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NORA BOYLE.

COGITATIONS OF THE LATE

POPULAR MR.

his spirit: but were he permitted to reappear counter with a piece of fat wood, till they visibly, in propriâ persona, mortifying indeed are relieved.

W.D.L. would be his welcome! It is not my intention to bequeath to my

The Povelist. reader a lecture, or a sermon, ere I return to my family vault: yet “ THE POST MORTEM

(Concluded from page 191.) SMITH” are not without A MORAL.-New MOUNT-MORTON House was built on the Monthly Magazine.

precipitous bank of a torrent that poured the

collected waters of its course into the ShanManners and Customs.

non, sometimes in a tiny cascade that was

hardly visible, trickling down the face of its THE JEWS' NEW YEAR.

steep channel, and sometimes, as on this Tue following account of the Jews' new year, the trees upon its sides, and drove the beaten

occasion, in a thundering waterfall that shook is given in Purchas's Pilgrimage, published food in a tumultuous

repulse far over its in 1613:—" The Jews believe that God level banks beyond. The rear walls of the created the world in September, or Tisri- building rose almost from the verge of the that at the revolution of the same time yearly, rock; and any ledge that their regular founhe sitteth in judgment, and taketh reckoning dation had left, was inaccessible except from of every man's life, and

pronounces sentence

below. accordingly. The morning of the new year is proclaimed by the sound of trumpet of a bank till he arrived at the water's edge, which

Morton descended the steep and wooded ram's horn, to warn them that they may think

was now risen so high, that in some places of their sins. The day before, they rise there was barely footing between it and the sooner in the morning and pray. When they overhanging precipice. The jagged and have done in the synagogue, they go to the confused masses of rock that usually obstructgraves, testifying that if God does not pardon ed the course of the howling brook were now them, they are like to the dead; and praying, covered by a deep river that poured its silent that for the good works of the saints

he will weight of waters from bank to bank, uninpity them; and there they give large sums in alms. After noon they shave, adorn, and terrupted, save here and there where a sullen bathe themselves, that they may be pure the twisted root was struggling ineffectually with

gurgle told that some overhanging branch or next day, and in the water they make con- its swift oppressor. -Every stock and stone, fession of their sins. The feast begins with from the spot where he stood to the window a cup of wine and new year salutations; and of Nora Boyle, was known-alas ! too well on their tables there is a ram's head, in remembrance of that ram which was offered and shuddered when he looked at the drift

known—to Richard Morton; yet he paused in Isaac's stead; and for this cause are the ing tempest and black precipice above him, trumpets of ram's horns. Fish they eat to signify the multiplication of their good works; Bound upon whatever errand of sin, he might

and at the swelling inundation at his feet. they eat sweet fruits of all sorts, and make have clambered up the ragged pathway bethemselves merry, as assured of forgiveness fore, yet his hand had never trembled as it of their sins; and after meat they resort to grasped branch or tendril, and his knee had some bridge to hurl their sins into the water; as it is written: "He shall cast all our sins but whether it was the increased danger of

ever been firm above the narrowest footing; into the bottom of the sea.' From this day the ascent on such a night, or the tremento the tenth day is a time of penance or dous consciousness of what that perilous Lent."

W. G. C.

ascent was undertaken for, that now unmanned him, he stood in nerveless trepi.

dation, his hand laid upon the first hold he The streets of Canton swarm with beggars, had to take, and his foot placed in its first old and young, blind and lame. They do step up the sheer face of the crag, motionless, not remain in the streets, but enter the shops, till suddenly a strong light flashed succesand make a noise by ringing and striking sively from the three loopholes of the hall, cymbals or gongs, till they receive alms, when and after disappearing for a moment, streamed they retire. Custom will not allow of their again with a strong and steady lustre from being turned out violently, and they generally the well-known window of his paramour. He persevere till they receive the small copper started from his trance, and flung himself to coin of the Chinese, called by Europeans the next ledge at a bound ; thence toiling a cash. A new class of beggars, or spouters, upward, now swinging from branch to branch, has lately arisen: they commit to memory now clambering from crag to crag, sometimes descriptive stories; and, on entering a shop, hanging from the one hand, sometimes from instead of singing, they recite their tales in a the other, panting and exhausted he at length loud voice, with gesticulations, and slap the gained the projection beneath Nora's window,

CHINESE BEGGARS.

He caught the sill, and raising himself

slowly, dawning in the eyes of the little one, and of looked into the apartment. A light burned the savage scowl that had glared upon her on the high mantel-piece, and a low fire was through the window, as the baffled villain gathering into flame below. On the floor saw his last dark hope dispelled, still floated knelt Nora Boyle, and before her, wrapped in before her confused senses, but she rememblankets, lay the discoloured body of the bered nothing distinctly. Something was frozen child.

moving, twining, warm, among the long “Nora,” cried Morton, in a strong whisper, tresses on her neck.-Oh, blessed touch! it 6 what are you doing? You will ruin all! was the little hand with its soft busy fingers Put him in his cradle, and get to bed." playing with her curls! She would have

She raised her head with a strong shudder. clasped the recovered treasure to her heart, “Villain, I defy you !" she cried, and bent but returning recollection of the wrong she down again-it was to chafe the little limbs had done him detered her, and she could with both hands.

only sit and gaze with an awful and reve“ Villain! villain ! repeated Morton- rential wonder upon the miracle of heaven's

are you mad ? do you know what you say? kindness that lay, moving and smiling in the open the window, and I will show you what now genial glow of the bright hearth before to do myself.”

her. Her long hair, glistening with rain, had She gazed till the fulness of her heart had fallen down dishevelled over her hands; she almost overcome her once more, but tears at threw back her head to part it on her brow, last came struggling up with the imprisoned and bind up the wet locks behind ; and, as passion, and poured it forth in long and rewith unconscious violence, she drew the dark lieving weeping. But her unburthened and glossy bands till the water streamed from heart had hardly expanded again within her their hard knot, cast one glance of exulting bosom, when the thoughts of her own injuabhorrence at the window, and cried again, ries, degradation, and abandonment, and the “ Villain, I defy you! The baby is not dreadful reflection that all had been endured dead !"

for the sake of such a man as Morton, came “ It is a lie !" cried Morton, furiously, but crowding on her soul, and choked the rehis heart misgave him as he uttered the lieving tears at their source. She covered words; and the chance of losing all by that her face with her hands, as if to hide herself unforeseen possibility, smote upon his soul from the innocent being before her, and it with sickening suddenness. “No, no, Nora," was not till she had knelt in long and fervent he cried, you are deceived.

It cannot be. prayer that she dared at length to look upou' The body is as cold as a stone. You will be or touch him. At last she arose, and, giving hanged for his murder if you go on.-Nora !” him one timid caress, lifted her sweet burden for she did not seem to hear him, bending again, and bore him with steps that seemed, with her face to the infant's, and constantly unsteady as they were, to tread on air, to his chafing with both her hands,—" Nora! give own empty cradle by the bedside of the still it up and save yourself. Put him in the sleeping nurse. She placed him softly in his cradle. I will marry you—I will, by all that little nest, and stole to the door,-returnedis sacred, if you do! I will make you Lady kissed him, he laughed, and stretching out Morton, by Heaven I will, before to-morrow his tiny arms, wound them round her neck. morning if you give it up.-Nora! wretch ! “Oh, blessed baby, let me away,” she uncon. hear me, I will not be trifled with. Open sciously whispered, as she strove gently to the window or I will break it in,” and he disengage herself

, but he wreathed the playshook the stauncheons furiously, but she ful embrace still closer and closer. She heard him not.

heard a door open suddenly, and a footstep “ Oh, blessed mother, if ever I prayed to on the lobby; then her own name called a you with a pure heart, make my hands warm the door of her chamber in a voice of fearfu. now," she cried, for the livid purple was alarm—the voice of Lady Morton roused already changing upon the little limbs. from her sick bed by soine new calamity. “ Baby, dear baby!" she sobbed with burst- Nora's first impulse was to go, to cast hering tears of joy, " are you coming at last to self at her feet, to confess all, and to implore save me? Oh, open your blue eyes ! smile her pardon ; but the shame of that confession upon me:- bless me for ever with one breath! seemed so dreadful that she stood trembling -Oh, gracious God, I bless thee! his eyes in irresolute confusion till her kinswoman are opening!” and she fell by the re-animated entered. Lady Morton was ghastly pale, as infant's side, swooning again; but from the well from recent illness as from agitation. excess of feelings, oh, how different from “ Oh, Nora, are you here? has the baby been those which had stricken her down, a con- unwell ?-No, no, you need not lift him now, scious and despairing sinner at the foot of but call the servants, dear Nora, for I can go the cold stone on Dirramahon Moor!

no farther,” she said, as she sank exhausted Nora Boyle returned slowly and painfully on a seat. Nora gazed at her in wild conto consciousness. The images of life's bright fusion. “ Leave the infant with me, Nora,”.

continued Lady Morton, “and go rouse the While Felix Daly listened to these words: servants, for I am terrified almost to death. which came fitfully on his shuddering ears There is some one drowning in the river :" from above, he also heard a low voice by his Nora uttered one piercing scream and rushed side say, “God have mercy on my soul!" towards the window. “ You cannot hear it and at the same instant beheld Nora Boyle here, Nora,” said the lady, “ the cry comes plunge forward into the stream. He seized from under the black crag. Oh, God protect her dress and shouted for assistance. The me from ever hearing such a sound again !" river struggled hard to hold its prey, and

Nora clasped her hands tight over her drew him after till he stood to his knees in breast to suppress the agony of rising despair, the flood. Another step would have preciand rushed from the room. Her cries soon pitated both into an irresistible weight of raised the household; and in a short time water beyond, for they stood upon an overservants were thronging from the front with hanging bank covered by the stream; but ropes and lanterns, and scrambling down the timely help, arrived, and both were dragged steep bank to the water's edge. Nora was from the reluctant torrent. They drew them the first at the river's brink. All was the out upon the bank, the old man weak as an moaning of the wind, and the sullen rush of infant, the wretched girl quite insensible. waters.--"Lights, lights!" she cried, “ bring They bore her to the house; they laid her in hither lights, for it is here that the pathway warın blankets—they chafed, and at length crosses the crag; but I cannot find it.” revived her, even as she had revived the mur

“ Ah, miss,” cried old Felix Daly, the dered infant an hour before; but when at butler, as he gained her side with the dull length she opened her eyes, alas ! there was light of his lanter; “ the pathway is six no dawning of intelligence there. She raved feet under water by this; the man is not in all night in utter delirium. Lady Morton sat Ireland that dare attempt it.”

by her bedside, listening in horror and amazeSuddenly Lady Morton's voice was heard ment to the revelations of her madness. First, from her window above, and there was some- she gathered that her child had been carried thing wildly earnest in the tones as they out, she could not find for what purpose : swept over their heads upon the wind—“Hold then she heard that he had been" (as the out your lantern farther over the water. I miserable being expressed it) dead; and had, see something in the bend of the river.” she not held him even then breathing and

The old man bent over the torrent with moving in her own arms, she would have run his arm extended.

to his cradle to satisfy herself that it was not Farther yet,” was all they could hear of a changeling. But her fear and amazement the lady's next cry;

turned to horror almost insupportable, when "I cannot reach farther, my lady,” said at length, Nora's involuntary confession disDaly.

closed her seducer's motive in making that “Give me the light,” cried Nora. She theft the condition of their promised martook the lantern from his hand, and, as a riage, and that horror was again lost in gramass of loose rubbish, long straws, grass, titude and wonder, when she heard the exclaand briers, gathered in some upland eddy, mations of wild delight with which Nora came sailing down the river, she cast it with acted over again the scene of her child's resusa firm hand on the rude raft it offered. The citation; and, finally, she left her bedside at lantern sunk through the yielding brambles daybreak, worn out with mingled emotions of till the light was almost level with the water, joy and sorrow. but some stronger branch, or firmer texture With the earliest light of dawn, the doof the sods and rushes, arrested its farther mestics were again by the river side. Its descent, and, flickering up from the very shrunken waters now yielded them a pathway verge of the stream, it floated away, casting to the spot where the body of Morton had a pale, yellow light around, that showed the been seen at night. Body there was none; naked rocks with their waving crown of but on the branch that had arrested it there woods on either hand, and the brown twisted still remained a ragged piece of cloth fluttertorrent between, like the back of a great ing over the turbid stream, which now flowed serpent, writhing and rushing down the glen. many feet below that last and only remnant It disappeared behind the black crag, and in ever discovered of the miserable man. His breathless suspense they listened for the next horse was found dead, laired in a morass, cry from above. First came a scream sound- near the pillar, girths and bridle broken. He ing shrilly over all, and then they could dis- had burst from his confinement, and fountinguish the exclamations

dered in the storm. Reason returned to Nora « I see it now! alas ! It is a man. He Boyle, but life was fast departing. Her is caught upon a branch, and the water kinswoman had given her her full forgiveness, breaks over him. His hands and feet are and the last rites of her church had been swept out in the current. The light is sink- administered. “ Wilt thou too forgive me, ing-it flickers on his face. Merciful Heaven! dear child ?” she said to the baby on his it is my cousin Richard !"

mother's breast. The boy stretched out his

arms, she clasped him with a feeble embrace, nysius accordingly gave him one. "Well," and breathed her last in a blessing on his" said Aristippus, " yon see I do not want lips.-Blackwood's Magazine.

money."

Dionysius once made a present of money The Gatherer.

to Aristippus, and of books to Plato. Some of the bystanders' wished, from this distinc

tion, to draw an inference to the disadvantage Wax and Wafers.-When Lord Nelson of Aristippus. He replied," I stand in need gained the great victory at Copenhagen, he' of money, and Plato stands in need of books.” silenced the land-batteries by his broadsides; but he found out that one or more of his A man brought his son to Aristippus to ships were in rather shallow water; it was,

be instructed by him, and begged that he therefore, deemed expedient to send a letter to would take particular care of him. For this the Crown Prince of Denmark, to demand care · Aristippus demanded 50 drachmas. a cessation of hostilities, in order to spare

“ How," replied the father," why, with that further effusion of human blood. The letter I could buy a slave.” “ Do so then," retortbeing written and neatly folded, Lord Nelson ed Aristippus," and you will have a pair." sent for'a stick of sealing wax. It so happened that he' who was sent on this commis

Another time, seeing that his slave, who sión, had his head taken off by a cannon

was following him, could not keep up with ball. This was reported to Nelson : " Send him on account of a load of money which he another messenger for the wax,” said he. It

was carrying, “ Throw some of it away,was observed to him that there were wafers

said Aristippuis, and only keep what you on the table; “Send for the sealing' wax," he

can carry with ease." repeated. It was done, and the letter was Use of the Toes. It is remarkable to what sealed. Some one said, “May I take the excellent use the toes are applied in India. liberty of asking why, under so hot a fire, and In England it is difficult to say whether they after such an accident, you have attached so are of any use at all; but in India they are much importance to a circumstance apparently second fingers; and, in Bengalee, are indeed trifling ?” He replied, “ If I had made use called the “ feet fingers.”. In his own house of a wafer, it would have been still wet when a Hindoo makes use of them to fasten the the letter was presented to the Crown Prince: clog to his feet, by means of a button, which he would have infered that the letter was he slips between the two middle toes. The sent off in a hurry, and that we had some' tailor, if he does not thread his needle with very pressing occasion for it.

The wax his toes, twists the thread with them; the told no tales."

FERNANDO. cook holds his knife with his toes, while he Guilds. In the eleventh century, Anglo cuts fish, vegetables, &c.; the joiner, the Saxon merchant ships traded from Britain to

weaver, and several other mechanics, all

them for a variety of purposes, for Rome, and such vessels sometimes went out together armed for their mutual protection. which an European would never think of

FERNANDO This was effected by associations called

employing them. Guilds, which were instituted in some mer. An English Hint.--An Italian Prince, cantile towns and sea-ports, for carrying on remarkable for pride and ill-humour, once more successful commercial enterprises, having. walking on the balcony of his presence cham. sometimes a guild-hall for assembling in. ber with an English ambassador, who had Generally speaking, however, the Anglo- greatly thwarted him in his violent outSaxon guilds were established on the prin- breakings of temper, said to him, " Do you ciple of the modern clubs and benefit societies; know, sir, that one of my ancestors forced a their name being

derived from the word person of your description from this balcony guildan, to pay. The subscription was one into the street ?” “ It might be so,"coolly penny at Easter from every hearth or family, replied the Englishman, “but perhaps it was and one penny at every member's death. not the fashion then as it is now to wear Their intention was to generate mutual good swords.” faith, to support the members under the numerous pecuniary penalties of the laws,

If the dull Antiquarian who is “ employed in col. and principally to provide for the burial and lecting curiosities for the British Museum, succeed religious rites of the dead.

no better in that " important business".
ridiculiug Miss Kemble's “ boiling snow,

"' he has Aristippus.-One day Aristippus requested little “ quicksilver” in his composition. Is this his Dionysius the Tyrant (at whose court he was

best mode of passing the Museum vacation ? a great favourite) to give him a talent. “How is this," asked Dionysius, you once told me Printed and published by J. LIMBIRD, 143, Strand, that wise men never wanted money." “ Give near Somerset House, London ; sald by C. &. me the talent first,” replied Aristippus," and CHARLES JUGEL, Francfurt; and by all Newswe will discuss the matter aftorwards.” Dio.

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ST. MICHAEL'S GROTTO, GIBRALTAR. Nature and art have combined to render cannon; even the solid rock has been burGibraltar one of the most interesting places rowed, and long subterranean galleries hewn in the world. Its rocky promontory rises out, from whence, at a height of several hunfrom 1.200 to 1,400 feet above the level of dred feet above the level of the isthmus, canthe sea ; its form is oblong, extending from non are pointed against all directions of apnorth to south about two miles and three proach." These galleries terminate in two quarters, and the average width may be stated large halls, hewn out of the solid rock, and at 1,600 yards, or nearly a mile. The moun- called St. George's Hall, and Cornwallis's tain may be said to be divided into two dis. Hall. tinct portions, by the narrow, serrated ridge These are but a few of the excavations of of rock which marks its greatest elevation, art: those of nature, with which the rock The western face, towards the Bay of Gibral- abounds, are of great extent and beauty. tar, is the broadest; the eastern face, front- The principal of them, called St. Michael's ing the Mediterranean, is narrower, and, like Grotto, is in the southern part of the mounthe northern front, is characterized by rugged, tain. Its entrance is 1,000 feet above the inaccessible, and in places, perpendicular, level of the sea, and is formed by a rapid cliffs of bare limestone. The western, being slope of earth, which has fallen in at various the broader side, has a more gradual slope periods : it leads to a spacious hall incrusted and is accessible in many places. Viewed with spar, and apparently supported by a large from the isthmus, which connects it with the stalactitical pillar. To this succeeds a long main land of Spain, the whole of the northern series of caves, of difficult access; the comface is seen; and from the Mediterranean municating passages of which are over preshore or sea, it stands alone, rising in awful cipices, which cannot be passed without the grandeur, like a huge spectre, above the aid of ropes and scaling ladders. Several of azure waves which nearly encircle it. “ Around these caves are 300 feet beneath the upper the whole of this extraordinary, rocky fortress, one. In these cavernous recesses, stalactites not a single point is left undefended. Nature may be seen in every stage of formation ; has done much to make an approach diffi- from the flimsy, quilt-like cone, suspended cult anywhere, but art has rendered it one of from the roof, to the robust trunk of a pillar, the wonders of the world. It bristles with three feet in diameter, which rises froin the Р

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