roving-but reason returned in a mo. • Eh! horrid be't, horrid be't,' ejaculament, and she said in a voice suffocating ted he, in the current tone of Annandale, with emotion, · Alas! Alas! I am a rendered more provincial by terrorpoor old bewildered being, and know “fearfu' woman! fearfu' wonian! sad! not to whom I speak, nor what I say- sad! I wadnae bide anither glower o' did not the young lord stand on that thae cat-grey een for a'the holms of floor and mock me, and laugb at me Dryfe-She'll better it! she'll better it, even now?' Overpowered by the keen and then whare am 1-she'll shake her agony of spirit, she fell into strong and robe, and make me into a sooty shelshuddering convulsions, and would drake-to swoom to the day o' doom have falleu full length on the floor, had amang the lake dubs of Lockmaben ! I not timeously caught her in my arms. ye may bide there, mark me man--but 'The man of the moorlands gazed on the as for me, Sandie Macbirn o' Hirselscene before him with a face of the cleugh, l'se take the bent—' and out at darkest dismay-considering it as a pre- the door darted the man of the heather lude to some master spell which would top and ling, leaving his ewe-milk operate to his personal damage--and in cheese to atone for his breach of naturpowise believing it to arise from the al courtesy." language of an old wounded mind



From the London Literary Gazette.
ANY of those individuals whose lay, very busily engaged in performing

are cation of the public, are the cause of The Captain did not mistake me much dull reading being sent into the for one of the birds that he had missed, world about their lives. Because the He very soon found that I was defunct; exit of a man attracts attention, it is and, being quite satisfied that I should supposed to be of importance to state, not run away, he, with that presence of when be was born, who were his pa- mind and composure which distinguishrents, and where he went to school. I es the true hero in battle, serenely retired shall take good care not to fall into twenty paces,-re-loaded bis gun, and this error, by avoiding all mention discharged its contents into my prosof my“ birth, parentage, and educa- trate carcase, which he forthwith carried tion."

off in triumph, as an undoubted proof Passing then at once to that period of bis shooting prowess. of my travels wben I lost my life (it is Arrived at his house in Little East much to be regretted that few travel. Cheap, I was introduced in form to the lers reach that period so soon), I begin Captain's Lady, with a yery minute acby telling you, that the week before count of the manner in which the relast, I had the misfortune to get my doubted Lumber Trooper thought proDeck dislocated by a stick thrown from pes to say that I had come by my deatb. a rustic's hand, wbo, from being uncon- According to this it appeared that he had scious of the inconvenience be had oc- tracked me for more than a mile and a casioned me, went on without offering half, and at length perceived me just reme the smallest assistance.

tiring into a thicket, when he levelled A moment afterwards Captain Cock- "his piece, and shot me dead, at the diselshell, of the Lumber-troop, (who had tance of a hundred and fifty, or a hủnjust succeeded in wounding a hay-stack dred and sixty yards. which stood within a hundred feet of For three days every person who the place from which a covey of birds came to the house was entertained with had sprung,) came to the spot where I this little interesting narrative, and treat

ed with a sight of my person, which don relations ; but I must remark, that placed the truth of the statement be- she behaved very onhandsomely to me, yond all doubt. The lady now con- whom she called “a miserable little sidering that I had been sufficiently pro- starveling, not worth cooking, or even ductive of eclat, proposed to have me eating, if I could have been sent ready for dinner. I was glad of this, for the cooked.” weather was so cold, that I felt quite After a very short debate, both came impatient to be dressed.

to a resolution that I was absolutely But the Captain objected. A tame good for nothing, and, in consequence rabbit, twice as big as I happened to be, of this, they determined on dispatching might be bought for half-a-crown, and mne to a very particular friend at Canterwould be a better dish, while I was bury, and I became the subject of two worth more than the money be had letters. The first, from Mrs. Street to nained to send as a present.

With to Mrs. Cockleshell ran thus : this feeling, he finished by proposing “ My dear Madam,—Mr. Street and to send me to his cousin Street, at myself beg to return you our best thanks Margate.

for the beautiful hare which you were "Why should we send it to bim?" so good as to send us. It arrived very enquired the lady, “What does he ever opportunely, for it came when we had send us ?

a large company of fashionable folks “ Nothing.–Nor would be give us to dine with us, and we had been every sixpence to save us from starving. I where trying, but in vain, to procure would only send it to mortify him, by such a thing for love or money,

We letting him know that we are getting up are, however, very sorry that you in the world.”

should rob yourselves of such a treat, This satisfied the lady, who forth- for it was the nicest ever tasted, and with wrote a very affectionate letter to must earnestly beg you will not biak of announce me, and that same night, off conferring on us a similar favour for the I started by the coach for the Isle of time to come, as we are quite distresThanet.

sed from not knowing how to make a My carriage, including the porter's suitable return. I remain, my dear demand on delivering me, cost but two Madam, (with best remembrance to the shillings and tenpence. The servant Captain and all the family), took me in with a smile, but I met with

TITALANDA STREET. a very different reception from the mis- “ To Mrs. Cockleshell, Little East tress, when she returned from her morn Cheap, London.”

The second was as follows:" What,” said she, “am I and My dear Sir,-As a very small your master to be robbed of two and return for the many favours which I and tenpence for such a thing as this ! Why, Mrs. Street have received at your bands, I could at any time buy a better of the we take the liberty of sending you a poachers for half the money! A pretty leveret, which we hope you will do us thing, indeed, to"

the favour to accept. We fear it is A double knock interrupted her elo- hardly worth presenting, as it is but a quence, but only interrupted to give small, though, we trust, a very fine it additional energy, when a letter from one ; but we know your kindness will London, carefully put in off the stones, take the will for the deed. I should and charged eight-pence, was given in- have called to return a part of the cash to her hands, to tell that I was coming, you were so good as to favour me with in order that she might send to the as a loan in the summer, but that I, and save the expence of derstood you were a great deal in town, porterage.

and feared that you would be out of I shall not follow her through her the way. By the end of next mouth I transports, nor detail the many civil shall make a point of coming to Canterthings with which she entertained her bury. Hoping it will not be inconhusband on the subject of his fine Lon- venient to wait till then, I am, my

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dear Sir, (with best regards from Mrs. The debtor had now to consider of S.) very faithfully yours,

finding bail. No person seemed fitter “ HUMPHREY Street, to be applied to on such an occasion “ Charles Longpurse, Esq.

than his friend, Captain Cockleshell, of Canterbury."

the Lumber-troop. To prepare him Though I went carriage paid, and to accede to such a request, he bethe letter post free, Mr. Longpurse did thought himself he could not do better not treat me with all the respect in the than to send him a hare. He there world. “ What !” he exclaimed, fore wrote a letter, dated Hampshire, “ Here's another sprat ! Well, its my describing me to have been killed on own fault if those who sent you catch the day but one preceding that on a herring, that's one comfort.” which he was writing, and by himself,

I now found myself introduced to on the manor of his friend, Lord the society of half a dozen hares, and Sharpset; and with this statement, about as many pheasants and braces of back I went to my old master. partridges. The footman' was told the “ Look here,” said the Captain, next day that he might have me (on (who immediately recognized me), adaccount of the smallness of my size) to dressing himself to bis wife, “ the deal with as he pleased. He being hare has come back again ; I can swear quite surfeited with such things, sold to its being the same that I killed last me for eighteen-pence to a journeyman Monday." - He meant that he had apothecary, bis friend, who wished to found dying. inspire his master with some respect for “No, sure it can't be !” exclaimed his connexions; and the apothecary, the lady.“ Yes it is." on receiving the present as from his And Diddler says he shot it the journeyman's uncle, a great landholder, day before yesterday." sent me with all speed to the house of

Indeed!" the rector, through whose interest he “ And on the manor of his friend, hoped to be promoted on the first va- Lord Sharpset." cancy, to physic the paupers in the par “ How ridiculous," said the Lady, ish workhouse.

“ do such people make themselves by The person for whom I was now in- endeavouring thus to show their consetended was really (as the son of Galen quence.” knew) very fond of all sorts of game, " It is contemptible," the LumberBut he happening to be out when I ar- trooper added.--" Then, to tell such rived, and his wife not being at all par- bouncing falsehoods, and unnecessaritial to the trouble of cooking a bare, ly; that puzzles me. How can people which he always expected her to su- make up their minds to that.” perinted herself, I was agaio sent And both agreed to condemn such on my travels, and started by the first conduct as most absurd and improper ; Dover coach that passed for the me- though this had not occurred to the tropolis.

Captain when I first fell into his hands. Again in London, a bailiff paid the It was now debated whether or not I porter who was entrusted to carry me should be sent any where else ; but, from the inn, and took me from him at from the circumstance of their finding the door of the house to wbich he had it convenient to close their nostrils been directed. He had the honesty to when their noges were turned towards return with me, having himself assumed me, this, it was thought, would be rather the garb of a porter, and, in this dis- too high a joke. The idea was accord-, guise, he easily gained an entrance, ingly abandoned, and I was ordered intouched the gentleman for whom I was to the kitchen for the servants, where I destined on the shoulder, and conduc- am now roasting. ted his prisoner, with little delay, to a I am, Mr. Editor, truly your's, sponging-bouse in .Chancery Lane.



From the Literary Gazette. HA

AVING quoted enough to indi- name may abolish all the bard and evil

cate the style and nature of this decrees against him, and destroy the publication, especially as applying to broad sentence. If death be decreed the manners of the Hebrew people, we upon N (his former name), it is not deshall only offer one extract more, on the creed upon 0 (his present one). If an treatment of the dying; and conclude evil decree was made against Ń, lo, ibis with a singular passage on the most bour, he is another man, a new creature, important of all subjects to a Chris- and, like a child, born to a good lite and tian reader, touching one of the greatest length of days.” In the prospect of miracles at the death of our Saviour. death, the patient was never left alone,

“ Visiting the sick was enjoined to that he might receive advice and every be neither in the three morning, nor in attendance ; and when about to exthe three evening hours, from motives pire, the nearest relation, or dearest of delicacy and convenience for the friend, closed his eyes, and kissed him. distressed, and when they went, they Hence Philo, when relating Jacob's commonly said, “ God pity you, and complaints on the unexpected death of all the sick among the Israelites.” If Joseph, makes him say, that “ He will the person was dangerously ill, either not have the comfort of closing bis the friends or some Rabbi discoursed eyes, and giving bim the last embrace." with bim on subjects suited to bis situ Treatment between the death and fuation ; and if near death, they had a neral. When the

person bad formula for the confession of sin, which breathed bis last, the nearest relations is given by Buxtorff': for they consid- tore their upper garment from head to ered a natural death as the expiation of foot, but the spectators tore about a all his sins ; a doctrine which, although bandbreadth in length on the left side, it might soothe the patient with a faise wbich was also a heathen practice. Imhope, was yet of dangerous tendency to mediately upon the decease, dismal cries his eternal interests. At the approach were raised by the people in the house of deatb, the person dying assembled and their neighbours, who thronged in his children round bis bed and blessed on hearing of the event ; and at the them, well knowing that the heart was death of persons in better condition, then susceptible, and that the instruc- women were hired to howl, and sing tions of a dying parent might be re- doleful ditties, in which honourable membered when his body was mould- mention was made of the age, beauty, ering in the grave. The patient then, strength, courage, virtues, and actions if not formerly, made his will, be- of the deceased, with the intention of queathing his property equitably among increasing the sorrow of the afflicted rehis children, and if he was rich, he lations ; and minstrels were employed gave legacies to the poor, for the en- to accompany them witb instruments of dowment of schools, and for the erect- music. But what kinds of lamentations ing of synagogues. They had a strange these were, will be best understood by custom of changing the name of a the following extracts from Sir John person before he died, the reason of Chardin's manuscript observations, as which will be seen in the following quoted by Harmer : “I was lodged, in prayer : “ O God, take pity on N, and the year 1676, at Ispahan,in Persia, near restore him to his former health ; let the royal square. The mistress of the him be called benceforth 0; let him house next mine died at that time in be glad in his new name, and let it be the night. The moment she expired confirmed to him. Be pleased, we in- all the family, to the number of 25 or treat thee, O God, that this change of 30 people, set up such a furious cry,

that I was quite startled. These cries their own preparing. But although continued a long time, and then ceased embalming, by being wrapt in spices, all at once. They bogan again at day. was the usual way of the Jews to bury, break, as suddenly, and in concert. It it was not the only one, for they also is this suddenness which is so terrify- embowelled, in the manner of the ing, together with a greater shrillness Egyptian, and the common way of and loudness than one can easily ima- doing it was this : “ The body was givgine.” In Barbary they term this en to the embalmers, who first took out screaming woulkiah woo, because it con- the brains and entrails, and washed sists in the repetition of that word.— them in palm wine, impregnated with But let us attend to their care of the strong astringent drugs ; after which corpse. The first thing done was to they began to anoint the body with oil extend the body on a cloth, on the floor of cedar, myrrh, cinnamon, and cassia, or table, with the face covered, and to and this lasted thirty days. They next wash it with a warm infusion of camo- put it into a solution of nitre for forty mile flowers and dried roses. This days longer, so that they allowed sevenwas done for two reasons ; to restore ty days to complete the embalming ; life if suspended, and to make the per- after which they wound it up in swathes fumes enter the pores more easily. Wo- of linen, besmeared with gum. Being men were the persons formerly employ- then able to resist putrefaction, it was ed in this office, and hence the two delivered to the relations, inclosed in a Marys went to the sepulchre of our paper or wooden figure, somewhat reLord, but afterwards it was thought sembling a coffin, and laid in the catamore decorous to employ persons of comb or cave belonging to the family. the same sex. When the washing was Thevenot says, that “the mummy he completed, it was laid on a table, all the examined had above a thousand ells of vents shut up, and the body embalmed. filletting about the body, besides what This embalming was different accord- was wrapt about the head.” The aning to the rank or van of the deceas- cient Jewish method seems to resemble ed. The most common way was to the modern eastern practice, however, anoint the body with a solution of some rather than the ancient Egyptian, which odoriserous drugs, and wrap it in linen; according to Dr. Perry, consists in but to persons of affluence, spices in wrapping up the body in two, three, or great abundance were used. Thus Jo- more different sorts of stuffs, accordseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, ing to the circumstances of the deceasbecause they were wealthy, and wished ed, with spices intermixed.-to do honour to Jesus, wrapped his Those who were engaged in preparbody in a linen cloth, with a bundred ing the body for burial, were considerpounds weight of myrrh and lign aloes, ed cereinonially unclean for seven days; wbich was said to be the manner of the the first three more so than the remainJews to bury ; not that they all em- ing four, and on the last of the first ployed so many spices, but thereby im. three days they were sprinkled with waplying that they merely wrapped the ter, in which were some of the ashes of body io spices, and did not embowel it. the red heiser. According to Sir John The two Marys, not knowing what was Chardin, 'however, the Persians carry done by these worthy men, and never matters farther after the death of their suspecting a resurrection, had also pre- kings, for they displace (mazoul) the pared spices and ointments. After the physicians and astrologers; the first for washing with water and embalming, the not having driven away death, and the body was bound up in grave-clothes, second for not baving predicted it; and and laid in an upper chamber. The he very ingeniously conjectures that shrouds were either simple or magniti. Daniel had been displaced, or macent, aceording to circumstances, and zoulied, on the death of Nebuchadgezsometimes they retained their ordinary žar, which was the reason why be was clothes, or were buried in a shroud of unknown to Belshazzar the gon, but well

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