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tain nor river; but as to lakes, thank God! we have plenty of them.” .

When a native of St. Kilda was at Glasgow, though he was astonished at every thing he saw, he desired nothing so much, as to return to the rock rising in the midst of a tremendous ocean.

The Norwegians proud of their barren summits, inscribe upon their rix-dollars, “spirit, loyalty, valour, and whatever is honourable, let the whole world learn among the rocks of Norway." The Noquais, inhabiting a barren country, through which run muddy rivulets, imagine no spot of the earth equal to their own. “You have travelled a great distance," said one of them to Baron de Tott, “but did you ever see a country equal to this ?” Much more pardonable is the pride of a Neapolitan, when he exclaims, “ see the Bay of Naples, and die!!"

It is an ingenious remark of a writer upon the Atlantis of Plato, that the golden age is nothing but the remembrance of a country, abandoned; but still the object of fond affection. An English woman, living at Cherson, seeing an English peeress unexpectedly in that town, was so overjoyed at the sight, that, disregarding all ceremony, she ran up to her, flung her arms around her neck, and kissed her. And De Lille, in his poem Les Jardins, beautifully apostrophises Potivera, a native of Otaheite, brought to

1 " Vedi Napoli e po' mori.” The natives of Cairo call their most disgusting city, “Misr without an equal;” “Misr the mother of the world !"-Legh's Trav. beyond the Catar acts, p. 62.

France by Bougainville, who, seeing a tree resembling those, that grew in his own island, embraced it, and called it “ Otaheite.When, however, our young friend, Claude, the son of Helvidius, was admiring the beauties of that blooming island, he felt his heart sink within him, when he reverted to the tranquil smiles of his father's house, and contrasted them with the cheerless countenances of inhabitants, among whom there was not one to bless him! The African, torn from his country, and from all the endearments of social life, in a clime far over the western ocean, never ceases to sigh for the shore, he has been compelled to quit . and his affection induces him to believe, that, after death, he will return to his native scenes, the delights of his family, and the theatre of his former occupations. His hopes and his wishes are frequent causes for suicide ! Actuated by the same belief, a Greenland boy on board an English ship after proceeding some way on the voyage, was seized with such a violent desire to return to his native snows, that he leaped into the sea, and was drowned ; fully persuaded, that he should, after death, be conveyed to the haunts of his infancy, and the arms of his parents.

The wandering Koreki imagine themselves to be happier, than those of any other country under heaven: proud and arrogantly vain, they esteem the accounts, which travellers give them of other countries, entirely fabulous. The Kamtschadales believe themselves to be the happiest people on earth : and

for the Russians entertain the most extravagant contempt. The Samoides, who live in caves, are so attached to their deep recesses, that their deputies told the Czar of Russia, that if he did but know the comfort of their climate and country, he would quit his palace and his court, and go and reside with them. They were astonished that he should prefer St. Petersburgh and Moscow !

The negroes of Goree, black as ebony, fancy themselves the finest among men; and their country the most beautiful under heaven. When they observe benevolence in a christian, they enquire why a black soul has been implanted in a white body. Indeed a love of country produces in all instances a national pride. The Mohawks believe themselves superior to the whole human race: and the natives of the Canary Islands entertain a similar belief. .

The mountains, near Shiraz, in Persia, are desolate and dreary; yet so attached are the Persian shepherds to them, that when the British secretary of embassy was observing their height and sterility, one of them enquired, with an air of exultation, whether his country could boast of any thing like them ! And when Mirza Abul Hassan, the Persian ambassador, was in England, he replied to an argument, relative to the comparative beauty of England and Persia, “it is true, we have not such fine houses, adorned with looking-glasses, as you have; no carriages; nor are we so rich : but we have better fruit, and we see the sun almost every day.”

As Colonna was one day walking on the ramparts at Portsmouth, he met a Savoyard, who earned a scanty subsistence by exhibiting a male and female marmot. These Colonna offered to purchase ; but the savoyard refused to sell them on three accounts: first, because they enabled him to live;-secondly, becase he brought them from his own country ;-and thirdly, because, as he was neither married, nor had father, mother, sister or other relation, he could not resolve to part with the only friends, he had in the world. Like the rest of his countrymen, he had left Savoy for the purpose, not so much of seeing the world, as of improving his condition; but finding himself disappointed in that expectation, he had reSolved to return to the village, in which he was born : and if his marmots died before himself, he declared it to be his intention to bury them by the sides of his father and mother ; leaving the middle place as a grave for himself.

In the historical introduction to a volume of Hans Egede is related an account of several Greenlanders, who were imported into Denmark. The king desired, that particular attention might be paid to them. Milk, cheese, butter, raw flesh, and raw fish, were served up to them in abundance; and everything was done, that was esteemed likely to captivate them.

· The Greenlander says, “ I am a Greenlander" with as proud a satisfaction as a Roman was accustomed to say, “ I am a Roman citizen." Egede, p. 41.

But nothing was able to divert their melancholy.

Their country was ever uppermost in their minds ; and they were observed continually to turn a wistful and desponding look towards the north. Three of them fell sick, and died; two pined away with regret ; and one of them was observed frequently to shed tears, whenever he saw a child at the breast of its mother. They made several attempts to escape; but without success. At length one of them succeeded; and it is supposed was overwhelmed by the sea in his little boat, as he was never heard of afterwards.

{"Many attempts having been made to open a friendly intercourse with the irascible Indians of Newfoundland, the Government at length offered a reward of £50. to any person, who should bring one alive to St. John's. A fisherman contrived to seize a young female, who was paddling in her canoe to procure bird's eggs from an inlet, at a short distance from the main land. This woman was conveyed to the capital ; the fisherman received his reward; and the captive was treated with great humanity, kindness and attention. The principal merchants and ladies of St. John's vied with each other, in cultivating her good graces; and presents poured in upon her from all qnarters. She seemed tolerably contented with her situation, when surrounded by a company of female visitors; but became outrageous, if any man approached, excepting the person, who had deprived her of her liberty. To him she was ever gentle and affectionate.

When this singular female had remained long enough at St. John's to be made sensible of the kindness and good intentions of the Europeans, the fisherman, who brought her, was employed to reconduct her to the spot, whence he had dragged her away. The sequel of this history is scarcely to be credited : yet it is entirely worthy of implicit credit. The villain, who had deprived this poor savage of her relations, friends, and liberty, conceived the plan of murdering her on her voyage back, in order to possess himself of the baubles, which had been presented to her by the inhabitants of St. John's, By this dreadful act, the assassin ob

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