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dull or bad book from such materials, yet it is great merit afterwards descended into its bed. The cave preserved the to have made the most of them which the limited space per- same direction, breadth, and height, as at its entrance, to mitted. This is a book to be bought. As a specimen of the the souls of their ancestors inhabit its deep recesses, the In
the distance of 1554 feet. The natives having a belief that work, we subjoin this description of
dians who accompanied our travellers could hardly be perTHE CAVE OF GUACHARO.
suaded to venture into it. Shooting at random in the dark, “ The greatest curiosity in the beautiful and salubrious they obtained two specimens of the guacharo. Having prodistrict of Caripe is a cavern inhabited by nocturnal birds, ceeded to a certain distance, they came to a mass of stalacthe fat of which is employed in the missions for dressing tite, beyond which the cave became narrower, although it food. It is named the Cave of Guacharo, and is situated in retained its original direction. Here the rivulet had dea valley three leagues distant from the convent. On the posited a blackish mould resembling that observed at Muga 18th of September Humboldt and Bonpland, accompanied gendorf in Franconia. The seeds, which the birds carry to by most of the monks and some of the Indians, set out for their young, spring up wherever they are dropped into it ; this aviary, following for an hour and a half a narrow path, and M. Humboldt and his friend were astonished to find leading across a fine plain covered with beautiful turf; blanched stalks that had attained a height of two feet. As then, turning westward along a small river which issues the missionaries were unable to persuade the Indians to ad. from the cave, they proceeded, during three quarters of an vance farther, the party returned. The river, sparkling hour, sometimes walking in the water, sometimes on a slip- amid the foliage of the trees, seemed like a distant picture, pery and miry soil between the torrent and a wall of rocks, to which the mouth of the cave formed a frame. Having until they arrived at the foot of the lofty mountain of Gua- sat down at the entrance to enjoy a little needful repose, charo. Here the torrent ran in a deep ravine, and they
they partook of a repast which the missionaries had prewent on under a projecting cliff which prevented them from pared, and in due time returned to the convent." seeing the sky, juntil at the last turning they came sud
SUNSHINE ; OR, LAYS FOR LADIES. denly upon the immense opening of the recess, which is eighty-five feet broad and seventy-seven feet high. The en
A pretty poetical toy, somewhere between the Hood and trance is toward the south, and is formed in the vertical
Bayly schools. We could swear to having seen some of the face of a rock, covered with trees of gigantic height, inter- airy trifles which compose the slender tome, but cannot tell mixed with numerous species of singular and beautiful where. From an Epistle from Madeline, a prudent marplants, some of which hang in festoons over the vault. This ried friend, to “ Emma,” who has got into a luxuriant vegetation is not confined to the exterior of the cave, but appears even in the vestibule, where the travellers
“Shocking dilemma"were astonished to see heliconias nineteen feet in height,
fallen imprudently in love, we give a few lines :palms, and arborescent arums. They had advanced about four hundred and sixty feet before it became necessary to
“ Can you give up your servant and carriage ? light their torches, when they heard from afar the hoarse
Can you live upon love, do you think? screams of the birds.—The guacharo is the size of a do
These are joys in perspective in marriage, mestic fowl, and has somewhat the appearance of a vulture,
When tried, like new friends, they will shrink. with a mouth like that of a goat-sucker. It forms a dis.
“ Could yon give up the waltz's soft whirl ? tinct genus in the order Passeres, differing from that just Could you dress in the plainest of ways ? named in having a stronger beak, furnished with two den Could you give up your chance of an earl ? ticulations, though in its manners it bears an affinity to it Could you give up the flatterer's praise ? as well as to the Alpine crow. Its plumage is dark bluish. grey, minutely streaked and spotted with deep brown, the
« Could you dine on the glance of an eye? head, wings, and tail being marked with white spots bor
Could you live without credit or money ? dered with black. The extent of the wings is three feet and
Could you tea on a soft love-sick sigh? a half. It lives on fruits, but quits the cave only in the
I could not, though lips were of honey. evening. The shrill and piercing cries of these birds, as “ Dear love, I implore you to ponder, sembled in multitudes, are said to form a harsh and dis To pause ere you settle for life; agreeable noise, somewhat resembling that of a rookery. Believe me, a moonlight's fair wander, The nests, which the guides showed by means of torches Is more pleasant befar than when wife." fastened to a long pole, were placed in funnel-shaped holes
THE ANNUALS. in the roof. The noise increased as they advanced, the ani. mals being frightened by the numerous lights.—About mid
We have turned over some of these endless productions, fummer every year, the Indians, armed with poles, enter the and find them, as was to be expected, wonderfully like their cave, and destroy the greater part of the nests. Several great progenitors. It is conceivable that a person might thousands of young birds are thus killed, and the old ones
once for all, make a selection from among them; but that, hover around, uttering frightful cries. Those which are secured in this manner are opened on the spot, to obtain the year after year, any one should heap up indifferent, or, at fat, which exists abundantly in their abdomen, and which is most, pretty prints, and scraps of the worst literature, is to subsequently melted in clay vessels over fires of brushwood. us marvellous. The prettiest of those we have seen is the This substance is semifluid, transparent, destitute of smell, Keepsake, the best the Picturesque Annual. It really deand keeps above a year without becoming rancid. At the
serves to be bought and treasured up by those who have a convent of Caripe it was used in the kitchen of the monks, and our travellers never found that it communicated any dis
taste for forming a collection of prints. Of twenty-six agreeable smell or taste to the food.—— The gaucharoes would views one half are truly beautiful. They are mostly taken have been long ago destroyed, had not the superstitious in Germany. There are already published, which we have dread of the Indians prevented them from penetrating far seen, the Literary Souvenir, New-Year's Gifl, Friendinto the cavern. It also appears, that birds of the same species dwell in other accessible places in the neighbourhood, ship's Offering, Amulet, Juvenile Forget-me-not, Comic and that the great cave is repeopled by colonies from them? | Offering, &c. &c. &c. A very nice volume might be comThe hard and dry fruits which are found in the crops and piled from among them, not certainly half as good as the gizzards of the young ones are considered as an excellent collections of reading lessons used in the humblest of our remedy against intermittent fevers, and regularly sent to village schools ; but pretty enough. And is it wonderful Cariaco and other parts of the lower districts where such diseases prevail. The travellers followed the banks of the that these little seminaries send forth Cobbetts and Clares, small river which issues from the cavern as far as the and Elliotts, and Burnses, and Howitts, and nearly all the mounds of calcareous incrustations permitted them, and eminent persons we boast ; while the regions of the Annu.
als give us “ seven persons of quality,” like those who, Miss still it is not kept with any thing like the vigour, Sheridan informs us, have contributed to her Comic Offer- perseverance, and elegance of our ancestors. They
not only ran Christmas-day, New-Year's Day, and ing.
Twelfth Night all into one, but kept the wassail NOTES OF THE MONTH.
bowl floating the whole time, and earned their
Mr. Hunt must visit Derrynane,or, for change, the
Hebrides. The old original Christmas still finds
its sanctuary in Kerry and Skye. The wassail Disperse o'er every care-forgetting face
bowl* (as some of our readers may know by expeTheir cheering light, and round the bottle glides.
rience, for it has been a little revived of late) is a Now far be banished, from our social ring, The party wrangle fierce, the argument
composition of spiced wine or ale, with roasted Deep-learned, metaphysical, and dull;
apples put into it, and sometimes eggs. [Here Mr. Oft dropt, as oft again renew'd, endless.
Hunt is obscure,-one might fancy the eggs were Rather I'd hear stories twice ten times told, put to float and bob in the bowl like the apples. Or vapid joke, filch'd from Joe Miller's page ; An Oxford man would have put this more clearly.] Or tale of ghost, hobgoblin dire, or witch.
-" They also adorned their houses with green
boughs, which, it appears from Herrick, was a DECEMBER, the last month of the year, was origi- practice with many throughout the year” —why, nally named Winter-monath by our Saxon ancestors, so it does from Goldsmith, who might be his greatthough this was changed to heligh, or holy-monath, great-grandson—“ box succeeding at Candlemas on their conversion to Christianity. In it was ce
to the holly, bay, rosemary, and mistletoe of Christlebrated the festival of the Scandinavian Jupiter, mas-yew at Easter to box birch (or the catkins the deity Thor. This was the lou (or our Yule) of the palm ?) at Whitsuntide to yew, and then feast, the holyday season of the northern year. bents or oaken boughs.” What an evergreen year The weather, as in the present year, is often mild
was that of merry England ! “ But, again,” says in the early part of this month, but liable to sud- Mr. Hunt, «« the whole nation was in a ferment den variations of temperature. The atmosphere at Christmas with the warmth of exercise and is generally loaded with vapour, and we have their firesides, as they were in May with the new often fogs about great towns, and “a green (i.e. an sunshine. The peasants wrestled and sported on open, mild) Yule makes a fat kirkyard.” It is the town green, and told tales of an evening ; the remarked, that, in this state of the atmosphere, gentry feasted then, or had music and other elerural sounds are heard at great distances. The pleasantest features of the month we must copy princely entertainment of masques ;" ($0, for that
gant pastimes ; the Court had the poetical and from Mr. Leigh Hunt. Why did he so soon drop, part, has it still, and we could tell who are and why never resume his Literary Pocket-book ? the mummers ;] “ and all sung, danced, revelled, the first, and by how much superior to all the suc. and enjoyed themselves, and so welcomed the new ceeding Annuals !
year like happy and grateful subjects of nature. plete winter
The trees look | This is the way to turn winter to summer, and but like skeletons of what they were.
make the world what Heaven has enabled it to be.' Bare ruin'd choirs, in which the sweet birds sang.
WINTER. The evergreen trees, with their beautiful cones, This is the eldest of the seasons: he such as firs and pines, are now particularly ob
Moves not like spring with gradual step, nor grows served and valued.
From bud to beauty, but with all his snows
Comes down at once in hoar antiquity. have flowers as well as leaves in winter-time; be
No rains nor loud proclaiming tempests flee sides a few of last month, there are the aconite, Before him; nor unto his time belong and hellebore, two names of very different cele The suns of summer, nor the charms of song, brity; and, in addition to some of the flourishing
That with May's gentle smiles so well agree. shrubs, there is the Glastonbury thorn, which puts
But he, made perfect in his birth-day cloud,
Starts into sudden life with scarce a sound, forth its beauty at Christmas. It is so called, we And with a tender footstep prints the ground, believe, because the Abbots of the famous monas As though to cheat man's car; while yet he stays, tery at that place first had it in their garden from He seems as 'twere to prompt our merriest days, abroad, and turned its seasonable eflorescence into And bid the dance and joke be long and loud.
Charles Lloyd. a miracle.” Mr. Hunt might have said much more on December flowers, and shrubs, as every one Wassail-Bowl, a Centre Supper Dish._Crumble knows who is familiar with even the most ordi-down as for trifle a nice fresh cake (or use maccaroons or nary modern garden. But he slumps them all other small biscuit) into a china punch-bowl or deep
glass dish. Over this pour some sweet rich wine, as very prettily, roses and evergreens, and passes to malmsey Madeira, if wanted very rich, but raisin-wine more attractive matter. “ December has one cir- will do. Sweeten this, and pour a well-seasoned rich cuscumstance in it, which turns it into the merriest tard over it. Strew nutmeg and grated sugar over it, and month of the year,
stick it over with sliced blanched almonds. Obs.-This is, in fact, just a rich cating posset. A very good wassail.
bowl may be made of mild ale well spiced and sweetened, This is the holyday which, for obvious reasons,
and a plain rice custard, with few eggsMeg Dods' may be said to have survived all the others; but | Cookcry.
« It is,” he says,
ed, when the neighbours shewed me their newly-closed
graves. But no one long pities the dead, and I was, after FOUR OLD MAIDS.
a while, glad that they had not been long separated. I saw BY THE AUTHOR OF“ ATHERTON," TRUCKLEBOROUGH
these ladies twice ;-and the first time that I saw them, the HALL," &c.
only doubt was, which of the four would be first married. I LOVE an old maid ;-I do not speak of an individual, I should have fallen in love with one of them myself, I do but of the species,- I use the singular number, as speaking not know which, but I understood that they were all four, of a singularity in humanity. An old maid is not merely more or less, engaged. They were all pretty, they were all an antiquarian, she is an antiquity; not merely a record sensible, they were all good-humored, and they knew the of the past, but the very past itself, she has escaped a great world, for they had all read Rollin's “ Ancient History." changc, and sympathizes not in the ordinary mutations of They not only had admirers, but two of them even then had mortality. She inhabits a little eternity of her own. She serious suitors. The whole village of Littleton, and many is Miss from the beginning of the chapter to the end. I do other villages in the neighbourhood, rang with the praises not like to hear her called Mistress, as is sometimes the of the accomplished and agreeable daughters of the rector ; practice, for that looks and sounds like the resignation of nor were the young ladies dependent for their hopes of husdespair, a voluntary extinction of hope. I do not know bands merely on their good qualities; they had the reputawhether marriages are made in Heaven, some people say tion of wealth, which reputation I am constrained to say that they are, but I am almost sure that old maids are. was rather a bubble. The rectory of Littleton was said to There is a something about them which is not of the earth be worth a thousand a-year, but it never produced more earthy. They are Spectators of the world, not Adventurers than six hundred, and the worthy rector was said to be nor Ramblers ; perhaps Guardians, we say nothing of Tat- worth ten or twelve thousand pounds. Bless him ! he lers. They are evidently predestinated to be what they might be worth that and a great deal' more, but he never are. They owe not the singularity of their condition to any possessed so much ; the utmost of his private fortune was lack of beauty, wisdom, wit, or good temper; there is no fifteen hundred pounds in the three per cents. It is enough accounting for it but on the principle of fatality. I have to designate them by their Christian names. Their good old known many old maids, and of them all not one that has father used to boast that his daughters had really Christian sot possessed as many good and amiable qualities as ninety names. The eldest was Mary, the second Martha, the third and nine out of a hundred of my married acquaintance. Anna, and the youngest Elizabeth. T'he eldest was, when Why then are they single ? Heaven only knows. It is I first knew them, actually engaged to a young gentleman their fate!
who had just taken a wrangler's degree at Cambridge, and On the left hand of the road between London and Liver had gained a prize for a Greek epigram. Such an effort of pool, there is a village, which, for particular reasons, I shall genius seemed next to miraculous at Littleton, for the peocall Littleton ; and I will not so far gratify the curiosity ple of that village never gain prizes for Greek epigrams. of idle inquirers as to say whether it is nearest to London The farmers, who had heard of his success, used to stare at or to Liverpool, but it is a very pretty village, and let the him for a prodigy, and almost wondered that he should walk reader keep a sharp look out for it next time he travels that on two legs, and eat mutton, and say “ How do you do " road. It is situated in a valley, through which runs a tiny like the rest of the world. And every body said he was rivulet as bright as silver, but hardly wide enough for a such a nice man. He never skipped irreverently over the trout to turn round in. Over the little stream there is a river as some young men of his age would do, but always bridge, which seems to have been built merely out of com went over the bridge. It was edifying to see how gracepliment to the liquid thread, to save it the mortification of fully he handed the young ladies over the said bridge, Mary being hopped over by every urchin and clodpole in the pa- always the last, though she was the eldest. rish. The church is covered with ivy even half way up the squire of the parish was generally considered as the suitor steeple, but the sexton has removed the green intrusion from of the second. The third had many admirers; she was the face of the clock, which, with its white surface and what is called a showy young woman, having a little of the black figures, looks, at a little distance, like an owl in an theatrical in her style. She was eloquent, lively, and attiivy bush. A little to the left of the church is the parsonage tudinizing. She had a most beautiful voice, and her good bouse, almost smothered with honeysuckles; in front of the papa used to say, “ My dear Anda, the sound of your voice house is a grass plot, and up to the door there is what is called | is very delightful, and it does me good to hear you sing to a carriage drive; but I never saw a carriage drive up there, for your own harpsichord, but I wish I could hear you sing at it is so steep that it would require six horses to pull the car church." Poor man he did not consider that there was riage up, and there is not room enough for more than one. no possibility of hearing any other voice while that of the Samewhat farther up the hill which bounds the little valley parish clerk was dinning in his ears. Elizabeth, the youngwhere the village stands, there is a cottage; the inhabitants est, was decidedly the prettiest of the four : sentimentality of Littleton call it the white cottage. It is merely a small was her forte, or, more properly speaking, her foible. She whitewashed house, but as it is occupied by genteelish sort sighed much herself, and was the cause of sighing to others. of people, who cannot afford a large house, it is generally I little thought when I first saw them that I beheld a nest called a cottage.
All these beautiful and picturesque ob- of predestinated old maids ; but it was so; and the next jects
, and a great many more which I have not described, time that I saw them they were all living together, spin. have lost with me their interest. It would make me me sters. How I was occupied the next thirty years would be lancholy to go into that church. The interest which I had tedious to relate, therefore I pass over that period and come in the parsonage house was transferred to the white cottage, again to Littleton. and the interest which I had in the white cottage is now re Time is like a mischievous urchin that plays sad tricks Aloved to the churchyard, and that interest is in four in our absence, and so disarranges things and persons too, graves that lie parallel to each other, with head-stones of that when we conic back again we hardly know where to nearly one date. In these four graves lie the remains of find them. When I made my second visit to Littleton, the foar old maids. Poor things! Their remains ! Alack, good old rector had been several years in his grave; and alack, there was not much that remained of them. There when I asked after his daughters, I was told that they 23 but little left of them to bury. The bearers had but were living, and were together, and that they occupied the Light work. I wondered why they should have four sepa- white cottage. I was rather pleased to hear that they were Tate graves, and four distinct tomb-stones. The sexton told single, though I was surprised at the information. I knew me that it was their particular desire, in order to make the that I should be well received, that I should not find all churchyard look respectable; and they left behind them just their old affections alienated by new ties. I knew that I sufficient money to pay the undertaker's bills and to erect should not have to encounter the haughty and interrogafour grave-stones. I saw these ladies twice, and that at an tory cyes of husbands, that I should not be under the neinterval of thirty years. I made one more attempt to see cessity of accommodating myself to new manners. I had them, and I was more gieved than I could have auticipal- indeed some dificulty in making myself known, and still
more difficulty in distinguishing the ladies the one from several broad hints and intimations that I should like to the other, and connecting their present with their past ap- hear their respective histories; in other words, I wished to pearance; for Anna's attitudinizing days were over, and know how it was that they had all remained single ; for Elizabeth had ceased to sigh. But when the recognition the history of an old maid is the narrative of her escapes had taken place, we were all exceedingly glad to see each from matrimony. My intimation was well received, and other, and we all talked together about every body, and my implied request was complied with. Mary, as the everything at once.
eldest, commenced. My call at the white cottage was at the latter end of
“I believe you remember my friend Mr. MAugust. The weather was fine, but there had recently “ I do so, and is he living ?" been much rain, and there were some few heavy clouds, “ He is, and still single.” and some little growling of the wind, like the aspect and tone I smiled, and said, “Indeed !” but the lady smiled not. of an angry schoolmaster who had just given a boy a sound
“Yes," continued the narrator, “he is still living and thrashing, and looks as if he were half inclined to give still single. I have occasionally seen him, but very seldom him some more. The cottage was very small, very neat, of late years. You remember, I dare say, what a cheerful very light. There was but one parlour, and that was a companion he was, and how very polite. He was quite of very pretty one. A small carpet covered the middle of the the old school, but that was only as regarded his external room; a worked fire-screen stood in one corner ; a piece of manners. In his opinions he partook too much of the new needle-work, representing Abraham going to sacrifice school. He was one of the liberal party at Cambridge ; Isaac, hung opposite to the door; shells, sea-weed, and old and though he was generally a very serious and good man, china stood on the mantlepiece; an old harpsichord, in a he perplexed his head with some strange notions, and when black mahogany case, stretched its leviathan length along the time came that he should take orders, he declined doing one side of the room ; six exceedingly heavy and clumsily so, on account of some objection which he had to some of carved mahogany chairs, with high backs, short legs, and the Thirty-nine Articles. Some people have gone so far as broad square flat seats, any one of which might have ac.
to say that he was no better than a Socinian, though I do commodated all the four sisters at once, according to their not believe he was ever so bad as that. Still, however, it mode of sitting, stood round the room ; these chairs, I would never do for the daughter of a clergyman to marry recollected, had been in the dining-room at the rectory, a man who had any doubts concerning any of the Thirty. but then there was a great lubberly cub of a footman to nine Articles. We did all in our power to convince him lug them about. The fire-place was particularly neat. he was wrong, and he did all in his power to convince u It had an old brass fender polished up to the semblance of that he was right; but it was all to no purpose. Indeed gold, delineating in its pattern divers birds and beasts, the he seemed to consider himself a kind of martyr, only because like of which never entered Noah's ark, but they had a we talked to him. He argued most ingeniously to shew that right to go in by sevens, for they were as clean as a penny. exact conformity of opinion was not essential to happiness The poker looked like a toothpick, the shovel like an old. But I could not think it correct to marry a man who had fashioned salt spoon, and the tongs like a pair of tweezers. any doubts concerning the Articles ; for, ås my father very
The little black stove shone with an icy coldness, as if the justly observed, when a man once begins to doubt, it is immaid had been scrubbing it all the morning to keep her possible to say where it will end. And so the matter went self warm; and the cut paper was arranged over the va on from year to year, and so it remains still, and so it 16 cant bars with a cruel exactitude that gave no hopes of likely to remain to the end of the chapter. I will never fire. The ladies themselves looked as cold as the fire-place; give up the Thirty-nine Articles.” and I could hardly help thinking that a stove without a All the sisters said that she was perfectly right; and fire, at the cold end of August, looked something like an then Martha told her story, saying, “ It was just about old maid. The ladies, however, were very chatty, they all the time that you were visiting Littleton, that Mr. spoke together or nearly so, for when one began the B - who
had long paid me very particular attention, others went on, one after another, in the way and after the made me an offer. Mr. B
was not a man of firstmanner of a catch, or more accurately speaking, perhaps rate talents, though he did not want for understanding : somewhat in the similitude of a fugue. They talked very he was also tolerably good-humoured, though occasionally loud, and sat very upright, which last circumstance í subject to fits of violence. His father, however, most stre should have thought very conducive to health, but they nuously objected to the match, and from being on friendly were not healthy; the fact is, they lived too sparingly, for terms with us he suddenly dropped our acquaintance, and their father had left much less than had been expected, and almost persecuted us. My father was a man of high spirit, they were obliged to keep up appearances, as they still and could not patiently brook the insults he received, and I visited the first families in the neighbourhood. By living have every reason to believe that thereby his days were together, they had very much assimilated in manners, they shortened. In proportion, however, as the elder Mr. all had the same sharp shrill voice, and the same short B— opposed our union, the affection of the younger snappy, not snappish, manner of speaking.
seemed to increase, and he absolutely proposed a marriage When I called on them I had not dined, but I suppose in Scotland, but my father would never allow a daughter they had, for they asked me to stay and drink tea with of his to be married otherwise than by the rites of the them; though I should have preferred- dinner to tea, yet Church of England. At length old Mr. Bfor the sake of such old acquaintance, I was content to and then it was thought that we should be married; but let that pass. They pressed me very much to take a glass it was necessary to wait a decent time after the old gentleof wine, and I yielded, but afterwards I repented it. Single man's death, in which interval the young squire
, whose elderly ladies are very much imposed on in the article of attentions had diminished of late, went up to London, wine! ill luck to those who cheat them! Then we had where he married a widow with a large fortune.
They tea. I knew the old cups and saucers again, and the little are now living separately.” silver tea-pot, and the little silver cream-jug, and the sugar “ You were faithful to your first loves," I observed. tongs, made like a pair of scissars ; I was glad to see the “ But I,” said Anna, á have a different story to tell. I tea-urn, for it helped to warm the room. The tea made had four offers before I'was nineteen years of age ; and! us quite communicative; not that it was strong enough to thought that I was exercising great judgment and discriintoxicate, quite the contrary, it was rather weak. I should mination in endeavouring to ascertain which was most also have been glad of some more bread and butter, but they worthy of my choice; so I walked, and talked, and san. handed me the last piece, and I could not think of taking and played, and criticised with all in their turn : and be it, so it went into the kitchen for the maid, and I did not fore I could make up my mind which to choose, I lost them grudge it her, for she seemed by the way to be not much all, and gained the character of a flirt, better fed than her mistresses. She was a neat respectable fortunate that we are placed under the necessity of making young woman.
that decision which must influence our whole destiny for After tea we talked again about old times, and I gave life, at that very period when we least know what life is.
It seems very un
" It is inexpedient,” said I, “ to entertain several lover sat ceived. He said, “Gentlemen, my name is Darby O'Sulli.
I was born in the county of Kerry. When men « I found it inexpedient,” said Elizabeth, “to entertain were raised for the navy, I became a volunteer, and was several lovers in succession. My first lover won my heart put on board a ship of war. We sailed to the coast of Arby flute-playing. He was a lieutenant in the navy, visit- moric, (Brittany,) and a boat was sent ashore to procure ing in the neighbourhood. My father disapproved the con some water and provisions. The people, where we landed, nexion, but I said that I could not live without him, and spoke a kind of Irish, and I thought I would be better off so a consent was extorted; but, alas ! my fute-player's among them than on board a ship, where we were not very ship was ordered to the West Indies, and I heard of him kindly treated. I ran, therefore, into the country, and came 110 more. My next lover, who succeeded to the first rather to a little town, where they were very kind to me. I found too soon in the opinion of some people, was a medical man, the cider better than the cider of Kerry, and took my fill of and for a marriage with him a reluctant consent was ob- it. I then walked into the country, and I lay down to sleep, tained from my father; but before matters could be ar. and when I awoke, I found myself transformed into a bear." ranged, it was found that his business did not answer, and The keeper was not at all satisfied with what was going he departed. Another succeeded to the business, and also forward, and said to the company who had assembled, to my affections, and a third reluctant consent was ex “ Gentlemen, you must now be satisfied of the truth of torted; but when the young gentleman found that the re what I asserted. This bear, in many respects, resembles a port of my father's wealth had been exaggerated, he de human being; but he is tired—we must leave him to his parted also ; and in time I grew accustomed to these dis- repose.” Upon which Captain M-Carty drew his sword, appointments, and bore them better than I expected. I and seizing the man by the collar, he said, “ You have might perhaps have had a husband, if I could have lived been playing some tricks with a countryman of mine, which without a lover."
shall not go unpunished. Instantly open the door of the So ended their sad stories; and after tea we walked into cage to let him out, otherwise this sword will be buried in the garden—it was a small garden, with four sides and a cir- your body.” The keeper, much terrified, admitted that it cular centre, so small, that as we walked round we were like was a man in a bear's skin, and gave the following account the names in a round robin, it was difficult to say which was of the circumstance :first. I shook hands with them at parting, gently, for “My partner and I were exhibiting, in a town in France, fear of hurting them, for their fingers were long, cold, and a real Russian bear, when he unfortunately became sick, fleshless. The next time I travelled that way they were and died. We had the skin taken off, and buried the all in their graves, and not much colder than when I saw body; and then resolved to take a walk into the country, them at the cottage.-Friendship's Offering.
to consider what we could do to remedy our misfortune. CHARLES FRASER FRIZELL, ESQ., OF HAR
A short way from the town, we observed a man, lying in COURT STREET, DUBLIN.*
a ditch, quite drunk. It accidentally occurred to us, that
it would be possible to sew the bear's skin over the man, ONE of the most extraordinary characters I have ever met
in the state in which he then was, and to persuade him, with was Mr Fraser Frizell, an Irish barrister. much devoted to inquiries regarding education, the state of when he became sober, that he had been converted into a the poor, and other useful objects ; and came to London on bear, as a punishment for his drunkenness. We set about purpose to procure such information as the metropolis showing him his figure in a glass, we convinced him that
it without a moment's delay; and by means of blows, and could furnish regarding them. He happened to call with
the transformation had actually taken place. The man a letter of introduction to me, just when I was going to sit
believes himself to be a bear. He is perfectly reconciled to down to an early dinner, preparatory to a long debate in the House of Commons, and he readily agreed to take a
his fate; and to make him again a man, would do him no share of it. His conversation was so lively and pleasant,
good, and would ruin us." that I felt no wish to exchange it for a dull debate in the
Captain M‘Carty immediately replied, “ This must not House of Commons. Among other things, he said, “We treated so inhumanly.”
be suffered. I will not permit a countryman of mine to be
Scissars were immediately procuIrish meet with more singular adventures than any other
red, the bear's skin was taken off, and out came a great race of men, and, in proof of the assertion, I will tell you naked Irishman, who was much delighted with being rea story, which I think will amuse you.” In the course of our future correspondence, as will appear from the subjoin-stored to manhood. Clothes were immediately procured ed letters, I earnestly requested him to send me the story
for him, and some money collected for his immediate suh. himself, or to procure it from Father O'Leary; but being
sistence ; but as he had no means of gaining a livelihood, tunsuccessful in those applications, I shall endeavour to
he resolved to enlist in Captain M‘Carty's regiment. It is make it ont the best way I can, from a distant recollection.
said, that in the course of the French Revolution, he emTHE HISTORY OF DARBY O'SULLIVAN.
braced the cause of liberty, and ultimately rose to a situaFather O'Leary and Captain M'Carty were walking to
tion of some importance in the armies of the Republic. gether through the streets of St. Omers, when they came to A good anecdote is told in the Court Journal, of the Duchess a house, at the door of which a man was bawling, in the de Rerri's capture, and told in all simplicity. The wily NeaFrench language, “Walk in, gentlemen, and see the great politan lady dealt largely in magnificent promises and in small et curiosity ever heard of, a Russian bear who can speak, souvenirs, knowing the gullibility of mankind, and acting acand dance, and sing, and in every respect is as intelligent
cordingly. When she came out of her concealment begrimmed as a human being. Father O'Leary wished to walk on,
with soot, (the scene should be got up as a spectacle at the kaut Captain M-Carty insisted on their going in to see so
Parisian theatres,) she borrowed a bandkerchief from one great a curiosity. Upon their entering the apartments afterwards presented him with a handsome kerchief. In many
of her captors, in order to wipe her face, and in return, she where the exhibition was to be seen, they saw, at the bot
instances she cut off locks of her hair, and offered them to those ton of a long room, a great cage, in which a huge bear was
who had rendered her any little services; but there was one reposing. Upon their approaching the cage, the keeper, sturdy sansculotte, who stood out obstinately against Mademoiwith a long stick, began to beat the animal, in order to selle Kersabiec's repeated pressings to accept a locket, containrouse him. Upon his getting up, he commenced speaking ing one of her royal mistress's ringlets. At last, upon importome gibberish, which the two visiters immediately knew tuning him merely to convey it as a cadeau to his wife, the to be Irish. The keeper then said in French, “Come, Mr. republican boor exclaimed, -" Cease your teasing, mademoiBear, give these gentlemen a song ;” and, to their utter selle; and keep the thing for some idiot, who will fall down astonishment, he sung an Irish ditty. Father O'Leary im- and worship it.” The republican boor ! to refuse bartering his mediately said in Irish, “How came you to speak the Irish
honesty, and his love of the peace and happiness of France, language ?" The astonishment of the bear, on hearing heads of five hundred boors, and every' bair in it worth the
for a locket of a Princes's, hair! enough in itself to turn the himself addressed in his native tongue, may easily be con lives of as many more. How strangely constructed must the This extraordinary story is taken from the Reminiscences of Sir understandings of those persons be calling themselves, par excel.
John Sinclair. ,