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ened the effect of this attire, and com- small looking-glasses were inserted) fan. pleted a figure scarcely human.
tastically scalloped and fringed; from the After having been detained for some fronts of some, the proboscis and small time by the dances and exhibitions of the teeth of elephants projected, and a few warriors, the party were suffered to pro were roofed with leopard-skins, and ceed through the streets, the houses of crowned with various animals naturally which ,were crowded with females and stuffed. The state hammocks, like long children, all anxious to see white men for cradles, were raised in the rear, the poles
the first time, and drowning the firing on the heads of the bearers; the cushions and music by their exclamations ; at and pillows were covered with crimson length they reached the front of the pa. taffeta, and the richest clothes hung over lace, the bands, principally composed of the sides. Innumerable small umbrellas, horns and Autes, played their wild melo- of various coloured stripes, were crowded dies in concert, when a royal messenger in the intervals, whilst several large trees bid them wait a further invitation from heightened the glare, by contrasting the the king : here they were compelled to sober colouring of nature. witness a most inhuman spectacle :
“Discolor unde aure per ramos aura refulsit." It was that of a man, whom they were tormenting previous to sacrifice; his hands The King's messengers, with gold were pinioned behind him, a knife was breast-plates, made way for us, and we passed through his cheeks, to which his commenced our round, preceded by the lips were noosed like the figure of 8: one canes and the English flag. The travellers ear was cut off and carried before him, stopped to take the hand of every cabothe other hung to his head by a small bit ceer (chief or magistrate,) which, as their of skin ; there were several gashes in his household suites occupied several spaces back, and a knife was thrust into each in advance, delayed them long enough to shoulder-blade; he was led with a cord distinguish some of the ornaments, in the passed through his nose, by men disfigured general blaze of splendour and ostentation. with immense caps of shaggy black skins, These caboceers, and the superior capand drums beat before him; the feeling tains and attendants, were most splendidly this horrid barbarity excited must be attired in Ashantee cloths made from the imagined. Fortunately our travellers most costly foreign silks, which had been were soon released from the sight of this unravelled to weave them; these were horrid and degrading spectacle, by one of thrown over the shoulder like the Roman a different character, in which an area of toga ; necklaces of massy gold, Moorish nearly a mile in circumference was crowded charms, rude lumps of rock gold, wolves' with magnificence and novelty.
and rams' heads as large as life, in gold, The king, his tributaries, and captains, caps with eagles' feathers, and a variety were resplendent in the distance, sur- of other ornaments, were the usual aprounded by attendants of every descrip- pendages of their dress. tion, fronted by a mass of warriors which 6. The prolonged flourishes of the horns, seemed to make our approach impervious. (says Mr. Bowditch, in his Narrative of The scene was reflected with a glare the Mission,) a deafening tumult of drums, scarcely more supportable than the heat, and the fuller concert of the intervals, from the massy gold ornaments which announced that we were approaching the glistened in every direction. More than king; we were already passing the prin. a hundred bands burst at once on our ar- cipal officers of his household : the chamrival, with the peculiar airs of their fa- berlain, the gold coin blower, the captair. vourite chiefs ; the horns flourished their of the messengers, the captain for royal defiances with the beating of innumerable executions, the captain of the market, the drums and metal instruments, and then keeper of the royal burial-ground, and the yielded for a while to the soft breathings master of the bands, sat surrounded by a of their long flutes, which were truly har. retinue and splendour which bespoke the monious; and a pleasing instrument, like dignity and importance of their offices. a bagpipe without the drone, was happily The cook had a number of small ser. blended. At least a hundred large um. vices covered with leopard's skin held bebrellas, or canopies, which could shelter hind him, and a large quantity of massy thirty persons, were sprung up and down silver plate was displayed before him, by the bearers with brilliant effect, being punch-bowls, waiters, coffee-pots, tanmade of scarlet, yellow, and the most kards, and a very large vessel, with heavy showy cloths and silks, and crowned on handles and clawed feet, which seemed to the top with crescents, pelicans, elephants, have been made to hold incense; I ob. barrels, and arms and swords of gold; served a Portuguese inscription on one they were of various shapes, but mostly piece, and they seemed generally of that dome; and the valances (in some of which manufacture. The executioner, a man of
an immense size, wore a massy gold let cloth from the swords of state, the hatchet on his breast; and the execution sheaths as well as the handles of which stool was held before him, clotted in blood, were also cased; hatchets of the same and partly covered with a cawl of fat. were intermixed with them; the breasts The king's four linguists were encircled of the Ocrahs, and various attendants, by a splendour inferior to none, and their were adorned with large stars, stools, crespeculiar insignia, gold canes, were ele- cents, and gossamer wings of solid gold. vated in all directions, tied in bundles “We pursued our course through this like fasces. The keeper of the treasury blazing circle, which afforded to the last added to his own magnificence by the a variety exceeding description and meostentatious display of his service: the mory; so many splendid novelties diblow-pan boxes, scales, and weights, were verting the fatigue, heat, and pressure we of solid gold.
were labouring under ; we were almost “A delay of some niinutes whilst we exhausted, however, by the time we severally approached to receive the king's reached the end ; when, instead of being hand, afforded us a thorough view of him; conducted to our residence, we were de. his deportment first excited my atten: sired to seat ourselves under a tree at some tion; native dignity in princes we are distance, to receive the compliments of disposed to call barbarous, was a curious the whole in turn. spectacle ; his manners were majestic, “ They dismounted as they arrived yet courteous; and he did not allow his within thirty yards of us ; their principal surprise to beguile him for a moment of captains preceded. them with the gold. the composure of the monarch; he ap- headed swords, a body of soldiers followed peared to be of about thirty-eight years with their arms reversed, then their bands of age, inclined to corpulence, and of a and gold canes, pipes, and elephants' benevolent countenance; he wore a fillet tails. The chief, with a small body guard of
aggry beads round his temples, a neck- under his umbrella, was generally suplace of gold cockspur shells, strung by ported around the waist by the hands of their largest ends, and over his right his favourite slave, whilst captains halloed, shoulder a red silk cord, suspending three close in his ear, his warlike deeds and saphies cased in gold; his bracelets were (strong) names, which were reiterated the richest mixtures of beads and gold, with the voices of Stentors by those before and his fingers covered with rings; his and behind ; the larger party of warriors cloth was of a dark green silk; a pointed brought up the rear. Old captains of diadem was elegantly painted in white on secondary rank were carried on the shoul. his forehead; also a pattern resembling ders of a strong slave ; but a more interan epaulette on each shoulder, and an or- esting sight was presented in the minors, nament like a full blown rose, one leaf or young caboceers, many not more than rising above another, until it covered his five or six years of age, who, overweighed whole breast; his knee-bands were of by ornaments, were carried in the same aggry beads, and his ancle, strings of gold manner (under their canopies), encircled ornaments of the most delicate workman. by all the pomp and parade of their preship, small druns, sankos, stools, swords, decessors. Amongst others the grandson guns, and birds clustered together ; his of Cheboo was pointed out, whom the sandals, of a soft white leather, were em. king had generously placed on the stool bossed across the instep band with small of his perfidious enemy. A band of gold and silver cases of saphies ; he was Fetish men, or priests, wheeled round and seated in a low chair richly ornamented round as they passed with amazing velowith gold ; he wore a pair of gold casta- city. Manner was as various as ornanets on his finger and thumb, which he ment; some danced by with irresistible clapped to enforce silence. The belts of buffoonery, some with a gesture and carthe guards behind his chair were cased in riage of defiance; one distinguished cabogold, and covered with small jaw-bones of ceer performed the war dance before us the same metal; the elephants' tails, for some minutes, with a large spear, waving like a small cloud before him, which grazed us at every bound he made were spangled with gold, and large plumes but the greater number passed us with of feathers were flourished amid them. order and dignity, some slipping one sanHis eunuch presided over these attendants, dal, some both, some turning round after wearing only one massy piece of gold taking each of us by the hand ; the attenabout his neck; the royal stool, entirely dants of others knelt before them, throwcased in gold, was displayed under a splen- ing dust upon their heads ; and the Moors did umbrella, with drums, sankos, horns, apparently vouchsafed us a blessing. The and various musical instruments cased in king's messengers, who were posted near gold, about the thickness of cartridge us, with their long hair hanging in twists, paper ; large circles of gold hung by: scar. like a thrum mop, used little ceremony in
hurrying by this transient procession ; yet her fear that a prior passion had rendered it was nearly eight o'clock before the king him blind to the charms of any woman, approached.
except the object of his wishes, and deaf ** It was a beautiful star-light night, to the voice of interest, for she had a very and the torches which preceded him dis- good opinion of her own personal attracplayed the splendour of his regalia with a tions, and knew that he must be perfectly chastened lustre, and made the human well acquainted with her riches; she con trophies of the soldiers more awfully im- cluded, therefore, that he must be either posing. The skulls of three Banda Ca- stupid, mad, or in love elsewhere, to reboceers, who had been his most obstinate fuse such an offer. enemies, adorned the largest drum : the It being the time of the annual fair, vessels in which the boys dipped their which is held at Newbury, on St. Bar. torches were of gold. He stopped to in- tholomew's day, she determined to see it, quire our names a second time, and to merely for the purpose of being conducted wish us a good night ; his address was about by John during the day. mild and deliberate : he was followed by In the course of their perambulations, his aunts, cousins, and others of his fa- they met with a very particular friend of mily, with rows of fine gold chains around the mistress, with whom she entered their necks. Numerous chiefs succeeded, into conversation ; John thinking they and it was long before we were at liberty might have some business of a private to retire. We agreed in estimating the nature together, respectfully retired to number of warriors at 30,000.”.
some distance ; for he possessed all the (To be continued.)
politeness of those days, and was, besides, a very handsome young fellow. The
mistress happening to turn her head, JACK OF NEWBURY. (for nothing could entirely divert her MR. J. WINSCHCOMB, otherwise called attention from the object of her wishes,) Jack of Newbury, (whose portrait figures fresh-coloured, smart young woman. This
perceived John saluting a very handsome, on nany a sign,) was descended of very sight seemed to confirm her suspicions, pour parents, who after giving him such and inflamed her heart with jealousy. an education as their circumstances would she broke off the conversation with her admit, put him apprentice to a rich friend abruptly, and hastened to John, clothier in Newbury: he very lest he should have any more discourse. diligent in his business, and conducted himself with such propriety, as to acquire When she came up to John she took
or take any more freedoms with the girl. the good will and respect both of his master and mistress. When he was
no notice of what she had observed, but
walked along as before, though rather in nearly out of his time his master died; soon after which, his mistress, who was
a more pensive and melancholy mood. both young and rich, had several suitors, suitor, and who insisted that, as it was
They soon met the tailor, who was her Who flocked to see her young and old, fair time, she should drink a glass of sack In part for love, in part for gold.
with him, sack being the liquor of the Among the rest were the curate of Speen. polite at that period. hamland (then called Spenhomeland,) a They accordingly repaired to a house rich tanner, and an eminent tailor. But of entertainment, where they were hardly she thought the curate too studious, the seated before they saw the tanner pass by, tanner too old, and the tailor too foppish. the tailor not knowing the tanner was his
It appeared, however, that her dislike rival, called him in, for being of an to these proceeded more particularly from avaricious disposition, he thought it her passion for another; for in reality, would be a good opportunity of foisting she was in love with her apprentice John. half the reckoning upon him ; for he had Love, like hunger, will break through more love for the widow's money than for every restraint; this was evinced in the herself; and more love for his own money mistress, for her passion soon overcame than for the wine or the tanner. her prudence, that she opened her mind While the glass went merrily round, to John. John received the declaration who should pass by but the curate of so bashfully, and began to excuse himself Speenhamland; they both started up at for the honour designed him in so con once to call him in, being instigated, fused a manner, that she was greatly dis- though without each other's knowledge, appointed and perplexed, and began more by the same motive; that is, they both than half to suspect that there must be a wished to employ him as an advocate in rival in the case, to whom John's heart their favour, to plead their suit with the was engaged, and in whose favour he was widow, not having the least notion of his prepossessed. These conjectures made pretensions. But as soon as they dis.
covered that they were all rivals, they married one of his maid servants, whom suddenly appeared extremely blank, and he had noticed for her good sense, looked wonderfully suspicious at each modesty, and prudence, preferring her to other. They, however, agreed at last to any more wealthy match, in the same refer the matter to the lady herself, whose manner as her mistress had before prechoice they would abide by. She told ferred him. them she loved them all equally, but He died in an advanced age, univerwould give them a final answer on the sally regretted as he was universally beThursday following. John, who had loved, leaving great riches to his wife, been present the whole of the time, and children, and all his relations, as well as seen and heard all that past, began to many considerable legacies to his friends, perceive things in a different light from servants, and the poor. W. L. what he had hitherto considered them. He found what suitors his mistress had, and how easily she might be snapt up;
IRISH PROTESTANTS SAVED. he plainly perceived what a great advan. The following singular narrative is to tage such a match would be to him; he be found among the papers of Sir James considered that his mistress was not only Ware :immensely rich, but young, brisk, and Queen Mary having dealt severely tolerably handsome. He wondered how with the Protestants in England, about he could be so silly as to refuse such an the latter end of her reign, signed a comoffer, and determined to press his suit as mission to take the same course with them soon as they reached home.
in Ireland : and to execute the same with Accordingly, he was very earnest in the greater force, she nominated Dr. Cole one evening on the topics of love and mar of the commissioners. The doctor coming riage, with his mistress, and expressed with the commission to Chester, on his himself with great ardour. His mistress journey, the mayor of that city, hearing was amazed at his alteration in dispo- that her Majesty was sending a messition, behaviour, and address ; she was senger into Ireland, and he being a pleasingly surprised at his declaration, churchman, waited on the doctor, who in and determined soon to be united to the a discourse with the mayor, taketh out of object of her affection. But first she a cloak-bag a leather box, saying unto thought it prudent to be satisfied with him, “ Here is a commission that shall respect to her suspicions ; she therefore lash the heretics of Ireland,” (calling the frankly mentior.ed all her surmises, not Protestants by that title.) The good forgetting the pretty, fresh-coloured girl woman of the house, being well affected in the fair.
to the Protestant religion, and also having John quieted her mind, and excused a brother named John Edmonds, of the himself by solemnly declaring that he same, then a citizen in Dublin, was much had never entertained the least affection troubled at the doctor's words; but for any woman but herself; that with re- watching her convenient time, while the spect to his kissing the girl in the fair, it mayor took his leave, and the doctor comwas a piece of levity he was frequently plimented him down stairs, she opens the guilty of with those he thought little or box, takes the commission out, and places nothing about, but that his profound in lieu thereof, a sheet of paper, with a respect always had withheld him from pack of cards wrapped up therein, the taking such liberties with her.
knave of clubs being faced uppermost. This satisfied her, and thinking that The doctor came up to his chamber, susmutual happiness could never come too pecting nothing of what had been done, soon, they were married on the Thursday put up the box as formerly. The next morning following.
day, going to the water side, the wind and The three suitors, viz. the parson, weather serving him, he sailed towards tanner, and tailor, understood the matter Ireland, and landed the 7th of October, from common report, and therefore 1558, at Dublin. Then coming to the thought it unnecessary to go to her for a Castle, the Lord Fitzwilliam being final answer, when they could have it Lord Deputy, sent for him to come before from every man, woman, or child in the him and the privy council ; who coming town; for they gave such a liberal and in after he had made a speech, relating magnificent entertainment, that the whole upon what account he came over, he precov ntry rang with their marriage. sents the box unto the Lord Deputy,
Jack of Newbury becoming thus a who causing it to be opened, that the rich and powerful man, was extremely secretary might read the commission, good and charitable to the poor, and there was nothing save a pack of cards, became beloved by every one.
His wife with the knave of clubs uppermost, dying in a few years, he afterwards which not only started the Lord Deputy
and council, but the doctor, who assured policy. He does not pay, and will never them he had a commission, but knew not attach them; and if they do not (which how it was gone ; then the Lord Deputy I think probable) desert with their arms, made answer, “Let us have another com- and disturb his conquests and possessions mission, and we will shuffle the cards in above the cataracts, they will die the mean while.". The doctor being a body, and fall to pieces in a very short troubled in his mind, went away, and re- period of time. turned into England, and, coming to the The protection which he affords to the court obtained another commission ; but European traveller is to be acknowledged, staying for a wind on the water side, but not at the expense of truth. He knows news came to him that the Queen was if his country was not safe, the Europeans dead. Thus God Preserved the Protests would not come there : he encourages the ants in Ireland.
intercourse, because he avows his wish to Queen Elizabeth was so delighted with receive and employ Franks, and it is ne. this story, which was told her by Lord cessary, therefore, to let them see and Fitzwalter, on his return to England, that know that protection is afforded them, she gave Elizabeth Edmonds, whose and to accustom his subjects to their prehusband's name was Maltershad, a As far as Pacha can be indepen, pension of 401. during her lifetime.- dent of the Porte, he is, and he knows it See Cox's Hibernia Anglicana, vol. 2. is only by cultivating his European relap. 303. Harleian Miscell. vol. 5, p. tions that he can effectually continue so to 568.
the end. They might now send him the
bowstring in vain ; they tell you that he The Selector; is not sanguinary; men grow tired of
shedding blood, as well as of other pleaCHOICE EXTRACTS FROM
sures ; but if the cutting off a head VEW WORKS.
would drop gold into his coffers, he would not be slow to give the signal.
His laugh has nothing in it of nature ; THE PACHA OF EGYPT.
how can it have ? I can hear it now,--a The Pacha, every now and then, ad. hard, sharp laugh, such as that with dressed some questions to us; two or which strong, heartless men would divide three about the Persians, and their adop- booty torn from the feeble. I leave him tion of our discipline ; but all inconse to his admirers. At one thing I heartily quent. I sat on the divan with my eyes rejoice ; it is said that our consul-general fixed upon him ; I wanted to examine has great influence with him, and it is the countenance of a man, who had re- known that that is always exerted freely alised in our day one of those scenes in and amiably for Franks of all nations in history, which, when we have perused it, distress or difficulty, and often for natives always compels us to lay down the book, also.-Scenes and Impressions in Egypt, and recover ourselves. There he sat—a fic. quick eye, features common, nose bad, a grizzled beard, looking much more than
CROSSING THE DESERT. fifty, the worn complexion of that period of life, and there seemed to be creeping ThE road through the desert is most upon him that aspect which belongs to, wonderful in its features : a finer canand betrays the 'grey decrepitude of lust.' not be imagined. It is wide, hard, firm, Mohammed Ali Pacha is a Turk, a very winding, for at least two-thirds of the Turk: he is surrounded, flattered; and way, from Kosseir to Thebes, between cajoled by a set of foreign adventurers, ranges of rocky hills, rising often perpenwho put notions into his head, and words dicularly on either side, as if they had into his mouth, which pass for, and, in been scraped by art; here, again, rather truth, become his own : the race between broken, and overhanging, as if they were him and them is, who shall get the most the lofty banks of a mighty river, and out of the other ; and, what between force you traversing its dry and naked bed. and fraud, I believe the Pacha has the Now you are quite landlocked ; now best of it. His idea of political economy again you open on small valleys, and is pretty much like that of the country- see upon heights beyond, small square man, who killed the goose, and was towers. It was late in the evening when astonished not to find more eggs of gold. we came to our ground, a sort of dry
So far from improving, as far as we bay; and, burning sand, with rock and could hear and see, he is ruining and im- cliff, rising in jagged points all aroundpoverishing his country. He has got rid a spot where the waters of ocean might of his Turks and Albanians, and flatters sleep in stillness, or, with the soft voice himself his new levy is a master-stroke of of their gentlest ripple, lull the storm