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! oftentation. You will not, I am persuad- stand in the highest ranks of literature.
ed, find in the present age, another If the condition of the peasants be so - country in Europe, where iodustry could highly unfavourable to the progress of W bave been so strangely misapplied. The improvement, the situation and charac
labours of this learned prelate ought, in ter of the clergy are equally unfriendly justice to the fruitlessness of their ob. to it. A small number of the superior ?
ject, to be claffed with the manufactur. clergy may be found eminent among the ers of those poetical artists who worked the Ruffians for learning and virtue;
their verses into the figure of hearts, but, with this abatement, the order conand wings, and altars, and many other fifts of men either ignorant, or profi- . ingenious devices.
gate, or both the one and the other. It may be made a general observa A great proportion of the regular cler. Emption, that the few natives of Ruffia who gy consists of the lowest of the free
peo. have devoted their lives to study, have ple, who have taken sanctuary from the attained only the praise which is due to business of their stations in the torpor of the middle class of the learned : they the monasteries. have by no means equalled those who
WITH A CURIOUS ANECDOTE. A FRENCH writer remarks, that Ad- French, who stood near him in the veldison, in one of his papers in the Spec. sel, with “ Pray, Sir, may I alk to ! tator, returns thanks to Providence for whom that house belongs ?" The Hol.) being an Englishman; as the English lander answered him in his own lanlanguage is more analogous to the taci- guage, “ Ik kan niet verstaan,- do ; turnity of his character; and the num- not understand you.” The Parisian ber of monofyllables of which it is com- not doubting but that he was underposed, affords him the means of expres. stood, took the Dutchman's answer for sing his ideas with as litrie found as pof- the name of the proprietor.
" Oh! sible. “ Now I,” continues our wri- Oh!" said he, “ it belongs to Mr Kater, “ also thank the Almighty for hav- niferstane. Well, I am sure he must ing been born a Frenchman, because I be very agreeably situated; the house is am fond of rambling about; and it is most charming, and the garden appears very agreeable and convenient to nie, delicious. I do not know that ever I to find my language fpoken among all saw a better. A friend of mine has people throughout Europe ; and this one much like it, near the river at being the case, we never think of study. Choisy; but I certainly give this the jog any other language, as with our preference.” He added many other own we may travel any where." obfervations of the same kind, to which
The confidence with which the the Dutchman, not understanding them, French travel about, speaking their lan- made no reply. guage indiscriminately to all nations, and When he arrived at Amsterdam, he: the certainty with which they think they saw a most beautiful woman on the must be understood, has often been pro- quays, walking arm in arm with a genductive of laughable mistakes. The tleman; he asked a person that passed following is an example ; and what ren- him, who that charming lady was? but's ders it more really amusing, is, that we the man, not understanding French, : are assured it is a fact :
answered : “ Ik kan niet verstaan." A young Parisian, travelling to Am- “ What, Sir," replied our travelleros sterdam, was attracted by the remark. “ is that Mr Kaniferstane's wife, whofer able beauty of a house situated near the house is near the canal? - Indeed, this canal. He addressed a Dutchman in gentleman's lot is enviable z cox poffefni
such a noble house, and so lovely a com too complete to be of long duration."
He then went home, reflecting all the The next day, when he was walking way on the instability of human affairs. out, he faw some trumpeters playing at From among fome singularly happy a gentleman's door, who had got the thoughts of Balthazar Gratian, author largest prize in the Dutch lottery. Our of the Courtier, we select the follow. Parisian, wishing to be informed of the ing: he describes his hero as travelling gentleman's name, was still answered ; in search of a true friend. Among the « Ik kan niet verstaan." • Oh!" said most curious things that attracted his athe, “this is too great an accession of tention, these are distinguished. A poor good fortune! Mr Kaniferstane, pro. judge, with his wife, neither of whom prietor of such a fine house, husband to had any fingers on sheir hands; a grea: such a beautiful woman, and to get the lord, without any debts ; a prince, who largest prize in the lottery! It must be was never offended at the truth being told allowed that there are some very fortu- him to his face; a poet, who became nate men in the world."
rich by the produce of his works ; ? About a week after this, our travel monarch, who died without any suspi. ler walking about, faw a very superb cion of having been poisoned ; à hun. funeral. He asked whose it was ? “ Ik ble Spaniard ; a filent Frenchman; a kan niet verstaan,” replied the person of lively Englishman; a German, who whom he asked the question.“ Oh! disliked wine; a learned man recommy God,” exclaimed he, «
poor Mr pensed; a chaste widow; a madman Kaniferstane, who had such a noble discontented; a fincere female; and, house, such an angelic wife, and the what was more extraordinary than all largest prize in the lottery. He must these fingularities, he meets a true friend. have quitted this world with great re From a Dizionary of Literary gret; but I thought his happiness was
Guriosities, ALBERT AND EMMA *. IN a village in the south of France, generosity, and innate excellence of lived a peasant, whose only wealth con- heart, were his characteristics, and he Gfted in those mental possessions which was the idol of the surrounding coonadorn greatness and dignify poverty. try. Emma ashisted her father's honeft He had acquired, by his integrity and toils, by employing herself in spinning industry, the approbation of the master and netting, which contributed to ac whom he had long served as uoder-hai- quire those comforts, that rendered them liff, and the eleem of all his neighbours. happy and contented. In his hours of leisure he delighted in The duty and affection of Emma was the discharge of his parental duty, by unparallelled : oft would she climb the cultivating the native graces of an only verdant steep, or wander in the filent child. Emma, at the age of eighteen, vale, to wait the return of her father was lovely in her person, gentle in her from his daily labours, when the evermanners, and virtuous in her principles, ing sun cast its faint gleams upon the Their cottage was the scene of rustic summer scene. Sometimes feated by peace, and their little garden a bower this venerable fire, she discoursed with of intermingled sweets. Bernard had him on the virtues of her departed molong served, with fidelity and zeal, the ther, whom fate had summoned from Marquis of Clairville, who possessed a the world in the early infancy of her fumptuous chateau, and extenfive do- daughter ; and they shed tears of formaios, in the ueighbourhood.- Justice, row and regret to her loved memory.
* From a series of periodical papers by the Sometimes, in the seasons of festivity, Hon. M. Hawke and Sir Robert Vincent. Emma would join in the rural dance
with the villagers, or chant her melo- tention was soon attracted toward the dious notes to the soft flutes of the loveliest object he had ever beheld; she youthful peasaots.
was distinguished from her companions How often has she blessed the coming day, by'a superior elegance of mien and When toil relenting, lent its turn to play, grace of features, she wore a vest of And all the village train, from labour free, Led up their sports beneath the spreading tree, round her slender waist was bound a
white stuff, fitted to her shape, and While many a pastime circled is the shade, The young contending, while the old survey'd. scarf of black gauze ; a
finall GOLDSMITA. er than Alpine fnows, attempted vainSuch was the life led by Emma and ly to confine her Haxen tresses, which her father ; but they were soon to ex- fell in waving ringlets on her shoulders, perience a fatal calamity, in the death and strayed over her fair forehead. of the Marquis de Clairville, whose lofs When she had emptied the fragrant conwas universally lamented. For some tents of her basket, she bent on one days after his decease, the eyes of his knee upon the brink of the
then tenants and dependents ceased not to raising her tearful eyes of celestial blue =1 flow with tears of gratitude and sorrow. to heaven, she seemed to breathe a filent
At the funeral of the Marquis, conduct- prayer for the soul of the departed Mared with all the pomp due to his rank, quis; then, accompanied by the village the inhabitants of the surrounding ham maidens, she retired from the spot, pallets attended; grief was imprinted on fing through the vacancy which again every countenance, as they followed the was formed for them. Albert followbody in mute dejection. A young stran. ed the sweet mourner, who, bidding ager, returning to Swisserland from a dieu to her affociates, moved down the
tour, chanced to strike out of the road church, looking around with anxious 3 as he approached near the castle, tempt- eyes, as if in quelt of some object in.
ed by the beauty of the long avenues teresting to her affections. Suddenly which led to it. He reached the
The sprang toward a venerable old man, just as the mournful procession was be-, who was tott
ottering to the porch, and ginning to move.--Enquiring the name throwing around him her fair arms, she
of the deceased, one of the peafants in- fupported him to a feat, where, placing & formed him, that, in their master, the herself by him, they passed some moe
Marquis de Clairville, they had lost the ments in the eloquent silence of unafbest of lords, and most generous of pa
Never had Albert beheld trons; the tears which rolled down his so beautiful a picture. It was Emma, cheeks as he spoke, gave evidence of who supported on her bofom the silver his feelings : Albert dismounted from head of Bernard, while froin her eyes, his horse, and giving charge of it to his tear after tear, in quick succellion, drop
fervant, mingled with the peafantry, and, ped on his furrowed cheek!—The straoe moving flowly, arrived with them at ger refpected too much their mutual
the church, about half a mile diftant, grief to interrapt it, and perceiving the where the remains of Clairville were to funeral train returning from the grave, be deposited in the vault of his ances- he accosted one of the peasants who was tors. He placed himself near the grave: neareft to him, and eagerly inquired before the ceremony was ended, and the name of the maiden who seemed to while a solemn dirge was chanting, he lead the young group that strewed Howobferved the mourners to fall back, and ers at the grave. The peasant gave Al. form on each side an opening, through bert every information which he delir. which he beheld advancing a group of ed, and as the day was declining fast, village maidens, with baskets of flowers' he offered the traveller a bed at his cota on their arms, which they strewed in tage, which being contiguous to that profusion over the coffin. 'Albert's at- of Bernard, proved a temptation not to
be resisted, Honest Pierot led Albert time made a stout resistance, but he had
short cut through some fields, and every reason to fear that, overpowered after having recommended his guest to by numbers, they had scarce a chance the attention of his wife, he hastened of defending their mistress from the to the castle gates, in quest of the fer- fury of these affalsins, and in all prowant whom Albert had ordered to wait bability they had fallen victims with there his return, In this humble but her to the murderous swords of their neat dwelling, the young stranger de. assailants. The messenger of these dreadtermined to reside fome days, under pre- fül, tidings, had been tempted by an tence of exploring, at his leisure, the early flight to escape to the castle, im. extensive domains of the castle, but in pelled by the fecble hope of gaining reality to introduce himself to the love them some assistance; but the road be. ly Emma and her father. The impres- ing solitary which led to the chateau, líon which her artless beauty had made he had met no human being on his way. on his heart, was of so serious a nature, The Marquis loft no time in useless lathat he indulged the hopes of making mentations, but instantly arming himher his wife, if he found, on acquaint- self and several of his brave domestics, ance, her mind as charming as her per- who were ready to encounter any dan. fon, and the would accept his proffered ger for so beloved a master, they mount
ed their horses, and in a short time We must make a short digression reached the fatal spot. They here while we return to the state of the fa. found a spectacle of horror : the
mangmily affairs of the late Marquis, for led bodies of the servants lay lifeless some years before his decease. He had round the carriage, in which the mur. been married, late in life, to an ami. dered Marchioness and her two women able woman, by whom he had an only remained, with wounds yet bleeding! fon : having passed the winter at Paris, -In the midft of this desolation, the he was unexpectedly called away to at- Marquis fought in vain his infant fon, tend fome important business at Clair. whose absence inspired, amid his for. ville-castle : he set off immediately, rows, a secret and presaging hope, that leaving his lady and infant son, then a- he had been either rescued or preserved. bout three years old, to follow. After He placed himself and his followers in the fatigues of a busy day, on the even- ambuscade in the wood, for the remaining that he expected the Marchioness der of the day, with a view to furprise to arrive, he waited her approach up- the villains thould they return at night, on a terrace which commanded his fine and either revenge this horrid massacre park. As his anxious eyes were turn- or fall in the attempt : his hopes were ed towards the grand avenue, which led vain : the wretches, fated with their to the castle, he perceived one of the bloody deeds, approached no more the domestics who had been left to attend fatal spot. Early on the ensuing moro. her, advancing with as much speed as ing, they began to remove the slaughter. the tired state of his horse would allow. ed victims : they had been joined by all The Marquis haftened toward him, to the neighbouring villagers, who aslisted receive tidings of his beloved wife, but in the fad office. As they were railing what were his sensations, when the some of the Lifeless attendants, they fervant informed him, that the carriage were startled by a groan from one of of the Marchionefs, and her retinae, the bodies : on an immediate search, had been attacked by an armed banditti, they found a dying stranger, whom they who rushed out of a wood, about a concluded to be one of the banditti, who league distant from the castle. The at- had fallen by the hands of the domel. teodants; who were likewise armed, tics, during the conteft: and who bad surrounded the carriage, and for some probably, from being concealed under
castle, the misfortunes of his family: first moment of his arrival at his new än
several dead bodies, escaped the recol- long been the objects of his bounty; lection of the villains. They raised and they now became the children of his supported the wounded wretch, hoping, adoption : and, loft to domestic felicity, if he recovered, by the affiftance of a he centered all his remaining consolasurgeon who had followed the Marquis, tion in dispensing happiness to all around by his orders, to this scene of death, him.' Years followed years in this and had in vain attempted to restore the manner; every search after his beloved Marchioness and her unfortunaté futte, fon had been fruitless; he had long they might obtain information of the ceafed to indulge the flattering profpect, fate of the young Marquis.
which he had at first entertained, of He leemed to revive a little, by an recovering his loft treasure ; and tho? effect which the attention had upon him. his pious resignation suffered him not The Marquis alisted in supporting him, to murmur at the decrees of Providence, while the surgeon poured a cordial down yet no ray of hope cheared his declinhis throat.-His faculties in some de- ing age. gree appeared to return, he gazed on He beheld death approaching with the Marquis and attempted to fpeak, that secrét fatisfaction, which anticipated but in vain. Clairville then addressed a blest re-union with those dear obje&s, him thus : “ I conjure thee, by the who had already so long partaken of hopes of mercy here and hereafter, tell the rewards of innocence and yirtue. me, if thou hast power to speak; where On the decease of the Marquis, his is my fon - does he survive? Answer estates devolved, by inheritance, on the thw question only for the present, and Baron of Morenzi, who was of a haughI will wait the event of thy recovery ty cruel character, and revengeful; for further information."
whose reason' and actions were subferThe dying man, made particular ef- vient to his passions ; and who scrupled forts to articulate, but for some mo- not the commission of any excess, to mients he remained speechless : at length gratify his ambition, avarice, or fenhe faintly nttered, “ Young Clairville fuality. lives." He could no more; the ex Over these rices he had, by art and ertion overcame him; and succeslive cunning, drawn a veil, which imposed convulsions seizing his whole frame, he or strangers ; and to unfold which, a expired in agonies.
considerable share of sagacity and peneThis confeffion, in the midst of fo tration was requisite : on thofe whom severe an afiliation, long kept alive in his heart secretly detested, he could the bofom of the Marquis Tome feeble smile with ease. A character fo hypoembers of expiring hope: he returned critical, could not fail of becoming the to his folitary castle, fo late the scene aversion of the adjacent country: for of all his happiness, where he shut however the deceiver may conceal his himself
up for several days, to give yent vices, in the formalities of courts and 10 the firft emotions of his forrow. The public life, they will always appear in suspense, which he yet endured, rela- their true light, to chose to whom they tive to his son's destiny, had such an are objects of neither
' fearnor regard. effect upon his spirits, that he determi- His new vassals and dependents receive ned to retire wholly from the world, ed a specimen of that treatment, which and to deplore, in the folitude of his they were in future to expect, from the but he did not so much yield to the im- både. presfions of grief, as to be regardless of They had collected together in the his tenants and dependents, his gene- court of the castle, to celebrate his aprous nature would not permit him to be proach. “Wherefore," said he, as he upmindful of their interefts. They had descended from his carriage, "" are you Vol. LVIII.