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TO THE EDITOR OF THE IMPERIAL

“Previously to our arrival at Al- | city of Algiers contained more than giers,” says Mr. Salamé,“ they had 20,000 houses, and 100,000 inhabitants. heard that our fleet consisted of Of these houses Mr. Salamé observes, fifty sail; and then they said, “ Let “I am sure that not one escaped withthem come; what can they do with out damage.” Their navy also was their fifty sail? The Spaniards once literally destroyed, together with their came here with 400 sail, and 40,000 storehouses, and part of their arsenal ; men, and they could not succeed and their batteries were nearly levelled against us.' They were, on this ac- with the ground. count, fully persuaded that their country was unconquerable; but at the same time the following curious cir

MAGAZINE. cumstance took place: A magician

Sir, came and presented himself to the Dey, addressing him in the following « Ingenious Depravity,” given in your

As a counterpart to the instance of words:

* The Infidels will come here with first number, I take the liberty to hand so great a number of ships, that they you an example of filial piety, exhibit

ed in a Chinese. will occupy all the bay from the north

Your's, &c. F. W. ern to the southern cape; and they will take possession of the country, TRUE BROTHERLY LOVE, and destroy all your navy and batte- In the commencement of the dynasty ries, and the city too ; and they will of the Tang, Lou-tao-tsong, who was kill great numbers of people, so that disaffected to the government, being the blood will flow through the streets accused of a fault which touched his as water, and they will carry off an im- life, obtained leave from those who mense quantity of money and men. It had him in custody, to perform the will therefore be a great favour to me, duties of the Tao to one of his deceasif you will give me the wife and goodsed friends. He managed matters so of that man, who certainly will be well, that, giving his keepers the slip, killed, (pointing at the same time with he fled to the house of Lou-nan-kin, his hand towards the minister of the with whom he had a friendship, and marine, who afterwards was beheaded there hid himself. Lou-nan-kin, by the Dey’s order;) or you had better, notwithstanding the strict search that perhaps, give me some of those green was made, and the severity of the dollars which you have in the Hazné, Court against those who conceal prior treasury.'

soners that have escaped, would not “ The Dey, on hearing this, was betray his friend. However, the thing very angry with the man, and wished coming to be discovered, Lou-nan-kin to cut his head off directly: but some was imprisoned ; and they were on the of his ministers said, “ We had better point of proceeding against him, when keep him in prison, till we see whether his younger brother presented himself his prophecy be true or not.' The before the judge. "'Tis I, Sir,” said magician then replied, “I do not care he, “ who have hidden the prisoner; whether you take off my head now or 'tis I who ought to die, and not my hereafter; I am sure of what I have elder brother.” The elder maintainsaid, and you will soon see the result ed, on the contrary, that his younger of it.'” He was immediately confined brother accused himself. wrongfully, and put in chains. After the action, and was not at all culpable. The “ I was told,” continues Mr. Salamé, judge, who was a person of great sa" that the inhabitants took him out of gacity, sifted both parties so effectuprison, considering him as a saint; ally, that he not only discovered that and therefore they were going to build the younger brother was innocent, but a separate temple for him, out of even made him confess it himself. town.”

“ 'Tis true, Sir,” said he, all in tears, On the spirit of prophecy by which I have accused myself falsely; but this magician was actuated, we pre- I had very strong reasons for so doing. sume not to speculate. But it is a My mother has been dead for some well known fact, that the Algerines de- time, and her corpse is not yet buried; livered to Lord Exmouth nearly 400,000 I have a sister also, who is marriagedollars, and were compelled by him to able, but is not yet disposed of: these liberate upwards of 3000 slaves. The things, which my brother is capable of

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AN ANECDOTE.

265 Consummate Depravity.-Disinterestedness.-Anecdotes. 266 managing, I am not; and therefore had made his purchase. On hearing desire to die in his stead. Vouchsafe the account, and inquiring the name to admit my testimony.” The com- of the culprit, he shook his head, saymissioner gave an account of the whole ing, “ I am very apprehensive that he affair to the Court; and the emperor, has tricked you, even while under senat his solicitation, pardoned the cri- tence of death. For if it be the criminal.

minal whom I suspect, he is not only sentenced to die, but also to be hung

in chains.” On hearing this, the surAN ANECDOTE.

geon repaired to the condemned cell, Dr. Thomas Terry, who was rather an and soon had the mortification to learn, indifferent speaker, had acquired the that the apprehensions of his friend strange habit of introducing his obser- were but too well founded. The misvations on almost every subject with creant had the effrontery to confess “ I say, I say.” A lad, who had no- the fact; and, having spent nearly all ticed this singular monotony, frequent- the money, and being placed beyond ly took occasion to mimic the Doctor, the dominion of law, exulted in this and expose him to derision. Provoked final triumph of his detestable ingeat this unwarrantable liberty, Dr. T. nuity. cited him to appear before the Dean, in whose presence he accused him in the following words. they say, you say, I say, I say I say." The lad stared; the Dean smiled ; and The circumstances of Metastasio, the the Doctor became irritated. The Italian poet, were, at a certain period Dean, however, after giving the boy a of his life, far from being afluent. gentle reprimand, was very glad to get During this time he was known at rid of the parties.

Vienna in no other character, than that of an assistant writer for the

Opera, under Apostolo Zeno. He CONSUMMATE DEPRAVITY. contrived, however, to contract an inA CERTAIN criminal, who, by repeat- timacy with a gentleman of fortune, ed offences, had forfeited his life who dying shortly after, left him the to the violated laws of his country, sum of £15,000 sterling. No sooner received sentence of death; and a

was Metastasio in the possession of day, which was somewhat distant, was

this wealth, than he repaired to Bofixed for his execution. The interim logna, in search of some poor relations. thus allotted him, he was exhorted to Having discovered such as he thought improve, that he might be prepared the most deserving, he related to them for that world of spirits which he was

the unexpected liberality of his despeedily to enter.

ceased friend. He then observed, The hardened villain, however, in that “ as he had bequeathed to him stead of attending to the admonitions the whole of his fortune, he could only of pious humanity, contrived to send consider himself as an executor in for a surgeon, to whom he offered his trust, and that he should not be satisbody for dissection after his execution, fied until he had made an equal divifor a specified sum, provided the sur-sion among them.” This was accordgeon would advance him the money ingly done, without the least reservaimmediately, that he might make him- tion in his own favour. self, whilst he lived, as comfortable as circumstances would allow. The surgeon, assuring himself that no person AN ANECDOTE, RELATED BY DR. SYDAL, could present a better title to the body than the wretch who offered to sell it, A PERSON of his College (Corpus acceded to his proposals, and actually Christi, Cambridge,) who had never paid him the money, on receiving his been famed for his critical acumen, signature to a written artiele, which asserted on a particular occasion, bewas thought to be legal.

fore a large company, that in some After several days had elapsed, the countries there were animals several surgeon hinted io a confidential friend, miles long. This being the first time his singular bargain; and expatiated that any of the persons present had on the advantageous price at which he heard of the strange phenomenon,

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TRUE BROTHERLY LOVE,

Previously to our arrival at Al- | city of Algiers contained more than giers,” says Mr. Salamé,“ they had 20,000 houses, and 100,000 inhabitants. heard that fleet consisted of Of these houses Mr. Salamé observes, fifty sail; and then they said, “Let “ I am sure that not one escaped withthem come; what can they do with out damage.” Their navy also was their fifty sail ? The Spaniards once literally destroyed, together with their came here with 400 sail, and 40,000 storehouses, and part of their arsenal ; men, and they could not succeed and their batteries were nearly levelled against us. They were, on this ac- with the ground. count, fully persuaded that their country was unconquerable ; but at the

TO THE EDITOR OF The impeRIAL same time the following curious cir

MAGAZINE. cumstance took place: A magician

Sir, came and presented himself to the Dey, addressing him in the following “ Ingenious Depravity,” given in your

As a counterpart to the instance of words:

* The Infidels will come here with first number, I take the liberty to hand so great a number of ships, that they you an example of filial piety, exhibit

ed in a Chinese. will occupy all the bay from the north

Your's, &c. F. W. ern to the southern cape; and they will take possession of the country, and destroy all your navy and batte- In the commencement of the dynasty ries, and the city too; and they will of the Tang, Lou-tao-tsong, who was kill great numbers of people, so that disaffected to the government, being the blood will flow through the streets accused of a fault which touched his as water, and they will carry off an im- life, obtained leave from those who mense quantity of money and men. It had him in custody, to perform the will therefore be a great favour to me, duties of the Tao to one of his deceasif you will give me the wife and goods ed friends. He managed matters so of that man, who certainly will be well, that, giving his keepers the slip, killed, (pointing at the same time with he fled to the house of Lou-nan-kin, his hand towards the minister of the with whom he had a friendship, and marine, who afterwards was beheaded there hid himself. Lou-nan-kin, by the Dey's order;) or you had better, notwithstanding the strict search that perhaps, give me some of those green was made, and the severity of the dollars which you have in the Hazné, Court against those who conceal prior treasury.'

soners that have escaped, would not “ The Dey, on hearing this, was betray his friend. However, the thing very angry with the man, and wished coming to be discovered, Lou-nan-kin to cut his head off directly : but some was imprisoned ; and they were on the of his ministers said, “ We had better point of proceeding against him, when keep him in prison, till we see whether his younger brother presented himself his prophecy be true or not.' The before the judge. “ 'Tis 1, Sir," said magician then replied, 'I do not care he, “who have hidden the prisoner; whether you take off my head now or 'tis I who ought to die, and not my hereafter; I am sure of what I have elder brother.” The elder maintainsaid, and you will soon see the result ed, on the contrary, that his younger of it.”” He was immediately confined brother accused himself wrongfully, and put in chains. After the action, and was not at all culpable. The “ I was told,” continues Mr. Salamé, judge, who was a person of great sa" that the inhabitants took him out of gacity, sifted both parties so effectuprison, considering him as a saint; ally, that he not only discovered that and therefore they were going to build the younger brother was innocent, but à separate temple for him, out of even made him confess it himself. town.”

'Tis true, Sir,” said he, all in tears, On the spirit of prophecy by which I have accused myself falsely; but this magician was actuated, we pre- I had very strong reasons for so doing. sume not to speculate. But it is a My mother has been dead for some well known fact, that the Algerines de- time, and her corpse is not yet buried; livered to Lord Exmouth nearly 400,000 I have a sister also, who is marriagedollars, and were compelled by him to able, but is not yet disposed of: these liberate upwards of 3000 slaves. The things, which my brother is capable of

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GENUINE DISINTERESTEDNESS.

AN ANECDOTE.

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I say.

265 Consummate Depravity.-Disinterestedness.-Anecdotes. 266 managing, I am not; and therefore had made his purchase. On hearing desire to die in his stead. Vouchsafe the account, and inquiring the name to admit my testimony." The com- of the culprit, he shook his head, saymissioner gave an account of the whole ing, “I am very apprehensive that he affair to the Court; and the emperor, has tricked you, even while under senat his solicitation, pardoned the cri-tence of death. For if it be the criminal.

minal whom I suspect, he is not only sentenced to die, but also to be hung in chains.” On hearing this, the sur

g'eon repaired to the condemned cell, Dr. Thomas Terry, who was rather an and soon had the mortification to learn, indifferent speaker, had acquired the that the apprehensions of his friend strange habit of introducing his obser- were but too well founded. The misvations on almost every subject with creant had the effrontery to confess “ I say, I say.” A lad, who had no- the fact; and, having spent nearly all ticed this singular monotony, frequent- the money, and being placed beyond ly took occasion to mimic the Doctor, the dominion of law, exulted in this and expose him to derision. Provoked final triumph of his detestable ingeat this unwarrantable liberty, Dr. T. nuity. cited him to appear before the Dean, in whose presence he accused him in the following words. I say, I say; they say, you say, I

say The lad stared; the Dean smiled ; and The circumstances of Metastasio, the the Doctor became irritated. The Italian poet, were, at a certain period Dean, however, after giving the boy a of his life, far from being alluent. gentle reprimand, was very glad to get During this time he was known at rid of the parties.

Vienna in no other character, than that of an assistant writer for the Opera, under Apostolo Zeno.

He CONSUMMATE DEPRAVITY.

contrived, however, to contract an inA CERTAIN criminal, who, by repeat- timacy with a gentleman of fortune, ed offences, had forfeited his life who dying shortly after, left him the to the violated laws of his country,

sum of £15,000 sterling. No sooner received sentence of death; and a

was Metastasio in the possession of day, which was somewhat distant, was

this wealth, than he repaired to Bofixed for his execution. The interim logna, in search of some poor relations. thus allotted him, he was exhorted to Having discovered such as he thought improve, that he might be prepared the most deserving, he related to them for that world of spirits which he was

the

unexpected liberality of his despeedily to enter.

ceased friend. He then observed, The hardened villain, however, in that “ as he had bequeathed to him stead of attending to the admonitions the whole of his fortune, he could only

an executor in of pious humanity, contrived to send consider himself as for a surgeon, to whom he offered his trust, and that he should not be satisbody for dissection after his execution, fied until he had made an equal divifor a specified sum, provided the sur-sion among them.” This was accordgeon would advance him the money ingly done, without the least reservaimmediately, that he might make him- tion in his own favour. self, whilst he lived, as comfortable as circumstances would allow.

The surgeon, assuring himself that no person AN ANECDOTE, RELATED BY DR. SYDAL, could present a better title to the body

BISHOP OF GLOUCESTER. than the wretch who offered to sell it, A PERSON of his College (Corpus acceded to his proposals, and actually Christi, Cambridge,) who had never paid him the money, on receiving his been famed for his critical acumen, signature to a written article, which asserted on a particular occasion, bewas thought to be legal.

fore a large company, that in some After several days had elapsed, the countries there were animals several surgeon hinted io a confidential friend, miles long. This being the first time his singular bargain; and expatiated that any of the persons present had on the advantageous price at which he heard of the strange phenomenon,

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their countenances assumed an ap- / when a Mapilla priest threw himself pearance which indicated that they in his way, to give the king an oppordoubted the fact. This the assertor tunity of saving himself by flight. perceived; but, to remove all their suspicions, he assured them, that if they INTERESTING QUERIES TO CORREwould come to his chambers, he would

SPONDents. demonstrate the truth of what he had A correspondent has sent as a letter asserted.

In a few days several per- from Chester, dated May 4th, 1819, sons went; when the learned gentle containing some interesting questions, man, with much confidence, took out which we are requested to insert in the his compasses, and went to a large Imperial Magazine. In compliance map hanging up in his room. He with his solicitation, we select what then first measured the dimensions

we think the more important, and of an animal that had been engraven shall be glad to receive communicaby way of ornament, and then apply- tions, which he may deem satisfacing his compasses to the scale of miles

tory. exclaimed, “ Look there, Gentlemen,

1. What is the religious state of this animal is at least three miles long, Europe, particularly France, Spain, and there are others of greater dimen- Portugal, and Italy? Of other places, sions.”

the correspondence of our Bible Committee furnishes a fair account. the religious state of these nations, Í

do not mean to ask whether the major Festival of Marnangen, celebrated on the

part are Catholics, or Lutherans; but coast of Malabar.

to what extent infidelity prevails, and According to an account of this fes- what progress Protestantism is making tival, published by Mr. Hamilton in among them. 1727, it was celebrated every twelfth 2. What is the disposition of those year. He gives us to understand, in authority, towards the general cirthat, when the ceremonies by which culation of the Holy Scriptures, in this season is distinguished drew to a their respective provinces ? close, it was customary for four men, 3. Is liberty of conscience tolerated who were willing to isk their lives in in any of these States ? and to what so daring an attempt, to attack the extent in each? chief while surrounded with all his 4. Is the Inquisition exercising its guards, who were armed, and prepared malicious engines of cruelty and refor his defence. In this attack, the venge in any of the continental domideath of these victims of heroic en- nions of Europe ? of what kinds are thusiasm and folly, was almost inevit- its punishments ; with what rigour are able. Their only hope of reward de- they inflicted; and to what extent? pended upon their actually reaching 5. What is the dominion of this and killing the chief, in which case his horrid tribunal in the eastern and vacant throne became their recom- western hemispheres? Is the power of pense.

the Inquisition increasing or diminishIt appears from more recent ac- ing throughout the world? counts, that this bloody sport is still 6. What degree of attachment, or kept alive; but that the practice is of dissaffection, prevails among the less frequent than it was formerly; and people towards their respective docto this, perhaps, the following inci- trines, and ecclesiastical governments? dent may in some degree have contri- 7. Is there any work in circulation, buted. About half a century since, a on the accuracy of which I can deZamorin who held the crown, was ex- pend for information, in reply to the posed to the most imminent danger, preceding questions ? from the unexampled valour and An answer to any of the above prowess of a Nair chief, who daringly queries, will, I doubt not, excite in the risked his life in the unequal conflict. bosoms of many of your readers, a Proceeding with invincible strength, great degree of thankfulness to God, resolution, and courage, he cut down, when they are led to compare their rewith incredible fury, every one who | ligious and civil liberties with those of attempted to thwart his progress. In other nations; and in none more so, this career of bloody glory, he had as- than in that of your obedient servant, cended some steps of Zamorin's throne,

JUNIUS,

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