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lously administering to her necessity. man—- This is no longer a home for Her eye glanced wildly round for ano- you ; however, you shall first have the ther object, while the old lady strove satisfaction of facing your accuser ;" to soothe her mind; informing her and again ringing the bell, directed that 'twas herself who had discovered the servant to introduce the stranger. her in the avenue at the request of old No culprit ever stood more agitated Will. Refreshments were placed, of than M—while these orders were which Lucy partook sparingly, desir- given; be fixed his eyes upon the door ous of knowing, yet trembling to ask, in anxious expectation. But what whether Mr. M was in the house, were his feelings, what his agony, when or had seen the worthy veteran, bier Lucy herself appear’d! He would kind conductor ?

have rush'd towards ber, but his Uncle “Pray, Sir, (said the Admiral, en- caught his arm, and in a voice that tering the room abruptly, and address- made the poor girl tremble" No, Sir; ing his nephew,) Pray, Sir, what does would you again coil like a suake about that man deserve who robs a friend of your victim ? Would you once more his dearest treasure—who, stealing into sting a bosom whose only fault was the confidence of a young and artless loving a villain? Go, Sir; you have girl under the flag of affection, turns pi- forfeited all pretensions to my favour rate, and plunders his prize with re- --you have degraded my name-you morseless cruelty ?" The young man have disgraced yourself. Go, and let sat petrified, for these questions were me never see your face again !" This precisely accordant to his own feelings was too much for poor Lucy; she had previous to the entrance of his Uncle. expected a private interview with her “ Answer me! (exclaimed the Admi- lover, and imagined, when she quitted ral, raising his voice)-answer me di- the house-keeper's apartment, 'twas for rectly!" I cannot, Sir, I am too sen- that purpose the folding-doors of the sible of error.” “Or what does he drawing-room were thrown open, and merit (continued the Admiral) who, she found herself in the presence of the contrary to the views of a relative who Admiral. He was habited in an imhas raised him to opulence, first con- mense cloak that covered his whole tracted himself to a young female, and person, and his laced cock’d-hat upon then deserted her ?” Infamy—infa- his head; but the sentence was no my and disgrace! (exclaimed the ago- sooner pronounced, than Lucy knelt benized M.) I feel it all_all, and shud- fore him imploring mercy. M at der!' “ You have judged right, Sir; the same moment, threw himself by your acquaintance with the poor dis- her side, caught her upraised hand, tress'd child of Lieutenant B - I join'd it in his own, and offer'd his pehave just received information of, and titions with hers. The old Admiral your own lips have condemn'd you.” dash'd the tears from his eyes, and * Not so much as my heart, Sir, (re- overcome by the scene, grasp'd their plied M-.) Pass what sentence united hands, and bless'd them. But you please, but oh suffer me to expiate who can express the astonishment, the my fault-do not drive me to despera- gratitude of Lucy, when, throwing off tion !' -- 'Tis well, Sir, you are con- his cloak and hat, he appear'd before vinced of your error;" and ringing the her as her generous benefactor, probell violently, a servant appeared : tector,and guide-even old Will Block ! « Order Mr. M-'s horse to the

AN OLD SAILOR. door.” Then turning to the young

(Lon. Mag.) Bon mot.-A lady being asked “Mr.Sergeant Lens has retired from what was the difference between a co the Bar." On reading the above, it apquette and a woman of gallantry, an- pears that now the business of the Bar swered, “ The same that there is be- must go on Volens, as No-LENS is tween a sharper and a thief."

requisite for the performance of it.

(Lon. Mag.)

BELZONI, THE TRAVELLER. OUR poor friend, the enterprising BELZONI was on his way to Housa

BELZONI, is dead. He fell a sacri- and Timbuctoo. Of the route to the fice to the horrid climate of Africa, and former place the following statement died, after a few days’ illness, at Benin, was given to him by the King of Benin. on the 3d of December last. His life It is a journey of twenty-seven days; is before the public in his works, and to Jaboo, six; thence to Eyoo, requires no memoir from us. He was three; thence to Tappa, nine; thence altogether a man of remarkable charac- to Nyfoo, four ; and thence, crossing ter; had raised himself to fame by his the big water, considerably above own well-directed exertions, and perish- Tongara, to Housa, three. At Toned in the pursuit of those literary and gara, the big water is said to be tremenand scientific labours to which he had dously rapid, though wide. It flows to devoted the energies of a manly body the southward, and is thought by some and extraordinary mind. We had a to be the Niger, which disembogues itwarm esteem for him, and took a heart- self into the Biglits of Beapor and Befelt interest in his undertakings. There nin by the seven mouths called Benin, is now before us the last memorial Dos Escravos, Dos Ramos, Bonny, which he put into our hands on leaving New Calabar, Old Calabar, and Rio England, when he expressed his fixed del Rey. Others hold that the Congo resolution to do something memorable is the Niger, and that this big water is for African geography, or never to re- another great interior river. turn : it is the medal struck to his hon Let us mention to the honour of our by his admiring Countrymen, and coinmercial liberality, that BELZONE presented by his native city, Padua. unsupported by any public body or It has two Egyptian divinities, seated government, had the sum of two hun. on an altar-like seat, with the inscrip- dred pounds placed at his disposal by a tion-0B. DONVM. PATRIA. GRATA. A. private individual, Mr. Briggs, of AlexMDCCCXix. And on the obverse andria, whose letters of credit to that

amount in dollars, were sent to Messrs. Briggs & Co. at Fez, with a commission to write to his correspondent at Timbuctoo, to supply the traveller with the sum in the gold coin of the country; and as much more as he might have

occasion for, if ever he happily reachTo this grateful tribute we shall not add any effusion of our own feelings, altered his route in consequence of the

ed the place. Belzoni, it is known and regrets. Most sincerely do we Emperor of Morocco's interdict ! and, mourn the event which has deprived Heaven rest his ashes ! lies buried at the world of his services, and us of a

Benin. personal friend.






(Sel. Mag.)

CUSTOM OF DRAWING WATER. GE ENESIS xxiv. 15, 18, 19. Re- which they furnish themselves with a

becca caine out with her pitcher pitcher or goat skin, and the married upon her shoulder.And she let down women, tying their little children beher pitcher upon her hand, and gave hind them, trudge it in this manner him drink. And she said, I will draw two or three miles to bring water." water for thy camels also.—DR. The Persian women go in troops to Shaw, speaking of the occupation of draw water for the place. “I have the Moorish women in Barbary, says, seen,” says Mr. MORIER, “the elder “ To finish the day, at evening-time, ones sitting and chatting at the well, the women go out to draw water, for and spinning the coarse cotton of the

country, while the young girls filled the becca and the damsels of Mesopotamia, skins which contain the water, and the Hindoo villagers treated me with which they all carry on their backs in- that artless hospitality so delightful in to the town.” Mr. Forbes mentions, the poems of Homer, and other ancient that in the East, women of the first dis- records. On a sultry day, near a Zitinction, like Rebecca and Rachel, nore village, having rode faster than draw water at the public wells, and tend my attendants, while waiting their arritheir cattle ; and that in some of the val under a tamarind tree, a young wovillages the young women carry two or man came to the well

. Í asked for a three earthen jars, placed over each little water: but, neither of us having other, upon their head, which requiring a drinking-vessel, she hastily left me, as perfect steadiness gives them an erect I imagined, to bring an earthen cup for and stately air. He observes, however, the purpose, as I should have polluted a that there is a distinction in point of vessel of metal; but as Jael, when Siserank observable in the manner in which ra asked for water gave him milk, and they carry their pitchers. The higher brought forth butter in a lordly dish, so class place them on the shoulder, as did this village-damsel, with more sinRebecca did; the lower bear them on cerity than Heber's wife, bring me a their head. In another part of his pot of milk, and a lump of butter, on work he gives the following character- the delicate leaf of the banana, the lordistic sketches of their obliging and at- ly dish of the Hindoos. The former I tentive manners. “I sometimes fre- gladly accepted; on my declining the quented places where the natives had latter, she immediately made it up into never seen an European, and were ig- two balls, and gave one to each of the norant of every thing concerning us; oxen that drew my hackery. Butter there I beheld manners and customs is a luxury to these animals, and enasimple as were those in the patriarchal bles them to bear additional fatigue.” age. There, in the very style of Re


GENESIS xxxiv. 12. " Ask me ne- marry, he says to him, “Will you give ver so much dovry and gift, and I me your daughter for fifty sheep? for will give according as ye shall say six camels ? or for a dozen cows ?' If unto me : but give me the damsel to he be not rich enough to make such ofwife. It was usual for the bride- fers, he will propose the giving her to groom to give to his bride or her father him for a mare or a young colt : cona dowry or portion of money or goods, sidering in the offer the merit of the as a kind of purchase for her person. young woman, the rank of her family, That this was the custom among the and the circumstances of him that deGreeks and other ancient nations is sires to marry her. When these preliabundantly evident from Homer and minaries are agreed upon on both sides, other classical writers. But the prac- the contract is drawn up by him who tice is still continued in some of the acts as cadi, or judge, among them.” Asiatic countries. 6 The modern A. THUNBERG alludes to the same pracrabs, who live under tents," observes tice as still prevailing in Japan; and De La Roque,“ purchase their wives; observes, that the more daughters a man and fathers are never more happy than has and the handsomer they are, the when they have many daughters. This richer he esteems himself; it being the is in many cases the principal part of established custom for suitors to make the riches of a house. Accordingly, presents to their father-in-law before when a young man would treat with a they obtain his daughter. person whose daughter he is inclined to

EASTERN LAMENTATIONS. GENESIS I. 10. " They mourned Din, " is exactly the genius of the peowith a great and very sore lamenta- ple of Asia, especially of the women. tion." “ This,” observes M. CHAR. Their sentiments of joy or grief are

properly transports, and their trans. These cries continue a long time, then ports are ungoverned, excessive, and cease all at once; they begin again as outrageous. When any one returns suddenly at day break, and in concert. from a long journey, or dies, his family It is this suddenness which is so terrifyburst into cries that may be heard twen- ing, together with a greater shrilness ty doors off; and this is renewed at and loudness than one would easily different times and continues many imagine. This enraged kind of mourndays, according to the strength of the ing continued for forty days ; not equalpassion. Especially are these cries ly violent, but with diminution from long in case of death, and frightful; day to day. The longest and most for their mourning is downright de- violent acts were, when they washed spair and an image of hell. I was the body, when they perfumed it, when lodged, at Ispahan, near the royal they carried it out to be interred, at square. The mistress of the next making the inventory, and when they house to mine died at that time. divided the effects. You are not, howThe moment she expired, all the fami- ever, to suppose that those who were ly, to the number of twenty-five or thir- ready to split their throats with crying ty people, set up such a furious cry that out wept as much : the greater part of 1 was quite startled, and was above two them did not shed a single tear through hours before I could recover myself. the whole tragedy."


(Ackerman's Repos.) Sir, T is my misfortune to be wedded to a tea and sugar, or giving them a guinea in

It is washing week, perhaps, and I hen-pecked. “A wife," they say, “ should must walk out with the children, or have a be taken dowa in her wedding shoes ;” but, legion of noisy brats quartered on me for having failed to do so, mine has become my the day; or my three-quarters wants somebetter half in earnest, or rather, my three- thing from the market-town, and I must quarters, as I call her, though not to her drive her in the pony-chaise. All this, to face. Now this is perhaps the greatest evil an author who has bis head brimful of nothat could befall a poor author, and to me ble ideas, which he pants to commit to pain particular it is so ; for my three-quarters per, is purgatory itself. is one of those matter-of-fact persons who Suppose, however, that it is not washing are very upas-trees to genius. She is so week, and that I have seen my rib-rib, do averse to my occupation, that it is only by I say? surely the order of creation must, stealth I am enabled to commit to paper the in such cases as mine, be reversed-well, fruit of my meditations. The answer to suppose I have seen my wife (for that word my remonstrances against such treatment does not imply any thing like subjection), always is, “ What good is to come of all or, if that wont do, my mistress, busily enthis nonsense ?" To attempt to reason ber gaged in some domestic occupation, or quiout of her ignorant prejudices would be etly employed in scolding the maids—a job downright folly. The door of her under in which, being congenial to her disposi. standing seems closed against any thing tion, she evinces the utmost sang froid, and like argument. As well might the beggar which once begun, does not readily endo expect relief after the door has been shut that, taking advantage of this diversion in against him by the thrifty housewife, as I my favour, I have seated myself snugly to be listened to when once she has given down to some favourite work. Well, just her opinion.

as I have got to an interesting passage, and If I sit down to write, she is sure to find my pen begins to move in unison with my some cause for interrupting me: I am to rapidly conceived ideas, in bounces my go on some message or other; I must sur three-quarters with a ponderous bundle unrender the quill, and drop the thread of der her arm, and, with the well-known ex. my subject, to submit my hands to serve as clamation of, “ At your nonsense again, a spindle while she unravels some miles of Mr. Quill !" sweeps all the noble plans cotton-twist; and at the same time have which I have been cutting out for the good my thoughts diverted, and my patience ex of the nation off the table, to make room hausted, by a lecture on the comparative for the calicoes which she is going to cut merits of brown and white soap, or some out for the children. Should I seek refuge equally important topic; or I inust, forsooth, from this Gothic inroad in a bed-room (for prostitute my talents and waste my time in my dressing-room has long been converted drawing out an estimate of the difference into a store-room), I anı quickly unkennel. of expense between finding the maids in ed by some Vandal of a housemaid (for my 36

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wife, like most scolds, is most insufferably meat-pot is sufficient to throw me into fits, cleanly in her house), and compelled again The sight of a hare coming into the house to break cover. It is ten to ope but in a fit takes away my appetite for the day; and of rage I throw my MS. into the fire, and I would rather walk thirty miles than go thus perhaps the finest scheme for the sal near the store-room, where the sight of my vation of inillions ends in smoke.

mutilated pamphlet, ranged in military orFrom your soul do not you pity me, Mr. der on the shelves, is sufficient to throw Editor? But how will it harrow up your me into a fit of the blues. editorial feelings when I tell you, that, rea My very children, Mr. Editor, are set in turning from town after a short absence on array against me. The chickens, as well business of my wife's (for I am not allowed as the hen, have all a peck at me in turn, to have any of my own), and having taken. The baby may tear my papers with impunithat opportunity to bargain with a booksel-ty, and the elder ones may pull them about, ler for the publication of a pamphlet, or spill the ink over my writing ; while a which, as you may suppose from the diffi page of “pa's nonsense” is, at any time, culties I labour under, must have cost me a a trophy worthy of being exchanged for a world of trouble and anxiety to compose, I sugar-plum. found that my three-quarters had got hold Once, when I had smuggled a quire of of the MS. and cut it up! Aye, cut it up, foolscap into the house, it caught iny wife's Mr. Editor, and before it was published eye. " Ho ! ho! Mr. Quill, that foolscap (had she cut it up afterwards, it would have is to be filled by your fool's head I suppose?" been but fair criticism, whether she had This was a hard hit, and one which I did read it or not); and cut it up into what do not expect from that quarter; but I thought you suppose ? Into coverings for jam-pots ! to turn it to account, so I attacked my Heavens! my grand work on the liquida- three-quarters on the side of her vanity, by tion of the national debt to be used as a praising her wit But, no, it would not do ; covering for jam-pots ! This was piore than I found ber impenetrable to flattery on that flesh and blood could bear. In short, it point. It was clear that the bon-mot had produced such a fracas as almost to end in escaped her almost involuntarily, and that a separation. It would have been well for she was scarcely conscious she had said the world had it been so ; but unhappily any thing out of the common way. Since the little property we possess came through this I have given up all attempts to reconmy wife, and is so settled, that had we cile her to my literary pursuits, which I am parted, I must have depended entirely on compelled to carry on in the old way, in my brain for subsistence, and I was not holes and corners, and by sly opportuvities. then sufficiently convinced of its provisional No wonder then if my pen, instead of dispowers to trust to its resources.

playing boidness, originality, and freedom, Here I would caution my friends, about should partake but of the obliquity of my to enter the marriage state, dever, as they unfortunate situation. value their peace, to submit to such a set If, Mr. Editor, you are desirous of my tlement ; or, whatever fortune a wife may future contributions, pray give an early bring, not to let the purse-strings out of place to this statement, which, when she their own hands; for as sure as ever she sees it in print, may perhaps produce gets them she will turn them into reins, some change of conduct in my three-quarand then she will not only wear the breech- ters; for unless that be effected, I can es, but the boots and spurs also. This hor- promise you but little, and that but of indir rible catastrophe .of the jam-pots haunts serent quality. I am, yours, &c. &e. &c. me to this day. The very sight of a sweet


NEW LAMP We have just seen one of the neatest and The utility of this lamp struck us inuch. most convenient little inventions of the self- How convenient to the studious to have in illuminating lamp kind which has been con their midnight watch only to apply to the trived for public use. The name of the in- slight silken cord, which they have laid ventor is, we understand, Mr. H. Berry. near their pillow,for an agreeable light upon The lamp consists of a small tin box, about the table where their lamp was left amid six inches long and three wide ; it is divid. books and papers ? For the invalid, for ed longitudinally, and one of the divisions all who dislike sleeping in a lighted cham(out of which a wick rises,) is filled with ber, for carriage travellers in the night, for oil or spirits of wine. On the other side the library and Jetter-sealing in suinmer there is an apparatus, the principal parts when fires are not wanted-in short, for of which are, a sort of reel of three points, general use, we consider this to be a most and a pulley to which a silk string of any eligible invention; and we have no doubt length is attached ; on pulling this, the that it will, as soon as known, becoine a reel makes one movement, and the first common article of coèveniency. We canpoint, which is armed with a match, strikes not pronounce, without experience, wheagainst the wick, and instantly ignites it. ther it is likely to remain long in perfect A clear and bright flame is thus lighted, repair; but this is essential to its manufacand will burn for eighteen hours, at a very ture, and we recommend it to the care of trifiing expense: threepence per week, we the inventor. are assured, will keep the machine in trim.

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