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by the old lieutenant and Major the jagged points of shelving shingles Wortesly, to retard the progress of near the coast. Mrs. Gilman recothe flames; but a column of smoke vered a little from the icy chillness bursting forth near the powder-ma- that overspread her body, when the gazine warned them to provide for foaming surges washed over her, and their lives. Colonel Gilman and the the shock of the horrible explosion officers, who were bewildered by hard made all her blood retreat to her drinking, leaped overboard, and one heart.
. of them, in a transport of phrenzy, The first renovation of her facul. drew the captain of the frigate with ties discovered to Mrs. Gilman, that him. Major Wortesly and the old she and her companions in misforlieutenant hastily lashed together tune had been cast upon the flinty some spars and planks, to form a shore. · They were all bound to the raft for the ladies, who, in delirium, raft, and she heard the roaring sea continued pouring water upon the close beside them: dread of being boards, without attending to what swept into the watery vortex quickwas passing around them. With ened her pulse, and restored a little much difficulty they were called to a warmth to her members. It was a perception of their danger. The feverish glow of terror; but it enaraft was launched overboard with bled her to use her hands in groping great effort; the ladies were lowered to loose the cords which confined upon it from the cabin-window, and her to the spars. With the aid of a suffered themselves to be lashed knife, which the major chanced to firmly to the raft, which the lieu- have in his pocket, and with an exertenant and Major Wortesly under- tion never before essayed by fingers took to steer.
so delicate, she at length succeeded They had not gained the shore, in setting herself at liberty; and in when an explosion that seemed to like manner she extricated her friend. shake the very foundations of the Mrs. Wortesly was restored to sendeep, bereft the ladies of recollection.sation, and joined in her friend's Cries and groans announced that endeavours to restore the major to scattered pieces of the exploded fri- animation. After some time lie atgate had fatally reached many who tempted to rise; but sunk down imwere swimming for their lives. A mediately, saying, in broken accents, splinter mortally wounded the old his last hour drew near. His voice licutenant, and in the last convulsions failed; yet his wife and Mrs. Gilman of nature he nearly overset the raft. continued the application that had The ladies were held fast by the restored him, and he again spoke to cords that bound them to the spars, require a promise of Mrs. Wortesly and by the involuntary grasp by i to preserve her life for the sake of which all will cling to any instrument their grandchildren; and besought for safety. Major Wortesly, still Mrs. Gilman not to allow her friend master of himself, preserved the raft to remain in the cold beside his lifefrom being ingulphed, when, by lu- less corpse. He raised his feeble rid gleams of moonlight, he saw, hand to point out to the ladies a light among billowy chasms in the water, to the north-west; and again entreatVol. III. No. XI'I.
ing his wife to take care of herself, | night piercing their thin and drenchhis words became inarticulate. Mrs. ed garments; absorbed in their afWortesly bewailed her loss, and Mrs. Aictions, they walked in darkness Gilman joined in silent tears. They through ways unknown, and guided were soon convinced that the gallant only by the light pointed out to them spirit had sought a happier sphere, by Major Wortesly. The glimmerand drew the mortal remains as far ing ray conducted them to the back from the shore as to be beyond reach window of a large building; and lookof the tide. Mrs. Gilman had per- ing through a pane of coarse glass, ceived the lieutenant's wound must they saw a candle almost burnt out; have been mortal : in seeking to chafe but perceived no inhabitant. They his forehead, she found his skull frac- went round to an open door. Silence, tured and his neck mangled. She deathlike and ominous, reigned aproposed to Mrs. Wortesly to move round. The ladies supposed that the his body further from the beach; the inmates of the house were asleep. only testimony they could give of The open door fronted that chamber gratitude for his presence of mind in which contained a light; it was visidevising and executing the resource ble, as that door was likewise unto which they were indebted for es- closed. They entered, and beheld cape from the frigate. Having per- surgical instruments, bandages, unformed this last mark of respect for guents, and phials, strewed on the the corpse of the lieutenant, Mrs. Hoor. Several wax candles and Wortesly again embraced her vene- dressings for wounds lay on a table. rable husband, with the most pite- Mrs. Gilman lighted one of the wax ous lamentations for her bereave- candles, as their friendly conductor ment. Mrs. Gilman allowed her to had nearly wasted to the socket of vent the natural emotions of sorrow, the candlestick. “ Oh! for a little and then reminded her of the pro- fresh water!" said Mrs. Wortesly. mise to preserve herself for the sake Mrs. Gilman quickly lighted anoof her grandchildren.
ther candle, and ran through a long “ Yes,” she exclaimed,“ my Wor- passage to awake the family. She tesly, the most excellent, the most was repeatedly intercepted by French beloved, never required of me but uniforms, torn and bloody. She was the wisest conduct; and I will try to exceedingly terrified; but the palebe worthy of such a husband.” ness of Mrs. Wortesly's countenance
Mrs. Gilman was now more feeble || and her hollow voice were still more than her widowed companion: she alarming, and anxiety to obtain aswas exhausted by severely taxing sistance for her overcame all selfish her strength. A noble enthusiasm considerations. She proceeded till inspired Mrs. Wortesly; by the ef- she reached another open apartment, fect of sympathy it was soon impart- where a spectacle was presented, ed, though in an inferior degree, to branding the Portuguese with the Mrs. Gilman. They had slippers | odium of ruthless vindictive cruelty. when they rushed to the deck of the Men stiffened in their gore heaped frigate, but these were lost in the the pavement in this lofty ball. “O sea: yet they felt not the rocks lace- my God," said Mrs. Gilman, “ we rating their feet, nor the tempest of are in the house of massacre! Had I not been a rash girl, what misery She lay on the ground, and on exashould I have shunned! But can I mining her features and taking her forget Colonel Gilman is perhaps hand, Mrs. Gilman had the direful no more, and my dear friend to all certainty, that life had fled from her appearance dying?”
only companion in this abode of horMrs. Gilman banished her regrets ror. She fell on her knees, and, aland fears with the idea of Mrs. most in distraction, exclaimed, “ FaWortesly's extremity; and looking ther of mercies! am I alone in this wildly around, observed a cistern, frightful place? Oh! take, take me with several flaggons ranged on a to thyself!" Voices reverberating shelf over it. Plunging one of these through the edifice overcame Mrs. in the water, she took it up nearly Gilman's forced intrepidity. She fell, full, and with desperate courage seemingly inanimate, beside Mrs. passing the mangled bodies, made Wortesly, her way speedily to Mrs. Wortesly. (To be concluded in our next.)
THE LUDICROUS MISTAKE. At the close of an election in his leave of this troublesome world Lewes, in 1775, the Duke of New in the winter following. The instant castle was so pleased with the con- the duke's friend was apprised of it, duct of a casting voter, that he al- he posted off for London on the most fell upon his neck, and kissed wings of eagerexpectation, and reachhim. “My dear friend, I love you | ed Lincoln's-Inn Fields about two dearly; you are the best man in the o'clock in the morning. world; I wish to serve you; what The King of Spain, about this time, can I do for you?”—“ May it please had been seized with a disorder, your grace, the exciseman of this which some of the English had been town is very old; I would beg to suc- induced to believe, from particular ceed him as soon as he shall die.” | expresses, that he could not survive. -“ Aye that you shall, with all my Among these the duke was the most heart: I wish, for your sake, he were credulous, and probably the most dead and buried now. As soon as anxious. On the first moment of rehe is, fly to me, my dear friend, be it ceiving this intelligence, he had disnight or day; insist upon seeing me, || patched couriers to Madrid, who sleeping or waking. If I am not at were commanded to return with uncourt, never rest till you find me: usual haste, as soon as ever the death not the sanctum sanctorum, or any of his Catholic Majesty should have place, shall be kept sacred from such been announced. Ignorant of the a dear worthy good soul as you are; hour in which they might arrive, the nay, I'll give orders for you to be ad- duke could not retire to rest till he mitted, though the king and I were had given directions to his attendcloseted together.” The voter had ants to send any person to his chamswallowed every thing with rapture, ber who should desire admittance. and scraping down to the ground, re
When the voter asked if he was at tired to wait in faith for the death home, he was answered by the porof the exciseman. The latter took || ter,
took | ter, “ Yes-his grace has just gone to bed; but we are directed to awake || kind promise, and appoint me to suchim the moment you come.”_"0ceed him.”—“ You, you blockhead! God bless him! I know the duke told you King of Spain! What family me I should always be welcome, by pretensions can you have? Let us night or by day! Pray shew me up." look at you." By this time the asThe happy voter was scarcely con- tonished duke drew back the curtain, ducted to the door when he rushed and recollected the face of his elecinto the room, and in the transport tioneering friend; but it was seen of his joy cried out, “ My lord, he is with anger and disappointment. To dead!"-" That is well, my dear have robbed him of his rest might friend; I am glad of it with all my have been easily forgiven, but to have soul: when did he die?"_" The feil him with a groundless supposimorning before last, an' please your tion that the King of Spain was dead grace.”—“ Why, so lately? Why, became a matter of resentment.
At my worthy good creature, you must length the victim of his passion behave flown; the lightning itself could came an object of his mirth, and not have travelled half so fast as when he felt the ridicule that markyou. Tell me, best of men, howed the incident, he raised the candishall I reward you?”—“ All I ask date for monarchy into a rank more for in this world is, that your grace suited to his desires-he made him would be pleased to remember your l an exciseman.
GAELIC RELICS.-No. XI. CEANICACH MACCEANEACH, PRIMOGENITOR OF THE CLAN MACKENZIE.
Relics of the bards are extant form a part of every juvenile library, in poesy, and in the measured prose as they were eminently adapted for they sometimes employed, not only in instilling, not merely the military virtheir ouarskals, or new stories, which tues, but the noblest principles of is the literal sense of that term, but rectitude and generosity in all conin relating the deeds of heroes; and ditions of life; and to shew the fair these have perpetuated the memory sex, that energy of mind is perfectof valorous leaders belonging to all ly compatible with the most enchantthe clans. They exhibit the Gaeling beauty and feminine sensibility. with all their peculiar features of cha- With a very sincere feeling of inferacter in full action. Other details riority in respect to the powers of are flat and inanimate, compared to genius, the translator hopes the merit such living portraits of heroes and he- of exalted sentiment belongs to each roines of the olden times. No doubt of the productions which a feeble an early acquaintance with those hand attempts to invest in a more mospirit - stirring records has contri- || dern drapery. buted to kindle “ the soul of fire" The relic now given offers saluin their descendants; and we may | tary hints to the rulers and peohope the translations will, at least, | ple of every land. It consists chiefhave no enervating tendency. The ly of a good-hunoured contest bepious and exemplary Dr. Blair often tween a mainland and island bard, said, that the poems of Ossian should concerning the comparative importo, ance of equestrian and maritime ex- || monuments of this mental art of ploits. The contest seems to have healing under the most pleasing been intended to amuse a superan- || form. They that took up the vonuated chief, desponding because of lumes to kill time, found their underincapacity to head his warriors to standings illumined, and their hearts “ the field of fame.” The transla-improved. tor would rejoice to know, that relics The origin of the patronymic from of the bards and poets of the early which the name of Mackenzie arose, ages, throughout the British domi- is said to have been a premature exnions, were collected for the press. ploit of valour performed by the We are not less Britons than High- young chief while superintending landers; and there are few among the preparation of a feast to succeed the natives of the mountains who are a hunting match. The Gael were not zealous for the honour of the of opinion, that “ to yield the sport three kingdoms and their depen- of their shaggy dogs to a fue" was dencies. The Gael are now acquaint- indelibly disgraceful; and when a gied with the sister realms; and though gantic race of freebooters attacked they dearly prize their own wild sce- the boys of Kintail, the youthful nery, they emulate and admire the chieftain, with singular address and rich culture and decoration of the courage, disappointed them of a south, and they regard the inhabit- prey. The Fiannachael were adants as brethren. Woe be to the venturers from the far Northern Isles, Gael who could be so illiberal as to who took possession of a cave, still mark a line of separation! His coun- accessible in Catthu, or Sutherland, trymen would disclaim him. We and to this day called Vamor Fraishope and believe there are few such ghail. It is situated in the parish of narrow-minded beings; and the first | Tongue; and it is twenty feet wide personage in the empire has given at the entrance, reaching near half a a gracious pattern of universal conci- mile under-ground. liation. The translator was induced The eagle of Morven's rocks bends to give some early characteristics of proudly from the sky to behold his the clans, because best acquainted feathers waving over the brow of Finwith those antiquities. There is one gal and his heroes; but loftier was name which will affect every reader the boast of the dun-sided sons of the of taste and sensibility with the most forest, when their antlers drove away delightful and homefelt associations, the fierce rovers of ocean, or laid the name of Mackenzie—the ele- them in blood on the land of trees. gant monitor of the higher classes, Ceartnach, ancestor of the bard of and their imitators, who " ministered this song, was foster-father of age to minds diseased” with skill so ex- and youth, while the chief of Kintail quisite, and medicaments so palata- and his men at aruns were distant far, ble, that the patients mistook, and reaping the harvest of renown. still mistake, each salutary potion
“Shall the praise of them that rest for a sumptuous banquet. “The Man beneath their cairns, and the deeds of Feeling,” “TheMan of the World," of our own hand, be all our thought “ Julia de Roubigne," "The Mirror," and speech?" said the white-haired and “ Lounger," are imperishable grandsires of ruddy-cheeked boys,