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story about a gun;" and so the gun could not get an answer then; howeis fixed in regular style, and the com ver, I got intelligence from the mespany condemned to smell powder for senger that I should most likely GET twenty minutes to come! To the one next morning. As soon as I GOT telling of this gun story, it is not, you back to my inn, I got my supper, and see, at all necessary that there should got to bed. It was not long before I be an actual explosion and report ; it got to sleep. When I got up in the is sufficient that there might have been morning, I got my breakfast, and theo something of the kind.
GOT iyself drest, that I might GET out in time to get an answer to my
memorial. As soon as I got it, I GOT A provincial paper begins an ac into the chaise, and got home by count of a serious injury, inflicted on three o'clock.-Dr. Kitchiner. a gentleman, by the sudden and unexpected discharge of a fowling-piece,
MARTYRDOM. in the following manner :-" With the There is no truth more abundantly sporting season comes its certain con- exemplified in the history of mankind, comitant,-gun-shot wounds, and loss than that the blood of martyrs, spilt in of life. We fear we record the first whatever cause, political or religious, accident in 1828.”
is the best imaginable seed for the
growth of favor towards their persons, PUNISHMENT OF THE WHEEL. and, as far as conversion depends on This barbarous punishment is not feeling, of conversion to their opinyet abolished in some parts of the ions. Continent. The German papers, in AN IMPERIAL ENCORE. giving an account of a fire that hap When Cimarosa's opera of Matripened in a prison near Tilsit, mention monio Segreto was performed before that several of the women confined the Emperor Joseph, he invited all the there were sentenced to the wheel. singers to a banquet, and then in a fit It is remarkable that on this occasion of enthusiasm, sent them all back to the prisoners under sentence of death the theatre to play and sing the whole were the most grateful to Providence opera over again! for the preservation of their lives from fire.
Can man sustain a greater curse How different is the night of Na
Than to possess an empty purse ? ture from that of man, and the repose
Yes, with abundance to be blest
And not enjoy the power to taste. of her scenes from the misrule of his sensual haunts! What a contrast between the refreshing return of her If one has served thee, tell the deed to many; morning, and the feverish agonies of Hast thou served many ?-tell it not to any. his day-dreams !
GETTING A JOURNEY.
Was such a gourmand, that he I got on horseback within ten mi- would eat at a sitting four platesful nutes after I received your letter. of different soups, a whole pheasant, When I got to Canterbury, I got a a partridge, a plateful of sallad, mut. chaise for town. But I got wet ton hashed with garlic, two good through before I got to Canterbury, sized slices of ham, a dish of pasand I have got such a cold as I shall try, and, afterwards, fruit and not be able to get rid of in a hurry. sweetmeats. The descendant BourI got to the Treasury about noon, but bons are slandered for having appefirst of all I got shaved and drest. I tites of considerable action ; but this soon got into the secret of getting appears to have been one of a four a memorial before the board, but I or five man power.
CHAPTER I. The air was basking in the noontide right, he carried a strong hunting spear, among the hills that are traversed by the point of which gleamed like a star the rapid Erigon. The woody sides above his head. His features were of of the valleys which opened upon the a regular and spirited beauty ; and his river, lay slumbering in breezy dim- quick eye perpetually glanced from the ness; but the sky was blue and bright path he was pursuing to the mountains around the breasts and peaks of the round him and the skies beyond. He mountains, except where broad white proceeded in his devious and negligent clouds, floating high and swift between course, now sinking into thought, now them and the sun, varied the land- rushing and leaping over rocks and scape by occasional sweeps of shadow. bushes, while the dog sprang up, and The sparkling and winding water barked, and sported round him, till he flowed silently along the green bases reached an irregular and broken wood, of the eminences, and its surface was which spread, though with many intermarked by nothing but the differences vals, along the green banks of the river. of color occasioned by the wind and The boy threw himself under the stream, and by the fresh-looking islets shade of an oak, where he had a of water-plants, or the trunk of a tree glimpse of the cool water among the rolling down the current, and showing stems of the trees ; and his canine its brown branches, or the white rent friend couched quietly by his side, of its stem, among the shining ripples. now looking up into his face, now rubDown one of the glens which descend bing his legs with its nose, and wagtowards the stream, a boy of thirteen ging its bushy tail, now closing its or fourteen years of age was slowly eyes, and sinking with a sigh into a wandering. He was tall, and of a tranquil doze. The youth, too, was noble presence.
His open and up so still, that he might have been turned brow was surrounded with care- thought to slumber, had not his restless ringlets of light brown hair, and less glances indicated a stir within. was shaded by a low. cap or bonnet, It was, indeed, a mind not formed for in which he wore an eagle's feather. inactivity ; but its present thoughts His dark-colored kirtle descended to were rather the overflowing and sport his knee, over trowsers which left the of its vigor, than the application of it leg exposed above the sandal. A to any definite end. He remembered belt of wolf's-skin sustained a short the oracles which had spoken among sword, and confined his dress around the ancient oaks of Epirus, till he althe waist; and he led with the left most heard the promise of his own hand, in a twisted chain of gold, a greatness sounding from the trees, large and powerful dog, while, in his while they trembled and rustled
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around and above him. And then nutes with boyish impetuosity, when came imaginations of the Dryads, the his attention was diverted by seeing a forest spirits, so beautiful and so ca- large blue butterfly, which flew across pricious, who were accustomed to fly his path. He freed from the collar from men, and dedicate their loveliness the chain which held Lacon, and purto the green-wood shade. As the sued the insect; while the dog, in imibreeze moved the shadow of some tation of his master, rushed barking, branch, he started to think that he and eager in pursuit of the same wansaw the waving of the airy locks; and dering object. It led him among the he beheld for a moment the twinkle of hills which he had before left, never the light footsteps, in the casual coming within his reach, but never breach of a sunbeam through the foli- mounting so far away as to make him age, on the dark ground of the vistas relinquish the pursuit. It flew at last before him. These visions passed over the edge of a precipice into a away, and in their place seemed broken and narrow dell; but the fearsweeping through the distant obscurity less and active boy dropped from the of the thicket the pomp and triumph of verge, and, after scrambling for a miBacchus,—the youths with arms and nute or two among the rocks and wine-cups, and baskets of gorgeous bushes, reached the end of the de. fruits unknown to Europe, the dark scent. It was a wild and lonely holeyes and glowing limbs of damsels, low, on the steep banks and narrow whose wreaths of Oriental flowers area of which the pine and the cypress shook fragrance through the air, rose above the thick under-growth of while swiftly and gracefully they flung weeds, shrubs, and flowers. The inaloft and struck together their ringing sect still hovered before its pursuer ; cymbals, ancient Pan with a world of and, after a few steps, he found that merriment in his pipe, and, amid a tu- he had followed it into an ancient cemult of green coronals and wild exul- metery. The tombs seemed to bave tations, the young conqueror himself been mouldering in neglect for centudrawn forward by his lions, with the ries, and merely a few irregular pride of a hundred victories on his mounds, and broken fragments of brow, and the joyousness of a hundred walls, remained. Beyond one of these vintages on his lips, and a spear so relics of building, now covered with often washed in wine, and so cluster- different vigorous creepers, the bright ed with grapes and ivy berries, half blue wings disappeared. He went to hid among their foliage, that not a the spot, and found that, beyond the trace of its myriad death-stains was dilapidated wall, the sun streamed in visible. They gleamed for a moment upon a little patch of
Here from the recesses of the green maze on the insect had poised itself upon a the eye of the dreaming boy; and why human skull, half covered with moss, should not he too be the conqueror of and crowned by a natural wreath of Asia, and his banners return over the trailing honey-suckle. Thus was Hellespont, laden and glittering with the perched the beautiful and airy creaspoils of the Euphrates and the Indus? ture he had been chasing, with its
He rose while he thought it, so azure fans expanded, and glittering in hastily that his dog gave a slight cry the sunshine. It seemed the immorat feeling the pull which his collar re- tal Psyche, the spiritual life, waiting ceived rom the arm of his master, to take wing from amid the dust and who stept forward eagerly for an in- decay of mortality. The boy leaped stant, while his right hand grasped the over the obstruction, and stooped to spear with an energy indicating, even
seize it ;
but it vibrated for an inthen, how bold would be the spirit, stant the splendid and how wide the fame, of Alexander served it for sails, and rose swiftly and the son of Philip.
far above the head of the disappointed He walked forward for a few mi. pursuer. He looked after it for a few
seconds, and Lacon bayed fiercely at the other was traced, in the oldest the soaring insect; but his owner character Alexander had ever seen, stooped again to the relic; for, when the word Zamor. he had previously bent towards the He restored the coin to its place; butterfly, he had seen what appeared but, such was his recollection of the to be metal shining on the turf. It occurrence, that the signet wherewas a large gold coin which lay be- with, in after years, he sealed Hetween the teeth of the skull. The phæstion's lips, bore the device of a device of an eye within a circle was butterfly poised upon a skull, with distinctly visible on one side, and on the motto Zamor.
The youth was a youth no more. and shining limbs were of the most He was, in all the vigor and beauty exquisite delicacy; the long black of manhood, a sovereign and a conque- hair, wreathed with white Aowers, ror, and roamed no longer in the fell loose over her maiden bosom, woods of Macedonia, but in the deep which had ceased to heave with the gloom of an Indian forest. He had breath of life. An arrow bad pierced outstripped his train in the eagerness her through the body, and the blood of the chase ; and, when the thick had flowed to the knees of the old jungle prevented him from continuing man, and stained his garments. He his course on horseback, he leaped was a father wailing over his murderfrom the saddle and pierced his way ed child. on foot. His mantle was now of regal Alexander silently approached, and splendor, and his light helmet was encir- saw that on the left breast of the lovecled with a slender diadem of gold. The ly form, in which the heart no longer garment which fell from under his in- stirred, a blue butterfly had placed itlaid cuirass to his knee, was interwo- self. The agony and tears of the paven with silver thread, and his sandals rent did not disturb it. He touched were studded with jewels. His lips the hair and singers of the body with had gained the firm expression of will a trembling affection, and gazed at it and power, and thought had left its long and passionately; and then again stamp upon his forehead.
his whole frame was shaken, and he He speedily penetrated through burst into a paroxysm of grief. As the thicket which had interrupted him, the King drew near, the insect rose and found himself in a little glade, and soared away to the heavens. surrounded by spreading trees. He Alas! that, like it, the corpse could stood still, and gazed for a moment; not raise itself from the dust it adornand it seemed to him that he heard noted, and move again in all the vivacity far off the half-stifled sobs of sorrow, and grace of its former existence ! He moved in the direction of the The conqueror spoke in a low, resound, and, after pushing through a verential, and sympathising voice, to screen of bushes, found himself near the bereaved father. The old man an old man, who knelt upon the ground, started at the sound, rose to his feet, close to the trunk of a great tree ; and, and shook of, as far as nature permitwhile his clasped hands trembled on ted him, the tokens of his agony. his shuddering breast, the tears fell Alexander asked him by what misforthickly from his eyes. He wore the tune he had lost his daughter.
« The dress of a Brahmin. Beside him lay soldiers,” replied the Brahmin, “ of the corpse of a girl, apparently twelve the insane and cruel invader who has or thirteen years of age. Though her attacked our country, seized my child, skin was rather more dusky than that and would have detained her, but that of Europeans, she was very beautiful she escaped by flight from their hands, in tlie eyes of the King. Her round when one of them shot an arrow,
which slew my beautiful and my be- life in giving directions as to the place loved.”_“I swear by the gods, they and manner in which his ashes were shall be punished; but do you know, to be disposed of; and, in his volume old man, to whom you speak, that you of pure morality and sublime devotion thus venture to calumniate the great which he had left, it was declared that Alexander ?'—"If I could not judge the iron doors which bounded his seby the vulgar signs of those gay and pulchre would never open, till one who fantastic trappings, I should yet re- had been as great a conqueror as himcognise the eyes which so readily self should demand admission. In glare, the nostril that dilates, the brow the course of many ages none such that contracts, with passion. These had presented himself.—The pride all mark the man who has been accus and curiosity of the Sovereign were tomed to cominand others, but not aroused, and he desired to be led to bimself.”_" This is a sight,” replied the tomb. The Brahmin summoned the King, pointing to the dead body, his brethren, and in long files they “ which prompts me to forgive your preceded Alexander to the cavern. boldness.”—“It is a sight, O King, Its rocky circuit was of sufficient exwhich should rather teach you that I tent to include them all; and they do not need your forgiveness. You ranged themselves around the sides, have robbed my earthly existence of and their leader and the Monarch adits charm and glory-I care not how vanced to the tomb, on which several soon it may end.”_" This is philoso- lamps were burning. Here the Chief phy which would have pleased Callis- Brahmin offered up his prayers, while thenes. What is your name and con- the Macedonian went forward to the dition ?”—“ I am called Sabas ; and, doors at the farther extremity, and to after having travelled over many coun- the horror of the throng, violently tries, and learned your language in smote the massy metal with the hilt of the Lesser Asia, I have lived, and his sword. The doors crashed open been happy”-here he faltered, and slowly, and displayed a staircase. looked at his child—” at the tomb of The king descended fearlessly and the sage Zamor.”
alone, and, after a long absence, reThe warrior started at the name, turned with a haggard countenance and asked of Sabas who was Zamor. and disordered steps to the cavern, The Brahmin replied, that he had liv- while the doors closed suddenly beed many ages before, and had been a hind him. He seemed, at first, conmighty conqueror; but that, after fused and bewildered ; but soon reoverrunning half the earth, he had covering himself, he looked round him Aung away
the sceptre at the Brahmins, and said, “I know and the sword, and betaken him- not whether you have a share in yonself to a life of meditation and be- der mummery; but, at all events, let nevolence. The old man went on a wall be built across that entrance, to say, that the King would learn sufficient to prevent any future atmore from the chief of the Brahmins, tempts like mine." He had paused, who attended the tomb, and to him and seemed relapsing into deep and Sabas brought Alexander.
doubtful thought, when there was The ancient teacher to whom the heard without, a loud rush and clang, Grecian Commander was thus intro- mingled with the sound of trumpets. duced, trembled in his presence, and, Alexander knew the notes, and, on his demanding to know something resuming all the soldier and the king, more with regard to Zamor, replied, gravely saluted the Generals who had that, in addition to what Sabas had sprung from their horses, and entered told him, the following information the cave to seek him. He moved be was all be could supply : The vene- fore them to the mouth of the cavern, rated being in question had employed and found his usual train of several the latter moments of his protracted hundred horsemen, with the chief no