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Rotterdam. The sun was not yet set when the Miss Backsneiders-who at this moment were taking tea at the window of their drawing-room in front of the Golden Lion, and were courteously saluting such of their friends as they had just met in the street-perceived an individual who was passing on their side at a most amazing rate. The countenance of this man was overspread with a death-like paleness; his forehead was bedewed with perspiration; he appeared to be gasping for breath, and ready to faint. This person soon arrived under their window, and without turning his eyes to the right, or to the left, continued to move on with the like velocity, and had even disappeared from before their eyes ere they had time to exclaim "Merciful powers! is not that the rich banker of Rotterdam ?"

and purple hue; his fingers were without force, and ready to drop from his hands, and his tongue seemed to have lost the power of speech. You would have said that the body, though imperatively forced onwards, was still without life. Every body arranged themselves in the best way they could, and in haste, to let him pass by; and all Haarlem believed it was the ghost of a corpse possessing still the powers of locomotion.

The same spectre made its appearance in other towns and villages of the province, as also in the great cities and forests of Germany. Weeks, months, years rolled on; still at intervals is to be seen the same apparition in the northern countries of Europe. The clothes that M. de Wodenblock wore have long since disappeared, and true it is that the flesh also has quitted the bones, and now nothing remains but the skeleton-a hideous skeleton, to which is ever attached that cork leg, which always preserves its rotundity, and like perpetual motion moves, and drags on for ever the

mortal remains of him who once was the rich banker of Rotterdam.

Saints and martyrs protect and guarantee you from such an accident! May you never require a cork leg, nor a wooden one. May there no longer exist a mechanic gifted like Turningvort to contrive legs endued with a power at once so fatal, and so mysterious!

F. E.

Those people who are fond of giving trouble like to take it; just as those who pay no attention to the comforts of others are geWe are nerally indifferent to their own. governed by sympathy; and the extent of our sympathy is determined by that of our sensibility.


O the pleasant woodland well!
Starred about with roses;
Sweetest spot in dale or dell,

Bright when evening closes ;
Sparkling, gushing clearly:

There it was first love begun ;
And, amidst eve's shadows dun,
There it was I wooed and won
Her I loved most dearly.

O the lovely woodland well!
Unto it is given
Fairest light that ever fell

Full of bliss from heaven.
Ever, late and early,

Lingering, there I love to be,
Through sad memory's tears to see,
Lost to love, and lost to me,
Her I loved most dearly.

The next day was a Sunday. The good people of Haarlem were repairing to church, dressed in their best, to say their prayers, and hear their noble organ, when a man scarcely of human form appeared on a sudden near the steps, spreading terror and dismay among the congregated groups. Those who had the courage to behold this singular being were struck with the ghastly look that his countenance presented. His eyes were fixed, and sunk

deep in their sockets; his lips were of a livid Dark was that troublous season, when the And now the hunter, rising on his steed,

Observes her failing step and straining eye:


Now baying loud and deep, the foremost
Is at her haunches with a single bound.
For refuge toward the woody fringe she hies,
Whose distant border rounds this circling

The tear fast trickling from her piteous eyes,
Drooping her pace, and faltering her
While o'er the lessening ground her enemies,
Close gathering, thunder on with voice of




Of heathenhood was mighty in the land,
And did to Thor idolatrously pray;
While, of the pious few who raised the


To Jesu, some were cast to beasts of prey,
Some fell by arrow-flight, and some by

And others, in the purifying flame,
Expired, appealing loud unto His name.

In Arden forest then a chieftain dwelled,
Whose sires from eldest time had heathen


Rich was his broad domain in tower and field,
River and pasturage, and thicket green;
And much in knightly bearing he excelled,

In valorous courtesy and noble mien;
Marvel it was, and pity much, to see
Such noble knight enthralled in paynimry.

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Two stalwart hounds before him questing bayed,

Till all the welkin echoed to their tongue. O! never was a blither music made

To hunter's ear than this deep-throated song!

A nimble-footed hind, now sore dismayed, With slow and sure pursuit they tracked along ;

Near to the ground their nostrils broad they bend,

And nearer still their flapping ears descend.

The mellow leaf doth royal livery wear;
Bright amber, crimson rich, and orient blue,
Make of its falling time a time of pride.
The hunter looked, and loved his prospect


Now toiling to the hill-top's rugged brow
The hunter cheers their constant spirit on;
Now downward to the deep ravine below,
They leap o'er stunted bush, and shivered


A rapid stream across the crail doth flow-
They plunge - and now the opposing bank

is won.

Nor long at fault by thwarting stream are
But find, and track again their dappled prey

A pathless heath extends before their speed,
And the hind makes across it: painfully
And mournfully she goes; upon her tread
Nearer and nearer comes the crowding cry.

For the last plunge each desperate nerve she strains,

And, yet unharmed, the sheltering thicket gains.

With slacker foot, along its tangled way,
The hounds pursue, and much in her dis-


Availeth her the briars' short delay;

For now, arousing from her weariness, She heads them on to where a sudden bay

Of open greensward spreads its fair recess; And lo! from tooth of hound and hunter's spear

She finds a marvellous protector there.

A stag of peerless form and noble height,
Calmly majestic, meets their onward path.
The hounds submissly crouch before that

Changing to sudden awe their natural

They shrink not from his antlers' spreading
Their forest breed had little feared the

For used were they to grapple with the boar,
The stubborn wolf, and many a savage more.


But, on the centre of his branched brow
The sacred symbol of a CROSS he wears:
Golden it is not-gold ne'er glittered so-
Liker the sun's meridian glance appears
The radiance of that bright miraculous glow,
Mocking all earthly splendour. Proudly
The stag his stately brow, while his dark eye
Upon the hunter gazes placidly.


Then he from his astonished courser kneels,
Bending his brow in awful reverence
Before that symbol; and forthwith he feels
His heart awaked from its long paynim


Nor rises he till gracious Heaven reveals

The faith to his benighted ignorance; And, ere his wondrous visitant hath gone, An erring soul from death to life is won.

Several years ago, a farmer, who resided in the immediate neighbourhood of Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire, kept a gander, who had not only a great trick of wandering himself, but also delighted in piloting forth his cackling harem, to weary themselves in circumnavigating their native lake, or in straying amidst forbidden fields on the opposite shore. Wishing to check this vagrant habit, he one day seized the gander just as he was about to spring into his favourite element, and tying a large fish. hook to his leg, to which was attached part of a dead frog, he suffered him to proceed upon his voyage of discovery. As had been anticipated, this bait soon caught the eye of a greedy pike, which swallowing the deadly hook, not only arrested the progress of the astonished gander, but forced him to perform half a dozen somersets on the surface of the water! For some time the struggle was most amusingthe fish pulling, and the bird screaming with all its might the one attempting to fly, and the other to swim, from the invisible enemythe gander the one moment losing, the next regaining the centre of gravity, and casting between whiles many a rueful look at his snow white fleet of geese and goslings, who cackled forth their sympathy for their afflicted commodore. At length victory declared in favour of the feathered angler, who, bearing away for the nearest shore, landed on the smooth grass one of the finest pikes ever caught in the Castle-loch. This adventure is said to have Satirlsts gain the applause of others through cured the gander of his propensity for wanderfear, not through love. ing; but upon this point we are inclined to be a little sceptical-particularly as we lately heard, that, at the reservoir near Glasgow, the country people are in the habit of employing


And left he from that blessed time for ever,
The steed, the bower, the revel, and the
His castle walls again received him never,
For he became a Christian Anchorite:

Passion and thought from earth did he dis


And monkish cowl enwrapt the martial
So may each hunter leave the cruel chase,
And, like St. Hubert, win eternal grace!


Some persons can do nothing but ridicule


Parodists, like mimics, seize only on defects, or turn beauties into blemishes. They make

bad writers and indifferent actors.

It is better to drink of deep griefs than to taste shallow pleasures.

Those who can command themselves command others.

Praise is no match for blame and obloquy. For, were the scales even, the malice of mankind would throw in the casting-weight.

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not, to be sure, vouch for this last fact; but,
in the days of yore, hawks were taught to bring
down woodcocks and muirfowl, and why might
not a similar course of training enable ducks
to bring up pikes and perches?


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"I know thee to thy bottom; from within Thy shallow centre, to the utmost skin." DRYDEN


I was born in the passage Choiseul: he to whom I owed the light of day most assiduously applied himself, and lavished upon me much of that luxury which is not often the lot of us parapluies. My body was formed of bamboo, light and flexible; a robe of blue gros de Naples was attached to it by a bundle whalebone, which rendered its movements at once free and pleasant. A carved ivory top of delicate whiteness ornamented my handle. On my appearance in the paternal warehouse, all my brethren testified a most selfish and unworthy jealousy. Hardly was I exposed to the eyes of the public more than an hour, than a young élégante, taken with my appearance, presented herself at the counter to purchase The bargain was soon concluded; she threw down on a table some large pieces of silver, and drawing her glove on a very neat hand, took me away. The time I passed in her service was the most happy of my life; her chaussure was delicate, and the damp gave her cold, so that she rarely went out in wet weather on foot. I enjoyed in her service the sweets of rest, and preserved in this sinecure all my elasticity and good looks. Here, however, I began to experience something of ennui, reposing in my corner where they had lodged



One day a post-chaise drove into the courtyard of the hotel, and my young mistress mounted rather in haste, and I never saw her again. The same evening a lackey had the assurance to put his coarse hand upon me, and without pity for my youth and freshness, jerked me open, and availing himself of my shelter, ran off to a gambling-house. An



oversight on the part of the garcons of this place caused me to pass into the hands of a tall spare man, who went out shortly afterwards. He was so wrapped up in thought that he did not perceive the mistake that took place, so away I went with this Mr. can't at this time remember his name-wronghead or rattle-box, it matters not which. cannot describe how much he made me suffer. He dashed me up and dragged me down with violence; got foul of the other umbrellas he met in the street, and arriving at a handsome apartment which seemed to be his abode, he threw me aside, without a thought for the torrents of rain he made me endure for more than two hours. Day after day it was much the same thing. Sometimes he clapped me rudely under his arm, in order to count the money with which his pockets were fitten. Sometimes he opened me on a sudden at the risk of break ing my delicate framework, and never did he give me one of those satisfied looks which my first mistress from time to time bestowed upon


respite when I visited her. Unluckily, my place was in the ante-chamber. Upon one occasion, without intending it, he carried me into the boudoir. What I saw there, fully explained how his visits were passed, and what made them so long and frequent.

One day, having left me by accident at the door of a brother playwright, who was not possessed of an ante-chamber, a young rascal passing by, esteemed me a capital prize, and set off full tilt to dispose of me to a street hawker, and got for me a price I could not report without blushing. I was then sunk down into the most disgusting humiliation, dragged through the streets, handled and bartered for by a crowd of low people, confounded with the commonest of our species, I experienced all the mortifications of my degraded state. My colour was faded; a horn handle supplied the place of my ivory top; patches coarsely sewed in repaired the disorder of my toilette. At last a young student, having a mind for me, had no cause to exult in this fresh change of accordingly made me his Still I affairs. He made me pass whole days at the public courts of the College de France, and sundry long hours at the tail of the crowd at theatres, or in the alleys and back streets of the Luxembourg. Sometimes my new master would employ me a whole afternoon in pacing to and fro in front of a shop, waiting the instant that a young girl should pass out, who having as it appeared no umbrella, he placed himself and the fair one under my accommoThen what dating and friendly canopy. marches we had to perform. The conversations, too, were just as interminable as those of the dramatic author and his adoratriche. I was sadly rumpled and crushed with their squeezing of hands, and altogether dumbfounded by the warm protestations and babble of my new purchaser. I was, however, not very long in the scholar's possession. After this I became, so to speak, the property of the

At the end of a month I saw his lodgings
invaded by a posse of dark-looking folk, three
of whom took possession of my executioner,
to conduct him I cannot tell whither. The
others were busy in making a seizure of every
thing they could lay their hands on, and
amongst other articles poor me was included.
I was sold by public auction, and became the
property of a dramatic author. What jour.
neys he made me perform? I called with him
on a multitude of men and women, for whom
he appeared to have the greatest respect, but
who for the most part would not receive him.
When he was admitted, what bowing and
cringing! what flattery, and compliments, and
protestations! All met him with a dignified
air, and treated him haughtily. There was
only one little woman, tolerably genteel, light,
and airy, who in her motions showed him at-
tention. I was always sure of some hours'
John Cunningham, Printer, Crown-court Fleet-street.

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