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met with little in any of them that could be considered as deserving of particular notice. The beams and the roof of the cathedral are pointed out to strangers as being of cedar, a species of tree with which it is said the island was, at its discovery, nearly covered. Another curiosity which is shewn in the town, is a chamber in one of the wings of the Franciscan convent, the walls and ceiling of which are completely covered with rows of human skulls and human thigh-bones, so arranged, that in the obtuse angle made by every pair of the latter, crossing each other obliquely, is placed a skull. The only vacant space
appears is in the centre of the side opposite to the door, on which there is an extraordinary painting above a kind of altar, but what the subject is intended to represent, I am really at a loss to decide. A figure in the picture, intended probably for St. Francis, the patron saint, seems to be intent on trying in a balance the comparative weight of a sinner and a saint. A dirty lamp suspended from the ceiling, and just glimmering in the socket, served dimly to light up this dismal den of skulls. The old monk who attended as showman, was very careful to impress us with the idea that they were all relics of holy men who had died on the island ; but I suspect they must occasionally have robbed the church-yard of a few lay-brethren, and perhaps now and then of a heretic (as strangers are interred in the burying-ground), in order to accumulate such a prodigious number, which, on a rough computation, I should suppose to amount to three thousand. The skull of one of the holy brotherhood was pointed out as having a locked jaw, which occasioned his death; and from the garrulity of our altendant, I have no doubt, we might have heard the history of many more equally important, which, though thrown away upon us who had no taste in craniology, would, in all probability, have been highly interesting to Doctor Gall, the famous lecturer on skulls in Vienna. On taking leave, we deposited our mite on the altar, as charity to the convent, which seems to be the principal object in view, of collecting and exhibiting this memento mori of the mo. nastic and mendicant order of St. Francis.
THE WAY TO BE HAPPY;
OR, THE ADVENTURES OF JACK EASY,
But Hudibras, who scorn'd to stoop
Among the happy people in the world, are those, in whose minds nature, or philosophy, has placed a kind of acid, with which care or disappointment will not easily mix.
This acid differs very much from ill nature ; it is rather a kind of salt, expressed from frequent observations on the folly, the vanity, and the uncertainty of human events; from that best of all philosophy, which teaches us to take men as we find them, and circumstances as they occur, good or bad, for better or for worse ; that dwells not on future prospects, reflects not on past troubles, and cares not a fig for present difficulties, but dextrously turns them either to ridicule or advantage ; snatching, at every opportunity, accidental pleasures, and nobly bearing up against the rubs of ill-fortune.
When reflections upon the troubles of life are mixed up in a disposition naturally ill-tempered, they compose what is called melancholy; but as they have no chemical affinity with good humour, they will not easily combine; and the small particles that are miscible, produce only the sweet and acid salt of true hilosophy.
Such a traveller, in his journey through the world, was my honest friend Jack Easy. Jack came to a good fortune at the death of his father, and mounted his hobby without its ever having been properly broken in; he gallopped over the plains of Fancy, went off in a full canter to the road of Dissipation, änd leaped over all the five-barred gates of Advice and Discretion. It may naturally be supposed, that before long his filly gave him a fall : poor Jack came down sure enough ; but he only shook himself, brushed off the dirt of the road, and mounted again in as high spirits as ever; excepting, that he now began to sit firmer in the saddle, and to look about him : this, however, did not hinder him from ge into a swamp called a Law-Suit, where he .
remained a considerable time before he could get out: his fortune was now reduced from some thousands to a few hundreds ; and by this time, no man better knew the way of life than my friend Jack Easy. He had been through all the dirty crossroads of business, money-borrowing, bankruptcy, and law; and at last arrived at a guol.
My friend Jack did not despond; he consoled himself with the reflection, that he was a single man; some of his misfortunes were the consequences of his own imprudence, others of unforeseen accidents, and most of them originated from his good-nature and generosity. He, however, never excused, he lumped them all together, took them in good part, and blamed nobody but himseif; he whistled away his troubles, and often repeated,
I am out of Fortune's power :
The goddess, however, at last put on her best smiles, and paid Jack a visit in the King's Bench, in the shape of a handsome legacy. Jack smiled at the thing, being, as he called it, so extremely à-propos; and once more mounted his nag. He now rode more cautiously, and turned into the road of Economy, which led to a comfortable inn with the sign of Competency over the door; he had borrowed a martingale from an old hostler called Experience; and for the first time in his life, used a curb. He began already to find, that though he did not gallop away
as formerly, yet he went on in his journey pleasantly enough. Some dashing riders passed him, laughing at his jog-trot pace; but he had no occasion to envy them long; for presently some of them got into ruts, others were stuck fast in bogs and quagmires, and the rest were thrown from their saddles, to the great danger of their necks. Jack Easy, meanwhile, jogged on merrily; hot or cold, wet or dry, he never complained; he now preferred getting off, and opening a gate, to leaping over it; and smiled at an obstacle, as at a turnpike where he must necessarily
The man who is contented either to walk, trot, or canter through life, has by much the advantage of his fellow-travellers. He suits himself to all paces, and seldom quarrels with the tricks which the jade Fortune is sometimes disposed to play him. You might now see Jack Easy walking his hobby along the road, enjoying the scene around him, with contentment sparkling in his eyes. If the way happened to be crowded with horsemen and carriages, you might observe him very readily taking his own side of the road, and letting them pass. If it began to rain or blow, Jack only pulled up the collar of his great-coat, flapped his hat, and retreated to the best shelter he could find till the storm was over.
Thus my friend Jack Easy came in with a jog-trot to the end of his journey, leaving his example behind him as a kind of finger-post for the good of other travellers.