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been disinherited for not having sepa- was coming out to receive him at the rated herself from such a scoundrel, as door of his pavilion. Ali pacha (for they suppose me to be. I could furnish that was the name of him who was quitvolumes of circumstances of this nature, ting the government) came attended by all of which are owing to that unhappy all the janissaries composing the ordiname of Smith, but I fear I have already nary garrison of Nicosia, since the trespassed too far on your valuable pages. Turks had obtained possession of it, Having told you thus far, what I am, I amounting to about five hundred. They will conclude, by telling you, for my came in two wings or files ; some with own sake, and for the benefit of the pub. muskets, others with drawn scimetars. lic at large, what I am not.

They approached the entrance of the new I am not the young man of respectable pacha's tent, and took their stations appearance, who was remanded last week round it: then Ali Pacha, inclining on a charge of robbing his employer. his body, made a reverence to Hassan,

I am not the unhappy man, who, a few and the latter, with a slighter inclinadays ago deliberately committed suicide, tion, returned the salute. Ali then by suffocating himself with charcoal, in entered Hassan's pavilion; and the a fit of temporary insanity. I am not a Turks mounted Hassan upon a fine tripe-dresser in Golden Lane; I am not horse, richly caparisoned; they led a whalebone merchant in Fleet Street; him round the tents, and took a consiI am not a tailor in the Strand; I was derable circuit over the ground aboat not married last week, at St. Pancras them, crying out in their language Church, to somebody, whose name I “Long live Sultan Soliman, and Hassan forget. I have never performed the Pacha in his name!” They repeated principal Witch, in Macbeth-neither this a number of times, shouting louder am I any relation to the “ Bottle Imp,' every time; and then they led him back whatever.

to the tent, where Ali Pacha had reI am not ready to fight Jem Ward, or mained; when he, the cadi, and Hassan, any other pet of the fancy, for 50 sove- shut themselves up there for an hour, no reigns aside ; nor am I to be heard of at other person being present. Mahomet Peter Crawley's.

told Ricardo that they had done this in I am not the ragged young urchin, order to consult about what should be who was placed at the bar, for a daring done in the city relative to the works robbery on a lollipop-vender. Neither which Ali had commenced. did I die, lamented by all who knew me, At length the cadi came to the door on the thirtieth ultimo, as stated in the of the tent, and called out, three several public journals.

times, in Turkish, Arabic,' and Greek, I am not sexton to half a dozen that all who had justice to demand, or parishes; and I know nothing about the any complaint to make, against Ali Pacha, keys of any engine whatever.

might enter freely, for that Hassan PaÍ do not beat carpets, nor undertake cha was there, whom the Grand Signior porter's work; I did not preach an im- sent to be viceroy of Cyprus, who would pressive discourse on any occasion; nei- do them all right and justice. This perther was I committed for three months mission being given, the Janissaries left to the tread mill, for playing at thimble the door-way of the tent unoccupied, and rig during divine service.

gave free passage to all who chose to I am not the monster in human form, enter. Mahomet took Ricardo in with who was convicted of skinning cats alive, him, for the latter was allowed to pass, and leaving their quivering carcasses to as being a slave of Hassan. There enwrithe in all the horrors of excoriation. tered, to ask justice, some Greek Chris

I am not a gingerbread baker, nor a tians, and also several Turks; but all for dealer in marine stores.

matters of so little importance, that the I am what I am, Dei gratia, and re- cadi dispatched the greater part of them main, the reader's obedient servant, without either pleadings or cross-exGREGORY SMITH. aminations : for all causes, except matri

monial ones, are settled among them THE GENEROUS LOVER. summarily, and at once, rather according (For the Parterre).

to the good sense of the judge than ac

cording to any written law. And among CHAP. II.

those barbarians (if, indeed, in the breBeauty provoketh thieves sooner than gold. vity of their legal proceedings they can Our two friends reached the tents just be considered as such) the cadi was the as the ex-pacha arrived, and his successor competent judge of all causes, deciding


them in a breath, without there being ing her; so that, without staying to any appeal from his sentence to another inquire how, where, or when she came tribunal.

into the hands of the Jew, they asked At this time, there entered an alguazil, him what price he set upon her. The or chauz, as he was called in Turkish, to covetous Israelite mentioned a -say that a Jew was waiting at the door of equivalent to four thousand crowns of the tent, who had with him for sale a that period. But scarcely had he very beautiful Christian woman : the named his price before Ali Pacha said cadi ordered him to be admitted. The that he would give it, and told him to go officer accordingly went out, and imme- directly to his tent, and count over the diately returned with a venerable-looking money. But Hassan Pacha resolving Jew, who led by the hand a woman not to let her go thus, though it should attired in a Barbary dress, so richly be at the risk of his life, said, “ I, too, adorned, and so elegantly arrayed, that will give for the damsel the sum which she could not have been equalled by the the Jew asks—which I would not offer wealthiest Moorish woman of Fez or of to do, nor would I oppose myself to' Ali Morocco, though they were thought to in this matter, but for a reason which, excel in dress all the other African ladies, as he himself will acknowledge, obliges not excepting the Algerines with their me so to do-which is, that this beautiful profusion of pearls. Her face was hidden slave cannot belong to either of us, but by a veil of crimson taffety; upon her to the Grand Signior above, in whose ancles, which were uncovered, there shone name I purchase her: let us see now a pair of clasps, or anclets, apparently of who will be so bold as to attempt to pure gold; and upon her arms, which were take her from me.” 66 That will I,” revisible through the sleeves of an under- plied Ali, “ for I purchase her for the garment of fine transparent silk, she had very same purpose; and surely it is bracelets of gold, set with numerous rather for me, who am going direct to pearls. In short, her attire was costly Constantinople, to make this present to and elegant in the extreme.

the Grand Signior, and thereby gain his Struck with admiration at this first favour; since, being now left, as you view, the cadi and the two pachas, before know, Hassan, without an employment, making any inquiry, commanded the it is necessary that I should seek to Jew to cause the Christian woman to obtain one; whereas you are certain, for unveil herself. He did so, and a face of three years, of the government of this radiant beauty beamed upon them, like rich kingdom of Cyprus. For this reathe sun bursting from a cloud. All son, and because I was the first who were astonished; but the sorrowing Ri- offered the price for the captive, it is but cardo gazed in breathless amazement, as right, Hassan, that thou shouldst leave if he thought he beheld a visitant from her to me. But Hassan was not to be another world.Could it indeed be thus argued out of his purpose. Love, she-or was it some phantom, conjured in all its shapes, is an overmatch for up by his evil genius to torture him with reason. “ Such a present to the Grand cruel mockery?-had the demon of the Signior," returned he, “ will come with tempest really spared that angel form? a better grace from me, who make it

-Surely it must be so—and she whose without any interested motive; and as knell he thought he had heard in the wild for the opportunity of conveying her, I howl of the winds and waters—she whose will man a galiot with my own crew and damp cold relics he had longed to clasp, slaves, for that especial purpose.' Irrinow stood before him in all the splendour tated at these words, Ali rose up, and of her living charms—his cruel and laid his hand on his scimetar, sayingadored Leonisa !

“ My intention, Hassan, being the same The exceeding beauty of the fair as thine, namely, to make a present of Christian, so suddenly beheld, at once this Christian woman to the Grand Sigmade a conquest of the hearts of Ali and nior, and I having been the first purHassan ; nor was the cadi unmoved by chaser, I once more tell thee it is fit and the power of her charms; he was even just that thou shouldst leave her to me; more affected by them than the pachas, and if thou persist in doing otherwise, and was unable to take his eyes off this weapon, which I grasp,

shall vindiLeonisa's lovely countenance. And- cate my right, and chastise thy audacity.” such is the force of this passion--all The cadi, who heard all this, and who three conceived, at that very moment, was no less inflamed with desire than what appeared to them to be a well- the contending pachas, fearful lest the grounded hope of possessing and enjoy- fair captive should not come into his


hands, considered how he might allay abide by his decision; and each of them the discord which had arisen, and at still cherished a hope, which, though the same time obtain possession of the slightly founded, seemed to promise to desired object, without giving cause to them in the end the accomplishment of suspect his sinister intention. He ac- their wishes. Hassan, who was remaincordingly rose from his seat, and placing ing as governor of Cyprus, thought of himself between the two pachas, who gaining over the cadi, by presents, to were already standing, he said—“Has- abandon his resolution, and give him san, compose thyself; and do thou, Ali, the fair captive; Ali proposed to himself be tranquil; for you see me here, and I to strike a blow which should secure to will contrive so to reconcile your differ- him what he desired ; and each of them ences that both of you shall fulfil your being satisfied with his own scheme, intention, and your duty to the Grand they submitted with the less reluctance to Signior shall be paid as you desire.” the cadi's decision. With the full consent The cadi was instantly obeyed; as, of both, she was surrendered into his indeed, he would have been had he com- hands, and they immediately paid the Jew manded something more difficult-in two thousand crowns each. The Jew said such reverence did the Mussulmans hold that he could not part with her for that his grey hairs. He proceeded thus :- money in the dress she then wore, for " You say, Ali, that you want this that it was worth another thousand Christian damsel for the Grand Signior, crowns; and so it was; for in her hair, and Hassan says that he also wants to of which part hung loose upon her shoul. have her for the same purpose; you ders, and part was tied up and bound upon allege that because you were the first to her forehead, there appeared several rows offer the price, she ought to be yours; of pearls, very tastefully disposed. The Hassan contradicts you; and though he bracelets and ancle-clasps were also full himself has not clearly established his of large pearls. Her dress was a long right, it appears to me to be the same robe of green satin, covered with gold as yours, consisting in the intention, embroidery. Indeed, it was the opinion which doubtless you must both have of them all, that the Jew had not asked formed at the same time, of purchasing too much for the dress and ornaments; the slave for the same purpose; only you and the cadi, that he might not appear had the advantage of him in being the less liberal than the two pachas, said that first to declare your wish; but that is no he would pay it in order that the Chrisreason why his good intention should be tian slave might be presented to the altogether lost to him; and therefore, I Grand Signior in that attire. With this think it will be well that you should the two competitors were perfectly satisagree to arrange the matter thus :- fied, each of them thinking that the whole Let the slave belong to both of you; and would come into his own possession. since the use of her is to be left entirely It is needless to say, what were the to the Grand Signior, for whom she is feelings of Ricardo, at beholding his purchased, it will be for him to dispose soul's idol thus put up for sale like a of her. Meanwhile, you, Hassan, will beast of burden—the thoughts and appay one half the price; and you, Ali, prehensions that crowded upon his mind, will pay the other half; and the captive since he seemed to have found his lost shall remain in my hands, that I may treasure only to part with it even more send her, in both your names, to Con- painfully than before; he scarcely knew stantinople, and that so I may have whether to believe himself asleep or some share in the compliment, if only awake, doubting whether his senses did for having been present at the occasion not deceive him ; for he could scarcely of it. I therefore promise to send her persuade himself that he had really seen at my own cost, with all the state and before him, her whose beauteous and attendance which her destination re- cruel eyes he had long thought to liave quires; writing at the same time to the been closed for ever. He went up to Grand Signior the particulars of all that his friend Mahomet, and said to him, has passed, and the devotion which both “Do you not know her, my friend?” of you have manifested to his service." No," answered Mahomet.

The two enamoured Turks neither “Then you must know,” said Ricardo, would nor could say anything against “ that it is Leonisa.” the cadi's proposal; for although they

• What do you say, Ri

o?' saw that they should not in that way claimed Mahomet. obtain the fulfilment of their desires, yet “What you have heard,” returned they knew that they must at all events Ricardo.

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“ Be silent, then, and keep it secret," "and, I may say, still more to my mis.' rejoined his friend; “ fortune seems at fortune than I know Ricardo. But length to favour you, since your fair who are you, sir, who seem to know enemy is passing into the hands of my them, and put these questions to me master.”

about them ?” “ Do you think,” said Ricardo, “it is I," said Mahomet, “am a native of fit that I should place myself where she Palermo, whom a variety of incidents may see me?"

have brought to wear this habit in “ By no means," answered Mahomet, which you now see me, so different from “ lest you should surprise her, or be that which I wore formerly; and I agitated yourself, and by your emotion know them, because within these few shew that you have seen and know her; days they have both of them been in my which might be prejudicial to my de- hands. Cornelio was captured by some sign."

Moors of Tripoli, by whom he was sold “I will follow your advice," said to a Turk, who brought him to this Ricardo; and accordingly he was cautious island, to which he came with merchanthat his eyes should not encounter those dize, being a merchant of Rhodes, and of Leonisa, who had all this time kept he intrusted Cornelio with the care of all hers fixed upon the ground, shedding a his property”. few gentle tears. The cadi approached

“ He will know how to take care of her, and taking her hand, delivered her it,” said Leonisa, “for he can take very to Mahomet, commanding him to take good care of his own. But tell me, sir, her to the city, and give her into the how or with whom did Ricardo come to care of his mistress Halima, and tell her this island ?” to treat her as a slave of the Grand “ He came," answered Mahomet, Signior. Mahomet obeyed, and left “ with a corsair, who took him in a garRicardo alone, who gazed after the fair den on the sea-shore at Trapani ; and and wandering star of his hopes, until he said that a young lady was carried she disappeared behind the walls of Ni- off at the same time, but he never would cosia. He then went to the Jew, and tell me her name. He remained here asked him where he had bought that a few days with his master, who was Christian captive, or how she had come going to visit the tomb of Mahomet at into his possession. The Jew answered Medina : but when they were on the him, that he had bought her on the island point of departure, Ricardo was taken of Pantalaria, of someTurks who had been very ill, so that his master left him with wrecked there. He was about to pro- me, as being from the same place, to take ceed in his narrative, but was prevented care of him until he should recover, or, by a summons from the pachas, who if he should not recover here, to send wanted to ask him the very same thing him to Constantinople, at which place which Ricardo desired to know; and he he would duly advertise me of his arrival. accordingly left him.

But heaven ordained it otherwise; for On the way from the tents to the city, the unfortunate Ricardo, though not Mahomet took occasion to ask Leonisa afflicted with any corporeal malady, exto what place she belonged ; and she pired at the end of a few days, having answered, “ the city of Trapani.” constantly on his tongue the name of

Mahomet then asked her if she knew one Leonisa, whom he told me he had in that city a gentleman of rich and loved more dearly than his life, and who noble parentage, named Ricardo. On had been drowned in the wreck of a galiot hearing which, Leonisa heaved a deep on the island of Pantalaria, whose death sigh, and said, “ Yes, I do know him, he was ever lamenting, until grief put a to my misfortune.”

period to his existence ; for I could dis“ How to your misfortune?" inquired cover no disease in his body, but only Mahomet.

symptoms of great anguish in his soul.' “ Because," returned Leonisa, “hę Tell me, sir,” asked Leonisa, “ did knew me to his own, and to my unhap- that youth whom you mentioned, in piness."

any of the conversations which passed “ And do you,” asked Mahomet, “also between you, and which, as you were know, in the same city, a young gentle. fellow-countrymen, must have been numan of elegant exterior, the son of merous, ever speak of that Leonisa, and wealthy parents, and himself a person of of the manner in which she and Ricardo great worth, generosity, and discretion, were carried off?” named Cornelio ?"

“ Yes,” replied Mahomet, “ he men“ I know him too,” answered Leonisa; tioned her, and he asked me if a Chris.



tian damsel, of that name, and of such a to Constantinople, and acquainted her description, which he gave, had been with Halima's temper. brought to this island; for that he should The rest of their time upon the way, be glad to find her, in order to ransom he spent in telling her other things which her, in case her owner had discovered he thought it would be to her advantage that she was not so rich as he had at first to know; until he left her in the cadi's thought; although, indeed, it might be, house, and in charge of Halima, to whom that having possessed her person, he he delivered his master's message, and would set less value on her; and if he who, finding the fair stranger so beaudid not ask above three or four hundred tiful, and so well adorned, gave her a crowns, he (Cornelio) would willingly gracious reception. give them for her, as he had once had

(To be continued ). some little partiality for her.” “ It must indeed have been very lit

ON A TURF OF DAISIES, tle," said Leonisa,“ since he thought me worth no more than four hundred crowns. Ricardo was more generous,

(For the Parterre). more worthy, and more courteous. God forgive her who was the cause of his What, tired so soon ? that glorious reveller death, and whom you now see before The Sun, your king, hath two bright hours before you; for I am that unhappy maiden The western dome receives him, with its couch

Of bloe, and gorgeous tapestries! Rouse ye, then, whom he wept as dead ; and, heaven

Pearl coronelted, golden-hearted maids ! knows, I should rejoice were he yet Hath the rich evening's dewy wassail lulled living !--that, with the heart-felt sorrow Your starry bosoms? Is there sleepy power I should evince for his misfortunes, I

In the sweet notes of plumy choristers?

Or are ye wearied with the ruddy pomp. might requite that which he has shewn

Of radiant skies-tired of your bandmaidens, for mine. I, sir, as I have already told The many-figured herbage, that ye thus you, am she whom Cornelio so little Decline, (like children with enjoyment tired), loved, and Ricardo so often wept for

Your bright and spotless heads ?

Close and more close whom very many and various accidents The languid florets fold themselves; and now, have brought into this wretched situa- Strewn here aud there, dew heavy, like a

chamber tion in which you now behold me; in

Of slumbering sultanesses,-lie till đawn. which, however, perilous as it is, I have hitherto, by the favour of heaven, pre

THE ARREST. served my honour inviolate; and that has been my consolation in my misery. But

( From the French). now I neither know where I am, nor

“The debtor cannot be arrested before the who is my owner, nor whither my ad- rising nor after the setting of the sun.” --Code verse fate is likely to lead me : where

de pro. civ. art. 781. fore I beseech you, sir, by the Christian blood which flows in your veins, If you have hitherto escaped the grasp that you counsel me in my troubles; for of the sheriff's officers, if the cuffs of though the many I have gone through your sleeves have not yet been defiled by have, I trust, taught me some discretion, the bailiff's touch, you can form no conyet they accumulate so fast upon me, ception of the bitterness of an arrest. that I know not how I shall surmount It is one of those unspeakable sensations them.”

which you will not again experience, To this Mahomet answered, that he save in Tartarus; that is, if old Minos would do whatever he could to serve her, shall think fit to condemn you. A few both by counsel and assistance. He in- days ago, I was still free in that anoma. formed her of the contention which had lous liberty, which knoweth not the clear arisen between the two pachas on her light of heaven, and defendeth itself from account, and how sbe remained in the the sun. Ferreted out by the commerhands of his master the cadi, to be con- cial blood-hound, I was forced early in veyed as a present to Sultan Selim, at the morning from my ensconcement in a Constantinople; but that before that garret, where I was sleeping, neither should take place, he hoped in the true well nor ill, until such time as it would God, in whom, though so bad a Chris- be day with me, and still night with the tian, he firmly believed, that his provi- rest of mankind. Last Friday, as the dence would ordain it otherwise. He town clock was striking eightadvised her to be on good terms with “ The owl is commencing its flight,”. Halima, the cadi's wife, in whose care said a young woman (the confidante of she was to be placed, until she was sent my misfortune), through the key-hole.

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