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He had not remained, in an obfcure “ He, immediately, by the fame part of it, above five minutes, before method he had entered, quitted the Enuchio and two others. came forth Abbey, shocked at what he had been from that apartment; which proved witness tn, and entirely at a loss in they must have been in the subterra- what manner to act.--He knew neous chamber, and consequently himself to be entangled by a prohad ascended by means of the trap. mife of secrecy, similar to that of _These men bad all three lamps,- mine, on which terms only I had and, shortly after, they were follow- been suffered to make him my coned by a figure of noble mien, muffled fidant; but yet he was certain, as up in his cloak, and his hat, in which well as myself

, that it did not prewas a white feather, flapped over his vent our aid or allistance to ang one eves. - - But how was Jalper astonith diftressed or confined in the builded, when, by the light of one of ing; or our exertions to frustrate their lamps ishich glared og his any plaris of wickedness or cruis countenance, he discovered the fea- | ty which the count might form, tures of d'Olliont!

provided we did not discover those “ Being now more fully convinced circumstances in which we were that the most horrid treachery and involved relative to the light, &c.— villany was going forward, -though Our situations were both extremely every monent in danger of being delicate; and though we would discovered, he persisted in following have risked our lives in the service them at some little distarice.--They of the unfortunate, yet we could not proceeded Nowly through the iron but recollect with horror, the forgate that leads to the ruins of a once I feituie incurred by the breach of an magnificent place of worship, and awful oath. walked to the centre, on which pait

(To be continued.) stands a tomb to the memory of a

1 monk, who in former times was a fuperior of this abbey.

« One of the men having put A - Hindoo's REMARKS OF down a small basket, covered lightly

GAME Laws. over with a cloth, which seemed to contain some provision, they all four [From Miss, Hamilton's Letters of a entered the tomb. But it was im

Hindoo Rajch.) for to have admitted five persons to keep : fw enough apart in it to prevent

out the country*, it has not, in the discovery.

remotest provinces, been able entire66 He heard a kind of noise which ly to fupercede another species of plainly told they were npening a

idolatry, which has clearly and inlarge trap, and it seemed to require disputably been borrowed from the The exertions of three of them.-manners of their eastern progenitors. He heard d'Ollifont speak:--Take This is no other than the worship of down the provisions; I will remain certain birds and quadrupeds, which here.-Ltave the basket, anel fay are held so facred by their worship.. nothing.'-- Jasper supposed they did pers, that the preservation of their fo; for, atter some little time, he lives occupies, I am well affured, heard them replace the 'trap; and many volumes of their laws; and they palled by him as they returned has employed the chief study of their to the apartment from whence they

bere affo; as the size would hardly Uf cards is established through


* See our latt, r: 349.



fapient legitlators. I should have | blazing fire, whose cheerful light wished to obtain much information was reflected from the bright utenfils upon' a subject ro curious; but all that adorned the white wathed walls. that I could learn, was, that the My first appearance dismayed the provincial rajahs, devoted to the little train : but fome candied swert: worship of these animals, are mostly meats, with which I presented them, iprung from the first ratt. (A cere quickly reconciled them to my comtain proof of their Braminical ori- plexion. The genii who delight to gin.) They despise the vain para revel in the troubled air, howled fuit of literature; and conscious of around this humble dwelling; and their native and inherent fuperiority, pouring the dallving torrent from the shev pique themselves upon their black-boloined clouds of night, they ignoran e of all the sciences that are heard with joy the thunder's roar, in esteem among the lower orders of while, nimbly following the lights men.

ning's flash, tliey exulted in the mingfrom such exalted personages led tempeft. The pale hue of terror much information was not to be fat upon the matron's cheek : she listlooked for : but a circumstanceened, with anxiety and impatience, which occurred while I journeyed for the voices of her husband and her over the remote parts of the king fon, who were not yet returned from dom, threw fufficient light upon the the labours of the day: and while subject.

her own fears increafed with the In one particular, however, the horrors of the tempest, the employed higher casts in that country must be herself in appaling those of the acknowledged to differ witely from, who clung to her, the race of Brahma.-They are de- demanding, with accents of clamourficient in hospitality! Never did Ious forrow, the return of their father see the doors of a great man open to and their brother. receive the wearied traveller: the When the storin a little abated of milk of his cows fows not into the its violence, the tittle creatures ran stranger's dish. Nay, so very rude by turns to the door, eagerly peepand inhospitable are the manners of ing into the dark abyss of night, in the people of high cast, that once hopes of discovering their approach. upon a time, when, being overtaken The anxious mother added fuel to by darkness in a rainy evening, I the already blazing fire; again the attempted to procure lodgings for swept the unsoiled hearth; and again myself and my attendant, at the adjusted the chairs, which had long house of one of these provincial been placed for the reception of the rajahs, which was situate near the supporters of her hope. At length, road, I was not only denied admire the well-known steps were heard; tance, but repulsed with the lan- every heart fluttered with joy, and guage of contempt, and necessitated every little hand was stretched out, to continue my route, in a dark and eager to receive the paternal and Torny evening, till the light of a fraternal embrace. The old man peasant's hat cheered my heart with and his son were for some time octhe hope of thelter. I was not dis- cupied in returning the caçesies of appointed; for in this country the their family; which they did with {pirit of hospitality is only to be the tendernets of affection: and then tound beneath a roof of thatch the venerabie master of this humble The decent matron who inhabited abode came forward, to welcome me this lowly - hut, received me with to a share of the comforts it afforded. looks of cordial welcome. Five. He had looked at me earnestly for blooming children surrounded the fome time, when, to my utter afto. Vol. XXVII,


nishment, he addressed me in my round the object to which it was in native language. The Mhors he youth united; fo the heart of this spoke was but indifferent; but it was honeft peasant, in all the storms of intelligible, and more charming to fortune, hovered round the cottage my ears than the music of the seven that contained his wife and child. genii.

At length, her obscure ‘retirement In order to account for what ap- was gladdened by his presence. By peared to me such an extraordinary the employment of her needle, the phenomenon, he told me that, in had procured, during his abfence, early life, he had been tempted, by an honourable and virtuous subthe god of love, to win the affections fiftence for herself and son. The of a damiel, whose beauty had little fortune he had brought from touched the heart of the village lord. India was loft by the villany of the The place of wife, in the establish- agent into whose hands he had inment of this great man, was already trusted it. But in the endearments occupied by the daughter of a neigh- of mutual affection, this honest coubouring rajah; but he had probably ple had a fund of félicity, which the been convinced by the philofophers, malice of fortune could not destroy. of the 'propriety of the system of Both the good man and his son found Mahommed; and thought that the employment for their industry in damsel, though the daughter of a cutting down the trees of a neighmechanic, would be no unworthy bouring wood: a work which had ornament of his genana. It is not been committed to their care, and to be wondered at that he should be amply recompensed their diligence. filled with indignation at the pre- When they returned from their sumption of the young peasant, who labour, the cheerful appearance of dared to interfere with his pleasures, the well-ordered family at home, the and disappoint his schemes, by mar smiling welcome of the little innorying the object of his hopes. It is cents, and the affectionate tendernot proper that inferiors should be nefs of the worthy matron, presentpermitted to defeat the intentions of ed to them a reward which went their lords with impunity. This farther than the gifts of fortune have great man was of the fame opinion; power, to penetrate:-it reached the and, in the height of his resentment heart. against his successful rival, he had'. The recital of these circumstances him torn from the arms of his bride, was made to me during the most and sent in a company of soldiers, cheerful repast that I ever {aw who were all collected in the same Christians partake of. When it was arbitrary manner (probably as a ended, a ceremony ensued, which punishment for the same fort of having never seen practised at any offence) to the East Indies. Here other period, I have reason to think this unfortunate martyr to love spent peculiar to themselves. Upon a hint eleven years in the service of the from the old soldier, his eldest company, in the rank of a petty daughter presented him with a very officer: when having, by his econo- large book, from which, with a clear my, saved a fum fufficient for the and solemn voice, he read some adpurposes of humble competence, he mirable infructions and exbortaobtained leave to return to his nations. The sublime and commande tive country. As the gay pennant, ing energy, with which these prethough forced to obey the pressure of cepts were expreised, might lead to a the changeful breeze, still clings to conclusion that this was a copy of its beloved mast, and, at the return the same Shafier with which the of every thort-lived calm, flutters departed Saib Percy presented the


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learned rajah: but many obstacles the latter end of harvest, we met a oppele themselves to this supposition, young paisant, who carried a gun, Could we believe that a book of such which he frequently fired, to frighten distinguished authority, unheard of the crows and other birds from the among the learned, and totally un- grain. My companion took the known among the superior casts, weapon of destruction into his hand should yet be found familiar in the to examine it: and in that unhappy cottage of a peasant ? It is too moment, in which the goddess of absurd for the shadow of probability mischance presided, a group of par

tridges appeared before him: he inBut to return to the religious rites voluntarily struck the flint; the reof these simple people, which, as I port refounded through the air, and have observed, differ essentially from oh! unfortunate destiny, seven of all that had hitherto come within these facred birds were laid rolling my observation: for instead of the in the dust. He had no time to poojah of cards, which at that hour consider of the fatal deed; for, in a would have been performed in the moment, two men, whom the bullies families of the higher casts, when the had concealed from our view, darted old man had Aiut the book, he knelt on the guilty, youth, wrested the down, his wife and blooming infants weapon of destruction from his following his example. The latter trembling hand, and, with many clasped their little hands, and held imprecations of vengeance, infifted them up to heaven, while he lifted upon his immediately attending tip his voice, calling upon the un- them' before the awful tribunal of seen, omniscient, and immortal Pre- afsembled magistrates, who were now server, to bless them, and to accept exercising the sacred functions of frons hearts of gratitude the offering their office in the neighbouring vilof praise and thankfulness. I cannot | lage. It was then I learned the real account for it, but there was some magnitude of my friend's offence. thing in this whole ceremony which For I was then informed, that to greatly affected my mind, and I preserve these facred birds from becould not help, while I listened to ing injured by the unhallowed hands , the simple but fervent devotion of of any of the lower cast, the severest this virtuous labourer, feeling for laws were promulgated : and as the him a degree of veneration, even zimeendars * in the office of the superior to what I had experienced magistracy, before whom these of for the priest, whose zeal had been so ' fences were tried, were all of them conspicuous at the poojah of cards., worshippers of the rural Dewtah,

In the morning, the same rites they never suffered the stern sentence were again repeated; after which, I of justice to be softened at the sugtook leave of this innocent and geltion of mercy. happy family; the old man insisting! As it is not good to forsake a friend that, as I had come fome miles out of in his adversity, we entered the tem- . my way, his son should accompany ple of justice together. In this awme to the village where I had direct ful tribunal, seated in two large ed my servant and horse to meet me. chairs, we found the offended maThe lad willingly obeyed the com- gistrates. The first of these judges mands of his father, and we set leemed fully conscious of his dignity, out together. He was a handsome which was indeed very great; uniting youth, of about twenty years of in hiinself the triplc offices of priest, age, and of a fenfible and intelli zimeendar, and magistrate of the gent countenance. Taking a path through a corn-field, it being now

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place. The other was a pundit, titude! When I expected to behold learned in the law; called, in the this young man embracing the feet Janguage of these people, an attorney of his nierciful judges with grateful No rooner did the witnesses of my' rapture, I heard him, with astonishfriend's guilty deed present the un- ment, venture to expoftulate with his happy culprit before them, pro- benefactors upon his utter inability ducing at the same time the murder to pay so great a fine. He mened birds, and the destructive engine tioned the situation of bis parents ; of their dissolution, than the murmur said they depended upon his labour of indignation arose; the cause in for fupport; and that, should his which they were then hearing evi- judges persevere in inflicting the pav. dence was instantly dismisled: it was, ment of so large a sum upon him, it indeed, only concerning a man who must deprive them of his aflftance; was said to have beaten his wife or, by robbing them of the little almost to death: a trifling crime, in savings of their industry, reducetheir the eyes of these magistrates, when young ones to penury, and cause compared to the murder of seven them to eat the bread of bitterness partridges !

in their old age. “Let pity for The son of the foldier attempted my aged parents induce you to foften to speak in his own defence, but was the rigour of my fentence (cried the prevented by the first judge, who ungrateful youth); and, though a declared that the proof was sufficient thousand partridges were to start up for his condemnation, and that he before me, I swear I thall never innever would hear any thing in fa- jure one feather of their wings." vour of a poacher: (a name given Alas! bis eloquence was loft. The by this fect to the enemies of their judges remained inexorable: till at idolatry.) From the tone of wrath length, being touched with the for: with which he pronounced these row of the young man, I resolved to words, I saw that the young man's address them in the best English I fate was determined ; and when, was master of. *** Mild, 'upright, after some consultation between and merciful judges, (cried I) believe themselves, the younger judge arole not that I speak to excuse the crime to pronounce his sentence, I expects of which this young man has been ed, with forrow, to have heard the guilty. No. I have ever been irrevocable mandate of immediate taught to pay respect to the Dewrahs death; and knowing liow vindi&tive of whatever country I was in. With the priests of all religions usually are the Persic Magi I have bent in fotoward those who have treated with lemn adoration of the solar orb; contempt the objects of their super- while, with other equally enlightenftitious veneration, I should have ed nations of the eart, I have debeen well pleased to have compound- monstrated my respect for the crocoed for his fimple death, unattended dile, the jackall, and the monkey, by the tortures which I feared might Since fate has brought-me into this be inflicted on him, for a crime renowned kingdom, I have, in the which, I plainly faw, was thought of great capital, attended, with due foby his judges with horror. Judge lemnity, the poojah of cards: apd then with what a mixture of astonish- now, ihat I am made acquainted ment and delight, I heard the mild with the religion of the rajahs of and merciful sentence intered by the the provinces; I judge of your feelpundit, which pronounced no other ings, most venerable magistrates, sentence of punishment, but that of upon the present occafion, by what paying a fuin of money!

my own would have been, had any How universal is the fin of ingra- i bafe-born Sooder dared to lift his


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