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set sail, and, in two days, made the pork, by lowing like cows, or grunting island Fortaventura. M. Cochelet like hogs. and his friends took care to land their When the ship beat so high that the trunks and luggage, intending, no ladies could go off, they were obliged to doubt, to proceed by the diligence, but act as stepping-stones, to assist them the natives very unceremoniously took in ascending the ship's sides. possession of their goods and chattels,
“They placed themselves, without cerand obliged them to assist in unloading emony, upon us, and afterwards made use their ship, which they did very leisure- of their hands to finish their clambering. ly, and then burnt her. The savages If you consider that they were the most into whose hands they had thus fallen, destitute of clothing, you will have little are represented as the most hideous difficulty in believing that it was a very monsters that exist in human shape, singular task for us to supply the place of and as the last link in the chain that stepping-stones to these women. It seemconnects man with the brute creation.
ed, without doubt, very diverting to them,
for they appeared to take a pleasure in it, On their landing, their chief, named which they expressed by shouts of laughter, Fairry, gave them a most gracious re- of the coarsest and most insulting nature ception, holding out one hand, in token that can be imagined.” of friendship, and with the other point The most unreasonable of all their ing to heaven, and repeating “ Allah demands, however, was in sending Akbar,"
" “ God is great.” He then them aloft to unbend the top-sails. led them to a sand bill, kindly offering The only expedient that occurred to to carry their arms, and shewed them them, to enable them to obey this comthe desert, with the purpose, no doubt, mand, was to cut away the masts. of letting them know how entirely they " During more than two hours, we apwere in his power.
plied the axe with redoubled force. They " If this was his object, he accomplished gave way at last, but with such a crasti
, it completely ; for it was impossible for me
that I was struck with the effect produced to observe without
by the noise of their fall, reiterated as it smay this sea of sand, was, for a long time, among the hillocks of the horizon of which mingled itself with a sky of fire; and the calm and silent immo sand, by echoes, of which perhaps, till bility of which was a thousand times more time, without doubt, the silence of many
then, they were unconscious. For the first striking than the agitation of the ocean during a tempest.”
ages had been disturbed. So violent and
transient a commotion, rendered more The politeness of the natives was dreadful still the calm by which it was sucsoon changed for the most capricious ceeded, and with which ihis frightful desert tyranny and contempt.
was reinvested, perhaps for ever."
By the women, in particular, they were obliged to
For about ten days they were emperform the most abject offices-pre- ployed in plunder. The natives shewpare their food, of which they did not ed the most astonishing want of disdeign to give them a share, or dig in crimination in their selection of the the sand for a scanty pittance of brac- booty. Money and provisions were kish water.
the great objects of their avidityOur author was sent off to the ship buttons were more valued than diato assist in searching for argeono, or monds—the finest laces lay neglected money. It was in vain to intimate that on the beach, or were used to tie the he could not swim-prompt obedience mouths of sacks—but, above all, to a was necessary, and he contrived, with literary man, the dispersion of so many some difficulty, to get on board. works of merit, was most afflicting.
He found the Africans engaged in a “ How many copies of works of merit furious attack on two pigs, these un
will be for ever deprived of readers! I clean animals being the abhorrence of the most opposite sentiments, borne equal
have seen thousands of volumes, containing all true Musselmen. Having no pro- ly by the wind into the interior of the de visions but what the ship afforded, sert.” and being withal but indifferent judges Letters and newspapers were equalof salt meat, before eating any part of ly scattered. it they constantly called on our French In the midst of these melancholy remen to distinguish the beef from the flections the captain came up with a
face of satisfaction, announcing the ap They were now mounted on mules, parition of two “jolies Parisiennes," but their sufferings had not yet ended.! whom a disaster similar to their own exhausted with heat and fatigue after a had thrown on this inhospitable coast. journey of six days, they arrived at M. Cochelet thought the poor man's 'Tarodant, a populous town belonging head turned by his misfortunes; he to the Emperor of Morocco; they enhowever followed him, and saw, by the tered the town in the evening, but, upglimmering fire in their tent, two ladies on the cry of “Nsara !" or Chris"en veritable costume de bal,” one of tians !" the inhabitants pursued them them in a robe " de crepe rose, garnie with hootings and imprecations, and des fleurs, et l'autre une robe de satin they were with some difficulty protectblanc, brodée en lames d'argent.” ed by their escort. They were lodged Both of them had caps and feathers of in a pavilion in a garden belonging to the last Parisian fashions.
the Emperor, and committed to the " I had not yet been able to see the divine charge of two renagades, a Spaniard figures which such elegant equipments led and an Italian, who treated them with me to ascribe to their wearers.
the utmost hospitality and kindness. proached nearer, and, to my great aston- The description of this delicious garishment, under those beautiful coverings, den recals the stories of the “ Arabian which our Parisian' marchandes de modes' had, without doubt, prepared for other
Nights.” heads, I see the horrible Sinné, with his frightful hair, and my master Hamet, who
" Perhaps none ever passed by such a was no less terrible."
sudden transition from a situation so mis
erable to one so transporting. A moment On the 10th of June a party of Be- before we were abandoned to the most douin Arabs arrived; they were dis- painful disquietudes, in the midst of a tinguished from their former friends by accessible as
crowd of infuriated savages, and now, in
we were to their approach, the splendour of their dress and arms, the tranquillity which was procured us by and their noble and imposing demean- that isolated state which was the constant our; they were commanded by Sidi object of all our desires.
This change, Hamet, a chief who is well known as id, that the cries and imprecations which
from one condition to another, was so raphaving rescued Capt. Riley and his
we had heard appeared to us the effect of a companions, and also the crew of a dream. The most complete silence reignship belonging to Glasgow, which was ed around us
ed around us ; the noise of some spouting wrecked on the same coast about six streams of water, and the hollow murmuryears ago. Sidi Hamet purchased the alone disturbed the calm of a delightful
ing of the woods, agitated by a light breeze, Frenchmen from the natives, and on evening. We found ourselves transported the 17th set out with them on their into a garden of vast extent. The darkroute through the desert for Wednoon, ness prevented us from judging of its beau. or Ouadnoun, as it is here spelt.
ty, but the perfume of orange trees, with
which the air was scented, promised us a A journey in the desert can never delicious abode. become a party of pleasure. The suf " A magnificent alley, embellished on ferings of the party are related in the both sides with groves of that fruit tree,led same minute and lively manner, but do to a pavilion,situated at the end of the garden.
“ As soon as day-light appeared, I began not admit of abridgment. Previous to to examine the place where I was astonishtheir arrival at Wednoon, Sidi Hamet ed to find myself, and of wbich I had as. sold them to the Cheik Beroức, who re- yet but an imperfect idea. Advancing to sided there, and from thence they pavilion, I beheld the vast extent of the gar
the terrace, which was contiguous to the transmitted a statement of their case den, concerning which I could not forma to Mr. Wiltshire, the English Consul correct judgment the evening before. This at Mogadore.
first impression which one feels, but cannot The French agent there forwarded express, when the return of day unfolds to their case to the consul at Tangier, and uation ; the freshness of morning ; the
view a delightful, and, as yet, unknown sitthrough his intervention they were ran- perfume exhaled from a thousand orangesomed by the Emperor of Morocco. trees covered with blossoms; the appear. After remaining three months at Wed- ance of so many overflowing fountains, so noon,during which one of their compan- had been as yet strangers, left a delicious
many sources of enjoyment, to which we ions died, they proceeded to Mogadore. impression on all our minds.
« The height of the walls which surround announced to us that we held in our emthe garden first arrested my attention : brace M. Casaccia.” they are as high as those of the town, and indented in the same manner. The pavil
How Mr. Casaccia received such an ion, propped against them, is situated to embrace before their toilet was made, wards the north, opposite the governor's we are not informed. palace. A single inclosure of walls sur We shall not detain our readers with rounds the palace, and the garden separates their succeeding adventures, nor with them from the town, and serves them for a rampart. In one of the towers, raised at Mr. Cochelet's remarks on the present certain distances on the walls, was seen a state of Morocco, which contain little piece of ordnance. It appeared to be in either of importance or novelty ; but as tended, in time of war, for driving away an every visitor to Africa is expected to enemy who might be tempted to approach clear up some of the mysteries respect
“This pavilion, composed of five rooms, ing the interior of that vast continent, the largest of which is in the middle of the we cannot pass over the “ Nouveaux other four, is remarkable for its commodious renseignmens sur la ville de Timector," arrangement, and the elegance of its decorations. It has three entrances : the princi- so pompously announced in the titlepal one, facing the avenue of orange trees, page. During their stay at Wedno in, is fronted by a terrace and a gallery which a Moorish merchant arrived from Tcmhas three openings arched above. The two buctoo, or Timectou, as our author others are on the right and left of the build- chooses to spell it, and he endeavoured ings. Nothing can be imagined richer than the ornaments of the principal division, to acquire some information from him though it had been stript of its state, and of concerning it; but it seems the Moor the furniture which embellished it during told so many lies, and exaggerated so the abode of the Sultan. The ceiling of wood, painted of different colours, and in much, that no reliance could be placed imitation of a tent, particularly attracted on his account. Hamar, a Moorish sermy notice, from the skill displayed in the vant of his master the Cheik Beroue, work. A crown of gilded suns, fixed on the observing his anxiety, told him, he was the elegant border which encompassed the acquainted with a merchant who had room
at the top, immediately under the ceil- visited that city, and on this hearsay acing, and the floor of the chamber was a sort count he affects to doubt of the reality of
Mosaic, composed of an immense num- of the visits made by Robert Adams or ber of polished stones of different colours. Sidi Hamet to Tombuctoo. The doors, although defaced by age, still shone with gilding, which was well preserv
The account given by Hamar is, ed An immense orange tree, and a date that, about seven years before, a mer tree, loaded with fruit, reached the ter- chant of Rabat proposed to him to acrace contiguous to the building, and mingled company him to Tombuctoo, which their foliage with the green tiles which covered it."
Hamar agreed to; but on their arrival Nothing was wanting to their satis- at Wednoon, the intelligence that a faction here but a change of clothes caravan had perished in the desert, deand clean linen, a luxury they had not Mahommed, his companion, went on,
terred him from proceeding; but Sidi enjoyed since their shipwreck; they and on his return informed him, that, were consequently covered with rags after suffering great hardships, he arand vermin. In this state they proceed- rived on the fortieth day after his deed to Magadore, where they arrived on the 13th of October. Their delight on parture from Wednoon at Taudeny, a beholding the town and shipping
could town inhabited partly by Negroes and only be equalled by meetinga person in partly by Arabs. After staying there the European dress.
some time, he quitted it, and in fifteen
days more reached Tombuctoo, a city “ In a moment, without asking any in about three times the size of Fez, formation, without demanding either his rank or his name, we stretched out our
(which, we are told in a note, contains arms towards him, well satisfied that the about 90,000 inhabitants.) At the first European who offered bimself to our period of their arrival they had only view could not but be a brother, sensible quitted the desert four days. The first of our misfortunes. We mingled our embraces, without having, at first the power appearance of the city, situated in an to pronounce a single word ; and the emo. immense plain, was very striking, and tion of that Christian, more than his words, its extent greatly surpassed the expectae
Lion of Sidi Mahommed. The gates was covered with vessels, many of them were shut when the caravan arrived, of considerable size, which, Sidi Mabut on the sentry firing off his musket, hommed was informed, came from a guard of about a hundred Negroes Djinné, and navigated a great distance armed with darts, daggers, and some towards the east. muskets, came out from the city and Beyond the river, about half a day's pointed out a place for them to remain journey to the south of Tombuctoo, is without the walls. After trading with a small town called Oualadi, the enthe inhabitants, chiefly in tobacco, for virons of which are very fertile, and which they received gold dust and or- from which the capital draws its chief naments of the same metal, at the end supply of provisions. of six days they were admitted within An epidemic disease, which raged at the walls, and lodged within the quarter the time, determined Sidi Mahommed of the Moors which is situated near the to hasten his departure.
He experienKing's palace. The interior of this ced fresh disasters on his return, and building was richly adorned with gold; lost several of his slaves in the desert, the Sultan had only reigned two years, but, on the whole, his expedition prov1813 and 1814, having succeeded to ed a profitable one. his father, who had been assassinated. M. Cochelet infers, that Adams could During their stay, a number of slaves not have visited Tombuctoo, merely were brought in from Bambarra. Sidi because he never heard the circumMahommed estimated their numbers at stance mentioned by Hamar, his inforthree thousand. He purchased twenty- mer, who had been inore than six years five for goods, which were only valued resident at Wednoon. If such an obat five hundred franks. These slaves jection required an answer, it would be were sold principally to the Moors, found in the account of Sidi Mahomwho carried them across the desert to med, which, as far as it goes, confirms Morocco. The interior of the city that given by Adams, particularly in resembled an immense camp, or rather the relative position of that city and the a number of separate encampments, the Niger, for the Ouadi, Soudan, and Nihouses being insulated and scattered ger, are evidently the same, or rather about without regard to order or sym
one of its branches, which issue from metry. A river named Ouaddi Soudan, the lake Dibbie. We may add, that flowed about two leagues to the south; Monsieur Lapie, in his notes to the f the road between it and the city was map that accompanies the work, states constantly crowded with Negroes bear- bis conviction that Adams must have ing burdens on their heads, and camels visited Tombuctoo. loaded with merchandise. The river
THE MARTYR OF ANTIOCH.
(Monthly Magazine, Apr.) THE Martyr of Antioch, a dra- tempiible puerilities of the Bards of
matic poem, lately published, by the Lakes, whilst he is by no means the Rev. H. H. Milman, Professor of deficient in that simplicity and tenderPoetry in the university of Oxford, if ness of sentiment, to which those wrinot endowed with the striking energies ters advance such exclusive pretensions. of that school of poetry, to which our The materials of poetry are, indeed, so empirical Laureate has ascribed a sa- mixed up in him, and have received tanic character, yet displays a degree such assiduous and well-directed cultiof power and dignity, which always vation, that his works present, in our ensures him respect, and sometimes de- opinion, as many beauties, combined serves admiration. His taste, on the with as few faults, as are to be found in other hand, is too pure, and his eleva- any of our authors.
Without ranking tion of mind too great to allow him to him in the very first class, he will unfall into the babbling prolixity and con- doubtedly attain and secure a high sta
tion amongst the most pleasing and un Margarita, notwithstanding these inexceptionable of our poets.
vocations, does not appear; and, on In his selection of subjects, Mr. Mil- searching the sanctuary, it is found in man is most likely in some measure in- a state of profane confusion, and the fluenced by his profession; and to this, priestess is sought for in vain. The to a certain extent, there is no objec- alarmed father upbraids the Prefect tion. The “Martyr of Antioch” par- with the abduction of his daughter, and takes more of this spirit than his last in the midst of their alarm, Vopiscus work, the “Fall of Jerusalem;" and enters with the Emperor's mandate, rather more, we are inclined to say, commanding Olybius to institute new than is requisite for a production of severities against the Christians. Margeneral interest. We do not wish to garita now, rather unaccountably, ensee Mr. Milman confine himself, like ters, and hearing these orders, without Mrs. Hannah More, to the inditing of yet divulging her faith, cannot repress Sacred Dramas. His profession can- her emotions : not demand from him this sacrifice. We proceed, at once, to the martyr- We mourn that we must leave th’imperfect rites,
Olybius. Priests! dom of St. Margaret.
Deeply we mourn it, when bright Margarita The daughter of a heathen priest, Vouchsafes her late and much-desired presence. (in the drama called Callias,) beloved So on to-morrow for our Judgment-hallby Olybius, the Roman Presect of the Let all the fires be kindled, and bring force East, Margaret suffered death in the Their rust must be wash'd off in blood. Proclaim
The long-disused racks, and fatal engines. persecution of the Christians at Anti- That every 5 ilty worshipper of Christ och, in the reign of the Emperor Pro- Be dragg’d before us. Ha!bus. The poem opens with a sacrifice
Macer. What frantic ery
With insolent interruption breaks upon to Apollo, introduced by a hymn to
Rome's Prefect? that deity, which is somewhat too long. Many voices. Lo the priestess ! Lo the priestess ! Margarita alone is expected to com Sec. Priest. She hath fallen down upon her knees ; plete the ceremony. She is the priest her hair ess of the god, and herself little less Is scattered like a cloud of gold : her hands
Are clasp'd across her swelling breast ; her eyes than a goddess, in the beautiful de- Do hold a sad communion with the heavens
, scription of the poet.
And her lips move, yet make no sound.
Third Priest. Haste-haste-
The laurel crown-the laurel of the Godgrace of all,
Margarita. l'he crown-the crown of gloryThe sacred virgin, on whose footsteps beauty
God give me grace upon my bleeding brows Waits like a handmaid ; whose most peerless form,
To wear it. Light as embodied air, and pufe as ivory
She is distracted by our gaze Thrice polished by the skilfal statuary,
She shrinks and trembles. Lead her in, the trance Moves in the priestess' long and flowing robes,
Will pass anon, and her upsea led lips While our scarce-erring worship doth adore
Pour forth the mystic numbers, that men hear, The servant rather than the God.
And feel the inspiring Deity. Third Priest.
The maid Whose living iyre so eloquently speaks,
We next find Margaret passing seFrom the deserted grove the silent birds
cretly in the evening through the grove Hang hovering o'er her : and we human hearers
of Daphne, to warn her assembled Stand breathless as the marbles on the walls,
brethren of their approaching danger, That even themselves seem touch'd to listening life, All animate with the inspiring ecstacy.
and pausing to apostrophize the scene First Roman. Thou mean'st the daughter of the of her former idolatry.
holy Calljas; I once beheld her when the thronging people
Oh, thou polluted, yet most lovely grore ! Prest round, yet parted still to give her way,
Hath the Almighty breath'd o'er all thy bowers Even as the blue enamoured waves, when first
An everlasting spring, and paved thy walks The sea-born Goddess in her rosy shell
With amaranthine flowers--are but the winds,
Whose breath is gentle, suffered to entangle
Their light wings, not unwilling prisoners,
In thy thick branches, there to make sweet murmurs Crown'd with the laurel of the God; the lyre
With the bee's hum, and melody of birds, Accordant to thy slow and musical steps,
And all the voices of the hundred fountains, As grateful'twould return the harmony,
That drop translucent from the mountain's side, That from thy touch it wins.
And lol themselves along their level course,