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UNIVERSAL SEA LANGUAGE.
vnlgarity like the plated courtesy of meanness!
SUBSTITUTE FOR INDIGO.-We look with interest to must here close our notice, and hope that what we have whatever relates to the extension of the chemical arts of said will sufficiently recommend " The Linwoods” to all this country, as opening new channels for the exercise of such of our readers as delight in a story of deep natural its productive industry, and as so little attention is uninterest and beauty.-- Athenæum.
fortunately paid to their fosterment through the medium of public societies, so a greater duty devolves upon the
public press to distinguish between the meritorious and Useful Arts.
the meretricious. It is a matter of surprise that the progress of the chemical arts has not hitherto kept pace with that of the mechanical, although the former has
lately began to participate in the spirit of improvement. [The following is a copy of a paper presented to the By a substitution of scientific principles for the vague and British Association by Sir John Ross.)
uncertain directions of the workman, improvement, in. This Universal Sea Language is a complete system of stead of being a matter of mere fortuity, is now one of communications between the crews of ships of different greater certainty; alterations and modifications of propations, without any knowledge of each other's lan- cesses are dictated by a knowledge of the principles guage.
which produce the changes in the substance operated on, This ingenious and simple code of signals was first and instead of remaining a matter of speculative uncercommunicated to me by the gallant inventor, Captain tainty, the results may be safely anticipated, whilst the Rhode, of the Royal Danish Navy, at Copenhagen, in practice of the manufacturer confirm the prediction. July 1834; and, in September last, I had the honour of Amongst other chemical problems, the improvement submitting the English MS. to our excellent king, who, of the manufacture of colours bas been one that has enhaving perused it with attention, commanded me to trans- gaged no ordinary share of attention from scientific as mit it to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, at well as practical men, for the purpose of producing artithe same time expressing his high approbation of the cles of a greater degree of permanence and brilliance. system. Here, however, it met with some delay, pro- In dyeing, indigo has heretofore formed the almost exclu. bably from the changes which took place in that board, sive basis of many colours, as blues, blacks, and browns; and from the circumstance that nu less than three codes but in addition to the great expense of this valuable com. of signals were at the same time under the consideration modity, it has long been considered desirable to substi. of their lordships; and it was not until April last, when tute for it some mineral substance which, whilst it would I had an interview with Lord Auckland, that their report be possessed of the greater durability natural to such on this interesting subject was obtained ;-this could not colours, would not be acted upon in the same manner as but be favourable, and the usual number of copies were the former by heat, light, and a variety of the simplest subscribed for, as also by the Hon. E. I. Company, the chemical agents. This substitute, it has been suggested, committee of Lloyd's, corporation of the Trinity House, might be found in Prussian blue, provided some mens. &c.; and at length the English edition is in progress. truum were discovered capable of dissolving it, which The French edition, which is also a translation from the would neither destroy the fibre nor harden the texture of original Danish, has been already printed, the govern the material. This appears to be realised in the speci. ment having subscribed for no less than 200 copies. mens furnished by a company for the introduction of a The German and Spanish translations are soon to follow. substitute for indigo, whether judging from the cloth re
The advantages of this method of communication by cently dyed, or those which have been long exposed to signal, over every other, are briefly these :
the influence of those agents which impair the qualities In the first place, it will be found by far the cheapest, of indigo. Specimens of cloth worn almost threadbare the whole expense being the price of the book, which is still retain the full brilliancy of the recently dyed cloth. only sixteen shillings; the purchase of flags or other As in this country immense individual resources may symbols being unnecessary. Secondly, the only male- at once be brought forward to bear for the furtherance of rials required on board any ship are the flags under meritorious designs, the formation of a company for which she sails, jack, ensign, and pendant (the colour purposes like the present may possibly be vicwed with susbeing immaterial), and two white flags, for which two picion, but we have seen sufficient to warrant our extablecloths, or if there are none on board, two shirts, or pressing an opinion favourable to the merits of the inanything that will represent a flag will suffice; so that vention. We do not see why eventually this substitute every thing required is to be found even in the smallest for indigo may not form an article of large export, whilst craft. By these simple and ready means, communications it has the advantage of bringing into use resources which of any and of every kind may be made by an English have hitherto proved not only unavailable but obnoxious, vessel to a foreign one, and vice versa, without the least such as refuse animal matters, fish, and even animal knowledge of each other's language, and under circum- dung, extensively used in the manufacture of the prue. stances of peril and distress which have rendered every siate of potash employed in the process. other mode impracticable. Again, those on the sea coast, who would wish to save their fellow creatures from a A SMALL ENGINE.-An inhabitant of Sheffield has conwatery grave, might point out to the stranger an unknown structed a beautiful model of a stca.n engine of an extraharbour or creek, or the best place to run on shore, and ordinarily small size. Notwithstanding the weight of the by these invaluable signals, convey to a perishing crew whole, including the fly-wheel, does not exceed two of any nation every information required to assist their ounces and a half, and its size scarcely exceeds that of a humane endeavours; while, on the other hand, the crew hen's egg, yet the most minute parts are fitted up in a of a stranded ship might convey to the spectators of their style of the utmost perfection, and the motions are perperilous situation every thing that is requisite-even the formed with the greatest velocity. perishing foreigners' last farewell to relations and friends. I can safely assure the section, that, during my ser
MOORE AND THE MUSES. vices in his majesty's navy, of above forty years, had I been in possession of these signals, and, had they been Cordially do we join our humble note of congratula. generally distributed and published in different languages, tion to those with which men of all parties have hailed as they are now intended to be, I should have witnessed the award of a pension to the poet of Ireland; as cor. the saving of hundreds of lives, and thousands of pounds dially do we assent to the quantity" of the honour in valuable property.
with which his country has greeted him on his visit. The
"quality" is rather more questionable. We are assured them. Oh! but Paganini was a foreigner; true, it is that, on the poet's entrance into Bannow," he was met only a foreigner who is to be plundered of his fair gains by a large assemblage of persons, who insisted on bis --who is to enchant us for nothing—who is to be out getting from his own carriage into an open phaeton de- good genius gratis! Illustrious violinist, we did not decorated with laurels and Howers, and nine young women, serve another visit from thce! It is something, however, habited as the muses, crowned the Irish bard with a to say, that we have heard Paganini. Where is the inwreath of laurels and myrtles.” This triumphal car, strument, the bow of the magician? It should be prewith the crowned poet, was then drawn by the people to served as a relic. We would enshrine it in some solemn, its place of destination; and the ceremony ended with an silent nook of the British Museum.- 1b. " eloquent address" from Erin's chosen bard! Nine young women habited as the Muses! Our informant should have specified their " united ages ;" and, besides, he should have described their costume. Habited as the
2otabilía. Muses! Ah, would we had been at Bannow! But the poet himself must have been the prettiest part of the Sir John's REWARDS.—The Empress of Russia bas show, especially if he kept his countenance. How did within these few days presented to Sir John Ross, through he contrive that? Never could he have felt more strongly the Russian Ainbassador, a gold snuff-box set with diainspired, more tempted to exclaim,“ Descend, ye nine!” monds, valued at a thousand guineas. than wlien the band of persevering laurel.givers arose to SIGN OF AN APPROACHING ELEction.— The Earl of Win. crown him in his car. But how shall we receive the chelsea has recently been very profuse in his distribution poet when he returns to England ? All honours will be of fawns to various individuals residing in the village absurdities after those of Bannow. A lady habited as around Haverholm. Beneficent as his lordship may apBritannia, with a Newfoundland dog to personaie the pear to be, some of his lynx-eyed neighboars have dis. British lion, might be engaged to meet him at Holyhead; covered that the noble earl has conferred his presents of but no, the idea of the nine Muses carries every thing young deer only upon such as are qualified to vote at the before it.— Leigh Hunt's Journal.
ensuing carnestly anticipated tory-feared contest. Truly, most noble Marquis of Nottingham, this looks somewhat
like fawning.–Stamford Mercury. PAGANINI.
APPOINTMENT.-Lord Melbourne has appointed Mr. It is some days since a letter was received in London Robert Napier, (son of Professor Napier, of the Univerconveying the intelligence of the sudden death, by cho-sity of Edinburgh, and editor of the Edinburgh Revice,) lera, of this extraordinary man. It is said that he ex. to be one of the clerks of the treasury: pired after a few hours of extreme suffering. The cho. BRITISH AssocIATION.-- The British Association of lera is unquestionably raging with fatal virulence in Sciences has applied to government to send out an exGenoa, where the marvelous violinist is said to have pedition to the Antarctic regions, for the purpose of disperished; yet we almost cling to a hope, to a half hope, covering the southern magnetic pole. that he is not among the victims. Is that arm, that hand, Official Brevity.—The following speech was deliver. palsied, shrunk up, lifeless? Is that one string, that ed by the governor of Barbadoes, in opening the seslinked us with the world of music, snapt? Is that spirit sion of the house of assembly :-“Proceed to your of thought, that soul of feeling, that inexpressible skill, duties, gentlemen; I have no observation to offer on any that superhuman expression,-is all this gone out, evapo- subject whatever !" rated, lost-as it were only the departing of a poor fiddler Spirits.—23,216,272 gallons have been distilled in the from the orchestra of life! Is it not hard to think so ? United Kingdom in the year 1234. The return for Eng. Wonderful Paganini! Had discase left thy hands free, land is 4,652,838 gallons; Scotland, 9,193,091 ; Ireland, for a moment, just to touch thy instrument—had but a 9,370,343. The amount of duty stands thus: England, finger remained unparalysed-thou hadst ocen saved. 2,866,6121, 178, 6d.; Scotland, 1,007,5971, 38, 4d.; Ireland, Had Death listened for one instant he had spared thee. 1,369,3181, 6s, giving a total of upwards of five millions This is hardly a conceit or an extravagance. No crea. sterling. ture ever impressed us with a sense of something beyond The first Indian mail by way of Alexandria and the mortality being visible, in our very presence, as Paga. Red Sea, which was despatched from Falmouth on the nini did. Die who might, he seemed destined to survive. 3d of March, in the African steamer, arrived at Bombay Ile was ideal—formed in a freak of nature—a super on the 22d of April, in fifty days from England. The natural existence, whom we all agreed to go and hear passage by this route may now be generally accomplish. as often as possible, with delight, not with alarm : for it ed in fifty days, viz., seventeen days from Falmouth to was a part of the bargain, that he was not to blow the Malta, five days from Malta to Alexandria, and twenty. roof off (which he seemed able to do with a flourish of eight days from Alexandria to Bombay, including stophis bow), and that we should pay him for his magic what pages. ever he should choose to ask. We all felt him to be more A splendid specimen of the great American aloe, the than human; and therefore made a most vociferous outcry stem of which is twenty feet high, may now be seen in when he affected to put on the little human failing of full flower at Bute House, Old Brompton. There are up. penuriousness. We had none of the divinity that stirred wards of 900 flowers on the plant. "Viscountess Dillon, within him; and we resented his affectation of the gross to whom the plant belongs, has given her gardener pets ness that belongs to ourselves. Penurious! He was the mission to show it to the public. most prodigal of all profuse creatures. He scattered The third session of the scientific congress of France priceless pleasures about him wherever he went. We will be opened at Douay on September 6th. Among the paid him half a guinea one night for a precious burden many distinguished persons who have promised to attend of swect feeling and harmonious fancy, that will weigh this literary meeting, are the Marquis of Douro, Lord fondly upon our memory through life. And then--we Mansfield, Lord Brougham, Mr. Wakefield, the Prince must all drown his music in sharp impertinent discord, and Princess de Salm. It is expected that this meeting because he did not give what we had so wisely paid him, will be much more numerous than that of last year at to the poor! We never rated Mr. Braham for not build. Poitiers, which was attended by 210 members. ing alinshouses. We never got enrged with Sir Walter At the commencernent of 1700, the population of LotScott because he did not shower shillings among the poor, don, within the walls, was calculated at 110,000, as de. who showered blessings upon him as he walked amongst duced from the parish registers; and the annual mortality
was as one to twenty of that number. In 1750, the popu. AN ODD WAGER.-On Monday afternoon a vast aslation had decreased to 87,000; and, fortunately for the semblage of persons took place in Chiswell street, Finshealth of the citizens, space continues to become more bury square, and the neighbourhood, in consequence of a and more valuable for warehouses and counting houses very singular feat being performed by Mr. Alexander, than for human habitations; so that the population of the proprietor of an extensive repository for the sale of horses city, within the walls, became 78,000 in the year 1801, in Chiswell street, who had undertaken for a bet of five and is now diminished to 55,778, the mortality being hundred guineas, to drive the Wells mail round the ex. now less than 1 in 40.
tensive premises of the late Mr. Lackinton, bookseller, of LIFE PROLONGED BY CiviLISATION.-If we collect Eng. Finsbury place. The wager was made by some kigh land, Germany and France in one group, we find that the sporting characters, and odds were against the accomaverage term of mortality which, in that great populous plishment of the feat. After the lorses were harnessed, region, was formerly one in 30 people annually, is not at the mail went first round Finsbury square, and then enpresent more than one in 38. This difference reduces tered the folding doors at a gentle trot, and thrice cir. the number of deaths throughout these countries from cumnavigated the library, keeping within the pillars 1,900,000, to less than 1,200,000; and 700,000 lives, or under the galleries. On Mr. Alexander driving out, one in 83 annually, owe their preservation to the social after succeeding in the undertaking, he was loudly a meliorations effected in the three countries of western cheered. During the lifetime of Mr. Lackinton, about Europe, whose efforts to obtain this object have been forty-two years back, a similar feat was attempted, but attended with the greatest success.—Paris Advertiser. in that instance was attended with failure from the un.
NEW STEAM ENGINE.—We understand the Rev. W. skilfulness of the driver. Morris, minister of Deanrow chapel, Wilmslow, in this county, has invented a new steam engine, the expense of erecting which will be less than a tenth part of the cost I dwell in the stars by night, of a steam engine of equal power. In consequence of not In the sun's beam through the day, being able to secure to himself any remuneration for his And the moon—the beautiful and brighttrouble in the invention, he intends to present it to the Involves me in her ray. public, and make known the time and place of exhibition shortly, taking only such means as shall secure publicity
I dwell in a lady's breast, that the invention is entirely his own.-Chester Chroni And yet not in her eyes, cle.
Nor heed her feelings, though exprest
I am a part of pain, able for having contribtted to the circulation of a rumour
And yet come forth in pleasure; that he was not the author of the Exile of Erin. “I can.
Without me what were gain ? not,” says Mr. Hamilton, “permit a single day to pass
What few may term a treasure ! without ihus voluntarily offering the sincere expression Thou'lt view me in the stream of my sorrow that, under an erroneous impression, I may
Which down the mountain strays; possibly have originated the temporary impeachment of
And basking in the beam your just claims to that interesting little offspring of
Which on its surface plays. your pen." The circumstances of the mistake are then explained.
In the depths of earth and ocean, The sum of 6401. has been lately given for the bulb of On the confines of the sea, a new tulip, called the “Citadel of Antwerp.” This sum While this rolling world liath motion, was paid by M. Vanderninck of Amsterdam, a florist,
I shall all changeless be. formerly a captain in the Dutch navy.
STATUE OF CUVIER.—The inauguration of the statue of ANTIDOTE TO ARSENICAL Poison.—We mentioned some this late eminent naturalist, by David, took place at his time ago, that Doctors R. W. Bunsen and A. Berthold, in native town of Montbelliard on the 23d ult., with great Gottingen, relying on experiments made on animals, receremony. Deputations from several learned bodies were commended oxyhydrate of iron as an antidote to the poi. present, and various orations were delivered in honour of son of arsenic: their experiments were confirmed by the occasion. The house in which Cuvier first saw the Soubeiran, Miquet, Monat, and Leseur, at Paris. Dr. light was very tastefully decorated, and the following in. Buzorini, physician of the bailiwick at Chingen, in the scription was placed on it-Ici naquit G. Cuvier, le 23 kingdom of Wurtemberg, has proved the efficacy of this Aout, 1769. The ceremony of the banquet was succeed. remedy, in a medico-legal case, on two persons poisoned ed by a grand concert and ball.
with arsenic. One of them, a woman fifty years of age, The EYE.--The use of shades and bandages, on every bad taken half a drachm, and her son, twenty-four years trilling affection of the eye, is an evil that cannot be too old, a scruple of white arsenic, after both of them had, strongly reprobated; for the action of light and air being besides, repeatedly taken smaller portions, administered thus excluded, and the organ rigidly compressed, ophthal. to them in their food several days before, and when mia, and even total blindness, is not unfrequently the medical aid was not immediately at hand. Yet the consequence of that which, being perhaps merely a slight symptoms of poison were quickly allayed in a few hours flow of humor, or a little extravasated blood, would have after the oxyhydrate of iron was administered; on the subsided in a few days, if judiciously trcated, or even if following day they were both out of danger; and now, les to itself.- Curtis on the Eye.
a fortnight having elapsed, they are perfectly well. Bread.—Several bakers in Paris having imperfectly Mlle. Mars. Most of our readers are probably aware baked their bread, in order to render it heavier, the mai. that Mlle. Mars was a warm Bonapartist, (as the admiter has been laid before the academy of sciences; and rers of Bonaparte were termed after his abdication,) and this body has been requested to publish a standard of the that she took cvery opportunity to let the world know degree of baking necessary for wholesomeness.
her opinions. Upon one occasion, after the restoration of A young student at Oxford, having lampooned one of Louis XVIII., the garde du corps, which was composed the proctors in some offensive lines, was asked by his of ultra-royalists, were marching through the streets of companions if it was a sonnet that he had sent. “Oh, Paris, and happened to hiss the carriage of the above no," replied the offender, " it was a mad-rig-all!" lady. “Ah !" said one, " there is that Bonapartist, Mlle.
Mars.” “Yes," replied another, " there she is, leaning
Literary Intelligence. back in her carriage, as though she were afraid to look at us." “What," observed Mlle. Mars, " what have the Mr. Bulwer has just committed to the press the work garde du corps to do with Mars?" This sharp retort, to to which he alluded in his last publication, “ The Stomen who wore their military garb for slow, and not for dent," and on which he has been so long engaged ; it is, service, arrested them effectually from making further we believe, entitled “ Athens; its Rise and Fall, with observations.
Views of the Arts and Sciences, the Literature and ComA Discovery.—There has lately been discovered at merce of the Athenian People.” Cuxac, a village about a league from Narbonne, a bronze Miss Landon has, we hear, nearly completed the printstatue of Venus, resembling the Venus de Medicis in so ing of her new poem, “The Vow of the Peacock," illas. far that the body inclines forward, resting upon the left trating, it will be recollected, the beautiful picture by leg; the head is gracefully and slightly turned towards the Madame Lise, in the exbibition of the Royal Academy. left, and the arms are so placed as to conceal with mo Dr. Hogg's interesting Travels in the East, entitled desty the charms of her person. There is, however, this " A Visit to Alexandria, Damascus, &c.," will appear difference, that the head is ornamented with a diadem, early in the present month. and the hair, though partly tressed up, falls in part in ele. Mr. Chorley, whose lively Sketches of a Sea-port gant ringlets on the shoulders. A large vase of terra cotta, Town, have been so much admired, has in press a Series four feet in diameter, containing ashes and burnt bones, of Tales, the scene of which is, we believe, chiefly laid in a statue of the Bona Dea, a small serpentine stone, and a Italy. great quantity of Roman bricks, have also been found. The author of " Pictures of Private Life,” Miss Stick. it is believed that the spot at which these relics have ney, will shortly present to the public a work of an oribeen picked up, was formerly the site of an ancient villa, ginal character, entitled " The Poetry of Life." on the banks of the lake called Rubresus.
A second edition of Mr. Bulwer's new work, " The New COMET.-The journal of the Two Sicilies, of June Student," will appear in a few days. 10, states that Sr. Bogalowski, director of the Royal Ob The third edition of that elegant little work, “The servatory at Breslaw, discovered a new telescopic comet Language of Flowers," much improved, and revised by on the 20th of April, in the constellation Patera, to the editor of the “ Forget Me Not,” has just appeared. which, if still visible, the attention of other astronomers The Rev. Robert Montgomery, has nearly ready for is directed.
publication, a fourth edition revised, of his powerfully Massive Native GOLD.—A vary rare and curious spe- conceived work, entitled “Satan, a Poem." cimen of massive native gold, found in the mine Chuquia. Mrs. Jameson has just committed to the press, a Dew gillo, at a short distance from La Paz, the capital of edition, being the third, of her much admired work, Bolivia, has excited considerable attention among the “ The Characteristics of Women." mineralogists of London. It contains three different The second and concluding volume of M. de Tocquiqualities of gold, of twenty-two, twenty-three, and twenty- ville's interesting work, “ Democracy in America,"trans. three and a half carots, without the admixture of any lated by his friend, Mr. Reeve, with a map of the United ore, and weighs nearly two pounds. The specimen of States, is now ready, native gold in the Royal Museum at Madrid, weighs “ A History of English Literature, Critical and Philo forty pounds; but this is nothing more than gold ore, and sophical," by Mr. D'Israeli. it cannot be properly termed a specimen of massive na. A new edition of the works of Sir John Suckling, with tive gold. The piece brought from La Paz, is supposed a Life of the Author, and Critical remarks on his Wri. to be unique.
tings and Genius. By the Rev. Alfred Suckling, L.L.B. Egypt.-The produce of cotton has this year amount Researches on the Organisation, Functions, and Dis ed to 250,000 quintals. The average price at which it eases of Membranus Secreting Textures; with Original has been sold being 25 dollars, the pacha has thus real. Plans, showing the Inflections and Continuity of Mem. ised the sum of 6,250,000 Spanish dollars.
branes. By Thomas Turner, M.R.C.S.L. &c. &c. A bedstead and table of solid gold, two massive chairs History of the Condition of Women, in all Ages and of silver, two elephants, two Arabian horses, two dwarf Nations. By Mrs. Childs, author of "Child's Own buffaloes, and many valuable shawls, worth 80,0001., have Book," " Mother's Book,” &c. been presented by the king of Oude to the king of Eng. Graphics: a Manual of Drawing and Writing, for the land. The elephants have been presented one to each of use of Schools and Families. By R. Peale. the Zoological gardens.
An interesting volume, entitled “ Recollections of the BOTANY AND GARDENING.–The “Gardeners' Maga- Private Life of General Lafayette," is about to be pab. zine" contains an account of the Duke of Devonshire's lished by Messrs. Galignani, of Paris. It is writen by new arboretum at Chatsworth, in which Mr. Paxton re. his friend and surgeon, M. H. Cloquett, who was furmarks that an estate of three acres may be planted, with nished with the materials by the general himself. An an eye to beauty as well as science, with 1200 species of English edition, translated under the eye of the author, trees and shrubs. At Chatsworth there will be 2000 spe- will be published in London on the same day the original cies, each with all the accommodation a tree could de- will appear in Paris. sire, and there is room for 2000 more if they should be Among the novelties, for the forthcoming season, we discovered. There are Irea 1670 kinds of trees in 75 have to announce a new work to be called the English natural groups, covering about forty acres.
Annual, two volumes of which have already appearol, Old Coins.--A vast quantity of silver and gold coins, but the whvis "he editions have been exported to Ameof the reigns of Queen Elizabeth and James the First, rica and the continent. The volume, in consequence of were lately discovered in the sands at Conway, Wales, by certain facilities, which the proprietor exclusively enjoys, a poor girl of that neighbourhood. Several of them are will be offered in a form considerably larger and cheaper in the possession of Mr. Griffiths, the governor of Shrews-than similar publications, and in all respects cqual to bury county jail, and in good preservation. Those of them in its graphic and literary contents. Elizabeth (1582) describe her as queen of France and The Oriental Annual for 1836, by the Rev. H. Caunter, Ireland ; those of James, as king of Great Britain, B.D., will exceed either of its predecessors, in the variety France, and Hibernia; with the characteristic motto, and beauty of the illustrations from the pencil of W. “States which God hath joined, let no one separate." Daniell, Esq. R.A., as the great success of the last two
The interesting Travels and Adventures in Eastern years has encouraged the proprietor to spare no cxpense Africa, of Nathaniel Isaacs, Esq., are nearly ready. to render it still more worthy of public patronage.
From the London Court Journal.
BY MRS. FAIRLIE.
gown, upon which I either perceived, or fancied I perceived stains of blood, and taking up a broken
stick, dug a hole in the earth, placed in it the THE FOSTERMOTHER'S CURSE.
torn fragment of her gown, and replaced the earth
as before; after which, she again washed her Though I have scarce passed the summer of hands in the stream, and departed. life, my soul is sick with affliction that cannot be I watched her narrowly till she was out of assuaged, my body bent to the earth by premature sight; then proceeding to the spot where she decay. I bear the burning brand of Cain upon had buried the linen, an impulse for which I canmy forehead, yet I never knowingly injured any not account led me to place over it a large stone. human being, much less could my hand have I returned home in an agony of excitement and been steeped in the blood of a brother. My tale fear. I could not forget the scene I had just is simple, and bears its own moral ; to record it witnessed, and it preyed the more on my mind is a relief to my mind. I am dwelling in a land because I had no one to consult in my father's of strangers, and when the grave has closed over absence. me, this writing will assign a cause for those I knew Moya Bourke too well to be mistaken peculiarities of habit and temper which now ren- in her person; and in what but guilt could have der me an object, sometimes of fear, always of originated the mysterious conduct I had observed? compassion, to my kind-hearted neighbours. I was born in the north of Ireland, and am the termined to seek Moya at her own cottage, and
I rose at dawn, after a sleepless night, deyounger of two sons. Nature had been bountiful demand an explanation. The path from my to my brother, in external as well as intellectual father's house to her little dwelling lay along the endowments; upon me she had bestowed a sickly banks of the brook. When near the spot where I constitution and a weak frame. Unable to join had stood on the preceding evening, I was startled in the bodily sports of my schoolfellows, I had
at beholding Moya before me. She was searchrecourse to the misdirected pleasures of the ima-ing for something on the ground. I walked rapidly gination. Acted upon by the traditionary legends towards her. related to me by the neighbouring peasantry, I
“What! here again, Moya?” said I. She turned had become gloomy and suspicious, and I reveled
to me in evident trepidation, in the delight of imagining horrible things. Even the most simple transaction, in my heated fancy, out noticing my question. “Troth, an’ it's ’arly
“Is that you, Masther Shamus?" she said, withcovered some horrid deed ; and I shall scarcely awakened by such thoughts was sought for by bad dreams-1 dreamt of murder." be credited when I say that the painful excitement ye're up this mornin?”
“I could not sleep, Moya," I replied. “I had me as a source of enjoyment. As some men find
colour. pleasure in the excitement of danger, mine lay in that of terror, almost to the bereavement of my
“Never heed drames, Masther Shamus, dear.” senses. I had besides, and perhaps as a natural
“Some dreams are true, Moya.” consequence of these feelings, an insatiable curi
“Hush ! hush! Come, now, isn't it a pity for osity to penetrate whatever seemed mysterious, a likely young jintleman like yourself to be croakand to give utterance to my own conjectures upon ing like an ould crone ?” all that baffled my research. Thus I was at six
“ I dreamı I saw you here by moonlight, Moya," teen years of age, and though my heart yearned said I, " and—” with kindness and love, my prying disposition had
“ Me here ?" rendered me an object of dread and detestation She tried to laugh, but her voice was hoarse 10 my father's neighbours.
and the sound awful and hollow. She attempted One summer evening I had been rambling at to turn the conversation, and was evidently some distance from home. My father was then anxious to get rid of me, but I was resolved to absent, having gone to Dublin upon business. obtain her secret. She had aroused dreadful During my walk I had conjured up a thousand suspicions within me, which her manner tended dreadful phantoms connected with the past and to confirm. At length I determined to leave her, present, and had wrought up my mind to a more and go to her cottage during her absence. I ihan usual degree of excitement, when at a little reached the door, but it was locked, and I looked distance before me I perceived a woman who had in at the window. A turf fire was smouldering nursed my brother. She was standing alone, and on the hearth, before which hung a gown that I the brighi beams of the moon in a cloudless sky had given to Moya ;-it was of coloured cottonenabled me to perceive that she was looking on I recognised it by the pattern. I now seated myevery side as if in alarm. As she evidently sell upon a flowery bank near the little garden to sought to shun observation, I resolved to discover await Moya's return, and fixed upon various what she was doing. Under the concealment of phrases wherewith to accost her. When she apa large tree, I succeeded in getting within five peared, I perceived that she was surprised at my or six paces of her. Fancying nobody near, she being there. I now found it impracticable to washed her hands in a brook ihat flowed close to speak as I had intended :- I could not utter a the tree whose broad trunk concealed me from her word. Who has not felt this? Who is there view. Having concluded her ablutions, she lifted that has not conned over a dozen set phrases in up her hands as if to examine them by the light the absence of him they would accuse, or of her of the moon; then suddenly exclaiming, “There they love, and yet is powerless to utter them when are blood-spots still,” tore off the wristband of her lihe person appears to whom they were to be ad
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