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the most powerful province in Abyf: Áfter Bacuffa had created his finia, and by much the most plentiwife iteghè, he pretended to be fick: ful) being disguised like a poor man, several days passed without hopes of dirty and fatigued with the length recovery ; but at last the news of of the way and heat of the weather, the king's death were published in he came to the house of a private Gondar. The joy was to great, and person, not very rich indeed, but so universal, that nobody attempted of noble manners and carriage, and to conceal it. Every one found him, who, by the justice and mildness of self eased of a load of fear which his behaviour and customs, had achad become insupportable. Several quired a great degree of influence princes escaped from the mountain among his neighbours. The father of Wechné to put themselves in the was old and feeble, but the son in way of being chosen ; some were the vigour of his age, who was then sent to by those great men who standing in a large pool of water, at thought themselves capable of ef- his father's door, washing his own fecting the nomination, and a speedy cotton cloak, or wrapper, which is day was appointed for the burial of their upper garment; an occupation the king's corpse, when Bacuffa ap- below no young man in Abyssinia. peared, in the ordinary seat of justice, Bacuffa, as overcome with heat, early in the morning of that day, with threw himself down under the shade the iteghè, and the infant Yafous, his of a tree, and, in a faint voice and fon, sitting in a chair below him. foreign dialect, intreated the young
There was no occasion to accuse man to wash his cloak likewise, after the guilty. The whole court, and having finished his own. The young all ftrangers attending there upon man consented moft willingly; and, business, fed, and spread an uni. throwing by his own garment, fell versal terror through the whole to washing the stranger's with great streets of Gondar. All ranks of diligence and attention. In the people were driven to despair, for mean time, Bacuffa began questionall had rejoiced; and much less ing him about the king, and what crimnes had been before punished his opinion was of him. The young with death. What this fedition man answered, he had never formed would have ended in, it is hard to any. Bacuffa, however, still plied know, had it not been for the im- him with questions, while he conmediate resolution of the king, who tinued washing the cloak, without ordered a general pardon and am- giving him any answer at all; at nesty to be proclaimed at the door laft, being able to hold out no longer, of the palace.
he gathered Bacuffa's cloak in his When the king died in good truth, arms, wet as it was, and threw it the people could scarcely believe it to him: “I thought,” says he, to be real; they were greatly afraid " when you prayed me to take your of a second refurrection; and, in- cloak, that I was doing a charitable deed, for many years afterwards, action to some poor Galla fainting people of credit said they had met with fatigue, and perhaps with hun. him, at sundry places, alive. But ger ; but, since I have had it in my this must be attributed to the ex- hands, I have found you an instructreme fear which his first frolic had tor of kings and nobles, a leader of occasioned.
armies and maker of laws. Take
your cloak, therefore, and wash it In one of Bacuffa's secret tours yourself, which is what Providence through Begemder, (after Tigrè, has ordained to be your business ;
it is a fafer trade, and you will have daughter Kalki in marriage : and less time to censure your superiors, as I knew every thing, the Aleuthes which can never be a proper or use- made me their tajon after the death ful occupation to a fellow like you." of
father-in-law; and I am now The king took his wet cloak, and the itrongest, the most knowing, and the rebuke along with it, and, on the richest tajon of the Alcuthes. his return, he fent for the man to As I am now in years, I have given Gondar, and raised him in a short up the government to my son, and žime to the first offices in the state. content myself with being his friend He possessed his entire confidence; and adviser. My son need no longer and he deserved it.
fear the Coffacks, for an European
tajon has married his daughter, and SHORT SKETCH
this tajon is a god. For this reason
it is that I laughed, and thall laugh OF A CHIEF OF THE ALEUTHES
ISLANDS, COMMUNICATED BY
Some time after, the count had an [From Benyowsky's Travels.]
opportunity of enquiring, what rea
fon had induced him to part with AT nine in the morning an old the boy he had given him? He reman was announced to me, who plied, that when he was last year at spoke the Ruflian language. He Kadik, the tajon of that island had was admitted, and came in with a boy given him the boy, who was born on of twelve years of age, whom he the great land of Alexina, where he offered me as a present, which I ac- had doubtless been made prisoner by cepted on condition that he would the Aleuthes, against whom they permit me to make him a present in had sworn a declared enmity; and return. His physiognomy convinced that being apprehensive of the conme that he was not a Russian, but as sequences on the part of the young he spoke the Ruflian language very man, he had determined to get rid well, I was curious to enquire into of himn the first opportunity: this prodigy. There is no doubt but he perceived my embarrassment, for STATE OF WITCHCRAFT he burst intò a laugh, and said, “Mr. Europcan, you will be surprised that I call you by that name, but I
[From Bruce's Travels.] must inform you that I know more THOSE who have written ac. than all the Aleuthes. I was taken counts of Abyssinia, seem to agree in by the Coffacks in my youth, who extolling the people of that country carried me into their own country, for giving no belief to the existence where I was conveyed from one town or reality of witchcraft or sorcery: to another, till at last I fell into the Why they have fixed on this partihands of a merchant, who sent me cular nation is hard to determine, with some Coffacks in search of my But, as for me, I have no doubt iq country, which we'at last found, and allerting, that there is not a barbathe Cossacks sent me on shore, that rous or ignorant people that I ever I might invite my countrymen to knew of which this can be truly said; trade with them. But for my part, but certainly it never was less true finding myself restored to my coun- than when said of the Abyffinians. try, I returned no more to the Cof- There is scarce a monk in any lonely sacks, but remained in my own monastery, (such as those in the hot ¡fland; where the tajon having taken and upwholesome valley of Walan attachment to me, gave me his dubba) not a hermit of the many
M in 2
upon the mountains, not an old to travel at all hours, sometimes from priest who has lived any time fe- necefsity, but often from choice, to questered from fociety, that does avoid the heat. They laugh, morenot pretend to possess charms oiten- over, at the superititions of the five and defensive, and several me- Abyslinians, and not untrequently thods by which he can, at wiil, look avail themselves of them. A verse into futurity. The Moors are all, of the Koran, fewed up in leather, to a man, persuaded of this : their and tied round their neck or their arms and necks are loaded with arms, secures them from all these · amulets against witchcraft. Their incorporeal enemies; and, from this women are believed to have all the known advantage, if other circummischievous powers of fascination ; ftances are favourable, they never and both sexes a hundred secrets of fail to fight the Abyssinians at or bedivination. The Falasha are ad- fore the dawn of the morning, for dicted to this in still a greater degree, in this country there is no twilight. if possible. It is always believed by every individual Abyffinian, that
ANECDOTE OF A JANISSARY. the number of hyænas the smell of carrion brings into the city of Gon- [By our old Faversham Correspondent.] dar every night, are the Falatha A DRUNKEN Janissary, purfued from the neighbouring mountains, by the guard, who commonly have transformed by the effect and for the no other arms than large sticks, purposes of inchantment. Even availed himself of the superiority the Galla, a barbarous and stranger which his fabre gave him over his nation, hostile to the Abyssinians, affailants, to defend himself in an and different in language and reli- uncommonly heroic manner. He gion, Itill agree with them in a had already driven several of his enehearty beliet of the possibility of mies from the field, when fatigued practising witchcraft, so as to occa- by his exertions, he prepared to fion fickness and death at a very renew the engagement, by refting great distance, to blast the harvests, on the steps of a khan*, whilst the poison the waters, and render people guard converted the attack into a incapable of propagating their spe- blockade. The grand feignior, who cies,
frequently goes about the city in a · The Abyssinians, to a man, are disguise which, however, does not fearful of the night, unwilling to conceal him, happening to be on the travel, and, above all, to fight in spot, approached the offender, told that season, when they imagine the him to lay down his weapon, and world is in poffeffion of certain genii, surrender himself a prisoner; but averse to intercourse with men, and nothing could move our hero, who, very vindictive, if even by accident regarding his sovereign with perfect they are ruffled or put out of their indifference, denounced vengeance way by their interference. This, on the first who might approach him. indeed, is carried to fo great a height, The sultan then asked the Janissary that no man will venture to throw to what company he belonged, and, water out of a bason upon the on his giving a satisfactory answer, ground; for fear that, in ever so he sent for his commander, who imall a space the water should have presently arriving" Dilarm that to fall, the dignity of fome elf, or man," said the grand feignior," and fairy, might be violated. The Moors conduct him to the castle." The have none of these apprehenfions, and * A public-house, where merchants and are aceustomed, in the way of trade, travellers lodge.
OF INGENUOUSNESS IN FABRICIUS
officer dire&tly took off his girdle, power, or to revenge their disgrace, and advancing towards the rebel it was resolved to folicit the Baharwith it in his right hand, whilit nagash (John Akay, then in rebelhe held out to him his left, said, lion) to take them under his pro
Fellow soldier, give me your te&tion. This man approving the weapon, and follow me!" which scheme, they eluded their guards in he immediately did, without any the night, and made their escape to reply, and with an air of the moit Addicota. It was not, however, humble subiniffion.
long before he found how little de
pendence there was upon this new INSTANCE
protector ; for, in the midst of all his schemes, he received orders to
remove from Addicota, under preWHEN Pyrrhus, king of Epirus, tence that they were not there was on his inarch towards Rome, enough in safety; and Akay transambassadors were sent to him to ferred them vexatiously from place treat about the ransom or exchange to place, into hot and unwholesome of prisoners; and the virtuous Fa- fituations, always under the same bricius, still poor, though placed in pretence, till he had destroyed their the highest rank, was one of the healths, and exhausted their Itrength embaffy. The money which was and patience. offered him by Pyrrhus, only served There is but one way of disposing to thew his contempt for riches. such people to grant a favour, and Cyneas was one day explaining to it was surprising the patriarch did him the principles of the fect of not find this out sooner.. Jerome the Epicureans, which he professed, Lobo was fent with a small present when the Roman exclaimed “0 in gold, defiring they might have ye Gods, may such be the doctrine leave to continue in their old habifollowed by our enemies, while they tation, Addicota. Lobo found John are at war with Rome!"
Akay very much taken up in a purIt is also added, that when Pyrrhus fuit that some ignorant monks had invited him to come and settle in his put into his head. They had made court, where he promised to raise him believe that there was a treasure him to the higheit honours-“ I hid under a certain mountain which would by no means recommend it they had fhewn him, but that the to you,” replied he; “ for when devil, who guarded it, had constantyour subjects know me, they will ly hindered his predecessors froin prefer me for their king!”
acquiring it. At present they had
found out, that this devil had gone ACCOUNT
a journey far off, was become blind and lame, and was, besides, in very
great affliction for the death of a siON, TO DISCOVER A HIDDEN
fin, the only hopes of his devilship’s
family, having now only a daughter [From Bruce's Annals of Aby-Minia.] renaining, very ugly, lame, fquint
THE Alexandrian faith being ing, and fickly, and that all these restored about the commencement reasons would hinder him from of the reign of Facilidas, the suc- being very anxious about his treaçessor of Socinios, the Romish pa- sure. But, even fuppofing he did triarch and his priests were banished come, they had an old monk that to Fremona; where, after various would exorcise him, a man as emi. priestly plots either to regain their nent for wisdom as for fanctity.
OF A CURIOUS MONKLY PROCES
In short, they produced a monk, permitted by an inhuman judge, lo one of their brethren, above a hun- use a pen or pencil on the occasion, dred years old, whom they mounted And many years after, when she was upon a horse, then tied him to the in a very advanced age, her two animal, wrapping him round with daughters, the duchelles of Bedford black wool, which, it seems, was the and Devonihire, happening to lie in conjuring habit. He was followed just at the same time, one of them by a black cow and some monks, died in child-bed ; and the afflicted who carried beer, hydromel, and mother being a few days afterwards soasted wheat, which was necessary, with her only surviving daughter, it seemed, to refresh the devil after was strictly questioned by her as to his long journey and great affliction, the health of her fifter, of whose and put him in good homour, if he fate she had some fufpicion ; when fhould appear.
this venerable and heroic woman, The old monk fung without calling forth all her strength of ceasing, the workmen wrought vi- mind, to prevent the thock which gorously, and much earth and stones must have been particularly dan, were removed ; at last they disco. gerous at such a period, assumed a vered some rat, mice, or mole holes, imile, and faid, " Make yourself at the fight of which a cry of joy was easy, my dear, I have killed your heard from all the parties present. fifter, out of bed to day.” This was
The old monk sings again ; the literally true, for flie had kissed her cow is brought in great hurry, and in her coffin. facrificed, and pieces of it thrown to the rats and mice: again they fall to THE TRIUMPH OF ECONOMY: work with double keenness, the mole holes vanish, and a hard rock ap
[Sent by J, S. a new Correspondent.] pears. This being the last obstacle,
WHEN the collection was making they fall keenly upon the rock, and to build Bethlem Hospital, those who the old monk chants till he is hoarfe were employed to gather donations with singing; the heat of the sun is for that purpose, went to a small excessive ; no gold appears ; John house, the door of which being half Akay loses his parience, and asks open, they overheard an old man, when it may be seen? The monks the master, scolding his servant lay the whole blame upon him, be- maid, for having thrown away a cause, they fay, he had not enough match without using its both ends. of faith. They give over work, After diverting themselves some with one consent fåll to eating the time with the dispute, they pre. cow, and then disperse.
sented themselves before the old gentleman, and explained the cause
of their coming; though, from ANECDOTE
what had just passed, they enter:
tained very little, if any, hopes of NO woman ever united more real success. The supposed Gripe, howfortitude with so much tenderness ever, no sooner understood the busiand feeling, as this iilustrious cha- ness, than he stept into a closet, racter.
from whence he brought a bag, and She was the most affectionate of counted out four hundred guineas, wives; and had fufficient strength which he generously gave them. of mind to take the proceedings at No astonishment could exceed that the trial of her illustrious husband, of the collectors, at this unexpected lord Rufel; no other person being reverse of their expectations; they
OF LADY RACHEL RUSSEL.