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prospect of a favourable voyage. The stood in as Crib-like an attitude as his passengers consisted principally of in- unencumbered hand could assume; and valided officers and soldiers, and Sam resolved to knock down the first man had the deck to himself. As night was that entered. They had not been long coming on, a vessel about the same size in this situation, when they perceived as the St. Agata, hove in sight, and, in that their place of confinement was left passing, made a signal of distress, and unguarded, and they were still more surbegged some water, as their casks, they prised, on proceeding a little way in said, had all leaked out. “0, give the front, to perceive the dead bodies of sepoor devils some water,” said Sam, as veral of their captors, already partly soon as he understood what they wanted. stript, while further down upon the “ Thirst is a horrible thing—especially beach they saw a large body of Turks of a morning after dining out.” The forcing many of the unarmed natives strange vessel sent its barge ; but no on board of some vessels close on shore. sooner had the crew got on board, than While congratulating themselves on this at a whistle of the villain who had mount- prospect of escape, and while they coned first, eight armed men started from tinued gazing on the scene before them, the bottom of the boat, and after a slight they were suddenly snrrounded by a struggle, in which they shot two sailors, fresh body of Turks, and without a word and threw the captain overboard, they spoken on either side, they were congained possession of the St. Agata, and ducted down the passes of the rocks, secured all the passengers below. After and conveyed on board. 6 Worse and being kept in confinement a long time, worse,” sighed Sam, whom this last disand sparingly fed on bread and water, aster reduced to complete despair—“It they were landed one moonlight night, is my firm belief I am not Sam Holt of and marched into a dark cave among the Bastock, but have changed places with rocks on the sea-shore. Sam's medita- the Wandering Jew.-Jack Thomson's tions were by no means of a pleasing prophecy is fulfilled, every bit of it!"" Don't
you think it's very hard But poor Sam's lamentations were of no case, sir,” he said to the officer who was avail. On the third day, they were taken chained to his wrist, and whose strength, out of the vessel, and conveyed to shore. after a severe fever in Malta, was scarcely The unfortunate invalid with whom Sam able to support him under the treatment had been chained so long, appeared so ill of his captors“ Don't you think it a after landing, that he was released from hard case on a middle-aged man like the fetters; and what became of him Sam me, that I should be moved about all never discovered. Our friend, whose over the world against my will, leaving dress was of the most heterogeneous nathe nicest cottage in England, and a lot ture, consisting of whatever articles he of good fellows—to be first suspected of could pick up-for, in all his misfortunes, murdering somebody else, and then most his wardrobe was the first to suffer—was likely to be murdered myself?”—“The ranged along a wall, in a magnificent last,” replied the invalid, we shall all building, along with about forty others undoubtedly be, as we are in the hands of of all ages and countries. Many people, the Greeks.”- Of the Philistines, you in strange dresses, with towels, as Sam mean, said Sam,—“but it's all the expressed it, round their heads, passed
While carrying on this melan- and repassed them, looking narrowly at choly conversation, they were suddenly each. "At last, an old white-whiskered startled by a great deal of firing, mixed man, pointing with his finger to the still with screams, and the other outcries portly figure of our friend, entered into which attend an on-slaught. Mercy a conversation with the person who had on us all!" said Sam, “what the devil conducted them to the place, and in a few is to come next?"_" They are most minutes Sam was taken out from the rest, probably murdering some other pri- and the old gentleman beckoning him to soners,” replied his companion ; “it will follow, walked majestically out of the be our turn soon.”—“ Then, I'll take building. Poor Sam, who now felt himmy oath, they shan't kill me like a sheep. self to be a very different being from l'il have a tussle for it; and if I get a what he used to be, presiding over his right-hander on some of the scoundrel's well-filled table at Bastock Lodge, folbreadbaskets, I'll make them know what lowed in the most submissive manner it is to bully a free born Englishman.” imaginable. His conductor paused at In a short time, advancing steps were the door of a very stately edifice, and said heard, and our bold Briton, supporting a few words, which Sam did not underhis companion to the mouth of the cave, stand, to a group of lounging domestics
Immediately three or four of them rushed sion I would much rather not, but am forward, and seized violently hold of Sam, just as much obliged to him for his kind and carried him into the hall. There offer." they let him stand for a few minutes, till “ His Highness wishes to know if you the old gentleman, who had preceded have any objections to be beautifully them, and who had gone into an inner dressed, well treated, made rich, and have apartment, returned and spoke to them eight wives supported for you at the in the same language as before. Again Sultan's expense.” they hurried Sam forward, and at last, “ Tell him,” said Sam, quite delighted, when they came to a pause, the asto- " that he is a jolly old cock; that I acnished 'Squire of Bastock had time to cept his offer with all my heart; but as look round him. Seated on a low, richly to the wives, I can't think of more than covered ottoman, was an old white-headed one, or two at the very most. man, with a long pipe in his mouth; “ Will you turn Mussulman to obtain near him were several others, but evi- all these advantages ?” dently his inferiors—while, a little way “ Mussulman? Ay, to be sure, I 'm from the raised floor on which they were a devil of a fellow at all sorts of fish.” sitting, was a multitude of soldiers, in “Will you wear the turban, and swear such a uniform, and with such arms, as by the prophet?” had never entered into Sam's imagination “ Turban? Yes-Lord bless you, what to conceive. While he was taking this does it signify what a man wears ? and survey, the old gentleman, his conductor, as to swearing, 'gad I 'll outswear you bending to the very ground before the all for a hundred. magnifico with the pipe, apparently di- On the dragoman relating the result rected his attention to Rosy Sam. With- of the conversation, his Highness deigned out casting his sublime eyes on so insig- to cast eyes on the new believer, and at a nificant an object, the great man ordered nod several men stept forward and threw the dragoman to discover who the stranger little jars of rose water over his face and
A young man now stept forward, person ; and immediately he was hurried and addressed our friend in French. into another apartment, stript by five or
“ No, no-no parley vous,” said Sam, six zealous attendants, forced into a warm who knew just enough of the sound to bath which was richly perfumed, and guess what language it was.
after being rubbed and anointed, he was He next spoke to him in English, and clothed in the splendid flowing robes, and said he was ready to report Sam's answers ornamented with the glittering jewels of to the dignitary on the sofa.
a Turkish Basha. When he came into “ I say,” said Sam, who had now re. the ante-room, through which he had alcovered a little of his confidence from ready passed, he recognised the old genhearing his mother tongue once more, tleman who had brought him to the “who's the old covey in the dressing- palace, and beckoned him to come near. gown ? He seems a prime judge of “I say, old boy, what can be the tobacco.”
meaning of all this? Are ye all mad, or The person alluded to scowled, and only drunk ?" The old man bowed, and said something to the interpreter, who almost prostrated himself, but answered turned to Sam, and said, “ His High- nothing. “O, I see how it is,” continued ness, the Reis Effendi, says you are a
Sam. “ Whereabouts is the dragsman? dog, and if you speak tiil you 're spoken He's no great hand at English, poor to, he will tear your tongue out, and cut devil, but he is better than none. off both your ears.”
The dragoman appeared, and bending “He's cursedly polite-but did you obsequiously, said, “What is it your say he was the Rice Offendy ?- ask him lordship's pleasure to do with your if he has n't a brass gun upon wheels, slave ?" that kills sea-mews at a hundred and “ Pooh, lordship! nonsense, man. I fifty yards."
say, Draggy, he's a comical old shaver, The interpreter, probably not under- that Rice Offendy; and fought rather standing Sam's language, or willing to shy of answering us about the gun; for screen him from his Excellency's anger, my own part, I think it 's a lie of Jack said a few words, and promised obedience Thomson's.” on the part of Sam.
“ Your lordship is too complaisant to The conversation went on. “ The your slave." Reis Effendi wishes to know if you have “ Perhaps I should be if I had him; any particular wish to be strangled ?" but we have no slaves. I have a servant,
“ Tell the Rice, that with his permis- a d-d old canting scoundrel, called
Trusty Tommy; but pshaw! you know the Sultan, they drew back with the nothing about these things. Now, can utmost respect, and fell into the line you tell me what they want me to do, of march, as part of his military guard. for surely all this scrubbing and dressing They informed the party that the Pacha can't be for nothing ?”
was encamped a few miles farther down “ Your highness's'escort is now, I be- the valley, with an army of forty thoulieve, at the door. You are about to sand men, and that he had expected the proceed as ambassador from the Sultan Sultan's ambassador for some time. Enof the World to the Pacha of Albania. couraged by this assurance, Sam put his Your highness is decorated with three Arabian on his mettle, and soon was in tails.”
the heart of the encampment.
The “ The devil a tail have they left me at Pacha's tent was easily known, from its all—not so much as a jacket—I feel for superior splendour, and in a few minutes all the world as if I were in petticoats. Sam was conducted in great splendour Well, you say I go as ambassador to some to his highness's quarters. Fierce-lookgentleman in Albania. Is it a long ing soldiers scowled upon him as he journey!"
passed, and Sam was not altogether at “ Yes, it will be some time before your ease, when he observed the ominous highness's return.”
sneers they exchanged with each other. “ For I was thinking,” continued Sam, At last he stopt short, and said to one “it would be as well, before I go tomto of the soldiers, whose expression he did
-how many wives did you say I was not like, “ You poppinjay in fine clothes, to have kept for me by the sultan ?” do you make these faces at me?”
“ There were eight destined to rejoice Another soldier who was standing by, in your highness's smiles.”
started forward and said, “ Good God! - The devil there were! But where an Englishman, and in that dress!—it is do they hang out? They are, perhaps, not even yet too late to save you : if you ugly old frights.”
go on, you will be murdered to a cer“ Beautiful as angels in Paradise. But tainty-the Pacha has put twelve amthe Sultan's orders are imperative. Your bassadors to death already.” highness must not delay a single moment, “ The devil he has ! and I'm sent but leave every thing till you return." here to make up the baker's dozen !
Well, well, what must be, must.” Well, countryman, what's to be done? And Sam mounted a magnificent Arab, If you get me out of this scrape, and which was standing at the door, and set ever come to Bastock" off with a large retinue of splendidly “ Stay,—the only plan, when the dressed warriors, while another inter- Pacha asks you for the firman, is to say preter rode close by his side. As he left you've lost it ;-here, give it to me.' the gate of the city, an officer stopt the And Sam had scarcely time to follow cavalcade, and, with all due formalities, the soldier's advice, when he found himdelivered a packet into the ambassador's self in presence of the rebel chief. hand. The interpreter told him to lay - He was standing at the farther end of the packet on his head, for it was the the tent, in the middle of a group of firman of the sultan. In a short time officers. On seeing his highness the amthe cortège passed on, and Sam had ample bassador, he advanced half way to meet time to moralize on the mutability of him, and bowed with all the reverence fortune. Long before the journey was of an eastern prostration. over, he was intimate with every man of “ I worship the shadow of the sovethe escort; and when, at length, on en- reign of the universe. Your highness tering the Albanian territory, all, except does too much honour to your slave.” four, left him, they took leave of him “ Your servant, old gentleman, your with so much appearance of regret, as servant,” said Sam, who guessed from evidently shewed how much they liked the Pacha's manner, that he was paying their commander.
him a compliment: “ a pleasant gentleOne day, in riding down the side of a manly sort of man, and no murderer gentle valley, they came, at a winding of I'll be bound—tell him I am glad to see the rude track they were pursuing, upon him, and hope he's well--ask him how a large body of horsemen--and as they his wife is, and the children.” were immediately surrounded, they had The interpreter, at Sam's request, no alternative but to mention who they made a courteous speech. were, and submit. On the interpreter “ The messenger of the Sultan is masinforming them that his master bore ter here. We are sorry we can offer him a communication to the Pacha from no better accommodation.”
“ The accommodation's good enough man's throat, and then he waited with --but riding in these hot mornings, with the most imperturbable coolness for some a table-cloth on one's head, is thirsty signal from the chief. That personage, work, Master Dragsman. Ask him if however, seemed to enjoy the scene too he could give one a glass of brandy and much to bring it to a speedy conclusion, water-cold without-"
and continued to pour out his ironical But the Pacha anticipated his desire. compliments both to the dragoman and He seated him on the highest ottoman Sam. " The caftan of honour is given in the tent, and treated him with a to the servant of the messenger of the deference and respect which were quite Sultan ; he does not seem to prize the astonishing to Sam, but which seemed to distinction sufficiently.” “Oh, save yield the greatest amusement to the your slave !" exclaimed the dragoman. officers of the staff.
“ He is a dog, and would lick the dust; “ The bearer of the firman is power- but save him, your highness!” ful as Azrael. Say, where is the im- “ Come, Mister Pacha,” said Sam, as perial order for your slave's unfortunate coaxingly as he could, “you have had head? The officers of the bowstring are your fun with the poor devil, though I
can't see the joke of it myself. You see “ An order for his head! Tell him, he's half dead with friglit. Let him go, I know nothing about his head, nor his there's a good fellow.” bowstrings either. I brought a letter “ There are twelve of your brethren, from an old smoking fellow at Constan- the scoundrelly Greeks of the Faynal, tinople, but I've unfortunatety lost it by gone before you, all wearing the same the way.”
marks of my favour. See that the caftan “ What! lost it ?” said the Pacha, fits him close—he will catch cold, else.” who did not seem by any means rejoiced As he said these words, the Pacha at the prospect of retaining his head. nodded to the person who held the staff; “ Your highness is pleased to jest with and in an instant, by a dexterous turn your servant.
You undoubtedly came of the wrist, the cord was drawn tight, from the monarch of the earth to put the and the howlings and terrified exclamacord round your slave's neck ?”
tions of the dragoman, were cut short “ I be cursed if I came for any such by death. The staff was untwisted ere purpose.”
Sam recovered from his amazement, “Ah, then," said the Pacha," it and the corpse of his companion, still grieves me we can only give you the writhing, fell down upon his feet. He second-rate robe of honour.- We are started up in horror at the murder, and deprived of our sport, (he said to his forgetting the danger which surrounded attendants), for this time at least your him, he exclaimed, -—“ You blood-thirsty chief's head is in safety-Put the caf- Turk, by G-d! if there's law or justice tan of favour round the dragoman's to be had for love or money, you shoulders."
shall swing for this. You're a pretty Two splendidly dressed men, with son of a
to pretend to be arms bared up to the elbow, and bearing so polite, and then to kill a poor devil a silk cord, now advanced towards the of a fellow who never did you a morsel interpreter. He clung for safety to his of harm. Keep your cursed sofa to Excellency the Ambassador, screaming, yourself, for I would not stay with such “ Save me, save ine; they are going to a Burking old scoundrel, no, not to be strangle your slave.”
mayor of London.” And Sam, foaming Strangle !-Nonsense, man- - Didn't with indignation, stalked away ; but he the old gentleman treat us in the most had not gone far when the same two men polite way possible; and isn't he laugh- who had brought the cord, stopt him, ing, and all the other people too, as if it and led him back to the ottoman he had were a capital joke?” But in spite of left. This time, instead of a bowstring, Sam's consolatory observations, the in- they carried a long thong of thick leather, terpreter continued his entreaties. and the Pacha, still continuing his res
The men had now got up to him, and pectful behaviour, said, “ Your excellaid the green silk cord on his shoulder. lency is too condescending to your slave. They then brought the two ends round Ho! chamberlain — put the Shoes of to his breast : and another person, who Glory on his highness's feet.” With the seemed of higher rank, stept forward, rapidity of lightning, Sam was thrown bearing a short staff in his hand. Round back upon the sofa ; his shoes forcibly this staff he twisted the ends of the cord taken from his feet, and while the whole till it was closely drawn to the drago- tent was convulsed with laughter, one of
WHIMSICAL ANECDOTE OF THE EARL OF
the men swinging the bastinado round his head, inflicted such a blow on his
If one have served thee, tell the deed to unprotected soles, that Sam screamed
many ; aloud with mingled rage and pain.
Hast thou served many, tell it not to “Let me go this moment, ye bloody,
any. minded rascals. De if I don't hawl you up for this.- I'll bring an action.”
But here the second blow enra him beyond all endurance; and while struggling with enormous strength, and In his domestic circle, the earl of Chat. roaring at the top of his lungs, he felt a ham frequently amused himself by readhand laid on his shoulder, and, on looking ing the serious parts of Shakspeare's up, saw Jack Thomson in his dressing- Plays; the comic scenes being, on such gown, and all the rest of us standing occasions, invariably taken by some other round his bed
person present. He would never suffer Why, Rosy Sam, what the deuce is himself, if possible, it is said, to be seen, the matter with you this morning, dis.. by his nearest friends, iu an undress ; turbing the whole house?”
and that, while in office, he would not “ Matter,” said Sam, sitting bolt up- 'transact'any public business until he had right, “where's that infernal Turk? I'll assumed his full official costume. He teach him to strike an Englishman on was, however, often compelled, on acthe feet. What, Jack Thomson ! Jem! count of his hereditary complaint, to reBill!-all here at Bastock—Lord bless ceive his colleagues in bed.
One evenye, I've had such a dream-all coming of ing, in the depth of winter, the duke of your confounded stories, Jack- I thought Newcastle, on whom he frequently inI was tried, drowned, taken, sold, beat, ficted a lecture, had a consultation with bastinadoed, married to eight wives— him in his chamber. Pitt had so great and the devil knows all what. But here a horror of heat that he would never we are, my boys, let's have our break- suffer a fire to be lighted in his room; fast; then we'll have a day's coursing in the duke had an equal antipathy to cold; the upland fields, and after dinner, I'll and the night being excessively severe, tell you all my adventures—how I was and his coadjutor's lecture unusually long, sent as an ambassador by the Sultan.” perceiving a second bed in the room, he “ And they could not have found a fel- seated himself upon it, and partly coverlow,” said Jack, “ who was a considerable ed himself with a blanket. But still punster, who could have made himself feeling insupportably cold, he gradually more at home with the Sublime Port crept, full-dressed as he was, into it; and than yourself.”— Blackwood's Magazine. the two ministers lay, for a considerable
tiine, at opposite ends of the room, the MISCELLANIES.
one warmly declaiming, and the other, shivering, and submissively listening, with nothing but their heads visible above
the bed-clothes. That flattery is most successful which
SENSITIVE FRIENDSHIP. ascribes to us some quality that we do not possess, rather than bestows com
We love to have our friend in the coun. mendation on any which we have ; for try sitting thus at our table by proxy :all men are apt to disregard those virtues to apprehend his presence, (though a or talents which are actually in them, hundred miles may lie between us), by and aspire to the reputation of those a turkey, whose goodly aspect reflects to which they have not.
us his "plump corpusculum;” to taste
him in grouse or woodcock; to feel him LITERAL.
gliding down in the toast peculiar to the “What news to-day ?” said a merchant latter; to incorporate him in the larger to his friend lately.
- What news!” half of a noble trout, some fourteen responded the other, “ nothing, only inches between the gills and the tail. things grow better--people are getting This is, indeed, to have him within ouron their legs again.” « On their legs !” selves; to know him intimately ; such said the first, “I don't see how you can participation is, methinks, unitive, as the make that out ?"_“Why, yes,” replied old theologians phrase it, and comes up the other, “ folks that used to ride are to the most sublime conceptions of close obliged to walk now; is not that getting Pythian-and-Damonic friendship. on their legs again!'