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The boy grumbled, but had to be contented with my promise to had seen thein was coming down. I thought they looked pleased at reward him some other time.

what they had seen. I looked wistfully at the money I held in my I arrived at aunt's without further interruption. Uncle and hand, thinking that with it I could purchase admission into this aunt and cousins were delighted to see me. I took dinner with Noah's Ark of wonderful creatures, which were all alive. I had a them, and after dinner we had some currant-wine, which aunt had little Noah's Ark among my toys, but, of course, they were not made herself, and I got a piece of the cake I bad carried, which I real animals, but now I had an unexpected opportunity of seeing put in my pocket to give to my donkey-baby. After dinner uncle them alive. sang us that pre

song, “'The New-Mown Hay.” Soon after I did not hesitate long, but following closely behind a great fat dinner was over, aunt said to me:

farmer, who, with his wife and children, was just going up the steps, “Now 'Livy, dear, I don't wish to hurry you, but I think it is time I soon found myself on the raised platform of the show. for you to be thinking of going home, else you will not be back in I expected to be asked for my money, so held it ready, and time for tea." Upon this hint I prepared to start.

passed in. The people crowding behind me, I was obliged to keep I heard a good deal said at dinner time about the wonderful things moving, and presently I found myself inside the show, with my to be seen at the fair. They spoke of the dancing-bear, and the money still in my hand, as no one had asked me for it. parrots that could“ talk like Christians," and the pelicans, that fed Oh! the wonderful things that my eyes beheld! and oh, the strange their young out of their pouches: and the fat woman weighing I and frightful noises that met my ears! The lions roared, the hyenas forget how many stone ; and the dwarf, a real Tom Thumb; and howled, the parrots screamed, and the monkeys chattered. I thought the mermaid ; and the calf with two heads, and the play actors with of Daniel in the lions' den, and I trembled lest any of these terrible their merry-andrew; who performed the doleful tragedy of the creatures should get loose, and devour me up for


disobedience, "Red Barn," with a real ghost all in white. Oh! how delighted I and I trembled to think that I was where I ought not to be. should be to go to the fair ! What would I not give to see the fair ? I wanted to see everything at once, but my attention was soon

I would have given all my little stock of pocket money, amount- fixed upon a large cage full of parrots. Such beautiful creatures ! ting to no less a sum than four-pence, which my uncle slipped into my I, who had never seen any bird with gayer plumage than a hedgehand when he wished me “Good-bye.”

sparrow or a tom-tit, was completely dazzled by the splendid colours And now I was out of doors again, on my journey home, unbur- of the parrots' plumage, red, blue, yellow, and green, shining like dened with cake or basket.

rainbows or jewels. I skipped, and danced, and ran along the green lane in high glee, The next cage was occupied by a lot of monkeys, and their antics until I reached a rise in the road, from whence I could see the distant seemed to form the chief attraction of the show, for the greatest common covered with booths and shows, and the throngs of people crowd was gathered in front of their cage. passing to and fro in great confusion.

I felt perfectly bewildered. The crowd, in its eagerness to see the All along the roads leading to the common, country lads and lasses, wonderful things, was rather unmannerly. I was jost!ed right and in their best Sunday clothes, were wending their way to the fair. I left by tall awkward men and ungainly women, and my toes were could hear the murmur of their voices, wbich sounded like the roar trod upon so often, that I fairly cried with pain. By the people of the distant sea, mingled with the piercing sound of a trumpet, the continually crowding in front of me, I was gradually pushed back shrill notes of a fife, and the booming of a big drum.

till I came close against the bars of a cage on the opposite side of I stood gazing upon this curious scene spell-bound, listening to the menagerie without being aware of it, but I could still see a little the strange sounds, when, suddenly, a particularly grand flourish on of what was going on in the monkey's cage, above the heads of those the trumpet reached my ears. This excited my curiosity greatly. I who stood in front of me. felt sure it betokened that something very wonderful was going on, Suddenly, I felt a tug at my bonnet behind. and had I not remembered grandmamma's strict injunction not to “Be quiet," I exclaimed. go near the common, I really think I should have rushed at once to But my bonnet, which was tied under my chin, was pulled harder the fair.

and harder, hurting me very much, till I thought I should be choked. But resisting the temptation, I, for this time, overcame and pro- I could not turn my head, but I screamed out as loud as I was ceeded on my way homeward.

able, when at last my bonnet-strings gave way, and then I could Soon, however, I reached a bend in the road which brought me look round to see who it was that had treated me so rudely. much nearer to the common; so near, indeed, that I could see the But my indignation soon gave way to terror upon seeing my flags flying and the great pictures hanging outside the shows, and beautiful bonnet in the paws of a huge brown bear, who had got it hear the showmen shouting through their speaking trumpets, “Walk between his teeth, tearing it to shreds, seemingly much delighted up, walk up! Walk up, ladies and gentlemen! Now's your time, with his prize. Then a she-bear that occupied the same cage came the animals are now going through their wonderful performances. forward to see what her partner had got in his mouth, evidently with Be in time! be in time! The charge is only three-pence! Re- the intention of claiming a share of the precious morsel. A conmember, ladies and gentlemen, only THREE-PENCE !"

tention soon arose between the bears, during which my poor bonnet Then I could hear another, who said, “ Come along, come along, disappeared altogether. come ! Sweethearts and wives, serving-men and maids, bring your Diy screams and cries soon drew all the people away from the money, and you may see the dismal, doleful tragedy of the Red monkey's cage, and one of the keepers also, fearing some accident, Barn! Remember, this is the only theatre in England where you hastened to the spot. lle soon recognized the state of affairs, and can see this dreadful tragedy performed by the very same actors who took great pains to soothe me, and console me for the loss of my played it before her Gracious Majesty, at Windsor Castle, on Christ- bonnet. He assured me that the proprietors of the menagerie mas day last, next to come. To-morrow there will be a change of would give me three and sixpence to buy a new bonnet with, but I performance; so come to-day, and see the unfortunate fate of Maria was too anxious to escape from the horrid place, where I had been Martin, who was cruelly and barbarously murdered by her lover, much more frightened than amused, to give heed to his offer of and buried in the Red Barn. The performance is now going to compensation. commence, and the charge is only three-pence.”

“Let me go," I cried. I want to go home.” My ears drank in every word of this fine speech greedily. I could “Let the girl go, she's frightened,” exclaimed a dozen voices. see, I thought, all this for three-pence, and I held in my hand the As no opposition to my going was inade, I lost no time in getting four-pence my uncle had given me, and should then have a penny out of the crowd into the open air. to spare. The temptation was too great to be resisted this time; so, I was too much ashamed to pass through the crowd without a forgetting obedience, duty, everything, I shut my eyes, rushed down bonnet on my head, so, to escape notice, I made the best of my way the path through a meadow ihat lay between the road and the to the outskirts of the common by getting behind the shows through common, and never opened them until I ran against the stile. a passage between them, and so make a circuit of the fair instead

I was over in a moment, and mingled with the crowd. “Well, of passing through it and meeting every body who knew me. 'Livy,” said a neighbour, who recognised me, “lost your grand- I soon found myself in a retired place, and sitting down on a log mother? Where's your aunt?

of wood that happened to be lying there, I gave way to my excited I was too confused to reply, and endeavoured to slip away and feelings, and had a good cry, escape notice. I soon found my progress stopped by a great crowd I thought my heart would break. How to present myself before opposite a wild-beast show. The front of the caravans was covered aunt and grandmamma I did not know. I had disobeyed them, and with huge paintings, representing lions, tigers, elephants, camels

, the first fruits of my disobedience was the loss of my best bonnet. bears, monkeys, serpents, alligators, various strange birds in, gaudy It is true, I had an offer from the kecper of the menagerie of plumage, and a host of curious creatures whose names I did not three and sixpence to buy another; but how could I be sure that know, because they were not in the book of Goldsmith's Natural my grandmamma would have been satisfied with such a bargain, History, which aunt used to read to me.

supposing I had made it. But I was quite sure of another thing, There was a constant stream of people passing up the steps in which was-that she would not be at all pleased to hear of the front of the show, going to see the animals, and another crowd who danger I had incurred in losing my bonnet.

I dreaded to go home ; yet I could not stay where I was : so I espied in a corner of the garden the very serpent that had carried rose up, and, guided by the distant village church spire, I took my off the waterman. way along the outskirts of the common in search of the road that As soon as the snake observed Haitim it rushed upon him, but led to my home.

he, enraged on account of the fate of the waterman, seized it by the (To be continued.)

jaws, and exerting his whole strength, thus held it immovable.

The snake raised such a hissing noise, that the giant started up,

and roared out to Haitim, “You son of man, what are you about? SONG.

that is my courier."

Haitim replied, “I will not quit my hold unless my friend be THEY come! the merry summer months of Beauty, Song, and Flowers;

restored to me." They come! the gladsome months that bring thick leafiness to bowers. Up, up, my heart! and walk abroad, fling cark and care aside,

The giant called out to the serpent, “Beware ; this seems to be a Seek silent hills, or rest thyself where peaceful waters glide;

powerful man, and capable of tearing thy jaws asunder. Above Or, underneath the shadow vast of patriarchal tree,

all, take care that he discover not the passage into thy mouth.” Scan through its leaves the cloudless sky in rapt tranquillity.

When Haitim heard this he stretched open the two jaws of the The grass is soft, its velvet touch is grateful to the hand,

serpent, entered its mouth, and was instantly swallowed, notwithAnd, like the kiss of maiden love, the breeze is sweet and bland;

standing the repeated warnings of the giant to the contrary. The daisy and the buttercup are nodding courteously,

Arrived, as he thought, in the belly of the snake, he was surprised It stirs their blood, with kindest love, to bless and welcome thee :

at finding himself in a spacious and sombre apartment. He began And mark how with thine own thin locks,—they now are silvery gray, - to grope his way through this strange abode, when suddenly a voice That blissful breeze is wantoning, and whispering “ Be gay !"

reached his ear, saying, “Oh, Haitim! whatsoever you meet with in There is no cloud that sails along the ocean of yon sky,

this apartment, cut it with your dagger, for by that means only you But bath its own winged mariners to give it melody :

will be released from this enchantment; otherwise you cannot escape Thou see'st their glittering fans outspread, all gleaming like red gold,

hence till the day of judgment.” And, hark ! with shrill pipe musical, their merry course they hold.

While Haitim was thus exploring his dark abode, he unexpectedly God bless them all, these little ones, who far above this earth,

laid his hand on something in the shape of a heart. The instant he Can make a scoff of its mean joys, and vent a nobler mirth.

felt this substance, he pulled out his knife and cut it into many Put soft! mine ear upcaught a sound-- from yonder wood it came ;

pieces, agreeably to the warning voice which he had heard. The spirit of the dim green glade did breathe his own glad name ;

This was no sooner done than a flood of water rushed upon him, Yes, it is he ! the hermit bird, that apart from all his kind,

and he found himself overwhelmed amidst swelling billows. Slow spells his beads monotonous to the soft western wind;

Exhausted, he began to sink, when after a time he once more felt Cuckoo! Cuckoo ! he sings again,-his notes are void of art,

the ground beneath his feet. He opened his eyes and looked around But simplest strains do soonest sound the deep founts of the heart ! him, but no trace could he see of the palace, the giant, the serpent, Good Lord ! it is a gracious boon for thought-crazed wight like me,

the garden, or the dark chamber where he had lately been. To smell again these summer flowers beneath this summer tree !

Before him lay a boundless desert, strewed apparently with dead To suck once more in every breath their little souls away,

bodies. On coming nearer, he observed that a few of these wretches And feed my fancy with fond dreams of youth's bright summer day, were still alive, while others were in the agonies of death. When, rushing forth like untamed colt, the reckless truant boy

Among the living, Haitim discovered the very waterman whom Wandered through green woods all day long, a mighty heart of joy! the snake had carried off. He made up to him, and said, “ Brother, I'm sadder now, I have had cause ; but O! I'm proud to think

how came you here ?” That each pure joy-fount loved of yore, I yet delight to drink ;

The waterman replied, “ I was drawing water from the well, Leaf, blossom, blade, hill, valley, stream, the calm unclouded sky,

when a serpent carried me off, and having conveyed me hither, Still mingle music with my dreams, as in the days gone by.

vanished from my sight. What that serpent is, or where it is gone When summer's loveliness and light fall round me dark and cold,

to, I know not.” I'll bear indeed life's heaviest curse-a heart that hath waxed old !

Haitim questioned various other individuals as to their coming W. MOTHERWELL, thither, and from all of them received for answer that the serpent

had brought them. He then explained to them the nature of the THE ADVENTURES OF HAITIM TAÏ.

enchantment by which they were held, and how he had broken the spell by entering the mouth of the snake, and cutting to pieces the heart in the dark chamber.

He concluded by saying, "Give praise to God, for your enemy is CHAPTER II.-(Continued.)

now vanquished, and you are at liberty to go whenever you please."

The wretched men replied, “It is a long time since many of us AITIM then set out on his journey for the capital of China, and came hither, and we know not the way by which we were brought.

after he had advanced a considerable way he arrived at the Most of our number have died of hunger and thirst, and we also

mouth of a well. There he espied a man in the act of draw- were despairing of life. God the Supreme has, in his mercy, destined ing water, and was about to request some to drink, when suddenly a thee to be our deliverer." serpent reared its head from the water, and coiling itself round the Haitim, after giving them proper directions, took his leave, and body of the man, plunged with him into the deep water.

proceeded on his journey to the capital of China. In the course of Haitim wrung his hands in agony, and exclaimed, “Alas! what a a few days he entered that vast empire, and arrived at one of the vile deed this snake has perpetrated. It has destroyed a poor man principal cities. who came hither for water, and whose wife and children are anxiously The sentinels at the gate immediatelv seized him, and said, “Who expecting his return."

are you ? and whither do you go? You must be examined by our Oh, Haitim ! shall it be said that a poor man was deprived of life, governor, and give an account of yourself before we can allow you and you standing by without lending him the least assistance ? to advance


further." What will be your answer hereafter in the presence of your Haitim, thus roughly handled, said to them, “Good people, is it Creator?”

the custom of your country to annoy travellers in this manner ?" Thus he soliloquised, and instantly plunged into the water. In a The sentinels replied, “ The reason why we detain you is this : short time he fixed his feet on firm ground, and on opening his eyes -The daughter of our governor asks three questions of every he was astonished at finding neither the well nor the water; but traveller that enters the city; if he gives a satisfactory answer he is instead of them a spacious plain opened to his view, abounding permitted to go his way, and if not, he is put to death." with beautiful trees, in the midst of which he espied a lofty palace. Ilaitim, having no choice, accompanied the sentinels, deeply

Haitim stovd for a time wondering at what he saw, and then meditating as to the nature of the questions which should be put to advanced close to the palace. There he beheld splendid galleries him. with elegant couches, and a throne brilliant as crystal covered with At length the sentinels presented him to the governor, who asked piles of cushions, on which lay asleep a monstrous creature of human him, “ Stranger, whence come you, and what is your name ?” form, but in stature like a giant.

“ I am from Yemen,” said he, “and on my way to the capital of Haitim resolved on calling this monster to account for the snake China. As to my name, it is none of your business; no one ought and the waterman, but at the same time he hesitated, as he nowhere to annoy the traveller unnecessarily; on the contrary, he is entitled beheld ary traces either of the serpent or the man.

" At all events,

to your kind treatment and hospitality, if you wish to set a good said Haitim to himself, “ I will approach him and see what sort of example to the world, and do what is acceptable to God the creature he is.”

Supreme. Haitim went up to the giant, and as the latter was still asleep, The governor replied, " A severe scourge has fallen upon our city, he quietly took his seat beside him. He had not sat long when he which has always been famous for equity, so as to have merited the


appellation of Adalatabad; but now, owing to the violent caprice of observed Haitim, and throwing her veil over her countenance, my daughter, its present name is Bedadabad.

she said to him, “Stranger, who are you; and how came you to sit "For some time past every traveller that arrived in our city has, here?" on her account, been put to death, and their blood has fallen upon He answered, “Have you then forgot me? I am the traveller my head.”

whom your people yesterday seized and conducted into your After some meditation, Haitim said to him, "Why do you not presence.” slay your daughter at once ?"

The governor's daughter called her nurse, and asked her, “My * Is it possible,” replied the governor, "for any man to be the dear mother, tell me how came this youth to be here and alive this murderer of his own child, nay, of his only child ? It is not in my morning.” heart to put her to death."

The nurse replied, “My child, God is merciful, and took this When Haitim heard this appeal, his eyes shed many tears as stranger under his protection; but tell me what is your state ?" he replied, “ Alas, miserable man! you have no remedy. May the “To-day,” she replied, “I feel quite relieved, and in perfect Almighty Creator remove from you this heavy affliction.”

health ?" The Governor of Adalatabad then conducted Haitim to his The nurse then, addressing Haitim, said “Most learned of men, daughter's apartment, where she reclined upon a throne of shining can you account to me for this change? Tell me what has occurred gold.

in your presence ?" Haitim was struck with her beauty, which surpassed that of all * That,” replied Haitim, " I shall communicate, to-morrow, only other mortals. She gracefully stood up, and modestly drawing her to her father." veil over her face, received Haitim with extreme courtesy and affec- Next morning the governor summoned Haitim to his presence, tion, for the instant she beheld him her heart felt for him. She took and said to him, " Tell me, stranger, what has happened, and how is him by the hand and seated him on a splendid throne, while she it you are alive ?" occupied another beside him. She then sent for her nurse, and said Haitim detailed every circumstance as it occurred, saying, “Noble to her, "My dear mother, this traveller who has arrived to-day has sir, about the end of the first watch your daughter was seized with a won my heart, and is mutually enamoured of me. He seems of noble fit of raving madness, and began to utter the most incoherent lanrank, but, alas ! to.morrow his life must be sacrificed.”

guage. At length her eyes happened to turn towards me, she said, The nurse replied, “ Alas! my child, it is your destiny to act with Rash stranger, how dare you enter my apartment? Your life is violence and oppression towards travellers, not even excepting this ended unless you answer my questions.' She then asked me two comely youth; but there is no saying whether he may not prove questions, which I satisfactorily answered. successful in executing your commands."

For some time after she remained silent, when suddenly a black “Let me but know," said Haitim, " the nature of the task which serpent issued from her nostrils, and rushed furiously towards me. the lady proposes, and the reason why so many travellers are sacri- I seized the reptile, and having shut it up in a silver vessel, I buried ficed in this city, which is now proverbial for cruelty.”.

it in the court-yard; and from tbat moment your daughter has “Noble youth,” the nurse replied, “every night this lady becomes enjoyed a sound state of health.” possessed of an evil spirit, and utters the most incoherent expres- When the governor heard this statement, he said, “ Most noble sions, after which she proposes two enigmas to such strangers as may youth, on you I bestow in marriage this my only child, which is no be found within the city. If the latter fail in solving her riddles, more than fulfilling the vow that I have made ; I therefore hope she causes them instantly to be put to death. None of us, her at that you will accept her.” tendants, can venture to remain near her at such times, lest some evil “On one condition," said Haitim, “will I receive her ; that is, might befall us.”

whenever I feel inclined to leave this place, I may either leave her On hearing this statement, Haitim replied, “Well, I shall soon here, or take her with me and bestow her upon whomsoever I know by experience whether longer life or immediate death be please.” destined for me.” He was then presented with food, but he rejected To this the father agreed, and on that very day the marriage was it, saying “ I will not eat of your food until I have accomplished the celebrated according to the customs of the country, and the hours task you may impose upon me. Such is my vow. I consider it were spent in mirth and festivity. inconsistent with probity in a man to waste his time in eating and Haitim remained there three months; after which period he took drinking, or wantonly to throw away his life, and leave untinished leave of his wife, and departed; he at the same time left orders, the business entrusted to him by another. Pardon me, then, for saying, “ Should my wife be delivered of a son, and should the child refusing your bounty."

prove to be of the tribe of Taï, tell him that his father's country is "Generous youth," said the nurse, “ I am confident that you will in Arabia the happy; and thither let him come whenever he may succeed in this affair ; you speak the sentiments of rectitude and possess the desire of seeing me. If, however, it be a daughter, let honour."

her be carefully brought up and married to a brave and worthy man; Night arrived, and all the servants and attendants abandoned the and should my life be spared, I shall again visit you." palace, and shut fast the gates behind them, leaving Haitim to his The whole of that night Haitim was preparing for his journey fate.

and as soon as morning dawned he set out for the capital of China. About the end of the first watch the lady became frantic, and In the course of a few days he arrived at that extensive city, and spoke incoherently whatever came into her mind. She wildly cast inquired for the quarter occupied by the linen merchants. The her eyes on Haitim, and thus addressed him: “Stranger, who are people directed him thither, and on reaching the place he found the you, and what is your business here ? Answer my riddle, or you residence of Yusuf the merchant, and asked whether any of his shall die."

descendants still lived there. “What is your riddle ?” said Haitim ; “let me hear it ?"

One of the linen merchants immediately went to the grandchildren, The lady then proceeded, “ There is a fruit sweet beyond measure of Yusuf, and said to them, “There is a stranger arrived from some to the taste of all living creatures, whether deevs, men, beasts, or

far country, who is desirous to see you." birds : what fruit is this of which all are so fond?

Yusuf's grandsons instantly waited upon Haitim, who, to their Haitim instantly replied, “ The fruit you allude to is their off- astonishment thus addressed them, “ My good friends, I have been spring, which are dear to all.”

commissioned by your grandfather to visit you, from whom I have “Tell me now,” said the lady,“ my other question. What is it

a message for you." that no one desires and yet every one obtains ?"

When the grandchildren of Yusuf and the people of the bazaar

heard this extraordinary declaration, they all laughed most heartily, “That,” replied Haitim, “is death, which is destined for all men, and said to him in reply, “Truly, young stranger, you are quite though no one wishes it.”

crazy. It is a very long time since Yusuf died; how, then, could he When the questions were thus solved, the lady remained silent for have sent

hither with a message

?" some time, when suddenly she was seized with convulsions and fell “How," said Haitim, “could I have known that you reside in from her couch.

the linen-bazaar, and various other circumstances connected with Then a snake, black and frightful, issued from her nostrils, and you, had I not received my information from your grandfather ? ! rushed towards Haitim. He seized his dagger with the intention of have further tokens from him by which I shall prove my veracity if cutting it to pieces, but considered that it would be cruelty, to which you will hear me; but the question now is, are you willing to listen he was averse: he therefore took out the talisman given him by the to me or not ?" bear's daughter, and threw it at the venomous reptile.

The people requested Haitim to proceed with his message, which The snake became tame as a lamb, and suffered Haitim to hold it he did as follows —" In a certain apartment, near the bed where n his hands and shut it up in a silver vessel, after which he dug a Yusuf was wont to sleep, there are buried valuable jewels and va't pit in the ground, and having buried it, he replaced the earth and treasures, of which no one but myself has any information ; these secured it with bricks and clay,

you shall bring to light, and divide into four equal portions, one. In about a watch after, the lady being restored to her senses, fourth of which you shall keep, and bestow the other three-fourthg


in the way which is acceptable to God the most High, in relieving greater than mine, for when they were in the fetters of human life the wants of the poor and the distressed."

their hands were ever active in charitable deeds. He then detailed to them minutely his late adventure, and having “ I, however, after severe penance, have been released from my mentioned all that he had witnessed respecting their grandfather, he state of misery ; now I am happy and possessed of salvation. You concluded, saying, “If Yusuf himself had not sent me, how could I are the instrument whereby the Almighty has accomplished this end, have known so much about your house ? ”

and or you he will bestow the reward of the righteous." The people said to him, “We cannot proceed further in this affair Haitim spent the remainder of the night there as before, and when without applying to our King."

the morning dawned he took his departure. The relatives of Yusuf, therefore, conducted IIaitim before the After traversing for several days the mountains and deserts, he august monarch of China, and being admitted into the royal presence, came to a spot where he beheld a decrepit old woman sitting by the thus spoke : -"Sire, this youthful stranger asserts that he has seen way-side ; when she observed him she made a piteous appeal to his our grandfather Yusuf, the merchant, by whom he has been en- charity, and Haitim pulled off a diamond ring from his finger, gave trusted hither with a message for us.”.

it to her and walked onwards. The King, on hearing their statement, could not refrain from The old woman then cried out,

heaven send one or two to laughter : at last he said to them, “The young man is mad; why, it aid me ;” and in an instant seven young men rushed from the desert. is nearly one hundred years since old Yusuf, the mercbant, died ; These men were the sons of the old woman, and were notorious how then could this stripling have ever seen him ? Foolish youth, robbers. continued the King, addressing Haitim,“ has it ever been known The mother showed them the diamond ring, and assured them that the dead held communication with the living? But you are that the traveller who gave it must be a man of wealth. crazy, and all that I have to say to you is, to quit my capital as soon The robbers overtook Haitim, and walked peaceably along with him as possible."

for some distance, conversing on various subjects. At last they Haitim firmly but respectfully replied, “ Most upright king, this to him, “ Noble sir, we are here out of employment, and if you will is one of the secret dispensations of the Almighty, and is beyond the permit us, it is our wish to accompany you to some city where we comprehension of mortals. We believe that martyrs inherit life may earn our livelihood by service." everlasting. Yusuf, however, when in this world, was a miser, for To this Haitim readily assented ; and when the robber's found which, Sire, he is now in a state of torment; and should your Majesty that he was duped by their false assertions, one of them came behind be pleased to listen attentively to my statement, it will be the meanis him, and casting a net over his head, they all seized him and conveyed of procuring him salvation.

him to the mouth of a pit which was close by. They there stripped "If I be mad, how came I to possesš my information respecting the him and took possession of all the money and jewels that he had treasure concealed in Yusuf's sleeping apartment, which I have never with him; after which they wounded him in several parts of his seen po

body with their daggers, and threw him into the pit. When his Majesty heard this reply from Haitim, he desired him

(To be continued.) to state who he was, and how he had become concerned in this strange affair.

Haitim related the cause of his journey to the tombs of the mat- THE GOLDEN GLOVE, OR THE SQUIRE OF tyrs, what he had there seen, and the state of suffering to which

TAMWORTH. Yusuf was doomed.

“A WEALTHY young squire near Tamworth did dwell, " I asked him," said Haitim, " the cause of his misery, which he

He courted a lady and loved her full well, told me in detailing the particulars of his past life, and also the way

And for to be mar-ri-ed it was his intent, in which he is likely to obtain relief.

All her friends and relations they gave their consent. “For this reason, Sire, I have journeyed to your capital, and if

The time was appointed for the wedding-day, you believe not my statement, at least let the apartment in which the

A young farmer chosen to give her away; treasure is hidden be strictly searched ; if the gold and jewels be

As soon as the farmer the

young lady did spy, found as I have described them it will be a proof of my integrity;

He inflamèd her heart; “0, my heart!' she did cry. but if not, let me be doomed to the severest of punishments.”

She turned from the squire, but nothing she said : The King, after some reflection, resolved to search in person the

Instead of being married she took to her bed ; apartment of Yusuf, to which he immediately proceeded, accom

The thought of the farmer soon run in her mind, panied by Haitim. In the very spot which the latter pointed out,

And a way for to have him she quickly did find. the gold and jewels were found, to the great astonishment of the

Coat, waistcoat, and breeches she then did put on, King

And a hunting she went with her dog and her gun; The treasure was then divided into four equal portions, one of

She hunted all round where the farmer did dwell, which was made over to the grandchildren of Yusuf, and the re

Because in her heart she did love him full well: mainder was, by his Majesty, given in charge to Haitim.

She often times fired, but nothing she killed : “ You," said the King, "seem to be a man of integrity ; accept

At length the young farmer came into the field; this wealth, then, and with your own hand distribute it in charity,

And to discourse with him it was her intent, after such manner as you may deem proper.".

With her dog and her gun to meet him she went. Haitim for several days was occupied in his favourite task of re

I thought you had been at the wedding,' she cried, lieving the wants of the poor, the destitutė, and the stranger.

* To wait on the squire, and give him his bride ;' Having accomplished the object of his journey to the capital of

No, sir,' said the farmer, “if the truth I may tell, China, Haitim began to make preparations for his return. He had

I'll not give her away, for I love her too well.' the satisfaction of seeing the grandchildren of Yusuf now raised to a

* Suppose that the lady should grant you her love, state of affluence, and engaged in commerce.

You know that the squire your rival will prove;' Haitim took leave of the Emperor of China, and returning by the

Why then,' says the farmer, “ l'll take sword in hand, way he came, he arrived in the city of Adalatabad ; there he was

By honour I'll gain her when she shall command.' affectionately received by his wife, who by that time had a son.

It pleased the lady to find him so bold ; Haitim and his friends were extremely delighted on this occasion,

She gave him a glove that was flowered with gold, and named the son Salim,

And told him she found it when coming along, Shortly after, Haitim proceeded on his journey until he caine to

As she was a hunting with her dog and gun. the desert in which were the tombs of the martyrs.

The lady went home with her heart full of love, At the appointed hour all the martyrs, as formerly, rosé into life,

And gave out a notice that she'd lost a glove; and among them Yusuf the merchant, but in a state different from

And said who has found it, and brings it to me, his former condition.

Whoever he is, he my husband shall be.' At midnight, the tables with food were placed before them, of

The farmer was pleased when he heard of the newsy which Yusuf now partook. At the same time there appeared a

With heart full of joy to the laly he goes : table unoccupied, which was intended for Haitim, who at their

Dear, honoured lady, I've picked up your glove, request approached, and, after the usual salutations, asked Yusuf how

And hope you'll be pleased to grant me your love. he fared.

'It's already granted, I will be your bride ; The merchant replied, “Noble youth, by your humane efforts

I love the sweet breath of a farmer,' she cried. my condition has been improved, and I am now delivered from my

I'll be mistress of my dairy, and milking my cow, state of torment; my food and drink are the same as that of the

While my jolly brisk farmer is whistling at plough. rest, but the thrones on which they sit are more splendid, and the

And when she was married she told of her funapparel in which they are arrayed is more elegant than mine; on

How she went a hunting with her dog and gun: them, too, are bestowed perfumes, and substances of sweet fragrance,

· And now I've got him so fast in my snare, of which my nertion is but small; but, alas! their desert is far

I'll enjoy him for ever, I vow and declare !"


than ever.


called elves in your world,” said one, whose name was Gossamer, and

who had become her dearest friend. "We are told you talk a great Bishop Heber.

deal about us. Some of our tribe like to work you mischief, but QH! green was the corn as I rode on my way,

we who live here seek only to be happy; we meddle little with And bright were the dews on the blossoms of May,

mankind, and when we do come among them it is to do them good.” And dark was the sycamore's shade to beholų,

" And where is your queen ?” said Rose. And the oak’s tender leaf was of emerald and gold.

“Hush, hush! you cannot see or know her. You must leave us

before she comes back, which will now be very soon, for mortal The thrush from the holly, the lark from the cloud, Their chorus of rapture sung jovial and loud;

step cannot come where she is. But you will know that she is here, From the soft vernal sky to the soft grassy ground

when you see the meadows gayer, the rivers more sparkling, and the

sun brighter." There was beauty above me, beneath, and around.

Soon afterwards Gossamer told Rose the time was come to bid The mild southern breeze brought a shower from the hill, her farewell, and she gave her a ring in token of their friendship, And yet, though it left me all dripping and chill,

and led her to the edge of the wood. " Think of me," said she; I felt a new pleasure, as onward I sped,

"but beware how you tell what you have seen, or try to visit any To gaze where the rainbow gleam'd broad overhead. of us again; for, if you do, we shall quit this wood and come Oh! such be life's journey, and such be our skill,

back no more." To lose in its blessing the sense of its ill ;

Turning back, Rose saw nothing but the old oak and the gloomy Through sunshine and shower may our progress be even,

wood she had known before. “ How frightened my father and mother And our tears add a charm to the prospects of Heaven!

will be,” thought she, as she looked at the sun, which had risen
some time. " They will wonder where I have been all night, and
yet I must not tell them what I have seen."
Then she hastened homewards,

wondering, however, as she went
to see that the leaves, which were yesterday so fresh and green,

were As an honest woodman was sitting one evening, after his work now falling dry and yellow around her, The cottage, too, seemed was done, talking with his wife, he said, " I hope the children will changed ; and when she went in, there sat her father, looking some not run into that wood by the river side, it looks more gloomy years older than when she last saw him, and her mother, whom she

The old oak tree is sadly shivered and torn, and some hardly knew, was by his side. Close by was a young man. queer folks, I am sure, are lurking about there, but who they are “Father," said Rose, “who is this?". nobody knows." The woodman, however, could not say that they " Who are you that call me father $” said he. Are you--ho, you brought ill-luck, whatever they were; for everyone

that th cannot be,-our long-lost Rose ?". village had thriven more than ever of late, that the fields looked But they soon saw that it was Rose, and the young man, who was gayer and greener, that even the sky was of a deeper blue, and that her old friend and playfellow, Martin, said, “No wonder you had the moon and stars shed a brighter light. So, not knowing what to forgotten me in seven years ; do not you remember how we parted, think, the good people very wisely let the new comers alone, and, seven years ago, while playing in the field ? We thought you in truth, seldom said or thought anything at all about them. were quite lost, but I am glad to see that some one has taken care of

That very evening, the woodman's daughter, Rose, and her play- you, and brought you home at last.” mate, Martin, ran out to have a game of hide-and-seek in the valley, Rose said nothing, for she could not tell all; but she wondered at " Where can he be hidden P” said she ; " he must have gone towards the strange tale, and felt gloomy at the change from fairy-land to the wood; perhaps he's behind the old oak-tree," and down she her father's cottage. ran to look. Just then she spied a little dog that jumped and Little by little she came to herself, thought of her story as å mere frisked round her, and wagged his tail, and led her on towards the dream, and soon became Martin's bride, Everything seemed to grove. Then he ran into it, and she soon jumped up the bank by thrive around them, and Rose thought of her friends, and so called the side of the old oak to look for him; she was overjoyed to see her first little girl Elfie. The little thing was loved by everya beautiful meadow, where flowers and shrubs of every kind grew It was pretty and very good-tempered. Rose thought it upon turf of the softest green; gay butterflies flew about; the was very like a little elf, and all, without knowing why, called it birds sang, sweetly; and, what was strangest, the prettiest little the fairy.child. children, like fairies, sported about on all sides, some twining the One day, while Rose was dressing her little Elfe, she found a fowers, and others dancing in rings upon the smooth turf beneath piece of gold hanging round her neck by a silken thread, and knew the trees. In the midst of the wood, instead of the hovels of which it to be of the same sort as she had seen in the hands of the fairy Rose had heard, she could see a palace, that dazzled her eyes with dwarf. Elfie seemed sorry at its being seen, and said that she had its brightness.

found it in the garden. Bit Rose watched her, and soon found that For a while she gazed on the fairy scene, till at last one of the she went every afternoon to sit by herself in a shady place behind little dancers ran up to her, and said, " So, pretty Rose, you are the house, So one day she hid herself to see what the child did come at last to see us ? We have often seen you play about, there, and to her great wonder Gossamer was sitting by her side. and wished to have you with us." Then she plucked some of the “Dear Elfie," she was saying, "your mother and I used to sit fruit that grew near, and Rose, at the first taste, forgot her home, and thus when she was young and lived among us. Oh, if you could wished only to see and know more of her fairy friends. So she but come and do so too ! But since our queen came to us it cannot jumped down from the bank and joined the merry dance.

le ; yet, I will come and see you and talk to you whilst you are a Then they led her about with them, and showed her all their child; when you grow up we must part for ever.” sports. One while they danced by moonlight on the primrose Then she plucked one of the roses that grew around them, and banks, at another time they skipped from bough to bough, among breathed gently upon it, and said, “ Take this for my sake. It will the trees that hung over the murmuring streams, for they moved us now keep fresh for a whole year." lightly and easily through the air as on the ground, and Rose went Then Rose loved her little Ellie more than ever, and when she with them everywhere, for they bore her in their arms wherever found that she spent some hours of altitost every day with the elf, they wished to go. Sometimes they would throw seeds on the turf, she used to hide herself and watch them without being seen, till and little trees would spring up; and then they would set their feet one day, when Gossamer was bearing her little friend through the upon the branches, and rise as the trees grew under them, till they air from tree to tree, her itiother was so frightened lest her child danced

upon the boughs in the air, wherever the breezes carried should fall, that she could not help screaming out; and Gossamer them, singing.merry songs,

set her gently on the ground, and seemed angry, and flew away. At other times they would go and visit the palace of their queen, But still she used sonetimes to come and play with het little friend, and there the richest food was spread before them, and the softest and would soon, perhaps, have done so the same as before, had not music was heard, and all around grew flowers, which were always Rose one day told her husband the whole story, for she could changing their hues, from scarlet to purple, and yellow, and emerald. not bear to hear him always wondering and laughing at their little Sometimes they went to look at the beaps of treasure which were child's odd ways, and saying he was sure there was something in the piled up in the royal stores, for little dwarfs were always employed wood that brought them no good. So, to show him that all she said in searching the earth for gold.

was true, she took him to see Elfie and the fairy; but no sooner did Small as this fairy-land looked from without, it seemed within to Gossamer know that he was there (which she did in an instant); than have no end ; a mist hung around it to shield it from the eyes of she changed herself into a raven and few off into the wood. men, and some of the little elves sat perched upon the outermost Rose burst into tears, and so did Elfie, fór she knew she should trees, to keep watch lest the step of man should break in and spoil see her dear friend no more; but Martin was restless, avid bent upon the charm.

following up his search after the fairies, so, when night came, he " And who are you ?” said Rosé, one day. “We are what are stole a way towards the wood. When he came to it nothing was to


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