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THE EVILS OF PROSPERITY.
LAW OF LOVE.
LOSS OF A CHARACTER.
An American paper says, the following is one of the methods of catching tigers
adopted in India. “A man carries a It is an everlasting truth, that man is in board on which a human figure is paintmore danger from prosperity than from ed, as soon as he arrives at the den, he adversity. Bion being asked what was knocks behind the board with a hammer, the most dangerous thing in the world; the noise arouses the tiger, when it fies answered, “ to be most fortunate.” “You in a direct line at the board, and grasps will wisely shorten sail,” says Horace to it, the man behind clenches his claws into his friend Murena, “when too much the wood and so secures him !!” M.N. swelled by a prosperous gale."
-sapienter idem Contrahes vento nimiùm secundo A young lawyer being very assiduous Turgida vela.
in his attentions to a lady, a wit observed
“ that he never heard of people making Plato thanked the gods that he had been love by attorney ;*' “ very true,” replied a pupil of Socrates, who always despised the other, “but you should remember Fortune and her gifts. Cicero says, that that all Cupid's votaries are solicitors.” those who court fortune are more blind
M. N. than fortune, who never advanced any one without reducing him again to mi- As the Emperor Basilius Meredo was sery.
E. M. A. exercising himself in hunting, a sport
in which he took great delight, a stag
running furiously against him, fastened The following anecdote, which we give one of the branches of its horn in the (says the Inverness Courier) exactly as Emperor's girdle, and dragged him a the fact occurred, may be considered as good distance, to the imminent danger an illustration of simplicity and integrity. of his life. A gentleman of the retinue A respectable farmer of Ross-shire, tra- instantly drew his sword, and cutting velling a short distance on horseback, the Emperor's girdle asunder, disenhaving occasion to cross the river Conan, gaged him from the beast, with little or found, on the banks of the stream, a no hurt to his person : but observe the young woman also desirous of getting reward-he was sentenced to death, for
She informed the farmer she putting his sword so near the person of was in quest of a situation, and had an the Emperor, and suffered accordingly. excellent character from her last place. As the river was high, the good-natured farmer took the girl up behind him on THERE is a strong characteristic and his horse, and conveyed her across the professional difference between a phy.
Unfortunately, however, the sician and a lawyer. The physician has written certificate of character fell out intercourse with affliction, with pain, of the young woman's bosom, where she with death; his voice is naturally attuned had put it for safety, and was carried off to mildness and gentleness; his step by the stream. She was in great distress is light and quiet ; his face is susceptible at this mishap, till her kind conductor
of sympathy; he has to do with assured her that he would give her a humanity in its feebleness, to listen to character ; and this pledge he redeemed the complaints of the suffering, to bear on their arrival at a house on the oppo- with the moans of the distressed; it is site side, in the following brief but pithy part of his business, to be and to look words : — “ Tenth September, 1833. amiable; who can speak unkindly to the These certify that the bearer, Peggy dying? A brute of a doctor is a brute Mackenzie, lost her character this day, indeed !-But a lawyer deals with rogues, while crossing the river Conan with me, parchments, and subtleties; he aids and Andrew Munro.' This very equivocal abets men in their deepest and deadstatement was given in perfect good faith liest struggles ; he comes in contact with and sincerity. The girl accepted it with humanity when its covetousness is rammany thanks, but was soon convinced pant, when its revenge is craving, when that the honest farmer's words did not its passions and its thoughts converse correspond with his intentions, and that with living interests, and when antipathy she required--what is generally difficult is most strongly developed. Therefore to obtain a new character.
he has a keen eye, a ready skill, a bold
THE PHYSICIAN AND THE LAWYER.
ANECDOTE OF VOLTAIRE.
and blustering confidence of manner; he is professionally hard-hearted, however The late king signed many papers when constitutionally kind he may be.
he was blind. It was curious to see the
R. sometimes begun without ink
in the pen, sometimes ending without it, One of the happiest repartees of Voltaire and at others running off the paper. It is said to have been made to an English- has been mentioned, that Henry the man, who had previously been on a visit Eighth in his latter days had a stamp to to the celebrated Haller, in whose praise sign with. The reason was, that he was Voltaire enlarged with great warmth, so fat he could not write: he could not extolling him as a great poet, a great bring his hands properly down upon the naturalist, and a man of universal at
paper. We are to fancy him turning tainments—The Englishman answered himself, as a turtle might do with its fin, that it was very handsome in Monsieur and stamping as the swing would let de Voltaire to speak so well of Monsieur him: or the paper was brought beside Haller, inasmuch as he, the said Monsieur him, and adjusted to his hand. It was Haller, was by no means so liberal to in this state the tyrant signed his jealous Monsieur de Voltaire. “ Alas !” (said order for the deaths of the Duke of NorVoltaire with an air of philosophic in- folk and his son, the gallant Earl of Surdifference) “ I dare to say we are both of rey, the poet: the latter of which unforus very much mistaken!”
tunately took place.
MARCH OF KNOWLEDGE.
A PRIOR ENGAGEMENT.
A devoted disciple of Spurzheim told A few days since, a gentleman was travelling through Northamptonshire,when cranium he had diligently examined,
a gentleman, the “bumps ” of whose the guard of the coach pointed out the that the organ of " locality” was pecuspot where the battle of Naseby was “There sir,” said he, there's plied the other, “ I was many years in
liarly prominent. fought.
“ Very likely;" rewhere Charles the Second was killed !”—
the local militia." “ Charles the Second !” exclaimed the traveller, wondering what would follow, and affecting ignorance of the fate of thé The four mendicant orders of the church first monarch of that name, “ You mean
of Rome carried the art of beggary to Charles the First?”– “Oh no, sir,” the highest perfection. One of these replied the guard, assuming an air of im- holy beggars was accustomed, in traversportance at the bare thought of his accu- ing Normandy, to demand a dinner of a racy being doubted; “I'm sure it was poor farmer; but upon one occasion had Charles the Second, for I know a man
the misfortune to arrive when the farmer who comes from that place !" G. T. and his wife were occupied in their
grounds, and having carried their dinner
with them, had left the cupboard bare. ARTHUR Moor, Esq. one of the Com- The friar was hungry, and hunger is missioners of Trade and Plantations in ingenious. Addressing the eldest of the the time of Queen Anne, who was after- three children, a girl of eight years, he wards proscribed for malversation, and asked her if she had ever seen flint soup? excepted out of the Act of Grace in 1717, “ No, father,” replied she, with gaping was married to a lady who happened to mouth of curiosity.“ Bring me a good be a violent politician, but always in round fat pebble.” -Soon found." And opposition to her husband. This lady the small soup kettle full of water." being once in company with Lord Bolin- Placed on the fire, and the pebble amidst. broke, his Lordship, alluding to the 2“ Our pot begins to boil; perhaps humour then prevailing of impeaching you have a cabbage in the garden ?"some members of the preceding admi- “ Yes, father, and carrots."
A good nistration, of whom he was one, said, child; bring some. “ No bread ?" “ Madam, I hope that you will favour “ No, but there is a little flour." me with your company to Tower-hill, “ Good, good.” After a long pause, on the day that I am to be beheaded.” Perhaps you could find a little morsel To which she immediately replied, “I of butter ?”—“ Yes, father, for I did assure you, my Lord, I should be very not eat it all.”—“My dear, we shall glad to wait upon you on such an occa- have an excellent Aint soup.” It was sion, but I am afraid that I shall be ob- indeed, an excellent soup meagre, and liged on that day to attend my man to the friar desired that the pebble might Tyburn.”
be preserved for another occasion,
THE SLAVE'S REVENGE the surrounding hills pour their fluid A TALE.
bodies with impetuous force, and dashing
against the rocks which line the chasm, (For the Parterre).
send upwards a splendent cloud of spray,
which shuts from the gazer's eye the full The following tale is founded upon cir- depth of the terrible descent. To one of cumstances that happened at no very
these, negro superstition has ascribed the distant period in the island of Jamaica, rather awful name of “Devil's Cave;" and which the writer imagines can be and the passenger who looks down from easily traced through the mask neces- his dizzy elevation, into the apparently sarily imposed on them, by any one boundless depth, may, without much acquainted with the original facts).
stretch of imagination, fancy it to be the true passage to the infinite abyss. On
the verge of this dreadful chasm the The colony of Jamaica is divided by a road, or ledge of rock, is so very narrow, tremendous mountain ridge, which tra- that the start of his horse, even a false verses the whole island, and separates its tread, would hurl the luckless traveller two principal towns.* The road which into eternity; and yet habitude has deconnects Spanish Town with the resi. stroyed the idea of danger, and its pasdence of the sovereign's representative, sage is made at all hours and seasons, is of the most grand and romantic cha- without fear or concern. racter. Cut by manual labour from the The estate of Algoa, which numbered solid rock, it traces its path now at the on its plantations five hundred slaves, is base of some giant mount, which frowns situated at the commencement of this
edge of some tremendous precipice, into was the property of a gentleman, who, whose capacious bosom the streams from receiving it as an inheritance, had never
seen or wished to see this source of his * The whole ridge bears the name of wealth, but had left the care of his slaves “ Mont Diablo."
to the tyranny of an overseer. It is to
this that the distresses of the negroes, in had quivered beneath its daily infliction a country which teems with fertility, and he had murmured, but not resisted; upon whose face Nature has spread her but this was a spark, to light up in the beauties in wild and bounteous profusion, breast of the injured slave the smothered are mainly owing. The proprietor, who flame of vengeance. This roused his derives more pleasure from a residence fury, and determined him to revenge his in the mother country, to which he is own and his companions' suffering. endeared by early association and ties of Saba had heard that Johnson would family, or who is unwilling to expose his pass the mountain ridge about the close constitution, perhaps enervated by luxury of day, and he determined to destroy and dissipation, to the influence of a tro- him on his passage. With a single compical sun, commits his property to the panion he laid wait, about six miles from hands of men, whose sole interests are Algoa, for his victim, who was approachvested in their salaries; and who fre- ing in all the confidence of security. quently, elevated from the lowest state of
was just setting, and the dependence, abuse their new and strange night would soon have shut from his authority, and exercise their tyranny in eyes surrounding objects. The dark proportion to the meanness of their for- clouds which were spread in the west, mer state. Johnson, the Algoa overseer, like a mantle to receive the sinking orb, had been raised from a servile station by gave promise of a storm, which in the his employer, on whose kindness and no- tropics is neither a mild nor a transient tice he had thrust himself, and had been visitor. Johnson had just urged on his further advanced by him to this place of horse through the bushy pass, along
Unlimited power over five hun- which he was proceeding, when a pistol dred fellow creatures roused his latent discharged before his head, made the feelings of tyranny, which glowed more startled animal recoil on its haunches, fiercely from their long restraint. Each and hurl his unprepared rider from his day witnessed a repetition of the lash, and seat. A wild shout burst from the lips heard the cries of the wretched sufferers, of the successful African as he rushed whose anguish but sharpened his inhu- with a malicious grin upon his prostrate man appetite, and gave zest to his cruelty. prey. The cowardly wretch entreated
Among the slaves was an African, for the mercy which he knew he dewhose parents had been snatched by the served not, and his shrieks of terror and cruel hand of power from their native vain implorings for life, were re-echoed land, and had left as a legacy to their as if in mockery by the hills. The offspring, hatred to their white oppres- negroes bore their victim to the verge sors, and that crafty cunning, which is of the “ Devil's Cave.” He guessed natural to the Negro character. This their purpose, and in the agony of his man had, by some misfortune, incurred despair made the most extravagant prothe dislike of his overseer, who visited mises for the safety of his life. They on him the slightest fault with terrible enjoyed his terrors, and mocked his severity. He had long groaned under entreaties; and seeing all hope from the lash of this heartless tyrant-had supplication vain, he tried resistance; murmured with his fellows, had cursed but the grasp of an injured husband with them his oppressor, and cherished bound his limbs, and baffled his utmost in his bosom the prospect of vengeance, exertions; and with Herculean strength which only wanted opportunity and cir- Saba hurled him into the yawning gulf cumstance to heighten to certainty. He -a shrill cry burst from the lips of the had a wife, who had caught the eye of overseer as he descended—then all was the ruthless monster, to whose licentious still, and the murderers departed to appetite the infamous morals of the coun- their huts. try afforded a terrible example, and a Johnson was soon missed : from his ready encouragement. Saba was drafted known cruelty, it was suspected that to another property, and the triumph of he had been destroyed by the Algoa the overseer was complete.
negroes, and a reward was offered for The bad state of moral feeling leads the discovery of the murderers. The that degraded female class to imagine, companion of Saba, tempted by the offer, that honour is attached to their infamous upon a promise of pardon, disclosed the intercourse with the whites; and the ex- whole transaction. Saba was arrested, emption from labour, which their mas- tried, and found guilty upon his assoter's partiality secures, is a strong incen- ciate's evidence, and condemned to death. tive to the delusion. Saba had borne The morning after the passing of the unflinchingly the lash-his scarred flesh sentence, was witness to his execution,
and numbers of the slaves thronged the should probably speak of events in which, approach to the scaffold.
at this distant period, you cannot feel The prisoner advanced with daunt- much interest, especially as they relate to less air through the crowd, assembled the history of an humble French fisherfrom pity, curiosity, or malice. His
It will, however, astonish you to eye wandered through the groups, as if hear that my ancestors were English; and seeking some old acquaintance, from little did our progenitors think, when, whose friendship he would so soon be after the capture of Rochelle, they were separated - perhaps to impart his last induced to remain there, that the welwishes, or receive the approbation of his fare of their children would be for ever conduct. He seemed to search in vain; blasted by the cold-blooded, unnatural and with deep dejection in his look, he decree of their own country. At the was on the point of ascending the fatal age of five-and-twenty I married the ladder, each step of which would con- daughter of a respectable innkeeper of duct him nearer to destruction, when Rochelle, and with our small capital I suddenly uttering a shrill cry, he darted purchased the sloop, of which there does towards a solitary slave, who, impelled not now remain the shadow of a shade. by an unfortunate curiosity, had come She was all we possessed in the world, to witness the execution. It was the and well and faithfully she served our informer,-it was the man to whose purposes for a period of sixty years !
ery Saba was about to become a We had five children—three boys and victim. The wretched betrayer had two girls; but they all died in their inseen the movement, and foreboding the fancy, except the youngest, who was the cause, had attempted to escape ven- father of my little boy here; and he was geance by flight. In an instant he was
taken away from me in my old age, to prostrate on the earth, beneath the fight under the banner of the Emperor. grasp of his powerful and injured foe, Vive l’Empereur ! mon fils !-- Vive who drawing from his carelessly ex- l'Empereur ! Vive Napoléon !"" amined garments a concealed knife, sponded the boy, as he drew from his plunged it into his heart. In another bosom the little cotton tri-coloured flag, instant Saba had been seized, and led which, in the bustle of the day, had to the death which awaited him: he escaped the observation of every one mounted the scaffold with a proud con- else. I will not attempt, at this distant sciousness of having achieved a glorious period, to describe the powerful effect object, * and his features were brighten- which this little incident had upon the ed with a smile of satisfaction. The old man: he caught his grandson in his cord was adjusted, the signal given, and arms, clasped him with energy to his this unfortunate victim of tyranny and bosom, and it was some moments before revengefnl passion ceased to exist. he recovered himself sufficiently to renew S. ROBERT DUNBAR. his narrative.
“ The father of this boy, gentlemen, NAVAL FRAGMENTS.- No. II. was, ten years ago, the finest looking
man I ever beheld. He was tall, athletic, and vigorous. He had the strength
of a lion, with the docility of a lamb. When I returned to the quarter-deck, I My child,” said the old man as the tear found the officer of the middle watch glistened in his eye, “was both brave waiting to relieve me; but my thoughts and generous. Mais hélas, messieurs were so much engrossed with the ex- We carried on our humble occupected story of the fisherman, which he pation together, with every prospect of promised to narrate to us before I went happiness. During the summer down to the captain, that, instead of helped to supply the market of Rochelle going to my hammock, I reseated my- with the produce of our labour, and in self in a coil of rope close to the mizen- the winter our sloop brought wine from mast; and after we had each of us taken Bourdeaux. We were one evening a glass of grog to keep the cold out, the seated, after the toil of the day, upon a old man began his story thus
rude bench, which he constructed in the “Were I to go back, gentlemen, to front of our cottage, when the fatal 1729, the year in which I was born, I mandate arrived which made my only
child a conscript.
His wife — poor * Souls made of fire and children of the Annette ! - was getting our evening
meal ready; alas! poor thing, it was With whom revenge is virtue. - Young. the last she ever prepared for us-they
THE FRENCH FISHERMAN.