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side, and we re-embarked on the ice cut after the model of ours, should close by a little mill. Having got refuse money, and submit to so much upon the ice we were much surprised toil, only for the pleasure of being and concerned to find that we had useful to others, and for the insipid given ourselves all this trouble only satisfaction of doing good. Such ex. to reach a place where we had perils amples, but too rare and too little still more alarming to encounter. The known in the polished circles of great river was open on both sides, and it towns, are not so in those places was necessary for the sledge to pass which are far removed from a metroover a crust of ice which had main polis, where morals have become the tained itself in the middle, and under victim of selfish and corrupt paswhich the water made a frightful sion. It is the traveller, who, con, noise. Our guides, wbo ventured on stantly carrying about with him his it first, assured us that there was no ideas of civilization (which is often danger, and that when we had crossed only a different name for a system of this piece we should have nothing refined selfishness), introduces his de. more to fear through the remainder graded notions into the bosom of a of our journey. It was at the mo- simple people, obliging from instinct, ment a bitter pill to swallow; but it and generous and beneficent from promised to procure us much com- nature. We for ever consider it as fort afterwards. Although our guides an incumbent upon us to reward every had by this time got to the other side, little attention with money; and our anxiety was not diminished; we knowing no gratification equal to that were unable to conquer the reluc- of receiving pecuniary acknowledg. tanee excited in our minds by the ment, we render the purest pleasure view and noise of the water, the ra- of our nature venal by the recompidity of the current, which shewed pences we bestow, and corrupt and itself at two openings, and by the ap- debase by views of interest that parent fragility of the crust of ice sense of duty which is cherished by a which was to support us in the midst sentiment of pleasure, and enjoyed of the stream. With exemplary dis- by every moral heart upon performcretion we embraced the wise expe- ing a good action to his fellow men.' dient (which inade our Finlandish Chap. XVI. In continuing their peasants laugh immoderately) of journey, having travelled over rivers creeping upon our knees, passing a which were covered with snow of a hillock of 'ice that obstructed our dirty colour, they were surprised and way in that bumble posture, and on alarmed at coming to a river where sliding on our seat to the opposite the ice, transparent as crystal, discoside, where we joined our sledge, vered under our feet the i hole depth which waited our arrival. This ridic of the element below, insomuch that culous scene was highly entertaining, we could
the smallest and converted into mirth the terror fishes. of all our dangers.
The next place visited is Wasa, the “ Having crossed the river at this first town in Ostrobothnia; a descripplace, our guides informed us that we tion of its trade and government ochad no farther occasion for them, cupies the remaining part of this and that we might pursue our journey chapter. without the least apprehension. They Chap. XVII. Leaving Wasa, they instantly left us, without waiting for pass on to Gamla Carleby, from any sort of recompence for their ser- whence, says the author, “ we contivices; and when we called them nued our journey on the ice, and exback, and offered them money, they perienced a new sensation peculiar to seemed astonished that we should this mode of travelling. We have think of rewarding them. One of before observed, that the frost is here them remained deaf to all our impor- so intense as to arrest the sea in tunities, refused our money with its waving motion. The sun becomfirmness and dignity, and went away ing more powerful with the advance. without it. Our narrow minds, that ment of the season, melted considerare filled with notions of what is ably the ice on the surface. The called refinement, are at a loss to water thus produced during the day, conceive how those people, who ap- collected in the cavities or furrows, pear so poor and low in our eyes, and formed little pools or rivulets, merely because they have not a coat which we were under the necessity of
brittle texture, ii breaks it and sud. A Sathis weiter has not prefixed an
traversing in our sledges; and as sea to the depth of about thirty feet : they were always a considerable if the cold happens to be somewhat depth in the middle, we saw ourselves severe, they are obliged to be contidescending we knew not where, and nually stirring the water at the orifice actually thought we should sink to to prevent its freezing. We wit. the bottom of the ocean. The intre- nessed several lucky dips of the fishpidity, or rather indifference, with ermen's hooks, and we did not leave which the Finlander made his way them till we had caught some fish through those pools, encouraged us a ourselves. Afterwards, wishing to try little; but the recollection that we whether we could run on the ice were upon the sea, and a conscious- with their pattens, we afforded no ness that the water was entering our small diversion to those good people, sledge, excited at first frightful ap- by our aukward manner of using prehensions, and a continued dis- them, as well as by several falls, which agreeable feeling.
were more amusing to the spectators " In nights of severe and intense than agreeable to the performers." cold, such as frequently occur at (To be concluded in our nert.) that time of the year, a crust of ice is formed over those pools, insomuch that the water becomes inclosed be- CIV. SELBORNE Hill; a Poem. tween two plates of ice : in this case, With an Account of the Place, and as the sledge passes over the upper Notes. By D. GRIFFITHS, 410. crust, which is generally but of a
S denly falls into the water, which only give a specimen of it, which we
his bubbles up all about the sledge, nor shall do in the following episode, and does it stop till it gets to the second the note which accompanies it. layer of ice. This unexpected fall
« * Here once there dwelt the bee-fond produces a horrible sensation; and
ideot boy ; though there are rarely more than two feet of distance from one stra
Bees were his food, amusement, and em
play: tum of ice to the other, yet the sight No wealth he sought, nor fame, nor sensual of the water, the plunging of the horse, &c. are exceedingly alarm- For all his wishes cent’red in his bees. ing.
To catch his prey, how oft he'd leave his « In our travels on the ice we fell in
home, with fishermen who use the book and Aud o'er the sunny banks and fields would bait: they sometimes stopped, and roan; amused us by shewing us the fish they Or, if he could, from neighb'ring hives had caught.' Their figure was a great And with the sting-pluck'd bees his bosome
would steal, curiosity to us: they scour over the
hil. ice in long wooden partens, and Poor ideot boy! To sympathy inclin’d, shove themselves along with a pole The stranger ask'd, “ What was it hurt his they hold in their hand. The velo
mind?" city of their progress is almost incre. Alas! how many, counted wise, pursue dible; and the wonderful celerity of Pleasures more emply, and more dangerous motion in their bodies, without the
too!" smallest perceptible action in their
* About thirty years ago there lived in the legs (for they the only their arms), village a boy olibis description. In the winforms a very striking sight to a per- ter, he duscd away his time in a kind of corson beholding them for the first time. pid state, seldoın departing from his father's When employed in fishing, they ex- chimney corner; but in the summer, he was Bibil a very curious picture on ac- all alert in quest of bees, and it was wondercount of the contrast which is ob- ful how expert he was in catching them, servable in all those ohjects. They When he caught any, he wouid first disarm carry along with thein a small trians them of their stings, and either immediately
suck their bodies for the sake of their huneygular sail, which, when they have occasion to remain long seated on the bags, or fill his boom with a number of ice, they spread in order to shelter thein, carry them home, and confine them in
bottles. He made a noise very much re. then loin ihe wind. Having perfo- sembing the humming of bees. When a rated the ice with a kind of chisel, tall youih, he was removed to a distant vii. which makes a part of their appara- lage, where he died before he arrived at inan. tus, they plunge the hook into the bood.- hite's Hist. Selb.
CV. A NARATIVE of the Life of ing the pigeons disturbed, she went
Sarah Shade, born at Stoke Edih, in out to see what was the cause of it, the County of Hereford. Containing when she perceived a tiger cat in the many well authenticated and curious act of seizing one of her pigeons, on Facts, more particularly during her which she had the resolution to catch Voyage to the East Indies, in the up a stick with intent to rescue Ne v Devonshire Indi aman, in the the bird. At this moment the ani. Year 1769; and in iraversing that mal dropped the pigeon, and made a Country in Company with the Army, spring at her; when, stooping down at the Sirges of Pondicherry, Velure, to avoid the attack, and placing her Negapalam, &c. &c. Together with hands together to keep the animal sme extraordinary Accounts of the off, the tiger cat literally seized both Ferocity of Tigers, Jackals, Piah her lands in his mouth, when fear Dogs, Vultures, &c. Taken down by gave her the resolution to grasp hold SOME GENTLEMEN, and published of the root of his tongue, so as to for her Benefi:.
prevent, in a great measure, the ani
mal's endeavours to bite her, though THIS short narrative owes its she bears to this day the marks of tion, intended for the benefit of the quence, in a desperate state, attended poor of this metropolis, and ultimate. by Doctors Lucas and Sinclair, who is to relieve the public from the nume- were attached to the garrison; but tous mendicants, whom the pressure was ultimately cured by a poor Porof the time has driven to the painful tuguese woman, who had come to ask Decessity of asking alms in the streets. the charity of a seer of rice. Such Among many very poor but deserv- was the malignity of the bite and ing objects who aitended to tell their scratches of the animal, that she tales of woe, appeared the subject of swelled to an almost inconceivable this history; and the relation of it degree; and but for the timely apcoutaining many curious incidents, pearance of her husband, and sergare the idea of taking it down more jeant Lamb of the artillery, she fully than would otherwise be re- would inevitably have fallen a sacriquired; and it is now made public, fice to her temerity; for though her in hopes of obtaining some present husband pierced him with bis bayo. relief for those wants occasioned by net near the heart, and Serjeant long illness."
Lamb on the flank, it was with the This narrative, as might be ex- greatest difficulty they could overpected from the title, abounds with come the animal, and keep him down the marvellous; but as the gentle - -a fact notorious to all the garrison, men who examined Sarah Sbade ap- who focked to see the creature when pear satisfied with respect to her ve- dead. Indeed, there is at this moracity, it does not become us, who ment a man of the name of John know nothing of the individual, to ·Anderson, an out-pensioner of Chel. question the credibility of her story: sea Hospital, then a serjeant at Trit. we shall therefore only give two or chinopoly, who well remembers the three extracts, which will be sufficient circumstance.” p. 9--11. to excite the curiosity of our readers “During one of the excursions to peruse the whole, especially con- from Tritchinopoly to Madras, with sidering the benevolent object of the two battalions of sepoys, commanded publication.
by Captain Watts, another incident ** At Tritchinopoly she remained happened, shewing the undaunted abrut eighteen months, living in a ferocity of the tiger. A young wo. house he had built for ber on the man, a native of the country, by sock; and during her stay there, one whom Lieutenant Kennedy had a of the extraordinary incidents, which son, and who was near her time with form the substance of this narrative, another child, was carried off in the and which, with the inotive of bene- middle of the ranks, whilst riding on volence, were the inducement to its a bullock, by a large tiger, who sprang publication, occurred, and is as fol. from out of the jungle, and seized laws — Being in the habit of keep- her by the throat. The detachment ing pigeons in å piace she bad erected halted in consequence; and, a ter a for them near her own habitation, three days searchi, discovered the re: and one morning, very early, hear- treat of the animal, which proved to be a female, having two whelps about they had swallowed, were become the size of terrier dogs. The dam was totally bare of feathers on the head shot, and the young taken alive, and and neck, and continued so for many secured by muffling the fore paws, years after, being commonly known and muzzling their mouths. In the by the name of Bob Taylor's crows. den, which was of the size of a mode- I saw many of them after my arrival, rate room, and in which a man could though Mr. Taylor had left the coun. stand upright, were discovered va- try more than two years before. rious ornaments of dress; among the “ Braminee kites are birds much like number) of which the narrator was English hawks in figure and colour, an eye witness, she recollects the though more than thrice as large. following articles, besides those worn They are birds of prey, and are, as by the unfortunate female just men- the crows, very useful in the contioned; a star of real pearls set in sumption of putrid substances. They gold, a gold watch, two silver watches, are extremely voracious, and will very several pieces of gold chains much frequently dart down, and with their mutilated, a number of gold rings, talons, carry off articles out of penand a gold snake, large enough to go ple's hands. I saw an instance once, round the body of a man, of consi- at the house of Messrs. Roach and derable value, with various other va- Johnston, where I had been invited luable articles, and many bones be- to dine : while, with a number of Jonging to unhappy persons who had others, I walked the verandah (or fallen victims to the animals ferocity. balcony) which overlooked the back The two young tigers were afterwards yard, and the servants were crossing sent as a present to the Nabob of the same with the dinner, a kite sud. Tritchinopoly.” p. 12, 13.
denly threw itself from the corner of From the Appendix we give the an opposite house, and, fixing its ta. following:
lons in a small boiled turkey, carried
it off smoking hot to the top of the CROWS-BRAMINEE KITES.
building, from whence he had de.
scended, leaving the empty dish in “ Crows, in Bengal, are excessively the hands of the servant. Another numerous: they are of a dark lead time, I saw a kite dart down on a colour. They are esteemed very ser. servant of my own, and fairly knock viceable, by destroying great quan- a plate and bason of soup out of his tities of carrion, which, in thai hot hands. A favourite cat, which I had climate, would otherwise infect the while in Calcutta, was dropped into air. The crows are held in a kind of my court-yard, while a kitten, from veneration by the natives; and eren the claws of a kite. The Hindoos the Europeans respect them so much, have a religious veneration for them, as seldom to shoot or otherwise de- and are said to worship there.” p.37 stroy them. When driven by hun. -39. ger, they constantly attend the houses of Europeans at meal times, and, frequently before the guests are seated, dart through the opened windows, and carry off any thing they find CVI. SACRED BIOGRAPHY; or, convenient. At breakfast it is com- The History of Jesus Christ. Being mon to eat boiled eggs, of the shells a Course of Lectures, delivered at the whereof they are very fond, and will Scots Church, London - Wall. come within a yard or two of you to HENRY HUNTER, D.D. vol. VII. fetch them. I remember a pleasant 8vo. story of a man, whose name was Ro.
R. HUNTER is well known to der the necessity of taking calomel pills, and frequently left open the box the translator of Lavater, Euler, Saocontaining them in his chamber, and rin, &c. but also as the author of six as frequently lost the contents, with- volumes of sermons, entitled Scripout being able to account for the ture Biography, to the new edition of manner in which they had been taken which the volume before us is an apaway; at length, however, the crow's pendage and conclusion. The gewere found to be the depredators, neral subject is the Life of Christ, and many of them, from the quantity and the particular topics (as there is
bert Taylor, who had long beenomen Dhe literary world, not only as
no list of them) may be judged of a bold adventurous flight into the from the following table of texts : heaven of heavens, to expatiate
Lecture I. Johni. 1-14.-II. Is. through the boundless regions of eterliji. 8.-III. Haggai ii. 6-9.- nity, to contemplate objects which IV. Luke i. 11-40.- -V. Luke i. 26 angels desire to look into,' to search -33.-VI. Lukeji. 1-14. -VII. into the great mystery of godliness,' Luke ii, 40.-VIII. Luke ii. 41- to lose ourselves in seeking to know 52.-IX. Luke iii. 21-23.- -X. the love of Christ which passeth Matt. iv. 1-11.-XI. Luke iv. 13 knowledge.' -32.—XII. Luke iv. 16–22. “ We are going to attempt a deliXIII. Luke iv. 20–32.- -XIV. neation of the Life and History of Matt. iv. 12-22.- XV. Luke x. Jesus Christ the Saviour of Men. My 17-22.-XVI. John ii. 1-11.- heart fails at the thought of the task XVII. Luke iv. 38-44.- -XVIII. which I have undertaken; my tongue John ii. 13–17.-XIX. John ii. cleaves to the roof of my mouth. 18-25. -XX. 1 Cor. xv. 35—44. Spirit of Grace establish thou my
-XXI. John iv. 46–54.- -XXII. beartMatt. viii. 5-12.-XXIII. John vi.
- thou my voice inspire, 1-14.
• Who touched Isaiah's hallow'd lips with As a specimen we shall give a con
fire !' siderable part of LECTURE II.
“The question of the prophet which Isaiah liii. 8. Who shall declare his has now been read, and which sug. generation ?
gested the idea that we mean to puri "The history of countries gene- sue through this Lecture is interwoven rally commences with a geographi- with a variety of pointed and striking cal account of their situation and predictions which, whether taken seextent ; of the climate and soil ; of the parately or in their combination, can names and the reason of imposing apply only to one person; and who such pames; of the era and the means that person is, no doubt can possibly of discovery; of the original inha- be entertained when we consider, bitants, and of other circumstances that this is the very passage of Scriptending either to communicate useful ture to which Philip the Evangelist information or to gratify curiosity. was providentially directed, as a text The biographer, in like manner, in for preaching Jesus,' to the Ethidelineating the life of his prince, states- opian Eunuch. I shall not employ man, hero, or philosopher, usually any part of your time in detailing begins with tracing his pedigree and the various opinions which have been parentage, and enables the reader to entertained respecting the meaning form some acquaintance with his an- of the passage in general, or the precestors, in order to introduce the cise import of the term . generation' personage himself with greater ad- in particular. The question appears Fantage and effect. But both the simply to be a bold defiance given to general historian and the biographer all created wisdom to investigate, to quickly lose themselves in research. unfold the generation, the origin, the The origin of no nation or individual essence of that wonderful person concan be traced up to its source. The cerning whom such singular circum. light becomes fainter and fainter as stances and events are predicted; it we proceed, the object is rendered amounts to a strong and positive atmore obscure and uncertain, till time firmation that it is impossible to de. at length spreads his sable mantle clare Him as he is, to trace his existover it, and we behold it no more. .ence through the successive periods Who then shall declare his genera- of duration up to its commencement, tion, who was in the beginning with as you may do that of a mere man God, by whom all things were
from the moment of his birth, or made, and without whom was not through a series of ancestors. What, any thing made that is made.' in this view, is the obvious doctrine
" We are advancing, men and bre. of the text? That the generation of thren, upon holy ground ; ground Him whom the Spirit of prophecy, and sacred as Eden's blissful plains, as the the corresponding history represent region which surrounded the bush as an innocent, patient, vicarious suf. that burned with fire, as Sinai's awful ferer, extends beyond the sphere of summit. Borne aloft on the pinions created nature, eludes pursuit, spreads of the celestial dove, we are aiming the glory of eternity around it, and