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in the best possible manner by one of us, endeavouring to trace the direction Floresko, the prefect of the foreigners' which the animal had taken ; he indepartment. The whole was arranged formed us that it was the Jager Lazar so that the bear should be first traced who had fired at him and had hit him out, and then driven by five or six in the back; the other shot was fired hundred peasants into a semicircle of by a peasant, by whom the bear had about a hundred chasseurs. After the rushed with such rapidity, breaking requisite number of people were col- down the young trees on the right and lected together upon the appointed left of him, that the poor fellow fell day, and all the regulations carried flat on his back with the fright, and into effect with the most perfect si- bis valiant gun took the opportunity lence, the signal sounded for beginning of going off by itself; we laughed the chase ; it was a long-sustained heartily at the terrified peasant, and note from a Jager's horn, followed by brought him back to his former equiother noisy instruments and the shouts librium with a good dose of brandy. of the drivers. This did not last long Then, without any further delay, we until a shot was fired at my right, followed the track of the bear. Before where Kornesko stood, and then all we had gone a hundred yards we saw was quiet again ; after some minutes I drops of blood upon the leaves and heard an animal make a considerable branches which he touched in his pasnoise in breaking through the bushes, sage through them ; these marks were at a distance from me, for the stillness all at about five feet and a half high, of a clear October day, together with just on a level with my eyes. This, the rustling of the leaves, that were being the height of a tolerably large already thickly strewed over theground, man, induced me to ask Lazar of doubled the noise made by the tread Poentar, who had shot at the bear, of any animal. This time it happened whether the bear went upon bind-legs to be only a well-fed fox that exhibited alone or upon all-four ? Upon allhimself to me at about eighty yards' four," he said, “just like a dog.” Then, distance ; 1 let a bullet fly at him, and for the first time, I began to give be rolled over, well shot through the credit to the stories I had heard of head, and again all was silent; but the the enormous size and strength of the beaters approached nearer and began monster, and my curiosity as well as again their loud cries: indeed it is my ambition to be, if possible, the sometimes terrific to hear our Molda- slayer of him, reached the highest vian peasants, spread over an extent of pitch. some five or six miles, uttering their *For a long time I wandered on with piercing shouts and more fearful sounds the others who had, in the meanwhile, of lamentation, while they struck the sent for a pack of from sixty to seventy trees with rattles and a thousand other hounds which had been left in the discordant instruments. Soon I heard, nearest village. But at length, weary at about a mile and a half on my left, of the vain search, I left my compatwo shots close together, and after- nions and turned to the left through wards a deafening cry of ours, ours, a wild part of the wood, in which which word is pronounced exactly the expected to strike upon the road by same by Romano-Moldavians as by which the carriage, containing our the French, run like lightning along provisions, was to come; for. I was the ranks of the beaters. The Prince sure that it was somewhere in that or Bey Zadey Soutzo (Bey means direction, and indeed I had become Prince, Zadey the son of a Sovereign tolerably hungry. At last I came Prince, as for example, Ibrahim Adama into what really deserved the name is of the Sultan) came to me and cried of a virgin valley. Enormous oaks "Seigneur Alcibiades, the bear has lay there, fallen from age, and weeds, broken through the beaters. What and young trees had sprung up have you killed ?" A fine fox, as you upon their mouldering trunks, under may see ; his Mameluk, or Albanieser, the influence of the beneficent rays of took up the fox, then Kornesko came the sun ; deep darkness reigned beup and we went together to the place neath the wide-spread branches of where the bear had broken away. Other giants, yet in the vigour of life, Then we found Floresko, who was and invited by the coolness of the
shade, I determined to enjoy a few cover of a fallen oak, until I had come minutes' rest ; but almost immediately within about eighty yards of them; my I heard an amazing noise as if a whole object was to kill the great boar; for squadron of cavalry were charging I knew, from long and dangerous exdown upon me, and soon I saw a perience in Mongolia, that people gigantic coal-black animal, about two often risk their lives by not killing, in hundred yards from me, rushing down the first instance, the leader of the into the valley and passing by me with troop; but, as if he was conscious of the speed of lightning. I had not some impending evil, he kept continutime to remark it very accurately; but ally moving away, and I could not, by as far as I could judge, nothing from any means, get within shot of him. At the Ice bear of the Pole to the enor- length I lost all patience and determous black inhabitant of Siberia, came mined that, come what might of it, I near the size of this monster. I has would bring one of them home with tened to follow him, taking a westerly me as a trophy, and as I feared that direction, and heard the pack of they would not stay where they were hounds which had just found his track much longer, and as one of the largest and was following him with great sows, not quite so black as the others speed. Soon I met a Bojar, the but covered with very long bristles, principal servant of M. Floresko; the stood exactly opposite to me, I took unfortunate fellow said to me while good aim and shot well enough ; for we were proceeding, “ I have a kind after a few steps she fell and did not of presentiment that I shall get up to stir again ; the others immediately the bear, so that I have brought with disappeared, and the forest resumed me the best of my sharp-shooters, who its former state of solitude. It appeared are following me on foot." We now that the collections of jagers had came into a deep part of the wood spread themselves wide, and, ambushed that was all overgrown with fruit-trees, in different places, awaited the good which, it would appear, was the favou- fortune of the hounds driving the rite resort of the bear, for we found the bear towards them; while I hoped ground covered with great heaps of that I had taken the most secure means his droppings. I settled to remain in of surprising him by waiting in the this wild strange place. Kostaki went very centre of his camp. on, although neither had his suite I knew that my shot must have come up to him, nor could the hounds excited attention, and so I blew my be any longer heard. Weary and horn several times in the hope of heated' I lay down under a great bringing up to me, if possible, some of apple-tree, with my faithful dog Amico, the beaters
, who might carry my booty lit my chibouk (Turkish pipe) with into a place of safety. I soon received moss, and charged Amico, one of the an answer to my call and about thirty strongest breed of wolf-hounds, whom men, both jagers and beaters, came up I had trained to my service against by degrees. The wild boar, though he either man or beast, to keep strict had fallen, was not quite dead, and watch. Here I might have dreamed gnashed frightfully with his teeth, until away some half hour or so, lying right one of the jagers finished him. They comfortably, and with the greatest then carried him up to the place where satisfaction, puffing away clouds of Kostaki had left me about an hour smoke into the air, when I heard before. It proved an enormous beast, again the noise of animals approaching: both as to size and fat.
While they I rose gently and placed myself behind were all wishing me joy for having a trec when about a dozen
Sows, killed him, one of the peasants from with an enormous boar at their head, the neighbourhood of Poeniar ap. burst forth from their head. Soon peared to examine him very accuothers came up until I reckoned rately-what surprises you in this three-and-twenty, who were all dili- animal
, said I? Sir," he replied, “it gently employed in turning up the is very extraordinary ; but about dead leaves in search of fruit that five or six years ago one of my might have fallen among them. I pigs left me, and made acquaintkept back my hound and crept along ance with a herd of wild sows, with like a serpent, upon my belly, under whom he was often seen during the
to sit upon.
following year, but not afterwards. Lazar, who had taken up a safe posiNow, I could take my oath this is him. tion behind an oak tree, fired a third If he is my pig, he has got a mark in into him, which, however, did not do his left ear; and, in truth, there he him a great deal of harm, as we found found it, although somewhat worn it afterwards buried in his fat. As I away. One may easily imagine what now saw clearly that with
drawa raye I was in, and what ridicule I ing of his breath streams of blood had to endure, when it was discovered spouted from his head, I drew my that my fine Erymanthean Aper, was hunting knife, and joined my hound changed into the domestic pig of a in endeavouring to bewilder him with peasant, to whom I was, in all justice the loudest shouts that I could conbound to restore it.
mand, when he yelled frightfully, and “I should have heard much more of turned sidewards to seek safety in the the raillery of the Jagers, had it not mass of underwood; but he soon totbeen interrupted by the cry of the tered from side to side, and it was hounds, which sounded at about three easily seen that his strength was demiles distance. In the greatest pos- parting. After about thirty steps he sible haste my companions left me to lay down. I made immediate use of resume their positions, wbich they did the time thus offered to me to load not wish to abandon ; only Lazar, the again, and then was prepared to follow Jager, who had had the first shot at him in safety. He lay quite quietly, the bear, and who, with the others, made no more noise, and used his fore had obeyed the summons of my horn, legs, just as a man would his arms, to remained along with me. When the wipe away the blood from his face. I pack of hounds had again turned off, endeavoured to irritate him again, I lit my chibouk again, and set myself that he might turn round, and give me astride upon my pig, that, in scorn, an opportunity of aiming at the most they had placed as a bench for me mortal part, which succeeded but too
We heard the hounds completely; for, after having first then turning back again, and now broken some branches of trees, and really coming, faster and faster, in our thrown them at me with prodigious direction-soon after we heard a fearful force, he was excited by me and my scream, followed by a yet more terrific hound to such a degree, that, seeing yell. Having arranged my rifle, I ran that he had no further chance of escape, towards the place the noise came he raised himself once more, with all from. There was a momentary silence his strength, and made a second -then a sound like the rushing of a attempt at rushing upon me, but his thunder storm ; the underwood before fate was sealed. When he had almost me shook and bent aside, and now I touched the barrel of my gun, he resaw the long-sought-for monster in ceived his last mortal wound in his reality, standing before me. The path brain, and sank forward, covering me was entirely taken up by his gigantic with his blood, and almost burying me form, and he appeared to me to be under the enormous mass of his body; springing directly at me, uttering a
and the last roar that he gave exhowl that nearly deafened me, and ceeded the most terrible that I have which literally made the air tremble. ever heard ; the tone of it was so full, I was only half-conscious of what I so deep, so full of despair, and piercing, was doing — victory or death lay before that the whole forest resounded with it, me. I took good aim, let him come and the echo trembled as it returned within six yards of me, then discharged the sound. my fortunate double rifle, with which Now came up Floresko, the hounds, I had killed the fox and boar, the and a hundred men, who were astobullet hit the terrific animal directly nished, and shuddered as they contembetween the two eyes. He paused a plated the brute, and all poured in moment-my faithful amico sprung upon me their congratulations at having forward. The bear, perhaps astonished slain the monster who had for so long at the unexpected sight of a large a time been the terror of the neighwhite hound, and his courageous bark- bourhood. ing, gave me time to apply a second I felt, indeed, very much elated bullet in exactly the same place ; while for I had never been in more immi
nent danger, and never won a victory must have been from 170 to 180 years that gave me more momentary satis- old. He was entirely black, and his faction. They were obliged to cut teeth were much worn away. He was, away the underwood, in order to be most probably, a Siberian bear, that able to carry the brute to the nearest had been from time to time hunted, road. In the meanwhile Floresko told and received occasional wounds. In me that he was afraid that his upper his left haunch, and in his back, two steward, Kostaki, had proved the sa- arrow heads were found. I gave his crifice of that day, for he had found skin to the Turkish general, Namik him in a frightful condition; and shortly Pacha, who, a short time ago, travelled the poor fellow was brought up upon a through Europe, charged with several bier. His appearance was dreadful. embassies from the Sultan. I have his His limbs, as well as his clothes, hung skull, and a part of his fat, in my ice down torn to pieces, his entrails pro- house at Bucharest."" truded from his body, his spine was We have now given a sufficient injured, recovery was out of the ques. number of extracts, to prove the tion. After horrible torments he died author's versatility ; and we can assure the same day.
those among our readers who canSo did this great beast die, not un- not read the original, that when a avenged ; and the joy of our success translation appears, it will be well was too dearly purchased.
worth a perusal.* We now take leave • They placed the bear upon a large of him, with the hope that he may waggon, yoked with four oxen, in live long, travel inuch, and write often ; order to bring him to Bucharest. They and that, in his future works, he will there skinned him, and found from avoid personalities, as well as the dis780 to 800lb. of fat, and 963lb. of flesh cussion of religious topics, and leave and bones. From the hindermost part unexpressed those thoughts which reto between his ears, he measured quire a Greek character to veil them 19 feet; and according to calculations, from the public eye. made upon the theory of Dr. Gall, he
Thou dost not know how he, the worshipper
Of his soul's idol from his earliest years,
Can draw a language from his hopes and fears,
Remembrance of thee hath been gladly woo'd,
And e'en when nature smiled in gentle mood
With none to see me but the silent moon,
Have dreamed of thee in such delicious swoon,
• While these sheets are passing through the press, a translation has been announced, which we have not yet seen.
RECENT POLITICAL EVENTS.
London, June 17, 1834. Let us look for a moment at the DEAR ANTHONY,
new men they have got, and let us Well, my friend, there has been laugh, if we can laugh, at that of which a change of ministry at last—"and the country ought to be so heartily such a change !" But no matter; ashamed. Rice, you must remember, the “ Reform" cabinet exists no longer, they had before, and, if I do not much and this thing cannot long endure, mistake, in a situation where he did at least I suppose it cannot, though them much more service than he will Heaven knows it is hard enough, be able to do as Secretary for the after the experience of the last Colonies : many a good clerk makes three years and a half, to say that a bad manager; the clever Secretary anything is positively too absurd to to the Treasury will, I suspect, be a totter on, under the name and sem- feeble, fussy cabinet minister. As for blance of a government of these king- the House of Commons, his measure doms. I think we were lately in that has been taken there long ago, and he sort of position in which it is said, will never bear more weight than he "you must be worse before you will has at present. It would be absurd to be better.” Perhaps we are so still; talk of bim for a moment as an equivabut we have, at all events, made an lent for Stanley in any respect; but be important step towards that worser the value of his services what they condition which is to be the precursor may, they are not now acquired—they of our amendment. I do not mean, in are only shifted from a more appropriimitation of the prevailing fashion, to ate to a less appropriate sphere of set about eulogizing these men who action. As for Rice himself, he is the have left the ministry, just as if their most delighted creature on earth, now doing so had wiped away all the folly that he has secured bis seat for Camand error of which they have been bridge ; and as he is unquestionably a justly accused when in the administra- clever fellow, and a good fellow too, tion, and of which they would be still though cursed with an unpleasant kind accused if they were still in the ad- of affectation and a love of displaying ministration, even by those who now as something fine and uncommon, that praise them. But while I regard the which every gentleman ought to know four ex-cabinet ministers as participa- as a matter of course, I am willing tors in pernicious acts of revolution, that he should enjoy the glory of being which Great Britain can never forget, a cabinet minister, but I wish he had and ought never to forgive till justice wiser people for colleagues to keep has been done upon the perpetrators of him in the right way. Lord Carlisle, them, it must be confessed that they, the new Privy Seal, they also had or at least three of them, were the most before, though he held no office. The respectable in talent, and by far the change from no office to a sinecure is most respectable in character, of the not much, except as to the pay; and whole cabinet. As for the Earl of that circumstance, however agreeable Ripon-the Fred. Robinson of “ pros- to Lord Carlisle, has in it no very perity” notoriety, the Lord Goderich obvious advantage to the country. I of Canning manufacture, and the suspect that his Jordship’s fitness for an Goosy Godericb by popular accla- office where he has nothing to do, is mation--the less that is said about much more certain that his worthiness him the better. But Stauley, Gra- to receive a salary from the Treasury. ham, and the Duke of Richmond, The new First Lord of the Admiralty were men who, with all their faults, is uo new accession of wisdom to the did some credit to their places, and the government. He has had all sorts of substitutes for them are " poor indeed.” situations, in which no more ability