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sounds of other most noisy instruments,

and the loud shouts of the peasants; it “ A bear," commenced our Alcibiades, was not long before a shot resounded to “ as colossal in size as unequalled in my right, near the spot where Signor strength, had become the terror of the Kornesko stood, which was succeeded inhabitants of the whole country between by a dead silence; after the lapse of a Bucharest and Cempino, near the Car- few minutes, I heard the rush of some patho - Romano - Moldavian mountains. animal through the thickets, the noise of The haunts of the monster were chiefly whose steps among the dry leaves was confined to the interminable forest of doubled by the stillness of a clear OcPoeinar, which is traversed by the road tober day. My visitor was a well-fed from Bucharest to Kronstadt, at Tran- fox; he presented himself about eighty sylvania. This dreadful animal had been paces distant ; I shot him through the known to the inhabitants for about eight head, and again the former stillness sucor ten years, during which time he had ceeded: but the drivers drawing nearer, destroyed more than four hundred head the tremendous uproar re-commenced. of oxen, and other domestic animals. It It was perfectly frightful to hear our appeared as if the inhabitants were panic- Moldavian peasants (scattered over two struck, for no one dared to attack him; leagues of ground) utter their piercing his last exploit, and which at length cries and still more frightful wailings, awakened the attention of the ief div while they beat the trees with sticks, of the district, was as follows:

clappers, and other discordant noisy in“ A large quantity of wine, destined struments. I now heard at about the for Bucharest, was being slowly trans- distance of half a league two shots, which ported across the hills, and, according to were immediately followed by the most the usual custom, the drivers halted for deafening yells,

and the word Ours ! repose and refreshment during the heat Ours ! (which in the Romano-Moldaof the day. The animals were released vian language is sounded as in French) from their teams and left to graze along fell distinctly on my ear. the side of the road close to the forest, The prince, or bey, Zadey-Soutzo, when suddenly a dreadful roaring was came up to me, saying, · Seigneur Alci. heard ; the drivers ran to the spot, and biades, the bear has broken through the beheld in the midst of the buffaloes a cordon formed by the drivers. What black animal of most formidable dimen- have you killed ?' sions, who had already seized one and ""A fine fox, as you see here before thrown it on its back, where he held it, you;' the Mameluke who attended him in spite of the fearful struggles of the carried the animal away. agonized victim, with one of his claws, “ At this moment Signor Kornesko like the grasp of an iron vice, and escaped joined us, and we all went together to upon his other three legs with his ill- the spot where the bear had disappeared;

there we found Florensko, who was en“ This apparently half-fabulous intel- deavouring to ascertain the track. On ligence attracted not only the attention demanding who had shot at the bear? of the government, but that of the lovers we were told it was Lazar, the hunter, of the chase in Bucharest and the adja- but that he had merely grazed his back; cent country; namely, the Bojars, Kos- the other shot was from the musket of a taki, Kornesko, Manoulaki-Floresko, the peasant, past whom the bear ran with bey Zadey-Soutzo, and myself. A grand astonishing rapidity, breaking down the hunt was speedily projected, and the young trees which interrupted his prowhole admirably organized by one of the gress. The poor fellow, excessively party, Signor Floresko, of the foreign frightened, fell upon his back, which department.

caused his rifle to explode without his as“ It was planned that the bear, when sistance; his deplorable plight was the first traced, was to be driven forward by subject of much merriment to us, and we five or six hundred peasants into a semi- re-called his scattered senses by a pretty circle composed of about a hundred strong dose of brandy. huntsmen.

“ We now followed the track of the “ The appointed day arrived, and bear, and about a hundred paces further these arrangements having been made in discovered spots of sweat on the leaves the most silent manner possible, the and bark of the trees; they were about signal was given to commence the chase the height of a middle-sized man. I de. by a long blast of the hunting-horn, manded of Lazar, who had shot at him, which was quickly followed by the whether he ran on his hind legs or all

fated prey.

fours? « On all fours, like a dog,' was pursuit. Tired, and suffering from exthe answer.

cessive heat, I lay down, together with “I now began to attach some credit to my faithful dog, beneath the extensive the marvellous accounts I had heard of foliage of an immense wild apple-tree, the enormous size and strength of the lighted up my tchoubouk, and commonster; and my curiosity to see him, manded Amica, a most powerful wolftogether with my desire for his destruc- dog, thoroughly trained against man or tion, were most strongly excited. beast, to keep a strict watch. I might

“ For a considerable time I wandered have dreamed for about half an hour, about with the rest of the company, who enveloped in the elysium of clouds of had sent for a pack of hounds that had smoke, when I was suddenly aroused by been left at the nearest village; until, the violent rushing of approaching aniweary of this ineffectual search, I took a mals. I cautiously arose and stepped wild, unfrequented path, and turned to behind the trunk of a large tree, when I the left in the thickest part of the forest, observed about a dozen wild swine, prewhere I hoped to be able to find a pas- ceded by an immense boar, who acted as sage to lead to the provision carriage, leader; these were quickly followed by which I knew was in this direction, for 1 others, until I distinctly reckoned twentyhad become excessively hungry:

three. Holding my dog back, I crept “ After walking a short distance, I like a serpent under the protection of a entered a valley which might with truth fallen oak, till I came within eighty paces be termed virgin; tremendous oaks had of them; my object was to bring down the here died through age, and wild herbs great boar, as I knew from long and danand young plants had grown up in the gerous experience in the Mongolei, that cheering light of the sun out of their on such occasions, unless the chief falls, decayed trunks, while eternal twilight the continuance of the life of the hunter reigned beneath the wide-spreading is doubtful; but, as if influenced by a branches of those which still bloomed in presentiment of what was likely to hapall the vigour and freshness of youth. pen, he continued moving onward, and Invited by their cooling shades, I sought as I feared that the whole band would repose for a few minutes; I had not long soon be out of the reach of a bullet, I enjoyed it, when I was suddenly startled determined, cost what it would, to secure by a noise resembling that of a whole one of them; and as a full-grown one, squadron of cavalry bearing down in full armed with huge tusks, happened to pregallop upon me; when, behold, I saw sent himself in the right position, I took the terrific coal-black monster, flying a deadly aim and fired, when, after with the rapidity of lightning, at about running a few paces, he fell; the others two hundred paces distant; there was no disappeared in an instant, and the possibility of getting a shot at him, but former stillness again reigned in the his size, strength, and prodigious swift- forest. ness, far exceeded any I had ever seen “ It appeared the hunters were scatamong the white Arctic bears, or the tered in different directions, each expectblack Siberian. I pursued him in a ing that the dogs would drive the bear in westerly direction, guided by the loud his own immediate vicinity; for myself, barking of the dogs, who were upon his feeling secure that I had ascertained his

I soon joined a bojar, the chief retreat, I waited in anxious expectation officer of Signor Florensko; the unfor- of surprising him. tunate man seemed much animated by “ My shot in the meantime must have the chase, for he said, “I have a strong been heard, and I sounded several times presentiment that I shall reach the bear, on my horn, in order to collect a few of and I have ordered some of the best shots the peasants to carry off the boar I had in the band of huntsmen to follow me.' killed. I was speedily joined by about

“ We now entered a deep part of the thirty. Though mortally wounded, he forest, thickly overspread with wild fruit gnashed frightfully with his teeth, until trees; here, among old trunks of trees, one of the huntsmen dispatched him and rocky caverns, was, I presumed, the with a short hunting sword: it was a bear's favourite retreat : indeed, we soon noble animal, both in size and fatness, discovered traces of him, and the earth and I received the congratulations of the was covered in several places with his whole party. During this time I ob

In this strange and savage served a peasant from the neighbourhood spot I determined to take up my posi- of Poeinar attentively observing my tion and await the chance of meeting the booty. “What dost thou seem to wonder enemy. Signor Kostaki continued the at in the boar, friend ?' said I.



“ . It is very singular, signor,' answer- bullet precisely in the same spot, whilst ed the peasant, but I could have sworn Lazar, who had taken up a safe position that this fellow is no stranger to me. behind a large oak, sent him a third, About five or six years ago, one of my which however did him but little injury, finest pigs formed a connexion with a as the bullet was afterward found buried flock of wild swine, and shortly after in his fat. entirely disappeared in the woods; but, " I distinctly saw, by the two streams however, we can see if he has my mark of blood which issued from his forehead, -a slit in the left ear.' * Donner und his hopeless situation ; this was also Wetter,' cried the peasant, in raptures, evinced by his breathing. I drew my

he is mine !' and without a doubt the hunting-knife and sought, aided by my mark was visible to us all. It may dog, to stun him with the loudest shouteasily be supposed that my trophy, a ing; upon which, perceiving us advance, noble boar of the free-forests, transform- he roared tremendously, and seemed ed into a household pig, the property of disposed to escape into the thicket; his a Moldavian peasant, became the subject tottering walk proved that his strength of the united laughter of my compa- was fast declining, and, when about nions.

thirty paces distant, he fell. “ I know not when the jokes of the “ As I could not follow him with perhunters would have ceased, if they had fect safety, I re-loaded my gun, and tried not been interrupted by the distant to irritate him, in order that he might tumultuous noise of the dogs, who seem- turn round and give me an opportunity ed approaching, and we concluded, by of sending him another bullet in the the sound, they might be still about a most vital part. He lay perfectly still, league from us. The whole party left occasionally wiping the streaming blood me, except Lazar, the same hunter who from his face with his fore-paws, like a had first shot the bear. As the cry of human being: assisted by my dog, we the hounds died away, I seated myself attacked him with great fury, and perby my inglorious game, and again com- ceiving no chance of safety, he commenced smoking my tchoubouk; but I menced breaking the branches of the was almost immediately aroused by the trees which surrounded him, and hurled near approach of the dogs in full cry, them at us with immense force; then succeeded by a frightful roar, which raised himself up, and apparently, with seemed to overwhelm every other sound. all his pristine strength, attacked me With my gun on the cock, I flew for- with the force of desperation; but his ward; a momentary silence ensued, last moment was approaching. I allowwhich was almost instantly succeeded ed him to advance, and when almost by a violent crash like a thunder-storm, touching the barrel of my gun, he refor I observed the underwood before me ceived the entire charge—my last deadly bowing and crackling, and on the very shot. The death-struggle was momensame foot-path which I had taken, the tary, for he sunk forward, sprinkling my long sought for hideous monster stood face with his blood, and almost burying before me, completely filling the space

me under his enormous mass. The last between the trees with his enormous groan he uttered exceeded in horror all

I was no sooner observed by the that I had ever heard—a tone so full and ferocious brute than he flew at me with deep, so despairing and piercing, that a powerful spring, sending forth a howl the whole forest resounded, and the so loud and piercing that it nearly stunn- echoes of the rocks seemed to repeat it ed me, and literally shook the air. Con- with a shudder ! scious, however, that there was now no “ I was now surrounded by Signor Floother alternative but death or victory, I resko and hundreds of men, each looking allowed my opponent to approach within at the huge beast almost with affright. I six paces, took a deadly aim, and fired was overwhelmed with congratulations by with the same lucky barrel that had all present, at having slain the monster, already laid prostrate the fox and the which had bsen so long the terror of the boar. "The ball struck the terrific animal whole country. exactly between the eyes; he seemed “I must confess that I had never paralyzed for a moment, in which happy before encountered a danger so immipause my faithful Amico gallantly sprung nent, so formidable in its aspect; neither forward. Bewildered perhaps by the did I ever obtain a victory that gave me unexpected appearance of the large white greater pleasure. dog, and its furious bellowing, he afford- “ We were obliged to have the young ed me sufficient time to lodge a second wood cleared away before we could drag



the fallen monster out of the thicket into

STANZAS. the nearest road, where he lay for some

(For the Parterre), time.

“ In the meantime, Floresko informed When fell Disease, with serpent fold, me that he feared his chief officer, Ko- Involves this frame of mortal mould, taski, would be the victim of this day, And, spent and worn, our struggles cease, for he had been found in a horrible Death gives us, from the coil, release. situation. Shortly after, the unfortu- But no such happy lot is mine, nate young man was conveyed to us on a

When I the mental strife resign, bier in a most deplorable condition; his clothes and limbs rent and mangled, his

The thought that tells me strife is vain,

Gives immortality to Pain! entrails torn out, his spine broken; in

H. GUILFORD. short, it was impossible to save him. After lingering a few hours in dreadful

April 29, 1828. agony, he died.

MISCELLANIES. “ Thus the death of the ferocious ani. mal was avenged, and our victory dearly purchased ! “ The bear was placed on a wagon, have no natural affection. How can you

“ Fishes (you know a whale is not a fish) drawn by four horses, to be conveyed to Bucharest, but this plan we were obliged expect it in spawn? Fry, half an inch to abandon, as the body emitted such a

long, issue from the gravel without parennoisome stench that the whole atmo

tal eyes to look after them, so they are sphere was poisoned; it was therefore fortunately incapable of filial ingratitude. flayed on the spot. The fat was found

You do not reduce a whole family to to weigh 800 pounds, and the flesh and starvation by clapping an odd old fish into bones 963 pounds.

From between the your creel. Nor can you break the heart ears to the extremity of the back, he of an odd old fish by wheedling before measured nineteen feet; and, according who owe their existence to him, and to

all the younkers out of a pool to a calculation based on Gall's system, must have been between 170 and 180 the old lady you captivated and seduced years of age. He was entirely black,

in early spring, by the lure of a marchand his teeth much worn, and was no

brown, the most killing of Quakers.”

Blackwood's Magazine. doubt a Siberian bear, which at different times had been hunted to this wood, where he had found a secure asylum ; In a work published some time since, in his left leg and back were two broken by Monsieur de Marlés, entitled “His

I presented the skin to my toire Generale des Inde Ancienne et friend, Namack Pasha, a general in the moderne,” etc.; we find the following service of the Ottoman empire, His account of the discovery of this very skull I have retained for myself, and also fragrant extract. “ It is said to have part of his fat, which I have preserved been in Lahore that chance led to the in my ice-house at Bucharest.

discovery of the essence of rose. The The female, with two young ones, Begum or favourite Sultana of the Emwhich have already arrived at the size peror Shah-Iehaun, seeking to strengthen of large oxen, have been seen about his passion by attaching him to herself Poeinar and the neighbouring forests; by delightful sensations, conceived the she is said to be very little inferior to her idea of bathing in a pool of rose-water, consort, either in magnitude or ferocity. and had the reservoir of her garden filled You may therefore, gentlemen," con- with it. The rays of the sun acting cluded Seigneur Alcibiades, laughing upon this water, the essence which it “obtain laurels similar to those with contained concentrated itself in little parwhich I am crowned ; and, by perform- ticles of oil which floated on the surface ing such an exploit, you would eclipse of the basin. At first it was thought old Hercules and his boar, because that that this matter was produced by feranimal can scarcely see two feet beyond mentation, and that it was a sign of his head, is very awkward at turning, corruption or fetidity; but as they tried and never climbs a tree; whereas no to gather it in order to clean the basin, mortal foot can escape the pursuit of an they perceived that it exhaled a delicious enraged bear.”Tutti Frutti, by a Ger- smell. This it was that gave the idea man Prince.

of extracting in future the essence of roses, by a process corresponding with that which nature had employed."





OTWAY'S VENICE PRESERVED. A short time since, a Baillie of Glas- " It is pretty well known,” says Campbell

in his life of Mrs. Siddons, “that Otway gow invited some of his electioneering friends to dinner, during which founded his tragedy on St. Real's history the champagne circulated freely, and of the Venetian conspiracy in 1618. was much relished by the honest bo- Nearly the whole of the dramatis perdies ; when one of them, more fond of sonæ are real persons. Belvidera, how

ever, is fictitious. The real Renault was it than the rest, bawled out to the servant who waited, “ I say Jock, gie us

no villain, and the real Pierre was prisome more o'that ginger yill, will ye!”

vately strangled on board his own ship,

by order of the Venetian senate. The B. Q.T.

prose and true Jaffier was not melted in

his faith to the conspiracy by a woman's CONSEQUENCE OF POPULARITY.

tears, but was struck with compunction “My door,” says Mrs. Siddons," was during a city jubilee, when he contrasted soon beset by various persons quite un- its gaiety with the horrors and massacres known to me, whose curiosity was on that would result from the plot. Otthe alert to see the new actress, some of way's Jaffier is eventually more pathetic whom actually forced their way into my and dramatic, but St. Real's history is drawing-room, in spite of remonstrance wonderfully impressive. Voltaire comor opposition. This was as inconvenient pares its author to Sallust, and not unas it was offensive; for, as I usually worthily.” acted three times a week, and had, besides, to attend the rehearsals, I had but

Fashion is a deformed little monster, little time to spend unnecessarily. One

with a chameleon skin, bestriding the morning, though I had previously given

shoulders of public opinion. Though orders not to be interrupted, my servant

weak in itself, like most other despots, it entered the room in a great hurry,

has gradually usurped a degree of power saying, “Ma'am I am very sorry to tell that is irresistible, and prevails in variyou that there are some ladies below,

ous forms over the whole habitable earth. who say they must see you, and it is im

It is the greatest tyrant in the world. possible for me to prevent it. I have told them over and over again that you “ Hans Sachs, the old poet of Nuremare particularly engaged, but all in vain; berg,” says Mrs. Jameson, “ did as much and now, ma'am, you may actually hear for the Reformation, by his songs and them on the stairs. I felt extremely satires, as Luther and the doctors by indignant at such unparalleled imperti- their preaching: besides being one of nence; and before the servant had done the worshipful company of meisterspeaking to me, a tall, elegant, invalid- singers, he found time to make shoes, looking person presented herself (whom, and even to enrich himself by his trade; I am afraid, I did not receive very gra- he informs us himself, that he had comciously); and after her, four more, in posed and written with his own hand, slow succession. A very awkward silence four thousand two hundred mastership took place; when presently the first lady songs; two hundred and eight comedies, began to accost me, with a most inve- tragedies, and farces; one thousand terate Scotch twang, and in a dialect seven hundred fables, tales, and miscelwhich was scarcely intelligible to me in laneous poems; and seventy-three devothose days. She was a person of very tional, military, and love songs.” It is high rank : her curiosity, however, had said he excelled in humour, but it was been too powerful for her good breed- such as might have been expected from ing.

the times—it was vigorous and coarse. You must think it strange,' said she, “ Hans,” says the critic, “ tells his tale 'to see a person entirely unknown to like a convivial burgher, fond of his you intrude in this manner upon your and still fonder of his drollery.” If this privacy; but, you must know, I am in a be the case, his house has received a very very delicate state of health, and my appropriate designation : it is now an physician won't let me go to the theatre ale-house, from which as I looked up, to see you, so I am to look at you here. the mixed odours of beer and tobacco, She accordingly sat down to look, and I and the sound of voices singing in chorus to be looked at, for a few painful moments, streamed through the latticed windows. when she arose and apologised; but I “ Drollery and the can,” were as rife in was in no humour to overlook such in- the dwelling of the immortal shoemaker, solence, and so let her depart in silence. as they would have been in his own days,

Campbell's life of Siddons. and in his own jovial presence.


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