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the Jungle Rajah ; then came, slowly From the cottage I had remarked, there prancing, a host of fierce, haughty came forth an old woman, in form and chieftains, on fine horses, showily ca- feature horrible ; and with angry wild parisoned. They darted forward, and gestures in a hoarse voice bade me beall took their proud stand behind and gone. Her lean shrivelled arms, loose round us, planting their long lances in breasts, haggard features, and grey the earth, and reining up their eager dishevelled hair, gave her an appearsteeds to see, I suppose, our salaam.- ance absolutely horrible. I affected Next, in a common native palkee, its first to disregard, and then soften her ; canopy crimson, unadorned, came Scin- neither would do. She seemed halfdiah himself
. He was plainly dressed, frantic, and said many things in a loud with a reddish turban, and a shawl over hurried unintelligible tone of voice. I his vest, and lay reclined, smoking a left the spot quite with a sinking of the small gilt or golden calean. We stood heart. Her age, her sex, forbade me up in our howdah and bowed; he half to use violence of any sort which might rose in his palkee, and salaamed rather defend me; and mad she seemed with in a courteous manner. At this there hate, the offspring of superstition, or of was a loud cry of all his followers near, wrong, I could not tell which. She evwho sung out his titles, and the honour idently dressed the durgah with flowers, he had done us, &c. And all salaam- and dwelt there as its guardian: widowed themselves profoundly.
ed, childless, or destitute, or all, she I looked down on the chiefs under might have become through war. us, and saw that they eyed us most It has been already stated, that the haughtily, which very much increased famous Pindarrie chieftain Seetoo, who the effect they would otherwise have headed 30,000 men to plunder the produced. They were armed with Deccan, fell a prey to wild beasts. He lance, scymitar, and shield, creese and escaped from the fortress of Asseerghur, pistol ; wore, some shawls ; some tis- a few days before our troops invested sues ; some plain muslin or cotton; it. Without followers, without friends, were all much wrapped up in clothing; he crossed the Nerbuddah, and directand wore, alinost all, a large fold of ed his flight northwards. A few days muslin, tied over the turban-top, which afterwards, his horse was found wanthey fastened under the chin; and dering without a rider ; and, on the which, strange as it may sound to those border of the jungle, near some byewho have never seen it, looks warlike, road, the corpse of Seetoo, evidently and is a very important defence to the killed and preyed upon by a tiger, and sides of the neck.
since torn by jackalls. His arms, so Near Bhilsah, the author encounter- often bathed in the blood of others, had ed a frantic female devotee, whom he lain useless by his side, and were stainthus describes :
ed with his own. A few jewels and In the evening I walked out, and money, provided for his flight, were in climbed a lofty rock, about half a mile bis scrip. They would not bribe the to the eastward of the town, on which fierce and savage lord of these wilds is also a durgah to the memory of a from his foul meal. Papers and passMahomedan saint. There are steps ports, framed and prepared with art to cut in the rock ; and here and there ensure safe conduct through populous gateways and small walls. On the top and peaceful districts, had failed him all is bare and naked, but would make, here ; where, under the fangs of an irand has evidently been used as a point resistible and powerful wild beast, only of defence. The deserted buts of a less blood thirsty and cruel than himlarge irregular bivouac still lie between self, he perished, as hopelessly as the its shelter and that of the town. As I trembling female, or tottering infant, stood gazing round me, now looking out under his lifted spear. on the noble and extensive scene below, The account of the Bheels, with now examining the durgah, there burst whom our recent conquests has brought on me a figure which quite startled me.
as more nearly into contact, deserves to 6 ATHENEUM VOL. 11.
Recent Sketches in India. Visit to Scindiah's Mahratta Camp.
be copied :-They live by the chase Their complexions were a fair olive. and by rapine ; on the roads they nev. They wore beards curling round the er show themselves armed ; the bow chin. Their turbans small and high, and arrow and javelin, are their wea- and peculiar in form. The loin-cloth pons ; but I never saw any remarka- wrapped close under the fork, leaving ble for size or strength. They are a the limb entirely unencumbered, save short thick-set people, with hideous by a light handsome sandal. Their countenances, flat noses and thick lips, women were handsome, with fine forms, but far less handsome and finely formed and their robes much loaded with ormen than the Africans ; neither have nament. Some of them told me they they the very dark complexions, and were now in the service of Chunder that fine clear shining black ; their hair Loll, the prime minister of the nizam; is straight ; they look stupid, to speak that in the nizam's dominions two or of them as men, but yet have a quick three thousand were generally enterlittle piercing eye, such as would dis- tained; but two or three of them told cern the far-off deer, the deep-swim- me they had served in the last war in ming fish, the lofty bird's-nest, or the the very north of Hindustan against the wild bee-hive. Their women are even forces of Candahar. At sunset, they more hideous than the men ; these you assembled round the oldest, a venerameet more frequently, and in larger ble looking man, who wore a long groupes, carrying bundles of wood for dark blue robe, and sung a hymn.sale. The favourite haunts of this lle also repeated some form of prayer. half-barbarous people, are in the deep We shall finish with the portrait of est and most unknown recesses of the a singular character at Hyderabad, of jungles. They often plunder and mur- whom the author says, I passed one der on the roads, and seemed to hold morning, and took tiffin with a famous no fellowship with any other race.- English merchant, who holds a singuThey are supposed to be the Aborig- lar sort of durbar every morning, at ines of the province of Guzerat. which you may see shroffs and mer
Of another race we have the follow- chants, officers and nobles, coming to ing notice :-In my march forward, at beg, borrow, lend, or transact business; a place called Sunjum, where there was all which is done according to the naa sort of fair, I saw a party of Seiks. tive customs. These Mr. P. observes They were infantry, armed with swords, in every thing connected with his escreeses, and matchlocks, and carrying tablishment ; even when alone, to the a curious missile weapon like a quoit, sitting on the floor to a dinner served but lighter, and with sharp edges.- in their fashion ; reading the Arabian
These they whirl round the finger, and Nights with his Moorish wives ; prethrow with unerring and fatal precision, siding at nautches; and (de gustibus to the forehead of an opponent. I non est disputandum) listening with hardly ever saw any where, men more pleasure to the musical sounds of the graceful, stronger and better made.- native tom-tom.*
BALLAD. I DREAMT not what it was to woo,
And when his hand was held to me, And felt my heart secure ;
As o'er each stile we went, Till Robin dropt a word or two,
I deem'd it rude to say him nay,
And manners to consent.
He saw me to the town, and then
He sigh'd, but kiss'd me not ; How sweet it was to love.
And whisper’d, “We shall meet again,"
But did not say for what : He left the path to let me pass,
Yet on my breast his cheek had lain; The dropping dews to shun;
And though it gently press'd, And walk'd himself, among the grass,
It bruised my heart, and left a pain I deem'd it kindly done.
That robs it of its rest. dons CLARE * Tom-tom, a dram, asually beat with the band.
THE REGICIDE GENERALS, WHALLEY AND GOFFE.
(From the 22d No. of Percy Anecdotes.)
OF the fifty-nine judges who signed erful persons in the government now
the warrant for the execution of became alarmed; but pity and comKing Charles the First, twenty-four passion prevailed with others, and they died before the Restoration of Charles had assurances from some belonging to the Second; twenty-seven persons, the general court that they would stand judges and others were taken,tried, and by them. condemned ; some of these were par On the 22nd of February, 1661, the doned; but fourteen, nine of whom Government summoned a Court of Aswere judges, were executed. Only six- sistants, to consult about securing teen dled and finally escaped. Three them; but the court did not agree to it. of these, Major-General Edward Whal- Finding it unsafe to remain any longer, ley, Major-General William Goffe, and they left Cambridge, and arrived at Colonel John Dixwell escaped to New- Newhaven, about one hundred and fifEngland, where they died, after being ty miles distant, on the 7th of March, secreted nearly thirty years.
where they were well treated by the min On the 22nd of September, 1660, a isters, the Rev.John Davenport and the proclamation was issued, setting forth Rev. Nicholas Street. On the 27th of that Whalley and Goffe had left the March, they removed to New Milford, kingdom; but as there was great rea- and made themselves known there son to suppose they had returned, a re- but at night they returned privately to ward of £100 was offered to any one Newhaven, and were concealed at Mr. who would discover either of them in Davenport's house until the 3d of April. any of the British dominions, and cause About this time, news arrived from him to be brought in alive or dead if he Boston that ten of the judges were exemade any resistance. Goffe had mar- cuted; and the governor received a ried the daughter of Whalley, and they royal mandate to cause Whalley and escaped to New England together, ar- Goffe to be secured. This greatly riving at Boston the 27th of July, 1660. alarmed the country, and there is no
They did not attempt to conceal doubt that the court were now in eartheir persons or characters, when they nest in their endeavours to apprehend arrived at Boston, but immediately went them; and to avoid all suspicion, they to the Governor, Mr. Endicott, who gave commission and instruction to two received them very courteously; and young merchants from England, Thothey were visited by the principal per- mas Kellond, and Thomas Kirk, zealsons of the town. They fixed their ous royalists, to go through the colonies, residence at Cambridge, about four as far as Manhados in search of them. miles from Boston, which they frequent- The regicides had friends who informed ly visited, attending regularly to their them what was doing, and they removed religious duties. They appeared grave, from Mr. Davenport's to the house of serious, and devout; and the rank they Mr. Jones, afterwards deputy-governor had formerly sustained, as well as their of Connecticut, where they lay hid till prudent demeanour, commanded re- the 11th of May, and then removed to spect.
a inill. On the 13th, they went into It had been reported that all the the woods, where they met Jones and judges of the late king would be par- two of his companions, Sperry and doned, but seven; and Whalley and Burril, who first conducted them to a Goffe, who had not been among the place called Hatchet-Harbour, where most obnoxious, hoped to receive they lay two nights, until a cave or hole the king's clemency; but when the in the side of a hill was prepared to Act of Indemnity reached Boston, conceal them. The hill they called which was not until the last day Providence Hill, and there they conof November, it appeared that they tinued from the 15th of May to the 11th vere not excepted. Some of the pow. of June. Richard Sperry daily sup
plied them with victuals from his house, town. At some distance, the sheriff, about a mile off; sometimes carrying or marshal, Mr. Kimberly, overtook it himself, at other times sending it by them, with a warrant for their apprehenone of his boys, tied up in a cloth, or- sion. He endeavoured to secure them, dering him to lay it on a certain stump but they stood upon their defence, and and leave it ; and when the boy went being expert at fencing, repulsed the of for it at night, he always found the ba- ficer, who went back to town for assins emptied of the provisions, and sistance. He soon returned with addibrought them home. The boy won- tional aid ; but in the meantime, the dered at it, and used to ask his father regicides had escaped into the woods the design of it, for he saw nobody. with which the town was surrounded. His father told him there was somebody One time, when the pursuers were at work in the woods that wanted it. searching the town, the regicides, in
The incident which made them aban- shifting their situations, happened to be don this cave, is said to have been a at the house of a Mrs. Evers, a respectvisit which they received as they lay in able old lady; she, seeing the enemy bed, from a panther, or a catamount, coming, ushered her guests out at the who putting his head into the door or back door, who, walking out a little aperture of the cave, blazed his eye- way, instantly returned to the house, balls in so hideous a manner upon and were hid and concealed by her in them, as greatly affrighted them. One her apartments. The pursuers coming of them was so terrified by this grim inquired whether the regicides were in and ferocious monster, and at his her house. She answered, they had squalling, that he took to his heels, and been there, but were just gone away, fled down the mountain to Sperry's and pointed out the way. They went house for safety.
into the fields and woods; and by her The second concealment which they artful and polite address, she diverted selected, was about two miles and a them, put them upon a false scent, and half north of the first, at the foot of the secured her friends. It is rather probamountain on the western bank of a ble, that this happened the next day small rivulet, which runs along the west after their coming to Newhaven: and side of the West Rock. For some that they then left the town, and went reason or other, they do not seem to through the woods to the mill, two have sojourned here long ; tradition miles off, whither they had retired on says, because the Indian dogs in hunt- the 11th of May. ing discovered them; they therefore About the time the pursuers came to sought another lodgement.
Newhaven, and, perhaps, a little before, The third place of their abode in the and to prepare the minds of the people vicinity of Newhaven, was at a place for their reception, the Rev. Mr. Dacalled to this day The Lodge. It was venport preached publicly from this situated at a spring in a valley, or ex- text, Isaiah, xvi. 3, 4.
Take counsel, cavation in a declivity, about three execute judgment, make thy shadow as miles west, or a little north-west, from the night, in the midst of the noonthe last mentioned residence. When day; hide the outcasts, betray. not they came to this abode is uncertain; him that wandereth : let mine outcasts it was in the summer ; and they left it, dwell with thee : Moab, be thou a coand removed to Milford, August, 1661 ; vert to them from the face of the spoilafter having resided in and about New This sermon had such an effect, haven for nearly half a year from the7th that though large rewards were offered of March, to the 19th of August, 1661. for their apprehension, yet no pains
Among the traditionary anecdotes were taken by the inhabitants to disand stories concerning the events which cover their retreat. took place at Newhaven, it is related, To show the dexterity of the regithat when the pursuers, Kellond and cides at fencing, it is related, that while Kirk, were expected, the regicides walk- at Boston, a fencing-master had a stage ed out towards the Neck bridge, the erected, on which he walked for seve road by which they must enter the eral days, challenging and defying
any one to play with him at swords. made themselves known to several perAt length, one of the regicides sons in whom they could confide. made his appearance, disguised in In 1664, the commissioner from a rustic dress, holding in one hand Charles the Second arrived at Boston. a cheese wrapped in a napkin for a On receiving this news, they retired to shield, with a broomstick, whose mop their case, where they remained eight he had besmeared with dirty puddle or ten days. Soon after some Indians water as he had passed along; thus hunting, discovered the cave, with the equipped, he mounted the stage; the bed ; and the report being spread afencing-master railed at him for his im- broad, rendered it unsafe to continue pudence, asked what business he had there any longer. On the 13th of Octhere, and bade him begone. The re- tober, 1664, they removed to Hadley, gicide stood his ground, upon which the Massachusetts, nearly a hundred miles gladiator made a pass at him with his distant, travelling only by night. On sword, to drive him off, a rencounter their arrival, they took up their abode ensued: the regicide received the sword with the Rev. Mr. Russell, who had into the cheese, and held it till he drew previously agreed to receive them. At the mop of the broom over his mouth, this house, and that of Peter Tilton, and gave the gentleman a pair of whis- Esq. they spent the rest of their lives, kers. The gentleman made another for fifteen or sixteen years, in dreary pass, and plunging his sword a second solitude and seclusion from the world. time, it was caught and held in the The minister was no sufferer by his cheese, till the broom was drawn boarders, as they received remittances over his eyes. At a third lunge, the every year from their wives in England, sword was caught again, till the mop of as well as occasional presents from oththe broom was rubbed gently all over er persons ; Goffe, who kept a regular his face; upon this, the gentleman let diary during his exile, has recorded dofall, or laid aside, his small sword, and nations from several friends. They took up the broad sword, and came at were in constant terror, though they him with that; upon which the regi- had reason to hope after some years cide said, “Stop, sir; hitherto, you see, that all inquiry for them was over. They I have only played with you; but if read with pleasure the news of their you come at me with your broad sword, having been killed in Switzerland ; and know that I will certainly take your having exact intelligence of every thing life.” The firmness and determina- which passed in England, they were tion with which he spake, struck the unwilling to give up all hopes of delivgentleman, who, desisting, exclaimed, erance. It is said that their greatest «Who can you be? You are either expectations were from the fulfilment Goffe, Whalley, or the devil, for there of the prophecies, as they had no doubt was no other man in England that could that the execution of the judges was the beat me.” And so the disguised regi- flaying of the witnesses. Their lives cide retired into obscurity, leaving the were miserable burdens, and they comspectators to enjoy the diversion of the plained of being banished from all huscene, and the vanquishment of the man society. Goffe corresponded with boasting champion. Hence it is pro- his wife by the name of Walter Goldverbial in some parts of New England, smith, and she as Frances Goldsmith. in speaking of a champion at athletic Their letters, some of which are prea and other exercises, to say, that“ none served, strongly describe the distresses. can beat him but Goffe, Whalley, or of two persons under such peculiar cirthe devil.”
cumstances, who appeared to have lived
very happily together. From their cave in the woods near During their residence at Hadley,the Newhaven, they ventured to the house most memorable Indian war took of one Tomkins, near Milford meeting- place. This was called King Philip's house, where they remained two years war. Philip was a powerful Sachem, without ever stirring out; they after- and resided at Mount Hope in Rhodes wards took a little more liberty, and Island, where he was soon after put to