ing were put an end to, and every | that he could scarcely begin an imione crowded round to see the famous tation before a number of voices callpie made.

ed out Gaditano! Gallego! or whatThe Biscayan first indicated by ever might be the province, the mansigns that a large dish was to be sup- ners of which he was representing.' ported before him, in which he pre His last feat was one which certended to place a number of ingre- tainly would not have been permitdients, naming each as he affected ted a year or two before in a country to put it into his pie. These ingre- so bigoted, or indeed in any country dients consisted principally of his under Spanish controul. Having friends, some of whom he inserted taken a table-cloth, he dressed himin whole; of others merely some ri- self like a priest, and assuming the diculous quality, or characteristic pe- most ludicrous gravity of counteculiarity; and as he chose only such nance, went through a part of the persons as were present, the laugh ceremony of high mass, to the infiwent round against each in his turn. nite delight of the company, who His satire was sometimes very se- shook the house with peals of laughvere, especially against the ladies; ter. The curate was no where to and at length he pretended, after a be seen during this exhibition, which long and witty preface, to cut up he could not, I suppose, have perthe curate, who was sitting opposite, mitted to go on, although indeed and thrust him into the dish, to the every thing serious seemed banished unspeakable delight of the company. for the time. No one enjoyed the laugh more than Immediately after this joke the the worthy curate himself. But the noise ceased, the party broke up, Biscayan was too judicious to risk and every one went off to his siesta tiring his audience with any more of with a composure and steadiness the pie after this last happy sally; so which shewed that the greater part catching up a guitar, an instrument of the preceding riot was the effect always at hand wherever Spanish is of choice, not of intoxication, to spoken, and casting his eye round which certainly in appearance it was the company, he addressed an ap | most closely allied. To satisfy mypropriate extempore verse to each self on this point, I entered into of the principal guests; then jump- | conversation with several of the most ing off the table, on which he had boisterous; but they were now so seated himself to play the guitar, perfectly quiet and sedate, that it he set about imitating the manner of was difficult to believe they were the walking and speaking of five or six same individuals who, but a few midifferent provinces of Spain. This nutes before, had been apparently so mimicry, though lost upon us, ap- completely tipsy. peared to be so accurately done, Il


The peasants of Westphalia as- witches against cattle. They never cribe supernatural influence to the cut a loaf till they have crossed the cross. It expels evil spirits, and surface of it with the knife. ! thwarts the malicious designs of Many an indolent female subsists by dispensing blessings and charms. I averted. Though this silly practice The method of charming a complaint has been prohibited by the govern. is as follows: After rubbing the ail- || ment, it still takes place here and ing member of the patient, they there....

... 1 breathe upon it crosswise, at the In some of the provinces, for insame time taking the name of God stance, in the county of Ravensperg, in vain, apply salt and rye-flour, or many believe that they can recover some kind of salve, to the affected stolen goods, if they fill a bag with part, pronouncing a certain form of the earth on wbich the thief stood words, in which the disorder is warn- when committing the depredation, ed to depart. Though this trade is and beat it with a stick twice or three forbidden by edicts, especially in times a day, till the dust flies outs Prussian Westphalia, it is still carri- The thief is supposed to be sympa. ed on by great numbers.

thetically affected with excessive It is very pernicious to men and pains, so that he must either give up cattle when a person who sees them his plunder, or die without retrieve. for the first time, praises them with To ascertain whether a person out adding the words, “ God bless will die in the current year, the couny them!”

try folk in some places, about mids - Many persons have such a malig- summer, pluck some St. John's wort nant eye, that by merely looking at before sunrise in the morning, and men and cattle, they unknowingly hide it in the walls in various parts bring them into great danger of their of the house. The bunches which lives.

immediately droop announce with The peasants of Wesphalia are so certainty the speedy death of those thoroughly convinced, that there are who placed them there; but if the persons who, by muttering certain herb remains fresh and green, then formulæ, are able to stop a horse in the person who deposited it will not full speed, to silence a vigilant dog, die during that year. to prevent fire from spreading, to Single drops of blood issuing froni stanch blood, and to do many other the nose announce the speedy death wonderful things, that nothing can of a near relation i s persuade them to the contrary. When horses drawing a corpse • In some Catholic provinces, the happen to meet with any obstruction, farmer obtains and takes some con- another of the family will soon die. secrated wine, or a consecrated wa- If a clergyman makes a mistake in fer, as a remedy for diseases among naming a child, or changes for in his eattle.

stance the Low German into the High · Many a housewife hangs her hus- German name, the child is sure to band's small-clothes or cap, on the be sickly.

prop horns of an ailing cow, for the pur | If a pregnant woman stands godpose of curing the animal.

mother to a child, either that or her A few years since, in Prussian own unborn infant will die young. Westphalia, a countryman, if it was If a bride turns pale during the foretold that any misfortune should marriage ceremony, it is the sign of befal him, caused prayers to be of a death that will soon happen. fered in the church, that it might be Young females knock on Christmas-eve at the hen-house. If a hen , ing weeks. The animals which an. first cackles, they relinquish all hope nounce rain are the cuckoo, the swal. of being married during the ensuing low, the cock, and fish. year; but if a cock crows, the fulfil- | The notion of lucky and unlucky ment of their wishes is at hand. days is almost universal. On Mona

Even in the present century alma- day no business of importance is com nacs were printed in Westphalia, in menced. Servants do not go to place; which the good or ill fortune of child neither do parents send their children were determined by the months | dren for the first time to school; nor in which they were born.

are weddings or betrothals held on There are certain days on which, that day. Thursday also is consiin the opinion of these people, the dered as an unlucky day. Friday state of the weather for some time is the luckiest day for marrying, and depends. Thus, if it rains on the | Tuesday for servants entering on festival of St. Ægidius (Sept. 1.), on their service. Wheat sown on SunMidsummer-day, and especially on day is sure to be mildewed. In short, the following Sunday; and on the Vi- there is no end to the superstitions sitation of the Virgin Mary (July 2), l of this kind. there will be rain for the four ensu

ANECDOTES, &c. HISTORICAL, LITERARY, AND PERSONAL. A TRAVELLER'S TALE. | mile down the river, which is in that Mr. Talbot, in his “ Five Years' part broad, deep, irregular, and raResidence in Canada," just pub- pid; when the unfortunate animal, lished, relates a story which savours unable to exert himself, on account a little of that licence that travellers of the loss of blood, yielded up his are said to be in the habit of assum- life to the prowess of his rider," ing. “In the spring of 1821," says he, “ an intimate acquaintance of SAGACITY OF A DOG. mine was one day fishing on the Ca- The correspondent who favoured nadian Thames, accompanied by his us with the anecdotes of the dog in son, a young man about twenty-two || a preceding page of this Number, years of age. Observing an uncom- may add the following to his collecmonly large sturgeon sajling up the tion: In the beginning of August river, the son immediately pierced last, a notary of Bourbon-Vendée in it with his spear, and retaining a France was returning home from a firm hold of his weapon, was drag- neighbouring town on horseback, and ged into the water. For some time || followed by his dog. In passing a he floated on the stream, behind the ford, with which he was well ac sturgeon, by the aid of his instru- quainted, his horse took it into his ment; but at length becoming weary | head to lie down in the water, and of this mode of proceeding, like an- | the action was so sụdden, that the other Aristus, he got astride of the rider had not time to withdraw his fish, and converting his spear into a feet from the stirrups: he was there bridle-rein, rode him for nearly a fore kept under water, and must soon

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haye. perished. The dog, aware of look like one-look squaw in the face his master's danger, swam to the op- see him smile - which is all one posite shore, and there placing him- he says Yes!~so he take him home self on his hind legs, set up the most -no danger he be cross! no, no! piercing howls, which he continued Squaw know too well what Indian do, without intermission, till two labour- if he cross!--throw him away, and ers, at work in the fields, heard this take another. Squaw love to eat distressing appeal. They hastened meat—no husband no meat. Squaw to the spot, on which the dog ceased do every thing to please husband-his cries, and running before, guided he do the same, to please squawthem to the scene of his master's suf- live happy!" ferings. The success of the faithful animal was complete. The no

VALUE OF TIME. tary was taken from the water, and Madame de Genlis, in a work on conveyed to a neighbouring house, the employment of time, lately pube where, by the use of proper reme- lished at Paris, mentions the French dies, he was restored to animation, Chancellor d'Aguesseau, as one of and finally to health.

those men who turned every minute

of this short life to the best account, INDIAN COURTSIIIP.

and relates the following curious An aged Indian, who had for many anecdote of him: “ Finding that his years spent much of his time among wife always delayed ten or twelve the white people both in Pennsylva- minutes before she came down to nia and New Jersey, one day about dinner, he resolved to employ this the year 1770, observed that the In- interval exclusively in composing a dians had not only a much easier work. The result was, at the end way of getting a wife than the whites, of fifteen years, a book in three large but were also more certain of getting quarto volumes, which has gone a good one: "For," said he in his through several editions, and is held broken English, " white man court in high estimation." -court-may be one whole yearmay be two years before he marry! TREATMENT OF SLAVES IN THE Well! may be then got very good

UNITED STATES. wife--but may be not—may be veryM r. Hodgson, a recent traveller cross! - Well now, suppose cross! in the United States, and who maniscold so soon as get awake in the fests in general a strong partiality morning! scold all day! scold until for the Americans, draws a horrid sleep!-all one-he must keep him picture of the outrages practised on [Pronouns in the Indian language slaves in that boasted land of liberhave no feminine gender.] White ty. people have law forbidding throwing | “ The other day," says that wriaway wife, be he ever so cross! must ter, “ I passed a plantation, whose keep him always! Well! how does owner, a few months before, had Indian do?-Indian, when he sees shot one of his slaves; and I conindustrious squaw which he like, he versed with a young planter, I think go to him, place his two fore-fingers not twenty-two years old, whose close aside each other, make two general manners bespoke mildness, rather than the contrary, who had || About twelve o'clock at night he fell also shot a slave within a year. The asleep. The slaves seized his gun, offence in both cases was stated to shot him, and burned him to ashes be running away, and no notice what- on the fires which he was compelling ever was taken of either of the mur-them to make at midnight of the ders. A friend of mine, who has wood they were employed in clearresided here some time, told me, that ing. The case was so glaring, and calling one morning on a respectable the planter'scruelty so notorious, that planter, a man of eminently humane the matter was hushed up as well as and amiable manners, he was sur- it could be, and the slaves were not prised to see him sitting in his ve- punished: though, while at Charlesrandah, with his gun in his hand, town, I saw an account of a young earnestly watching, a slave in his Negro-woman being burnt to death court, who was looking up at him in South Carolina the week before, with great emotion, as if meditating for murdering her master. An acan escape. By and by the over- | quaintance of mine told me he was looker came, and took the slave away. I staying at the time at an inn in the My friend turned to the planter, and neighbourhood, from which many of asked him what was the matter. He the company went to see the horrid replied, 'While I was at breakfast, spectacle. that Negro came and delivered him- || « On so serious a subject as this self up, telling me, that he had run || I am particularly guarded in menaway from my plantation to avoid a | tioning nothing for which I have not threatened flogging; but that as he | unquestionable authority. The folhad returned voluntarily, he hoped | lowing fact rests on the evidence of I would intercede with the overseer, | my own senses: At a dinner-party of and get him excused. I told him I five or six gentlemen, I heard one of seldom interfered with the overseer, the guests, who is reputed a respecbut would send and inquire into the table planter, say, in the course of circumstances. I sent for him; but conversation, that he shot at one of the Negro, in the mean time, appre his slaves last year with intent to hending the result, looked as if he kill him for running away: that, on

would dart off into the woods. 1 another occasion, finding that two "ordered my gun, and if he had at runaway slaves had taken refuge on

tempted to stir, I should have been || his plantation, he invited some of obliged to shoot him dead; for there his friends out of town to dinner and is no other way of enforcing obedi. || a frolic: that after dinner they went ence and subordination.'

out to hunt the slaves, and hearing a In **A very short time since, a wealthy || rustling in the reeds or canes in

planter tried to work his slaves half which they believed them to be conthe night as well as the whole day. cealed, they all fired at their game, They remonstrated with the over- but unfortunately missed. Does not seer, and became refractory, on which l your blood curdle? Yet he did not the planter undertook to controul appear to be sensible that he was them. He took his seat on the trunk telling any thing extraordinary, nor of a tree, with his gun in his band, to understand the silence of astonishto shoot the first who should shrink. I ment and horror!"


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