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THE CONFLAGRATION OF MOSCOW-THE CAPTURED INDIAMAN.
From the Saturday Evening Post. THE CONFLAGRATION OF MOSCOW. Hark! what wild shouts disturb the air,
Along the gales of Russia driven ! Tis the fierce triumph of despair
It rolls--it bursts-and swells to heaven. Rolling along the Kremlin walls,
And through the streets, that awful cry Proclaims to Moscow's lordly halls,
The blow is struck for victory! And see ! a lurid glare of light
Springs up from cottage and from tower, Gilding the darkness of the night,
As fiercely onward spreads its power. Usurping the moon's paler beams,
It wafts destruction far and wide, Reflecting in the silver streams,
And farther on, the frozen tide. Around the birth-place of the Czar,
In sportive flames it fiercely twines Its lurid ruin, wafting far
Its light through Russia's frozen climes, Revealing, o'er the whiten'd plain,
Napoleon's vast and countless line ; His banner floating with disdain,
Though 'gainst him elements combine The conqueror, seated in his car,
As onward rolled his ponderous wheels, Surveyed the dazzling lights afar,
And anguish, though reluctant, feels :: He sees his cherished hopes dashed down,
And by a rude and savage bandNo inore is Russia's golden crown
Within the grasping of his hand. Never the palace of the Czar
Shall ope her huge and ponderous gate,
He, the imperial potentate!
Nor monuments of lasting fame;
Will never deck his splendid train. The conqueror of many a throne,
The idol of imperial FranceThough all he views is now his own,
Reads his dark fate in that one glance. Though he has felt the tropic sun,
And fiercely braved the northern snow,
In this, stern destiny's first blow.
A lurid ocean, raging bright,
Its huge devouring fangs of light.-
And seemed delighted there to dwell : At last unto the heated ground
It tottered and the Kremlin fel! As long as he could fix his eye
Upon one hut or cottage there, Would he, Napoleon, deign to fly!
Though man and fire, and e'en the air
THE CAPTURED INDIAMAN. We copy from Blackwood's Magazine for April, the following narrative of the horrible atrocities said to have been perpetrated on board a West Indiaman, which, although under convoy, had been surprised and taken by the crew of a privateer schooner.
A line-of-battle ship led and two frigates and three sloops were stationed on the out-skirts of the fleet.
On this evening, (we had by this time progressed into the trades, and were within three hundred miles of Barbados,) the sun had set bright and clear, after a most beautiful day, and we bowling along right before it; but there was no moon, and although the stars sparkled brilliantly, yet it was dark and as we were the sternmost of the men-of-war, we had the task of whipping in the sluggards. It was my watch on deck. A gun from the Commodore, who showed a number of lights. “What is that Mr. Kennedy ?" said the captain to the old gunner, “ The Commodore has made the night signal for the sternmost ships to make more sail and close, sir." We repeated the signal, and stood on hailing the dullest of the merchantren, in the neighborhood to make more sail, and firing a musket shot now and then over the more distant of them. By and by we saw a large West Indiaman suddenly haul her wind, and stand across our bows.
“ Forward there," sung out Mr. Splinter, “stand by to fire a shot at that fellow from the boat gun if he does not bear up. What can be be after? Sergeant Armstrong,"—to a marine, who was standing close by, in the waist,—“ get a musket, and fire over him." It was done, and the ship immediately borne upon her course again; we now ranged along side of bim on his larboard quarter. “ Ho, the ship a hoy!"---"Hillo!" was the reply. "Make more sail, sir, and run into the body of the fleet, or I shall fire into you ; why don't you keep in the wake of the Commodore ?" No answer.
“What meant you by hauling your wind just now, sir."
“ Yesh, Yesh," at length responded a voice from the merchantman.
“Something wrong here," said Mr. Splinter. “ Back your maintopsail, sir, and hoist a light at the peak; I shall send a boat on board of you. Boatswain's mate pipe away the crew of the jolly boat." We also backed our maintopsail, and were in the act of lowering down our boat, when the officer rattled out “ keep all fast, with the boat; I can't comprehend that chap's manauvres for the soul of me. He has not hove-to." Once more we were within pistol-shot of him. “Why don't you heave to, sir?" All silent.
Presently we could perceive a confusion and a noise of struggling on board, and angry voi
ces, as if people were trying to force their way The table was laid for supper with cold meat up to the hatchways from below; a heavy thump- and wine, and a profusion of silver things all ing upon deck, and a creaking of the blocks, sparkling brightly; but it was in great disorder, and rattling of the cordage, while the mainyard wine spilt, and glasses broken, and dishes with was first braced one way and then another, as meat upset, and forks and spoons scattered about. if two parties were striving for the mastery. At She was evidently one of those London West Inlength a voice hailed distinctly,“ We are cap- diamen, on board of which I knew there was tured by a "A sudden sharp cry, and a splash much splendor and great comfort.-But, alas ! overboard told of some fearful deed.
the hand of lawless violence had been there. “We are taken by a privateer, or pirate.” The captain lay across the table, with his head sung out another voice. This was followed by a hanging over the side of it next to us, and unaheavy crunching blow, as when the spike of a ble to help himself with his hands tied behind his butcher's axe is driven through a bullock's for- back, and a gag in his mouth; his face purple head deep into the brain.
from the blood running in his head, and the white By this time the captain was on deck, all hands of his eyes turned up, while his loud stentorous had been called, and the word had been passed breathing but too clearly indicated the rupture to clear away two of the foremost carronades on of a vessel on the brain. the starboard side, and to load them with grape. He was a stout, portly man, and altho' we re
“ On board there-get below, all you of the leased him on the instant, and had him bled, and English crew, as I shall fire with grape." threw water on his face, and did all we could
The hint was now taken. The ship at length for him, he never spoke afterwards, and died in came to the wind--we rounded to, under her lee; half an hour. and an armed boat, with Mr. Treenall, and my- Four gentlemanly-looking men were setting at self, and sixteen men, with cutlasses, were sent the table, lashed to their chairs, pale and trembon board.
ling, while six of the most ruffian looking scounWe jumped on deck, and at the gangway Mr. drels I ever beheld, stood on the opposite side of Treenall stumbled and fell over the çead body the table in a row fronting us, with the light from of a man, no doubt the one who hailed last, with the lamps shining full of them. Three of them his scull cloven to the eyes, and a broken cut- were small but very square mulattoes; one was lass blade sticking in the gash. We were im- a South American Indian, with square high bomediately accosted by the mate, who was lashed ned visage, and long lank, black glossy hair of down to a ringbolt close by the bits, with his his cast. These four had no clothing besides hands tied at the wrists by sharp cords so tight their trowsers, and stood with their arms folded, ly, that the blood was spouting from beneath his in all the calmness of desperate men, caught in nails.
the very act of some horrible atrocity which they “We have been surprised by a privateer knew shut out all hope of mercy. The two othschooner, sir, the lieutenant of her, and twelve ers were white Frenchmen, tall, bushey whismen, are now in the cabin.”
kered, sallow desperadoes, but still, wonderful to " Where are the rest of the crew ?"
relate, with if I may so speak, the manners of “ All secured in the forecastle, except the se- gentlemen. One of them squinted, and had a cond mate and boatswain, the men who hailed hair lip, which gave him a horrible expression. you just now; the last was knocked on the head, They were dressed in white trowsers and shirts, and the former was stabbed and thrown over- yellow silk ashes around their waists and a sort board."
of blue uniform jackets, blue Gascon cap from By this the lieutenant bad descended to the ca- each of which descended a large bullion tassel, bin followed by his people, while the merchant hanging down on one side of their heads. crew once more took charge of the ship, crowd- The whole party had apparently made up their ing sail into the body of the fleet.
minds that resistance was vain, for their pistols 1 followed him close, pistol and cutlass in hand and cutlasses, some of them bloody, had all been and I shall never forget the scene that present- laid on the table with the buts and handles toed itself when I entered.—The cabin was that wards us, contrasting horrible with the glitterof a vessel of five hundred tons, elegantly fitted ing equipage of steel, and crystal, and silver up; the panels were filled with superb damask things, and on the snow-white damask table hangings before the stern windows and side cloth. They were immediately seized, and ironberths, and brilliantly lighted up by two large ed, to which they submitted in silence.--We next swinging lamps hung from the deck above, which released the passengers, and were overpowered were reflected from, and multiplied in, several with thanks, one dancing, one crying, one laughplate glass mirrors in the pannels. In the re- ing and another praying. But merciful Heaven! cess, which in cold weather had been occupied wliat an object met our eyes! drawing aside a by the stove, now stood a splendid cabinet piano curtain that concealed a sofa, fitted into a reforte, the silk corresponding with the crimson cess, there lay more dead than a live a tall and eloth of the pannels; it was open, a Leghorn most beautiful girl, her resting on her arm and bonnet with a green veil, a parasol, and two long her clothes dishevelled and torn, blood on her white gloves, as if recently pulled off, lay on it, bosom, and foam on her mouth, with her long with the very mould of the hands in them. hair loose and dishevelled, and covering the up
The rudder case was particularly beautiful; per part of her deadly pale face, through which it was a rich carved and guilded palm-tree, the her wild, sparkling black eyes, protruded from stern painted white, and enterlaced with a gol- their sockets, glanced and glared with the fire del fret work, like the lozengers of a pine apple of a maniac's, while her blue lips kept gibbering while the leaves spread up and abroad on the roof. an incoherent prayer, one moment, and the next,
imploring mercy, as if she had been still in the In fact they frequently landed near us, and took hands of those who knew not her name ; and what provisions they wanted. Sometimes they anon, a low, hysterical laugh made our very blood would throw a few guineas at the women, and freeze in our bosoms, which soon ended in a long, say if they did not think they were poor they dismal yell, as she rolled off the couch upon the would take what they wanted without leave. deck and lay in a dead faint.
The boat we took to New London, and sold to Alas, the day! a maniac she was from that one of the American squadron, for seventy dolhour. She was the only daughter of the mur- lars, quite a sum for three boys, the oldest not dered captain of the ship, and never woke in her fourteen. unclouded reason to the fearful consciousness of Captain Howard's sloop was chased by the her own dishonor and her parent's death. British sloop of war Wasp, on shore at the Salt
Works. Guns were brought to her rescue.From the Saturday Evening Post.
Two companies of militia, under Captain Deca. An Adventure,
tur, Lieutenant Biddle, and other officers, were
attending the Presbyterian church, at New LonDURING THE LATE WAR.
don, at the time; and hearing the guns, they, One day in July, 1814, whilst fishing with two with all the congregation, left the church, exother boys, on the rocks below the Salt Works, pecting the fleet had made the contemplated atat the mouth of New London harbour, we observ- tack on the town. Captain Decatur proceeded ed a boat with eight oars, approaching the small with six boats to the mouth of the harbour, and cove to the westward of us. At first we supposed with two pieces of artillery succeeded in driving it contained a party of young officers from the off the barges of the Wasp, and those of the friBritish squadron, as they frequently amused them- gate, that had come to their assistance. selves by shooting, on the island, at the mouth of In consequence of the calm the British vessels the cove; but observing them more distinctly as could not approach near enough to do us any they approached, we could see pone but those at damage; the flour was therefore landed, and the oars; and our conjecture, that the crew bad carried to New London in wagons; the sloop run away from one of the British vessels, was was got off and warped into New London bar. fully confirmed by their running off with all their bour. Capt. Howard continued to run down to might as soon as they landed. After they had New York, during the war, taking advantage of disappeared, and seeing no prospect of their be- the dark nights, his knowledge of the sound, and ing pursued by any of the boats’ squadron, we the winds. As for the boat's crew, they all esrowed our small skiff behind the rocks, keeping caped except one, who, report says, was decoyclose to the shore, until within a few rods of their ed' and taken by a tory, who was strongly susboat, when we landed under cover of a large pected of supplying the British with fresh provirock, and proceeded cautiously to the boat. In sions. the boat we found a midshipman, with his arms The British Admiral, Hardy, had offered one and feet tied, and a handkerchief over his thousand dollars reward to any one who would mouth. We immediately relieved him, and bring him a deserter. He was induced to offer learned that the crew had risen upon him, about this large sum in consequence of frequent deserten miles off-a very easy task, as they were all tions from the British Navy. I never heard of armed-the boat having been despatched by the but one being taken back, and this was the perfrigate Majestic, to reconnoitre a sloop, that they son I alluded to. It was said at the time that Richsupposed was Capt. Howard's, laden with flour, ard carried him off one night when he from New York, a fact the midshipman was una- took his usual supply of fresh beef; that, on his ble to ascertain, as the crew preferred leaving informing the captain of the Ramilies who be the sloop to make its way to New London, where had, he (the captain) took a rope from the yardit arrived after some difficulty, as I shall relate arm, and hung the poor fellow from the boat, presently.
without taking him on board. The midshipman, (now Captain R-, of the Richard made a large sum of money, Royal Navy, whom I have since had the pleasure by fair and foul means, during the war, but never of dining with) we ascertained, was one of a par- prospered; he committed suicide after the peace, ty that we had fallen in with two weeks previous, from remorse, it was said.-In fact, all at once whilst shooting meadow hens. They then treated he appeared to be an altered man: he never us very kindly, took some of our fish, and in re- smiled after the night he took the poor fellow on turn gave us some refreshments, requesting us board the Ramilies. One of his fellow tories fled to exchange our fishing apparatus for a pair of to Canada. On his return, after the peace, he pistols.
was tried for high treason; but government not Being an acquaintance we took him to my wishing to spill any more blood, did not make father's house, gave him some refreshments, &c. great efforts to convict him. Some of the witHe remained with us during the day and part of vesses absented themselves, and none felt willing the night; for, awaking very early in the that the man's blood should rest on their testimorning, we found he had left us, leaving a note mony. He was ably defended by a very emisaying he would take our skiff, and in its place nent lawyer of New London, who named a mo we might have the cutter. We were entirely derate fee, considering the services he rendered, disposed to connive at his escape, considering but the man had no gratitude or principle, and the manner he came into our possession ; be declined paying him his fee, saying,
Why, sides, our house was completely exposed to the squire, a man had better have been bung than to whole squadron, without any defence nearer pay such a fee.” He is still alive-has accumuthan Fort Griswold, distant seven or eight miles. I lated property, but is respected by no one. D.
THE LION's visit-THE WRECK-THE CORN CRAKE-PROVERBS.
The Lion's Visit to the Market. scented by the everlasting pilot fish, the jackalls of the We published, some time since, an account of a panther shark-and that their destruction was inevitable if one of who amused himself by “keeping shop" a little while in these monsters should discover the rich repast, or be led to New York, and we were pleased to observe that no evil re- its food by the little rapid hunter of its prey. A few minsulted to any one from his change of business. The love utes after, about fifteen sharks came right among them. of freedom and the search for ease is not confined to the The boat was again upset by the simultaneous endeavour Panther: other animals, long caged, seek an outlet, and en- to escape danger, and the twenty-two sailors were again joy, "the common air and common use of their own devoted to destruction. At first the sharks did not seem limbs.”
inclined to seize their prey, but swam in arnongst the men, Two women, some fifteen or sixteen years since, were playing in the water, sometimes leaping about and rubbing Bitting about two o'clock of a market day, at the head of against their victims. This was of short duration. A Sixth street market, then the highest or last in Market loud shriek from one of the men announced his sudden street, and while they were lamenting the heat of the day, pain; a shark had seized him by the leg, and severed it and counting and comparing their profits at the close of entirely from the body. No sooner had the blood been their sales, one of them lifting up her eyes, sighing, said, tasted than the dreaded attack took place: another and “ We shall have no more customers to-day."
another shriek proclaimed the loss of limbs. Some were "No," sighed the other, " the clark will soon be along torn from the boat, to which they vainly endeavored to to clear us out-though by the way, what is that coming cling-some, it was supposed, sunk from fear alone. The down the street ?"
sharks had tasted the blood, and were not to be driven Good heavens!” exclaimed the first woman, that's a from their feast, By great exertion the boat was again customer indeed-is it a dog, or a calf?"
righted, and two men were in her; the rest had all perish“ It's neither," shouted the other, “it's a lion, as I am a ed. -- The two survivors resolved, with gallant hearts, to sinner."
redouble their exertions. They lightened the boat sufThe two beldames seized their moveables, and shot ficiently not to be overset. The voracious monsters enacross the street into a cellar, pulling the door close after deavored to upset the boat; they swam by its side, in them.
seeming anxiety for their prey; but after waiting sone Meantime, the tawny king of the forest, who had, while tine separated. The two rescued seamen, in spite of the the keeper was taking his siesta, walked out of his cage horrors they had witnessed, soon fell
asleep, and were the into the street, pursued his way to the market, attracted next day fortunately picked up by a vessel. probably by the savory smells that ascended from the beel' and mutton, which a day's heat had acted on. The lion, unlike the New York panther, despised shop: the north of England and Scotland in summer, and keeps
THE CORN CRAKE. This interesting bird, which visits right into the air, and his head jogging up and down, as it up in the meadows its cry of crake, crake, is well known, his whole mind was bent upon a good dinner.
but is not easily seen. li runs with great rapidity, and is " What ails the women?" said a butcher, as he delibe- loth to take wing. When found, it has the instinct, in rately took down the last piece of unsold meat, “ what are
common with some other animals, and especially insects,
to feign death. A gentleman had one brought to him by they scampering after ?" "May be,” said his neighbor, "a squall is coming up;
his dog. It was dead to all appearance. As it lay on the perhaps the clerk of the market
is coming with his broom.ground, he turned it over with his foot : he was convinced What is that?"
it was dead. Standing by, however, for some time, in si “That ?—that is a lion!" shouted the other, and away lence, he suddenly saw it open an eye. He then took it he scampered, and his neighbor after him. The panic be up its head fell, its legs hung loose, it appeared again to
Slam went the shop doors. “Look out for the lion !" very long, he felt it all alive, and struggling to escape screamed a good lady from an upper window. Whes He took it out, it was as lifeless as hefore. He then laid he," said a dray horse, as he turned up Sixth street with it again upon the ground and retired to some distance;
in instinctive dread.
about five minutes it warily raised its head, looked around, The coast was clear. The market was before the lion and decamped at full speed.-Notes of a Naluralisi. where to choose, and a good appetite his guide; he paused and nibbled at a fore quarter of lamb, he licked up a piece
PROVERBS. of beef, and smelled at a few radishes. Meantime his go. A gpur in the head, is worth two in the heel. ing abroad became known, and a goodly number were as- A civil denial is better than a rude grant. sembled in the windows above, and here and there some An old dog can't alter his way of barking. bold ones were discovered peeping round the corners of A thread-bare coat, is armour proof against a highway the street, and springing back as the gyrations of the lion's man. tufted tail gave notice of its owner moving,
A wager, is a fool's argument. Market street has not since exhibited such an absence of Better wear out shoes, than sheets. passengers.
Beauty is potent, but money is omnipotent. The clerk of the market arrived with his squad of men, He that falls into the dirt, the longer he lies, the dirtier armed with besoms; but no sooner were they apprised of he is. the state of the case, than they threw down their imple- He who says what he likes, hears what he does not like. ments and ran.
Poverty makes a man acquainted with strange bed The lion, meantime, danced along down the market, er- fellows. amining the varied contents of the stalls and shambles, un- The horse shoe that clatters wants a nai). til, to his own surprise, he was saluted by the well known Unbidden guests know not where to sit down. voice of his keeper, who had waylaid him with the cage. A maid that laughs, is half taken. Eating and exercise had satisfied the wanderer with his A woman that painteth, puts up a bill that she is to be let. adventure; he stepped into his cage, and in ten minutes A man's best fortune, or his worst, is a wife. was fast asleep.
A woman conceals what she knows not. We had not the good fortune to witness the gambols to A lass that has many wooers, often fares the worst. which we have referred, but it was told to us with so Fanned fire and forced love, never did well yet. much satisfaction by one who said he saw it, that we have Honest men marry soon, wise men not at all. often exclaimed,
If marriages be made in Heaven, somre have few friends "When next the lion goes abroad,
there. May we be there to see."
It is a good horse that never stumbles,
And a good wife that never grumbles. In The Lifeof a Sailor, is a narrative of the wreck of a Next to no wife, a good wife is best. vessel off the Havanna. The crew took to the brat, While the tall woman is stooping, the Kittle one hath which upset; they succeeded in righting her, and while swept the house. two men were bailing her with their hats a shark was seen Smoke, raining into the house, and a scolding wife will to approach. No language can convey an idea of the make a man run out of doors, panic which seized the struggling seamen. Every man He who has no bread to spare, should not keep a dog. now strove the more to obtain a moment's safety. Well He who has but one coat, should not lend it. they knew that one drop of blood would have been Wise men make proverbs and fools repeat them.