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and most of our Indian readers from sixty to ninety feet, and lives have witnessed the celerity with about one hundred and twenty or which a comfortable bungalo is one hundred and thirty years, constructed of the cocoa-nut leaf, while those in a hilly country live even in the most remote districts, about one hundred and fifty, and on the approach of an European do not reach so great a height; traveller. A cocoa-nut tree planted these latter do not produce fruit on the sea-shore, or on low so soon after their being planted grounds, grows to the height of as the former.

MISCELLANIES.

MISCELL ANIES.

DEATH OF A PARSEE AT BOMBAY. perfect reliance on the wisdom

and goodness of God. (From the Asiatic Journal.) He addressed them with great

affection, and with all that strength, W E have copied the following clearness, and precision of lan

VV from the Bombay Courier. guage, for which he was held in The deceased was, we learn, a man so much estimation through life. of the greatest opulence and in- He told them that he felt his hour fluence among the native subjects was come, and that as such was of the British government at Bom- the will of the high Providence bay.-On the 21st instant, at half- that watched over them, he subpast two o'clock in the morning, mitted himself to his gracious disPestonjee Bomanjee, the well- pensations. That death was the known and very respectable Par- last tribute to be paid in this world see merchant, paid the great debt —the universal lot of human nature of nature, after having just com- —and that it must be paid sooner pleted his fifty-eighth year. or later, when God determined

He had, for some time, linger- the time, it is therefore the duty ed under a very painful and de- of man to submit without further pressing illness, which he bore struggle, and to prepare himself with great fortitude, cheering his for an event which he cannot defainily and friends with the hopes lay. That as he felt all hopes of of his recovery to the last. A few recovery were vain, he gave up, hours, however, before his disso- as far as man can be supposed to lution, he became sensible of the do, the very wish to live; and near approach of death; and, in conjured his friends to imitate him the full possession of his faculties, in that resignation which was now prepared his surrounding relatives his greatest comfort. He desired for the awful separation that was them to look back on the part he about to take place, with a com- had so long played in life ; that posure and resignation worthy of if they were satisfied he had conthe most enlightened philosophy, ducted himself well, his memory exalted and refined by the most would remain to them as a consoVOL. LIX

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lation after he was gone, and that proper use of the power which it instead of lamenting, they ought bestows. rather to give thanks to the Al. He was possessed of a very mighty for the prosperity with noble figure, an admirable adwhich he had been crowned, and dress, and a copious flow of lanfor the powerful friends by whom guage. No man could possibly he and they were supported both present himself in a more dignified in India and in England. That or prepossessing manner; and the the same line of conduct which impression he made from such first obtained those blessings, natural advantages, was uniformly would preserve them; and that he supported by the resources of a had nothing left to wish for in sound judgment, and a great vathis world, but a long continuance riety and extent of information. of that prosperity, which God had From the time his fortune first been pleased to shew his family, enabled hiin to lay out money on before he took hitn to himself. building, even to his last ihness,

Such was the piety, such the he continued to beautify the town resignations and such the dignified and island of Bombay, with houses morality of this dying believer in and gardens; and he may be truly the religion of Zoroaster. His said to have created that taste for loss has not been confined to his an ornamental disposure of their family and friends; it is felt by wealth, by which the natives of the natives of every description. this country have contributed so His wealth and his knowledge much to the comforts of the Eugave him great power ; and he ropean population. The gentlewas liberal of both without osten- men who have inhabited his nutation. From the earliest period of merous and stately houses, will his life he was trained up in mer- bear ample testimony to the libecantile pursuits; and, of all tlie rality with which he uniformly Asiatics we have ever known, he met their wishes, and adopted was eminently the best acquainted their suggestions of improveinent, with our language, our customs, or even alteration, and the greater and our laws. This enabled him part of a very considerable fortune to adjust many disputes among is actually vested in this manner. the rich, which might have in- The day before his death, we volved them in ruin; and to re- understand, he made and publishlieve many of the poor from that ed his last will and testament, in pride of oppression, which is so which he displayed his usual good generally connected with the aris- sense ;, and left his affairs in the tocracy of mere wealth. As the most orderly arrangement. He representative of successful in adopted his eldest grandson, Dadustry, wealth indeed cannot be dabhoy, as his own son, according too much respected; but how to the custom of his nation, but many accomplishments and how left his very handsome fortune to many virtues are requireds to re- be enjoyed equally by both his fine it into that respectability, grandsons, the children of a bewhich can only result from a loved daughter, whose early loss

he he lamented as the greatest mis- under a large tree, and obtained fortune he had met with in life, some rice and fish from the Bhur, She married Nowrojee, the eldest mans, on which we made a good son of Jamsetjee Bomanjee, our supper. The weather continued venerable naval architect, and head bad through the night, and to add of the Wadia family-a family, to our misfortune we only caught which, whether we consider them one turtle. At day-break next as British subjects, British mer- morning, the appearance of the chants, or British architects, have weather indicated an increase of largely contributed to the prospe- the storm, and we were then rity and strength of the British soaked to the skin by the rain. empire in India.

The Daphne still rode it out very easy. The Bhurmans supplied us

with food. The weather becoming ACCOUNT OF A PASSAGE IN AN still worse soon after middle day,

OPEN BOAT ACROSS THE BAY Or our boat began to drive, and we B'ENGAL,

were obliged to order the man on

board to cut the peinter, and let By the Captain and Boat's Crew of her come on shore. He did so, the Daphne, in 1808. and with the assistance of the

Bhurmans we got her secured (From the saine.)

high and dry on the beach. We of one place, and putting it into one we supposed to be the vessel's, another, cutting up some rope for the other, from its largeness, we oakum and caulking her as well imagined to be on shore. We as we could. We were forced to pulled towards the one we took cut up our shirts to assist in caulk- for the brig's. In about half an ing her, as we had not oakum hour we were extremely alarmed enough. Our tools consisted of a by losing both the lights. We knife, a large stone for a hammer, knew not which way to pull; to and a piece of wood for a caulk- lay-to was impossible, and we had ing iron. By the time we had no hope but in Providence, who is completed our job, the rain had ever attentive to the exertions of ceased, and the face of the heavens unhappy men. We kept pulling began to assume a different ap- and baling all night; once or pearance. We went to the Bhur- twice we heard breakers very loud, mans' house to dine. After dinner and we anxiously waited for the the Bhurmans pressed us much to morning to know our situation, go on board and get them a bag particularly as the night was or two of rice, as during our stay cloudy and squally. on the island we had almost eaten At day-light on the sth we were up their stock. They said, if we much surprised to be just in sight would give them a little rice, they of high land to the northward. would help to catch turtle for us. We judged it to be the northward We could not object to their pro- by the sun's rising, for we had no posal, as we had been living on compass in the boat. The wind their provisions so long. We could we found to be northerly-we in get no turtles till night; and the with our oars, up with the foreweather seeming fine, in the even- mast, and set the only sail we har! ing about half an hour before sun- we stood to the eastward all set we launched our boat and day, and at sunset put about, and pulled for the brig: but so much stood to the westward-we still had she suffered on the rocks, that saw the land, but it appeared furwe were forced to have one man ther off-about midnight finding constantly at work to bale out the ourselves in rollers we tacked and water, which came in very rapidly. stood to the eastward-it blew At sunset we were in the brig's fresh and rather squally, and we wake, pulling for her. We ob- were obliged to reef the sail. served the people on board veering When day broke on the 9th, to a buoy astern to us, but had the our mortification there was no mortification to see ourselves go land in sight. The Captain and I astern as fast as the buoy did. consulted what was best to be They could give us no assistance done, and expecting that we should from on board, for they had no have the wind fresh from the E. boat, and had two anchors down. and N.E. judged it best to make a If they had cut, they certainly fair wind of it, and run for the must have been on the rocks be- Coromandel coast. At noon we fore they could have been able to up helm, and went with a flowing manage the vessel. About an sheet to the westward in hopes of bour after dark we saw two lights; crossing the bay in five days, or

dined with the Burmans, and at The Daphne brig, Edward Har- duski, leaving one man to take man, Master, quitted the town of care of the boat, the rest retired to Rangoon on the 28th of October sleep.--In the middle of the night 1808. About sunset on Nov. the we were all turned out, as the 4th, we saw Diamond Island bear- tide had risen so high, that our ing N.W. W., and at two P.M. boat had flooded, and was driven on the following day came to an among the rocks. It was an awful anchor in five and a half fathoms and tremendous night; the gale mud. I attended the Captain and was furious, accompanicd by heavy six hands to the shore in search of rain, with a foaming sea all rounii, turtle. At the north end of the and our poor boat was seen on the island we found a small hut, in- rocks beating to pieces; there was habited by five Bhurmans (natives no tiine to think : every thing was of Pegu) who had been sent here now at stake. We reached the to collect the turtles' eggs for the rocks as speedily as possible, and king of Ava. They were very with a great deal of trouble got hospitable to us, and shewed every her off, but, alas! almost too late, inclination to oblige us. On re she was nearly beaten to pieces. turning to the part of the shore We remained with her until high on which we landed, we found water, when we made her fast, from the squalliness of the wea- went back to the house and slept ther, and the height of the surf till day-light. Our first thoughts that we could not reach our boat, now were to repair our boat in the then at anchor under the care of best manner possible, and this one of the men. We made a fire we effected by pulling a nail qut

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