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tressing situations, since the said || sex is for all that is good and fair; owner transfers a considerable por how easy it is for an intelligent man tion of his own cares to his shoul- to improve a female, even though ders. Such a person evidently be somewhat neglected by nature; and longs to the second class, that of how ready women are to enrich thempoveri diavoli. Lastly, there are ca- selves with the stores that we are cavalieri, who, at the expense of the pable of furnishing: -it follows of husband, are the friends and confi- course, that where the ladies are not dants of their mistresses, assist them rich in accomplishments, the intell in their adventures, arrange assigna- | lectual circumstances of the men tions, keep watch, deliver messages, must be at so very low an ebb, that adjust petty quarrels, and must of no supplies can be spared on the course be constantly on the alert: one hand without incurring the risk these must be referred to the third of a disgraceful bankruptcy, and no class, or the deplorable. . accession of property can'accrue on
But to return to the bottega full the other. In every country thereof charming females. Here every fore where the minds of the men are one on whom nature has conferred deficient in cultivation, this circumthe blessing of sight, may doubly stance is the best excuse for the woo rejoice in the possession of that in- men, who, there in particular, stand estimable gift; but while he remains completely justified in our opinion there he may well dispense with the where the eyes are so amply indemservice of his ears, for there is not nified for the loss sustained by the much to be heard, at least not much ears, as in Italy. It is deeply to be that contains a particle of sense. It regretted, however, that this ocular pains me much to be obliged to ex- gratification should be greatly dipress myself thus concerning a coun- minished by a vile habit which the trý which has produced females who greater part of the fair sex in Italy have been invested with the degrees has adopted. This is the abomi. and titles of doctors and professors; nable habit of taking snuff, to which but in spite of my pain, and in spite they are passionately addicted: in also of the she-doctors and she-pro- no part of the world is it carried to fessors of yore, little or nothing that such excess as in Italy. Young and savours of good sense is to be heard old, beautiful and ugly all take in a company of the most fascinating snuff. Every female of twenty carfemales in modern Italy. This is ries her box, or has it carried for perfectly natural, and might be ea- her by her beast of burden, her ca. sily accounted for, and that to the valiere servente, who has to fetch it advantage of the fair sex. The at- out and return it to the pompadour, tainments of the ladies invariably likewise committed to his custody, constitute the most accurate ther- ten times every quarter of an hour. mometer for those of the gentlemen; | Cavaliere, or-contino, la tabacchiand if, in any country, the conversa- | era! Such is the requisition incestion of the former is deficient in santly issuing from her beautiful lips, sense, we cannot expect that of the and the ever-officious cavaliere open's latter to abound in thatquality. Every the pompadour, takes out the box, one knows how susceptible the softer and presents it with the utmost re
spect; a delicate thumb and finger || patience of the cavaliere servente, are dipped into it, and we behold an who, in his despair, calls upon all the act which even the most fascinating saints in heaven*, is completely exwoman cannot perform with grace, hausted. And wherefore do they or in such a manner as at the mo- make this sacrifice? In order that, ment to appear amiable or an object next morning, that is, about two of desire to a person of the other o'clock in the afternoon, they may sexo for one would no more wish to be able to say, “ Yesterday I was kiss the loveliest lips in the vicinity one, two, three hours at the casino; of which such abominations are com- we had a deal of mirth, and were mitted; than the bristling beard of a highly entertained"--which assertion, nasty Capuchin. In Italy, however, as we have seen, is an cvident violapeople think differently: there they tion of the eighth commandment.. take snuff and kiss away. I was my- | Very early in the morning these self acquainted with anamiable young botteghe are the theatres of most couple, who, animated by the purest moving scenes. There you discover emotions of love, had not only but various figures holding a smoking one heart and one soul, but also only cup of coffee in one hand, and in the one snuff-box, to which both assi-other a glass of reeking water. This duously paid their devoirs; and every water reeks because it is hot, and vow of love, every assurance of ever- this hot and reeking water, to which lasting constancy, every embrace, || a little sugar is added, is swallowed was regularly sealed and seasoned by by the above-said figures in long a mutual pinch. Tastes differ--that draughts, interrupted only by sighs. is all we can say for it.
This beverage, called acqua caldo, For the ladies of Italy whom we is said to be highly conducive to have left in one of the botteghe al- health; and therefore the first cry of ready described, there is certainly every son of Latium on entering the this excuse to be made; that it would bottega is, Old! bottega! acqua be scarcely possible to endure for so caldo! After finishing the glass of many hours the most: oppressive en water, he sends after it the cup of nui without occasionally rousing the coffee (which, to give the devil his mind by some stimulant or other. due, is truly excellent); and then And yet the Italian fair, though they falls into a sort of stupor, during make a point of appearing as late as which the stomach has leisure to dipossible at the theatre, summon all || gest the liquids which it has received. their strength and perseverance to Every body knows for what purpose enable them to continue to the latest warm water is drunk with us; but it moment at the bottega, especially agrees perfectly well with the Itaduring the fiera or the carnival. In * In
* In Italy they worship only saints, this particular too a no less credit
and pray only to saints: about God Aláble emulation subsists among the
mighty they care no more than if no God ladies. There they sit as immove existed: indeed it would be quite superable as if they were fixed to the spot | Auous, since, as it is well known, San by the spells of some wicked magi Antonio di Padova complies with the socian; they will not stir while a single licitations of those petitioners to whom pinch is left in the boxy or till the the Alipighty has refused to listen.com
there is ce would | bottes. After fini
lians, which is more than I can say | occupied every evening by ten or for myself, since a trial that I once twelve illustrissimi and illustrissime, made of it at the urgent importunity and is then inaccessible to every nonof my friends had well nigh cost me illustrissimo, Just at the hour of my life. By way of conclusion be this solemn assembly, the baker of it remarked, that the only difference the place, a non-illustrissimo, took it between the casino and the bottega into his head to want a cup of coffee, consists in this, that the ladies ap- | and as he durst not invade the sancpear at the casino in the evening tuary, he appeared at the window only, but at the bottega, if they have with his peel, which he popped in, occasion, in the daytime also. The and forwarding it to the bar of the gentlemen frequent the casino at all caffettiere, situated at the farther hours of the day and night, and end of the room, he loudly intimated there seek recreation after the dis- his desire. The words impertinente, agreeables they have gone through | sfacciato, passed from mouth to at the bottega.
mouth in the circle of the illustris, While we are quitting the bottega | simi : the baker, however, took no and casino, to enjoy the pleasures notice of them, but gently drawing of the corso, I must describe a droll back his peel, freighted with the scene which I once witnessed in a coffee, briskly emptied the cup, casino dei nobili. In a small town which he returned by the same conin the Lombardo-Venetian kingdom, veyance. there is but one bottega, which is || (To be continued.)
RUSSIAN SUPERSTITION. A Russian officer, who is still liv- || manded its tribute : wearied out with ing, not many years ago obtained the exercise of the day, the sports leave of absence that he might pay man looked about for some place a visit to his father. During this vi- | where he might take a nap, as he sit, he sometimes passed a few days I could not very conveniently sleep on with a neighbour in the enjoyment of his horse, and a mizzling rain moro. the pleasures of the chase. Not over threatened to wet him to the long before the expiration of his skin. A church, situated by the leave of absence, this neighbour sent road-side, presented itself. The open him another invitation to a hunting- but covered porch was all that he party. His father expressed his dis- | needed. Taking off his saddle and pleasure at being thus deprived of placing it for a pillow, he ordered the company of his son, and the lat- his servant to let the horses graze ter gave him a solemn promise that awhile. No sooner had he begun to he would return the same evening. taste the sweets of sleep than his sera The sport was prolonged till dusk; | vant jogged him, and intimated that the friend of the officer strove to de- || it was time to start. After repri. tain him, but, like a dutiful son, he manding him for the disturbance, he set out for home agreeably to his again composed himself to slumber, promise. He was on horseback, and and again his attendant awoke him. attended by one seryant. Night de- l The master was angry, called him a coward, and said he supposed he was the morning, is invariably buried befrightened on account of the place. fore sunset. In the government
“ By my faith," said the man, “ 'tis where this event occurred, the peono joking matter. Only look about ple had so much humanity as to deyou; see how the church is lighted posit a corpse in the church for one up; and hear what a knocking and night previously to interment. The hammering is going forward in it.” female in question was engaged in
The officer raised his head, and procuring the teeth required for her found that what his servant said was mother from a body which had been correct. Through a crack in the old brought thither the same evening. door he perceived a coffin, and near The sacristan, who was a relation of ita figure dressed in white with dis-hers, had furnished her with the key hevelled hair, making all sorts of mo- of the church; and in order to deter tions. He seized his arms: the crazy passengers from approaching, and door, incapable of resisting the force perhaps also to heighten her own he applied to it, burst open, and he courage, she had lighted up as many entered the church. The white fi- candles as she could find. She had gure had disappeared, but the coffin already secured one tooth; and hamwas still there. He hastened past it, mer and pincers lay near the corpse. took up one of the lights, and after The servant, who had listened to a long search, discovered the figure all that passed, now came up, and cowering beneath the covering of the recognised in the female the sister of altar. He accosted it, but received his landlady. The circumstance be'no answer. He threatened to ascer- ing made known, the poor girl was tain by means of his fire-arms, whe- severely punished. The officer, who ther it was of human kind or a spirit. proved on various occasions that he A female rose, fell at his feet, and was not deficient in courage, acknowimplored him not to betray her, and ledged that the terrors of that night she would confess what had brought threw him into a violent fever. her to that place at such a tine. Her This story is literally true; and simother, she said, was a cunning wo-milar ones, though perhaps not quite man, and possessed many superna so terrific, may be heard every day tural arts and attainments. In short, in Russia. The people there believe she was one of those who are called that the cunning women, as they are witches, and who in that country are called, who only strive to do mischief not yet all burned and exterminated. by their arts, frequently assume the She added, that her mother was then shape of dogs. Hence the dog is lying dangerously ill, and was desir- no favourite with the lower classes. ous of communicating her know So much the greater is their fondledge to her, but could not do it till ness for cats, which they feed to such she had procured three teeth extract a degree, that you would scarcely ed from a dead person; and had ac- | meet with animals of that species só cordingly sent her thither on that er- large and fat as in Russia. A garrand. It should be observed, that dener's wife at Petersburg assured in this part of Russia, especially in the writer, that her cat would push the country, people will not keep a away the saucer, if milk was put incorpse in the house a night if they | to it for her instead of cream.. can help it. A person who dies in "
she had procud person; and that er- large an wife at P
32 SIWALD AND HIS ELEVEN SONS: An Iceland Tale. ** Far away in the north there is a ,, forged many a good sword mightage country called Iceland, because it is be left, as not worth picking up, at on all sides encompassed with ice. the door, he said to his son, “ Thou The men there are stout and robust, oughtest by no means to despise the and their wives bear them sound and inheritance that I leave thee, though healthy children. In this country thou vauntingly callest thyself the dwelt in ancient times a peasant, who Strong; for wert thou not mine own was the most expert smith far and child, thou wouldst not be able to near, but at the same time extremely lift my hammer." Siwald angrily poor. His name was Gaumer the seized the hammer by the shaft, and Strong; for none of his neighbours gnashed his teeth as he raised it from had such muscular limbs or such ex- the ground. “Know, Siwald," protraordinary bodily strength. At last, ceeded the old smith, observing his growing old and weary of life, and dissatisfaction, " that thine is a yaseeing his smithy, like himself, some-luable inheritance, so surely as Thor what the worse for wear, for when he in Trudvang has spoken a good word used the great hammer, the roof over my hammer. As long as thou threatened every moment to tumble carriest it, the gods will be with thee, over his head, he called his son Si. and vigorous as thou already art, thy wald, who, in defiance of his father, strength shall increase every day. assumed his surname of the Strong, But no sooner shalt thou part with it; and thus addressed him: “When than in vain shalt thou style thyself thou seest that mine eye is ready to the Strong; for thy strength shall break, let me lie still that I may die daily decrease, and then, I verily in peace; but when thou perceivest believe, that thou wilt be induced to. that my heart has ceased to throb, change thy gods."... in time te and that no life is left in me, then Siwald then threw the hammer lift up my pillow, and take what thou over his shoulder, and travelled mashalt find; for it belongs to thee." || ny a long mile over ice and snow, and
When Siwald beard this, he was found his father's words confirmed; confident that it must be gold, or || for when he had thus journeyed ma something of great value to which ny days, the hammer felt as light in his father alluded; and as he was not his hands as a knife. It chanced one the most dutiful son, but, on the con day that he came to a smithy, where trary, rude in his manners, he had no twelve grimy fellows were labouring rest till he had possessed himself of at the anvil. Here he solicited emwhat was deposited for him there. ployment, promising to do as much He found nothing, however, but a work as all the twelve, if the master sledge - hammer. Enraged at this would pay him the wages of twelve. disappointment, he threw it against | But when he was going to give a the door with such violence, that the specimen of his professional abilities, roof sunk still lower. The old smith | it appeared that he was too strong to was extremely vexed, and pronounc- use such a hammer; for he shattered ed a curse on Siwald's posterity. | the anvil to pieces like glass, and That the hammer with which he had I destroyed with one blow what the
eat value to which for when he had thu
his father an,