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above Buyukdery. We saw them returning in glish trade. They are then washed in salt-water, the afternoon with the bride, and the procession rubbed between the hands, and after a final by this time had swelled out into quite respecta- squeeze, which produces a concave and convex

ble dimensions. First came a party of musi- surface, they are handed over to the packer. *** cians, accompanying their vile nasal yells upon This person arranges them in such a manner

instruments still more detestable. Then follow- that the convex surface of one fig is received ? Med the men on horseback, and the procession into the concave surface of another, and when

closed with a dozen arabahs filled with women. the box or drum is filled, a few laurel leaves are

That which carried the bride was closed all spread over them.
round, but the others were open. The men “ It was stated to me by an intelligent mer-

seemed to be particularly anxious to display chant, that the quantity of figs and raisins annuEl their horsemanship, and even the old papas of ally exported amounts to 100,000 tons, costing,

the respective parties exhibited a pardonable upon an average, about $60 per ton. The whole 1 vanity in showing off their activity.

of this sum, deducting the expense of transporHaving given them sufficient time to reach tation, is clear gain, for the fig tree requires no da bome and settle down comfortably, we accom- attention whatever, and flourishes upon a barren - panied the ladies on their visit to the bride. On soil. The preserved fig, as prepared by house,

our way we met the bridegroom coming from the keepers in Smyrna, is a most delicious fruit, and In Et bath, io state; that is to say, he was preceded by far superior to the ordinary fig of commerce. z musicians, accompanied by his friends, and fol. Old residents assure me that the fig has much

lowed by all the rabble of the village. He deteriorated of late, which they impute to the

looked sheepish enough, and appeared to be trees being now worn out by age. *As the fig 13 heartily ashamed of the conspicuous part he was tree is, however, a tree of rapid growth, and can Homea compelled to play.

be replaced with great ease, I am rather inclin" While waiting in the street for the ladies, ed to doubt this assertion, and to place it to the our worthy friend Mustafa came out, and as, old score of laudatores temporis acti." from a wish to comply with their customs, we resisted his invitation to enter, he ordered a cof. fee-house to be opened in the neighbourhood, The following lines on the passing season, are so

where we might remain until the ladies appear- beautiful and appropriate, that we cannot avoid giving as Fiere ed. According to their report they found the them a place in our columns. There is a sweet ten

bride nearly stifled under the weight of her wed- derness and fidelity about the picture, that cannot fail ding clothes. She was apparently eighteen to awaken the admiration of every cultivated and sober

years old, as fat as a seal, with a pretty face, as mind. We have seldom ifever seen more good thoughts ed the far as it could be discerned under the various embraced in the same compass. disfigurements with which fancy or fashion bad

contrived to disguise it. The eyebrows were
united into one broad streak of black by the use Sweet Sabbath of the year!
of soormay, and various bits of gold foil, or gilt While evening lights decay,
pieces of paper, were stuck upon different parts

Thy parting steps methinks I hear
of her face. The ceremony in the evening was

Steal from the world away.
simple; a prayer was recited by the iman, and,
upon leaving the mosque, the friends of the Amid thy silent bowers,
bridegroom struck him lustily over the shoulders 'Tis sad but sweet to dwell,
for good luck, as Mustafa took the trouble to Where falling leaves and drooping flowers,
explain to us.

Around me breathe farewell.
After leaving Constantinople our author visit-
ed Smyroa, and he gives some interesting

Along thy sunset skies,
sketches of the place, and of the trade with

Their glories melt in shade;
America. With an account of the fig trade we And like the things we fondly prize,
must reluctantly close the volume, and in doing Seem lovelier as they fade.
so, coinmend it again as infinitely superior to the
books on the same subject from English authors.

A deep and crimson streak
“The season for the packing of tigs does not

The dying leaves disclose: last more than three weeks, and of course much

As on consumption's waning cheek, expedition is required in preparing them for

'Mid ruin blooms the rose. market. It is not uncommon during this period

The scene each vision bringe
to witness the daily arrival of 1500 camels, each

Of beauty in decay;
loaded with 5 or 600 weight of figs, and some of
these come from a distance of 70 and even 100

Of fair and early faded things,
miles from Smyrna. Many of the principalmer-

Too exquisite to tay.
chants have from 500 to 800 hands employed in or joys that come no more,
preparing and packing them, and for this pur- Or flowers whose bloom has fled;
pose men, women, and children are indiscrimi-

Or farewells wept upon the shore ,
nately employed. "Their wages are from two and

Of friends, estranged or dead.
a half to twelve cents per day, and they are al-
lowed besides to eat as many as they please, but Of all that now may seem,
to carry none away. As soon as the fresh' figs To memory's tearful eye;
arrive, they are carefully assorted for the differ- The vanishod beauty of a dream
ent markets, the best being selected for the En- O'er which we gaze and sigh.

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ing him. A strange expression of contempt played It was one of those raw cold mornings, not unusual on the blood-stained lips of the latter, as he heard this in Barbadoes at the approach of the rainy season. A demand, and beheld the surgeons assisting his adverthick, dense fog partially obscured the landscape round, sary to approach him. With pain and difficulty the but which the newly risen sun and the awakening sea dying man reached out his trembling hand, and the breeze had in part dissipated on the higher grounds, accents

of forgiveness hung upon his lips; when the obscurely revealing fragments of the scenery in dis- young Highlander raising himself to a sitting posture, torted and unsightly portions. I advanced towards fiercely grasped the extended hand, and, while a gusa my quarters: the fog became thicker and thicker, so of blood accompanied every word, exclaimed, in ac. that it required a person well versed in the local geo. cents never to be eradicated from my memory, graphy of Crab Town to be able to find his way.- “L- -9, you are dying on the grave of my brother. Finding myself more and more at a loss, I struck into in-law, poor Baldwin; he whom you murdered rots the burying ground; by crossing which, I knew I in the soil beneath you; but my sister, Jessie M'Ivor, must arrive at the beaten road between the garrison she rests with her forbears, among the green hills of and the fort. I was winding my way carefully among that native land I never shall behold. You wronged the graves, cautiously avoiding the prickly pears and a daughter of M'Ivor—a son of M'Ivor has avenged other thorny shrubs that grew scantily in the sand, her wrongs." He lung the hand from him with cor between the ridges that marked the resting place of temptuous violence, and falling backward in the effort, the dead, when the sound of two shots, fired in quick ceased to exist ; his face retained, even in death, the succession, struck upon my ear. They were evidently same expression of stern delighi. L- -9 writhed in discharged close at hand; and I stood in no enviable redoubled agony, as if the grave on which he lay had situation, for I had clearly distinguished the shrill been

a bed of molten fire-his features became con. noise that a bullet made in passing close to my head; vulsed—the glare of his eye bore fearful resemblance and as I had heard too many of such singing birds to the once insulting glance of the professed and suc. whistle by me when on actual service not

to be well cessful duellist. Suddenly he started to his feet-be acquainted with the sound, I shouted with all my assumed the posture of a prepared combatant-and strength, in order that the

persons who discharged the with his arm extended, as it in the act of discharging shots should cease firing, unconsciously, and

in my a pistol, he fell prostrate over the now senseless body haste, using the technical word of command. But the of his youthful antagonist.- A Soldier's Recollections echoes of my words had not yet died away, when they were answered by a repetition of the same sound; but

A PRECIOUS THOUGHT.-What can be so consoling now no bullet whistled past, for they had reached their to the heart

of feeble man as the thought that his Ms destination. At that instant, the morning, gun from ker cares for him and will save him

from the cruel ty. the fort was fired, and answered by the admiral's flag. ranny

of his sins! Hours of despondency, and gloom ship in the bay, followed by the brisk and irregular often cast their shadows over the christian's mind; but discharge of small arms from the marines on the when the sweet impression revisits

his soul that his gangways of the several men of war. The effect of dear Redeemer cares for him, it is sunshine with his heavy artillery on mists and vapors is well known. heart again. What pen can reveal the preciousness The thick, smoke-like clouds that hung over the sands of the thoughts of Almighty love that steal into the slowly rolled aside for a moment in heavy folds, like soul with all their balmy fragrace ! In the silent hours the withdrawing of a curtain and again closed,

darken, of night, when creation slumbers around, one christian ing and concealing the surrounding objects; but brief on his bed, whose soul is throbbing under the inexpres as the interval was, it had permitted me to discover a sible pulsations of heavenly love, feels more happines group of figures, which might serve as a study for a than all created worlds can bestow. He lies on a bed painter, could the artist be found hardened enough to of spices. Images of beauty and glory cluster thickly from me, on the ground, lay two officers

, one in the promptings of the celestial one, who, for aught we uniform of my own regiment, the other in the undress know, may be waving their dewy wings around bis of a naval captain; the surgeon and the second of

pillow. each were stooping over their friends, and a black

Oh! one hour spent thus is" worth a whole eternity servant stood at a trifling distance, in evident alarm; of bondage" to the pleasure of sense! Memory wil while the smoke from their pistols still hovered over go back with undefinable sweetness to such an hour

, the spot, in dark circles, struggling to rise through and the soul will yearn for it again with immortal de spot: one was my brother officer, M'Ivor; the

other sire. To believe that the pure, unchangeable and oth was the fighting captain of the Elmira; both mortally of us and that the prompting of his spirit applies to wounded. The surgeon of each, after a few moments'

us, notwithstanding our sins and wretchedness, solne consultation, declared the impracticability of remov. ing either of them from the ground,

as a few moments precious promise of his word, this, this is worth live would most probably terminate their existence; in. ing for. For this may we gladly suffer and toil on deed from the paleness and agony impressed on the through the trials of poverty and mental anxiety and features of L 3, and from the crimson flood which struggles. Be blessedness like this ours. Be this pre

cious thought our inheritance here-an eamest of that widely stained the white sand beneath him, it was evi. dent that the vital spark was about to be extinguished. perpetual sun shine of the soul which cheers the inte Not so M'Ivor: his wound was in the chest, and the bitants of the upper world.—N. Y. Messenger. bleeding was mostly internal. He had risen upon one elbow; a small stream of blood flowed from between If men did but know what felioity dwells in the cohis clenched teeth; but as his dark eye was fired tage of a virtuous man-how sound he sleeps, how sternly upon his prostrate antagonist, his whole face quiet his breast, how composed his mind, how free was illumined with an expression of exultation and from care, how easy his provision, how healthy his delight, fearfully in contrast with his evident and in- morning, how sober his night, how moist his mouth, creasing weakness; and the brilliant hue of pleasure how joyful his heart-they would never admire the lit up those features, at other times so pale and death noises, the diseases, the throng of passions, and the like. The departing sailor, in faltering and broken violence of unnatural appetites, that fill the houses of accents, gasped out a request to be brought nearer to the luxurious, and the hearts of the ambitious.Jert. M'Ivor, thai he might grasp his hand and die forgiv. I my Taylor.

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Catching Tortoise on the Coast of Cuba.

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(a) The Green Tortoise. (6) The Loggerhead Tortoise. ESCULENT GREEN TURTLE shell of commerce; but so much is the flesh es. Testudo mydas, Linn. Chelonia mydas, Cuv. teemed, that here and in Europe it is regularly

imported in considerable quantities to supply The marine tortoises, or turtles, as they are the luxury of the table. commonly called, are distinguished by their very The above wood-cut represents the manner in large and long fin-shaped feet, in which are in which the marine tortoises are caught on the closed the bones of the toes; the first and second coast of Cuba, and on parts of the South Ameri. alone of eacb foot being furnished with visible can continent. The Count de Lacepede, in his or projecting claws, the others not appearing History of Oviparous Quadrupeds, has described beyond the edge. The shield, as in the land the various modes in which the business of tortortoises, consists of a strong bony covering, in toise-catching is carried on; and we shall conwbich are embedded the ribs, and which is coated clude this notice with an abstract of his account. externally by hard horny, plates in one or two It must be remarked that the turtle is a most imspecies much thicker or stronger than those of portant addition to the ordinary mode of victualthe land tortoises.

ling a ship; and that, therefore, the war in which The green turtle, so named, not on account the buman race engages against them, is renof its being externally of that colour, but from dered absolutely necessary by the wants of pavithe green tinge* which its fat frequently exhibits gators. when the animal is taken in its highest state of “In spite of the darkness which is chosen by perfection, may be considered as one of the lar- the female tortoises for concealment when emgest of this genus, often measuring above five ployed in laying their eggs, they cannot effectufeet in length, and weighing more than five or six ally escape from the pursuit of their enemies : hundred pounds. Its shell is somewhat of a the fishers wait for them on the shore, at the beheart-shaped form, or pointed at the extremity, ginning of the night, especially when it is moonand consists of thirteen dorsal segments, or di- light, and, when they come from the sea, or as visions, surrounded by twenty-five marginal they return after laying their eggs, they either pieces. Its colour is a dull palish brown, with despatch them with blows of a club, or turn them deeper undulations, but not exhibiting those quickly over on their backs, not giving them strong and beautiful colours which distinguish time either to defend themselves, or to blind their the Hawkbill turtle, which affords the tortoise- assailants, by throwing up the sand with their

fins. When very large, it requires the efforts of This is supposed to be chiefly derived from the several men to turn them over, and they must vegetable substances on which the animal feeds, and often employ the assistance of handspikes or more particularly from the Zostera marina, or turtlc- levers for that purpose. The buckler of this grass, of which it is particularly fond.

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the animal to recover the recumbent posture, Plymouth—the third had volunteered an excurwhen it is once turned on its back.

sion in a baloon-Maria Jane had given the " A small number of fishers may turn over Loyal Horsemonger Troop of Yeomanry, a forty or fifty tortoises, full of eggs, in less than standard worked with her own fair

hands. The three hours. During the day, they are employed heads of all the three had been examined by Dein securing those which they had caught in the ville—they had climed poles, and swung on preceding night. They cut them up, and salt sticks under Captain Clias-they all painted and the flesh and the eggs. Sometimes they may lithographed-all spoke six living languages, and extract above thirty pints of a yellow or greenish understood three dead ones—they all sang-and oil from one large individual; this is employed all danced—and all did every sort of curious for burning, or, when fresh, is used with dif- work—and they all of them stuck prints on boxes ferent kinds of food. Sometimes they drag the with varnish-and all understood conchology, tortoises they have caught, on their backs, to and ichthyology, and erpetology, and botany, inclosures, in which they are reserved for 'oc- and chymestry-and all had albums!-and al casional use.

collected autographs and they all admired Pasta “The tortoise fishers, from the West Indies and they all delighted in Switzerland, and and the Bahamas, who catch these animals on adored Paris--they all loved yatching, and they the coasts of Cuba and its adjoining islands, par- all idolised the lake-they were all enthusiasts. ticularly the Caymanas, usually complete their and all sympathetic in their tastes. But with all cargoes in six weeks or two months; they after this, they remained, at the period of Lord Wer. wards return to their own islands, with the salted bridge's arrival in London, precisely what they turtle, which is used for food both by the whites had been in the beginning--the three Miss Gorand the negroes. This salt turtle is in as great gons. The provoking part of the affair was, request in the American colonies, as the salted for what pleasure is there without a drawback? cod of Newfoundland is in many parts of Europe; that there was no opportunity for display-Dot and the fishing is followed by all those colonists, one trunk, except those containing the ordinary particularly by the British, in small vessels, on run of drapery, was packed and the grace various parts of the coasts of Spanish America, had to appear before the visitors to all the disadand the neighbouring islands.

vantages of a deshabelle-a trial to which the “The green tortoise is likewise often caught goddesses, who confidently anticipated the fall at sea in calm weather, and in moonlight nights. of their Paris, with great difficulty submitted; For this purpose two men go together in a small but, as Lady Gorgon said, he had seen them oftea boat, which is rowed by one of them, while the enough before; and they might rely upon it, with other is provided with a harpoon, similar to that a man of his Lordship’s turn of character, mental used for killing whales. Whenever they dis- attractions were those which would most decover a large tortoise, by the froth which it occidedly ensure success. And now, said Lady casions on the water in rising to the surface, Gorgon, 'before we go to make ourselves ready they hasten to the spot as quietly as possible, to for dinner-dress I certainly cannot call it-let prevent it from escaping. The harpooner im. me entreat you to recollect what is, I believe, mediately throws his harpoon with sufficient within the reach of oue of you. You are char force to penetrate through the buckler to the mingly cordial with each other; and it is delightflesh; the tortoise instantly dives, and the fisher ful to see such unanimity. Indeed, I must say, gives out a line, which is fixed to the harpoon, there is not a mother in the world happier in her and, when the tortoise is spent with the loss of children than I am. But you ought to remember, blood, it is hauled into the boat, or on shore." that, however much you may all admire Lord

Weybridge, only one of you can possibly marry A DISAPPOINTED MANEUVRE:

him. And therefore, if, in the course of the evening, he should evincc any thing like a pre

ference, I am quite sure the good sense and good In the recently published Tale of the Parson's feeling for which you are all remarkable, will Daughter," by Mr. Theodore Hook, there is an teach you so to arrange yourselves, as not to amusing scene where Lord Weybridge, whom, thwart or break up any conversation or little as a younger brother, Lady Gorgon had treated party he may make. I have so far broken my with the neglect and slights, which a fear that word with him about strangers, that I expect he might be a suitor to one of her daughters dic. Count Alouette and young Doldrum. I thought tated, after he has acquired the wealth and it would be better to have somebody upon whom rank of a Peer is sedulously courted. He ac- you might fall back, in any case of emergency, cepts an invitation to dinner. “Nobody could 'Oh,' said Maria-Jane, 'I assure you, mamma, I imagine, who did not know, the state of effer have no disposition to interfere with Anne er vescence into which this brief answer of Lord Louise; only certainly he was very attentive last Weybridge threw the whole family. More like year; and if you had given him any, encouragefates than graces, the three daughters of Lady ment, instead of actually prohibiting him the Gorgon had been, first one, then the second, and house — "My dear child,' said lady Gorgon, lastly, the third, dragged about to every possible "how could I foresee? he was not within three place-balls, concerts, parties, dinners, fetes, lives of the peerage-two of them certainly betdejeuners a la fourchette, and dejeuners dinatoires. ter than his own; and he had literally nothing They bad acted in private theatricals-stood and to live upon. Your fortunes-very respectable sat in tablenz-been all over the continent-at for gentlewomen, I admit-are, in the world, all the best watering places, in the seasons. nothing. And it is not in the world as it is in Two of them had been down in the diving bell at grammar, where two negatives make an affirm




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ative, two nothings never make any thing.' 'Oh, announced; and, to be sure, as a contrast to the de no,' replied Maria-Jane, who seemed rather in- visitor who had so recently preceded him, nois clined to stickle for precedence, agreeable to thing could be more remarkable. The one, red

her seniority; of course one could not know-checked, round faced, heavy, dull, and awkward; only—all that I meant was, that it was a pity; the other, fair, pale, light, gay, and airy; his eyes because he really is a very charming person sparkling with animation, and his countenance 80 very agreeable.' 'I remember thinking bim beaming with good sense and good nature. ‘My delightful,' said Anne, 'that day at Lady Maller. dear Lady Gorgon,' said the Count, whose acton's breakfast. Well, said Lady Gorgon, cent gave naviete and picquancy to the merest 'in conclusion, all I mean is, that with the extra- common-places, 'I am so shocked to be so late. ordinary friendship that has so long existed be- Dis comes of having a servant which loves to tween me and dear Lady Frances, I should con- drive in de afternoon; my man shall have been sider myself extremely fortunate indeed to have to drive some ladi to whom he is fond in his cabb, him for a son-in-law; but I never will force any and not to come back till so late as gives me just thing of the sort; I am sure it never answers-it ten minutes to dress ! How do you do, Miss Gormust all come naturally, and so I shall let things gon?-ah, Miss Anne, to be sure; always welltake their chance; only wbat I intend to say, always pretty-always well. Dat is good En(and I shall never touch upon the subject again, glish, eh?' 'How is your beautiful horse, Count?' is, that I believe he is timid and shy, and ex- said Louisa. 'Oh, my war horse, as the Duke tremely delicate in his opinion about women; calls him; he is as well as can be expected; I and if he should find us agreeable and pleasant, rode him dis morning: You were not out to day, and suitable to him, I should not like him to be my Lady?' 'No, said Lady Gorgon, 'we are driven away by any little tracasserie, or idleness, merely passing through town.'

. 'Ab!' said the on the part of any one of you which might unset | Count, dat is just the way this time of year; tle or disturb him. So now, come, let us get every body you meet in de street has just come ready for dinner; for we have not a minute to to town last night, and is going away to-morrow lose.' Thus saying, her Ladyship led the way morning.' "That is precisely our case,' said from the drawing-room; and the graces pro- Jane; how long have you been in London? ceeded to their several apartments to prepare 'Oh,' said the Count, *1 came last night-go away for the meeting, which they fully believed to be to-morrow morning. I have been in Scotland to fraught with consequences of the greatest im- shoot grose, but I could not stay some time so portance to their future hopes and prospects. long as I wish for I have to make a visit at The silvery bell of the clock on the chimney Rochdale next Tuesday, when the Duke shall be piece had scarcely sounded seven, when the back.'' ladies reappeared in the drawing-room. 'Do [They wait till eight, but no Lord comes. They come here, Anne,' said Lady Gorgon; 'what has send to his hotel, and hear he has gone out to their your mind been doing with that head of yours? house. At last they must submit to the disapWhy, I never saw--here, let me just turn that pointment, and sit down to dinner without the

curl-there, so why, my dear child, what a hor- only wished-for guest.) *Wrid pimple you have got on your cheek! And, “They proceeded down stairs, Lady Gorgon 116 Maria-Jane, now do let me beg of you not to sit distressed beyond measure at what appeared the

directly under the lamp: with light hair it won't result either of some unfoerseen accident or predo--it won't, upon my word. Louisa, my dear mediated affront; and having reached the dinner. girl, you are not looking well; I don't know what room the party seated themselves, their counteit is ; I suppose it is the travelling, or the sea, or nances saddened with a glooom which the viva. something, but~' The drawing-room door open. cious expression of that of the Count, who ened; Mr. Doldrum was announced. 'How d'ye tered upon the task of helping the soup with the do, Henry?! said Lady Gorgon: 'hows Lady most amiable alacrity, could not succeed in Doldrum this evening? Better, I thank you,' re- dispelling. Helped they were, when Stephen, plied Doldrum, who, of shy young men, was the who had been doing duty in the hall as porter, shyest. He bowed to the girls, and blushed. entered the room to assume the task of waiting, Maria-Jane held out her hand to shake hands since bands ran short. 'Stephen,' said Lady Gorwith him; take it he did, but shake it he did not gon, the moment she saw him, 'you are sure

This is very good natured of you, Henry,' said Lord Weybridge has not been here?" "No, my Lady Gorgon, 'to come on such notice. Maria. Lady,' said Stephen, 'I am quite sure; that foJane said she was sure you would not mind.' reign Baron called a little before seven, my "Oh, no,' said Doldrum; and again he blushed. Lady,' 'Who is dat?, said Alouette; 'Taganrag "There is nobody in town, I suppose,' said her 'Yes,' said Lady Gorgon. About dinner-time Ladyship. 'No, nobody, echoed the young gen- always,' said the Count, 'he has a good smell I tleman.' We came through the city last night don't think, eh ?' 'I said your Ladyship was not from the country,' said Anne, "and there were a at home; and about five minutes afterwards, that great many nobodies there; for we could hardly Capt. Sheringham called who used to call sooften get along." Yes, a great many,' observed Mr. last year, Captain Sheringham ! screamed Doldrum. You know Count Alouette, dont Lady Gorgon; 'why Captain Sheringham is Lord

you?' said Maria:Jane. "Yes, very well,' said Weybridge, the Nobleman for whom we have Sol Doldrum; "that is, I never was introduced to been waiting; mercy on us, what did you say to him; but I have met him about a good deal.' him?'. 'He asked me, my Lady, if your Ladyship

was at home,' said the man; 'indeed, he was a setyy 'He is every where,' said Lady Gorgon, “and a

charming person he is. He is coming to us to coming right in, without asking one thing or day.-He~ Count Alouette was at that moment | another, so I said you was out: and he asked me


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