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solitary malcontent, and their misfortunes into the sub- the mind itself; in other words, there is established a ject of his gratulation. The one is opposed to sloth and natural diversity in temperament. This is an ultimate insensibility; the other is the antithesis of benevolence. fact in our constitution. Now the fact relates to the exEmulation employs no means to gain its object but such istence of an agency which may affect the principle of as are open and honourable : envy will stoop to the meanest emulation, in common with all the active powers, in two and the guiltiest. The former disposition involves a spe- modes; first, in the way of determining its force, and, cific regard to our own interests—a wish to enjoy the secondly, in the way of indicating its objects. If the temfruits of a well-earned preferment: the latter would often perament of an individual is quick and sensitive, emulapurchase injury to another by incurring injury to self. tion will be vividly present to his mind, and will form a' The one is virtuous self-love, with a tendency to expand very powerful incentive to exertion; if that temperament to philanthropy; the other is vicious self-love, issuing, be, on the contrary, sluggish and inert, this emotion will still more certainly, in the darkest malevolence. be but seldom felt, and, when felt, but feebly. Emulation,

We must be mindful, however, while asserting these again, may be largely swayed by temperament as respects distinctions, that there are complex mental states in which the choice of its objects. When the animal principles of any emotion may co-exist with others in an almost infi- our nature are predominant, these will produce low and denite variety of shade and of development. Indeed, as the basing aims. When the individual is the victim of inorscore of letters that make up the alphabet may be grouped dinate vanity, there will be a similar perversion of the into millions of different words, or as the half-dozen feeling to aims that are puny and ridiculous. It is only pieces of stained glass in a kaleidescope form endless com- when a man, in the exercise of reason and conscience, binations of colours, so the human mind, though endowed and informed and stimulated by an influence from above, originally with few separate principles of thought or of has succeeded in correcting what is wrong, and in conaction, possesses, both from the agency of external im- firming what is right in the original bent of his mind; in pulses and from the reciprocal influence of its own facul- reclaiming his affections from unworthy objects, and in ties, an inconceivable range of diversified consciousness. fixing them on such as are noble and virtuous—it is then It is seldom, if ever, that any of our powers is operating only that this excellent faculty is seen in its true aspect, singly. Several are generally employed in the formation operating in its proper sphere, and accomplishing the high of an idea or emotion, which will be each modified by the ends for which it was imparted. respective prominence of these while educing it. And We are not, however, to suppose that temperament only thus it frequently happens, that in a state of mind which directs the capacity of emulation to objects as morally The decided preponderance of better views and motives good or as morally evil. It often communicates what we may entitle to be regarded as the state of emulation, may style, in contradistinction, an innocent variety of aim. there is traceable a slight infusion of malevolent feeling, One man, for example, whose love of knowledge is natuthe presence of which in larger proportion would consti- rally ardent, will be ambitious to distance his competitors cute the emotion envious. Indeed virtue, as connected with in the walks of learning; another, in whom the desire of this part of our constitution, seems rather to consist in gain is strong, will aspire to influence in the mercantile the immediate repression of those evil affections into comniunity; while a third, in whom the love of country which, in particular, disappointed emulation may degene- is the ruling passion, will aim at the reputation of a disrate, than in the attempt to escape all liability to their tinguished patriot. Emulation, which may be called an incipient growth. The wise purposes of the moral govern- adjective emotion, supposing and dependent on the conment of God may render it necessary that the root of current action of some other of the emotions, falls, in bitterness remain in the soil ; our duty being to watch and these and the like instances, into the channel which origito check the least symptom of development.

nal temperament has dug for it, and flows in that beneWe wish to notice the influence, in the first instance, ficially. The sentiment, while susceptible of vicious, of natural temperament, and, in the second, of education, is equally susceptible of virtuous variety of direction. in modifying the susceptibility we speak of.

Bacon writing the Novum Organon, Galileo scanning the In natural temperament there is among mankind an stars, Milton musing on Paradise Lost, Newton establishextreme dirersity. Some, endowed with acuteness of ap- ing the theory of gravitation, Harvey ascertaining the cirprehension, and a peculiar proneness to the exercise of culation of the blood—are all most illustrious instances of the affections, act with ardour, with constancy, and with the truth of this position. feeling. Other minds there are, again, of dull, phlegma- Emulation, however, may be materially modified by tic mould-nature's Dutchmen-constitutionally indiffe- education-an influence, indeed, decreasing in strength rent to a thousand matters that would excite the emotions in exact proportion to the markedness and decision of naand determine the measures of the more susceptible sort. tural temperament, yet, from the absence of these chaA third class, and that by far the largest, seem to unite, racteristics in the mass of minds, more extensively potent in some sort, the distinguishing attributes of both the than the other. We use the term education in its widest others, exhibiting towards objects apparently alike calcu- sense, intending by it not the bare apprehension of cerlated in themselves to engage their regard, alternately tain branches of learning, but the operation, both on the the most lively interest and the most profound indiffer- intellect and on the character, of all those agencies by ence. We do not contemplate in this distribution the which the human being is surrounded between the eriods bent which the mind may acquire from causes extraneous of infancy and manhood. If these influences be on the to itself—the influence of circumstances in repressing cer- side of evil, the sentiment of emulation will either be stifled tain natural tendencies, in fostering others, and in modi- or directed habitually to pursuits that are vain, vicious, fying all. Our observations are directed exclusively to and vile. If they be good, the young mind will be innative temperament, to original, innate susceptibilities. structed as to the legitimate objects of the emotion, and And their correctness, with this restriction, is quite ap- the temper in which they ought to be prosecuted. How parent. We may continually remark in children the powerfully each order of agencies acts we have innumefathers of the men, the difference alleged manifested rable proofs. If, to take an illustration from a wellmost unequivocally long before circumstances have room known passage in ancient history, the love of fame coto operate in producing it; or where there is no mutual operated in the mind of Brutus with the love of country, adaptation between these and the dispositions that are to determine him on the sacrifice of his offspring, evolving. Nay, do not we frequently witness the deve

'Vincet amor patriæ, laudumque immensa cupido,' lopnient of peculiar dispositions in spite of the action of circumstances directly hostile, the former changing not how must the principle of emulation have been warped changed by the latter? And whether these be simply and perverted by the sublimely barbarous notions of the neutral or positively adverse, there is necessitated in both nation and the time! And it was probably the false light cases the supposition of an independent cause, in one that in which he had been taught to contemplate the deed of of a counter-cause more potent than its antagonist within his progenitor, that led the younger Brutus to the perpe

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tration of a crime almost equally repugnant to unsophisti- yet reluctantly hung about the hill-tops. It was a calm cated nature, the assassination of his benefactor and his dry morning in autumn. Nature was still partially friend. To take instances of a class :— The prize-fighter under the influence of the silent repose to which the prewho vaunts his brutal strength and brutal science as su- ceding night had invited her. The shrill whistle of the perior to those of his brother boxers; the miss whose de- blackbird, and the warblings of the high-poised lark, 1 sire is fulfilled if she can flaunt in gayer silks than the only broke upon the ear, heralding the advancing day. other girls of the neighbourhood, and be seen hanging on I had thrown the reins over my arm, and was plodding the arm of a more buckish admirer-are examples from my solitary way onward, revolving in my mind the cause each of the sexes of the vast influence exerted by early and object of my journey, when my attention was arrested training in lowering the sentiment of emulation. But by a woman, who had overtaken me, and who was abat this influence, as that of temperament, is not all on one to pass me. She was plainly but tidily dressed. She carside. By inbuing the heart of youth with the best prin- ried her shoes in her hand, wore no stockings, and had ciples, and storing its intellect with the choicest know- her gown kilted, to favour her speed in walking. I visbed ledge; by placing constantly before it the noblest models her a good morning, to which she hesitatingly replied, of genius and virtue, that it may drink in their spirit, and while at the same time she surveyed me with a rather look itself into their likeness; by surrounding it with cir- distrustful glance; she quickened her step, wishful evicumstances calculated to foster its aspirings and invigor- dently to get quit of me; I did the same, to keep up with ate its efforts after excellence, and removing such as clog her, and endeavoured to draw her into conversation by or cramp these

inquiring the distance to Cupar, and by making some de- ! "Repress its noble rage,

sultory remarks on the surrounding country, which was And freeze the genial current of the soul,'

now beautifully lighted up by the orient rays from a by lenient censure of its defects, and liberal praise of its bright sun. In a short time she appeared more at ease, successes; by such means as these we shall enlist this and having met and accosted two or three people with noble susceptibility in the cause of goodness, and give it whom she was acquainted, it seemed to deepen her cona direction the happiest in its results alike to the indi- fidence, and to remore, in a great measure, the contenvidual and mankind.

tional restraint which strangers on meeting are bound to We cannot conclude without a brief notice of the evi- respect. I soon perceived that she possessed more than dence deducible from this part of our constitution of the ordinary intelligence, and in her answers, which were benevolence of the Deity. This quality is strikingly dis- couched in respectful and well chosen language, she played, first, in the implanting the affection we have been evinced a tact for descriptive narrative, and a poetic considering, and, secondly, in the provision for its diversi- felicity of illustration, which astonished me the more fied direction. In emulation we have the chief primary that her face was weather-beaten, and her hands brown incentive to the acquisition of knowledge. The wish to and rough, indicating an acquaintance with out-door be informed would lose much of its vividness, if ignorance labour, by no means reconcileable with the obviously well were no longer regarded as shameful. It is the principle cultivated state of her mind. She might then bare been we have been considering that gives the original impulse somewhere about thirty-two years of age, and although to enter on the paths of literature and science-paths that still retaining the firmness and freshness of unimpaired at first are thorny and repulsive, and that only appear health, there was a deep dash of settled melancholy upoa charming as we proceed. Literature and science have her features, which even the smile that occasionally indeed inherent attractions amply sufficient to detain the brightened them did not altogether dispel. initiated, but emulation it is that must attract to them Our conversation was as diversified as the subjects of the novice. It is this that prevents his becoming dis- our remarks were numerous : these included the hills, heartened by the difficulties with which he must struggle plains, hamlets, and houses by which we were surin the pursuit of knowledge; that nerves him for the rounded. A dwelling furnished an occasion for a short terlious and difficult ascent of

biographical sketch of its owner; a ruin, for one or ' The steep where fame's proud temple shines afar.'

more of the legends which are ever associated with

‘ivied towers and moss-grown walls ; ' a glen, rivulet, Divest man of this capacity, and the freshness and buoy- or wood, for some recent or traditionary tale of love or ancy of his being are gone with it. The choicest of the bloodshed, which interested the feelings, and afforded for pleasures of hope and of taste, being those dependent on for subsequent reflection. emulation, are of course annihilated. Society stagnates, I was quite delighted with my new acquaintance; and learning is neglected, and life becomes a dull, because an as we went on our way and became more familiar, I objectless routine.

began to wish the road longer, and to feel curious to Nor is the goodness of God less conspicuous in provid- know something of her personal history. I was just about 1 ing for this faculty such diversity of aim. The constitu- to insinuate my curiosity, when I observed her pausing, tion of the world, and the condition of man, necessitated in seeming trepidation, as we suddenly turned a windits exercise towards a variety of objects. The all-wise ing in the road, which brought us in front of a foot pasand merciful Creator has, therefore, seen fit to implant senger, who approached us with a slow measured tread. in different minds certain native tendencies and prefer- He carried a gun in his hand, and was dressed in a wellences, by virtue of which they are induced to enter on worn suit of black. His whole appearance, notwithstanddifferent courses of useful exertion. By this arrangement ing the shabbiness of his dress, betokened him to be a there is secured at once a large amount of distinction to person rather above the middle ranks, who knew the individuals, and an increase of general advantage to so- world, and something of the rough work and dark side ciety.

of life. I could perceive that my companion would gladly

have avoided the rencounter with this person, but seeing BERTHA CALDWELL:

that his sharp eye was already upon her, she summoned courage, averted her look, and, instinctively drawing

nearer to me, resumed her journey. Before going to bed, I told the landlord The stranger stopped in the middle of the way, dropped to call me up early in the morning, as I meant to break- the butt-end of his musket on the ground, and crossing fast at Cupar, whither I purposed leading my horse, and his hands upon the muzzle, surveyed us with an ungragetting a shoe replaced, which he had dropped imme- cious stare of more than ordinary interest. I accosted him diately after crossing the ferry from Dundee. True to his as we passed, but he took no notice of it. I confess I felt instructions, the worthy host had all things arranged for certain misgivings that he intended to lodge the contents my departure at the time appointed. I took the road of his piece in one or other of us; but I managed to conjust as the sun began to reflect his first cheering rays ceal my emotion; nor did either my fellow-traveller or I against the eastern sky, dispelling the dark clouds which-/ venture to speak or look back, until we thought ourselves

A WAYSIDE SKETCH.

fairly beyond the range of his shot; when we found that consideration by gentlemen of education and character. he still occupied the same spot and position, and was con- It is natural for them to look up to such persons for countinuing to look after us with the same seeming intense- sel and protection ; indeed, I have known the delicacy ness and irresolution of purpose.

and kindness of men towards the weaker sex made the I was so much alarmed at the fellow's cool effrontery, criterion by which their own moral worth was estimated. and the menacing and mysterious attitude he had assumed, Why should we,' she added, inquiringly; 'why should we that I made no inquiries regarding him, or observations manifest our own acquaintance with evil, by suspecting upon the strange influence his appearance had exercised others without a cause ?' upon us both, until I felt that I could breathe more freely " True,' said I, 'we are but too apt, in our own selfishness, in the assurance of our personal safety.

to suspect others of guilt with which we know ourselves "I fear,' said my companion, half soliloquising and half to be acquainted; but conscious rectitude should banish replying to my remarks, 'I fear I will not speed well in suspicion, and he or she who is habitually distrustful, and my mission to-day, after meeting that bird of ill-omen, has much to conceal, has also much to repent of.' Black George!

• God knows,' said she, “in a rather desponding tone of Who and what is Black George' I inquired; or voice, “I am not habitually suspicious, and I have no reason Why should his presence portend evil to you more than to conceal aught in my history. Its more prominent phases to myself, or any other who may chance to pass him on have not been governed by acts of choice, but rather by the road?'

circumstances and necessity, the praise or blame of which “I thought,' replied she, “everybody knew Black George belongs to others, not to me. Had my lot been more faHamilton. As she said this she again threw a searching yourably cast, and had I been permitted to realize the look upon me, which, if I read aright, expressed not only daydreams of my youth, which were neither extravagant doubt of me, but wonder at herself for having been be- nor beyond what probability might have led me to expect, trayed into either a conversation or intimacy with one of my children would not have been this morning without Black George's sex, on so short an acquaintance; at the bread, and I a poor field-labourer!' same time I could see that the history of the two were A sudden flush of wounded pride shot across her intelin some way or other blended, and that she felt disposed ligent features as she finished the sentence, which was as to give vent to the workings of her mind if she could but suddenly checked by the submissive lessons she had learnfind an excuse for placing so much confidence in an entire ed from adversity. At that moment I resolved she should stranger.

have all the money I had about me, except what would Poor thing, she little knew that my bosom at that mo- bear my expense home, and was about to draw it forth ment was overflowing with benevolence, and that I had and present it to her, when she resumed her discourse. in fact given her a sister's place in my affections.

Without any definite object,' she continued, “beyond I apologized for having touched a spring I saw had that of gratifying you, in return for your condescension giren her pain-expressed regret that she had not known and kindness, and, at the same time, without doing vioenough of the good among men, to redeem the unfavour- lence to any of my own present feelings, I will detail to able opinion she had formed of the whole race, and I as- you a few leading incidents connected with my parentage sured her I had no object in wishing to know anything and life, which, however uninteresting they may appear of her history beyond the gratification of an innocent in the narrative, were sufficiently important to influence, Curiosity she had herself excited, and a desire to serve her and perhaps determine, the fate not only of myself, but if I but knew how I could best accomplish it.

of others to whom I may have occasion to refer. A responding feeling of kindness rose at once to the My mother was the daughter of an inconsiderable merwindows of the heart; another and another tear chased chant in a neighbouring town, whose greatest ambition the last which dropped upon her breast, which I could was to appear rich in the eyes of the world, and to simuhave sworn was guileless, and full of all the deep-felt late the style and affect the manners of such as were sympathies which shed a lustrous halo around the moral really wealthy. In accordance with this weakness, my loveliness of woman's nature. She wiped the tears away mother received a good, and what is termed a fashionable with a corner of her clean cotton apron, pushed back the education, which, at the death of her father, she was forced yet soft and unbraided ringlets of her dark auburn hair to fall back upon as a means by which to earn her living. from her cheek, and assuming a smile, the impressive Mrs Hamilton of R— having advertised for a governess effect of which was heightened by the crystal drop that to her daughter, my mother was recommended to the still glistened upon the suffused eyeball

, she turned upon situation, which she obtained and occupied for several me a look expressive of her surrendered confidence, and years; and even after the death of her pupil, she remained of all that Raffael could have wished to embody in his de- in the family as companion to Mrs Hamilton, who was in lineation of the virgin mother :

delicate health. At the age of twenty-eight my mother "Oh! too convincing-dangerously dear

was married to a small farmer in the village of R In woman's eye, the unanswerable tear;

Mrs Hamilton died shortly afterwards, in giving birth to That weapon of her weakness she can wield,

George, whom we met this morning on the road, and who To save, subdue-at once her spear and shield.'

is now the only surviving inember of that family. My 'I can scarcely persuade myself of the truth,' said she, mother never had but two children, myself and a son, a 'much less understand the incidents of this morning, which few years older, who was unfortunately drowned at sea. appear more like a dream than a reality. I know that All the education I received was from my mother, who meeting with Black George, whom I have not seen for took great pains in instructing me and storing my mind some years past, would, under any circumstances, affect with varied and useful knowledge. My father died when me much as I now feel myself affected; for there are I was only twelve years of age. He was insolvent at the associations connected with that man's name and history time of his death, and all his effects were sold for behoof which are mixed up with the most important and tender of his creditors. My mother, on being once more thrown of my own sympathies and attachments, and life or upon her own resources, apprenticed my brother to a sense must départ before those associations can cease trade, and opened a school for reading, writing, and sewto influence me; but how I have so far forgotten the ing, from the proceeds of which, with the little allowed dictates of prudence, and my own customary reserved by my brother's master, we managed to keep a house ness, as to become familiar with a stranger, I am at a ahove our heads, and to procure the necessaries and not a los3 to explain.

The too apparent disparity of our few of the comforts of life. I assisted my mother in the conditions in life, may, however, furnish some clue to school during the day-in the evenings our cottage was its solution. Your appearance and conversation show you the resort of all the youngsters of both sexes who resided to be a person far removed from me in rank and intel- within a circle of some miles. They assembled more for ligence, and women invariably feel themselves secure innocent amusement than for the purpose of studying from insult, and expect to be treated with courtesy and I psalmody, under the superintendence of our parish pre

small way.

centor, who was also a professor of music in his own of the district, and was spoken of by the inhabitants

under the title of Black George, which name he still At the period to which I would now more particu- retains. Horse-racing, gambling, and inattention to larly allude, I was about eighteen years of age. My his pecuniary interests and the cultivation of his landbrother, who had acquired a pretty good command of the ed property, in a short time obliged him to recruit flute, proved a great acquisition to our little concerts. his resources by a mortgage, which was repeated and lle had formed an acquaintance with a young man named re-repeated until his proprietary right became inerely Robert Hazlitt, lately settled in the village, who acted as nominal, and for many years past he has ceased to hold an under gardener to Mr Hamilton, although, in point of even a remnant of his heritage. The mortgagees having intelligence, manners, and appearance, he was much above effected sales upon their bonds, they are now in posseshis station. It was probably from this cause that young sion, and how Black George contrives to subsist no one George Hamilton treated him more as a companion than knows; rumour, however, by general consent, connects as his father's servant, and that he accompanied him at his name with every depredation committed in this part times to our evening gatherings; but George being dissipat- of the country. He has been more than once before the ed, rude, and obtrusive, was rather tolerated than welcomed Justiciary Courts for crimes varying in magnitude from by any of us. It was observed by others, before I was aware assault and battery, to arson, smuggling, and poaching, of the circumstance myself, that he had selected me from Hitherto he has eluded conviction, but he has earned the among the girls at the school as the object of special re- reputation of having deserved, although he has escaped, gard, or rather of persecution. I was cautioned against the gallows. encouraging his advances, but the caution was unnecessary, While he was yet in the zenith of his mischievous for he was the last person I could have loved or lived with. career, it was told to him that I was affianced to Robert He was not only reckless in his habits, but totally uninflu- Hazlitt, which intelligence seemed to stimulate him to enced by any regard for the institutes and obligations of fresh acts of malignity. He contrived to have Robert arreligion. He inspired me with fear only, and as his at- rested on suspicion of having committed several grave tentions became more marked and assiduous, they became crimes, many of which are generally believed to have more irksome, and he more disagreeable to me, until I at been perpetrated by himself. He also circulated scandalength found it necessary to deny myself the pleasure of lous reports and anonymous letters, with the view of meeting my companions in the school-room when he was reflecting upon Robert's character, and of frightening present. On these occasions I remained beside my mother, him out of the country. But it was all to no purpose: the in her own apartment, where I was joined by my brother, integrity and worth of his intended victim became more Robert Hazlitt, and a few others of our most intiinate apparent after every ordeal through which he passed. friends. We contrived to make ourselves happy by the At length the nefarious designs of his persecutor became aid of music, reading, and other innocent entertainments. so grossly flagrant, that they recoiled upon himself, and

George Hamilton frequently sought to intrude himself his moral influence was divested of all power farther to into our party, but my mother's natural firmness, and injure either Robert or any one else. We now thought the low estimate she had formed of his character, enabled that his malice had exhausted itself, and, in the simplitez to repel him with a promptness and determination he city of our hearts, we exulted in our security; but we saw it would be useless to strive against, and, therefore, lived to learn that the resources of wickedness are inhe did not attempt it.

finite, and that revenge is strengthened in its object by Finding himself baffled in that quarter, he sought the every defeat. confidence and assistance of Robert Hazlitt, to whom he Having fixed a day for my wedding, we were actively inadvertently made known his designs, which, I need engaged preparing for the event, which, to us poor people, scarcely say, were everything but honourable. A mutual is fraught with as much importance, and looked forward feeling of friendship and respect had existed for some to with as much mixed pleasure and anxiety as it possibly time prior to this between Robert Hazlitt and myself, and can be by those who move in higher spheres, and who can now it had ripened into an attachment, neither of us command more formal and expensive ceremonies. saw any cause, or felt any wish, to conceal. As might be After considering our arrangements, and calculating expected, under such circumstances, George's overtures our means, it was agreed that my brother, Robert, and I, were rejected with virtuous indignation, and from that should go to Dundee, in order to purchase necessaries for moment Robert was marked for future revenge.

the occasion. With this view, we left home early one George now ceased to disturb our evening entertain- morning, that we might be able to accomplish our busiments by his presence, but he resorted to every secret art ness in time to return on the afternoon of the same day. that malice could invent to disturb their harinony and The inorning was fine, everything around us seemed to annoy those who frequented them. Mines of gunpowder partake of our happiness. The little birds raised their were exploded, missiles were thrown from secret places, joyous voices in the exuberance of their delight. The guns fired and rockets discharged by unseen agents, until sun mored upwards in fiery majesty, illuminating the it was deemed advisable by my mother to prohibit our rich green landscape, which was studded with beauteous evening meetings, and close the school-room immediately flowers, and plants, and trecs, in all the wild variety of after dark.

gorgeous nature. The calm heaven of feeling, which on Old Mr Hamilton dying about this period, George ac- that auspicious morning filled my glowing bosom, has quired a right of superiority over the house occupied by often, in retrospect, shed a roseate hue over the lowering my mother; and the first use he made of his newly attain- phases of subsequent years, reminding me that this world ed power was to serve her with a writ of ejectment, and affords glimpses of real bliss, of which I have myself parto discharge Robert Hazlitt from his service.

taken; but from nothing permanent being promised to These and such like acts of wanton oppression, sunk , us in our present probationary state, if we would be perhim still lower in public opinion. Robert Hazlitt pro- petually happy, we must seek it in the everlasting habitacured another and better situation, in the neighbourhood, tions of the just. and as my mother and brother were aware of our mutual On arriving at the Tay, we saw a boat putting off with attachment, they were taken into our confidence, and it passengers; the steersman, seeing us approach, appeared was finally arranged, with the consent of all parties, that inclined to put about and take us in, when we observed Robert and I should be married before removing to an the ominous figure of Black George rising up in the boat, other house, and that Robert, in the mean time, would who, after surveying us for a moment, said something to reside with us, and occupy the same room with my the oarsmen, who rowed off, leaving us standing on the brother.

beach. I was pleased to think we were not obliged to George Hamilton being now his own master, became cross the ferry in the same boat with Black George, yet daily more notorious for a total disregard both of conse- the moment I saw him my spirits sunk, and an indescribquences and character, insomuch that he was the terror | able something hung heavily upon my heart. Although

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I am not very superstitious, I would willingly have re- this suggestion, and forthwith proceeded to the bar to turned home and deferred our dealings until another inquire at the landlady whether or not she could accomday, when we would be assured Black George would not modate us with lodgings. After explaining matters to cross our path.

her, and receiving an affirmative answer, she desired me My brother and Robert rallied me on my want of to follow her up stairs, that she might show me the Ledcourage, and endeavoured to reason me out of my fears; rooms and decide upon the manner we would occupy but in spite of their efforts, and my own, to banish the them. 'As we were ascending the stair, I heard some frightful image of Black George from my mind, it remain- person breathing close behind me, and on turning round ed fixed there, warping and distorting every pleasurable after entering the first bed-room door, I was shocked to thought and idea that would have superseded its unwel- see directly before me the identical sailor who had so come presence.

much attracted my attention, and whom I saw in converAnother boat was soon procured, and in a few minutes sation with Black George on entering the wynd, I we dashed through the rippling water in the wake of our uttered an involuntary shriek on seeing him, as I thought, adversary, whose boat being inferior to the one in which pursuing me to inflict some injury upon me, and started we were seated, was quickly passed, amidst the cheers back against the landlady, whom I alarmed as much as of our boatmen, who seemed to arrogate to themselves myself. Before either of us had recovered sufficient, the credit due to the superior construction and sailing presence of mind to speak, or to prevent him, he pulled qualities of the boat. I could not help stealing a glance the door close and locked it outside ; immediately after at Black George as we were passing him; he was leaning, which I heard a loud whistle, and the clatter of his with his arms folded, against the little mast of the pin- feet hurrying down the stair; this was followed by a nace; his brows were knit, and his eyes searchingly sudden hustling noise in the passage below, accompanied rivetted upon us. I could observe, when he had suf- by threatening language, much swearing, and a sound as ficiently recognised us, that a sardonic smile lit up his if repeated blows were being struck. I was at first so sombre features, which changed into a dogged and thought- much paralysed with astonishment and fear, that I stood ful sullenness. My eyes chanced to meet his, and, by for a few seconds gazing in bewilderment at the door; some unaccountable fascination, our gaze of recognition, the voice of my brother, rising loudly amidst the babel of expressing mutual emotion, was continued until we became clamorous vociferations that broke upon my ear, recalled lost to each other in the distance.

me to entire consciousness. I sprung at the door in order It was a great relief to me when I got beyond his scan, to force it, but I was unable. I then rushed to the winand found myself and my companions safely landed at dow, which happened to look into the wynd, and, flingDundee. We proceeded at once to the shops where we ing up the sash, I saw a number of sailors, having the meant to make our purchases, and when we had completed same outlandish appearance, and dressed in the same these, we saw then all carefully packed and delivered to style as the one I have already mentioned; two or three a carrier, who was to pass my mother's that night, where had cocked hats, and they all wore black leather belts We told him we would be to receive them.

and cutlasses. Poor Robert Hazlitt was in the midst of Our business being done, and the day pretty far spent, them, bareheaded; he was wounded and bleeding, his we agreed to go to a public-house at the foot of a narrow arms were pinioned, and the ruftians were hurrying him street

, leading to the quay, called Cowtie's Wynd, where down the wynd. I called his name aloud, in the agony Robert had stopped a few days at one time when on busi- of my grief, and would have dashed myself out upon the ness at Dundee, and where we meant to take some re- pavement if the landlady had not thrown herself upon freshment before crossing the ferry. I perhaps should me and pulled nie back; Robert heard me; I saw him have mentioned that I was particularly struck with the turn his head as he was pushed forward, we got one partappearance and dress of a sailor, who came into the ing glimpse of each other-it was our last-the next moshop where Robert was choosing some article of dress, ment I was senseless on the floor. and who, after asking a few frivolous questions of the

(To be concluded in next number.) shopkeeper, and looking hard at Robert and my brother, Fent away. I saw him again when we were delivering

LETTERS FROM A GERMAN COUNTESS." our goods to the carrier, and as we entered Cowtie's Wynd from the Nethergate, we came upon him and Black George These volumes, from the pen of a German Countess, are in earnest conversation together. They turned aside on replete with matter that will both amuse and instruct s-eing us approach, thinking, perhaps, that we had not their readers. We were familiar with the letters of Counnoticed them. My fears, already roused, were now confirmed that some danger threatened us, the exact nature

tess Hahn-Hahn in the original, and it is fair to say, that or extent of which I could not clearly foresee. I called the translation we now notice is executed with much the attention of Robert and my brother to the circum- fidelity and taste. The letters contain notes of a tour stance, but they pretended to treat my surmises in jest, through Turkey, Egypt, Palestine, and other countries, although it was evident they were struggling at the same and though occasionally rather diffuse and rambling, there time to conceal the uneasiness my observations had occasioned.

is scarcely any portion of them destitute of interest. The I need scarcely say that I had little relish for either writer is clearly a person of keen observing powersfood or amusement, although the house we were in seemed something better than a mere tourist sketching the scenes to abound in both.

and incidents that came under her notice in the different After taking a refreshment, we sent to inquire when we could get a boat to convey us to Fife, and were told, in regions through which she passed; there is a dash of the answer, that none would be crossing for an hour. At the philosopher about her, and her pages abound with numexpiration of an hour we received a more indefinite reply berless useful reflections. In dedicating the work to her to a similar inquiry. None of us now hesitated to express mother she says: our suspicion that some collusion for evil existed between

'I ask no mercy for having on every cecasion declared Black George and the ferrymen, and that one of the ob- my faith, my convictions, my opinions, with perfect sinjects in view was to detain us in Dundee until night, when cerity, without reserve or disguise ; for though you are the we could not but think our safety would be compromised only person in the wide world for whom I feel an awe, by having to walk from the water side home in the dark, yet you have always suffered me to take my own ways, even if we would be permitted to get across in safety, distant and different as they may be from yours, and which we had strong reasons to doubt.

granted me the free developments of my faculties, the Under these circumstances, it was proposed that we results of which are my faith and my opinions.' should stop where we were all night, and face the danger, if any offered, in the broad day. I readily entertained !

* By Ida, Countess Hahn-Hahn. London : Colburn.

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