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in vain.” In short, the Naïads of poor old creature, especially as ponds
the Penge had the mortification to are there almost as plentiful as black..
find themselves driven out of B berries, yet it was not so easy to con-
market by an interloper, and that in- trol the habits and inclinations of
terloper a man, who had no mander their feathered subjects, who all pere:
of right to possess any skill in an ac- versely fancied that particular, pool ;
complishment so exclusively femi- and various accidents and skirmishes
nine as duck-rearing ; and being no occurred, in which the ill-fed and
ways inferior in another female ac- weak birds of Margery had generally
complishment, called scolding, to the worst of the fray. One of her
their sister-nymphs of Billingsgate, early goslings was drowned—an ac-
they set up a clamour and a cackle cident which may happen even to,
which might rival the din of their water-fowl ; and her lame gander, a
own gooseries at feeding-time, and sort of pet with the poor old woman,
which would have driven from the injured in his well leg ; and Marge-
field any competitor less impenetra- ry vented curses as bitter as those of
ble than our hero. But Isaac is not Sycorax ; and Isaac, certainly the
a man to shrink from so small an evil most superstitious personage in the
as female objurgation. He stalked parish—the most thorough believer
through it all in mute disdain-look- in his own gifts and predictions-was
ing now at his mole-traps, and now fain to nail a horse-shoe on his door
at the stars—pretending not to hear, for the defence of his property, and
and very probably not hearing. At to wear one of his own ague-charms
first this scorn, more provoking than about his neck for his personal pro-
any retort, only excited his enemies tection.
to fresh attacks; but one cannot be Poor old Margery! A hard win-
always answering another person's ter came ; and the feeble, tottering
silence. The flame which had blaz- creature shook in the frosty air like
ed so fiercely, at last burnt itself out, an aspen-leaf; and the hovel in which
and peace reigned once more in the she dwelt-for nothing could prevail
green alleys of Penge wood. on her to try the shelter of the work-

One, however, of his adversaries house-shook like herself at every his nearest neighbour-still re- blast. She was not quite alone either mained unsilenced.

in the world or in her poor

hut: husMargery Grover was a very old band, children, and grandchildren and poor woman, whom age and dis- had passed away ; but one young and ease had bent almost to the earth ; innocent being—a great grandson, shaken by palsy, pinched by penury, the last of her descendants-remainand soured by misfortune-a moving ed a helpless dependent on one albundle of misery and rags. Two most as helpless as himself. centuries ago she would have been Little Harry Grover was a shrunkburnt for a witch ; now she starved en, stunted boy, of five years old — and grumbled on the parish allow- tattered and squalid, like his granance ; trying to eke out a scanty sub- dame, and, at first sight, presented sistence by the dubious profits gain- almost as miserable a specimen of ed from the produce of two geese childhood, as Margery herself did of and a lame gander, once the unmo- age. There was even a likeness belested tenants of a greenish pool, sit- tween them; although the fierce blue uate right between her dwelling and eye of Margery had, in the boy, a Isaac's; but whose watery dominion mild appealing look, which entirely had been invaded by his flourishing changed the whole expression of the colony.

countenance. A gentle and a peaceThis was the cause of feud ; and ful boy was Harry, and, above all, a although Isaac would willingly, from useful. It was wonderful how

many a mingled sense of justice and of ears of coru in the autumn, and pity, have yielded the point to the sticks in the winter, his little hands

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could pick up! how well he could could not die in peace until he had make a fire, and boil the kettle, and promised ; the fear of the innocent sweep the hearth, and cram the gos- child's being contaminated by wicked lings! Never was a handier boy or boys and godless women preyed upa trustier ; and when the united ef- on her soul ; she implored-she confects of cold, and age, and rheuma- jured. The overseer, a kind but tism confined poor Margery to ber timid man, hesitated, and was beginpoor bed, the child continued to per- ning a puzzled speech about the bench form his accustomed offices—fetching and the vestry, when another voice the money from the vestry, buying was heard from the door of the cotthe loaf at the baker's, keeping house, tage. and nursing the sick woman with a Margery,” said our friend Isaac, kindness and thoughtfulness, which “ will you trust Harry to me? I am none but those who know the careful a poor man, to be sure ; but, between ways to which necessity trains cot- earning and saving, there'll be enough tage children would deem credible ; for me and little Harry. 'Tis as and Margery, a woman of strong good a boy as ever lived, and I'll try passions, strong prejudices, and to keep him so, Trust him to me, strong affections, who had lived in and I'll be a father to him. I can't and for the desolate boy, felt the ap- say more.” proach of death embittered by the " God bless thee, Isaac Bint! God certainty that the workhouse, always bless thee !" was all poor Margery the scene of her dread and loathing, could reply. would be the only refuge for the They were the last words sbe erer poor orphan,

spoke. And little Harry is living Death, however, came on visibly with our good mole-catcher, and is and rapidly ; and she sent for the growing plump and rosy ; -and Maroverseer to beseech bim to put Harry gery's other pet, the lame gander, to board in some decent cottage ; she lives and thrives with them too.

VERSES

By Mrs. C. E. Richardson.

ADAPTED TO A FAVOURITE HINDOOSTANEE AIR, WRITTEN BY T. BAYLEY, ESQ. BEGINNING

" She never blamed him-never !"

The following were almost literally the expressions of a Mahometan mother bewailing her child. She was a servant of the author's, and, for an Arab, a person of superior intellect. From her association with Europeans, she had begun to question the purity and infallibility of her Prophet's creed, and her child's fate naturally gave birth to a new solici. tude.

WHERE went my sweet Ameerin

When the angel's summons came ? Well I know she is not hearing !

But I love to speak her name. She knew that she was dying,

For she falter'd,“ Do not grieve ! Mother dearest ! I am trying

Moussul Ali to believe.”

Oh forgive ! what am I saying

Whither has my phrenzy led ? Through forbidden wilds I'm straying,

Only knowing—she is dead !

False Imaum ! could the purest,

Gentlest, sweetest of her kind, In the world to which thou lurest,

Meet companions hope to find ?

She was my pride and treasure

Youth and beauty crown'd her brow;
She was happy beyond measure-

Oh! is she happy now?
See! scatter'd round are lying

Gems that mock'd her brighter bloom,
Useless—worthless Snought replying

But the silence of the tomb.

KIATIB-OGLOO, AND THE SMYRNA RESIDENTS.

AS

SIA MINOR has with much was the only place of importance in

truth been denominated, by Turkey, which was allowed for any many a traveller, the garden of the series of years to be governed upon world. The peculiar beauty and principles of a constitutional tendenvariety of the scenery with which it cy; and it owed this advantage to abounds, the perfection of its regular the influence and power of the old and temperate climate, the richness established house of the Kara-Osmanand fertility of its soil—all combine Ogloos, whose ancient rights of feuin forming of this country a terres- dalism, in this province, had never trial paradise, to complete which the been, till very lately, disputed by the polishing hand of civilization is alone Porte. With the fall of the last remwanting. Smyrna, its capital, situated nant of that celebrated race, in 1818, not far from the spot which gave the system has changed, and a Pasha birth to Homer, boasts of commercial of three tails has been appointed to advantages which have made it à govern this city and its dependencies

place of the first importance to the for the future. 1: mercantile world. The convenient The mercantile and industrious

anchorage of its spacious bay, and habits of the Snyrniots, and their

the facility of its communications constant intercourse with Europeans i with the remotest parts of the interi- from an early period of their lives,

or, have naturally pointed out this have given a greater polish to their 2 city as the general mart of home manners, and a readier disposition to å productions, of European manufac- good fellowship with strangers, than

tures, and of colonial produce. Its are observable among the Turks of :. trade with England alone is tenfold other parts. Disturbances have in

more considerable than that which deed sometimes taken place at Snyris carried on with all the other ports na, but they were invariably occaof Turkey together. Its population, sioned by disorderly recruits coming including the Franks, (as they call from the interior of Asia Minor for there all the Europeans, and others the purpose of embarkation, and by wearing their costume,) is computed ferocious Candiot adventurers, over at two hundred thousand. It was whom the Moossellims could exercise for a long series of years governed but little control. The property and by a Moossellim, or civil governor, persons of Europeans were, however, and a municipal council composed of always scrupulously respected on sieight Ayans, or magistrates, presided milar occasions, and the depredations over by a Mollah, or judge, and call of the licentious rabble were confined ed the Mehkiemmay. A Moossellim, to the defenceless Greeks, Jews, and being invested merely with annual Armenians. One exception, however, authority, has not the power of put to the good feeling generally maniting to death the Sultan's subjects, fested towards the Franks, is too rewithout the legal sanction of the markable not to be here noticed ; Mehkiemmay. It is the possession of but it will be seen that great provohorse-tails which alone confers an cation was given, and as the occurarbitrary, exercise of that odious rence alluded to took place so far power, šo liable to abuses in the back as the year 1797, the time hands of barbarians; and the number which has since elapsed, if not suffiof the tails, from one to three, defines cient to operare any great change in the rank of a Pasha, and also indi. the character of the Turks, has, at cates the number of heads he is al- least, improved its polish in a relowed to dispose of per diem, without markable degree. the liability of being called upon for A strolling company of ropeany explanation of motives. Smyrna dancers arrived at Smyrna in the

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year above mentioned, and imme- the privileges to 'which his countrydiately hired an appropriate space, men in Turkey were entitled, should surrounded with high palings, in be compromised by too speedy a which they commenced their exhi- compliance with the just demand of bitions. A set of Janissaries, acting the Turks, and overawed, perbaps, as the customary guard of honour to by the threats of the very Ionians one of the foreign consuls, had been themselves, who had takep refuge in stationed at the entrance of the en- his house, endeavoured to gain time, closure for the purpose of keeping and proposed that the matter should order ; and the interposition of their be referred to the higher powers at authority was rendered necessary by Constantinople for decision. The the clamours of several sailors, who people, however, were not easily to were attempting to force their way be diverted from their purpose; the through without payment. They delays opposed to them by the con were at last beaten off, and, enraged sul's hesitation irritated them the at the treatment they had received, more, and threats of destruction were determined on revenge. Their ves. held out to the whole European sel (an Ionian, then. under the pro- coinmunity, if justice were not speedtection of the Venetian republic) be- ily done. In vain did the consuls of ing close at hand, they speedily re- other nations press their Venetian paired on board, armed themselves colleague to give way to the dictates with pistols and blunderbusses, re- of a justly irritated and infuriated turned to the spot, and fired a volley populace; finding their pressing reon the unsuspecting Janissaries, one moustrances not likely to avert the of whom alone was killed ; after threatened danger, every one then performing this valorous exploit, bethought himself of his own safety, they ran off and took refuge in the and the foreign mercharit vessels in Venetian consul's house. This fra- the harbour (for unluckily there was cas naturally disturbed the numerous no European ship-of-war present at audience within, composed of Franks that moment) were soon filled with and Turks, and when the particulars Frank families and their removeable became known among them, the property. On the fourth day of the greatest confusion took place. The fruitless negociation, the Frank part former were seized with the appre- of the town was, as early as five hension that the Turks, all armed, o'clock in the morning, filled with (according to the fashion of that pe- several thousands of armed Turks ; riod,) would, in the heat of the mo- their first act of violence was setting ment, fall on them, and revenge upon fire to the Venetian consul's house, their heads the death of the Maho. but it had been evacuated on the metan. There was, therefore, such previous night, and all the neighbour å general scampering off, such rush- ing houses being equally empty, the ing for safety under benches, such a fire soon spread itself to a frightful precipitate climbing over the palings, extent. It raged with unabated fury that the Turks themselves, forgetting for three days and nights, and at fast the cause, stvod gazing on the comic extinguished itself after having descene with feelings of merrimenti stroyed the greater portion of the The next day, however, the whole European houses. During this time populace made common cause against many skirmishes took place between the unjustifiable outrage, and pro- parties of Slavonian and Ionian sailceeded en masse to the Mehkienmay, ors, who came from their ships for where they insisted that the most the purpose of amusing themselves guilty party should be claimed of his with sport, against the numerous consul, in order to receive that public bands of Turks; the latter were in punishment which alone could atone variably forced to retire with precifor the murder of a Mahometan. pitation from the field of battle, after But the Venetian consul, fearful lest leaving behind them many dead and

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wounded, whom the victors took up lightened ways, and to remove from and threw into the nearest flames. him in no small degree the roughness The Turks being at last satisfied with of those habits and manners which is their vengeance, and tired of a state almost inherent in Mahometanism,

of warfare in which they had so sel- His wealth, and the consideration it - dom the advantage, retired to their gave him in the place, enabled him

quarters as soon as the fire had con- in 1807 to offer himself as a candisumed almost every thing devoted to date for the government; and as it it. The Franks then gradually ven came to the knowledge of the Porte tured on shore : most of them pos- that he was rich, it was proposed to sessing country houses, repaired thith- him that he should purchase the iner, and a week after the most pro- vestment of that authority for the found tranquillity was re-established. space of three years, and pay for the

From that time to the present day, whole period in anticipation. Kias : the British Government has made of tib-Ogloo agreed to this with much

Smyrna bay a fixed station for a willingness. The mildness and equiship-of-war, and the utility of that table principles of his administration

has been seen not only were soon felt by every description when war broke out in 1806, between of the inhabitants, and it was supEngland and Turkey, but also during posed that the Porte would allow the disturbances which took place at him to retain the Moossellimlick so the commencement of the Greek in- long as he chose to remain in office. surrection, when many English and But it was soon found on this occaother Franks might have been con- sion, as, indeed, it ought to have founded with Greeks, and treated been discovered on many preceding accordingly, had not a naval force ones, that the views of a Turkish overawed the seditious rabble, and Sultan's government have no refermade them careful of committing any ence to the welfare of his subjects. such wilful mistakes. It ought to be In that country the great foundation mentioned here that the excesses to of Imperial rule is in the subservienwhich the rage of the populace car- cy of others. The Sultan reigns for ried them on this occasion were his own personal purposes and gratiloudly condemned by all the respect. fication, and looks upon all others as able Turks, who not only used every beings formed for his convenience possible effort to prevent them, but, and pleasure; nothing can be more when they found it impossible to foreign to the notions of this arrogant preserve the public peace, gave se- despot than the propriety or utility cret warning to all their Frank ac- of any measure consonant with the quaintances of what was likely to wishes of his people, or teoding to take place, opened their houses to their prosperity. them, and treated all those who ac Towards the close of the second cepted the offer of their protection year of Kiatib-Ogloo's government, it with the kindest hospitality during was officially notified to him from the whole time of danger.

Constantinople, that a person had Among the most forward in testi- been appointed to succeed him for fying their anxiety for the safety of the following year. Kiatib-Ogloo their European frieods, was the late immediately submitted to the Porte highly and deservedly popular Moos- that as he had purchased the office sellim, Kiatib-Ogloo, the particulars for three years, either he should be of whose subsequent life have filled allowed to finish his time, or a proan important page in the history of portionable amount of the purchaseSmyrna. He then

a young man; money be returned to him. Upon and, being brought up in the business which he was told that the Vizier of of a general merchant, his intercourse that period (since dead) had received with the Franks had been such as to his money, and he must claim it of give him a taste for their more en- him; and that the Sultan's orders

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