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nobility found themselves compelled to admit into | ing home of my early years, grew sweet by the their domestic circles many French officers who, comparison. at another time, would have been spurned from "*But on my return to Austria, I found myself their society. Among the rest, a colonel of cuir a greater alien—a still more reviled, more desolate rassiers was quartered in the palace of prince creature! I was assured by the survivors of my
— of — Cecilia's uncle. He proved to be a family that in renouncing their name by my imman of ignoble birth-igvoble character-ignoble prudent marriage, I had forfeited all claims upon habits; but the poor child who had been accus- those who bore it ; and that by intruding my begtomed to receive among her proud relations only gary upon the joys of their prosperity, I had but the harshest usage and coldest severity, was too hardened their hearts towar's my wretched chileasily touched by the adulation of the wily French-dren. man to be sensible to these defects. His anxiety, "I shall never forget the iv,' said poor Cetoo, to possess himself of Cecilia's aniple dower, cilia," continued the nun, " which I turned taught him to conceal them—if not from her family from their lofty portal towards I own obscure -at least from her deluded self. To dwell as retreat; my heart swelling within De as I clasped little as possible upon her errors, permit me to say my lovely children to my desolate vosow. I had that Cecilia was induced by her lover to elope from then some means of support still remaining—the Vienna ; and that she became a wife and a mother savings of my frugality ;-and I had sil strength before she had attained her seventeenth year. to work ; so that when I shut mysel: op in my
** Were you better acquainted with our national own chamber, I resolved that no extrema y of want habits, it would be useless to add that she was im- should induce me to court a second rejit se. But mediately denounced as an outcast and an alien, by I had not duly calculated upon the ni re of the her indignant family; that her name became a for- trials I should be doomed to undergo. Ibilthought bidden sound, and that she was soon accounted as but of ceaseless labor-of domestic drudgery ;-of among the dead. Well would it have been for the want of food, of want of rest; and these miseries unhappy creature, had the Almighty indeed so I could bear, and I did bear ihem cheerfully. But ordered her destiny ! for long before her splendid with all my hardships I was unable to earn suffifortune was dissipated-and a few years enabled cient bread for, my children. I saw the loveliness her depraved husband to squander it away-Cecilia with which God had gifted them, gradually fade had become an object of disgust to him for whose away ;—their strength wasted—their little voices sake she had sacrificed her kindred and her coun-grew feeble as they breathed their endearments to try; and neglect and cruelty sufficiently justified their miserable mother—their growth was susthe antipathy conceived against him by her rela- pended by want of proper nourishment and already tions on their first acquaintance.
my fears foretold a still more fatal result. * The fortune of war was fated to relieve her "Could my heart resist such a suggestion ? from the persecutions of him whose obscure name Oh! no; I addressed myself again and earnestly she bore ;-at the age of twenty-one, Cecilia found to my estranged connexions; and my adjuration herself a widow and the mother of three children was so fraught with the expressive wretchedness as destitute as herself! And now, for the first of my mind, that it could not be utterly disregardtime since her imprudent marriage, she ventureded. It chanced also, that my boy had become, to address her exasperated uncle-for the wants through the death of a relation, the heir presumpof her innocent babes taught her to overcome the tive to a distant branch of my family, and my suggestions of her innate national pride-to forget uncle, mindful perhaps of this contingency, was the sensitive delicacy of her character; and in a moved to offer him his protection. Resign the letter dictated by humility and repentance, she care of your children to me,' he wrote in reply to craved the charity of her haughty kindred. my petition. Your conduct has proved that you
" A tardy and brief reply was vouchsafed to her are unfit to become the directress of their educasupplication ;--but it contained a small remittance; tion; and, by your own declaration, you lack the and in the present relief afforded by the gift, Ce- means for their support. I will provide liberally cilia forgot the wound inflicted by the terins in for them both; if they are permitted to assume my which it was bestowed.
name, and if their mother consents to leave this "A second time, however, the young mother country at once, and forever.' found herself penniless ; and her sufferings were “ Rather beg their bread-rather perish now aggravated by the loss of her youngest child. them! was my first exclamation on perusing this • I nursed it,' said she, when she told me her piti. barbarous request. And I did beg-again and fal story, and I verily fear it died of famine, for again-humbly and earnestly; but perhaps ] I was well nigh starved myself. But the despair wanted something of the lowly air of habitual supwhich overcame me when I stretched its little plication, or hunger and despair might impart a wasted limbs for the grave, gave me courage to look of repellant ferocity to my countenance, for apply once more to my cruel uncle.
the hearts of the humane were seldom touched by ". A second supply was the result of my appeal ; my supplications. In a few weeks therefore my but as it was accompanied by an assurance that it fears recurred with added force ; my pride, my would be the last, I resolved to profit by its tem-courage failed under the solicitudes of a mother's porary relief, and return to my native country. I love, and I formed at length the desperate resolu. thought that the sight of my babes, in their desti- tion of obeying my uncle's commands. tute condition, might win the compassion of those ". It was a heavy morning that which I had on whom they possessed other and stronger claims. fixed for the execution of my project, and my mind I longed too to hear the accents of my fatherland, was fevered by a night of sleepless horror. I had to breathe once more my natal air ; for, alas! the sat up to render the rags of my poor babes as little country of my adoption had proved but a harsh revolting as possible to those unto whose mercy 1 step-mother. Since I had left my native land, my was about to commit their destiny ; and when dayfot had been one of mortification and misery; and light came I roused them gently and tenderly from the remembrance of home-even of the unendear-their calm slumbers. I dared not look upon their
sweet faces as I dressed them for the last time; I "My first object was to seek a furtive interview and when I imprinted a burning kiss upon the with my children. I was well aware that the glossy curls of their little heads, I felt that the greatest caution would be necessary for the accomAlmighty was dealing with me more heavily than plishment of my end ; and for some days I conI might bear!
tented myself with watching, at dusk, under the "* Perhaps despair had already numbed my windows of my uncle's palace. I thought that heart into endurance, for I gathered courage to tell among the shadows of its inmates, revealed by the them that their troubles were over ;-that they lights within, I might perhaps distinguish those of were henceforward to dwell in a fine house—with my children. I was aware that they inhabited the sweet food—with soft rest to restore them; and same chamber which had been mine in childhood ; that they must learn to reverence the noble hand and I have stood on the bastions beneath it, through from which they derived such gifts, and try to for- rain-through snow-through piercing frost-in get-but no-no-no! I could not for worlds the expectation of catching the joyous echoes of have told them to forget me ;-and had I done so, their young voices; at length I took courage one the request would have been unavailing. They morning to watch their coming out for their daily clung to me—they wept and implored, and finally drive. prevailed. No! I could not part from them that “ I thought I had sufficiently disguised my day!'
altered person ; and with trembling limbs I slowly * I repeat Cecilia's words as nearly as I can paced along the street, when the gorgeous carriage remember them," said the nun, after a painful bearing the arms of my family rolled out of the pause ; “but I cannot give the expression of a court of the palace, and passed close beside me. I mother's voice to my narration ;- I remember that could not refrain from looking up and in a mehers reached my inmost heart."
ment I saw the fair face of my youngest born" And did she at last gather strength to part glowing with health-radiant with happiness : but with the poor babes?" I anxiously inquired. The smile of her sweet eyes fell upon her mother
“ The separation was effected by an unpremed- without recognition-she had forgotten me! itated meeting with her uncle," continued Sister 6. Could I bear this! I fell senseless upon the Agatha. “They were at the moment almost ex- pavement; and the menials of the carriage, which piring with hunger ; and the fine equipages and wounded me as it passed, recognized in the poor dainties proffered by the prince, induced the little wretch they humanely ran to raise from the earth, innocents to consent to what was at first announced a rejected daughter of their master's house! as a separation of a few days from their heart- «« This public exposure, irritated-and perhaps broken mother. Young as ihey were, they did justly—the feelings of the prince. He wrote me not notice how frequently the visit was prolonged; a letter filled with a torrent of invective-upbraidand after repeated disappointments of returning ing me with ingratitude, and threatening me to home, their restlessness was at length changed into withdraw his protection from my children, if here contentment. They were kindly used ; and, like after I sought, directly or indirectly, to come into all children, they learned in time to forget the their presence. He reminded me of the dangers absent. The mother who had been so missed and that would await them in case of my death, onder so lamented-for whom they had hoarded their such a desertion. He painted in strong and appalluxuries, and renounced their infantine enjoyments, ling terms, the perils which poverty and desolation was soon rarely mentioned—and finally-forgot- might entail at some future iime upon my daughten.
ter. But he might have spared his eloquence;“In the mean time poor Cecilia, who had ac- the blow was already struck-the bruised reed cepted a limited pension from the prince, and had bowed unto the dust-and death was about to refulfilled the necessary condition of quitting the lease the wanderer from her sufferings, and himself Austrian territories, was for a time reconciled to from my further intrusion.' her miserable destiny by the certainty that her " It was precisely at ihis period,” resumed the children were rescuea from the sufferings and nun in a more cheerful tone, “ that the destitute dangers of privation. In the grievous loneliness condition of our poor Cecilia drew towards her the of my existence,' said she, I had the consolation attention of the Holy Father Director of our order of knowing that my treasures no longer fixed the In visiting a sick parishioner, he learned that a eager eyes of starvation upon the morsel I was young person of interesting appearance was dyingin unable to purchase to appease their famine. I was a small attic in the house ; to the proprietor of which supported during the day by a sort of feverish ex- she was a total stranger. He did not, as you may citation which led me to wish for the return of suppose, hesitate to visit the bedside of the desolate night, that I might lose in sleep my sense of sor- sufferer, whom he found sinking under a slow row : but when the night came, and I missed from fever, destitute of the common means of support, my side the little beings who had slumbered there and oppressed by all the terrors of mental despair. from infancy-I could not rest! And thus long- | Within a few hours Cecilia was removed at his ing by day for the night-by night for the return suggestion into our hospital ; and few were ever of day-long weeks, long months passed over my sheltered within its walls unto whom its comforts miserable head. Nothing but my flattering trust were more vitally necessary. It was my own turn that my son's accession of fortune would one day of duty the night of her admission," said the nun, or other enable me to clasp in my arms the pre- and her youth and beauty exerted, in the first cious creatures for whose well-being I had forfeited instance, a blamable influence over my feelings. my own happiness--enabled me to support exist- Other motives of compassion speedily declared ence ;—and even that hope could not long suffice themselves. I found that my lovely patient's disto smooth the path of self-denial. My mind, fixed order originated in the exhaustion arising from a with constant and dreadful intensity upon the absent long endurance of cold and hunger. She had objects of its affections, became enfeebled ; my fasted for many days together during an inclement courage relaxed with my judgment—the yearning winter, in order to increase the scanty meals of her of my heart grew too strong for mastery--and in children ; and during the first night that I watched a moment of frenzy, I returned to Vienna! I by her side, I heard the names of those beloved children, murmured again and again by her parched one morning to enter a bookseller's shop in search lips, as though their very sound were a watchword of books of instruction for children, written in the of salvation !"
national language. The master of the shop, in “And was her case hopeless, even at the time reply to my inquiries, observed that he could supof her admission ?"
ply me with the newest and best as soon as the " The cares lavished upon her failed not to pro- Countess Woleska had finished her selection. I cure a transient revival. In a few days Cecilia looked towards the lady referred to, and saw a recovered her consciousness; and her gratitude for slight figure in deep mourning, accompanied by my attention in removing her from the painful posi- two children-an elegant little girl, and a noble tion which chance had assigned her in the ward, boy about six years of age. opened her heart towards me, more than towards The bookseller whispered that he was the young her other attendants. It appeared as if her feel-Fürst Roussdorf; and at the same moment the ings were relieved by confiding to me the history countess turning round to desire her little girl of her afflicted life.”
would offer the books to the English lady, discov" But surely, surely something might still be ered to me a face-no! I could not be mistaken !done to save her," said I, interrupting the good a face which I had seen but once, to remember forsister; " surely a malady resulting from temporary ever; and which I had for months past believed to privation cannot affect the powers of life."
be shrouded in the damps of death-that, in short, “ We are not reckoned unskilful, even by the of Sister Agatha's heroine. Even as it was, it faculty of Vienna," answered Sister Agatha, with was totally colorless ; and as I was in the very an air of professional dignity." The influence of land of Vampirism, I literally shuddered as I fixed the mind is all-powerful over the body, and we my wondering gaze upon the countess, and could know that few diseases are more important than not recover my voice to thank the lovely child those arising out of moral causes. You must re- from whose hand I received the books. 'I conmember, too, that Cecilia's frame was weakened cluded my bargain as precipitately as I could; and by want and toil during three entire years—that walked out into the street, without well knowing its powers have been exhausted by prolonged fasts what I was about, or where I was going. and prolonged vigils ; nothing now can save her.” My first anxiety on returning home was to ques
“But you will apply, without doubt, to her tion our German courier respecting the family of family-tó her cruel, selfish uncle. Surely you Reussdorf, and the Countess Woleska ; but I rewill attempt to bless her dying eyes with the sight ceived only those vague and tormenting replies of those beloved objects to whom she hath sacri- which one is sure to extract from such a source. ficed her existence?"
"The Woleskas," he said, “ were a very noble “ Impossible!" replied the nun with provoking race-very powerful- very wealthy; setiled in calmness. “The prince is one of the most pow- several provinces of the empire, one branch in erful and liberal benefactors of our convent. Were Hungary-one in Styriathe reverend mother-to whom, however, I have “But the countess?" not thought it expedient to apply on the subject “ The countess !—the young one or the old ? were the reverend mother to provoke his highness' | The Countess Dowager of Woleska is of the displeasure by such an appeal, she would be injur- Schwarzenwäldchenwesterhofische family-a lady ing the cause of the poor, and berewing the many of the highest descent and - ". in order to gratify the worldly passions of a single “No-no-the young countess." heart. To the suffering multitude we owe an “The young countess? There are several, account of our ministry; and their wants and gnädige Frau ; the Countess Wenzl, the Countess claims, alas! will long survive the sorrows of poor Rudolf, the Countess Moritz,” &c. &c. Cecilia."
Finding it impossible to come to the point, I re• At least permit me, who as a stranger can solved to wait for the evening's opera, when I felt incur no risk, to make immediate application to the sure of learning the gossip of the city from some prince. His name-his name-I entreat you do of the visitors to our box. not let this victim of maternal love die unre- “ Ah! you have seen the young Countess Wowarded."
leska," was the ready answer to my inquiries. “ You are an enthusiast,” replied the nun with " A charming woman, although rather passée, but a gentle smile, “and forgot that the slightest mo- still a very interesting ruin." tion will extinguish the flame of an expiring lamp;l “Can you inform me whether she has been long one moment of agitation would destroy Cecilia. resident in Hungary?". Besides, although a heretic, you must be sensible! " Scarcely a month-can it be possible that you that the consolations of religion alone become the have not heard her history ? a very eventful one, bed of death. It would be cruel to rekindle earthly if the on dits are accurate. Her little son came affections in a heart where the hopes of faith should suddenly into possession of the principality of alone prevail. But I must not loiter here," con- Reussdorf, by ihe death of a relation in whose tinued Sister Agatha, respectfully kissing my hand. house he was educated; but the countess, having “ Farewell, sister! farewell ; may your journey formed a connexion early in life with a French adprosper! and when you return to your own remote venturer, a Bonapartist, which of course had country, remember that the sick and the poor are obliged her family to cast her off, was at the time comforted by the lowly order of St. Elizabeth, of his unexpected succession, concealed in some • through the love of God!'"
obscure retreat, some say a prison, some a madThe day following my memorable visit to the house, and was brought forward, to the amazement convent of the Elisabethinarinnen, I departed, not of all Vienna, by the family confessor; some medunder the influence of Sister Agatha's benediction, dling Capuchin, who had never lost sight of her. “ to my own remote country," but on a tour She was in a most precarious state of health, and through Hungary, which occupied some months. was not at first expected to survive her change of Previous to leaving the city of Pesth, the princi- fortunes." pal residence of the Hungarian nobility, I chanced “And what has brought her hither?”'
"She remains at Pesth while the family castle never been confined either in a prison or a madin Esclavonia is fitting for her reception--for she house. has resolved to educate her son upon his patrimony, “You are acquainted with her then, and have till he is old enough to commence his studies at been betraying me into relating anecdotes of your the National University. We know nothing of friend. This is not fair, but it affords me at least the countess but from report ; for she has declined the pleasure of assuring the countess' enemies that entering into the society of the city, and has had her intimate acquaintance has vindicated " the maladresse to refuse an invitation from the pal- “Permit me to assure you that I never interatine himself, on the grounds of ill health and re- changed a syllable with the Countess Woleska: cent affliction. Entre nous, I rather imagine that but I again repeat, on the authority of those best the fair lady is conscious her long seclusion from informed, that there never existed a brighter exsociety has rendered her somewhat unfit to move ample of the first virtue of womanhood-motherly in the circle to which her descent admits her." affection."
It was not for a stranger like myself to control I never saw this interesting woman again ; but vert this opinion, or to assure my self-important I was satisfied to leave her in the possession of friend that not even the Countess Téléki, the Lady every earthly blessing; and to know that a life Jersey of Pesth, might vie with the young Count- of suffering and resignation had been repaid by ess Woleska, in a gentle, graceful limidity of ad- moments of joy such as can have rarely fallen to dress, which cannot become either out of date, or mortal lot. May they be long and frequently redéplacé ; I ventured, however, to assert that she had newed !
PASSING UNDER THE ROD.
| But paler and colder her beantiful boy,
And the tale of her sorrow was told. " It was the custom of the Jews to select the Yet the Healer was there, who had smitten her tenth of their sheep after this manner. The lambs
heart, were separated from the dams, and enclosed in a And taken her treasure away: sheep-cote, with only one narrow way out; the To allure her to heaven he has placed it on high, dams were at the entrance. On opening the gate, And the mourner will sweetly obey ! the lambs hastened to join the dams, and a inan There had whispered a voice-'t was the voice of placed at the entrance, with a rod dipped in ochre,
her God, touched every tenth lamb, and so marked it with
“I love thee, I love thee!-pass under the rod!" his rod, saying "LET THIS BE HOLY.' Hence says God by his prophet, I will cause you to pass
SS I saw when a father and mother had leaned under the rod.'
On the arms of a dear cherished son,
And the star in the future grew bright in their gaze, I saw the young bride in her beauty and pride
| As they saw the proud place he had won: Bedecked in her snowy array,
And the fast coming evening of life promised fair, And the bright flush of joy mantled high on her
led high on her! And its pathway grew smoothed to their feet, cheek,
And the star-light of love glimmered bright at the And the future looked blooming and gay,
end, And with woman's devotion she laid her fond heart
And the whispers of fancy were sweet; At the shrine of idolatrous love,
"But I saw when they stood bending low o'er the And she anchored her hopes to this perishing
| Where their hearts' dearest hope had been laid, By the chain which ber tenderness wove.
And the star had gone down in the darkness of But I saw when those heart-strings were bleeding
And joy from their bosoms had ned. and torn, And the chain had been severed in two,
Yet the Healer was there, and his arts were She had changed her white robes for the sables
And he led them with tenderest care, of grief, And her bloom to the paleness of woe;
And he showed them a star in the bright upper Yet the Healer was there, pouring balm on her
I 'Twas their star shining brilliantly there! heart, And wiping the tears from her eyes,
They had each heard a voice-'t was the voice of And he strengthened the chain he had broken in
their God, twain,
“I love thee, I love thee!--pass under the rod!" And fastened it firm to the skies.
Mrs. M. S. B. DANA. There had whispered a voice-'t was the voice of her God,
AFFECTION OF Dogs.-Dogs have been known “I love thee, I love thee ! - pass under the rod!” to die from excess of joy at seeing their masters
after a long absence. An English officer had a I saw the young mother in tenderness bend large dog, which he left with his family in EngO'er the couch of her slumbering boy,
land, while he accompanied an expedition to Amer. And she kissed the soft lips as he murmured her ica, during the war of the colonies. All the time name,
of his absence the animal appeared very much de. While the dreamer lay smiling in joy.
jected. When the officer returned home, the dog. Oh, sweet as the rose-bud encircled with dew, who happened to be lying at the door of an apartWhen its fragrance is flung on the air,
ment into which his master was about to enter, So fresh and so bright to the mother he seemed, immediately recognized him, leaped upon his neck, As be lay in his innocence there!
licked his face, and in a few minutes fell dead But I saw ; when she gazed on the same lovely at his feet. A favorite spaniel of a lady recently form,
died on seeing his beloved mistress after a long Pale as marble, and silent, and cold,
ahsenre Jessie's Anecdotes,
From the (N. York) Sailor's Magazine, June and July, 1846. from the wreck by its officers, were some books VISIT TO JAPAN.
and a chart of the principal islands composing the
empire of Japan. This chart I shall speak of in BY C. F. WINSLOW, M. D. Some account of Captain Mercator Cooper's visit to :
detail hereafter, and it is perhaps, one of the most
'interesting specimens of geographical art and literaJapan in the whale ship Manhattan, of Sag Har
lure, which has ever wandered from the shores of bor.
eastern Asia. It was about the first of April, as Captain In making land, our navigator found hiinself Cooper was proceeding towards the whaling considerably to the north of Jeddo ; but approachregions of the northern ocean, that he passed, in the ing near the coast, he landed in his boat, accompaneighborhood of St. Peters, a small island lying a nied by one or two of his passengers. Here, he few degrees to the S. E. of Niphon. It is com- noticed many of the inhabitants employed in fishing paratively barren and was supposed to be uninhab- at various distances from land. The natives he ited; but being near it, Captain C. thought he met on shore were mostly fishermen, and all would explore the shore for turtle, to afford his appeared to belong to the common or lower classship's company some refreshment. While tracing es of society. They seemed intelligent and happy, the shore along, he discovered a pinnace of curi- were pleased with his visit, and made no objection ous construction, which resembled somewhat those to his landing. From this place he despatched he had seen in the China seas. Turning his walks one of his passengers to the emperor, who was at inland, he entered where he unexpectedly saw at Jeddo, with the intelligence of his intention or some distance from him several persons in uncouth wish to enter the harbor of the capital with his dresses, who appeared alarmed at his intrusion and ship, for the purpose of landing the men whom he immediately fled to a more secluded part of the had found under such distressed circumstances, and valley. He continued his walk and soon came to to obtain water and other necessaries to enable him a hot, where were collected eleven men, whom he to proceed on his voyage. He then returned to his afterwards found to be Japanese. As he approached ship, and sailiog along the coast for many leagues, them they came forward and prostrated themselves compared his own charts with the one taken from to the earth before him, and remained on their the wreck. The winds becoming unfavorable, faces for some time. They were much alarmed however, he was driven away from the land so far, and expected to be destroyed ; but Captain C., that after they changed, it took him a week to rewith great kindness, reconciled them to his pres- cover a position near the place where he first ence, and learned by signs that they had been ship-landed. He went on shore again, despatched two wrecked on St. Peters inany months before. He other messengers to the capital, with the same took them to the shore, pointed to his vessel, and information that he had previously sent, and the informed them that he would take them to Jeddo, reason of his detention. He sailed again for Jeddo, if they would entrust themselves to his care. and the winds proving auspicious, in due time he They consented with great joy; and abandoning entered the mouth of the bay, deep within which everything they had on the island, embarked with the city is situated. As he sailed along the pashim immediately for his ship.
sage, a barge met him coming from the city, in Captain C. determined to proceed at once with command of a person who, from his rich dress, then to Jeddo, the capital of the Japanese Empire, appeared to be an officer of rank and consequence. notwithstanding its well known regulations, prohib- This personage informed him that his messengers iting American and other foreign vessels to enter its had arrived at court, and that the emperor had waters. The captain had two great laudable objects granted him permission to come up to Jeddo with in view. The first was to restore the shipwrecked his ship. He was, however, directed to anchor strangers to their homes. The other was to make under a certain headland for the night, and the a strong and favorable impression on the govern- next morning was towed up to his anchorage within ment, in respect to the civilization of the United a furlong of the city. States, and its friendly disposition to the emperor The ship was immediately visited by a great and people of Japan. How he succeeded in the number of people of all ranks, from the governor latter object the sequel will show; and I will make of Jeddo and the high officers attached to the person but few remarks, either on the boldness of Captain of the emperor, arrayed in golden and gorgeous C.'s resolution, or its ultiinate consequences touch- tunices, to the lowest menials of the government, ing the intercourse of the Japanese with other clothed in rags. All were filled with an insatiable nations. The step decided on, however, has led curiosity to see the strangers, and inspect the to some curious and interesting information relative thousand novelties presented to their view. to this country, whose institutions, and the habits Captain Cooper was very soon informed by a of whose people are but little known to the civil- native interpreter who had been taught Dutch, and ized world.
who could speak a few words of English, but who Captain C. left St. Peters, and after sailing a could talk still more intelligibly by signs, that day or two in the direction of Niphon, he descried neither he nor his crew would be allowed to go a huge and shapeless object on the ocean, which out of his ship, and that if they should attempt it proved to be a Japanese ship or “ junk," as these they would be put to death. This fact was comvessels are called-wrecked and in a sinking con- municated by the very significant symbol of drawdition. She was from a port on the extreme north ing a naked sword across the throat. The capof Niphon, with a cargo of pickled salmon, bound lain dealt kindly with all, obtained their confidence for Jeddo. She had been shattered and dismantled and assured them he had no inclination to transsome weeks previous, and was drifting about the gress their laws, but only desired to make known ocean at the mercy of the winds, and as a gale to the emperor and the great officers of Japan, the arose the following day, the captain thinks she kind feelings of himself and of the people of must have sunk. From this ship he took eleven America towards them and their countrymen. men more-all Japanese-and made sail again for The Japanese seamen who had been taken from the shores of Niphon. Among the articles taken the desolate island and from the wreck, when part