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A Turkish Tale.
As Mustapha, the Beglerbeg or Lord of Bagdat, was riding along the bank of the Tigris, his horse, which in point of spirit and animation was the first of the Chaldean bleed, started at some broken columns which had lately fallen, and now impeded the way, and giving a plunge, which almost shook the Serene Beglerbeg from his seat, began curveting among the horses of his attendants, which set them also to prancing, so that the whole troop was thrown into confusion.
Mustapha, who was reckoned one of the best horsemen in Assyria, Mesopotamia, or Chaldea, countries as famous for equestrians as Tartaly, resolved to tame his beast, or at least to lender him less susceptible of accidental inpressions. He thercfore goaded him on, with an intention to make hiin overleap the broken columns
==twhich so unfortunately formed a barrier against the prosecution of his journey.
Mustapha, although a good and pious Mussulman, was obstinate: Bucephalus, iiis horse, possessed that virtue in a still greater degree.
Mustapha therefore spurred without being able to make Bucephalus advance, and Bucephalus kicked and plunged without being able to dismount Mustapha.
.The contest on either side was carried on with equal spirit, and persevered in with equal pertinacity; how it would have ended it is impossible to divine, had not the accidental sound of a village pipe decided it for the present in favour of the Beglerbeg, though in the sequel somewhat to his disadvan. tage, for the mement that this shrill and piercing sound reached; the susceptible ears of Bucephalus it seemed to have electrified him; in fact, it caused him to do the ver thing which all the exertions of o
master were not able to make him perform. He flew over the broken columns with the celerity d an arrow, and lighting upon hi
feet left the Serene Beglerbeg Mustapha upon the ground, vent
ing execrations against an animal who but a few minutes before he would have wagered against the horse, ass, or mule Aberack, . whose back the Arabian prephro Mahomet, who, it is well known close him in preference to *
The rage of Mustapha subsided the instant he turned his eyes ... and beheld one of the most beau...tiful objects that ancient or modern Assyria or Greece had ever produced. A slight covering of white callico so transparent; that it might rather be said to shade than conceal her person, was tied under her bosom with a zone of azure, which confined the upper part, while the symmetry of her form and elegant disposition of her limbs threw her flowing drapery into the most picturesque folds that it is possible for the imagination, fired
* What, oh lovely Zelia, are your parents 2' before she could answer this question the attendants of Mustapha arrived exclaiming,
* We have taken him we have taken him ''
• Taken whom have you taken o' cried the Beglerbeg. .
The presses in this city and other parts of the union, daily teem with the productions of some visionary brain ; and those bantlings of fancy are eagerly bought up and read with avidity ; the good with the bad all go down indiscriminately ; if it is but a novel or romance, it certainly must be charming 1–I most readily allow, that there are many works, the substance of which never had existence only in the mind of the author, which are both instructing and amusing ; in every well written treatise, wherein virtue and morality are forcibly inculcated, whether it be of the novel kind or otherwise, cannot sail of carrying with it a salutary effect; the only mischief emanating from books of fiction, proceeds from a want of proper care in the selection, and as novelty and romance form far the largest part of a Ladies library, I am led to hazard a few remarks (as it regards themselves) upon that miscief.
| That females are more addicted to the foregoing species of reading than the males, is obvious, and can very naturally be accounted for; after the years of infancy are passed, their education take a quite different turn ; the man who has to contend with the storms, tempests. and bustle of life, pursues a system that tends to strengthen and nerve his faculties, in order to meet the shocks necessarily incident to him upon his passage. The vividity of changing scenery, and various situations keeps his mind fully occupied, without his having recourse to books of light and trisling amusement. The female. on the contrary, is generally instructed in the more fanciful arts ;. a tolerable good English education, drawing, embroidery, music. and dancing are usually the sum of her attainments, and by a continaity of those minor accomplishments, her mind becomes so weakened, that she feels no relish for studies of an abstruse nature, her situation in the world being for the most part stationary, time frequently becomes wearisome, and then it is that Novels and Legends are called in as auxiliary agents to. help drive away the troublesome . guest. ~ * Some Novelists write for gain, . some for pleasure, and others (who have themselves lost sight of virtue) with the express purpose of undermining that of their readers. It is astonishing what depredations upon innocence, are almost imper”
sensibility,than by voluntarily throwing herself into his arms : Shades? | groves and sylvan dales follow ok course, no matter whether the lover be married or not, such an
tonism soon helps the parties over
accident is a mere trifle, and Pla
his in amous labour.
The works of the sensibility writer, is not the tenth part so pernicious to man as to woman, and for the reason I menticned in the former part of this Essay. Further, man being more conversant . with the ways of life and the imagination stronger, he can with litreflection discover the faircy and aim of those destroyers of purity. whereas the feudale in seclusion and inactivity, is more liable to imbibe and become infatuated by such poisonous doctrines. They affect the spi, its of lassitude, engender melancholy and visionary speculations, and often terminate in ruin Will any person deny but that the ontological works of Voltaire, have
done an infinity of mischief ?–By !