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táfly struck; and which I will endead him to shoot 'a fox there. He firea vour to repeat as nearly as possible out of the window, as he had said, in the words of the relater. and we repaired to the spot specified, o Ulrich*the servant of Lieutenant and there sure enough we found Br-, who was born in a wood- fox that had just shot. The land village of the duehy of Gotha, son of the head-forester, then quite and, as he himself said, had from his a youth, was very curious to know youth associated much witle'game- by what means this was done; and keepers," and -- been accustomed to the old man promised to teach him shooting, began as follows: "" Yes, the trick, if he had courage to learn captain, you may think as you please it. Charles was desirous of learning, about it, but gamekeepers are up to but desisted at the decisive moment things that are really astonishing. frightened by terrible apparit . With Mr.
Cr," head-forester at "Well,” said I, “but did Charles Fruth, there lived an old game- never tell you in what way a person keeper, who could certainly do more was to set about it?"-_“O yes. You than merely eat bread. He had to must strive to gain possession of a all appearance an ordinary gun, with host already consecrated for the howhich he never used any thing but ly communion. With this and a gun ball, whether he was firing at hares, loaded with ball, you repair, on the birds, or any other sort of game; night of Christmas-eve, to the foand he was never known to miss, rest, nail the host to a tree, go back evert at distances 'exceeding by twice to a little distance from it, and with op three times the usual range of a loud voice renounce the belief in such a piece: but this was not done the blessed Trinity. Hereupon you fairly," for 'tis certain Old Nick had fire at the host, and this done, you a hand in it.”_.We all laughed — will find upon it three drops of blood. "Laugh as much as you please," These you wipe off with a piece of said Ulrich,-“ still it is positively paper, and then make a hole (which true. You shall hear. One evening may be done at home) in any part of we were sitting together, the old man the stock of the gun,
the gun, put the paper I am speaking of, several young keep into it, and close it up again. When ers, and Charles, the son of the head- all these ceremonies have been duly forester. We were talking of the performed, every ball fired from this excellence of the old man's gun, on piece is sure to hit whatever the which the observed, that what we owner
1970ncul ST 2014 kad hitherto seen was nothing to” I expressed my surprise that any what he could do; adding, that he one could be so silly as to believe would immediately fire out' at the such absurd and "stupid stuff, but window, if we would first decide in Ulrich persisted in his assertion, that what part of the country he should the thing was nevertheless true.--shoot a piece of game, and what kind" For," continued he,“ Charles of game it should be. This appear of contrived to procure a host, ed incredible to us; but for fun we and went out into the forest with the mentioned a spot in the forest, about old man on the right of Christmas24 mile from the house, and desired | éve. According to his direction, He set As far as I know," he is stál tving, nailed the host
to la tree, and repeatand a master-tailor at Gotha.
ed the path of abjaration; but when
be took aim to shoot, the trees were, I turned the discourse, as if by acgone, and he saw nothing, but our cident, to the circumstances related Saviour, as large as life, banging on by Ulrich that evening in the ancient the cross, and innumerable frightful castle. C-r repeated the story to infernal shapes dancing about him; me in nearly the same words. on which he threw down the gun and I was now quite at a loss what to ran away."
think; for though I shall never be so The important events of the cam-weak as to believe such things to be paign in Russia, the eleven months at all possible, still, as every imparwhich I paşsęd in Danzig, during the tial person must admit, the coincisiege of that city, and many as well dence of the circumstances was excheerful as melancholy hours which tremely striking. Of the two cases I have spent since that evening, were which I had previously assumed as not capable of erasing Ulrich's nar- probable, one of course (namely, that rative entirely from my memory; but Ulrich had invented the story,) fell to whenever the story occurred to my the ground; and the other (that mind, I knew not whether to regardCr had been the dupe of an it as a fabrication of Ulrich's, or if it overheated imagination) lost more were not so, whether Cr might and more of its plausibility; for I not have been the dupe of a heated | found him to be nothing less than a imagination, and fancied he saw things | visionary, or one who wishes to pass which in reality had no existence. off his own inventions for truth. Ad
When, at length, after the surren-mitting, however, that all this were der of Danzig, I joined the battalion otherwise, whence the perfect accordto which I belonged in Flanders, and ance between the accounts of C-r assumed the command of a company, and Ulrich (who had not seen one I was strongly reminded of Ulrich's another in the intermediate time), story by the name of a serjeant. concerning the old gamekeeper's gun This serjeant was called Charles and his shooting the fox? Crand he was a native of Leaving each of my readers to Fr-th. I inquired if he was the form his own opinion of this matter, son of the head-forester at that place; I can solemnly assure them that it he replied in the affirmative: conse- came to my knowledge in the manquently I could no longer doubt that ner related above; for though, in the he was the same person whom Ul- lapse of time, my memory may err rich had mentioned. During the in regard to some petty unimportant next march, after I had conversed a collateral circumstances, still they good deal with him, and found him | may rely on its fidelity in regard to to be a tolerably well-informed man, the principal facts, as they interest
He is still a serjeant in garrison ated me too deeply to be forgotten or Gotha.
No. X. It is only a lover of home, and an | snugly seated in my own parlour on idle man to boot, that can understand my return from my Continental trip. my first feelings when I found myself I looked round with an indescribable Vol. IV. No, XXI.
sort of fondness upon every object will not lose sight of that, prevents which the room contained. There is him from yawning in the face of liis certainly no want of fauteuils in better half, but he is forced to seek Paris, and of the most elegant and relief in tric-trac or boston; and it commodious kind; yet never did I is ten to one that, notwithstanding feel myself so much at my ease in these auxiliaries, he is at last obliged one of them as in my old and well to look for amusement somewhere worn easy chair. My trusty Rover, else. who had been the companion of my The French do not deny the charge travels, and who, notwithstanding his brought against them of not being a name, is as great a lover of home as home-loving people, but with their his master, evidently shared in my usual ingenuity they contrive to con feelings. He wagged his tail with an vert what is in fact a reproach into a air of uncommon satisfaction, ran compliment. We are, say they, a about and smelt at the furniture as if social people; we love society; in a to assure himself it was the same he word, we have no idea of solitary enhad left behind him, and finally joyment. When they tell you this, stretched himself on the carpet at they say nothing more than they my feet, and looked up in my face as themselves believe; but such is not much' as to say, “ Well, master, the fact: the real truth is, that the where else can we be so comfortable?" | life of a Frenchman, and still more
This sacred and delightful feeling that of a Frenchwoman, is a conti is perhaps almost peculiar to the Bri- | nual exhibition. Possessed of a most tish bosom: long, long may its pow-comfortable share of self-sufficieney, er remain unimpaired! for it is the every individual believes himself or guarantee of the virtue, the happi- herself the undivided object of atness, and the prosperity of my coun- tention to the circle in which he or try.
she happens to be placed. Thus, ačThe French, with all their sources customed to act, even in the most of pleasure, have nothing of the trifling things, with a view to being kind: a Frenchman's own house is in applauded and admired by others, an fact the last place where he thinks of audience becomes as necessary to the enjoying himself. The only satisfac- mental aliment of a Frenchman; as tion which a man of rank derives food to his bodily support. 2 936 from his house, is the opportunity it This vanity, in itself so 'reprehengives him of displaying his taste or sible, produces nevertheless sonie his wealth. So long as he can col-good effects: habitual civility, readilect a crowd round him to admire ness to oblige in trifles, attention in these, it is all very well; but dismiss doing the honours of the ration to the company, leave him alone, or foreigners, and, above all, that pride with madame, to what an English in whatever can contribute to the haman would call the quiet enjoyment tional glory, which so eminently disof his own fireside, and the scene tinguish the French, have their changes as by the wand of an en-source in it.' Never was the truth of chanter; lassitude and ennui succeed the observation, vanity does a to vivacity and enjouement. His ha- | deal towards making people good, bitual politeness, for a Frenchman more fully exemplified than in France.
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I found, as I expected, a good ma- || esprit de corps which has dictated ny letters awaiting my return; I shall the above note, that I lose no time begin with one that contains a com- in publishing it, in order that I may plaint which is perhaps too justly give my fair correspondent the satis
faction of a public apology, for the 6. Mr. LOITERER,
neglect which she complains of. I 9191 w.When your paper first made assure her that it sprang neither from its appearance, I expected, as I dare indifference nor contempt, but was say many others did likewise, that purely accidental, and shall be remeyou would have devoted a consider- died; for I am, as much as a very idle able part of it to the fair sex. Every man can be, the devoted servant of essayist, from Addison and Johnson that lovely sex, by whose influence down to Solomon Sagephiz himself, we are moulded, and to whom life considered us entitled to his atten- owes all that it has most valuable and tion, lashed our follies, praised our endearing. I hope in my future pavirtues, and, in short, shewed him-pers to make the amende honorable; self fairly sensible of our importance and now I must proceed to give the in the creation. You, and you only, substance of some of the letters of all the tribe, treat us with a sort which I have received, for the letof insolent contempt, as if you ina- ters themselves would require more gined it was beneath your lazy dig- space than I can afford them. nity to bestow upon us either praise Dick Dashaway hopes that the jarrabuse. I cry you mercy! I do antiquated topics which formed the recollect now, that you have favour- subjects of my papers from Paris, ed us with a little of the latter; that were not the only objects of my atis, indirectly and very sparingly. Now, tention there, but that I have besir, I am deputed by a very nume- stowed due pains upon the investizous body of the female readers of gation of others more important; and the Repository to inform you, that that I have at least brought home this mode of proceeding will not do with me a smattering of cookery, an We consider your neglect of us in improved judgment in claret, and a the light of a gross affront; and as wardrobe modelled in the very newwe are very sure that the editor has est Parisian fashion, which he hints more gallantry than to be a party to he should be disposed to take a sursuch unhandsome proceedings, we vey of the very first morning he are determined to send a petition, in could be sure to find me at home. the form of a round robin, against I am sorry to inform this gentlethe insertion of your paper. We man, that I cannot give him any of
think it right to give you this fair the information he considers so va- Marnings and to shew the placability luable, on wine and made dishes.
of our dispositions, we assure you, | As to my wardrobe, I am afraid he that in the event of your altering would find the cut of my coat, like your , conduct, you shall find us that of my paper, too antiquated to among your friends and supporters. suit his taste. We remain, Mr, Loiterer,
Lucy Lovemode thinks it a pity bo no segree Yours as you bebave. that I have not said a word about Sa am so much pleased with the the dress of the French ladies; and wishes very much to know whether strengthening her arguments on that they are as much addicted to gallan- subject with her papa. - Now though try and as fond of rouge as they my inclination would lead me to were formerly. In reply to this fair oblige the lady, yet my conscience lady, I beg to observe, that the dif- takes the side of the gentleman; but ference, if any, in the female costume as it is pretty clear that I cannot of London and Paris, could not be please one without offending the very visible to a novice in these mys- other, I have prudently determined teries like myself. Had I been dis- to remain neuter,
trob posed to moralize indeed, I might There are a good many other corhave said something about the bare respondents, to whom at present I necks and shoulders of the pretty Pa- must recommend patience; for the risians; but as I could not in consci- subject of the following letter reence declare that they went greater quires an immediate reply. I shall lengths in that respect than my own therefore postpone the consideration dear countrywomen, I thought it as of my other letters till my next pawell to say nothing on the subject. per, in order to give insertion to this As to rouge, it is entirely exploded; very pressing application. 1.35 at least, if it is used, it is so put on Dear Mr. LOITERER,
und as to have the appearance of nature. Will you be so good as to inAnd with respect to gallantry, all i form me, without a moment's delay, can say is, that if the dear creatures whether people do now marry so veare so disposed, it is not visible to a ry, very young in France, Mamma stranger, for they observe a strict says that it is not the case at present, decorum; their behaviour in society though it was formerly, but that, like is perfectly delicate and correct; and other bad customs, it was abolished I am too good-natured, as well as at the time of the Revolution. I 3199 idle, to pry into matters that do don't know whether this is true, but not at all concern me.
if so, I think the Revolution must $uSamuel Snarl informs me, that he have been a very terrible thing Mr. never means to read my paper again. Simper assures me that mamma is He did not think it good for much quite mistaken, and that it is still the before I went to France, but he is fashion, so much so indeed, that as
certain that it must be good for no- soon as a young lady enters her teens thing now I have been there. she is considered marriageable, and
Harry Henpeck tells me, that his an unmarried lady at twenty-five is wife, who has already nearly ruined set down as a decided old maid; and him by her other follies, is now pos- to be sure, as Mr. Simper says, since sessed with a travelling mania; and we do follow the French fashions in he implores me to write a paper every thing else, why should we not sto persude, people to stay at home, in that too. I don't speak altogether because, he says, he thinks that my on my own account, Mr. Loiterer, opmion is likely to have some weight because you must know I am not so with her. Marian Migrate as ear- very young, since I shall be fifteen nestly requests me to write a Loiterer next Christmas, though mamma wont on the necessity of going abroad, as acknowledge it; but between outshe thinks it will have the effect of selves, she wants to keep me always