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GLENCOE.

dead ? will it restore light to their eyes, and The heart-bowed Donna Anna, who clung to passion to their hearts ? will it suffer the her dying child as to her last hold on happinerveless fingers to clasp ours again as they ness, instantly complied; and Isabel, accom. were wont to do; and bid us listen, as we panied by her mother, and the faithful and did in our days of happiness, to gentle words, sagacious little animal which had been the from lips which are now livid and gory in herald of all her misery, left Lisbon, under the grave ? Talk not to me of my country, the protection of Colonel my country is where I may again meet Hen- I saw her grave; it was overgrown with rique, where my father now dwells in glory.” turf and wild flowers; and the dog, which

The paroxysm of unnatural energy was only survived its mistress a few weeks, lies past, and Isabel sank senseless at the feet of at her feet. her distracted mother. For a time Donna Donna Anna finds her best consolation for Anna believed that the spirit of her child all the sorrow and bereavement which she had fled, but it was not so; slowly and pain. has undergone in the holy offices of religion fully she awoke from her deathlike swoon, and charity: but sometimes, as she confessed only to become the tenant of a sick bed. to us, when the tide of memory rolls back

At length the last bolt fell: even by the upon her, she utters a secret prayer that she couch of her suffering child did the widow may ere long be gathered to her loved ones ! learn that her brave boy was in the city, " I thought not to have lived many days dying of his wounds. Isabel caught, and at after I laid the head of my blessed child in once understood the low whisper in which her grave;" said the old lady, in concluding the tidings were communicated. “Our Lady her narrative; " and yet, here I am still ; has heard my prayer;" she said, as she raised my hair has long been white, and my step herself on her elbow, and signed the cross on feeble—but Our Lady is good ; and I am her breast. “I shall yet see him once again: contented estar esperando pela minha hora.* -mother, he is stricken,-dying :-lend me your arm that I may rise, and give up to him the only bed which our country has left us.”

The Topographer. Donna Anna would have refused compliance, but Isabel was resolute; Mother," she whispered; his wounds will require

Grey mists rests on the hills. The whirlwind rest-mine can never know it; bear with me

Is heard on the heath. Dark rolls the river. then, and do not let me see you weep; is not your son about to cross your threshold once The melancholy event which has attached more? and will you welcome him with tears?” such a fearful interest to the valley of Glen

The young soldier was carried over that coe, it shall be our endeavour to lay as threshold in the arms of four of his comrades concisely before the readers of The Mirror as -he only went to die; but it was strangely possible. It is in itself, independent of conbeautiful to see his fading sister, herself necting circumstances, the most wild and scarcely less feeble, bending over his pillow, singular spot in all Scotland, and is situated and wiping from his brow the death-damps in the district of Appen, Argyleshire. What which settled there; while they talked toge- is about to be related, is perhaps the most ther of their dead father, of Henrique, and atrocious, as it is the most unprovoked, “ deed of the spot where they fell: and Isabel never of blood” which stains the page of modern shed a tear, never breathed a sigh; but when history: all the meritorious actions of King a momentary flashing of enthusiasm lit up William III. (and they are not a few) are the fine, though faded, features of her brother, insufficient to obliterate the foul blot which she smiled sadly and bitterly, and only shook this most unprincipled transaction has thrown her head.

upon his memory. They were alone together when he died : In the year 1691, as the Highlanders, who and the girl, when he had heaved his last were fondly attached to the Stuart family, sigh upon her bosom, resolutely rose, bound had not totally submitted to the authority of a fillet about his head, and composed his William, the Earl of Bredalbane undertook limbs decently

, and tenderly; and then she to bring them over, by distributing sums of took her seat beside the body, and with her money among their chiefs; and 15,0001. arm twined around its neck, and her face were remitted from England for this purpose. buried on its bosom, she lay calmly and tear- The clans being informed of this remittance, lessly awaiting the return of her mother. suspected that the earl's design was to ap

The sad tale is almost told : When the propriate to himself the best part of the British arms restored peace to Portugal, money; and when he began to treat with Isabel, then wasted and worn to a shadow, them, made such extravagant demands, that became anxious to see, ere she died, the loved he found his scheme impracticable. He was, mountains and pleasant valleys amid which therefore, obliged to refund the sum he reshe had wandered with her dead lover, in the ceived; and he resolved to wreak his ven. days, when life was all hope and sunshine. geance with the first opportunity on those

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who had frustrated his intention. He who prevailed upon to administer the oaths to
chiefly thwarted his negotiation, was Mac- him and his adherents. Then they returned
donald of Glencoe, whose opposition rose to their own habitations, in the valley of
from a private circumstance, which ought to Glencoe, in full confidence of being protected
have had no effect upon a treaty that regard. by the Government, to which they had so
ed the public weal. Macdonald had plun. solemnly submitted. Bredalbane had repre-
dered the lands of Bredalbane during the sented Macdonald at Court as an incorrigible
course of hostilities ; and this nobleman in- rebel, as a ruffian inured to bloodshed and
sisted upon being indemnified for his losses, rapine, who would never be obedient to the
from the others' share of the money which he laws or his country, nor live peaceably under
was employed to distribute. The Highlander any sovereign. He observed, that he had
not only refused to acquiesce in these terms, paid no regard to the proclamation, and pro-
but, by his influence among the clans, de- posed that the Government should sacrifice
feated the whole scheme; and the earl, in him to the quiet of the kingdom, in extir-
revenge, devoted him to destruction. King pating him, with his family and dependeuts,
William had, by proclamation, offered an by military execution. His advice was sup.
indemnity to all those who had been in arms ported by the suggestions of the other Scottish
against him, provided they would submit, ministers ; aud the King, whose chief virtue
and take the oaths by a certain day; and was not humanity, signed a warrant for the
this was prolonged to the close of the year destruction of those unhappy people—though
1691, with a denunciation of military execu- it does not appear that he knew of Mac-
tion against those who should hold out after donald's submission.
the end of December. Macdonald, intimi- An order for this barbarous execution,
dated by this declaration, repaired on the signed and countersigned by his Majesty's
very last day of the month to Fort William, own hand, being transmitted to the Master
and desired that the oaths might be tendered of Stair, secretary for Scotland, this minister
to him by Colonel Hill, governor of that sent particular directions to Livingstone, who
fortress. As this officer was not vested with commanded the troops in that kingdom, to
the power of a civil magistrate, he refused to put the inhabitants of Glencoe to the sword,
administer them; and Macdonald set out charging him to take no prisoners, that the
immediately for Inverary, the county town of scene might be more terrible. In the month
Argyle. Though the ground was covered of February, Captain Campbell, of Glenlyon,
with snow,

and the weather intensely cold, by virtue of an order from Major Duncanson, he travelled with such diligence, that the marched into the valley of Glencoe, with a term prescribed by the proclamation was but company of soldiers belonging to Argyle's one day elapsed when he reached the place, regiment, on pretence of levying the arrears and addressed himself to Sir John Campbell, of the land-tax and hearth-money. When sheriff of the county, who, in consideration Macdonald demanded whether they came as of his disappointment at Fort William, was friends or enemies, he answered, as friends ;

BETEL PEPPER.

and promised, upon his honour, that neither tracted with grief and horror, surrounded he nor his people should sustain the least with the shades of night, shivering, with injury. In consequence of this declaration, cold, and appalled with the apprehension of he and his men were received with the most immediate death from the swords of those cordial hospitality, and lived fifteen days who had sacrificed their friends and kinswith the men of the valley, in all the appear- men, they could not endure such a complicaance of the most unreserved friendship. At tion of calamities, but generally perished in length the fatal day approached. Macdonald the waste before they could receive the least and Campbell having passed the day toge- comfort or assistance. H. INNES. ther, parted about seven in the evening, with mutual professions of the warmest affection.

The Naturalist. The younger Macdonald, perceiving the guards doubled, began to suspect some treaChery, and communicated his suspicions to Tug Betel is a climbing, Indian plant, which his brother; but neither he nor the father would harbour the least doubt of Campbell's general is its cultivation, that it is difficult to

belongs to the same tribe as pepper; but so sincerity. Nevertheless, the two young men went forth privately, to make further ob- say in what part of India it is really wild.

In form and appearance, it is not much unservations. They overheard the common soldiers say, they liked not the work; that its stems are shrubby, much branched, run

like ivy, but is more tender, and full of juice. Macdonalds of the glen fairly in the field, ning along the ground, or climbing to a great they held it base to murder them in cool height, and throwing out roots from the blood; but that their officers were answer.

numerous joints. The leaves are more or able for the treachery. When the youths at the point, and from four to seven inches

less broad, oblique at the base, acuminated hasted back to apprize their father of the long. The catkins opposite the leaves

are impending danger, they saw the house at first shorter than the leaf, slender, cylinalready surrounded: they, heard the dis- drical, tapering, in fruit greatly enlarged, pencharge of muskets, the shrieks of women and children; and, being destitute of arms, in Curtis's Botanical Magazine, where the

dent. The subjoined cut is from an engraving secured their own lives by immediate flight. editor states the original to be a drawing

The savage ministers of vengeance had en. tered the old man's chamber, and shot him Vincent, at which place the plant Aourished

executed by the Rev. L. Guilding, in St. through the head. He fell down dead in the arms of his wife, who died the next day, from slips and cuttings, which are carefully

as well as in its native country. It is raised distracted by the horror of her husband's fate. The Laird of Auchintrincken, Macdonald's guest, who had three months before this period submitted to the Government, and at this very time had a protection in his pocket, was put to death without question. A boy of eight years, who fell at Campbell's feet, imploring mercy, and offering to serve him for life, was stabbed to the heart by one Drummond, a subaltem officer. Thirty-eight persons suffered in this manner, the greater part of whom were surprised in their beds, and hurried into eternity before they had time to implore the Divine Mercy. The design was to butcher all the males under seventy that lived in the valley, the number of whom amounted to two hundred; but some of the detachments did not arrive soon enough to secure the passes, so that one hundred and sixty escaped.

Campbell, having perpetrated this brutal massacre, ordered all the houses to be burnt, made a prey of all the cattle and effects that were found in the valley, and left the helpless women and children, whose fathers and husbands he had murdered, naked and for. lorn, without covering, food, or shelter, in the midst of the snow that covered the whole face of the country, at the distance of six 2 3 4 long miles from any inhabited place. Dis

(The Betel Pepper.)

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planted in a rich, moist soil, so as to be pro- fine for the purpose, and carried between the tected from sun and rain: this is done by lip and upper row of teeth. From the masti. training them to other plants, or to poles, cation of the first three, proceeds a juice over which a thin shed of mats is spread. which tinges the saliva of a bright red, and

The use of the Betel is connected with which the leaf and nut without the Chunam some customs, which are extremely interest. will not yield. This hue being communiing in their details, as illustrating ideas of cated to the mouth and lips is esteemed orsocial enjoyment in the East.

namental; and an agreeable flavour is imThroughout India, and especially in the parted to the breath. The juice is usually, Malay Islands, the inhabitants have, almost (after the first fermentation produced by the from time immemorial, considered Betel as a lime), though not always, swallowed by the necessary of life; and this not by itself, but chewers of Betel.” with the use of lime and the Areca nut, The active qualities of the Betel do not together constituting a masticatory, employed injure the coats of the stomach, as might be by either sex, and at all ages. Various travel supposed. It loosens the teeth; but Mr. lers relate particulars of the use of this plant; Marsden thinks it does not affect their sound. but we shall confine ourselves to those of ness. Children begin to chew Betel when Marsden, in his History of Sumatra, which very young, and yet their teeth are always fully describe the Malayan custom. After no- beautifully white, till pains are taken to inticing the almost universal practice of nations jure them, by filing and staining them black. enjoying, by mastication or otherwise, the To persons unaccustomed to the composition, fiavour of substances possessing an inebriat- it causes a strong giddiness and other sensaing quality, Mr. Marsden proceeds :- tions, like those produced by chewing to

“ 'The South Americans chew the Cocoa bacco for the first time. During the fast of and Mambeca, and the Eastern people, the Ramadan, the Mahometans abstain from the Betel and Areca ; or, as they are called in use of Betel, whilst the sun continues above the Malay language, Sirih and Pinang. This the horizon; but, excepting at this season, it custom is universal among the Sumatrans, is the constant luxury of both sexes, from an who carry the ingredients constantly about early period of childhood ; till, becoming them, and serve them to their guests on all toothless, they are reduced to the extremity occasions; the prince in a gold stand, and of having the ingredients previously reduced the poor man in a brass box or mat bag. The to a paste for them-that, without further betel-stands of the better ranks of people are effort, the Betel may dissolve in the mouth. usually of silver, embossed with rude figures. Notwithstanding these statesments of Mr. The Sultan of Moco-moco was presented with Marsden, the chewing of Betel is said in the one by the India Company with their arms on Dictionnaire des Sciences Medicales, to grait: •and he possesses another besides of gold dually corrode the teeth to such a degree, filagree. The form of the stand is the frus- that persons who use it habitually are detrum of an hexagonal pyramid, reversed; prived of all that part of the teeth above the about six or eight inches in diameter. It gums at the age of twenty-five or thirty contains many smaller vessels, fitted to the years; yet this does not hinder the universal angles, for holding the nut, leaf, and chunan, employment of it.* which is quick-lime made from calcined shells; Sir Stamford Raffles relates an anecdote of with places for the instruments, (hachip,) the Betel custom, which touches the reader employed in cutting the first, and spatulas by its simplicity. When Lady Raffles had for spreading the last.

reached Merambung, in Sumatra, being much “ When the first salutation is over, which fatigued with walking, and the rest of the consists in bending the body, and the inferior's party having dispersed in various directions, putting his joined hands between those of the she lay down under the shade of a tree, when superior, and then lifting them to his forehead, a Malay girl approached, with great grace of the Betel is presented as a token

of hospi. manner, and on being asked if she wanted tality and an act of politeness. To omit it anything, replied—“No; but as you were on the one hand, or to reject it on the other, quite alone, I thought you might like to have would be an affront; as it would be likewise a little bichara (talk); so I came to offer you in a man of subordinate rank, to address a some siri (betel), and sit beside you.” This great man, without the precaution of chewing is a scene of unsophisticated nature, which it it before he spoke. All the preparation con- is perfectly delightful to contemplate. It sists in spreading on the Sirih leaf a small breathes of Arab hospitality; and the Malays, quantity of the Chunam, and folding it up we should remember, adopted many of the with a slice of the Pinang nut. Some mix custoins of the Arabians, on their settlement with these Gambir, which is a substance pre- as a nation. pared from the leaves of a tree of that name, by boiling their juices to a consistence, and * Surely, tooth-powder made of Areca and Betel, making it up into little balls or squares; rightly, Betel was first introduced for this purpose by

is in general use in this country; aud, if we remember tobacco is likewise added, which is shred the late Dr. Reece,

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The Cut represents a specimen of the blackened the frame, and passing off at anoBetel, with early mature spikes. Fig. 1. ther corner, separated again into several lines, spike of flowers, natural size: 2. female intersecting each other, until they centered flowers, magnified : 3. seed or fruit, natural in a nail in the shelf. It passed down the size: 4. the same magnified.-(Curtis's Bot. back of the moulding, tore away a hard Mag. No. 62, New Series.)

cement below, threw forward a false back of

brick and iron, split the floor on each side of Notes of a Reader.

the hearth, rent off splinters two feet in length

from the under floor in the cellar, and went EFFECTS OF LIGHTNING.

east and west through a stone wall into the [The following are from Mr. Murray's pam- earth. The greatest force was exerted in the phlet, already noticed :]

chamber-closet. The point of the umbrella The effects of lightning are as wonderful Was brass, and just beneath the wire which as is the power of the assailant. Though connects the whalebone it was burnt off; lofty edifices be sometimes the subjects of and the silk, the stick, and the whalebone, its assault, lower structures, and trees, &c. were nearly consumed. Several folds in but little elevated above the plain, are singled some woollen carpets were burnt. A fur out, and become its victims. Some conduct- muff, a cloth coat, and some other articles ing point either in the objects struck, or in were also much injured; a sleeve and part the soil or substrata, has determined the of the waist of the coat were destroyed, while course of the lightning, for its direction is the cotton lining to which they were stitched guided and governed by laws.

was left whole, and, excepting a small piece, “ There is,” says Captain Tuckey in his was not even tender from scorching. A Narrative, a singular pyramidal stone, (a black sulphureous smoke arose from the spot, natural block of loose granite, with another and filled the house. A lady was in the perched upon it,) which rises out of the cir- closet with the door shut, and but a foot cular summit of a hill. It is called Enzazzi, distant from the course of the lightning. The or the lightning-stone, and is held in vene- sound was dreadful, like cannon at her ears, ration.” The cause of this veneration may and the heat inexpressibly great, as if she perhaps be found in its attraction for light- were in the midst of flames. She spoke at ning, and the meteor may have been seen to first of intense light, but all consciousness of fall upon or flicker around it. The pyramidal that has since passed from her mind. In monument near Glasgow, reared to the this terrific and awful situation she was prememory of Nelson, was scarcely finished, served unhurt, came out immediately and when the lightning fell upon it and rent it closed the door. It may be remarked that in twain nearly from top to bottom; while she was clothed in cotton, and a roll of carthe united testimonies of Rich, Buckingham, peting stood between her and the umbrella. Sir R. K. Porter, and others, concur in ascri- Five boards were thrown down, and four bing to the effects of lightning, the rent of rooms were filled with the smell of sulphur, the Birs Nemroud, among the ruins of and covered with soot. The electrical Auid Babylon.

entered four closts adjoining the room in the The following storm is recorded in Sillic lower story,--ran round china cups, plates, man's American Journal: “On the 3rd June, &c., raised and dissolved the gilding, or con. 1826, during a heavy shower of rain, a clap verted it into the purple oxyde of gold, and, of thunder burst, with tremendous explosion, leaving a dark bluish path next to a nail

. over a house in Weathersfield, Connecticut. where it splintered the partition, escaped The lightning ran down the chimney to the through the back of a door to a hinge. In a ceiling of the front room, where it came closet, without paint, it discoloured the wood through, leaving a hole nearly an inch in three inches in width, broke four dishes, and diameter-tore off the paper and plaster from drove out nine nails, four of them from a the wall-descended on a row of nails in the hinge; in a third it left an aperture, as large laths to a picture—melted all the gilding as a bullet-hole, in the ceiling, split the floor burned and tore one side of the frame—and, three feet, and tore up four inches, about an again rending its way, ran upon the nails to inch wide. In a fourth, it overturned, tossed the fire-place, and separated the breast-work out, and broke large phials of medicines, pill from the chimney; and from thence taking boxes, wafer boxes, &c. drove four nails partly a horizontal direction, attracted by an um- out of the hinges, and rent off a piece of the brella in the corner of the cupboard, a small casement. On the top shelf lay several iron line was to be seen from a nail to a bolt in articles. It pierced the ceiling in the back an opposite closet. From the umbrella it room, came down in two branches, and so went off at an angle, and came out over the completely dissipated four cents, weighing fire-place in a lower room, in nine holes, the about 165 grains, which lay upon a nail in largest the size of a common gimblet, scorchthe moulding, that, except a metallic stain ing and slightly tearing the paper. It entered on the lead paint of the shelf, not a trace of at the corner of a picture, melted the gilding, them remained; they appear to have flashed,

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