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vol. 6.] Dumont's Account of his Captivity in Mount Felix and Algiers. 211 the reader is referred to that curious old dynasty ; all these things seemed so volume.* It is stated that Ali Manet, incredible, that I thought the English their liberator, received the promised merely wished to amuse themselves at appointineat for his important services, my expense, and bad in consequence the Dey of Algiers having made a po- got up this magic lantern to trifle with lice officer of him. As the morals of
credulity. Nor was I entirely unthe capital, like those of most others, deceived at Naples.
But when matwere not quite so rigid as amongst the ters were repeated at Marseilles in the adowars of Mount Felix, Manet fre- same manner as I heard them on board quently visited his friends to enjoy the the ship of war, I could no longer dissatisfaction of drinking their healths, and believe their veracity. talking over old times. On these occa- As I spoke the language of all the sions he seldom omitted reminding different slaves that had been embarked them, that, had it not been for his peep- in the same ship, I was appointed to ing through the lattices of Osman's se- act as interpreter during the passage. raglio, and activity in getting safe to On our arrival at Naples I was sent to Gigeri, they would have been still eat- the French consul, M. Bourcet, wbo ing Indian corn at Mount Felix ! immediately supplied me with money
When Lord Exmouth made his gal- and clothes. It is with sincere pleasure lant attack on the piratical city, the that I take this opportunity of acknowlslaves were removed to a distance, and edging the benevolence and kindness of it seems that orders were not only given this gentleman, which made me almost for putting them all to death, but that forget the horrors of captivity, But many suffered.
This horrible decree what greater pleasure can there be, than was, however, countermanded ; and as to think of those who have consoled us the sequel is sufficiently well known to in the hour of adversity ! our readers, it need not be repeated in When my beard was taken off I this place.
found that my chin had contracted a Having embarked on board an Eng- thick layer of dirt, so identified with the lisb frigate, in company with several flesh that it required constant spunging hundred other ransomed captives, Du- for three months before I could remove mont was conveyed to Naples and given it. I had also a large indurated swelling up to M. Bourcet, the French consul. on the left ancle, caused by the iron But as he has probably excited some clasp, which, together with the boli, share of the reader's sympathy, and weighed three pounds. there are a few curious particulars cop- M. Bourcet having given me a passnected with bis subsequent history, we port and route, I embarked on board a sball make no apology for giving them merchant vessel for Marseilles, where to the public.
our quarantine only lasted seven days. " Who can describe my astonish- While there, I met a native of Lyons, ment," says M, Dumont, on hearing who had been one of my companions in from the officers and crew of the frigate misfortune at Algiers. He was taka an account of the French revolution, in a vessel under Sardinian colours, and the rapid succession of so many govern- remained in slavery eighteen years, ments, such as the constituent assembly, This man, whose name was Etienne, the legislative body, national conven- was now slowly recovering from a setion, reign of terror, directory and con- vere fit of illness, which followed his sulate, the elevation of Napoleon Boo- liberation, Previous to quitting Mara parte to the throne, his prodigious con- seilles, M. Felix Antoine, a rich merquests and fall, the restoration of Louis chant, offered me five francs per day, if XVIII., Bonaparte's returo from Elba, I would consent to serve him in the caflight of the king, second departure of pacity of interpreter, but the desire of Napoleon, and re-establishment of the seeing my relatives, and re-visiting the Narrative of a Residence in Algiers. By Signor
capital after thirty-seven years absence, Papanti. 4to plates, 1813.
made me decline the offer--a very
in this way.
thoughtless action on my part, which I of bis parents, who kept an inn. He had good reason to repent in the follow- entered without making bimsell known, ing year.
and ordered supper for two persons. When sufficiently well to travel, On serving the soup and boullie Etienne Etienge and myself left Marseilles to- called for a roast fowl; upon this bis gether for Lyons. Soon after quitting mother examining us more attentively, the town I threw away the skull that observed, “ You are travellers, I perhad served as a goblet during the last ceive, and perhaps, not aware that profourteen years of my detention in the visions are dear." My companion, prison of Sheik Osman. It had, from with his hat slouched, and turnipg his continued use, now become as polished back to the old lady, replied, “ that's of and wbite as ivory; but although I no consequence to you, madam, give drank my ration of rum out of it on what is ordered and we'll pay for it." board the frigate, I knew that the using “ I beg your pardon, sir, rejoined his such a vessel' where plenty of others mother, “I am wrong, but I did'nt were to be had, would excite the re- exactly know the state of your purse." marks of my friends, and I therefore This short dialogue was followed by thought it most prudent to part with it the fowl's being brought in.
We continued to eat very slowly, in I was dressed in the suit of clothes order to wait for the night's closing in, given me by M. Bourcet, and had three when Etienne asked, whether we could hundred francs in my pocket. Etienne have beds ?" No,” answered his was also very well provided. I wished mother,“ all my beds are occupied ;" — to walk barefooted, as I had been in the " and this young lady,” replied the sou habit of doing in Africa, but the cold -pointing to his sister, who served at frosty weather soon obliged me to put table, “ Has she got a bed ?”—“ How! on my shoes again. We had scarcely if my children have not beds, who is to proceeded four leagues when a party of have them ?"_" Then I am not your eight or nine men appeared crossing a son ?" exclaimed Etienne, raising his field and coming towards us. Oo ap. voice, and discovering bis countevaoce. proaching somewhat nearer, we perceiv- At these words and this movement of ed they were armed with bludgeons and the stranger, the poor woman seemed to knives. In a few minutes more the ban, feel a violent oppression, turned pale, ditti attacked us and demanded our mo- and fell senseless on the floor ; the ney. It was in vain that I showed my daughter instantly ran to inform her numerous scars, and told them I was father, who was in the next coffee-bouse. only a poor slave who had just escaped Etienne flew to the assistance of bis from the hands of barbarians ; they poor mother, the servants cried aloud, were deaf to my cries, and, more inhu- and I could not help weeping with them. man than the Koubals, who were not The father came in soon after ; but at least my countrymen, they stripped Madame Etienne was no more! Her both Etienne and myself
, not only of daughter took the event so much to our money, but the two parcels con- heart, that she immediately retired to taining our wearing apparel. Fortu- bed, and never left it again, having died nately, on proceeding to the next vil- after an illness of two days. The father, lage, the inhabitants took a little pity on distracted by this double loss, sustained us, and what with the assistance we re- by the recovery of his son, could not ceived there, as well as in one or two support it, and only survived eight days! other towns along the road, we mana- –Finally, Etienne, the cause of this ged to arrive at Lyons in tolerably good sad tragedy, was seized with a raging spirits.
fever, for his healtb had never been Having passed a part of the day in properly restored, and followed the fate looking at the principal streets and of his parents in a week after the death buildings in the above city, Etienne of his father. I saw them all perish, conducted me towards dark to the house and never left the bed of my comrade, vol. 6.] Dumont's Account of his Caplivity of thirty-four Years. 213 who received all the attentions I could d'Anjou was within a few hundred yards bestow, and even died in my arms. of the spot. Fiying to the paternal This was one of the most dreadful trials roof, I knocked at the door, and on that had overtaken me in life. What a its being opened, explained who I was; picture for one wbo was on the point of but the servant would not understand looking after his own family after an me, for my father was no longer known absence of more than thirty-seven there, and the house belonged to a vew years! I bad also formed the plan of master! I remained a few moments untaking them by surprise, before this decided as to what part I should take ; eatastrophe occurred, and sending a let- then fearing that the patrole might arrest ter, in which my adventures were to be me, if found wandering through the city given under a feigned name ; but I was at that unreasonable hour, I formed the soca cured of that wbim by ibe frightful resolution of going to the guard-house calamity that befel the unfortunate fam- on the boulevard de la Madeleine, at ily of Etienne.
which the national guard generally do I left Lyons quite stupified with what duty. had happened, and taking the road to After a short examination of my perParis, l experienced fresh proofs of be- son, and asking a few questions, the nevolence in the towns through which officer affected by the story of my long I had to pass. At length, I arrived in sufferings, of which he had abundant the capital about ten o'clock at oight,* proofs before him, in the number and by the Auxerre passage boat, in which length of my scars, generously made a I was advised to remain till the morning, collection of 56 francs for me amongst lest I should lose my way in the new his guard; a person was next dispatchstreets; but I felt too much anxiety to ed to the restaurateur's, who sent a see my friends, and therefore determined fowl, some vermicelli soup, and bottle to land at once.
of wine. But the unexpected reception I was not a little surprised to see so at the house of my father left me very many shops lighted up at that late lour, little inclination to eat* Haviøg promilitary posts on every side, national vided me with a mattress, I fell asleep, guards parading about the streets, a and was not awakened till the arrival of truly strange sight to one who had never the commissary of police, who put seveseen any thing but watchmen and bea- ral new questions to me. As he recoldles in former days. Passing by the lected that the public papers had menboulevard St. Martin, my astonishment tioned my return to France, be was very redoubled on seeing the fine fountain minute in bis enquiries, which concluthat ornaments that quarter. I now ded by the present of a 20 franc piece. thought I had lost my way, and on en- When he went away, I examined the quiring of the foot passengers, I was coin, and not knowing the head of told to continue strait along the boule- Napoleon, I took it for a counterfeit, an vards. It was very late when I arrived error that did not fail greatly to amuse before the new church of the Madeleine, the national guards on duty. which is precisely in the same state it Having gone to a neighbouring lodg. was when I quitted Paris in 1780. ing house at day-light, with the inten
Continuing my route from this point, tion of waiting till I could prosecute my I vainly endeavoured to find out the old search, I met an old woman there, who church of Madeleine, now replaced by told me she was a native of Neuilly; on a timber yard, or the convent of nuns bearing this village named, I recollicted which has also disappeared. At a loss that an aunt of mine had formerly lived bow to turn, I addressed myself to an there, and that I frequently found an other person whom I saw in the street,
* Owing to his former mode of living, a little and found, with pleasure, that the Rue soup is sufficient to serve Dumont for twenty-four asylum at her house during the time I lowed two francs per day, for carrying bappened to be in disgrace with iny letters and attending the president when fatber. I therefore asked the good he went out. In addition to his giving woman whether she knew a person by me the above place, Sir Sidney recomthe name of Dumont, and on her an- mended me to the notice of several othswering in the affirmative, not a moment er personages of rank, and amongst the was lost in hastening to my relative, resi to Monsieur, the King's brother ; who shed tears of joy the instant she in consequence of whose benevolence, I recognized me. She gave me the ad- was enabled to procure another bed dress of a sister from whom I separated and some furniture for my sister, who when she was only three years old, an also received half of my wages.
hours, even without drinking; and yet, he can walk This was on the 24th of January, 1817. Dumont
twelve leagues a day with the greatest ease. never recollects dates ; I have discovered this by a certificate that was delivered to him on the day after very thin, and from his never having known a day's
sickness, he will, most probably, live to a great age. his arrival.-Fr. Ed.
Cirage by far too young to enable her to cumstances having obliged the admiral reinember the features of a brother.
I to quit Paris* he gave me two certififound her in a miserable situation, with cates, one in English, and the other in four children to provide for, and who French, together with some money.t wanted bread, for their father had died
No sooner had my bumane protector but a short time before, owing to an left me, than I began to see the imposaccident that befel him. When the first sibility of replacing the loss I had sussurprise attending such an extraordinary tained by his departure ; and many meeting had subsided, I gave her all the weeks did not elapse before I felt the remoney I had received ; upon which turn of my former distress.
It was she went and bought some necessaries, impossible to lay by any thing out of for her room was quite stripped of all twenty sous per day, since I was forced the suroiture, even to the bed of her in- to pay for my board, lodging, and fants, which had been sold to pay the clothes, out of the above sum. But my expenses incurred during her husband's sister suffered more from this unfortulong malady.
nate event than myself. If her children Neither iny aunt or sister could give cried for bread, she would answer, me any clue by which my parents were " Wait for your uncle ; when he comes to be found; they merely informed me you will have some.” On going to see that both my father and mother had them, their cries redoubled, and went to quitted Paris many years ago.. my heart, for I had nothing to give, and
One part of the large house in which was dying with bunger myself. My my sister lodged, was occupied by an sister, too, had the weakness, or rather English officer, Colonel Jackson. Hav- foolish shame, not to get her name ining heard me express myself with con- scribed on the list of paupers belonging siderable facility in his native tongue, this gentle nan asked in what part of
* The English Editor has every reason to believe
that Sir Sidney Smith left Paris to visit Italy for the England I had lived ; upon which I
good of his health, but to the honour of this gallant told him the whole story of my captivi. and distinguished officer be it spoken, not till he had ty, adding, to his great surprise, that I expended large sums of his own fortune, in forward. had never seen his country. The col- ing the beneficent objects of the institution and most onel who seemed to listen with great like Dumont, had suffered from the effects of Chris
liberally ministered to the wants of all those who, interest to all I related, immediately tian slavery, and appealed to his generous nature. gave me a letter to Vice Admiral Sir
+ The following is a copy of these two doeuments : Sidney Smith, who, as I afterwards
I hereby certify that P. G. Dumont, who has been heard, made various attempts to find thirty-four years a slave in Barbary, served with me mer.it, on seeing the circumstance of in the capacity of messenger to the institution, and my return to France published in the that from the first day of his service, January 1st,
till the date hereof, he has always behared with zeal, journals of the day.
fidelity, and correctness. His diligenc and good The adıniral received me very kindly, conduct induce me warmly to recommend hun to all and on being informed that I had no those who feel a pleasure in serving the unfortunate, situation, he employed me as a messen
and encouraging honest industry.
Signed William SIDVEY Smith, ger to the anti-piratical institution, of
President of the Anti-Piratical Institutioth which he was the founder, I was al
Paris, Aug. 20, 1818.
VOL. 6.] Sketches of Modern Manners—Tales of To-Day.
215 to the parish. For my own part, I ses, and offered my services, or that I would have died twenty deaths rather told the proprietors I had been accusthan stretch out my band for alms. Al- tomed to labour all my life, and, although descended from a poor man, though fifty years of age, still felt myslavery had weighed me down without self capable of undergoing the greatest breaking my spirit. During this dread- fatigue. My cruel destiny seemed to ful state I frequently went to the mar- to conspire against me in every quarter; kets, and, wben unobserved, picked up and nine months had thus passed away the remains of cabbage stalks and other since the vice-admiral's departure. I vegetables, which were put into my was, in fact, on the point of sinking, pocket : I would then hurry towards the through languor and despair, when all nearest barrier and conceal myself in an of a sudden, fortune seemed to take a obscure corner to enjoy the meal thus more favourable turn, by inspiring me procured. While in this situation how with a project, to the execution of which often did I not regret the bamboo of the I am indebted for my present tranquilkeeper, and scymitar of the Koubals of lity: this was to petition his Royal Mount Atlas ! Being at length driven Highness Monsieur, to whose bounty to the last extremity, and unable any I had already been indebted for relief. longer to resist the pressing nature of The Duke de Maillé and M. Poligmy wants, and still more harassed by nac having kindly joined their voices the distressing spectacle of my sister, to mine, the appeal to his Highoess pro. pale, livid, with her eyes sunk in their duced the desired effect; and I soon sockets; that of her helpless young ones obtained the means of assisting my unholding their little hands up and crying happy sister.— The last efforts of my for bread, I determined to return once benefactors have ended in procuring me more to Africa.* In this purpose I so- an asylum, and the means of existence, licited a passport three different times, in the Royal Hospital of Jncurables. at the prefecture of police, and was re- It is here, therefore, that I hope to find fused as often, with an exhortation to that happiness, of which I have hitherto patience, which was much easier to only known the name. May the examgive than to obey. My plan was to ple of such long suffering soften reach Algiers, where I could freely ex- the pangs of others, and teach them to ercise the office of interpreter, which is bear up against the ills of life! and if very lucrative. It was now that the there be still left any condition more proposition of M. Felix Antoine recur- hard than what is exhibited in my story, red to me, with the bitter regret of hav. those who are exposed to it ought to reing so lightly rejected it.
flect, that it would be a folly to sacrifice It was in vain that I presented my the hope of emancipation by a voluntacertificates at the doors of various hou- death!
• At this part of the narrative Dumont could not Dumont was received at the Incurables on the restrain his tears.-Fr. Ed.
7th of May.-Fr. Ed.
TALES OF TO-DAY.*
From the European Magazine, for August, 1819. LADY ANN OF PEMBROKE IN 1819. When Mungo Park prepared to cross
an unknown river, he estimated its depth OM
UR Tales to-day were regulated by the pictures chosen from my took to ascend after a stone had been
by the length of time the air-bubbles port-folio; and as the only lady in our little groupe had honoured the young
thrown into it. If the depth of the buclerk by choosing a chancellor's portrait,
man mind was thus determined by the
length of time its projects take in rising he requited the courtesy by selecting a celebrated female's for the subject of his to light, my friend' De Romillè's musi Tale.
• By the Author of Legends of Lampidosa, &c.