Page images
PDF
EPUB

on an extensive scale ; and considerable sums complexion. Eloquence and a copions of money were advanced to him. But a flow of language was hardly to be expected strict guard was set over him, and he only of the king in those days; both in speaking obtained permission occasionally to go out and writing he expressed himself with conof the city for the sake of the air. He at ciseness. In ordinary conversation his voice length contrived to escape with the gold was rather harsh and low, so that a person which he had made out of the king's silver, who heard him for the first time did not but was arrested at Francfort-on-the-Maine, readily understand him. at the instance of the Prussian Counsellor The dress of the king corresponded with von Plothow, and conveyed under a strong the simplicity of his domestic arrangements. escort to Custrin, where he was tried as an He wore alternately a civil dress or a uniimpostor, condemned to death, and hanged form till 1719; after which time he always on the 23rd of August, 1709.

appeared in the uniform of a colonel of the Frederick-William í. had attained the Potsdam grenadier guards,-blue cloth, with twenty-fifth year of his age, when he as red facings and silver lace, buff waistcoat cended the throne of his ancestors. Endowed and breeches, white linen gaiters, with with a sound constitution and a vigorons copper buttons, and square-toed shoes. mind, he thought himself entitled to claim When hunting, and in wet weather, he something from the world, as he feared no always wore boots. All his things were claim that the world made on him. Giving made to fit very light. His cocked hat was to his efforts an entirely practical direction, bound with a narrow gold lace, and had a he attempted only what he knew how to gilt button without a loop, and a gold cord execute, and while he confined himself to a with two small tassels. When pursuing definite and restricted sphere of activity, not the chase at Wusterhausen or Potsdam, his a day, not an hour, was lost. The most general costume was a green hunting-dress rigid order was in his mind the fundamental and a couteau de chasse. “ The last expenprinciple of the state ; and it is therefore sive article of his mujesty's wardrobe,' says necessary to view him in his family circle Faszmann, " was the roquelaure or great and court, before we follow him, as a com coat, which was made of a very coarse white mander, to war, or, as head of the govern or blue cloth. Nay, it almost seemed as if his ment, to the provinces. Besides, as, in the majesty considered it silly and extravagant case of an unlimited sovereign like Frede to wear a fine coat in bad weather." rick-William, it is on the temper and cha So careful was the king of his best home racter of the prince that the welfare or the suit, that, when engaged in his cabinet, he misery of the state depends, since here all invariably put on a linen apron and half centres in the will of one man, which is else. sleeves. He was the declared enemy of new where divided among the several authori. fashions and showy attire. He was much ties, as legislation, administration, &c., the vexed to observe the admiration which the biographer should first endeavour to draw a laced hats and enormous bags of the French picture of this distinguished and original ambassador, Count von Rothenburgh, and character.

his suite, excited at court. In order to preFrederick-William had in his whole ap- vent the adoption of this fashion by the imipearace and air something in which every tative citizens of Berlin, the king, at a subject could not but recognise his sove grand review on Whit Tuesday, 1719, caused reign; his figure was finely proportioned, all the executioners of the army, who lie his carriage upright and military, his step under the same stigma as publie flayers and firm, his action suited to the language, the executioners, to be dressed in this new command, or the momentary frame of mind, French mode, exaggerating the brims of the sometimes calmly imperious, sometimes hats to the dimensions of penthouses, and lively or impassioned, seldom angry. His the bags to enormous sacks of hair. The face, a fine oval, with a high forehead, was king further commanded that all persons full and ruddy, and the serious expression of who should be declared infamous, should for his countenance was softened by the open, the future have their queue cut off and wear, friendly look of his blue eyes, which, how- the hair-bags and costume of the army exeever, when his passions were excited or his cutioners. In order to ridicule the magnifiwrath was kindled, flashed with appalling cent embroidered dresses and large wigs of fierceness. Even in calm moments nobody his privy-councillors and chamberlains, the dared to approach the king whose con- king had the court-fools always similarly science was not clear, for his look was so attired on gala days. The queen and prinpiercing, that none could bear it hut those cesses were in the same manner allowed to who were sensible that they had a good wear only dresses of the plainest kind : cause, and spoke the truth. His complexion while children, the latter were clothed in was extremely, delicate, and though even home-spun serge, and never permitted to when a boy he rubbed his face with oil and have either silk or cotton dresses. Rouge exposed himself to the sun, in order to be was positively prohibited. On very grand come brown, he could not change his fair occasions, however, the king would some

66 This

times wear a rich dress of blue velvet, lined mach-one of very considerable dimensions with crimson and trimed with silver lace. as all the world knows-asked him “if he Notwithstanding this great plainness of thought they were anything like a match ?” dress, he carried his ideas of neatness to an But the Welch rector was as famous for eatalmost painful excess. He not only washed ing as he was staunch to the bottle. himself regularly five times a day, but also preaching thirty-five minutes,” said he at whenever he had touched any thing that was dinner, one Sunday, to his curate, “will never clammy, or his hands felt heated. He en- do: here's a fine goose roasted to a rag, and forced a spirit of Dutch cleanliness through- not a drop of gravy in it.”—Fraser's Mag. out the palace, and for this reason selected Dutchmen for his house-stewards. In order

Eccentric Funeral.-In May last was in. to prevent any accumulation of dust, silk terred in Whitechapel Church, Mr. Hancock, hangings, cushioned chairs, and even car.

the extensive coach-builder. After the chief pets, were banished, and none but wooden mourners, the coffin was followed to the benches and tables were seen in the royal grave by all the workmen in the factory of apartments.

the deceased, (nearly 40 in number), who The king did not allow the queen to

were provided with black gloves and hat. meddle with the affairs of government, ex

bands for the occasion. The workmen then cept when during his absence from Berlin, returned to the factory in procession, and were the privy council was referred to her : other there provided with abundance of roast beef wise he was

as jealous of his unlimited and plum-pudding, and ale, pipes, and toauthority in his house as in the state,

bacco. and would not allow petticoat government Captain Cook. There is not the slightest in the one, any more than in the other. doubt as to the authenticity of the following In his father's life time he conformed, incident, which shows the effects of little as far as possible, to his wishes; but causes producing great consequences. The as soon as he was absolute master, there discoveries of the great English circumnavi. was nothing to prevent him from acting on gator were owing to a particularly marked the conviction that the old system of govern- shilling. Young Cook was a native of York., ment must be wholly abandoned, and a new shire, and served as apprentice to a inerchant life begun in the house, the court, and the and shop-keeper in a large fishing-town in state. He set about this task, at the age that county. Some money had been missed of twenty-five, with heroic courage, and from the till

, and to detect the delinquent, a prosecuted his object with unremitting zeal. very curiously marked shilling was mixed

with the silver, which was accurately counted.

On examining the till shortly after, this pecuThe Gatherer.

liar shilling was missing, and Cook was taxed

with having taken it out; this he instantly Translation of Maynard's celebrated Epi- acknowledged, stating that its peculiarity taph upon Aretino :

had caught his eye, but affirmed, at the same Time, the destroyer, bath, under these stones,

time, that he had put another of his own in Mingled with dust old Aretin's bones,

its place. The money was accordingly counted Who, when in life, with his infamous pen,

over again, and found to agree exactly with Stained all that was noble and great among men; Darkened the memory of princes, whose story

his statement. Although the family was Would have thrown on their graves an aureole of highly respectable, and therefore capable of glory;

advancing him in his future prospects, and And if on the Eternal, h' has to blasphemy thrown,

also much attached to him, and very kind, It is only because he was to him uukuown. - Paris Advertiser.

yet the high spirit of the boy could not brook

remaining in a situation where he had been According to Dr. Hahnemann's system suspected'; he therefore ran away, and having (the Homæopathic system,) in vogue in Ger no other resource, entered as a cabin-boy in il many, the seven-millionth part of a grain of collier. colocynth may sometimes be too powerful a dose for an adult.-- Paris Advertiser.

With the present Number, Small Glasses.—A Welsh rector being one

THE SECOND SUPPLEMENT day on a visit to a neighbouring squire, when

Spirit of the annuals for 1836; a very small glass was set before him after

With a large Engraving. dinner, he pulled the servant by his skirts,

No. 748—First Supplemeut, contains an Engrar. and thus expostulated with him : “ What is ing and Extracts from the Oriental Annual ; aud Tales this glass for? Does your master wish to and Poetry from the Furget-me-N'ot, Friendship's keep me here all night ?” The celebrated Offering, and the Landscape Annual. John Warde, of fox-hunting fame, rather improved upon this. On a very diminutive Printed and published by J. LIMBIRD, 143, Strand, glass being set before him, he also hollaed (near Somerset House, London ; at 55, Rue Neure

St. Augustin, Paris ; CHARLES JUGEL, Franc. the footman back, and, placing it on his sto. fort ; and by all Newsmen and Booksellers,

OF THE

[merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][graphic][ocr errors][subsumed][merged small][ocr errors][ocr errors][subsumed][merged small][merged small]

SPIRIT OF THE ANNUALS FOR 1836. which name it figures in the show bills of

the menageries. It is the fiercest of the cat The Token and Atlantic Souvenir.* tribe in North America, and is the hero of

many an ancient tale of the hills, under the [This Annual has been published in Boston designation of Catamount. Even in the low. since the year 1828, so that the present is land villages of New England, his cries were the ninth volume. The literary department often heard at night from some hoary has uniformly been sustained by American forest, not fifty years ago, and those who writers; and, in the embellishments, nothing are willing to listen to the legends of their has been borrowed from European artists, grandmothers, can hear many a grisley story save designs for some of the engravings. of his adventures, authenticated by the tes. This year, however, the proprietor has in- timony of their own eyes and ears. Such troduced no other engravings than those tales we might tell, but as the artists have from original paintings or drawings by chosen to embelish our pages with an illusAmerican artists: the present volume is, tration of Mr. Cooper's Panther Story, in therefore, wholly an Americar. production. the Pioneers, we think it better to give that “ It is the first Annual, and the only highly story, instead of our own.

It is probable embellished book, issued from the American our readers have all read it; but it is so full press, which could claim entire independence of interest, and displays so well the manners of foreign aid." The publisher was beset and habits of the animal, that whether our with difficulties in carrying out this plan ; pages are designed to please or instruct, we but, his purpose was a noble one-the ad cannot do better than wile our friends into vancement of national character. In his another perusal of it. Preface, he says: “We have, in the present It will be recollected that Elizabeth and volume, used our best endeavours, yet, as it Louisa were rambling among the mountains, must come into comparison with those of in the vicinity of which the chief scenes of England, where selections may be made, the novel are laid. The story thus goes alike from the numerous productions of liv, on : ing artists, and the exhaustless treasures of “ In this manner they proceeded along the the past, accumulated in the halls, castles, margin of the precipice, catching occasional palaces, and galleries, throughout Europe, glimpses of the placid Otsego, or pausing to it might be wise to bespeak some favour in listen to the rattling of wheels and the behalf of our work, on the ground of its sounds of hammers, that rose from the American character.” This it doubtless valley, to mingle the signs of men with the will receive; though, in bespeaking such scenes of nature, when Elizabeth suddenly consideration, we hope the actual merits of started, and exclaimedthe work will not be underrated. The best «Listen ! there are the cries of a child of the illustrations, in design and execution,

on this mountain ! is there a clearing near is the original of the Engraving on the pre

us ? or can some little one have strayed from vious page; the painter is George L. its parents ?”. Brown.

To Such things frequently happen,' re. The literature needs less apologetical in- turned Louisa. Let us follow the sounds; troduction. The contributors are, Misses it may be a wanderer, starving on the hill.' Sedgwick and Leslie, Messrs. Percival, Urged by this consideration, the females Thatcher, Woodbridge, Paulding, and Neal, pursued the low, mournful sounds, that pronames already familiar on this side of the ceeded from the forest, with quick and imAtlantic. The papers consist of tales and patient steps. More than once, the ardent poetry, the former of average equality with Elizabeth was on the point of announcing the staple of our Annual literature. The that she saw the sufferer, when Louisa editor is Mr. S. G. Goodrich, the “ Peter caught her by the arm, and pointing behind Parley” of American juvenilia ; who thus them, criedintroduces the subject of our Engraving :-)

"Look at the dog !'

“ Brave had been their companion, from THE PANTHER SCENE,

the time the voice of his young mistress From the Pioneers.

lured him from his kennel, to the present The panther, now so rare in the settled moment. His advanced age had long before parts of our country, was formerly very deprived him of his activity; and when his common, even in New England. It appears companions stopped to view the scenery, or to be an inhabitant of both divisions of the to add to their boquets, the mastiff would continent. In South America it was called lay his huge frame on the ground, and await the American Lion, and here was usually their movements, with his eyes closed, and a denominated Painter, a corruption of Pan- listlessness in his air that ill accorded with ther. Its proper title is the Cougar, under the character of a protector. But when

, . Boston: Published by Charles Bowen.

aroused by this cry from Louisa, Miss TemLondon, by R. J. Kennet, Importer of American ple turned, she saw the dog with his eyes Books, York-street, Covent Garden.

keenly set on some distant object, his head

In

bent near the ground, and his hair actually following the movements of both dam and rising on his body, either though fright or cub. At every gambol played by the latter, anger. It was most probably the latter, for it approached nigher to the dog, the growlhe was growling in a low key, and occasion- ing of the three becoming more horrid at ally showing his teeth in a manner that each moment, until the younger beast overwould have terrified his mistress, had she leaping its intended bound, fell directly not so well known his good qualities. before the mastiff. There was a moment of

• Brave ! she said, be quiet, Brave! fearful cries and struggles, but they ended wh do you see, fellow ?."

almost as soon as commenced, by the cub “At the sounds of her voice, the rage of appearing in the air, hurled from the jaws the mastiff, instead of being at all diminished, of Brave, with a violence that sent it against was very sensibly increased. He stalked in a tree so forcibly, us to render it completely front of the ladies, and seated himself at senseless. the feet of his mistress, growling louder “ Elizabeth witnessed the short struggle, than before, and occasionally giving vent to and her blood was warming with the triumph his ire by a short, surly barking.

of the dog, when she saw the form of the “« What does he see ?' said Elizabeth; old panther in the air, springing twenty feet there must be some animal in sight.' from the branch of the beech to the back of

“ Hearing no answer from her companion, the mastiff. No words of ours can describe Miss Temple turned her head, and beheld the fury of the conflict that followed. It Louisa, standing with her face whitened to was a confused struggle on the dried leaves, the colour of death, and her finger pointing accompanied by loud and terrible cries, barks npward, with a sort of flickering, convulsed and growls. Miss Temple continued on her motion. The quick eye of Elizabeth glanced knees, bending over the form of Louisa, her in the direction indicated by her friend, eyes fixed on the animals, with an interest where she saw the fierce front and glaring so horrid, and yet so intense, that she almost eyes of a female panther, fixed on them in forgot her own stake in the result. So horrid malignity, and threatening instant rapid and vigorous were the bounds of the destruction.

inhabitant of the forest, that its active frame “Let us fly!' exclaimed Elizabeth, seemed constantly in the air, while the dog grasping the arm of Louisa, whose form nobly faced his foe, at each successive leap. yielded like melting snow, and sunk lifeless When the panther lighted on the shoulders to the earth.

of the mastiff, which was its constant aim, There was not a single feeling in the old Brave, though torn with her talons, and temperament of Elizabeth Temple, that stained with his own blood, that already could prompt her to desert a companion in flowed from a dozen wounds, would shake such an extremity; and she fell on her off his furious foe, like a feather, and rearknees, by the side of the inanimate Louisa, ing on his hind legs, rush to the fray again, tearing from the person of her friend, with with his jaws distended, and a dauntless eye. an instinctive readiness, such parts of her But age and his pampered life, greatly disdress as might obstruct her respiration, and qualified the noble mastiff for such a strugencouraging their only safeguard, the dog, gle. In every thing but courage, he was at the same time, by the sounds of her only the vestige of what he had once been. voice.

A higher bound than ever, raised the wary « « Courage, Brave,' she cried, her own and furious beast far beyond the reach of the tones beginning to tremble, courage, dog, who was making a desperate, but fruitcourage, good Brave.'

less dash at her, from which she alighted in “A quarter-grown cub, that had hitherto a favourable position on the back of her been unseen, now appeared dropping from aged foe. For a single moment, only, could the branches of a sapling, that grew under the the panther remain there, the great strength shade of the beech which held its dam. This of the dog returning with a convulsive effort. ignorant, but vicious creature, approached But Elizabeth saw, as Brave fastened his near to the dog, imitating the actions and teeth in the side of his enemy, that the sounds of its parent, but exhibiting a strange collar of brass around his neck, which had mixture of the playfulness of a kitten with been glittering throughout the fray, was of the ferocity of its race. Standing on its the colour of blood, and directly, that his hind legs, it would rend the bark of a tree frame was sinking to the earth, where it with its fore paws, and play all the antics of soon lay prostrate and helpless. Several a cat for a moment; and then, by lashing mighty efforts of the wild-cat to extricate itself with its tail, growling, and scratching herself from the jaws of the dog, followed, the earth, it would attempt the manifesta- but they were fruitless, until the mastiff tions of anger, that rendered its parent so turned on his back, his lips collapsed, and terrific.

his teeth loosened; when the short convul. “ All this time Brave stood firm and un sions and stillness that succeeded, announced daunted, his short tail erect, his body drawn the death of poor Brave. backward on its haunches, and his eyes “ Elizabeth now lay wholly at the mercy

6

« PreviousContinue »