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JACQUBLINB. From Outre-Mer, or, a Pilgrimage beyond the Sea, shall never hear again on earth. Next sabbath mothBy H. W. LONGFELLOW, Esq.

er, kneel again by that window as to-day. I shall not JACQUELINE.

be here, upon this bed of pain and sickness, but when

you hear the solemn hymn of worship and the beseechDeath lies on her, like an untimely frost ing lones that wing the spirit up to God, think moiber, Upon the sweetest flower of all the field.

that I am there,-- with my sweet sister who has gone SHAKSPEARE.

before us,-kneeling at our Saviour's feet, and happy*Dear mother,--s it not the bell I hear?"

oh, how happy!" "Yes, my child; the bell for morning prayers. It is The aMicted mother made no reply,-her heart was Sundny to-day.”

too full to speak. "I had forgotten it. But now all days are alike 10 “You reinember, mother, how calmly Amie died. ine. Hark! it sounds again-louder-louder. Open Poor child, she was so young and beautiful I-I al the window, for I love the sound. There; the sunshine ways pray, that I may die as she did. I do not fear and the fresh morning air revive me. And the church death as I did before she was taken from us. But ohhell--oh mother,--it reminds me of the holy sabbath this pain-this cruel pain—it seems to draw my mind mornings by the Loire-calm, so hushed, so beau. back from heaven. When it leaves me I shall die in tifu!! Now give me my prayer-book, and draw the peace." curtain back that I may see ihe green trees and the My poor child !-God's holy will be done !" church spire. I feel beiter to-day, dear mother.” The invalid soon sank into a quiet slumber, The

It was a bright, cloudless morning in August. The excitement was over, and exhausted nature sought redes still glistened on the trees, and a slight breeze lief in sleep. wafted to the sick-chamber of Jacqueline the song of The persons, between whom this scene passed, the birds, the rustle of the leaves, and the solemn chime were a widow and her sick daughter, from the neighof the church-bells. She had been raised up in bed, borhood of Tours. They had left the banks of the and reclining upon the pillow, was gazing wistfully Loire to consult the more experienced physicians of npon the quiet scene without. Her mother gave her the metropolis, and had been directed to the Maison the prayer-book and then turned away to hide a tear De Sante at Auteuil for the benefit of the pure ait. that stole down her cheek.

But all in vain. The health of the suffering, but unAt length the bells ceased. Jacqueline crossed her complaining patient grew worse and woree, and it soon sell, kissed a pearl crucifix that hung around her neck, became evident that the closing scene was drawing near. and opened the silver clasps of her missal. For a time Of this Jacqueline herself seemed consciour; and toshe seemed wholly absorbed in her devotions. Her ward evening she expressed a wish to receive the last lips moved, but no sound was audible. At intervals sacraments of the church. A priest was sepi for:and the solemn voice of the priest was heard at a distance, ere long the tinkling of a little bell in the street anand then the contused responses of the congregation, nounced his approach. He bore in his hard a silver dying away in inarticulate munnurs. Ere long the vase containing the consecrated wafer, and a small thrilling chaunt of the Catholic service broke npon the vessel filled with the holy oil of the extreme unction ear. At first it was low, solemn, and indistinct;-thep hung from his neck. Before him walked a boy car. it became more earnest and entreating, as if interced- rying a little bell, whose sound announced ihe passing ing, and imploring pardon for sin; and then arose loud of these symbols of the Catholic faith. In the rear, er and louder, ful, harmonious, majestic, as it wafted a few of the villagers, bearing lighted wax tapers, formthe song of praise to heaven,--and suddenly, ceused. ed a short and melancholy procession. They soon enThen the sweet tones of the organ were heard,- tered the sick chamber, and the gliner of the tapers trembling, thrilling, and raising higher and higher, and mingled with the red light of the setting sin, that shor filling the whole air with their rich melodious music. his farewell rays through the open window. The vessel et What exqnisite accords!-what noble harmonies!-, oil and the vase contaming the consecrated waters were What touching pathos!—The soul of the sick girl placed upon the table in front of a cuucitis that hung seemed to kindle into more ardent devotion, and to be upon the wall, and all present excepting the priest, wrapt away to heaven in the full harmonious chorus, threw themselves upon their knees. The pries as it swelled onward, doubling and redoubling, and then approached the bed of the dying girl, and said in rolling upward in a full burst of rapturous devotion! a slow and solemn tone: Then all was hushed again. Once more the low sound "The King of kings and Lord of lords has passed of the bell emote the air, and announced the elevation thy threshold. Is thy spirit ready to receive him?"of the host. The invalid seemed entranced in prayer. "It is, father,” Her book had fallen beside her,-her hands were "Hast thou confessed thy sins?" clasped, -hier eyes closed,,her soul retired within its "Holy father, no." secret chambers. Then a more triumphant peal of "Confess thyself, then, that thy sing may be for. bells aroge. The tears gushed from her cloped and given, and thy name recorded in the book of life." swollen lids; her cheek was flushed; she opened her And turning to the kneeling crowd around, be dark eyes and fixed them with an expression of deep waved his hand for them to retire, and was left alone adoration and penitence upon an image of the Saviour with the sick girl. He seated himself beside her pil. on the cross, which hung at the foot of her bed, and low, and the subdued whisper of the confession min, her lips again moved in prayer. Her countenance ex. gled with the murmur of the evening air, which lifted pressed the deepest resignation. She seemed to ask the heavy folds of the curtains and stole in upon the only that she might die in peace, and go to the bosom holy scene. Poor Jacqueline had few sins to confess, of her Redeemer.

-a secreet thought or two towards the pleasures and The mother was knecling by the window, with her delights of the world,-a wish to live, unuttered, but face concealed in the folds of the curtain. She arose, which to the eye of her self-accusing spirit seemed to and, going to the bed side of her child, threw her arms resist the wise providence of God, -no more. The around her, and burat into tears.

confession of a meck and lowly heart is soon made “My dear mother, I shall not live long, I feel it The door was again opened;--the attendants entered, here. This piercing pain-at times it reizes me, and I and knelt around the brd, and the priest proceeded: cannot-cannot breathe."

“And now prepare thyself to receive with contrito “My child, you will be betier soon."

heart the body of our blessed Lord and Redeemer. "Yes, mother, I shall be better soon. All tears and Dost thou believe that our Lord Jesus Christ was cor. pain and sorrow will be over. I have just heard what I ceived by the Holy Spirit, and bom of the Virgin Mary:**

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"1 believe."

with muske!s, barpoons, and lances, walked on the And all present joined in the solemn response, shallows of the river, with nothing but the moon to "I believe."

light them, all hallooing and driving before them their "Dost thou believe that the Father is God, that the game, who, blowing, snorting, and bellowing, were Son is God, and that the Holy Spirit is God, -three loundering through the mid from the nunerous holes persons, and one God?"

which they had made at the botiom for their retreat, "I believe."

but from which the hunters' lances soon expelled them: "Dost thou believe that the Son is seated on the until ultimately driven upon dry ground; where a run. right hand of the Majesty op high, whence he shail ning contest commenced, the beast sometimes being come to judge the quick and the dead?”

pursued and at others pursuing: “I believe."

This lasted for sometime; but still there wero no "Dost thou believe that by the holy sacraments of the signs of man's boasted pre-eminence! not an animal church thy sins are forgiven thee, and that thus thou had the party secured dead or alive. * * * At low art inade worthy of cternal life?"

water the following morning one party formed a live "I believe."

across one of the shallows, where the depth was not “Dost thou pardon, with all thy heart, all who have above two feet, while the boats went up the river and offended thee in thought, word or deed ?"

actually drove the animals down the stream, another "I pardon them."

party having lined the banks to prevent their taking " And dost thou ask pardon of God and thy neigh. io the woods and reeds. These, whenever the mon. bor for all oflences thou has committed against them strous but timid animals, attempted to pass them, set either in thought, word, or deed ?"

up a shout, which in most instances proved sufficient “I do!"

10 turn them back into the water; when, collecting a *Then repeat after me; O Lord Jesus, I am not vast number on one shallow bank of sand, the whole worthy, nor do I meril, that thy divine Majesty should of the hunters commenced from all sides a regular enter ihis poor tenement of clay; but according to thy cannonade upon the astonished brutes. Unwieldy as holy promises be my sins forgiven, and my soul wash- they appeared, still much activity was displayed in ed white from all transgression.”

their efforts to escape the murderous and unceasing Then taking a consecrated wafer from the rase, ke fire 10 which they were exposed. The one-pound gun placed it between the lips of the dying gil, and while the occasionally furrowed the thick hide of some, while assistant sounded the little silver bell, said;

others were perpetuaily assailed by a shower of pow. “Corpus Domini nostri Jesu Christi custodiat ter musket balls. One, a cub, was nearly caughi vn. animam tuain in vitam cternam."

injured in attempting to follow its mother, who, galled And the kneeling crowd smote their breasts and resto desperation, was e deavoring to escape through the ponded in one solemn voice;

land party; but soon as the affectionate brute perceive " Amen!"

ed her offspring talling into the hands of her enemies, The priest then took from the silver box on the forgetting her lears she rushed furiously at the offend. rable a little golden rod, and dipping it in holy oil, an. ers, when they in their turn were obliged to retreat; ointed the invalid upon the hands, feet and breast in but again they contrived to separate ihein, and had the form of the cross. When there ceremonies were almost sccured the prize, when the angry mother, re. completed, the priest and his attendants retired, leave gardless of their close and almost fatal fire, succeeded ing the mother alone with her dying child, who, from in redeeming it from their grasp and bearing it oft, the exhaustion caused by the preceding scene, sanık although herself in a state of great exhaustion. With into a death-like sleer.

the flood this sport ended. " Between two worlds lifo hovered like a stor,

On their return to the schooner along the banks of 'Twixt night and moru upon the horizon's verge." the river, passing near a spot where an hippe .potamus The long twilight of the summer evening, kole on; heard in the reeds, as if the animal had retreated ihither

had been seen sporting in the water, a rustling was the shadows deepened without, and the night lamp glimmered feebly in the fick chamber; but still phe Barrette, with iwo of the seamen, immediately follow.

on the discharge of their pieces. Messrs. Arlett and slept. She was lying with her hands clasped upon her ed with the view of driving him out. The former breast,-her pallid cheek resting up in the pillow, and her bloodless lips apart, but motionless and silent as the gentleman was a little in advance, and eager in the sleep of death. Not a breath internuped the silence

of pursuit

, when he was heard loudly to exclaim, "here her elumber. Not a movement of the heavy and sunk. animal instantly followed and in a few seconds Mr.

he is !". The shrill, angry scream of some large en eye-lid-not a trembling otide lip--101 a shadow on Barrette rushed from the reeds with his face covered the marble brow to!d when the spirit took its flight. with blood and calling aloud tor assistance, as Lieu. It pasted to a better world than this.

tenant Arlett was attacked and thrown down by an There's a perpetual spring--perpetual youth; elephant. The party were immediately on the alert in No joint-benimbing cold, nor scorching heilt,

search of the unfortunate officer, whom they expected Famine, nor age have any being there."

to find a mangled corps. As they approached, the

elephant alarmed at their number, retreated, leaving HIPPOPOTAMUS HUNTING.

his victim on the ground in a state that may more The following account of an African hunt, may motionless on his back, covered with blood and dirt,

casily be imagined than described. He was stretched interest sportsmen. It appears to be a soinewhat and his eyes staring trom their sockets, in all the ex. laborious and dangerous sport.

prensive horror of a violent death. As all our attempts to obtain an hippopotamus had Every attention was immediately paid to him, but hitherto failed, and as we were not likely to meet with it was long feared that the vital spark had Hed. Some another opportunity, this being our last visit to Delagoa water was procured, when, after his face had been Bay, a pariy of others volunteered for the chase, and washed and a little introduced into his mouth, he were conveyed up the Dundas river in the Albatross. showed symptoms of returning life ; but it was some The evening set in before they reached that part of time before he recovered his scnses, and became suffi. the river where the hippopotami were the most abund. ciently collected to give a connecied account of the ant. Three parties were, however, formed, who at occurrence that had led to his pitiable state. It ap. midnight commenced their pursuit. The scene was peared that, from the thickness of the reeds, he was novel and imposing; a body of men armed at all points close to the animal before he was at all aware of his

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SPORTS OP IRBLAND-LIFE. situation, but immediately on making his discovery, he | Prom Wild Sports of tho West of Iroland uttered the exclamation heard by his companions of " In 181-," said my kinsman, "a gentleman with where he is!" This had hardly escaped him, when his family left Dublin, and removed io an extensie he discovered that instead of an hippopotamus, he was farm he had taken in the wild and troublesome barony almost stumbling over an enormous elephant. The of — There was no dwelling-house procurable for animal which appeared highly irritated at the intrusion, some time, and the strangers took up their residence in waved its trunk in the air and the moment he spoke, a large cabin upon the road-side, about a mile distant reared upon its hind legs, turned short round, and, with from the little town of —foid. a shrill, passionate cry, rushed after him, bearing down " It was naturally supposed that, coming to settle in the opposing reeds in his way, while Lieutenant Arlett a strange country, this gentleman had brought money vainly attempted his escape. For a short time he had and valuables along with him; a gang of robben in hopes of eluding his pursuer, as the animal perceived fested that lawless neighbourhood under the command one of the seamen mounted on the top of a tree, about of the notorious Captain Callagher, and they marked twenty feet high and three in circumference, menacing out the stranger for a prey, him by his voice and gesture, while preparing to fire. · This new settler had been married but a feet The elephant turned short round, and shrieking with months, and his wife was a young and lovely womas. rage, made a kind of spring against the tree, as if to On the third night after their arrival they retired er reach the object of his atack, when his ponderous their customary hour to rest—he slept upon the ground weight bore the whole to the ground, but fortunately floor, and the lady and her female attendants occupied without hurting the man, who slipped among the reeds some upper chambers. The ferocious animal still followed him, foaming with “It was past midnight ; the unsuspecting family bu. rage, to the rising bank of the river; the man crying ried in deep repose, when Mr. was fearfully loudly, "an elephant! an elephant!" until closely awakened by a stone shattering the window and pressed by his pursuer, they both came upon the top breaking the looking-glass upon the table. He was of the slope, where the party who had heard his cries unhappily, a nervous, timid man; he was aware thai were prepared, aud instantly fired a volley as the ele. the house was being attacked; a loaded carbine lay phant appeared. This made him return with increas within his reach, but he appears to have abandoned ed fury to Mr. Arlett, who, in his eagerness to escape, all hope or thought of defending himself-he heard the stumbled and fell, the huge beast running over him crashing of the cabin-windows-he heard the appalling and severely bruised his ancle.

sound of wo vien's shrieks-but, trembling and agitaAs soon as he had passed, Mr. Arlett arose and ed, he had not

power to leave his bed. limped with pain, attempting once more to retreat, but “Never did a more dastardly gang attack a house the animal returned to the attack; his trunk was than Gallagher's. After every window was driven in, Aourished in the air, and the next moment the unfor- more than half an hour elapsed before one of them Lunate officer was struck senseless to the ground. On would attempt to enter, although no show of resistance recovering himself his situation appeared hopeless, his had been offered by the inmate of the house. The huge antagonist standing over him, chaffing and cowardly villians would occasionally peep through the screaming with rage, pounding the earth with his feet, shattered casement, and instantly withdraw. and ploughing it with his tusks. When the party first

“A single blow struck with good effect, one sbot saw them, Mr. Arlett was lying between the elephant's from the loaded carbine, would have scattered the legs, and had it been the intention of the animal to scoundrels and saved the family from plunder and a destroy him, placing a foot on his senseless body would dreadful insult. But the unhappy man, paralyzed with in a moment have crushed him to atoms; but it is pro- terror, lay in helpless imbecility upon his bed, and the bable that his object was only to punish and alarm, banditti, satisfied that no resistance would be offered, not to kill—such conjectures being perfectly in accord at last made good an entrance. ance with the character of this noble but revengeful “They lighted candles, bound the unfortunate gen. beast.

tleman, left him half dead with terror, and proceeded Mr. Arlett was with much care instantly conveyed to ransack the premises. Soon after shrieks from the on board the schooner, when, on examination, it was lady's chamber announced their being there. They found that his body was severely bruised, yet no bones drank wine, and broke every place and thing in the were broken, excepting the fibula of the left leg, which expectation of plunder. was supposed to be slightly fractured. It appeared But unfortunately, they were disappointed; I say that the elephant on his return to Mr. Arlett had filled unfortunately, as, had they found money, it is possible his trunk with mud; which, having turned him on his the lady would have been preserved from insult. Mad. back, and forced open his mouth, he blew down his doned by liquor, and disappointed in their expected throat, injecting a large quantity into the stomach. It booty, the helpless women were subjected to savage was this that produced the inflated appearance of Mr. insult. Arlett's countenance, for he was almost in a state of What must have been the wretched man's suffer. suffocation, and for three days after this adventure, he ings, as he listened to the supplications of his beautiful occasionally vomited quantities of blue sand.

wife for pity? When he encountered the elephant, he had a rifle in “ After a dreadful visit of three hours, the ruffians his hand, but he was too close to fire, knowing as he left the house. Their apprehension was almost imme did that in case of failure his destruction would be diate. I was present at the trial, and the testimony of certain, for, when wounded, the desperation of this that beautiful woman, who sat on the bench beside the animal is tatal to all. Upon conveying him to the judge, with the evidence of the wretched husband, was boat, this rifle was forgotten, and a party of four sent melancholy. to recover it. They had just succeeded, and were “Convietion followed, and I attended at the place of about to return, when the elephant rushed in amongst oxecution." them. The first and second men fired without effect, but the ball of the third fortunately injured him. TENACITY OF LIFE-The genus of animals called

sea nettles, is very tenacious of life. If one of these

animals is sliced, either perpendicularly or otherwise, Woman.-A modern writer says that woman is a each slice forms a new and complete being, in which cordial for all the diseases of the mind a nymph a- will be found the mouth, as periect as in the origin. mong a band of satyrs-in short she is the attic salt The young of these sea nettles come into the world which seasons the dish of mortality,

from the mouths of their mothers

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