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which, with long grey hair and a beard round, then heels over head, and imi. as white as snow, gave him a most tating, with no little expertness and venerable appearance. When he ap- celerity, the wonderful harlequinades proached near enough, Dorf requested of the little fat merchant. permission to drink from his pitcher, Over hill and dale, over mountain, stating that he had walked from the rock, and stream, over crag and previllage, and having forgotten his botile cipice-on, on, whirled the little fat at setting out, he had not been able to man, and on, on, whirled Dorf, whom enjoy his meal comfortably without it. an unaccountable feeling compelled to The hermit-for such he appeared to follow at his heels, although he felt be- without speaking, signified his much in the same predicament as the assent by raising the pitcher that he novice on the ice, who cannot stop might drink, which_Dorf thankfully himself without running more hazard did, and to excess. But, alas! he had than if he were to keep gliding on, speedy reason to repent of his rashness. and yet feels certain thai fall he must Instead of quenching his thirst, as he at last. The perpetual spinning round, had grounds for supposing it would, he round, round, was beginning to effect had no sooner drank than he felt in his him in much the same way as the inside a burning heat, accompanied pitching of a vessel in a stiff breeze with a sensation of sickness, and a affects the landsman; and, to make the mist before his eyes which made every simile still more applicable, he was thing invisible. This lasted but for å just preparing to render himself fitter moment; and when it cleared away, for his flight, by unburdening his he saw that the hermit was (to him, stomach of the bread and cheese he at least) gradually changing his appear- had so shortly before stowed away in ance. The long white beard and grey it, when, after a journey which, in hair curled up; and after having ar. duration, to his frenzied imagination, ranged itself into a single tuft, like a seemed akin to the existence of the thin cloud on a mountain top, gra- Wandering Jew, the little man stopped ; dually melted away. All this time and Dorf, with feelings nearly allied the body not wishing to remain in- to those of a criminal reprieved at the active, and yet not being willing to place of execution, found himself at follow the example set by the hair, liberty to follow his example. began swelling and puffing out its When Dorf had so far recovered sides—at the same time drawing in from the sickening stupor into which its length, till it assumed very nearly his aerial vagaries had thrown him, as the dimensions and shape of an ordi- to be able to look around, he pernary beer-barrel; finally, a little comi- ceived that the ground upon which he cally-shaped hat popped itself down stood formed part of a small but deep upon the heretofore uncovered head: valley, which lay stretched out for and he who was but a few moments about a quarter of a mile before him, ago, a tall, lank hermit, now stood and was then abruptly terminated by before the astonished eyes of Dorf in a range of almost perpendicular mounshape and outward paraphernalia a tains, whose tall, dark heads, stretchDutch merchant of the sixteenth cen- ing away into the clouds, effectually tury:
excluded the rays of the hitherto opAfter the change was completed, he pressive sun, and imparted a degree of did not allow Dorf long time to ob- still and somewhat strange solemnity serve him, but fixing his eyes steadily to the scene. Immediately behind him, on him for a moment, he then began and forming the opposite barrier of the to whirl and spin himself round on the valley, frowned an immense rocky pregrass; and, after performing sundry cipice, over the summit of which he had curious evolutions, he at last whirled so lately before been performing his himself with a jerk quite over the rock, magical gyrations. turning round his head every moment These features in the appearance of as he was ascending, and grinning the place were, however, imprinted on horridly on Dorf, and nodding and Dorf's remembrance more by the mere beckoning him to follow. Dorf, poor mechanical action of his visual organs, fellow, would very willingly have re- than by any attention which he paid to mained where he was ; ut, alas ! he the study of them ; for there was some- • found that the spinning mania was thing in the valley, the observation of seizing him—the evil eye was on him which was to him too absorbing to --so go he must; and away he did allow him to pay much attention to go in grand style, whirling round and either rock or mountain. He had, in
fact, scarcely raised his eyes, before he that he took the ponderous stone which perceived that the little Dutchman and the little man tendered him, and prehimself were not the only persons in pared himself for the throw. Again the valley. Near the centre of it a the eyes of the whole were fixed upon group of five individuals were collected, Dorf, and for an instant he quailed and engaged apparently in some kind beneath their gaze ; but instantly rallyof game; they were all uniformly ing, he swing the stone to the stretch dressed in grey, their persons were tall of his arm behind him, and as it reand commanding, and their dark hair coiled, exerting his utmost strength, clustered round the high, pale forehead, he threw it-three yards! The heart which characterised the natives of an- of Dorf died within him as the uncient Germany. He was immediately earthly Ha! ha! ha! again rose wildly observed, and welcomed to the circle upon the air, and broke harshly on the by a fiendish Ha! ha! ha! which, as reigning stillness of the scene ; and he it swelled through the vale, echoed observed, with renewed apprehension, from the cliffs, and finally died away that the little man was preparing for on the summits of the mountains, him another trial. On the ground, and sounded like a death-knell in the ear at the distance of, perhaps, eighteen or of the unhappy wight, who instinctively twenty yards from each other, were knew he was in the presence of the two stones, which during the game Grey Men.
served as marks to throw at. To one After the first burst of contemptuous of these the little man brought two of laughter with which Dorf was received the throwing stones, and placing one had passed away, they, as if by a on each side, he then removed the common movement, turned round to middle one, and directed Dorf to pursue the game, without deigning to occupy its place, and endeavour with take any farther notice of the individual extended arms to raise the other two. who had excited their risible faculties Refusal or resistance his little remainto such a degree. The game at which ing senses enabled him to perceive they were engaged bore much resem- would be of no avail against the power blance to the Scottish one of quoits, of his demoniacal oppressors. So, with excepting that, instead of flat iron rings, an almost despairing energy, he seized they made use of large round stones, the handles of the heavy stones, and with straight wooden handles project with a mighty effort, gradually raised ing from them. These they had thrown himself till he stood perfectly straight, for a considerable time in perfect holding out the two stones at the full silence, when the little fat merchant, extent of his arms. These he was now who, without putting himself to the willing to drop, and tried to open his trouble of again changing his appeare hands for that purpose ; but by some ance, had taken his share in the game, hellish power they were glued to the seized one of the stones, and approach- handles, inseparably united, and all ing Dorf, while a sort of half-malicious, his efforts to loosen his hold were half-humorous smile played about thé unavailing. He then tried to drop his corners of his mouth, and lurked in the arms—it was in vain; something held twinkle of his grey eye, desired him, them extended, although at the same by signs, to try how far he could throw time he felt every moment as if the it. From the first moment of his terrible weight of the stones would entering the circle, Dorf had remained snap them through. He endeavoured in a state of the most agonizing sus to bend his body to the ground-he pense, fearing the more intensely that might as well have attempted to bend he knew not what he had to fear. a bar of iron; every muscle of his frame When, however, he saw, by the move was stiffened into perfect rigidity, and ments of the little man, that something he felt that he had no more power of definite was to be enacted, and from motion than a statue of stone. He his signs perceived the nature of it, a tried to scream, but the power of artigleam of hope lightened the darkness culation was denied; he would have of his despair, as he considered that, groaned under the anguish of the enorby an exhibition of unusual strength, mous weight which he bore up, but he he might, perhaps, win the pardon of could not-he was capable of nothing those beings into whose power he had but feeling, and that sense was only so unfortunately fallen; and it was exercised by the most agonising pain. with something like a smile of triumph While he continued standing with outon his features, as he thought of his stretched arms, motionless and statueown extraordinary muscular powers, like, a victim to the influence of the
dreadful and mystic power which these where am I!" cried Dorf, as he opened unearthly beings were thus exercising his eyes, and raising himself up, obover him, one of them struck the served his own little but standing right ground with his foot, and immediately before him, and bright with the rays of he felt it receding from under him, the setting sun—" what brought me and he sunk gradually down, down, bere?” “Why, as to where you are, until his arms reached the level of the said Jarl-for it was indeed he who earth, and the stones rested upon the was standing beside the little cart in surface, when he stopped, and the which Dorf lay—“I think I need ground closing in around him, held scarcely tell you that; and as to what him with an iron grasp in its yawning brought you here, that is easily exjaws. Again the same terrific sound plained. You may remember, unless boomed through the valley, and burst you were so drunk as to forget, that with an astounding fearfulness upon I told you I was going to the hills the nearly extinct faculties of Dorf. early this morning, with Kaiser and the For a moment he stood the shock; schleife (cart), and that I would bring but it was too overwhelming to enable home your goats. Very well; when him to continue to bear up against it, we were coming home, goats and all, and with an inward groan he sunk into we saw you lying asleep at the foot of a state of insensibility. How long he the rock; and guessing what brought remained in this state, he was not able you there, we lifted you gently into to judge-probably not more than a ihe schleife and came off, intending few minutes. When he first languidly to lay you in your own bed, and give opened his eyes, he imagined that he you a surprise when you awakened. was alone ; but raising them, and But when we had got the length of looking about, he perceived that his your door, the horse stopped so sudtormentors were still there. They were denly, that your head knocked against grouped around the other stone in the the top of the schleife, and awakened position in which he had first seen you before the time; and that's all!" them, and the little man was as usual And the stout woodsman laughed again bearing a conspicuous part in their till the hills rang. proceedings. He stood somewhat in It was observed that from that day advance of the others. He was firmly Dorf Juystein never spoke but with planted upon his left leg, while his reverence of the Grey Men. right was thrown out behind him; his
Fraser's Mag. body was slightly bent forward, his head eagerly stretched out in the direc
THE GREEKS. tion of Dorf, and his arm was raised in the act of throwing the stone. God A new candidate for the sovereignty in heaven! at what was he going to of Greece has just made himself known throw? Dorf shut his eyes again ;- through the medium of a pamphlet, in the stone flew whirling from the hand which his claims are set forth. He asthat sent it, and with so true an aim, sumes the illustrious name of Comnethat it struck with a horrid crash against nus, and calls himself a descendant of the head of the devoted victim.
the last Emperors of Trebizonde ; thereWith the shock the spell was broken. fore, he says, it is quite clear, soveDorf found himself in an instant in reignties being always disposed of acutter darkness; the earth that held cording to hereditary rights and the him so firmly before was gone ; he rules of legitimacy, that he is the only thought he was falling, and he grasped rightful heir to the sovereignty of with his hands to save himself. He Greece. This gentleman is a native uttered a piercing cry, and as he did of France, and he holds a commission so, he again heard the laughing chorus in the French army. His claims were of the Grey Men. This time, however, formerly laid before the Ministers of it was not so fiendish ; and, as it con- the three protecting Powers, from whom tinued, gradually changed, until it he only received evasive and unsatisseemed to Dorf to assume the sound factory answers. It would be rather of the pleasant, hilarious laughter of a a difficult task to make out the rights voice to which in happier hours he had of a descendant of the Emperors of often responded. " You have had a Trebizonde to the sovereignty of molong sleep, neighbour Dorf," shouted a dern Greece ; and, probably, it would voice close to his ear, which bore a be still more difficult for Mr. Comnenus marvellous resemblance to that of his to prove that he is a descendant, and friend Jarl. " Whe-what-what- the only descendant of that race. I
have known in Turkey scores of Com- tance, and without any earthly comfort, nenuses, of Cantacurzenes, and of Pa- but what is administered from their cona leologoses, all of whom stoutly asserted fidence in the strength of the building that they were the direct descendants in which they are immured. Once, on of the Imperial families bearing those relieving this forlorn guard, one of the
All of them might claim the men was found dead, his companion Grecian sceptre with probably as much choosing rather to shut himself up with right as the gentleman in question. a putrifying carcase, than, by throwing But what would the present Greeks it into the sea, to incur the suspicion of care about a host of needy adventurers murder. In fine weather, these wretchwho chose to assume names of royalty ed beings just scramble a little about the defunct for ages past? The Greeks, edge of the rock, when the tide ebbs, in fact, want no king at all. Gratitude and amuse themselves with fishing; to the three protecting Powers, who which is the only employment they had delivered them from their deadly have, except that of trimming their foes, the Turks, had made them cheer- nightly fires. Such total inaction and fully submit to the choice fixed on entire seclusion from all the joys and Prince Leopold; but they suffered dis- aids of society, can only be endured by appointment by his refusal of the sove great religious philosophy, which we reignty, and the length of time in which cannot imagine they feel; or by great they were left under the power and at stupidity, which in pity we must supthe mercy of the Capo d'Istria party, pose they possess. Yet, though this weakened, and in many instances ob- wretched community is so small, we are literated, the sentiments with which assured it has sometimes been a scene their protectors had inspired them, so of misanthropy. Instead of suffering that their former habits and impres- the recollection of those distresses and sions resumed their empire. The Greeks dangers in which 'each is deserted would much rather be left to govern by all but one, to endear that one to themselves, as they best understand him, we were informed the humours of their wants ; and if, in doing so, they each were so soured, that they preyed occasionally cut each other's throats, both on themselves, and on each other. they alone would be the sufferers. If one sat above, the other was comCivilization is making rapid strides monly found below. Their meals, too, among them, and its influence will in were solitary; each, like a brute, growltroduce order, regularity, and good ing over his food alone. The emolugovernment, in a much surer way in ment of this arduous post is twenty Greece than all that her protectors pounds a year, and provisions while on think they can devise for her advan- duty. The house to live in may be tage. The Greeks would again become, fairly thrown into the bargain. The if not a great, at least a very remarkable whole together is, perhaps, one of the people, if left alone.
least eligible pieces of preferment in Britain ; and yet, from a story, which
Mr. Smeaton relates, it appears there THE EDDYSTONE LIGHT-HOUSE. are stations still more ineligible. A
fellow who got a livelihood by making The care of this inportant beacon is leathern pipes for engines, grew tired committed to four men, two of whom of sitting constantly at work, and solitake the charge of it by turns, and are cited a light-house man's place, which, relieved every six weeks. But as it
as competitors are not numerous, he oboften happens, especially in stormy tained. As the Eddystone boat was weather, that boats cannot touch at the carrying him to take possession of his Eddystone for many months, a proper habitation, one of the boatmen asked .quantity of salt provision is always laid him, what could tempt him to give up a up, as in a ship victualled for a long profitable business, to be shut up for voyage. In high winds, such a briny months together in a pillar ? "Why," atmosphere surrounds this gloomy so said the man, “because I did not like litude, from the dashing of the waves, confinement !” that a man exposed to it could not draw his breath. At these dreadful intervals, IMMORTALITY OF THE the two forlorn inhabitants keep close
OTAHEITIANS. quarters, and are obliged to live in darkness and stench ; listening to the The following account of the people howling storm, excluded in every of Otaheite presents a strong contrast emergency, from the least hope of assis- to the assertions of some of the Evan
gelical magazines, respecting the bene- path of virtue, when an opportunity åts of missionary preaching. If it may offers. Such is the case here ; for, after be relied on, it is certainly a gloomy it was discovered that certain plants, and discouraging picture. We fear growing in abundance here, would that, unlike many accounts which have produce spirits, the inhabitants' eagerly reached England, respecting the la- made them, and drank to excess. In bours of the missionaries, many of order to prevent serious political and which have subsequently been proved other consequences, a law was made to be false—this relation is strictly that any person making wine or spirits true. It is a remarkable fact, that our should be banished, and his goods forSaxon ancestors were an honest and feited. This did not lessen the desire upright people, until converted to of spirits, but rather increased it. The Christianity, when murders, robberies, evil is further increased by most vessels and every description of impiety were bringing the most poisonous liquors, committed by all ranks; honour and and taking away the little valuable good faith were cast to the winds; the property, and leaving the people far Saxon princes perpetrated many fright- worse than they were.
I assure you ful crimes, and then entered a monas there are very few indeed, either in tery, as if to shun the scorn and con- Church 'or State, but are given up to tempt of even their vicious age. Let drunkenness, and make themselves it not be supposed that we are attempt- beasts. Thieving is become a growing ing to deny or disprove the benefits evil. I do not think that many of the which might result from the introduc- inhabitants have any correct views of tion of the Christian religion into any moral evil. They will readily confess country; but we have always been of it to be wrong, but very few of them opinion, that it is a wild, a preposte- will abstain from it if they think it can rous and an impious thing, to endea- be concealed. With respect to the mavour to plant a belief in the mind of nufactory, I fear but little good will be an untutored savage, without submit- done, as the wants of the people are so ting him to previous instruction. Our few, and their indolence so great.Yankee brethren make this a subject Pride, however, is creeping in very of jest and ridicule, but it is really no fast, and will bring a number of wants laughing matter. Who could hear the with it; and God is able to overrule vulgar mouthings of an illiterate negro, even this for good. The preaching of as he descants on a text which he does the missionaries does not seem to make not rightly understand, without feelings impression, or awaken lively feelings, of disgust and abhorrence? The sub as with you. Persons are in and out of joined is the extract alluded to, which the place of worship just as frequently is taken from a recent number of the as they please. The example of wicked Manchester Guardian.
Europeans has had a bad effect on their - The following is an extract from a bad hearts; so that it is hard work even letter very recently received from Eli- to attempt to do them good,” &c. jah Armitage, who went as a mission
A. M. ary from this town about ten years ago. The accuracy of the account may be TEMPERAMENT OF THE ENGLISH fully relied on, from his perfect know
PEOPLE. ledge of the people, and his well-known fidelity. It is dated Eismeo, South The malady to which the English are Seas, Nov. 10, 1831 :—With respect to particularly subject, and the name of myself, and the work in which I am which has passed into every European engaged, I know not how to give you a language, the Spleen, arises, I have no just description of the character of the doubt, from the double influence of diet people among whom I labour.
You and climate. Ask our old friend, Monhave heard a great deal from the Maga- taigne, how much the continual appearzines, &c. which I think the individuals ance of a cloudy atmosphere disposes who wrote them should be ashamed of, the mind and the imagination to sorunless they were quite ignorant of mat row and low spirits. The desire, the ters here. I know not a better compa- anxiety, to get rid of this heaviness, rison of the people than that of a child make the English have recourse to sethat has been kept out of the way of veral means, all of which are attended temptation for fear of being led astray; by bad effects. In the first place, they but this care and kindnesa does not drink a great quantity of tea. This change the heart, which is watching for beverage facilitates digestion, it agitates every opportunity to turn out of the and dissolves the humours ; but it ex