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women. Alas, I suspecied not that I was low in the presence of the whole houses again most grossly deceived; that the land kicked him out of the box. The clergyman, though in reality such, was a theatre was in an instant in an uproar, disgrace to his sacred profession; that he and every eye was turned upon me as the was a creature of Mirabel's, sclected for the

I found myself so unwell that I purpose; and that a marriage thus private, implored Mirabel to withdraw with me; and without witnesses, if denied by my he complied, and overwhelmed with insult husband, could never be substantiated in I left the house. Upon reaching our home a court of law,

Mirabel, handing me from the coachi, made Immediately after our marriage, for a basty excuse, and returned to the theatre such it was to every other intent but that to show his contempt for those who had of shiriering me from infamy and loss of insulted him. I was supporting myself reputation, iny husband conducted me to till one of my attendants should come to a chariot in waiting, and following me into my assistance, the door was open,-! it we departed for the metropolis.

found my hand seized; I looked around, " Lodgings were already hired for me, and met the eye, the stern eye of my father. but the fondness of Mirabel as yet knew | • ( Mary, Mary!' exclaimed he; but po bounds; be purchased me a house, and God forgive thee!' and with these words ordered Oakiey to furnish it in a style of || he hastily san from my sight. fashionable splendour. I was in every re “ I had sunk motionless to the floor, and spect like the acknowledged wife of Mira | it was not without difficulty that I was at bel, except that I was totally destitute of || length recovered to sensibility. Upon my all society.

recovery I found myself in the arms of • Intoxicated by the splendour of my my husband, who sparcd nothing to consituation, I soon lost the simplicity of iny sole me. Nothing was more effectual to

An incident awakened me to a this purpose than his recalling to my mind sense of my folly, at least, in suffering my- that the contempt, as unjust, had mistaken self to pass in the world as the mistress of its object; that I was his wife and not bis Şir llarry. Being without society I was a mistress. I assented to this, and ceased to constant visitor of the theatres and public | weep. spectacles; one night, in particular, Mira- • I could not, however, but observe, bel bad bespoken front places in the dress. that my husband was restless, and slept boxes. As we did not come till rather not during the night. He arose early in late, the box was full, except the front | the snorning, and took a more affectionate places which had been kept for us. Spark. leave of nie than usual; he refused, howling with di. Inonds with which the fond. ever, to explain why he thus left me, but ness of Visabel lad decked me, for let me promised to return to breakfast. do justice to his generosity, I took my seat; “ The hour of breakfast, however, arbut had scarcely seated myself before the rived, and he returned not I waited with whole party, consisting of four ladies at- || anxiety till noon, and still he returned not, tended by one gentleman, rose and left ibe I had already dispatched the servants in box.

pursuit of him to his chambers in the “ I looked at Mirabel for an explana- | Temple, when he at length returned, pale, tion; his face was suffused with colour; || haggard, and with evident looks of terror the bos-keeper entered, and whispering and affright-Hasten hasten, dearest Alirabel, yet loud enough to be overhea:d Mary!' exclaimed he; ‘pack up every by ine, informed him that the ladies had thing which you may need, we must fly taken offence at the introduction of a kept || without the delay of a moment." woman amongst them, and that it was ne. cessary that I should withdraw. Mirabel,

[To be continued.] without further answer, collared the fel.






The first of the years of dearth Joseph that virgin was whom he had observed at the risiting Egypt arrived in the environs of He. window, for be feared that she was like many lipolis, where lived Potiphar, a counsellor of others who bad sent him presents and sought King Pharaoh This nobleman had a daughter after him. Potiphar told bim that she was named Aseneth, of extraordinary beauty, who his daughter, that she bad never yet spoken dwelt in a tower adjoining her father's house. to any man, and disliked them all; but that if This tower was composed of ten chambers; in be wished she should come and bow before the first were Aseneth's gods, to whom she

him. “If sbe be a virgin let her come, and I every day immulated victiins; the second con

will love her like a sister," was Joseph's antained her ornaments, her costly garments,

Aseneth was brought, and Potipbar and her jewels; the third was filled with the said :-“ Salute your brother, who feels the riches of the earth ; and the remaining seven

same hatred for your sex as that which you apartments were occupied by virgins, who bear towsrds his; embrace him.” Joseph, waited upon Aseneth. These were of exqui- bowever, put forth his hand that she might site beauty, and had never spoken to any

not approach him, saying, that he could not

allow a person wbo worshipped idols to toucha Aseneth's chamber bad three windows, one him. to the east, another to the south, and the third

Asenetb was affccted even unto tears. Jo. to the north. Her bed was of gold, with | seph blessed ler; she renounced her idols, purple curtains richly embroidered. Around and, sick with grief, laid down to rest. When the tower was a court surrounded by very high Joseph was about to depart, Potiphar wished walls of free stone, which contained four iron

to detain him, but he would not consent, yet, doors, guarded by eighteen young men well promised to return in eight days. During armed. On the right of the portal was a

this tiine Aseneth clothed herself in black, fountain, and a basin to receive the water, for

threw her idols out of the window, and refused the purpose of refreshing the trees of the

all nourishment. On the eighth day an angel garden.

from heaven came to console Aseneth, told Potiphar informed his daughter that Joseph, her to eat, and to clothe herself in her richest the favoured of God, was coming to lodge in garments, as her name was written in the book his house, and that he would make her marry

of life; and she should no longer be called him. She replied that she would not have a

Aseneth, but Mighty Refuge. At the same slave, and that she would take for her husband

time the angel gave her bread and wine, and none but a king's son.

asked her for a drop of boney. Aseneth said She Iben hastily retired to her chamber on || she was sorry but she had none. “ Go," said seeing Joseph arrive, seated on Pharaoh's car, the angel, “ into the place where your proviwhich was of gold, drawn by four horses whiter sions are kept, and you will find some. And than snow. He was cloathed in a purple gar

as it was said she found some.

The angel ment embroidered with gold, on his head he

took a little and gave the rest to Aseneth. wore a crown of the same metal, ornamented

She intreated the angel to bless seven virgine with twelve precious stones, and held in his

who had dwelt with her from their infancy, hand an olive branch and a golden sceptre. and had been raised in the same apartment. Aseneth seeing Josepb in his equipage was The angel blessed them all, and then vanished confounded and said, whilst contemplating his

from their sight. extreme beauty :-“This is surely the sun who Immediately the return of Joseph was an. approaches us in his car; I knew not that nounced. Aseneih flew to meet him, and re. Joseph was the offspring of a god, for what lated that the angel had told her she was to mortal could have given birth to such per

be his wife. On the morrow Joseph asked her fection?”

in marriage of Pharaob, and this prince grants, Joseph having entered the house, his hands i ed her unto him. were washed, and he asked Potiphar who

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In a considerable village of the canton of “ You know that I bave lost a danghter who Berne in Switzerland, lived a bailiff named was dearer to me than any thing in the world. W—, who though no more than thirty-tive, She was the wife of the bailiff of this village, was married to bjs third wife. The two first, and to me tbey always appeared an extremely whom he had treated with the greatest tender. happy couple. Her health seemed to be proof ness, had died in their first, and both against every shock, and I cherished the convery suddenly. The third, to whom he ap- fident hope that my eyes would be closed by peared most ardently attached, was a young, ber band. She bas been suddenly snatched handsome, strong and healthy woman. away, and bow painful her loss is to me it is child which she brought bim at the end of the impossible to express. ' But to aggravate my first year, expired a few hours after its birth, wretchedness I have seen her in my dreams and it was not long before she was again preg. every night since her interment. She points ment. Her husband bore the character of a

to her grave and tells me that she has been man who fulfilled the duties of his office with murdered. To be sure it is only a dream; ability and integrity, and he was esteemed by but for my satisfaction give me leave to have his colleagues. All his children had hitherto her taken up and to see her once more.” been girls, but when his wife this time bore

re"This request was considered very improper, him a robust, healthy boy, bis joy knew no and it was on the point of being peremptorily bounds Half the village was invited to the refused, when the petition of the dejected fa, entertainment given at the christening; the ther found a supporter; and this was no other mother berself was as well as could be expect than the bailitf himself. “ By this catas. ed, so that wow he had no occasion to be at all trophe," said he, “nobody has lost so much, apprehensive of losing his wife.

or at least more than 1. Gladly would I pur. Notwithstanding these favourable appear- chase the life of the deceased with two-thirds ances, on the thirteenth or fourteenth day, of my property. Often when I am alone and just when he had gone out upon bis business, reflect on the circumstance, when I consider and bad reached the end of the village, a ntes how unexpectedly this stroke overtook me, it senger overtook him with the awful intelli

seems to me as if it could not possibly have gence, that his young wife had been found happened, ss if my beloved wife were not really dead in her bed, and that she doubtless must | dead. On this account I ain the less surprized have been carried off by an apoplectic fit. At at the grief of her father, and the less offended these sudden tidings the bailiff sunk half dead || by the suspiciou of her having been murdered. on the nearest bank. With difficulty he was Her fatber has certainly not mentioned the 1 again brought to himself. No sooner had he person whom he deems guilty of so fvul a deeds recovered thau he hastened home, threw him- but it is of the greater consequence to remove self upon the corpse of his wife, shrieking, rav every shadow of suspicion, and therefore I my. ing, and expressing bis sorrow in a way scarce self desire that the body may be taken up and ly becoming a man; he tried every thing that examined.” the surgeon, the midwife, and the old women No person now could have any thing more of the village could think of to recal the vital to object. The corpse was dug up the same spark. Deatlı, however, would not surrender morning. There being no physician in the his prey, and three days afterwards the de- | neighbourhood, the surgeon and midwife were ceased was interred.

sent for to inspect it, and other competent The latter, at the time of her unexpected witnesses were not wanting. They found, dissolution, had no mother living, but she had however, vot the smallest trace of violence a father, whose only child she was, and by | upon the whole body; some blue spots on the whom she was loved with inexpressible ten left side were regarded as evident sigus of apo. derness. That he also wept bitterly over her plexy. The unanimous verdict of all who coffin and her grave, it is scarcely necessary || knew, or fancied that they knew any thing of to mention ; but what occasioned no little the matter, was, that she had died a natural surprize throughout the whole place was, that death. The village curate endeavoured to on the fourth day after the funeral, he pre comfort the afflicted father. The bailiff, who. sented himself before the judicial authorities had likewise shed abundance of tears, did not of the village, and thus addressed them : manifest the smallest degree of displeasure

against the old mau." “God send us both, the coffin, when the old man, who on this ocsome alleviation of our distress,” was bis pious casiou stood by, as it were in a state of stupeand ardent wish as they returned home to. faction, as soon as he heard that nothing suisgether from the church-yard.

picious could yet be discovered, all at once Four or five days again elapsed. The cir- exclaimed:

:-"Well then, I must at least be cumstance ceased to be talked of in the village, convinced of it by my own eyes and my own when the faiber again appeared before the band.” So saying, he grasped the body of his court.-He was aware, be said, of the ex. daughter, lifted it up, and began to examine; traordinary, way almost unjust nature of when, by accident, or why should we not rathe request he had to make, and yet he could ther sày by the dispensation of Providence, he not overcome the inward impulse of his mind. first laid hold of it below the left breast, which Wherever he was, both day and night, he was was thus raised up. At this moment the still pursued by the torturing idea, that, not bailiff cried out :-"I am undone! be bas withstanding all that had passed, his daughter discovered it!” and sunk senseless to the had been murdered, rod murdered by her hus ground. With what astonishment the byband, but wherefore, and how, he could not standers , ran to his assistance may easily be tell. Every hour he kept repeating to himself conceived. Wben he again opened bis eyes, that no mark had been found upon her boily, his first words were:-“I will confess all. It and yet he could not rest; for, in spite of this was I tbat murdered her! Just there I murconviction, bis dreams were still haunted by dered her! Allow me only a moment's time.” the accusing figure of his lamented danghter. This request only served to make them more He tberefore requested, he conjured them to urgent for a more explicit declaration. The permit another examination.

substance of his confession was as follows: The members of the court were very na. The villain had actually murdered all three turally still more astonished than before. They of his wives, neither out of hatred nor satiety, resented the jinputation upon their chief, and but avarice. All three possessed property; the bailiff limself lost his former equanimity,' bis plan was to secure the fortune of eaclı, for which wone of them could blame him.— and then to look round for a fresh wife. For

My father-in-law,” said be, “has now ac this reason he never laid bands on them till cused me by name of the most atrocious crime. they had borne him a living child; and it was Nothing but tbe idea that the old man’s grief only about this time that he thought it poshas deranged bis intellects, would now be able | sible to execute bis horrible design without to pacify me, or to prevent iny just complaints. | detection. With a large three-edged veedle The corpse of my dearly beloved wife has ovce he pierced the place just below the left breast been disturbed to no purpose, and it is now a where the heart is seated, till the instrument matter of conscielice with me not to sufier

was completely buried; the orifice closed this to be done again. Not the slightest again of itself; the breast, just at this time .ground has been alledged for this iufamous unusually full and pendent, from its weight surmise. Justice, therefore, would dictate covered the almost imperceptible and yet morthe refusal of this new request, and threaten tal wound. As he always seized the opporpuuishment in case of its repetition; never- tunity of perpetrating this horrid deed when ubeless, for the sake of my own good name, they were fast asleep in bed, it was but the and the satisfaction of this old man, whom I work of a moment. His two first wives died bave otherwise every reason to respect, I would with a single ball articulate exclamation; the rather concede too much than too little, and last, he said, suffered rather more, and cried shall therefore agree to whatever you deter out:-"O God! O God! are you killing me? mine."

My deatb will not go unrevenged." He had They now endeavoured to dissuade the dis-actually felt more remorse on this occasion consolate father, but he persisted so earnestly than on either of the former. The exclama. in his iutreaties, that at length they once more tion which he uttered when the father's first complied. The corpse was again raised out touch was directed exactly to the fatal spot,

bad escaped him he knew not how, for he was As the body had been so long in the ground almost convinced that had it not been for this, it had already begun very perceptibly to be nothing would even then have been discome putrid; the persons who examined it, covered and with whom another surgeon was associat It is unnecessary to describe the horror that ed, were therefore obliged to use great caution, l seized all who beard of this diabolical deed, or and perfectly coincided in the former verdict. the painful death indicted on the perpetrator. They were just going to deposit it again in

of the grave.





GEORGE Bruce, son of John Bruce, clerk | lutely to this painful ceremony; and his cousto Mr. Wood, distiller at Limehouse, was born tenance presents a master specimen of the art in the parish of Radcliffe-highway, in 1779. of tattowing. Ju 1789 he entered on board the Royal Admiral Being now tattowed in due form, Bruce was East Indiaman), Captain Bond, as boatswain's recognized as a warrior of the first rank, na. boy. Sailed from England for New South' turalized as a New Zcalander, receired into Wales, and arrived at Port Jackson in 1790, the bosom of the King's family, and honoured where, with the consent of Captain Bond, he with the hand of the Princess Aetockoe, the quitted the ship and remained at New South | youngest daughter of Tippahee, a maiden of Wales.

fifteen or sixteen years of age, whose native At Port Jackson Bruce entered into the na beauty had probably been great, but which val colonial service, and was employed for has been so much improved hy the fashionable several years under Lieutenants Robins, Flin embellishments of art, that all the softer ders, and others, in exploring the coasts, sur charms of nature, all the sweetness of origi. veying harbours, headlands, rocks, &c. During val expression, are lost in the bolder impres. this time Bruce experienced various adven sions of tattowing. tures, which do not come within the design Bruce now became the chief member of the of this narrative. After being thus employed King's family, and was vested with the goverafor several years, he was turned over to the ment of tbe island. Lady Nelson, Captain Siinmonds, a vessel Six or eight months after his marriage, the fitted up for the express purpose of conveying | English ships Inspector,'the Ferret, SouthTippahee, King of New Zealand, from a visit Sca whaler, and several other English vessels, which he made to the Goveroment of Port touched at New Zealand for supplies, and all Jackson, to his own country. The King em

of them found thebeneficial influence of harbarked, and the Lady Nelson sailed on her ing a countrymautand friend at the head of destination. During the passage Tippahee | affairs in that island; they were liberally supwas taken dangerously ill, and Bruce was ap- plied with fish, regetables, &c. &c. pointed to attend him; he acquitted bimself Our Englishman and his wife were now conso highly to the King's satisfaction, that be tented and happy, in the full enjoyment of was honoured with his special favour; and, domestic comfort, with no wants that were on their arrival, the King requested that he || ungratified, blessed with health and perfect should be allowed to remain with bim, to independence. Bruce looked forward with sawhich Capt. Simmonds consented, and Bruce tisfaction to the progress of civilization which was received into the family of Tippahee. he expected to introduce amovg the people

Bruce spent his first few months in New with whom, by a singular destiny, he seemed Zealand in exploring the country, and in ac doomed to remain during his life. While enquiring a knowledge of tbe language, manners, joying these hopes, the ship General Wellesley, and customs of the people. He found the about fourteen months ago, touched at a point country healthy and pleasant, full of romantic of New Zealand where Bruce and his wife scenery, agreeably diversified by bills and chanced to be. This was at some distance dales, and covered with wood. The people from the King's place of residence. Captaia were hospitable, frank, and open; though Dalrymple applied to Bruce to assist him ia rude and ignorant, yet worshipping neither procuring a cargo of spars and benjamin, and images nor idols, nor ought that is the work requested specimens of the principal articles of hunian hands; acknowledging one omnipo- of produce of the island, all which was cheertent Supreme Being.

fully done. Captain Dalrymple then proposed As the king proposed to place the young to Bruce to accompany him to North Cape, Englishman at the head of his army, it was a distant about thirty leagues, where it was repreviously necessary step that he should be ported that gold-dust could be procured, and tattowed, as without having undergone that Caya. Dalrymple conceived that Bruce might ceremony, he could not be regarded as a war prove useful to bim in the search for the goldrior. The case was urgent, and admitted of dust. With great reluctance, and after many no alternative. He therefore submitted reso entreaties, Bruce consented to accompany

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