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themselves, as it mixes with the roar greater part of the rivers on which the of the tempest, they never fail to rise storm was most deadly, run into the from their devotions with their spirits Solway Frith, on which there is a cheered and their confidence renewed, place called the Beds of Esk, where and go to sleep with an exaltation of the tide throws out, and leaves whatmind of which kings and conquerors soever is carried into it by the rivers. have no share. Often have I been a When the flood after the storm sube sharer in such scenes; and never, sided, there were found on that place, even in my youngest years, without and the shores adjacent, 1840 sheep, having my heart deeply impressed by nine black cattle, three horses, two the circumstances. There is a subli- men, one woman, forty-five dogs, and mity in the very idea. There we liv. one hundred and eighty hares, bem ed, as it were, inmates of the cloud sides a number of meaner animals. and the storm; but we stood in a re To relate all the particular scenes of lationship to the Ruler of these, that distress that occurred during this treneither time nor eternity could ever mendous hurricane is impossible cancel. Woe to him that would volume would not contain them. I weaken the bonds with which true shall, therefore, in order to give a true Christianity connects us with Heaven picture of the storm, merely relate and with each other.
what I saw, and shall in nothing exBut of all the storms that ever Scot- aggerate. But before doing this, I land witnessed, or I hope ever will must mention a circumstance, curious again behold, there is none of them in its nature, and connected with that can once be compared with the others that afterwards occurred. memorable 24th of January 1794, Some time previous to that, a few which fell with such peculiar violence young shepherds (of whom I was one, on that division of the south of Scot- and the youngest, though not the least land that lies between Crawford-muir ambitious of the number), had formed and the border. In that bounds there themselves into a sort of literary sowere seventeen shepherds perished, and ciety, that met periodically, at one or upwards of thirty carried home insen- other of the houses of its members, sible, who afterwards recovered ; but where each read an essay on a subject the number of sheep that were lost far previously given out; and after that, outwent any possibility of calculation. every essay was minutely investigated One farmer alone, Mr Thomas Beat- and criticised. We met in the evening, tie, lost seventy-two scores for his own and continued our important discusshare-and many others, in the same sions all night. Friday the 23d of quarter, from thirty to forty scores January was the day appointed for one each. Whole flocks were overwhelmed of these meetings, and it was to be with snow, and no one ever knew held at Entertrony, a wild and remote where they were till the snow was dis- sheiling, at the very sources of the solved, that they were all found dead. Ettrick, and now occupied by my own I myself witnessed one particular in- brother. I had the honour of havstance of this, on the farm of Thick- ing been named as preses--so leaving side : there were twelve scores of ex the charge of my flock with my mascellent ewes, all one age, that were ter, off I set from Blackhouse, on missing there all the time that the snow Thursday, a very ill day, with a flamlay, which was only a week, and no ing bombastical essay in my pocket, traces of them could be found ; when and my tongue trained to many wise the snow went away, they were disco- and profound remarks, to attend this vered all lying dead, with their heads extraordinary meeting, though the one way, as if a flock of sheep had place lay at the distance of twenty dropped dead going from the wash- miles, over the wildest hills in the ing. Many hundreds were driven in- kingdom, and the time the depth of to waters, burns, and lakes, by the winter. I remained that night with violence of the storm, where they were my parents at Ettrick-house, and next buried or frozen up, and these the flood day again set out on my journey. I carried away, so that they were never had not, however, proceeded far, beseen or found by the owners at all. fore I perceived, or thought I perceivThe following anecdote somewhat il- ed, symptoms of an approaching storm, lustrates the confusion and devasta, and that of no ordinary nature. I retion that it bred in the country :—The member the day well: the wind, which
was rough on the preceding day, had till the fall of evening ; and as the subsided into a dead calm ; there was snow had been accumulating all day, a slight fall of snow, which descended so as to render walking very unfurtherin small thin flakes, that seemed to some, it was that time before I reached hover and reel in the air, as if uncer- home. The first thing I did was to tain whether to go upward or down- go to my master and inquire where he ward--the hills were covered down to had left my sheep-he told me-but the middle in deep folds of rime, or though I had always the most perfect frost-fog-in the cloughs that was dark, confidence in his experience, I was not dense, and seemed as if it were heaped pleased with what he had donehe and crushed together-but on the had left a part of them far too high brows of the hills it had a pale and out on the hills, and the rest were not fleecy appearance, and, altogether, I where I wanted them, and I told him never beheld a day of such gloomy as- so: he said he had done all for the pect. A thought now began to intrude best, but if there appeared to be any itself on me, though I strove all that danger, if I would call him up in the I could to get quit of it, that it would morning, he would assist me. We had be a wise course in me to return home two beautiful servant girls, and with to my sheep. Inclination urged me them I sat chattering till past eleven on, and I tried to bring reason to her o'clock, and then I went down to the aid, by saying to myself, “ I have no old tower. What could have taken reason in the world to be afraid of my me to that ruinous habitation of the sheep, my master took the charge of Black Danglasses at that untimeous them cheerfully, there is not a better hour, I cannot recollect, but it cershepherd in the kingdom, and I can- tainly must have been from a supposinot doubt his concern in having them tion that one of the girls would fol. right.” All would not do : 1 stood low me, or else that I would see a hare still and contemplated the day, and both very unlikely events to have the more closely I examined it, the taken place on such a night. Howmore was I impressed that some mis- ever, certain it is, that there I was at chief was a brewing ; so, with a midnight, and it was while standing on heavy heart, I turned on my heel, and the top of the staircase turret, that I made the best of my way back the first beheld a bright bore through the road I came ;--my elaborate essay, and clouds, towards the north, which reall my wise observations had come to minded me of my uncle's apothegm. nothing.
But at the same time a smart thaw had On my way home, I called at a commenced, and the breeze seemed to place named the Hope-house, to see a be rising from the south, so that I maternal uncle, whom I loved ; he was laughed in my heart at his sage rule, angry when he saw me, and said it was and accounted it quite absurd. Short not like a prudent lad to be running was the time till awful experience told up and down the country in such wea- me how true it was. ther, and at such a season ; and urged I then went to my bed in the byre me to make haste home, for it would loft, where I slept with a neighbour be a drift before the morn. He ac- shepherd, named Borthwick; but companied me to the top of the height though fatigued with walking through called the Black Gate-head, and on the snow, I could not close an eye, so parting, he shook his head, and said, that I heard the first burst of the « Ah! it is a dangerous looking day! storm, which commenced between one In troth I'm amaist fear’d to look at and two, with a fury that no one can it;" I said I would not mind it, if conceive who does not remember of any one knew from what quarter the it. Besides, the place where I lived storm would arise ; but we might, in being exposed to two or three gathered all likelihood, gather our sheep to the winds, as they are called by shepherds, place where they would be most ex- the storm raged there with redoubled posed to danger. He bade me keep a ferocity. It began all at once, with good look out all the way home, and such a tremendous roar, that I imawherever I observed the first opening gined it was a peal of thunder, until through the rime, to be assured the I felt the house trembling to its foundawind would rise directly from that tion. In a few minutes I went and point: I did as he desired me, but the thrust my naked arm through a hole clouds continued close set all around, in the roof, in order, if possible, to
ascertain what was going on without, ed to make a bold effort to reach them; for not a ray of light could I see. Í Our master made family worship, a could not then, nor can I yet, express duty he never neglected ; but that my astonishment. So completely was morning, the manner in which he the air overloaded with falling and manifested our trust and confidence in driving snow, that but for the force of Heaven, was particularly
affecting. We the wind, I felt as if I had thrust my took our breakfast-stuffed our pockets arm into a wreath of snow. I deemed with bread and cheese-sewed our plaids it a judgment sent from Heaven upon around us-tied down our hats with us, and lay down again in my bed, napkins coming below our chins-and trembling with agitation. I lay still each taking a strong staff in his hand, for about an hour, in hopes that it we set out on the attempt. might prove only a temporary hurri No sooner was the door closed becane ; but, hearing no abatement of hind us than we lost sight of each its fury, I awakened Borthwick, and other seeing there was none-it was bade him get up, for it was come on impossible for a man to see his hand such a night or morning, as never held up before him, and it was still blew from the heavens. He was not two hours till day. We had no means long in obeying, for as soon as he of keeping together but by following heard the turmoil, he started from his to one another's voices, nor of working bed, and in one minute throwing on our way save by groping with our his clothes, he hasted down the ladder, staves before us. It soon appeared to and opened the door, where he stood me a hopeless concern, for, ere ever for a good while, uttering exclamations we got clear of the houses and hayof astonishment. The door where he stacks, we had to roll ourselves over stood was not above fourteen yards from two or three wreaths which it was imthe door of the dwelling-house, but a possible to wade through ; and all the wreath was already amassed between while the wind and drift were so viothem, as high as the walls of the lent, that every three or four minutes house--and in trying to get round or we were obliged to hold our faces down through this, Borthwick lost himself, between our knees to recover our and could neither find the house nor breath. his way back to the byre, and about We soon got into an eddying wind six minutes after, I heard him calling that was altogether insufferable, and, my name, in a shrill desperate tone of at the same time, we were struggling voice, at which I could not refrain among snow so deep, that our progress from laughing immoderately, notwith- in the way we purposed going was instanding the dismal prospect that lay deed very equivocal, for we had, by before us, for I heard, from his cries, this time, lost all idea of east, west, where he was. He had tried to make north, or south. Still we were as busy his way over the top of a large dung- as men determined on a business bill, but going to the wrong side, had could be, and persevered on we knew fallen over, and wrestled long among not whither, sometimes rolling over snow, quite over the head. I did not the snow, and sometimes weltering in think proper to move to his assistance, it to the chin. The following instance but lay still, and shortly after, heard of our successful exertions marks our him shouting at the kitchen door for progress to a tittle. There was an ininstant admittance; still I kept my closure around the house to the westbed for about three quarters of an ward which we denominated the park, hour longer; and then, on reaching as is customary in Scotland. When the house with much difficulty, found we went away we calculated that it our master, the ploughman, Borth was two hours until day—the park wick, and the two servant maids, sit- did not extend above 300 yards—and ting round the kitchen fire, with looks we were still engaged in that park of dismay, I may almost say despair. when day light appeared. We all agreed at once, that the sooner When we got free of the park we we were able to reach the sheep, the also got free of the eddy of the wind better chance we had to save a rem- -it was now straight in our faces nant; and as there were eight hundred we went in a line before each other, excellent ewes, all in one lot, but a and changed places every three or four long way distant, and the most valua. minutes, and at length, after great fable lot of any on the farm, we resolve tigue, we reached a long ridge of a hill
where the snow was thinner, having possible to extricate myself, for the
tion in all its darkness and deformity. At half an hour after ten, we reach- I was not the least afraid of losing my ed the flock, and just in time to save way, for I knew all the declivities of them, but before that, both Borthwick the hills so well that I could have and the ploughman had lost their hats, come home with my eyes bound up, notwithstanding all their precautions, and indeed long ere I got home they and to impede us still farther, I went were ot' no use to me. I was terrified inadvertently over a precipice, and go- for the water, (Douglas Burn) for in ing down head foremost, between the the morning it was flooded and gorged scaur and the snow, found it ime up with snow in a dreadful manner,
and I judged that it would be quite making a bold exertion to escape from impassable. At length I came to a place the fairy vision, I came all at once in where I thought the water should be contact with the old tower. Never in and fell a boring and groping for it my life did I experience such a relief, I with my long staff. No, I could find was not only all at once freed from no water, and began to dread that for the fairies, but from the dangers of the all my accuracy I had gone wrong. I gorged river. I had come over it on was greatly astonished, and standing some mountain of snow, I knew not still to consider, I looked up to- how nor where, nor do I know to this wards Heaven, I shall not say for what day. So that, after all, they were trees cause, and to my utter amazement that I saw, and trees of no great magthought I beheld trees over my head nitude neither, but their appearance to flourishing abroad over the whole sky. my eyes it is impossible to describe. I never had seen such an optical delu- I thought they flourished abroad, not sion before, it was so like enchantment for miles, but for hundreds of iniles, to that I knew not what to think, but the utmost verges of the visible heavens. dreaded that some extraordinary thing Such a day and such a night may the was coming over me, and that I was eye of a shepherd never again behold. deprived of my right senses. What befell to our literary meeting, member I thought the storm was a and the consequences of the storm as I great judgment sent on us for our sins, witnessed them, must be deferred to and that this strange phantasy was a future Number. connected with it, an illusion effected
JAMES Hogg. by evil spirits. I stood a good while Eltrive,
OBSERVATIONS ON SALAME'S ACCOUNT OF THE EXPEDITION TO ALGIERS.
The author of this book, Mr Abra- tion of all the great dialects of the ham Salamé, is a native of Alexandria Arabic language, as well as of the in Egypt, but of a Syrian family. Turkish and Italian, and the events His grandfather, a merchant of high which occurred about the close of the respectability at St. Jean d'Acre, was last and opening of the present cencompelled to quit that city in conse- tury, furnished him with almost quence of some of the atrocities of Djez. equal facilities for the more rare aczar Pashaw, (the Butcher); and, the quisition of a little French and a little greater part of his children following English. In the course of a life of him in his flight, the race of the Salamés wandering mercantile adventure, Saseems now to be fairly transplanted. lame has since improved all these adThe family are all of the Christian vantages, and is now, it is probable, persuasion, and their name, as our one of the best qualified persons in author is at great pains to inform us, Europe for interpreting between Franks signifies in the Arabic peace or saluta- and Mahometans. His power of action; and he explains his anxiety in quiring languages will indeed require regard to this point, by mentioning, no better illustration than what is that in Italian the same word is used afforded by the very singular volume to denote a particular kind of sau
When Salamé came first sage.
to England, at the close of the year În Alexandria young Salamé seems 1815, although he had some smatter. to have enjoyed considerable opportu- ing knowledge of our language, he asnities of improvement in his educa- sures us, he could not have spelt the tion. The immense variety of traders word bread; but such is his capacity, who inhabit or visit that city, gave and such has been his diligence, that occasion and facility for the acquisi- he has now presented us with an oc
" A narrative of the expedition to Algiers in the year 1816, under the command of the Right Honourable Admiral Lord Viscount Exmouth; by Mr A. Salamé, a native of Alex, andria, in Egypt, interpreter in his Britannic Majesty's service for the Oriental languages, who accompanied his Lordship for the subsequent negotiations with the Dey, London, Murray, 1819. VOL V.