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and under a great variety of circumstances, rather than of the story of this individual. Very often his fortunes are lost sight of altogether, and the author freely admits that he cares infinitely less about pursuing the history of his hero, than about filling up the number of volumes for which he contracted with his publishers. Hence, amid a moderate number of scenes capitally described, we have many chapters of rigmarole, introduced solely to fill up the quantity of matter that is requisite for the printer. Nevertheless, it must be admitted that there are some powerfully written and highly amusing pages to be found in this bizarre production.

Contrary to the usual course, the story ends unhappily. Seymour, who from an early age is brought up to a sea life, displays the most excellent qualifications for his various duties. During a short absence from his ship he falls in love with the daughter of an Irish gentleman of the name of Ravenscourt, whose domestic story is a repetition of horrible tragedies. By a concatenation of circumstances he becomes possessed of an estate in England which belongs to Seymour, there being reason to suppose that the latter had been lost at sea, and the evidence of his title and identity being covered for a time with impenetrable obscurity. Ravenscourt is a villain of the dark ages. Separated by his own desire from his wife, he destroys her because she would not return to his protection; and having the opportunity of reconciling the contending claims by giving the hand of his daughter to the object of her affections, he poisons him and blows out his own brains. The story of such a denlohet not be read either with profit or pleasure. There is an episode of a reformed smuggler, which is wett told, and is the more interesting as it forms a favourable contrast with the darker parts of the

picture. The scene of the execution of the hero's father is graphically (drawn. We shall, however, prefer the description of a storm off the coast of Ireland, which is manifestly no more than the combination of a series of facts which fell within the author's observation :

• It was no time for man to war against man. The powers of heaven were loose, and in all their fury. The wind howled, the sea raged, the thunder stunned, and the lightning blinded. The Eternal was present in all his majesty; yet pigmy mortals were contending. But Captain M - was unmoved, unawed, unchecked; and the men, stimulated by his example, and careless of every thing, heeded not the warnings of the elements.

""Sit on your powder-box, and keep it dry, you young monkey,” said the quarter-master, who was captain of the gun, to the lad who had the cartridge ready for reloading it. The fire upon the French vessel was warmly kept up, when the master again came on deck, and stated to the captain, that they could not be more than four leagues from a dead leeshore, which, by keeping away after the French vessel, they must be nearing fast.

“She cannot stand this long, sir. Look to windward-the gale increases; there is a fresh hand at the "bellows.'

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• The wind now redoubled its fury, and the rain, that took a horizontal, instead of a perpendicular, direction, from the force of the wind, fed the gale instead of lulling it. The thunder rolled, and the frigate was so drenched with water, that the guns were primed and reprimed without the fire communicating to the powder, which, in a few seconds, was saturated with the rain and spray. This was but of little consequence, as the squall, and torrents of rain, had now hid the enemy from their sight. "Look out for her, my men, as soon as the squall passes over, cried Captain M

A flash of lightning, that blinded them for a time, was followed by a peal of thunder, so close, that the timbers of the ship trembled with the vibration of the air. A second hostile meeting of electricity took place, and the fluid darted down the side of the frigate's main-mast, passing through the quarter-deck, in the direction of the powder-magazine. Captain M, the first-lieutenant, master, and fifty or sixty of the men, were struck down by the violence of the shock. Many were killed, more wounded, and the rest, blinded and stunned, staggered, and fell to leeward with the lurching of the vessel. Gradually, those who were only stunned, recovered their legs, and amongst the first was the captain of the frigate. As soon as he could recal his scattered senses, with his usual presence of mind, he desired the “fire-roll” to be beat by the druminer, and sent down to ascertain the extent of the mischief. А strong sulphurous smell pervaded the ship, and flew up the hatchways; and such was the confusion, that some minutes elapsed before any report could be made. It appeared, that the electric fluid had passed close to the spirit-room and after-magazine, and escaped through the bottom of the vessel. Before the report had been made, the captain had given directions for taking the wounded down to the surgeon, and the bodies of the dead under the half-deck. The electric matter had divided at the foot of the main-mast, to which it had done no injury: one part, as before mentioned, having gone below, while the other, striking the iron bolt that connected the lower part of the main-bitts, had thence passed to the two fore-mast quarter-deck carronades, firing them both off at the same moment that it killed and wounded the men who were stationed at them. The effects of the lightning were various. The men who were close to the foot of the main-mast, holding on by the ropes belayed to the main-bitts, were burnt to a cinder, and their black corpses lay smoking in the remnants of their clothes, emitting an overpowering ammoniacal stench. Some were only wounded in the arm or leg; but the scathed member was shrivelled up, and they were borne down the hatchway, howling with intolerable pain. The most awful effects were at the guns. The captains of the two carronades, and several men that were near them, were dead; but had not the equipoise of the bodies been lost by the violent motion of the ship, their dreadful fate would not have been immediately perceived. Not an injury appeared ; every muscle was fixed to the same position as when the fluid entered. The same expression of countenance, the same energy of character, the eye like life, as it watched the sight on the gun, the body bent forwards, the arm extended, the fingers still holding ihe lanyard attached to the lock. Nothing but palpable evidence could convince one that they were dead.

• The boy attending with his powder-box, upon which he had sat by

the directions of the captain of the gun, was desired by Captain Mto jump up and assist the men in carrying down the wounded. He sat still on his box, supported between the capstan and the stanchions of the companion hatchway, his eyes apparently fixed upon the captain, but not moving in obedience to the order, although repeated in an angry tone. He was dead !

During the confusion and panic attending this catastrophe, the guns had been deserted. As soon as the wounded men had been taken below, the captain desired the boatswain to pipe to quarters, for the drummer, when called to beat the “ fire-roll,” had, with others, been summoned to his last account. The guns were again manned, and the firing recommenced ; but a want of energy, and the melancholy silence which prevailed, evidently showed that the men, although they obeyed, did not obey cheerfully.

** Another pull of the fore-staysail, Mr. Hardsett," cried Captain M-, through his speaking-trumpet.

. “Ay, ay, Sir; clap on him, my lads,” replied the boatswain, holding his call between bis teeth, as he lent the assistance of his powerful frame to the exertions of the men. The sheet was aft, and belayed, and the boatswain indulged in muttered quotations from the Scriptures ;—" He bringeth forth the clouds from the end of the world, and sendeth forth lightnings, with rain ; bringing the winds out of his treasures. He smote the first-born of Egypt.”

• The first-lieutenant and master were in close consultation to windward. The captain stood at the lee-gangway, occasionally desiring the quarter-master at the conn to alter the course, regulating his own by that of his disabled enemy.

• " I'll speak to him, then," exclaimed Pearce, as the conference broke. up, and he went over to leeward to the captain.

Captain M I have had the honour to serve under your command some time, and I trust that you will allow that I have never shewn any want of zeal in the discharge of my duty ?" 7“ No, Mr. Pearce," replied the captain, with a grave

grave smile;

without compliment, you never have.”

• Then, Sir, you will not be affronted at, or ascribe to unworthy motives, a remark which I wish to make."

!“ Most certainly not; as I am persuaded that you will never make any observation inconsistent with your duty, or infringing upon the rules of the service.”

«« Then, Sir, with all due submission to you, I do think, and it is the opinion of the other officers as well, that our present employment, under existing circumstances, is tempting, if not insulting, the Almighty. Look at the sky, look at the raging sea, hear the wind, and call to mind the effects of the lightning not one half-hour since. When the Almighty appears in all his wrath, in all his tremendous majesty, is it a time for us poor mortals to be at strife? What is our feeble artillery, what is the roar of our canuon, compared to the withering and consuming artillery of heaven! Has he not told us so, --- and do not the ship's company, by their dispirited conduct since the vessel was struck, acknowledge it? The officers all feel it, Sir. Is it not presumptuous,—with all due submission, Sir, is it not wicked ?"

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<" I respect your feelings as a christian, and as a man,” replied Cap-
tain M- “ but I must differ with you. That the Almighly power
appears, I grant; and I feel as you do, that God is great, and man weak

and impotent. But that this storm has been raised that this thunder
rolls--that this lightning has blasted us, as a warning, I deny. The causes
emanate from the Almighty; but he leaves the effects to the arrangements
of Nature, which is governed by immutable laws. Had there been no
other vessel in sight, this lightning would still have struck us; and this
storm will not cease, even if we were to neglect what I consider a duty to
our country.'

* The master touched his hat, and made no answer. It was now about
one o'clock, and the horizon to leeward, clearing up a little, shewed the

the lee-beam.
666 Land ho!" cried one of the men.

« « Indeed !” observed the captain to the master—" we are nearer than
you thought."

"" Something, Sir, perhaps ; but recollect how many hours you have kept away after this vessel.”

* Very true,” rejoined the Captain ; " and the in-draught into the
bargain. 'I am not surprised at it.

6“ Shall we haul our wind, Sir ? we are on a dead lee-shore."
66 No, Mr. Pearce, not until the fate of that vessel is decided."

““ Land on the weather-bow !" reported the boatswain from the fore-

6. Indeed !” said the captain, 66 then the affair will soon be decided."

"The vessels still continued their course in a slanting direction towards the land, pursuer and pursued, running on to destruction; but, although various indirect hints were given by the first lieutenant and others, Captain M--: turned a deaf ear. He surveyed the dangers which presented themselves, and frowned upon them as if in defiance.'-vol. i. pp.

210-220. This is an appalling scene, admirably described. The reader need not apprehend, however, that the three volumes are composed of such serious writing as he has found in the above extract. During the whole of the hero's visit to India the author does hardly anything but laugh, and make his readers laugh with him. While in the West Indies he ought to have been more sparing of real

Mercantile gentlemen have a great objection, and very justly, to seeing themselves directly alluded to, by way of compliment or otherwise, in publications of any kind, but particularly in works of fiction.

The • Mussulman' and the Armenians' are both written by gentlemen who have recently given us accounts of their travels in the East, and are both framed on the plan of “ Anastasius.”

The common object is to give a picture of domestic life as it is carried on in the Turkish dominions. They are in every respect inferior to the model upon which they have been composed, yet they are very respectably executed. The Mussulman' follows rather more closely than the hero of the other work, the career of “ Anastasius.” The sun of Greek parents, he is, at an early age, stolen from his mother by the Aga of a village near the head of the Scamander,



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who thus hoped to exercise a decisive power over the virtues of the mother in the absence of her husband. The wild grief of the miserable woman, when she misses her only child, is strongly pourtrayed. The cruel stratagem was the suggestion of the Aga's secretary.

"Suleiman, though a wise man, was perfectly astonished at the sagacity of his secretary.

• Mashalla !” he cried, “ you are a more clever man than the ph osopher who wrote the ten thousand moral maxims, each of which out-values the world. Be it as you say; but the fountain of my heart will be dried up, till I see that beautiful infidel in the harem; for, like Loeman, I have learned wisdom from the blind, who are assured of nothing before they touch it.”

• Achmet undertook to kidnap the child, when Emineh should be employed in carrying the garments of the inmates of the harem to the banks of the Scamander; where the Greek matrons to this day, follow the domestic avocation of the daughters of Priam, and still where many a fair form is laved, no less beautiful, perhaps, than those of the blooming goddesses who bathed their immortal limbs in that very stream, ere they contended for the prize of beauty.

• One morning, on Eminen’s return to the khan, on entering her apartment, she was horror-struck to find her infant missing. She remained for a moment motionless with terror, glancing her regard on every object around, but nowhere encountering what she sought. She rushed into the apartments of the other women, enquiring of every one for her child : she ran like one distracted into the quarters of the soldiers, demanding of every individual her lost infant, but he was nowhere to be found. No phrenzy is more terrible to behold than the raging agony of a mother, de-, prived of her only child. The death of husband, father, or of friend, has no misery in its calamity comparable to the madness of such grief. The babe which has been snatched from her bosom, is lost to her by no gradual decline of health, by the slow hand of no insidious malady, but is torn from her all at once in rosy health, in smiling beauty: this is a deep sorrow, a heart-rending affliction; and if reason survives its impulse, the instinct of nature is weaker than it is wont to be, or the intellect of the sufferer must be unusually strong. At length the loud violence of despair overpowered the strength of the wretched Emineh, and eventually subsided into the settled calm of unutterable anguish. The day passed over, and every search was unsuccessful, and at night she would have dragged her tottering limbs to the door of the khan, to go, she knew not where; but the women led her back, her head sunk on her bosom, trailing her feeble steps as she went along, exhausted in mind and body, the most wretched creature on the surface of God's earth. No entreaty could induce her to lie down; all night long she sat at the door of her chamber, shedding no tears, uttering no loud lamentations, but wringing her cold hands, and rocking her throbbing head to and fro, and crying in a feeble voice, whose melancholy tone pierced even the hard hearts of the Albanian savages-“ My child ! my poor child ! my infant! my poor murdered infant!" no other sound escaped her lips, and they ceased not the live-long night. The following day brought no tidings of hope or consolation, the only rumour which prevailed was, that a wild-looking man, in the habit of a dervish, had been seen for some days loitering about the village; no one had observed him since the preceding morning, and the inference was obvious


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