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upon her husband, and she exclaim The booty was too rich to be given
up without a struggle, and Laurent “ Oh, Antoine ! how, in the name of swore he would blow out the brains of heaven, did you get here? What is the first man who attempted to stop your purpose ? And this man, too. him, calling on Le Coq to assist him Oh, let me beseech you to leave the in making a dash for it. house instantly; you will ruin me for I attempted to seize him, and he kept
his word by firing at me; the ball went “ No; on the contrary,” replied he; through my hat, and fractured a large “ I mean to make your fortune.” glass which was behind. He then
• Nay, Antoine, you shall not pass drew a dagger, with which he would a step fur her; pray leave the house ; have attacked me, had he not been at some one may awake, and if you are that moment shot by one of my men. discovered, I shall be accused of hav- Le Coq was soon disarmed, and Petit ing let you in."
Singe pulled out from under the table, “I am not quite such a fool, after where he had crept the moment he saw hiding in the log-house 'till I am so Laurent was about to make resistance, stiff I can hardly move, to walk out at and with the politest bow in the world, a woman's bidding; let me pass, and presented me with the nioney, expressdon't be so absurd.”
ing a hope that I did not feel any in“ Not a step.”
convenience from Laurent's precipita“ Are you mad?”
tion. “ Mad or not, you shall not pass. If The firing soon awoke the inmates you attempt it I'll aların the house by of the house, who were not a little surmy screams.'
prised at the scene which presented it. They, however, tried to go on ; Lau- self; and attention being paid to poor rent telling Petit Singe to look to the Marie, it was found that although she woman, and if she made the least noise, had received a severe blow across the to cut the matter as short as possible. face, which had completely stunned Marie, faithful to her word, the mo- her, yet there was nothing to fear for ment she saw them advancing, uttered her life. a piercing scream and cry for assist Some months after this I heard that ance, but was effectually silenced by a Marie, who had continued to live with blow from the butt-end of Laurent's Madame Germain, had yielded to the pistol. She fell instantly on the stairs, solicitations of one of her former addeprived of all motion, and, as I dread- mirers, and again become a wife. Ex ed, at the instant, even of life. So perience having taught her that rethought Petit Singe, for he declared it formation was not so easy a task as she would be a good night's work for Lau- had imagined, she took the precaution rent to make himself a widower and a of ascertaining that there would be litrich man at the same time. They went tle chance of having to try the success on to Monsieur Germain's private-room, of her schemes in the present inthe situation of which they seemed to stance. be well acquainted with, and forced With regard to Le Coq and Petit open his escritoire, in which was lying Singe, they are at present on a visit to a large quantity of notes, which I after the “Bains de Rochefort,” which is wards ascertained had been paid only likely to last until the end of their caa day or two before to Monsieur Ger- reers. Petit Singe complains most main, for an estate of some value he grievously, that at the other end of his' had disposed of. These Petit Singe chain is attached a gentleman of most lost no time in appropriating to him- powerful make, and withal so arbitrary self, and was about to leave the room, in his movements, that he cannot enwhen I thonght it time to shew my- joy a moment's peace, night or day. self.
J. M, B. “ The Blessed Virgin!” exclaimed Petit Singe, the moment he saw me, at ECCLESIA SCOTIA; OR, THE SCOTCH the same time running behind Le Coq for protection.
Two persons gazing up at the church “Not exactly," I said, “Monsieur of the Rev. Mr. Irving, Regent-square, Petit Singe, but another friend of one of them asked the other the meanyour's."
ing of the inscription Ecclesia Scotiu, “ The devil!” exclaimed Le Coq. in ancient characters? “ The meaning?
“ No,” said I, “there again you are why the unknown tongue, to be sure,' mistaken.”
was the reply.
THE FORGING OF THE ANCHOR.
Come, see the Dolphin's Anchor forg'd; 'tis at a white heat now:
O broad-armed Fisher of the Deep, wbose sports can equal thine?
Give honour to their memories who left the pleasant stranil,
TOM CRINGLE'S LOG. finish it. It will be a sore heart to poor
Sarah; she has no mother now, nor The only other midshipman on board father, and aunt is not over kind," and the cutter beside yonng Malcolm, whose again he wept bitterly. “Confound miserable death we had witnessed, was this jumping hand, it won't keep steady, a slight delicate little fellow, about all I can do. I say, Doctor, I sha'n't fourteen years old, of the name of Dun- die this time, shall i ?"-" I hope not, can;
he was the smallest boy of his my fine little fellow.” “I don't think age 1 ever saw, and had been badly I shall; I shall live to be a man yet, burt in repelling the attack of the pi- in spite of that bloody
buccaneer's pike, rate. His wound was a lacerated I know I shall.” God help me, the puncture in the left shoulder from a death-rattle was already in his throat, boarding-pike, but it appeared to be and the same ' was fickering in the healing kindly, and for some days we socket ; even as he spoke, the muscles thought he was doing well. However, of his neck stiffened to such a degree about five o'clock in the afternoon, be- that I thought he was choked, but the fore we made Jamaica, the surgeon ac- violence of the convulsion quickly subcosted Mr. Douglas as we were walk- sided. “I am done for, Doctor!” he ing the deck together. “I fear little could no longer open his mouth, but Duncan is going to slip through my spoke through his clenched teeth="I fingers, Sir.'
“No! I thought he had feel it now! God Almighty receive been better.” “So he was till about my soul, and protect my poor sister !" noon, when a twitching of the muscles The arch-enemy was, indeed, advanccame on, which I fear betokens lock ing to the final struggle, for he now jaw; he wavers, too, now and then, gave a sudden and sharp cry, and a bad sign of itself where there is a stretched out his legs and arms, which fretting wound.”
We went below, instantly became as rigid as marble, where, notwithstanding the wind-sail and in his agony he turned his face to that was let down close to where his the side I stood on, but he was no hammock was slung, the heat of the longer sensible. Sister,"
” he said small vessel was suffocating. The with difficulty-"Don't let them throw large coarse tallow candle in the pur- me overboard; there are sharks here." ser's lantern, that hung beside his “Land on the lee-bow," sung out the shoulder, around which the loathsome man at the mast-head. The common cockroaches fluttered like moths in a life sound would not have moved any summer evening, filled the between of us in the routine of duty, but burstdecks with a rancid oily smell, and ing in, under such circumstances, it with smoke as from a torch, while it made us all start, as if it had been ran down and melted like fat before a something unusual ; the dying midshipfire. It cast a dull sickly gleam on the man heard it, and said, calmly, “ Land pale face of the brown-haired, girlish- I will never see it. But how blue looking lad, as he lay in his narrow all your lips look. It is cold, piercing hammock. When we entered, an old cold, and dark, dark." Soinething quarter-master was rubbing his legs, seemed to rise in his throat, his features which were jerking about like the limbs sharpened still more, and he tried to of a galvanized frog, while two of the gasp, but his clenched teeth prevented boys held his arms, also violently con- him he was gone. vulsed. The poor little fellow was I went on deck with a heavy heart, crying and sobbing most piteously, but and, on looking in the direction indis made a strong effort to compose him- cated, I beheld the towering Bine self and “be a man," when he saw Mountain peak rising high above the
“This is so good of you, Mr. horizon, even at the distance of fifty Cringle! you will take charge of my miles, with its outline clear and disletter to my sister, I know you will” tinct against the splendid western sky, I say, Anson,” to the quarter-master, now gloriously illumined by the light “ do lift me up a little till I try and of the set sun. We stood on under
easy sail for the night, and next morn- light, and cattle mills, with their coneing, when the day broke, we were off shaped roofs, and overseers' houses, the east end of the magnificent Island and water-mills, with the white spray of Jamaica. The stupendous peak now falling from the wheels, and sugar. appeared to rise close aboard of us, works, with long pennants of white with a large solitary star sparkling on smoke, streaming from the boiling-house his forehead, and reared his forest- chimneys in the morning wind. Imcrowned summit high into the cold blue mediately after, gangs of negrnes were sky, impending over us in frowning seen at work ; loaded waggons, with wagnificence, while the long dark enormous teams of fourteen to twenty range of the Blue Mountains, with their oxen dragging then, rolled along the outlines hard and clear in the grey roads; long strings of mules, loaded light, sloped away on each side of him with canes, were threading the fields ; as if they had been the Giant's shoulders. dragging vessels were seen to shove Great inasses of white mist hung on out from every cove; the morning song their sides about half way down, but of the black fishermen was heard, while all the valleys and coast as yet slept in their tiny canoes, like black specks, the darkness. We could see that the started up suddenly on all sides of us, land-wind was blowing strong in shore, as if they had floated from the bottom from the darker colour of the water, of the sea; and the smiling scene burst and the speed with which the coasters, at once, and as if by magic, on us, in only distinguishable by their white all its coolness and beauty, under the sails, slid along; while astern of us, cheering influence of the rapidly rising out at sea, yet within a cable's length, son. We fired a gun, and made the for we had only shot beyond its influé signal for a pilot; upon which a canoe, ence, the prevailing trade-wind blew a with three negroes in it, shoved off from sinart breeze, coming up strong to a de- a small schooner lying-to about a mile fined line, beyond which and between to leeward. They were soon alongit, and the influence of the land-wind, side, when one of the three juinped on there was a belt of dull lead-coloured board. This was the pilot, a slave, as sea, about half-a-mile broad, with a I knew, and, in my innocence, I exlong heavy ground-swell rolling, but pected to see something very squalid smooth as glass, and without even a and miserable, but there was nothing ripple on the surface, in the midst of of the kind; for I never in my life saw which we lay dead becalmned.
a more spruce salt water dandy, in a The heavy dew was shaken in large small way. He was well dressed, acdrops out of the wet flapping sails, cording io a seaman's notion-clean against which the reef points pattered white trowsers, check shirt, with white like hail as the vessel rolled. The lapels, neatly fastened at the throat with decks were wet and slippery, and our a black ribbon, smart straw hat; and, jackets saturated with moisture ; but altogether, he carried an appearance of we enjoyed the luxury of cold to a de- comfort I was going to write indepengree that made the sea-water when dash- dence--about him, that I was by no ed upon the decks, as they were being means prepared for. He moved about holystoned, appear absolutely warm. with a swaggering roll, grinning and Presently all nature awoke in its fresh- laughing with the seamen. ness so suddenly, that it looked like a Blackie," said Mr. Douglas. ".
John change of scene in a theatre. The sun, Lodge, Massa, if you please, Massa; as yet set to us, rose to the huge peak, Blackie is not politeful, Sir," whereglanced like lightning on his summit, upon he shewed his white teeth again. making it gleam like an amethyst. The “Well, well, John Lodge, you are runclouds on his shaggy ribs rolled up. ning us too close surely; and the re'wards, and enveloped his head and mark seemed seasonable enough to a shoulders, and were replaced by the stranger, for the rocks on the bold shore thin blue mists which ascended from were now within half pistol-shot.the valleys, forming a fleecy canopy, “ Mind your eye,” shouted old Anson, beneath which appeared hill and dale, “ you will have us ashore, you black woods and cultivated lands, where all rascal!" You, Sir, what water have had been undistinguishable a minute you here ?" sung out Mr. Splinter. before, and gushing streams burst from « Salt water, Massa," rapped out Lodge, the mountain sides like gouts of froth, fairly dumbfounded by such a volley marking their
course in the level of questions, -"You hab six fadom grounds by the vapours they sent up. good here, Massa; but suspecting he Then Breere mill-towers, burst into had gone too far." I take de Tone
nant, big ship as him is close to dat tuents at all, and purchased their seats
For the Olio.
facunde nepos Atlantis, of the Twelve Apostles a heavy bat Qui feros cultus hominum recentum. tery of twelve cannon, where there is a Voce formasti catus,
-HOR. tombstone with an inscription, settingforth that the party over whom it was
The writings of Pope are so geneerected, had been actually swallowed rally known and justly appreciated, up in the great earthquake that de- that any attempt to deprecate the stroyed the opposite town, but subse- talents of that illustrious bard would quently disgorged again; being, per
now be considered futile; the age chance, an unseemly morsel.
which has succeeded him has been re-
markable for the great and varied
romance, yet nothing has been pro-
duced which has excelled the splen
dour and melody of his verse. Pope Public men cannot always go direct succeeded a host of writers, who were to their object, as the crow Aies. It is remarkable for their classic lore, and but fair to make allowances for the their general ignorance of the beauties thick medium in which they act, and of English literature; they selected the courtly windings they are often few subjects which were not classical, compelled to follow.
and thus the mythology of Greece and A wise and benevolent man may Rome was ever associated with what reasonably wish for children, if able was passing around them; the reignto maintain them; but perhaps he is ing monarch was addressed as though neither very wise nor very benevolent he were Jupiter Ammon, and the Noif he suffers his deprivation to make blesse received no less a tribute, than him unhappy. What is it we admire that which had been paid to a long or find interesting in children? Their line of heathen deities, and every cirbeauty, innocence, helplessness, cheer- cumstance which transpired, found its fulness, simplicity ; ' but he is a representative in some mythological faselfish sot who cannot appreciate ble, no ambassador repaired to a foreign those qualities in the offspring of court in the execution of his office, but others as well as in his own; and who, he became a Hermes on some heavenhaving the power, wants the inclina- born mission, and the flirtations of tion to cherish and attract them to him. Lord A. with Lady B , were as import
“Former," latter,” and “namely, ant as the loves of Paris and Helen. are three verbal dowdies – the anti So great has been the veneration for graces of diction, who still, by pre- the classic writings in all ages, that the scriptive right, are sometimes found in inherent beauties of the English langood society.
guage were for a long time neglected, We feel astonished that torture and although the literary labours of should ever have been used by ra- Pope were generally confined to the tional beings, as the means of getting imitation of other writers, yet he gave at truth : but, no doubt, when it was to his own language a melody and an abolished, many adınirers of the good expression few thought it capable of ; old times thought the innovation ex had he not like many of his contempoceedingly dangerous. In like manner raries, devoted so much time in the inour posterity will scarcely believe that terpretation of writers inferior to himpersons were allowed to vote away the self, he would have been far above all public money, as representatives of the competition, but he appears to have people, who literally had no consti- thought with Dryden, that his future