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they were conveying him on shore Consul should put himself at the to the office of the Consul, Lord head of his own Turkish Janissaries, John Churchill, who had watched and give his Lordship and his marines all these proceedings from his quar- the reception they deserved. The ter-deck, speedily sent his own boat, landing was therefore resolved upon, well manned, after the Turks, from and took place at eight o'clock at whose hands the poor Greek was night. Meanwhile every prepararescued without difficulty, and brought tion was made in the consular-house back safe to the Hind. When the
to oppose a determined resistance to report of what had taken place was the attack. Lord John knocked at made to his Britannic Majesty's Con- the marine gate, and was told that it sul, this gentleman thought proper to should be opened to no one but himfly into a violent passion. He sum- self; a parley ensued, in which it moned the Ionian captain before was finally agreed that his Lordship him, and after upbraiding him for and his attending officer should be disobedience to his commands, in alone admitted. A violent dispute baving received into his vessel a now arose between the parties, who person not legally authorised to de- resorted to high words. The Conpart, ordered him to prison as a pun- sul's anger, it seems, was raised ishment for this violation of his duty. above all means of coutrol. He Now, it is necessary to say here that told Lord John that if his ancestor, the prison of the English consulate the great Duke of Marlborough himat Smyrna is a small, dark cell, in self, had used him in a similar manwhich confinement for any time is a ner, he would have met with the punishment sufficient for crimes same return. They separated, howmuch heavier than the mere deviation ever, without taking any decisive from a consul's regulations. Lord step; and Lord John, whose sole John, on hearing what had befallen object had been to intimidate the the Ionian, immediately addressed Consul into compliance by the disa letter to the Consul in explana- play of a military force, returned on tion of what had taken place; and board with his marines to meditate on as his Lordship was properly the farther proceedings. It happened responsible person, he requested that very opportunely that the Euryalus the Ionian should be set at liberty, frigate came in early on the following and a complaint addressed to himself, morning, and Captain Clifford, who should there appear any sufficient commanded her, being senior officer ground for one. Not receiving any to Lord John, undertook the discusanswer from the Consul, he repeated sion of this extraordinary business. his application, and then a verbal It was finally settled on the condimessage was returned, purporting tions that the Ionian captaiu should that the Consul was performing bis be liberated and allowed to proceed own duty, which he understood per- on bis voyage ; and that the Greek, fectly, and he saw reason for among whose creditors were several Lord John Churchill's interference. merchants of the British factory, The naval commander, offended at should be delivered up to the Conthe injustice of the proceeding itself, sul, to remain in his safe custody upand at the contemptuous manner in til he niade a satisfactory arrangewhich his representation was treated, ment with his English creditors, after replied in writing that if the prisoner which, instead of being allowed to be was not set at liberty within a given placed again in the power of the time, he would land with bis marines Turks, he should be sent away from and take him by force. He was Smyrna in an English ship of war. again verbally informed that the
CHAT a blessed order of Nature -and all the busy toils of prophetic it is, that the footsteps of man gathering up against the bare
“ inaudible and noiseless," cold Winter, provision for the body and that the seasons of life are like and for the soul! Winter! and cold those of the year, so indistinguisha- and bare as fancy pictured-yet not bly brought on, in gentle progress, without beauty and joy of its own, aud imperceptibly blended the one while something belonging to the with the other, that the human being other seasons ihat are fled, some scarcely knows, except from a faint gleamings as of Spring-light, and and poi unpleasant feeling, that he is fowers fair as of Spring among the growing old! The boy looks on the --meridians bright as Summer youth, the youth on the man, the morns, and woods bearing the magman in his prime on the grey-headed nificent hues of Autumn on into the sire, each ou the other, as on a sepa- Christmas frost-clothe the Old Year rate existence in a separate world. with beauty and with glory, not his It seems sometimes as if they had no own—and just so with Old Age, the sympathies, no thoughts in conmon, Winter, the last season of man's sliat each smiled and wept on account ever-varying, yet never wholly changof things for which the other cared ed Life! not, and that such smiles and tears Then blessings on the Sages and were all foolish, idle, and most vain ; the Bards who, in the strength of the but as the hours, days, weeks, months trust that was within them, have and years go by, how changes the feared not to crown Old Age with a one into the other, till, without any diadem of flowers and light! Shame violence, lo! as is close together at on the satirists, who, in their vain Jasi, the cradle and the grave! In regret, and worse ingratitude, have this how Nature and Man agree, pac- sought to strip it of all « impulses of ing on and on to the completion of soul and sense," and leave it a sorry a year-of a life! The Spring how and shivering sight, almost too desoft and tender indeed, with its buds graded for pity's tears! True, that and blossoms, and the blessedness of to outward things the eye may be the light of heaven so fresh, young, dim, the ear deaf, and the touch dull; and new, a blessedness to feel, to but there are lights that die pot away hear, to see, and to breathe! Yet with the dying sunbeains—there are the Spring is often touched by frost sounds that cease not when the sing, -as if it had its own Winter, and is ing of birds is silent—there are mofelt to urge and be urged on upon tions that still stir the soul, delightful that Summer, of which the green as the thrill of a daughter's hand earth, as it murmurs, seems to have pressing her father's knee in prayer; some secret forethought. The Sum- and therefore, how calm, how happy, mer, as it lies on the broad blooming how reverend, beneath unoffended bosom of the earth, is yet faintly cops Heaven, is the head of Old Age! scious of the coming-on of Autumn Walk on the mountain, wander down with “sere and yellow leaf,"—the the valley, enter the humble hut, – sunshine owns the presence of the the scarcely less humble kirk,-and shade-and there is at times a pause you will know how sacred a thing is as of melancholy amid the transitory the hoary hair that lies on the temmirth! Autumn comes with its full ples of him who, during his long or decaying ripeness, and its colours journey, forgot not his Maker, and grave or gorgeous—the noise of song feels that his Old Age shall be reand sicklem of the wheels of wains newed into immortal youth !
subject degenerated to such out- may pay for gold too dearly ; and rageous license as in the particular even the joys which a good batch of of noise. It should seem as if disso “ bloody news” must afford to the nance was a fundamental article of snug citizen, who “ lives at home at Magna Charta, and silence as uncon- ease,” and knows nothing of the
stitutional as ship-money. A man of pleasures of war beyond taxation and i any delicacy of ear can hardly en- a gazette, were dearly bought by the
dure to live within the bills of mor- head-splitting tantararara of the gentality. Folks may talk as they will tlemen of the tin tube. of the fogs of London, and of its can Another “simple sin," which no opy of smoke ; but what are these to less requires legislative interference, the vile congregation of acoustic is the big-drum. Tambourines and abominations that prevails " from triangles are bad enough, heaven night to morn, from morn till dewy knows,-mere noise for the sake of eve," in the great city ? Every iti- noise,-monotonous, and subversive nerant mender of kettles, and every of all music; but they are nothing to rascally knife-grinder, presumes that the big drum, that eternal rattler of he has a right to assassinate you,
windows and shaker of houses-that like Hamlet's uncle,-through the everlasting street accompaniment to "porches of your ears;" and“Meolch the grave and the gay, the martial below,” as wicked as Macbeth, hath and the tender, the sentimental and "murdered sleep” uninterruptedly the sprightly. Let any one, who is from the days of our Saxon progeni- an admirer of the very popular air, tors.* From the shrill pipe of the “Home, sweet home," imagine-no, morning sweep, to the deep bass of that is not the word,—let him rementhe Hebrew old clothesmari, there is ber (for he must have heard it a a gamut of discordant sounds perpe- thousand times) the ambulant pertually exercised, in which every trade formance of the refrain, home, and calling has its share. During home, sweet, sweet home,” squirted the late war, when victories came in through the husky Pan's pipe, and as regularly as the post, (I wish they enforced by five confounded bangs, had not, like our letters, cost such like so many discharges of artillery, heavy postage, and when our gene- and five vibrations of all the glass in rals and admirals might have said the parish, that seem to speak of an
no day without a despatch," the earthquake. To ladies indisposed, nuisance of newsmen's borns so far and gentlemen with sick-headaches, transcended the united noises of all these proceedings are most distressother vociferations, that the magis- ing. Have the drummers, moreover, trates of the city, those sage grave no pity on the poor babes, who may men, found it necessary to legislate be thrown into convulsions by the specially against them. No other slightest of their thumps ? Alas, trade could gain a hearing, so inces " they have no children, butchers.” sant and obstreperous were their Infinitely more painful still is it to blasts. The wiis of that day, I am the wounded spirit of bim who is full aware, would have it that the ears of the melody of Pasta or of Paton, were not the part of the head which to be compelled to listen to thumpour aldermen desired to protect from thump thump - thumpa thumpa ipsult ; but what will poi a wit say thump, by way of a new edition of
* It is a curious fact, that this pronunciation of“ milk” answers precisely to the Anglo Saxon spelling, “ meolce ;” it is most probably the original sound of the word, that has survived the progressive refinements in speech of the upper classes.
“ Di tanti palpiti ;” or to “ Di pia and as tunable" as a pig in a gale, bang mi balza bang:" it is enough to or a hog in a high wind," chanting make a man commit suicide. Hav. “ La garde nationale," or C'est ing entered fully into the contempla- l'amour ;" or of that other pious nuition of this evil, just conceive it, read- sance, the woman who lays siege to er, at the end of some forty minutes, your halfpence, by drawling out a melting into distance, and your ach- never-ending repetition of the huning head left free to receive the va dred and fourth Psalm.
To add, ried attack of a debutant from a gar-, however, to the charm, these delec, ret window, beginning to learn the table strains are from time to time bugle !! It might reconcile even crossed by the competing vociferaSwift himself to deafness ! Not all tivns of two rival mackerel-venders, the alphabets in the world could ex- screaming like emulous parrots from press the horrible combinations of the opposite sides of the street. Then sound attendant on this truculent at night you are indulged by a trio of massacre of Guido of Arezzo. As- watchmen crying the hour, concur.tolpho's hórn is a faint and insuffi- rently in C natural, C sharp, and E cient type of the stupifying blast. flat, and showing how little concert Well,
1, you will scarcely have gotten there is in their efforts to preserve rid of this plague, when you will be the peace.
This last iosult on our beset by a scoundrel performing your ears is the more forcibly impressed favourite melody on a barrel organ, in upon my memory, because a very which, if there is one note more out professor of music, who is rather of tune than all the rest, it is that on choleric, and who, moreover, had which there is a long pause, to bring served Napoleon in the wars, when you back to the ritornelle. The walking home with me one night from filing of a saw is gracious to that the opera, was so worked upon by
Then succeeds an itinerant the discord, that he actually knocked clarionet, squeaking out the mutilated down the untunely Charley nearest remains of a Scotch reel ; or, worse at hand to teach him counter-point. than all, some Highland Orpheus of This fantasia of the enraged musician a bagpiper, whose accursed pibroch brought us both to the watch-house would of itself suffice to batter down till we could get bail; and the next the walls of another Jericho, or re- morning Sir R. Birnie read us a most lieve the moon from the pangs of an luminous lecture on the moral differeclipse, After such instrumental ence between beating time and beatnuisances, it may appear to smack ing the time-keeper. Thus brought of the baibos to dwell upon vocal 10 the bar for an odd crotchet, after misdoings ; but how shall I pass over having lost our rest, we were forced, the deep, hoarse, bass of the sham after a distressing pause, to conclude sailor roaring “ Cease, rude Boreas," the broken headed) cadence, by and telling in unearthly sounds how sliding a few notes into the hand of “ his precious sight” was electrified the guardian of the night, whoni we out of his eyes in a West India thun- had rendered too flat, but who, being der-storın, or carried away by the pów the dominant, allowed us to rewind of a cannon-ball? What think solve the discord, and so get back to you also of a French ballad-singer, the key, which was no longer turned with a voice like a penny trumpet, upon us.
THE MOSS ROSE.
An angel of the flow'rs one day,
The angel whisper'd to the rose,
Still fairest found where all are fair,
Then said the rose, with deepen'd glow, 'Twas but a moment-o'er the rose
A veil of moss the angel throws,
HAJJI BABA IN ENGLAND.*
THE work before us the second ceptable.” The objection to the eutures, by Mr. Morier, has some faults the King of England does not lock (and some merits) which the first up his wife-and moreover that he production had not: but, on the has but one, creates a burst of merriwhole, it is very amusingly written. ment and incredulity through the There can scarcely be said to be any court, “ La illahah illallah !" cries plot about it, in the sense in which the vizier- astonished even into forthat term is used by novelists, but a getfulness of the place in which he constant source of excitement is kept stands—“ only one wife? Suppose up by the shifting of the characters- he gets tired of her, what then ?" even if they be such as take no The delight, however, expressed at great hold upon us--into new and the gift of the horses, somewhat cosingular situations : and, without be- vers these disappointments. The coming subject to that sort of povel- English ambassador is luckily “no istic lien which arises out of a care great judge; and, therefore, the anifor the individuals before us, we have mals which a Persian would most a' running curiosity to see what, in likely have rejected, he accepts with particular positions, particular people joy.” “With a warning to learn all will think and do.
the languages of Frangistan, to express The work sets out with the nomi- no surprise at any thing which they nation of Hajji Baba, as appointed may hear or see, and to do every and peculiar officer of the Persian thing in England for the shah's honshah, to select and take up in the our, that his face may be white in provinces of his master's empire, a the eyes of the infidels ;” the mission, collection of presents which are to accompanied by a young Englishman, accompany an embassy to the king who is to act as interpreter, quits Isof England. These gifts are to con- pahan on its way to St. James's. sist (as becomes the honour of the The chief ambassador from Persia, shah and the purpose of the embas. Mirza Firouz, is by no means devotsy) of the choicest specimens of art ed to the task assigned him.
In fact, and splendour that Persia can afford, he receives the honour at the sugand especially of such matters as are gestion of a vizier, who is jealous of likely to be acceptable to the illus- his favour with the sultan, and thinks trious monarch for whose use they it advisable to get him out of the are designed. Horses, slaves of all way. Hajji Baba, whose fortune it descriptions, and an eunuch dwarf, is to be protected by the jealous viare among the gifts.
zier, (and who goes
u to England as These presents, according to Per- secretary of the embassy”) therefore sian etiquette, previous to their trans- stands in no great odour in the nosmission to Frangistan, are submitted trils of his superior officer. to the inspection of the English am The inferior persons of the embasbassador resident at the court of the sy, as well as their chief, are a good shah ; and immense surprise is create deal at a loss what to think of a joured when that officer suggests that ney to Europe :66 the slaves will none of them be ac * One asked, ' How shall we get
* The Adventures of Hajji Baba in England, 2 vols. 12mo., Murray, London. 1828. 50 ATHENEUM, VOL. 9, 2d scries.