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of murder, though on Frank the whole business made very knew not well what to answer. She repeated the queu little impression. He was too much accustomed to such while her eyes flashed fire. things to be much affected by them, for a sailor's life is “ Will you see him hung ?--hung ?--hung ?-You one of occurrences, while that of a studious man flows on derstand that word, I suppose.” 80 equally, that a simple thunder-storm is to him a matter “ My dear Nancy” – of excitement. My brain seemed to reel again, and I was “ By God's light, coward, I have a mind to put the heartily glad when 11 o'clock gave me an excuse for retir knife into you. Don't you see he is their prizoz ing, for I was wearied out, mind and body, and wished for chaing? and to-morrow he will be tried and hung. Die nothing so much as to be alone.
my poor father will be hung.” It was a dark and stormy night, though as yet no rain And in her changing mood she wept and sobbed line u fell; the thunder, too, roared fearfully, and the lightning infant; this, however, did not last longleapt along the waters, that were almost as black as the “ But they shall not-no, they shall not! Here, tak clouds above them. I was too weary for sleep, and feeling this kuife; plunge it into him, that they may not call no inclination to toss about for hours in bed, placed my- him alive. 'Tis a hard task for a daughter, and since yo self at the window to enjoy the sublimity of the tempest. are here, take it and stab him as he sleeps; mind read At any other time, this splendid scene would liave been de. not wake him though ; stab home-no half-work— buc lightful to me, but now it awoke none of its usual sympa to the heart; you know where it is; here-here." thies ; it was in vain that I tried to give myself up to it She placed my hand upon her heart as if to abort my mind was out of tune for such things. Still I sate where to strike. I drew back sbuddering. there, gazing on the sea, when my attention was diverted “ Coward ! but you shall do it; it is a task of your en by a gentle tap at the door, and ere I could well answer, it seeking; you came here of your own free will ; 1 del 1 swung slowly back on its hinges, and Nancy stood before ask you to follow me, and you shall do it. me, with a lamp in one hand, and a large case-knife in the I knew not what to say or do, and for a moment tlong other. I thought she was asleep, for her eyes, though wide of Ainging myself upon her to force away the kuife, when open, were fixed ; and her voice, when she spoke, was sub- heard a scuffle below. ' A few blows were exchanged dued and broken, exactly like one who talks in his slum- single pistol-shot discharged, and immediately afur va bers
. Something, however, may be attributed to the excit- tramp of feet upon the stairs. Nancy uttered in by ed state of my fancy.
shriek “ I must pass through your window, it opens upon the “ They are here” lawn--for the front door is locked, and the key taken away Scarcely were the words uttered than she rushid by the Lieutenant, who is out at sea to-night on the watch the coffin, and ere I could prevent her, plunged top for smugglers.”
twice or thrice iuto the dead body. In the same instar As she muttered this indistinctly, she glided across the room was filled with smugglers, headed by young room to the window, and, undoing the button that held it, riff, who was astonished, as well he miglit be, at the ex walked slowly out. Still impressed with the idea of her ordinary scene before him. being asleep, I made no opposition, fearing that she might “Mr. Seymour !-Nance too !_Poor girl :—But 12 be seriously affected in health or mind by any sudden at. no time for talking, so all hands to work and help bal tempt to wake her. At the same time I resolved not to the old man to the boat-we'll soon have him in fifig lose sight of her lest she should come into peril from the thoms of water out of the reach of these lidharan cliffs or the dykes, and accordingly I followed her steps at “ My father!-- You shall not take my father froa a short distance till we came to the public house. Late as shrieked the poor maniac. the hour was, the people had not yet gone to bed, for lights * Be quiet, Nance !-Gently, lads, down the stairwere shining through the kitchen window, and from the look to our Nance, Mr. Seymour:-gentls, iads-1'i room immediately over it came the glimmer of a solitary knock twenty living men on the head than hear ofte lamp that stood on a table by the casement. Hitherto Nan given to a dead one.” cy had gone on without taking the least notice of my pre So saying, and having again briefly entreated my sence, which had served to confirm me in the idea that she luis sister, he followed the corpse out, while the unterte walked in her sleep,—but now she turned round upon maniac, quite contrary to my expectations, made na ist me
opposition. She leant for a time against the window ! “ The Lieutenant's wife told me truly; he is here: but out speaking a word, and, when I tried to persuade not a word ; follow me softly;-as though you feared to return, very calmly replied, “ With all my heart
. To wake the dead."
purpose should I stay here since they have taken E I saw now that she was really awake, and my first im. from me? They'll hang him now, and I cannot help! pulse was either by force or persuasion, to take her back. ‘My poor girl, your father is dead." And yet to what purpose ? If her madness should grow Nancy smiled contemptuously, and, passing her violent, I could always overpower her, and at any rate, we across her brow as if exhausted, said, “ I am readě to were going to, and not from, assistance. I did, therefore, will you be kind enough to fetch me a glass of water. as she bade me, and followed her in silence, while she went She did, indeed, seem ready to drop, and I wil cautiously up to the window, and having examined what into the kitchen to fetch the water. was passing within with all the deliberate cunning of a glers were there keeping watch over the peasants maniac, then gently lifted the lateh of the door, which sentinel, mistaking me for an enemy, levelled his first opened into a narrow brick passage to the left of the kit- my head ; but the priming flashed in the pan, and chen. At the end of it was a short flight of stairs, and he could repeat the attack, an old mau, who bead these led us into the room where I had before observed theme with Frauk, stepped between us just in time to ** lamp was burning; in the middle of the chamber was a by his explanation.
of Harry, all but the face covered over with a dirty tables in the yard, at the same time putting a lautern inte
Upon telling him my purpose he directed me to la cloth. I now saw plainly that the peasants had held their band with a caution to « look to the rotting tacklink watch below from pure fear of being in the same room with a caution that was not given without good reason, but the dead, and a state of partial intoxication might account wood-work round the well was so decayed that is for their having left the door open ; but to what purpose scarcely bear the action of the cylinder. was this visit of Nancy's ? She did not long leave me in
In a few minutes I had drawn up the bucket, and
. doubt. “Now, Mr. Seymour ; you call yourself my father's great surprise she was gone and I now saw too late
tened back to Nancy with a jug full of the water
. To friend ; you have eaten of his bread, will you see him uced_that her request for water was merely a treba The strangeness of this appeal startled me so that I hier farther object inihat might be, I could not pes.com
Seren or eitt
rine. It was not long, however, before I learnt this too; ly persuaded that it is only by using this precaution they for on looking out of the window, I saw her, with the can protect themselves from the bad designs of the unholy lamp still in her hand, pushing out to sea in a small skitf, assembly." that was half afloat, and held only by a thin cable. How Eclirses in 1833.-In the ensuing year there will be five she contrived to throw off the rope I know not, but she did eclipses of the two great luminaries, of which one of the sun contrive it—perhaps she had the knife with her, and cut it and three of the moon will be visible. The following are the Be this as it may, she was pushing off amidst the breakers periods at which it is calculated the eclipses will take place in that burst about her most tremendously, and kept up a
this latitude. January 6.-The moon will be eclipsed, partly most violent surf for at least half a mile from the shore, visible here; beginning of the eclipse. thirty-one minutes past Was not this under the idea of rescuing her father?
six in the morning ; end ifty-two minutes past eight. January In an instaut I gave the alarm, and the smugglers, leav- past nine in the evening. July 1.--The moon will be eclipsed,
20.—The sun will be eclipsed, visible here, at forty-two minutes ing the peasants to do their worst, hurried off with me to
visible here ; beginning of the eclipse, fifty minutes past ten in the beach. Nancy was now about a hundred yards from the the evening ; end, six minutes past two in the morning of July shore in the midst of a furious surge, for though it was too 2. July 17.-The sun will be erlipsed, visible here; begindark to see her, the glimmer of the lamp was visible every ning of the eclip'e, fifty-six minutes past four in the morning; now and then as the boat rose upon the waters.
end, thirty one minutes past six. December 26.-_The moen “ By G-d! it's of no use," said the old slauggler, “No will be totally eclipsed, visible here: beginning of the eclipse, akiff can get through them breakers.”
thirty-one minutes past seven in the evening; beginning of to* Well, but she has."
tal darkness, thirty minutes past nine; end of the eclipse, eight “Not yet, master—see the light's gone it's all up with minutes past eleven in the evening. her now."
VERSES FOR THE YOUNG. The light had indeed gone, and not as before to rise again with the rise of the waters. Minute after minute elapsed,
We extract from the Poetical Works of Leigh Hunt and still all was dark upou the waves, and the next morn- | (just published by Moxon) the Father's reflections by the ing the corpse of Nancy Woodriff was found on the sands, side of his slumbering sick child. about half a mile from the place where she had first pushed
TO T. L. H., off amid the breakers.
SIX YEARS OLD, DURING A SICKNESS.
Sleep breathes at last from out thee,
My littie, patient boy;
And balmy rest about thee many, called, Der Herentanz auf dem Brocken, or “ The
Smooths off the day's annoy. Witch-dance on the Brocken,” which is said to have had
I sit me down, and think its origin in the following circumstances :-Charlemagne
Of all thy winning ways; had found all his pious endeavours to convert the Saxons
Yet almost wish, with sudden shrink, ineffectual. The heathens retired before his arms into
That I had less to praise. their woods and fortresses, and, as soon as they found them.
Thy sidelong pillowed meekness, selves beyond his reach, resumed their horrid rites and
Thy thanks to all that aid, devil-worship. To put a stop to these impieties, the Chris
Thy heart, in pain and weakness, tian emperor stationed guards at the passes of the moun
Of fancied faults afraid ; tains, wben the season of the heathen festivals approached ;
The little trembling hand but the Saxons eluded his soldiers by a very ingenious
That wipes thy quiet tears, contrivance. They arrayed themselves in the skins and
These, these are the things that may demand horns of beasts, and wielding fire-brands and rude clubs,
Dread memories for years. presented themselves in this terrific guise to the guards, who,
Sorrows I've had, severe ones, conceiving them to be so many demons, took to flight, and
I will not think of now; pread abroad a variety of appalling stories of the spirits
And calmly, midst my dear ones, which haunted the Brocken, and other inaccessible spots.
Have wasted with dry brow; The Marchen runs as follows :
But when thy fingers press “ Among the Harz mountains there is an exceeding lofty one, which rears its head far above the rest, and over
And pat my stooping head, looks all the country fifteen miles around. It is called the
I cannot bear the gentleness, Brocken; but when we talk of the incantations and demon
The tears are in their bed. riles which were performed here in heathen times, and are
Ah, first-born of thy mother, said to be still practised by those wretches who have sold
When life and hope were new, themselves to the Devil, we call it the Blocksberg. Upon
Kind playmate of thy brother, its cold and barren summit, which glitters all over with a
Thy sister, father too ; thousand millions of rock-crystals, the Devil holds an an
My light, where'er I go, fual festival, on the night between the last day of April and
My bird, when prison-bound, the first of May, well known by the name of Walpurgi's My hand in hand companion,-no, night, to which all the witches and magicians on earth are
My prayers shall hold thee round. in vited. As soon as midnight has tolled, the guests begin
To say “ He has departed"to arrive from all quarters, upon brooms and pitchforks,
6 His voice"_" his face"-is gone ; and giants' bones, and other strange steeds ; and the Great
To feel impatient-hearted, Devil himself brings along with him not a few to the en
Yet feel we must bear on; tertainment. When all are met, an immense bonfire is
Ah, I could not endure lighted up, and a wild dance commences; after which the
To whisper of such wo, Devil mounts the Devil-pulpit, and delivers a blasphemous
Unless I felt this sleep ensure hamugne, at the conclusion of which a supper, consisting
That it will not be so. wholly of sansages, is served up upon the witches altar. The hag who reaches the scene last meets with a dreadful
Yes, still he's fixed, and sleeping ! punishment, to serve as a warning to all the rest ; for after
This silence too the while a warm embrace from the Prince of Darkness, she is sud
It's very hush and creeping denly torn in pieces, and her flesh is scattered over the wit
Seem whispering us a smile : bes' altar. At the first blush of morning the whole assem
Something divine and dim bly disperses. The peasants dwelling in the neighbour.
Seems going by one's ear, hood of the Brocken, on the approach of Walpurgi's night, Like parting wings of cherubim, draw the sign of three crosses on all their doors, being firm.
“ We've finished here !"
THE STIRRUP CUP.
the slight black rails, which form but a feeble rampart to The fashion of compotation described in the text, was the sepulchres, bend under his weight. The very persons still occasionally practised in Scotland, in my youth. A who, but an instant before, had, with religious care, company, after having taken leave of their host, often went adorned the tomb of a relative or friend, trampled, withou to finish the evening at the clachan or village, in “womb | pity, upon the freshly turned flower-borders which filial of tavern." Their entertainer always accompanied them piety had not yet the courage to surround with railings, or to take the stirrup-cup, which often occasioned a long and threw down the garlands of white flowers which surmoubilate revel.
ed the monumental inscriptions or adorned the graves. So The Poculum Potatorium of the valiant Baron, his true is it, that even the cypress of the tomb is sacred for blessed Bear, has a prototype at the fine old Castle of Glam- him only by whom it is planted. This heedless profanati mis, so rich in memorials of ancient times; it is a massive is renewed each time that a bier is attended to the last pla : beaker of silver, double gilt, moulded into the shape of a of its deposit by solemn and ostentatious pomp.-Cenici lion, and holding about an English pint of wine. The du Pere la Chaise in Le Livre de Cent-et-Un. form alludes to the family name of Strathmore, which is MENTAL PHYSIC.--I look to tranquillity of mind asi Lyon, and, when exhibited, the cup must necessarily be patience to contribute as much as anything whatever to the emptied to the Earl's health. The author ought perhaps curing diseases. On this principle 1 account for the one to be ashamed of recording that he has had the honour of cumstance of animals not labouring under illness so far: swallowing the contents of the Lion; and the recollection as human beings. Brutes do not think so much as we, 27? of the feat served to suggest the story of the Bear of Brad vex themselves about futurity ; but endure their maladie wardine. In the family of Scott of Thirlestane (not Thirle- without reflecting on them, and recover from them bits stane in the Forest, but the place of the same name in sole means of temperance and repose.----Sorbiere, an en.. Roxburghshire) was long preserved a cup of the same kind, nent French physician. in the form of a jack-boot. Each guest was obliged to Statistics or SMOKING.–The propensity of smoking in empty this at his departure. If the guest's name was Scott, declared by the physicians to be actually one of the most etārzne the necessity was doubly imperative.
causes of the German tendency to diseases of the lings, la When the landlord of an inn presented his guests with point of expense. its waste is enormous. In Hamburg aan deoch an doruis, that is, the drink at the door, or the 50,000 boxes of cigars have been consumed in a year; each 1:07 stirrup-cup, the draught was not charged in the reckoning. it is to be remembered, that even this is but a part of the ti
costing about L. 3 sterling , L, 150,000 puffed into the air! Att On this point a learned Bailie of the town of Forfar pronounced a very sound judgment.
pense ; the cigar adorning the lip only of the better orders, at ! A., an Ale-wife in Forfar, had brewed her “peck of juring this small vanity, and blowing away with the mights
even among those, only of the young; the mature generally the malt," and set the liquor out of doors to cool; the cow of ineerschaum of their ancestors. This plague, like the Egypus B., a neighbour of A., chanced to come by, and seeing the plague of frogs, is felt every where and in every thing. !!*** good beverage, was allured to taste it, and finally to drink sons the streets, the clubs, and the coffee houses ; furnitur: it up. When A. can.e to take in her liquor, she found her clothes, equipage, and person, are redolent of the abomination. It tub empty, and from the cow's staggering and staring, so
makes even the dulness of the newspaper doubly narcotic ; the as to betray her intemperance, she ea-ily divined the mode
napkin on the table tells instantly that native hands have bet? in which her “browst" had disappeared. To take ven
over it; every eatable and drinkable, all that can be seen, tele,
heard, or understood, is saturated with tobacco ; the Fery geance on Crummie's ribs with a stick, was her first effort. The roaring of the cow brought B., her master, who re
we breathe is but a conveyance for this poison into the lungs; monstrated with his angry neighbour, and received in reply
and every man, woman, and child, rapidly acquires the con.
plexion of a boiled chicken. From the hour of their waking, if a demand for the value of the ale which Crummie had
nine-tenths of the population can ever be said to awake atas B. refused payment, and was conveyed before to the hour of their lying down, which in innumerable instances C., the Bailie, or sitting Magistrate. He heard the case the peasantry do in their clothes, the pipe is never out of their patiently; and then demanded of the plaintiff A., whether mouths; one mighty fumigation reigns, and human use is the cow had sat down to her potation, or taken it standing. smoke-dried by tens of thoueands of square miles. But if it la The plaintiff answered, she had not seen the deed commit
a crime to shorten life
, or extinguish faculties, the authority of ted, but she supposed the cow drank the ale while standing
the chief German physiologists charges this custom with after on her feet ; adding, that had she been near, she would ing both in a very remarkable degree. They compute, that of have made her use them to some purpose. The Bailie, on ginate in the waste of the constitution by smoking. The bu.
twenty deaths of men between eighteen and thirty-five, ten or. this admission, solemnly adjudged the cow's drink to be
versal weakness of the eyes, which makes the Germans par tie deoch an doruis_a stirrup-cup, for which no charges could
cellance a spectacled nation, is probably attributed to the same be made, without violating the ancient hospitality of Scot cause of general nervous debility. Tobacco burns ont this land.- Sir Walter Scott.
blood, their teeth, their eyes, and their brains; turning their de
into inummies, and their minds into metaphysics. -—-Journal of SCRAPS.
Defence of Hanburgh.
CONTENTS OF NO. XXII.
Address to our Headers.. young female, among the shrubs, where grief and sorrow re.
On the Mismanagement of Public Institutions............ *** tire to uninterrupted solitude. She was a wife and had lost
Heat.--concluded....... her first-born. With what care did she replace the old and Sketch of Professor Wilson, by Mr. De Quincey....... faded flowers with fresh ones. How lightly did she press Mutiny at the Nore..... her foot on the spade, which she feared to make enter too COLUMN FOR TUE LAPIES_Anniversary of a Marriage ...... deeply into the soil. With what care did she use the contents ELEMENTS OF Tuought-The Author by Profession-High of a small watering-pot, which she took from behind a yew Living and Mean Thinking........ tree; and how lovely, yet how melancholy, her smile at the THE STORY TELLER-English Smugglers.. first shoots of verdure. It was a smile portraying the deep The Witch Dance on the Brocken.. pathos of maternal affection. Three feet of soil seemed not VERSES FOR THE YOUNG....... to conceal from her the face of her son. She appeared to
The Stirrup Cup....... look upon him, and hung over his tomb as if it were his SCRAPs-Original and Selected_Maternal Affection-Mental cradle. Tender mother! thy babe is asleep, thou smilest
Physic-Statistics of Smoking. upon him, and fearest to awaken him. A stranger to everything around her, and her attention absorbed by fond recol. lections, she heard not the bustle of the rich man's funeral.
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