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ward and three inward toes are united ; and is above fivé linés; they are covered with on the hiud-feet the two inward and three one single skin or eye lid, pierced in the outward. The motions of the cameleonmiddle with a small hole of not more than are extremely słow.

a line in diameter, through which appears In regard to its change of colour, if the the pupil, surrounded by a gołu-coloured animal be exposed to a full sunshine, the iris. side next the shade appears, in a few mi These animals are rare, and the tribes of putes of a pale yellow, with large spots of amphibia ate less known, and less interest. red brown: ou 'reversing the situation, the ing to the inseientific observer of nature's sides of the animal become changed, vice works, than those which come under more tersa ; but yet these changes are certainly daily inspection; they would lead us into subject to much variety, though it seems, too wide a field ; and my next letters shall, by those who have attentively watched therefore, be devoted to the feathered these changes, that the animal never ap tenants of the air, and to those insects peared of a'white colour.

whose endowments and animal economy The form, structure, and motion of the render them a series of nature's miracles! cameleoir's eyes are very peculiar: they Adieu! your ever affectionate mother, are large, 'spherical, and projecting full

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FEMININE HEROISM ;
AN AUTHENTIC SPANISH AMERICAN STORY,

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THOUGH we glory in any instance of have stigmatized' manhood with dastardly noble evergy, magnanimous resolution, and

barbarity, though the result was beneficial disinterested self-devotion, displayed by the and woman to harbour the intention, fair, we agree with the poet, that

even if her hand recoiled from grasping ( Her fairest virtues fly from public sight, the murderous hatchet, she could no more “ Domestic worth, that shuus tou strong a light.” reverence herself, nor be regarded by others And were it possible to discern the un but as an object of detestation. We can obtrusive goodness, breathing continual contemplate, with less aversion, the un. ever-renewed sweets over conubial, mas feeling pride of Caupolican's wife, because ternał, and friendly intercourse--and yet we make allowances for savage habits

; more, if the secret sacrifices, the uncom- and if, instead of throwing his son after plaiuing meekness, which veils, júfirmities, bim, when he surrendered his personi to the and endures frequent paugs in domestic overwhelming power of a disciplined Eu. hife, Great Britaip might be hailed as a na ropean army, the chieftainess had been just tiou of heroines, daily performing acts that to' his valorous resistance; while résistance demand greater strength of mind than has was possible had she accompanied lím, to often produeed the imposing blirzoniry of soothe his lofty spirit in captivity, or remartial, renown. Concealer performances tired; with her boy, to some of the forof difficult duty must be inspired by the tresses of her territory, awaiting a favourpurest motives ; but the most duzzling able opportunity for rescuiug Caupotican, achievements that cannot be traced 10 a she had lived in history under a more amilaudable source, lose all their fostre when able aspect than in dashing their clnld to brolight to the test of gemine merit. Ivez the brave, but unforturate, commander

, ex Laurez has perpetuated her memory by claiming, she would keep nothing tbat bekilling, with her own band, thirty impri. loi ged to a coward. - Compared to those, soned fettered meis; Iest, if the Masso. the gentle, yet firm and dignified, Mirate ehisiaus prevaileri against the Spaniards, da, shoes as a polisbied gem beside a rude those wufrepri leaders should rejoini their fragment of graniite. After the lapse

of countryfen, avd avenge the cruelties in centuries, her merits rise before us in all Bicicu by the invaders. Such a deed must their beautiful grandeur, as the ever-green

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cedar, towering above the clouds—the pi- , sentiment, as they drew near to the abode tahaya, on its futed boughs, without foli of illustrious strangers. The thorny carob, age, yielding a redundant succession of and taper, might furnish nails and needles. fruits—or as the floripondia sheds odours || The refreshing cullen, jarreila, and palqui, over far distant space, so the character of and a thousand other wooded, blossomy, Miranda soared above all praise, and her and leafy retreats, were formed within the virtues, richly productive, though destitute precincts belonging to the Europeans-but of shelter, diffuse honour to her sex. Timbuey was a region of unrivalled and

In 1526, Sebastian Cabot, grand pilot of | various fertility. Nurtado, a generous CasCastile, was ordered to South America by || tilian, judged others by biaself, and acthe Emperor Charles V. with a small fleet cepted the invitation; but the sensitive de and some soldiers, and a promise of speedy | licacy of Miranda had been alarmed by reinforcements, that should enable him to some symptoms in the behaviour of the undertake some great enterprize. After Cacique, and she prevailed with her lord waiting two years, Cabot returned to to send an apology, couched in the most Spain, to expedite the armament. He left | respectful, but decisive terms-yet suffiNuno de Lara Governor of Buenos Ayres, ciently conciliatory, as the subsistence of with injunctions to maintain that amicable the garrison depended chiefly upon a friendly intercourse with the natives, which, hither- | traffic with the Timbueyians. Mangora to, had ensured supplies of provision for dissembled the pavgs of disappointment, the garrison. The good understanding purposing to effect by perfidious stratagem, continued, till Mangora, Cacique of Tim- what be despaired of accomplishing by buey, became violently enamoured of Mi milder artifices. He knew Nurtado was randa, a Spanish lady, who had recently often the conductor of a cousiderable arrived with her husband, an officer of squadrou of soldiers, sent to procure stores. high rank, and conspicuous worth. Man. He employed spies to watch his motions, gora, accustomed to illimitable licentious and learned the officer had set uut upon a ness among his subject tribes, imagined he circuit that must engage him sme weeks. could accomplish his lawless design, if Mi. | A large body of the bravest and most trusty randa could be inveigled to his territory, Indians were placed jo ambuscade, at a He sent her a present of the smaļl luscious short distance from the fort; and Mangora fig, which grows on the patahaya-a tree drew near with a few attendants, bearing destitute of leaves, but the fluted arms, large gifts of grain and fruit. Nuno de loaded with fruit, confer singular beauty; || Lara received the Cacique with the highand Mangora assured the lady, that its est deference. A sumptuous banquet tes. produce, taken fresh from the foot stalks, tified the unsuspecting amity of the Spahad a much fiper flavour, and conduced to wiards. Mangora seemed to forget royal health and longevity. He urged Ņurtado state, in careless, convivial glee. He seem, to take his lovely spouse, at least once in aed the gayest of the jocund company; and moon, to renovate her constitution with the sprung up, sipging and capering with all salutary fruit, which grew ouly at Tim- the extravagance of inebriated mirth. This buey. Near the Spanish garrison, many | was the signal for assault. All the Euroherbs, shrubs, and trees, charmed the peans fell beneath the savage extermiuating senses : the red cedar grew to a stupendous blade—but righteous Providence did not size ; the floripendia diffused rich per- permit Mangora to triumph in his crime, fumes ; the molle bestowed wine; the luma | Nuna de Lara aimed a mortal thrust at his chased away feyer and debility; the tuna, || heart, wheyever his treachery became apand wild orange, refreshed the weary la. || parent. Miranda, with four other Spanish bourer ; the patague, with epormous trunk | females, and some children, were spared, and massive umbrage, afforded a grateful and taken to Siripia, the brother aud suc, shade, and its cļustering flowers decked the cessor of Maugora. Wuhappily, he also sportive little ones in their dance. The inherited the same fatal susceptibility of favourite of the Great Spirit, the emblem | attractions, rendered more affectug by pro, of peace, the sacred cannello, inspired the found, yet dignified sorrow. Refued by Iudians with every pious, kind, and liberal ll the majestic grace, the pathetic iutreaty,

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expressed in Miranda's lovely countenance, || of a tall cedar; Nurtado was interred bethe humanized savage treated her with yond the Timbueyian frontier. In their tender respect-submitting, in all things, | last interview, he thus poured out his anexcept restoring her to Nurtado. The un- guish to the responding soul of Miranda : fortunate husband, returning with his con

“ Hours Aed to heaven! I knew not your voy to the ruined fort, immediately con inestimable value, when unrestrained I ceived the cause and extent of his disaster. I could behold the loveliest of forms, and To ascertain whether Miranda had been elevate every sensibility in communion with involved with the general carnage, or re

transcendant excellence. When these arms served for a more direful fate, he examined could enclasp her to the heart which now all the bodies. She was gone! Who can palpitates, with a thousand fears, for ber imagine his anguishi-his distracted rage! safety-for her honour: but in those bliss. He rushed forth to search for her among ful days, no tyrannic inspection damped the Indians. Siripia soon received iutelli- | the aspirings of innocent joy, while melogence of his appearance, ordered him to be | dy, of the tenderest tones, greeted the ear seized, but Miranda's tears gained a respite of connubial love. Happy spouses! around for his execution. Her interpreter even whom the soft gales of hallowed passion persuaded Siripia to grant her request for breathe free and stormless ! hardly can ye a meeting. Nurtado, disfigured by grief | appreciate your enviable privileges, till, and fatigue, with his clothes torn and co like the hapless pair, severed, though alvered with dust, and bound with chains, lowed to meet, no more of upion remains, Siripia hoped could not be advantageously except the never-slumbering recollection of contrasted with a youthful chieftain in the transports, by sweet graduation calmed to pride of conquest, and glaring ornament: | the delicious langour of placid unreserved but he knew not that the virtues, the ta- confidence. Dearer to my soul is the comlents of Nurtado, were 'more dear to Mi-panion of years the mother of my babes, randa than the graces of his person. She than when I led her to the holy altar; was permitted to sing, but not to talk to blushes dying ber polished cheeks, her him, as, with undaunted air, he dragged snowy bosom heaving with timid anticipahis manacled limbs on one side of Siripia. tion, her beauteous orbs glistening in tears Siripia did not understand the Spanish of mingled foudness, and retiring modesty, language; the Indians, surrounding the as, with tremulous steps, I supported her to grove of red cedars, were not near enough receive the sacred bevediction, which ento distinguish words; and the afflicted pair larged our solicitudes, our duties, and meliimparted their feelings to the music of a orated all enjoyments. But ravening ferolively strain, hoping their tones would de- city seized my treasure. Unapprehensive ceive the tyrant, but Miranda, unconsci. of impending calamity, we smiled at each ously, uttered the beloved name, and their others reluctance to undergo a brief sepa. eyes betrayed their communication. Mad- ration. Glad affection bounded before my dened by jealously, Siripia aimed a long path, in threading the woody mazes that dagger at the fettered Nurtado. Miranda led me again to the haven of my peace, interposed, and clinging to her dearer self, | caroling a lay of love. The scathed and received the steel in her spotless bosom. || ruined walls blasted my sight. Oh saiuts Her blood flowed on the stem of a flori- || and angels! how I explored them how I pondia. Nurtado loaded her murderer | hurried here seems the dream of phrenzy. with reproaches, and struck him a furious | Sad and beamless are my few fast-fleeting blow with his head, as he attempted to hours; this bereaved heart, tortured by separate Miranda from him. Siripia drew anxieties, different in lassitude as in specific the reeking point from Miranda's breast, || cause, desires to rend at once, if its burstand plunged it, to the bilt, in Nurtado's | ing could prolong the happy years of her, body. He wished for death, and blessed that, on earth, imparted to her wedded the band that struck the blow. Yet even lover far more than earthly bliss !" in death, Siripia would not suffer Miranda « Oh thou, that to every conjugal en. and Nurtado to be united. By his orders, dearment superadded the dignity of a wise her remains were inhumed by the shadow | counsellor and improving friend! She that

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mingled souls with the noblest of Castil- blade is in a moment sheathed in a heart ians, shall not survive him to fall the prey pure as the limpid waters from a marble of a savage. Her spirit would not brook rock. The expiring glance of Miranda is dishonour from the most polished sovereign fixed upon her beloved. Nurtado exaspeof Europe. Grief should soon dissolve rates her murderer by a blow from his every tie that

lds her imprisoned in a forehead-the only member at his commortal frame, and when the mighty soul of mand, avenges his wrongs, and procures Nurtado"

release. The vital tide of the fondest pair That name—the interchanged looks of unites in death. impassioned sympathy! Siripia, infuriated,

B. G. grasps the jewelled hilt; the gleaming

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And I too have been on the Continent, y demanded of them was to condescend to where I have seen strange things: of one, || deceive me again; and I would abhor mywhich has met the eye of few, if any, of self if any one could reproach me with my contemporaries, I am very willing to having abused her secrets, denied her such give an account, without, however, men advice as strict probity suggested, or obtioning the name of the town, for if it tained from her any pleasure at the cost of were known,' many and many would wish her happiness. The lover, in me, constito go thither ; but I think the emigration | tutes a separate being, who will watch from this country has already been carried

with the candidness of childhood; for that to such an excess, that I should scruple ever-feeling, and sometimes spoiled child, throwing a further bait in the way.

it is that I solicit the favour of being adWhen at, I heard of an establish- mitted to one of the meetings of your soment, composed of twenty-four members, ciety. PailogyNE." who made it their province to inquire solely I was pretty well aware that the descripinto the moral and physical constitution, &c. tion I had given of myself would not conof the most beauteous part of the creation. vey a very high opinion of my abilities to a The mansion in which they assembled wascunning personage, such'as must be the called the Observatory for Women. De president of a society of observers; but I sirous of being admitted to one of their thought that it must be the same with the meetings, I wrote the following note to the leader of an association as with the head of chairman :

ap empire, or every other man that is fond “SIR,-An ancient sage hath said, that, || of power or of ostentation. They do not in our youth, we lived to love, and that, in dislike people of my disposition, because a more advanced age, we loved that we they all know how easily a simpleton may might continue to live. I happen to be be made an admirer. I, therefore, was exactly between these two periods, and am not at all surprised at receiving an obliging at a loss to decide whether, in fact, to live letter, enclosing a ticket of admission : the is not to love, or whether love does not con. | shape of it, however, was remarkable stitute life. The fair sex bave, hitherto, enough, being an oval of black pasteboard, been my only study--the objects of my and in the centre a woman, naked and exworship, of my joy, and of my sorrows. tended, covered from head to foot with Never have I heard, without shedding a the inscription of this solitary word-mystear, the recital of their generous actions, terious ! or that of their misadventures; never did As I arrived at an early hour, I had leia tender glance from one of them fail caus sure to survey the whole establishment. ing the most slender of my fibres to quiver; || The house, which was situated in a remote I hate not one of them, and will serve, to part of the town, was equally plain and my latest breath, her I have loved once.

neat. It stood in the middle of a garden, When they have deceived me, all I have" in which the most refined taste appeared No. 116. Vol. XVIII.

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to be accidental, and nature to have decked , bracts, girts,' and cushions, varied ad inherself with lovely negligence. Whilst || finitum, indicated services of higher impacing the pleasant groves which autumn | portance. In short, a thousand masterhad not yet entirely divested of their foli- | pieces of mechanism and of chemistry, age, and where maternal affection still in- seemed to have been imagined to part those spired sweet and chaste warblings to some charms which a vicious propensity brought of the feathered tribe, I could not help, in close to each other; to bring back fugitives spite of myself, ascribing the origin of our to their natural posts; to fill up vallies; modern gardens to the description of Eden, to compress exuberances, and to level by Milton.

heights. At the sight of a green silk cur. Whilst involved in thought, I chanced to | tain, carefully closed, I suspected that it be standing facing a door, over which was concealed more intimate secrets still; I the following inscription-A woman anato

could feel a sudden flush overspread my mized! I shuddered at the sight, for 1 whole countenance, yet my trembling band like not those gloomy secrets which blast | refused to withdraw the veil, and I retreatpleasure, nor those hideous treasures of led hastily. The museum of the Graces, science that impoverish imagination. How. || thought ), must have its Index,* the same ever, I was a tourist, and had my share of as the great libraries of the Christian inquisitive spirit; I felt what an addition | world. it would be to my self-importance, 'if, on As I was leaving this arsenal, I met a my return home, I were capacitated to lady, who, indeed, had no occasion to enter speak of that cabinet, and to compare it to it to be supplied, so natural was her bloomthe famous collections of Bologna and of ing complexion, so easy her shape, and so Florence. I, therefore, finally acted as the graceful her figure in all her motions.generality of men do at every moment of | Upon seeing me, she 'stopped short, and their lives ; vanity got the better of disgust, | eyed me with an air of curiosity bordering and I went in.

on interest.' I should have been puzzled But what was my surprise, when, casting what to ascribe this kind of preference to, my eyes over an extensive saloon, I ob had it not occurred to me that observation served nothing that bore the appearance of was the characteristic of the bouse I was a theatre of anatomy. A multiplicity of in. Meanwhile, the attention of the beauobjects, of divers shapes and colours, were tiful lady grew still more evident; and my either displayed on tablets, or hung sus surprise reached its summit, when, ap. pended round the wainscot. I soon dis- 1) proaching me, I heard her say, with peculiar covered that they composed a chronological familiarity:-" You have been punctual, description of all the fashions, and patterns || Mr. Philogyne; but I expected as much." of the various means which the consoling -“ How, Madam, do you know me?" art of the toilet, and the retrieving hand of " To the very bottom of your soul, if, howmantua-makers have practised, to correct ever, you have been sincere."-1 worked the outrages of time, or the mistakes of the different springs of my imagination, in nature.

order to return a sprightly answer, but reA whole day would not suffice to describe | mained with my mouth gaping; an oratory the tenth part of the whimsical articles that || accident which generally befals me, whenwere exposed to my view. The cosmetics, || ever I wish to appear witty. pomatums, and night-masks, had laid un My amiable interlocutor was pleased to der contribution every substance of the take the will for the deed, and was so in. globe: the sea-calf had supplied its ivory | dulgent as to proceed as follows:- The teeth; the constellation of Berenice flowed | fact is plain enough; I am the wife of the in an hundred different figures ; the whale || president of the society, and occasionally bad sacrificed the black and flexible fangs which line its enormous mouth; the gum

* The catalogue of such books as were prohielastic, artfully stretched, powerfully coun

bited by the council of Trente is also called teracted the expansion; the brass wire, || Index, to which is ascribed the right of examin.

Index. There is at Rome a congregation of the wound up in a spiral, aud imprisoned ing the books which are there to be received, and between satin sheaths, seemed to breathe; "the perosal of which is not allowed to strangers.

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