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are only quizzing her. Indeed, not- ed a daughter through the mazes of withstanding her apparent great size, the dance, I could no where see hapso diminutive a body is she, that piness or satisfaction. I thought I yonder dandy cannot see her without recollected that a ball-room was the using his magnifying glass." Have very focus of pleasure; at least, my twenty years, thought I, raised up youthful anticipations had often told this distinction between somebody me so, and I stopped not to consider and nobody?
whether they had been realized. Is The regiment which gave the ball then the world so changed within had been at Waterloo. Medals in twenty years? thought I. Here I must abundance depended from the but- do my own sex the justice to say, ton-holes of the officers. A stripling, that a better feeling seemed to aniwho had never seen a shot fired till mate them. There was among thein, that day, and of course none since, to be sure, abundance of vanity and wore one dangling at his breast. I affectation, but few of those angry had served through the whole Pen- feelings which I observed to ruffle insular war; I had been thrice wound the bosoms of the softer sex. A lited; I had my constitution shatter- tle reflection told me the cause of this ed, and was still only a half-pay cap- difference. Man's scene of action tain, without any badge of distinction lies not in a ball-room. In general, or merit. Without wishing to de- he attends it merely as a pastime; but tract from the glory of the gallant woman has more serious business army which achieved the downfall of there. It is the arena wherein she the tyrant, I confess I felt mortified tries her strength, and where her fate and dissatisfied, I might almost say in life is but too often decided. If disgusted. Here again I felt a rising outdone in public, where shall she in my throat, but I gulped it down shine? Even that solace from the as well as I could.
scoffs of the world, a home of her From such unpleasant reflections, own, is often from this very cause deI sought relief in the eyes of the fair. nied her: for how few, unless favourBut, alas! those eyes shone not for ed by Fortune, can hope, without pass. me! I never encountered them, but ing with some degree of éclát through they turned away, as if they scorned the ordeal of public opinion, to obto waste their beams on such an ob- tain the object of their ambition, a ject as a poor half-pay officer. I be- husband! gan to feel that I too was nobody. I Next to the quadrille came the then turned to examine the counte- English country-dance, in modern nances of the fair, which I could the language yeleped kitchen-dance, still better do, as the sentinels, the eyes, kept up in country-towns for the acwere off their post. I could there commodation of those who cannot perceive exultation, pride, hope, and dance quadrilles. A bride led down, occasionally a glimpse of joy, but it She was in all the bloom of youth was the joy of triumph. I could see and beauty. It was evident that a abundance of envy, mortification, and deeper tint than usual suffused her disappointment, mostly skinned over cheek, and this was rendered still by a smile. But, except in the beam- more apparent by the contrast of her ing eyes of a mother as they follow dress. Yet no eyes but mine followed her as she sought her way mo- that Mammon always was, and aldestly but gracefully down the scarce ways will be, worshipped to the end open ranks. On the contrary, I ob- of the chapter; that when I first enserved envious tosses of the head, tered the world, being young, handaversion of the eyes, &c. among the some, and with good expectations, I females, and even some unpoliteness experienced no neglect in my own on the part of the males in blocking person; that being then gay, thoughtup the way. I endeavoured to as- less, and occupied with myself or certain the cause of this. She was some other admired object, I took the apothecary's daughter, or, in but little notice of what happened to other words, she was nobody. The others; that being now comparatively couple that followed were not so treat- old, and, of course, no longer handed; they were somebodies. Said I to some, with prospects blasted, and, of myself, Was it so twenty years ago? course, poor, I am become an object I felt a sudden glow of indignation, of indifference, if not of scorn, to followed by a shivering of disgust. the world; and that, under the inI retired hastily to my humble dwell-fluence of disappointment and dising (where, come what will, I am gust, I may perhaps view the práce somebody); and with a glass of grog tice and customs of society with a and a cegar, sat down to meditate on jaundiced eye. I retired to bed, the scene I had just quitted. The dreamt of the vanities of human life, result of my cogitations was, that of Solomon, Socrates, Seneca, &c. what I conceived to be an alteration &c. and rose in the morning, though in the world within twenty years, was only ten hours older, full ten years in fact caused by viewing the same wiser than I was the night before. objects through a different medium;
THE STRANGER GRAVE, OR MACKILDONICH AND THE SON OF ALPIN,
The following fragment represents, of heath where reposed his sworn the vivid and unalterable sentiment friend, a Macgregor, with the paof predilection for clinging to their | tronymic Mackildonich. Breaking own people in life and in death, which the temporary rest of the living, the so firmly united the individual at- dead bewails the estrangement of his tachments of the Gael with the pro- mortal remains from the dust of his sperity of their clan. A Macgregor, clan. Mackildonich removes the mortally wounded, escaped from the bones to the cemetery of his forefabattle of Methven; and being pur- | thers, and the troubled spirit retires sued by a host of foes, retreated to to “his airy cave of peace." The wards Glenorchy. He expired in a ghost is supposed to say: miserable hovel, and his body being “Sweetly slumbers Mackildonich; found, was inhumed far from the while low, among the dust of strangraves of his fathers. His ghost is gers, lies Macgregor of the race of supposed to appear beside the bed kings. No friend, no kinsman bends
over his unheeded grave. His dwel- , their own woody hills, or they die ling is dark and lonely. The dry and are mingled with the dust of whistling grass and shaggy heath their own tribe; but he that is scatare the sole companions of moulder- tered to the earth of strangers, is ing limbs that hewed down ranks of rootless as a withered leaf tossed by the valiant in battle, and hung up to angry gales.” feed the eagles a host of the foes of Faintly over the wild vanished the Clan Alpin. Pale glimmers the si- mighty beam of renown. Mackillent moon over the unheaped cairn, donich bore the warrior to the graves where no son of Alpin ever made his of his fathers of old, and in peace narrow house; but he, that restless he lies in their earth. The nettle spirit, still hovers in the clouds of gray waves near, and the yew of his own land. The blast of the fo- battle is green at his head. The rest drives fiercely; and as drops from bravé, the sons of the brave, stand the stern rock the living stream, around; they have piled his cairn to the tears of a gloomy shade pour the skies. The cairn rises moon by down for his own people, when he moon, and heroes stand around, resails through the mist of a land of calling the voice of his fame. strangers. His people live among
NOBLE EXERCISE OF THE POWER OF BEAUTY. MADAME DE SENETAIRE, the widow, liverance of those victims. 'Tis true of the heroic Guy d'Exupiris, retired we are Catholics; these unhappy to her castle of Miramont, determin- men differ from us in religious tenets, ed to pass in retirement the first year but they are our fellow-beings. It of her widowhood; but, superior to is for us to consider what they suffer, prudery, and sanctioned by the com- not what they believe.” The nobles, pany of an aged lady, her aunt, she thus called upon by all-persuasive did not decline visits from the fami- beauty, never thought of delibelies of suitable rank in its vicinity. rating. After some months, several young They were soon accoutred, and gentlemen paid her avowed homage the widow, equipped as an Amazon, She was one day in the balcony of was the first to mount her milk-white her castle with a crowd of admirers, charger. Her golden-hilted brand when she saw Mentail, the king's gleamed in the sun, waving her follieutenant, dragging to prison a num- lowers to spur their steeds against ber of Hugonots. Her eyes were Mentail. His troops were dispersed, filled with tears; but soon recollect and the captives set free. Enraged ing that briny torrents of compassion that a band led by a woman should could be of no avail to the sufferers, compel him to resign his prey, Menand turning to the preux chevaliers tail collected a force of two thousand of her circle, she said, “You have men to besiege the castle of Miraoften complained that I give you no mont. He was again defeated. opportunity to prove your desire to Henry III. violently incensed by the serve me. If you are sincere, you disgrace of his officer, sent a chosen will permit me to lead you to the de-" detachment of troops, with orders to raze the castle of Miramont to the her defence, coolly reflected upon the ground. When this news spread hazard of embroiling his subjects for through the province, the nobility, an unmanly vengeance against a wogentry, and peasantry confederated man, whose offence originated in huto assist Madame de Senetaire, who manity, the loveliest charm of her was universally beloved. Henry, be- sex. He withdrew his squadrons, ing apprized of the associations for and the lady remained unmolested.
TIMBER-RAFTS ON THE RHINE. The most important branch of, apartments are contrived with refertrade carried on at Dordrecht is that ence to their employments, in which in timber, which is floated down the the fair sex bears its part; and eveRhine. The arrival of such a float ry possible provision is made for the affords an extraordinary and inter- general safety, especially in case of esting sight to the stranger. Let the storms. As soon as this floating careader figure to himself, in the mid- ravan has reached the place of its dle of a wide river, a raft composed destination, the raft is taken to pieces of thousands of trunks of trees, large and the timber sold. Some of these and small, and among them oaks rafts sell for not less than 30,0001. which have attained the age of two sterling. The captain, who is genehundred years, fastened together, and rally commissioned to dispose of the covered with a floor so as to present timber, is of course detained some one level surface. Let him imagine time, but his people immediately set this floating island inhabited, not by out on their return on foot, in high a liandful of men who work it down spirits, and buoyed with the hopes the river by means of wind and tide, of soon obtaining another job. but by upwards of a thousand per- The consumption of provisions on sons, having each their respective oc- board one of these rafts during the cupation. This enormous naval ca- voyage from Cologne to Dordrecht ravan is supplied with all sorts of pro- | is from fifteen to twenty thousand visions requisite for a passage of some pounds of fresh meat, forty to fifty weeks, and the duration of which is thousand of bread, ten to fifteen always uncertain. The captain and thousand of cheese, twelve to fifteen his family have a habitation commo- | hundred of butter, eight hundred or diously arranged, and suitable to his a thousand of smoked meat, and five rank and functions; while several or six hundred casks of strong beer. other apartments, formed of deal The wages of each man is about planks, contain a greater or less num- || thirty shillings, besides his keep. ber of the other persons. These
year 1751, after he had attained the FontenELLE was an admirable in- age of ninety-two, he conspicuously stance of literary longevity. In the sparkled among the beaumesprits of
Paris. His attentions to the fair were enhanced by the vivacious gallantry Mr. Hennan, of the French Acaof juvenile manners, and he often demy, wrote an elaborate dissertacomplimented them by repeating his tion, to prove that our primogenitor own poetry, or extracts from other Adam measured 123 feet, and Eve writers, with a fluency and precision 118 feet, and that the human stature which shewed that his memory was
was by slow degrees diminishing. unimpaired.
According to this hypothesis, the Es
quimaux and other nations of the ORACULAR SAYING OF THOMAS DE lowest stature must be the aborigiRYMER.
nes of the globe. (From the Inverness Courier.) What Gael is unacquainted with
BRITISII CEDARS. the oracular saying of Thomas de The power of cultivation appears Rymer? or has not heard many of in a remarkable manner, from the various interpretations assigned to his fact that Great Britain now contains warning words, " When the cock of more cedars than the country to the north has feathered his nest, let which that wood is indigenous. The the eagles of the isles whet their durability of that species of wood beaks and talons?” In former times, has been established by the fact, that the growing power of the Gordon
on the discovery of a temple of Apolchief was supposed to occasion this lo at Utica, near Carthage, cedar premonition of the sage; but some of timber was found in perfect preserour rustic politicians have lately disco-vation, though above two thousand vered, that the Emperor of Russia was denounced by Thomas de Rymer as the cock of the north, whose
STATUE OF PETER THE GREAT. acquisitions should excite vigilance in the eagles, or the chiefs or rulers of
The vast block of stone, weighing the isles, the united kingdom of more than 1339 tons, which now forms Great Britain and Ireland.
a statue of Peter the Great of Russia, was conveyed to Petersburgh, a dis
tance of two hundred and eightyELASTICITY OF THE FLEA. A flea will spring two hundred three miles, upon thirty-two brass
balls of five inches diameter, on times as high as itself. This astonishing power it derives solely from moveable hollow railways, of the same the peculiarly elastic structure of its composition as the balls, by sixtymembers. Supposing a greyhound four men working two capstans. . three feet long could spring in proportion as far as a flea, he would en- ETIQUETTE OF FLORENCE. compass the globe in 219,642 leaps. So late as the year 1786, the etiIf he took one second to each leap,quette of the court of Florence rehe would complete the journey in a quired the noblemen to courtesy to few seconds more than two days and the grand-duke and duchess. Only a half; but allowing fifteen seconds foreigners, in consideration of ignoto each, it would take him 38} days.rance, were permitted to bow.