.

“ The Hindus,” says an English writer, Towards midnight, all that remained “ have nine ways of trial by ordeal: first, visible of the sloop was a glimmering by the balance; secondly, by fire; thirdspark on the horizon, which became ly, by water; fourthly, by poison; fifthfainter and fainter as it receded from our ly, by Cósha, or water in which an idol view. After we lost sight of it from the has been washed; sixthly, by rice; deck, the little boy went up the mizen seventhly, by boiling oil; eighthly, by rigging, where he remained until it dis- red-hot iron; ninthly, by images.” That appeared altogether. The assistants of the balance is the only ceremony which surgeon, an intimate friend of mine, was differs materially from the ancient ordeals my companion on watch that night, and in Europe. It is thus performed :- The as he understood the French language beam having been previously adjusted, he felt a lively interest in the passing the cord fixed, and both scales made per

When the little boy left his fectly even, the accused, and a Pandit, grandfather, to ascend the shrouds, we fast a whole day; the former is then went up to the poor old man, who still bathed in sacred water; the hóma or occupied his station on the carronade. oblation is presented to fire, the deities We were both struck by his appearance, worshipped, and the accused carefully and I have never seen a picture of mute weighed. He is then taken out of the despair equal to the features of the cap- scale, before which the Pandits prostrate tive that night. He sat in gloomy ab- themselves, and pronounce an incantastraction, with his eyes intently fixed on tion ; a piece of paper containing the the spot whence the last vestige of his accusation is then bound on his head. sloop had disappeared. The attitude we After a lapse of six minutes, the accused found him in, he had occupied for five is again placed in the scale, and if found hours ; his hands were folded on his to weigh more, is adjudged not guilty ; breast, and there was a vacant stare but if less, guilty. If he weigh exactly nearly approaching to wildness in his the same, the ceremony must be performeye, which might have been mistaken for ed a third time, when there will be a insanity. My friend laid his hand upon difference. Should the balance happen the old man's shoulder; he started; the to break down, the guilt of the accused touch awakened him to a sense of his is considered evident. May not the demiseries. At first he shrunk from it; nunciation “thou art weighed in the but the mild benevolence of my compa- balance and found wanting," have renion's features softened the bitterness of ference to this oriental custom ? the captive's feelings; the tears uncon

E. M. A. sciously trickled down his weather-beaten

scene.

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