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he did not perceive it; and was hold- ever, persisted in their account: they ing my head in one hand and his cut- added, that they had often been prelass in the other, meditating the best sent, and had heard this woman deway of making his blow, when, by a scribe our positions to the Turks, sudden and violent movement, I dis, discover to them our projects, and enengaged myself from his grasp, and couraged them to attacks, which had at the same moment struck him with in fact been made and had succeeded. the hammer as hard a blow as I could A Turkish cipher served her for a on his face. The hammer was heavy, passport. This paper was found upon and I did not miss my blow. The her; and, being looked upon as conArnaout tottered; I struck him again; vincing evidence, she was condemned he fell, and in falling dropped his to be hanged for a spy. Before her sword. I need not tell you that I execution I interrogated her respectseized it, and it was twice through ing her prediction to me.
She conhis body before he knew any thing fessed that, by acting as a spy in about it. I mounted his horse, and both armies, she had made a profit gallopped to our outposts, where I upon each, and that she had informed saw the arms of the sentinels glitter- both of so much as was likely to turn ing in the sun, and thence on to the out to her own advantage. She said camp. Nobody had doubted my be- that those who consulted her on their ing dead, and they looked at me as if destiny usually discovered as much I had been a ghost. On the same day as was necessary to enable her to I was attacked by a fever, and car- guess, and that she left the rest to ried to the hospital, where I remained chance. As to me, in particular, she more than six weeks. As soon as I told me that she had selected me for joined the army the gipsy came to the purpose of giving an example of me to confess she had lost, and to her pretended skill, which should esbring me the Tokai. Į learnt that, tablish her influence among the solduring my absence, she had predicted diers, by fixing the day of my death the fate of many others, which had so long beforehand. At the end of in every instance proved true ; and the time she had persuaded the Turks that she had gained a great deal by to make an attack on the posts of our wagers and legacies of the officers. regiment. She knew very well that I thought it was altogether very two of the officers were to go on duty strange; but I did not know what to before me. She sold to one of them make of it,
some wine, into which she had pre• Very soon after this two deserters viously put some deleterious incame to the camp; they were Chris- gredients; and, at the moment the tians from Servia, and had been em- other mounted his horse, she went up ployed in the waggon train of the to him as if to offer him something Turkish army, whence they had de- for sale, and had taken that opporserted to avoid a punishment they tunity of blowing a small morsel of had incurred. As soon as they saw German tinder, lighted, up the horse's my prophetic gipsy they recognised nostril.' her, and declared that she was fre- The Baron added, that, notwithquently in the habit of visiting the standing the gipsy's confession, which Turkish camp by night, to give them was made public, the soldiers believed intelligence of our movements. This that she possessed a supernatural surprised me a good deal; because power. But, for my own part, he she had often rendered us services, said, 'the disbelief I always had in and we had admired the address with such stuff (and which, I admit, had which she executed commissions even been for a moment shaken) was conof some danger. The deserters, how- firmed.'
THE DIPLOMATIC DEVIL. POLITICAL satires of any sort have court, in honour of some new arrivals become rare,'and good ones have been in his dominions. All hell kept holialmost unknown for many years past. day, the new-comers were cordially In England this kind of satire has fallen greeted, and the fires were stirred. At into disuse, because the liberty of the this time dispatches were received, press is, with us, carried to such an in consequence of which the monarch extent, that it is not worth any man's made a speech, in which all the diplowhile to say that allegorically, or by matic elegancies and compliments fanciful means, which he can say so are whimsically and happily inserted. much better, and more forcibly, in He ends by appointing two demons to plain English. If Dean Swift were be his ambassadors to the various alive he would not condescend to courts of the earth, for the purpose write his Tale of a Tub, but would of spreading the maxims of the podenounce the vices and follies of par- licy of hell, and of keeping up its ties, and of the age, perhaps, in the population from the redundant one of shape of letters, to the Dublin and the earth. The chief of these demons London Magazine,' and a mighty is called Asrasrafel; and the other, pretty contributor we should think who acts as his secretary, is M. Durhim. In other countries, where the aux-Hommes. They proceed to the right of expressing opinions is more earth, and alight first in Africa, rigorously fettered, it is by means where they soon make the blessings of satire alone that the indignant of their mission known. Greece, groans and complaints of the op- Turkey, Naples, Rome, are all, in pressed can find a vent. Even this turn, visited by the devils ; and, in imperfect and unsatisfactory appeal most places, things are found to be to the common feelings of humanity, so bad, that even the devils cannot in behalf of the sufferers, is subject make them worse.
A rapid sketch is to the tyranny which pervades the go- given of the affairs of Europe for the vernment of the countries to which last twenty years nearly, and the we allude; and a satire must be so members of the holy alliance are held inuch diluted and weakened as to be up to the scorn and detestation which wholly impotent before its publica- they merit. If we had space enough tion would be allowed. Still, how- we should willingly give our readers ever, satires, like those plants which some specimens of the manner in thrive best upon rocks, will thrust which the satirist handles the governout their hardy growth, in spite of ments and the politics of the Euthe obstacles which intervene; and, ropean states; but, as England comes as an instance of this, we cite a small in for no small share of his labours, book that has lately appeared in our love of our own country compels England, under the title of 'Le us to give that the preference. SufDiable Diplomate,' which proves that, fice it to say that, of all the crowned although the allied sovereigns can heads, the Emperor of Russia, the prevent the publication of such at- King of Prussia, and the Emperor of tacks within their own dominions, Austria, are by no means spared. they cannot repress it elsewhere; England is called, in the satire, while their attempts only add to the the country of the Centaurs; and, in bitterness which fills the writer's speaking of its customs, although mind. It is written in French; the there is a reasonable share of prejustyle is good ; and there is no lack dice, and much of that misrepresenof that earnestness and severity which tation which foreigners are led into ought to characterize a work of this from not understanding them, the rididescription. A satirist, like a pirate, culous points are still so well preought to give no quarter; for he can, served that we must be amused in of course, expect no mercy himself spite of ourselves; and not the less, when he falls into the hands of those perhaps, since it is at our own exagainst whom he has declared war. pense.
The satire supposes that Satan, It will always happen that persons monarch of hell, was holding a whose knowledge can only be super
ficial will take those things to be gain the hearts of the Centaurs.
The two diabolical travellers, being with the two strangers; he introuncertain whither 'to bend their duced them at his parties, and ancourse, the chief resolved, as we swered for their being creditable perhave said, to visit the country of the sons, and of good reputation. A Centaurs. The secretary approved very respectable old dowager conof this highly, because, he said, he ceived an extraordinary predilection was very desirous of seeing the fair- for Asrasrafel, on account of his title haired nymphs of that nation, who and his elegant figure, but chiefly bewere so fond of virtue that they cause he spent his money like a nothought there was none of it left for bleman. She had, besides, a pretty the women of any other country. little grand-daughter, whom she inAs to wish and to do is nearly the tended to complete the count's hapsame thing with the devils, they soon piness. The little lady, on her part, reach the English shore, and proceed had calculated that the count would to the capital, the smoke of which is suit her marvellously well; for, with very agreeable to them.
the Centaurs, every thing is perThe atmosphere of the city, heavy formed by arithmetic. The ambasand impregnated with coal-smoke, sador gave himself little trouble was extremely grateful to the lungs about this matter, but carried on a of Dur-aux-Hommes. He was strong- very extensive flirtation with some ly disposed to take up his abode im- excessively sentimental ladies, who mediately adjoining an immense ma- said they had souls for poetry, and nufactory, which was eternally vomit- who prated about profound and etering forth smoke and flame, because nal affections. He pursued one of it reminded him of his native coun- these affairs so warmly, that, one fine try, and he could have always warmed morning, he was discovered, as he himself for nothing. Asrasrafel, was studying the language, at the however, who was better acquainted house of a lady of the highest repuwith the world, knew that to lodge tation. The husband of the lady, in such a quarter of the town would who made this unpleasant discovery, ruin him for ever in the opinion of prepared to throw him out of the the good Centaur society. He was window; but Asrasrafel, by a checque fully aware that a man's merit is al- on his banker, and the promise of ways ascertained by the place and paying his debts, obtained from the style in which he lives. He, there- indignant lord permission to retire fore, took a splendid lodging in the through the door. This afforded fine most fashionable part of the town; sport for the newspapers of a country he hired servants, whom he clothed in which the disgrace and weakness in a dashing livery, and called him- of the few form the amusement of self the Count Asrasrafel; for he the mass of the people. Scandal is knew exactly the way in which to a certain source of fortune among
them. The papers were filled with a Notwithstanding all these things thousand dull stale jokes, as usual ; (and I can hardly tell why) Dur-auxwhile the seductive devil found him. Hommes got very tired. He one day self much better off than before. met a good-looking, well-fed, CenThe ladies now disputed the pos- taur, who was walking with the most session of him--only, however, for tranquil air in the world, and holding the purpose of reforming him-say- a cord in his hand, to a tree near ing that it was not his fault, but that him. Whither are you going, my there are certain creatures of so much friend?' asked the secretary. I am effrontery, that-&c. &c. &c. Many going to hang myself, replied the of them came to see him out of pure Centaur: 'I am too rich, too fat; compassion, in order to make him · things go on too well with me, and sensible of the impropriety of his I can bear them no longer. I have conduct; but he gave them such no time to stay chattering with you, good reasons for what he had done, so good-by!—and he hanged himself. that they went away his zealous de- • I should not care if I did the same fenders. In short, the ambassador thing,' said Dur-aux-Hommes, “but was all the rage ; his carriage, the that it would be to no purpose-so cut of his clothes, and of his hair, tired am I of this country! Luckily were every, where imitated-every for the secretary, at this moment, a thing was à la mode d' Asrasrafel. If crowd arrived ; a ring was made, and he had even taken it inte his head to two men began to box in the most display his devil's tail, all the fashion- agreeable and edifying manner imaable world would have mounted simi- ginable. The secretary was so pleased lar ones ;-so fond are the Centaurs that he betted on both of them; in of any thing strange!
an instant they were covered with All the ladies who had marriage. blood. Some one told him they were able daughters beset him. He was fighting for money. • Ah!' he cried, compelled to listen to some, who 'indeed the people of this nation desang romances in a manner that
serve their wealth, since they take would make a man melancholy for such pains to get it.' These boxingthe rest of his days; and to others, matches were very much to his taste. who played some twenty pages of de- One day, as he was riding into town testable music, which had been dedi- from one of them, he went along, at cated to them by an amateur. Some- a great rate, whipping and spurring times he was obliged to praise the violently. Soon after his arrival he drawings of other young ladies, where was summoned before a magistrate, landscapes shone in all the glowing where he found a gentleman (Dick glories of bright green ; sometimes Martin) who apostrophized him very groups of trees, elegantly disposed severely, and insisted upon the main the form of birch brooms round a gistrate's fining him heavily: 'I will castle in ruins, for the purpose of let you know, my friend,' he added, affecting the spectator by its deplor- whether you are to be permitted to able condition; sometimes a flight of trate poor dumb craturs in this barill.omened birds, which looked as if barous manner!' Dur-aux-Hommes they were nailed against the sky, har- was about to make a beautiful speech monized with the subject of the pic- in reply, when the magistrate told ture; sometimes beautiful dark blue him he was an impertinent person, lakes, with some very white swans, and doubled the fine. The secretary and a boat, where a fisherman ap- made some very profound reflections peared quite resigned to his fate. All on this affair, and came to the conthese admirations were, in their turn, clusion that, in this country, horses inflicted upon him. At length these were treated with greater care and ladies grew indignant at the aversion consideration than men.
• But why he displayed for marriage. They should I complain of that ?' he said; said, in all companies, that Asras- • the horse is the worthier of the rafel would be very happy of an al. two.' liance with them, but that they had The satirist proceeds, through the objections to it; and, when they said means of the observations which the this, nobody believed them.
infernal diplomatists make, to pass his strictures upon the customs and asked. * Alas! sir,' replied the old manners of the English people. Dur- man, • I have a cause depending in aux-Hommes spends so much money this gulf, and I have been expectin a borough during an election, that ing its decision for the last seventy the burgesses propose to return him years. I am, however, told now not as their member. He refuses, with to be discouraged, for that in a few some rudeness; upon which a stout years it must be terminated; so that elector is about to give him a thresh- I still live in hopes.' This rencontre ing, when, by an adroit disposition of changed Asrasrafel's intention to some more money, the secretary en- enter the court; and he went home, gages the other voters on his side, smiling at the inconsistency of manand they duck their fellow-freeman kind. in a horse-pond. A projector waits Asrasrafel and his colleague find upon the ambassador with several their residence in the country of the prospectuses of joint-stock compa- Centaurs very dull, and are reduced nies: but the time when such things to try to amuse themselves by readwere ridiculous is gone by; and no ing the newspapers from one end to effort of human ingenuity can exceed the other, and by betting that there the real follies which have been com- would not be one fine day in a month. mitted on this subject. Asrasrafel Asrasrafel goes to pay a visit to the goes to dine with the lord-chancellor; Centaur minister, whom he finds cutand here the great law officer's pub- ting his nails. He expresses some lic as well as his private conduct is surprise at this, and concludes that joliment fustigé.
he is quite at leisure. “Never less This great inan (the chancellor) so,' replies the minister; and never entertained him before dinner with a was the correspondence of my office discourse on the necessity of public carried on so punctually and expediand private economy; and assured tiously.' He then explains to the him, in the course of it, that prodi- ambassador that he does all his busi. gality was the mother of all possible ness by means of a steam-engine, vices,
and shows him three cast-iron clerks, The appearance of the butler, who who are working with the greatest came to announce that dinner was accuracy in an adjoining room. The served, proved to the diplomatist minister expatiates upon the advanthat the great lawyer, his host, did tages of this invention to the nation ; not confine himself to merely talking notwithstanding which it appears that on his favourite subject, but that he not one sous is saved, and that the practised economy also. All his ser- flesh-and-blood clerks who have been vants seemed half dead from inani- dismissed to make way for those of tion; they might have been taken for, cast iron are starving. so many skeletons in livery. To be Asrasrafel afterwards dines with fat was reckoned a mortal sin in this the minister, and is enchanted to find household. They sat down to a din- several very agreeable ladies of the ner which was execrable ; and, al- company, and promises himself the though they did not eat inuch, they pleasure of passing some delightful talked a great deal, having nothing hours with them after coffee; when, better to do. The man of law praised to his surprise, at a given signal, the the institutions of his country. The fair ones arose precipitately, and relaws of the Court of Chancery,' ob- tired to another room. The ambasserved he, "are incomparable in all sador thought the house was on fire, respects, but particularly for the ex. and he was astonished to see that the pedition with which they are admi- gentlemen tranquilly kept their places. nistered ; in this respect, I believe, Sit down, my friend,' said the inaster nobody can complain. Come to- of the house; we shall enjoy ourmorrow, and you will hear some selves, now that we are freed from causes.' Asrasrafel went aecordingly. them.' • For Heaven's sake, exThe first thing he saw was a very plain!'- I mean the women, whose melancholy looking old
presence annoys us.'--'Yes,' cried eighty, at the door of the court. The others, they annoy us; they • What is the matter, my friend?' he annoy us. By G-d, we thought they