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ANECDOTE OF AN OFFICER WHO
REFUSED TO FIGHT A DUEL.
In the reign of Queen Anne, a young fellow in the county of Berks, being disgusted with a woman that his father had chosen for him as a wife, inlisted in a marching regiment then recruiting at Reading. As his education and manner of behaviour was superior to that of his fellow-soldiers, he was soon distinguished by his officers, and, before he had been a month in the service, was promoted to the rank of corporal, and in three months afterwards was made a serjeant. In this station he continued for two years, was then raised to be serjeant-major, and from that station to an ensigncy. The regiment was now ordered into Flanders, and in the famous battle of Ramillies, our young ensign had the honour of saving his colours from the resolute attack of four French soldiers. In reward of this gallant defence, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, and from thence he succeeded to that of a captain; in this station he continued many years, with equal honour to himself and his country, till have ing received a challenge from a brother officer, on a supposed trifling offence, he had the virtue to refuse it; which coming to the knowledge of his then sovereign George 11, his majesty promoted him to the rank of a colonel; saying, that a man of approved valour would be inexcusable in risking his life to comply with an arbitrary and inhuman custom.
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bare of hair. I was astonished that the old man, re. duced to such distress, should share with so ill favoured a companion his scanty and uncertain subsistence. But the mutual kindness of their looks soon put an end to my wonder. "O thou! the most amiable, the • fondest, and most faithful of all animals!' said I to myself; “thou art a companion, a friend, and a brother, Sto man! Thou alone continuest to love him not the o less for his misfortunes; thou alone forsakest him not in his distress; and it is from thee only that the
poor do not meet with disdain! Who then, abandon.ed, like this beggar, by his fellow-creatures, would not wish for such a friend!'
At this instant a window of the berlin was let down, and some remains of cold meat, on which the travellers had break. fasted, fell from the carriage. The two dogs sprung forward: the berlin drove away, and one of them was crushed beneath the wheel.-It was the beggar's dog.
The animal gave a cry; it was his last. The poor old man hastened to his assistance, overwhelmed with the deepest distress. He did not weep: alas! he could not. Honest man!-'cried I. He looked sorrowfully round. I threw him a crown-piece. He suffered the crown to roll by him, as if unworthy of his attention. He only thanked me by an affectionate inclination of his head, as he took his dog in his arms.
• My friend,' said the soldier, holding out his hand, with the money which he had picked up; "the worthy
gentleman gives you this. He is very happy; he is tricbr but every body is not so! I have only a dog:
you have lost your's; mine is at your service.' Saying this, he tied round his dog's neck, a small cord which he put into the old man's hand,and walked away,
• Kind and generous soldier, may heaven reward thee!' cried the good and grateful beggar on his knees, and extending his hands towards his benefactor. The soldier still went on, leaving the poor old man in a transport of gratitude. But his blessings and mine - will follow him wherever he goes. "Good and gallant fellow,' said I, 'what am I compared with thee? I have only given this unforiunate man money, but thou hast restored to him a friend!'
From the French by Francis Ashmore Free
Variety in Human Charafters. VIRTU
IR TUOUS and vicious ev'ry man must be,
Fear to the statesman, rashness to the chief,
Heav'n forming each on other to depend,
all. Wants, frailties, passions, closer still ally The common int'rest, or endear the tie. To these we owe true friendship, love sincere, Each home-felt joy that life inherits here Yet from the same we learn, in its decline, Those joys, those loves, those int'rests to resign; Taught half by reason, half by mere decay, To welcome death, and calmly pass away.
Whate'er the passion, knowledge, fame, or
Not one will change his neighbour with himself.