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cites perspiration, and, on this account, (Captain Harwood of the Hashmy) who it contributes to relax the whole ner retains it in his possession. We are vous system. A still more pernicious informed that a humane attempt will be plan is the immoderate use of strong made to purchase this unhappy fellow wines and ardent spirits. Gin and ' from the savages.” brandy are the punch of the lower peo Since the above was written, the ple; and even women of this class are schooner New Zealander has arrived in pot less addicted to drinking than the Sydney, from Malanta, and other places,

and brings up more particulars of the Combining all these meteorological fate of Matthews. tain Hedges has and dietetic observations, I think we in his possession a letter, and a carved can understand why the English cha- cocoa-nut, which were brought on racter is more slow, more deliberate, board the New Zealander by a native, more restless, more sombre than ours; from their prisoner, the subject of this why the Englishman's actions are more narrative. The following is a literal rapid, if movement be required—more copy of the letter : steady, unless under excitement; why Sir,- Be kind to the natives, as my his gaiety is less natural, more rare, life is in their hands. I am alive, after and more convulsive, with less levity a long illness from the wounds I reand more firmness; why he is more ceived. Write to me the particulars if alive to feeling, less communicative, a ship killed any of the natives on the but more to be relied upon. When other side of the island. They say our the Englishman is active, his action is ship killed three men. They keep me calculated reflection: his moments of close, and will not let me come near folly and gaiety seem to approach in- the ship. Make him a present of sometoxication, and, more or less, resemble thing showy ;-his name is Bolowwa. an attack of fever.

If you will send me a shirt and a pair Mirabeau's Letters. of trowsers, I will be much obliged to

you ; I am in a state of nature. A ship CAPTIVITY AMONG THE INDIANS. may get a good supply on this island,

by making friends with them. Give The following account is extracted the men something to eat, as it is great from one of our daily papers. Were friendship with them. Write to me the De Foe alive, he would probably give particulars what ships are cruising off us a novel founded on the adventures this island. I live on the North Side of this unfortunate man, whose situation of the island. Be careful of the natives must excite the commiseration of every they are forming a plan to take a ship. feeling mind.

Do not come on shore without fire "Information has reached Sydney of arms. They are cannibals. If I can the existence of a young man named once get a note from you, I can form Matthews, who was captured about a plan to get away. three years ago, by the natives of an is I am, your humble servant, land called Malanta, near the New He

John MATTHews.' brides, in the South Seas. It may be recollected that about the time men

Table Talk. tioned, the Alfred, whaler, was off that island fishing; and, in a dispute be FondNESS FOR CHILDREN, generally tween the natives and the crew, the denotes not only a kind heart, but a Captain and several hands were mur- guileless one. A knave always detests dered, and a mate (the person now dis- children - their innocent looks and covered) was carried off a prisoner, open brow, speak daggers to his heart. and never since heard of. The man- He sees his own villany reflected from ner in which this unfortunate young their countenance, as it were from a man has at last made himself known mirror. Always mark that man was by cutting his name, the particu- woman who avoids children. The lars of his capture, and his present si- great and good have always been retnation (which he represenis as miser- markable for their fondness of children. able), on a piece of bamboo, and then Agesilaus, king of Sparta, was the most giving it to the natives to trade with. generous of monarchs, and the most Not understanding the characters, and tender of fathers. Diverting himself supposing the bamboo to be an original one day with riding on a stick with his piece of tattoo workmanship, they bar- children, and being surprised in the tered it away amongst other things to action by a gentleman, he desired him one of our colonial whaling captains not to mention it till he was a father.

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Henry the Fourth of France, taught his as it rose uporr us. We seemed to children to call him papa, or father, and enter the harbour of New York upon not sire (the new fashion introduced by waves of liquid gold, and as we darted Catherine de Medicis). One day, go- past the green isles which rise from its ing on all fours with the Dauphin on bosom, like guardian centinels of the his back, an ambassador suddenly en- fair city, the setting sun stretched his tered, “Monsieur Ambassadeur, have horizontal beams farther and farther at you any children?" said Henry, look- each moment, as if to point out to us ing up;

“ Yes, sire, was the reply; some new glory in the landscape.Very well; then I will finish my race New York, indeed, appeared to us, round the chamber."

even when we saw it by a soberer The late Hon. Henry Erskine, whose light, a lovely and a noble city. To us, talents at the bar and in society were

who had been so long travelling eminent, met his acquaintance, Jemmy through half-cleared forests, and soBalfour, a barrister, who dealt greatly in journing among an 'I'm-as-good-ashard words, and circumlocutious sen- you' population, it seemed, perhaps, tences. Perceiving that his ancle was

more beautiful, more splendid, and tied up with a silk handkerchief, the more refined than it might have done, former asked the cause. “Why, my dear had we arrived there directly from sir,” answered the wordy lawyer, “I London ; but, making every allowance was taking a rural, romantic ramble in for this, I must still declare that I think my brother's grounds, when coming to a

New York one of the finest cities I ever gate I had to climb over it, by which I saw, and as much superior to every came in contact with the first bar, and other in the Union (Philadelphia not having grazed the epidermis on my excepted) as London to Liverpool, or shin, it was attended with a slight ex. Paris to Rouen.

Its advantages of potravasation of blood."'_“You may sition are, perhaps, unequalled any thank your lucky stars," replied Mr. whère. Situated on an island, which Erskine, “ that your brother's gate was I think it will one day cover, it rises, not as lofty as your style, or you must like Venice, from the sea, and like that have broken your neck."

fairest of cities, in the days of her A CLEAR sky is a novelty in this city all the riches of the earth."

glory, receives into its lap tribute of (London) which makes one forget every

DEATH OF GENERAL Wolfe. — The other; and a stranger cannot fail to fall of Wolfe was noble indeed. He remark the extraordinary interest ex- received a wound in the head, but cocited in all classes on the appearance vered it from his soldiers with his of a fine day, “What beautiful weather! handkerchief. A second ball struck What a lovely morning!” is heard on all sides. Mirabeau's Letters.

him in the belly : that too he dissem

bled. A third hitting him in the breast, THE HARBOUR Of New YORK.-"I he sunk under the anguish, and was have never,” says Mrs. Trollope,“ seen carried behind the ranks. Yet, fast as the bay of Naples, I can therefore make life ebbed out, his whole anxiety cenno comparison, but my imagination is tered on the fortune of the day. He incapable of conceiving any thing of begged to be borne nearer to the acthe kind more beautiful than the har- tion; but his sight being dimmed by bour of New York. Various and lovely the approach of death, he entreated to are the objects which the eye meet on be told who they who supported him every side, but the naming them would saw. He was answered, that the only be to give a list of words, without enemy gave ground. He eagerly reconveying the faintest idea of the scene. peated the question-heard the enemy I doubt if ever the pencil of Turner was totally routed-cried, “I am satiscould do it justice, bright and glorious fied !”—and expired.

Biary and Chronology.
Tuesday, July 3.

Saturday, July 7.

July 7-Thomas a Becket, Archbishop of CanJuly 3-Dog-days begin, and on the 11th of terbury, was born ; he was murdered in the August they end. These days were named from cathedral, 29th December, 1170. Sirius, the Dog-star, because when the sun had passed this great star, it was thought to have its

Sunday, July 15. heat increased. The sun passes every star later in July 15-St. Swithin, Bishop of Winchester, each succeeding year; but, without regard to was born ; and died, 868. His relics were afterthis, the dog.days are now properly made sta wards prevented from being removed from the tionary to the hottest time of the year, as they cburchyard into the chancel, by forty days' rain ; happened formerly.

this gave rise to the adage, that if rain fall on this day, it will continue forty days.

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to set foot therein, used to be plagued

and tormented in a thousand different OLD STORIES OF THE RHINE ways, and inany among them were CASTLES.

never seen or heard of more. By Roger Calverley.

A long time ago, three young sparks FOR THE OLIO.

traversed the environs of the Rhine in

search of adventures. They were the THE VALE OF THE PHANTOMS. sons of three wealthy merchants at A STORY OF THE RHEINGAU.

Nuremberg. At the inn at Lorich they

heard talk of divers extraordinary Nor wizard stern, nor goblin grim, things that happened in the WisperNor giant huge of form and Jimb,

thal, and they resolved immediately to Nor heathen knight was there: But the cressets, that odours flung aloft,

make an excursion thither. It was not Show'd, by their yellow light and soft, without difficulty that they succeeded A band of damsels fair!

in opening themselves a way through Onward they came like summer wave That dances to the shore;

the tangled thickets; and in about an An hundred voices welcome gave,

hour they arrived at the foot of an enorAnd welcome o'er and o'er.

mous castle, which had almost the air Loud laugh'd they all;-the king in vain With questions task'd the giddy train,

of a mountain moulded into a baronial Let him entreat, or crave, or call,

mansion. Spenser thus describes such 'Twas one reply,-loud langh'd they all. a pile : SIR W. Scott. Bridal of Triermain.

A stately palace built of squared brick, BEHIND Lorich there is a wild and Which cunningly was, without mortar, laid; melancholy vale, where there are only Whose walls were high, but nothing strong or

, a few miserable cabins, and whose And golden foile all over them displaid, title corresponds with its desolate ap That purest sky with brightness they dispearance ;—it is called the Wisper- Hie lifted up were many loftie towres,

maid. ihal, or Vale of Phantoms. It has re

And goodiy galleries far overlaid, mained for a long time uninhabited ; Full of faire windows, and delightful bowres; for most of those who had ventured And, on the top, a diall told the timely howres. Vol. IX.

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At one of the windows appeared the these words, and our city sparks knew bright faces of three young girls, which not what to make of all this. seemed to invite our adventurers to “Well," at length cried the old man,

in a voice of thunder, “ let every one come up to them.

Come, come,” said these last, “all choose his lady-love." this is not so mighty terrible as we

The young citizens began sheepishly imagined. These three fair damsels to shuffle each towards a damsel, and seem to be dull and lonely; let us go fancying that they were in the act of in and endeavour to amuse them.”

presenting their hands, found that they

touched nothing but the cold surface of The grand entrance, a vast gateway, the mirror. This seemed to be too stood invitingly open ; our three com

much even for the old man's gravity; panions entered, crossed an extensive he fell into convulsions of laughter, and court, and passed by another portal scarcely able to articulate

the words, into a long and sombre corridor, from whence they ascended a stately stair- led up a fair girl to each of them.

“ I see you want niy assistance !” he case, which opened upon a vestibule of

Disconcerted as our young tradesgreat extent. The gloom of evening men were, their embarrassment and aphad already deeply veiled the Wisper prehensions quickly gave way to the thal, and what little light remained was still more obscured in these ample power of beauty, and their bosoms

were inspired with a violent passion apartments, either by the beechwoods for the daughters of the old man. that waved before the windows, or by

“I give you leave to embrace your the gorgeous gloom of the painted glass sweethearts," said the sire. through which the cloudy sunset so feebly found its way, that our heroes but the incense of those ripe lips com

They did not wait to be told twice ; were obliged to grope about for another door, which, when they at length the confusion of their senses.

pleted the conquest of their hearts, and opened, the blaze of brilliance that

“And now," resumed the old man, burst upon their eyes almost blinded “it is necessary that you should furthem. They found themselves in a nish me with sufficient proofs of your great gallery, whose walls were lined love for my daughters." Rosaflor, the from the floor to the cornice with pro- one you see in pink, has lost a stardigious mirrors, a thousand flambeaux ling, which was a prodigious favourite ; of perfumed wax redoubled their lustre Celestine, she in the azure robe, has withont end ; while the radiant fea- also lost a pet, a fine magpie; while tures and sylphed figures of the three Emiral, the young lady in green, damsels ; one of whom was attired. in equally unfortunate with her sisters, pink, another in azure, and the third laments the absence of a great raven, in green, were equally multiplied to which she cherished with care, and the eyes of the bewildered young prized most highly.”. burghers, who, instead of meeting with

Again the beautiful features and each his sweetheart, found about a hun- white bosoms of the three graces of the dred young ladies gaily robed and re- Wisperthal seemed convulsed with fulgently jewelled, who, as with one laughter, which they had great difficulty voice, bade them welcome, kissed their in suppressing. hands to them, and then burst into peals

“These pets," continued the sire, of silver-toned laughter at the poor with wonderful gravity,“ bave prospoonies, who stood gaping and staring, bably flown to the adjacent wood ; and astounded, dazzled, and dismayed, at you will recognise them by the followthis unexpected reception. All on a ing characteristic marks : the starling sudden, a door, that stood in a recess of knows an enigma ; the raven a ballad; the gallery, flew open, and an old man and the magpie relates the history of of a commanding stature, dressed in her grandmother the very moment you black, and having a long white beard, ask her. Go now, therefore, look for entered the saloon. Advancing to the these birds, which are not at all fierce, young cits, he said to them.

and easily suffer themselves to be “ Doubtless, you are come to demand taken.” my daughters in marriage ; I shall not Our three enamoured burghers did play the niggard with you, for I am exactly as the old man directed them.not a commercial man, and I will give About a quarter of a league from the you with each of them one thousand castle, they found the three birds perchflorins of gold.”

ed upon the branch of an ancient oak. Shrieks of laughter burst from the “Starling !" cried number one, lovely girls, when the old man uttered “ read me thy riddle.".

The starling immediately perched themselves to grimacing and chatter himself upon his shoulder, and said ing :--the starling repeated his riddle;

“ Tell me what is that which you the raven sang his song, and the maghave in your face, but which you can- pie related the history of her grandmonot see in the looking-glass.”

ther; in short, they managed altoge“Raven, sing me thy song,” ex ther to make such a hullabaloo, that claimed number two.

no one could make out a single word The raven immediately cleared his that was said. Each of the three voice, and in croaking tones, sang as

witches then took her lover by the arm, follows:

and led him to one of the three tables, Three black priests a walking went,

entertaining him with talk, hideously In the country of Cockaign;

amorous, of the many happy days she The little birds plucked and roasted, hoped to pass with him in the castle. Fell round them like the rain.

The starling, the raven, and the magBut this abundance, as it seems, Availed them not at all;

pie, in the meantime chanted and chatFor they found the little birds too large,

tered louder and louder. The luckless And their great mouths too small. Nurembergers, it may be imagined, had Then back they went to their own country, not much appetite, but they each ac Worn down to skin and bone;

cepted a glass of wine, which they had And they loudly swore the Cockaign folk,

no sooner emptied than they sank into Had little brains or none.

a profound sleep. * For if they had, thoso savoury birds,

The afternoon was far advanced when ('Twas thus the black priests cried); • Would have been of a more convenient they awoke. They found themselves size,

couched upon brambles at the bottom Or else their mouths more wide!'

of a savage rock, and it was with no The raven had scarcely finished his little difficulty that they recovered their ballad, when he came and perched feet and extricated themselves. Filled upon the head of number two.

with confusion and chagrin, they struck “Magpie, magpie, give us the hig, into the road which was to lead them tory of thy grandmother,” shouted num- out of this ill-omened vale ; but they ber three.

heard on all sides voices which seemed The magpie immediately assumed an to call them; and thought that, in every air of great importance, and narrated as direction, they saw an old woman's follows.

head nodding and grimacing at them.“Gentlemen, you must know that In the gorge of the vale, they perceived my grandmother was a magpie; she the three birds perched upon an elm. was in the habit of laying eggs, from The starling was as usual repeating his whence used to proceed more magpies; riddle; the raven singing his song ; and if she had not died one day, she and the magpie relating the history of would have been alive still.”,

her grandmother. The magpie flapped her wings as she One of our three youths, having takuttered these words, and hastened to en courage as soon as he found himself place herself upon the hand of number in an open country, and perceived the three.

world about him, demanded of a peasThe young tradesmen were delighted ant, who passed near them, if he could at having accomplished their expedi- not inform them what it was that those tion so easily, and they hastened to re- confounded birds meant with their hisgain the castle. But when they set tories and their songs? foot in the gallery, they were astonished "Oh, surely,” replied the peasant, to see that the mirrors had entirely dis. “I can explain it all to you quite appeared ; and still more so, that the clearly; but gentlemen, you must not three belles of the Wisperthal were not take it in evil part. The starling's visible in any part of it. Three tables, enigma refers to that expression of folly sumptuously spread, were placed in and conceit in your faces, which you three different recesses. Three tooth- will never discover in the lookingless old hags came tottering, and cough- glass, if you look till doomsday. The ing, and spitting, up to our Nuremberg raven's song means to instruct you in youths, and holding out to them their the propriety of taking roasted birds fleshless hands, exclaimed

with knife and fork, and not with the “Ah! here are our sweethearts !” mouth; and the magpie relates a hisand they embraced them so tenderly, tory which, one day, your grandchilthat a cold sweat oozed from every dren, perhaps, will relate of you." pore of their bodies.

Our precious trio opened their foolThe three beldames then betook ish eyes wider than ever at these words,

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