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MYSTERIOUS ACCOUNT OF A DEATH WARNING GIVEN BY AN APPARITION!

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very great friendship existed between that made every nerve in him tremble with Thomas Ostrahan and Robert Straker, two fear; and so wrought on him, that he sunk youths of Barbadoes, which was contracted speechless in his bed. After some little at school in England, and continued after time he recovered from his swoon, and saw their arrival.

the same form sitting in a chair by the side Ostrahan died lately, Straker attended of his bed; and, notwithstanding the terri. his funeral, and expressed lively marks of fic appearance of it, he soon recognized the sorrow at the death of his friend. On his features of his late departed friend, Ostrareturn at night to rest, in his chamber, he han, who thus saluted him. Do not be there ruminated on Ostrahan's death, and terrified, my dear friend, at my appearconsoled himself for his loss, in a hope ance; be of good courage; do not be surthat his friend would enjoy a degree of prised. At these words he recollected his happiness in the invisible world, that lie faultering spirits, and offered to take him could not have expected here. Whilst he hy the hand. No, my dear Bob,' says was thus employed, he on a sudden saw a the spirit, I am not to be touched by mor. glimmering light at a distance from him, tal hands-I am yet ignorant where I am which seemed to approach near him, and to go, but at present have received a camdirectly there appeared to his sight a form mand from the Almighty to warn you of

No. 86—N, S.

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an impending danger that hangs belief,) since you will have it so,
over your brother's head, which he it is a dream.'
is yet ignorant of. Tell your father At night he retired to rest with
that two intimate friends and com his brother, as usual, but being kept
panions of your brother, will shortly awake some time by uneasy reflec-
seduce him to the most abandoned tions on what the spirit had told him
wickedness; and, that unless he respecting his brother, he on a sud-
uses some precaution to prevent-it, den saw a very bright light illumi-
your brother will inevitably be lost. nating the whole chamber, which
I know you love him, and would not was so beautiful and striking, that
willingly see him undone, therefore it both pleased and terrified him.-
fail not to acquaint your father- . At the same instant he jumped out
you yourself will shortly die, at of bed, in order to alarm the family,
what hour I know not; and another but hearing a fluttering kind of
of our friends will shortly follow. noise, he looked towards the place,
In order to convince you that I am and saw his friend arrayed in celes-
commissioned from above, I will tell tial glory standing before him.-
you some of your father's thoughts: Never did his eyes behold a form so
he designed to havė married you at beautiful ; he was dressed in a long
the

age of nineteen to Miss Wt; white robe, that carried with it an this thought and design he has never air of inexpressible grandeur; his communicated to any person living. cheeks appeared adorned with a As a further proof, on Sunday night rosy coloured hue, that surpassed you will be drawn to church, by a the beauty of the blooming rosecause you yet know not of, and you A glorious illumination sparkled will there hear the parson S-e use around him. Straker beheld the these particular words, (repeating sight with the most rapturous exthem, &c.) Fait not to inform your tacy, while he stood some' minutes father of your brother's danger.”- silent to indulge the admiration of At this he departed from his sight. his earthly friend. At length this

Straker was greatly surprised at celestial inhabitant broke silence, what was told him, but feared to and said, 'My dear friend, ouce communicate it to the family. The more I am come to visit you; I am Sunday night following, he attend- in a place of happiness, and sent by ed the funeral of a neighbour to the most High to repeat the former church, and there heard the minister command respecting that youth who S-e, repeat the very sentences in now lies sleeping in the bed: why his sermon, which the spirit inform- did you delay communicating it to ed him would be said. This made your father?' Straker replied, I a deep impression on him, and he designed to acquaint my father of it, returned home very melancholy, but my mother ridiculing it as a which his mother took notice of, dream, prevented me. you and asked him the reason. He told permit me to awake my brother ? her he should shortly. die. She your warning him of his danger will asked him how he came to have have stronger weight.' No, it is such a thought; and in answer to not permitted, repeated the spirit ; her question, he related to her the should you awake him he might see appearance of his friend Ostraban me, because I am at present visible to him, which she laughed at, and to human eyes; but it would also told him it was a dream.''Madam'oblige me to depart instantly. You says he, (a little angry at her un- will

yourself bid adieu to this world

Will

in a few days ! be resigoed, and ex- Ostirahan :-I shall expire in three pect the stroke. "I am not afraid hours.' of death,' replied Straker; • I think On being told that the young lady I am prepared to obey the summons he courted was in the house, he des of the most High.'

Three hours sired his friends to introduce her before your death,' says the spirit, into his chamber.

He then em•I shall appear to you-be mindfuli braced her with great tenderness, of the injunction laid on you. He and, kissing ber mournfully, exthen walked very leisurely towards claimed, ‘Farewell, my dear M-! the

open. window.; Straker had re may Heaven love you, as I have solation enough to follow, and trod done!-farewell, my dear friends! upon the skint of the white robe, but After this, he prostrated himself on it did not seem to feel like a.com his face, and after laying some time mon substance. At this the shining in that posture, he expired with a seraph turned round, and most be- gentle sigh. nignly smiled upon him; and then

Extracts appeared to soar up to the heavens.

from New Uworks. The morning after this being Monday, he told the particulars of

FROM 'LIFE IN THE WEST.' this visitation to his father, who

" If a man could but see the horwas very much alarmed at the reci- rid deformity of these “bells, and tal, and felt all the agonies of a parent, at the afflicting thought of would hesitate before he set a foot

most of their visiters, surely he losing his beloved child. My dear into them. But being there, from son,' says he, I am coovinced of the truth of what you have told me, before him, he, hy degrees, unper

the instances of vice and folly ever from the circumstance of your manriage. I designed to marny you at tator of the most revolting language

ceived by himself, becomes an imi. the age of nineteen years. I must and the worst of principles. be content to lose you, my dear Bob, since it is the will of the Al- from the first. In spite of his own

A mania seizes and clings to him mighty-I hope you have made constant losses, the losses of all good use of your late hours." "Yes, around him, the objects of misery ; sir,' says the son, I hạve endea

in consequence of theirs, ever prevoured to prepare myself by prayer senting themselves to his view, he and meditation for the awful summops,'

pursues the same headlong course

with a fanaticism beyond all belief. Straker, a few hours after, pen- The springs of social life get dried ned every particular of this visitation, and directed it in: a letter to up within him; he no longer is his father. He was soon after seized happy in the bosom of his family; with a puking, wbich turned in a of a friend or of a virtuous woman.

he can no longer enjoy the society short time to its opposite disorder. In fine, he is never content away After being seated in a chair, he presently raised his drooping head, from the houses, and when he is, and cried, 'I come, I come, my dear

never ceases talking about them.

If he bias a pursuit in life-a profriend, I will soon follow.'

fession, a trade, or calling-he canHis friends around him being surprised, asked him the reason of his not longer follow it, his mind is unexclamation. 'I have just seen,' attention to his studies or bis duties.

hinged, and he can pay no farther says he, my dear friend, Thomas Ilis whole soul is engrossed, en

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chanted, by these most foul and dia- sight of ruined men, and the facts bolical establishments, that he is they could unfold." ** too blind to observe that they must sooner or later encompass his ruin, “ The refreshments at the high and that when he falls and fall he hells are-tea, coffee, fruit, confecwill, a gambler falls unpitied and tionary, wine, supper, &c. ; 'at the unrelieved.

low hells, tea, biscuits, and liquors. It is a curious feature in the ca The games are, French hazard, reer of a gambler at these hells, rouge et noir, roulette, un deux that he gets reconcilerl, apparently cinque, and English hazard. to his degradation and downfall: When the bankers think fit, two though now and then a thought of or three other games are occasionhappier days, and of what he might ally introduced, a manouvre often have been, flashes across his mind, resorted to, should the bank, by any and penetrates his heart with a de rare accident, have a run against it. solate misery.

Some of the hells are constantly If a man's income be no more than varying their games. a hundred a-year, it would be much The hells, generally, are fitted up better to be content with that, away in a very splendid style, and their from them, than make it, were it expenses are very great. 'l'hose of possible, a thousand a-year by visit- Fishmongers' Hall are not less than

one thousand pounds a week. The A player's mind is always upon next in eminence, one hundred and the rack--the torture ever under fifty pounds a week; and the minor the influence of tumultuous passions ones of all (with the exception of that destroy all repose.

those where English hazard is gemoment in an excess of joy at an nerally played, the expenses of which instance of good fortune; and the are trifling), vary from forty to next yielding to the bitterest de-, eighty pounds. spair for its indurability. The sud The inspectors or overlookers, are den transitions from grief to joy, and paid from six to eight pounds a week joy to grief, which are ever occur each; the 'croupiers,' or dealers, ring, and are the more intense by three to six pounds; the waiters the difficulties a person may be in and porters, two pounds; a lookerat the time, and from their repeti- out after the police officers, to give tion, have a dreadful effect upon his warning of their approach, also two mind, which receives, at every fresh pounds ; what may be given to the occurrence, a deeper wound. Men Watchmen upon the beat of the difhave been, by these vicissitudes so ferènt houses, besides liquor, &c. is inwardly convulsed, that their limbs not known; but they receive, no have trembled, and large drops of doubt, according to the services perspiration bave rolled from their they are called upon occasionally to brow.

render. Then comes rent and inWhen players are quite cleaned cidental expenses, such as wine, &c. out, the hellites wish to be freed There is another disbursement not from their visits; and when their easily ascertained, but it must be impudence has not the effect of very large, viz. the money annually keeping a ruined man away, they given, in a certain quarter, to obturn him out without the smallest tain timely intelligence of any incompunction. Besides, a new co- formation laid against a hell, at a mer might take the alarm by the public office, to prevent a sudden

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