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to the son of a much-valued friend of my own. But they never succeed in situations where they are ex. Good morning, sir."
posed to too much moisture, or where the soil is arid; How I reached home I know not-by a kind of and in cold exposed situations their stems become coverbrute instinct which led me there, perhaps ;-buted with gray lichens, indicative of an unhealthy condi. on my arrival thither, I found Sir Matthew Med- tion. When such cold soils are not trenched previously dle pacing up and down in front of the iron rail-to planting, hedges and trees make slow progress, ing, with four newspapers in his hand.
especially where the ground is stiff, and opposes the " Ah, ha! Fred! I've done it for you. Have unfavourable to the growth of thorns. But the greatest
shooting of the roots. Very light gravelly soils are also you seen the newspapers, my boy ?"
error usually committed in rearing thorn.hedges is the “I have seen but one, sir, and that one too neglect of keeping them clean and properly trimmed many."
when young, so that at last the hedge becomes as broad “Then you have not seen my paragraph about as it is high, or looks like a canopy supported by bare the private secretaryship?"
sticks, on account of being choked at the roots by “Yours! and did you write that fatal paragraph ?" weeds. No hedge looks so neat or lasts so long as one “Fatal paragraph! Here's gratitude for you! kept nearly in the form of a stone wall, the proper Here I have it in all the morning papers; I have dimensions being from three to four and a half feet in been up half this night, to the loss of my blessed height, from one to two fect in breadth or thickness at rest, making copies of 'it for all the evening pa, is only a few inches.
the base, inclining upwards, until at the top its diameter pers, and for all the Sunday papers, and fatal
But when neglected, as already said, it has hitherto paragraph indeed !"
been considered an irreparable evil attendant on thornI explained to him that it was just so much hedges, as resp cts their bushiness at the root, that they good labour thrown away, for that one of them are scanty and bare, and not to be remedied but by had done all the mischief which the utmost exer- cutting the whole close to the ground, and training it cise of his obliging services could have accom- anew, which, though efficient, is a slow style of amend. plished.
ment. On a farm near Stirling, a farmer tried a new Who was the cause of my lately losing an im- method of renovating his hedges, where many of the portant lawsuit by kindly volunteering evidence thorn-stems were almost entirely destitute of lateral which made against my case ? who made me pay accomplished by making horizontal and semicircular
branches within two feet of the ground. This he at an auction 9001. more than I should otherwise incisions in the bark, by which from a quarter to half have paid for a certain property, by considerately an inch in breadth of both layers of the bark was bidding for it on my account (though not by my removed fully half way round the stem. In a few desire) in opposition to an agent whom I had se- weeks after, buds appeared and shot forth, usually close cretly employed to purchase it? who was the under, but sometimes over, the ir.cisions.
This simple cause thai I am not married to the woman for operation, performed by a hedge-bill or a pocket knife, whom I would have died ? and that I am married carly in spring, does not seem to injure in the least the to the woman who will be the death of me? thorns; for the cut being clean and not deep, no canker Need I add-the everlasting, eternal, sempiternal ensues, and it soon closes up again, leaving only a slight Sir Matthew Meddle ! Sir Matthew Meddle!! scar in the place; care must be taken, however, that no Sir Matthew Meddle !!!
shred of the inner bark remain to continue the circula. Like a royal subject and true, I would rather tion. The partial interruption merely causes a lateral sing “God save the King' than any song sung and the sap thus accumulated gives rise to the new
exertion in the sap-vessels to overcome the obstruction, by singing mortal in this singing age; but heed-branches, so that the stem may be cut at two or three less of statutes or treason, and of attorneys-gene- places if necessary. The artificial branches seldom ral, I declare that I am inclined to shout forth failed to appear where the stems were healthy, and have " Vire Henri Quatre!" as often as I recollect sometimes attained a length of two feet the first season. that it is to that monarch we are indebted for the But as such tender twigs are apt to be hurt by frost if exclamation—"Save me from my FRIENDS! I can cut too young, they were not touched till the first or protect myself against my enemies." P*. sometimes the second spring after, when such as re
quired it were cut off a few inches from the stem, which
caused an immediate subdivision of each branch. Thus Froin the New Monthly Magazine. the ragged ill-filled hedges of this gentleman have been EXPERIMENT IN RURAL ECONOMY.
continued at the regular height, and at the same time
trained into a uniform breadth and thickness, not attain. How to thicken Thorn-hedges, and produce Branches able by any other method in the same space of time. on Trees.- The object of the experiments related in the Having succeeded so well with the thorns, he tried following paper, (which we have gathered from the afterwards an experiment on a few forest trees, about Transactions of the Highland Society of Scotland,) was six inches in diameter. The incisions were made about to procure lateral branches from the bare stems of thorns six feet from the ground, and, in some instances, immeand other ligneous vegetables; and the result being stated diately above slight swellings, which indicated a ten. as satisfactory, it is only necessary to explain the manner dency to shoot forth branches. The consequence was, in which it has been effected. The sap, in circulating or that a new branch sprang forth the same season from ascending, naturally moves along the bark of a bare stem almost every one of the trees. In the thorns, however, of an even surface, without any tendency to develope no search was made for these eyes, and few or none lateral shoots ; but the temporary interruption of the were observed. The object in these last experiments coarse of the sap in thorns, as it is known to do in other was to ascertain whether a tree, intended to be. orna. plants, seems to give an impulse to inactive germs, by mental, but which had been forced up by close planting which lateral branches are produced; and therefore, in to a long pole, might be made to assume a luxuriant point of beauty and utility, the discovery is important. appearance; and so far as this gentleman has proceeded,
A thorn-hedge, when properly managed, surpasses, in it appears that his attempt has been followed by the deappearance and durability, any ordinary field fence. sired effect,
From the New Monihly Magazine. stoves within the arches under the viaduct of the GreenUSEFUL ARTS.
wich rail-road, and thus render available, by their con.
version into dwelling houses, an extensive property of Application of Gas to Economical and Domestic Pur. that company which without them would be valueless. poses. It generally happens that as the progress of dis. The power of large companies in providing a supply of covery is slow, we are long in developing the full ad. the means and comforts of life at a great reduction of vantages arising from improvements in science or its expenditure is apparent, when the cost of the supply is application to useful purposes. We are led to remark taken into consideration, and the gas companies at this from the very successful application of gas to a large cannot fail to appreciate an application which will variety of purposes for which it has not hitherto been render their commodity more greatly and beneficially employed, in heating buildings, and performing every available to the public at large. description of culinary operation, and which, by the very ingenious plans adopted by Mr. Ricketts, has been brought into full and successful practice. The great
From Fraser's Magazine. heat eliminated in the combustion of the coinmon street gas is a matter of every-day notice, and it appears that Frederick Winsor, its first introducer, was aware of its availability for all the purposes of heat, as in his first prospectus he made proposals for a gas light and heat company; but with the exception of the cooking appa.
China ! the very name of the country excites ratus recently patented by Mr. Hicks, and exhibited at unusual emotions. We never hear of it, think of the National Gallery of Practical Science, and some it, read of it, save by some extraordinary chance. prior attempts by Mr. Mallet, of Dublin, this is, we No lecturer holds forth upon its customs, laws, believe, the first time that, in addition to its purposes of and literature-no tourist brings out his 2 vols. illumination, its application to other useful purposes has 4to,“ neatly done up in cambric, and lettered in been shown on any commensurate scale. The plan of gold, illustrated by views taken by himself on the heating buildings, patented by Mr. Ricketts, is perfectly spot, and engraved in the first style by the most novel, and from the most cursory description of its eminent artists” —no! none such delight to hoprinciples, it will be easy to understand its full merits
pour this neglected land. Do we talk of antiquiand advantages.
In a store similar in shape and construction to a com- ty? Our minds go back involuntarily to Ninemon German stove, and with a very considerable radiat. yeh and Babylon, to Egypt and to Ethiopia-the ing surface, a series of jets of gas are consumed, the size interminable records of the Chinese we can hardof the flame and the supply of gas being proportioned 10 ly consider as history. Do we advert to Oriental the diameter of the stove. An orifice at the bottom affairs? Bengal, Bombay, Ceylon, Arabia, Peradmits a supply of air for the support of combustion, sia-ay, "his omnipotence" the emperor of the and one at the top, in form of a chimney, carries off the Burmese, and the pope of Asia, the Grand Lama, gaseous products of combustion. By this simple and all have a place in our recollection. But the Chiequally efficacious arrangement, a great quantity of heat nese—the poor Chinese !-oh! we forgot them ; is produced and radiated, an air chamber likewise over but then nobody reckons the Chinese any thing! the surface of the fame distributing a large quantity of heated air. In confirmation of the advantages of this Yet, notwithstanding all this, have the Chinese plan, we can refer to the church of St. Michael's, at gone on, age after age, reading and writing prose, Burleigh street, in the Strand, where a stove of twenty- verse, novels, plays, tales, and philosophy-taking two inches in diameter is found amply sufficient to pro regular degrees in regularly established universiduce a temperature of fifty-seven degrees in all parts of ties-painting pictures, and good ones too-drinkthe building. Objections on the score of danger arc ing tea, and multiplying unto themselves gold, readily obviated, by the apertures being made nearly silver, and descendants, with as much content air-tight; the escaped gas, if such should occur, readily and as much pride, in their celestial empire, as finding a vent through the chimney. In the case we though all the world had their eyes fixed on them, have instanced, the total consumption of gas is but at and them alope. We have seen that the Chinese the rate of fifteen to twenty cubic feet, or an expense of ladies can write verses that would not disgrace an between five and six shillings per diem, whilst the English authoress. We shall next find that the attention is confined simply to lighting the gas over tales received among Chinese literati would cut night, when in the morning the church throughout is found warmed to the most genial temperature.
a very respectable figure in an English annual. The arrangement for culinary purposes is on a plan Among their most approved works of amusement equally simple and ingenious, different compartments
is a collection of tales called Kin-koo-ke-kwan,þeing arranged in a neatly-constructed chamber for ancient and modern wonderful tales. This work, performing the different operations of boiling, baking, comprised in ten small volumes, contains forty stewing, roasting, &c., by different jets of gas being stories of different lengths, many of which are placed on an adapting and transferring axis. It is suffi- written to elucidate the principles of different recient to state that whilst by this plan the heat is more ligious and political sects: all, however, are of a uniform than by any other mode of procuring it, when correct tendency as lo morals. One of these hisany substance, as in roasting, is exposed to the direct toriettes, viz. “The History of Sung-kin,” was, action of the flame, instead of any injurious effects being about fourteen years since, translated by Mr. P. produced, the meat may be better cooked by it, being Thonjas; and of this, because we believe that the
Amongst the various inventions and discoveries of the book, for many reasons, was never in extensive day, this cannot be considered the least important. In circulation, we offer an analyis.. This tale is remany cases it is desirable to obtain and employ heat markable for its extreme probability, yet romantic without subjecting to the formation and consequent interest; and also from the absence, for the most noxious influence of smoke ; and we perceive the inge- part, of supernatural agency in the plot. It is nious inyentor has suggested the employment of his lalso valuable, because written to explain and re
commend the doctrines of the sect Fuh, or Budha. He looked up towards heaven and bowed. Thus The tale begins by introducing two couples, rather concludes the first part of this history. The reaged, and childless; who, offering sacrifices to maining three parts may be more briefly dismissed. obtain children, are each blessed with issue-one Sung-kin finds in this desolate spot the treasure having a son, who is the hero of the story, and of some robbers. He waits till some ship comes the other a daughter, its heroine. And here we in sight, and, changing his name, transports the may once for all observe, that the Chinese parra- whole on board as bis own property-stating that tor never plunges “in medias res”-he always he had accompanied his uncle, a merchant, who gives an account, more or less succinct, of the had with him great wealth-that they had been preceding history of his hero-sometimes as to beset by robbers, and his uncle had been murhis birth and parentage, sometimes as to his cha- dered, their effects carried to a place which he racter and education : he needs never to be re- named, (and where, in effect, the robbers had conminded, Mais Bebir, mon ami, commencez au cealed their treasure,) and he himself committed commencement. In conformity to this custom, to the care of a sentinel—that this man, having the author of the present tale informs us that the been bitten by a poisonous serpent, had died the parents of Sung-kin were of an ancient and re- preceding night, and that he had thus escaped. spectable family ; but those of Ech-uen, the hero-After handsomely rewarding the crew of the ship ine, were of that class who lived from generation that saved him, he proceeds to Nankin, where we to generation in boats: their names were Lew- are told that he had a stately mansion, an imyew-isae and Lew-she. This difference rendered mense establishment, fine equipages, and—a pawnan union between their offspring impossible, with broker's shop! In the third part we return to out degradation on the part of Sung-kin's family. Ech-uen ; and the whole is occupied with her During the performance of the sacrifices above lamentations, during which she is with difficulty mentioned, Sung-tun relieved an aged priest who restrained from suicide, and the vain endeavours was in extreme distress, and afterwards paid the of her parents, first to console her, and afterwards expenses of bis burial. In the course of time, to recover their lost son-in-law. In the fourth and Sung-tun and his wife died in an impoverished concluding part, we find that Sung-kin, still living state, and Sung-kin, being well educated, ob- at Nankin, after a lapse of two years, thinks of tained an advantageous situation; but quarreling recovering his wife,-a measure, we think, he with the servants of his employer, is unjustly might have resolved on earlier, as he knew where seized, stripped, beaten, and discarded.
He was at any time to find her. He goes, accordingly, by now for some months reduced to actual beggary; his change of name, and splendid appearance, but being of a respectable family, he remembered sufficiently disguised; and introducing himself to that he was " three parts of their breath and bone,” Lew-yew-tsae, requested, without seeing her, his and kept up as much dignity as was compatible daughter in marriage. The old man informed with his new situation. At length, when in the him that his daughter was a widow, and, in spite last extremity, he accidentally meets with his of his entreaties, obstinately refused to marry father's friends, Lew-yew-tsae and his wife, who again. After a protracted negotiation, which protake him into their boat, furnish him with em duces nothing satisfactory, Sung-kin hires the ployment, and, when his abilities and fidelity have vessel of his father-in-law to go to Nankin, and been well tried, give him their daughter Ech-uen comes on board with his retinue. Here, by means in marriage-to which the reduced condition of of using the expressions formerly used to himself, Sung-kin no longer makes his high birth an ob- and evincing his knowledge of their concerns and stacle. For some time the newly-wedded couple conduct, he discovers himself. A just, but se. live together in great happiness; and the birth of vere rebuke to Lew-yew-tsae for his cruelty is the a daughter bids fair 10 crown their prosperity. prelude to a general reconciliation. And the Here, at least, if not at the marriage, would an whole family, being made partakers of his wealth, English author have ended the tale; but the become devout believers in the doctrines of Fuh. Chinese has not got to the middle of his. The This tale is not without its celebrity ; it is alluded child dies, and Sung-kin's health becomes seri: to by more modern poets-one of whom says: ously affected: day by day he wasted away, till his services were no longer useful, and his person
“ The virtues of Lew, the old boy, did not last ; no longer comely. In short, he seemed, says the
And Sung became happy when sorrow was past:
The prayers of the Kin-kang removed all his pain ; author, like a poisonous serpent entwined round
And an old hat restored him his consort again." a corse, which was unable to cast it off. The old people became quite tired of their son-in-law; and at last resolved to get rid of him altogether, has been made in the tale; and the old hat al
The Kin-kang was the priest of whom mention that their daughter might espouse a more hand- ludes to an incident, trifling in itself, but which, some and more serviceable man. Of all this his in connection with others, revealed his relationwise was totally ignorant. However, on pretence ship to Ech-uen. The whole is interspersed with of obtaining firewood, he was sent on shore, and the boat went away without him. In the state of passages from the best Chinese poets, for the
most part simply descriptive-such as the foldesolation in which he now was he is visited by
lowing: an old priest, who is the same that his father buried, but now in a new state of existence. When the mist's on the moon and the frost's in the sky, Through the advice and by the assistance of this And the fires of the seamen burn fragrant and high, old man his wants were relieved, his mind set at From the cold hills of Koo-soo the bell tolls around; ease, and his debilitated frame became strong. And the boats and the temple are sad at the sound."
THE HISTORY OF W00-TSING-YEN.
Alluding to the constancy of Ech-uen, we have a with a laugh, “is not contained here. Those who seek
to become immortals must disregard desires, and be free scrap applied to her by a modern poet:
from anxious thought; I, diseased with the cares of this " What though the fair and virtuous are proudly standing life as I am, how can I become an immortal ?"_"Why ?” round,
asked the other, “vhat should hinder ?”—“I am anxi. There's none to take the boat-girl's place in all their num. ous,” was the answer, “ to obtain descendants.”—“Why, ber found :
then, have you not married ?”—“ I am now in love," For pure as beaten gold is she, and vowed for love to die; said Woo-tsing-yen: “I am really unwell.”—Pih-guh And firmer than the rock her mind, so simple, yet so laughed outright: “ I hope,” said he, your love is not high."
of a light kind, my prince ; pray, what sort of love is it?"
-Woo-tsing-yen endeavoured as well as he could to de. The story is headed by a quotation exhorting, to tail the sentiinents which he felt for the daughter of moderation and content, not a little resembling Tae-she; but his friend would not allow such sentiments the “ Auream quisquis mediocritatem,” &c. of to be those of true love. Every one," exclaimed the Horace.
student, “ allows that she is enchantingly beautiful; it is A more wild, but far more beautiful and poeti- not a passion which I have acquired by my own eyes.”. cal story, is “The History of Woo-tsing-yen,” A supercilious nod of assent was the only rejoinder. written at an earlier period, but extracted from The next day Pih-yuh unexpectedly commenced packing
up and preparations, as for a long journey. Woo-tsingthe same work.
yeu in vain entreated him to stay-he was soon ready, and sent his servant on with his luggage. From the
respect and regard they entertained for each other, their Woo-tsing-yen was a youth of uncommon promise. parling was not without painful emotions. They sat for It is said that, while very young, some of his composi- some time in silence. Suddenly a green insect, somewhat tions fell into the hands of the celebrated historian Ho, resembling a locust, pitched on the table. Pih-yuh broke who expressed himself so highly delighted with them, silence: * Farewell!” said he, “my carriage is arrived. that he requested a friend to invite the author to his house; If you love me, dust my room and sleep in my bed." and to such an extent did the elegant manners and fas- Struck with the singularity of the request, he was about cinating conversation of this accomplished youth please to ask for further information; but his friend was no him, that he declared a person possessing the talents of longer visible. At length he saw him, not so large as a Woo-tsing.yen was for ever secure from poverty: and finger, and seated astride the locust. The insect chirped, afterwards, finding his zeal and perseverance equal to his spread to the wind its delicate pinions, and soared out of abilities, he offered him his daughter in marriage. This, sight. Woo-tsing-yen stood mute in astonishment; nor however, was not to be. Woo-tsing.yen became ac was it until some minutes had elapsed, that he recovered quainted with one Tae-she, with whose beautiful daugh- from his surprise, and then only to regret the loss he had ter an union was proposed to Woo-tsing-yen. This otter sustained. He occupied the room of Pih-yuh; and after was accepted with pleasure. The autumnal examination the lapse of a few days there came a tremendous fall of was now approaching, at which Woo-tsing-yen was a rain. 'Woo-tsing-yen remembered the last words of Pihcandidate for honour, but an unsuccessful one; and as yuh, and looking towards the bed, he saw the marks of a therefore his studies were incomplete, it was deemed ad. rat's foot in the dust; he instantly swept them away, and visable for the young couple to wait for three years. Tas spreading his own mat over the couch, composed himself lent, said they, he certainly has, and sooner or later must to sleep. Not dreamless were his slumbers. In a vision obtain fame : should he not succeed, the young lady would the servant of Pih-yúh came to him, and beckoned him be at liberty to marry another. Woo-tsing.yen now ap- to follow, He arose and went where the domestic led plied to his literary pursuits with redoubled ardour. One him. Soon he saw the ominous bird Fung flying toevening, when the moon looked brightly upon him, im- wards them. Seizing the bird by the neck, the servant mersed in contemplation, a person calling himself a Tseu. said, “ traveling in the dark is not pleasant- let us tsae entered his room ;3 short beard, florid countenance, hasten our speed : will you not avail yourself of this a small waist, and long nails, were the personal charac. assistance ?". Woo-tsing-yen looked at the bird, and reteristics of the individual before him. The student asked plied, not without surprise at the proposition, that it was his name and place of abode. “I am," replied the not large enough to carry him. “Try it,” said the boy. stranger, " of the family of Pih; and my surname is He did so. The bird expanded beneath him; the boy Yun-yuh." Pleased with the manners and address of his seated himself behind; and, with a low cry, the bird visiter, Woo-tsing yen commenced a conversation, which spread his broad wings, soared majestically upward, soon became so interesting, that he entreated his new and in a few moments the earth and all terrestrial things friend to remain (as it was now late) till the morrow. were far beneath-too far to be any longer visible. Alter Thanking him for his obliging otfer, Pih-yuh consented, thus sailing along some time, they arrived at a red door, and took up his abode with him for the night. Woo, where the boy alighted, and assisted Woo-tsing-yen to tsing ven noticed that Pib-yuh read in a manner differ alight also. Where am I ?” exclaimed he._"This," ently trom any person he had ever heard ; and in his ad- replied the youth, dress and conversation there was some peculiarity which nished student looked around, and with dread beheld on
" is the gate of heaven." The astohe had seen in no other. Astonished at this, he asked one side a huge tiger lying at his ease. The youth saw the reason. "Scholars," replied Pih-yuh, with a smile, his alarm, and instantly placed himself before the tiger. "all ditter in mind, manners, and person ; nor am I very And now was Woo-tsing-yen able to behold the beauties anxious about acquiring fame."
of heaven, extending its glories all around him, brighter Night atter night--for their dwellings were near to and very different from this world. The boy preceded, gether did the civo young men meet and take wine to and he followed into the palace Kwang-han, paved with gether, Ai length Pih-yuh produced a hook on the crystal; and on all sides appeared the glorious inmates, occult sciences, which he gave to his friend; but he un seeming as if walking upon diainond. Around them derstand it not, and carelessly laid it aside. Finding grew the lofty trees of fragrant oil, with their luxuriant this, and that no use was meant to be made of this book, branches meeting at the top, and loading with perfume Pil yuh intormed Woo-esing-yen of its value, saying that the breezes that here know no interruption. Red were it was the dootrine of Wang.ling.che yaou, the steps of the windows of the buildings—beautiful were the counthe gods." That which I seek for, " replied the student, tenances, and slender the forms of the maidens that in
these groves wander for ever; in this world are none “Therefore, sir," continued he, “you must leave." Buch to be found.
“Where is your master ?" asked Woo-tsing.yen. “My " In the palace of Wang.moo, the imperial mother," master left before the fifth watch to wait on his majesty, said the youth, addressing Woo-tsing-yen, “the ladies and ordered me to accompany you home.” Woo-tsing. are far more lovely-hasten, for I fear my lord must long yen consented, though with great reluctance, to this ar. have been waiting for you-loiter not.” Thus speaking, rangement; and they returned by the way they came. be seized the hand of the lingerer, and drew him out of When they arrived at the door the student looked round, the red door. They had not proceeded far before they but was unable to see his attendant, nor could he ima. met Pih.yuh waiting for them. He, taking his friend gine where he was gone. The tiger slowly roused him. by the hand, led him into the palace. In front of the self, rolled about his glaring eyeballs, and with a hide. houses rolled a sparkling stream of pure water, in the ous roar sprang forward. Wootsing-yen, terrified, held midst of a white path-he heard the noise of distant wa. down his head and ran; nor did he stop till, breathless ters-he saw long lines of stately buildings branching off and fainting, he regained the earth. Alarmed and agi. in different directions, paved with crystal, and their ba- tated, he awoke while the sun was yet rising. He conlustrades ornamented with precious sculpture. This, sidered what he had seen and done, and decided that his thought he, is the palace of Kwang-han. They seated far journey and delightful entertainment were but a themselves, and a maiden of about sixteen brought fra dream. On rising, however, he beheld on the ground a grant tea. Pih.yuh called for wine, and four beautiful lustrous article, which on examination proved to be the women entered; bending gracefully, these tended them, golden armlet of a woman. Recolleeting what had passed and the geins in their ears sent forth a pleasant sound. in his vision, the young man felt quite bewildered. Woo-tsing-yen, smitten with love, gazed intently upon From this time, however, (and none will doubt the fact,) them; and entreated to drink wine, he took the cup from his affection towards his yet unseen intended wife daily the hands of one of them, and felt much difficulty in re- abated ; and he became desirous of seeking the abode of straining his passions.* At length he took one by the Chih-sang, the mighty and far-famed bestower of immorhand, smiled upon her, and whispered his love; but the tality. Yet though this project oceupied his mind, it damsels laughed, and retired to their apartments. Pih- was ever a source of regret that he had no children. puh recalled them, and begged them to drink wine with About ten lunar. months after his former dream, while himself and his friend. Then he requested them to sing. sleeping at noon, he dreamed that the young beauty who The one attired in red came and offered the visiter a cup in heaven had been his, but, alas! who was unable to of wine ; and then, seating herself opposite the table of follow him to this lower earth, entered his abode, robed, repast, sang, accompanied by her companions on the reed as she had been above, in resplendent carnation, and and pepa, in delightful harmony. When she had finished, presenting him with a lovely infant, “ This,” said she, in one dressed in green brought also a cup of wine, and sea a tone of celestial sweetness, “ this is your blood and ting herself where the other sat, sang in company with your bone; nor can we retain him in heaven.” She her friends. Then, the two robed in carnation and light then placed the child on the couch, covered it with the brown stood tittering, addressing each other to go and mat, and, after gazing fondly on it for a moment, vanpresent wine, but both refused. Pih-yuh proposed that ished. Woo-tsing-yen in vain endeavoured to stop her. one should sing and the other present wine. The one “ Having been united,” said she, “and now parted, we in carnation now came forward. Woo-tsing: yen leaned part for ever ; the time of our espousals is passed : yet, forward fondly and caught her by the hand. She laughed, should you ever become immortal, we may meet again." and he let go her hand; and between them the cup fell. Woo-tsing-yen awoke; and now, with feelings more Pih-yoh was moved to impatience. Elegantly she bend- of delight than astonishment, saw a child more beautiful ed, and recovering the cap, said with a smile," His hand than the daylight slumbering by his side. He took it up is as cold as an evil spirit's; why should he seize on and carried it to his mother, relating its history; and mine?" Pih-yuh laughed immoderately : “Since you she, highly elated, sent for a nurse, and named it Munghave transgressed, you shall buth sing and dance.” Then sëen. And now his wish was gratified-he was no the maiden in light blue flew with a cup of wine to W00- longer childless; and he sent therefore to Tae-she to say tsing-yen, who declined it; but seeing how deeply the that he was desirous of retiring among the mountains, maiden blushed, he drank it, though against his inclina. and that, therefore, he resigned his claim to Tae-she's tion. He saw that all these women were equally lovely, daughter, and begged him to seek some other husband and that in this world none were equal to them in beauty. for his daughter. Tae-she would not listen. Again did Rising op, therefore, he addressed himself to Pih-yuh: Woo-tsing-yen earnestly beg to decline the marriage. "These damsels are unequaled in loveliness—why can. Tae-she now informed his daughter, who replied, “ Every not one be mine? Why should you possess so many, body knows that I am engaged to Woo-tsing-yen; if while my soul is fled I know not whither ?"_" What," now I should marry some other person, I should have Teplied the other, “how can a lady on whom you have two husbands." This was reported to the student, who fixed your attentions please a person of your attain said, “ I cannot consent; I care not for fame ; neither ments?"_“I bave never been favoured with a sight of have I any love for the daughter of Tae-she: only my many beauties,” said Woo-tsing-yen; “and consider respect for an aged mother keeps me froin retiring that these cannot be excelled.” Pin-yuh then ordered among the hills." This message was duly delivered ; all the ladies to appear before his friend, and aided himn and the answer was, “ If he be poor, I will be content in bis choice; and with her he successfully prosecuted with him to partake of vegetables; if he leaves, I will his suit. Morning dawned brightly; and before the lo. wait on his aged mother; nor will I ever marry another reps parted, Woo-lsing-yen begged her to give him some person.” Matters thus remained unsettled; messages token to keep in remembrance of her. With a sweet and servants were sent to and fro, but without bringing smito she drew from her arm a golden ring and present affairs to a satisfactory termination. At length a day ed it to him. A servant now entered to announce that was fixed, the customary marriage presents were prethe road of genii and that of mortals were different:- pared, and the dowry arranged. The bride was taken to
the house of her husband, who received her, esteemed • The Chinese here adds : At this moment Woo-tsing. her, and loved her for her virtue. She waited on his yen felt a little itching be-ween his shoulders; where mother with filial attention; and, to render them happy, upon one of these beautiful women, having delicate endured many crosses. After two years his mother died ; fingers and long nails, put her hands under his coat and and his wife, that the customary ceremonies might not relieved the irritated part.
be neglected, disposed of part of her dowry. Woo-lsing.