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Good situation near the Abey if it Wold noble charger which had become u1l. sute you to 2 haf Barels of all and serviceable through age, 80 that to Wate For youre Money For the ale til avoid the expense of feeding him, he monday I should be Gad.

turned him loose upon the town; the Please to RING the Bell.-In the horse, driven by hunger, raised its days of John, King of Atri, there was a mouth to the vine to munch it, and, bell put up, which any one that had pulling it, the bell rang. The judges received an injury, went and rang, and assembled to hear the horse's petition, the King assembled the wise men ap- which appeared to demand justice. pointed for the purpose, that justice They decreed -- that the night, whom might be done. It happened that, after he had served in his youth, should feed the bell had been up a long time, the himn in his old age;' -a sentence which rope was worn out, and a piece of wild the King confirmed, under a heavy pevine was tied to it to lengthen it. Now nalty. there was a knight of Atri, who had a

Diary and Chronology.
Wednesday, Jan. 25.

and that element which had been the theatre of St. Paul.

his exploits, became his tomb. In fact, Drake

seems to have had what is ever the wish of the High Water 41m, aft. 7 Mor.-4m. aft. 8 aftern.

true mariner. The sudden conversion of St. Paul by means of the Vision of a Blaze of Light, may, perhaps,

Sunday, Jan. 29. have contributed to make the vulgar and supersti FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY. tious 'ascribe to this Feast wonderful powers Lessons for the Day, 57 chap. Isaiah, Morn. prognosticative of 1 the future influence of the

58 chap. Isaiah, Even. Sun, but Gay advises the rejection of such notions 29th Jan. 1571.- Queen Elizaheth gave the name as superstitious.

of Royal to the Exchange of London, which was All superstition from thy breast repel:'

first built in 1566. In the great tire in 1666, it Let credulous boys and prattling nurses tell, was burnt. In 1670 it was rebuilt, and in 1769 How, if the festival of Paul be clear,

was repaired and beautified ; and within these Plenty from liberal horn shall strew the year; few years it has received many judicious alteraWhen the dark skies dissolve in snow or rain, tions and improvements. The labouring bind shall yoke the steer in vain;

Monday, Jan. 30. But, if the threatening winds in tempests roar,

St. Martina virg, mar. 3rd cent. Then War shall bathe her (wasteful sword in

High Water, oh. 8m. Morn. Ok. 38m aft. : gore. Thursday, Jan. 26.

About} this time are observable the first evi. St. Polycarp.

dences of the revivifying principle of the new. Sun rises 38m. aft. 7-Sets 22m. aft. 4.'

born year. Now the golden and blue crocusses Jan. 26, 1667.-Signature of the Peace of Breda.

peep up their pointed coronals from amidst their

garden palisades of green and gray leaves, that At this peace, which was concluded under the mediation of the King of Sweden, three separate

they may be ready to come forth at the call of

the 1st February sun that looks warmly upon treatises were signed. The first between Eng

them, and perchance one here and there, bolder land and France; the second between England

than the rest, has started fairly out of the earth and Denmark; and the third between England already, and half opened her trim form, pretend. and Holland.

ing to have mistaken the true time, as a forward Friday, Jan. 27.

school-miss will occasionally be seen coqueting Duke of Sussex born, 1773.

with a smart cornet, before she has been reguHigh Water, 27m. aft. 9 mor Im aft 10 Afier. Jarly produced, as if she did not know that there Jan. 27, 1501.-Ferdinand, King of Spain, and

was “any harm in it." Louis the Twelfth of France, made a partition of

Tuesday, Jan. 31. the kingdom of Naples, which they had conquered. Within a year after this treaty was signed,

Dies Penatibus, Rom. Cal. the French were driven out of Naples by the

Sun rises 30m. aft. 7.-Sets 30m, aft. 4. Spaniards,"under the command of the celebrated

- The Penates were certain inferior deities among Gonzalo de Cordova, called the Great Captain,

the Romans, who presided over houses and the whose victories raised the military character of

domestic affairs of families. They were called him to the highest pitch.

Penates, because they were generally placed in

the innermost and most secret parts of the house, Saturday, Jan. 28.

“in penitissima ædium parte quod," as Cicero St. Margaret of Hungary in 1971.

says, " penitus incident." The place where they Sun rises 35m aft 7-Sets 25m ajt 4.

stood was afterwards called Penetralia, and they Jan. 29, 1596.-The great Admiral Drake, the themselves received the name of Penetrales. It first English commander, who circumnavigated was in the option of every master of a family to the globe, died at this date. He commenced his choose his Penates, and therefore Jupiter and memorable voyage in 1577, and completed it in some of the superior gods are often invoked as ten hundred and fifty-six days. He died at sea, patrons of domestic affairs.

To our READERS.-The Editor laments, that notwithstanding his having procured beautiful designs to illustrate the volume in progress, he has been unable to get them engraved to his satisfaction, although several artists have been employed upon them, regardless of expense; but he trusts that the illustration to the present number, will more than compensate for all defects; and he assures his friends and supporters, that every exertion is making to render the Engravings superior to any that have yet appeared in the OL10.

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which beset men who can have no de

pendence on the product of their laTHE GOLD-SEEKER.

bour; ranking in this respect with

gamesters, authors, and other vagaTo render the following story intel- bonds. ligible, it is necessary to say that the They are, not withstanding, a fine minerali and farmers form two distinct race of men-brave, hardy, and often classes in the Valley of Anzasca. The handsome. They spend freely what occupation of the former, when pur- they win lightly; and if one day they sued as a profession, is reckoned dis- sleep off their hunger, lying like wild reputable by the other inhabitants, who animals basking in the sun, the next, obtain their living by regular industry; if fortune has been propitious, they and indeed the manners of the minerali swagger about, gallant and gay, the offer some excuse for what might other- lords of the valley. Like the sons of wise be reckoned an illiberal preju. God, the minerali sometimes make love dice. They are addicted to drinking, to the daughters of men; and, although quarrelsome, overbearing—at one mo- they seldom possess the hand, they ocment rich, and at another starving; and casionally touch the heart, of the gentle in short they are subject to all the ca maidens of Anzasca. If their wooing lamities, both moral and physical, is unsuccessful, there are comrades VOL. IX.

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still wilder than their own, whose arms the most troublesomne memento that reare always open to receive the desperate mained of her illness was nothing more and the brave. They change the scene, than a nervous timidity, which in a and betake themselves to the highways more civilized part of the country might when nights are dark and travellers have passed for delicacy of feeling. unwary; or they enlist under the ban Besides being in some degree shut ners of those regular banditti, who rob out from the society of her equals, by in thousands, and whose booty is a this peculiarity of her situation, she province or a kingdom.

was prevented from enjoying it by anoFrancesco Martelli was the hand- ther. While her body languished, the somest gold-seeker in the valley. He cultivation of her mind had advanced. was wild, it is true, but that was the Music, to which she was passionately badge of his tribe; and he made up attached, paved the way for poetry. for this by so many good qualities, that That Lelia, therefore, had never the farmers themselves—at least such songht to hear the ballads of Francesco, of them as had not marriageable was occasioned, it inay readily be bedaughters - delighted in his company. lieved, by nothing more than an inFrancesco could sing ballads so sweetly stinctive terror, mingled with the disand mournfully, that the old dames like with which the name of one of the leant back in the chimney-corner to ruffian minerali inspired her; and, in weep while he sung. He had that deep truth, she listened to the tales that from and melancholy voice which, when time to time reached her ear, of the once heard, lingers in the ear, and young gold-seeker, with somewhat of when heard again, however unexpect- the vague and distant interest with edly, seems like a longing realized. which we attend to descriptions of a

There was only one young lass in beautiful but wild and cruel animal of the valley who had never heard the another heinisphere. songs of Francesco.

All the others, There came one at last, however, to seen or unseen, on soine pretext or whom poor Lelia listened. She was other, had gratified their curiosity. sitting alone, according to her usual The exception was Lelia, the daughter custom, at the bottom of her father's of one of the richest farmers in An- garden, singing, while she plied her

knitting-needle, in the soft, low tone Lelia was very young, being scarcely peculiar to her voice, and beyond which sixteen; but in her quality of an only it had no compass. The only fence of daughter, with a dowry in expectancy the garden at this place was a belt of equal to more than one thousand Aus- shrubs, which enriched the border of trian livres,* she attracted consider the deep ravine it overlooked. At the able observation. Her face, on minute bottom of this ravine flowed the river, inspection, was beautiful to absolute rapid and yet sullen; and beyond, perfection; but her figure, although scarcely distant two hundred yards, a symmetrical, was so petite, and her range of precipitous cliffs shut in the manner so shy and girlish, that she horizon. was thought of more as a child than a The wild and desolate aspect of the young woman. The “heiress of old scene was overshadowed and controle Niccoli” was the designation made use led, as it were, by the stern grandeur of of, when parents would endeavour to these ramparts of nature; and the awaken the ambition of their sons, as

whole contributed to form such a picthey looked forward to what might be ture as artists travel a thousand miles some years hence: but Lelia, in her to contemplate. Lelia, however, had own person, was a nonentity.

looked upon it from childhood. It had Her mother had died in giving her never been forced upon her imaginabirth; and for many a year the life of tion by contrast, for she had never trathe child had been preserved, or rather velled five miles from her father's her death prevented, by what seemed a house, and she continued to knit, and miracle. Even after the disease, what- sing, and dream, without even raising ever it might have been, had yielded to her eyes. the sleepless care of her father, she re

Her voice was rarely loud enough to mained in that state which is described be caught by the echoes of the opposite by the expression “not unwell,” ra- rocks; although sometimes it did hapther than in perfect health ; although pen that, carried away hy enthusiasm,

she produced a tone which was re• The Austrian lira is equal to about eight. peated by the fairy minstrels of the pence halfpenny English.

glen. On the present occasion, she

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listened with surprise to a similar It seemned as if in the interval they had effect, for her voice had died almost in had time to get acquainted! They exa whisper. She sang another stanza in changed salutations the next time 'a louder key. The challenge was ac- they spoke--and the next time they cepted ; and a rich, sweet voice took conversed. There was nothing mysteup the strain of her favourite ballad rious in their communications. He where she had dropped it.

was probably a farmer's son of the upLelia's first impulse was to fly; her per valley, who had been attracted, like second, to sit still and watch for a re- Others, by the fame of the heiress of old newal of the music; and her third, Niccoli. He, indeed, knew nothing of which she obeyed, to steal on tiptoe to books, and he loved poetry more for the edge of the ravine, and look down the sake of music than its own; but into the abyss, from whence the voice what of that ?-the writings of God seemed to proceed.

were around and within them; and The echo, she discovered, was a these, if they did not understand, they young man, engaged in navigating a at least felt. He was bold and vigorraft down the river-such as is used ous of mind; and this is beauty to the by the peasantry of the Alps to float fair and the timid. He skimmed along themselves and their wares to market, the edge of the precipice, and sprung and which at this moment was stranded froni rock to rock in the torrent, as fearon the shore, at the foot of the garden. less as the chainois He was beautiHe leant upon an oar, as if in the act of ful, and brave, and proud; and this pushing off his clumsy boat; but his glorious creature, with radiant eyes face was upturned, like one watching and glowing cheeks, laid himself down for the appearance of a star ; and Lelia at her feet, to gaze upon her face, as felt a sudden conviction, she knew not poets worship, the moon! why, that he had seen her through the The world, before so monotonous, so trees while she sat singing, and had blank, so drear, was now a heaven to adopted this inethod of attracting her poor Lelia. One thing only perplexed attention without alarming her. her: they were sufficiently long-ac

If such had been his purpose, he cording to the calculations of sixteen seemed to have no ulterior view; for, and sufficiently well acquainted ; their after gazing for an instant, he withdrew sentiments had been avowed without his eyes in confusion, and, pushing off disguise; their faith plighted beyond the raft, dropped rapidly down the recall; and as yet her lover had never river, and was soon out of sight. mentioned his name! Lelia, reflecting

Lelia's life was as calm as a sleeping on this circumstance, condemned, for lake, which a cloud will blacken, and the moment, her precipitation ; but the wing of an insect disturb. Even there was now no help for it, and she this little incident was matter for could only resolve to extort the secret thought, and entered into the soft reve if secret it was-at the next meeting. ries of sixteen. She felt her cheeks 6. My name !" said the lover, in retingle as she wondered how long the ply to her frank and sudden question ; young man had gazed at her through you will know it soon enough.” the trees, and why he had floated away “ Bu: I will not be said nay. You without speaking, when he had suc must tell me now-or at all events toceeded in attracting her attention. morrow night." There was delicacy in his little con Why to-morrow night?" trivance, to save her the surprise, per “ Because a young, rich, and handhaps the terror, of seeing a stranger in some suitor, on whom my father's heart such a situation ; there was modesty in is set, is then to propose, in proper the confusion with which he turned form, for this poor hand; and, let ihe away his head; and what, perhaps, confession cost what it may, I will not was as valuable as either, even to the overthrow the dearest plans of my only gentle Lelia, there was admiration, parent without giving a reason which deep and devout, in those brilliant eyes will satisfy even him. Oh, you do not that had quailed beneath her's. The know him! Wealth weighs as nothing youth was as beautiful as a dream; in the scale against his daughter's hapand his voice !-it was so clear, and piness. You may be poor for aught I yet so soft-so powerful, yet so melo- know; but you are good, and honourdious! it haunted her ear like a pre- able, and, therefore, in his eyes, no un. diction.

fitting match for Lelia.” It was alIt was a week before she again sa w most dark; but Lelia thought she perthis Apollo of her girlish imagination. ceived a sinile on her lover's face while

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she spoke, and a gay suspicion flashed his arms from extending, at the apthrough her mind, which made her proach of Lelia. Her father, after holdheart beat and her cheeks tingle. ing her for a moment at arm's-length,

He did not answer for many minutes ; as with a doating look his eyes wana struggle of some kind seemed to agi- dered over the bravery of her new white tate him ; but at length, in a suppressed dress, drew her close to his bosom, and voice, he said

blessed her. “ To-morrow night, then."

“My child," said he, smiling gaily “ Here?”

through a gathering tear, “it is hard “No, in your father's house ; in the for an old man to think of parting with presence of - my rival.”

all he loves in the world: but the laws The morrow night arrived; and, of nature must be respected. Young with a ceremonious formality practised men will love, and young lasses will on such occasions in the valley, the like, to the end of time; and new familover of whom Lelia had spoken was lies will spring up out of their union. presented to his mistress, to ask per- It is the way, girl, it is the fate of mission to pay his addresses ; or, in maids, and there's an end. For sixteen other words--for there is but short years have I watched over you, even shrift for an Anzascan maid-to de- like a miser watching his gold: and mand her hand in marriage. This was now, treasure of my life, I give you indeed a match on which old Niccoli away! All I ask, on your part, is obehad set his heart; for the offer was by dience-aye, and cheerful obediencefar the best that could have been found after the manner of our ancestors, and from the Val d'Ossola to Monte Rosa. according to the laws of God. After The youth was rich, well-looking, and this is over, let the old man stand aside, prudent even to coldness :—what more or pass away, when it pleases heaven; could a father desire ?

he has left his child happy, and his Lelia had put off the minute of ap- child's children will bless his memory. pearing in the porch, where the elders He has drank of the cup of life-sweet of both families had assembled, as long and bitter–bitter and sweet-even to as possible. While mechanically ar the bottom; but with honey, Lelia, ranging her dress, she continued to thanks to his blessed darling!—with gaze out of the lattice, which command- honey in the dregs!” ed a view of the road and of the parties Lelia fell on her father's neck, and below, in expectation that increased to sobbed aloud. So long and bitter was agony. Bitter were her reflections her sobbing, that the formality of the during that interval! She was almost party was broken, and the circle nartempted to believe that what had passed rowed anxiously around her. When was nothing more than a dream—a fig- at last she raised her head, it was seen ment of her imagination, disordered by that her cheeks were dry, and her face poetry and solitude, and perhaps in as white as the marble of Cordaglia. some measure warped by disease. Had A murmur of compassion ran through she been made the sport of an idle mo- the bystanders; and the words poor ment?—and was the smile she had ob- thing !-still so delicate-old hysteserved on her lover's face only the he- rics !” were whisperingly repeated rald of the laugh which, perhaps, at from one to the other. The father was this moment testified his enjoyment of alarmed, and hastened to cut short a her perplexity and disappointment ? ceremony which seemed so appalling His conduct presented itself in the dou- to the nervous timidity of his daughter. ble light of folly and ingratitude ; and “ It is enough,” said he; “all will at length, in obedience to the repeated be over in a moment. Lelia, do you suminons of her father, she descended accept of this young man for your to the porch with a trembling 'step and suitor ?-come, one little word, and it a fevered cheek.

is done." Lelia tried in vain to speak, The sight of the company that await- and she bowed her acquiescence.ed her awed and depressed her. She “Sirs," continued Niccoli, “my daughshrunk from them with more than mor ter accepts of the suitor you offer. It bid timidity; while their stony eyes, is enough; salute your mistress, my fixed upon her in all the rigidity of son, and let us go in, and pass round form and transmitted custom, seemed to the cup of alliance.” freeze her very heart. There was one “ The maiden hath not answered," there, however, whose ideas of "pro- observed a cold, cautious voice among priety," strict as they were, could never the relations of the suitor. prevent his eyes from glistening, and “Speak, then," said Niccoli, casting

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