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was seated like a living man, elegantly dragging her between them for the third set out with all his jewels, and clothed in round. Then, senseless and unconscious, rich attire. The corpse taking procession, she was cast upon the carcass of her husthe wife immediately followed, borne on band. At that instant the multitude mak. a rich palanquin. She was covered over ing the air resound with acclamations and with ornaments, in the highest style of shouts of gladness, retired a short space, Indian taste and magnificence. As the whilst the Brahmins, pouring the butter procession moved, the surrounding multi. on the dry wood, applied their torches, tude stretched out their hands toward her and instantly the whole pile was in a blazę. in token of their admiration. They beheld As soon as the flames had taken effect, the her as already translated in the paradise. living sacrifice, now in the midst of them, of Vishnoo, and seemed to envy her happy was invoked by name from all sides, but lot. During the whole procession, which as insensible as the carcass on which she was very long, she preserved a steady lay, she made no answer. Suffocated at aspect. Her countenance was serene, and once, must probably by the fire, she lost, even cheerful, until they came to the fatal her life without perceiving it." pile, where she was soon to yield up her On these occasions, the conduct of life; she then turned her eyes to the spot the Brahmins appears to be very un. where she was to undergo the flames, and she became suddenly pensive. She no feeling. They stand by with their longer attended to what was passing torches and bowls, as if about to comaround her. Her looks were wildly fixed memorate an event of the most joyous upon the pile. Her features were altered; nature, shutting their eyes to all the her face grew pale; she trembled with revulsions of shuddering humanity,and fear, and seemed ready to faint away. The Brahmins, who directed the ceremony, prompting in the miserable wretches, and her relations, perceiving the sudden whom they bind hard and fast to a effect which the near approach of her fate putrid corpse to be burned alive, all had occasioned, ran to her assistance, and the enthusiasm of their hateful

superendeavoured to restore her spirits; but

stition. her senses were bewildered; she seemed

We have it in our power to state, unconscious of what was said to her, and replied- not a word to any one. They made on the safe authority of Dubois, that her quit the palanquin ; and her nearest one reason for the prevalence of this relation supported her to a pond that was singular species of suicide, is the connear the pile, and having there washed tempt and neglect which is manifested her, without taking off her clothes or or

over all Hindustan, towards the connaments, they soon reconducted ber to the pyramid on which the body of her hus. dition of widowhood. band was already laid. It was surrounded The very name of widow is a reproach, by the Brahmins, each with a lighted torch and the greatest possible calamity that in one hand, and a bowl of melted butter can befall a woman is to survive her husin the other, all ready, as soon as the inno- band: although to marry with another, is cent victim was placed on the pyramid, to an event a thousand times more to be de. envelope her in fire. The relatives, all precated. From that moment she would armed with muskets, sabres, and other be hunted out of society; and no decent weapons, stood closely round in a double person, at any time, would venture to have line, seemed to wait with impatience the slightest intercourse with her." for the awful signal. This armed force, With the grossest inconsistency I understood, was meant to intimidate the too, they have so constructed the faunhappy victim, in case the dreadful pre. bric of society, that it is almost certain to overawe any other person who, out of that three-fourths of their women must false compassion, should endeavour to res be widows; for it is usual with the cue her. At length the auspicious time Hindoos, particularly with the Brafor firing the pile being announced by the mincial order, to espouse children of Purcheta Brahmin, the young widow was instantly divested of all ber jewels, and

six or seven years of age ; and such led on, more dead than alive, to the fatal is the absurd bigotry of all classes of pyramid. She was then commanded, ac the people, that nothing would be cording to the universal practice, to walk regarded as a greater insult, than a round it three times, two of her nearest proposal to marry these girls, become relations supporting her by the arms. The

widows by the death of a man whom first round she accomplished with tottering steps ; but in the second, her strength perhaps they never saw, when they wholly forsook her, and she fainted away

have arrived at the marriageable pein the arms of her conductors, who were riod of life. Celibacy in the other obliged to complete the ceremony, by sex is not more respected than, in

women; and a widower is, for the gods; or which is nearly the same time, viewed in the light of a person, thing, he may have none at all; his who has fallen from his natural rank actions, his gestures, his mode of sitin the community; but whilst the ting on his mat, of bathing in the male is encouraged to repair this loss, river, of masticating his rice, and of by a speedy nuptial, the female is not washing his bands, constitute the only permitted to re-enter the estate of part of his religion, which is tangible, matrimony; although she may have either for attack or defence; and the been, as very frequently happens, only first step in his conversion, accordnominally a wife:

ingly, must proceed upon a new faWe are very little inclined to be shion in the cut of his clothes, in his sanguine in our hopes of an extensive manner of walking in the street, or of or radical change for the better, in the placing himself at table. The misHindoo character, until a more unre-, sionary who shall first prevail on a. stricted intercourse with Europeans Brahmin to eat with a knife and fork ; shall have removed the numerous pre- to wear a pair of gloves, or to dine on judices of the natives, and eradicated roast-beef, will do more towards the, from their minds that pernicious bi- propagation of Christianity, than he gntry which chokes the natural growth who shall argue out of the Hindoo of their understandings. The princi- calendar, Brahma, Vishnoo, and Shiva. pal obstacle, however, to the recep- There is no difficulty in silencing a tion of the Gospel, or indeed of any disputatious Hindoo on points of abnew religion, whatsoever, arises from stract belief; on the contrary, he yields the very close connexion which sub as his antagonist advances, and gives sists between their present system of up his gods, male and female, without belief, and the practical details of or regret, and apparently without appredinary life. Religion in that part of hending that their absence from the the world is strictly identified with the pantheon of his mythology, will be at customs and manners of the people, all either felt or perceived; but as to in the minutest transactions in which his every day usages, the tuft on his: they engage ; in their eatings, drink- head, and the paint on his face, the ings, dressings, outgoings, and incom- metal of the pot in which he boils his ings, in the cleaning of their teeth, rice, and the company in which he the shaving of their heads, and the consumes it, his bigotry is of the most paring of their nails. Religion inter- determined and unrelenting nature. feres, and regulates whenever a Hin- Here he has nothing to concede; and doo

opens his eyes, or raises his hand. reasoning of course is thrown away. There is a prayer for mending his We are told by M. Dubois, that many pen; another for sharpening his knife, of the Brahmins with whom he conand a third for preparing his whetstone. versed, showed the utmost reverence In short, the superstitions of India for the doctrines of Christianity, and manifest themselves entirely in prac- of Mahometanism, when properly extice, and not at all in theory; or, at plained to them, discovering, as they least, the speculative notions of a imagined, striking coincidences beBrahmin are so excessively vague and tween certain parts of these systems, extravagant, that it is impossible to and the more refined tenets of their know where to commence a refuta own faith. Their liberality of sentition of them; and, what is more, it is ment, however, was never found to impossible to discover those particular extend to the trifling observances dogmas upon which his observances are which distinguish their mode of livfounded; so that when he has yielded ing; to the wood of their tooth-picks, all that is demanded, and surrendered or to the substitution of a chair for å all that may be assailed, his antago-mat on the ground. In truth, from nist has not gained one step towards all that we know of the Hindoos, and demolishing his idolatry, or preparing particularly of the Brahminical order bis mind for conviction. The initi- amongst them, we see more and more ated Hindeo may have 330,000,000 reason to be satisfied, that we shall

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never prevail on that people to think end, we are sorry to say, have not as we think, until we shall succeed in yet proved effectual. Instances of making them live as we live ; for their theft and cruelty on the part of Brireligion consists not in exercises of tish subjects towards the unfortunate the mind, but in mere outward ob- islanders still continue to occur ; and servances; and in the most trivial acts doubtless many atrocities are perpeperformed by the hands.

trated which will never be known till that final day of account, when the oppressor and the oppressed shall

apThe Fellowship of the Saints.

pear together before a far higher triAs an instance of the value of a bunal than that of their fellow-men. Prayer Book, the Rev. Mr. Bicker- Both the Church and the (London) steth relates the following anecdote. Missionary Societies have expressed A friend of his went to visit a poor their hopes, that the English Governman in a Cathedral town, who resided ment will take up the subject: nor in a miserable garret. He conversed without reason; for not only are all reas though he were happy, and ap- ligious exertions materially impeded, peared a most devout Christian. He but the very safety and existence of was asked where he went to church; every vessel and colony in the South he answered, to the Cathedral. His Seas, exposed to the retributive venfriend said what! Nowhere else geance of savages, whose first and No. But do you not find yourself so- strongest principle is that of retalialitary without wife, or family? Soli- tion for an injury. The effects of tary, Sir, he exclaimed !-and imme- this revengeful principle will appear diately going to a corner of his room, but too forcibly from the following which appeared more retired than the tragical occurrence. rest, he brought a Common Prayer “ The Boyd, a ship of about kve hukBook, saying, How can I be solitarydred tons, commanded by Captain John when I have this most precious Com- în 1809, to take out convicts to Botany

Thompson, was chartered by Government, panion. In this I read that, the Bay, when, having completed her charglorious company of the Apostles ter-party, and taken a number of passenpraise thee! The goodly fellowship gers for England, she proceeded to Newof the Prophets praise thee! The Zealand for a cargo of timber. The cap. Holy Church throughout all the world tain, I believe, intended this timber for

the north-west coast of America, where duth acknowledge thee!". He found it was to have been disposed of: but un that from that book he had learned fortunately both himself and the crew all his religion. [London Paper. were surprised and massacred, by George,

(a native chief,) and his tribe, while the

vessel, accidentally taking fire, was burnt EXTRACT from a Review of Nicho. down to the water's edge. Having thus las's Voyage to New Zealand, in ship, I shall now relate the particulars,

given the short history of this ill-fated the Christian Observer.

communicated to us by George, who Among other plans for the protec- seemed very desirous of extenuating his tion of the natives, and the conse

own atrocious criminality. "I must, howquent security of the settlers, his Ex-ever, in justice observe that if the ful

lowing account can be relied upon, the cellency the Governor of New-South- provocation he had received was very Wales issued a proclaination to pre- great, and such as at all times would lead vent the wanton incursions of, and de

a barbarian to the most horrible revenge. predations committed by, the crews

“ He stated, that himself and anotler of vessels touching on the islands, Jackson, they both agreed with Captain

of his countrymen being together at Portand appointed Mr. Kendall a magis- Thompson to work their passage to their trate for this purpose; without whose own country. It happened, he said, howpermission, certified in writing, no ever, that he was taken so ill himself dursubject of the British Crown was ei. ing the voyage, as to be utterly incapather to land, or to take a native on

ble of doing his duty; which the captain board.' This and the other measures

not believing to be the case, and imputing

his inability to work rather to laziness employed for so just and humane an than indisposition, he was threatened, in

sulted, and abused by him. George at tain and the crew, and taking possession tempted to remonstrate against this severe of the vessel, could satisfy their fury. treatment; but the captain being a man of This he promised to do, and the work of a choleric temper, this only exasperated slaughter was now about to commence, him the more, and it was in vain that the while the devoted victims remained unother told him he was a chief in his own conscious of the infernal project. country, and ought to be treated with “ The imprudence and temerity of Capsome respect, urging at the same time his tain Thompson assisted that vengeance illness, and assuring him that this was the which is misconduct had roused, and were only cause that prevented him from work. now displayed in too evident a manner. ing. The enraged captain would pay no Never once reflecting on the character of regard to what he said, but calling him a the savage, whose favourite passion is recookee cookee, (a common man,) had him venge, and not considering that his own tied up to the gangway, and flogged most tyranny had provoked the most signal reseverely. This degrading treatment of taliation that could be taken, he had the the captain towards him taking away all rashness to leave the ship unprotected, restraint from the ship's company, he was and taking a boat's crew with him, prosubject, during the rest of the voyage, to ceeded to the shore, where a horde of out. their taunts and scurrilities; and they rageous cannibals stood prepared for his persecuted him, he said, in every possi- destruction. The duration of this dreadble way that they could devise.

ful tragedy was short. He had scarcely “Such treatment, it will readily be landed, when he was knocked down and supposed, must have sunk deeply into a murdered by Tipponic; and his sailors, mind like George's, and the revenge he unhappily shared the same fate, were ali meditated was no less terrible than cer. stripped by the barbarians, who immedi. tain. But whether he resolved on it dur. ately appeared dressed in the clothes of ing the voyage, or had afterwards formed their victims, and went on to the ship to the diabolical design, I was not able to complete the carnage. Arriving at the discover; though I imagine he had con ship with their revenge unsatiated, and ceived it before he got on shore, as he still raging for blood, a general massacre told the captain very emphatically, while of the remaining part of the crew, together he was derided by him for calling himself with all the passengers on board, immea chief, that he would find him to be such diately ensued; and with the exception of on arriving at his country. This, however, four individuals, neither man, woman, nor might have been said without any other child, of all that had left Port-Jackson, idea than to assure him of the fact, and escaped the cruel vengeance of their mer was a natural reply enough to his taunt- ciless enemies. It was in vain they sought ing incredulity. But a stronger circum

to conceal themselves; they were soon stance than this, leads me to suppose that discovered with a fatal certainty, and George had determined on his horrid pure dragged out to suffer the most excruciatpose while he was yet on board. On their ing torments. Some of the sailors runarrival at New Zealand, the captain, in- ning up the rigging, with the hope that duced most probably by his suggestions, when the fury of the savages should have ran the ship into Wangeroa, a harbour subsided, their own lives might be spared, which, I believe, had never before been en met the same fate as the rest of their un. tered by any European vessel, and which, fortunate companions. Coming down at lying in the very territory of the chief the request of Tippahee, who had, on that whom he had so ill-treated, was recom dreadful morning, come into the harbour mended, I doubt not, to make his destruc. from the Bay of Islands, they put themtion inevitable. He would not acknow. selves under his protection ; and though ledge to us that he himself suggested this

the old chief did all in his

power to

preharbour to the captain as the most conve

vent their being massacred, bis efforts. nient place for him to take in his cargo, were unavailing, and they fell before his though from his evasive answers I am eyes,

the last victims in this last scene of fully persuaded he decoyed him into it. blood and horror. But here I am wrong: " The ship being now anchored in his

this was not the last scene; for there was ovn harbour, the captain, he informed us, one more at which humanity will shudder, sent him on shore: 'having first stripped as well as the person who records it, him of every thing English he had about These savages, not satisfied with the venhim, to the very clothes he had on, which geance they had alreally taken, and true were also taken from him ; so that he was to their character as cannibals, feasted received by his countrymen almost in a

themselves on the dead bodies of their state of perfect nudity. To these he in- victims, devouring the mangled flesh till stantly related all his hardships, and the their inhuman appetites were completely inhuman treatment he had receiveil on glutted.” board: while enraged at the detail, they

The relics of the Boyd were to he unanimously insisted on revenge, and nothing short of the destruction of the cap.

seen every where when Mr. Marsden

serves:

'arrived in the islands. A barbarous vanity, I instantly made him a low how, act of retaliation was perpetrated by and paid my respects to him as the go the crewş of four or five whalers; his excellency, he held out his hand to which happened to enter the Bay of

me as a mark of his condescension, and Islands, shortly after the massacre. made at the same time a slight inclinaThey landed on a small island, where tion of his head. He seemed anxious that Tippahee and his tribe resided, and, I should think myself highly honoured, impatient for revenge, commenced an

for being thus noticed by a person of his

exalted station; and told me he would indiscriminate slaughter of the inha

never again go by the name of Korra-korbitants, sparing neither age nor sex, ra, but, on his arrival at New Zealand, burning their houses, and destroying should always be called Governor Mactheir plantations. If any thing be quarie. Thus even are the rudest barba

rians dazzled with the distinctions of of. wanting to increase the horrors of this

fice, and the pageantry of power." carnage, it is the circumstance, that

“ Tui, whom I shall now introduce to the self-constituted avengers inflicted the reader as the brother of Korra-korra, their cruel retribution on a guiltless seeing me on deck this morning with my tribe; whether wilfully, or deceived spectacles on, and looking at some birds by the misrepresentations of one of which were flying about the ship,

inquired, the hostile chiefs, does not clearly ap- (see) the Brush Farm, my place of resi

with an arch smile, if I could tickee tičkee pear. Mr. Marsden affectingly ob- dence in New-South-Wales. As our dis

“ I never passed Tippahee's tance from it at the time could not have island without a sigh. It is now de. been less than four hundred and fifty solate, without an inhabitant, and has

miles, this was considered an excellent been so ever since his death; the

joke by his countrymen, who laughed

heartily at it; nor, indeed, did I think it ruins of his little cottage, which was myself a bad specimen of that'sly sort of built by the kindness of the late Go- humour, in which they all seem to delight. vernor King, still remaining." Sallies too of the gayest mirth and pleaTo relieve our readers after this santry frequently break out among them:

and I have never met with a people who painful narrative, we shall give an in

are less inclined to sullen retirement, or cident or two of a different kind that

more disposed to social hilarity. In fact, occurred during the voyage.

they are never reserved, unless when they “ That pride and vanity are closely al. imagine themselves ill-treated, or conlied to ignorance, is a fact that needs no ceive that some design has been formed to illustration; and I was not a little amased, do them an injury; and, in these cases, this day, with witnessing the connexion their natural disposition immediately gives between them. Korra-korra, while at the way to all the dark broodings of adventicolony, was much struck with the formal tious passions. respect paid to Governor Macquarie, and “ On many occasions, their mode of ex. used to dwell with a kind of envious ad. pression is emphatically significant. Duamiration on the great power with which terra, in telling us that it was impossible he was invested; calling him frequently for a thief to escape punishment in New. niiee nuee arekee, (a very great king,) and Zealand, (for if not detected by man, the appearing evidently anxious to be raised all-seeing vigilance of the Deity was sure himself to a similar elevation. Imagining, to discover him,) made use of the followtherefore, that it would add to his dignity ing remarkable words, which are not only to make Governor Macquarie the model of forcible, but highly poetical. The Etua his imitation, he was resolved to copy him (God,) says he, rises upon him like a full in all the formalities of his rank, as close. moon, rushes upon him with the velocity ly as his rude conception of them would of a falling star, and passes by him like permit, and even to assume his very name,

a shot from the cannon's mouth. Such in order, if possible, to identify himself was the exact tenor of the expression he with bis envied prototype. His behaviour made use of, as nearly as I could collect this morning was truly ludicrous, his ima. it from the notion I had of his language; gination being more than usually inspired and I was forcibly struck with so extraorwith this self-created importance. On my

dinary a description." going up to salute him, and in a familiar manner addressing him by his name, he immediately drew back, with an affected Practical Notes on Genesis. and hanghty air, telling me, he was not Korra-korra, but Governor Macquarie,

Extracted from D'Orly's and MANT's and expected I would salute him as such. Family Bible, the first Number of which Willing to indulge him in his capricious is nearly ready for Publication by Messrs.

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