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strable, does it not become imperative when , not loose the hold; but his strength was evi- , I lay helpless under him. I felt his fiery viewed as a question of morals between man and dently giving way: he still struck terrible breath-I saw his lurid eye glaring-1 heard man, and of religion, between man and his Crea- | blows, but each was weaker than the one be- the gnashing of his white fangs above me.. tor! He who holds his brother in slavery pre

y pre before ; till, collecting his whole force for all
before. till enlla

An exulting shout arose.--I saw him reel as vents the exercise of his free agency, and is, there

last effort, he darted one mighty blow into the as if struck.-Gore filled his jaws.-Another fore, chargeable, by his own act, with the moral responsibility from which that brother may be ex

| lion's throat, and sank. The savage yelled, I mighty blow was driven to bis heart.--He onerated. I would not be in this awful position | and, spouting out blood, fed bellowing round sprang high in the air with a howl. He for all that this world can bestow.

the arena. But the hand still grasped the dropped; he was dead. The amphitheatre I am,

mane, and his conqueror was dragged whirl- thundered with acclamation. Your's sincerely, ing through the dust at his heels. A univer- With Salome clinging to my bosom, ConC. R, M. sal cry now arose to save him, if he were not stantius raised me from the ground. The roar

already dead. But the lion, though bleeding of the lion had roused him from his swoon, DESCRIPTION OF A LION-FIGHT from every vein, was still too terrible, and all and two blows saved me. The falchion was AT ROME.

shrank from the hazard. At length the grasp broken in the heart of the monster. The whole The Emperor's arrival commenced the grand gave way, and the body lay motionless on multitude stood up, supplicating for our lives display. He took his place under the curtains the ground.

in the name of filial piety and heroism. Nero, of the royal pavilion. The dead were remov- What happened for some moments after I devil as he was, dared not resist the strength ed; perfumes were scattered through the air ; know not. There was a struggle at the portal ; of the popular feeling. rose-water was sprinkled from silver tubes on a female forced her way through the guards, He waved a signal to the guards; the portal the exhausted multitude; music resounded; rushed in alone, and flung herself upon the was opened, and my children sustaining my incense bumed; and, in the midst of these victim. The sight of a new prey roused the feeble steps, and showered with garlands and preparations of luxury, the terrors of the lion lion; he tore the ground with his talons; he ornaments by innumerable hands, slowly led combat began.

lashed his streaming sides with his tail; he me from the arena."-Salathiel. A portal of the arena opened, and the com- lifted up his mane, and bared his fangs. batant, with a mantle thrown over his face | But his approach was no longer with a bound; and figure, was led in, surrounded by soldiery. he dreaded the sword, and came snuffing the COFFIN DEALERS IN JAVA. The lion roared and ramped against the bars blood on the sands, and stealing round the of its den at the sight. The guard put a sword | body in circuits still diminishing. The confu

THERE are many coffin-makers in this great and buckler into the hands of the Christian, sion in the vast assembly was now extreme.

city, where death so often keeps his court, and and he was left alone. He drew the mantle Voices innumerable called for aid. Women

slays not only his ordinary thousands in the from his face, and bent a slow and fimm look screamed and fainted; men burst out into indig

course of the rear ; but, at particular seasons, round the amphitheatre. His fine countenance nant clamours at this prolonged cruelty. Even

strikes down his tens of thousands--in the and lofty bearing raised an universal sound of the bard hearts of the populace, accustomed as

houses--in the streets in the fields: walking admiration. He might have stood for an they were to the sacrifice of life, were roused

with the pestilence in darkness, and slaughterApollo encountering the Python. His eye at to honest curses. The guards grasped their

ing with the arrow that flieth at noon-day. last turned on mine. Could I believe my arms, and waited but for a sign from the em

We noticed particularly the Chinese 'coffins, senses! Constantius was before me! peror: but Nero gave no sign.

which are not only exposed for sale in every All my rancour vanished. An hour past I | I looked upon the woman's face. It was

undertaker's work-shop, but are frequently could have struck the betrayer to the heart. Il Salome! I sprung upon my feet. I called on

seen placed at the doors of their own dwellings; could have called on the severest vengeance of her name; I implored her by every feeling of

for a China-man likes a good bargain of any man and heaven to smite the destroyer of my nature to fly from that place of death, to

kind, and will eagerly buy a coffin for himself child. But to see him hopelessly doomed; come to my arms, to think of the agonies of all

if he can get it cheap, though he hopes to live the man whom I had honoured for his noble that loved her.

forty years ; nor does the sight of it annoy qualities, whom I had even loved, whose She had raised the head of Constantius on

him with any feeling less pleasant than the recrime was at worst but the crime of giving way her knee, and was wiping the pale visage with

collection that he has his money's worth in it. to the strongest temptation that can bewilder her hair At the sound of my voice she looked

These coffins are not expensive, being made the heart of man; to see this noble creature up, and calmly casting back the locks from her both solid and spacious out of four thick flung to the savage beast, dying in tortures, forehead, fixed her gaze upon me. She still

| blocks of timber, the upper one forming the torn piecemeal before my eyes, and this mi- | knelt: one hand supported the head, with the

nelt: one hand supported the head with the lid and projecting over the edges, with a sery wrought by me I would have obtested other she pointed to it as her only answer. I

shoulder-piece; the body of the chest, thus earth and heaven to save him. But my tongue again adjured her. There was the silence of compacted, is i cleaved to the roof of my mouth. My limbs death among the thousands round me. A place of the Chinese belonging to Batavia, refused to stir. I would have thrown myself sudden fire flashed into her eye, her cheek

like one which we have elsewhere described, at the feet of Nero; but I sat like a man of burned. She waved her hand with an air of is on the slope of a hill, where the graves are stone, pale, paralysed--the beating of my superb sorrow.

| disposed in the most exact order, as cells, with pulses stopped --my eyes alone alive.

“ I am come to die." she uttered in a lofty | their precious deposits sealed up in masonry, The gate of the den was thrown back, and tone. “This bleeding body was my husband.

or brick-work, with ornaments according to the the lion rushed in with a roar, and a bound I have no father. The world contains to me

rank or riches of the deceased. A second that bore him half across the arena. I saw but this clay in my arms. Yet," and she

corpse is never laid in a sepulchre already octhe sword glitter in the air: when it waved kissed the ashy lips before her, " yet, my

nu 1 cupied.-Bennet and Tyerman's Voyages. again, it was covered with blood, and a howl | Constantius, it was to save that father told that the blow had been driven home. that your generous heart defied the peril of The lion, one of the largest from Numidia, this hour. It was to redeem him from

THE TWO FOUNTAINS. and made furious by thirst and hunger, an the hand of evil that you abandoned a quiet

(From Moore's Evenings in Greece.) animal of prodigious power, couched for an home! Yes, cruel father, here lies the noble instant, as if to make sure of his prey, crept a being that threw open your dungeon, that led I saw, from yonder silent cave, few paces onward, and sprang at the victim's you safe through conflagration, that to the Two fountains running side by side ; throat. He was met by a second wound, but last moment of his liberty only thought how The one was Memory's limpid wave, his impulse was irresistible, and Constantius he might preserve and protect you.” Tears at The other cold Oblivion's tide. was flung upon the ground. A cry of natural length fell in floods from her eyes. “But,"

" () Love !" said I, in thoughtless dream, horror rang round the amphitheatre. The said she, in a tone of wild horror, “ he was

As o'er my lips the Lethe passid, struggle was now for instant life or death. betrayed ; and may the Power whose thunders

“ Here, in this dark and chilly stream, They rolled over each other; the lion reared avenge the cause of his people, pour down just

Be all my pains forgot at last." on its hind feet, and, with gnashing teeth and retribution upon the head that dared”

But who could bear that gloomy blank, distended talons, plunged on the man; again I heard my own condemnation about to be

Where joy was lost as well as pain ? they rose together. Anxiety was now at its uttered by the lips of my child. Wound up Quickly of Memory's fount I drank, wildest height. The sword swung round the to the last degree of suffering, I tore my hair, And brought the past all back again : champion's head in bloody circles. They fell | leaped on the bars before me, and plunged And said, “ O Love! whate'er my lot, again, covered with gore and dust. The hand into the arena by her side. The height was Still let this soul to thee be true of Constantius had grasped the lion's mane, stunning; I tottered forward a few paces, and Rather than bave one bliss forgot, and the furious bounds of the monster could fell. The lion gavea roar and sprang upon me Be all my pains remembered too!"

NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS. tain, the still more fearful waste of human | West India planter as an encouragement of We have received communications from R. C., | life discovered, in an average decrease of seven- his expensive and murderous system, and after A Hater of Slavery, A Buxtonite, and A.

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t een Negroes annually out of 314—or eighty- | all are insulted and threatened with rebellion. We are particularly obliged by the contribution of five slaves, being equal to one-fifth of the whole When will the national conscience be aroused Marian, and hope we shall have to thank her for many population, cut off in the space of five years ! to the moral obliquity of such a course? When, more.

The estates of John Thorp, situate in the pa- especially, will British Christians do justice to

rish of Trelauney, show a diminution of num- their principles, by withdrawing their patronTHE TOURIST. bers, within the same period, amounting to age from so accursed a traffic? The system is

two hundred, out of a population of 2809. But within our power, and we may do with it as MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1832. on the coffee plantations, where night-work is we please. If our rulers refuse to manumit

unknown, mark the contrast; on a plantation the slaves, we may accomplish it ourselves,

having 214 slaves, the average increase for five by a process which, though slower, will be as ON THE DISUSE OF SLAVE SUGAR. years is three per cent. per annum; and, taking effectual. If the opposition of the West India

Human nature has been termed a bundle of an extensive parish, the staple commodity of | party prevent any parliamentary enactment, inconsistencies. Conflicting opinions are fre-, which is coffee, the average increase through- | we have only to exclude their produce from quently entertained by the same person, and out is not less than three per cent, per annum. | our dwellings, and the triumph of humanity practices are sanctioned at open variance with

Can there be a more convincing proof of the will be achieved. Let us, then, combine with the profession made. A very limited know

shocking waste to which human life is subject a zeal and self-devotedness worthy of the ledge of mankind will be sufficient to convince

on sugar estates (and owing mainly to the cause. Let associations be formed throughout us of the accuracy of such a representation.

system of night-work), than this? And yet to the kingdom for the exclusion of West India We have only to compare the conduct with the such a system must the man of grey hairs, or sugar. Let the ministers of religion take a recorded sentiments of men, in order to be the mother of a numerous offspring, after toiling | lead in this movement, and outraged humanity assured of their frequent incongruity. On no throughout the day, under the scorching beams will rise from its oppressions, and bless our point is this inconsistency more gross and pal

of a tropical sun, submit; and again be ex name. able than on that which is referred to in the posed to the bleak north wind, to the chilling We have commonly heard it alleged that title of this paper. It is well known that a mists of heaven, or, to the pelting rain ; an

mists of heaven, or to the pelting rain; and, such an attempt is hopeless; but we are perlarge and rapidly increasing portion of the Bri

when overtaken with sleep, to lie down faint suaded to the contrary. This is the common tish public regard colonial slavery as a process

and weary, and at the risk of a heavy punish- plea of supineness, and should be treated as of slow murder; and they appeal triumphantly

ment, under the great canopy of heaven, with such. Suppose it were well founded, would to the population returns of the sugar islands

out another comforter, save Him, who pities it justify our continued encouragement of in justification of their estimate. It is not simthe oppressed."*

cruelty and murder? If we can effect no imply that they view slavery with disfavour,

From the population returns we learn, that provement in the condition of the slave, we are that they regard the coerced and unremune

in fourteen sugar colonies the decrease of the yet bound to abstain from the infliction of inrated labour of the African as impolitic and

Negroes, on an average of the last eleven years, jury. If we cannot manumit, we must refrain unrighteous. Such a conviction would. in all has been 58,601. The' advocates of slavery from rivetting his chains. We owe it to ourhonesty, pledge them to abstain from the con- have endeavoured to account for this decrease have endeavoured to account for this decrease selves as well as to the negro to wash our

selves as well as to the ne sumption of slave produce.--to withhold from by various theories, which are sufficiently dis- hands of this pollution. such a system of exaction and wrong the proved by the notorious fact, that the Maroons But positive benefit must follow. If the slightest share of their patronage. But the

in Jamaica, the free blacks throughout our co-slave-holder finds the sale of his sugars greatly truth of the matter is, their conviction of the

lonies, and even the slaves in America and diminished, he will, as a mere matter of cominiquity of British colonial slavery is much

on the coffee plantations in our own islands, mercial policy, modify his system, so as to stronger than we have supposed. They believe

are uniformly increasing. The decrease on meet the views of his customers, and to preit to be a barbarous and cursed system. involv. / sugar plantations cannot therefore be account. | serve himself from ruin. Let him once pering the worst features of rebellion against God

ed for by circumstances which exist equally in ceive that the British public are thoroughly with unparalleled cruelty to man. And yet

the case of those other classes. There must resolved no longer to encourage him in their they patronize it: they encourage the planter

obviously be something in the nature of their market, and he will abandon slavery rather in the perpetration of wrong, yea, they bribe

employment, and its duration and intensity, than abide by its consequences. The same him to coerce the labour of bis slaves to a mur

which shall account for a difference so palpa- plan would work redemption to the slaves in derous extent. But how, it may be asked, is ble. This argument is strengthened by the various other ways. It would materially lessen this done? How can charges of so serious a

fact, that the rate of decrease in the sugar the value of slaves, and thus facilitate manunature be established ? Nothing is more easy.

colonies bears an observable proportion to the mission. This appears by the returns from the We consume the articles which the planter quar

quantity of sugar produced. In Demerara, slave colonies printed May 9th, 1826, and numsends us, and more especially his sugar, to

Trinidad, and the Mauritius, for instance, bered 353. These returns embrace a period of which our observations now extend. It is in

whence the exportation of sugars has been five years—from the 1st of January, 1821, to the production of this latter article that the

largest in proportion to the number of slaves, the 31st of December, 1825. Amongst other misery of the slaves is perfected. They are

the Negro population has decreased most ra- | matters, they furnish the number of slaves sold worked on an average through the year six

pidly; while in Barbadoes and Dominica, where in execution for their masters' debts, specifying teen hours per day, and their labour during

little sugar is grown, the slaves have slightly their age, sex, price, &c. Hence we learn the the greater part of this time is performed under

increased; and in the Bahamas, where no average price of slaves in the different islands, the impulse of the whip. Human nature can

sugar is raised, their increase has been rapid. and the following are some of the results not endure such exaction. It is a demand

The increase in the latter case has been sub-ascertained. In Demerara, a sugar colon which her powers are not competent to meet;

sequent to the abandonment of sugar cultiva the value of the slave is £86 sterling, and in and we find. what general principles would | tion. As long as the soil would furnish a crop | Berbice £90; while in Barbadoes, whence have led us to anticipate, that the negro po

of sugar-canes, the slaves in the Bahamas an- little sugar is exported, his price is reduced to pulation throughout the sugar colonies is ra

nually diminished; but, immediately that it be- £28; and in the Bahamas, where no sugar is pidly decreasing.

came too exhausted for this purpose, the same raised, he may be purchased for £21 8s. How “Of all the evils to which the Negro is lia

race multiplied. The depressing force was much greater the facility of manumission in ble, throughout the whole system of slavery,

removed, and nature acted on her general the latter islands than in the former !-and there is not a greater than this night-work on law.

how much more enviable in consequence the sugar estates. In proof of this, my Lord, only

Such is the fact. What, then, is the course condition of the slaves ! look at the facts to be found in a late return to

which we pursue ? Manifestly such as no But this is not all. The time of a slave in Parliament, of the average increase and de

moral principle or humane feeling can sanc- a sugar colony is of more value to his master crease of slaves for the five preceding years to

tion. We receive the sugar raised at this than in any other. Hence the labour exacted 1828, on the principal properties in Jamaica,

sacrifice of human life. We exempt it from from him is more protracted and intense, and distinguishing coffee and other plantations

fair competition with free-labour sugar by our the opportunities of improving his own condifrom the sugar estates. We find from these

bounty and protecting duties. We give on an tion are proportionally smaller. But, further, returns, one sugar estate with 663 slaves, on

average several hundreds annually to each | in sugar colonies, the slaves are mainly dewhich there has been an average decrease of

pendent on imported goods with which their ten. On another, with 242 slaves, a decrease Rev. J. M. Crew's Letters to the Duke of

masters supply them. These are given in such of fifteen ; and on a third, called Blue Moun- | Wellington, 1830.

| quantities as barely suffice for the maintenance

of life, and nothing can, in consequence, be | It was suspected that the waters of this sea
saved by the negro as part of the price of his were gradually sinking; but a Memoir in the
redemption. But when the cultivation of Swedish Transactions for 1823 has put the
sugar ceases, the master finds it for his profit change beyond doubt. From latitude 56 to
to give provision grounds to his slaves, on 63 degrees, the observations show a mean fall
which they raise their own support. Hence of one foot and a half in forty years, or four-
they become the small poulterers and green- tenths of an inch annually, or three feet four
grocers of the community, and are enabled, in inches in a century. The Baltic is very shal-
many cases, gradually to accumulate a suffi- | low at present; and, if the waters continue to
cient sum to purchase their freedom. The sink as they have done, Revel, Abo, and a
system, therefore, which we recommend, ope- | hundred other ports will, by and by, becom
rates in their favour two ways: it reduces their inland towns; the gulfs of Bothnia and Fin-
value, and it supplies them with money. Eng- | land, and ultimately the Baltic itself, will be
lishmen! let your hereditary love of freedom changed to dry land.
dictate the course you should pursue. Open
every dvor of escape to your oppressed and
wretched fellow-subjects. Restore to them, by

EPITAPH
every means in your power, the rights of which
they are deprived, the joys which have long

ON THE MARQUIS OF ANGLESEA's Leg. been strangers to their breasts. Then will you Attributed to the Right Hon. George Canning. have the purest satisfaction which is allotted to humanity on earth, and will shield your

Here rests and let no saucy knave

Presume to sneer and laugh, country from those appalling evils with which

To learn that mouldering in the grave a retributive providence will otherwise visit it.

Is laid-a British calf.

For he who writes these lines is sure
SUBSIDENCE OF THE BALTIC.

That those that read the whole
A SINGULAR and interesting fact has been Will find such laugh is premature,
ascertained respecting the level of the Baltic.! For here, too, lies a sole.

And here five little ones repose,

Twin-born with other five,
Unheeded by their brother toes,

Who now are all alive.
A leg and foot, to speak more plain,

Rest here of one commanding,
Who, though his wits he might retain,

Lost half his understanding.
And when the guns, with thunder fraught,

Pour'd bullets thick as hail,
Could only in this way be taught

To give the foe leg-bail.
And now in England, just as gay

As in the battle brave,
Goes to the rout, review, or play,

With one foot in the grave.
Fortune in vain here show'd her spite,

For he will still be found,
Should England's sons engage in fight,

Resolv'd to stand his ground.
For fortune's pardon I must beg-

She meant not to disarm;
And when she lopp'd the hero's leg,

She did not seek his h-arm;
And but indulg'd a harmless whim,

Since he could walk with one,
She saw two legs were lost on him,

Who never meant to run.

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SCULPTURE OF THE FATES INTERRUPTED BY THE GODDESS OF HEALTH. Mark with what fatal skill yon deathful pair Philemon we find the following sentence: , by an ancient commentator, is an instance The web of human destiny prepare;

“We are subject to kings, kings to the of a very singular figure common in the Life's brittle thread those ruthless sisters hold, And swift around the impetuous wheel is roll'd.

gods, and the gods to necessity.” In- Latin language, being derived from the A third more dreadful sister near them stands, deed, to such a height was this impiety word parco,“ to spare,” because, forsooth, The fatal shears extended in her hands,

carried, in the earliest ages of Greece, they spare nobody! . Eager to strike the blow, and seal the doom

that we find Homer and Hesiod teaching Their personal appellations were, CloOf some pale victim trembling o'er the tomb.

Anon.

that the gods themselves were generated tho, Lachesis, and Atropos; of whom the

by Necessity of Night and Chaos. The first held a distaff, the second spun the The ancient mythology recognized a same power exercised an uncontrolled thread of human destiny, and the third power superior to that of the gods, namely, dominion over the events and duration of cut it short with a pair of scissors—thus that of fate, or necessity. Hence Herod- human life, and in this character is re- determining the close of life. The anotus quotes an oracle which declared that presented by the three sisters, seen in the cients imagined that the Parcæ used white “ God himself could not shun his des- | above engraving. They were called | wool for a long and happy life, and black tined fate;" and in the fragments of l Parcæ ; which name, as we are informed for a short and unfortunate one.

DECISIVE BATTLE BETWEEN THE | or defence, made with strongly twisted cords of one of the idolaters, who had outrun his comIDOLATERS AND THE CHRISTIANS romaha, or native flax, and armed with a mus-l panions, sprang upon him before he was aware

ket and a spear. She was supported on one of his approach. Unable to throw him on the IN THE ISLAND OF TAHITI.

| side by Farefau, her steady and courageous sand, he cast his arins around his neck, and The 12th of November, 1815, was the most friend, who acted as her squire or champion; endeavoured to strangle, or at least to seeventful day that had yet occurred in the his-while Mahine was supported on the other by cure, his prey, until some of his companions tory of Tahiti. It was the Sabbath. In the Patini, a fine, tall, manly chief, a relative of should arrive and despatch him. Raveae was forenoon, Pomare, and the people who had | Mahine's family, and one who, with his wife armed with a short musket, which he had recome over from Eimeo, probably about eight and two children, las long enjoyed the paren- loaded since wounding the chief; of this, it is hundred, assembled for public worship at a tal and domestic happiness resulting from supposed, the man who held him was unconplace called Narii, near the village of Buna- | Christianity,- but whose wife, prior to their scious. Extending his arms forward, Rareae auia, in the district of Atehuru. At distant renunciation of idolatry, bad murdered twelve passed the muzzle of his musket under his points of the district they stationed piquets; or fourteen children.

own arm, suddenly turned his body on one and, when divine service was about to com- Pomare took his station in a canoe with a side, and, pulling the trigger of his piece at the mence, and the individual who was to officiate number of musketeers, and annoyed the flank same instant, shot his antagonist through the stood up to read the first hymn, a firing of mus- of his enemy nearest the sea. A swivel mount- body, who immediately lost hold of his prey, kets was heard; and, looking out of the building ed in the stern of another canoe, which was and fell dying to the ground. in which they were assembled, a large body of commanded by an Englishman, called Joe by The idolatrous army continued to fight with armed men, preceded and attended by the the natives, and who came up from Raiatea, obstinate fury, but were unable to advance, or flag of the gods, and the varied emblems of did considerable execution during the engage- make any impression on Mahine and Pomareidolatry, were seen marching round a distant ment.

vahine's forces. These not only maintained point of land, and advancing towards the Before the king's friends had properly form- their ground, but forced their adversaries place where they were assembled. It is war!ed themselves for regular defence, the idola back; and the scale of victory now appeared it is war! was the cry which re-echoed through trous army arrived, and the battle commenc- to hang in doubtful suspense over the contendthe place; as the approaching army were seen ed. The impetuous attack of the idolaters, ing parties. Tino, the idolatrous priest, and from different parts of the building. Many, attended with all the fury, imprecations, and his companions, had, in the name of Oro, agreeably to the precautions of the Missiona- | boasting shouts practised by the savage when promised their adherents a certain and an easy ries, had met for worship under arms; others, rushing to the onset, produced by its shock a triumph. This inspired them for the conflict, who had not, were preparing to return to their temporary confusion in the advanced guard of and made them more confident and obstinate tents, and arm for the battle. Some degree of the Christian army: some were slain, others in battle than they would otherwise have been; confusion consequently prevailed. Pomare wounded, and Upaparu, one of Pomare's lead- | but the tide of conquest, which had rolled with arose, and requested them all to remain qui ing men, saved his life only by rushing into them in the onset, and during the early part etly in their places ; stating, that they were the sea, and leaving part of his dress in the of the engagement, was already turned against under the special protection of Jehovah, and hands of the antagonist with whom he had them, and, as the tidings of their leader's death had met together for his worship, which was grappled. Notwithstanding this, the assailants became more extensively known, they spread not to be forsaken or disturbed even by the met with steady and determined resistance. a panic through the ranks he had commanded. approach of an enemy. Auna, formerly an | Overpowered, however, by numbers, the viro | The pagan army now gave way before their Areoi and a warrior, now a Christian teacher, | or front ranks were obliged to give way. A opponents, and soon fled precipitately from who was my informant on these points, then kind of running fight commenced, and the the field, seeking shelter in their pari's, strongread the hymn, and the congregation sang it. parties intermingled in all the confusion of holds, or hiding-places in the mountains ; A portion of scripture was read, a prayer offer- | barbarous warfare.

| leaving Pomare, Mahine, and the princess ed to the Almighty, and the service closed. 1 « Here might the hideous face of war be seen,

from Raiatea, in undisputed possession of the Those who were unarmed now repaired to

„ field.

Stript of all pomp, adornment, and disguise.” their tents, and procured their weapons.

* Flushed with success, in the moment of vicIn assuming the posture of defence, the The ground on which they now fought, ex- tory, the king's warriors were, according to king's friends formed themselves into two or cepting that near the sea-beach, was partially former usage, preparing to pursue the flying or three columns, one on the sea-beach, and covered with trees and bushes; which at times enemy. Pomare approached, and exclaimed, the other at a short distance towards the moun separated the contending parties, and inter- Atira! It is enough! and strictly prohibited any tains. Attached to Pomare's camp was a num cepted their view of each other. Under these of his warriors from pursuing those who had ber of refugees, who had, during the late com circumstances it was, that the Christians, when fled from the field of battle: forbidding them motions in Tahiti, taken shelter under his pro not actually engaged with their enemies, often also to repair to the villages of the vanquished, tection, but had not embraced Christianity; kneeled down on the grass, either singly or to plunder their property, or murder their on these the king and his adherents placed no two or three together, and offered up an ejacu- helpless wives and children.Ellis's Polyreliance, but stationed them in the centre, or latory prayer to God that he would cover mesian Researches. the rear. The Bure Atua requested to form the their heads in the day of battle, and, if agreeviro or front line, advanced guard ; and the able to his will, preserve them, but especially apoa viri, or cheek of their forces; while the prepare them for the results of the day, whe

SIMPLE EXPEDIENT. people of Eimeo, immediately in the rear, ther victory or defeat, life or death. formed what they called the tapona, or shoul- The battle continued to rage with fierce- In the granite quarries near Seringapatam, der, of their army. In the front of the Tine, ness; several were killed on both sides; the the most enormous blocks are separated from Auna, Upaparu, Hitote, and others equally idolaters still pursued their way, and victory the solid rock by the following neat and simple distinguished for their steady adherence to the seemed to attend their desolating march, until process. The workman having found a portion system they had adopted, took their station on they came to the position occupied by Ma of the rock sufficiently extensive, and situated this occasion, and showed their readiness to lay hine, Pomare-vahine, and their companions in near the edge of the part already quarried, down their lives rather than relinquish the arms. The advanced ranks of these united | lays bare the upper surface, and marks on it a Christian faith, and the privileges it conferred. | hands met, and arrested the progress of the line in the direction of the intended separation, Mabine, the king of Huahine, and Pomare- hitherto victorious idolaters. One of Ma- | along which a groove is cut with a chisel about vahine, the heroic daughter of the king of hine's men, Raveae, pierced the body of Upa- | a couple of inches in depth. Above this groove Raiatea, with those of their people who had fara, the chief of Papara, and the commander- | a narrow line of fire is then kindled, and mainprofessed Christianity, arranged themselves in in-chief of the idolatrous forces. The wounded tained till the rock below is thoroughly heated, battle-array immediately behind the people of warrior fell, and shortly afterwards expired. immediately on which a line of men and woEimco, forming the main body of the army. As he sat gasping on the sand, his friends ga / men, each provided with a pot full of cold Mahine on this occasion wore a curions hel- thered round, and endeavoured to stop the water, suddenly sweep off the ashes, and pour met, covered on the outside with plates of the bleeding of the wound, and afford every as- the water into the heated groove, when the beautifully spotted cowre, or tiger-shell, sosistance his circumstances appeared to require. | rock at once splits with a clean fracture. abundant in the islands; and ornamented " Leave me," said the dying warrior : “ Mark Square blocks of six feet in the side, and upwith a plurge of the tropic, or man-of-war yonder man, in front of Mahine's ranks; he wards of eighty feet in length, are sometimes bird's feathers. The queen's sister, like a inflicted this wound; on him revenge my detached by this method, or by another equally daughter of Pallas, tall, and rather masculine | death.” Two or three athletic men instantly simple and efficacious, but not easily explained in her stature and features, walked and fought set off for that purpose. Reveae was retiring without entering into particulars of mineralohy Mahine's side, clothed in a kind of armour towards the main body of Mahine's men, when gical detail.--Herschel's Natural Philosiphy.

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LAST DAYS OF VOLTAIRE. tity of strong coffee, and then continued at compositions, formed by a kind of swallow, in We have very full details of the last days of

work for upwards of twelve hours without in- vast clusters, found in caves in the Nicobar

termission. This imprudent effort brought on and other islands), 5000 dollars being somethis distinguished person. He came to Paris,

an inflammation in his bladder; and, being times given for a picul, weighing 1332 pounds. as is well known, after twenty-seven years' ab

told by M. De Richelieu, that he had been in the streets, multitudes of men are employed sence, at the age of eighty-four; and, the very

| much relieved in a similar situation by taking, in preparing these for sale, with a pair of evening he arrived, he recited himself the

at intervals, a few drops of laudamum, he tweezers, plucking from them every hair, or whole of his Trene to the players, and passed

provided himself with a large bottle of that fibre of feather, or extraneous matter; and, at all the rest of the night in correcting the piece for representation. A few days after, he was

medicine, and, with his usual impatience, the same time, carefully preserving the form

swallowed the greater part of it in the course of the nests, by pushing through them very seized with a violent vomiting of blood, and instantly called stoutly for a priest, saying,

of the night. The consequence was, as might slender slips of bamboo. Sharks' fins are that they should not throw him out on the

naturally have been expected, that he fell into highly prized, and, when well-dried, they fetch

a sort of lethargy, and never recovered the use a great price. The beche-de-lamer (a horriddunghill. A priest was accordingly brought, and the patriarch very gravely subscribed a

5 of his faculties, except for a few minutes at a | looking black sea-slug, formerly described), profession of his faith in the Christian Reli. Lam

time, till the hour of his death, which hap brought from the Pacific Islands, is also exgion; of which he was ashamed, and attempted

a

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pened three days after, on the cvening of the ceedingly esteemed by Chinese epicures. But,
30th of May, 1778.

while the rich fare thus sumptuously, the mass to make a jest, as soon as he recovered. He

The priest to whom he had made his con- of the poor subsist on the veriest garbage. was received with unexampled lionours at the

fession, and another, entered his chamber a The heads of fowls, their entrails, their feet, Academy, the whole members of which rose together, and came out to the vestibule to escort

short time before he breathed his last. He with every scrap of digestible animal matter

recognized them with difficulty, and assured earth-worms, sea-reptiles of all kinds, rats, and him to the ball; while, on the exterior, all the avenues, windows, and roofs of houses, by

them of his respects. One of them, coming other vermin, are gredily devoured. We have

close up to him, he threw his arm round his noticed lots of black frogs, in half dozens, which his carriage had to pass, were crowded with spectators, and resounded with accla

neck, as if to embrace him; but when M. tied together, exposed for sale in shallow mations. But the great scene of his glory was

a Curé, taking advantage of this cordiality, troughs of water. We have seen the hindthe theatre; in which he no sooner appeared

proceeded to urge him to make some sign or quarter of a horse hung up in a butcher's shop, than the whole audience rose up, and continued

acknowledgment of his belief in the Christian with the recommendation of the whole leg at for upwards of twenty minutes in thunders of

faith, he gently pushed him back, and said, tached. A lodger in our hotel complains that, applause and shouts of acclamation, that

“ Alas! let me die in peace.” The priest his bed-room being over the kitchen, he is filled the house with dust and agitation. When

turned to his companion, and, with great mo- grievously annoyed in a morning by the noises the piece was concluded, the curtain was again

deration and presence of mind, observed aloud, of dogs and cats, which are slaughtered below drawn up, and discovered the bust of their idol

“ You see his faculties are quite gone.” They for the day's consumption—but not at our in the middle of the stage, while the favourite

then quietly left the apartment; and the dying table. Not a bone nor a green leaf is ever actress placed a crown of laurel on its brows,

man, having testified his gratitude to his kind seen in the streets: some use or another is found

and vigilant attendants, and named several for every thing that would be refuse elsewhere. and recited some verses, the words of which could scarcely be distinguished amidst the tu

times the name of his favourite niece, Madame --Bennet and Tyerman's Voyages. multuous shouts of the spectators. The whole

Denis, shortly after expired.

Nothing can better mark the character of soene, says M. Grimm, reminded us of the classic days of Greece and Rome. But it be

the work before us, and of its author, than to came more truly touching at the moment when state, that the dispatch which contains this

THE PETITION its object rose to retire. Weakened and agi

striking account of the last hours of his illustated by the emotions he had experienced, his

trious patron and friend, terminates with an THE SUGAR-MAKING SLAVES : limbs trembled beneath him; and, bending obscene epigram of M. Rulhiere, and a gay

Humbly addressed to the Consumers of Sugar. almost to the earth, he seemed ready to expire

critique on the new administration of the under the weight of years and honours that Opera Buffa.

You no wish that we should suffer, had been laid upon

There are various epitaphs on Voltaire, Gentle Massa, we are sure; him. His eyes, filled with tears, still sparkled with a peculiar fire

scattered through the secret of the volume You quite willing we be happy, in the midst of his pale and faded countenance.

we prefer this very brief one, by a lady of If you see it in your power. All the beauty and all the rank of France

Lausanne:crowded round bim in the lobbies and stair« Ci git l'enfant gaté du monde qu'il gata.”

We are very long kept toiling,

Fifteen hours in every day; cases, and literally bore him in their arms to Among the other proofs which M. Grimm And the night for months is added, the door of his carriage. Here the humble has recorded of the celebrity of this extraordi Wearing all our strength away. multitude took their turn; and, calling for nary person, the incredible number of his portorches, that all might get a sight of him, traits that were circulated deserves to be no

'Tis because you love our sugar, they clustered round his coach, and followed ticed. One ingenious artist, in particular, of

And so very much you buy; it to the door of his lodgings, with vehement the name of Huber, had acquired such a fa

Therefore, day and night we labour, shouts of admiration and triumph. This is cility in forming his countenance, that he

Labour, labour, till we die. the heroic part of the scene; but M. Grimm could not only cut most striking likenesses of takes care also to let us know that the patriarch | bim out of paper, with scissors, held behind his

Oh! is less could e'er content you, appeared, on this occasion, in long lace ruffles, back, but could mould a little bust of him, in

Or you'd buy from Eastern isles,

You would fill our hearts with gladaess, and a fine coat of cut velvet, with a grey | half a minute, out of a bit of bread; and, at

And our tearful eyes with smiles. periwig of a fashion forty years old, which he last, used to make his dog manufacture most used to comb every morning with his own excellent profiles, by making him bite off the Then we should have time to rest us, hands, and to which nothing at all parallel had edge of a biscuit which he held to him in

And our weary eyes might sleep; been seen for ages, except on the head of three or four different positions !-- Edinburgh We could raise provision plenty, Bachaumont the novelist, who was known, ac- Review of M. Grimm's Correspondence.

And we mighi the Sabbath keep. cordingly, among the wits of Paris, by the name of “ Voltaire's wig-block.”

'Twould not hurt us, Massa gentle, This brilliant and protracted career, however,

If you should our sugar leave; was now drawing to a close. Retaining, to the MODES OF LIVING AMONG THE

We should only fare the better, last, that untameable spirit of activity and im

So you need not for us grieve. patience which had characterized all his past

CHINESE. life, he assisted at rehearsals and meetings of The modes of living among the Chinese

'Tis while plenty sugar's wanted, the Academy with all the zeal and enthusiasm

That we suffer more and more: are, of course, very different, according to the

Ease us, Massa, ease our sorrow! of early youth. At one of the latter, some ob- rank and wealth of the people; but the ex

See, it is within your power. jections were started to his magnificent project tremes of luxury and misery are no where of giving a new edition of their dictionary, more ludicrously contrasted. Those who can It should be enough for Massa, and he resolved to compose a discourse to ob- afford to purchase rare and expensive delica

If we work as English do ; viate these objections. To strengthen himself cies grudge no cost for them, as is proved by All to want poor Negro's sugar, for this task, he swallowed a prodigious quan- | the price paid for edible birds' nests (glutinous Makes our toit a killing woe.

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